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    Paul
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    Update 26/06/13 at 09.30 –
    Israel’s new international news channel “i24 News” which is to be broadcast in three different languages will officially launch on the 1st of July, 2013, “i24 News” will broadcast in English, French, and Arabic and it is available free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.470 V, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 and the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.067 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6  

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    Paul
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    Update 26/06/13 at 09.30 –
    The “SES-Astra” channels on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east which are usually only used to broadcast “SES-Astra” satellite launches and for most of the time broadcast the “SES Your Satellite Company” onscreen information card have has a small change since my last posting, the HD channel on 11.626 V, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK is now this morning named as simply “SES Launch” not “SES O3b Launch” as previously it was changed to, this previous change was because there was a little “O3b” satellite launch last night, according to SES-Astra “O3b is deploying a revolutionary new network that combines the reach of satellite with the speed of fiber, bringing high speed, low cost connectivity to billions of people across emerging markets who have never had access to this level of connectivity before”, not really of much interest to us hence the lack of widespread coverage to use a pun, the other SES-Astra SD channel on 11.023 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 DVB-S is no change and is still named as simply “Test”, these two channels are the ones to watch when Astra 2E is launched  

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    Paul
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    Update 26/06/13 at 09.30 –
    The frequency on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east which is the designated frequency for the subscription “BT Sports 1” and “BT Sports 2” HD channels has changed tuning parameters, 11.585 H’s new tuning parameters are now SR 29.500, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 QPSK   26/06/13 at 09.30 –

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    Paul
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    A new “54167” testing channel on 12,560 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is India'” “ABP News TV” and it has live video and audio, unfortunately this channel is broadcast in an Indian language unlike the other testing Indian channel “News 18 India” on 11.343 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 which is labelled as “55211” which I am liking very much so far and which is broadcast in the English language  

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    Paul
    Keymaster

    25/06/13 at 17.30 –
    The “SES-Astra” channels on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east which are usually only used to broadcast “SES-Astra” satellite launches and for most of the time broadcast the “SES Your Satellite Company” onscreen information card have been renamed, the HD channel on 11.626 V, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK is now called “SES O3b Launch” and the SD channel on 11.023 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 DVB-S is now called simply “Test”, no doubt that these channels will have been renamed as something like “SES Astra 2E Launch” by the middle of July   25/06/13 at 17.30 –
    The “RTG” (Russian Travel Guide) channel is now broadcasting free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.623 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this channel has some interesting travel and documenty programmes all about Russia and it broadcasts with three separate audio tracks and lucky for us on eof the audio tracks is in the English language  
    Update 25/06/13 at 13.00 –
    Some website news, the website was offline on and off for a large period of this morning, I offer my apologies for this, it was due to circumstances beyond my control, my “host” was doing some scheduled maintenance, so sorry  
    Update 25/06/13 at 09.00 –
    “TCM”, “Cartoon Network”, and “Boomerang” which have free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.778 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 have now been encrypted, they are no longer free to air  
    Update 25/06/13 at 09.00 –
    SES-Astra Satellite Happenings 2 - So, if as is my expectation that the Astra 1N satellite which is currently at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position but is scheduled to move to the 19.2 degrees east satellite position after it has been cleared of it’s frequencies and channels following Astra 2E’s arrival and in service at 28.2 degrees east what is to come next for Astra 1N? You can see in my post below the timeline for Astra 2E, if all goes according to the current scheduled plan for Astra 2E then the transfer of all traffic from Astra 1N to Astra 2E should have been completed by the 14th of September, 2013 but as I have alluded to in my post below it could have been completed by as early as the 7th of September, 2013 because there is a little urgency needed too so when Astra 2E arrives at 28.2 degrees east there will be no time wasted in the transfer from Astra 1N to Astra 2E and there will be no time wasted too in moving Astra 1N from the 28.2 degrees east satellite position to the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, so if we apply this logic then we could be seeing Astra 1N on the move to 19.2 degrees east by or during the second week of September, 2013 and it could well have arrived at 19.2 degrees east by or during the third week of September, 2013, Astra 1N’s mission at 19.2 degrees east is twofold, firstly Astra 1N will take all of the frequencies and channels that are on the Astra 2C satellite because Astra 2C is scheduled to be relocated at 28.2 degrees east as a back up satellite, Astra 2C currently broadcasts many subscription channels fro “Sky Germany” and “Canal+ Spain” but what is of more interest to myself and I am sure many of you are the free to air channels that Astra 2C broadcasts which include the 11.836 H “Das Erste” and some other German regional channels, the 11.954 H, “ZDF” and some other ZDF channels, 12.051 V the Swiss and Austrian versions of the “ProSiebenSat.1” channels, 12.109 H “RBB” and some other German regional channels, and 12.148 H which has variety of channels, all of the above will be moved from Astra 2C to Astra 1N, that is a total of 15 transponders/frequencies but Astra 1N is a big satellite with lots more room to take more transponders/frequencies from other satellite at 19.2 degrees east too so what else will be moved to Astra 1N, well, as long ago as the 21st of December of 2012 would you believe I posted on this website that Astra 1L as well as Astra 2C would have their transponders/frequencies moved to Astra 1N, Astra 1L currently broadcasts 28 transponders/frequencies which would fit very nicely on Astra 1N alongside the Astra 2C transponders/frequencies that will also be moved to Astra 1N, channels on Astra 1L include the 11303 H HD “Servus TV” and “ORF” channels, 11.347 V HD “ZDF” channels, 11.597 V “BBC World”, “CNBC” and “Bloomberg” channels, 12.188 H “RTL” Germany channels, 12226 H “RTL” Austria and Swiss channels, 12.544 H the German versions of the “ProSiebenSat.1” channels, 12.603 H “Sky News International” and other German “WDR” regional channels in HD and SD, and the SD “ORF” encrypted channels on 12.663 H and 12.692 H, there are also many subscription channels in various languages on Astra 1L, so Astra 2C currently has 15 active transponders/frequencies, Astra 1L currently has 28 active transponders/frequencies, that would make a total of 43 transponders/frequencies which will be moved to Astra 1N when it arrives at 19.2 degrees east, of course “SES-Astra” could take some transponders/frequencies from the other satellites at 19.2 degrees east and put them on Astra 1N, as well as Astra 1L these other 19.2 degrees east satellites are Astra 1M and Astra 1KR, in my opinion Astra 1N will not take transponders/frequencies from Astra 1M, that is a certainty as much as certainties are certain regarding satellite happenings so it leaves Astra 1L and Astra 1KR, it is possible that Astra 1N will take some of the Astra 1L and Astra 1KR transponders/frequencies on a shared move to Astra 1N but I am predicting that Astra 1L as well as Astra 2C will be the satellites whose transponders/frequencies/channels that will be moved to Astar 1N and this is partly based on my observations of “SES-Astra” in that they do not like transponders/frequencies/channels spread out over various satellites with those various satellites also having spare capacity and generally not being full, “SES-Astra” seem to like to have their spare capacity basically concentrated on individual back up satellites which can basically be switched off and remain in stand by mode thus saving power in the long term which is better for “SES-Astra” in the long term too and not forgetting the fact that Astra 1H is no longer at 19.2 degrees east so that particular satellite cannot be utilised as a back up satellite for 19.2 degrees east, so in conclusion and if it does indeed all happen the way I am predicting it will happen then Astra 1N moves to 19.2 degrees east and takes over the transponders of Astra 2C and Astra 1L which will leave Astra 2C to be moved to 28.2 degrees east and Astra 1L as a back up satellite at 19.2 degrees east, what about Astra 1N’s coverage I hear you ask, will my reception be affected once all these channels move to Astra 1N you are shouting in my ear, Astra 1N has two Pan European beams as well as a UK beam, I am expecting that the future Astra 1N reception at 19.2 degrees east will be the same as the current Astra 1M reception at 19.2 degrees east so if you can receive Astra 1M then you will receive Astra 1N, once again please do remember where you read it first and don’t forget that all important “link” if you use the information contained here somewhere else, everyone knows it all comes from “Rob’s Satellite TV”, this is one of the most widely read satellite websites in Europe for God’s sakes! LOL! Copyright “Rob’s Satellite TV”  
    Update 24/06/13 at 23.00 –
    SES-Astra Satellite Happenings 1 - So, if there will be no delay and the “Astra 2E” is launched on the evening of Saturday the 20th of July, 2013 what will be to come next? Allow “Rob” to clarify the expected timetable of “Astra 2E”, as I said, an expected launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, in Kazahksat on the evening of Saturday the 20th of July, 2013 UK and Central European time, following the launch and orbiting of Astra 2E iand as has already been confirmed on this website this satellite will be placed at the 43.5 degrees east satellite position for testing before being moved to the 28.2 degrees east satellite position to commence UK TV operation, I am expecting the Astra 2E satellite to arrive at 43.5 degrees east around the 30th or 31st of July, 2013 where it will be tested for approximately a period of approximately four weeks, this 43.5 degrees east testing period should have been completed by the 27th or 28th of August, 2013 in which case Astra 2E will then be moved from 43.5 degrees east to 28.2 degrees east, this move will take approximately one week and I am expecting the Astra 2E satellite to arrive at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position on the 2nd or 3rd of September, 2013, Astra 2E will then be officially announced as in service and operational and following this arrival at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position Astra 2E will then be ready to be activated for broadcasts, and mark my words, Astra 2E will take broadcasts very quickly indeed, the temporary at 28.2 degrees east Astra 1N satellite is needed quickly at it’s original intended home of 19.2 degrees east so I am expecting a quick transition and transfer of Astra 1N’s frequencies and channels to Astra 2E, this could begin as early as the 6th of September, 2013 and will continue through the second week of September with 10th and 11th of September being further likely dates for further transfers from Astra 1N to Astra 2E, I also expect that the transfer of frequencies and channels from Astra 1N to Astra 2E will have been completed by the 14th of September, 2013, of course all of the above is dependent on Astra 2E being tested at 43.5 degrees east for four weeks but there is a possibility that Astra 2E could only be tested at 43.5 degrees east for only three weeks and if this is indeed the case then testing could be completed by the 20th or 21st of August, 2013 which is when Astra 2E can begin it’s move to 28.2 degrees east arriving at 28.2 degrees east at around the 26th or 27th of August, 2013 with possibly some transfer of frequencies and channels from Astra 1N to Astra 2E beginning at around the 30th of August, 2013 with a transfer completion date of the 7th of September, as with all things regarding satellite launches and subsequent in service, plans can and do change for various reasons but I hope my article has brought you some clarity and some timeline regarding the Astra 2E situation and please do remember where you read it first and don’t forget that all important “link” if you use the information contained here somewhere else, and a little bonus to come is that I will have more on the Astra 1N plans for 19.2 degrees east in the days to come because it warrants a separate posting, this will be called “SES-Astra Satellite Happenings 2”, why not join the world leader of satellite happenings “Rob’s Satellite TV” Forum, new membership is for a limited time only, I would not wish you to miss out on the phenomenon and the trending that is “Rob’s Satellite TV”!  
    Update 24/06/13 at 21.30 –
    An Astra 2E photo from SES-Astra Astra 2E arrived at it’s destination safe and sound 24/06/13 at 19.30 –
    The Italian “Rai Premium” channel on 11.804 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east is now broadcasting free to air  
    Update 24/06/13 at 19.30 –
    The “50880” testing channel on 11.623 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is currently broadcasting the UK channel “Watch”, this channel is encrypted but it is available free to view with a UK “Sky” viewing card and receiver  
    Update 24/06/13 at 19.30 –
    The “55211” testing channel on 11.343 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east now has live video and audio of “News 18 India”, this channel is broadcast in the English language and is a welcome news channel addition to the UK satellite television market  
    Update 24/06/13 at 19.30 –
    “TCM”, “Cartoon Network”, and “Boomerang” which are still broadcasting free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.778 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 but there is one
    Update/change to inform you of, these channels were completely free to air but now “TCM” has the encryption flag set which means that it looks encrypted but it is not encrypted, and as I told you previously, these three channels are the French versions of said channels and the second audio track carries English language audio   24/06/13 at 18.00 –
    Just as it is the same every year there is some free to air coverage of the “Wimbledon Tennis Tournament” on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, “Canal+ Sport France” in SD and HD is usually part time free to air daily late afternoon/early evening and it is today too, Wimbledon is broadcast free to air 1645-1950 UK time/1745-2050 Central European time on 11.856 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 DVB-S and 12.012 V, SR 29.700, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK, expect this to be free to air every day at the times stated above  
    Update 24/06/13 at 17.30 –
    A further
    Update on the “BBC Red Button” channels situation is that this afternoon there have been some problems with the implementation of the actual “BBC Red Button” applications on the UK’s “Sky” receivers, it has been on and off and up and down like a yo-yo, this problem caused no doubt because of the last minute nature of the “BBC” and “Sky” discussion of adding and eventually not adding these channels to the “Sky” channel list and in the end it was left so late in the end that it overlapped with the beginning of the “Wimbledon Tennis Tournament” and so there were angry viewers or non viewers as the case inevitably was  
    Update 24/06/13 at 17.00 –
    An
    Update on the “BBC Red Button” channels situation is that all four channels are now broadcasting, this includes the “8900” (BBC Red Button HD) channel on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK which has again made an appearance following a little carriage dispute between the “BBC” and “Sky UK”, the other Red Button services are in SD and are “6390” (BBC Red Button 1) on 10.773 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, “54380” (BBC Red Button 2) on 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, and “54381” (BBC Red Button 3) on 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, a reminder that all the frequencies and channels mentioned are at the 28.2/28.5 degrees east satellite position and that all these channels are broadcast free to air, these channels have a while ago been added to the UK’s “Freesat platform receivers channel list but it seems that the “BBC” and “Sky UK” discussions regarding having these channels on the UK’s “Sky” platform receivers channel list came to nothing, these channels are available as a “Red Button” pressing option on “Sky” receivers   23/06/13 at 12.00 –
    “TCM”, “Cartoon Network”, and “Boomerang” are currently free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.778 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, these three channels are the French versions of said channels but the good news is that there are second English language audio tracks available!  
    Update 21/06/13 at 19.30 –
    “Premier Sports” on the UK’s “Sky” platform is now free to view with a Sky UK viewing card, this free to viewness (sic!) will be lasting all weekend, “Premier Sports” is currently free to view and it will be free to view until Monday morning, on the Sky UK channel list “Premier Sports” can be found on channel number 428, frequency details are 11.680 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, on this same frequency “Setanta Sports 1” for Ireland is also free to view on a Sky UK viewing card which is hardly surprising because the programming is the same on both channels because they both broadcast exactly the same “Premier Sports” video and audio feed, “Setanta Sport 1” is now only a “Premier Sports” for Ireland!  
    Update 21/06/13 at 19.30 –
    There are sure to be some readers who are listeners to the niche “Solar Radio” like myself so I must inform you that “Solar Radio” has changed frequency, it is now on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on teh Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, it has now been removed from 12.523 V  
    Update 21/06/13 at 19.30 –
    A further
    Update on the Greek state broadcaster “ERT” situation which was closed by the Greek government, (scroll down to 18/06 for background info), following Wednesday’s meeting of the Greek government it would appear that they cannot agree on how “ERT” should be restarted, I should add that the Greek goverment is a coalition government, as I have alluded to in my previous postings on this subject, if “ERT” remains off air for much longer it means that the Greek prime minister will eb prime minister for not much longer, there will be a new election held soon in Greece if this situation remains the same, the starnge this will eb that if they do hold an election the current situation dictates that there will be no Greek state broadcaster to cover said election, and what about the implications of a new election on the wider “Eurozone”, we all remember last time, i wonder if that is why the “European Broadcasting Union” helped “ERT” to carry on broadcasting last week! LOL!  
    Update 21/06/13 at 18.00 –
    I previously told you about the “ATV International” Azerbaijani channel on 11.200 V, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east having been renamed as “CBC TV” (see 19/06), I asked if anyone knew if this channel still carried the Azerbaijani News in English, I have since checked this channel and it does indeed still carry the Azerbaijani News in English (and other languages), the onscreen news news intro video and audio is still the same too with only one exception, where previously it said “ATV International News” it now only says “International News”, the “ATV” part has been removed, this and other observation that I have made of this channel confirms that “CBC TV” is still “ATV International”, still the same channel as before, only difference it is a different named channel now  
    Update 21/06/13 at 12.00 –
    A good
    Update regarding the “Controversial TV” channel is that this channel is now and is showing a regular normal programming schedule, at least it should be the regular programme schedule according to the EPG (electronic programme guide), as I write the programme should be “Africa Today” but actually being shown is some “Boxing”, no worries, it is back on the air which is the main thing, frequency details are still the same as before, 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, “Controversial TV” is also now back on the UK’s “Sky” platform receivers channel list and it still has the same channel number of 200, let the conspiracies begin as to the reasons why “Controversial TV” was gone!   20/06/13 at 22.00 –
    I have just got to say the following! LOL! So the British Chancellor of the Exchequer “George Osborne” has been called “Jeffrey” by US president “Barack Obama”, personally I think “George Osborne” should also be called “Bungle” and “Zippy” and he should take a bloody long walk “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”! LOL! I just had to tell you that one of mine! LOL!   20/06/13 at 22.00 –
    So the “The Rolling Stones and the “BBC” have finally reached an agreement over how much of “The Rolling Stones” Glastonbury concert set that the “BBC” are allowed to show, apparently “The Rolling stones” wanted the “BBC” to only broadcast four songs from the ninety minute set but now it seems that the “BBC” will be allowed to broadcast one hour of the ninety minute set, now if I was a “Rolling Stone” and don’t get me wrong because I have been and still am a rolling stone in travelling respects but unfortunately I am not a rolling stone in music respects but if I were one of “The Rolling Stones” I would make sure that the “BBC” still only got to broadcast the fours songs by playing the four longest songs in “The Rolling Stones” catalogue! “Going Home” is 11 minutes long so that is a good start, “Memory Motel” is 7 minutes long, “Fool to Cry” is 5 minutes long, “Sympathy for the Devil” is 6 minutes long but “The Rolling Stones” could quite easily make these songs each 15 minutes in length at their Glastonbury concert set and keep the “BBC” to the four songs! LOL!   20/06/13 at 22.00 –
    A director has now been chosen for the new movie which is to be made of the erotic “50 Shades of Grey”, I am just letting you know this because if ever you come home from work and find your wife has left home then you need have no fear because when that time comes she won’t have left you depending on what time she wakes up for the milkman or the breadman or the postman oh no, not at all, when “50 Shades of Grey” is finally released as a movie your wife will have joined the mega cult sequel of women going weak at the knees and this knees weakness will not only be caused by the endless hours spent standing for hours on end outside the movie house for every matinee and evening showing every day for a month or even until the movie is no longer getting shown at the movie house no longer, two things more about your wife that will be unusual at this time will be that your tea will not be in the oven and that your wife will no longer have a headache! LOL!  
    Update 20/06/13 at 19.00 –
    The encrypted “BT Sport” channels now seem to have been assigned and allocated their correct frequencies for broadcasting and they are as follows:- “BT Sport 1 SD” is on 11.526 V, “BT Sport 2 SD” is on 12.606 V, “BT Sport 1 HD” and “BT Sport 2 HD” are on 11.584 H, Symbol Rates and FEC’s for all these frequencies are 27.500 and 2/3 and all of these frequencies have both a UK and Pubs separate version of said channel on said frequency, of course the satellite is the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, once again these channels are encrypted  
    Update 20/06/13 at 19.00 –
    The channels named/numbered as “50640” and “50645” which were showing direct copies of music channels “Heat” and “Magic have now been removed, “Heat” and “Magic” are still broadcasting on their official frequency of 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east  
    Update 20/06/13 at 18.00 –
    This is an
    Update on the new erotic channel “Hallo TV” which is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, (see 18/06 for previous reference), I did finally receive an e-mail reply from “Hallo TV” regarding the why’s and how’s of their encrypted evening/nightime programme strand and the smartcard needed, the encrypted programmes will be hardcore in a variety of different languages and sourced from a variety of programme production companies, “Hallo TV” told me that the encryption standard is Conax, the viewing smartcard is a single once only fee costing €29.90, the card is then good, there is no further cost, no further monthly fee, unfortunately all the smartcards that “Hallo TV” had have been already sold and they are waiting for some more smartcards to be delivered from Conax, about ten weeks they must wait apparently, so that means you will/would have to wait about ten weeks for a “Hallo TV” smartcard and the hardcore programming that they promise, a bit long to wait for the second coming let alone the first coming! LOL! And in the true spirit of erotica you can rest assured that I will keep on doing it again and keep on top of this and of course investigate further! LOL! seriously I will keep on this, I will at a later date following up for further developments and
    Updates, my German language skills really do come in handy for instances and specifics such as this   20/06/13 at 09.30 –
    It’s Hotter than July! July sees some changes at the Eutelsat Hotbird 13 degrees east satellite position because of some latest developments at another of Eutelsat’s satellite positions, to use Eutelsat’s own words “The entry into service of Eutelsat 3D at the 3 degrees east satellite position enables Eutelsat to initiate enhancements to its fleet that will bring higher in-orbit security and increased capacity”, so what is going to be happening is that Eutelsat 3C which is currently at the 3 degrees east satellite position but has had all it’s transponders/frequencies/channels transferred to this new Eutelsat 3D satellite at 3 degrees east will be moved in early July from 3 degrees east to 13 degrees east which is the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite position, at this stage Eutelsat 3C will be renamed Eutelsat Hotbird 13D, it will operate at the 13 degrees satellite position together with the existing and identical Hotbird satellites which are Eutelsat 13B and Eutelsat Hotbird 13C, following Eutesat 13D’s arrival at 13 degrees east the currently 13 degrees east Eutelsat 13A satellite will be surplus to requirements and will be moved to the 8 degrees east satellite position to serve the Middle East and North Africa,a t this stage Eutelsat Hotbird 13A will be renamed as Eutelsat 8 West B. This Eutelsat Hotbird satellite change couild posibly mean that viewers in remote edge of footprint areas of the current Eutelsat Hotbird 13A satellite beam may notice some changes in reception conditions when Eutelsat 13D takes over from Eutelsat 13A, some of the interesting free to air channels which are currently on Eutelsat 13A are “Thai Global Network”, “BBC World News”, “Rai’s 1, 2, and 3”, “ZDF”, “RTL CH”, “RTL 2 CH”, “ARTE France”, “TV 5 Monde”, and many of the English language news channels, as I said, there is only a chance of viewers in very outlying areas of the Eutelsat Hotbird 13D footprint possibly being affected by different reception conditions following the transfer of these channels to Eutelsat 13 but having said that viewers who are well within the main footprint of Eutelsat Hotbird 13D may also se a change in reception conditions, a change for the better with improved signal on 13D in comparison with 13A as some of the frequencies on 13A can be slightly problematic with signal strengths at times, we will observe these Eutelsat changes with interest, the Eutelsat article in question can be found HERE  
    Update 20/06/13 at 09.30 –
    I posted last month about “Perspolis TV” which is a new channel that has appeared which is currently broadcasting an “information card” on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.317 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, my hope was for “Perspolis TV” with a name like “Pers….” that it could possibly be a another one of the what I like to call “Hotbird Iran Channels” which would mean another channel that shows English language films and series, that was and is my hope and the “Perspolis TV” graphic below does give me some hope that my wish might quite possibly may be granted, but I am not raising my hopes up too much, “AAA Sport” materialised not (yet!)   20/06/13 at 09.30 –
    A new Arabic/Persian channel called “Marjaeyat” has appeared on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.317 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, judging from the on screen channel ident it does not look too promising  
    Update 19/06/13 at 20.00 –
    As I have alluded to a couple of days ago and in light of the recent announcement by “SES-Astra” that the Astra 2E satellite will now be launched on the 21st of July, 2013 (local time Kazakhstan) I am still suspecting that the Astra 2E satellite will be launched on the evening of the 20th of July, 2013 (local time UK and Central Europe), It is still very possible!  
    Update 19/06/13 at 20.00 –
    I see that “SES-Astra” have been very busy in Asia lately signing capacity agreements for the broadcasting of services via various satellites to the region, agreements have been signed for distribution to Pakistan, Taiwan, The Philippines, and Thailand, this is good news for Asia but of course the Pay TV market in Asia whilst growing at an alarming rate can also be an expensive and out of reach option for the ordinary Asian whose work salary in not the best, take Thailand for instance, the main Pay TV operator in Thailand is “True Visions”, to subscribe to the top “Platinum” package which has 145 channels would cost monthly 2,000 Thai Baht for the channel package and an extra 155 Thai Baht fee for the equipment rental, this would be 2,155 Thai Baht monthly which in British Pounds would be 45 Pounds, not exactly cheap for Asia considering the well known low work salaries paid, add to this, the extra individual costing premium channels packages such as the “HBO”, “Discovery”, and “Disney” which would cost 370 Thai Baht on top monthly this would then bring the total monthly outlay to 2,525 Thai Baht which is 53 British Pounds monthly, a lot of money for your average Thai and average Asian in general because the other Asian countries would have a similar cost for their own Pay TV local varieties of a “True Visions”/”Sky” type service, and mark my words, there are now Pay TV services of the “True Visions”/”Sky” variety in every country in Asia, as I said, it is not exactly cheap for your average Asian citizen or in this instance Thai citizen, a Thai national could buy a month’s worth of food for the 2,525 Thai Baht per month or 53 British Pounds per month that it costs for the full package of Pay TV, luckily there is a plethora of free channels dotted around the Asian satellite arc and many Asian countries do have Free TV channels available on satellite but like every country in the world, the Free TV is nowhere near as good as the Pay TV, but without a doubt the Asian market is a very big market for the satellite companies, Asian satellite television means big profits for the satellite companies and who can blame them for their massive expansion in Asian capacity but 53 British Pounds/2,525 Thai Baht a month is a lot of money for the UK/European satellite viewer to stomach so imagine how the Thai (and Asian) satellite viewer feels about it, my Thailand example of Pay TV pricing puts it into a little more perspective don’t you think? For your reference purposes the “True Visions” website can be found HERE and your feedback on this piece is most welcome   19/06/13 at 20.00 –
    “SES-Astra” have announced that their current President and CEO “Romain Bausch” is stepping down in April, 2014 and the new President and CEO from that date will be “Karim Michel Sabbagh”, I wonder if this change will mean a possible change for the better on the information giving and releasing side! LOL!, I very much doubt it but it would be nice if it did! LOL!, besides April 2014 will be after the “Astra 2G” satellite launch, we will all have lost interest in any information of any sort by then! LOL!  
    Update 19/06/13 at 19.00 –
    There is a new test card which has appeared as the “55211” named/numbered channel which is on 11.343 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is showing and “Arqiva MCR” test card  
    Update 19/06/13 at 19.00 –
    And talking of chat channels (see below!) the German language channel named as “Joiz” on 12.460 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east which has had an on screen ident for a while now will officially launch on the 5th of August, 2013, as I said, “Joiz” will be a chat and social media channel  
    Update 19/06/13 at 19.00 –
    There is a new testing channel which has appeared as the “55301” named/numbered channel on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is “Cruzr” which will be a Gay chat/dating channel  
    Update 19/06/13 at 19.00 –
    The long time testing “TVC” named/numbered channel which is on 12.606 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east has now been officially launched named as “TVC News”, this channel is English language news from Nigeria  
    Update 19/06/13 at 19.00 –
    The encrypted “3903” named/numbered channel which was on 10.936 V on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east is now “Watch HD” , there was some speculation from some quarters that “3903” was going to be “UTV HD”, it is now proven to be not the case, I have told you before and I will say it again, I do not expect “UTV HD” (or “STV HD”) to be officially launched until after the “Astra 2E” satellite is officially in service, we are talking more like Quarter 4 of this year for these two channels I am thinking  
    Update 19/06/13 at 19.00 –
    “ATV International” the Azerbaijani channel on 11.200 V, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east has now been renamed as “CBC TV”, this channel is still free to air though but please do not think that this channel is “CBC TV” Canada because it most certainly is not! LOL! Does anyone know if this channel still carries the Azerbaijani News in English?  
    Update 19/06/13 at 19.00 –
    The new test card channel called “Truth TV” which appeared on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 10.723 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4 now has some Arabic programming, so that is that, thee is nothing of interest on this channel for us non Arabicians then! LOL!  
    Update 19/06/13 at 19.00 –
    The “Ultra HD” channel which was testing on 10.906 V on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east seems to have been removed, whether this is temporary or not is not clear, I have previously observed this channel off in the evening  
    Update 18/06/13 at 21.00 –
    Astra 2E is manufactured by Astrium and on the Astrium website there is a nice little animation sequence which is especially good for my not so technical and/or new to satellite technology readers, if you are at a loss as to what makes a satellite it does not get much better than this little animated explanation, this really should win an award for it’s simple and clear explanation and description of all the different elements that make up a communications satellite and their various functions, I will link the page soon but once on the page please scroll down the page, put your mouse over the play icon, then once the animated satellite separates put your mouse over the different parts of the separated satellite for more information about that particular part of the satellite and what it is for, the page is HERE , NJOY!  
    Update 18/06/13 at 21.00 –
    Two Astra 2E photos from SES-Astra This one is Astra 2E being unloaded from its transport casing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan And this one is Astra 2E having safely arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan  
    Update 18/06/13 at 18.30 –
    I should have posted the following last night but some “Astra 2E” developments took precedence, the “8900” BBC Red Button HD channel on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east has since last night been removed, this is still currently so at my time of writing, “8900” is removed, it is not there, it is gone, no amount of channel searching will bring in this channel at this time of writing, obviously this is only temporary because the “BBC Red Button HD” channel is needed very soon, some last minute technical fine tuning of this channel springs to mind  
    Update 18/06/13 at 18.30 –
    Further developments regarding the Greek state broadcaster “ERT” which closed by the Greek government, a Greek court has ruled that while the Greek government had the right to close “ERT” and has the right to replace “ERT” with a new restructured streamlined smaller “ERT” the court also ruled that “ERT” should be put back on air until the “ERT” restructuring can take place, there is a possibility that “ERT” could be back on the air late on Wednesday because there is a meeting of the Greek government and it’s coalition partners scheduled for Wednesday to discuss this matter and the latest developments, “ERT World” is currently still off air on satellite  
    Update 18/06/13 at 18.30 –
    The new erotic channel “Hallo TV” which I have told you about previously has now officially launched, this channel is free in the daytimes and encrypted in Conax in the nightimes, 1825-0450 UK time/1925-0550 is the encrypted broadcasting time, “Hallo TV” is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 and it has three different language streams (German, Spanish, and Polish) and is channel named as such, one further thing of note is that my two e-mails to “Hallo TV” have yielded no response, never mind and in the full spirit of erotic television, I will do it again! LOL!  
    Update 18/06/13 at 10.00 –
    A further
    Update regarding yesterday’s announcement by “SES-Astra” that the Astra 2E satellite “will now be processed for a July 21st launch (local time Baikonur) on board a Proton launch vehicle.” is that I am reliably informed that no actual launch time has been allocated yet at this stage. And yet again, it is “Rob’s Satellite TV” giving it to you baby!  
    Update 18/06/13 at 10.00 –
    The “ILS” (International Launch Services) who are the responsible party regarding for the “Proton-M/Briz-M” rocket launch of the Astra 2E satellite now have a dedicated “current mission” Astra 2E page, see HERE  
    Update 17/06/13 at 20.00 –
    In light of no further information or clarification such as time of launch regarding today’s announcement by “SES-Astra” that the Astra 2E satellite will now be launched on the 21st of July, 2013 (local time Kazakhstan) can I presume that the Astra 2E satellite will be launched on the evening of the 20th of July, 2013 (local time UK and Central Europe)? It is very possible!  
    Update 17/06/13 at 18.30 –
    An Astra 2E
    Update from “SES-Astra” is that the Astra 2E satellite “has safely arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft will now be processed for a July 21st launch (local time Baikonur) on board a Proton launch vehicle.”, and that Astra 2E “will carry 60 Ku-band transponders, as well as 3 wideband Ka-band transponders. It will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa”. More to come on all this soon  
    Update 16/06/13 at 21.00 –
    A further not so good
    Update on the Greek “ERT”  situation is that the “ERT World” channel feed that was set up by the “EBU” to circumvent the Greek government’s removal of all “ERT” channels has now been removed from the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 10.815 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6, the Greek government in their infinite wisdom have still not seen the error of what they are doing here, they must have pulled the plug for sure this time! What I do find odd is that the Greek parliament channel “Kanali Voulis” is still broadcasting, if the Greek government are correct with their reasons citing corruption for closing “ERT” then surely they should have started at home, by closing the Greek governments and parliament and government, experience dictates that there is no bigger corruptions taking place than what is found in governments and parliaments worldwide, but of course in Greece like all other worldwide countries governments and parliaments will not do anything to fix their own corruptions of their own making and benefiting, me thinks that at the time of the the next Greek election the people will have their say, whenever the next election is but it could very well be sooner! Or is this latest “ERT World” outage because the “EBU” are the same as “SES-Astra” in that they both do not work Sundays! Possible?!   16/06/13 at 19.00 –
    All I want for Christmas is a “Google Loon Balloon”! Never mind the third world, many of us in the first world are devoid of reliable internet coverage, we are the ones who are really in need of some balloons! LOL! See HERE  
    Update 16/06/13 at 19.00 –
    A further
    Update on the “BBC Red Button” channels is that BBC Red Button 3 SD  which is the channel named/numbered as “54381” is now showing the “BBC Red Button” looped promo, the very nice scenery film thing has now gone, this means that all the “BBC Red Button” streams are all now set up nicely and ready and waiting for the BBC Wimbledon tennis tournament and the Glastonbury music festival, all we need now is for all of these “BC Red Button” channels to make an appearance on the UK’s Sky platform, we wait and see but as there is a little divorce going on could this be the cause of the delay?! LOL!  
    Update 16/06/13 at 19.00 –
    A little bit of news that I did not get round to posting previously is that “Controversial TV” has ceased programming and has been removed fron the UK’s “Sky” platform channel list, this channel currently has an on screen card that says “We Apologise for the interruption caused by technical problems. Normal programming will resume shortly.”, what the problem ios with “Controversial TV” I do not know but as a lot of it’s programming was of the controversial and alternative nature I think that we should be be starting a conspiracy theory as to why “Controversial TV” is off air, or maybe it is just a cash or lack of cash issue, “Controversial TV” in it’s current form is on 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28.5 degrees east satellite at 28.5 degrees east  
    Update 14/06/13 at 18.30 –
    Latest “Astra 2E” news is that this satellite arrived this morning at the “Baikonur Cosmodrome” launch site in Kazakhstan where it will now undergo full and thorough testing, everything will be checked and double checked so that “Asta 2E” is 100% fit and ready for a successful and problem free launch on the 19th of July, 2013  
    Update 14/06/13 at 17.00 –
    An
    Update on the “BBC Red Button” channels is that they have all now appeared on the UK’s “Freesat” platform channel list, they are numbered a follows:- BBC Red Button HD is on 980, BBC Red Button 1 SD is on 981, BBC Red Button 2 SD is on 982, and BBC Red Button 3 SD is on 983, there is still no appearance on the UK’s “Sky” platform channel list so discussions must be ongoing, naturally all these channels are free to air and frequency information if further down this page or on my frequencies pages  
    Update 14/06/13 at 17.00 –
    An
    Update regarding the forthcoming Israeli news channel “i24 News” which will broadcast in English, French, and Arabic, this channel has already appeared as a testing channel on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.470 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, it has now also appeared testing on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.067 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 named as “I24 NEWS”, the “i24 News” website can be found HERE   14/06/13 at 17.00 –
    A new test card channel called “Truth TV” has appeared on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, frequency details are 10.723 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4   14/06/13 at 15.00 –
    The free to air “TCM HD” which is the channel named/numbered as “3906” on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 12.226 H, SR 29.500, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 QPSK has now been encrypted, it was nice while it lasted!   13/06/13 at 19.00 –
    The new free to air German channel “ProSieben MAXX” from the “ProSiebenSat.1 Group” which has previously been announced as in the planning stage will officially launch in the beginning of September of 2013, the “ProSieben MAXX” programme strand will be children’s programming in the morning and afternoon with evening and nightime programming strand being targeted at the male 30-50 age group, “ProSiebenSat.1” have wanted have a free to air channel for men for a long time following the success of the “Sixx” channel which targets the womens market, of course the childrens market is very important to any broadcaster and “ProSiebenSat.1” are sort of lacking in this department which would explain why the “ProSieben MAXX” daytime schedule will be for the little and bigger little ones, no frequency information as yet  
    Update 13/06/13 at 17.00 –
    An
    Update on the Greek “ERT”  situation is that the “ERT World” channel has not reappeared on satellite television as the “ERT” news channel “Net”, this reactivation for want of a better word of an “ERT” channel on satellite has happen because of a couple of reasons, because “ERT” staff are still occupying the “ERT” headquarters, because the “EBU” (European Broadcasting Union) always has a direct live feed link to and from all the broadcast members “EBU” which includes our very ownt “BBC” but more importantly in this instance it includes “ERT”, because of this the “EBU” is able to take the studio feed which is still being broadcast by the staff still in the “ERT” building and rebroadcast it via satellite again, further information is that some international broadcasters have come out in sympathy and have made special programmes available for the “ERT/NET” to broadcast, I am currently looking at this “ERT/NET” channel and I see that there are still many, many Greek people outside the “ERT” broadcasting centre in Athens still showing their disgust at this decision by the Greek government to close “ERT”, they are there also to show their support for the staff of “ERT” who are still continuing to broadcast, credit where credit is due, excellent stuff from the “ERT” staff and the “EBU” and the wider international community, “ERT World” showing “NET” is on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 10.815 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6  
    Update 13/06/13 at 17.00 –
    The channel named/numbered as “52085”, has now been officially launched and has become “Muslim World Network”, the frequency details are 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 frequency on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east  
    Update 13/06/13 at 12.00 –
    All the “Eurosport International”, “Eurosport 2 International”, and “Eurosport 2 NE” different language channels on 11.240 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east which were free to air have now been encrypted again, it was nice while it lasted!  
    Update 13/06/13 at 08.30 –
    The “8900” BBC Red Button HD channel on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east which had the video and audio feed removed has now got the correct video and audio feed for this BBC Red Button HD channel, it is currently showing a BBC Red Button looped promo before switching to live tennis from Queens Club, also an
    Update to the “BBC Red Button 2” and “BBC Red Button 3” channels on 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is that the channel named/numbered as “54380” is also showing the BBC Red Button looped promo but the channel named/numbered as “54381” is currently still showing the BBC Scenery looped promo thing but it should not be too long before this channel also goes to showing the BBC Red Button looped promo, both “54380” and “54381” now have “BBC Red Button” as the EPG information  
    Update 12/06/13 at 22.30 –
    So now that we know that the “Astra 2E” satellite is to be tested at the 43.5 degrees east orbital position following it’s launch on July the 19th at 22.43 UK time/23.43 Central European time/21.43 UTC-GMT what is next? The launch and early orbit phase will last approximately ten days, this is because following the Astra 2E launch it will need many tests both before, during, and after it’s placement at 43.5 degrees east before “Astra 2E” can be officially handed over to “SES-Astra” who will then commence their own period of testing, so allowing for a ten day period we can expect “SES-Astra” to be given full control of “Astra 2E” sometime around the 29th/30th of July, following this handover “SES-Astra” should then commence it’s own period of the testing of “Astra 2E”, it is not known how long this period of testing will take but I feel sure that this will be a period of intense testing because “SES-Astra” have a timetable in place and they would like “Astra 2E” to be officially operational at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position by the beginning of September. 2013 so I think “SES-Astra” will have everyone working the weekends too and all holidays will be cancelled, I would anticipate that some “SES-Astra” emplyees have already taken their holidays, this is not dissimilar to all of us too, I will place a bet that none of you have holidays booked for the July/August period, this period of “SES-Astra” testing of “Astra 2E” at the 43.5 degrees east satellite position should have been completed by the third week of August in which case “Astra 2E” can then be moved to the 28.2 degrees east satellite position where it should have arrived at said 28.2 degrees east satellite position by the end of August all ready for and awaiting official activations and channel changes and moves from other satellites according to the bigger “SES-Astra” plan, I hope that this brings some clarity to teh situation for all of you, naturally “Rob’s Satellite TV” is the place to to be to find out all the latest developments regarding the “Astra 2E” launch, testing, and subsequent in service news, just like it was when “Astra 1N” and “Astra 2F” were launched and “Astra 2B” was cleared when “Rob” told everyone what would be happening and his many internet “trolls” told him he was wrong, “Rob” was right and his many internet “trolls” were wrong! Enough said!  
    Update 12/06/13 at 20.00 –
    The “Astra 2E” satellite is to be tested at the 43.5 degrees east orbital position following it’s launch on July the 19th, this is the same satellite position that the “Astra 2F” satellite was tested at  
    Update 12/06/13 at 20.00 –
    The “8900” BBC Red Button HD channel on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east has now had the video and audio feed removed, this is a normal procedure so that the BBC can ready the correct video and audio feed that will be used for tomorrow’s official launch of the “BBC Red Button HD” channel   12/06/13 at 20.00 –
    All the “Eurosport International”, “Eurosport 2 International”, and “Eurosport 2 NE” different language channels on 11.240 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east are currently free to air   12/06/13 at 13.00 –
    “TCM HD” is now being shown free to air on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, the frequency details for this channel are 12.226 H, SR 29.500, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 QPSK, and “TCM HD” can be found as the channel named/numbered “3906”, many thanks go to “Notty” for this one  
    Update 11/06/13 at 22.43 –
    An
    Update on the Greek “ERT”  situation (see below) is that the “ERT World” channel went off air at a few seconds before 22.43 UK time which would have been a few seconds before 00.43 in the early hours of Wednesday the 12th of June in Greece, before this channel was taken off air I observed masses and masses of people gathered outside “ERT” broadcast centre in Athens obviously there to show their anger and displeasure at the Greek governments decision to close “ERT” and it is now evident that the Greek government have carried out their wishes, this really is a serious thing that has been done, this is the same as if the British government closed down the BBC, it really is not a good move at all for all parties concerned, there will be no winners here, there will be only losers and we can be sure to expect more problems to come in Greece   11/06/13 at 20.00 –
    The latest austerity measure announced by Greece is that it will close the television and radio channels of “ERT” which is the Greek state broadcaster, corruption and mismanagement are the apparent reasons of justification for this closure, “ERT” will apparently be reopened at a later date with a smaller staff, the expectation is that “ERT” will be closed down at 24.00 midnight Greek time tonight, Greece is two hours ahead of UK time so that will be 22.00 UK time tonight   11/06/13 at 18.30 –
    We know that “Ultra HD” is the future but could “S2 Extensions” be the future too? This is from the “SES Astra” website :- “The satellite industry reached a consensus on the fact that a successor to the DVB-S2 standard would be required to accommodate increased interoperability and growth in the satellite communications market. Newtec has taken the lead and teamed up with other DVB members to define and develop the
    Updates on the DVB-S2 standard. When comparing the current DVB-S2 standard against the full implementation of S2 Extensions efficiency gains up to 37% can be achieved.”, see the full detailed article HERE   11/06/13 at 16.30 –
    A looped promo video has replaced the test card that was on the channel named/numbered as “52085”, this channel will officially become “Muslim World Network” and it broadcasts on the 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 frequency on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east   11/06/13 at 10.30 –
    The following was sent to my mailbox by one of my members and it makes for interesting reading, as with everything else what is usually started in America is usually followed by Europe copying it, the FCC (Federal Communication Commission) is considering a change of definition of “multichannel video programming distributor” to include Internet based programme providers such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon, Apple and Hulu, for more see HERE , now as much as we would be against and we would not like a change of definition such as this it actually does make a lot of sense for the regulators to consider a move such as this, more and more television is being watched online either as live or as extra content and as time goes by even more and more television viewers will be internet viewers, mark my words, this change of definition of “multichannel video programming distributor” to include Internet based programme providers is coming, and it is coming soon, it will come soon to America and it will come soon after that soon to Europe   11/06/13 at 10.30 –
    A new encrypted channel named/numbered as “3903” has appeared on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, the frequency details are 10.936 V, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK, there is a lot of speculation regarding this channel in that it could be for the long awaited Northern Ireland ITV region “UTV HD” channel but this channel is encrypted as I said so it begs the question why is it encrypted if it is to be “UTV HD”, I don’t recall “UTV Live” having anything worth encrypting, no I think not is the answer to “UTV HD” appearing on the channel named/numbered as “3903, “Rob” is still standing by his long ago earlier prediction that “UTV HD” and “STV HD” will not be officially launched until after the “Astra 2E” satellite is officially operational and officially in service, see below too!   11/06/13 at 10.30 –
    The “STV HD” channel named/numbered as “3855” which is on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.936 V, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK and which last week had an addition/activation of “Test Event” EPG information has now had said “Test Event” EPG information removed, as I said in my previous posting on this matter, “this looks promising or not”!   11/06/13 at 10.30 –
    A new “Ultra HD” channel has started on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, the frequency details are 10.906 V, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK, this is free to air  
    Update 10/06/13 at 1900 –
    The BBC have now announced their “BBC Red Button” plans and it is as we thought, the BBC following last year’s closure of all but one of it’s Red Button streams found themselves short of Red Button streams for this summer’s sports and music events, the Wimbledon tennis tournaments and the Glastonbury music festival being the two main culprits, so what they are doing as a solution is to have some extra short term Red Button streams to accommodate extra coverage for these extra special events, also being started is a BBC Red Button HD channel which is most welcome, all of this is nothing that we had not already worked out for ourselves but it is always nice to get the official confirmations, so the situation will be as follows, BBC Red Button 1 SD which is the long time only BBC Red Button channel on 10.773 H is active and is broadcasting a full schedule, BBC Red Button HD on 11.023 H is all ready to be officially launched with regular programming and this will happen on the 13th of June, BBC Red Button 2 SD and BBC Red Button 3 SD both on 12.643 V will eb officially launched on the 24th of June, for much more information see HERE    09/06/13 at 17.30 –
    I have many “pending” applications to become a member of “Rob’s” forum and website, these applications are awaiting my approval, if you are one who has signed up but not yet been accepted I have sent you a follow up e-mail from which needs a reply before I accept you, everyone who is “pending” has been sent an e-mail, please check your “Spam” box if it is not in your regular inbox, no reply means no acceptance   09/06/13 at 17.30 –
    My “Live FTA Sports” page has received it’s weekly
    Update and can be found HERE   09/06/13 at 17.30 –
    First it was the BBC’s “Goodbye Television Centre” now it is ITV Granada’s “Goodbye Granadaland”, a special networked tribute programme is on “ITV” at 2030 BST/2130 CET” this Saturday Evening (15th June), called “Goodbye Granadaland” it should be worth a look, there will be many stars past and present paying tribute to “Granada”, I have many fond memories of “Granada” or “Grandad” as it was known in our house! “Granada” really was the best of the “ITV” regions in the better days of ITV when they were ITV regions and as far as I am concerned “Granada” WAS the “ITV Network” in those days too   09/06/13 at 17.30 –
    Another English language radio find on theEutelsat Hortbird satellite at 13 degrees east is “OMAN R2”, as the name implies this channel comes from Oman in the Middle East but the good news is that this is the English language FM service of “Radio Sultanate of Oman” and it features some very good music and what seems like American DJ’s, “OMAN R2” is basically an English non stop pop music station  but in Oman, when I say non stop please be aware that this station closes down at 2100 GMT/2200 BST/2300 CET, I have not yet checked the start time but it is probably in the early hours of our morning considering what the time difference is between your house and the houses in Oman! Sorry but information is very scarce on this station, the official website programme schedule is way out of date but it does say that this channel is on 90.4 FM in Oman but so does the on air announcements! The frequency details for “OMAN R2” are 12.654 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this is quite a good radio station. NJOY!   09/06/13 at 17.30 –
    “iLike TV” is an Italian free to air channel on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite, this channel whilst mostly in the Italian language it does have some English language programming with embedded Italian on screen subtitles, a programme noted in the English language is the BBC’s “Sun, Sex, and Suspicious Parents”, the frequency details for “iLike TV” is 10.949 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and their programme guide can be found HERE  
    Update 09/06/13 at 17.30 –
    “AAA Sport” which was testing and is a sister channel top “AAA Family” is now showing the same programmes as “AAA Family”, the video and audio “PIDS” are the same, whether anything is to come of “AAA Sport” following this now simulcasting remains to be seen, both of these are available free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4   09/06/13 at 17.30 –
    Some Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east news, xactly one month after it should have happened the “!” in “Kix!” has now gone, gone since the 7th of June actually but what is strange is that the “!” has only gone from the channel name label whic is now “Kix”, the on screen channel identification still remains as “Kix!”, how starnge is that! “The Twilight Zone” or what! “Kix” is on 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3  
    Update 07/06/13 at 12.00 –
    An
    Update on the BBC Red Button channels situation, “6390” and “8900” have now been added to the UK’s “Freesat” platform receivers EPG channel list as “BBC RB 1” on channel number 981 and “BBC RB HD” on channel number 980 respectively, I have not seen that these channels have been added to the UK’s “Sky” platform receivers as yet, of course these two channels are free to air and can be received on a completely free to air receiver too, “6390” is on 10.773 H and “8900” is on 11.023 H on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east   06/06/13 at 18.30 –
    The “6390” BBC Red Button channel on 10.773 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east now has the correct EPG (electronic programme guide) programme information included   05/06/13 at 19.00 –
    A new radio station of interest has appeared on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite frequency of 11.623 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 called “Global Star”, this is an American talk radio station and from what I have heard so far it does seem to have an alternative viewpoint, the programming I have listened to seems to resemble this programme HERE , “Global Star” will be liked by my readers who like an alternative viewpoint with a little dash of conspiracy thrown in, “Global Star” will also be welcomed by any Americans living in Europe who are looking for a little American radio from home, for American radio fans there is now a nice little American radio bouquet on Hotbird with this latest addition, “NPR”, “VOA Music Mix”, and now “Global Star”, all different and all with something of interest  
    Update 05/06/13 at 19.00 –
    An
    Update regarding the free to air “BT Sport 1” on 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east which has been showing a looped “cut” of the children’s channel “Boing” free to air, this channel has now been completely removed, the Boing video and audio and the BT Sport 1 named channel label, it has all been removed  
    Update 05/06/13 at 19.00 –
    An
    Update regarding the new “True Drama” channel that appeared on 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, “True Drama” is on the Sky UK’s “Sky”platform receivers channel list at 237, I have now checked my “Freesat” receiver and “True Drama” is not on the UK’s “Freesat” platform receivers channel list, this channel is a free to air channel so it can be added to any receiver by inputtinmg the correct frequency details that I have given you   05/06/13 at 01.00 –
    Don’t you find it strange that the nightime “ITV” gambling strand “Jackpot 247” has a Channel Islands address , is licensed and regulated in the Channel Islands but cannot be played by people in the Channel Islands, Jackpot 247 is not even shown on ITV Channel Islands television, a little unfair don’t you think?! It’s a little bit like Europe getting televised English Premier League football Saturday 3PM games but the UK does not, it is not on!   04/06/13 at 22.00 –
    A further, further
    Update to this recent 28.2 degrees east frequency channel loss situation, an “ITV” on air announcement was as follows :- “Due to earlier technical problems in some regions there will be another chance to see tonight’s Emmerdale at ten thirty five tonight”   04/06/13 at 21.30 –
    A further, further
    Update to this recent 28.2 degrees east frequency channel loss situation, The following comes from “ITV” :- “Following technical problems at our service provider Arqiva, Dsat viewers had some transmission problems. Normal service is now restored”, if I could just add that the choice of phraseology on the part of “ITV” in that statement was not really apt, it was “Arqiva” had the transmission problems not the viewer, by the way for those of you who do not know who “Arqiva” are they are the “uplinker” of said satellite signals   04/06/13 at 20.35 –
    A further
    Update to this recent 28.2 degrees east frequency channel loss situation, 10.891 H channels are now back on air, everything now seems to be back to normal following this “channels outage”   04/06/13 at 20.20 –

    Update to this recent 28.2 degrees east frequency channel loss situation, 10.832 H channels are now back on air, as I type this 10.906 V channels have also come back on air, we await 10.891 which is at the time of writing is still currently at an all channels off air situation   04/06/13 at 20.00 –
    There are currently problems being experienced at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position regarding some “ITV” transponders/frequencies, In summary 10.832 H, 10.891 H, and 10.906 V currently have problems, they all have signal, they currently do not have the actual channels showing on screen, whether this is strictly an “ITV” problem or something a little more sinister is yet to be determined, if you are suddenly not receiving some “ITV” channels it is not a problem with your satellite set up, what it is is an “SES-Astra” and/or an “ITV” problem, 10.758 V is an “ITV” frequency with no problems so “ITV London” on this frequency is the best current alternative “ITV” channel if you are one of those people who have lost your main “ITV” channel

    Rob
      04/06/13 at 12.00 –
    This concerns the taking of information contained on this website and posting said information on other websites and forums elsewhere without single mention of the fact that the information came from “Rob’s”, this is a message and request to those people, yesterday this page was visited by a particular person four times, the fourth occasion of said visit was following my updating this page, I then see my information posted elsewhere by this person without a single mention about where the information came from, this type off activity is quite a common occurrence regarding information contained on “Rob’s Satellite TV”, would you believe that only recently one very well known website actually accused me of copying my own words that were copied from my site and placed on his website! These are the kind of repercussions that result because of your inabilities and downright deceits in not saying that the information came from here, this website’s information has been “cut and pasted” more often than a large commercial wallpaper putter upper company cut and pastes in a very busy week, taking and using of this website’s information is OK if you give me due and deserved credit, taking and using of this website’s information is not OK if you do not give me due and deserved credit, it clearly states on my website that a link is required, is it not too much to ask that you please adhere to my request or at least say that it came from “Rob’s Satellite TV”, I spend an enormous amount of time researching, searching and finding stuff out and then putting it up on my website for you all to see and for you all to make use of, a large amount of that information consists of “firsts”, this is the reason why you visit this website because the information is good and the information is of use to you, the least you can do when taking information from my website and putting it elsewhere is to say where it came from, please play the game regarding this issue

    A little message and request to DS’ers, this taking of information from my website and then posting it on DS without giving me the credit due and deserved is happening a little too often on this forum from some posters, it clearly states on my website that a link is required, is it not too much to ask that you please adhere to my request or at least say that it came from “Rob’s Satellite TV”, I spend an enormous amount of time researching, searching and finding stuff out then putting it up on my website for you all to see and make use of, a large amount of that information consists of “firsts”, the least you can do when taking information from my website is to say where it came from
     
