Some Analogue TV channels were switched off from Astra 1 19 degrees east on 31/12/11, you must now consider going digital
All Analogue TV channels switched off from Atlantic Bird 5 degrees west, you must now go digital
Press TV the 'Iranian' English language news channel has been stopped from broadcasting and taken off the air in/to the UK by the media regulator OFCOM, this was for continued breaches of the licence and non payment of fines for the said breaches, because of this Press TV is no longer broadcast from the 28 degrees east satellite position, if you would still like to watch Press TV it is still available free to air in the UK and Europe, Press TV is on Astra 1 at 19 degrees east 12.460 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and it is also available on two frequencies on Eutelsat Hotbird at 13 degrees east 12.015 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and 12.437 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, can anyone tell me if 'George Galloway' is still on Press TV?
Sky Sports Germany on Astra 19 degrees east is now encrypted, it encrypted on 19/01/12, I did tell you previously how long the unencryption would last for!
The happening I predicted has happened, albeit a little later than I predicted but it's happened, The UK's Channel 5 has been removed from Astra 2D 10.773 Horizontal (that is the BBC transponder), this region of Channel 5 is now only available on 10.964 Horizontal, it has been correctly labelled as Channel 5 (it was previously labelled as 7701), all channels on 10.964 H are now correctly labelled and free to air
The UK's Channel 5 package on Astra 1N at 28 degrees east 10.964 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 which was all free to air except the one channel which is labelled '7701' is now completely free to air, '7701' is now also free to air, '7701' is the same region of Channel 5 which is broadcast on 10.773 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, so this is happening a little later than I predicted but it's happening, once '7701' is correctly labelled as Channel 5 we can expect the Channel 5 on 10.773 to go soon afterwards (many thanks go to 'TOM' for letting me know that the encryption has gone)
German channel Deluxe Music has appeared on Astra 1 at 19 degrees east 12.148 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, Deluxe Music is already available on Astra 1 12.246 V, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4, possible frequency change coming? I must say I like this channel, especially on Saturday evenings when they have their 'Disco Deluxe' strand, if you have not already watched this channel, take a look
Al Jazeera Sports +1 to +10 are now transmitted free to air via Eutelsat 3C at 3 degrees east, they are broadcast in DVB-S2 and depending on your location you need a biggish dish to receive these channels (80cm-1m). these channels appearing at 3 degrees east is only a temporary measure for Al Jazeera as they have been suffering from 'jamming' from another Middle Eastern country for a while now but of course naturally they need to 'keep getting their signal out there' hence this 'new satellite and frequency, frequency is 12.650 H, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 and don't forget the DVB-S2
UPDATE 17/01/12 these 'extra' Rai channels are now encrypted As well as Italian state broadcaster Rai's existing channels that are always free to air on Hotbird at 13 degrees east now Rai HD, Rai 5, Raiyoyo, and Rai 3 TGR FVG are also free to air, these channels can be found on 11.765 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 2/3
Astra 1N at 28 degrees east 11.052 H SR 22.000 FEC 5/6 with the label 7480 and flagged as 'encrypted' but it's free to air is now showing ITV 1 London HD (many thanks go to 'TOM' for that info)
True Movies 1 now free to air on Hotbird 13 degrees east, 11.117 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4, this is a different True Movies 1 version to the True Movies 1 on Eurobird 1 at 28 degrees east, True Movies 1 on Hotbird are now again showing regular programmes, films e.t.c.
