Apr 202018
 

Sky Channel Number Changes from 1st May 2018 – new channel numbers announced

Sky have today announced the new channel numbers and numbering system, due to take effect on the 1st May 2018.

Key points of this move are

• Documentary channels will be moved up the TV Guide to sit alongside Entertainment channels
• +1 channels will be listed in a new menu on the TV Guide
• +1s from Entertainment & Documentaries move to new linked channel numbers (e.g, Sky One – 106, Sky One+1 – 206)

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Apr 192018
 

BeIN Sports (Mena) Receiver Updates Not Working – this solution worked for me!

It was announced previously ( see https://www.satandpcguy.com/2018/03/19/bein-sports-mena-receiver-update-required/ ) that receivers used for BeIN Sports (MENA) would require a firmware / software update in April 2018.

Many of these receivers automatically update to any new version of firmware / software it finds.

However, some have found the receivers are not updating to the latest versions of firmware / software.

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Apr 152018
 

Boxing : Khan v Lo Greco – where to watch

Amir Khan will face Phil Lo Greco on his return to the ring at Echo Arena in Liverpool on 21 April 2018.

Former unified Light-Welterweight ruler Khan is back in action for the first time since May 2016 where he stepped up to Middleweight to face Mexican star Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and now the 31 year old is determined to get back on the road to World title glory in his first fight of a three-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing. Continue reading »

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Apr 152018
 

Top Tip : No Signal message on screen

Quite a large number of phone and email inquiries we receive relate to a “No Signal” message being displayed on the TV screen.

In most cases this is simple to remedy, as it means the TV is on the wrong input, and is getting no signals from that particular input.

For example, your satellite receiver is connected to HDMI 1, but your TV is on HDMI 2. So your TV displays a “no signal” message.
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Apr 062018
 

Some “TV in Spain” Top Tips

Here are some top tips about receiving and watching UK TV in Spain are good to know, given some of the callouts I have been to this week.

  1. Freeview boxes connect to a TV aerial. They do not work with a satellite dish.
  2. Using a Freeview box connected to a TV aerial in Spain, and you will only receive the Spanish TV channels. You will not receive ANY UK channels via a TV aerial in Spain. Thus Freeview IS NOT available in Spain
  3. Freesat boxes work with a satellite dish.
  4. Which satellite channels you can receive will depend on where you are in Spain and what sized dish you have. For channels like BBC, dish sizes range from 80cm to 5m, depending where yo are in Spain.
  5. Channels like BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five are all “free to air” on UK satellite. This means they require no viewing card and no subscription.
  6. Sky will be making some big changes to their channel numbering in May 2018 ( see https://www.satandpcguy.com/2018/03/27/sky-epg-channel-number-changes-coming-in-may-2018/ ) .
  7. You can now watch Sky Go and Now TV and a few other Sky TV apps in Spain without the need of a VPN or Smart DNS service ( https://www.satandpcguy.com/2018/03/30/europe-opens-up-online-pay-tv-subscriptions/ ) .
  8. “Dave”, “Drama”, “Really” are all subscription free on UK satellite TV.
  9. Heavy rain in your area will affect channel reception.
  10. Loss of signals can mean your satellite dish is not aligned correctly, your LNB is not aligned correctly, your LNB is damaged, your dish is warped out of shape, your cabling is bad, your connections are bad….
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Mar 302018
 

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker : Where to watch

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker
Saturday 31st MArch 2018
Principality Stadium, Cardiff

From what I can see, it looks like the fight is only being shown on Pay / Subscription and PPV channels, and not available on any free to air channels.

However, I am sure that there will be streams available, despite the fact that the UK Police have confirmed that your house will likely burn down if you stream the fight.
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Mar 302018
 

Europe opens up online pay-TV subscriptions

From Sunday 1 April it will be possible for European citizens to access online content wherever they are in the EU.

It means an end to geo-blocking, where content was blocked when trying to watch it in another EU country The new rules will allow viewers to access online pay-TV subscriptions to Canal+, Sky Sports, Netflix, etc with them when on business or on holiday.

Note that this applies “when on business or on holiday”. ie the services will have a time limit of so many days when you can access that content. Like it says, it is designed to benefit holidaymakers, not expats.

The rules apply to online subscriptions and not the reception of encrypted channels by satellite.
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Mar 272018
 

Sky EPG Channel Number Changes coming in May 2018

Some information about the channel number and ordering on the Sky Electronic Programme Guide (EPG), have come to light.

These changes are expected to happen in May 2018.

As we posted last year, ( https://www.satandpcguy.com/2017/08/12/sky-epg-due-for-major-shuffle-in-early-2018/ ) , these changes are to help “tidy up” the channel guide.
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Mar 222018
 

Fanny Cradock, Delia Smith and Ken Hom will return to the iPlayer this Easter, as the BBC opens up its cookery archive.

As part of the BBC process of opening up its archives and putting them on iPlayer, fifty popular BBC cookery shows, starring some of nation’s most loved cooks including Fanny Cradock and Delia Smith, will be available in the “From The Archive” category on BBC iPlayer from Saturday 31st March 2018.

With programmes spanning from 1970 to 2012, viewers can watch how eating and cooking habits, technology and presentation styles have developed as Britain embraced flavours from across the world.

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