    Update 04/06/13 at 12.00 –
    A little further information regarding yesterday’s successful launch of the “SES-Astra” satellite “SES-6” which will be placed at the 40.5 degrees west satellite position, see HERE and HERE , a nice little appendix found at the bottom of the second link of “SES-Astra” was “The next SES launch is scheduled for July 2013, when an ILS Proton booster will orbit the ASTRA 2E spacecraft, manufactured by Astrium, from Baikonur”, it is always nice to get the official confirmations even if we already knew the information confirmed! LOL!   04/06/13 at 10.30 –
    A new channel has appeared on 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is “True Drama” and it is the replacement channel of “True Entertainment +1”, “True Drama” is on the Sky UK receiver’s channel list at 237, I have not yet checked the UK’s Freesat receiver’s to see if it is on there, anyone know? This channel is a free to air channel   03/06/13 at 20.00 –
    This looks promising or not, the long time testing “3855” (STV HD) channel on 10.936 V has had “Test Event” EPG information currently added, this could be something or it could be nothing bearing in mind that “10225” (STV+1) on 10.906 V has had EPG information for ever and some more!   03/06/13 at 20.00 –
    “Hallo TV” which I have told you about previously will it turns out be an Erotic channel which will be free in the daytimes and encrypted in Conax in the nightimes, “Hallo TV” is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 and it has three different language streams (German, Spanish, and Polish) and is channel named as such, gasps and screams in three different languages and all at the same time, this is a new one on me, is this the future for erotica, a sort of second coming for erotica! LOL! “Hallo TV” website is HERE and “Hallo TV” launches or should I say it will be coming on the 17th of June! LOL!   03/06/13 at 19.30 –
    The free to air “BT Sport 1” on 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is now showing the children’s channel “Boing”, previously it was only showing a black screen with a “Boing” on screen logo, the downside of this is that the “Boing” that they are currently showing is a looped segment of “Boing Italy” and “Boing France”, an old loop at that, please note that this broadcast is not live “Boing Italy” or “Boing France” and that the audio contained in this loop could and does vary with English, French, and Italian noted at different times   03/06/13 at 19.30 –
    The religious television channel “Inspiration” has started broadcasting on 11.259 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is named/numbered as “52119” when you channel search, this appearance is a probable frequency change because “Inspiration” is currently officially broadcasting on 12.643 H on the same satellite  
    Update 03/06/13 at 19.30 –
    The two new “BBC Red Button” channels that appeared on 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east are now showing a “BBC Red Button” looped video, the two channels in question are named/numbered as “54380” and “54381”   03/06/13 at 19.30 –
    It seems that my post about “Press TV” and it’s problems dated “31/05/13 at 20.00″ was a little misleading in the fact that “Press TV” is still broadcasting on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, upon reading the piece again it is quite evident that I neglected to say that the latest “Press TV” removal was only a short term and that it was soon back on air, for this I apologise, I hope this clears the matter up, “Press TV” is still on Hotbird  
    Update 03/06/13 at 19.30 –
    “SES-Astra” satellite “SES-6” which will be placed at the 40.5 degrees west satellite position has been successfully launched this morning, we now look forward to the “Astra 2E” launch which is scheduled for the 19th of July   02/06/13 at 17.30 –
    I was e-mailed a couple of days ago with the following from “David”, apparently “PSTV” which is an alternative views programming stream on the “Showcase” channels on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is to close at the end of July due to lack of monies, if you are a fan of “PSTV” and the alternative views and conspiracies that it offers and you wish to try and save this programme strand you can donate money via their website http://paradigmshifttv.wordpress.com/donate/ , alternatively you could donate to “Rob’s Satellite TV”, it is a well known fact that there is no bigger conspiracy theory in satellite television circles all over Europe than the theories regarding the legend “Rob” and “How on earth does he get everything so right?”! Rob’s Satellite TV, It’s Not Pinky and The Brain, It’s Rob and His Brain! LOL!  
    Update 02/06/13 at 17.30 –
    Just a little
    Update regarding the new “i24 News” chanenl that I reported about yesterday (scroll down), it would seem that this channel might possibly not be a time sharing blocks of different language streams after all, it could well be a channel with same video but different audio streams, it is unclear at present but the indications are that it could possibly be so with the appearance today of “i24 News Arabic” to add to yesterday’s “i24 News English” appearance, we now await for “i24 News French” to appear, as I said, scroll down to yesterday for more info   01/06/13 at 23.00 –
    There are some nice little free to air sports available on satellite television next week, see HERE   01/06/13 at 19.30 - I have a very long time ago posted here about the fact that the original “Musikladen” shows are repeated on “Radio Bremen TV” every Sunday evening, this has been the case for a very long time and now warrants another mention, please note that this is “Radio Bremen “TV” only not “NDR Fernsehen”, Musikladen” and it’s previous incarnation of “Beat Club” were German TV’s “Top of the Pops” in the 60’s, 70’s , and 80’s and featured all the acts that you would see on our very own “Top of the Pops”, tomorrow’s show is from 1978 and includes Blondie, Bonnie Tyler, Tina Turner, and Baccara amongst others, “Musikladen” is broadcast every Sunday at 1745 UK time/1845 Central European time and 12.421 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 is the “Radio Bremen TV” frequency and of course it is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east,   01/06/13 at 12.30 –
    A new channel has appeared on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.470 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, “i24 News” is an Israeli news and information channel that will broadcast in English, French, and Arabic and I am presuming that this will be done in scheduled time strands for each language, a little like “DW-TV” does for example, this channel is currently showing a looped test promo but official launch is expected this summer, “I24 News English” is the correct name when you do a channel search on your receiver, personally I am hoping that this channel is little better than the other Israeli news channel on Hotbird “Jewish News One” which in my opinion is not too good at all, the “i24 News” website can be found HERE   31/05/13 at 20.00 –
    So officialdom are ganging up on “Press TV” again, first it was removed from 28.2, then from 19.2, last year there was an episode of removal from 13.0 but it was returned, one of my contributors the other day told me that “Press TV” was gone again and it would seem that “Eutelsat” are the latest responsible party, now don’t get me wrong here, In today’s climate of fear I feel I need to state a disclaimer here in that I am not a troublemaker or anything like that but who next will be taken off the air forcibly, “Russia Today”?, “Al Jazeera News”? “Sky News”? They all have an “agenda” where does it all end, my personal great wish is for “Fox News” to be forcibly removed and taken off the air, “Fox News” is so right wing it is positively dizzy with flying in circles, and it does go in circels too, constantly propagating their same old “aganda”, will i get my wish that “Fox News” is closed down, of couse not, and I do not wish for any other channel to be closed down, everyoen has a right to a voice, please be in no doubt that “Fox News” is no different to “Press TV” for it’s one sided “propaganda”, they both have the same one sidedness, the only difference is that they have different agendas, that’s all, a little bit of common sense is all that is needed in these regarding these matters   31/05/13 at 19.30 –
    11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east sees the channel named/numbered “52085” that has appeared, this channel will be “Muslim World Network” but is currently showing a “test card”   31/05/13 at 19.30 –
    “Telekom Srbija” has signed a deal with “SES-Astra” to broadcast on the Astra 3B satellite at the 23.5 degrees east satellite position, this deal likely means that Serbian viewers and listeners who are currently enjoying the “RTS Sat” television channel and the “Radio Beograd” radio channel from the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east need to start thinking about the likelyhood of these channels being moved from the 19.2 to the 23.5 degrees east satellite position sometime in the near future because “Telekom Srbija” currently operate these two channels at 19.2 degrees east and I cannot see them staying there   31/05/13 at 19.00 –
    The German channel “1-2-3-.tv” that used to be a gaming channel but now seems to be a shopping channel with a little bit of late night/early morning “Babestation” thrown in has now started a HD version, “1-2-3.tv HD” is now broadcasting on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 10.803 H, SR 22.000 FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK, so we can now see the watches and the jewellery in HD or maybe you are more likely going to be liking the “Babestation” titties in HD much better! LOL!   31/05/13 at 19.00 –
    “Persopolis TV” is a new channel that has appeared which is currently broadcasting an “information card”, this channel is on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.317 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, my hope for this channel is that with a name like “Pers….” that it is a Persian channel which could possibly mean that “Persopolis TV” could possibly be another one of the what I like to call “Hotbird Iran Channels” which would mean another channel that shows English language films and series, this is my hope for this channel but there is currently nothing known about this channel, we wish and we wait and see!   30/05/13 at 22.00 –
    There is a small but important change on the 10.936 V frequency on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east which will affect your reception of the free to air channels ITV Central HD, ITV Meridian HD, and the channel named/numbered as 3855 which is STV HD, the new broadcast parameters for the 10.936 V frequency are SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK, please note that this frequency is no longer 8/9 and QPSK, it is now 2/3 and 8PSK   30/05/13 at 18.30 –
    Obituary - It is with great sadness that I report the death of “Richard Lee” who was a member and reader of “Rob’s”, today I received the following e-mail from his wife “Grace”, “I know Richard was very impressed with all your satellite information, and used a lot of the info he got from your site. I just wanted to let you know that, sadly, he lost his tremendous battle with cancer on 8 April, and I would be grateful if you would remove him from your mailings. He was the technical mastermind in our house, not me I’m afraid. He is very much missed.” I would just like to add that we are one big family in the satellite television community and it is with great sadness that I receive this news of the passing of “Rich”, many, many thanks for being a fan and a supporter of this website “Rich”, I am so happy that my little website did bring you so much enjoyment and joy, this is especially so in light of your illness. Rest in Peace “Rich” And on a lighter note a message from “Rob” to you all, please don’t die without telling us, you would of course be sadly and much missed but how can we miss you much if you don’t tell us that you will be missing! LOL! Please put a little bit of “Rob” in your will so that we all know when you have left the building! We are all one big satellite family here so please don’t go without telling your family! One thing that is for sure on this subject is that certain people and organisations will be so, so very happy when “Rob” leaves the building! But that is not for a bloody long time yet!  
    Update 30/05/13 at 18.30 –
    It now appears that the new “BBC Red Button” testing channels that have appeared at the “28” degrees satellite position are for the “Wimbledon” tennis tournament and the “Glastonbury” music festival, we all knew last year that the BBC would be short of extra screens for it’s enhanced extra coverage of some of the summer’s major sport and culture events so tehy have had to take out some extra temporary capacity to accommodate these events, “Wimbledon” and “Glastonbury” are part time clashing events which has obviously created a problem at BBC HQ, the problem seems to have been solved with these temporary additional channel additions which I might add are multi platform additions which means they will be on all UK platforms   29/05/13 at 21.00 –
    And talking about the BBC Red Button services (see below), two new numbered channels have appeared on 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, these two channels have unique individual “PIDS” and are carrying the same looped and BBC logoed test promo test broadcast complete with audio, the two channels are named/numbered as “54380” and “54381” and they have just got to be “BBC Red Button” channels for the upcoming “Wimbledon” tennis tournament, this must be the case in light of the recent activation of the “8900” test channel on 11.023 H which is for the same purpose, the BBC now have to go looking for frequency and channel availability because the BBC are now devoid of all but the one “Red Button” channel since their closure of all the other “Red Button” channels and the one frequency that they most frequented, I might add that at the time this closure was exclusively revealed by this website as going to be happening even before the BBC told anyone, both “54380” and “54381” are free to air channels which are broadcasting in “Standard Definition”   29/05/13 at 20.00 –
    Previously the BBC outlined their future plans for their “Red Button” coverage, this was at a time of their cost cutting exercise which resulted in their multi Red Button streamed channels being reduced to only the one, the BBC future for their Red Button and Extra coverage is online, the BBC will be implementing all sorts of connected additions, iPlayer, Smart TV, Apps, e.t.c. and they will be available to every device, this is now the way forward and it is not only the BBC’s way forward, most major broadcasters are going this way with their extended and enhanced coverage, it is getting very interesting   29/05/13 at 20.00 –
    First is was “Julian Assange” and now it is “Larry King”, Russian English language channel “RT” “Russia Today) are going to be broadcasting two shows called “Politics with Larry King” and “Larry King Now” , I was never a great lover of Larry King, when he was on “CNN” he always seemed a little too cosy with his guests, always asking the nice and easy questions, never asking the hard hitting and difficult to answer questions, too easy going by far as an interviewer, I wonder if age has hardened him, he in now 78, a good age to start thinking what the F**K! LOL!  
    Update 29/05/13 at 12.00 –
    “50455” on 11.546 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east has now been correctly named as “Zee News” and it has “programmes coming soon” EPG information, this latest move confirms what I told you previously that this test channel would be a “Zee TV” channel, stick with me, there is no one quite like Rob, always the original!   29/05/13 at 10.00 –
    Well that did not last for long! “Taquilla 1” and “Taquilla 2” are now encrypted! See below for the full!   28/05/13 at 20.00 –
    And talking of tennis (see below!), the French Open tennis (Roland Garros) is available free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, yes I know that “Eurosport Germany” is doing it but do you know that Spanish channels “Taquilla 1” and “Taquilla 2” are showing live and uninterrupted separate raw feeds of the French Open from the beginning of the day’s play until end of the day’s play? Yes two live and interrupted separate raw feeds and free to air too! “Taquilla 1” and “Taquilla 2” can be found on 10.788 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 and if you use this information on a forum please “link it”!   28/05/13 at 20.00 –
    BBC interactive “Red Button” channel “6390” now has “This is BBC Red Button” EPG information, nothing we did not know already but the same as with the new HD “8900” channel this is the BBC getting ready for the extra “Wimbledon” tennis coverage, “6900” is on 10.773 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east   28/05/13 at 20.00 –
    Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees satellite free to air channels “Heat” and “Magic” following a period of new frequency testing have now changed frequency, both of these channels can be now be found on 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, both of these channels have been removed from 11.585 H  
    Update 24/05/13 at 18.30 –
    The channel named/numbered as “8900” on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees east which has and is testing “BBC 2 England” now has EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) information stating “303” which is basically “BBC Red Button” speak, this means that “8900” is for Wimbledon Tennis Red Button HD coverage, not really a surprise as Wimbledon is imminent and the BBC are now devoid of “Red Button” capacity since they closed their dedicated multiple interactive streams frequency last year  
    Update 24/05/13 at 11.30 –
    “Teletoon+” on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east which was free to air has now been encrypted  
    Update 23/05/13 at 18.30 –
    Sky UK viewing card free to view channel “Liverpool FC TV” fans should be aware that this channel has now changed frequency, it now broadcasts on 11.307 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, it is no longer broadcasting on 11.585 H current frequency, the 11.585 H frequency is being cleared of channels and the current consensus is that it is something to do with the forthcoming “BT Sport” channels   23/05/13 at 18.30 –
    Not strictly satellite but in the days before satellite there was radio, international radio was mostly found on shortwave but mediumwave (now called AM) was very good after dark for European broadcasts and it is because of this that I bring some more sad news regarding mediumwave broadcasts, pirate radio aside, “AFN” (American Forces Network) on 873 Khz together with the “BBC World Service” on 648 Khz and “Radio Luxembourg” on 1440 Khz were three of the the most popular after dark radio stations across the whole of Europe mainly because of their programming and high power transmitters, “BBC WS 648” and “Radio Luxembourg” have long gone and now comes the sad news that “AFN 873” is going too, thjis transmitter is being switched off on May the 31st of this year, next week Friday to be precise, whilst “AFN 873” was not the high power transmitter of old but I am sure that many of my readers have listened to “AFN Europe” via this transmitter over the years, the US Sports commentaries were always there to be had and who could forget “Wolfman Jack”, see HERE , it is a shame that some of the “AFN Radio” is no longer available free to air on Eutelsat 9A at 9 degrees east too, there used to be some  
    Update 21/05/13 at 17.30 –
    “BBC 2 England HD” is now broadcasting on the channel named/numbered as “8900” on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees east, this is a testing channel and there are some brands of receiver that have problems resolving/receiving it   21/05/13 at 17.30 –
    And again the “Horror Channel” (see below!), don’t avoid the “Horror Channel” because you do not like horror movies, I am not a big fan of horror movies so I tend to avoid the “Horror Channel” in the evening/night time but this channel’s daytime schedule is a different kettle of fish showing all sorts of weird and wonderful adventure and sci-fi series, most of these real classics and the whole point of this piece is to make you aware of the daytime “Horror Channel” schedule and to tell you about the real gem which has recently started broadcasting which is the 70’s classic that ever was, “Wonder Woman”, aaah, Happy Days, no, not the “Happy Days” but “Wonder Woman”, Lynda Carter not John Carter! See HERE and “Wonder Woman” is broadcast on the “Horror Channel” every weekday evening at 1800 UK time repeated the following weekday at 0900 UK time and don’t forget “Horror Channel+1” too! Both can be found on the Eutelsat satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequencies of 11.261 H and 11.222 H respectively and both are 27.500 and 2/3 SR’s and FEC’s   21/05/13 at 17.30 –
    The “Horror” channel on 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 which was mostly simulcast of the main “Horror Channel” on 11.261 H has changed twofold, it is no longer broadcasting or called “Horror”, it is now broadcasting and called “Reality TV”, to be precise it is showing a simulcast of the “CBS Reality” channel on 11.344 H, but as previously when it was “Horror” and as it is now “Reality TV” the simulcast is still only for 21 hours daily because “Psychic TV” is still being broadcast between 2100 and 000 UK time, the “Sky UK” channel list number is still valid at 198 too! all this action is of course on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east  
    Update 21/05/13 at 17.30 –
    The free to air channel named (numbered!) as “55304” on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east has now officially launched and has been correctly named as “BON TV”, it is now showing regular scheduled programming and it can also be found on the “Sky UK” channel list at 571, BON TV is another English language Chinese channel and their website is found HERE  
    Update 21/05/13 at 17.30 –
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    Update on the test card and music channel that appeared on 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this channel has three separate channel names! “Hallo TV German”, “Hallo TV Spanish”, and “Hallo TV Polish”, website contributor “Tom” says that it would appear that “Hallo TV” is some sort of PR channel where you can buy time to air your personal video calling cards, see their website HERE, after looking at their website it would indeed appear to be so, a sort of advertise and promote with a video voxpop thingy on “Hallo TV”, they are targeting companies in the legal profession (Solicitors and Lawyers) and in the medical profession (Doctors and Clinics) e.t.c. (edit 03/06/13 link removed because it now transpires that the Hallo TV mentioned in this post is not the Hallo TV that it actually now transpires that it will be, see 03/06/13)   19/05/13 at 18.00 –
    I thought that I had seem it all regarding television channels showing sport that are not sport, you know not sport like tractor pulling and poker et al, last night I observed the latest not sport, while I was Eurovision Song Contest hunting on Hotbird I happened across live Backgammon on Kentron TV, now don’t get me wrong, I do like a game of Backgammon (and Chess for that matter) but is Backgammon a sport, of course it is not a sport!   19/05/13 at 18.00 –
    If you have ever watched a live television programme or a live news broadcast with the English subtitles switched on you will appreciate the following, if you have not then read on anyway! The UK’s regulatory body “Ofcom” wants live broadcast subtitling to be made better, this is because of the long delays before the words appear during live broadcasts, such as I have observed that sometimes the words to a news item do not appear until after the relevant news item has been replaced by the next news item, Ofcom are suggesting a time delay is implemented to the live broadcast so that the subtitles can catch up so to speak, much funnier is the often crazy mistakes in the words or wording of live broadcast subtitles, I have observed many a mistake whilst watching Sky News and/or BBC News with the subtitles switched on, it really is a laugh a minute, sometimes so out of context that it takes on a whole different funny meaning, sometimes crazy, sometimes rude, sometimes laugh out loud hilarious, you should try it sometime, never again will you watch a live broadcast without the live subtitles attached! For an idea of why you should do as I say please see the photos HERE   19/05/13 at 18.00 –
    German channel “ZDF” will again next season be showing football’s German Bundesliga highlights show from 2200 UK time every Saturday evening, even though the rights deal says that ZDF could show it earlier from 2045 UK time I think that ZDF are happy with the 2200 UK time start time because in Germany the time is 2300 which means that the “kneipe” (pub) audience is either at home or still at the bar to watch the show, bars in Germany close at 2300, 0100, or later depending on the “brand” of drinking outlet!   19/05/13 at 18.00 –
    Austrian state broadcaster “ORF” is like all other European state broadcasters having to save money, think the recent BBC cuts and you get the picture, there are rumours that one of the things that will suffer as a result of ORF having to save money is their motor sports Formula 1 coverage, Formula 1 broadcasting rights are very expensive for any broadcaster to purchase and it would be a prime candidate for saving a lot of money by not purchasing it, we await further developments, this news and the news that I have given you many times previously that ORF are in the process of changing their encryption for a more secure encryption format to stop the widespread hacking of their channels means that 2014 will be a very bleak time for the ORF F1 viewer!   19/05/13 at 18.00 –
    The following has received widespread publicity but I feel that it also needs the wider audience of “Rob’s” readers to read it and possibly use it, “Please Press 1” is a website that has been set up by someone who was so frustrated at calling companies call centres and being met with a host of menu option which kept him on the phone for what seemed like hours on end before he found the right option or was connected to the right person, this guy is a God because his website has listed all the menu options you will ever need for all sorts of major companies in the UK, see HERE , and naturally Sky UK page is HERE   16/05/13 at 22.30 –
    Sky UK viewing card free to view channel “Liverpool FC TV” fans should be aware that this channel has appeared as the channel named/numbered as “52225” on 11.307 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this currently testing appearance means a likely frequency change for this channel from it’s 11.585 H current frequency, it would seem that the 11.585 H frequency is being cleared of channels no doubt it is something to do with the forthcoming “BT Sport” channels   16/05/13 at 22.30 –
    A test card and music has appeared on 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this channel has three separate channel names! “Hallo TV German”, “Hallo TV Spanish”, and “Hallo TV Polish”, what is to come next I honestly do not know but it is good that it is free to air!  
    Update 16/05/13 at 21.30 –
    I previously told you that the French language versions of “Disney XD” and “Teletoon+” on 12.640 V and “Evenement CanalSat” on 12.552 V on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east which were free to air had been encrypted, “Disney XD” is still encrypted but the good news is that “Teletoon+” again is free to air, the bad news is that it still only has a French audio track!   16/05/13 at 13.30 - “Rob’s” member “Darren” very kindly sent me the following regarding free to air sports specifically Moto GP :- “It seems that Moto GP fans in the UK are infuriated especially over the loss of Eurosport coverage of Moto 2 and Moto 3 live and their delayed coverage, Eurosport’s commentary team are second to none, they know their stuff and fans of the sport are desperate for Eurosport to retain some sort of rights, World Superbikes contract is also up for next year so Eurosport may lose this to because the owners of MotoGP also own WSB, I have seen a few petitions pop up. Now also France is losing its FTA rights as of 2014 and Sport 1 Germany has a contact until 2014 so where fans can watch it FTA next season is going to be interesting, but Rob I am sure your website will be seeing a few more FTA sports seekers looking for their motorsport fix”. Yes, quite right Darren, “Rob’s” does not only get visited for Astra things, much other stuff is of interest, naturally “Free TV Formula 1” has taken a big “Hit” of late but the “Eurovision Song Contest” seems to be the current favourite “Hit” of choice!  
    Update 15/05/13 at 13.00 –
    The free to air channel named (numbered!) as “55304” on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is now showing regular programming, this channel is “BON TV” (Blue Ocean Network) which is another English language Chinese channel but unlike the state controlled “CCTV” and “CNC” channels “BON” is a private channel which will show a wide variety of different programmes, BON TV’s website and programme schedule can be found HERE  
    Update 15/05/13 at 11.30 –
    “Eutelsat 3D” was yesterday successfully launched, see HERE , Eutelsat 3D will be become operational at the 3 degrees east satellite position following testing but this launch was relevant to the “Astra 2E” launch date because this launch was also from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a “Proton-M/Briz-M” rocket launcher and upper stage combination and any sort of problem or delay with this one could have had a knock on effect for future same location launches which include “Astra 2E”, it now transpires that following this successful launch of “Eutelsat 3D” that there is no delay to the currently scheduled July 19th launch of “Astra 2E”, there is one further launch to come before the “Astra 2E” launch and that is the “SES-6” satellite which will be placed at the 40.5 degrees west satellite position, this satellite is scheduled for launch on June the 3rd and any problems with this launch could have a knock on effect on the “Astra 2E” launch schedule, whilst I am not scaremongering but all the possibilities need to be covered  
    Update 14/05/13 at 21.00 –
    “50455” on 11.546 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east has now encrypted, as I have told you previously, this is a test channel which will have some sort of teletext and/or subtitles service, as “ZEE TV” already has a few channels on this frequency it makes me wonder if they are going to be launching another channel, seems likely   14/05/13 at 21.00 –
    African English language channel “Arise News” has appeared free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.623 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this channel is named as “Arise TV” but it is exactly the same channel as the “Arise News” channel on 12.560 H on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east   14/05/13 at 21.00 –
    The French language versions of “Disney XD” and “Teletoon+” on 12.640 V and “Evenement CanalSat” on 12.552 V on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east which were free to air have now been encrypted   14/05/13 at 15.30 –
    “Eutelsat 3D” is a new satellite scheduled for launch later today scheduled at 16.02 GMT, you can see this launch on the “Eutelsat 3D” channel which has appeared on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 10.911 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK, this is a free to air and HD transmission. Eutelsat 3D will be become operational at the 3 degrees east satellite position following testing but this launch could be relevant to the “Astra 2E” launch date because this launch is also from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a “Proton-M/Briz-M” rocket launcher and upper stage combination and any sort of problem or delay with this one could have a knock on effect for future same location launches which include “Astra 2E” on July the 19th   14/05/13 at 12.30 –
    So “Bloomberg” reporters were allowed to access it’s clients data information from it’s terminals, oh dear, there is a lesson in there somewhere and it is that if you are watching “Bloomberg” on your “Sky UK” receiver and said receiver is connected to a telephone line then you must beware, be very aware! Big Brother Bloomberg may be watching you too! LOL!   13/05/13 at 21.00 –
    The “Eurovision Song Contest” is upon us again with the semi finals on Tuesday and Thursday of this week and the final on Saturday evening, this year’s ESC from Malmo, Sweden will be broadcast live on most of the European public broadcasters and most of these public broadcasters are available free to air on satellite, previous years I used to have a ESC page telling you all what channels show ESC but it is so widely available free to air on satellite that I decided against it this year but things do not change that much year on year regarding ESC TV coverage, the channels that are showing it basically remain the same so you can find my 2012/2011 ESC TV page which lists the channels HERE , as I said, the channels listed are I’m sure still mostly good, and for those of you who do not have access to one of the channels which will show ESC 2013 then there is an app which is available at “app.eurovision.tv” which should be of some help   13/05/13 at 20.30 - “Rob’s” member “Darren” very kindly sent me some sports broadcasting rights information regarding the “BT Sport” channels and also the “BBC”, BT Sport information is as follows:- “BT Sports will be free for those on BT broadband and has secured the rights for the currently FTA Moto GP as of 2014 and may take some other currently Free Sports so keep an eye out for this mega bucks upstart.”, yes, quite right, we must keep an eye on BT Sport, they have already secured some interesting sports broadcasting rights but this Moto GP news is worrying and the BBC news is as follows:- “BBC won the rights to the Rugby League world cups of 2013 & 2017 also the 2014 & 2016 4 Nations. The rugby world cup starts at The Millenium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday October 26th with a Double Header. England vs Australia and Wales vs Italy, 14 nations compete and the final will be on November 30th at Man Utd FC’s Old Trafford, Games will take place in Ireland, Wales, England & France.”,  I am all for free to air sports so this is good news, Rugby League and Rugby Union, i like them both, they both have something different to offer   13/05/13 at 20.00 –
    “Persian Film” has been removed from 11.604 H on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, this follows the recent removal of “Persian Film 2” on 11.054 H, both of these channels were two of what I call “Hotbird Iran Channels” which show English language content so they will be missed, especially “Persian Film 2” which was so much better and so much more “English” than “Persian Film”, hopefully some more “Hotbird Iran Channels” will appear soon!   13/05/13 at 19.30 –
    “50455” on 11.546 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is currently broadcasting a colour bars test transmission with audio test tone, this channel is an encrypted channel which can be received with a free to air receiver, the interesting thing to note with this test channel is that whichever channel will eventually appear here it is going to be a channel which will have some sort of teletext and/or subtitles service, as “ZEE TV” already has a few channels on this frequency it makes me wonder if they are going to be launching another channel and if not then another one of the Asian channels could be appearing here   13/05/13 at 19.30 –
    Free to air music television channels “Heat” and “Magic” have appeared on 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, these channels are named/numbered as “52060” and “52065” respectively, these channels appearance on this frequency is a probable forthcoming frequency change, both of these channels are currently officially broadcasting on 11.585 H on the same satellite   13/05/13 at 19.30 –
    “Argos TV” has closed, it has been removed from 12.560 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is no more, one presumes it was not the success  that Argos had hoped that it would be, it has been replaced on this frequency by another shopping channel from JML called “JML Living”  
    Update - 09/05/13 at 20.00 - The two forthcoming “BT Sport” channels which will be subscription channels when they launch in the Summer are still currently testing with a “BT Sport Coming Soon” on screen ident but they have been showing a “promo loop” earlier today, these channels will have SD and HD versions of the “BT Sport 1” and “BT Sport 2” channels, previously I gave you the two free to air SD channels which were/are testing, these are 11.222 H (BT Sport 1 SD) and 12.643 V (BT Sport 2 SD), there are other encrypted versions of these channels to be found and these are, 11.526 V (BT Sport 1 SD) and 12.606 V (BT Sport 2 SD), and 11.585 H (BT Sport 1 HD) and 11.526 V (BT Sport 2 HD), of course all these channels and frequencies are on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east and the Symbol Rate and FEC are 27.500 and 2/3  
    Update - 09/05/13 at 19.30- The “AAA Family” channel which shows some top films but unfortunately most of them not in the original English language and which broadcasts on 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east has changed “PIDS”, this basically means that it has been moved elsewhere within the same frequency, you need to rescan the 11.642 H frequency for “AAA Family”, the old “PIDS” of “AAA Family” on 11.642 H has now been renamed as “AAA Sport” and is now showing an infocard which says that AAA Family has been moved, so renamed as “AAA Sport”, that sounds promising! The “AAA Music” channel can also be found on 11.642 H  
    Update –
    09/05/13 at 19.30- The new “African” channel which was testing on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.260 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 with the channel named/numbered as “52111” has now officially been launched and has been correctly named as “ABN TV”, this channel is The African Broadcast Network channel  
    Update - 09/05/13 at 19.30- The “Showcase +1” channel which was testing on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.344 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 with the channel named/numbered as “53295” has now been correctly named as “Showcase +1”  
    Update 08/05/13 at 13.00 –
    Astra 2E - I am getting a lot of correspondence from people on the continent who are worried because they are reading, hearing, and being told a lot of out of date information regarding Astra 2E’s launch and subsequenct commencement of service, the main concern is that people on the continent are going to be losing their UKTV reception very soon, people are reading or being told that they will lose their UKTV in May, June or July, let me clarify the situation, Astra 2E is scheduled for launch on July the 19th, following launch it will need to be stabilised, this will probably take at least a week, Astra 2E will then need to be placed at a non 28.2 degrees east testing position for extensive testing to make sure that everything is in order with the satellite, The Astra 2F satellite was tested at the 43.5 degrees east satellite position before being moved to 28.2 degrees east following it’s launch and this testing lasted for about a month, so allowing for a similar scenario regarding Astra 2E’s launch, testing, and commencement of service then we are talking about the very end of August/the very beginning of September at the earliest before we see Astra 2E being announced as officially in service, nothing is going to be happening/changing regarding your BBC/ITV e.t.c. reception before then, all this is of course subject to the existing current plan being without delay and problem free, if you are reading different elsewhere and/or someone else is telling you otherwise just you tell them that “Rob says ……”!  
    Update 08/05/13 at 13.00 –
    Astra 2E –
    The Astra 2E satellite which is the one we are waiting for is scheduled for launch on July the 19th on board a Proton-M/Briz-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but from the same facility and on the same rocket type there is another satellite launch due before Astra 2E’s launch, this launch is scheduled for June the 3rd and it is the SES-6 satellite which will be placed at the 40.5 degrees west satellite position following successful launch, now I don’t want to tempt fate here but there have been some problems regarding Proton launches from Baikonur of late and any problem with this SES-6 launch will inevitably have a knock on effect regarding Astra 2E’s launch date so this SES-6 satellite launch is one that we are paying close attention to in respect of subsequent Astra 2E proceedings, according to SES-Astra, SES-6 which is manufactured for SES-Astra by EADS Astrium is now at Baikonur and “is now being processed for launch”, the Astra 2E satellite is one of three further satellites also being manufactured for SES-Astra by EADS Astrium which is “currently in final integration and tests in Astrium facilities” in France  
    Update 03/05/13 at 22.30 –
    Astra 2B –
    What is to be of Astra 2B at 19E? Could the mystery finally be “sol-ved” as “Inspector Clouseau” would say?! Oh Shit, I hear you say, “Rob” is off one one of his tangents again! Don’t worry, I will try to keep it short! Once upon a time … (LOL!), Until recently the Astra 2B satellite was at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position but following Astra 2F’s arrival at this position “SES-Astra” moved Astra 2B to the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, it is in actual fact currently at 19.4 degrees east but I will come to that later, but why oh why was Astra 2B at the “19” degrees east position, well the answer as always lies in the fact that SES-Astra have and had a bigger plan and I believe that the reason that Astra 2B was moved to 19.2 degrees east is because SES-Astra want to provide Ku-band coverage of Southern Africa from “19” degrees east, Astra 2B would allow SES-Astra to expand service to Southern Africa from the 19.2 degrees satellite position, before Astra 2B was moved from 28.2 to 19.2 another satellite was moved to 19.2, this was the AMC-2 satellite which was previously at 4.98 degrees east, SES-Astra filed a request to move AMC-2 to 19.2 degrees east so that it could provide Ku-band coverage of Southern Africa, AMC-2 was last year indeed moved to 19.2 but it has recently been moved from 19.2 degrees east and it is on it’s way to it’s new home of 80.85 west, so one would logically assume that what was once AMC -2’s remit would in the grand scheme of things now be Astra 2B’s remit which would mean that the reason that Astra 2B was moved to the 19.2 degrees east satellite position is to provide coverage and allow SES-Astra to expand service to Southern Africa by opening up yet another SES-Astra satellite position for Southern Africa, regarding the exact satellite positionings of both the AMC-” and Astra 2B satellites at “19” degrees east, SES-Astra does have many satellites positioned at 19.2 degrees east and for presumably safety and operational reasons these two satellites were not exactly placed at 19.2, AMC-2’s exact position was 19.0, Astra 2B’s exact position is 19.4, is it just a coincidence that both satellites were placed 0.2 degrees away from the main 19.2 degrees east satellites, or is it something more sinister, the fact that Astra 2B does have some previous history regarding broadcasting to Africa while it was at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position, albeit these broadcasts were to Western Africa and Ghana specifically but the important thing to remember is that the beam is steerable, the fact that Astra 2B has 16 African beam transponders at it’s disposal makes my reasoning all the more plausible as to why Astra 2B was moved to 19.4 degrees east, and that reason is that Astra 2B’s new mission is to serve Southern Africa, the mystery is finally “sol-ved”, simples! There, it is always worth reading it to the end! You know it and “Rob” makes sense! For reference purposes below is the Astra 2B West Africa Beam from when 2B was at 28.2 degrees east

    Ku-band coverage of Southern Africa
     
    Update 03/05/13 at 16.30 –
    Aaaand soonish finally came too soon! The final raft of Dutch/Flemish/French language channels that were free to air for the past few days on 12.344 H/12.515 H/12.722 H have been encrypted again, too soon, too soon, farewell my soon!   03/05/13 at 16.30- There is a new “African” channel testing on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.260 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, the channel named/numbered as “52111” is broadcasting “ABN TV”, one would presume that this stands for “African Broadcast Network TV” but I am open to correction, there is a nice little “glut” (for want of a better word) of “African” free to air channels available at the “28” degrees east, one of my current personal favourites is “Africa Channel” (12.607 H) because it is showing the classic ex Channel 4 UK comedy “Desmond’s”, aaaah, Bisto, that takes you back, do we remember it well?!   03/05/13 at 11.30- The two forthcoming “BT Sport” channels which will be subscription channels when they launch in the Summer are still testing, these channels will have SD and HD versions of the “BT Sport 1” and “BT Sport 2” channels, currently the SD versions of these two channels are free to air and testing with a “BT Sport Coming Soon” on screen ident, 11.222 H and 12.643 V are the respective frequencies and Symbol Rate and FEC for both frequencies is 27.500 and 2/3, the HD versions are encrypted, of course these are on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east  
    Update 02/05/13 at 19.30 –
    The Dutch/Flemish/French language channels that have been free to air for the past few days are now in the process of being encrypted again, some have already been encrypted and we can expect the others to follow soonish!   02/05/13 at 18.30- Very sad news for free to air Rugby Union fans is the news that the UK’s Sky Sports have secured a new four year deal from the 2014/15 season to show the Rabo Direct Pro 12 Rugby, apparently the deal is for thirty matches which will include the semi finals and the final, so a major deal then which will most probably mean that the likes of, S4C, BBC Wales, BBC Northern Ireland, BBC Alba, and RTE/TG4 who have been very good for Pro 12 for many years can now only hope for regional rebroadcast rights and/or highlights, if they do get some rights for live games one would think that Sky Sports would get the pick of the best games leaving only the scraps for the channels mentioned, who knows but we await further developments in earnest  
    Update 02/05/13 at 18.30 –
    It happened a day later than I told you it would happen but the important thing is that it happened! Italian free to air for most of the time channels “Canale 5”, “Italia 1”, “Rete 4”, and “Tg Com 24” and some other encrypted channels on the same frequency have now changed frequency on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, these channels are now only available on their new frequency of 11.373 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4, all these channels have been removed from their now old frequency of 11.919 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4   01/05/13 at 11.00 –
    Astra 2F does Ka-band internet for the UK, the latest SES-Astra press release contains the following information “SES announced today that it has signed an agreement with BeyonDSL for the distribution of SES Broadband in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new satellite internet service is marketed by BeyonDSL under the brand name “Satellite Internet” and offers download speeds of up to 20 Mbit/s.”, the information relating to the use of Astra 2F to deliver this service is as follows, “The service uses Ka-band capacity on SES’ ASTRA 2F satellite located at the orbital position 28.2 degrees East.”, please read the full SES-Astra press release which can be found HERE   29/04/13 at 20.00 –
    Lots of Flemish and French channels are currently free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequencies of 12.722 H, SR 22.000, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK and there is free to air English language content on these channels too, the channels are as follows:- een, 2BE, VTM, VIER, VIJF, Canvas, KetOp12, La Une, La Deux, La Trois, RTL-TVi, Club-RTL, Plug-RTL. NJoy! Again!   29/04/13 at 19.30 –
    Lots of Dutch channels are currently free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequencies of 12.344 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and 12.515 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 and there is free to air English language content on these channels too, the channels are as follows:- NED 1, NED 2, NED 3, RTL 4, RTL 5, RTL 7, RTL 8, NET 5, SBS 6, NGC, and Veronika/Disney XD. NJoy!   29/04/13 at 13.00 –
    “Rob’s” member “Oggy” very kindly sent me a nice little “cut out and keep” antenna diameter chart, very handy for the conversion of dBW to cm, this chart can be found below, many thanks “Oggy”, everyone is downloading it as we speak! 28/04/13 at 18.00 –
    A little
    Update to my piece on the 26th of April which was about English language Chinese channels and programming, “Tom” is one of my contributors and he has made me aware of the “Propeller” channel on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.343 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, this channel is currently showing a wide variety of documentaries, travelogues, and other programming from the Chinese CCTV channels, this is all English language programming with either audio or on screen subtitles and it is broadcast daily from 12.00 noon until 12.00 midnight, allt his means that anyone with an interest in all things China has and will have a nice little “Chinese” channel package in the English language to choose from, “CNC World”, “CCTV 9 News”, “CCTV 9 Documentary”, “Propeller”, and the coming soon “BON”, not to mention there is also the added attraction of the many actual Chinese language channels which are also available   26/04/13 at 18.30 –
    If you have not already heard of “TV Ark” then you really ought to have heard of it, “TV Ark” is an online TV museum and I guarantee that you will just love this site, before I take you there can i just say that I have opened a discussion on the forum where you can all share your thoughts and talk in detail about everything “TV Ark” related in detail, I am sure there will be many of you who will be taken back in  time by taking a look at this site, take that trip down television memory lane, please do click on the pic! If the picture/photo is not showing there is an alternative link to “TV ARK” HERE   26/04/13 at 18.30 –
    There is a new channel named (numbered!) as “53295” on 11.344 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east which is currently seemingly showing an “Information TV” or “Showcase” type channel, it will probably turn out to be “Information +1” os “Showcase +2” or “who cares really for another variant of those channels +1 and all of us!”, only joking, there are some interesting programmes to be found on some of these “lesser” channels if you take the time to look, for instance Irish music is covered in some detail as are some other things including Painting and Caravanning and much other stuff, the next time the latest drab reality show rubbish is on the main channels why don’t you take a walk up the channel list to the “lesser spotted” channels, you might be surprised at what will catch your eye, as the birdwatcher said to his wife, “You look so much more beautiful now that you have lesser spots on your face!”
    Update/EDIT 28/04/13 –
    “53295” is actually showing “Showcase +1”   26/04/13 at 18.30 –
    The channel named (numbered!) as “55304” on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east which is currently showing only an “Arqiva MCR” test card with an audio test tone also now has EPG (Electronic Programme Guide) now and next information, this channel is going to be “BON” (Blue Ocean Network) and it will be another English language Chinese channel but unlike the state controlled “CCTV” and “CNC” this channel is a private channel and it is looking like it will be free to air because of the following information “Eutelsat 28A DTH satellite covering the European continent”, it will also be on the Sky UK EPG channel list too if the following is true “Sky TV (BSkyB) nationally covering the United Kingdom”, I for one quite like the look and sound of this channel, it will be another welcome window on China which because of China in particular becoming and being one of the major players in the world in so many ways then everyone should be looking very closely at these “Chinese” channels for the heads up on all things China, as well as the news and current affairs programmes it is also looking like there will be some very interesting Travelogues and Documentaries on BON too, the BON (Blue Ocean Network) website can be found HERE  
    Update 26/04/13 at 18.30 –
    AAA Family –
    The good news is that “AAA Family” on 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east is now showing full movies at regular intervals, it is not all movie trailers which are shown now, the bad news is that the movies are broadcast in the Persian/Farsi language and not in the English language, this particular new “Hotbird Iran Channels” let us down very badly regarding the language thing which is a shame because the picture quality of AAA family is bloody excellent, but not to worry, I am sure there will be other channels to come!   24/04/13 at 10.30 –
    Now I know that SES-Astra are currently testing “Ultra HD” transmissions but to be honest with you I don’t think my eyes can take it! But seriously though, you can read more about SES’s “Ultra HD” transmissions HERE , what does interest me more that is coming from SES-Astra in conjunction with some other companies is the following announcement “SES, Inverto, Abilis and MaxLinear Inc. today announced that they have been jointly designing an essential component for cost-effective IP distribution of satellite television to the home – the first low-noise block down-converter (LNB) that will incorporate eight-channel satellite-to-IP bridging technology.”, now I really like this idea and reading further the full SES-Astra announcement has the following “The IP-LNB is a prototype device that will deliver eight concurrent channels from any of the transponders of a satellite orbital position. These channels may be forwarded via IP unicast or multicast to fixed and portable devices. Satellite signals will be distributed via Ethernet, power-line communications (PLC) or a Wi-Fi local area network (LAN). The technology can be used for free-to-air (FTA) or pay TV applications.” and “This new technology enables the satellite signal to be sampled digitally directly at the antenna, making the satellite spectrum data and other link-quality metrics accessible over the LAN. These advancements greatly simplify the dish installation and enable remote monitoring from the LAN.” As I said, I really like the idea of this particular innovation from all the companies concerned, this is in the development stage but I for one very much look forward to this being widely available, for the full SES-Astra article on this “IP-LNB” please see HERE   22/04/13 at 19.30 –
    German state broadcaster ARD (Das Erste) wants to merge it’s extra digital channels “Eins Festival”, Eins Plus”, and “Tagesshau24” with the other German state broadcaster ZDF’s extra digital channels “ZDF Neo”, ZDF Kultur”, and “ZDF Info”, if this comes to fruition (and it is a big if because this is only an early suggestion) then it would mean a reduction from six to three of these state run digital channels, the reasoning behind this ARD suggestion seems to be that these three ARD and three ZDF digital channels are competing for the same audience, Eins Festival and ZDF Neo are effectively targeted at the same viewership, likewise Eins Plus and ZDF Kultur and also Tagesshau 24 and ZDF Info, the ARD suggestion is that these channels should merge, in an age of austerity when all of Europe’s countries state broadcasters are having to save money even Germany’s state broadcasters then this ARD suggestion would seem to make sense but naturally a reduction in channels would of course mean a reduction in choice and personally I would be against this if it ever came to fruition, I personally do watch these channels because of the wide variety of very good programming they broadcast which include films, series, documentaries and music concerts and I would hate to see these channels merge and/or close, this ARD suggestion would seem to favour ARD more than it would favour ZDF for many reasons, one of which is that ARD can and would show it’s programmes either as repeats or new programming on it’s third regional channels, ZDF however does not and would not have this option, I will keep you
    Updated on this   22/04/13 at 18.00 –
    If you are not a live sports channels subscriber and you want to keep up to date with the latest sports then listening to the radio commentary and also keeping an eye on the television news channels is a good way of keeping up to date with the latest happenings on matchday/raceday/et al, for example the UK’s Sky News has very regular sports
    Updates on sporting weekends (and weekday evenings for that matter) which include numerous clips of the latest goals/race action while the match/race/et al are still in progress, all the news channels have regular half hour long sports round up shows and again these are especially interesting at weekends (but also weekdays) because they show extended roundups and highlights of the day’s sporting action, this is especially true of Sky News, BBC News, Al Jazeera English, but is not only exclusive to these channels, another little tip is if you are interested in a particular country’s football league for example then check out that country’s free to air channels news broadcasts on match days because they will invariably show the best bits of that day’s matches, website member “Dazza” compiled a little list of the sports round up broadcasts on the English language news channels and they are as follows:- Sky News has the Saturday Sport Weekend preview show at 1130 on Saturdays, Sports Line at 1930 on Saturdays and Sundays but as I said, all through the weekday evenings and weekend afternoons and evenings there are very regular
    Updates and clips on this channel, BBC News has Sportsday every evening at 1830, it also has additional Sportsday shows at 1930 on Saturdays and Sundays and 2245 on Saturday night, Al Jazeera English has regular sports news round ups in it’s main news programmes, naturally at weekends these sports round ups are very full in content, CNN has World Sport every day at 1700 and 2230, of course the other English language news channels have their own sports round ups so please take a look at those too, you will soon get to know the times when the sports
    Updates and round ups are broadcast and while you are not a live sports channels subscriber you can still have a little bit of sports either while you are listening to the radio commentaries or you are just wanting to see the sports highlights of the day before you go out for the evening, it is all somewhere there if you surf the many channels that are there, all times given are UK times   18/04/13 at 19.30 –
    A channel named (numbered!) as “55304” has appeared on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is currently showing only an “Arqiva MCR” test card with an audio test tone  
    Update 18/04/13 at 17.30 - “Evenement CanalSat” which is on 12.522 V, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east is now showing the “Syfy” channel, it was previously showing the “Serie Club” channel, it is still only broadcasting with a French audio track though   18/04/13 at 17.30 –
    “joiz” is a new German channel for the youth market, it has now appeared showing an “infocard” on 12.460 H, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this channel will officially launch in the Summer of this year  
    Update 16/04/13 at 19.30 –
    Astra 2F –
    “SES-Astra” have reiterated to me that the “Astra 2F” satellite has absolutely no problems whatsoever and it is operating according to the plan set out for it by SES-Astra, please also see the March 4th statement HERE  
    Update 16/04/13 at 19.30 –
    AAA Family –
    11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east has a channel called “AAA Family”, this channel has for a long time been been testing with the latest movie trailers, there is now movement on this channel, it is now showing looped AAA Family logos/idents and programme previews, I told you about this channel a long time ago and my hope is that this channel will show some English language content along the same lines as the what I like to call “Hotbird Iran Channels”, let’s all hope so but it is good that there is some positive movement on this channel unlike the “Pharaohs 2” channel on 12.558 V on the same satellite which has been showing the same channel log/ident for what seems like forever! Naturally any further developments will be reported here  
    Update 16/04/13 at 19.30 –
    Mezzo –
    Classical and Jazz channel “Mezzo” has now been encrypted 11.856 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this channel was broadcasting free to air  
    Update 16/04/13 /13 at 19.30 –
    AVA Movie –
    The “AVA Movie” simulcast that had appeared on 11.200 V, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east has now disappeared , “AVA Movie” continues to broadcast on it’s long time frequency of 11.317 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the same satellite, the possible frequency change to 11.200 V for “AVA Movie” is probably now not going to happen  
    Update 15/04/13 at 17.30 –
    UTV HD –
    And you did read it here first too didn’t you! –
    On the 9th of April “Rob” posted the following regarding the launch on satellite of Northern Ireland’s “UTV HD” –
    “Now this could be my suspicious brain at work again but is it possible that they are waiting for Astra 2E before they launch UTV HD”, I tell you this because the latest information is that “UTV HD will be carried in HD on both platforms (Sky and Freesat) by the end of this year.” Rob’s Satellite TV, It’s Not Balls, It’s Crystal Balls! Please don’t forget the “link” if you take this news to somewhere else and for the full article that I posted regarding the “UTV HD” and “STV HD” launch on satellite please see 09/04 further down this page, I will be posting an
    Update to that piece sometime soon in the near future, now if I could just find my trusty “Crystal Ball”! LOL!   12/04/13 at 22.00 –
    Italian free to air for most of the time channels “Canale 5”, “Italia 1”, “Rete 4”, and “Tg Com 24” (and the other encrypted channels on this frequency) are changing frequency on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, from the 1st of May, 2013 these channels will only be available on their new frequency of 11.373 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4, this frequency is currently active and has been testing for a while so it is possible to retune your receiver now, the long time frequency for these channels of 11.919 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 is being switched off on the 30th of April, 2013   12/04/13 at 11.30 –
    Classical and Jazz channel “Mezzo” is now free to air on 11.856 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this channel has the encryption flag set so you need to scan for ALL not FREE channels on this frequency   09/04/13 at 19.00 –
    Some encrypted channels for “BT Sport” with the usual pre testing sequence of numbers (5XXXX) as channel names have appeared on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, 11.526 Vertical has “50360/50361” (with the same PIDS so it is one channel) and “50365”, 11.585 Horizontal has “50660” and “50661” (with the same PIDS so it is one channel), and 12.606 V has “55335”, as I said these channels are encrypted but these will be the HD and SD versions of forthcoming two BT Sport channels which are due to launch soon, all the frequencies mentioned are Symbol Rate 27.500 and FEC 2/3 and all the channels mentioned have the following EPG programme information “This is BT Sport. BT Sport launches this summer. 38 exclusive live Barclays Premier League football matches, exclusive Aviva Premiership rugby and lots more. Visit btsport.com or call 0800 800 801”. this to some extent but not all could explain why some of the recent channel moves and changes from one frequency to another have happened on the Eutelsat 28A satellite, I said some but not all because Eutelsat are constantly changing and moving channels at the 28.5 degrees east satellite position for no particular reason at all, they must know what they are doing though, one would think! Eutelsat must be as bored as we are because it really is extremely quiet at present, not much at all going on, this must be why they are moving so many channels around! LOL! Rob’s Satellite TV, It’s Not Musical Chairs, It’s Musical Channels! LOL!   09/04/13 at 13.00 –
    Latest information regarding “UTV HD” and “STV HD” coming on satellite is that “plans are underway for UTV HD to become available on the Sky platform in the first half of 2013” and “we are working with ITV to make the STV HD signal available”, apparently! Now this could be my suspicious brain at work again but is it possible that they are waiting for Astra 2E before they launch UTV HD and STV HD, thanks to “Rob” we already know that Astra 1N is going to 19.2 degrees east following Astra 2E becoming officially operational at 28.2 degrees east in approximately August/September of this year and that the remaining Astra 1N low band transponders/frequencies will be moved to Astra 2E, Astra 2E’s launch date is currently the 19th of July and because there is some sort of an inexcusable and unexplainable delay with the launching’s of “UTV HD” and “STV HD” could there be plans by “SES-Astra” and the “ITV/UTV /STV” combination to wait until Astra 2E is active before doing anything about UTV HD and STV HD, let’s be a little bit nationalistic here for a moment, if and when ITV do launch UTV HD and STV HD then by my reckoning they must also launch ITV Wales HD, logical thought would dictate that they would have to launch the three nations together otherwise there would be an enormous outcry, so if this is the case then ITV would need another transponder/frequency to accommodate these channels, ITV may even be planning to lease more transponders/frequencies if they also plan to launch some more ITV English HD channels but let’s not get ahead of ourselves here although I am sure that that will also come at some point soon, but working on the possible fact that ITV have leased another transponder/frequency for UTV HD/STV HD/and possibly ITV Wales HD, could “SES-Astra” have said to “ITV” that if they want another frequency or frequencies then they must wait until after Astra 2E is launched before “SES-Astra” give them more frequencies, it is just a thought but it is also just a possibility, or possibly not, but it certainly would be one reason for explaining the long delay in launching UTV HD and STV HD on satellite which in reality should by now have already been launched following ITV and UTV/STV kissing and making up following a “little” disagreement and the fact that both channels are already broadcasting in some shape or form in HD, of course they could just put a new ITV transponder/frequency for UTV HD/STV HD on Astra 2F and deal with a frequency/satellite reshuffle after Astra 2E is officially active but they could also have done that already, why are they not ready to launch is the big question here, take your pick as to what is possibly/probably going on or not going on as is currently the case regarding this but just remember where you read the whole bloody lot first! LOL!   09/04/13 at 12.00 - “Disney XD” and “Teletoon+” have appeared free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.640 V, SR 22.500, FEC 5/6, both of these channels are a part of the French “CanalSat” package and unfortunately both only have a French audio soundtrack, on day’s like today I am sure that some of you are wishing that you had paid more attention in French class in school! LOL!   09/04/13 at 12.00 - “Arte France SD” has changed frequency on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, it can now be found on 12.402 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, it has now been removed from 11.934 V   09/04/13 at 12.00 –
    “TV5 Monde FBS” (France, Belgium, Switzerland) has changed frequency on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, “TV5 Monde” can now be found on 11.934 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, it has been removed from 11.479 V, TV5 Monde is the domestic TV5 channel for France, Belgium, and Switzerland and is not to be confused with the TV5 Monde Europe channel which naturally is for Europe and is still broadcasting on 11.538 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, P.S. TV5 Monde Europe is still the channel with the multitude of it’s programming with additional foreign language subtitles available should you wish, of course English language subtitles is one of the main and most supported languages  by TV5 regarding the amount of programming which is subtitled   09/04/13 at 12.00 - “Evenement CanalSat” is on 12.522 V, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, it is showing the “Serie Club” channel, it is only broadcasting with a French audio track   09/04/13 at 12.00 - “I> Tele” has changed frequency on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, it can now be found on 11.856 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, it has now been removed from 11.817 V   08/04/13 at 20.00 –
    Many of my “Spanish” readers will be familiar with the name “Richard Pollock”, excellent chap is Richard and last year he sent me a very interesting piece about reception in Javea and the near and wider Costa Blanca region which I published, Richard has now sent me another very interesting piece which I am very proud to publish, I am sure I am not alone in giving many thanks to Richard for his hard work with this piece, following is Richard’s excellent piece :- Of recent times I have received a few calls from people operating their Sky Digital Receivers and find that on occasion they fail to function, displaying a variety on screen messages, the most popular being ‘ No Signals Received’ or words to that effect, usually it’s possible to go into the Menu and locate the ‘De- Fault’ setting and overwrite the displayed Frequency of 11.778 V with 12.207 V and this kicks of the Microprocessor action and all is well, that is until the next time ! (For anyone not sure of this procedure I have a Guide that I am told is most helpful and if you send me your e-mail address I will send you a copy), the other interesting point I have noticed is that the level of complaints is much higher when people are living in Apartments’ and so we have to think of other possible causes, this may be that there has been a Power Cut, even a very brief one is sufficient to upset the Microprocessor or alternatively a break in the Signal Path, of course if this is of an intermittent nature it can be very difficult to pin point, If we assume that various checks have been made including examination of the Mains Input Plug, looking for a loose wire as one of the screws has worked loose on the cable and assuming that the Signal Path has been cleared of all possible faults then it may be that in actual fact it is the mains power itself that is the cause of the problem! Living in Apartments has its own problems, for instance it can be quite difficult laying cables from the actual Satellite Dish to the Satellite Receiver and many ingenious methods may have to be used to complete this part of the operation, however when all has been considered and there is still a problem, it is time to consider ‘Mucky Mains’! When you have many people drawing of the same mains supply in close proximity its quite possible that as others using their various appliances produce ‘Spikes’ on the mains, depending on the types of protection built into the Satellite Receiver’s Power Supply these spikes can travel through the power supply and then these same spikes can turn up into the very delicate areas of circuitry and of course the result is various actions get out of synchronisation and the picture is lost! A very sound method of ensuring that the Mains Input to your Satellite Receiver is clear of spikes is to use an UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply), this item is simply plugged into your Mains Power Supply and its output socket is then used to supply your Satellite Receiver with the required power. So how does an UPS function? It takes the mains supply of some 230/240 Volts and converts this into a D.C. (Direct Current) which in turn supplies an internal Battery rated at some 12/14 Volts D.C. this then charges up and supplies a circuit that then converts the D.C. back into a 230/240 A.C. supply with a very pure output, of course all or any spikes are buffered out through the 12 /14 Volt Battery and from then on you are always assured that the supply is held within very strict parameters and this solves all problems that can occur with “Mucky Mains”!!! In view of all the promised improvements in Signal Strength in this area I have included some figures of on the field tests which I hope will be helpful in judging the performance of the various Satellite Dishes, I think that in future only the Techy will be interested in purchasing a 2.4 metre Satellite Dish in view of the great difference in costing.

