Category Archives: Channel Changes

Channel 4, E4 and More4

Channel 4, E4 and More4

Recent frequency changes have meant the loss of Channel 4, E4 and More4 on satellite for the costa del sol, Spain.

Despite being shown on the European beam we do not receive the signal on these new frequencies.

However if you are fortunate to be located in an area with signal these are the new settings to be scanned into your satellite receiver:

28.2°E Astra 2F 12304.00 H 31 Europe DVB-S QPSK 27500 2/3


28.2°E Astra 2E 12480.00 V 40 Europe DVB-S QPSK 27500 2/3





Luck of the Irish

Luck of the Irish

In the past week we have seen RTE 1 and 2 return on the European spot beam on Astra 2. For those not familiar with these channels they are Irish channels which carry many programmes as BBC does including the soaps / dramas and sporting fixtures.

Unfortunately these channels are not free to view but they can be obtained with a Irish Sky subscription which is easily available.

The following Irish Channels are now available on the European spot beam:


RTE One  +1



RTE News Now


(freq 12266, pol H, Symbol 27500, fec 5/6)


(freq 11344, pol V, Symbol 27500, fec 5/6)


(freq 12110, pol H, Symbol 27500, fec 5/6)


Re-branded Aljazeera comes under fire from customers

Re-branded Aljazeera comes under fire from customers

So most of you will by now be aware that Al Jazeera is now beIN Sports. Why? I hear you ask. Well the answer is that they wanted to bring it in-line with the broadcasters other worldwide assets.

Nasser Ghanim Al Khelaifi, Chairman of beIN SPORTS said “In a world where sports has the unique power to unite people, beIN SPORTS seeks to propel fans into a new age of sports programming by providing unmatched global sports coverage to its customers.”

He then added “The new network will transform TVs into portals of unlimited immersive sporting action that speak to each fan in their own language, allowing events to live on long after the final whistle blows,”

These statements seem rather comical after the recent Saturday 3pm kick off restrictions have left many customers unhappy, having paid their yearly subscription upfront and can now only look forward to around half of the remaining fixtures. These restrictions were implemented due to the fact that Al Jazeera cards were being sold and shipped out to the UK. Instead of dealing with their ‘footprint’ issue and making it unavailable in the UK, they have instead decided to annoy all their customers.

There have also been complaints regarding the language of the commentary available. Not only was the package advertised as showing ALL the Saturday 3pm kick offs, it was also advertised as an International package however many customers cannot get English commentary on Premiership matches.

How will these unhappy customers respond? Time will tell.


News Just In!!!

This morning we received an email direct from Astra. Here is what it said…

“As part of SES’ ongoing fleet renewal programme, we will be transferring all the UK Spot Beam transponders currently operating on ASTRA 1N across to ASTRA 2E.

This move at the 28.2/28.5ºEast orbital location will take place over several weeks beginning early February 2014.

The transfer will have no adverse implications for viewers in the UK and Ireland as the affected channels will continue to operate on the same frequencies and will be broadcast at the same, or slightly improved power levels, across the UK and Ireland.

TV viewers outside the UK and Ireland may see an impact and may not be able to receive channels from ASTRA 2E UK Spot Beam, which has a smaller footprint than ASTRA 1N. The new footprint on SES’ replacement fleet has been designed to meet the requirements of UK and Irish broadcasters who target their channels for distribution in the UK and/or Ireland. UK and Irish broadcasters hold broadcasting rights only for the UK and/or Ireland but not for other countries.”


We are getting closer to the point where we will be all watching UK TV online via IPTV Set Top Boxes. For more information regarding IPTV please do not hesitate to call us, get in touch via Facebook or Twitter, or send us an email.

Astra 2E Update….

Astra 2E Update….

Russia’s Proton rocket crashed less than a minute after its liftoff from Baikonur, Kazakhstan. A Proton-M with a Block DM-03 upper stage lifted off as scheduled from Pad No. 24 at Site 81 in Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 2, 2013, at 06:38:22 Moscow Time (on July 1, 10:38 p.m. EDT).

The rocket started veering off course right after leaving the pad, deviating from the vertical path in various directions and then plunged to the ground seconds later nose first. The payload section and the upper stage were sheered off the vehicle moments before it impacted the ground and exploded. The flight lasted no more than 30 seconds.

Culprit found…

By July 9, it is transpired that investigators sifting through the wreckage of the doomed rocket had found critical angular velocity sensors, DUS, installed upside down. Each of those sensors had an arrow that was suppose to point toward the top of the vehicle, however multiple sensors on the failed rocket were pointing downward instead (seriously! Are they taking the p*@s!!). As a result, the flight control system was receiving wrong information about the position of the rocket and tried to “correct” it, causing the vehicle to swing wildly and, ultimately, crash.

So what ?

As a consequence of this crash the Astra 2E launch has been delayed while further checks are carried out of the launch vehicle.


An update on the “Proton-M” rocket crash and the now delayed/postponed “Astra 2E” satellite launch is that the first restarted launch from the “Baikonur Cosmodrome” will be in early September of 2013.

It is quite possible that the “Astra 2E” satellite will be launched in early September of 2013 and if it is the case then the expectation would be for “Astra 2E” to have been officially announced as operational and in service at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position by the End of October of 2013.

So the loss of English tv channels in Spain draws nearer!! It’s like a bad story line from Eastenders (I know they’re all bad!), it keeps on dragging on 🙂


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