Oct 102019

Intelsat successfully launch their “Mission Extension Vehicle, or MEV” for their old satellites – Major Intelsat 907 News for BBC Satback

This one is for those watching / hacking into the Freeview back up on Intelsat 907 for their 10 channel UK TV fix!

The Intelsat 907 satellite is approaching its end of life…we have known this for a few years now. In fact, a few months ago Intelsat updated their “Estimated End Of Life” expectancy for the Intelsat-907 satellite to Q1 2020. This is cutting it fine for a replacement!

However Intelsat have launched (on Wednesday 9th October 2019) their first “Mission Extension Vehicle, Continue reading »

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Sep 222019

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2019

It is that time of year again when the Sun / Solar Outage can affect the power of satellite signals your satellite dish is receiving, resulting in a loss of some of the more weaker UK TV channels.

This is information for people who may be experiencing this for the first time, and a nice reminder for those that have lived here before

This occurrence happens in March and October for a couple of weeks every year, 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).

This “satellite solar outage” happens at around 10.30 – 11.30 am and can last for upto 20 minutes.

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Sep 192019

Police raid IPTV streaming service platforms across Europe

Yesterday (18/09/19) Police in Italy, the Netherlands, France, and Bulgaria raided multiple locations in an effort to shut down what they say is the back end of many illegal IPTV services.

Xstream-codes.com is reportedly the company behind the software systems that run many IPTV services according to TorrentFreak.

“A multi-country action day coordinated by Eurojust in The Hague led to the dismantling of an international criminal network committing massive fraud with pay-TV, which shows organized crime expanding its illegal activities to large-scale violations of audiovisual copyright,” a statement from EU Eurojust said. “The damage caused by the criminal gang amounts to approximately €6.5 million, jeopardizing the existence of many legal providers of pay-TV on the market. More than 200 servers were taken offline in Germany, France and the Netherlands, and over 150 PayPal accounts of the criminals were blocked.”

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Sep 172019

F1 on C4 for more years as C4 and Sky extend partnership

Sky and Channel 4 have announced an extension to their live sport, advertising and on-demand content partnership

Following a successful 2019 season, highlights of Formula 1® and live coverage of the British Grand Prix will continue to be broadcast on Channel 4 as part of a wider, multi-year content deal (note it does not say for how many years!)
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Sep 162019

BBC to switch off Red Button text service in 2020
The BBC is to switch off the news and sport text services on the TV red button early next year.

The decision spells the end of reading headlines, football scores, weather, travel news and more on TV sets, 45 years after the launch of Ceefax.

Red button text launched in 1999, taking over as Ceefax was phased out.

TVs will still be able to access other red button services, like picking a stage to watch at Glastonbury or a court to watch at Wimbledon.

“From early 2020, viewers will no longer be able to access text-based BBC News and BBC Sport content by pressing red,” a BBC spokesperson said.

“It’s always a difficult decision to reduce services, and we don’t take decisions like this lightly, but we have taken it because we have to balance the resources needed to maintain and develop this service with the need to update our systems to give people even better internet-based services.

“Viewers can still access this information on the BBC website, BBC News and Sport mobile apps – as well as 24-hour news on the BBC News Channel.”

However, it’s not a complete end to use of the red button as connected TVs will still be able to access other red button services.

There will still be the option to pick different streams to watch, such as choosing a stage at Glastonbury to see or which tennis court to view at Wimbledon.

With the red button gone, the BBC are encouraging users to head to the individual websites for their specific content.

The decision spells the end of text-based BBC News and BBC Sport content on the box, 45 years after the launch of Ceefax.

Red button was first available in September 1999 under the name of BBC Text but was relaunched in November 2001 as BBCi.

It faced another change of name in late 2008 to BBC Red Button and update again to BBC Red Button+ in 2015.

The BBC Red Button Twitter account is now closed and has not been tweeting since March this year.

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Sep 102019

La Liga UK TV rights announced

Premier Sports and LaLiga have today announced a historic agreement that will see every game from Spanish top-flight LaLiga Santander broadcast in the UK and Ireland via multiple platforms through the conclusion of the 2021/22 season.

Coverage will be found on La Liga TV, which will appear on the Premier Player streaming service from October, to followed by a launch on Sky in January 2020, making the service available to current and new subscribers to Premier Sports via satellite.

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Sep 052019

New UK La Liga rights announcement expected soon

Javier Tebas, the president of La Liga, Spain’s top-flight soccer body, has confirmed a new TV rights deal for the UK and Ireland will be signed before the next round of fixtures, which starts 13th September.

Having failed to agree a long-term media rights deal before the start of the 2019/20 season, the Spanish top-flight reached an agreement with ITV, which saw the commercial broadcaster air one match for the first three rounds of fixtures up to the current international break.

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Aug 302019

Viacom threatening to pull its channels from Virgin Media in Carriage fee dispute

Viacom, which owns Channel 5, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV and VH-1 were threatened with a blackout on Virgin Media over the weekend, due to a carriage fee dispute

An on-screen messages appearing to Virgin Media UK customers on numerous channels overnight said the channels were due to be axed at midnight on 31st August 2019.

Channel 5 itself will not be affected, as a commercial public service channel

Channels affected and under threat of removal from Virgin Media are :
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