    Astra-SES 1N

    2.4 metre

    1.metre

    1.0 metre

    Sky News 12207 V

    11.6dB 1.0E6

    10.8dB 1.0E6

    5.1dB 6.4E4

    BBC W/Mid 10788 V

    9.6dB 1.0E6

    4.6dB 4.3E4

    2.5dB 5.2E3

    BBC1 H.D. 10847 V

    8.9dB 1.5E3

    2.8dB 6.9E3

    0.7dB 1.0E1

    ITV Channel Isles 10906 V
    7.4dB 1.6E6

    5.5dB 1.1E4

    2.1dB 1.1E4

    ITV Central 11053 H

    7.4dB 2.0E6

    4.1dB 9.4E4

    1.6dB 1.1E2

    Sky Sports 12148 H

    3.3dB 9.2E3

    0.3dB 7.3E2

     
    Sky Classic 11836 H

    2.6dB 1.7E2

       
    Astra –
    SES 2F

    2.4 metre

    1.4metre

    1.0 metre

    BBC 1 H.D. 11024 H
    6.2dB 1.4E2

    2.8dB 7.0E2

    0.3dB 1.0E1

    FOUR 11127 V
    4.5dB 1.3E4

    6.7dB 6.7E4

    1.9dB 9.1E3

    FIVE 10964 H
    6.3dB 1.1E5

    3.6dB 1.7E3

    1.0dB 1.9E2

    For operation using these types of Satellite Dishes all makes of Satellite Receivers have been used and generally speaking quite good results have been obtained, the Sky range of products including the H.D.+ versions have been very popular along with types that have a quite different operating system to that of the Sky Models, two other makes tried have been from the Ferguson and Iberosat brands, both have proved to be very reliable and have the added advantage that they will operate on a Sky Card without the need to contact Sky and arrange to transfer over the data, this means anyone who wishes to bring over their Sky Card from home in the U.K. can simply plug it into one of these Satellite Receivers and all the same programmes are transferred over to the Ferguson or Iberosat Receiver, another interesting point with these two Satellite Receivers is because they have a different operating system they do not suffer from ‘De-Fault Dropout’ meaning that if for any reason your mains is cut off (possible storm!) then when the mains is restored the Satellite Receiver’s will pick up the station it was left on and carries on meaning no more spending a couple of hours attempting to sort things out, some mention should also be made of the Humax range of Free to View Satellite Receivers, they even offer types with a Record Facility similar in operation to the others I have mentioned, these non-Sky Receivers are intended for the Client who refuses to take the Sky route, especially and more so as the costs do keep climbing for Sky products!!! Finally a mention of the confusion caused by Advertisers who offer Sky Packages along with the U.K. National Programmes, this has caused much concern as often some of the Sky programmes (in particular Sky Sports) disappear without trace, if you are fortunate they will return at a later date!!! If you are in any doubt as to the Company concerned offering Sky Sports or Film Products then it’s a simple task to enquire if you can have sight of the Sky Contract conferring these rights to operate outside of the U.K. to them by Name. Many people obtain a Sky Card from the U.K. and use it here in Spain, if you are found out Sky are obliged by their Licencing Agreements to terminate the contract which means they lose a decent Monthly payment, even some employed by Sky risk it !!! For those requiring further information please check out my Web Site. I always try and reply to you via e-mail however with some of your more complex problems it would be impossible to reach a conclusion without conducting a ‘Field Test’ which would involve a home visit and of course conducting a series of tests. “Rob” says –
    Excellent stuff again from you “Richard”, many thanks from us all and for anyone who would like to contact “Richard” you can find his website HERE and of course it goes without saying that “Rob” is the man too! “Rob’s Satellite TV”, information not decoration, Sign up now, you know it makes sense! “Rob’s” is the straight talking, no nonsense, good information website that is making waves all over Europe, everyone would just love to get a “Crystal Ball” like “Rob’s” for Christmas! LOL!  
    Update 08/04/13 at 18.30 –
    “Showcase 2” and “Information TV” are now officially on 11.344 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, they have both been removed from 12.606 V which must have been their holiday home for the Spring! LOL!   07/04/13 at 18.30 –
    Some more UK channels at “28” degrees east developments/changes to report –
    “Arise News HD” is now on 11.223 V, it has been removed from 12.523 H, “Showcase” is now on 11.344 H, it has been removed from 12.606 V, likewise “Showcase 2” and “Information TV” have appeared on 11.344 H labelled as “53285” and “53230” respectively ready for a move but these two channels are currently still broadcasting officially on 12.606 V, all frequencies mentioned are SR 27.500, FEC 2/3     02/04/13 at 12.40 –
    Some “28” degrees east developments to report –
    UK channels “Viva” and “Travel Channel” which have been free to air for  a short while have now been added to the UK’s “Freesat” channel list, Viva (11.895 V) is on 146 and Travel Channel (12.560 V) is on 405, other “28” degrees east stuff to report is the now free to air of a whole host of music channels which are as follows :- “Heat”, and “Magic” on 11.585 H, and “The Box”, “Kiss”, “Smash Hits!”, and “Kerrang!” on 12.480 V (the ! is part of the channel names, it is not a typo be me!), “Freesat” just just keeps getting better and better! Edit –
    Viva and Travel Channel are currently coming and going on the “Freesat” channel list, one minute they are there, next minute they are not there, no doubt this is some technical problem which will be fixed soon  
    Update 01/04/13 at 23.30 –
    Astra 2E - It’s a July 19th Launch! The scheduled launch date of the “Astra 2E” satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a “Proton-M/Briz-M” rocket launcher and upper stage combination is on Friday the 19th of July, 2013, the planned “Proton” launch schedule from Baikonur is now as follows :- Anik G1 on the 15th of April, Eutelsat 3D on the 14th of May, SES-6 on the 3rd of June, and Astra 2E on the 19th of July. Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with all the latest Astra 2E happenings with “Rob’s” very unique and world renowned take on all things satellite and as is usual with “Astra” launches “Rob’s Satellite TV” is the best place for finding out what is really about to happen and what is really actually happening, everyone remembers “Rob’s” correct Astra’s 1N and Astra 2F “predictions”, Rob and his “Crystal Ball” can now be found hard at work on the dedicated Astra 2E page HERE   31/03/13 at 19.00 – Astra 2E - On one of my pages there is now a “Google Map” which has been placed in readiness for Astra 2E’s launch and the subsequent reception reports following activation, have a play around with it/familiarise yourselves with it before the real action begins, the map can be found HERE  
    Update 30/03/13 at 12.00 –
    Astra 2E - It’s a July Launch!   29/03/13 at 19.00 –
    “AVA Movie” has appeared on 11.200 V, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, “AVA Movie” is already broadcasting on 11.317 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the same satellite so we can presume that this will eventually be a frequency change for “AVA Movie”   29/03/13 at 19.00 –
    “Planet Pop” has replaced the “Massive R&B” channel on 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, “WTF” is going on here?! I don’t care “WTF” they call the channel as long as they show plenty of “Carly Rae Jepsen” and “Taylor Swift” for my male readers and plenty of “One Direction” and “Olly Murs” for my female readers! Are we happy? WTF! Other “suggestions” for the “Planet Pop” playlist are welcome on the thread I am starting regarding this on my forum! I will e-mail “Planet Pop” with all of your suggestions, I promise!   28/03/13 at 19.00 –
    “CNBC” has now changed frequency, it is now on 11.623 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, “CNBC” has been removed from the 11.261 H frequency   27/03/13 at 18.30 –
    “BET” (Black Entertainment TV) and the “BET +1” channel have changed frequency, both of these channels are now on 11.661 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, both of these channels no longer broadcast on their “old”  11.344 H and 11.222 H frequencies   27/03/13 at 10.00 –
    This news is regarding Astra 2E which is due for launch in June of this year aboard a “Proton” rocket launcher from the “Baikonur Cosmodrome” in Kazakhstan, as has been well documented before, there have been problems and subsequent delays with launches from “Baikonur”, following recommencement of launches the “Satmex 8” satellite was successfully launched last night, if there had been further problems with “Baikonur” launches regarding this launch then this would have meant that the “Astra 2E” launch date would have been further delayed, there are further scheduled launches to come from “Baikonur” which will be before the “Astra 2E” launch which could or could not cause a problem for the “Astra 2E” launch, naturally I will keep you
    Updated all things “Astra 2E” related from “Baikonur”   25/03/13 at 22.00 –
    Just a little reminder that the “BBC 2 HD” channel replaces the “BBC HD” channel on the 26th of March, 2013, this happens from 0600 tomorrow morning, “BBC 2 HD” will be/is on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK   25/03/13 at 21.10 - “VIVA” is now free to air on 11.895 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Astra satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel has up until now been free to view which meant that it needed a Sky UK viewing card to be able to watch it, it now requires no viewing card at all, as I said, it is now free to air   25/03/13 at 21.10 - “CNC World” is now officially on 11.426 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel has now been moved from the 11.527 V frequency   25/03/13 at 20.30 - “The Jewellery Channel” is now officially on 11.390 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel has now been moved from the 11.527 V frequency   25/03/13 at 20.30 - “Ary World” is now officially on 11.390 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel has now been moved from the 11.527 V frequency   25/03/13 at 20.30 - “Islam Channel” is now officially on 11.390 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel has now been moved from the 11.527 V frequency   19/03/13 at 12.30 –
    “CNBC” has appeared as the channel named “50882” on 11.623 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, “CNBC” is already available on the 11.261 H frequency   19/03/13 at 12.30 –
    The channel named as “53520” on 11.390 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is showing “The Jewellery Channel”, this channel is already officially available on the 11.527 V frequency   19/03/13 at 12.30 –
    The channel named as “53505” on 11.390 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is showing “Ary World”, this channel is already officially available on the 11.527 V frequency   19/03/13 at 12.30 –
    The channel named as “53515” on 11.390 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is showing “Islam Channel”, this channel is already officially available on the 11.527 V frequency   19/03/13 at 12.30 –
    The channel named as “51081” on 11.661 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is showing “BET” (Black Entertainment TV), this channel is already available on the 11.344 H frequency, “51082” which is “BET+1” is also on this frequency, 11.222 H is it’s current frequency   19/03/13 at 12.30 –
    The channel named as “535280” on 11.344 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is showing “Showcase”, this channel is already officially available on the 12.606 V frequency   14/03/13 at 14.30 –
    German music channel “Folx TV” has appeared free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, this channel is due to launch on the 15th of April and will have German/Austrian/Swiss “Shlager/Folk” music as it’s playlist programming   14/03/13 at 14.30 –
    “iFilm English” has launched and is free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.727 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this channel has been removed from it’s test frequency of 11.566 H  
    Update 09/03/13 at 19.30 –
    Live FTA Sports - My “Live FTA Sports” page been
    Updated and includes “Formula 1” times HERE    
    Update 06/03/13 at 12.30 –
    Astra 2F - According to “SES-Astra” and I quote “Astra 2F is a healthy satellite and has an important mission as part of our fleet. All our fleet and channel movements are according to plan. Please understand that we cannot always publish all details of our fleet planning.”    
    Update 05/03/13 at 19.30 –
    Astra 2E - The soon to come new replacement satellite for the 28.2 degrees east satellite position which is called “Astra 2E” and which will not be launched until Early/Mid June, 2013 will not be “officially” operational at 28.2 degrees east until August, 2013, naturally some testing of this satellite will occur before it becomes “officially operational”. “Astra 2E” will be launched aboard a “Proton” launcher from the “Baikonur Cosmodrome” in Kazakhstan  
    Update 01/03/13 at 20.00 –
    Eutelsat 28.5 East Frequencies –
    “Eutelsat” have released a press statement which reads as follows “Statement on use by Eutelsat of German filing at 28.5° East” “Paris, 28 February 2013 – Eutelsat and Deutsche Telekom AG have reached a final settlement to the dispute regarding the duration of Eutelsat’s right to use a German filing at the 28.5° East orbital position, without prejudice to the parties’ respective positions concerning the subject of the dispute.” “Both parties have consequently agreed that arbitration proceedings initiated in 2011 before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce will be terminated. The Court of Arbitration is shortly expected to issue a decision by consent which will reflect the settlement agreed by both parties.” “The exact terms of the settlement will remain confidential.” It does not tell us much does it? And it was not on the Eutelsat website last night (the 28th) either! We must await The Court of Arbitration to shortly issue a decision which will reflect the settlement agreed by both parties before we find out anymore but as this is a “final settlement” between “Eutelsat” and “Deutsche Telekom” one has to ask the following question –
    Has “Eutelsat” succeeded in it’s argument that “Deutsche Telekom” (the original holder of the “28.5” frequencies) had no rights to transfer the “28.5” frequencies to “Media Broadcast” who subsequently sold these frequencies to “SES-Astra”? The answer may be yes and a “final settlement” of some sort was reached, what this “final settlement” consists of is currently unknown, we await further developments   28/02/13 at 21.30 –
    “BBC 2 HD” is coming on the 26th of March, 2013, this channel will replace the current “BBC HD” channel and I for one will be sad, some evenings “BBC HD” was a little like an extra channel with a completely different programme schedule to the other BBC channels, that is why I am sad, we had a little more choice of viewing with “BBC HD” which “BBC 2 HD” will not!   28/02/13 at 21.30 –
    “Sky News Arabia” is now free to air on 10.876 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east, this channel is also available on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east for those of you without “28” degrees east, frequency is 11.747 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4   28/02/13 at 21.30 –
    “OHTV”  is now officially on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel has now been correctly named and it is now a frequency change from it’s old 12.560 H frequency, all this is on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east   28/02/13 at 20.30 –
    Do you fancy running your own Television channel? “Media Broadcast” on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.604 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 are looking for new channels for this frequency, “Rob’s Satellite TV on TV” anyone! LOL!   28/02/13 at 20.30 –
    “DMAX Italy” has appeared free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.541 V, SR 22.000, FEC 3/4, this must be a future frequency change as this channel already broadcasts on 11.240 V   28/02/13 at 20.30 –
    “Poker Italia 24” has appeared free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.861 H, SR 29.900, FEC 5/6, this must be a future frequency change as this channel already broadcasts on 11.585 V   28/02/13 at 20.30 –
    “iFilm English” has appeared free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.566 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this channel might have something of interest judging by the trailers currently being shown   28/02/13 at 20.30 –
    The “Rudaw Media Network” test card has now appeared in SD on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.317 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, it is already in HD on 12.476 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK on the same satellite   25/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “True Entertainment +1” has now been correctly named and has officially launched, “True Ent +1” broadcasts on 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is now also on the “Sky” EPG channel list numbered 237   25/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “Channel Nine UK” is now officially on 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel has now been correctly named and it is now a frequency change from it’s old 12.523 H frequency   25/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “Madani Channel” is now officially on 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel has now been correctly named and it is now a frequency change from it’s old 12.523 H frequency   23/02/13 at 22.00 –
    Late on Sunday night/early on Monday morning sees “The Oscars” (The 2013 Academy Awards) live from Hollywood, you can see “The Oscars” live and free to air on German channel “ProSieben” with the “Warm Up” at 2336 UK time Sunday, the “Red Carpet” at 2356 UK time Sunday, and of course the “Awards Show” itself at 0029 UK time Monday, “ProSieben” is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.545 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, the free to air “Manoto 1” channel on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east is also a channel to check because it too will most probably be showing “The Oscars” live and free to air “Manoto 1” is on 11.317 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4   23/02/13 at 20.00 –
    Prrr! “Purdey” is back, maybe not back but she is being repeated, “The New Avengers” which features not only the delectable “Purdey”, but also “Steed”, and “Gambit” is currently being repeated every weekday on “ITV 4” at 1655 UK time, “ITV 4” is on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.758 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6  
    Update 23/02/13 at 20.00 –
    Astra 2B - The Astra 2B satellite is now at it’s new satellite “home” of the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, watch this space for more, we await developments     22/02/13 at 21.30 –
    “C+DCINE” which was showing free to air English language movies is no longer free to air, this channel has now been encrypted, “C+DCINE” was broadcasting on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.317 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6,    
    Update 20/02/13 at 19.30 –
    Astra 2E - There is some speculation that the launch of the new Astra 2E satellite for the 28.2 degrees east satellite position could now be delayed until Early June, 2013, I have previously given you the 20th of May, 2013 as the possible launch date but I have also previously gone into much detail regarding the problems and subsequent delays with satellite launches aboard the “Proton” launcher from the “Baikonur Cosmodrome” in Kazakhstan, without going into too much detail again and covering the same ground (please read my previous postings on this subject) the next scheduled new satellite launch from “Baikonur” is the “Satmex 8″ satellite, this satellite should have been launched on the 28th of December, 2012 but due to the”Proton” problems was then subsequently scheduled for launch on the 15th of March comes the news that the “Satmex 8” launch date now has had a further delay imposed and it will now be launched on the 27th of March, 2013, subsequent new satellite launches are delayed as a result, this would naturally include “Astra 2E” and it could now quite possibly be an Early June, 2013 launch for “Astra 2E”, “Rob’s Satellite TV”, The Voice of Reason!  
    Update 20/02/13 at 19.30 –
    Astra 2B - The Astra 2B satellite is now in the process of arriving at it’s new satellite “home” of the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, watch this space for more  
    Update 20/02/13 at 19.30 - Something “Fishy” going on on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.373 H, SR 29.900, FEC 5/6, the four channels labelled as “test1”, “test2”, “test3”, and “test4” have now been replaced with all the channels which are currently on 11.919 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, these channels include the mostly free to air Italian channels “Canale 5”, “Italia 1”, and “Rete 4” and some other encrypted channels, this could be a possible frequency change for these channels. P.S. You may now be missing the “Fish” so I give you the “Fish” Screenshot one more time! LOL!   19/02/13 at 12.00 –
    “Rob’s Satellite TV” was offline for most of yesterday, for this I am extremely sorry, this was out of my hands, my “Host” suffered a “Denial Of Service” attack (it is not only Google and Twitter e.t.c. who get these DOS attacks) which rendered all of it’s websites offline, if “Rob’s Satellite TV” is found to be offline at any time in the future please be so kind as to e-mail me so I can compile a dossier, and of course do please try again, many thanks for your understanding regarding this matter   19/02/13 at 12.00 –
    There are currently English language free movies available on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.317 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, the channel named as “C+ DCINE” is free to air and is currently showing regular programming with EPG programme information, English language audio is available on the second “dos” audio track     19/02/13 at 12.00 –
    The channel named as “55275” on 12.606 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is now broadcasting the African/Nigerian English language “TVC News” channel, do we currently need African news channels because the UK news channels are covering “Oscar” to death!   14/02/13 at 22.00 –
     My long held suspicions regarding motor sport’s “Formula 1” French Free TV coverage have been confirmed, the bidding war is over and French broadcasting rights for “Formula 1” were awarded to “Canal+”, French channel “TF1” lost the bidding war which means that the free to air “TF1” at 9 degrees east is now of no use to “Formula 1” fans, “Canal+” is not free to air via satellite anywhere so there is now one less Free Satellite TV outlet for free Formula 1, more on all this in the coming days   14/02/13 at 22.00 –
    “AAA Family” has appeared on 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13.0 degrees east, this channel is currently only testing with a promo looped video but “AAA Family” could be one to watch because it could well turn out to be one of what I call “Hotbird Iran Channels” which are Hotbird channels that show some original English language programming. “AAA Family” has a sister channel “AAA Music” which is on the same frequency and it is quite good too   14/02/13 at 22.00 –
    A new test card has appeared on 12.111 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13.0 degrees east, the scrolling text says “Telepazio” who are the satellite capacity provider for the 12.111 V frequency   14/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “True Entertainment +1” is now on 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is currently named as “53380” and is the +1 channel to “True Entertainment” which is on the same frequency   14/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “Channel Nine UK” is now on 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is currently named as “54069” and it will be a frequency change from it’s current 12.523 H frequency   14/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “Madani Channel” is now on 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is currently named as “54068” and it will be a frequency change from it’s current 12.523 H frequency   14/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “Information TV” is now broadcasting on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is no longer broadcasting on it’s previous 11.623 H frequency   14/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “Showcase” is now broadcasting on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is no longer broadcasting on it’s previous 11.259 V frequency   14/02/13 at 19.20 –
    “Showcase 2” is now broadcasting on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is no longer broadcasting on it’s previous 12.560 H frequency   11/02/13 at 12.00 –
    The channel named as “55275” on 12.606 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east which currently is broadcasting a colour bars test card now has EPG programme information for the African channel “TVC”       11/02/13 at 12.00 –
    A new channel named as “55304” has appeared on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, I hope this is not another shopping channel! Enough with the shopping channels, we want something else!   11/02/13 at 12.00 –
    Shopping channel “Twinkle TV” has now been channel named correctly on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel also has EPG programme information     11/02/13 at 12.00 –
    Shopping channel “Sparkle TV” has now been channel named correctly on 12.560 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel also has EPG programme information    
    Update 09/02/13 at 21.30 –
    Astra 2B - The Astra 2B satellite is now in the process of being moved from it’s old “home” of the 28.2 degrees east satellite position to it’s new “home” of the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, Rob did tell you that this was going to be happening, stick with Rob’s, First with all SES-Astra’s     09/02/13 at 20.30 –
    The BBC’s Digital Teletext service has received an
    Update, changes seen include the much improved local news section which is much more local, using the North West of England as an example it now has dedicated sections for Liverpool, Manchester, Lancashire, and Cumbria, check out other regions or nations, much, much better BBC   09/02/13 at 20.30 –
    A new test cars/colour bars channel named as “55275” has appeared on 12.606 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel also carries an audio test tone     09/02/13 at 20.30 –
    Shopping channel “Twinkle TV” has appeared on the channel named as “55303” on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel also has EPG programme information     09/02/13 at 20.30 –
    Shopping channel “Sparkle TV” has appeared on the channel named as “54120” on 12.560 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel also has EPG programme information     09/02/13 at 20.30 - The “Arise HD” test card has on 11.223 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east named as “54068” is still being broadcast    
    Update 06/02/13 at 20.30 –
    ITV HD - Could the “20780” mystery finally be solved? Tonight the very long time “ITV 1 HD” test channel named “20780” on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees east cut to a test card (screenshot is on the left) prior to the England vs Brazil football match, this test card was then replaced by a feed of the football match which included the off air studio panel (Adrian Chiles et all) at half time doing their preparations for when the commercial break was over, this included earphone straightening e.t.c., based on this information I can only presume that “20780” is the “ITV” raw feed to the stadium so the outside broadcast team get their cue, i.e. they know when the commercial breaks e.t.c. Check on this channel the next time there is an “ITV Sport” live event, I expect that “20780” might even be used it for the Rugby World Cup but the next “ITV Sport” live event will be the “UEFA Champions League” so check it out then, until then we can expect “20780” to be switched back to “ITV Granada HD” when the football match ends   06/02/13 at 20.00 –
    Something “Fishy” going on on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.373 H, SR 29.900, FEC 5/6, four channels labelled as “test1”, “test2”, “test3”, and “test4” have appeared on this frequency, each of these four channels are separate channels with their own individual “PIDS”, each channel is currently showing an individual short video loop which features “Fish” in different poses! As I said “Fishy” LOL!  
    Update 05/02/13 at 20.15 –
    ITV HD - Could we be finally be about to see some action/movement on the very long time “ITV 1 HD” test channel named “20780” on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees east? I previously told you that this channel was showing “ITV London HD” but this was recently changed and it is now showing “ITV Granada HD”, “ITV  Granada HD” is currently officially broadcasting on 10.994 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 but the Audio Description/Narrative audio track on “20780” has now been activated and also there is an on screen “ITV HD” logo so something must be cooking at “ITV House”, “20780” switching channel could either be a frequency change for “ITV Granada HD” or dare I say the supposedly soon to launch “UTV HD”?! If I am not mistaken the “ITV Network Feed” that gets sent to Northern Ireland is “ITV Granada” so it could be for “UTV HD” but saying that we are talking about “ITV” here who never do anything in a common sense straightforward way so putting my “ITV” hat on I will say that “ITV Granada HD could switch frequency from 10.994 H to 11.052 H which would leave 10.994 H for “UTV HD”, a backward way of doing things but it is “ITV”, much stranger things have happened at “ITV House”!  
    Update 04/02/13 at 23.00 - Possible problems regarding the launch of the Astra 2E satellite which could cause (and most probably is causing) major headaches for “SES-Astra” is the news that following the problems encountered last year with the “Yamal-402” satellite launch aboard the “Proton” rocket launcher and more specifically the “Breeze” upper stage from the same Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan that Astra 2E is scheduled to be launched from and the subsequent suspension of all Proton launches from Baikonur until a thorough investigation was carried out regarding the Breeze upper stage there has since has been another episode of a Breeze problem, this was aboard a “Rockot” launcher from the same facility and while the Rockot launcher is different from the Proton launcher they are both similar in having the need for the Breeze upper stage and while the Breeze version assigned to both launchers has a slight variation and is specific to each launcher it is basically the same in principle and what it does, also in laymens terms the Breeze upper stage needs to work much harder when it is aboard the Proton launcher that it does when it is aboard the Rockot launcher, as I said this latest Rocket/Breeze problem is a worry, another concern is the news that there seems to be a bit of a political dispute going on between Kazakhstan and Russia at the moment regarding the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia is currently constructing a new launch facility in Russia (Vostochny) which would reduce or possibly completely remove it’s dependency on using Kazahkstan (Baikonur) for it’s launches, Kazakhstan has reduced the number of launches for 2013 from 17 to 12, this reduction could be because of the current political dispute but could also be because of the suspension and subsequent delays in upcoming launches which has a knock on effect in the amount of launches that can be launched during 2013, as I said, this means possible problems for the launch of Astra 2E by “SES-Astra” whose latest “provisional” launch date is the 20th of May of this year, naturally all of the above (and below) could have an effect on 28.2 and 19.2 degrees east satellite business  
    Update 03/02/13 at 20.00 –
    Astra 2B and all the rest of it! - Now that Astra 2B has been cleared of all it’s frequencies and channels what is expected to happen next, firstly I must remind you of the original “SES-Astra” plan, Astra 2B was scheduled to be emptied of all transmissions and subsequently moved from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east, this move to 19.2 is for back up capacity and also some broadcast transmissions, Astra 2B’s move is sort of separate/detached to all the other “happenings” which are scheduled to happen, these are, during the second and third quarter of this year the following is/was the original plan of what should/would happen, Astra 2E’s launch and placing at 28.2 degrees east, the subsequent Astra 1N move from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east and then the Astra 2C move from 19.2 degrees east to 28.2 degrees east. The problem for “SES-Astra” is twofold, the Astra 2E launch has been delayed and has Astra 2F got a problem or problems as is widely suspected to be the case, Astra 2E’s new launch date is the 20th of May this year which means that it will not be operational until sometime in July at the earliest, naturally this July Astra 2E officially active date is subject to everything going according to plan with the launch and placing of Astra 2E, any sort of delay or other problem with Astra 2E’s launch would put immense pressure on “SES-Astra regarding timelines and satellite capacity at 28.2 degrees east with a subsequent knock on effect also at the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, as I said, Astra 2F has possibly got problems, this would not be the first (or the last) time that new satellites have had major problems following launch and if it is correct that Astra 2F does have problems then this would mean that the 28.2 degrees satellite position would be short of much needed frequency capacity, so what are “SES-Astra” to do? One thing that they do need to do is make contingency plans because also in the third quarter of this year “SES-Astra” are due to take over lots of extra frequencies from “Eutelsat” at the “28” degrees east satellite position and if the satellite capacity is not there and already in place then big problems ensue, bearing allt his in mind then a possible change to the original “SES-astra” plan could see Astra 2B going to 19.2 degrees east but taking a more active role at this satellite position, once Astra 2B is at 19.2 degrees east we could see a shuffling/sharing/moving of frequencies and channels between all the satellites at this position witht he ultimate aim of clearing Astra 2C of all it’s frequencies and channels, this would then allow Astra 2C to move from 19.2 degrees east to 28.2 degrees east thus giving “SES-Astra” some much needed satellite capacity and some much needed contingency and breathing space at 28.2 degrees east, if “SES-Astra” do adopt this route of moving Astra 2C to 28.2 degrees east earlier than the original plan then it would also sort of “unofficially” confirm that Astra 2F does indeed have problems, if when Astra 2B gets to 19.2 degrees east and we then see the moving around of frequencies and channels between the satellites and it looks like Astra 2C is being cleared of it’s frequencies and channels then it will be safe to say that Astra 2C will be moving and Astra 2F has problems, we await further developments with anticipation and trepidation. One further thought on the Astra 2B frequencies and channels moving to Astra 1N and not Astra 2F as was expected is that yes Astra 2F could have problems but also it could be possible that Astra 2F does not have problems, the reason for 2B to 1N not 2F moves could be something much simpler, as Astra 1N is scheduled to move from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east could “SES-Astra” have put the Astra 2B channels onto Astra 1N so it could test the Pan European Beam, as far as I am aware the only time “SES-Astra” have ever used the Pan European Beam on Astra 1N was only for a very brief period following Astra 1N’s launch, just a thought! As I said we await further developments with anticipation and trepidation, I think that “SES-Astra” await further developments with much less anticipation and much more trepidation! LOL!  

      03/05/13 at 11.30- The two forthcoming “BT Sport” channels which will be subscription channels when they launch in the Summer are still testing, these channels will have SD and HD versions of the “BT Sport 1” and “BT Sport 2” channels, currently the SD versions of these two channels are free to air and testing with a “BT Sport Coming Soon” on screen ident, 11.222 H and 12.643 V are the respective frequencies and Symbol Rate and FEC for both frequencies is 27.500 and 2/3, the HD versions are encrypted, of course these are on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east
      03/05/13 at 11.30- The two forthcoming “BT Sport” channels which will be subscription channels when they launch in the Summer are still testing, these channels will have SD and HD versions of the “BT Sport 1” and “BT Sport 2” channels, currently the SD versions of these two channels are free to air and testing with a “BT Sport Coming Soon” on screen ident, 11.222 H and 12.643 V are the respective frequencies and Symbol Rate and FEC for both frequencies is 27.500 and 2/3, the HD versions are encrypted, of course these are on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east

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    “Arise Network” as it is now channel named but judging by the on screen identification it should be channel named as “Arise News” has now  launched and has replaced “Diverse” not only in name but now also in programming, no more “Lucy”, no more “Lone Ranger”, and no more “The Beverly Hillbillies”! AAHH! But I told you that it would not last long! Seriously though, “Arise News” is on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, the “Arise News” website can be found HERE       31/01/13 at 19.45 –
    “Rudaw Media Network” has appeared on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 dehgrees east frequency of 12.476 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK, this channel has appeared at four different satellite positions so world coverage must be needed by this channel     31/01/13 at 19.00 –
    Do you want to start your own television channel? “WNS” (Wide Network Solutions) will rent you the satellite capacity needed on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, this “WNS” advertisement is on 11.200 V, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6      
    Update 30/01/13 at 20.30 –
    ITV 1 HD –
    The long time “ITV 1 HD” test channel named “20780” on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees east which was showing “ITV 1 London HD” is now showing “ITV 1 Granada HD”, of course “ITV 1 Granada HD” is currently officially broadcasting on 10.994 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6       30/01/13 at 20.30 –
    “Diverse” channel which currently shows very old television shows is now called “Arise Network”, this channel broadcasts on 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is purely a “placeholder” channel, make the most of it, it won’t be there long in it’s current form!         30/01/13 at 20.30 –
    “Gospel Channel” has appeared as a channel named “55276” on 12.606 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east         30/01/13 at 20.30 –
    An “Arise HD” test card has appeared on 11.223 V,  SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east,  this channel is named as “54068”      
    Update 29/01/13 at 21.10 –
    Astra 2E - And here we go again! Is the new launch date for Astra 2E going to be the 20th of May, 2013?! I will have more to come on everything tomorrow!      
    Update 29/01/13 at 21.10 –
    Astra 2B –
    It is still January/Tuesday! - And it has happened in January and on Tuesday! According to SES-Astra all Astra 2B frequencies/channels have now been moved and Astra 2B has been replaced by Astra 2F at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position, they also say that Astra 2B will be moving to the 19.2 degrees east satellite position soon, but we knew that already right?! So what was that all about then?!, Has SES-Astra’s lack of information giving made us all think too much to the point of being wrong when we were right in the first place?! “Paranoid” is what we have been turned into, always go with your first instincts is what I was always told and me thinks that is exactly what we will all be doing from now on! And I threw my “Crystal Ball” out in the rubbish too thinking it was now faulty with all this 2B or not 2B 1N stuff! It seems my “Crystal Ball” was right all along and it is not at all faulty! Oh Happy Days! LOL!      
    Update 29/01/13 at 21.10 –
    Astra 2B –
    It is still January! –
    And it has happened in January! According to SES-Astra all Astra 2B frequencies/channels have now been moved to Astra 2F (what was that all about then?!) More to come on this         29/01/13 at 20.40 –
    A new “Arqiva” test card has appeared on 12.560 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, the channel name is “54120” and EPG information is for some sort of shopping channel         29/01/13 at 20.40 –
    A new “Arqiva” test card has appeared on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, the channel name is “55303” and EPG information is for some sort of shopping channel      
    Update 29/01/13 at 18.30 –
    BBC 1 HD - “BBC 1 Wales HD” has now  officially launched on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the  Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, it now has “BBC 1 Wales HD” audio  and video and also has now the correct EPG programme information ©  Rob’s Satellite TV 2013   ©  Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
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    Update 28/01/13 at 19.45 –
    Astra 2B –
    Rob told you it was to be January? Continued! The following are the remaining Astra 2B frequencies which I am expecting to be removed/moved from Astra 2B soon :- 11.973 V SR 27.500 s/beam, 12.032 H SR 27.500 s/beam, 12.344 H SR 29.500 s/beam, 12.382 H SR 29.500 n/beam, 12.402 V SR 29.500 n/beam, 12.441 V SE 29.500 s/beam, 12.460 H SR 29.500 n/beam ©  Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited The following are the frequencies that have so far been removed/moved from Astra 2B :- 11.992 H SR 27.500 moved from 2B north to 2A north beam 12.012 V SR 29.500 moved from 2B north to 2A north beam 12.070 H SR 27.500 moved from 2B north to 1N  p/e beam 1 12.090 V SR 29.500 moved from 2B north to 1N p/e beam 1 12.148 H SR 27.500 moved from 2A north to 1N p/e beam 1 12.168 V SR 29.500 moved from 2A north to 1N p/e beam 1 12.188 H SR 29.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1 12.207 V SR 27.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1 12.226 H SR 29.500 moved from 2A north to 1N p/e beam 1 12.246 V SR 29.500 moved from 2A north to 1N p/e beam 1 12.266 H SR 29.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1 12.285 V SR 27.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1 12.304 H SR 29.500 moved from 2B north to 1N p/e beam 1 12.324 V SR 29.500 moved from 2B north to 1N p/e beam 1 12.363 V SR 29.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1 ©  Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
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    Update 27/01/13 at 21.15 –
    Astra 2B –
    Rob told you it was to be January? Continued!   Following the removal/moving of some of Astra 2B’s frequencies/channels which Rob told you a long time ago would be happening in January what next? This removal came as no surprise to myself and readers of this website, the only surprise was that these chanenls were not as expected moved to Astra 2F but they were moved to Astra 1N and they were put on Astra 1N’s Pan European Beam 1, I have always maintained that Astra 2B (not 2A) was the satellite to be cleared of all it’s frequencies/channels and the satellite then moved elsewhere, these latest developments have done nothing to change my mind about that still happening, I expect the remaining Astra 2B frequencies/channels to be removed soon and it is probable that this removal will happen sometime this week, SES-Astra for some reason seem to like Tuesdays and Fridays for this type of thing so shall we say Tuesday at Noon?! LOL! © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 – Republishing (cut and pasting) without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited    
    Update 26/01/13 at 11.30 –
    Astra 2B e.t.c. –
    Rob told you it was to be January? Continued! What is going on? 12.070 H, 12.090 V, 12.148 H, 12.168 V, 12.188 H, 12.207 V, 12.226 H, 12.266 H, 12.324 V, 12.363 V and many more have moved but where have they moved to? As I have told you previously, the informations I give you are correct at the time I publish them but I cannot be held responsible for any changes to plans that happen thereafter, the recent frequency/channel moves should have been 2B/2A moved to 2F, this was confirmed as planned to happen but it seems that this has not happened according to the plans, unofficial confirmation confirms that the recently moved 2B/2A frequencies/channels have been moved to Astra 1N and that they are now transmitting on 1N’s Pan European Beam 1 (1N has two PE Beam’s), so what is going on here? SES-Astra have confused us all with this latest “move”, Astra 2B frequencies/channels were supposed to be moved to Astra 2F, Astra 2B is supposed to be moved from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east, Astra 1N is supposed to be moved from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east by Q3 2013 so it can take Astra 2C and Astra 1L’s frequencies/channels, so why move the frequencies/channels to 1N? By using the confirmed information planned changes scenario I will try and make sense of this (sorry if it gets a little confusing but I will try and keep it simple), firstly SES-Astra need extra satellites at a few of it’s satellite positions, 28.2 degrees east and 19.2 degrees east are the obvious satellite positions that need extra capacity but other satellite positions which are expanding rapidly for SES-Astra are 31.5 degrees east and 23.5 degrees east, and 5 degrees east, SES-Astra are also currently in the middle of a satellite replacement programme because some of it’s satellites are nearing the end of their life, confirmed SES-Astra satellites which are scheduled to be relocated are 1N, 2C, 2B, and 2A, without going into too much detail about the why’s, what’s, and how’s, Astra 1N was originally intended to be located at 19.2 degrees east but was temporarily placed at 298.2 degrees east, 1N needs to go to 19.2 degrees east, Astra 2C was originally intended for 28.2 degrees east but was temporarily moved to 19.2 degrees east, 2C needs to go to 28.2 degrees east, Astra 2B needs to be moved to 19.2 degrees east, these planned moves have been confirmed via varyious very reliable sources, it is not known where Astra 2A is to be relocated to but”Rob” thinks 2A will probably move to 31.5 degrees east, once these planned changes happen then SES-Astra can move the even older satellites that it possesses as back up wherever it is needed, of course the one other important addition toi the confusion is that we are waiting for the new Astra 2E 28.2 degrees satellite to be launched and operational by Q3 2013. © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 A good precursor to what SES-Astra’s next plans/happenings will be is what happens next to Astra 2B (and to a slightly lesser extent 2A), if Astra 2B (or 2A) are completely emptied of frequencies/channels then SES-Astra will be quickly moving the said satellite to 19.2 degrees east and then bringing Astra 2C from 19.2 degrees east to 28.2 degrees east, there is a little more urgency than previously for SES-Astra to do this because it does have big plans already in place for 28.2 degrees east this year which includes new customers/new frequencies/new channels and also the Astra’s taking over most of Eutelsat 28A’s frequencies from October 2013, although these frequencies are currently being disputed by the two satellite companies SES-Astra do need to have the capacity in place by the Summer of 2013, it does look like SES-Astra are in a very strong position to get those Eutelsat frequencies, if Astra 2E were to experience problem with another launch delay or problems following launch then SES-Astra would be in a very difficult position regarding the 28.2 degrees east satellite position, they would most certainly be very short of the capacity and back up needed at 28.2 degrees east, 1N needs to stay at 28.2 degrees east until 2E is launched and operational, that is certain, so 2B (or 2A) is the only option, could the currently at 19.2 degrees east Astra 2C which is/was confirmed as scheduled to be cleared of it’s frequencies/channels in Q3 2013 now be cleared and moved to 28.2 degrees east sooner than planned, as I said, it is a very fine timeline/timetable that SES-Astra are currently working with, they previously have and will continue to change their original plans as and when it is required to do so, they could indeed have changed the 2C plans, and as I said we need to keep a very close eye on what happens next with Astra 2B (and 2A), 2B cleared out or not 2B cleared out!, 2B moved or not 2B moved!, 2B or not 2B!, we must wait 2C! LOL! Oh, and one other thing, these recent frequency/channel moves to Astra 1N Pan European Beam 1 rather than the wider coverage 1N Pan European Beam 2 is giving me signals so to speak, as well as the new Astra 2E having a UK and Pan European Beam it also has a Middle East Beam, could the 2B/2A moves to 1N Pan European Beam 1 be to enable SES-Astra to test this beam against the 2E Middle Eastern Beam for possible interference issues prior and following Astra 2E’s, apart from the initial directly after launch 1N tests there has been no activity on these new 1N frequencies and beams so SES-Astra need some testing and if Astra 2C is coming to 28.2 degrees east sooner than originally planned then it’s Pan European Beam would be the ideal replacement for Astra 1N’s Pan European Beam 1, both 1N and 2E beams are similar in that they provide the better solution to possible Astra 2E Middle Eastern beam interference. © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 So in summary, if Astra 2B is cleared of it’s frequencies/channels it is going to 19.2 degrees east and then Astra 2C is coming to 28.2 degrees east before Astra 1N goes to 19.2 degrees east, it is possible/probable that Astra 2A will be cleared too but as I said, 2A is for another position, probably 31.5 degrees east, I hope that I have given you some clarity on this currently confusing situation and that I have not confused you too much, Rob’s Satellite TV, the Gem (Pearl) is a Sea of Seaweed!  © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited   25/01/13 at 21.15 –
    First it was UK Radio, now it is Irish Radio, BBC went from the European beam to the UK beam only and now RTE goes from the European beam to the UK beam only, specifically RTE Radio 1 Extra on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, this channel is due to be removed on the 31st of January 2013 which will then leave only the four UK beam RTE Radio channels on 10.744 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east, this 12.606 V removal news would explain why the EPG programme information has been a little crazy of late because it was showing EPG programme information for WRN Europe whilst the audio was still RTE 1, if I am not mistaken, WRN “feed” RTE 1 Extra on satellite     25/01/13 at 21.15 –
    Live FTA Sports Good News Two –
    It has been announced that Germany’s “Sport 1 Germany” has secured broadcasting rights to English Football’s FA Cup for this year and next, coverage starts on Saturday the 26th of January, that is tomorrow, see my “LIVE FTA SPORTS” page for details, “Sport 1 Germany” is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.480 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 as I said, it is free to air     25/01/13 at 21.15 –
    Live FTA Sports Good News One –
    It has been announced that Germany’s “Sport 1 Germany” has sub licensed free to air broadcasting rights to Practice 1 and 2 of Motor Sports Grand Prix Formula 1 series from this year until 2015, see my “LIVE FTA SPORTS” page for details, “Sport 1 Germany” is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.480 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 as I said, it is free to air     25/01/13 at 21.15 –
    Eutelsat Hotbird’s “Gem TV” channel has now returned with full regular programming on 11.137 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4    
    Update 25/01/13 at 21.15 –
    BBC 1 HD - “BBC 1 Wales HD” (8911) on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east now has EPG programme information again, this is the correct Wales regional programme information but the video and audio feed is still showing “BBC 1 England HD”, this will be changed to “BBC 1 Wales HD” on the 29th of January which is the official launch date for “BBC 1 Wales HD”    
    Update 23/01/13 at 22.45 –
    Astra 2B –
    Rob told you it was to be January? –
    Some strange things have been happening today, loss of Astra 2A/2B frequencies/channels have been reported in some outlying areas of Europe, this would suggest that some Astra 2A/2B frequencies/channels have been moved to Astra 2F, as is well known to readers of this website I have been saying for a long time that I have been expecting a 2B to 2F move this month, the most high profile reported channel loss was Sky News on Astra 2B 12.207 V and I have observed a marked difference in 12.207 V Sky News signal levels, I must point out that “Middle” Europe are reporting no or little change, these reported losses are coming from “Outer” Europe, this scenario is entirely to be expected because unlike the Astra 1N to Astra 2F moves which were UK beam only and as such elicited a very wide and varied response in the form of reception reports which contained very sharp differences and changes in signal levels due to the big difference in the UK beam of Astra 2F in comparison with Astra 1N, any Astra 2B (and/or 2A) to Astra 2F frequency/channel moves which are European beam only will far less noticeable for the majority of “Middle” Europe because the European Beam of both Astra 2B (and 2A) and Astra 2F is basically the same over “Middle” Europe, only the outlying areas of “Outer” Europe will experience reception loss of frequencies/channels, these “Outer” areas will notice changes in signal levels and this is why special attention should be paid to reception reports from areas such as The Canary Islands, The Mediterranean, North Eastern Scandinavia and further East, and Eastern Europe, these are the areas which will be most affected by any Astra 2B (and 2A) moves to Astra 2F and these areas are reporting changes and/or loss of signal, these reports have come as no surprise to “Rob”, as I said, I have for a long time been “predicting” Astra 2B to Astra 2F moves to be happening this month and whilst it is too early at this time to say for certain that this has actually happened what we can assume is that something happened today, the coming days will elicit more information which will help us to clarify these latest developments, naturally as ever your Astra 2A/2B/2F reception reports are most welcome in this regard. Rob’s Satellite TV, it would seem that the “Crystal Ball” is still good! LOL!     23/01/13 at 21.45 –
    11.223 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east now has an “Arise HD” test card, channel name is “54068”     23/01/13 at 21.45 –
    12.560 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east now has an “Arqiva” test card with “JML” EPG info, channel name is “54120”     21/01/13 at 22.45 –
    You may have noticed some “Advertising Banners” have appeared on the website, I have decided to carry some advertising (the rent is overdue!) if you are the owner of a company/business and are interested in advertising on this website then please would you be so kind as to contact me     21/01/13 at 22.45 –
    I hope that you appreciate some of the more light hearted news that I give you from time to time when satellite news and happenings are a little on the quiet side, some sad news is that film director “Michael Winner” has died aged 77, we all remember the “Death Wish” films but one of his earlier films was the excellent “Hannibal Brooks” which he directed and also co wrote which starred “Oliver Reed” as a prisoner of war who manages to escape with a zoo elephant across The Alps to Switzerland, you must remember this film, see HERE     21/01/13 at 22.45 –
    Savile Row or Savile Row! A “Tweenie” dressed up as disgraced former BBC DJ and presenter”Jimmy Savile” has caused BBC Saville row number 2, an episode of “The Tweenies” which was originally filmed in 2001 was recently shown on the BBC’s “CBeebies” children’s television channel, just to remind you how serious this matter is “Jimmy Savile” has recently been confirmed as a prolific paedophile who abused many children over many years, the “Tweenie” in question appeared dressed as “Jimmy Savile” and also made a very good verbal impression of “Jimmy Savile”, there was no doubting who the offending “Tweenie” was portraying, who now will “Fix it” for the BBC! As I said, Savile Row or Savile Row or is it a case of both!     21/01/13 at 12.20 –
    We all watched it at some point but after 20 years on air it has now gone, “Space Night” which was broadcast overnight every night on German channel “BR Alpha” was broadcast for the last time on the 7th of January, the reason given for this removal is increased production costs, “Space Night” was a very nice mix of film of the Earth and Solar system which was accompanied by some really pleasant relaxing music, since this removal “BR” have suddenly realised that “Space Night” had a really strong fan base and internet protests against this decision are ongoing as I write, here’s hoping that “Space Night” makes a swift return but don’t count your planets just yet!     21/01/13 at 12.20 –
    “Zeinab Badawi” is a newsreader/presenter, she started on the UK’s “ITN” but is now to be seen on the “BBC World News” channel, amongst other things she presents the show “Reporters” where she introduces pre recorded correspondents reports, this is a sort of hard hitting reports show and “Zeinab” has obviously been told to present it in a sort of hard hitting/straight talking manner but this is “Zeinab Badawi” I am talking about here, sorry but no matter how hard she tries to look and sound serious and important she just does not do it for me, “Zeinab Badawi” seems and most probably is too nice for this kind of thing, I am sure you know what I mean, she is just too softly spoken and well mannered for hard hitting documentaries and reporting, she has got to be the nicest and most polite reporter in the world, she probably eats “Nice” biscuits too! “Zeinab Badawi” is nice as pie!     19/01/13 at 12.20 –
    Well, that was shortlived, “Motors TV” is now encrypted on the Eutelsat satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.137 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, see below     19/01/13 at 10.20 –
    “Motors TV” is currently free to air on the Eutelsat satellite at 13 degrees east, frequency is 11.137 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, there are seven different audio language tracks on this channel, English is the second one, one thing I must tell you is that this “Motors TV” is really for the French market, it is a different version than the UK free to view version, different programme schedules sometimes so it is worth you taking a look    
    Update 19/01/13 at 10.20 –
    Sat 1 Gold/Sixx Germany - I don’t need to explain too much about the following as it has already been covered in much detail over the past few days, “Sat 1 Gold” has now launched, it has replaces “Sixx Germany” on 12.545 H, “Sixx Germany” is now only 12.460 H, these happenings on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, see 08/01/12 for full details about this    
    Update 19/01/13 at 10.20 –
    Hotbird Iran Channels - “Hotbird Iran Channels” “Iran-MNTV” and “Iran-FMTV” have now been completely removed from their “old” 11.604 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 frequency, both of these channels are now only available on their “new” 11.054 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 frequency, on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east of course     19/01/13 at 10.20 –
    Ukranian channel “1+1” on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east has been removed from 12.476 H, also the still broadcasting and still free to air “1+1” on 11.585 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 can now be received with an SD receiver, this was previously not the case     14/01/13 at 20.30 –
    Germany’s “ARD/ZDF” state broadcaster have secured the broadcast rights to the 2013 Athletics World Championships in Moscow which are held from 10-18 of August, ARD/ZDF had already secured the broadcast rights to the 2015 and 2017 World Championships which will be held in Peking and London respectively     14/01/13 at 20.30 –
    Eutelsat Hotbird’s “Gem TV” channel now only showing colour bars with audio test tone on 11.137 H, now correct me if I am wrong but hasn’t this happened before?    
    Update 14/01/13 at 20.00 –
    Hotbird Iran Channels - I have previously told you that two of the what I like to call “Hotbird Iran Channels” which show some English language films are changing frequency, this has now happened, “Iran-MNTV” and “Iran-FMTV” have been simulcast on two frequencies on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east for a short period of time, both of these channels are now only available on their “new” 11.054 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 frequency, their “old” 11.604 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 frequency is now only carrying a frequency change information looped video and one of teh trailers is advertising some good films “Coming Soon” which would seem to imply that these two vacated 11.604 H channels could be getting some new “Hotbird Iran Channels”? I certainly hope so and remember where you read it first    
    Update 14/01/13 at 20.00 –
    19.2 E - The two free to air test channels “SES_HD3_Test” broadcasting Astra promos in HD and “Cbars_75_Test” broadcasting colour bars with test tone in SD on 11.023 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east have been removed, what was that all about then?!     14/01/12 at 19.30 –
    I see that German television talkshow’s are all talking about the new Berlin airport not going to be opening on time and how late the building schedule is, nice to see that Germany can be late too, but seriously and I speak from lots of personal experience here, it is a big, big falsehood that everything runs on time in Germany because it most certainly does not, as I said, personal experience     14/01/12 at 19.30 –
    “Sat 1 Gold” which begins broadcasting on the evening of the 17th of January has a website HERE , scroll down for further details about this channel     14/01/12 at 19.30 –
    So “Dr Who” is 50, sometimes he has looked far older and sometimes he has looked far younger but the UK (and the rest of the world) would now be a very different place if Dr Who had not saved us on countless occasions, and behind the sofa saved me on countless occasions when I was a little boy! LOL!     14/01/12 at 19.30 –
    I have been meaning to post the following for a long time, I see that viewers who are hard of hearing are getting a sub standard service from “Sky News” on “Freesat” receivers, no subtitles, no good! ” Sky/Freesat need to rectify this issue    
    Update 14/01/13 at 18.30 –
    BBC 1 HD –
    Just some more confirmation that “BBC 1 Scotland HD” is now active and official, correct regional news programming has been observed    
    Update 14/01/13 at 15.15 –
    BBC 1 HD - “BBC 1 Scotland HD” on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east has now been added to the UK’s “Freesat” EPG channel list/programme guide at number 108, “BBC 1 England HD” is now on 972, “BBC 1 Scotland HD”  has also been added to the UK’s “Sky” receivers at channel number 143 with “BBC 1 England HD” now on 976, all of these channel numberings are obviously based on if you are using Scottish postcodes or viewing cards    
    Update 14/01/13 at 15.00 –
    BBC World –
    “BBC World TV” has now rebranded/relaunched as “BBC World News”, this also sees a new programme schedule together with new programmes and presenters, it is also a culmination of a move into new HD studios, now if they would give us back the teletext that they removed and maybe add a seven day EPG then that would be something of more value to me personally that a ‘fine tune’ of their on screen look, but seriously, “BBC World TV” have in my opinion needed to do something for a long time, for far too long “BBC World TV” has been like “CNN”, both are shadows of their former selves, too repetetive, too stale and too out of date which means too much boring, “BBC World TV” and “CNN” have been overtaken in look, style, presentation and most importantly of all content by “Al Jazeera News” which ever since it’s launch has really been the “World Leader” in international news (now where have I heard “World Leader” before! LOL!), For someone who is constantly fed up with the gossip/scandal led news of the UK/USA ews channels “Al Jazeera News”is a real news channel and I must say it is a real breath of fresh air, the next time “Sky News/BBC News” are blanket covering the latest celebrity/footballer to be caught with their pants/knickers down down just sit there and do nothing, hit them where it hurts, do something about it, e-mail those news (sic!) channels to express your disgust but also as important is for you to change channel to “Al Jazeera News” for some real news, they do not like their viewing figures going down, they don’t like it up ’em you know!    
    Update 14/01/13 at 14.00 –
    ITV –
    The UK’s “ITV” channels now have a new on air identity, new channel logos for all it’s channels, blah, blah, it would be nice if this was accompanied by new programmes too instead of the currently shown endless pap! LOL! The important thing to note about this “ITV Jo Brand” sorry “ITV Rebrand” is that “ITV 1” is now called “ITV” and also of note is that all the “ITV 1 England Regions” now have channel names which are labelled as “ITV” which means that if you are using a dedicated free to air receiver (non Sky/non Freesat) then you will now not be able to distinguish between the different “ITV 1 England Regions”, a little like the longstanding “ITV 1+1” channel names, no English regions are now individually identified regarding their channel names, there is no change to the Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland “ITV” regions, they are still identifiable with their correct channel names, to help you identify which “ITV regions” are on what frequency please check my “Frequencies” then “28 Degrees East” page. “ITV” have always on a regular basis seemed to be on a different planet to everyone else whenever they do anything, it seems like nothing is ever done in a staightforward/common sense way at “ITV House”, as a little aside, now that “ITV 1” is now called “ITV” I want to ask a little question if I may, Does anyone remember the old TV’s with the four or eight push button channel changers? The first three were named as BBC 1, BBC 2, and ITV and the others were left blank and invariably one of the first three buttons went faulty from over use so you had to tune ITV on button eight or such like, this reverting back to the “ITV” name has given me a flashback, happy days, me, the TV, and a coathanger, anyone else? Sounds like a good idea for a forum thread!    
    Update 14/01/13 at 12.30 –
    BBC 1 HD –
    “BBC 1 Scotland HD” (8901) on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east has been correctly (sic!) named as “BBC1 Scot HD” and also the EPG programme information has returned, at time of writing it it has been added to the “Sky” channel list but it has not been added to the “Freesat” channel list and also it is currently still showing “BBC 1 England HD” but you can expect this to be switched to “BBC 1 Scotland HD” sometime this afternoon    
    Update 12/01/13 at 19.55 –
    BBC 1 HD –
    Now confirmed by the BBC - “BBC 1 Scotland HD” (8901) on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east launches on the 14th of January, 2013, “BBC 1 Wales HD” (8911) on the same frequency launches on the 29th of January, 2013, on the UK’s Sky/Freesat specific receivers both of these channels will only appear in the EPG channel list for viewers in Scotland and Wales respectively, these channels will not be added to the 900’s of the channel list  for viewers in England, and still according to the BBC we must still wait for the “BBC HD” channel to be changed to the “BBC 2 HD” channel, they plan for that to happen in a few month’s time, their words not mine, still we wait! Still!     11/01/13 at 23.40 –
    “Richard Pollock” a Satellite TV Installer from Javea, Spain and also a Rob’s Satellite TV Forum Member sent me a very interesting written piece which has been composed by himself based on the information that I have been providing regarding what is happening with these UK channels/Astra satellites at 28.2 degrees east and also on his own observations, local knowledge and expertise, as I said, it is a very interesting piece from “Richard”, read on :- © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited For several months now I have been inundated by telephone calls and e-mails all seeking information on what was the future of the U.K. Channel reception here in Spain and in particular Javea and surrounding areas, the newspaper coverage has not always been helpful with quite a few comments way of the mark, If you wind the clock back to around February 2012 you will recollect that overnight our reception of the U.K. Channels was greatly improved, all of a sudden we could enjoy BBC1.2.3 and 4 24/7 along with a similar performance with ITV1,2,3 and 4 not forgetting Four and Five. Of course those in the trade had seen comments regarding 2D fast coming to the end of its life, it was running low on gas and had to be parked out of orbit of the chain of other satellite transponders circling the earth, the problem facing SES-Astra who own and control a large string of satellite transponders was that the designated replacement for 2D had hit problems at launch and suffered irreparable damage however SES-Astra had successfully launched another satellite, Astra 1N and even though it was designed for use for the whole of Europe at the 19.2 degrees east satellite position the short term solution for SES-Astra was to draft in 1N to replace the ailing Astra 2D at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position, this is of course the position which broadcasts all of the .U.K. channels, naturally U.K. viewers would not notice the any difference whatsoever with this changeover, however the European viewer certainly did with the better coverage of the so called U.K. beam all over Europe! In the words of Harold Wilson….You’ve never had it so good! © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited Here in Javea and the surrounding districts whereas before we required 2.4 metre satellite dishes in order to view BBC/ITV e.t.c. we could now receive a range of stations on a 1.0 metre satellite dish and for many people who were suffering from the fact that they could not accommodate a large 2.4 metre satellite dish and/or simply did not wish to spend over a thousand Euros or so then the simple answer was to have a small 1.0 metre satellite dish installed along with a suitable satellite receiver, in the trade we knew that this was only to be a temporary solution until the launch of a suitable U.K. specific satellite replacement, this has now turned out to be the satellite launch Astra 2F and the soon to be launched Astra 2E, unlike Astra 1N, both of these new satellites have a specific U.K. beam, Astra 2F is currently broadcasting/transmitting five frequencies on the U.K. beam, channels currently on Astra 2F are as follows –
    © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited 10.964 H CH5/5USA/5*/Channel 5+1, 11.126 V Channel 4 HD/4Seven SD, 10.994 H ITV 1 Granada HD/ITV 1 Central South West SD/ITV 1 Anglia West SD/ITV 1 Meridian North SD/ITV 1 Yorkshire East SD/ITV 1+1 Yorkshire SD, 11.052 H ITV 1 Central South SD/ITV 1 Central East SD/ITV 1+1 Wales SD/ITV 1+1 Westcountry SD/ITV 1+1 Tyne Tees SD, 11.023 H BBC 1 HD Scotland and BBC 1 HD Wales © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited The remaining U.K. channels which are still broadcasting on Astra 1N are due to be transferred  in the summer of 2013 to the new Astra 2E satellite which will be similar in performance to Astra 2E, specifically concerning the U.K., these channels will include all the other BBC/ITV/CH4 family of channels which broadcast free to air. © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited To complete our findings would be to set up test equipment to the frequencies known to be transmitted by the SES-Astra satellites at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position, the U.K. channels satellite position, we also knew that the ‘Footprints’ of 2F (and soon 2E) would be even more so targeted onto the U.K. and Northern Ireland and that the spillage into Europe would be even more attenuated than Astra 2D was, examination of 2F and 2E beams/footprints were of a very similar pattern and we had no option but to take this as our guide! We then did a comparison of the readings obtained from our satellite dish farm using a 2.4 metre Satellite Dish, a 1.0 metre satellite dish and a new 1.4 metre satellite dish (Please Note that all satellite dishes were from the Famaval range) all had the best LNBs to match their Head End Fitting and all cable was Webber 100/CT100 in other words a very high quality low loss cable and all of similar lengths, listed below are the readings we obtained from our test results :- © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited
    Astra-SES 1N
    2.4 metre
    1.4metre
    1.0 metre
    Sky News 12207 V
    11.6dB 1.0E6
    10.8dB 1.0E6
    5.1dB 6.4E4
    BBC W/Mid 10788 V
    9.6dB 1.0E6
    4.6dB 4.3E4
    2.5dB 5.2E3
    BBC1 H.D. 10847 V
    8.9dB 1.5E3

