Dave is UK television channel. It is owned UKTV, who also own the channels Alibi, Drama, Eden, Gold, Good Food, Home, Really, Watch, and Yesterday.
On satellite, Dave is a subscription channel, requiring a subscription to the Sky TV Original Bundle subscription package. On Freeview, Dave is available for free with no subscription. This changed in late 2017, with Dave being available on satellite subscription free.
Launched in 2 October 1998, the channel was originally called UK Gold Classics. Over the years it has had other names based on its original name, UK Gold 2, UKG2 and UKTV G2, finally becoming Dave on 15 October 2007. The name Dave was chosen because “everyone knows a bloke called Dave” with the channel having the tagline of “the home of witty comedy banter”. Most of Dave’s content is comedy and comedy panel shows, such as Red Dwarf, Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You, and Would I Lie To You?
On 24 February 2009 a timeshift channel, Dave ja vu, was launched. On 10 October 2011 Dave HD launched.
The majority of the Sky TV pay channels are on the European beam of the Astra 2E, Astra 2Fand Astra 2G satellites. The European beam give very good reception across the majority of mainland Spain. This means that the Sky TV pay channels can be received in Spain on a satellite dish measuring a minimum of 80x85cm.
Some Sky TV pay channels are on the “UK beam” or “UK Spot beam” of the Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G satellites. This UK beam signal footprint is different to the previous UK TV satellites UK beam. This has meant that reception of channels on the new Astra 2 satellites will be different to previous reception. In the areas between Valencia and Alicante, our service area, the Sky TV channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam can still be received on a small satellite dish – as small as a 110x120cm satellite dish, with a 125x135cm satellite dishbeing the recommended size satellite dish.
However, in other areas of Spain, reception of these Sky TV pay channels on the new Astra 2 satellites UK beam has become harder. For example, in areas such as Barcelona, Catalonia and Zaragoza, you need at least a 1.8m satellite dish to receive these channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, whereas previously you only needed a smaller 80cm satellite dish. It is a similar story in the south of Spain, in areas like the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Almeria, Seville, Gibraltar and even Portugal, where even the larger 2.4m satellite dishes are struggling to receive these channels on the Astra 2 satellites UK beam.
Dave, and the other UKTV group of channels is transmitted on the UK beam, moving to that beam in early December 2015.
Dave Channel Numbers
Dave is on Sky channel 111.
Dave ja vu is on Sky channel 214.
Dave HD is available as part of the Sky HD subscription package
Dave HD will be allocated to Sky channel 111 if you subscribe to the Sky HD subscription package.
Sky TV Channels
A selection of the channels available on the Sky TV subscription packages.
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