Chart Show TV+1 replaces NME TV on Eurobird 1 at 28 degrees east 11.307 Vertical, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3
UPDATE - SKY SPORT NEWS GERMANY EXTENDED UNTIL 19/01/12 FTA
Sky Sport News Germany now free to air on Astra 1 at 19 degrees east, the SD version is on 11.720 H,
SR 27.500, FEC 3/4. the HD version is on 12.304 H, SR 27.500, FEC 9/10, as I told you a long time ago on my 'latest news' page, Sky Sport News Germany is only free to air from 01/12/11 until 31/12/11, from 01/01/12 Sky Sport Germany is encrypted as part of the Sky Deutchland package
Deutches Wetter Fernsehen, a new weather channel from Germany is now on Astra 1 19 degrees east, frequency is 12.051 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500, FEC 3/4
ARTE France SD on Hotbird at 13 degrees east 11.623 Vertical, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4 is now broadcast in MPEG4
format not MPEG2 as previously was, this means that a standard/regular SD receiver will not receive this
channel, if you are an SD viewer and want to watch ARTE France in SD you need Astra 1 at 19 degrees east, ARTE France SD is on 11.934 Vertical, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4
Analogue TV channels switched off from Atlantic Bird 5 degrees west, this means that there is no more TF1, France 2, France 3, France 5, Arte, and M6 in analogue from this satellite, you need to go digital for these channels, they are free to air in digital but from 3 different satellites, France 2, France 3 and France 5 are still available from 5 degrees west but TF1 and M6 are available at 9 degrees east and ARTE is available at both 19 or 13 degrees east. There are other options for a sort of 'free' French TV, Fransat (5 degrees west) and TNTSat (19 degrees east) are buy 19 channel packages, you buy the receiver and viewing card, the viewing card lasts for approximately 4 years or when a 'card swap' is required due to updated encryption, the cards are cheap to replace after the 4 years have ended
ARTE France HD is free to air on Hotbird 13 degrees east, Frequency 11.681 Horizontal, SR 27.500, FEC 3/4
ATV International is now on a new frequency on Hotbird 13 degrees east, Frequency 11.200 Vertical, Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 5/6, it looks like a frequency change coming up for this channel, I would presume that it will be removed from it's 11.411 frequency sometime in the near future, and it was removed not long after I wrote about it's new frequency!!
Austria's ORF has activated another transponder on Astra 1, 11.244 H, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6 has ORF SPORT+ which is currently carrying the ORF SPORT+ programming that TW 1 transmits, ORF SPORT+ will be a 24 hour sport channel but ORF SPORT+ is and will be encrypted. Also on this new ORF frequency is ATV2, it's a 'sister' channel to ATV and will launch on 01/12/11, ATV2 is currently carrying programme trailers and is also encrypted
Saudi Sport 2 now on Hotbird at 13 degrees east Frequency 12.245 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 3/4
Free Polish music TV channel 4fun.TV starts a new Free music TV channel on Hotbird called TV Disco, Frequency is 11.642 H SR 27.500 FEC 3/4
BFM Business now FTA on Astra 1 at 19 degrees east, Frequency 12.551 V SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
Rai Premium 11.804V SR 27.500 FEC 2/3 now encrypted on Hotbird
Eurosport and Eurosport 2 international now encrypted on Hotbird 11.240 V SR 27.500 FEC 3/4
Eurosport and Eurosport 2 international FTA now on Hotbird 11.240 V SR 27.500 FEC 3/4
Rai Premium 11.804V SR 27.500 FEC 2/3 now FTA on Hotbird
Saudi Sports 1 now on Hotbird at 13 degrees east Frequency 12.015 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 3/4
Eins Festival HD now on Astra 1 at 19 degrees east Frequency 12.421 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 3/4
October 26th sees Austrian channel TW1 replaced by ORF3 and ORF Sport Plus, these two new channels will not be free to air, they will be encrypted, you will need a ORF Digital card to view these channels, I have been reporting for a long time that TW1 was going and that replacements would be encrypted, we now have a date.
