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Friday, September 28, 2012

2012 Ryder Cup Coverage - Sky Sports, BBC TV

The 2012 Ryder Cup

The 39th Ryder Cup Matches will be held September 28–30, 2012, at the Medinah Country Club in Medinah, Illinois.

Europe will be the defending Cup holder, having defeated the USA by 14½ points to 13½ in the 2010 competition at Celtic Manor Resort, Wales.

The team captains will be Davis Love III for the USA and José María Olazábal for Europe.

The Ryder Cup TV Schedules and Broadcasters

For UK TV Sky Sports are the main Ryder Cup Broadcasters. They will show each day live, in high definition, and in 3D on Sky 3D channel.

bbc Sport
BBC Sport Ryder Cup Coverage : The BBC will show highlights of the days play.

Further Ryder Cup TV Coverage details can be found here

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Sky+ launches 7-day Catch Up TV, 2TB HD DVRs

Sky+ in the UK has bundled several updates to deliver all at once, including expected ones like zeebox integration into its iPad app and an expanded Catch Up TV lineup, plus a new 2TB Sky+ HD PVR.

Viewers will notice the new 7-day Catch Up TV section in their video on-demand section stocked with shows from Sky, ITV Player and Demand 5, with BBC iPlayer arriving this autumn and 4oD next year.

The Sky+ iPad app has been updated to v4.1 with a notification for possible recording conflicts plus expanded content info and social tie-ins powered by zeebox. Now, you can not only change channels from the tablet, but also find out more about what's playing.

Finally, the new expanded size DVR outpaces the stock configuration available from competitor Virgin Media, and we're told it is priced the same as the previous 1TB offering.

BBC TV and Radio changes in October 2012

In addition to the frequency setting changes the BBC are making to BBC One HD and BBC HD on the 27th September 2012 (see , the BBC are alaso making some other changes.

The BBC have posted that:

"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."

No further details are available at the moment.

For up  to date information please see

Friday, September 21, 2012

BBC F1 Coverage - Free race coverage on BBC TV - Singapore Grand Prix, Japanese Grand Prix , Korean Grand Prix

BBC F1 Coverage - Free race coverage on BBC TV
Singapore Grand Prix, Japanese Grand Prix , Korean Grand Prix

Singapore Grand Prix
Friday 21 September
Practice 1: 10:55 - 12:35 Red Button
Practice 2: 14:25 - 16:05 Red Button
Saturday 22 September
Practice 3: 10:05 - 12:05 Red Button
Qualifying: 1300-1530, BBC One
Sunday 23 September
Race: 1210-1515, BBC One
Highlights: 1900-2000, BBC Three

Japanese Grand Prix
Saturday 6 October
Qualifying highlights: 1300-1415, BBC One
Sunday 7 October
Race highlights: 1400-1600, BBC One
Highlights: 0000-0200, BBC Two

Korean Grand Prix
Saturday 13 October
Qualifying: 0500-0730, BBC One
Replay: 1300-1430, BBC One
Sunday 14 October
Race: 0600-0915, BBC One
Replay: 1400-1600, BBC One
Highlights: 1900-2000, BBC Three

Monday, September 17, 2012

HELP of Denia and Marina Alta "Antiques Roadshow

Sunday 28th October 2012
10am to 3pm.
Organised by HELP of Denia and Marina Alta
The Art Centre Association Javea
At the Rui Rau, Jesus Pobre
Bring along your “family heirlooms” where experts will be on hand to value them
, at a cost of €3 per item or set.
All proceeds will go to HELP of Denia and Marina Alta
Food, Drinks and a Cake Stall.
Fabulous Raffle with prizes of Antiques.
For  more information contact
Lorely Griffiths on 966472049 or
The Help Centre 966427044

Launch of new UK TV Astra 2F satellite delayed "by a few days"

The new Astra 2F was scheduled to be launched on Friday. However, in order to perform additional checks on the Ariane 5 ECA launch system, Arianespace has decided to postpone the launch VA 209. A new launch date will be announced shortly.

