Oct 232021

Channel 4 has said that subtitles will soon be restored to several platforms and high-profile programmes, like The Great British Bake Off and The Last Leg, after weeks-long disruption, the we reported HERE.

Channel 4 have said that “intensive engineering work” will mean that live text subtitles would begin to return for viewers on Sky, Virgin Media and Freeview.

Freesat users will have to wait a bit longer for subtitles to return as Channel 4 distributes content to that platform “in a different way that is not resolved by this change”. (Reports suggest that this is because Freesat uses digital subtitles, most satellite channels use the old analogue subtitles system (similar to teletext) which Sky boxes can handle but Freesat cannot)

Channel 4s on demand service, All4, should now begin to see subtitles on flagship programmes.
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Oct 112021

UK TV Problems in the UK in 2021

In recent weeks, the UK has been hit by a number of situations that has caused all sorts of TV reception issues on most platforms (satellite, terrestrial, cable).

Most viewers will be unaware of the problems, but there have been clues.

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Sep 192021

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2021

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 112021
Emma Raducanu’s US Open final will be shown live on FREE-TO-AIR TV tonight (Saturday 11th September 2021)  after Channel 4 sealed a last-minute deal with Amazon Prime.
Amazon Prime will share its live coverage of Emma Raducanu’s US Open final against Leylah Fernandez with Channel 4 on Saturday evening
The broadcasters held talks through the night over a sub-licensing deal that would enable the match to shown live on Prime and on Channel4 at 9pm this evening.
A deal has been struck with Channel 4, with Amazon pledging to reinvest that money – believed to be a seven-figure sum, according to the Press Association – into British women’s tennis to help fund the next generation of players.
The broadcaster has declined to comment on the amount Channel 4 are paying for the licence to screen the match, but Sportsmail understands it is more than £1 million.
May 292021

Channel Rescan for Ferguson Arvia satellite receivers

A guide to how to scan for channels on a Ferguson Ariva satellite receiver.

This is useful for when channels change frequencies, as this box will NOT automatically update to the new frequencies.

(This is annoying, as some installers sold these Ferguson Ariva boxes as Freesat boxes, which they are not Freesat boxes. If they were Freesat boxes, then they would have the Freesat logo on them, with the Freesat 7 day programme guide, and automatic channel updates!)

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May 272021

BBC Red Button Streams for Summer 2021

As usual, the BBC will be launching some extra “Red Button” streams on satellite TV over the summer.

These “pop up” channels allow the BBC to show a bit more Sport over the summer months, including multiple Wimbledon courts.

The stream have now appeared on satellite for tests

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May 262021

GB News will launch at 8pm on Sunday 13 June with a special programme entitled “Welcome to GB News”.

The channel has already started broadcasting test content on Freesat channel 216 and Sky channel 515.

On satellite, GB News is only availablein HD only. Those with SD satellite receivers will not be able to watch GB News.

GB News has also unveiled details of its programming and schedule, including its breakfast show line-up.

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May 222021

The Six Nations is set to stay on free-to-air television after tournament organisers reached an agreement in principle with existing broadcasters BBC and ITV to continue sharing coverage of the men’s and women’s tournaments.

Six Nations Rugby said it had entered into ‘exclusive discussions’ with the two broadcasters over a four-year deal which will run from 2022 to the end of the 2025 edition of the tournament.

The BBC will broadcast all Scotland and Wales home Six Nations matches. ITV will show all England, Ireland, Italy and France home games.
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