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 »

Sep 202020

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again – October 2020

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 122020

ITV are currently testing new frequencies for some ITV1 HD regions on satellite.

These regions are Central West, Meridian South and London.

owever, these three new regions are testing on frequencies on the UK beam.

And those particular frequencies are very weak here in Spain, especially in my service area, Continue reading »

Sep 092020

Sky Arts, Sky Tvs dedicated arts and culture channel, will become free for everyone in the UK from September.

The decision to make Sky Arts free to air is, Sky says, a move to support and champion the arts at a vital time for the cultural sector. It puts artists and creatives centre stage on a channel that everyone across the UK can watch.

Sky Arts will be available subscription free on Freeview (UK only, since Freeview is not available in Spain!), Freesat, Sky, and other free to air satellite receivers. Continue reading »

Aug 132020

Sky and the NFL have agreed a new five-year partnership to broadcast the NFL, the first time the league has joined with an international broadcaster to launch a channel dedicated to the sport.

The agreement marks the 25th anniversary of live NFL coverage on Sky Sports and will see ‘Sky Sports NFL’ launching from Thursday, September 3 ahead of the 2020 season, which kicks off on Thursday, September 10.

The brand new in-season channel will be the round-the-clock home of the NFL on television in the UK and Republic of Ireland from the regular season through to the playoffs, with Super Bowl LV live from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on Sunday, February 7.

The channel will screen a minimum of five games a week including every Thursday Night, Sunday Night and Monday Night Football.

Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, Sky UK & Europe said: “We are proud of our quarter-century partnership with the NFL and are hugely excited about launching a dedicated channel which will be a first for the NFL with an international broadcaster. Sky Sports NFL will allow us to take our customers even closer to the sport.

Since 2007, NFL has run 28 regular season games.

Sky Sports NFL will broadcast on Channel 407, currently home to Sky Sports Action.

  • Minimum of five live games each week
  • First-pick exclusive game on Sky Sports NFL in the 6pm and 9pm slot every Sunday
  • Every Thursday Night, Sunday Night, and Monday Night Football
  • NFL RedZone
  • Every minute of every playoff game, Pro Bowl, and Super Bowl live
  • Flagship programming from NFL Network, including the popular Good Morning Football and Total Access shows
  • Award-winning documentaries and other content from NFL Films and NBC Sports
  • Brand new weekly shows to review the action and discuss the stories of the league, including original Sky Sports programming
  • Increased coverage across Sky Sports News, Digital and Social platforms
Jul 142020

Viacom, who operate Channel Five, MTV and Nickelodeon channels, will be closing some of their channels on satellite soon.

Paramount +1 (Sky channel 250) closed today (14th July)

MTV Rocks, Club MTV and MTV OMG will all be discontinued 6am next Monday, July 20.

The “+1” channels for MTV, MTV Music and Comedy Central Extra will also be closing.

Apparently this is to blame on a drop in advertising due to Coronavirus, and the downturn in music channel viewing, where people can get their music fix instantly with the likes of Youtube.

Jul 012020

Freesports HD has left Freesat.

According to reports, Freesports HD has been removed from the Freesat programme guide, apparently due to disputes over fees – although this has not been confirmed by either party.

The Freesports channel is still broadcasting, and is still on the Sky guide.
But if you are a Freesat user, then if you want to watch Freesports, then you will have to do it via “non Freesat mode”.

Jun 302020

The Travel Channel has been removed from the Sky EPG today by channel operators Discovery.

This has meant a few Discovery channel number changes:

Travel Channel removed (178)
Discovery History 171 > 177
Discovery Home & Health 177 > 178
Discovery History +1 Move 271 > 277
Discovery Home & Health +1 277 > 278

Travel Channel is still transmitting from the satellite, for how long who knows.

Jun 302020

Earlier this month, some Virgin Media users have been sent a letter to tell them that their current Virgin Media box they are using to access Virgin Media (and therefore Sky UK) pay channels will soon no longer be able to be used for pay tv channels.

They will be issued with a free upgrade to a new Vigin Media box. ( see community.virginmedia.com/t5/Virgin-TV-V6/Free-swap-to-V6/td-p/4277655 )

Why is this news and how could it impact your viewing on IPTV?

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Jun 262020

Reports suggest that the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will close in September 2020 on both Sky and Virgin TV services, as carriage agreements stall, and renewal looks unlikely.

The content from these three channels will be moved to Disney+, the newly launched subscription streaming service.

“From 1 October, Disney+ will become the exclusive home for content from Disney Channel, DisneyXD and Disney Junior in the UK,” said Disney in a statement.
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