Further information on the new UK TV Astra 2F satellite, and footprint reception maps available here

Saturday, September 15, 2012

This weekends LIVE Premier League and Championship football Live on Satellite TV

What channels to watch this weekends LIVE Premier League and Championship football:

Sat 15th Sep

St Johnstone v Celtic 12:30 ESPN
Norwich v West Ham 12:45 Sky Sports, AD Sport, Tring
QPR v Chelsea 15:00 AD Sport, Canal+ Spain
Arsenal v Southampton 15:00 AD Sport
Stoke City v Man City 15:00 AD Sport, Canal+ Futbol (Spain)
Aston Villa v Swansea 15:00 AD Sport
Fulham v West Brom 15:00 AD Sport
Man United v Wigan 15:00 AD Sport, Setanta Sports Ireland, Canal+ Spain
Cardiff vs Leeds United 15:00 Al Jazeera
Sunderland v Liverpool 17:30 ESPN, AD Sport, Tring, Sky Sports Germany, Canal+ Fubol Spain

Sun 16th Sep

Wolves v Leicester 13:15 Sky Sports
Reading v Tottenham 16:00 Sky Sports, Sky Sports 3D Ch 217, AD Sport, Tring, Sky Sports Germany, Canal+ Spain

More live football schedules at

Friday, September 14, 2012

Film4 HD and More4HD coming soon to Sky HD

Two new High Definition channels, Film4 HD and More4HD, to set to join Sky+HD.

This means Film4HD and More4 HD will only be available to Sky HD subbscribers.

They will not be available to Freesat HD users.

Following on from the launch of Channel 4 HD and E4 HD, both of which first launched to UK viewers through the Sky platform, two further channels will become available to Sky's 4.3 million high definition customers for the first time - Film4 HD and More 4 HD.

This will complete the HD roll-out of Channel 4's core channel portfolio, which began in 2006 when Channel 4 became the first commercial Public Service Broadcaster to launch an HD service.

This means that Sky homes will be able to access 66 HD channels, further extending Sky's HD leadership. Sky+HD is Europe's most comprehensive and popular HD service.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Beware! Computer scam alert threatens fines and also jail

A POWERFUL virus is a potential threat to all computer owners in Spain. The virus attacks computer while users are on line, leading to the screen icons disappearing, and being replaced with a page appearing to be from Spain’s National Police.

This states in Spanish that the computer has been blocked because the user is guilty of one of the offences listed on the page. EWN has been contacted by several readers on the Costa Blanca already affected by the scam .

Among the list of alleged offences, with statute references and penalties including fines and prison terms, are watching violent and illegal pornography, illegally downloading films and songs, and having pirated software.

The scam is focussed in such a way that most receiving are unlikely to report it to the police for fear of being thought to have broken the law. A swathe of payment options are given, with an assurance that upon receipt of €100 the computer will be unlocked. However when paid, the computer remains hacked.

Computer experts say the solution is to professionally have Windows re-installed, though previously stored data will be lost along with the virus.
This is from the Euro Weekly Newspaper. This sounds very similar to something a few months ago

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

BT lands exclusive UK television rights to show live rugby union beating Sky and ESPN

BT has made further inroads into live TV sport, signing a £152m deal for the exclusive UK rights to Aviva Premiership rugby union, which is currently broadcast by rivals BSkyB and ESPN.

The deal will see up to 69 live Aviva Premiership matches per season shown exclusively by BT Vision from next year, when the telecoms company will also begin broadcasting live Premier League football for the first time.

Under the deal with Premership Rugby, the umbrella organisation of the Aviva Premiership Rugby clubs, BT will also have live broadcast rights to the JP Morgan Asset Management Sevens competition from the 2013-14 season and any future European games featuring Aviva Premiership clubs from 2014-15.

The announcement comes just three months after BT won the rights for 32 Premier League games per season for three years from 2012/13. The telecoms giant paid a bumper £738m for the package, which it will put out to tender for production later this year.