    2.8dB 6.9E3
    0.7dB 1.0E1
    ITV Channel Isles 10906 V
    7.4dB 1.6E6
    5.5dB 1.1E4
    2.1dB 1.1E4
    ITV Central 11053 H
    7.4dB 2.0E6
    4.1dB 9.4E4
    1.6dB 1.1E2
    Sky Sports 12148 H
    3.3dB 9.2E3

    0.3dB 7.3E2
     
    Sky Classic 11836 H
    2.6dB 1.7E2

       
    Astra 2F
    2.4 metre

    1.4metre
    1.0 metre
    BBC 1 H.D. 11024 H
    6.2dB 1.4E2

    2.8dB 7.0E2

    0.3dB 1.0E1
    FOUR 11127 V
    4.5dB 1.3E4

    6.7dB 6.7E4

    1.9dB 9.1E3
    FIVE 10964 H
    6.3dB 1.1E5
    3.6dB 1.7E3
    1.0dB 1.9E2

    © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited Please Note the higher the dB (Decibel) reading the stronger the signal at the same time the BER (Bit Error Reading ) works in reverse of this e.g. using BBC 1 HD on Astra 1N 10.847 V 9.6dB is much stronger than BBC 1 HD on Astra 2F 11.023 H 6.2dB, and again 1N BBC 1 10.847 V at 1.5E3 means the errors in transmission are much less than those on 2F BBC 1 HD 11.023 H at 1.4E2 © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited If you study these readings you will see that a 1.4 metre satellite dish as expected out performs the 1.0 metre satellite dish and this would indicate that in adverse weather conditions the 1.0 metre type would be the first to lose signals and of course as expected the 2.4 metre type out performs them all, if a viewer is happy viewing the U.K. channels then the best bet would be to consider the 1.0 metre satellite dish, it will also provide quite a few channels being transmitted from Astra’s 2A and 2B plus of course some from Eutelsat 28A (Formerly Eurobird 1) at the same satellite position, it is worth remembering that some very popular channels transmitted from Astra’s 2A and 2B are split into North and South Beams, we are in the Southern side and so Sky Sports 1,2 and 3 are much stronger than for instance Sky Classics e.t.c which are on the Northern Beam, again the 2.4 metre satellite dish copes better with these signals, it should also be noted that later this year the expected intention for SES-Astra and Sky is to use the Astra 2F/2E European Beam, we hope this will provide a more uniform spread of signals for viewers in this area of Spain. © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited My colleague Peter who made tests towards Calpe had already noticed that on a 1.0 metre satellite dish problems with the reception of Channel 5 can be solved by an upgrade to a 1.4 metre satellite dish and of course already we are hearing from our Cousins based much further South that they are unable to receive signals from Astra 2F at all using 2.4 metre satellite dishes, looks like we are for once much better placed !!! © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited I also included a few channels that were not required for the test however I thought it best to include them as on close examination you can see quite a wide spread/difference in the readings, this would not be the case were these tests completed in the U.K. © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited The answer is quite simple the signals aimed at best performance in the U.K. are balanced in such a manner that coverage over the U.K. is spread in quite an equal manner thus guaranteeing quality of reception of all intended channels, outside of the U.K. we are in the main operating on the ‘Spillage’ signal, the received signals are weaker and of course they will be affected by ‘Rain in Space’ and also local rain of various degrees intensity all meaning a rise and fall in signal strength which can mean picture or no picture. © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
    Republishing (cut and pasting) of this or any other information without “Rob’s” written consent is prohibited Finally I should mention the number of times Peter, Geoff, and I have been called in to examine recently installed systems (often still under guarantee) where the Client is not satisfied with the results and although a re-call and test have been made the system still does not perform as expected, this can be very upsetting, the Client in discussion with a neighbour with a near identical system finds the neighbour has a better range of programmes! More often than not we find the cure is simply in the detail, not enough attention has been taken in completing the adjustments, these consist of a very careful alignment of the satellite dish in both Horizontal and Vertical mode, after this especially on the larger satellite dishes it may be possible to improve performance by tuning the satellite dish face plate (if it is severely damaged then it must be replaced!), finally great attention must be made to the setting of the LNB, first the focal length and finally the skew, with both these adjustments one centimetre out can result in an inferior performance, at this point you are in the hands of the Installation Engineer and if he only has very basic equipment then it is almost impossible for the work to be completed to the standard required, these days as signals are getting more complex (after all there is now so much more additional information being transmitted as is the case with HD, 3D, and multiple sound stages e.t.c.) it is vital that suitable test equipment is available, we ourselves use Promax equipment these days which are accepted as an Industry Standard and this means a satisfactory result every time when we install. © Rob’s Satellite TV 2013 –
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    Consultant Electronic Engineer.     10/01/13 at 22.00 –
    Snooker fans rejoice across the land and beyond, the World Championships, the UK Championships, and the Master stay on the BBC and more importantly free to air until 2017, anyone remember “Pot Black” in colour? a new name for this website maybe, “Pot Black in Colour”! LOL!

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        10/01/13 at 21.45 –
    The 11.067 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 frequency on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east had a new channel become active earlier today, this channels is called “01 TEST”, currently it seems to eb switched off but this afternoon it was carrying a direct copy of “TVGA” (TV Galicia), different PIDS of course otherwise it would not be worthy of a mention, maybe a new channel to appear on this frequency soon     10/01/13 at 21.45 –
    I see the on/off Hotbird 12.437 H frequency is now off again, what is going on with this frequency Kenneth!     10/01/13 at 21.45 –
    I like the BBC’s “Andrew Marr”, he is unique in a television world that is full of plastic people which is why I am saddened to hear that he has suffered a stroke, the latest is that he is conscious and responding to treatment, get well soon Andrew, and when you get back to your Sunday morning “The Andrew Marr Show” get someone else to carry all those Sunday papers for you that I see you carrying in your arm/hand, those Sunday papers weigh a bloody ton mate!    
    Update 10/01/13 at 20.00 –
    BBC 1 HD - “BBC 1 Scotland HD” (8901) on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east now has EPG programme information again, “BBC 1 Wales HD” (8911) is currently still without EPG programme information    
    Update 10/01/13 at 20.00 –
    Sat 1 Gold/Sixx Germany - I don’t need to explain too much about the following as it has already been covered in much detail over the past few days but the 12.545 H Sixx channel is now named Sixx/Sat.1 Gold and the 12.460 H Sixx, this on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, see 08/01/12 for full details about this     10/01/13 –
    “Men and Movies” and “Men and Movies+1” have now been renamed/rebranded/relaunched/rehashed!, they are now called “more>movies” and “m>movies+1”, frequencies are 11.681 V and 12.560 V respectively, both channels are SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 and are on the Eutelsat satellite at 28.5 degrees east. this more>movies brand seems to be showing some newer movies but from what I see these are mostly movies which have already been shown many times on the “Movies4Men” and “Sony Movies” channels, obviously with this transfer of movies to “more>movies” then we can expect a newer batch of movies on the encrypted/free to view “Sony Movies” channel, it must suit “Sony” to do it this way, everyone/every channel gets a newer batch of movies, no surprise really as all the channels named in this article are owned by “Sony Television”    
    Update 10/01/13 at 13.30 –
    Eurosport Spain –
    “Eurosport Spain” which was free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.156 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 is no longer broadcasting on this frequency, it has now been removed     09/01/13 at 14.30 –
    “Eurosport Spain” is now free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.156 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, English language audio is on the second audio track, if you “ink” it please “link” it!    
    Update 08/01/13 at 23.55 –
    BBC 1 HD - “BBC 1 Scotland HD” and “BBC 1 Wales HD” will be officially launched on the 14th of January (2013), these two channels named as “8901” and “8911” are currently testing with video and audio of “BBC 1 England HD” on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, as I have been telling you over the past few days, these two channels have already been readied/prepared for this official launch barring the simple formalities of switching to the correct region video and audio feed     08/01/13 at 23.55 –
    A study by a German University (Koblenz) says that the ideal political talkshow should be 60 minutes long with four guests and in presenter, the UK’s “Question Time” political television show had this format for years before it went to five and six quests which now include celebrity guests too, “Robin Day” would never have stood for it sitting down as he was! Celebrities on Question Time? Never happened in Robin Day’s day!     08/01/13 at 22.30 –
    A new “SES 11” test channel has appeared on 12.226 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this channel is currently carrying the SES Platform Services test card and no audio, now this could be nothing but my suspicious mind is working overtime again following this “SES 11” test card’s appearance, SES-Astra are very “friendly” with RTL, all except two of the RTL family of channels are on the Astra 19.2 east satellite, the frequencies are 12.118 H and 12.226 H, this includes the German, Austrian, and Swiss versions of Vox and Super RTL and the German and Austrian versions of RTL and RTL 2, the only two channels that are missing are the Swiss versions of RTL and RTL 2 which are broadcast on the Hotbird 13 east satellite, I wonder when that RTL/Hotbird contact is ending, my suspicious mind is telling me that RTL CH and RTL 2 CH could be on Astra 19.2 east sometime in the future, I feel certain of that, when and how long we have to wait for this to happen I am not so certain about, as I said SES-Astra nd RTL are very friendly indeed, when the opportunity arises for RTL CH and RTL 2 CH to be moved to Astra 19.2 degrees east then it will happen, and just to prove my point, Vox CH and Super RTL CH used to be on Hotbird 13 east not Astra 19.2 east, also the German state channels Das Erste and ZDF are only on Hotbird beacuse  of the German soldiers in Afghanistan and one further thing, SES-Astra recently signed up and activated Swiss private channel 3+ on Astra 19.2 east which is encrypted and needs the Swiss SRG viewing card to decode it, 3+ is on Astra 19.2 and SRG is on Hotbird 13! Work that one out! Remember where you read/heard it first!     08/01/13 at 22.30 –
    What is going on with Eutelsat Hotbird frequency 12.437 H? Sometimes it is on, sometimes it is off, now it is on with amongst others, CNC World English and CCTV 4, also encrypted Eurosport is again on there, 12.437 H seems to be the “Scarlet Pimpernel” of Hotbird frequencies, Eutelsat are so obviously seeking 12.437 H here, there, and everywhere! What is going on with this frequency!     08/01/13 at 22.30 –
    11.023 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east now also has two free to air test channels, they are “SES_HD3_Test” broadcasting Astra promos in HD and “Cbars_75_Test” broadcasting colour bars with test tone in SD, this frequency also carries the “SES Launches” channel and the “RTS Sat” channel which are also broadcast free to air    
    Update 08/01/13 at 22.30 –
    Sat 1 Gold/Sixx Germany - I previously told you about the new free to air “Sat 1 Gold” channel from “ProSiebenSat.1 Group” which will officially start broadcasting on the 17th of January 2013 and the removal of one of the two simulcast “Sixx Germany” channels to make room for “Sat 1 Gold” on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east , to help you to know which “Sixx” was being replaced I told you that “Sixx” teletext page 198 had different messages on the different “Sixx” frequencies depending on which was was going to be replaced, don’t ask me what went wrong at “Sixx” headquarters because page 198 is now showing the same message which tells yout hat you are on the correct frequency for post 17th January which of course makes one of them false, fortunately there are now on screen messages broadcast from time to time on 12.545 H telling you that “Sixx Germany” is going/”Sat 1 Gold” is coming on the 17th of January on that frequency, just to recap, post 17th of January will have “Sat 1 Gold” on 12.545 h and “Sixx Germany” on 12.460 H on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east     08/01/13 at 21.30 –
    “AD Sport 1” (Abu Dhabi Sports 1) is now only broadcasting on 11.747 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, “AD Sport 1” has been removed from the other 11.623 V frequency that it was broadcasting on     08/01/13 at 21.30 –
    Polish free to air music channel “Eska TV” is now only broadcasting on 11.393 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, “Eska TV” has been removed from the other 11.508 V frequency that it was broadcasting on, I must add that some of these Polish free to air music channels are pretty good, anyone else?    
    Update at 07/01/13 at 21.00 –
    BBC 1 HD - Some further developments to report regarding the two channels named as “8901” and “8911” on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK which are both currently still carrying video/audio test transmissions of “BBC 1 England HD” but which are to be the new “BBC 1 Scotland HD” and “BBC 1 Wales HD” channels respectively, I told you on Friday that “8911” (BBC 1 Wales HD) had been correctly configured for the “Wales” regional channel list allocation for the UK’s “Freesat” and “Sky” platform satellite receivers, today (Monday) has seen “8901” (BBC 1 Scotland HD) being correctly configured for the “Scotland” regional channel list too, this now means that “BBC 1 Scotland HD” (8901) and “BBC 1 Wales HD” (8911) are nearly ready for launch, as I have alluded to previously, all that now remains is the small matter of correct channel naming, the return of the EPG programme information, and the switching of the video/audio to the correct “BBC 1 Region HD” feed then “BBC 1 Scotland HD” and “BBC 1 Wales HD” can officially be launched, it is evident that they have been “in the BBC house” getting things ready and in place, me thinks it is not too much longer to wait for this be happening     07/01/13 at 18.25 –
    I see that the classic US comedy “Taxi” is being shown on “CBS Drama”, brilliant stuff, “Danny De Vito” at his very best, and who can forget “Latka” (Andy Kaufman), “taxi” is on Mondays to Fridays at 0930 and 1830 UK time on “CBS Drama” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.343 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, NJOY! See HERE    
    Update 07/01/13 at 18.25 –
    RT HD - “RT HD” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.223 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 has now been correctly named, it has also appeared on UK receiver EPG’s    
    Update 07/01/13 at 18.25 - The Active Channel –
    The copy of “The Active Channel” which appeared on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east has now been correctly named, this is a frequency change for “The Active Channel” which has now been removed from 11.488 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the same satellite     04/01/13 at 19.15 –
    “DJAZZ TV HD” which was broadcasting free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees frequency of 12.207 V has now been encrypted    
    Update at 04/01/13 at 06.55 –
    BBC 1 HD –
    Some developments to report regarding the two channels named as “8901” and “8911” which are both currently still carrying video/audio test transmissions of “BBC 1 England HD” but which are to be the new “BBC 1 Scotland HD” and “BBC 1 Wales HD” channels respectively, both of these channels were carrying the correct regional EPG programme information but this was recently removed, further investigation by “Rob” reveals that the channel named as “8911” which is to be “BBC 1 Wales HD” has now been correctly configured for the “Wales” regional channel list allocation for the UK’s “Freesat” and “Sky” platform satellite receivers, this means that “BBC 1 Wales HD” (8911) now has the necessaries in place ready for it’s official launch, all that remains for “BBC 1 Wales HD” (8911) completion are the small matters of the correct channel naming, the return of the EPG programme information, and the switching of the video/audio feed from “BBC 1 England HD” to “BBC 1 Wales HD”, as I said, small matters indeed, so what of “8901” which is to be “BBC 1 Scotland”, this channel has not as yet (at the time of writing) been configured, I would expect this “8901” configuration to be carried out sometime today and following this correct configuration that will leave BBC 1 Scotland HD” (8901) in the same position as “BBC 1 Wales HD” (8911) regarding readiness for official launch which is expected to be on Monday of next week (7th January), as I said, all that then remains for completion are the small matters of the correct channel naming, the return of the EPG programme information, and the switching of the video/audio to the correct feed, “BBC 1 Scotland HD” and “BBC 1 Wales HD” are on frequency 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra 2F satellite at 28.2 degrees east, more developments soon me thinks! © Rob’s Satellite TV     03/01/13 at 13.55 –
    “Dance Nation TV” has been replaced by “CS Dance” (Chart Show Dance) on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, “CS Dance” is a sister channel of “Chart Show TV”     03/01/13 at 13.00 –
    A copy of “The Active Channel” has appeared on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, this channel is named as “55330” and is a probable frequency change for “The Active Channel” which is already broadcasting on 11.488 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the same satellite     03/01/13 at 13.00 –
    Spanish channel “TV Galicia” has been removed from 11.508 V on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, the good news is that this is because of a frequency change (unlike TeleMadrid Sat which was a removal), the new frequency for “TV Galicia” is 11.067 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, the channel name is now “TVGA”     02/01/13 at 12.25 –
    “Renault TV” has been removed from the “28” and “19” degrees east satellite positions, it was broadcast on frequencies 11.259 V and 11.508 V respectively, R.I.P. “Renault TV” via satellite     02/01/13 at 12.25 –
    Spanish channel “TeleMadrid Sat” has been removed from the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of  11.067 V, this channel has not appeared on another frequency at this satellite position which is a shame because “TeleMadrid Sat” did show some interesting programmes and it means that the number of free to air Spanish language channels is now reduced at this satellite position     31/12/12 at 05.00 –
    Fans of the TV series “Lassie” (remember that?) will be interested to know that every Sunday morning at 02.30 UK time “Smile of a Child” is showing one episode weekly of this classic thirty minute series, “Smile of a Child” broadcasts on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite frequency of 11.565 H, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4     31/12/12 at 05.00 –
    “KBS World” which is usually encrypted but is currently free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east is South Korea’s domestic programmes channel for Korean viewers worldwide but of interest to us is that “KBS World” is that a large proportion it’s programmes are subtitled in the English language and sometimes there can be broadcasts in the English language too, now I have been known to watch South Korea’s other international channel called “Arirang World” which is pretty good and is mainly in the English language but by now you must all know that “Rob” is an “information junkie” and a “culture vulture” and I do like to watch/listen to other countries TV and Radio which is why today’s country that I am making you aware of is South Korea! Following the worldwide success of “Psy” you might now like “K-Pop” or you may now have an interest in South Korea, has “Psy” put some South Korea in your “Seoul”?! LOL! “KBS World HD” is on 12.476 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK, this is the new Hotbird frequency for “KBS World”, the long time 11.623 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 frequency which carries “KBS World SD” following a month of simulcasting will be closed/removed on the 31st of January 2013, some further good news to announce in another “Rob Exclusive” is that “KBS World HD” will be a permanently free to air channel, there will be no more encryption for “KBS World”. P.S. “Arirang World” is also on 11.623 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, free to air of course. You can follow “Psy” still looking for his horse with “KBS World HD” and “Arirang TV”! Twice as much “Seoul” in your Soul!     31/12/12 at 05.00 –
     And talking about “Psy”! Guess who was voted South Korea’s Biggest Pop Star of 2012, yes you guessed it, it was “Psy”! If I were a betting man I would be a very, very rich man …..!     31/12/12 at 05.00 –
    And one final bit of South Korea news, South Korea today switched off analogue terrestrial television, South Korea is now digital terrestrial television only    
    Update 31/12/12 at 05.00 –
    Ric TV –
    So “Ric TV” was running a “skeleton staff” over Christmas as I suspected, this iwas proven by the EPG reappearing after the Christmas/Boxing days end, I wonder if there will be anyone in the “Ric TV”house tomorrow? It is not so good for a Children’s channel not to have anyone in the house at Christmas especially in Germany, beware, be very aware of the “Kinderamt”!     27/12/12 at 20.00 –
    New Year’s Eve is coming and the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite will be a good place to follow the celebrations around the world as the New Year comes in, an hourly check of specific countries Hotbird channels from 1200 UK time on the 31st of December until 1200 UK time on the first of January will give you lots of celebrations, make it a “24 hour Party People”! LOL! But seriously, Hotbird has a whole host of foreign television channels, you could have your New Year in China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Russia, Pakistan, India, the Arab States, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Greece, East Europe, Poland, Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, and finally arriving in The UK, west of the UK coverage is a little harder to come by on Hotbird but the international news channels cover the USA extensively at New Year. If you do not have access to Hotbird but only have access to 28 degrees east satellites then a poor man’s New Year is possible by checking the news channels in your channel list, China (CCTV and CNC), Japan (NHK), Russia (Russia Today), Pakistan and India (too numerous to mention), Qatar (Al Jazeera), South Africa (eNews), France (France 24) and The UK and then you can follow the US channels. Happy New Year to you all from Rob     27/12/12 at 20.00 –
    If you cannot go out for one reason or another on New Year’s Eve and you want a party at home but you only have 28 degrees east satellite reception then the UK’s “Channel 4” television could be the place for you, from 2350 UK time (late evening of the 31st of December) until 0600 UK time (morning of the 1st of January) there is what Chanenl 4 are calling “House Party NYE” which is billed as the ultimate house party on the year’s biggest party night and features international DJ’s such as Frankie Knuckles, Norman Jay, Annie Mac, and many more, naturally other more traditional NYE party shows are available on the other channels, Jools Holland is of course on BBC 2 and BBC 1 Scotland and BBC Alba offer us a Hogmanay and Ceilidh NYE     27/12/12 at 20.00 –
    If you cannot go out for one reason or another on New Year’s Eve and you want a party at home then German TV has some offerings for you, “3Sat” has it’s regular yearly “Pop around the Clock” 24 hour’s of top international music stars live in concert, this year highlights include The Doors, Elton John, Duran Duran, Phil Collins, Simon & Garfunkel, Queen, Skakira, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams, and many more, “Pop around the Clock” begins at 0430 UK time on the morning of the 31st of December and ends at 0545 on the morning of the 1st of January. “ZDF” is also always a very pleasurable and worthwhile yearly New Year’s Eve viewing and listening experience, it is most definitely the place to be if you would like your New Year’s Eve party to have a “Top of the Pops”/”Musikladen” atmosphere, this year’s “ZDF Kultnacht” has “The Greatest Hits of the 80’s” at 2335 UK time, “ABBA” at 0200 UK time, and “Disco Fever” at 0400 UK time, go out by staying in with ZDF, guaranteed hit after hit if previous year’s have been anything to go by. “ZDF Kultnacht” is broadcast late night of the 31st/early morning of the 1st    
    Update 27/12/12 at 13.00 –
    Hotbird Iran Channels - I have previously told you that two of the what I like to call “Hotbird Iran Channels” which show some English language films are changing frequency, I am now anticipating that this could be happening very soon, “Iran-MNTV” and “Iran-FMTV” have been simulcast on two frequencies on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east for a short period of time, it is now looking likely that possibly a January the 1st frequency change could happen, both of these channel’s will only be available on their “new” 11.054 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 frequency, both could be removed from their “old” 11.604 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 frequency at the beginning of January    
    Update 27/12/12 at 13.00 –
    Sat 1 Gold - The new free to air “Sat 1 Gold” channel from “ProSiebenSat.1 Group” which will officially start broadcasting on the 17th of January 2013 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east has been allocated a frequency, I had previously told you that “Sat 1 Gold” would be replacing/taking one of the two simulcast “Sixx Germany” frequencies and this has now been confirmed to be the case, from the 17th of January the new frequency for the new “Sat 1 Gold” will be 12.545 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, “Sixx Germany” will then only be available on the one frequency of 12.460 H,. SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, if you have two versions of “Sixx Germany” on your receiver and you are one of these people who are not comfortable dealing with frequencies then there is another way that will help you know the difference and which of the two channels will be going where, use the analogue teletext on both “Sixx Germany” channels, input page 198, if page 198 says “wenn sie diese seite sehen und ihr …. e.t.c.” this is the correct frequency for the “Sat 1 Gold” channel, if page 198 says “sie empfangen sixx bereits auf der …. e.t.c.” this is the correct frequency for the “Sixx Germany” channel    
    Update 27/12/12 at 13.00 –
    FTL Deutrschland - The new German channel “FTL Deutschland” has over the Christmas period been observed carrying cartoons and phone in shows (as well as the late night soft porn which I have already told you about), it would seem that FTL have already soft launched ahead of a most probable official hard launch in the New Year, unfortunately FTL currently carries no EPG schedule/programme information, their website is also currently devoid of schedule/programme information but their website is active and does have ready pages for programme schedules and information, FTL Deutschland is broadcast on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.633 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 and their website can be found HERE     27/12/12 at 13.00 –
    Children’s channel “Ric TV” on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 is now without EPG programme information, this channel which officially launched recently did have EPG programme information but this seemed to have disappeared before Christmas, why this is so is not known but I am presuming that it is a “skeleton staff” issue over the Christmas and New Year period, I see this kind of thing with so many channels at this time of year, EPG’s , not
    Updated, are incorrect, or completely missing, Teletext pages also not
    Updated, are incorrect, or completely missing, this sort of thing does happen (or not happen!) at this time of year    
    Update 22/12/12 at 20.45 –
    Astra Satellites - “Where we at and Where we gonna be at?!”. The “Rob” Lowdown Some order/clarification on this great big “SES-Astra Betzdorf Space Shuffle” that is happening/is going to be happening, let’s start with the already happened some of Astra 1N frequencies/channels and also the Astra 2B West African Beam frequencies/channels having been transferred to Astra 2F, what is expected next to happen is that the Astra 2B European Beam frequencies/channels should be transferred to Astra 2F in January 2013 this will leave Astra 2B clear of all traffic, Astra 2B is scheduled to be relocated at some point (I will come to that later) but I am expecting that 2B will be temporarily used as a back up satellite at 28.2 degrees east in case of one of the other satellite’s suffering a failure before it moves elsewhere, SES-Astra is currently in need of back up at 28.2 degrees east too, the new Astra 2E satellite will be launched sometime between March 2013 and June 2013 launch, the precise date is now to be confirmed following a delay on future launches from the proposed launch site after a problem occurred with another satellite launch which needs to be fully investigated but following on from Astra 2E’s successful launch there will be a transfer of the remaining Astra 1N frequencies/channels to the Astra 2E satellite, this is confirmed as scheduled to happen in the Summer of 2013, I am not expecting any of Astra 2A’s frequencies/channels to have been transferred to another satellite by this point (it will become apparent why not later). Now it is going to get a little confusing so please keep up! LOL! In the Summer of 2013 and following Astra 1N transfer to Astra 2E then there should be the following SES-Astra satellite’s at the following positions –
    28.2 degrees east will have the active satellite’s 2E, 2F, 2A and the back up satellite’s 1N, 2B, and 2D –
    19.2 degrees east will have the active satellite’s 2C, 1L, 1M, and 1KR and the back up satellite’s 1H, and AMC-2. So moving on, but before I (and SES-Astra) move on there is something very important to be considering, SES-Astra’s acquisition of most of Eutelsat’s 28.5 degrees east frequencies, this frequency acquisition is currently being challenged by Eutelsat but this frequency dispute will have been sorted out by Summer 2013 and if it remains so that SES-Astra have successfully acquired those Eutelsat frequencies then by the Summer of 2013 SES-Astra would indeed have the infrastructue/satellites ready and in place for this Eutelsat frequency takeover, the plan is for these Eutelsat’s frequencies to be transferred to Astra’s 2E and Astra 2F from October the 4th, 2013 but this all means that Astra’s 2E and 2F will be fully in service with little or no spare frequency capacity and because of this I do foresee that at this time (Q2/Q3 2013) that Astra 2A’s frequencies/channels will not have been transferred to another satellite and that Astra 2B will also still be at 28.2 degrees east used as a back up satellite at least until after the next 19.2 degrees changes/moves have happened which I will now outline. It has long been known that 19.2 degrees east is shy of active and back up satellite’s and I foresee that Astra 2B will eventually end up at 19.2 degrees east as a back up satellite but that should not happen before the following things happen,Rob’s “World Exclusive News” last year that Astra 1N was only temporary at 28.2 degrees east before it moves to 19.2 degrees east mean that once Astra 2E is successfully launched and operational then SES-Astra will waste no time whatsoever in transferring Astra 1N frequencies/channels to Astra 2E and then quickly moving Astra 1N from 28.2 to 19.2 degrees satellite position, Rob’s “World Exclusive News” yesterday that Astra 2C and Astra 1L frequencies/channels will be transferred to Astra 1N in the third quarter of 2013 is testament to this happening quickly, and what then of Astra’s 2C and 1L, Astra 2C should go to 28.2 degrees east which was it’s originally planned destination because by now 28.2 degrees east is also shy of active and stand by satellites, Astra 1L will remain at 19.2 degrees east as a back up satellite, for extra new traffic, and for existing Ka-Band traffic. Only once Astra 2C is moved fropm 19.2 to 28.2 degrees east will Astra 2A be removed of it’s frequencies/channels and then moved to another satellite position, this most probably happening in late 2013/early 2014. The informations contained in the above article are part confirmed fact informations and part unconfirmed speculations, as is the way with everything satellite related, the confirmed fact informations are correct at the time of publishing and Rob cannot be held responsible for changes to the confirmed fact informations that happen thereafter. It’s Chriiiiistmaaaaaas, let the alcohol drinking begin and let the “SES-Astra Betzdorf Space Shuffle” commence! LOL!  
    Update 21/12/12 at 20.15 –
    Astra Satellites –
    Rob’s Satellite TV, “World Exclusive”, remember where you read it first Astra 1N, Astra 2C, and Astra 1L “World Exclusive News” –
    After the Astra 1N satellite has been moved from 28.2 degrees east to it’s new satellite position of 19.2 degrees east there will be two satellites which are currently located at 19.2 degrees east which will be cleared of their frequencies/channels, both the Astra 2C and Astra 1L satellites’ frequencies/channels will be transferred to the Astra 1N satellite in the third quarter of 2013 Astra 2E News –
    I have in previous posts been saying that there was the probability/possibility that the scheduled launch for the Astra 2E satellite would be delayed and this is now so, Astra 2E was supposedly to have been launched in March 2013, the new scheduled launch date for Astra 2E could now be June 2013 Coming soon (over the weekend) more on all this in the form of one of the legend Rob’s now legendary “essays”!    
    Update 18/12/12 at 12.15 –
    Astra 2F - It is looking like my suspicions have been confirmed regarding “SES-Astra” being behind schedule with Astra 2F “business”, it would seem that the previous one week lateness following the one week launch delay is now more like a two week lateness, I am now convinced that “SES-Astra” are two weeks behind their original pre-launch Astra 2F scheduled plans, today (18/12) saw “SES-Astra” announce that their “SES-Broadband” Astra 2F Ka-Band satellite internet service for France is now officially active, this satellite broadband service was originally scheduled to be active at the end of November this year, as I said, there would seem to be a suspected two weeks lateness regarding all things Astra 2F in comparison with the original pre-launch schedule, this would also explain why the Astra 2B frequencies/channels changeover to Astra 2F has as yet not happened, as I have previously posted, January 2013 is my “date” for the Astra 2B to Astra 2F transfer, Rob’s Satellite TV, “It’s life, Jim, but not as we know it”!     18/12/12 at 12.15 –
    Eutelsat’s new “Eutelsat 21B” satelloite is now officially in service at the 21.5 degrees east satellite position, “Eutelsat 21B” will replace “Eutelsat 21A” at this satellite position and offers increased bandwidth, E21B has 40 Ku-Band transponders whereas E21A has only 29 Ku-Band transponders, according to the Eutelsat press release E21B has higher power and improved flexibility and also has an enhanced Widebeam spanning Europe, North Africa and Central Asia, it features two dedicated high-energy beams covering North-West Africa and the Middle East/Central Asia. E21A will be redeployed to 48° East where it will continue to provide full commercial service    
    Update 17/12/12 –
    RT HD - “RT HD” is now carrying regular scheduled programmes following it’s period of testing, “RT HD” is now a full simulcast of “RT SD” programming on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east, Astra at 19.2 degrees east, and Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east, likewise “RT Doc HD” is now a full simulcast of “RT Doc SD” on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, frequencies for these channels are in my frequencies pages and all the “RT” channels mentioned are broadcast in the English language, the Spanish language “RT Esp HD” which has also been testing on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east is still showing promos/trailers so has not yet launched regular programmes     17/12/12 –
    The Italian version of “DMAX” has started broadcasting free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.240 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this channel only has Italian audio but if you are addicted to “DMAX” this new channel addition together with the free toa ir German language “DMAX on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.480 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 means that you have two “DMAX” channels to now choose from if you are a “DMAX” addict!     17/12/12 –
    Fans of the German variety of late night free to air “Soft Porn” such as what it already shown nightly on “Sport 1”, “Rhein Main TV” (What, you did not know already about RMTV?) and one or two other channels will be interested to know that from 2200 UK time there is “Soft Porn” to be had on the currently testing “FTL Deutschland” channel on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.633 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, maybe I will start a “Porn” page but naturally due consideration must be given to my Female readers too regarding as to whether this comes off or not ………  LOL!    
    Update 17/12/12 –
    Astra 2E - It is looking likely that the launch of “Astra 2E” could be delayed due to a knock on effect following the problems experienced with the “Yamal 402” satellite which was recently launched aboard a Proton launcher from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, problems were experienced during the separation phase following the launch, there are investigations underway regarding this problem and the next scheduled launch is the “Satmex 8” satellite launch which according to some sources is now likely to be delayed, as I said this would more than likely have a knock on effect on the following scheduled satellite launches aboard the Proton launchers from Baikonur and the “Astra 2E” satellite is one of the following scheduled launches which are scheduled! (too many schedules or not?) LOL! We await further developments on this     17/12/12 –
    Further to my query about the French Formula 1 broadcasting rights “Richard” very kindly e-mailed me, apparently the first round of bidding has taken place and “TF1” was beaten by “Canal +” but hope is not lost, the second round of bidding has not yet been completed, yet again it would seem that it is “Uncle Bernie” who decides whether French viewers get free or pay TV Formula 1 for the next couple of years, will he go for the amount of viewers or the amount of money, judging by the recent deals in the UK and Italy the latter would seem the more likely for the “Uncle”     16/12/12 –
    Apparently, “Discovery Networks” is to make a large investment in French media group “TF1”, this is relevant in so many different ways but the main one that I am thinking about is that “TF1” owns “Eurosport”, make of this what you will but I am sure there will be more on this     16/12/12 –
    I have received this e-mail from “Wes” in the USA which may be of interest to Formula 1 fans “F1 fans in the USA may have problems in the 2013 season as “Speed” will no longer show any of the F1 practice, qualifying, and races live, the F1 series will be broadcast on “NBC” which is not at all a Motorsports friendly network, I would be surprised if we will get anywhere near the coverage we have been use to receiving on “Speed”. So my reading of this makes me think that “Uncle Bernie” can go with the main channels rather than the pay channels when it suits him (unlike the opposite which has already happened here in Europe), it would seem that is carrying through his plan to make Formula 1 more popular in the USA by putting F1 on the main NBC channel rather that Speed, very interesting, by the way has anyone have any news on the 2013 French broadcasting rights which were in the process of being awarded, I am wondering if “TF1” were again awarded the rights or whether “Canal+” secured them, if anyone has anything on this please let me know     16/12/12 –
    It has been announced that the new free to air “Sat 1 Gold” channel from “ProSiebenSat.1 Group” will officially start broadcasting on the 17th of January 2013 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this follows media regulator approval for this new channel, I have previously told you that another “ProSiebenSat.1 Group” channel “Sixx Germany” broadcasting on two frequencies and for that reason I am expecting “Sat 1 Gold” to take over one of those frequencies     16/12/12 –
    I see that another German free to air SD channel has gone the encrypted HD route, tomorrow (Monday) sees “Deluxe Music HD” begin broadcasting as part of the “HD+” encrypted service, HD+ is the “SES-Astra” backed German encrypted service, initially promoted as free but after the first year it costs a yearly €50 subscription fee, all of the free to air German commercial television channels are taking this “HD+” route, it does not look good for us free to air viewers once SD gets switched off, it all depends on whether HD+ is a success or not, For the HD+ servioce you need a dedicated receiver which includes the encrypted channels for “free” for one year thereafter it costs €50 per year, I cannot remember what percentage of German viewers are renewing after the fist year free period, I think it was about one third who renewed but if one of my readers has the figures I would welcome your e-mail    
    Update 13/12/12 at 22.50 –
    Astra 2B to Astra 2F - So following the announcement that the rest of Astra 1N channels will moving to Astra 2E (not Astra 2F ) in the middle of 2013 we have a little clarity on that particular aspect of the “28 degrees east” satellite changes but what about the other changes and happenings which will be coming? Firstly I must begin by saying that the following is not concerning the BBC/ITV/CH4/CH5 changes, the following is mainly concerning Sky channels and services reception. I have told you a very long time ago that Astra 2B channels were going to be moved to Astra 2F and so far Astra 2B’s West African Beam channels have moved to Astra 2F, Astra 2B’s European Beam channels are scheduled to follow and in reality they were expected to have been moved by now but as yet this is not so, there is a widely held consensus that the 16th of December is the scheduled transfer date for the rest of 2B to 2F and this could indeed be the case or it could also be the case that the rest of 2B will not transfer to 2F until January 2013, Christmas is nearly upon us which makes time and date more important than ever but one thing is for certain is that the rest of 2B will go to 2F soon, this change also brings some problems regarding the European Beam because whereas Astra 2B has two European beams (one is more Southerly focused and one is more Northerly focused) Astra 2F only has the one European Beam which naturally has some differences but the 2F European Beam would seem to be more focused on the Southerly rather than the Northerly so in areas like Sothern Spain and The Canaries there will be a benefit because if you can get the Southerly 2B EB but cannot get the Northerly 2B EB then once 2B channels move to 2F you should be able to receive all of Astra 2B’s channels, the opposite can be expected in the Scandinavian area who could be most affected by these moves, they receive a stronger Northerly 2B EB than the Southerly 2B EB so when 2B goes to 2F they could experience some problems, as I said Astra 2B will have moved to Astra 2F by January’s end at the latest. So what else?, what about the other “28 degrees east” stuff? More will be coming on that in the coming days! Don’t you know it is bedtime?! LOL!

    13/12/12 at 10.00 - The free to air Eurosport 1 on 11.642 H on the Eutelsat Hotbird 13 degrees east satellite has now been removed, this follows the earlier removal of Eurosport 2, both of these channels were only ever going to be temporary but it is still a shame that they have now gone, it was nice while it lasted   13/12/12 at 10.00 –
    A new free to air channel on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east is “DJAZZ TV HD”, as the channel name suggests this is a jazz music channel and is broadcasting in HD, frequency for “DJAZZ TV HD” is 12.207 V, SR 29.700, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK   13/12/12 at 10.00 –
    I previously told you about the probable frequency change for the “Supertennis HD”, this has now taken effect, “Supertennis HD” is now only on the “new” frequency of 12.476 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK, it has been removed from 11.096 H, the good news is that “Supertennis HD” is still broadcast free to air, “Supertennis HD” is on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east  
    Update 12/12/12 at 18.15 –
    The rest of Astra 1N is going to Astra 2E –
    It is officially confirmed - According to the BBC their services will move from Astra 1N to Astra 2E in the summer of 2013, the following is from the BBC’s Alix Pryde Blog “As a result of SES’s fleet replacement programme, BBC services will move in the second half of 2013.” and also the following “Astra 1N is due to take up its permanent position in 2013 (19°East), so the BBC’s services will move to their new permanent home on Astra 2E (28.2°East) when that becomes operational. SES expects Astra 2E to launch in Q2 2013, so we currently expect to transition BBC services to it during summer 2013.”. So Astra 2F was in fact “missing a foot”, Astra 2F cannot go “below the knee” if you know what I mean, Astra 2F cannot go below the 10.950 frequency which means that a viewing extension is given to those who can receive the Astra 1N Beam but cannot get the Astra 2F UK Beam, the BBC/ITV/Channel 4 family of channels which are on frequencies that are below 10.950 which have not been moved to Astra 2F will stay on Astra 1N for a little while longer, Summer 2013, it will be a little like the Olympics are here again except that in some areas they won’t be here or there! I am sure that you are still with me! LOL!

    12/12/12 at 1415 –
    “HiTV” has appeared on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.523 H, sR 27.500, FEC 2/3, according to the on screen ident/card “programmes start at 8.00pm”

    12/12/12 at 13.15 –
    A new channel of the Persian/Farsi variety has started testing on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east and from what I am seeing on the programme trailers and their website it it is to be a general entertainment/educational channel with programming in the Persian, Arabic, and English channels so I am classing this channel as another one of those what I like to call “Hotbird Iran Channels” channels which are channels that have some English language programmes that should be of interest to us the English language viewer, the frequency for “Face 1” is 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and their website is HERE

    12/12/12 at 12.12! (yes really!) –
    The following is “Astra 2E” related, we know already that “Astra 2E” is due to be launched in the second quarter of 2013 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, if you would like to see the launch site and it’s facilities (and it is a very large complex) there is a very interesting 45 minute documentary in the English language called “Tour of the Baikonur Cosmodrome” that you can watch on the free to air “RTG TV” (Russian Travel Guide TV) channel, unfortunately “RTG TV” is available on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, it is not available from the 28.2/28.5 degrees east satellites so that rules out my well known website “troll” and forum pontificator “M60” from watching it as he has only got a “Freesat” receiver and who has only recently discovered that 19.2 degrees actually exists, no doubting before he found that out he was one of those people who thought that “Sky” was and is “Satellite” (Where do these people come from? Is there some sort of “Roswell” type experiment going on that breeds “trolls” that think they know it all but in actual fact they know feck all? It would seem so because everything that this website says is so plainly alien to them! LOL! For everyone else except “M60” you can see “Tour of the Baikonur Cosmodrome” today (Wednesday) at 1615 UK time and tomorrow (Thursday) at 0615 and 2015 UK time, the Hotbird frequency for “RTG TV” is 11.623 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and please be sure to select English as the audio track otherwise you could be hearing it in Russian or Turkish. If you want to look at the painting go elsewhere, if you want to know about the painting stick with this website! Rob’s Satellite TV, Information not Decoration!

    Update at 11/12/12 at 22.06 –
    BBC 1 HD - The two channels named as “8901” and “8911” which are carrying test transmissions of “BBC 1 HD” which are respectively the new “BBC 1 Scotland HD” and “BBC 1 Wales HD” channels to be are now carrying now and next programme information for these two channels, these two regional versions of “BBC 1 HD” are expected to be officially launching very soon and I am thinking a 1st of January 2013 launch is probably probable! And maybe even an early pre Christmas present from the BBC of the actual regional channels actually testing? “BBC 1 Scotland HD” (8901) and “BBC 1 Wales” (8911) are on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, remember where you read it first, do not be fooled by the “finks” who do not “link” on the forums

    Update at 11/12/12 at 22.06 –
    STV - The channel named as “10225” which is the STV +1 channel is now carrying now and next programme information, there is a long awaited expectancy of “STV” officially launching “STV +1” and “STV HD” soon  following a resolution agreement with “ITV”, both of these channels have been testing for a very, very long time and the appearance of this now/next data albeit currently only on “STV +1” and not “STV HD” makes me think that they are readying for said official launch of +1 and HD channel versions of “STV”, likely date for this could be the 1st of January 2013, “STV+1” (10225) is on 10.906 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, “STV HD” (3855) is on 10.936 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK, both are on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east , remember where you read it first, do not be fooled by the “finks” who do not “link” on the forums

    Update at 11/12/12 at 22.06 - All radio channels from 11.223 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 are now on their new frequency of 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east

    Update 09/12/12 –
    Astra 2E –
    Could the launch of Astra 2E be delayed? - Astra 2E (not 2F) is a very important satellite for the 28.2 degrees east satellite position and more specifically for the UK Beam that it carries, there is rumour/speculation that Astra 2E not Astra 2F will now take the Astra 1N frequencies/channels which are below the 10.950 frequency range, this includes the BBC/ITV/CH4 family of channels, the Astra 1N frequencies above 10.950 have already been transferred to Astra 2F. Astra 2E was scheduled for launch aboard a Proton launcher in March 2013 from Baikonur, in Kazakhstan but following recent developments regarding a launch that did not go to plan then there is the possibility of a delay to Astra 2E’s launch, on Saturday (Kazakhstan time) another satellite for a non UK market (Yamal 402) was launched aboard a Proton launcher from Balkonur but suffered problems during the separation phase following the launch, this release of the satellite concerned happened far too early, four minutes early in fact, this is a long time in space time (you have only to watch the film “Back to the Future” to know this!), seriously this is a big, big problem, there have been problems with Proton launches before, there will need to be investigations and I would expect a temporary hold on upcoming Proton/Baikonur launches until they fix this problem which could and probably will put a delay on Astra 2E’s launch. So “SES-Astra” have a decision to make, should they sit it out and wait for the Proton/Baikonur situation to be fixed which would most certainly mean a delayed launch or do they look elsewhere for a launch, “SES-Astra” also launches it’s satellites from Kourou in French Guiana aboard an Arianespace launcher, theoretically they could move the launch there, Astra 2F was recently launched from there and “SES-Astra” have had a lot of previous launches from there too, the problem with moving the launch to French Guiana is that there is a launch queue, what I mean is that there are many, many satellites around the world and more and more new satellites are being launched for these satellite positions around the world, as I said there are launch queues and you cannot just jump the queue and of course there are all the logistical complications involved too, we await further developments

     
    Update 07/12/12 –
    Astra 1N to Astra 2F –
    “Where we at?” - Before you read this post please read the two posts below.
    The Astra 1N to Astra 2F moves/changes is currently a “funny/crazy” situation or so it seems, it just does not seem to be sitting correctly (a little like Astra 2F itelf when it arrived at 28.2 degrees east!), some frequencies/channels have moved and some frequencies/channels have not moved, but why is that, Astra 2F should theoretically be taking/have taken all of Astra 1N’s traffic, there is some speculation that Astra 2F cannot go below the 10.950 frequency range and that this is why only Astra 1N’s frequencies above this have been transferred and not Astra 1N’s frequencies below this and because of this Astra 1N has to wait until Astra 2E’s launch in the second quarter of 2013 and it’s subsequent testing and arrival at 28.2 degrees east before it can be cleared of the rest of it’s frequencies/channels and moved to it’s original designated destination of 19.2 degrees east, this may be true about Astra 2F’s lack of ability to go below 10.950 and if it is correct then we are most probably looking at the Astra 1N frequency/channel clearout and Astra 2E’s commercial operatability at 28.2 degrees east of the middle to the end of May 2013 (just remember where you read it first, again!), to use the words of “SES-Astra” this will be after Astra 2F has “successfully completed its in-orbit testing and is now fully operational and in commercial service at the orbital neighbourhood of 28.2/28.5 degrees East.”, mmm, the middle to the end of May 2013, and not forgetting that then Astra 1N would need to be moved to 19.2 degreees east and become operational which would most probably take unti the middle to the end of June 2013 to be completed, all of the above could be true and will happen but what if …….?
    Astra 2F was quickly/urgently needed at 28.2 degrees east for a variety of reasons, the West Africa Beam footprint for the “Ghanaian” Pay TV operator “Multi TV” and wider coverage of West and South Africa which means much more income for “SES-Astra”, the Ka Band Beam for “SES-Broadband” for France which was originally scheduled/intended to launch in November 2012 (I think this has now indeed recently launched, can anyone in France confirm this?), the Astra 2B to Astra 2F moves/changes, and of course the big, big transfer of all Astra 1N frequencies/channels to Astra 2F so that Astra 1N can be moved to 19.2 degrees east where it is urgently needed, whilst it may be true that Astra 2F cannot go below 10.950 I do find it difficult to believe that this would be the case in this age of moving satellites around the satellite arc at will and whim that “SES-Astra” would not give 2F full and completely flexible frequency bands, in fact “SES-Astra” do have many satellite position moves and changes lined up for the very near future, I won’t go into the details of all these moves now as in this instance I am specifically talking about 2F and 1N but let’s just say that this is indeed another reason of seemed urgency for “SES-Astra” to resolve this Astra 2F/Astra 1N issue as quickly as possible, so what can and/or do “SES-Astra” do about resolving this 2F/1N issue as quickly as possible, as I see it “SES-Astra” have four possibilities, in no particular order of preference or recommendation the first possibility is assuming that Astra 2F cannot go below 10.950 then the waiting for Astra 2E possibility that I outlined somewhere above(!) is a possibility (I think that possibly I am being a little too tongue in cheek with the possibles, is that possible?! LOL!), whilst the first possibility is feasible it does mean that 1N would not get to 19.2 degrees east quickly, the second possibility is that Astra 2F can and does indeed go below 10.950 and the remaining 1N frequencies/channels will be transferred to 2F this month or in January 2013, the third possibility and “SES-Astra” might take me up on this possibility as I am assuming (sic) that they do/have read this site is again assuming that 2F cannot go below 10.950, whilst it is theoretical that “SES-Astra” can and could use the UK beam for/on any frequency in any band (any band above 10.950 that is!) it is theoretically possible that they also cannot, as I see it the remaining Astra 1N frequencies to be transferred and which are all below 10.950 are a total of 16 transponders/frequencies and by my reckoning there are 17 available transponders/frequencies above 10.950 that “SES-Astra” could utilize (I know that one or two have some sort of tests and/or data services on them but they can easily be got rid of elsewhere either temporarily or permanently, when needs must so to speak, priorities and all that jazz!), these 17 above 10.950 transponders/frequencies could quite easily accommodate the remaining 16 below 10.950 1N transponders/frequencies if that is what is needed to be done, and assuming that “SES-Astra” can use the UK Beam on any frequency they choose to use then it would not be a big deal for them but let’s also assume that “SES-Astra” would want to keep the UK Beams to/on/in the 10.700-11.200 frequency range then it is wise to note that 4 of the 16 remaining 1N transponders/frequencies carry encrypted television channels while 12 carry free to air television channels so that would mean that only 12 of the remaining 16 1N transponders/frequencies theoretically would need to be on a UK Beam as the other 4 are encrypted anyway so it would not really matter if they were on the UK Beam or the Pan European Beam, as you can gather I am trying to cover everything here and as I see it there would just about be enough room for 12 transponders/frequencies to go somewhere in between 10.950 and 11.200, the other 4 encrypted television transponders/frequencies would naturally go on frequencies above 11.720, this third while the least probable of the three I have given you so far but what I will add is that despite the following “quote” which was taken from a more complete reply on the”SES-Astra” Facebook page earlier today (07/11/12) “The channel transfer is ongoing and will have no implications for viewers in the UK since the TV programs shifted to ASTRA 2F operate on the same frequencies and are broadcast for the UK”, now I will dissect this quote, the UK satellite receiver market is not the same as for instance the German satellite receiver market, in Germany free to air satellite receivers rule as a rule (!), they are the mass majority, in the UK “Sky” and “Freesat” receivers rule as rule, they are the mass majority, what I am saying is that  at the consumer/user end of using free to air receivers (Germany) frequencies are a very important aspect of things, cannot do anything without frequencies whereas at the consumer/user end of using “Sky” and “Freesat” receivers (UK) frequencies do not mean shit, consumers/users in the UK do not have anything to do with frequencies and please no offence to anyone but it has been so evident regarding the 2F frequencies that have been activated that many people with “Sky” or “Freesat” receivers know their EPG channel list numbers but regarding the frequencies they do not know the what, where, and how e.t.c. as I said please no offence anyone, the point I am making is that The UK’s “Sky” and “Freesat” receivers remain the same chanenls numbers even if the frequencies of those channels were changed daily and this means that today’s (07/12/12) “SES-Astra” Facebook page reply and the “quote” I took from that reply has a different meanng if I quote it now “The channel transfer will have no implications for viewers in the UK since the TV programs shifted to ASTRA 2F operate on the same frequencies and are broadcast for the UK”, as I said, if “SES-Astra” were to change frequencies daily The channel transfer would have no implications for viewers in the UK since the TV programs are broadcast for the UK and the UK uses “Sky” and “Freesat” channel lists not frequency based receivers, for the majority of UK viewers, nothing changes when frequency changes! And let me tell you that if “SES-Astra” wanted to change frequencies there would be nothing at all that anyone could do to stop them, anyway the third option does mean a “little” extra work for “SES-Astra” but what the heck, it is a new year coming, and they love it really, but what is the fourth option I hear you ask? The fourth option is for “SES-Astra” to give me a job and I will sort the bloody lot of it out for them! LOL! I wonder if “SES-Astra” are still having their Christmas party, I could do with some Christmas cheer/beer after writing this and the other bloody essay’s this evening! LOL! But again, just remember where you read it first, again, again! Rob’s, always giving you the complete picture

    Update 07/12/12 –
    Astra 2B to Astra 2F –
    “Where we at?” - The Astra 2B to Astra 2F satellite moves/changes which I told you a very long time ago was going to be happening has seen some activity of late. some doubted what I said at the time that this 2B to 2F change would be happening (nothing new there then!) but happening it most certainly is, no doubt the doubters (!) were in their infinite wisdom (sic) applying the “Alphabet Rule”, A comes before B, blah, blah ……, I say to that that A before B except when it is F!, LOL!, Anyway I digress, Astra 2B’s African Beam frequencies/channels were moved to Astra 2F on the 27th of November and it is expected that Astra 2B’s Pan European frequencies will follow to Astra 2F very soon, the original “SES-Astra” plan for Astra 2B’s move to Astra 2F was for this to have been completely completed (!) by the end of December this year, I will add that the information/dates/times posted on this website were correct at the time of posting but held responsible for any changes to information/dates/times that happen thereafter I cannot be, this is the nature of the new satellite business and of course the one week launch delay of Astra 2F created many problems for “SES-Astra” and for this website too, nothing seems to have gone to plan/original timetable for “SES-Astra” regarding Astra 2F, if this pre launch delay (and also the probable testing delay) had not occurred then this Astra 2B to Astra 2F move would have been completed by now but now we find ourselves in the second week of December, Christmas is coming, Santa is coming but is Santa coming to “SES-Astra” or will they be working still? Rob thinks that they should/would welcome some well deserved Christmas cheer/beer! But I digress again, following the 27th of November Africa Beam moves there was also some activity at “SES-Astra” (the 28.2 satellite position) on the evening of the 29th of November/the morning of the 30th of November which I thought was either the rest of 2B to 2F and/or the start of 1N to 2F but as I found out later this was not so hence my not posting about this activity (though it is still bugging me as to what they were doing that night, maybe it was their Christmas party and someone got into the control room! Have “SES-Astra” already had their Christmas cheer/beer?! It would seem that I have but I promise you that I have not!!) and as it did no happen then then it means that it is still to happen, it is looking a little late for a December completion although there is still time for this to happen but if it does not happen this month then a January 2013 completion is a certainty. Just remember where you read it first, again! Rob’s, always giving you the complete picture

    Update 07/12/12 –
    Astra 2F - This today from the “SES-Astra” Facebook page –
    “We’d like to respond to your questions relating to the current channel shifts at 28.2 degrees East and the footprint of ASTRA 2F. The UK channels are currently shifted from ASTRA 2B and ASTRA 1N to ASTRA 2F which has been launched recently and is operational now. ASTRA 2F is part of our fleet replacement programme at 28.2 degrees East. The channel transfer is ongoing and will have no implications for viewers in the UK since the TV programs shifted to ASTRA 2F operate on the same frequencies and are broadcast for the UK. TV viewers outside the UK, however, may see an impact as they might no longer be able to receive the channels due to their transfer to a beam with a smaller footprint. This footprint meets the requirements of our customers, the broadcasters, who focus their program distribution on the UK where they have the programme rights.”.
    I think he means “Shifting” not “Shifted” or maybe he means “Shafted”?! LOL!

