Jun 012015

As mentioned in a previous post ( ) preparations are taking place to move channels from Eutelsat 28A to the new Astra 2G satellite.

And last night some of those preparations took place.

A number of channels on 4 frequencies on Eutelsat 28A moved to the Astra 2F satellite.

Interestingly they have been moved to the UK beam of the 2F satellite.

And not the European beam.

This will mean that these channels may have been lost for some viewers in southern Spain, Portugal, South of France and Italy, as their satellite dishes are now too small to receive these channels on their new “temporary” beam.

It is unknown if these channels will remain on a UK beam or be on the European bean if and when they move to their permanent home Astra 2G.

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Jun 192014

As Sky increase their anti piracy measures, ( all Sky Sports HD channels are now no longer available on card share systems.

Earlier this week Sky Sports 1 HD joining the other Sky Sports HD channels, and Sky Movies HD, and a number of other Sky HD channels, to have their “setting” changed to stop their sky cards being used on non sky digiboxes.

The current list of Sky HD channels no longer available on card sharing systems is:

ITV Encore HD
Sky 1 HD
Sky living HD
Sky Atlantic HD
Sky Arts 1 HD
Sky Arts 2 HD

History HD
Crime HD
National Geographic UK HD
Nat Geo Wild HD

Sky Premier HD
Sky Sci Fi / Horror HD
Sky Disney HD
Sky Family HD
Sky Showcase HD
Sky Drama HD
Sky Thriller HD
Sky Greats HD
Sky Select HD
Sky Action HD
Sky Comedy HD

Sky Sports News HD
Sky Sports 1 HD
Sky Sports 2 HD
Sky Sports 3 HD
Sky Sports 4 HD
Sky Sports 5 HD
Sky Sports F1 HD

Despite this change, some “satellite installers” on the Costa Blanca and Spain are still advertising and offering these systems, as “Full Sky HD Packages”.

Apr 262014

If you are using an illegal card sharing system to receive your Sky channels, then you ,may have noticed you have this week lost a few HD channels.

Channels gone so far..

Sky Arts 1 HD
Sky Arts 2 HD
National Geographic UK
History HD
Crime HD

This is due to new encryption being deployed by Sky and their encryption service to try and combat the illegal sharing of their channels on these card sharing systems.

For people receiving their Sky TV using cardsharing, the lost of these HD channels will be just the start. You can expect further Sky HD channels to be lost in the coming weeks.

Just one of the “problems” that the providers and installers of these systems may not have mentioned to you when you got the system.

The channels are still available in Standard Definition (SD).

Channels continue to work fine with an official Sky card in an official Sky box.




This is taken from a post on another forum

A good friend of mine works for Sly technical department has just confirmed that Sky have issued a statement this week
advising that “Starting from Today Thursday April 24th 2014 all HD subscription channels will begin changing codec and broadcasting streams to allow for thier new Mpeg 5 EPG system to be launched and added to all HD paired boxes via software upgrades ”

“This new feature similar to that of digital Saorview interactive text and features will take effect from today and will allow users in the immediate future to fully enjoy the new interactive teletext functions to become a main feature going forward into 2015 and beyond ”

Mar 142014

Sky has announced to all broadcasters thatthey intend to have slight changes to the Sky Guide EPG channel listings .

This will involve changes to the channel lineup to squeeze out the gaps between channels, and the eventual removal of the Lifestyle genre altogether.

It is thought that the proposed changes will include:

Entertainment will become 101-299

Lifestyle will initially be reduced to 240-259, but the genre will be removed altogether in Autumn 2014.

Sports will become 401 – 489 for free and subscription channels, with Pay-per-View in 490-499. .

Kids will become 601-649.

Shopping will become 650-699

News will continue to have an overspill area in 570-579

Sky plan to make the changes and channel number changes in July 2014 with the Lifestyle genre itself will close “in Autumn 2014”.

Feb 052014

Our previous post mentioned some more Sky channels moving from satellite to satellite.

Channels have been moved from the temporary Astra 1N satellite, and moved to the “old” Astra 2A satellite.

The channels and frequencies affected, that we can make out are:

12071 H – Sky Sports Active 12090 V – National Geographic HD UK, Comedy Central HD UK, Eden HD, Nickelodeon HD, MTV HD UK

12110 H – Sky Sports F1, Sky One +1, Sky Sports 2 Ireland, Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 3, PBS U.K., Fox U.K., Cartoonito, Sky Living, Comedy Central UK

12168 V – Sky Modern Greats HD, Sky Valentine HD, Sky Scifi/Horror HD, Sky Comedy HD, Sky Disney HD

12148 H – Sky Arts 2, Sky Atlantic (ireland), Sky Sports News, Eurosport 2, Sky Sports 4, Fox +1 U.K., Comedy Central Extra

12207 V – Sky Sports 2, Sky News, Sky News Ireland, Sky One Ireland, Pick TV, Sky Two, Pick TV +1

12227 H – Good Food HD, Cartoon Network, Disney Junior HD, Disney Channel HD UK, TCM HD UK

12246 V – Sky Action HD, NatGeo Wild HD, History, Crime HD, TLC HD

12266 H – Sky Box Office 12304 H – Challenge, Challenge +1

12324 V – Film4 HD, SyFy HD UK, More 4 HD


For some channels – like those on frequency 12207 and 12110 you should not notice any changes in reception in my service area (Costa Blanca and Valencia areas). For some extreme fringe reception areas, like the Canaries, you may have noticed you can now receive these channels again. This is because the beam that they are now on, the Astra 2A south beam, has much better reception in your area than the beam they were on, the 1N European beam.

The rest of the channels and frequencies in last nights move may be bad news for some people, especially those with smaller satellite dishes. These channels have moved from the 1N European beam, to the “weaker” Astra 2A north beam. In my service area (Costa Blanca and Valencia areas) the Astra 2A north bam is much harder to receive than the south beam, and requires at least a 1.8m dish.

And that is why some channels have better reception today, and others have worse reception.