Oct 112021

UK TV Problems in the UK in 2021

In recent weeks, the UK has been hit by a number of situations that has caused all sorts of TV reception issues on most platforms (satellite, terrestrial, cable).

Most viewers will be unaware of the problems, but there have been clues.

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May 102017

ITV1+1 gone from older Sky Digiboxes

This week ITV1+1 has disappeared from older Sky Digiboxes.

ITV1+1 used to be available on Sky channel 131, but are now receiving a Channel Unavailable message

ITV1+1 is still available on Sky channels 131 for Sky HD and Sky+HD digibox users, and on Freesat channels 112.

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Feb 052017

ITV Box Office on Sky – not the best of starts for a new service

The launch night of ITV’s new pay-per-view service, ITV Box Office, did not go as well as planned.

Set up for Pay Per View boxing, and the Eubank Jr v Quinlan fight, some Sky viewers who had paid for the channel were left with a blue screen.

Sky Help Team tweeted “ITV Box Office Boxing – We are currently investigating a Blue Screen/Frozen Banner issue on the channel. More updates to follow.”

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Feb 042017

Six Nations 2017 TV Coverage on BBC and ITV

The 2017 Six Nations takes place between 4 February and 18 March 2017.

UK TV Coverage is shared between the BBC and ITV.

BBC Coverage trailer :

Spanish TV coverage is available on Movistar+

Middle East Coverage is available via BeIN Sports.

More information can be found at :

Jan 202017

Six Nations 2017 TV Coverage on BBC and ITV

The 2017 Six Nations takes place between 4 February and 18 March 2017.

UK TV Coverage is shared between the BBC and ITV.

BBC Coverage trailer :

More information can be found at :

Dec 112016

ITV Unveils New Hub+ Subscription Offering

Following an extremely successful year since its launch, ITV is to roll out an expansion of The ITV Hub offering a tiered ‘freemium’ service allowing users to pay for enhanced features including not receiving adverts.

ITV Hub+ gives users the opportunity to subscribe for £3.99 to enjoy all their favourite ITV content with no interruptions. The service has run as a successful pilot on iOS devices only, but is due to be rolled out across more platforms and with the addition of new functionality.

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Sep 082016

ITV3 HD and ITV4 HD services changing frequencies

Both pay TV services, currently only available on satellite through Sky UK, are moving transponders as ITV rejigs its satellite capacity.

ITV are making use of amended parameters that allow it to carry more channels per transponder and eventually offer at least one version of every ITV region in HD on satellite.

The channels continue on UK spotbeam capacity, making reception for expats and holidaymakers around the Mediterranean difficult.

ITV3 HD and ITV4 HD frequencies:

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Mar 222016

It hailed its surprise capture of the Champions League as “the real game-changer” but as BT Sport prepares to broadcast the last 16 of the competition,Inside Sport can expose the shocking viewing figures from the first season of its £897 million deal.

UK television ratings for the Champions League have, with the play-off round and group stages attracting a fraction of the audience – including those games made available free-to-air. While a significant drop-off was inevitable, the scale of it has provoked a Uefa rethink about how the competition rights will be sold at the next auction this year.

A key element of BT’s triumphant bid for the Champions League and Europa League 2½ years ago was its pledge to show some matches – at least 12 in the former competition – free-to-air to reach the widest possible audience. But its BT Showcase channel has proven a complete flop, attracting an average peak audience of less than 200,000 for its Champions League coverage, compared to the average peak of 4.4 million who watched the play‑off round and group stages on ITV last year.

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Mar 192016

ITV is set to launch three new regions in HD on Sky and Freesat at the end of March.

On 31st March 2016, technical changes will take place on satellite allowing ITV to launch HD variants of ITV Anglia (East), ITV Yorkshire (West) and ITV Tyne Tees.

The HD services will replace the existing out-of-region HD version on the current ITV HD channel number slot.

Sky and Freesat viewers in the ITV Anglia, Tyne Tees and Yorkshire regions are being advised to check any recording bookings and series links they have scheduled on or after 31 March 2016 and re-instate them, if necessary.

ITV advises that most digital satellite boxes will be able to pick up the changes automatically but some viewers may need to reboot their box if there is a loss of ITV HD from 31st March.

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Mar 072016

ITV has started testing more ITV HD regions on satellite, which are expected to be made available to viewers later in the year.

Test streams of ITV HD Yorkshire and ITV HD Tyne Tees in HD are now broadcasting, bringing the current total of ITV regions testing in HD on satellite to three, following the earlier addition of ITV HD Anglia.

Viewers in the affected regions will soon be able to receive their regional news programming on ITV HD.

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Dec 152015

The BBC and ITV have announced how they will be sharing the coverage of the Euro 2016 Finals.

The opening match of the tournament between hosts France and Romania on 10 June will be on ITV.

The BBC will broadcast the highly anticipated home nations clash between England and Wales on 16 June while ITV will show England’s first and final group games against Russia and Slovakia.

ITV will also show Northern Ireland v Ukraine, Russia v Wales and the Republic of Ireland’s games against Belgium and Italy.

ITV will have first pick of the round of 16 while the BBC will have the first two picks of the quarter- finals

ITV have first pick of the semi-finals.

Both BBC and ITV will show the final.

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