    06/12/12 –
    The UK’s “Men and Movies” channel (channel’s if you include the +1) is to be renamed as “More Than Movies” which most probably means less movies/more series will be shown, expect more “Baywatch” et al, the new channel name says it all really. 12.560 V and 11.680 V are the frequencies on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east that you need, both are SR 27.500, FEC 2/3

    06/12/12 –
    “Iran-MNTV” and “Iran-FMTV” which are two what I like to call “Hotbird Iran Channels” which show some English language programming are now active another frequency on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, frequency is 11.054 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 and it will be the new frequency for these channels, both channels are still currently on their long time frequency of 11.604 H but they will be removed from this frequency in the near future

    06/12/12 Sorry but I forgot to post this when it happened, the free to air “Eurosport 2” on the Eutelsat Hotbird frequency of 11.642 H has been switched off, “Eurosport 1” still remains free to air on the same frequency and is still with English language commentary

    05/12/12 Please “Take Five” for “Dave Brubeck” who has died aged 91, R.I.P. Dave

    05/12/12 –
    “RT HD” which has been testing for a long time will officially launch on the 16th of December in HD on all satellites, the Eutelsat 28A 28.5 degrees east frequency is 11.223 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, the channel is named “53148”, the Astra 1 satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency is 11.376 V, SR 22.000, FEC2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK named as “RT News HD”, and the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency is 12.476 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK named as “RT News HD”. There is no news as yet on whether “RT Doc HD” (13 east) or “RT Spanish HD” (19.2 east) which have also been testing will also officially launch at the same time

    05/12/12 Radio channels which have moved/changed frequency at the 128.5 degrees east satellite position are “WRN Europe”, “Insight Radio”, “Family Radio”, “Spectrum 1, “TWR”, “Amrit Bani”, “CC Radio”, “Desi Radio”, “Shop Radio” and “Rainbow Radio, all of these radio channels can now be found on 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3

    05/12/12 –
    “Sailing 1” (11.222 H) and “Sailing 2” (12.643 V) have begun on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, these channel’s are expected to become the new “BT sports 1 and 2” channels, they are named as “52014” and “54350” respectively when you channel search, SR and FEC for both channels is 27.500 and 2/3

    Update 04/12/12 –
    Astra 2F –
    The following frequencies and channels have been moved to Astra 2F from Astra 1N.
    10.964 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (CH5/5USA/5*/Channel 5+1),
    10.994 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Granada HD/ITV 1 Central South West SD/ITV 1 Anglia West SD/ITV 1 Meridian North SD/ITV 1 Yorkshire East SD/ITV 1+1 Yorkshire SD),
    11.052 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Central South SD/ITV 1 Central East SD/ITV 1+1 Wales SD/ITV 1+1 Westcountry SD/ITV 1+1 Tyne Tees SD),
    11.126 V SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (Channel 4 HD/4Seven SD)

    03/12/12 –
    “Pick TV”, “Challenge TV”, and “Sky News” are now available on the UK’s “Freesat” receiver’s EPG/channel list’s, “Pick TV” is on 144, “Challenge TV” is on 145, and “Sky News” is on 202, this now means that you do not have to add these channels as “Non-Freesat Channels” and also as the channels are now in the main channel list it means that you have the full 7 day programme guide for these channels, if these three channels have not appeared on your “Freesat” chanenl list then you will have to do a new/first time installation of your “Freesat” receiver and then it should pick up these new channel additions, unfortunately the +1 versions of “Pick TV” and “Challenge TV” have not been added to “Freesat” and it looks like they won’t be added at all so you will still have to “Add” these two channels

    Update –
    01/12/12 –
    The new channel I told you about called “Ashena” is now on screen called “Nex1 –
    music and more”, this channel is testing with promos on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of  11.054 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6, their facebook page is HERE

    01/12/12 –
    The Eutelsat E28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 has three radio stations that are likely frequency changes, “55361” (WRN Europe), “55363” (Insight Radio), and “55365” (TWR), these three channels (together with a whole host of others) currently broadcast on 11.223 V

    Update 01/12/12 –
    ITV HD - The “ITV” transponder/frequency of 10.936 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9 DVB-S2 QPSK on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degreees east’s new encrypted channel named as “4041” turned out to be “Star Plus HD” which seems to be wandering everywhere more than Astra 2F is! The long awaited and soon to be expected new “UTV HD” channel has got to be what the “20780” channel on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 which is currently carrying a copy of ITV 1 HD London is for, this “20780”channel which was previously named “7480” has been active for nearly a year!

    Update 30/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - This from “SES-Astra” facebook page “Services are currently being transferred onto Astra 2F, BBC (Tp 2.061) has been migrated to 2F whereas Channel 5 (Tp 2.057), ITV (Tp’s 2.059 and 2.063), and Channel 4 (Tp 2.068) will move to Astra 2F next Tuesday. This will then mark the completion of the transfer”.
    So confirmation of the 11.023 H, SR 23.000 FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK “8901” and “8911” (BBC 1 HD’s) move to 2F
    The frequencies and channels moving on Tuesday the 4th of December will be :-
    10.964 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (CH5/5USA/5*/Channel 5+1),
    10.994 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Granada HD/ITV 1 Central South West SD/ITV 1 Anglia West SD/ITV 1 Meridian North SD/ITV 1 Yorkshire East SD/ITV 1+1 Yorkshire SD),
    11.052 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (ITV 1 Central South SD/ITV 1 Central East SD/ITV 1+1 Wales SD/ITV 1+1 Westcountry SD/ITV 1+1 Tyne Tees SD),
    11.126 V SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 (Channel 4 HD/4Seven SD)

    29/11/12 –
    Polish free to air music channel “Rebel TV” has been renamed, it is now called simply “RBL.TV”, I quite like this diffent music channel, you can find “RBL.TV” on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.585V, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4

    29/11/12 –
    French channel “D8” (formerly called Direct 8) is no longer free to air, it has now been encrypted and has also changed frequency on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this is a shame as “D8” from time to time did show some live sports, it is now only avalable for free (if you can call it free) on this satellite via the encrypted French “TNTSat” platform, the old frequency of “D8” now has the new channel “D17”, both of these channels are owned by the French Pay T%V provider “Canal+”, “D17” can be found on frequency 12.551 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6

    29/11/12 A whole host of 24 hour Southern German regional channels are on 11.523 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east and from the 4th of December they will be joined by some more, these new channels are “Mainfranken”, “Niederbayern”, “TV Oberfranken”, and “TVA-OTV”

    29/11/12 –
    The German “DAF” business channel is now on the new frequency of 11.243 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east

    29/11/12 –
    “FTL Deutschland” which is a new German entertainment channel on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.663 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 is now showing a programme/channel trailer, from what it has on the trailer this channel looks like it will be interesting but as has been proven in the past with new channels and more specifically new channel’s trailers they actual programmingcan be wildly different from what the trailers led us to believe, as I said though it does look like it will be an interesting channel when it eventually launches

    Update 28/1112 –
    Astra 2F –
    No further delelopments as yet regarding the Astra 2F UK Beam, no new frequencies activated and no changeover as yet from Astra 1N to Astra 2F, it is plain to see that SES-Astra are “problem solving/fine tuning” the Astra 2F UK Beam and it is now likely that 1N to 2F changeover will now be taking place next week or the week after, what has been happening with Astra 2F is that the Astra 2F West African Beam seems to have been activated, the “Ghanaian” Pay TV operator “Multi TV” had announced that “Multi TV will undergo a frequency change due to satellite upgrade” on the 27th of November, correspondence received by me asking questions along the lines of “What’s the new frequency …..e.t.c.?” imply that the frequency change has taken place in which case the satellite change is most likely to have also taken place, more on this to come I am sure

    Update 27/11/12 –
    ITV HD - The “ITV”transponder/frequency of 10.936 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9 DVB-S2 QPSK on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degreees east has now added an encrypted channel which is named as “4041”, could this channel be for the long awaited and soon to be expected new”UTV HD” channel, it could be going either there or it could be going on the recently relabelled and encryption flag removed “20780” channel on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 which is currently carrying a copy of ITV 1 HD London

    26/11/12 I see that the popular “BBC” series “Merlin” is to end after the current series, I wonder if “Merlin” saw that coming! LOL!

    26/11/12 I have noticed that The “Setanta Ireland” channel on 11.680 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat E28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east has been showing “Italian Serie A” football live and free to view on the UK Sky free to view card every Sunday at 1355 UK time, if you like your “Serie A” then check out “Setanta Ireland”, this is only at 1355 Sundays, I have not noted anything else of a “live” nature free to view on this channel

    26/11/12 –
    “MTV Trax” which has been free to air for a long time on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 11.895 V has now been encrypted

    Update 21/1112 –
    Astra 2F - There are no further new happenings happening! I am now going to call it a day, and night!

    Update 21/1112 –
    Astra 2F - Another large and this time longer signal spike noted on 11.141 H, still of UK Beam type spikes, otherwise 11.141 H is a very low signal when not being spiked! Anyone want to spike a drink for me please?! LOL!

    Update 21/1112 –
    Astra 2F - It is currently mid afternoon and I have yet again just received one hell of a signal spike on 11.141 H, a UK Beam this spike has got to be, this frequency is looking like a most likely candidate for “UK Beam” frequency testing in my opinion

    Update 21/1112 –
    Astra 2F - I have just received one hell of a signal spike on 11.141 H, a UK Beam type of spike is how I would describe it best

    Update 21/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - Now that “SES-Astra” have confirmed that “Astra 2F” is “fully operational and in commercial service” what has changed, nothing has changed regarding the frequency/channel changeover from Astra 1N to Astra 2F, as I write this there have been no moves/changes that have occurred, what I have since yesterday observed taking place are signal tests, these signal tests are still active as I write, these are purely signal tests/data transmissions, they are not TV or Radio channels so no there is need for you to check these frequencies as there is nothing to receive on your satellite receiver, I am currently receiving signal tests/data transmissions on 11.008 V, 11.141 H, 11.171 H, 11.186 V, and 11.954 H, some of these frequencies are stronger than others, as I said, nothing is resolvable with these frequencies on a satellite receiver but what I will say is that judging by the quickness of these tests/frequencies being activated then I think it will not be too long before something more interesting happens, keep checking the site, as soon as anything happens it will be here but to my readers I ask that you to from time to time check your BBC/ITV/Astra 1N channels to see if there are any changes/differences and if there are please let me know, “SES-Astra” sometimes do stuff without telling us! There will be more to come from me before the day is out, P.S. I am getting all your e-mails and they will be answered but as you can appreciate I am currently “investigating” as the first priority

    Update 21/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - We now have confirmation from a press release issued today by “SES-Astra” that “Astra 2F” has successfully completed its in-orbit testing and is now fully operational and in commercial service at the orbital neighbourhood of 28.2/28.5 degrees east, this statement means that “Astra 2F” is now at 28.2 degrees east and ready and waiting for action, “Astra 2F” has 48 Ku-band transponders which are for UK and Europe coverage, 12 Ku-band transponders which are for Sub-Saharan Africa coverage, and 3 Ka-band transponders for “SES Broadband” download speeds of up to 20 Mbps for France, the full press release can be found HERE , I will have more on this during the day, I am investigating this as we speak

    Update 20/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - I think it is safe to say that the “Astra 2F” satellite is now at it’s correct 28.2 degrees east satellite position, we now await further developments

    Update 20/11/12 –
    ITV HD - The channel named as “7480” on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 which was showing “ITV 1 HD London” has now been renamed as “20780”, this channel is still showing “ITV 1 HD London” but has now also had it’s soft encryption flag switched off which means it is now completely free to air

    20/11/12 –
    A new channel called “Ashena” is testing on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of  11.054 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6, considering the recent closures of the “Iran Beauty” and “U” channels and the fact that “Ashena music and more” is the wording of the current on screen looped ident/promo is it possible that something similar will be appearing on “Ashena” along the same lines as the closed channels, I would even hope and pray for something like the “Hotbird Iran Channels” with films and/or series in the English language, let us pray!

    20/11/12 –
    Some problems have been noted with the free to air “Eurosport” and “Eurosport 2” channels on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, these two channels have been off air today but have now returned, I did notice myself that in the early hours of this morning there was intermittent cut offs of these two channels, I do believe that these two free to air “Eurosport” channels on 11.642 H are only there temporarily, they were activated following Iranian “Jamming” of Eurosport’s regular Hotbird frequency, also I do note that Eurosport have recently “upped” their encryption on their regular Hotbird frequency/channels so it is quite possible that these 11.642 H Eurosport’s which I presume are only a “filler”, a fail safe if you like whilst the “Jamming” and the encryption changes were taking place will probably be removed soon, maybe this is what they were trying to do early this morning but came across some problems, all other channels on the same frequency were still transmitting without problem so “Jamming” of 11.642 H can be ruled out, this loss of both Eurosport’s is one of two things, deliberate or accidental, you be the “Louis Walsh”! LOL!

    Update 19/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - The “Astra 2F” satellite will be in it’s correct position imminently, the moving of BBC/ITV e.t.c. channels from Astra 1N to Astra 2F will not be happening immediately when Astra 2F is in it’s correct 28.2 position, there will be a small period of testing before all that happens, when this small period of testing commences then the frequency information will be posted here and I will hopefully be receiving a most welcome “deluge” of reception reports from my very kind reception reporters all over Europe, these reception reports will be posted on my “Astra 2F Reception Reports” and “Astra 2F Reception Maps” pages, naturally when something “drastic” happens it will also be posted on this website. Nothing has happened to your channels yet, when it is imminent you will know about it here, there is speculation that the Astra 1N to Astra 2F channel switchover may not now happen until early December (unconfirmed), this is the nature of the satellite business, dates and plans very often do change, nothing is ever set in stone with these matters but rest assured that this website will give you all the latest happenings as they happen, but I will also remind you (it is common knowledge) that this website gives you the latest happenings before they happen too!

    Update 19/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - “Astra 2F” is now in the final stages of being positioned at 28.2 degrees east, there will be another
    Update on Astra 2F later this evening

    Update 19/11/12 –
    RT HD - “RT HD” which is Russia Today’s English language news channel which started broadcasting in HD on 11.223 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is testing, it is carrying the “RT HD” coming soon promo/trailer which ios thwe same as is on “RT HD” on Astra 19.2 degrees east and “RT HD” on Eutelsat Hotbird 13 degrees east, “RT HD” on “Eutelsat 28A” has the label “53148” when you search/scan/store this channel on your receiver

    19/11/12 The UK’s “ITV” channels are getting a new on screen look from January 2013, new more colourful logos/idents and the main “ITV 1” channel will be called simply “ITV”. I wish they would change some of their programmes too, endless “Frost”, “Midsomer”, “Morse”, e.t.c. is getting very repetitive now! And as I am talking about “ITV” I feel obliged to repeat, endless “Frost”, “Midsomer”, “Morse”, e.t.c. is getting very repetitive now! The End or is it The Endless! LOL!

    17/11/12 A new/continuing  two year TV deal between Scottish Gaelic language television channel “BBC Alba” and the football “Scottish Premier League” will see “BBC Alba” broadcasting three live SPL matches this season and three live SPL matches next season too, aslo part of this deal “BBC Alba” has delayed full match coverage of thirty five SPL matches each season, as is currently the case, these delayed matches will be shown on Saturday’s at 1730 UK time. The first ever live “Scottish Premier League” match to be shown on “BBC Alba” will be Ross County vs Inverness Caledonian Thistle at 1505 UK time on January the 2nd, 2013, what I will add is don’t expect to see “Celtic” live on BBC Alba because the “SPL” already has deals with “Sky” and “ESPN” and naturally they get the top games/top teams but aside from that this is good news for live football fans and these three SPL matches each season, the thirty five delayed full matches, and also the BBC Alba “Ramsdens Challenge Cup” broadcasting rights until 2015 makes BBC Alba a nice free to air place to be for Scottish football, of course all commentaries are in the Gaelic language, it has always puzzled me as to why people will not watch sports (free sports I might add) unless it is in the English language, you want to see the game/race or you want to listen to the idiot commentators, take it from “Multilingual Rob” that all commentators are the same in every/any language, they all talk rubbish and only tell you what is happening (or more to the point what should have happened) after it has happened, they never tell you what is happening when it is happening, sometimes it is better if you cannot understand what the commentators are saying, “Multilingual Rob” can often be found shouting back at the commentators in whatever language the commentary is in plus a few “special” language words from “Rob” too! LOL! BBC Alba is available free to air on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.803 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6. “BBC Alba is also available on the UK’s “Sky” and “Freesat” EPG channel lists

    17/11/12 Forthcoming free to air “German Cup” football on Germany’s “Das “Erste” television channel sees Augsburg vs Bayern Munich on the 18th of December followed by Borussia Dortmund vs Hannover 96 on the 19th of December

    16/11/12 “Super Tennis HD” is now also on 12.476 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4 DVB-S2 8PSK on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, this new frequency could be a possible frequency change for “Super Tennis HD” from the still active long time other “Super Tennis HD” frequency on this same satellite of 11.096 H, SR 29.900, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK

    Update 16/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - “Astra 2F” is currently (at the time of writing) at the 33.0 degrees east satellite position and it is moving along very nicely, soon Astra 2F will be three degrees from it’s final destination and as “The Three Degrees” once sang, “Take Good Care of Yourself” Astra 2F! Did “The Three Degrees” sing “Year of Decision” too? How very apt!

    16/11/12 “RT HD” which is Russia Today’s English language news channel has started broadcasting in HD on 11.223 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, “RT HD” has the label “53148” when you search/scan/store this channel on your receiver and and is carrying regular programming (albeit with sporadic sound cut outs) unlike “RT HD” on Astra 19.2 degrees east and “RT HD” on Eutelsat Hotbird 13 degrees east

    16/11/12 As is common for this time of year (Christmas must be coming again!) music channel “Bliss” is now a 24 hours a day Christmas music channel, currently playing as I check this channel is “Slade” with “Merry Christmas Everybody”, one difference this year (I think) is that “Bliss” is now called “Blissmas” (how original), “Blissmas” is  on 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east,

    Update 16/11/12 –
    Playboy TV HD –
    “53585” (Playboy TV HD) which is showing colour bars with “PLAYBOY TV HD” writing going across the screen from right to left now has EPG information which means one or both of the following –
    1) we could soon be seeing movement on this channel and 2) you could soon be seeing double while  moving to this channel! LOL!. (I must apologise if I have offended any of my lady readers, your time will come too! LOL!). “53585” (Playboy TV HD) is on the Eutelsat satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.390 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, So I can now say HD “titties” here we come sooner! LOL!

    16/11/12 “54350” on 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat satellite at 28.5 degrees east is “black screen” only but it is worth keeping an eye on, I thought I had gone blind while checking this channel! (see above! LOL!)

    Update 14/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - “Astra 2F” is currently (at the time of writing) at the 35.7 degrees east satellite position and it is moving along nicely, arrival at 28.2 degrees east is predicted to be on the 19th of November

    Update 13/11/12 –
    BBC 1 HD –
    Two versions of “BBC 1 HD England” have now appeared on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, they are labelled as “8901” and “8911”, I would expect “BBC 1 HD Scotland” to appear on label “8901” and “BBC 1 HD Wales” to appear on label “8911”, also expect these two channels to be correctly named and added to “Sky” and “Freesat” EPG channel list’s in the near future

    13/11/12 –
    French free to air channels “D8″ and LCP” have now appeared on frequency 12.402 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east

    Update 12/11/12 - MTV EMA 2012 - Horses for Courses, Worldwide pop sensation and amateur horse rider “Psy” won the “Best Video” award at last night’s “MTV EMA 2012” awards, continuing with the “Horsey” theme I bet he was an odds on favourite for this award, I wonder what the odds were? “Psy” most certainly did not fall at the first hurdle, in fact he was the outright winner by miles or should that be furlongs! My congratulations go to “Psy” who is the best thing to come out of “South Korea” since “TaeKwonDo”, “Psy” has previously said that his next song will be in English, could I suggest a few remakes/cover versions for him, “Crazy Horses” (The Osmonds) or possibly “A Horse With No Name” (America), and last but not least “Wild Horses” (The Rolling Stones), I feel an album coming on strong (with 2 furlongs to go!). Does anyone remember when you used to get a “free gift” when you bought an album? “Psy” could give away a free “Horse Stirrup” with his next release! “Camilla Parker Bowles” might even appear in his next video! LOL!

    Update 11/11/12 –
    Astra 2F/Astra 2B - An appeal from “Rob” to all my “Canaries”! LOL! I have been made aware of a possible future reception issue concerning the “Astra 2F West Africa Beam” which could possibly in the future and if the “conditions” were right affect Canary Islands reception, this is nothing to be concerned about at present but it needs a little investigation, this is where my “Canaries” come in, the “Astra 2B” satellite at 28.2 degrees east currently has some channels broadcasting on it’s own “West Africa Beam” (albeit it has a seemingly tighter WAB than Astra 2F will have but it could be helpful in this instance), I am asking if my very kind “Canary Islands” reception reporters (while you are waiting for “Astra 2F” to get to where it belongs and if you are of large dishes and regular non Sky satellite receivers) if you can check the following frequencies and see if they are either receivable or if there is the slightest sign of a signal there on these frequencies –
    12.543 H, SR 20.800 and 12.552 V, SR 19.531, both frequencies are DVB-S2, there are also the following frequency possibilities which may or may not be broadcasting –
    12.572 V, SR 2.854 –
    12.599 V 3.250 –
    12.603 V, SR 3.095, do not worry if they are encrypted, it is the signal issue that concerns me, this does warrant a little investigation both now that they are on “Astra 2B” and in the future when they are on “Astra 2F” as it could be a possible future problem. Many Thanks in anticipation of your reception reports (or I hope lack of reception) of these “West African Beam” frequencies.

    Update 11/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - Now that “Astra 2F” is on the move and as it has now been officially confirmed that “Astra 2F” will (barring any last minute glitches) be operational at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position later this month what comes next? All “Astra 1N” channels should have been transferred to “Astra 2F” by end of this month and then “Astra 1N” will be empty and free to go to it’s originally intended satellite position of 19.2 degrees east, transfer of “Astra 1N” to 19.2 degrees east will most probably have happened by mid to late January 2013, now this is where it gets a little confusing, I am expecting the all “Astra 2B” channels will also be transferred to “Astra 2F”, the “Astra 2B” satellite which according to “SES-Astra” is also supposedly going to 19.2 degrees east should have been emptied of it’s channels sometime in December, the transfer date of when “Astra 2B” goes to 19.2 degrees east is currently not clear but there are other factors to consider which also come into play when talking about the “Astra 2B” move and most notably it is “Astra 2C”, I told you this would be a little confusing, “Astra 2C” is at the 19.2 degrees east satellite position but according to “SES-Astra” it’s rightful home should be 28.2 degrees east and “Astra 2C” is supposedly to be transferred to the 28.2 degrees east satellite position in the future.So, some questions, After the “Astra 1N” move, Which satellite do “SES-Astra” move first, “Astra 2C” or “Astra 2B”? And do “SES-Astra” move “Astra 2C” and “Astra 2B” before or after the even newer “Astra 2E” satellite for 28.2 degrees satellite is launched around the expected March 2013 launch date? I know what my trusty “crystal ball” is telling me but that is for another day, after writing this I now need a beer!! LOL!! Rob’s Satellite TV, the forward thinking satellite website which always gives you something different and colourful and always giving you “Food for Thought”.

    Update 11/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - “ASTRA 2F” has begun it’s move from 43.5 to 28.5 degrees east, the end is nigh!! LOL!!
    NB –
     When I say “end is nigh” I mean the long wait for 2F at 28.2E is nearly over not that your channels are nearly gone.

    10/11/12 Tomorrow (Sunday) evening sees the “MTV EMA 2012” taking place and naturally it is live on “MTV”, but “MTV” is encrypted on satellite so I am letting you know that you can watch the “EMA 2012” live and free to air on “Viva Germany” (11.973 V) and “Viva Austria” (12.148 H) on the satellite at 19.2 degrees east, whether “EMA 2012” will be live on the currently free to air “MTV Trax” is not known

    10/11/12 “AD Sports 1” is now on a new frequency of 11.747 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, it is currently still available on it’s old frequency of 11.623 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4

    10/11/12 Ukrainian channel “1+1” is now available free to air on 11.585 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, “1+1” is broadcast in MPEG 4

    Update 09/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - “ASTRA 2F successfully launched and will enter commercial service later this month”, those words were contained in a “SES-Astra” press release issued earlier today, this I believe is official confirmation of what I have been telling you already, here is some more from that press release “SES’ 52nd satellite, ASTRA 2F, was successfully launched on an Ariane 5 rocket on 29 September and is presently undergoing in-orbit testing. The satellite carries Ku- and Ka-band payloads for the delivery of high-performance Direct-to-Home (DTH) and next generation broadband services. It is the first of a three-satellite investment programme (ASTRA 2E, 2F and 2G), that provides replacement and growth capacity for the UK and Ireland at the 28.2/28.5 degrees East neighbourhood. The new satellites in this neighbourhood will, as of October 2013, use additional frequency spectrum granted to SES by Media Broadcast. The new ASTRA 2F spacecraft provides Ku-band capacity for UK / Ireland DTH as well as for pan-European services and for Sub-Saharan Africa. Its Ka-band payload will allow SES Broadband Services to support download speeds of up to 20 Mbps. The spacecraft is expected to enter commercial service later this month”. Rob’s Satellite TV, It’s not Satellite TV, it’s Rob’s Satellite TV.

    Update 08/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - The provisional date for the moving of “Astra 1N” channels to “Astra 2F” is the 23rd –
    26th of November, these moves will include the “BBC” and “ITV” channels, if this news is correct it means that “Astra 2F” is expected to be moving soon

    08/11/12 The following may interest my “older” readers, “BBC Radio 6 Music” has “The Disappearing Art of the Mix Tape”, let me enlighten my “younger” readers, in the days before digital there was the cassette and the cassette pause button, personally speaking I wore out many a cassette and cassette pause button but what I will say is that there was nothing I could not do with a cassette (and the other machines of that era), and that really is really no lie, the question asked of me most often used to be, “How did you do that?” (I think some people still ask the same question regarding my satellite information! LOL!), so you now have the picture, “The Disappearing Art of the Mix Tape” is 30 minutes long and is on “BBC Radio 6 Music” at 0000 on Friday the 30th of the November. Please Note, some channel’s schedules count the following morning as the previous day so you must check closer to the 30th of November whether this is at 0000 on Friday morning or the following Saturday morning, I cannot confirm this at present. “BBC Radio 6 Music” is having a season of programmes celebrating the cassette deck

    08/11/12 “Cinemoi” is now free to air on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.222 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 but make the most of it, apparently it is closing down next week, “Cinemoi” now only broadcasts between 1900 and 2300 UK time daily

    08/11/12 Earlier today a test card appeared earlier labelled as “52112” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.261 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 but this evening label and test card have been removed

    08/11/12 “RTG TV” (Russian Travel Guide) is free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.623 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this channel is exactly what it says “on the tin” but what makes it more interesting to us is that as well as having Russian and Turkish audio it has a separate English language audio track too

    Update 08/11/12 –
    US Presidential Election – “SES-Astra” report that they had a record worldwide take up of use of sixteen of it’s satellites for “feeds” of the US Presidential Elections, “Eutelsat” also made it’s satellites avalable for US presidential Election “feeds” but it seems not on the same scale as “SES-Astra” was able t

    Update 07/11/12 –
    US Presidential Election – So, Did your winner win?! I Must say that I was disappointed with VOA TV’s coverage or lack of, likewise CNBC who chose their own CNBC coverage rather than taking NBC which would have been far better. The highlight of the night for me as would you believe Dutch channel BVN and it was for one reason only, firstly let me tell you that BVN’s coverage consisted of a studio in The Netherlands with main Dutch language programme which from time to time cut to their reporter in a studio in The USA who usually had two American guests (one Democrat and one Republican) in a round table discussion, this was all conducted in the English language with Dutch subtitles, anyway, early on in the night the two selected guests naturally got into an argument after one called the other a liar, the female “liar” then walked off in a temper, the Dutch reported (moderator) did not know what to do and was “all at sea” for a while, the female “liar” was persuaded to come back but she was still not a happy “bunny” and her and her opposite number were still clearly disagreeing so the discussion was very quickly terminated and thrown back to the Netherlands, thrown is the correct description here, classic television. As an aside, CNN’s “Wolf Blitzer”, with a name like that he sounds like he was adopted as one of Santa’s reindeer’s, a wolf in a reindeer’s coat perhaps, possibly like the wolf in grandma’s nightdress in Little Red Riding Hood, I hope the reindeer’s will be OK for this coming Christmas, the last thing they need is a wolf in their pack!

    06/11/12 Today we have the US Presidential Election and later tonight and early tomorrow morning we have the Election coverage as the results start coming in, this Election affects us all and the amount of television channels covering this live are numerous, English language coverage is plenty with all of the US channels and also the major international news channels covering this live like Sky News, BBC World, Al Jazeera and others, the UK’s BBC and ITV are also participating in this event and of course the numerous foreign language channels like Das Erste, ZDF, TV5 Monde e.t.c. also have own language live coverage, personally I will be watching the American networks, nothing can compare to the American networks for this kind of event, as anyone who watched the recent “Hurricane Sandy” unfolding will know the US networks covered it extensively whereas the BBC and Sky coverage was small fry, very small fry in comparison, CNN for instance had cameras and reporters (remember Ali Velshi? He deserves an Emmy) out in the storm whereas the BBC and Sky seemed to be studio based and what seemed like only the same Times Square camera shot which I am sure they did not go outside for, probably pointed the camera out of the window, anyway I digress, as I said, it is the US networks for Rob, specifically CNN with the old “Wolf” and the PBS coverage on VOA TV with the even older “Judy Woodruff” ( I mean it in a nice old handed professional way Judy!), I will also be watching CNBC (I hope we get the NBC coverage not the CNBC financial coverage) and Bloomberg (Susan Li will be in there somewhere), those four channels are the ones for Rob, you cannot beat the Americans for this very important stuff, they really know their stuff, except for that time when they called Al Gore the winner when he was not! This year’s election promises to be just as tight, Fireworks night has already been or is it just beginning, you be the “Judge” or it may be more fitting in this instance for you to be the “Supreme Court”!

    Update 06/11/12 –
    Eutelsat 28A - Some probable channel moves on the “Eutelsat 28A” satellite at 28.5 degrees east, channels which are on already on 11.661 H have now appeared on other frequencies, MTA inernational and TBN are now on 11.259 V and CCTV News, God Channel, INI TV, UMP Movies, Prime TV, and Live Roulette are now on 12.643 H. Call me suspicious (I have been called a lot worse!) but if the intention of “Eutelsat” is to clear out 11.661 H and the fact that 11.642 V has been vacant for a very long time then that would leave a nice little gap between 11.623 H and 11.681 V for “Eutelsat” to play around with the “Eutelsat 28B” satellite, it has been evident this past week that “Eutelsat”are playing around with “Eutelsat 28B” and they have been seemingly squeezing in the frequencies too, 11.640 V and 11.656 V immediately spring to mind! As I have said previously, Could we now be witnessing a new worried 28.5 degrees east “Eutelsat” especially in light of the current  SES-Astra/Eutelsat frequency “dispute”

    Update 06/11/12 –
    Eutelsat 28B –
    The “Eutelsat 28B” satellite test frequency of 11.646 V at 28.5 degrees east position has yesterday been switched off, the frequency details were 11.656 V, SR 4.600, FEC 5/6 DVB-S2 QPSK and it was carrying the following channels –
    “Fadak TV”, “SRI TV”, “LL TV Channel”, “AB Channel”, “Italiamia”, “Radio Jeans”, and “Radio Expert”

    Update 05/11/12 –
    Astra 2F - “Astra 2F” is still testing at the 43.5 degrees east satellite position, testing has been extensive and one would expect that this testing will not continue for too much longer but because of this continued testing and the time that it would take Astra 2F to move from 43.5 degrees east to 28.2 degrees east it is very unlikely that Astra 2F will be at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position by the target date of the 15th of November, it is already known that Astra 2F’s launch was delayed by one week and my suspicion now is that the 15th of November target date that I was given was most probably the pre launch/pre launch delay target date, taking all of these factors into account would now suggest that we should be looking at a date somewhere around the 22nd of November with nothing of any significance regarding the moving of channels likely to happen until at the earliest the end of November or early December

    03/11/12 “RCI” Radio Canada International has ceased broadcasting on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 12.597 V, this cessation is in line with the closure of their Shortwave Radio broadcasts, this is a big shame, “As it Happens”! And “As it Happens” happened to be one of my favourite “RCI” shows, “As it Happens”!

    02/11/12 This news is for some or maybe all of my readers who are addicted to the game “Tetris” (or similar variations), There is a quiz show called “Blokken” on Dutch/Belgian Flemish channel “BVN”, the rules of the show are simple, there are two contestants and each time they get a question right they get a certain amount (ranging from 1-5) of chances on the “Tetris” screen”, the winner is naturally the one with the most points, “Blokken” is broadcast every weekda at 1620 UK time with a repeat showing at 0420 UK time the following morning, this show is surprisingly addictive exactly like “Tetris”! “BVN” is available free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.515 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 and on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 10.815 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6, if you like “Tetris” then you will like this! “Blokken” is made and originally shown on the encrypted Belgian state channel “één” so the following two links are taken from their website. The “Blokken” web page is HERE , and while you are waiting for the next episode why not have a game of “Tetris” HERE

    02/11/12 “ZDF” was the most watched channel in Germany in October according to viewing figures, “RTL” came a close second and “Das Erste” was third

    02/11/12 “ProSiebenSat.1 Group” seem to be selling some of their overseas operations, they have already sold their Benelux operations and now they are selling their Scandinavian operations

    02/11/12 Today sees Spain getting Spanish subtitles on many “TV5 Monde Europe” programmes

    01/11/12 Welsh language channel “S4C” is considering the “Red Button” addition of English language voiceovers to some of it’s programmes according to their chief executive, “S4C” who today celebrated 30 years since their launch currently only offers an English commentary of some of it’s live sports and has English subtitling of many of it’s programmes say added English would bring higher audiences and extra advertising revenues, and here is a little “S4C” tip for you which I have told you about a long time ago, if you are using either a UK “Sky” or “Freesat” dedicated receiver and you would like to watch the current “S4C” English commentary when it is broadcast without having to go the “Red Button” route then all you have to do is set your receivers audio language menu option to Welsh (yes I said Welsh not English), doing this means that whenever “S4C” broadcast in English your receiver will automatically switch to the English soundtrack without the need for “Red Button” pushing! Remember, Welsh not English for English not Welsh!
    Rob’s Satellite TV, full of good information and bright ideas

    Update 01/11/12 –
    BBC 1 HD - “SES-Astra” have today confirmed the renewing of a multiple transponder contract with the “BBC”, this deal is for six transponders, this news confirms what we already knew from the “BBC” regarding the switch off of 11.954 H and the recent switch on of 11.023 H, 11.023 H being the new sixth transponder which is for the soon to arrive new BBC 1 HD Nations (BBC 1 HD Wales and BBC 1 HD Scotland) and probably sometime in the later future “BBC News” channel. One other thing of note is that while there has already been some action regarding the switching on of 11.023 H and the test card currently broadcasting this frequency has already been added to the “Network” so I think that we can expect some more “action” here very soon

    Update 31/10/12 –
    Eutelsat –
    A new frequency has been activated at the Eutelsat 28.5 degrees east position, the frequency is 11.656 V, SR 4.600, FEC 5/6 DVB-S2 QPSK and it is carrying the following channels –
    “Fadak TV”, “SRI TV”, “LL TV Channel”, “AB Channel”, “Italiamia”, “Radio Jeans”, and “Radio Expert”, my suspicions are that this is a “test” transmission coming from the recently arrived “Eutelsat 28B” (ex W2M) which is a back up satellite for “Eutelsat 28A” (which from time to time suffers some problems), the unusual frequency, symbol rate and channel package would suggest that this is so, another suspicion that has crossed my mind is that in light of the recent developments concerning the Eutelsat/Astra frequency dispute at “28” degrees east which has the real possibility of “Eutelsat” losing two thirds of it’s frequency allocation at 28.5 degrees east to “SES-Astra” begs this question, Could “Eutelsat” be testing how many frequencies they can squeeze together into a small spectrum of frequency band? This frequency of 11.656 V is mighty “close” in satellite terms to the currently active 11.661 H and is also not a million miles away from the albeit currently inactive 11.642 V, and one other (possibly important) thing to consider is the possibility of “sitting”, Could “Eutelsat” sit on frequencies the same as if memory serves me correctly previously happened way back when these two last had a “fight” over “28” degrees east? That 11.656 V frequency is a “SES-Astra” frequency at 19.2 degrees east and if “SES-Astra” did get the 28.5 degrees east “Eutelsat” frequencies then “SES-Astra” might adopt it’s 19.2 degrees east frequency plan as best it could, it already does this on the frequencies it currently has at 28.2 degrees east which are the same as the equivalent 19.2 degrees east frequencies. Maybe all this is something and maybe all this is nothing but just remember where you read it first!

    Update 31/10/12 –
    BBC 1 HD - The new BBC 1 HD Nations frequency of 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east has been switched on, there is one channel currently testing which is named as “TEST” which is showing colour bars with scrolling “Ident Mode” in the centre of the screen, this frequency is expected to carry “BBC 1 HD Wales” and “BBC 1 HD Scotland”

    Update 31/10/12 –
    BBC Interactive Streams –
    The BBC Interactive Streams and BBC Radio frequency of 11.954 H has now been switched off, the only one remaining single BBC Interactive Screen (following BBC cuts) can now be found as the channel numbered “6390” on 10.773 H, all BBC radio channels are now shared between frequencies 10.788 V and 10.803 H, all BBC channels are now broadcasting from Astra 1N at 28.2 east and are now on the UK beam which means parts of Europe can no longer receive them, this 11.954 H closure is another one of my “predictions” that came true.

    31/10/12 A new channel has started on the Eutelsat satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.390 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, this channel is called “53585” and is showing colour bars with “PLAYBOY TV HD” writing going across the screen from right to left, HD “titties” here we come!

    31/10/12 “BBC iPlayer” can now be accessed from your “Sky UK” receiver

    Update 30/10/12 –
    BBC Radio Moves - And the remaining BBC Radio channels on Astra 28.2 degrees east have now been moved, all the BBC Radio channels on 10.788 V are now correctly named, all BBC Radio channels on 11.954 H have now been removed, all that now remains on 11.954 H are the BBC Interactive Streams which will be switched off by the 31st of October, only one single BBC Interactive Screen will then remain and that channel can be found as the channel numbered “6390” on 10.773 H

    Update 30/10/12 –
    BBC Radio Moves - At the time of me writing this BBC Radio channels on Astra 28.2 degrees east are finally in the process of being moved, all the BBC Radio channels on 10.803 H are now correctly named, their equivalents on 11.954 H are now numbered, expect all the BBC Radio channels on 10.788 V to be correctly named imminently and then all channels on 11.954 H will be switched off on the 31st of October

    30/10/12 I feel that I must congratulate “CNN” for it’s live “Hurricane Sandy” coverage, they had their reporters out in the most extreme of weather conditions, special praise must go to reporter “Ali Velshi” who spent all day from dawn to what seemed like the following days dawn standing knee and waist deep in Atlantic City’s floods and being blown everywhere by the strong winds, some credit too for “Anderson Cooper 360” who was blown more than “360 degrees”! As a little aside, Do you think that “John Travolta” (a native New Yorker) is still singing about “Sandy”?! Remember “Grease”?! This is much more that a “Saturday Night Fever” John!

    28/10/12 –
    “Manfred” and “Uschi” are back (back as they were before anyway), 1970’s show “Musikladen” which was Germany’s answer to our own “Top of the Pops” and featured a host of UK and US pop stars of the time performing live is now being repeated on “Radio Bremen TV” every Sunday evening at 1745 UK time, “Radio Bremen TV” is the “NDR” channel for Bremen and the surrounding area and for most of the time carries “NDR” but it has occasional opt outs and thankfully 1745 UK time on a Sunday is a very good opt out. “Radio Bremen TV can be found on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.422 H, SR 27.500, F?EC 3/4. “Radio Bremen TV” were the producers of “Musikladen” which was presented by “Manfred Sexauer” (was that his real name?) and “Uschi Nerke” (so natural) was the renamed/follow on show after the 1960’s “Beat Club” (also presented by “Uschi” and someone called “Dave Lee Travis”!), both “Musikladen” and “Beat Club” are shown from time to time on a sort of regularl basis on the German state regional channels and are invaluable for seeing the pop stars of the day on a show of the day, this is especially true because it is a well known fact that our own “Top of the Pops” did not start archiving episodes until the mid 1970’s so most of the pre 1975 “Top of the Pops” were either erased or thrown out! Vielen Dank Deutschland for not knowing or rather not wanting to erase

    28/10/12 –
    Anyone who only has “28” degrees east satellite reception who has an interest in Germany and/or wants to see some of “DW-TV” English language programmes will be interested to know that “My Channel” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.343 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 is carrying lots of “DW-TV” shows, it seems to me that “My Channel” is broadcasting all of the “DW-TV” shows excepting the news at some point over the 7 day week, you will be needing to check either your “Sky” EPG guide (“My Channel” is on 203) or the “My Channel” TV guide HERE , “DW-TV” is Germany’s international channel same as “BBC World” is the UK’s international channel.

    Update 27/10/12 – Information TV - A little reminder regarding the following which has previously been posted a long time ago, the early evening thirty minute news programme specifically for the British Forces is carried on “Information TV”, “British Forces News” is broadcast every weekday evening at 1830 UK time and I am sure that some of my readers will find this of interest because they are in the forces, are ex forces and/or have someone they know who is in the forces, “Information TV” is a free to air channel and it can be found on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.623 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3

    Update 27/10/12 – Formula 1 free to air - FI have previously told you that bidding for the 2013-2015 free to air French broadcasting rights for motor sports “Formula 1 GP” is in process and that “TF1” and “Canal+” have made bids, the latest rumours are that “TF1” which currently has raceday Sunday free to air rights could be outbid by “Canal+”, this is of relevance to us in the UK because “TF1” is available free to air via satellite whereas “Canal+” is not (Canal+  is free to air part time but this is usually only for talk shows not live sports), “Canal+” did recently acquire the free to air channel “Direct 8” which could be an option if they did win the rights but whether they would use this option is another matter

    Update 27/10/12 – CNN – “CNN” which was free to air via the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east is no longer broadcst free to air on this satellite, it was the channel is named as “4678” on 10.723 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4

    26/10/12 Fans of the 70’S British sitcom “Man About the House” will like the following news, “ITV 3″ from this coming Monday (29th of October) at 1720 UK time will begin showing this classic series every weekday, please check daily listings because after looking at this week’s listings I see that some days it will start at 1715 and other days it will start at 1725, also worthy of a mention are the repeat showings of “Man About the House” which will be shown every following weekday beginning from this coming Tuesday (30th of October) at 1030 UK time, of course there is also “ITV 3+1”!

    26/10/12 “Premier Sports” which is a subscription channel on the UK’s “Sky” platform is currently having a “free” weekend, they say it is “free” but in fact it is only “free to view” which means it is “free” to holders of a “Sky UK” receiver and UK registered viewing card, it is not available to holders of “Sky Ireland” viewing cards

    Update 26/10/12 –
    BBC 1 HD Northern Ireland –
    Sorry, I am a little late with this particular news - The channel labelled as “6943” on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east  frequency of 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK has now been renamed as “BBC 1 HD Northern Ireland”, it can now be found on the UK’s “Sky” and “Freesat” EPG channel lists but it is only on the EPG’s for the Northern Ireland Sky viewing cards and Freesat postcodes

    26/10/12 Some things happening on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, the Algerian channels “A3” and “Canal Algerie” are still currently transmitting on their long time frequency of 11.240 V, FEC 27.500, FEC 3/4 but recently were also added to 11.604 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6 (where they are still broadcasting) and now they have also been added to 12.437 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 (this is the “old” frequency of the “Iranian” channels which were recently removed), “A3” and “Canal Algerie” are now currently on three Hotbird frequencies but also of relevance/interest is regarding the “Eurosport” channels, “Eurosport” which has their encrypted multi language “feeds” of “Eurosport” and “Eurosport 2″ on 11.240 V are now also broadcasting these encrypted “feeds” on the same 12.437 H frequency that “A3” and “Canal Algerie” are on, the strange thing is that “France 24” (the English and French language version) is still broadcast on 11.240 V but has not been added to 12.437 H or any other frequency, also “Eurosport recently added free to air versions of their “Eurosport” and “Eurosport 2” on 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 which are surely free to air and on this frequency only temporarily as “cover” in the event of problems which may result  while a possible permanent move takes place from 11.240 V to 12.437 H, also there was the “Iranian jamming” problem which occurred recently (11.240 V was one of the frequencies affected by this) which could also be a factor in these happenings, we await further developments

    26/10/12 Lider TV from Azerbaijan is now also on 11.662 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, it is still broadcasting on it’s long time frequency of 12.149 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4

    Update 23/10/12 –
    Astra 2F - “SES-Astra” have set the 15th of November, 2012 as their target date for “Astra 2F” to become operational at 28.2 degrees east, this means that we can expect Astra 2F to be moving from it’s current 43.5 degrees east test position next week

    Update 22/10/12 –
    Eurosport - “Eurosport 2 NE” with English audio is now also broadcast free to air via the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this channel also carries Polish audio, “Eurosport 2 NE” is in addition to the earlier “Eurosport International” channel which is also currently free to air on the same satellite and frequency with English audio but also carries Polish and Greek audio

    Update 22/10/12 –
    Astra 2F - “Astra 2F” is still being tested at 43.5 degrees east, more on all this in the coming days

    Update 22/10/12 –
    ITV 1 HD - “ITV 1 Central HD” is now free to air on 10.936 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east, this latest move means that there are currently four free to air ITV 1 HD’s  (five if you include STV HD), these four ITV 1 HD regions are London, Granada, Central, and Meridian, frequencies for these regions can be found HERE

    Update 22/10/12 –
    ITV Regions - All “ITV” channels are now free to air on 10.994 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east, everything is free to air on this frequency. This was (and continues to be) the one and only time that my “prediction” has let me down (I probably had a hangover that day!), but it has now finally happened, finally! This was the missing 1% “prediction” which did not come true! All my other “predictions” did (and continue to) come true, Rob still stands by the following statement “(*scientific research has proven that “Rob’s” brain is 99% more accurately fine tuned for satellite reception than other website’s brains)”. It is scientifically proven!

    Update 22/10/12 –
    BBC 1 HD Northern Ireland - The channel labelled as “6943” is now carrying “BBC 1 HD Northern Ireland” on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east  frequency of 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, we can expect this channel to be given it’s proper name and to be put on the UK’s “Sky” and “Freesat” EPG channel lists in time for Northern Ireland’s “Digital SwitchOver” which happens in two days time

    Update 22/10/12 –
    “54071” - The channel named as “54071” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east  frequency of 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 has now been renamed as “Diverse”, it is also to be found on the UK’s “Sky” EPG channel list on number 234, this channel is showing regular programming, programmes such as “Bonanza”, “Dragnet”, “The Beverly Hillbillies”, and “Flash Gordon” are to be found on this channel

    22/10/12 “Eurosport International” with English audio is now broadcast free to air via the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east , the frequency details are 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this channel also carries Polish and Greek audio

    22/10/12 “CNN” is now broadcast free to air via the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east , the channel is named as “4678” and the frequency details are 10.723 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4

    Update 22/10/12 There is still “jamming” of the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite so if you are experiencing problems with your “Hotbird” reception it is not problems with your satellite signal or installation, “jamming” is responsible, Eutelsat say that Syria has been “jamming” since the beginning of last week, my personal feeling is that Iran is responsible for this “jamming” following the removal of Iranian channels from “Hotbird” recently, I too have noticed this “jamming” since it began particularly on “BBC World”, “Voice of America” and “Deutsche Welle”, sometimes frequency signal is gone altogether and sometimes a sharp drop is signal strength and or signal quality, my advice is if you can think of a western international TV or Radio news channel then the likelyhood is that it will suffer from “jamming” at some point, this would include BBC TV and Radio, DW TV and Radio, VOA TV and Radio and many more, another side effect of this “jamming” is that other channels which are broadcast on the same frequency as one of the news channels are also affected by this. One further thing to report is that according to the “Russia Today” channel (yes I know!) the “European Commission” have said that they were not responsible for the removal of the “Iranian” channels, they say that it was the satellite operators who instigated this removal

    19/10/12 A “feed” has been noted on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.705 V, SR 6110, 4:2:2, this was an outside broadcast from the “Borussia Dortmund” football stadium

    18/10/12 If you have and/or are experiencing problems with your “Hotbird” reeption then I must inform you that  it is not problems with your satellite signal or installation, “jamming” is responsible, Eutelsat say that Syria has been “jamming” since the beginning of the week, I have noticed this myself particularly on “BBC World”, “Voice of America” and “Deutsche Welle”, sometimes frequency signal is gone altogether and sometimes a sharp drop is signal strength and or signal quality, my personal feeling is that Iran is responsible for this “jamming” following the removal of Iranian channels from “Hotbird” very, very recently

    18/10/12 So ITV’s “This Morning” has been hoaxed with a story about a new celebrity sperm bank, Come on! I know a lot of celebrities are “W@~#%rs” but come on! LOL!

    18/10/12 The news that “Sylvia (Emmanuelle) Kristel” has died aged 60 will be very sad news indeed for many an older man. RIP Sylvia

    Update 18/10/12 –
    BBC Changes - The second stage of the BBC’s frequency changes at 28.2 degrees east took place, the BBC Radio channels were activated on frequencies 10.788 V and 10.803 H (channels are shared between the two frequencies), and BBC Sport Stream 1 was activated on 10.773 H, all these “new” channels on the three frequencies have not yet been correctly named, their names are numbers, the “old” frequency of 11.954 H which is due to be switched off at the end of October is currently still showing BBC Radio with their correct names, because of this there you may be in some confusion as to where you are getting your BBC Radio from depending on what receiver you are using so I will clarify the current situation for you. The UK’s dedicated “Freesat” receivers have been changed to the new frequencies and get their BBC Radio and BBC Sport Stream 1 from 10.788 V/10.803 H/10.773 H, the UK’s dedicated “Sky” receivers are still getting BBC Radio and BBC Sport stream 1 from the “old” frequency of 11.954 H as they have not been changed to the new frequencies, dedicated free to air or any other non Sky/non Freesat receivers have BBC Radio on 10.788 V and 10.803 H named as numbers not the correct channel names whilst BBC Radio on 11.954 H has the channels correctly named, once “Sky” change their receivers to the “new” frequencies then 10.788 V and 10.803 H will be correctly channel named and 11.954 H will lose the channel names and will close as planned at the end of October

    17/10/12 German legend that it now seems was “Harald Schmidt” is to be a football commentator, following his and his talk show’s move to “Sky Deutschland” he is now to co-commentate on live German “Bundesliga” matches, now I used to like old Harald, but really?! Is his talk show such a flop since it’s move to “Sky Deutschland” that it has been shown on what seems like every channel and as a result he has got to do this? The answer is a big fat yeeeeeeeeeees!

    17/10/12 French channel “TF1” secures the French broadcasting rights to the “Rugby World Cup” in 2015 which will be held in The UK

    Update 17/10/12 –
    SES-Astra and Eutelsat - Further to the news that I previously told you about regarding SES-Astra and Eutelsat’s dispute over 28.5 degrees east frequencies which are currently operated by “Eutelsat” but “SES-Astra” say they have the frequencies from October 2013 both companies now seem to have taken their “spat” public, SES-Astra’s version of events can be found HERE , and Eutelsat’s version of events can be found HERE , these two statements are nothing that I have not told you previously (see 05/10/12 and 08/10/12 further down this page) and therefore nothing that we do not know already, the questions which need answering/clarification are clear or clearish!. In 1999 were Eutelsat given these frequencies for ever (open ended without time limit) or was there a time limit to these frequencies (such as the 2013 that SES-Astra are currently quoting)? Were these frequencies given to Eutelsat as a completely separate entity or were they given as part of the bigger 1999 “Intersystem Coordination Agreement” deal which included other agreements as well as the “28 “degrees dispute resolution which had been ongoing between SES-Astra and Eutelsat? Were Deutsche Telekom allowed to pass on/sell  these frequencies to their subsidiary Media Broadcast and then sell Media Broadcast including Eutelsat’s frequencies to their current owners TDF Group without the knowledge or consent of Eutelsat? And another question, If these frequencies were not awarded to Eutelsat with no time limit then one would think that there would have been some sort of contracted legal option in place of first refusal for Eutelsat regarding these frequencies once the supposed contract was due for renewal, one other thing of relevance is that Eutelsat’s press office agency in Germany is Media Broadcast’s press office agency too! You could not make this up could you?! We await further developments. Place your bets please on the likely winner and loser!