BT, which owns the BT Vision broadband subscription service, has already said it plans to launch a sports channel to broadcast live Premier League matches.

The company is in early stage talks with ITV and others about a potential partnership to produce its Premier League coverage.

BT said it would look to distribute its live rugby coverage to a variety of platforms, as with its Premier League rights.

Mark McCafferty, chief executive of Premiership Rugby, described the deal as game-changing for the sport.

Marc Watson, BT Vision chief executive, added: "BT is serious about sport and this deal means we will be offering the very best rugby action alongside some of the most thrilling football matches from the Premier League. That is a winning combination and one that will appeal to fans of both sports."

Monday, September 10, 2012

The London 2012 Parade – Live on BBC, Channel 4, Sky News

Our Greatest Team are due to set out from Mansion House in the City at 1:30pm. They will travel along Queen Victoria Street and Cannon Street, passing by St Paul’s Cathedral, continuing along Fleet Street, past Aldwych and into The Strand, reaching Trafalgar Square at around 2:20pm.

The public will be able to watch the parade from Mansion House to Trafalgar Square – where two giant screens will be located, with live commentary and views of the parade as it makes its way past the Square.

After passing Trafalgar Square the athletes will go through Admiralty Arch onto The Mall, travelling down to the Queen Victoria Memorial.

The list of confirmed athletes taking part includes Olympic gold medallists Mo Farah (athletics – float 1), Jessica Ennis (athletics – float 2), Greg Rutherford (athletics – float 3), Anthony Joshua (boxing – float 6), Ed McKeever (canoeing, float 6), Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny, Laura Trott, Victoria Pendleton (cycling, float 7), Charlotte Dujardin (equestrian, float 8), Katherine Grainger (rowing, float 14), Ben Ainslie (sailing, float 15), Peter Wilson (shooting, float 16), Alistair Brownlee (triathlon, float 20).

ParalympicsGB stars like Hannah Cockcroft, Jody Cundy, Sophie Christiansen, Jonnie Peacock and others will be taking part in the Parade to bring to a close a sensational 11 days of sport at the Games which closed last night.

TV Coverage

Gabby Logan will presents the live coverage on the BBC, with commentary by Huw Edwards, Tanni Grey-Thompson and Hazel Irvine.
BBC One 1.25pm, BBC News Channel 8.30am, Highlights on BBC One 8.30pm.

Channel 4
Jon Snow will front Channel 4′s live coverage, with Clare Balding, Iwan Thomas and Rachel Latham capturing the atmosphere as they join the sportsmen and women making their way through the capital, and commentary comes from Krishnan Guru-Murthy.
Channel 4 12.50pm.

The coverage begins on Sunrise from 6am and run right through to 9pm. Sky 1 will be taking Sky News coverage from 1pm through until 5pm.
Sky News Presenters – Adam Boulton, Stephen Dixon, Gillian Joseph, Sarah Jane Mee, Dermot Murnaghan, Samantha Simmonds, and Jeremy Thompson – will be stationed at key points along the route, as well as on the floats with the athletes themselves. They will be mingling with the crowds as the nation celebrates the achievements of the athletes who featured in the Olympics and Paralympic Games.
Sky News 6am, Sky One 1pm, Highlights on Sky News 8pm.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

BBC to show NFL American Football LIVE on Monday Night Football

The BBC has reached agreement to broadcast the National Football League’s iconic Monday Night Football for the 2012 season.

Monday Night Football, which launched in the 1970s and helped build the popularity of the NFL in the United States, will be aired live by the BBC on the Red Button and will be streamed live on the BBC Sport website.
The deal means that MNF is now available to fans in the UK on a free-to-air basis. The season kicks off with a double-header next Monday (September 10), with the Cincinnati Bengals travelling to the Baltimore Ravens (kick-off at 12 midnight UK time), followed by the San Diego Chargers facing the Oakland Raiders (kick-off 3.15 a.m.)

