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May 022021
 

A SOLAR STORM travelling at more than 500 kilometres per second is due to collide with Earth on Sunday, and it could have enough of an impact to affect Earth’s satellite technology.

A hole in the equatorial region of the Sun’s atmosphere has appeared, researchers have said. The hole is spewing solar particles at a speed of 500 kilometres per second, or 1.8 million kilometres per hour. Unfortunately for Earth, it is in the direct path of the stream of solar particles.

Categorised as a G1 class storm, the impacts are expected to be minor but could include power grid fluctuations, impact on satellite operations, and even impacts on migratory animals when it hits today, 2nd May 2021.
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May 012021
 

Andrew Neil’s new British news channel GB News is gradually approaching its launch.

On 28 April, it broadcast a “test signal” on channel 236 of Freeview and YouView TV services, tweeting “we’re hard at work building Britain’s New Channel.

And now GB News has confirmed it has been allocated a Freesat channel number.
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Apr 102021
 

A reminder of some UK TV changes for ITV1 and ITV1 HD and ITVBE that will be happening on Monday 13th April 2021.

Since late last year, ITV has been making changes to how it uses its local ITV1 regions. The aim has been to make ITV1 HD as the default option to Sky HD and Freesat HD users.

To do this and increase capacity on their satellite transponders for more ITV1 HD regional versions, they have been closing some of the standard definition regional versions of ITV1. Also, ITVBE+1 will also be closed. Continue reading »

Apr 022021
 

In early 2021, the Humax Freesat HDR 1100S set top box were affected by an issue, whereby the search function in the Youtube application did not work.

For some reason, when you selected search, the “keypad” appears for a second, then disappeared. This meant that you could no longer use the keypad to search for Youtube videos.

It took a while for a fix to be produced. The fix was meant to be rolled out to all “internet connected” Humax Freesat HDR 1100S set top boxes, but not all have had the fix. So you may have to perform the software update manually.

A copy of the fix and instructions as to how to apply the fix can be found at : https://www.satandpcguy.com/freesat/freesat-receivers/humax-freesat-set-top-boxes/freesat-humax-hdr-1100s-set-top-box/humax-freesat-hdr-1100s-youtube-issue-fix/

Mar 172021
 

More ITV1 SD regions set to close in April 2021

ITV have announced that they will be closing down more ITv1 SD (standard definition) regional variations on satellite.

A similar exercise happened in late 2020, when a number of smaller ITV1 regions closed down ( https://www.satandpcguy.com/2020/10/16/itv-changes-20th-october-some-sd-channels-closing-more-hd-channels/ )

The changes are required to help free up satellite capacity for making all ITV1 HD regions and sub regions HD only.

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Feb 282021
 

Having temporary loss of UK satellite TV signals in the morning? Dont worry, it is just the biannual solar outage time (March 2021)

It is that time of year again when the sun 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 via satellite. Particularly BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Fives, Quests and SD Discovery channels, and SD UKTV (Dave, Drama, Yesterday, Gold, Eden, W) channels.

Don’t panic – it is the bi-annual sun outage and normal this time of year.

This 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).

These solar outages occur when the sun is directly behind the satellite and the suns energy swamps the signal with interference.

This “satellite solar outage” happens at around 10.30 – 11.30 am and can last for up to 20 minutes and can take place up to 15 days.

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Feb 112021
 

Popular streaming app Mobdro not working and closed down?

Mobdro is an app which allows you to watch Live TV, Movies and TV Shows from around the world completely FREE. Many users use it to watch football matches, due to the number of sports channels that the app streams.

But in the last 24 hours, users have been reporting that the app, and its website, has gone offline and is no longer working. When trying to access a stream on Mobdro, users are seeing a “Can’t load data. Check your connection” error message.

Various rumours about the app being updates, a server update or problem have been circulating. But numerous sources around the internet are saying that the app has been closed down due to legal issues.

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Jan 302021
 

The 2021 Six Nations takes place between 6 February and 20 March 2021.

The BBC have had live coverage of the Six Nations since its inception.

However, in 2016 it was announced that the BBC had renegotiated its deal and would start to share UK TV coverage of the Six Nations with ITV, for the next six years. Under this deal all England, Ireland and Italy home matches will be live on ITV; all Wales, Scotland and France home matches will be live on BBC: all Wales matches live on S4C.

The current UK TV deal ends with the 2021 Six Nations Championship.

And there are growing concerns that the Six Nations 2021 could be LAST available for free on BBC and ITV as Sky Sports and Amazon eye a UK TV rights bid. Continue reading »

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Jan 022021
 

After reading a number of questions, inaccurate answers and “scaremongering” on the internet and social media over the last few days, I hope this will help understand what changes are going to happen when watching UK TV in Spain post Brexit.

UK Streaming Services in Spain post Brexit

Since 2018, UK residents travelling within the EU were able to keep watching their UK streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, SkyGo, NOW TV , Britbox UK and ITV Hub without the need for a VPN or Smart DNS service as part of the EUs “Digital Single Market” and “portability” rules.

These rules allowed short stayers like holiday makers, travelling from one EU country to another EU country would be able to access the same streaming video library they’re subscribed to at home without the need to “hide your ip address” or the use of Virtual Private Network (VPN) / Smart DNS (SDNS) services.
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Oct 212020
 

ITV1 has had a SD / HD channel swap today.

This swap has seen Sky and Freesat box users allocated ITV1HD on channel 103 (this should be automatic for Sky and Freesat box users).

This may means that some people may have “lost” ITV1 on 103, as they have been allocated Continue reading »

Oct 032020
 

Over the past week or so ITV have been changing and adding their ITV1 HD channels and regions.

These changes have meant that all but two ITV1 regions now have their own HD regional variation. The two ITV regions without their own HD regional variation are ITV Border Scotland and ITV Channel TV.

With these changes, some of the ITV1 HD regions have moved to different frequencies. And two of these new frequencies are very weak in the Valencia / Costa Blanca area. Continue reading »