    Update 16/10/12 –
    Astra 2F - “SES-Astra” are still busily testing the boots (signal) of “Astra 2F” at 43.5 degrees east, there is nothing of any other interest currently happening such as channels appearing or other similar stuff

    16/10/12 I previously told you the France’s “Canal+” had made a bid for French broadcasting rights to next year’s “Formula 1” motor racing, “TF1” who are the current free to air holders have said they will also bid but will not pay mega money for the rights, if “TF1” lose the rights then this is relevant for us all because whereas “TF1” is available free to air vis satellite, “Canal+” is not available free to air via satellite, so it could be one less free to air option for free to air “Formula 1” next year

    16/10/12 Germany’s “ProSiebenSat.1 Group” will launch two new free to air television channels in 2013, first to launch will be “Sat 1 Gold” on January the 17th, 2013, I am expecting “Sat 1 Gold” to be on one of two frequencies on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, 12.460 H or 12.544 V, these two frequencies are currently carrying the exact same version of “Sixx” (another ProSiebenSat.1 channel) so one “Sixx” should be replaced by “Sat 1 Gold”. The second new channel that “ProSiebenSat.1 Group” will be launching is called “ProSieben MAXX” but as yet there is no start date co0nfirmed for this channel

    15/10/12 “The European Union” has banned the broadcast of Iranian TV and Radio channels on the “Hotbird” satellite at 13 degrees east and has ordered “Eutelsat” to remove these channels, see HERE and more detailed HERE , these channels which include the English language “Press TV” news channel have now been removed from the “Hotbird” frequency of 12.437 H, the unusual thing about this removal (and I am not sure if I should mention this) is that “Press TV” which was broadcasting on two “Hotbird” frequencies is still available on the other “Hotbird” frequency of 12.015 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, how long “Press TV” remains on 12.015 H remains to be seen, we know that the UK do not like “George Galloway” but do the EU now not like “George Galloway” too?! LOL!

    Update 15/10/12 –
    BBC Changes - The second stage of the BBC’s frequency changes at 28.2 degrees east are taking place, here are the new allocations for this second phase change which will be fully implemented tomorrow morning

    10.773 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
    BBC SPORT STREAM 1

    10.788 V SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
    BBC RADIO 3
    BBC RADIO 4 FM
    BBC RADIO WS (BBC WORLD SERVICE UK ONLY VERSION)
    BBC RADIO WALES
    BBC RADIO CYMRU
    BBC RADIO SCOTLAND
    BBC RADIO ULSTER
    BBC 6 MUSIC
    BBC RADIO 4 EXTRA
    BBC R N GAEL
    BBC RADIO 4 LW

    10.803 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
    BBC RADIO 1
    BBC RADIO 2
    BBC RADIO 5 LIVE
    BBC RADIO 5 SPORTS EXTRA
    BBC RADIO LONDON
    BBC RADIO 1XTRA
    BBC ASIAN NETWORK

    Update 12/10/12 –
    Astra 2F -  It is still frequencies in the 12.140 –
    12.500 range which are being tested at 43.5 E, and a little reassurance for viewers who are concerned that they will lose their UKTV, Astra 2F is currently being tested at 43.5 degrees east, your UKTV comes from 28.2/28.5 degrees east, these are different satellite positions, you will not lose your UKTV today or in the immediate future, when Astra 2F is moved to 28.2 degrees east and starts the real important and relevant stuff it will be posted here

    Update 12/10/12 –
    BBC Changes –
    The first stage of the BBC’s frequency changes at 28.2 degrees east have taken place
    BBC News is now on 10.818 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6
    BBC Three/CBBC is now on 10.818 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6
    BBC Four/CBeebies is now on 10.773 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6
    BBC Alba is now on 10.803 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6
    BBC 1 NE and C is on 10.803 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6
    BBC Sport Stream 1’s move to 10.773 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 does not seem to have happened at time of writing
    Please do not forget that on the 15th of October all BBC Radio Channels will move to 10.788 V and 10.803 H, all BBC Radio will share these two frequencies which are on the UK beam as opposed to 11.954 H which is on the European beam, this means that after the 16th of October some outlying parts of Europe will lose their BBC Radio reception

    Update 11/10/12 –
    Capital TV and Heart TV - Music channels “Capital TV” and “Heart TV” have officially launched and are now showing regular programming, these two channels are on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3. Both of these channels are free to air, also “Capital TV” can be found on the UK “Sky” channel list at number 388, “Heart TV” can be found at number 387, and on the UK’s “Freesat” channel list “Capital TV” is on channel number 517 and “Heart TV” is on channel number 516

    Update 11/10/12 –
    Astra 2F - Astra 2F has today been officially handed over to SES-Astra from Astrium, see HERE  , many thanks to “Haward” for this information

    Update 11/10/12 –
    Capital TV and Heart TV - Music channels “Capital TV” and “Heart TV” are now active on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3. Both of these channels are free to air and are currently showing colour bars with “Programmes Coming Soon” superimposed, according to the “EPG” information “Capital TV” and “Heart TV” will launch tonight at 2300 UK time, “Capital TV” can be found on the UK “Sky” channel list at number 388, “Heart TV” can be found on the “Sky” channel list at number 387, on the UK’s “Freesat” channel list “Capital TV” is on channel number 517 and “Heart TV” is on channel number 516

    Update 11/10/12 –
    “54071” - The channel named as “54071” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is now showing regular programming but at the time of writing there is no channel name or identification on screen, this channel is showing programmes like “Bonanza”, “Dragnet”, “The Beverly Hillbillies”, and “Flash Gordon”, the frequency for this channel is 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3

    Update 11/10/12 –
    BBC Changes –
    Please do not forget that early tomorrow morning the BBC begins it’s changes
    I made a prediction on the 21st of September that the BBC would be closing frequency 11.954 H on the Astra 2A satellite at 28.2 degrees east which carries the BBC Sport Streams and most BBC Radio channels (scroll down to 21/09/12 and 25/09/12), I told you that “BBC Sport Stream Only One” (the BBC are closing all other Sports Streams leaving only one) would be moving to 10.773 H, and that the BBC radio channels would also be moving. Today the BBC has announced that 11.954 H is being closed (at the end of October) and that services will be moved, on the 12th of October BBC Sport Stream Only One goes to 10.773 H, on the 15th of October BBC Radio will be moved from 11.954 H to both 10.803 H and 10.788 V, they will be split between the two frequencies. Also announced today by the BBC is that on the 12th of October BBC Three/CBBC on 10.773 H and BBC News on 10.803 H will be moving to 10.818 V, BBC Four/CBeebies on 10.803 H will be moving to 10.773 H, and BBC Alba and BBC 1 North East and Cumbria both on 10.818 V will be moving to 10.803 H. The BBC also announced today that in order to launch the new BBC 1 HD Scotland, BBC 1 HD Wales, and BBC 1 HD Northern Ireland over the next few months that they will be opening a new frequency, this new frequency will be 11.023 H and will most probably be SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, so after the launch of the BBC 1 HD Nations all BBC HD channels will be shared between two frequencies, 10.847 V and 11.023 H, 10.847 H will carry two BBC 1 HD channels and the BBC HD channel (next year to be BBC 2 HD channel) and 11.023 H will also carry two BBC 1 HD versions

    11/10/12 Chinese news channel “CNC World English” which is currently available on 12.149 V, sR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east is now

    Update 10/10/12 –
    BBC World Teletext –
    The “Analogue Teletext” service has now ended on the “BBC World News” channel, everything has been removed, and I will say this again, this is a shame but by the end of October everything will be digital in the UK and because of this the removal of the analogue teletext service happens

    10/10/12 I thought that “True Movies” and “True Movies 2” showed true films, why are they showing the excellent but not true “An American Werewolf in London” at 0100 UK time tomorrow morning!

    10/10/12 I see that “Sarah Brightman” is to travel to space, I wonder if she will find that “Starship Trooper” that she lost her heart to all those years ago!

    Update 10/10/12 –
    Astra 2F - Frequencies in the 12.140 –
    12.500 range are the most likely suspects for 43.5 E testing

    Update 10/10/12 –
    Astra 2F - Astra 2F is now at the 43.5 degrees east satellite position and is testing, currently reported frequencies are 11.785 H, 12.185 V, and 12.186 H. these are only signals, nothing is being broadcast

    Update 10/10/12 –
    Astra 2F - Astra 2F is now at the 43.5 degrees east satellite position, more on this later

    10/10/12 Three feeds noted by “Notty” this morning which were showing “Hospital Operations” on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east, frequencies were as follows –
    12.706 V, SR 3748, 12.718 V, SR 14.400, and  12.736 V, SR 14.400. The last two were DVB-S2

    Update 09/10/12 –
    Astra 2F - Mission
    Update “After the successful launch of our newest satellite Astra 2F we can proudly announce that the solar arrays have been deployed. Congratulations to the mission team for all their hard work.”. Astra 2F is in orbit and is moving to it’s test position of 43.5 degrees east, arrival is imminent

    09/10/12 The UK’s BBC yeterday launched “iPlayer Radio” the new home of BBC Radio, now I am all for this change which means a separate identy online for BBC Radio with “iPlayer Radio”, I have always been a champion of radio legal and illegal, domestic and international, radio really does have much to offer both information and entertainment and satellite dishes and receivers have many, many good radio stations which deserve a wider audience both music and talk radio, go on, next time you are watching some rubbish that passes as entertainment on TV why not “channel up” through the Radio list, “don’t forget the “Wireless” dear”, sometimes go Radio too! I must sometime put up a Radio page with information about the wide variety of Radio channels on satellite

    09/10/12 “Space Junk” is a big problem but how to remove “Space Junk” is an even bigger problem, you might remember the idea to put robots with nets into space which was “floated” (to use a pun) a while ago, the latest idea is “Gas Clouds”, all of these ideas cannot be “Hot Air” (another pun), these scientists know what they are talking about and these i9deas are not as far fetched as they sound, personally I like the robots in space idea, we have had monkeys in space and pigs in space (remember the muppets?) so why not robots in space, I wonder what “Captain James T Kirk” and “Mr Spock” would make of their new robot binman coming to collect the rubbish every Monday!

    Update 09/10/12 –
    Astra 2F –
    And we wait and wait and wait, we are still waiting for Astra 2F to “make it’s way” to 43.5 degrees east where it will be tested, following this period of testing and all being well Astra 2F will then be moved to it’s real home of 28.2 degrees east and then the action will begin, this is what we are all waiting for!

    08/10/12 “MTV Trax” is still free to air on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, but it is only free for non Sky UK satellite receivers, frequency is 11.895 V, SR 27.500, SR 2/3

    08/10/12 “54071” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is now showing colour bars and also has EPG information for programmes like “Bonanza”, “Dragnet”, and “The Beverly Hillbillies”, frequency is 12.560 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3

    08/10/12 French channel “Direct 8” has now been renamed simply “D8”, this channel is still available free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.551 Vertical, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6

    08/10/12 Another feed on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east is Polish channel “TV TRWAM Cz-wa” on 12.733, H, SR 2.962, this is a “regular” frequency for Polish TV feeds. Many Thanks to my “Feedmeister” for the feed information

    08/10/12 There are two feeds on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east, at the moment there is 12.703 V, SR 7.200, it started with a colour bar screen with 1080/50 I at the top left hand corner and ITA633 moving from right to left across the screen, it has now switched to a fixed camera shot of an operating theatre, another feed then appeared on 12.712 V, SR 6.999, it is a fixed camera shot in a hospital corridor. How long these feeds will be on for remains to be seen. After I wrote this the feeds have gone but I will leave the information up because it gives you an idea of where the feeds are at.

    Update 08/10/12 –
    SES-Astra and Eutelsat –
    Hereis some further background information from 1999 on the SES-Astra and Eutelsat (and of course Deutsche Telekom) agreement which was reached over frequency allocation at the “28 degrees east satellite positions”, the following was contained in a joint press release from 1999 by SES-Astra and Eutelsat –
    “According to the intersystem coordination agreement, SES, in addition to the continued provision of services in the BSS band (11.70 to 12.50 GHz) at 28.2 degrees East, will also use frequencies in the FSS band (10.70 to 11.20 GHz) for Direct-to-Home Services. EUTELSAT will use at 28.5 degrees East the frequencies in the FSS band (11.20 to 11.70 GHz and 12.50 to 12.75 GHz), in particular to ensure the continuation of services currently carried on DT AG’s DFS Kopernikus satellite at that orbital location. SES will use frequencies from 12.50 to 12.75 GHz at 28.2 degrees East for operations outside of Europe.”
    Please correct me if I am wrong but am I to understand that as part of that 1999 intersystem coordination agreement, Were SES-Astra given the 10.70 to 11.20 GHz (and 12.50 to 12.75 GHz for operations outside of Europe) frequencies and Eutelsat given the 11.20 to 11.70 GHz and 12.50 to 12.75 GHz frequencies as part of that same 1999 agreement? If that is correct (and it looks to be correct) then it seems to me that this current problem between SES-Astra and Eutelsat may not be such a clear cut case in SES-Astra’s favour, Eutelsat might just have a leg to stand on with this as well as if there was no time limit to the original 1999 agreement! Please feel free to mail me your thoughts on this.

    Update 05/10/12 –
    SES-Astra and Eutelsat –
    Following Astra 2F’s successful launch SES-Astra announced that from October 2013 that it be able will use some additional frequencies at the 28.2/28.5 degrees east satellite position which according to “SES-Astra” it acquired because of a long standing agreement from 2005 with German company “Media Broadcast”, this announcement by SES-Astra caught “Eutelsat” who are the other operator at the “28” degrees east satellite position by surprise. Now the big question here is what are SES-Astra talking about? Firstly we need some background information to this story, “Eutelsat” which since 2001 has operated television and radio services to the UK and Ireland on the “Eutesat 28A” which was formerly called “Eurobird 1″ satellite at the 28.5 degrees east satellite position as part of a 1999 international agreement which was reached following a long standing bitter dispute between “Eutelsat” and “SES-Astra over the “28” degrees east satellite position, following this agreement which was achieved with the active involvement of “Deutsche Telekom” who operated the “Kopernikus” satellite which at the time was at the 28.5 degrees east satellite position, “SES-Astra” were awarded frequencies in the 10.700-11.200 band as well as continuing to broadcast in the 11.700-12.500 band, “Eutelsat” were given frequencies in the 11.200-11.700 band and the 12.500-12.750 band, in addition this agreement stipulated that SES-Astra were given the 12.500-12.750 range for broadcasts outside of Europe, SES-Astra have since developed the 12.500-12.750 band for transmissions to Africa. Eutelsat 28A which was launched in March 2001 was originally given an operating life by Eutelsat of 12 years, Eutelsat 28A’s manufacturers indicated an operating life of 15 years, the latest estimation contained in Eutelsat’s literature is for Eutelsat 28A to end it’s operational life in the second quarter of 2018 at the 28.5 degrees east satellite position, even if Eutelsat 28A does not last this long Eutelsat already have the Eutelsat W2M satellite in place as a stand by replacement should anything happen to Eutelsat 28A. As I said earlier, Eutelsat are surprised at this announcement by SES-Astra, Eutelsat say they have no plans to leave the 28.5 degrees east satellite position but they cannot comment further because of ongoing arbitration proceedings before the International Chamber of Commerce, this arbitration is obviously to do with this SES-Astra and Media Broadcast deal which most probably amounts to Eutelsat losing the right to some or all of it’s current frequency allocations at the 28.5 degrees east satellite position. The following was contained in some more of Eutelsat’s literature “At some orbital positions, the Group operates satellites with frequency assignments granted to third parties, this is the case with the Eurobird 1 satellite at 28.5° East operated under the German frequency assignments held by Deutsche Telekom, the Group uses these frequency assignments under agreements entered into with these operators”. Now this is relevant, Deutsche Telekom was once the owner of “Media & Broadcast” but in 2008 they sold it to the French company “TDF Group”, TDF renamed it as simply “Media Broadcast”, SES-Astra recently stated that it had a 2005 agreement with “Media Broadcast” and from October 2013 it would have additional frequency spectrum at the 28.5 degrees east satellite position, Eutelsat have asked the International Chamber of Commerce to decide whether Deutsche Telekom/Media Broadcast has/had the right to take these frequencies away from Eutelsat, they say there was no time limit to the 1999 agreement with Deutsche Telekom and that the frequencies cannot be transferred, SES-Astra obviously did not tell Eutelsat about it’s 2005 deal with Media Broadacst until recently but when Eutelsat found out about this deal and that they would be losing frequencies they have gone to the International Chamber of Commerce for a ruling and a decision should come in 2013, Eutelsat are saying that this SES-Astra/Media Broadcast 2005 agreement is not valid as there was no time limit to the original 1999 agreement/settlement, SES-Astra still believes it has the rights to the frequencies from October 2013 and does seem too worried about Eutelsat’s move to arbitration, and just to confuse the issue even further, I told you earlier that SES-Astra did a deal with Media Broadcast in 2005, Media Broadcast was sold by Deutsche Telekom to French company TDF in 2008 and although in 2005 Deutshe Telekom did own Media Broadcast, since 2008 Deutsche Telekom do not own Media Broadcast so this means that Deutsche Telekom do not own the frequency spectrum now! This is going to get dirty, Eutelsat will not give up 28.5 degrees east without a fight, SES-Astra will think that they are right, there will be more to come, I await further developments, as “Prince” once sang, “we’re gonna party like it’s 1999”! What Again?!
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    This is the case with the ATLANTIC  BIRD™  2 satellite and the
    ATLANTIC BIRD™ 3 satellite, at 8° West and 5° West respectively,
    which are operated under French frequency assignments granted to
    France Télécom. It is also the case with the EUROBIRD™ 1 satellite
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    under Russian frequency assignments held by RSCC. The Group
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    ATLANTIC BIRD™ 3 satellite, at 8° West and 5° West respectively,
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    France Télécom. It is also the case with the EUROBIRD™ 1 satellite
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    Update 05/10/12 –
    BBC Changes –
    The channel named as “6390” on the Astra 1 satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.773 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 is now carrying “BBC 2”, the channel labelled as “6391” on the same frequency is carrying “BBC 1” only. On 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK the channel labelled as “6943” is still carrying “BBC 1 HD England” and is still different “PIDS” to the main “BBC 1 HD” channel on the same frequency

    05/10/12 Italy’s “AB Channel” is now also broadcast on 11.137 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, AB Channel currently still broadcasts on 11.642 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, a possible frequency change?

    04/10/12 “Capital TV” and “Heart TV” launch at 0600 UK time on the 11th of October, both of these channels are available free to air on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.523 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3. more on this in the coming days

    04/10/12 Fans of “The Benny Hill Show” will be interested in this, Polish channel “Tele 5” shows “The Benny Hill Show” every Monday to Friday between 1600 and 1705 UK time, Tele 5 Poland broadcasts on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 10.796 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 5/6. The Benny Hill Show is no longer shown on UK TV for reasons I will not go into

    Update 03/10/12 – Astra 2F Follow/Track Astra 2F’s movements HERE

    Update 01/10/12 –
    BBC Changes –
    Oops!…I Did it Again!
    I made a prediction on the 21st of September that the BBC would be closing frequency 11.954 H on the Astra 2A satellite at 28.2 degrees east which carries the BBC Sport Streams and most BBC Radio channels (scroll down to 21/09/12 and 25/09/12), I told you that “BBC Sport Stream Only One” (the BBC are closing all other Sports Streams leaving only one) would be moving to 10.773 H, and that the BBC radio channels would also be moving. Today the BBC has announced that 11.954 H is being closed (at the end of October) and that services will be moved, on the 12th of October BBC Sport Stream Only One goes to 10.773 H, on the 15th of October BBC Radio will be moved from 11.954 H to both 10.803 H and 10.788 V, they will be split between the two frequencies. Also announced today by the BBC is that on the 12th of October BBC Three/CBBC on 10.773 H and BBC News on 10.803 H will be moving to 10.818 V, BBC Four/CBeebies on 10.803 H will be moving to 10.773 H, and BBC Alba and BBC 1 North East and Cumbria both on 10.818 V will be moving to 10.803 H. The BBC also announced today that in order to launch the new BBC 1 HD Scotland, BBC 1 HD Wales, and BBC 1 HD Northern Ireland over the next few months that they will be opening a new frequency, this new frequency will be 11.023 H and will most probably be SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, so after the launch of the BBC 1 HD Nations all BBC HD channels will be shared between two frequencies, 10.847 V and 11.023 H, 10.847 H will carry two BBC 1 HD channels and the BBC HD channel (next year to be BBC 2 HD channel) and 11.023 H will also carry two BBC 1 HD versions
    For the BBC announcement in full see HERE
    And following is the “prediction” which I made on the 21/09/12, I would have made it sooner but I was in Asia until the 20/09/12!!
    “The BBC’s 10.773 H transponder on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is now carrying a new channel labelled as “6391”, this channel is currently carrying video of BBC 1 London (VPID same) but no audio (APID) different, now this is interesting to me, there is something going on here, take a look at this from BBC Cost Cutting’s Reductions “Brochure”
    1) Reduce the number of sport streams available on satellite to one. This would take place towards the end of 2012, after the Olympic Games
    2) We are reviewing the number of regional variants in England and intend to reduce this to enable savings in distribution costs, though these programmes would continue to be transmitted on Freeview
    3) We will immediately invest to make the three versions of BBC One in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland broadcast in high definition by the end of 2012.
    4) Launch a single version of BBC Two in HD in 2012 to replace the current BBC HD channel, no BBC Two HD variations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
    So what does that tell us?
    The BBC are cost cutting, the BBC Sport Streams are being reduced to One Stream and there is a possible reduction of BBC One regional variants on satellite, BBC Sport Streams broadcast on 11.954 H together with BBC Radio, I think that the ultimate aim of the BBC is to close 11.954 H, when the BBC goes fully HD (i.e. BBC 3/CBBC HD and BBC 4/CBeebies HD and the BBC 1 HD Regions and BBC 2 HD Nations) they will need a transponder/frequency which will have a UK beam not the current European beam that 11.954 H broadcasts on, this would almost certainly mean a frequency change or closing SD channels for HD channels, but that is in the long term future, the immediate short term future is what is interesting, “6391” has appeared on 10.773 H, Is this a possible move for the soon to be “BBC Sport Stream Only One?” And the reduction in BBC 1 Regions on satellite, that would certainly allow transfer of BBC Radio channels from 11.954 H. As for BBC 1 HD’s Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and replacing BBC HD with BBC 2 HD, they are coming soon, during the early hours of 27 September 2012 The BBC leased Astra 1N 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK is changing parameters, from the 27th of September 10.847 V will be SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, this change is to accommodate the extra new BBC 1 HD channels which will be launching soon after, hurrah for the nations! hip hip hurrah! P.S. 10.773 H also has another “label” numbered “6390” but as yet there is nothing active on this one”   02/10/12 “Sam Taylor” has been announced as the new controller of the “BBC News Channel” and “BBC News at One”, I tell you this because “Sam” was the editorial and creative leader of the BBC’s move into a new HD ready digital newsroom and this means that the “BBC News Channel” will be ready to go “BBC News Channel HD” whenever the BBC decide to launch it   02/10/12 Frequency 12.524 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east was switched on a few weeks ago, channels have now appeared on this frequency, they are Gospel Channel, UCTV, PTV Prime, HITV, and CH NINE UK   02/10/12 “QVC Germany” are using a couple of transponders on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, 12.703 V, SR 6110, FEC 3/4 has “QVC DE Backup” and 12.712 V, SR 6110, FEC 3/4 has “QVC Plus Backup”, as I finish writing this both of these transmissions have ended but as QVC have previously used these two frequencies for feeds these frequencies are always worth checking so I will leave this news here  
    Update 01/10/12 –
    BBC Changes – A new BBC 1 England HD channel with it’s own “PIDS” has appeared on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, the channel named as “6943” is a direct copy of the existing BBC 1 HD channel, it is showing BBC 1 England HD, audio track is “AC3/Dolby Digital” only (there is no “MPEG 2” audio), there are subtitles being broadcast but currently no EPG data   01/10/12 –
    “American Dad” Seth MacFarlane is to present the next year’s Academy Awards, that’s the “2013 Oscars” to you and me, I love it when Billy Crystal presents the Oscars (9 times so far) but I think Seth MacFarlane will do a good job at presenting, talking of “American Dad”, the new series starts on BBC Three this Sunday at 2200 UK time with two new episodes, preceding the new series is the “All American Dad Viewers’ Vote” on BBC Three on Saturday evening between 2220 and 0145 UK time and on Sunday evening between 2100 and 2200 UK time   01/10/12 Formula 1 –
    First it was The UK, then Italy, now it is The Netherlands, Motor Sport’s Formula 1 goes to pay TV channel “Sport 1” in The Netherlands from next season, it will no longer be on “RTL 7”, this follows The UK’s “BBC” losing half it’s races to “Sky UK” and Italy’s “RAI” losing F1 to “Sky Italia”, I have reported a few days ago that France’s F1 rights are currently being negotiated which could be a problem for “TF1” because pay TV company “Canal+” have made a bid, I will keep you
    Updated on the French situation because it affects free to air F1 fans   01/10/12 “TV Persia 1” is now showing an infocard with an “TVP” logo, “coming soon” and “it’s showtime” written on the infocard, could TV Persia 1 be another of what I call “Hotbird Iran Channels”? The Eutesat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 12.558 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4 is where you can find TV Persia 1   01/10/12 German music television channel “Ojom TV” has closed on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, it used to be broadcast on 12.460 H   01/10/12 Polish religious (Catholic I think) television channel “TV TRWAM” which currently broadcasts on the astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.603 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 has also appeared on 11.186 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 named as “*TV TRWAM*”, probable frequency change but that is one way to differentiate between both channels, just add 2*’s! :P.S. “FTV Spain” is also on 11.186 V  
    Update 01/10/12 –
    The test card named “BR Test” that I reported as appearing on 11.597 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east disappeared but then was subsequently replaced by religious channel “Sonlife Broadcasting Network”   29/09/12 – Astra 2F which was launched successfully last night will be handed over to SES-Astra in two weeks time, testing is to be carried out at 43.5 degrees east before Astra 2F is moved to it’s permanent home of 28.2 degrees east   28/09/12 – Astra 2F (and not forgetting GSat-10) has been launched successfully, more on this in the coming days   28/09/12 – SES Astra’s “SES Launches” channels are now active on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, the SD version is on 11.023 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, the HD version which is on 11.626 V, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2/8PSK, audio track languages are as follows:- audio track 1 Left is English, audio track 1 Right is French, audio track 2 Left is a 3rd language or English, audio track 2 Right is French or Inter. The launch of the ASTRA 2F and GSAT-10 satellites on Friday September 28, 2012 will take place between the following times:
    16:28 –
    17:05 Local time in Kourou, French Guiana
    17:28 – 18:05  Washington, D.C.
    21:28 – 22:05  UTC/GMT
    22:28 – 23:05  BST The U.K. and Portugal
    23:28 – 00:05  CET Central Europe
    00:28 – 01:05  a.m. September 29 Tel Aviv, Israel
    02:58 – 03:35  a.m. September 29 Bangalore, Pakistan

    28/09/12 Remember I posted this? “You must see this programme, French channel “TV5 Monde Europe” is showing the very good drama series called “Un Village Francais” see HERE , Just a little reminder that “Un Village Francais” Parts 3 and 4 are on TV5 Monde Europe tonight from 2300 UK time

    28/09/12 The “Analogue Teletext” service ends on the “BBC World News” channel on the 2nd of October, 2012, this is a shame but by the end of October everything will be digital in the UK and this includes the teletext service

    Update 27/09/12 –
    BBC Changes - This morning (27th of September) the BBC’s Astra 1N frequency changed broadcast parameters, 10.847 V is now SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK. The BBC are currently in the process of reorganising it’s satellite channels (see
    Update 25/09/12 further down this page for more)

    27/09/12 Is “OHTV” on 11.260 V, SR 27.500, SR 2/3, on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east the new “Wonderful TV”?, OHTV’s schedule is now a mixture of African shows and US shows, the US shows are some of the same US shows which are shown on VOA TV on Hotbird, “Nightly Business Report”, “First Business”, “Box Office America”,  and “Hollywood Highlights USA” and others too, these are all good shows if you like this sort of thing and if you are “channel hopping” it makes OHTV worth a quick look from time to time, if memory serves me correctly “Wonderful TV” had a similar/same mix of programming

    27/09/12 A test card has appeared on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.597 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, this new channel is named “BR Test” and the audio track is labelled as “French”

    Update 25/09/12 –
    Astra 2F – Ooops!…I Did it Again! Sorry!
    New Astra 2F Footprints can be found HERE

    Update 25/09/12 –
    BBC Changes This from the BBC
    “On 27th of September our HD channels will be changing, that’s BBC One HD and BBC HD.”
    “On 12th of October several of our TV services on satellite will be moving.”
    “On 15th of October most of our Radio services on satellite will be moving.”
    Now read the following “prediction” which I made on the 21/09/12, I would have made it sooner but I was in Asia until the 20/09/12!!
    “The BBC’s 10.773 H transponder on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is now carrying a new channel labelled as “6391”, this channel is currently carrying video of BBC 1 London (VPID same) but no audio (APID) different, now this is interesting to me, there is something going on here, take a look at this from BBC Cost Cutting’s Reductions “Brochure”
    1) Reduce the number of sport streams available on satellite to one. This would take place towards the end of 2012, after the Olympic Games
    2) We are reviewing the number of regional variants in England and intend to reduce this to enable savings in distribution costs, though these programmes would continue to be transmitted on Freeview
    3) We will immediately invest to make the three versions of BBC One in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland broadcast in high definition by the end of 2012.
    4) Launch a single version of BBC Two in HD in 2012 to replace the current BBC HD channel, no BBC Two HD variations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
    So what does that tell us?
    The BBC are cost cutting, the BBC Sport Streams are being reduced to One Stream and there is a possible reduction of BBC One regional variants on satellite, BBC Sport Streams broadcast on 11.954 H together with BBC Radio, I think that the ultimate aim of the BBC is to close 11.954 H, when the BBC goes fully HD (i.e. BBC 3/CBBC HD and BBC 4/CBeebies HD and the BBC 1 HD Regions and BBC 2 HD Nations) they will need a transponder/frequency which will have a UK beam not the current European beam that 11.954 H broadcasts on, this would almost certainly mean a frequency change or closing SD channels for HD channels, but that is in the long term future, the immediate short term future is what is interesting, “6391” has appeared on 10.773 H, Is this a possible move for the soon to be “BBC Sport Stream Only One?” And the reduction in BBC 1 Regions on satellite, that would certainly allow transfer of BBC Radio channels from 11.954 H. As for BBC 1 HD’s Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and replacing BBC HD with BBC 2 HD, they are coming soon, during the early hours of 27 September 2012 The BBC leased Astra 1N 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK is changing parameters, from the 27th of September 10.847 V will be SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, this change is to accommodate the extra new BBC 1 HD channels which will be launching soon after, hurrah for the nations! hip hip hurrah! P.S. 10.773 H also has another “label” numbered “6390” but as yet there is nothing active on this one”

    25/09/12 I am so pleased to hear that “Raymond” has gone multi satellite! Maybe now he will know what he is talking about! LOL!

    25/09/12 Next year sees the launch of Russia’s first privately manufactured and operated satellite, “Dauria Aerospace” say the DX1 satellite will be designed to”fine tune a satellite platform, monitor ship movements and test a variety of payloads”, more satellites will come in the future beginning with the start of development of a second satellite by the end of this year

    25/09/12 Some “snippets” from Thailand which may interest you, the English Premier League football broadcasting rights in Thailand look like they are going to make a lot more money than previous bidding rounds made for the “EPL”, the next bidding round for the 2013-2016 seasons is now underway and unlike previous years where the current rights holders satellite pay TV service “TrueVisions” were the only bidders, this time “TrueVisions” have some competition, a total of four Thai companies are involved in this year’s bid, as well as satellite TV subscription service “TrueVisions” (subscribers 2.0 million) we have cable television service “Cable Thai” (subscribers 3.5 million) tabling a bid, and music and entertainment giants “GMM” and “RS” who are big in “Free TV” both on satellite and terrestrial television and are currently taking part in an auction of commercial operating licences for digital terrestrial broadcasting in Thailand are tabling a joint bid for the “EPL” rights, it does not really matter to “EPL” who wins because “EPL” is guaranteed more money because of this year’s “competition”, for what it is worth “my money” is on “TrueVisions” retaining the rights, on another “Linked” subject “TrueVisions” are currently not very popular with British (and other English) expats because of their decision to stop broadcasting “BBC World Service Radio” from October the 9th 2012, the main problem for the expats is this, whilst BBC WS Radio can be received free to air in Thailand on other satellites with the larger “C-Band” dishes this is not an option for many expats because if they live in somewhere like “Bangkok” for example in an apartment or built up areas, no gardens, live elsewhere where big dishes are either not allowed or not suitable then “BBC WS Radio” on “TrueVisions” available on the small “Ku-Band” dishes as part of a subscription is the only option and it looks like this option is not for much longer, or is it? there are lots of very upset expats out there and they have really let “TrueVisions” know that losing “BBC WS Radio” is not on, following this “constructive feedback” a review of this decision could be coming. So why have I got “EPL broadcasting rights” and “BBC WS Radio” in the same bit of news? Where is the “Link” I hear you ask? The answer is similar to what the situation is now in any country in the world, In the UK it is 3PM on a Saturday afternoon, you want the live football match, what do you do? In the UK you listen to you listen to “BBC Radio 5 Live”, In Thailand where it is evening you listen to “BBC World Service Radio” because every Saturday between 1500 and 1800 UK time there is the excellent “Saturday Sportsworld” which between 1600 and 1700 UK has live second half commentary of an “EPL” game and all the full time results, this commentary comes from “BBC Radio 5 Live”, That is the “Link”! But this kind of thing is nothing new for expats, it has gone on for many, many years with “Shortwave Radio” and it still goes on today with both “Shortwave Radio” and “Satellite Radio”, I am speaking from personal experience of being an expat and of using both reception standards, go on, have a listen to “BBC World Service Radio” this Saturday, live like an expat! LOL!

    Update 24/09/12 –
    Astra 2F The launch of the ASTRA 2F and GSAT-10 satellites on Friday September 28, 2012 will take place between the following times:

    16:28 –
    17:05 Local time in Kourou, French Guiana
    17:28 – 18:05  Washington, D.C.
    21:28 – 22:05  UTC/GMT
    22:28 – 23:05  BST The U.K. and Portugal
    23:28 – 00:05  CET Central Europe
    00:28 – 01:05  a.m. September 29 Tel Aviv, Israel
    02:58 – 03:35  a.m. September 29 Bangalore, Pakistan

    And a little reminder that the live launch/countdown can be seen HERE , SES-Astra also have the SES Launches TV channels which will show the launch, SES Launches can be found on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, the SD version will definitely show this launch is on 11.023 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, there is also the more recently added HD version which is on 11.626 V, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2/8PSK which could also show the launch but this is not certain, the information that I hold is that 11.023 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 is the place to watch the launch.

    24/09/12 “Walt Disney” have purchased German television channel “Das Vierte”, this used to be a good channel when it was owned by “NBC” but then it went downhill to the “shell” that it is currently in the four years following NBC’s sale to some Russian before Disney’s purchasing, Disney’s buying of Das Vierte can only be good news, Das Vierte is a free to air channel, let us hope it stays that way once Disney take control

    24/09/12 France’s “Canal+” pay TV service has has made an offer for the 2013-2015 French broadcasting rights motor sports “Formula 1 GP”, this could be a worry for “TF1” who show every race live (not practice or qualifying, TF1 only show the races) because the main Canal+ channel is available on all platforms in France, more importantly for us the “F1 Fan” is that TF1 is free to air on satellite, Canal+ is not free to air on satellite, I will keep you
    Updated on this as it develops

    24/09/12 I received the following a few weeks ago “I here apply for the international football tournament event which will take place in your country 2013. which i will love my team to participate in your event. i will like to know all the necessary document that u will need . so that i can prepare all the necessary document u will need to proved they visa tourist to participate at the tournament . love to read from u soon as you read this message”. What is that all about?! Probably some sort of “Con Job” from somewhere like Ghana

    23/09/12 My “LIVE FTA SPORTS” page has now received a major
    Update

    22/09/12 I see that “Helen Mirren” is to play “The Queen” again in a new theatre play, this new play cannot be called “Queen 2” because we already have a “Queen 2”, “Elizabeth 2 (II)” to be specific, also “Queen 2” is to be kept for the sequel to the film “The Queen” if ever there is to be a sequel, the real name of the play is “The Audience”, as an aside “Princess Kate” is not the first royal to appear naked on camera (and I am not talking about “Prince Harry” here), “Helen Mirren” has been known to appear naked in some of her films, never backward in coming forward is our Queen Helen! What a Dame! LOL!

    Update 22/09/12 –
    La7 More media group’s have expressed an interest in buying Italian television channel “La7”, Germany’s “RTL” being one of them, also the US mega concerns “Discovery” and “Liberty Media” and China’s “Hutchinson” are also interested, “News Corp” (Rupert Murdoch) and “Mediaset” (Silvio Berlusconi) are already early interested parties in acquiring La7, “Telecom Italia” are the current owners of La7

    22/09/12 An
    Updated list of the “Hotbird Iran Channels” which show films and series in the English language can be found HERE

    22/09/12 Remember I posted this? “You must see this programme, French channel “TV5 Monde Europe” is showing the very good drama series called “Un Village Francais” see HERE , Did anyone watch this? I think it is an excellent series, if you watched “Un Village Francais” tell me what you think of it

    22/09/12 I see that “Press TV” has again been removed from the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, previously it was removed by the “Bayern” authorities but was reinstated soon afterwards, one would presume that this latest removal is for similar reasons, Press TV’s 12.460 V frequency ios currently showing an “infocard” which says “We regret that Press TV for legal reasons blah blah ….”. I wonder if the German authorities do not like Press TV or the more likely reason for this removal is that they do not like George Galloway! LOL! Press TV is still available via the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequencies of 12.015 H and 12.437 H

    Update 21/09/12 –
    Astra 2F “My Man” tells me that following verifications carried out on the Arianespace 5 ECA launch system Arianespace has set a new date for it’s launch of the ASTRA 2F and GSAT-10 satellites. Lift off of the Ariane 5 launcher (Arianespace Flight VA209: ASTRA 2F-GSAT10) is now scheduled for Friday September 28, 2012 at the following times:

    16:18 local time Kourou, French Guiana
    17:18 Washington, D.C.
    21:18 UTC/GMT
    22:18 BST The U.K. and Portugal
    23:18 CET Central Europe
    00:18 a.m. September 29 Tel Aviv, Israel
    02:48 a.m. September 29 Bangalore, Pakistan

    The new launch date is now confirmed for September 28, 2012, this new launch date is now confirmed, the original launch postponed from 21 September, 2012 had been tentatively re-scheduled for September 28, 2012 pending the completion of additional verifications involving the Payload Fairing of the launcher. The 2,600 Kilogram Fairing of the Arianespace Launch vehicle was built by RUAG Space, it is 10 metres in length and 5.4 metres in diameter and accommodates the dual payload of the launcher. According to unconfirmed source information the additional work became necessary due to possible dust contamination of the fairing as a result of a faulty duct, the live launch/countdown can be seen HERE , SES-Astra also have the SES Launches TV channels which could show the launch, SES Launches can be found on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, the HD version is on 11.626 V, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2/8PSK and the SD version is on 11.023 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6

    21/09/12 The BBC’s 10.773 H transponder on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is now carrying a new channel labelled as “6391”, this channel is currently carrying video of BBC 1 London (VPID same) but no audio (APID) different, now this is interesting to me, there is something going on here, take a look at this from BBC Cost Cutting’s Reductions “Brochure”
    1) Reduce the number of sport streams available on satellite to one. This would take place towards the end of 2012, after the Olympic Games
    2) We are reviewing the number of regional variants in England and intend to reduce this to enable savings in distribution costs, though these programmes would continue to be transmitted on Freeview
    3) We will immediately invest to make the three versions of BBC One in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland broadcast in high definition by the end of 2012.
    4) Launch a single version of BBC Two in HD in 2012 to replace the current BBC HD channel, no BBC Two HD variations in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland
    So what does that tell us?
    The BBC are cost cutting, the BBC Sport Streams are being reduced to One Stream and there is a possible reduction of BBC One regional variants on satellite, BBC Sport Streams broadcast on 11.954 H together with BBC Radio, I think that the ultimate aim of the BBC is to close 11.954 H, when the BBC goes fully HD (i.e. BBC 3/CBBC HD and BBC 4/CBeebies HD and the BBC 1 HD Regions and BBC 2 HD Nations) they will need a transponder/frequency which will have a UK beam not the current European beam that 11.954 H broadcasts on, this would almost certainly mean a frequency change or closing SD channels for HD channels, but that is in the long term future, the immediate short term future is what is interesting, “6391” has appeared on 10.773 H, Is this a possible move for the soon to be “BBC Sport Stream Only One?” And the reduction in BBC 1 Regions on satellite, that would certainly allow transfer of BBC Radio channels from 11.954 H. As for BBC 1 HD’s Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland and replacing BBC HD with BBC 2 HD, they are coming soon, during the early hours of 27 September 2012 The BBC leased Astra 1N 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK is changing parameters, from the 27th of September 10.847 V will be SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, this change is to accommodate the extra new BBC 1 HD channels which will be launching soon after, hurrah for the nations! hip hip hurrah! P.S. 10.773 H also has another “label” numbered “6390” but as yet there is nothing active on this one
    Ireland, of BBC Two in HD in 2012 to replace the current BBC HD channel.
    Nations variations would continue in SD
    Northern Ireland broadcast in high definition by the end of 2012. However, we do not believe
    Northern Ireland broadcast in high definition by the end of 2012. However, we do not believe
    it is affordable or good value for money to convert the current BBC Two variants in Scotland,
    Wales and Northern Ireland to high definition. The current standard definition variants on
    BBC Two will be maintained at least until 2015 while we review their long-term future;
    intend to reduce this to enable savings in distribution costs, though these programmes wouldcontinue to be transmitted on Freeviewwe carry on digital satellite and
    intend to reduce this to enable savings in distribution costs, though these programmes would continue to be transmitted on Freeview
    technologies
    streams to one across all platforms and exploring the longer-term transition to IPTV
    technologies
    • Closing the BBC HD channel and replacing it with a single version of BBC Two in high
    definition
    • Reductions to Medium Wave transmissions for local radio in England in places where
    coverage duplicates FM
    • We are reviewing the number of regional variants in England we carry on digital satellite and
    intend to reduce this to enable savings in distribution costs, though these programmes wo

    19/09/12 Astra 2E which is following Astra 2F as the next satellite to be placed at 28.2 degrees east will be launched in the second quarter of 2013 on a Proton Launcher from Baikonour Cosmodrome (it is south east of Moscow), Kazahkstan, Astra 2E switched to a Proton launch provider possibly because Astra 2F was originally planned for a Proton launch before SES-Astra changed (rushed) it to an Arianespace launch, seems like a fair swap to me, many thanks to my “man in the know” for this information

    second quarter – Astra 2E – Proton-M/Briz-M – Baikonur

    Possibly, this mission switched the launch provider in exchange for Astra 2F, which was originally planned to ride a Proton, and is now one of the two payloads of the next Ariane 5 mission.
    http://www.ses.com/4628866/astra-2e

    second quarter – Astra 2E – Proton-M/Briz-M – Baikonur

    Possibly, this mission switched the launch provider in exchange for Astra 2F, which was originally planned to ride a Proton, and is now one of the two payloads of the next Ariane 5 mission.
    http://www.ses.com/4628866/astra-2e

    19/09/12 SES-Astra’s “SES 5” satellite at 5 degrees east which was launched on July the 10th is now fully operational

    19/07/12 Real time “In-Flight” entertainment could be coming soon, “Intelsat”, “Inmarsat”, and “ViaSat” all have individual plans in place to provide this and Broadband “Ka” and “Ku” bands is how it is going to be done, now this really interests me, have you ever got on aeroplane and found you have seen all the Movies already? My flight immediately went from Long Haul to Longer Haul! I very much look forward to the day when I can get Live TV and Radio on an aeroplane, P.S. I see that many of “Thai Airways” (also known as “Thai Inter” to it’s friends) aircraft will be equipped for a possible launch of a live in flight television service later this year

    19/09/12 I recently saw the film “Expendables 2”, excellent film, you must go and see this film, it is good

    19/09/12 Motorsports “Race of Champions” which features amongst others Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel will be shown live and free to air on German channel “Sat 1”, this year’s event comes from Bangkok, Thailand on the 15th and 16th of December

    19/09/12 “News Corp” (Rupert Murdoch) has expressed an interest in buying Italian television channel “La7”, “Mediaset” (Silvio Berlusconi) is also interested in acquiring La7, “Telecom Italia” are the current owners of La7

    Update 18/09/12 –
    Astra 2F The expected launch of SES-Astra’s new satellite for 28.2 degrees east has now been postponed, the new launch date is expected to be the 28th of September 2012, one of my “sources” tells me that “Ariannespace” personnel detected a small snag in the upper part of the rocket. One gram of the launcher was unaccounted for and they were ascertaining whether dust particles of that weight had got inside, more on all this soon

    18/09/12 You must see this programme, French channel “TV5 Monde Europe” is showing the very good drama series called “Un Village Francais” see HERE, this excellent series which has English subtitles is set in a French village from the beginning of the German occupation of France during the Second World War, “France Televison” has recently shown “Season 5” on French domestic Televison, TV5 Monde is showing Un Village Francais from “Season 1”, the very beginning, Episodes 1 and 2 can be seen on Friday 21st September at 2258 UK time (Ep 1) and 2346 UK time (Ep 2), following episodes will be shown weekly on Fridays at the same times, 2 episodes will be shown every week, TV5 Monde is a very good channel, some very good programming and a very wide variety of programming too, a long time ago I told you that a large amount of TV5 Monde Europe’s programming also have English subtitles (in fact I told you when the English subtitles service was first launched) , TV5 Monde Europe’s English subtitles can be accessed either via the regular analogue teletext page 892 or via the digital DVB standard, TV5 Monde Europe is available free to air via the Astra (19.2 degrees east) and Hotbird (13 degrees east) satellite, TV5 Monde Europe is also available encrypted to the UK’s “Sky Digital” subscribers via the Astra (28.2 degrees east) satellite, for more about TV5 Monde Europe English see HERE

    13/09/12 There have been rumours about France Television (France 2, France 3, e.t.c.) taking control of TV5 Monde, it could be coming true, France Television could be taking control of a 49% stake in TV5 Monde, The remaining 51% in TV5 Monde is already owned in part by France Television, RTBF, SSR, Arte France, Radio Television Canada, and Tele Quebec

    13/09/12 Germany’s Das Erste main evening news programme “Taggeschau” and more specifically the Taggeschau opening theme music is going to be revamped/remixed? Apparently yes, expect a more modern sound to the classic theme which ahs been used since 1956, I have long thought that the Taggeschau theme needed modernising, it really sounds dated now even though it does the job it is intended for, how many of us hear that music and instantly know that it is newstime!

    13/09/12 Politics comes to German TV legend “Steffan Raab”, ProSieben begins a new politict talkshow on the 11th of November

    13/09/12 Sky News Arabia has appeared free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.747 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4

    Update 07/09/12 –
    Astra 2F The soon to be launched Astra 2F satellite to be positioned at 28.2 degrees east will be officially operational by Late October/Early November 2012, The expected launch of SES-Astra’s new satellite for 28.2 degrees east is still on schedule for launch on the 21st of September 2012, see Rob’s “predicted” Astra 2F UK beam reception on my Astra 2F page HERE

    Update 07/09/12 –
    BBC
    Updates The BBC leased Astra 1N 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK is changing parameters, from the 27th of September 10.847 V will be SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, this change is to accommodate some extra new BBC 1 HD channels which will be launching soon after, BBC 1 HD Wales, BBC 1 HD Scotland, and BBC 1 HD Northern Ireland are coming soon, 10.847 V is already in the process of being cleared of other non BBC channels to accommodate the nations, hurrah for the nations! hip hip hurrah!

    Update 07/09/12 –
    ITV
    Updates ITV HD Granada’s “old” Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.936 V now has ITV 1 HD Meridian broadcasting free to air, ITV 1 HD Meridian is changing frequency from the encrypted BBC leased 10.847 V because the BBC want 10.847 V for their own channels (see next news above), ITV 1 HD Meridian’s frequency details are 10.936 V SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK

    07/09/12 The free to air channel “Servus TV” begins live coverage of Germany’s Ice Hockey league “DEL” on the 14th of September at 18.10 UK time with The Skarks of Cologne vs The Penguins of Krefeld, Servus TV secured the rights to show 26 live games of the “DEL”, this means that German League Ice Hockey is back on free to air television, Servus Tv is available free to air on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east both in SD and HD, see my 19 degrees east frequency page for frequencies

    07/09/12 Germany’s “Sport1+” channel will show live American Football NFL from this year until the 2014/15 season, this season sees four live games every week and culminating with the “Superbowl” on February 13th 2013, this will all be on the subscription channel Sport 1+ not the free to air Sport 1 channel, it is possible that one game per week will be shown on Sport1 but whether this is shown live or delayed will be decided as nearer game week

    06/09/12 Qatar’s/Al Jazeera’s French subscription sport channels “beIN Sport” have secured the French broadcasting rights to show Rugby’s Celtic League “Pro 12” championship for the 2012/13 season

    06/09/12 Eddie Murphy is in collabarating on a new television series, fortunately/unfortunately (depending on your likes/dislikes) it is a remake of an old classic movie, anyone remember the 1980’s classic “Beverly Hills Cop”? We await Beverly Hills Cop the TV series with mouth wide open and Harold Faltermeyer’s Axel F ringing in our ears!

    06/09/12 A new free to air German channel for children aged between 6 and 13 years old called “Yep!” (Youth Entertainment Programme) could launch on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east in early 2013, it is currently “early doors” for this channel so whether it appears or not is debatable

    04/09/12 “BeIN Sport Maxx” launches on France’s “CanalSat” platform on the 18th of September, there will be eight channels broadcasting the entire 1st round of the “UEFA Champions League” football

    04/09/12 Do you remember I told you about ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s new channel? This new channel will be launching in early 2013 and will be called “Sat 1 Gold”, “Sat 1 Gold” will be a channel for the older viewer and it will be broadcasting free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east

    04/09/12 The SES-Astra backed German ‘encrypted/subscription” service “HD+” this week starts a new “infochannel” via the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, naturally this channel is in HD

    Update 31/08/12 –
    ITV
    Updates ITV 1 HD Granada has now officially changed frequency to 10.994 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 from it’s long time previous home of 10.936 V

    Update 31/08/12 –
    I previously told you about an upcoming frequency change at 19 degrees east, TeleMadrid Sat, Andalucia TV, Telesur, Canal Sur Radio, and Russia Today Espanol are now only available on their new frequency on 11.067 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, these channels have been removed from 11.597 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, this change was to have taken place at the end of July but for reasons unknown the simulcast period was extended

    31/08/12 MGM Television and American Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe are developing a new series, fortunately/unfortunately (depending on your likes/dislikes) it is a remake of an old classic series, anyone remember the 1980’s classic “Fame”? I’m gonna live forever, I’m gonna learn how to fly! “Pass the Dutchie” anyone? High!

    Update 30/08/12 –
    Channel 4 Paralympic Streams The frequencies carrying the SD and HD versions of the Channel 4 Paralympic Streams have now been correctly renamed, all channels are named as “CH4 Para ….” e.t.c., Channel 4 Paralympic Streams have also been added to the UK’s “Sky” (450-) and “Freesat” (150-) EPG’s channel lists

    Update 30/08/12 - The African/Religious programmed channel formally named as “52070” on 11.222 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east is now called “Klear TV”, their website can be found HERE although at present it is of not much use to anyone, it only has a countdown clock to when the website will be ready, it currently states 358 days! Klear TV will have closed down by then! LOL!

    Update 29/08/12 –
    Astra 2F The expected launch of SES-Astra’s new satellite for 28.2 degrees east is still on schedule, Astra 2F is now at Kourou, French Guiana and is still expected to launch on the 21st of September 2012

    Update 29/08/12 –
    Channel 4 Paralympic Streams Channel 4 are now transmitting a still camera image of the House of Parliament and part of the London Eye. The HD version is on “7853” on 10921 H with a pixel count of 1920×1080 producing a clear and sharp image. The SD version is on “7856” on 11469 H with a pixel count of 544×576. Also new on the “Freesat” 11.428 H “Home” transponder is “C4PGTECH”, it has an infocard which is alternating stating “The Paralympic Games on 4” and “Coming Soon”and also the following information is on there too “Get the latest results and news at channel4.com/paralympics” and “Get the Paralympics app –
    search for C4 Paralympics”

    Update 29/08/12 “20TV” on Eutelsat Hotbird 11.317 V is now “T.TV” showing a Movie with presumably Arabic audio, Persian Toon which was also on 11.317 V is still black screen

    29/08/12 “RIC TV” which for a long time has had an “infocard” on 11.243 H, SR 22.000. FEC 5/6 and 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 will launch it’s channel on the 10th of September, this channel will have Family Entertainment programming in the German language, RIC TV will be targeted at Germany, Austria, and German speaking Switzerland and will be free to air, a long time ago I was told that 12.692 H would be RIC TV’s launch frequency but things change, so please check both frequencies

    29/08/12 “Volks TV” which for a long time had an “infocard” on 11.243 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 and has not yet launched because of lack of money and was looking for new investors looks to have found two new investors, according to contracts/agreements “Volks TV” must launch programming by the end of September

    Update 29/08/12 French channel TV8 Mont Blanc will show over 70 hours of live coverage  of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, TV8 Mont Blanc is sharing coverage together with France Television’s coverage which will be on France 2 and France 3, TV8 Mont Blanc is available free to air at 19 degrees east and at 13 degrees east, France’s 2 and 3 are available free to air at 5 degrees west

    24/08/12 American Football’s “Superbowl” will be shown live on French channel W9 until 2015 following an agreement between W9 and the NFL, W9 is available free to air on the Eutelsat 9A satellite at 9 degrees east, whether W9 is still free to air in 2015 is another matter!

    24/08/12 Horse and Country TV the channel about horses and all things Showjumping/Equestrian e.t.c. are thinking about launching a channel in Germany, Germany (or large parts of it anyway) do like their Showjumping/Equestrian stuff so this would be a sensible move for Horse and Country TV

    24/08/12 German channels Das Erste and ZDF will share coverage of the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Das Erste and ZDF are available free to air at 19 and 13 degrees east

    24/08/12 French channel TV8 Mont Blanc will show the London 2012 Paralympic Games in partnership with France Television’s coverage which will be on France 2 and France 3, TV8 Mont Blanc is available free to air at 19 degrees east and at 13 degrees east, France’s 2 and 3 are available free to air at 5 degrees west

    24/08/12 A “new” satellite is coming to 28.5 degrees east, Eutelsat W2M which was previously at 16 degrees east has been renamed Eutelsat 28B, Eutelsat 28A has always had “signal strength” problems but is still operational, Eutelsat 28B is a welcome addition whether it be for replacement, addition or both!

    Update 24/08/12 –
    ITV
    Updates The encrypted ITV frequency of 10.994 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 which has a new channel labelled as “12130” which is showing ITV 1 HD with sound on both “MPEG 2” and “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio tracks is showing ITV 1 Granada, so my previous suspicions could be correct regarding ITV moving their services from 10.936 V, ITV 1 HD Granada (free to air), ITV 1 HD Central (encrypted), and STV HD (free to air) all broadcast on 10.936 V, the channel named ‘7480’ on 11.052 H is also a test for an ITV 1 HD Region, which should most probably be for ITV 1 HD Central, I am sure that ITV will firstly take care of the already launched ITV 1 HD’s rather that STV HD which has not yet officially launched, keep watching this space for the latest developments!

    Update 24/08/12 –
    Channel 4 Paralympic Streams 11.469 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 will be the Channel 4 SD Paralympics Streams, “7850” will be the three screen main starter menu screen, the other “78XX” channels will carry the full screen versions, It looks like 10.920 H, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK which was showing Sky Sports News and British Eurosport HD for a while will be carrying Channel 4 HD Olympic Streams. Both 11.469 H and 10.920 H are now showing the same Deltatre Lines 1-4 bars and tones. EPG info says “Starting Thursday”

    24/08/12 The Horror Channel which is already available on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.261 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 is now also available on 12.643 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, the Horror Channel on 12.643 V is different to the one on 11.261 H because at 2100 UK time 12.643 V goes “Psychic Interactive” (11.261 H does not)!

    Update 24/08/12 “20TV” on Eutelsat Hotbird 11.317 V is now showing an Iranian music channel, Persian Toon which was also on 11.317 V has also “gone”!

