Sep 242017

Solar Outage Time October 2016

It is coming to the time of year when the suns path across the sky takes it behind the UK TV satellites.

This “satellite solar outage” happens around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinox. In the northern hemisphere, sun outages occur before the March equinox (February, March) and after the September equinox (September and October).

The satellite solar outage in the loss of some channels for up to 15 minutes mid morning on the weaker channels.


It is also a good time for a bit of housekeeping, as you can use this outage time to see if there are any trees and shrubs casting shadows onto the dish, which means they can be reducing and blocking the signals from the satellite to your dish.

More information on this solar outage can be found here :

Jun 292015

This morning the remaining channels on Eutelsat 28A were moved to the new Astra 2G satellite.

The channels were previously on a “European beam” with easy to receive coverage over most of Europe.
With their move to Astra 2, they have been placed on the UK spot beam, meaning some viewers in southern Europe may have lost these channels as their dish is not large enough to receive them on their new beam.

There is no indication as to whether this move to the UK beam is a temporary or permanent move.
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Nov 052014

BeIN Sports (MENA) to show all EPL 3pm kickoff from this weekend!

The English Premier League and beIN SPORTS has announced today the reinstatements of LIVE broadcast for Saturday “18:00 Mecca time” games in the Middle East & North Africa effective Nov. 8th.

beIN SPORTS, the Exclusive TV Rights holder of English Premier League (EPL) in the MENA region, has restricted the LIVE broadcasting of Saturday “18:00 Mecca time” games since Nov. 2013 due to piracy concerns in UK.

Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Chairman-CEO, said: “We are delighted to resume LIVE broadcast of all Saturday “18:00 Mecca time” games on beIN SPORTS channels. The English Premier League is a primary property and we are very happy to bring back this weekend excitement to our millions of subscribers in the region.”

English Premier League CEO, Richard Scudamore added: “beIN SPORTS strong Anti-piracy measures have proved to be successful and we are very happy to work hand in hand with broadcasters to address the issue on a more global scale.”

BeIN Sport have the rights to show all 380 Premier League games live.

But last season, the Premier League were concerned over piracy, they limited BeIN Sports to just one 3pm Saturday kick off.

To over come this, BeIN SPorts “went secure” – meaning their viewing cards could only be used in their official receiver.

This, it was hoped would mean that all 3pm kick offs would return.

The Bein Website was updated to say that they would be showing all 380 games live.
And even Richard Keys said on his twitter page in July that they would show all games live.

BeIN Sports Receivers, Viewing cards, and installations :

Feb 012014

As part of the recent deal between the two satellite companies that provide UK satellite TV, SES Astra and Eutelsat ( )

It is expected to see services such as the Freesat EPG, NHK World, CBS Drama, Bloomberg and True Movies 1 and 2, and the other channels currently broadcast on transponders on the Eutelsat 28A satellite moving across to SES-operated satellites, including Astra 2E, 2F and the forthcoming Astra 2G.

Another reason for this is that the Eutelsat 28A satellite is widely seen as getting towards the end of its operational life.

This may mean a change in reception for the channels currently on Eutelsat 28A.
The Europe beam for the three Astra satellites 2E doesn’t cover the east as well as Eutelsat 28A, so there may be difficult times ahead.

And if the Freesat EPG moves to a UK beam on one of the new Astra satellites, then it may mean that areas that cannot receive that beam may struggle to use their Freesat boxes properly.


Nov 152013

Prior to their launch on the 10th December, some new BBC HD channels have appeared on satellite today.

It has appeared on a BBC HD transponder of Astra 2F, prior to their launch on the 10th December 2013.

11023 H 23000 2/3
Tagged as 8931 and 8932.

Due to their HD settings, these tests cannot be added to your Sky box.

They are both currently showing CBeebies HD.

Perhaps one “tag” is for Cbeebies and the other for BBC Four HD.
In the same way these two channels “share” their SD frequency.

CBBCHD and BBC Three HD and BBC News HD are expected to also launch shortly, either in December or early 2014.

Sky HD digboxes and Freesat HD set top boxes will automatically update them selves with any new channels when they officially launch and are given a “EPG” Programme Guide number.
Users of other receivers will have to perform a channel scan to receive the new channels when launched.

BBC3 HD / CBBC HD now testing on 10847V 23000 2/3 tagged as 6951/52

Sep 272013

Due to some satellite changes, some UK channels will be moving to a temporary transponder / frequency from September 30.

They will them move again on October 4 to the final destination transponder / frequency and satellite.

For RT-UK SD (Russia Today UK) , this means:

Sky users, and Freesat box users should see the changes handled automatically by set-top boxes, with no viewer action required.

(Although some Freesat boxes may not do this until their “midnight” housekeeping, so performing a Freesat scan should make the channels on their new frequencies available earlier)

However, people with generic Free-to-Air satellite receivers will have to do a rescan at each transponder change.

RT-UK SD (Russia Today) : Frequency changes:

Until September 30: Broadcasting as now on Eutelsat 28A, 11.623 Horizontal. Symbol Rate 27500; FEC 2/3. (txp D9S)

From September 30 to October 10: Broadcasting on Astra 1N, 12.401 Vertical. Symbol Rate 27500; FEC 2/3. (txp 36)

From October 4 onward: Broadcasting on Astra 2F, 12.610 Vertical. Symbol Rate 22000; FEC 5/6. (txp G8) [NB. Change to Symbol Rate and FEC]

Sep 142013

Where to watch David Haye v Tyson Fury on satellite TV.

Haye v Fury

David Haye v Tyson Fury
Saturday 28th September 2013
Manchester Arena

Sky Box Office
Sky 3D

Haye v Fury

Floyd Mayweather Jr v Saul Alvarez
Boxing – WBC & WBA Super-Welterweight Titles
Sunday 14 September 2013 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
Al Jazeera Sport +10 / HD6
beIN Sport 1 / HD
Box Nation (437) – UK TV
Orange Sport (poland)
Russia 2 (Rossiya 2)
Sport 1 (russia) / HD
Sport Italia 2
Sport TV2 / HD
SuperSport 6 (za) / HD
SuperSport MaXimo 1
TV10 (sweden)
TV3 Sport 2 (den) / HD
Viasat Sport (nor) / HD
Viasat Sport Baltic