Movies 24, Movies 24+ and Universal Channel now encrypted on Eurobird 1 at 28 degrees east, Frequency 11.307 Horizontal, Symbol rate 27.500 FEC 2/3, these channels are labelled/named as 52265 (Movies 24), 52270 (Movies 24+) and 52255/53360 (both Universal)
Movies 24, Movies 24+ and Universal Channel free to air on Eurobird 1 at 28 degrees east, Frequency 11.307 Horizontal, Symbol rate 27.500 FEC 2/3, these channels are labelled/named as 52265 (Movies 24), 52270 (Movies 24+) and 52255/53360 (both Universal)
The long awaited AFN's channels e.t.c. leaving of Hotbird happened yesterday on 01/09/11, AFN's channels are now available from Eutelsat's Eurobird 9A at 9 degrees east, the free Pentagon Channel and the three free AFN radio channels are on 12.418 V, Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 3/4
Viacom Blink! is now encrypted on Hotbird 11.075 Vertical Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 3/4
Sky Deutschland officially starts a new HD sports news channel called Sky Sports HD Extra, the Official start will be Saturday afternoon (06/08/11) which is when the German Bundesliga season starts fully but the channel is now on air on Astra 1 at 19 degrees east, frequency 12.304 H, SR 27.500 FEC 9/10, this last week there have been rumours that this channel will be free to air for a short time at launch to attract more subscribers to Sky Deutschland but it has not been confirmed/decides officially by Sky Deutschland whether this channel will be free to air.
Holiday + Cruise holiday and travel channel has started broadcasting free to air on Eurobird 28.5 degrees east, Frequency is 12.606 H, Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 3/4, this channel has some holiday selling type programmes, but it also has some travel documentaries which may be of interest
Chinese News channel CNC World now broadcasting on Eurobird 1 at 28 degrees east on frequency 11.526 Vertical SR 27.500 FEC 2/3
E! Entertainment now encrypted on Eurobird 9 degrees east Frequency 12.437 Horizontal SR 27,500 FEC 3/4
Viacom Blink! has now started regular programming free to air on Hotbird 11.075 Vertical Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 3/4, it has English and Polish audio options, Viacom Blink! is a female orientated channel and is a joint venture between Viacom and Endemol, it will eventually encrypt in the Polish Cyfrowy Komfort package but is currently free to air on Hotbird 13 degrees east
BoxNation (a boxing channel) which broadcasts Free to Air from 2000-2200 UK time on the Eurobird 1 satellite at 28.5 degrees east is now on Sky EPG Number 456, the channel's Frequency is 11.585 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 27.500 FEC 2/3
Free to Air Italian channel LA7 HD has a new frequency on Atlantic Bird 1 at 12.5 degrees west of 12.515 Horizontal, Symbol Rate 17.455 FEC 3/4
50635 (Box Nation) 2000 - 2200 UK time daily on Eurobird 1 11.585 H SR 27.500 FEC 2/3
Austrian HD versions of German HD commercial channels Sat 1, ProSieben, Kabel Eins and the Austrian Commercial channel Puls 4 HD now on air from the Astra 1 satellite at 19 degrees east, they are currently free to air but won't be for long, these channels will be part of the AustriaSat Pay TV platform but will also be 'free' with a ORF HD smartcard. Frequency information is 11.670 Horizontal SR 22.000 FEC 2/3
Eurosport Germany on Astra 1 finally has a 7 Day EPG (Electronic Programme Guide)
French Channel TF1 is now broadcasting FTA on Eurobird 9 12.034 V Sr 27.500 FEC 3/4 Eurosport
RT DOC (Russia Today Documentary) now showing regular programmes not only trailers, It's on Hotbird 13 east 12.015 H SR 27.500 FEC 3/4
AFN leaves Hotbird by 31/07/11, from 01/08/11 AFN only available on Eurobird 9A at 9 deg east
Nickleodeon +1 Italy now encrypted, no longer free on Hotbird 13 degrees east 12.616 H SR 29.900 FEC 3/4
Frequency for Italian 'motor' channel Nuvolari of 12.713 V SR 29.900 FEC 3/4 on Hotbird
RAI 1, RAI 2, and RAI 3 frequency is now 10.992 V SR 27.500 FEC 2/3 on Hotbird
BBC Entertainment now encrypted on Astra 23.5 degrees east
Trace Sports HD+Trace Urban HD FTA Eurobird 9 degrees east 11.747 H SR 27.500 FEC 3/4
Boomerang, Cartoon Network + TCM France now ENCRYPTED again on Astra 1
TCM, Cartoon Network + CN/TCM now ENCRYPTED again on Hotbird
Sport Klub, Universal and Sci-fi Poland now ENCRYPTED on Hotbird at 13 degrees east
BBC HD channels from Astra 2D now broadcast in DVB-S2 not DVB-S , if your receiver supports S2 then you will need to retune,
Ireland's RTE TV and Radio is now testing on the new Eutelsat KA-SAT at 9 degrees east
M6 HD Suisse and M6 SD Suisse are now only available free to air on the Eurobird 9A satellite at 9 degrees east frequency 12.034 Vertical SR 27.500 FEC 3/4, M6 has ceased broadcasting from Eutelsat W3a at 7 degrees east.