    Update 22/08/12 - 11.469 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 seems now to be the place for Channel 4’s SD Paralympic Streams and 12304 H, SR 29.500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S2, QPSK, seems now to be the place for Channel 4’s HD Paralympic Streams but please be aware that there is a possibility thet 11.469 H will be used for both the SD and HD Channel 4 HD Paralympic Streams as my “sources” have observed “1080” test cards and also enough labels have to accommodate both have appeared recently on 11.469 H, 12.304 H is showing testcard Delatre Lines 1-4
    The channel name is 7851.

    Update 22/08/12 “7480” on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east now has an “ITV 1 HD” logo, it no longer has the long time “ITV 3 HD” logo showing, 7480 is still showing “ITV 1” programming with sound on the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track, a further thing of note is that the encrypted ITV frequency of 10.994 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 now has a new channel labelled as “12130”, this channel is free to air and is showing ITV 1 HD with sound on both “MPEG 2” and “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio tracks, I previously told you that it was highly unlikely that ITV 1+1 HD or CITV HD would be appearing so it looks very much like ITV are moving/adding ITV 1 HD regions, likely candidates to be moved are the DVB-S2 ITV 1 Central, ITV 1 Granada, and STV HD on 10.936 V, likely candidates to be added very soon are UTV HD, and STV HD, and I would also expect the other nation of ITV 1 HD Wales to be added too otherwise uproar will ensue!

    22/08/12 10921 H now has three channels, the encrypted 3811
    still the encrypted 3811
    which has EPG now and next data 08:30 The High Chaparral, 2 sound tracks PCM AC3, both either encrypted or off air, correct me if I am wrong but “The High Chaparral” is usually broadcast on TCM, could 10.920 H be where the soon launching TCM HD will appear?

    22/08/12 BBC Three and CBBC are now back on the same channel ‘PIDS’ following their “split/separation” for the Olympics, if you know what I mean, if you don’t then I will explainit simply, BBC Three and CBBC are now back to timesharing the same channel

    Update 22/08/12 RT HD and RT DOC HD on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east, 12.476 H, SR 29.900, FEC 3/4, DVB-S2, 8PSK are now broadcasting ‘Coming Soon’ trailers, RT HD is also testing on Astra at 19 degrees east, 11.376 V, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2, 8PSK, all are free to air channels

    RT news and RT doc HD no showing promo video on 12476 H

    Update 22/08/12 “20TV” on Eutelsat Hotbird 11.317 now showing some testcard with arabic music and writing T.T  or ToT in western letters above

    20tv on 11317 now showing some testcard with arabic music and writing T.T  or ToT in western letters abov

    Update 19/08/12 - Deal Or No Deal is transmitting in full HD on Eutelsat 28A, 12304 H, SR 29.500, FEC 3/4, DVB-S2, QPSK, The channel is named as “7851”, current thinking suggests that 12.304 is where Channel 4’s HD Paralympic Streams will appear but where will the SD versions be?, Previously a Channel 4 ‘Paralympic Screen” appeared on the Freesat transponder of 11.428 H but that has since been removed so 11.469 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 seems to be the obvious place for Channel 4’s SD Paralympic Streams to appear on, for more on Channel 4’s Paralympic Streams, see HERE
    The channel name is 7851.
    I wonder if this transponder will be used for Channel 4 Paralympic streams.

    Update 19/08/12 –
    The channel named as “52070” on 11.222 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east now has programming, my sources tell me it is an African Channel of some sorts, I wonder if Wonderful or one of the other “African/Religious” channels which disappeared will be coming back?

    Update 19/08/12 - “7480” on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is now back to showing “ITV 1” programming with “ITV 3 HD” logo again, sound is on the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track

    19/08/12 11469 H on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east now has 9 channels, 4 are new channels without ID and also there are PUB channel, 7850, 7854, 7855, 7856, all are presently encrypted but three of them have At The Races, National Geo + National Geo +1. Apart from Pub no EPG now and next EPG info

    Update 19/08/12 “20TV” on 11.317 V on Hotbird is now “black screen” only, no programming or test cards whatsoever

    Update 15/08/12 –
    The former BBC Olympic Streams frequency of 11.469 H SR 27.500 FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees easthas been sporadically testing Channel 4 Paralympic Streams

    15/08/12 The Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10921 H has switched standard, Symbol Rate is now 23.000, FEC is now 8/9 also it is now DVB.S2/QPSK

     
    15/08/12 “20TV” on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east frequency of 11.317 V is currently showing colour bars with “SERVICE TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE” and “WIDE NETWORKS SOLUTIONS'”, 20TV is one of the better channels on Hotbird, I and many others hope it comes back soon

    Update 14/08/12 - “7480” on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is now back to showing “Colour Bars” with sound on the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track  
    14/08/12 The “BBC Olympic Stream” channels have now been removed. Did we all enjoy the Olympics? We now await the “Channel 4 Paralympic Streams” to be activated

    14/08/12 German channel ZDF start their UEFA Champions League coverage on the 21st of August with the 1st leg of Borussia Mönchengladbach vs Dynamo Kiev, the 2nd leg Dynamo Kiev vs Borussia Mönchengladbach return match on the 29th of August will also be shown on ZDF, ZDF will show 18 live CL games each season, ZDF is available free to air on Astra satellite at 19 degrees east and on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, see my frequencies pages for the frequencies!
     

    07/08/12 I feel sure I have told you before a very long time ago so I will tell you again, for a very nice trip down memory lane, see HERE  , simply put your mouse over any of the TV screens to see what wonderments lie behind that particular screen

    Update 07/08/12 - “7480” on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is now back to showing “ITV 1 London” with the “ITV 3 HD” logo superimposed in the top left of the screen, the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track is carrying “ITV 1” sound, there is no sound on the “MPEG2” audio track, I wonder if they are reading this page?!

    Update 07/08/12 – The channel named as “52070” on 11.222 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east now has EPG information, it looks like this is going to be another African or Religious channel, the EPG information states that at 1900-1930 UKWIA (a programme about Angola), at 1930-2000 KICC (religion), and at 2000-2100 Mmaa Nkommo (a programme for African Women), at the time of writing 50270 is still showing a black screen

    Update 07/08/12 - The channel name/channel label for “E (or rather e) News Channel Africa” which replaced “Africa Channel +1” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.607 H SR 27.500 FEC 2/3 is now “55271”, 55271 is the name that will now appear when you search for e-News Channel Africa

    Update 06/08/12 –
    “7480” on 11.052 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is now back to showing the colour bars with the “TNS HD SPG B” superimposed in the top of the screen, there is no sound transmitted on either the “AC3/Dolby Digital” or “MPEG2” audio tracks, do they only test/work at weekends?!

    Update 05/08/12 –
    They have been very much in the house this weekend!
    - “7480” on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east has been very busily testing this weekend, they have been alternating between the “split screen” that we have all become used to and “ITV 1 HD” being shown “full screen”, currently 7480 is showing full screen ITV 1 HD live programming sometimes with ITV 1 HD or ITV 3 HD logo superimposed in the top left of the screen and sometimes ITV 1 HD is shown without any logo superimposed, my suspicions are that sometimes they are switching between ITV 1 HD and ITV 1 SD and sometimes they are just playing around with the logo, there is currently no sound transmitted on either the “AC3/Dolby Digital” or “MPEG2” audio tracks, the region of ITV 1 HD being transmitted seems to be ITV 1 HD London, thanks “Tom” for the regular
    Updates regarding 7480’s and it’s unusual testing

    05/08/12 “RT HD” (Russia Today) and “RT DOC HD” (Russia Today’s Documentary Channel) are testing on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 12.476 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 29.900, FEC 3/4, currently these are only tests, RT HD has colour bars with a superimposed written “VIDEO” and “LABEL” in the bottom left of the screen, RT DOC has black screen with a superimposed written “VIDEO” and “LABEL” in the bottom left of the screen, both of these channels have the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track carrying a test tone, both of these channels are already available in SD on Hotbird and are 24 hours a day English language channels, these are good alternative channels to watch, RT Doc is especially good there are some good documentaries on there, only last week I saw an extremely interesting documentary about the Vietnam War and Russia’s role in that as well as old US, Russian and Vietnamese soldiers meeting after all these years, very very interesting, thanks to “Gerry” for the
    Update about RT HD and RT DOC HD’s appearances

    Update 01/08/12 –
    They are in the house! The “ITV 3 HD” logo is now superimposed in the top RIGHT of the screen, read on friends!
    - “7480” on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east which had only colour bars with the “TNS HD SPG B” superimposed in the top left of the screen now has a split screen with the left half of the screen showing ITV 1 live programming with an “ITV 3 HD” logo superimposed in the top left of the screen and the right half of the screen showing a “This Morning” promo/loop, the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track is carrying sound. I have have come to some conclusions regarding “The Mystery of 7480”, I have been investigating 7480 since the last period of tests (remember the Tour de France and ITV 2 HD logo tests?), My conclusions are as follows –
    because 7480 has been testing for a long time in MPEG4/AC3/Dolby Digital we have already known that 7480 is going to be a HD channel but the big question was/is what HD channel is 7480 going to be, information is vague from the official sources but I think it is safe to say that CITV HD will not launch anytime soon, same goes for an ITV 1+1 HD channel, that will not be happening soon either, so what is left? STV HD recently came back to 10.936 V, it still has not officially launched and is still named as 3855 but my point is that it is still there, this only leaves two options left for 7480, one is that 7480 will become another ITV 1 HD region but this is unlikely in my opinion because these 7480 tests that have been happening (the feeds, the split screens, the logos, the promos e.t.c) indicate that it is going to be new channel, and the only new channel that is expected to launch soon is UTV HD, UTV HD is due to launch this October on Digital Terrestrial “Freeview” in Northern Ireland and “I Gotta Feeling” that UTV HD will appear soon on 7480 and will launch on satellite “Freesat” and “Sky” this October too, just remember where you read it first and pleeez don’t forget the link!

    01/08/12 After a long time looking like no German Free TV channel would be interested in broadcasting coverage of football’s UEFA Europa League comes the news that Kabel Eins is showing the qualification matches for the UEFA Europa League and of interest to my “Irish” readers is that Kabel Eins is showing both legs live of St Patrick’s Athletic vs Hannover 96, the first leg is on the 2nd of August and the second leg is on the 9th of August, coverage starts at 1915 UK time on both nights/legs, Kabel Eins is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.545 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6

    01/08/12 “Deutsches Musik Fernsehen” has replaced “Star Paradies D” on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12.633 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, this channel is a channel that shows the German “Schlager” music, if that type of music appeals to you then this is the channel for you, DMF reception information is HERE , DMF’s website can be found HERE, and programme guide for August is HERE

    Update 01/08/12 Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies are now encrypted again on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, 10.949 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, that is a shame

    01/08/12 “E (or rather e) News Channel Africa” has replaced “Africa Channel +1” on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.607 H SR 27.500 FEC 2/3, e News Channel Africa is currently still named as Africa Channel +1 when you channel search but we can expect that to be changed soon and e News Channel Africa will be given the correct name

    01/08/12 Sorry I am a little late with this one, “Ramp’d” and “Ramp’d +2” have appeared on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.523 V SR 27.500 FEC 2/3, these two channels are currently only transmitting for two hours daily with music documentary profiles, Ramp’d is on air daily between 0100 and 0300 UK time and Ramp’d +2 is on air daily between 0300 and 0500 UK time, please do not be deceived by these two channels, these are two separate channels with their own “PIDS”, they are not “time sharing” PIDS, Ramp’d and Ramp’d +2 are temporary channels which are likely to be replaced in September by the new music channels “Capital TV” and “Heart TV” which are offshoots of the radio channels of the same name, Ramp’d and Ramp’d +2 are on the Sky Digital channel EPG list numbered 387 and 388 respectively, as I said, sorry I am late with that one

    Update 31/07/12 “7480” on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east which had only colour bars with the “TNS HD SPG B” superimposed in the top left of the screen now has a split screen with the left half of the screen showing ITV 1 live programming with an “ITV 3 HD” logo superimposed in the top left of the screen and the right half of the screen showing a “This Morning” promo/loop, the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track is carrying sound. I have have come to some conclusions regarding “The Mystery of 7480”, I have been investigating 7480 since the last period of tests (remember the Tour de France and ITV 2 HD logo tests?), My conclusions are as follows –
    because 7480 has been testing for a long time in MPEG4/AC3/Dolby Digital we have already known that 7480 is going to be a HD channel but the big question was/is what HD channel is 7480 going to be, information is vague from the official sources but I think it is safe to say that CITV HD will not launch anytime soon, same goes for an ITV 1+1 HD channel, that will not be happening soon either, so what is left? STV HD recently came back to 10.936 V, it still has not officially launched and is still named as 3855 but my point is that it is still there, this only leaves two options left for 7480, one is that 7480 will become another ITV 1 HD region but this is unlikely in my opinion because these 7480 tests that have been happening (the feeds, the split screens, the logos, the promos e.t.c) indicate that it is going to be new channel, and the only new channel that is expected to launch soon is UTV HD, UTV HD is due to launch this October on Digital Terrestrial “Freeview” in Northern Ireland and “I Gotta Feeling” that UTV HD will appear soon on 7480 and will launch on satellite “Freesat” and “Sky” this October too, just remember where you read it first and pleeez don’t forget the link!

    31/07/12 Cartoon Network and Turner Classic Movies are free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, 10.949 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, these two channels have English language audio as one of the multiple audio tracks transmitted

    28/07/12 The Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east channels with “London 2012 Olympics” live and free to air coverage are as follows –
    Das Erste on 11.541 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, ZDF on 11.054 H, SR 27.500, FEC 5/6, and the “Morocco” group of channels on 10.873 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, Moroccan channels on this frequency which I have found with some live coverage are Arriadia, Tamazight, and Al Aoula Inter (there are other channels on this frequency which might be worth checking too) –
    Saudi Sports 1 on 12.015 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and Saudi Sport 2 on 12.245 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 has some live coverage and some delayed/repeated coverage –
    Bahrain International on 12.149 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 has some live coverage and some delayed/repeated coverage – I hope this information is of some help to those of you whose satellite system cannot get the Olympics at the 28.2/28.5 degrees east satellite position

    28/07/12 The Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east channels with “London 2012 Olympics” live and free to air coverage are as follows –
    Das Erste on 11.836 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, ZDF on 11.954 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, and Eurosport Germany on 12.226 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 –
    Also available from this satellite in HD are Das Erste HD on 11.494 H, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3 and ZDF HD on 11.361 H, SR 22.000, FEC 2/3 –
    I hope this information is of some help to those of you whose satellite system cannot get the Olympics at the 28.2/28.5 degrees east satellite position

    27/07/12 So what did you all think of the “London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony”?, mail me, the best/funniest will be posted and credited, my personal favourites were of course the internationally renowned “Mr Bean” and when the teams were being introduced “Fiji” was introduced with a “Bee Gees” song playing in the background, FeeGee/Biji?! Genius! Classic! And did you see Prince Charles and Camilla? They looked like they were enjoying themselves, they looked like they were in the back seat of the cinema!

    27/07/12 It is worth noting that the following channels on Eutelsat Hotbird showed “London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony” –
    Das Erste, ZDF, RTA, Arriadia, Ictimai TV, Saudi Sports 1, Saudi Sport 2, Tunisie International, Bahrain International and ERI TV, they might be worth a look if you are looking for Hotbird Olympics, if they are not then you should try another channel from that country which broadcasts free to air on Hotbird, for example Ictimai TV comes from Azerbaijan, so does AZTV and  Lider TV, I will try and put live free to air Hotbird Olympics coverage here soon

    27/07/12 Sport 1+ HD is now available to Sky Deutschland subscribers on Astra 19.2 degrees east, this channel is encrypted on 11.875 H

    27/07/12 The German HD+ platform seems to be a success, HD+ is the SES-Astra backed encrypted HD subscription package of all the German commercial free to air SD channels, you buy the HD+ receiver and free 1 year viewing card then the following year you renew your 1 year subscription for €50, the number of viewers has increased and the percentage of HD+ viewers who are renewing for a further year has increased, I would like to see HD+ fail because this package makes German HD TV not free to air anymore, excepting the ARD/ZDF state run channels this will be the case when the currently free to air SD channels are switched off sometime in the future, so I would like to think that HD+’s increase in viewers/subscribers is because of “the law of averages” and “percentages” where the more initial starting receiver and cards sold then the number of people who renew for a further year will also increase, also HD+ became available to Sky Deutschland subscribers which would also increase the number of year on year viewers because when HD+ launched it was not available to Sky Deutschland, like I said, it would be nice if HD+ failed but it is very unlikely that it will fail as it is backed by SES-Astra

    27/07/12 A “Card Sharing” ring in Northern Germany which provided access to illegal pay television to 1,300 viewers has been broken, this is the future, beware

    27/07/12 The Netherlands cable television company “Ziggo” which already offers BBC 1 and BBC 2 to it’s customers will now also be offering CBBC and CBeebies

    27/07/12 RTL Telekids which is a new 24 hour childrens channel from RTL in the Netherlands launching on the 3rd of September, RTL Telekids is already a programme strand on RTL 8

    27/07/12 If your satellite system is only the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east and you would like to see the “London 2012 Olympics” then please note that the Italian “RAI” channels will be encrypted when they are showing Olympics programming, but have no fear, German channels “Das Erste” and “ZDF” are also available on Eutelsat Hotbird free to air and are also showing live wall to wall Olympics, one thing to remember about Das Erste and ZDF’s Olympic coverage is that it is shared coverage, so one day it is on Das Erste and the next day it is on ZDF, it is never on both channels on the same day, coverage begins tonight with the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony which can be seen on ZDF

    27/07/12 Channel 5 has extended it’s contract with SES-Astra for the one transponder that it currently leases, this is a long term deal

    27/07/12 ESPN UK has extended it’s contract for the broadcast rights to show live the German “Bundesliga” football until the 2014/2015 season

    27/07/12 BBC Three is now a 24 hour channel, this is because of the BBC’s Olympic coverage, in previous years BBC 1 and BBC 2 has had all of the Olympics coverage but this year the Olympics are on BBC 1 and BBC Three, what BBC Three being 24 hours daily also means is that when BBC Three are not showing the Olympics they are showing “other” regular programmes from late evening until mid morning, stuff like “Total Wipeout”, “Dr Who”, a Film, e.t.c., BBC Three which usually shares “channel” with CBBC recently changed “PIDS” allowing it to go 24 hours for the duration of the Olympics, BBC’s Olympic coverage on BBC 1 and BBC Three also means that BBC 2 is kept for regular BBC programming so that people who have no interest in the Olympics whatsoever at least have one BBC channel that they can escape to!

    27/07/12 A “technical bug” is affecting “Humax Freesat+” PVR receivers which means that these receivers cannot record the BBC’s 24 Olympic Streams channels, the BBC and Humax are working at solving this problem, no doubt they are working 24 hours a day like BBC Three! all other “Freesat+” receivers are working fine

    25/07/12 Buy this week’s “Radio Times”, it has an excellent BBC TV Olympics pullout which has all the details of the complete 16 days of the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics, this includes schedules for BBC 1, BBC 3, The 24 BBC Olympic Streams and also the Freeview Olympic channels, it has been in the shops since Tuesday, get one, it’s good

    25/07/12 A new channel named as “52070” has appeared on 11.222 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, 52070 is currently showing a black screen, one audio track and no EPG information

    23/07/12 How crazy/coincidental is this? my e-mail account says that I have 2012 unread e-mails, that’s 2012 unread junk mails, I wonder if the 2012 Olympics will be junk too! LOL

    23/07/12 The BBC’s Olympic Streams have now been given their correct names, frequency details for the BBC Olympic Streams are below, all the streams are free to air and broadcast from the Astra 28.2/Eutelsat 28.5 satellite positions, the UK’s Sky platform “EPG” channel numbers are 450-473 for SD and 474-497 for HD, the UK’s Freesat platform “EPG” channel numbers are 151-174 with channel number 150 being a “red button” channel, SD and HD channels on Freesat occupy the same channel numbers so if your receiver is SD then only SD channels are listed, HD receivers only get the HD channels listed

    10.876 V SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
    BBC OLYMPIC 1
    BBC OLYMPIC 4
    BBC OLYMPIC 7
    BBC OLYMPIC 10
    BBC OLYMPIC 15
    BBC OLYMPIC 18
    BBC OLYMPIC 21
    BBC OLYMPIC 24

    10.920 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
    BBC OLYMPIC 2
    BBC OLYMPIC 5
    BBC OLYMPIC 8
    BBC OLYMPIC 11
    BBC OLYMPIC 14
    BBC OLYMPIC 17
    BBC OLYMPIC 20
    BBC OLYMPIC 23

    11.469 H SR 27.500 FEC 2/3
    BBC OLYMPIC 3
    BBC OLYMPIC 6
    BBC OLYMPIC 9
    BBC OLYMPIC 12
    BBC OLYMPIC 13
    BBC OLYMPIC 16
    BBC OLYMPIC 19
    BBC OLYMPIC 22

    11.914 H SR 29.500 FEC 3/4 HD DVB-S2
    BBC OLYMPIC 1 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 7 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 18 HD

    BBC OLYMPIC 24 HD

    12.129 V SR 29.500 FEC 3/4 HD DVB-S2
    BBC OLYMPIC 2 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 8 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 17 HD

    BBC OLYMPIC 23 HD

    12.304 H SR 29.500 FEC 3/4 HD DVB-S2
    BBC OLYMPIC 3 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 9 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 16 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 22 HD

    12.402 V SR 29.500 FEC 3/4 HD DVB-S2
    BBC OLYMPIC 4 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 10 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 15 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 21 HD

    12.421 H SR 29.500 FEC 3/4 HD DVB-S2
    BBC OLYMPIC 5 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 11 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 14 HD

    BBC OLYMPIC 20 HD

    12.441 V SR 29.500 FEC 3/4 HD DVB-S2
    BBC OLYMPIC 6 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 12 HD
    BBC OLYMPIC 13 HD

    BBC OLYMPIC 29 HD

    23/07/12 If you are a Farmer and I know some of my readers in Ireland are or you have an interest in Agriculture and such like then you will be interested to know that “The Royal Welsh Agricultural Show” is now taking place (23/07-26/07), see HERE , Welsh language channel “S4C” has full live coverage from morning opening until evening closing and S4C also has English language commentary of the show’s events, S4C is available on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, 12.051 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3, for the English commentary select Welsh as your audio language or depending on your receiver select one of the other three audio tracks that S4C broadcast  
    Update 20/07/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east which had the caption “We are sorry for the temporary fault. We are working hard to fix this.” superimposed over the  has now reverted back to only colour bars with the “TNS HD SPG B” still superimposed in the top left of the screen, all other text has been removed, also removed (presumably at the same time) is the sound (test tone) on the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track   20/07/12 Sorry I am a bit late with this news, The BBC have secured the broadcast rights to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia, the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Brazil, the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games the location of which is yet to be decided, my money is on Qatar, LOL! Sorry it’s the IOC not FIFA! Or is it?!   20/07/12 Free Formula 1 fans will love the news that French channel “TF1” which is already available in SD is now available in HD from the Eutelsat 9A satellite at 9 degrees east, TF1 HD’s frequency is 12034 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, this frequency is DVB-S2 8PSK so any old iron (receiver) won’t do, you need your iron (receiver) to be able to decode DVB-S2, as I said Free Formula 1 fans will be ecstatic, TF1 shows the Formula 1 races live and free to air on Eutelsat 9A, now there is also TF1 HD on this satellite means Sunday’s F1 races are now free to air in HD, “C’est Magnifique” (somebody once sang), TF1 also has some programmes in the original English language (VM) on the second audio track so it is another reason to watch TF1 HD, more “Magnifique”, dare I say “Ooh La La” (The Faces once sang)   20/07/12 QVC are still using Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east for “feeds”, the latest being QVC Germany on 12.703 V, SR 6110, these feeds are broadcast in 4-2-2 so any old receiver won’t do, QVC UK and QVC Italy feeds have previously been observed with these same parameters so it’s one to keep an eye on, that same eye you use for shopping for bargains preferably!  
    Update 18/07/12 A further development to the superimposed caption “We are sorry for the temporary loss of vision” appearing on ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east, the caption now superimposed over the “TNS HD SPG B” colour bars reads “We are sorry for the temporary fault. We are working hard to fix this.”. There is still sound (test tone) on the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track so that has not changed, yet!   17/07/12 Now this is Controversial, it’s not Curious George but Crafty George, “Controversial TV” is now showing “The Real Deal” with “George Galloway”, Press TV which still shows The Real Deal/George Galloway (it has shown it for a very long time) was recently removed from 28 degrees east and now The Real Deal/George Galloway is back at 28 degrees east, not on Press TV but on Controversial TV, like I said “Crafty George”, “Shooting from the hip and shooting from the lip, George Galloway brings you the Real Deal, news and views that you can not find in the corporate media” and it is on Controversial TV every Tuesday at 1930 UK time (repeated every Wednesday at 1630 UK time), Controversial TV can be found on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.222 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3, if yopu have a “Sky UK” receiver you can find Controversial TV on channel number 200, if you have a “Freesat UK” receiver you will need to “add non-Freesat channels” with the frequency I have given, I said previously that “Press TV” still shows “The Real Deal” with “George Galloway”, this can be found every Sunday at 0532 UK time (repeated every Monday at 0732 UK time and every Sunday at 2132 UK time), Press TV can be found on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, 12460 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, 12.015 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and on 12.437 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4  
    Update 17/07/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east which is back to showing the old colour bars “TNS HD SPG B” now has sound (test tone) on the “AC3/Dolby Digital” audio track, this is a further development to the earlier superimposed caption “We are sorry for the temporary loss of vision” appearing   17/07/12 A new frequency that is showing a test card is 11.186 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on Astra at 19.2 degrees east, this makes two frequencies on this satellite carrying a test card, the other frequency is 11.655 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6   17/07/12 Oh! After many, many years free to air “Viva Polska” has now encrypted, Viva Polska was available free to air on 11.075 V on Hotbird at 13 degrees east   17/07/12 So “The Church of Scientology” is planning a new TV channel, this could mean that films to be made for this channel will include John Travolta’s next film “Sunday Night Fever” and Tom Cruise’s next film “Mission In Mind Control”, just remember where you read it first! LOL!   17/07/12 The plan is for “Volks TV” to soft launch on the 1st of August, “Volks TV” which is run by Helmut Thoma who is a former boss of RTL will be a national ‘core’ television channel that private local television channels will broadcast (it’s hoped they will broadcast “Volks TV” for up to 16-18 hours daily), local channels currently signed up for “Volks TV” are Rhein Main TV, TV Berlin, Hamburg 1, NRW TV, and BW Family TV. “Volks TV” can be found on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, frequency 12.243 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6, I will watch this channel (and Rhein Main TV) with interest over the coming months, it’s always good to get an alternative “view”, both regionally and nationally, and any new channels launching are always welcome in my book and to any new channels launching I will always wish them lots of success and the best of luck   17/07/12 The new German language television channel “RIC TV” is still planning to lanuch this Autumn, “RIC TV” will have family and childrens programming, “RIC TV” can be found on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, frequency 12.692 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6, it is still only the “RIC TV” infocard showing on this channel   17/07/12 Munich based dance music radio station “POWER 104” is now on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, frequency 12.633 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6  
    Update 17/07/12 “Clubland TV” and “Massive R&B” have changed frequency and have now replaced the two “numbered” channels (55113 + 55114)  on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, “Clubland TV” and “Massive R&B” are no longer available on 11.623 H  
    Update 17/07/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east since yesterday afternoon is back to showing the old colour bars “TNS HD SPG B”, still no sound, but as well as having the superimposed “TNS HD SPG B” ident these colour bars now also have the superimposed caption “We are sorry for the temporary loss of vision” too! It is now obvious that ITV are at the office where “7480” is concerned, they are no longer “Lost in France”, or are they?! I wonder if they read this site? I know of other “bodies” that do!  
    Update 16/07/12 Some further developments to the two “numbered” channels on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, “55113” is still showing ‘Clubland TV’ but there is now EPG data and “55114” is now showing “Massive R&B” (currently no EPG data)  
    Update 16/07/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east since yesterday afternoon is back to showing the old colour bars “TNS HD SPG B”, still no sound, yesterday afternoon there was a very brief “strange variation” split screen involving the colour bars on one side and an ITV 1 logo/now and next programme information on the other side but only briefly before it reverted back to the colour bars we have all come to hate so much!

    color bars moved left half out of screen
    right half now shows ITV1 logo and

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    Update 15/07/12 The future (end of July) frequency change channels, TeleMadrid Sat, Andalucia TV on 11.067 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east now have teletext too  
    Update 15/07/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is still showing daily a live ‘feed’ of ‘The Tour de France’ with pictures but still no sound  
    Update 13/07/12 The two ‘numbered’ channels on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 are ‘55113’, and ‘55114’ and these two channels are now showing an old loop of ‘Clubland TV’  
    Update 12/07/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east after showing a live ‘feed’ of Tuesday’s ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ did not show Wednesday’s live edition, what ‘7480’ has been showing since (on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons is ‘The Tour de France’, again/still with no sound, this was a live feed of the ‘TdF’, no commercial breaks, no ITV 4 ‘logo’ (ITV 4 being the ITV channel that carries live coverage of the TdF together with commercial breaks), what I also noticed was that the ‘7480’ TdF was a split second behind the ‘ITV 4’ TdF, whose feeding who?! (If you are reading ITV I’m only joking!) OK the ‘WWTBAM’ live feed came complete with ITV 1 graphics superimposed, but the ‘TdF’ live feeds were/are the ‘raw’ France Television feed which gets sent to all broadcasters covering the ‘TdF’ so it does beg the question, what is the point of these ‘7480’ live feeds? Is it ITV being ‘Monty Pythonesque’ al la ‘And Now for Something Completely Different’, are the current offerings on ‘7480’ ITV’s different way of testing before a ‘regular’ channel makes an appearance, they feed the feeds rather than yet another ITV 1! ‘Bonnie Tyler’ once sang ‘Lost in France’, are ITV ‘Lost in France’ regarding ‘7480’?!  
    Update 12/07/12 Only two of the four ‘numbered’ channels showing a ‘Arqiva MCR’ test card remain on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, the remaining named/numbered channels are ‘55113’, and ‘55114’ and these two channels still have no EPG data, ‘55111’ and ‘55112’ PIDS currently have no video or audio   12/07/12 Here is a nice ‘tidy’ list of the 48 BBC Olympic Streams and the frequencies they are using, see HERE   12/07/12 Anyone who was expecting Welsh channel ‘S4C’ to launch it’s HD channel ‘S4C Clirlyn’ on satellite will be disappointed to hear that ‘S4C Clirlyn’ which is currently only available on DTT ‘Freeview’ is to close at the end of this year, it is yet again down to cost cutting, S4C’s budget is reduced by 36%, S4C lost more than £6Million last year, ‘Paula Abdul’ once sang ‘one step forward and two steps back’ (anyone want to tell me the song title?!)   12/07/12 ZDF will show 18 matches of this coming football season’s 2012/13 UEFA Champions League, this includes Qualification, Group Phase, and Knockout Phase, the important thing to remember is these will be shown free to air unlike French channel TF1 who lost the CL free to air rights for this coming season   12/07/12 The SES-Astra ‘SES-5’ satellite which will be placed at 5 degrees east was successfully launched on Monday the 9th of July. the next launch is important, it is Astra 2F on the 14th of September this year  
    Update 10/07/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east is now showing a live ‘feed’ of tonight’s ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ Unfortunately the sound is encrypted (finally we know the reason why the encryption ‘flag’ is set on this channel!), this became active at approximately 2045/2050 UK time with the ‘pre show/warm up’, My suspicions about this ‘feed’ are that it is possibly a ‘short hop’ feed for ‘CTV Canada’ or then again ‘CTV’ could stand for ‘Celador’!  
    Update 09/07/12 One of the four channels showing a ‘Arqiva MCR’ test card on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 has EPG info about a ‘Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ profile. ‘55111’ is the channel concerned, it was recently announced that ‘Capital TV’ and ‘Heart TV’ (from the radio stations of the same name) would be launching free to air in September, this EPG information would suggest a music channel is coming on ‘55111’ so it is possible that these two channels might appear here or it could be transponder/frequency changes for some existing channels which would then free up some space for these and other new channels, they do like moving channels around at ’28 east’, the channels named as ‘55112’, ‘55113’, and ‘55114’ currently still have no EPG data     09/07/12 There is a possibility that ‘Noel Edmonds’ could be returning to the BBC, a pilot show called ‘The Bodyguard’ has been made, if it is commissioned I feel sure ‘Noel’ will have a ‘House Party’!     09/07/12 A study has revealed that people in the UK watch, read, or listen to ‘news’ less than in other countries, also of interest was that in the UK the ‘celebrity news’ is of more interest than ‘real news’, but why commission a study when I could have told them that already for free, and I will tell you the reason why that is so, these days UK TV, Radio, and Newspapers is that celebrity news comes first, real news comes second, and it is really annoying at times that that is the case     09/07/12 I really felt sorry for Andy Murray, he really wants it but he cannot get it, it is like me on a Saturday night, the mind is willing but the ‘other thing’ is not! Seriously though, one thing is certain is that Andy will get it soon     09/07/12 For ‘Supernatural’ fans have a daily look at 20TV between 8 and 9, they have just shown the last epsiode of season 6, 20TV is on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, 11.662 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4     09/07/12 I know you are out there! If you were a fan of ‘Power Rangers’ (not the animated series) then check out ‘KIXX’ where ‘Power Rangers’ is shown twice a day and at the weekends, ‘Power Rangers’ is shown back to back with ‘Power Ranger SPD’ as the latest addition to ‘Wild Force’ and ‘Dino Power’. ‘Kix!’ is on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3     09/07/12 Fans of ‘The Smurfs’ are old and new, old because of the ’70’s series and The Smurfs 45’s and 33’s (remember them?!) and new because of the recent ‘Smurfs Movie’, ‘POP’ channel shows the 70’s Smurfs series very often both weekday and weekend mornings usually before 12.00 UK time but can be shown later too, ‘POP’ is on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east, 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, P.S. Can anyone tell me where ‘Oggy and the Cockroaches’ has gone from ‘POP’? If you have not watched ‘Oggy and the Cockroaches’ yet then make sure you do whenever it returns (very soon I hope!), it is a brilliant crazy cartoon, I’m sure ‘France Television’ show it often too because if memory serves me correctly it is a French made cartoon and the French know how to make ‘unique’ cartoons, anyone who remembers ‘The Magic Roundabout’ will know exactly what I am talking about!     09/07/12 Have you heard the about the Dutch reporter who went under a viaduct in his ‘radio car’ and broke the transmitting mast that is on top of the car because he had forgotten to put it down? This reporter’s day had just got worse because earlier in the day he had been sent to report on a derailed train in the Netherlands and had been fined by the railway police for walking on the railway line, see HERE , if you felt sorry for Andy Murray then you have got to feel sorry for this idiot! I wonder if they breathalysed him!     09/07/12 Sad news is that US actor ‘Ernest Borgnine’ died at the age of 95, he made many many films and all of them worth watching but if you want to see ‘Ernest’ at his best then you need to watch his film ‘Emperor of the North’, see HERE     09/07/12 ‘Ric TV’ which for a long time has had an ‘infocard’ on two frequencies on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east will soon only be available on one frequency and that frequency will be 12.692 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, ‘Ric TV’ on 11.243 H will be removed, when this channel launches is another matter, still no information about a start date other than 2012    
    Update 09/07/12 The ‘Edusat’ website TV Guide that I told you was ‘down’ is now back ‘up’, seeHERE , scroll down to 05/07 if you do not know/remember what I am talking about    
    Update 09/07/12 All these channels are now encrypted - 08/07/12 Boomerang, Cartoon Network, TCM, and now also Boing are free to air on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, 11.778 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, these channels are part of the CanalSat France satellite service, French language is on the 1st audio track, English/Original language is on the 2nd audio track    
    Update 06/07/12 More BBC Olympic Streams have now been activated, 11.914 H, SR 29.500, FEC 3/4 is in HD and has ‘7801’, ‘7813’, ‘7835’, and ‘7847’, and 12.304 H, SR 29.500, FEC 3/4 is in HD and has ‘7805’, ‘7817’, ‘7831’, and ‘7843’    
    Update 06/07/12 There are now four channels showing a ‘Arqiva MCR’ test card on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, each channel has it’s own different ‘PIDS’, channels are named as ‘55111’, ‘55112’, ‘55113’, and ‘55114’, also there is no EPG data for these channel     06/07/12 Likely ‘Suspects’ for activation soon of further BBC Olympic Streams are 11.914 Horizontal and 12.304 Horizontal on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east     06/07/12 If you like ‘Real News/Documentaries/Features’ and you are totally fed up with the wall to wall coverage of politics, finance and gossip/scandals that sometimes Sky News and BBC News channels show endlessly thus forgetting that there is real news happening other than the endless 24 hour ‘pap’ then you should check out some of the other news channels which are around, BBC World News is the obvious alternative but even BBC WS also sometimes goes overboard with endless coverage of one big story/event so who else? CNN is not what it used to be so I count that channel out too, Bloomberg and CNBC are too much finance, Press TV is a little biased to say the least so who else? Al Jazeera English is a good news channel and also has some interesting documentaries and features on the half hour, likewise the slightly biased RT Russia Today, CCTV News/CCTV 9 (depending which satellite you are watching it on), CNC World, and NHK World are good alternative news channels which also have documentaries and features on the half hour and although these channels are from China/Japan their news coverage is not only confined to those countries alone they do cover the whole of Asia and more importantly their World News is exactly that too, CCTV also have a documentary channel called CCTV Documentary on Astra 19 degrees east which is also worth a look and Russia Today also have RT Doc on Hotbird 13 degrees east which is also a good documentary channel (two nice little bonus channels), all the above named channels are available at/or 28, 19, and 13 degrees east, check out the ‘bigger picture’, you might find it of interest, knowledge is power as they say!     06/07/12 So so sad that Radio Netherlands International Service has closed down, again it’s down to budget cuts and this closedown has been known about for quite a while but still sad when the closedown actually takes place, NOS, BBC, VOA, ARD/ZDF, and more, e.t.c., in fact all the major broadcasters the world over are facing drastic reductions to their budgets and it inevitably results in a drastic reduction in services and output, who used to and still listen to shortwave radio, shortwave radio was (and still is in some parts of the world) the only way to get international stations/channels, this long before satellite TV and radio came to the masses, I for one have very fond memories of Radio Netherlands, very very sad to see it go, is there anyone else who feels the same? Anyone else out there who is from the ‘Shortwave’ generation? Any anoraks out there? Mail me your thoughts and memories of shortwave radio, I will also accept ‘pirate’ radio mails too!     05/07/12 Who can forget the ‘spaghetti westerns’ starring Bud Spencer and Terence Hill (by the way both are still alive), Terence Hill has a series on Italian state broadcaster Rai, check out Rai 1 this (08/07) and every Sunday between 2020 until 2224 UK time for this HERE , and more HERE , I know that Rai sometimes ‘black out’ (encrypt) some programmes on satellite but these are usually sports or imported US/UK films and series so I am not expecting Rai to encrypt “Un passo dal cielo” but I cannot confirm this at present     05/07/12 If you like classic old ‘black and white’ films then  you may be interested to know that Polish channel ‘Edusat’ shows a few classic films in the original English language with in-vision Polish subtitles, the Edusat website listed these films with their original English film title but unfortunately their website is currently ‘down’, in the meantime following website lists Edusat programmes, all you need to look for is ‘Filmy’ and ‘USA 1949’ e.t.c., see HERE , as soon as the Edusat website is back up I will change the link as that site was much better, Edusat is available free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east frequency of 10.796 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 5/6     05/07/12 This is a future (end of July) frequency change, TeleMadrid Sat, Andalucia TV, Telesur, Canal Sur Radio, and Russia Today Espanol have appeared on 11.067 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, these channels are already available on the same satellite on 11.597 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 but they will be removed at the end of July, one further thing to note is that TeleMadrid Sat and Andalucia TV on 11.597 V have teletext data but on 11.067 V there is currently no teletext data, I hope teletext data will be added to 11.067 V, one further thought is what is going to replace these four channels on 11.597 V?     05/07/12 A ‘test card’ has appeared on 11.655 Vertical, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this channel is named simply ‘TEST’     05/07/12 Now we all know that the BBC are going to be showing ‘all’ of the 2012 London Olympics including the football and especially ‘Team GB’ (Great Britain) football but did you know that the BBC will be showing the ‘Team GB’ warm up games, Friday the 20th of July sees BBC One showing Team GB’s Women vs Sweden at 1545 UK time and Team GB’s Men vs Brazil at 1930 UK time     05/07/12 The Wimbledon Tennis Finals will be shown live in 3D on the BBC HD channel on Astra 1N 28.2 degrees east, 10.847 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, 1430 UK time on the 7th of July has the Womens final and 1530 UK time on the 8th of July has the Mens final, don’t forget your glasses, if you are one of the 10% of the population who ‘cannot see’ 3D don’t worry, BBC One SD and HD will also be showing the Wimbledon Finals in ‘regular’ vision!     05/07/12 More BBC Olympic Streams have been activated on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east, frequency is 10876 Vertical, Symbol rate 22.000, FEC 5/6, these channels are in SD and are named as follows –
    ‘7800’, ‘7806’, ‘7812’, ‘7818’, ‘7828’, ‘7834’, ‘7840’, and ‘7846’, 10.876 V was recently cleared of all it’s channels to accommodate these further BBC Olympic Streams, thanks go to the ‘Usual Suspects’!     05/07/12 The channel named ‘55300’ on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.606 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 has now been renamed as it’s real channel name of Star Plus HD, this channel is still encrypted and that is how it will remain     05/07/12 The channel named ‘55271’ on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency of 12.607 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 which is ‘Africa Channel+1’ has EPG, the original real time ‘Africa Channel’ is available on 11.261 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3     05/07/12 The ‘test card’ on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency of 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 still has ‘Arqiva MCR’ superimposed and the channel name of ‘55112’, also there is still no EPG data for this channel     05/07/12 The STV HD (3855) channel on Astra 1N 10.936 V has been missing EPG information since yesterday, is this a sign?!    
    Update 05/07/12 Animal Planet which was free to air for approximately two weeks has now encrypted on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east 12.635 Vertical, Symbol Rate 29.900, FEC 3/4, it is a shame but there we go so to speak!     04/07/12 Channel 4’s new free to air channel ‘4seven’ officially launches tonight at 7PM UK time, it is available on the Astra 1N satellite at 28.2 degrees east, frequency is 11.126 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, it will be available on channel number 127 on the ‘Freesat’ EPG and on channel number 140 on the ‘Sky’ EPG, on the Digital Terrestrial service ‘Freeview’ ‘4seven’ will be on channel number 47, the Sky channel number has been changed from what had previously been announced     04/07/12 If you were a fan of Channel 4’s ‘Coach Trip’ then you might like the French version which is called ‘Le Bus’, French channel M6 begins showing ‘Le Bus’ every weekday from the 23rd of July at 1610 UK time, M6 is available free to air in DVB-S2 form on the Eutelsat 9A satellite at 9 degrees east, frequency 12.034 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4     04/07/12 Sixx Austria has replaced Austria 9 on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 12663 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, I have previously told you that this change would happen, Sixx Austria is free to air and this means that currently there are three Sixx’s avalable at 19.2 degrees east, this new Sixx (12.663 H) and the two existing Sixx’s (12.544 H and 12.460 H), I am expecting one of the two existing Sixx’s to be replaced by the new free to air channel which ProSiebenSat.1 Group have planned for ‘older’ viewers which will launch sometime in the future, this new channel currently has no name, it is in the early stages of it’s existence but as I said one of the two Sixx Germany frequencies would be it’s likely future home     02/07/12 A channel named ‘21250’ has appeared on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east, frequency is 11.126 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, this is likely to be the soon to launch Channel 4 ‘4seven’ catch up television channel, this channel launches on the 4th of July, ‘21250’ currently has no video or audio but I’m expecting it to be ‘active’ very soon, ‘4seven’ will be a free to air channel and it will be available on channel number 127 on the ‘Freesat’ EPG and on channel number 140 on the ‘Sky’ EPG, Digital Terrestrial service ‘Freeview’ will also carry ‘4seven’ on channel number 47 but whether it will be available on the so called ‘Freeview Lite’ (limited Freeview) is debatable     02/07/12 There is a ‘test card’ on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency is 12.523 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, the test card has ‘Arqiva MCR’ superimposed and the channel name is ‘55112’     02/07/12 Africa Channel+1 is testing on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, frequency is 12.606 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, the channel name is ‘55271’   02/07/12 Sky UK is changing some of the channel numbers on it’s EPG (electronic programme guide) on the 3rd of July, details can be found HERE     29/06/12 It has been rumoured for a while but now it is official, Swiss state broadcaster ‘SRG’ has announced that their English language radio station ‘SRG-WRS’ (World Radio Switzerland) is to be sold, ‘SRG-WRS’ is available on FM and cable in Switzerland and it is also ‘Europewide’ via Eutelsat Hotbirdat 13 degrees east, 11.526 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, SRG-WRS’s programming consists of local Swiss news, BBC WS, NPR, and music filler shows,SRG-WRS is not as good as it once was mainly be due to finance and staff cuts but it will be sad if this station does close down, I hope a buyer is found but I expect when a new buyer that SRG-WRS or whatever it’s new name will be will have a format change (possibly less English language programming) and also will be removed from satellite, this is quite possible as once SRG-WRS has new owners then it will no longer be under ‘state control’ if you know what I mean, no more ‘state umbrella’ allowing for the extra satellite transmission costs.     29/06/12 The Austrian version of women’s channel ‘SIXX’ will launch on July the 3rd, it replaces Austria 9 TV, more on this soon….     29/06/12 ‘beIN Sport’ and ‘Canal+/CanalSat France’ have kissed and made up, beIN Sport is now ‘officially’ available on the CanalSat platform at 19.2 degrees east, the beIN Sport 1 channel has already been launched and is available to view on a couple of satellites, beIN Sport 2 launches on July the 27th     29/06/12 The new free to air German family orientated television channel ‘RIC TV’ which for a long time has had an ‘infocard’ on Astra at 19 degrees east has stated it will launch this autumn, frequency is 11.244 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 which is still showing the RIC TV ‘infocard’    
    Update 29/06/12 It is back! STV HD has returned to Astra 1N frequency of 10.936 V, the channel is still named ‘3855’ and has the same PIDS as it had before it was removed, 10.936 V has changed parameters to DVB-S2, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, this change means STV HD cannot be manually added to the UK’s Sky Digital receivers, also it still cannot be added to the some of the UK’s ‘Freesat’ receivers but some brands like the Humax, Panasonic, and Manhattan Freesat receivers will add STV HD, naturally a dedicated free to air receiver which is DVB-S2 compliant has no problems with adding/viewing this channel, I have way too much satellite equipment in my ‘factory’ and I draw the line on possessing every brand of receiver! LOL!, many thanks to all who mailed me clarifying the different ‘Freesat’ branded receivers capabilities regarding STV HD     29/06/12 They did it this time, Astra 1N at 28 degrees east frequency of 10.936 Vertical has changed parameters, it is now in DVB-S2 with a Symbol Rate of 23.000 and FEC of 8/9, all channels have returned, these channels on this frequency are still the free to air ITV 1 HD Granada, the encrypted ITV 1 HD Central and the encrypted 3825 (Alibi HD), all the PIDS are the same as they were previously     28/06/12 This from ‘Freesat’, “ITV are making some technical changes to ITV 1 HD overnight on Thursday 28th of July blah blah blah……….”, again?! Whatever they are doing tonight they did not do the other night when “ITV are making some technical changes to ITV 1 HD blah blah…………..” when all 10.936 V channels (both ITV 1 HD’s and the new ‘Alibi’ test channel) went off air only to return a short time later, whatever they wanted to do the other night I can only presume did not get done because the one ‘expert’ that ITV possess phoned in sick, probably with ‘LARYNGITVIS!! We wait to see what happens tonight with nails a biting! This being about ITV and more specifically ITV 1 HD it does not leave much to the imagination, change of frequency, change of parameters, change of PIDS?     28/06/12 The BBC’s Olympic Streams are now testing again free to air in SD on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, frequency is 10.920 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6, these are 8 channels and they are as follows –
    ‘7802’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 2), ‘7808’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 5), ‘7814’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 8), ‘7820’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 11), ‘7826’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 14), ‘7832’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 17), ‘7838’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 20) and ‘7844’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 23)     27/06/12 More 4+2 (did anyone ever watch this channel?) has now been removed, More 4+2 was only ever a ‘placeholder/test’ channel for the very soon to launch ‘4seven’ channel, 4seven is Channel 4’s new ‘catch up’ TV channel and it’s expected launch date is July the 4th, I thought we already had enough Channel 4 catch up what with the +1 channels and the endless repeat showings too but in my opinion new channels are always welcome, thanks ‘Tom’    
    Update 26/06/12 StarPlus HD on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.606 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, has now encrypted, the channel is still named as ‘55300’, thanks ‘NottsUK’     25/06/12 One of my regular contributors has asked me if I am going to be putting up a ‘Astra 2F’ page, I remember my ‘Astra 1N’ page was a roaring success and as it turned out my ‘Astra 1N’ page was the only one out there in ‘internetland’ that was correct from start to finish, should I have a ‘Astra 2F’ page or not, your thoughts on this please?!     25/06/12 More BBC HD Olympic Streams have now appeared on 12.129 Vertical, SR 29.500, FEC 3/4, these are labelled as ‘7803’, ‘7815’, 7833′, and ‘7845’, also four more BBC HD Olympic Streams have appeared on 12.441 Vertical, SR 29.500, FEC 3/4, these are labelled as ‘7811’, ‘7823’, 7825′, and ‘7837’, all are showing ‘test feed for ‘Sky’ and/or ‘Sky or BBC programme loops/promos’ e.t.c. on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, I love it when ‘I Gotta Feeling’!     25/06/12 Has anyone got a ‘Comag SL25 HDMI USB’ receiver that is playing up? ‘David’ has mailed me this little ‘fix’ for a specific problem “I had one of those dodgy (sometimes) B Grades from maplins a few months ago –
    Comag SL25 HDMI USB it was only £20 quid and had free delivery at the time too so as it will record i purchased one. Since purchase it has been playing up sometime daily –
    but today i found a fix that may save a few people geting a new box, I am not sure if it is a hardware or software fault. When you change channel the Signal cuts off the only way to get it back on is to turn lnb power off –
    exit menu then turn back on! The simple fix is plug a usb memory stick in and the signal comes back on without any further issues. It may well be a issue with other similar cheapo makes so it may help someone in the future –
    although SD only it does record and save a few quid” Thanks ‘David’, someone should/could find the information of use   25/06/12 Congratulation to my ‘Italian’ readers on reaching the Semi Finals of Football’s Euro 2012, and England? Brazil here we come and go again!     24/06/12 Congratulation to my ‘Spanish’ readers on reaching the Semi Finals of Football’s Euro 2012, come on England, we are keeping our fingers crossed, again!    
    Update 24/06/12 I previously told you that on Mondays to Fridays at 18.30 UK time on Information TV the ‘British Forces News’ programme was to be found, this programme is shown live one hour earlier to all the British Armed Forces on ‘BFBS1’ (British Forces Television), the
    Update is that there is a two hour ‘omnibus’ edition of ‘British Forces News’ every Saturday between 1100 and 1300 UK time on Information TV, this is good news if you miss the Monday to Friday editions because you are still on patrol or something! Information TV is available on the Eutelssat 28A satellite at 28 degrees east, 11.623 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3, Information TV can also be found in the ‘Sky’ and ‘Freesat’ channel lists    
    Update 24/06/12 Animal Planet is STILL free to air on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east, 12.635 Vertical, Symbol Rate 29.900, FEC 3/4, the 2nd audio track carries original ‘English’ language audio for some programmes   22/06/12 STV HD has gone from 10.936 Vertical on the Astra 1N at 28.2 degrees east, this channel has been free to air for a long time with it’s ‘3855’ channel name, a new encrypted channel has appeared on this frequency which is named ‘3825’, the EPG information on this channel is showing programme information for the UK channel ‘Alibi’, one thing to add is that ‘3855’ has not as such been replaced by ‘3825’ because ‘3825’ has different video and audio PIDS to ‘3855’ so theoretically as there are only three channels on this frequency then ‘3855’ (STV HD) could possibly make a return to 10.936 Vertical or could ‘7480’ on 11.052 Horizontal be the new home for the supposedly soon to launch STV HD!     22/06/12 Congratulation to my ‘Portugese’ and ‘German’ readers on reaching the Semi Finals of Football’s Euro 2012, ‘my’ readers in England, Spain, France, and Italy are keeping their fingers crossed!     22/06/12 Comedy Central Germany/Austria is showing ‘The Graham Norton Show’ every Friday and Saturday evening at 2115 UK time from the 6th of July, it will be shown in the original English language with German subtitles, this is good news if you are a fan of Graham Norton or you are in a part of Europe which cannot get BBC 1 but can get either ‘Nick/Comedy’ (Germany) or ‘Nick/CC Aut’ (Austria) on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, frequencies are 11.973 V and 12.148 H respectively, both frequencies have an SR of 27.500 and an FEC of 3/4     22/06/12 German ‘legend’ Thomas Gottschalk whose new ARD talk show was a complete flop is to become a judge, no not as a real judge but as a talent show judge, Gottschalk will sit alongside the other German ‘legend’ Dieter Bohlen on RTL’s ‘Das Supertalent’ (Gerrmany’s Got Talent), I wonder who the third ‘female’ juror will be? P.S. if you have a supertalent and want to get on Germany’s Got Talent then the 30th of June in Cologne, Germany is your last chance get ‘casted’!     22/06/12 Ireland’s state broadcaster RTE is closing it’s London bureau, I wonder if that’s why the Queen is meeting Martin McGuinness in Belfast next week! Seriously though it is a little bit silly of RTE to close it’s London bureau, OK Ireland is part of the EU so what comes from Europe and the EU has more relevance in Ireland that does the UK these days, or does it? Ireland and the UK have a long, long history and where news, politics, and culture is concerned Ireland and the UK have much the same tastes, a rethink IS needed please RTE     22/06/12 Four more BBC HD Olympic Streams have now appeared on 12.402 Vertical, Symbol Rate 29.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, these Four channels are numbered –
    ‘7807’, ‘7819’, ‘7829’, and ‘7841’, all are showing ‘test feed for ‘Sky’ and/or ‘Sky or BBC programme loops/promos’ e.t.c.     21/06/12 Remember ‘I Gotta Feeling’ that the BBC HD Olympic Streams will appear on……blah, blah! Four BBC HD Olympic Streams have appeared on 12.421 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 29.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, these 4 channels are numbered –
    ‘7809’ (showing a Sky UK promo), ‘7821’ (showing a Sky Sports still image), ‘7827’(showing a ‘test feed to Sky’ ident with the BBC HD test card), and ‘7839’(showing a ‘test feed to Sky’ ident with some sort of programme loop ‘underneath’), we can expect the other remaining frequencies that I told you about that are for the BBC Olympic Streams to become active soon, once again these are 12.129 V (HD), 12.402 V (HD), and 12.441 V (HD), and if my suspicions are correct the remaining BBC SD Olympic Stream 8 screens will either be on 11.642 V or the BBC’s existing 11.954 H, just remember where you heard it first (or second now because I told you about these frequencies once before!),
    Update on the other BBC SD Olympic Streams is that 10.920 H’s channels ‘3081’ to ‘3092’  are still encrypted and 11.469 H’s channels ‘7804’, ‘7810’, 7816′, ‘7822’, ‘7824’, ‘7830’, ‘7836’, and ‘7842’ all are showing ‘test feed for ‘Sky’ and/or ‘Sky or BBC programme loops/promos’     21/06/12 The Arqiva HD test card/colour bars on Eutelsat 28A at 28.5  degrees east frequency of 12.606 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, is now showing ‘StarPlus HD’ in DVB-S2, this channel is in the ‘Hindi’ language channel I think!, Hindi is not one of the languages that I speak, when you channel search 12.607 V the channel name is ‘55300’, what is now unusual is that when this ‘channel’ was being tested with the colour bars there were two audio streams, one was MPEG2 and the second was AC3/Dolby Digital, now with StarPlus HD appearing the audio track is only MPEG2, there is no AC3/Dolby Digital Audio track     21/06/12 ProSiebenSat.1 Group have secured the German broadcasting rights to show football’s UEFA Europa League for the coming three seasons, 15 games per season will be shown and most probably it will be on the Kabel Eins channel     21/06/12 I seem to remember that I told you a very long time ago about this, this is that ProSiebenSat.1 Group will start a new free to air television channel for the ‘older’ viewer, no further details at present, there is a market for private television channels for the ‘older’ viewer in Germany, older viewers only watch the ARD/ZDF family of channels because they feel alienated by the 14-49 year old age group programming on RTL’s and ProSiebenSat.1 Group’s family of channels, this decision by ProSiebenSat.1 Group is naturally fuelled by advertising, a channel for older viewers means targeted advertising which means more money! Funnily enough ther opposite is true of the ARD/ZDF family of channels, mainly older viewers view these channels so partly the reason why ARD/ZDF started their ‘extra’ channels like Eins Festival and ZDF neo e.t.c. was to the attract younger viewers to the ‘state broadcaster’ channels     21/06/12 SES-Astra and Eutelsat have separately stated that they will be expanding capacity in the Asia-Pacific region with new satellite capacity coming in the next couple of years, of course Asia is a very large market and SES-Astra and Eutelsat see lots of opportunities and openings there     21/06/12 Al Jazeera’s French pay TV sport channels ‘beIN Sport’ are still acquiring sports rights, they have now secured the ‘French’ broadcasting rights to handball’s European Champions League until 2017     20/06/12 The BBC News Multiscreen 6 screen interactive news and weather service on Astra at 28 degrees east 11.954 H has now closed, these 6 screens are now broadcasting the UK’s BBC News channel on the 6 mini screens, this is only good news if you are in a part of Europe that cannot get Astra 1N 28.2 degrees east but can get Astra 2B 28.2 degrees east, BBC News is now on Astra 2B, albeit only temporary and only on 6 mini screens! 3DTV uses 2 streams so I think I will call these 6 identical BBC News screens 9D!!! LOL!     20/06/12 Maybe one of my Italian readers can help me with this, tonight I have been watching on Rai Sport 2 a ‘Coppa Italia’ football match from 1979 between Juventus and Palermo,this is showing in black and white not in colour, my question is why was this shown in black and white in 1979 on Rai?     20/06/12 More on the BBC Olympic Streams on 11.469 H at 28.5 degrees east, the BBC Slides have now mutated to sound and picture testing, captured images ‘BBC SPORT TEST FEED TO SKY’ (8 different streams underlaying sources from various BBC outputs), thanks ‘Tom’     20/06/12 Press TV is back with regular programming on Astra 19.2 degrees east, now this is a surprise! Did they win?? Press TV is on 12.460 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, it’s the same frequency as before, thanks ‘Howard’     19/06/12 Fans of German Ice Hockey League ‘DEL’ will be happy to know that ‘The German Ice Hockey League’ (DEL) and Austrian TV channel ‘Servus TV’ have signed a contract  bfor the broadcast rights to show 40 ‘DEL’ games this coming season, Servus TV which is owned by ‘Red Bull Media’ is a little ‘gem’ of a channel with some programming ‘gems’ which include sports, Servus TV is availoable in both SD and HD via the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, Servus TV broadcasts separate Austrian and German versions of it’s channel but they both carry the same programming! Currently!     19/06/12 The Arqiva HD test card/colour bars I previously told you about on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 12.606 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, is now unnamed when you channel search, previously the channel name was 55300, there is now a small change, it still has the colour bars but the colour bars ae now superimposed with a scrolling Arqiva ident which says ‘Arqiva 1080/50i, AES1:DolbyD 5.1 Multitone, AES2:PCM 1kHz, also the MPEG2 ‘regular’ audio track carries a ‘static/buzzing’ noise, the AC3/Dolby Digital Audio track is silent     19/06/12 The BBC’s News Multiscreen on 11.954 Horizontal, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east closes on the 20th of June, it has been known for a while that this ‘channel’ would be closing but the date sort of confirms my thinking of what I have previously told you that 11.954 Horizontal which also carries the BBC’s interactive sports streams will be used for the BBC’s Olympic Streams and that 11.954 Horizontal is most probably the 3rd frequency for the BBC SD Olympic Streams     19/06/12 The BBC Olympic Streams tests on 10.920 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east have now encrypted and been renamed, channel names are now ‘3081’ to ‘3092’, thanks ‘TOM’     14/06/12 Animal Planet is now free to air on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east, 12.635 Vertical, Symbol Rate 29.900, FEC 3/4, the 2nd audio track carries original ‘English’ language audio for some programmes     14/06/12 Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east changes are - Real Time Italy is now available on 11.958 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, the 2nd audio track carries original ‘English’ language audio for some programmes, Real Time Italy+1 is on 10.775 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 29.900, FEC 3/4, Nuvolari is on 10.853 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 29.900, FEC 3/4     14/06/12 ‘I Gotta Feeling’ that the BBC HD Olympic Streams will appear on 12.129 V, 12.402 V, and 12.441 V (12.421 H is also a possibility) and the remaining BBC SD Olympic Stream 8 screens will either be on 11.642 V or the BBC’s existing 11.954 H, just remember where you heard this first, I seem to remember saying that on other occasions too! LOL!       14/06/12 The BBC’s Olympic Streams are now also testing free to air in SD on the Eurobird 28A satellite at 28.5 degrees east frequency of 11.469 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3 these are a further 8 numbered channels which are for BBC Olympic Streams, these 8 channels are named as follows –
    ‘7804’, ‘7810’, 7816′, ‘7822’, ‘7824’, ‘7830’, ‘7836’, and ‘7842’, yesterday the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east frequency of 10.920 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6, became active with 8 numbered channels and they are named as follows –
    ‘7802’ (showing one of the BBC’s Sport Streams from 11.954 H), ‘7808’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 5), ‘7814’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 8), ‘7820’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 11), ‘7826’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 16), ‘7832’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 17), ‘7838’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 20) and ‘7844’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 23), the BBC announced that it would have 48 Olympic Streams, 24 in SD and 24 in HD, more details soon. TOM?   P.S. For anyone who is a little confused, your satellite dish thinks that Astra 28.2 and Eurobird 28A 28.5 are in the same position, no worry!!       14/06/12 ‘SES launches’ has appeared on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east, this has appeared so that we can all watch SES-Astra’s next satellite launch live, SES-5 will according to SES-Astra be launched from Kazakhstan on the 20th of June and it will be placed at the 5 degrees east orbital position, ‘SES launches’ frequency is 11.023 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6, it is currently showing an SES infocard     14/06/12 The only comment I have about Sky UK’s new English Premier League deal is that if Sky had to pay more then so will you!       14/06/12 What about BT’s new English Premier League deal? Obviously they will launch their new channel/channels on satellite too (otherwise they will not make any money) in which case they could possibly be looking for a partner? Al Jazeera please take note!!       13/06/12 The BBC’s Olympic Streams are now testing free to air in SD on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, frequency is 10.920 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6, as I write this there are only numbers for channel names, there are 8 channels and they are named as follows –
    ‘7802’ (showing one of the BBC’s Sport Streams from 11.954 H), ‘7808’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 5), ‘7814’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 8), ‘7820’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 11), ‘7826’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 16), ‘7832’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 17), ‘7838’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 20) and ‘7844’ (showing Olympic Streams Stream 23), the BBC announced that it would have 48 Olympic Streams, 24 in SD and 24 in HD, on frequency 11.469 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3 there are a further 8 numbered channels which presumably will be for BBC Olympic Streams but these are currently encrypted, nevertheless these 8 channels are named as follows –
    ‘7804’, ‘7810’, 7816′, ‘7822’, ‘7824’, ‘7830’, ‘7836’, and ‘7842’, as I said these are currently encrypted but I expect they will not be for long! P.S. ‘TOM’ has supplied some more detail about the 10.920 Horizontal BBC Olympic Streams 7802 –
    showing tennis with sound (same sound on Streams 8 and 11) Olympic test slides: 7808 –
    Stream 5 –
    no sound –
    7814 –
    Stream 8 (with sound tennis atm) 7820 –
    Stream 11 (with sound tennis atm same as 7814) 7826 –
    Stream 16 (with footy sound russia atm) 7832 –
    Stream 17 –
    no sound –
    7838 –
    Stream 20 (with cricked? sound) 7844 –
    Stream 23 (with footy sound NL GER atm)   13/06/12 SES-Astra are playing ‘tidy-uppy’ with their satellites, getting ready for moving satellites?, new launches beginning towards the end of this year (and also next year too) for 28.2 degrees east , Astra 1N going to 19.2 degrees east early next year, Astra 1H at 19.2 degrees east is nearly empty (it will be emptied of the remaining French channels soon I expect), 2D is empty, both are old but I’m sure both still have some life left in them and SES-Astra has some satellite positions which seem to be expanding with new HD channels and always new channels launching in both existing and new expanding markets so they could do with some extra capacity at some satellite positions, 31.5 E and 23.5 E immediately spring to mind but there are others too, Astra 5B for 31.5 E is scheduled to launch in the second quarter of 2013 but is it possible that 1H could go to 31.5 E in the interim or maybe to another position?   13/06/12 It’s all down to BBC cost cutting, I knew that the BBC Interactive News Multiscreen was going which is a shame but the BBC Interactive Sports Streams are going to be reduced to one screen only, it’s not really surprising considering that the BBC no longer has all the Formula 1 which was the main sport stream activity (Multiscreen e.t.c.), the BBC Sport Streams for the most time are not in use regarding live sport and when they are in use they are usually copies of what’s on BBC TV, also other sports on the BBC Sports Streams (excepting Formula 1) only get additional commentaries for which the BBC do not need these interactive screens to implement that. I think the best we can hope for is that the remaining ‘one’ BBC Sports Stream screen will be something like 4 Miniscreens where they can still offer something different, something similar to the Sky News Multiscreen, many thanks go to ‘LIBBY’ for making me aware of this change
    I knew that the News Multiscreen was going which is a shame
    It’s all down to cost cutting, best we can hope for is that the remaining ‘one’ screen will be something like 4 miniscreens where they can still offer something (a bit like the Sky News Multiscreen)
      13/06/12 Anyone with an interest in Germany and more specifically German weather will be sad to hear that ‘Deutsches Wetter Fernsehen’ has left the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east   11/06/12 A new Arqiva HD test card/colour bars has appeared on Eutelsat Eurobird 28 degrees east frequency 12.606 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, the channel name is 55300, many thanks go to ‘Derick’ for this   08/06/12 Challenge TV and Challenge TV+1 which have been free to air since the 6th of June are still free to air on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28 degrees east, 11.565 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3   08/06/12 Pick TV and Pick TV+1 which have been free to air since the 6th of June are still free to air on the Astra satellite at 28 degrees east, 12.207 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3   06/06/12 This is important for my Italian readers and for anyone else in Europe who watches Formula 1 live on RAI both officially and unofficially, Sky Italia have acquired the Italian broadcast rights for live coverage of all of the Formula 1 Grand Prix races from 2013, this deal means that Italian state broadcaster RAI will not show all races live from 2013, RAI will only show 9 races live, RAI will show the remaining 11 races delayed, these remaining 11 races will be shown exclusively live on Sky Italia (Sky Italia will also show live the 9 races that RAI show), this deal is similar to the deal which came into effect this year between the BBC and Sky UK where the BBC only show half of the F1 races live (the other half getting a delayed showing) and Sky showing all of the Formula 1 races live, this is bad news for RAI who soon will soon have very little ‘top’ live sport to show at all as Sky Italia (and to a lesser extent Mediaset) are acquiring all of the ‘top’ sports broadcasting rights, Sky Italia have also acquired the rights to the Moto GP from 2014, RAI encrypt their satellite signals when they broadcast live sports but there are ways around this both officially and unofficially, unofficially being a cheap way to still get all of the Formula 1 races live following this years BBC/Sky ‘arrangement’ which sees the BBC showing only half the races live, I’m sure some viewers have been watching Formula 1 (and other sports) live on RAI both officially and unofficially so this is bad news for them and of course it is bad news for the Italian viewers who do not subscribe to pay TV, many readers of this website are from Italy, my sympathies go to you regarding this deal   06/06/12 RTL NRW is now on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east 12.188 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, this is good news for viewers who want the local news for ‘Nordrhein-Westfalen’, RTL NRW replaces RTL Hamburg so it’s bad news for Hamburg  
    Update 05/06/12 Mmmm, ITV are in their very own ‘Twilight Zone’ (a little like me when I posted the word ‘definitely’, I knew it was a potential ‘banana skin’ when I wrote it), 10.994 H has not yet removed the encryption, but they will, should I say definitely or not?! Definitely!   05/06/12 Germany’s Eins Festival HD which is scheduled for an ‘official’ launch in 2014 is now showing ‘regular’ programming, the reason for this is Euro 2012, when Euro 2012’s final group games are played there will be two games played at the same time, when this happens Das Erste show the ‘first’ game and Eins Festival show the ‘second’ game (same thing will happen with ZDF and ZDF info), this is why Eins Festival HD is now showing ‘regular’ programming, Eins Festival HD is on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east, frequency 12.422 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4   05/06/12 Italian channels Rai 1 and Rai Sport 1 which are for most of the time free to air on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east are showing UEFA’s Euro 2012 football championships, I am posting this to inform people who are thinking of watching Euro 2012 on Rai 1 and Rai Sport 1 for free that Euro 2012 will not be free to air, it will be encrypted on Rai 1 and Rai Sport 1, there is a very small possibility that someone at Rai will forget to set the encryption on Rai Sport 1 but this is very doubtful   05/06/12 UEFA’s Euro 2012 football championships will be shown on Turkey’s TRT 1 HD channel on Eutelsat 7A at 7 degrees east, frequency 10928 Vertical, Symbol Rate 30.000, FEC 5/6, TRT 1HD is free to air but when it shows Euro 2012 it is possible that it will be encrypted, TRT’s ‘other’ channels at 7 degrees east (specifically TRT 1 and TRT 3) usually encrypt when they show sports, especially when they show ‘top’ sports events, many thanks go to ‘Sebastião’ for telling me that TRT 1 will show Euro 2012   05/06/12 There could/should be ‘feeds’ of UEFA’s Euro 2012 football championships at the following satellite positions –
    33 degrees east, 16 degrees east, 10 degrees east, 3 degrees east (I ‘generalise’ the satellite positions i.e. I say 33 degrees east, it’s correct position is 33.2 degrees east, e.t.c.), these ‘feeds’ could be free or they could be encrypted   05/06/12 TF1, M6, Canal+ and beIN Sport are interested in securing the ‘French’ broadcasting rights to football’s UEFA Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018   02/06/12 Persian Film 2 has started on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, this is another of the numerous of what I like to call ‘Hotbird Iran Channels’ which show some English language films amongst the ‘local’ language dubbed films, Persian Film 2 is on 11.054 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 5/6   02/06/12 My ‘LIVE FTA SPORTS’ page has had a major
    Update, see the navigation bar at the top of the page   02/06/12 My ‘ITALIAN TV GUIDE’ page is now better (I have eventually found a better one!), see the navigation bar at the top of the page, does anyone look at the ‘TV GUIDES’? Please let me know if you do (use ‘CONTACT ME’) and I will see if I can put some more up   02/06/12 For anyone planning to watch football’s EURO 2012 on Al Jazeera Sports at 13 degrees east please note that Al Jazeera Sports has started a new ‘JSC Sport Events’ channel on 11.117 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and this is the channel that will be showing EURO 2012, also please note that if you only have the ‘1-8’ subscription you will not get this channel, you need the ‘1-10’ subscription to view this channel, upgrade now!  
    Update 02/06/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east is still showing ‘colour bars’ with TNS HD in the top left hand corner of the screen!   02/06/12 All the remaining Astra 19 degrees east analogue transponders that were still active with ‘info cards’ informing viewers that their analogue satellite TV has gone have themselves now gone, this frees up a lot of ‘new’ frequencies for digital satellite TV and Sky Deutscland are one of the providers who have already signed up for some of these frequencies for a raft of new HD channels of existing SD channels  
    Update 01/06/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east is again (since yesterday) showing ‘colour bars’ with TNS HD in the top left hand corner of the screen!, now this channel is most probably for the long awaited ‘UTV HD’ channel which is due to launch sometime this year but something more ‘sinister’ up ITV’s sleeve could be that because ITV has a couple of Euro 2012 matches (when two games are on at the same time) that will be shown on ITV 4 and as ITV 4 HD is encrypted could it be possible that ITV might ‘Red Button’ the HD alternative football match free to air! It is just a thought!   31/05/12 And some more Talpa (owner of the Voice format) news is that Talpa’s owner John De Mol wants to change the format of The Voice for the next series, this follows the early rounds of The Voice which achieved very large viewing audiences most of whom lost interest in the later rounds of The Voice, myself included, the later ‘knockout’ stages were not very good and not very fair, a fairer ‘knockout’ stage is definitely needed for The Voice   31/05/12 It’s possible that The Netherlands ‘Endemol’ (owner of The Big Brother format) and Talpa (owner of the Voice format) could soon be merging, both parties have an interest in a merger, we will with interest to see if this merger happens or not, if the merger does happen then my next ‘prediction’ will be that the next big show  to hit the world will be ‘Big Brother’s Voice’, only joking, LOL   31/05/12 BuzMusik replaces Chart Show TV+1 on the Astra satellite at 28 degrees east frequency of 11.307 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3   31/05/12 The UK’s ITV4+1 after a short ‘holiday’ is now back on the Sky EPG/channel list number 225  
    Update 31/05/12  I told you this was going to happen! Welsh language television channel S4C has now ‘officially’ moved from 12.129 V to it’s new frequency of 12.051 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Astra satellite at 28 degrees east, frequency 12.129 V is now switched off- this is what I originally posted on the 16th of May, Welsh language television channel S4C has appeared on 12051 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Astra satellite at 28 degrees east, it has the label/name 7160, considering that S4C needs to save money and is now under BBC control and that if memory serves me correctly (I’m jetlagged you know!) S4C rents it’s current 12.129 V transponder and that on 12.051 V S4C would only be renting the channel space not the transponder then I think we can assume that this will be a cost saving exercise and S4C will move to 12.051? but another thought is that now S4C is under BBC control why has it not moved to one of the BBC’s transponders like the ex Channel 5 frequency of 10.773 H, just me thinking out loud again!  
    Update 30/05/12 Previously I ‘World Exclusively’ told you all a very long time ago about ITV’s 10.994 H frequency on Astra 1N , this frequency is now active with encrypted ITV 1 ‘regionals’ which until today were on 12.402 V, ITV’s on 12.402 V have now been removed, all the ITV’s which were on 12.402 V are now on Astra 1N’s 10.994 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, this means that people living in the Greece/Cyprus (and some ‘Outer Europe’) areas who were viewing ITV 1 can no longer receiver ITV 1 as Astra 1N’s ‘footprint’ does not extend to those areas, we can expect ITV 1’s on 10.994 H which are currently encrypted to become free to air very, very soon, my guess is that ITV 1’s on 10.994 H will become free to air on Friday the 1st of June, and if they are not then by Monday the 4th of June they will definitely be free to air   30/05/12 Football’s 2012 European Championships take place between the 8th of June and the 1st of July in joint host countries Poland and Ukraine but Which channels are showing Euro 2012 live and free to air on satellite? The Satellite TV channel and programme information can be found in my ‘EURO 2012’ page HERE , and of course (together with lots more sport) in my ‘LIVE FTA SPORTS PAGE’ HERE