Viewers can access BBC’s Red Button service by pressing the red button on their remote from any BBC TV channel on their digital TV (including cable, satellite and Freeview). BBC Online’s coverage will be available via the BBC Sports website at

David Murray, Head of Rights, BBC Sport, said: “We look forward to bringing Monday Night Football to our audience, who this summer have shown a great appetite for sport content via our online and red button streams. We’re delighted that our relationship with the NFL continues to grow and we look forward to a great season.”
 In addition to MNF, BBC TV will continue to air live coverage of the Super Bowl, which is played in New Orleans on February 3, 2013; highlights of the International Series game between the New England Patriots and St Louis Rams at Wembley on Sunday October 28; and weekly playoff highlights in January.  BBC Radio will air at least one live game commentary per week on 5Live Sports Extra, beginning with the season opener between the Dallas Cowboys and Super Bowl champion New York Giants at 1.30 a.m. this Wednesday night.
 “We are thrilled to be extending our relationship with the BBC in this way,” said Alistair Kirkwood, Managing Director of NFLUK. “Monday Night Football is one of the jewels of the NFL season and the ability for our fans to see it free of charge is very exciting.”
 From Week 2 of the season, Monday Night Football will revert to its usual 1.30 a.m. start time. In Week 2 (September 17), viewers will be able to see Peyton Manning lead the Denver Broncos into battle at the Atlanta Falcons, while Week 3 features NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers taking on the Seattle Seahawks.

The full Monday Night Football schedule is:

Week 1 – Cincinnati at Baltimore; San Diego at Oakland

Week 2 – Denver at Atlanta
Week 3 – Green Bay at Seattle

Week 4 – Chicago at Dallas

Week 5 – Houston at NY Jets

Week 6 – Denver at San Diego

Week 7 – Detroit at Chicago

Week 8 – San Francisco at Arizona

Week 9 – Philadelphia at New Orleans

Week 10 – Kansas City at Pittsburgh

Week 11 – Chicago at San Francisco

Week 12 – Carolina at Philadelphia

Week 13 – NY Giants at Washington

Week 14 – Houston at New England

Week 15 – NY Jets at Tennessee

Week 16 – Atlanta at Detroit (Saturday night)

Plans for the broadcasts are still being formulated but along with the ESPN game coverage, featuring Mike Tirico and Super Bowl-winning head coach Jon Gruden, specific UK-related content will be developed. This includes possible incorporation of NFLUK’s popular Inside The Huddle podcast, which regularly ranks in the Top 5 of the iTunes’ chart for professional sports podcasts.

The Monday Night Football deal completes the package of NFL coverage in the UK for the 2012 season, following previous announcements that:
 •Sky Sports will carry Sunday double-headers and all Thursday night games throughout the regular season, plus all postseason games live, as part of a new three-year deal
 •Channel 4 will air Sunday Night Football live, this year in HD

NFLUK would like to acknowledge and apologise for the frustration and uncertainty that many fans have experienced due to the late finalisation of this year’s UK television line-up and thank everyone for their patience and continued support of the NFL.  NFLUK Managing Director Alistair Kirkwood is inviting fans to send in questions for a Q and A that will explain some of the issues involved in this year’s TV negotiations. Further details of that will follow soon.

Can I receive Spanish TV using my Sky digibox?

Simply no.

Firstly Spanish TV is now digital. It is transmitted terrestrially. Sky boxes do not have a digital terrestrial tuner. Sky boxes only have an analogue terrestrial tuner. So you cannot receive Spanish TV using my Sky digibox in Spain if you connect it to a TV aerial in Spain.

More on TDT - Spanish Digital Terrestrail TV here

Secondly, a Sky box cannot manage other encryption services. Most Spanish channels on satellite use a different encryption system to that used by Sky. So the Sky box cannot physically read a viewing card used to encrypt Spanish satellite TV.

A Sky box is designed to boot up and start to work using data from the UK TV satellites at 28 east. However, Spanish TV is transmitted from Astra 19.2 East and Hispasat 30 West, which do not carry the data required to boot up a Sky digibox.

If you want to watch Spanish TV via satellite then you will require a Canal+ dish, box and subscription. 