SUPER TENNIS NOW FREE TO AIR AGAIN ON HOTBIRD AFTER A COUPLE OF DAYS BEING ENCRYPTED, I THINK THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A CASE OF MISTAKEN ENCRYPTION, EUTELSAT ENCRYPTING THE WRONG ONE AS THERE IS ANOTHER FEED FOR THIS CHANNEL ON HOTBIRD FOR SKY ITALIA WHICH WAS ALSO FTA BUT WENT ENCRYPTED AT THE SAME TIME, THAT ONE REMAINS ENCRYPTED. OH YES! NEARLY FORGOT THE FREQUENCY FOR THE FREE TO AIR SUPER TENNIS ON HOTBIRD 12.245 HORIZONTAL SYMBOL RATE 27.500 FEC 3/4
NEW CHANNEL - CCTV 9 DOCUMENTARY FREE TO AIR ON ASTRA 1 19 DEGREES EAST FREQUENCY 11.538 VERTICAL SYMBOL RATE 22.000 FEC 5/6, THIS CHANNEL IS FROM CHINA AND HAS DOCUMENTARIES AND TRAVEL SHOWS IN ENGLISH AND CHINESE, WHEN CHINESE AUDIO IS PRESENT IT HAS ON SCREEN SUBTITLES IN ENGLISH, ALSO AVAILABLE ON THIS FREQUENCY IS CCTV NEWS WHICH IS ALSO IN ENGLISH AND HAS NEWS ON THE HOUR BUT HAS SOME VERY INTERESTING SHOWS AND FEATURES ON THE HALF HOUR.
FROM 12TH MAY BBC CHANNELS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON THE SKY REPUBLIC OF IRELAND EPG, THEY ARE AS FOLLOWS BBC 3 229, BBC 4 230, CBeebies 613, CBBC 614, NO MORE ADDING/OTHER CHANNELS FOR IRISH VIEWERS!!
NHK HD NOW ON FREESAT EPG CHANNEL 209, IT IS ALSO AVAILABLE ON THE SKY HD RECEIVERS TOO BUT THE CHANNEL NUMBER IS DEPENDANT ON WHETHER YOU HAVE A HD SUBSCRIPTION OR NOT, IT WILL BE ON 507 OR 518
ZDF KULTUR REPLACES ZDF THEATERKANAL ON ASTRA 19 DEGREES EAST FREQ 11.954 HORIZONTAL SR 27.500 FEC 3/4
AB CHANNEL FROM ITALY NOW ON ASTRA 1 FTA FREQ 11.023 HORIZONTAL SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
GREATEST HITS TV REPLACES LAVA ON SKY CHANNEL 378, IT'S ON ASTRA 2, FREQUENCY 11.222 HORIZONTAL SR 27.500 FEC 2/3
VIRGIN RADIO TV NOW ON HOTBIRD, 13 DEGREES EAST FREQUENCY 11.541 VERTICAL SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
CHANNEL 4 HD NOW ON FREESAT CHANNEL 126, IT'S ON EUROBIRD 1, FREQUENCY 12.606 VERTICAL SYMBOL RATE 27.500 FEC 3/4
DAS ERSTE BACK ON HOTBIRD AFTER A SHORT BREAK , FREQ 11.541 HORIZONTAL SR 22.000 FEC 5/6
ARGOS TO LAUNCH ITS OWN HOME SHOPPING TV CHANNEL THIS SUMMER (2011)