    Which channels are showing Euro 2012 live and free to air on satellite?
     
    Update 29/05/12 Al Jazeera’s two ‘French’ pay TV sports channels’ (I have told you before about these channels, scroll down!) subscription cost will be €11 per month, ‘beIn Sport 1’ and ‘beIN Sport 2’ will broadcast from the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east (beIn Sport 1 and 2 are now active and currently showing test programming on 11.538 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6), the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east and also from the Eutelsat 5 West A (formerly called Atlantic Bird 3) satellite at 5 degrees west, it will be available on the ‘CanalSat’, TNTSat’, ‘BIS’ and ‘Orange’ satellite platforms, ‘beIn Sport 1’ will begin on the 1st of June, ‘beIN Sport 2’ will begin on 28th of July, initially at launch ‘beIN Sport’ will be free to air up until 1800 UK time, obviously to attract subscribers to this new package   29/05/12 Cricket fans will be happy to know that S4C has live cricket again this summer, Glamorgan vs Surrey, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, and Northants are all live in June on S4C, for dates and times see my ‘LIVE FTA SPORTS’ page HERE , many thanks to ‘JOHN’ for supplying this information   29/05/12 Previously I ‘World Exclusively’ told you all a very long time ago about ITV’s 10.994 H frequency on Astra 1N , this frequency is now active with the encrypted ITV 1’s which are on 12.402 V, 12.402 V is due to be turned off soon, all channels on 10.994 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 which are currently encrypted will become free to air very soon   25/05/12 BBC TV Scotland will broadcast live four games of Scotland’s ‘2014 Fifa World Cup’ qualifiers, Belgium vs Scotland on the 16th of October will be the first game shown, in 2013 Serbia vs Scotland, Croatia vs Scotland and Macedonia vs Scotland will also be shown   25/05/12 Al Jazeera’s two ‘French’ pay TV sports channels’ (I have told you before about these channels, scroll down!) subscription cost will be €11 per month, ‘beIn Sport 1’ and ‘beIN Sport 2’ will broadcast from the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east and also from the Eutelsat 5 West A (formerly called Atlantic Bird 3) satellite at 5 degrees west, ‘beIn Sport 1’ will begin on the 1st of June, ‘beIN Sport 2’ will begin in July   25/05/12 The BBC has extended it’s contract to broadcast ‘English Premier League’ highlights up until and including the 2015/16 season, this extension means that EPL highlights show ‘Match of the Day’ and it’s variants (MOTD2 and Midweek MOTD) remains on BBC Television   25/05/12 Houston, we have a problem, weeeell, America, we have a potential problem, US TV networks NBC, CBS and FOX are suing Dish Network because of Dish Networks ‘commercial-free’ 8 day catch up service, the Major US networks do not like that Dish Network subscribers can view their shows with the commercials ‘taken out’, Dish Network is seeking judicial clarification on whether it can continue or not  
    Update 25/05/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east is now showing ITV 1 London HD again!, this became active early this morning  
    Update 23/05/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east is now showing colour bars with a TNS HD ‘ident’ in the top left corner of the screen, we can expect some movement here soon me thinks, previously ‘7480’ was showing ITV 1 HD   23/05/12 TRT Turk which was previously on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east until a couple of years ago is now back on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east, frequency is 11.611 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6, take it from me, quite a few of the ‘millions’ of Turkish people in Germany have their dishes ‘pointing’ at 42 degrees east and/or 7 degrees east but this is good news for the ‘millions’ of ‘Turks’ in Germany who are only ‘pointing’ at 19 degrees east   23/05/12 Channel 4’s new channel ‘4Seven’ will launch on July 4th, 4Seven will replace More4+2 on the UK’s satellite platforms (Sky and Freesat), thanks ‘Paulo’   23/05/12 Ireland’s ‘Jedward’ singing ‘Waterline’ are into the final of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest which is held this Saturday, are ‘my Ireland readers’ happy or not? Let me know   23/05/12 Even more sad news was the death of ‘Eugene Polley’ the inventor of the TV remote control in 1955, yees 1955, Eugene ‘pressed all out buttons’ with his invention, another truly excellent visionary man, RIP ‘Eugene Polley’   23/05/12 What a terrible year, more sad news was the death of ‘Robin Gibb’ of The Bee Gees, Ah, Ah, Ah, Ah, Stayin’ Alive, Robin is Stayin Alive forever with the wonderful music he left us, RIP ‘Robin Gibb’  
    Update 22/05/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east is now showing a black screen with an ITV 2 HD ‘logo’ in the top left corner of the screen, previously ‘7480’ was showing ITV 1 HD  
    Update 22/05/12 Super Tennis is now free to air again on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east 11.096 H, SR 29.900, FEC 2/3,  
    Update 21/05/12 You can add MI-TV, Iran Beauty and U which also show some ‘English’ language programmes to the following which was originally posted on the 16th of May, Eutelsat Hotbird channel 20TV has a new frequency of 11.662 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, 20TV is one of the multitude of what I call ‘Hotbird Iran Channels’ on Eutelsat Hotbird which show large amounts of English language US Movies and Series, some undubbed in the original English language and some dubbed into Farsi, some other ‘Hotbird Iran Channels’ are IRAN MNTV, IRAN FMTV, Movie 1, AVA Movie, GEM Movie, others to keep an eye on are Persian Toon, IRAN PSTV (Persian Star 1), Persian Star 2, Persian Film, GEM TV and GEM ME, also don’t forget ATV International from Azerbaijan which also shows English language Movies, see my ’13 degrees east’ Eutelsat Hotbird page in the frequencies section of the navigation bar at the top of this page, thanks ‘TOM’ for the heads up, feel free anyone else who feels like contributing to this site   21/05/12 French/German channel ARTE has a special ‘British’ season between the 9th of June until the 30th of June to celebrate the British Queen’s Jubilee, expect lots of ‘British’ programmes!   21/05/12 It was widely reported that there were problems with the ‘new’ German HD channels that launched on 1st of May, are any of you still experiencing problems receiving these channels? Please bear in mind that 11.494 H and 12.604 V are not the strongest signals from Astra 19 degrees east and it could be a dish alignment issue, also lots of these HD receivers are not complete HD receivers regarding specifications, and this is most probably the cause ( I suspected so when these problems were first reported), I was ‘away’ when these channels came on air so could not check and report but I have since checked and my HD channels are fine, no problem, contact me with your location, receiver make and model number details and what type of satellite set up you have if you are still experiencing problems.   20/05/12 ‘7480’ on 11.052 H on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east is now showing an ITV 2 HD ‘infocard’, previously ‘7480’ was showing ITV 1 HD, thanks ‘TOM’, now this is interesting, is it a mistake? i.e. has someone at ITV central/centre has made a mistake and put the wrong card up? possibly so but I have been saying for a long time that I expect ITV’s new frequency of 10.994 H (when it gets switched on) to be HD, I have so far been correct in that ITV removed the encrypted ITV 1’s and ‘squeezed’ them onto their existing transponders and by doing this they have kept their new yet to be switched on frequency for something else, so I am still expecting 10.993 H to have HD on it, whether this is for more ITV 1 HD regionals (hopefully not) or they are intending on putting ITV 2, 3, and 4 HD on there (hopefully they will) which is more likely considering that ITV 2, 3, and 4 HD are currently on the ‘widebeam’ 11.758 H frequency then their existing Sky contacts regarding ITV’s 2, 3, and 4 HD could be the problem hence the delay switching it on, I am expecting ITV 2, 3 and 4 HD sometime in the future to be free to air and if they go free to air then 10.994 H is their likely home, but ITV work in mysterious ways, nothing is ever straightforward with ITV, we must watch with interest and see what develops, P.S. this is just another of my ‘feelings/predictions’, nothing yet confirmed   20/05/12 ITV 4+1 on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east now has now and next EPG information, this suggests an imminent return appearance on the UK’s ‘Sky’ platform channel list, ITV 4+1 is already on the UK’s ‘Freesat’ platform channel list   20/05/12 More sad news is the death of ‘Ceefax inventor’ Colin McIntyre, he created the world first teletext service in 1974, Ceefax and all it’s other later national and international variations was brilliant, Colin was a truly excellent visionary man, the real pioneer of instant on demand news and information, Ceefax/Teletext was the internet of it’s day, so many thanks for your great work, RIP Colin McIntyre   18/05/12 Very sad to hear about the death of ‘Donna Summer’, very sad indeed that ‘The Last Dance’ came too soon for you, ‘Heaven Knows’ why you went so soon, enjoy that ‘Dinner with Gershwin’, thank you for the music and memories, RIP Donna Summer   18/05/12 There is a very well known poster on the forums called ‘Analoguesat’, following the switch off of analogue satellite signals will ‘Analoguesat’ now change his name to ‘Digitalsat’? LOL!   18/05/12 Super Tennis which until recently was free to air in SD and then very recently switched off it’s SD channel and went free to air in HD has now encrypted it’s HD channel on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east 11.096 H, SR 29.900, FEC 2/3, Super Tennis is no longer free to air   18/05/12 Successful worldwide television talent show ‘The Voice’ has a sister show, or should that be a son/daughter show, ‘The Voice Kids’ starts on the US Spanish language channel ‘Telemundo’, how long will it be before ‘The Voice Kids’ comes to European TV screens? Me thinks it will not be long!   18/05/12 Germany’s ProSiebenSat.1 Group who lost the Free TV broadcasting rights for the UEFA Champions League to ZDF are interested in acquiring the broadcast rights for the UEFA Europa League, up until now the UEFA Europa League was shown live on ProSiebenSat.1 Group channels Kabel Eins and Sat 1   16/05/12 Eutelsat Hotbird channel 20TV has a new frequency of 11.662 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, 20TV is one of the multitude of what I call ‘Hotbird Iran Channels’ on Eutelsat Hotbird which show large amounts of English language US Movies and Series, some undubbed in the original English language and some dubbed into Farsi, some other ‘Hotbird Iran Channels’ are IRAN MNTV, IRAN FMTV, Movie 1, AVA Movie, GEM Movie, others to keep an eye on are Persian Toon, IRAN PSTV (Persian Star 1), Persian Star 2, Persian Film, GEM TV and GEM ME, also don’t forget ATV International from Azerbaijan which also shows English language Movies, see my ’13 degrees east’ Eutelsat Hotbird page in the frequencies section of the navigation bar at the top of this page, thanks ‘TOM’ for the heads up, feel free anyone else who feels like contributing to this site   16/05/12 Following the UK’s digital switchover children’s programmes will only be shown on CBBC and CBeebies, they will be removed from BBC1 and BBC 2, we had an idea that this would be happening because we were told a long time ago that ‘Blue Peter’ would soon be a CBBC only programme, it is sad news though, how many of us remember coming home from school and immediately turning the TV on for the teatime childrens TV, this in the days before multichannel TV  
    Update Vintage TV is now officially on 12.643 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, it’s ‘old’ frequency of 12.523 H has been cleared of all channels   16/05/12 Welsh language television channel S4C has appeared on 12051 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3 on the Astra satellite at 28 degrees east, it has the label/name 7160, considering that S4C needs to save money and is now under BBC control and that if memory serves me correctly (I’m jetlagged you know!) S4C rents it’s current 12.129 V transponder and that on 12.051 V S4C would only be renting the channel space not the transponder then I think we can assume that this will be a cost saving exercise and S4C will move to 12.051? but another thought is that now S4C is under BBC control why has it not moved to one of the BBC’s transponders like the ex Channel 5 frequency of 10.773 H, just me thinking out loud again!   16/05/12 French television channels TF1 and M6 will share live coverage of football’s Euro 2012 Championship which begins on the 8th of June, both these channels are free to air at on Eutelsat 9 at 9 degrees east   15/05/12 Now I am back so is my ‘Live FTA Sports’ page, it has now been
    Updated, have you missed it? Sorry but the ‘Live FTA Sports’ page takes up a lot of time to find the information and
    Update the page and I really could not keep that page
    Updated while I was away   15/05/12 Have you been or are you still in the British Armed Forces, if so then you will be interested to know that Mondays to Fridays at 18.30 UK time sees Information TV broadcast the ‘British Forces News’, this programme is shown live one hour earlier to all the British Armed Forces on ‘BFBS1’ (British Forces Television), unfortunately ‘BFBS’ via satellite is encrypted, but Information TV is not, Information TV is available on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28 degrees east, 11.623 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3, Information TV can also be found in the ‘Sky’ and ‘Freesat’ channel lists   15/05/12 French ‘International’ channel TV5 Monde Europe on Saturday the 19th of May at 2000 UK time has a variety/cabaret show which should be worth watching, it includes magic, juggling and lots of performers and guests, according to the TV5 guide it should have English subtitles too, you can select teletext page 892 for the English subtitles or alternatively select the English DVB subtitles on your receiver, TV5 Monde Europe is available free to air on the Astra 19 degrees east and Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east satellites   14/05/12 Many thanks to all who have e-mailed me expressing your gratitude ‘that I am back’, I will reply personally to each of you in the coming days but once again many thanks, I will make a big effort at updating all my pages in the next few days to get them back up to date, naturally this will include my ‘Live FTA Sports’ page   14/05/12 Sorry I am a bit late with this one, 10.744 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on Astra at 28 degrees east now carries only ‘Irish’ TV and Radio, all other services have been cleared from this transponder, could this mean that more ‘Irish’ channels will appear on this frequency? RTE have ‘extra’ channels on Saorview and Saorsat, could they appear here too? RTE 2 HD’s official launch is imminent imminently too! I must remind you that the ‘Irish’ TV channels are encrypted and only available to ‘Irish’ viewers with the appropriate viewing card, they are not free to air, only the ‘Irish’ Radio channels are free to air, but if in the future the ‘extra’ RTE channels do appear at 28 degrees east there is the possibility that one channel would be free to air, one of the ‘extra’ RTE channels is RTE news now which is a 24 hour news channel, I see no reason why this channel would be encrypted if it appeared at 28 degrees east, but who knows what RTE’s thinking is, many thanks go to ‘TOM for making me aware of 10.744’s ‘clearance’   14/05/12 Al Jazeera’s new French pay TV channels ‘beIN Sport’ will launch on June the 1st, I keep you
    Updated with ‘beIN Sport’ happenings because this is Al Jazeera Sports exclusively ‘France’ only sports pay TV venture, not if but when Al Jazeera Sports makes a move to enter the UK only sports pay TV market then it will happen similarly to beIN Sport, it is looking likely that Al Jazeera Sports will enter the UK market sometime in the future especially with the speculation/news that ESPN is finding Sports rights too expensive and may reduce their international commitments to focus on it’s core USA market, the film ‘John Carter’ has a lot to answer for as ESPN is Disney owned and ‘John Carter’ lost Disney a lot of money so most probably everyone in the Disney family including ESPN now need to watch how much they spend, me thinks some UK sports broadcasting rights possibly including ESPN’s English Premier League rights will be coming up in the future and there will be problems selling those UK sports broadcasting rights which will open the door for Al Jazeera to make an appearance in the UK sports pay TV market, this is pure speculation/gut feeling on my part, but could I call it a ‘prediction’?! it could happen and have I been wrong yet? LOL!   14/05/12 N24 Austria has started on Astra 19 degrees east 11.243 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, it’s another Austrian variant of a German channel, how they are going to work this one makes me wonder, will it be a direct copy complete with ‘Germany’ news? The Austrians would really love that me thinks, probably opt outs for Austrian news with the main programmes remaining the same as N24 Germany, but anyway these Austrian copies are good for something because if your signal reception of the Austrian copies is better than the signal for the German ones then it’s better for you!   09/05/12 This coming July sees Austria 9 replaced by Sixx Austria, this follows the recent purchasing of Austria 9 by the ProSiebenSat.1 Group, Austria 9 is currently encrypted on satellite, whether this encryption still remains in place when Sixx Austria replaces Austria 9 is currently not known but I would expect the encryption to remain in place, Sixx Germany is free to air but expect Sixx Austria to be a little different to Sixx Germany regarding programming, there will be some variations in programming but also some programming will be the same on both Sixx Austria and Sixx Germany   05/05/12 Sony Movies and Sony Movies+1 have replaced Movies4Men2 and Movies4Men2+1, unfortunately Sony Movies and Sony Movies+1 are not free to air, apparently (Sorry I am currently away so I cannot confirm) they are free to view which means you need a Sky Digital receiver and UK registered white viewing card to view these channels for free, Movies4Men and Movies4Men+1 are still available free to air, Sony TV are the new owners of the Movies4Men channels and this is why these changes have happened, naturally 28 degrees east is where your dish should be pointing for these channels   05/05/12 Deluxe Music is now only available on it’s ‘new’ frequency of 12.148 Horizontal, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east, we will soon see Deluxe Music with a slightly different format too following it’s sale to new owners   02/05/12 So Rupert Murdoch ‘is not fit’ and ‘has one blind eye’, what do you expect, he is 81 years old! Congratulations must go to Tom Watson MP who could teach the News of the World journalists (if they still had a job) a thing or two about ‘how to get your man/woman’ without hacking their phones!   02/05/12 Vintage TV is changing frequency on the 7th of May, this new frequency will be stronger so you will be less likely to ‘lose’ Vintage TV in bad weather, good news indeed, Vintage TV’s new frequency on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28 degrees east is 12.643 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3   02/05/12 Sky Deutschland has ‘got’ the legendary talk show host ‘Harald Schmidt’ to host his show with them, as far as I’m concerned they are welcome to him, Harald Schmidt is well past his sell by date, he used to be good but not so now, Harald Schmidt’s new show with/on Sky Deutschland starts in the autumn of 2012   02/05/12 The Astra satellite at 19 degrees east ‘new’ frequency of 11.523 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6 will have 24 hour versions of the ‘Bayern’ regional television channels such as the currently part time channels which are on 12.246 V like Franken Sat, ONTV and also the currently 24 hour Muenchen TV, 11.523 H will also have some extra new ‘Bayern’ local television channels, the 12.246 V frequency is being ‘cleared’ with DMAX and Deluxe Music also having moved to new frequencies   02/05/12 The German version of television channel DMAX which is free to air in SD via the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east has now launched in HD, unfortunately DMAX HD is not free to air, just like all the other German commercial television channels that have gone HD DMAX HD is part of the SES-Astra backed ‘subscription/encrypted’ German HD+ platform   01/05/12 German television channel Das Erste has extended it’s broadcasting rights to show the 2013 and 2014 German ‘DTM’ German Touring Cars Series, naturally it goes without saying that it will be live and free to air, there you go I said it!   01/05/12 This year’s UEFA’s Euro 2012 football tournament as I have previously told you will be shown on German television channels Das Erste and ZDF (the games covered have been on my ‘LIVE FTA SPORTS’ page for a very very long time), but what about the final (deciding) group matches which finds two games played at the same time? Well, this is how it will be when two games are played at the same time, if Das Erste is showing one game then Eins Festival will be showing the second game and if ZDF is showing one game then ZDF Info will be showing the second game, and of course the bonus now is that now with analogue shutdown at 19 degrees east complete and with the subsequent launching’s of a host of free to air HD German state television channels including Eins Festival and ZDF Info is that all Euro 2012 games will be shown in HD   01/05/12 German television channel ‘Eins Extra’ is now called ‘Tagesschau24’, this channel has basically always been a news and information channel, renaming it ‘Tagesschau24’ makes it now officially a news and information channel   01/05/12 Analogue switch off at 19 degrees east has happened, new digital services both in SD and HD are active, an automatic search on your digital receiver is advised/needed, this should pick up the ‘new’ digital frequencies and the new channels which have appeared, the automatic search of your receiver will also pick up some frequency changes for some channels that have also occurred following analogue switch off, you will find the frequency details of the German state television channels which are in HD (some newly launched and some with new frequencies) HERE   30/04/12 If you are not in the UK or Europe but are in or near Thailand or if you can ‘C-Band’ when the Euro 2012 football finals are being played then you may be interested to know that Thai TV will be showing the matches live and free to air, Thai TV3 will show 27 games, Thai TV5 and Thai TV7 will show 3 games each, Thaicom 5 at 78.5 degrees east is the place to be!   30/04/12 The UEFA Women’s Champions League football final on the 17th of May will be shown live and free to air on French channel Direct 8 at 1645 UK time, this game will also be shown live on Eurosport Germany and also on Das Erste   30/04/12 Bidding for the broadcast rights for the 2015 and 2019 Rugby World Cup’s has begun   30/04/12 Super! Super Tennis is now in HD and free to air on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, frequency is 11.096 Horizontal. SR 29.900, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK, Super!   30/04/12 VIVA Austria which is currently basically a copy of VIVA Germany will from the 7th of May will be different, from this date there will be ‘Austria’ specific shows like Austria’s Top 20 and other stuff   30/04/12 Al Jazeera’s two new French sport subscription channels ‘beIN Sport 1 and beIN Sport 2 wil launch on the 1st of June this year   30/04/12 This year’s Cannes Film Festival held between the 16th and 27th of May will have 350 hours of coverage on the French Canal+ channels, 50 of these hours will be free to air   30/04/12 Germany’s RTL Group will from the 1st of May have another transponder on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east, this transponder will be to supply the ‘Austrian’ HD versions of RTL. RTL2, VOX and Super RTL for the Austrian ‘AustriaSat’ subscription service which is called ‘HD Austria’   30/04/12 Horse and Country TV which is available free to air on satellite will soon be available on a variety of Dutch cable television providers   30/04/12 Das Erste’s sister channels Eins Plus and Eins Festival now have AC3 Digital audio sound too, this is great for the multitude of music shows and concerts that these two channels show   30/04/12 I know we have had some sort of fish TV in different versions here in Europe for a while but this could only happen first in America! Dog TV is a new television channel especially for dogs, it’s to keep the dogs quiet, a bit like kids TV but it’s dogs TV, we now await cats TV, hamster TV, rabbit TV, rabbit, rabbit, rabbit! P.S. Dog TV is a subscription channel so add Dog TV to the shopping list right after dog food! P.S. I think Korean television channel providers should take Dog TV, they really love their dogs!   28/04/12 Following the long drawn out process of the awarding of the German market 2013/14 broadcast rights to German football’s ‘Bundesliga’ and ‘2.Bundesliga’ it looks like from a Free TV perspective that not much has changed, ARD will still have the very few live matches/season openers and one or two other Bundesliga related matches and Sport 1 will still have the live Monday evening 2.Bundesliga matches, ARD/Das Erste, ZDF and Sport 1 will still have their highlights shows at the same broadcast times as currently is the case, there was a big discussion going on about the ARD/Das Erste Saturday evening 1730 UK time highlights show being put back to a later time slot but thankfully that has proven not to be the case for the 2013/14 season, I now await the 2014/15 rights rounds and the same argument about Das Erste’s 1730 UK time Saturday highlights show being too early for Free TV after the matches have ended, you and I both know that it’s all about money and selling rights   28/04/12 Tele 5 Austria which is the ‘Austrian’ version of Tele 5 Germany begins regular programming on the 1st of May, Tele 5 Austria can currently be found with broadcasting an ‘infopage’ on 11.243 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east  
    Update 19/04/12 The Astra 1N satellite at 28 degrees east frequency of 10.920 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 is no longer showing ITV 1 Granada HD, ITV 1 Central HD and STV HD under the “4016”, “4017”, and “4018” labels, these have been removed   19/04/12 German channel N-TV has announced that it will be showing all of motor racing’s Formula 1 Grand Prix practice sessions live and free to air, N-TV is free to air on the same satellite and frequency as RTL Germany who show qualifying and races live and free to air, N-TV and RTL are on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east 12.188 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4  
    Update 17/04/12 Following testing Movies4Men, Movies4Men+1,  Movies4Men 2 and Movies4Men 2+1 have now been “named” and have moved to their new frequency on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28 degrees east of 11.681 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, these channels have been removed from their “old” frequencies   17/04/12 “Hot TV” is a new dance music channel from Poland, it is now testing on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite at 13 degrees east, frequency is 12.245 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, from initial looking I think “Hot TV” is looking good, looking “HOT” in fact!   17/04/12 “Holiday” is a new channel holiday/tourist channel from Italy, it has three separate audio language tracks, Italian, English, and German, “Holiday” is a regular “touristy” programming channel showing Italian towns/cities/regions and also looking inside interesting places like museums or cultural buildings e.t.c, basically showing what Italy has to offer the tourist, “Holiday” is on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east, frequency is 11.612 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6   17/04/12 The Astra 1N satellite at 28 degrees east frequency of 10.920 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 is now showing ITV 1 Granada HD, ITV 1 Central HD and STV HD under the “4016”, “4017”, and “4018” labels  
    Update 17/04/12 “21250” which has been sporadically testing the soon to launch “More4+2″ channel which will be followed by the soon to launch permanent replacement “4seven” channel on Channel 4’s Astra 1N frequency of 11.126 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 has now been renamed “More4+2”, it has been added to the “Sky” EPG but as of yet it has not been added to the “Freesat” EPG, “More4+2” is currently only a part time channel so check in the evenings if it’s currently not there!  
    Update 15/04/12 Ava Movie (previously also called AVA Music) is back and it is now showing regular programming, welcome back AVA Movie, I’ve missed you! Ava Movie is a “Persian” channel showing English language films (alongside some Persian language films) on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east and had recently disappeared, frequency is 11.317 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, as I said, welcome back AVA Movie  
    Update 15/04/12 “21250” which has been sporadically testing the soon to launch temporary “More4+2” channel which will be followed by the soon to launch permanent replacement “4seven” channel on Channel 4’s Astra 1N frequency of 11.126 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 is now showing nothing at all   14/04/12 For those of you who like French TV, specifically who like the encrypted “Fransat” platform for which you need the dedicated receiver and 4 year card but you do not like the fact that the dedicated receiver has limititations then the announcement that “Fransat” together with “Samsung” and “Neonotion” releasing a “CAM” and “Card” combination may well please you, these “CAM’s” will use the new “CI+” technology and “Viaccess” encryption and will work in certain “Samsung” TV’s with built in satellite tuner, a list of “Samsung” compatible TV’s can be found HERE , but the good thing here is that a “CAM” and “Card” combination is available and the possibility is there to receive “Fransat” on YOUR preferred receiver not their preferred receiver! all this providing that you have a “CI+” compatible receiver in the first place as your preferred receiver! more on this HERE , “unofficial” ways of using this “CAM” and “Card” in other non “Fransat” branded TV’s and receivers will no doubt make an appearance in due course, it’s currently early days!   14/04/12 Tele 5 Austria is the Austrian Version of Germany’s Tele 5, Tele 5 Austria will soon begin broadcasting on the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east, frequency 11.243 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6   14/04/12 Super RTL HD begins broadcasting on the 1st of May, as is the case with all the previous HD versions of the German commercial channels which have launched Super RTL HD will be part of the Encrypted SES-Astra backed HD+ platform   12/04/12 Astra 1N fired up two transponders last week, 11.008 V and 11.156 V, I did not report this as they were carrying nothing and they had slightly “unusual” symbol rates, I report this now because although soon afterwards 11.008 V was switched off 11.156 V has been lit up continually since, nothing is transmitted, my suspicions are that 11.156 V (and also 11.008 V) is using Astra 1N’s “European” beam and is a signal test of “European” reception of possible future “2012 London Olympics” feeds for Europe or it could be something else!   12/04/12 “21250” which has been sporadically testing the soon to launch “More4+2” on Channel 4’s Astra 1N frequency of 11.126 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 and which was broadcasting a test card all day today is now fully testing “More4+2” complete with EPG information, many thanks again go to “Tom”  
    Update 10/04/12 Ava Movie (previously also called AVA Music) is back, Ava Movie which is/was a “Persian” channel showing English language films on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east and had recently disappeared has now reappeared with an “infocard”, frequency is 11.317 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, hopefully it’s not too long before the regular “English” language programming reappears too!   08/04/12 “Tom” and “Howard” tell me that George Galloway is still on Press TV, many thanks to you both  
    Update 05/04/12 Sad news, No more free to air Saturday 3pm English Premier League football matches (on 19 degrees east anyway), no more CL too, RTB encrypted a while ago, now RTI 1 has also encrypted on Astra 1 at 19 degrees east, frequency 11.612 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, now we must all migrate back to 7 degrees east for our 3pm’s, and if you cannot 7E then you need to find out how to subscribe to “afrikvision”!, check out the RTB and RTI 1 EPG’s for clues! LOL  
    Update 05/04/12 Al Jazeera Sport News on Eutelsat Hotbird is encrypted, Al Jazeera Sport News is available free to air at both the 26 degrees east and 7 degrees west satellite positions   05/04/12 “Tom” (a regular contributor) has sent me an
    Update on Press TV’s removal from the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east Press TV sue the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM) “The move prompted Press TV to file a lawsuit against the decision. According to the lawsuit, BLM does not have the authority to pass a verdict for the removal of Press TV from the platform. A legal measure can be taken only in cases where programs of a third country violate internal regulations. However, BLM is not in the position of authority to make such legal moves when necessary. Such an authority lies with the commission for licensing and supervision (ZAK). So, BLM is giving an illegal reason and it is not clear that based on which rights the office shut down the service broadcast from Iran, the file adds. In addition, the move to take Press TV beams off air without the permission from the channel’s representative is illegal and BLM’s claims that Press TV has no license inside the country have no value at all. The BLM’s unilateral move is in flagrant breach of regulations and a disproportionate act. Press TV reserves the right to claim for compensation if it fails to resume broadcasting immediately. Press TV gives an ultimatum for the verdict to be repealed by 15:00 local time April 5, 2012.

    In case you haven’t seen yet: “Your” Press TV presenter George Galloway has won a Labour seat for his Respect Party in the by elections 😉

    Press TV sue the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM)

    “The move prompted Press TV to file a lawsuit against the decision.

    According to the lawsuit, BLM does not have the authority to pass a verdict for the removal of Press TV from the platform. A legal measure can be taken only in cases where programs of a third country violate internal regulations. However, BLM is not in the position of authority to make such legal moves when necessary. Such an authority lies with the commission for licensing and supervision (ZAK).

    So, BLM is giving an illegal reason and it is not clear that based on which rights the office shut down the service broadcast from Iran, the file adds.

    In addition, the move to take Press TV beams off air without the permission from the channel’s representative is illegal and BLM’s claims that Press TV has no license inside the country have no value at all.

    The BLM’s unilateral move is in flagrant breach of regulations and a disproportionate act.

    Press TV reserves the right to claim for compensation if it fails to resume broadcasting immediately.

    Press TV gives an ultimatum for the verdict to be repealed by 15:00 local time April 5, 2012.

    In case you haven’t seen yet: “Your” Press TV presenter George Galloway has won a Labour seat for his Respect Party in the by elections 😉

    Press TV sue the Bayerische Landeszentrale für neue Medien (BLM)

    “The move prompted Press TV to file a lawsuit against the decision.

    According to the lawsuit, BLM does not have the authority to pass a verdict for the removal of Press TV from the platform. A legal measure can be taken only in cases where programs of a third country violate internal regulations. However, BLM is not in the position of authority to make such legal moves when necessary. Such an authority lies with the commission for licensing and supervision (ZAK).

    So, BLM is giving an illegal reason and it is not clear that based on which rights the office shut down the service broadcast from Iran, the file adds.

    In addition, the move to take Press TV beams off air without the permission from the channel’s representative is illegal and BLM’s claims that Press TV has no license inside the country have no value at all.

    The BLM’s unilateral move is in flagrant breach of regulations and a disproportionate act.

    Press TV reserves the right to claim for compensation if it fails to resume broadcasting immediately.

    Press TV gives an ultimatum for the verdict to be repealed by 15:00 local time April 5, 2012.
    I must add that I was totally surprised by the news of Press TV’s removal from Astra at 19 degrees east by the German authorities as my “German experience” is that it is written in the German “Constitution” that “foreigners” have a right to receive broadcasts in their own language so the German authorities getting Press TV removed goes against the grain, but we are talking about Press TV here which comes from Iran, so if they want it removed and want it removed permanently then they will get their way, governments/authorities usually do sooner or later   05/04/12 Movies4Men and Movies4Men 2 (and their respective +1 channels) have appeared on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28 degrees east on 11.681 V, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, Movies4Men and Movies4Men 2 already broadcast from the same satellite on other frequencies, Movies4Men is labelled as “51116”, Movies4Men 2 is labelled as “51117”, Movies4Men+1 is labelled as “51118” and Movies4Men 2+1 is labelled as “51119”, these channels “appearances” could be simple transponder changes or it could be something else, Sony TV are the new owners of the Movies4Men/Men and Movies channels and have plans to launch more Sony branded channels in the UK (the encrypted free to view Sony TV and Sony TV+1 channels are already available in the UK), Sony TV are so obviously in “tidy up” mood/mode, Are these “appearances” transponder changes or preparations (foreplay!) for Sony TV’s new channels launching soon, me thinks it’s a bit of both   04/04/12 Iran’s Press TV has been removed from the Astra satellite at 19 degrees east, SES-Astra removed it following “pressure” from the German authorities, you may remember that Press TV was recently removed from the Eutelsat satellite at 28 degrees east for similar reasons and following similar “pressure” from the UK authorities, Press TV is still available on the Eutelsat Hotbird satellite, frequency is 12.015 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, it has a 7 day EPG programme information guide which is easily accessible on your satellite receiver, looking through the guide I see that Press TV has some other interesting documentary strands which might be worth seeing if you are a “culture vulture”, Press TV’s website is HERE . Press TV is also available on another Eutelsat Hotbird frequency, it is 12.437 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, many thanks go to “TOM” for the “heads up” about these latest developments affecting Press TV   04/04/12 Germany’s ProSiebenSat.11 Group has acquired Austrian television channel Austria 9   04/04/12 Germany’s state broadcasters ARD and ZDF have been awarded the free to air broadcasting rights to all 64 games of football’s FIFA World Cup 2018 which is to be held in Russia, rights for the 2012 World Cup in Qatar have yet to be allocated   04/04/12 Austria’s state broadcaster ORF has been awarded the free to air broadcasting rights to all 64 games of football’s FIFA World Cup 2018 which is to be held in Russia and also for the 2012 World Cup which is to be held in Qatar   04/04/12 The Netherlands’ state broadcaster NOS has been awarded the free to air broadcasting rights to all 64 games of football’s FIFA World Cup 2018 which is to be held in Russia and also for the 2012 World Cup which is to be held in Qatar   04/04/12 Belgium’s TV Vlaanderen has started an information channel which gives all the options about their encrypted satellite channels, i give you this news because this channel carries Belgian radio station VRT Radio 2 on the audio track, also this frequency carries VRT Radio 1 and VRT Radio 2 as separate radio channels in your channel list so if you like to listen to Belgian radio then this frequency is for you, “Informatiekanaal” is on Astra at 19 degrees east 12.721 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 5/6   04/04/12 RTL is the most watched channel in Germany   04/04/12 Al Gore’s Current TV have sacked Keith Olbermann, that’s a shame, i used to watch Keith on MSNBC, heeee’s good, he’s the perfect antidote to Fox News’ drivel, I really hope that Keith finds a new “house” soon, I’m sure someone will snap him up, he’s very popular   04/04/12 Sky News Arabia will launch on May the 6th   04/04/12 The big news is that James Murdoch has resigned as chairman of BSkyB, mmmm!   03/04/12 It has long been a suspicion of mine that the BBC were going to use Astra 1N capacity for “extra” London Olympics 2012 coverage and feeds, the BBC have now announced that there will be a total of 48 (24 HD and 24 SD) streams each showing a separate event from start to finish, two Astra 1N frequencies to look out for will be 11.067 Vertical, and 11.112 Horizontal, other likely frequencies will be 11.141 Horizontal and 11.171 Horizontal   02/04/12 Some Sky receivers EPG channel list changes to report, Sony TV+1 is now on 183 (Sony TV is on 157), Men and Movies is now on 189, Men and Movies+1 is now on 190, information TV is now on 231 (it looks like Info TV+1 has gone), Luxury Life is now on 273, there have been other changes to the Sky EPG but I’m only listing the free to air and the free to view ones.   02/04/12 Luxury Life is back! it’s on Eutelsat 28A at 28 degrees east, 12.607 Horizontal, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3, many thanks go to “TOM” for this info  
    Update 02/04/12 “Men and Movies+1” which has been testing on Eutelsat 28A (formerly called Eurobird) at 28 degrees east frequency 11.680 V, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3 has now officially launched, this channel has been testing for a while but is now on the Sky EPG channel list and it will soon be on the Freesat EPG channel list too  
    Update 02/04/12 The “test card” labelled as “51310” which appeared on Eutelsat 28A (formerly called Eurobird) at 28 degrees east frequency is 11.526 V, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3 is now showing “ARY News” channel   02/04/12 I have previously told you about RTL’s new channel RTL Nitro, it has officially launched on the 1st of April, RTL Nitro is a new US themed television channel ( a little like 5USA in the UK), RTL Nitro is on Astra at 19 degrees east, 12.188 Horizontal, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4    

         

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    Steve ……
    Member

    Good one Paul … 🙂 ……. you win the prize for the…..the longest post everrrrr….everrrrr……. 🙂 ……..

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    Paul
    Keymaster

    It’s ridiculous, I couldn’t even post it all at once, it was crashing the website. So I had to split it up, and because I had to do it that way, it got highlighted on the forum as a new topic and replies… sigh.

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