More on Canal+ (formally Digital+) in Spain

Formula One 2012 – Monza, Italy – Live Coverage on Sky Sports F1, Highlights on BBC

The 2012 Formula One season continues this weekend with round thirteen from Monza, Italy.

Sebastian Vettel started on pole position here last year and used that to its full advantage, going on to win the race by just under 10 seconds, with Jenson Button in second and Fernando Alonso completing the podium places.

Button was victorious last weekend in Belgium, while Alonso is looking to get back on track after having his race ended in a major crash on the first lap at Spa.

Round Thirteen Coverage

The action gets underway on Friday with the first practice session at 9am – Sky Sports F1 will be live on air from 8:45pm.

The second practice session will be live on Sky Sports F1 from 12:45pm, session starts at 1pm.

A short highlights package of the practice sessions will be able on the BBC Sport website later on Friday, and Sky Sports F1 will repeat all practice sessions throughout the day.

At 5pm on Friday evening, Georgie Thompson and Ted Kravitz will host The F1 Show live.

Then on Saturday, Sky Sports F1 will be live on air from 9:45am for the third practice session, followed by qualifying at 12pm.

Jake Humphrey will present TV highlights of qualifying on BBC One at 5.20pm.

Sunday afternoon sees live coverage of the Grand Prix on Sky Sports F1 from 11:30pm, and there will be an extensive highlights programme on BBC One at 5.35pm.

TV Schedule

Friday 7 September
8:45am – 1st Practice Session – Live – Sky Sports F1
12:45pm – 2nd Practice Session – Live – Sky Sports F1
5pm – The F1 Show – Sky Sports F1

Saturday 8 September
9:45am – 3rd Practice Session – Live – Sky Sports F1
12pm – Qualifying – Live – Sky Sports F1
5.20pm – Qualifying – Highlights – BBC One

Sunday 9 September
11:30am – Italian Grand Prix – Live – Sky Sports F1
5.35pm – Italian Grand Prix – Highlights – BBC One

Saturday, September 8, 2012

UK TV Channel Frequences for Sky TV and Freesat TV digiboxes and other UK TV Help and Problems Solving

UK TV Channel Frequences for Sky TV and Freesat TV digiboxes and other UK TV Help and Problems Solving

UK TV Channel Frequences for Sky TV and Freesat TV digiboxes

BBC TV in SpainThe BBC1 TV channel is available on various frequencies, due to the various BBC1 local regions. BBC channels, like BBC1, BBC1HD, BBCHD, BBC2, BBC Three, BBC Four, CBeebies, CBBC, BBC News are Free to air TV channels and available for free without any subscription or without a Sky card.
BBC TV Satellite Frequency Settings

ITV TV in Spain The ITV1 channel is available on various frequencies, due to the various ITV1 advertising regions. Most ITV channels are Free to air TV channels and available for free without any subscription or without a Sky card.
ITV Satellite Frequency Settings

Channel 4 TV in Spain Channel 4 group of channels are available on various frequencies. The free to air channel 4 channels, C4, C4HD, E4, More4, Film4, 4Seven, are Free to air TV channels and available for free without any subscription or without a Sky card. If you have a Sky viewing card, Irish versions of the Channel 4 channels are on frequency 12480 V 27500 2/3 - the Irish version of the Channel 4 group of channels.
Channel 4 Satellite Frequency Settings

Channel 5 TV in Spain The Channel Five group of channels are available over two frequencies. Five, Fiver and Five USA are Free to air TV channels and available for free without any subscription or without a Sky card.
Channel Five Satellite Frequency Settings

Sky TV in Spain Sky TV is available in Spain. Its channels are spread over many frequencies. Many frequencies also carry channels available on Freesat
Sky TV and Freesat TV Channel Frequency Settings

Irish TV Channels In Spain Irish TV channels are spread over many frequencies. The main Irish TV channels, like RTÉ One, RTÉ Two, TG 4, TV 3 are available on frequency 10744 H 22000 5/6. Irish TV channel 3e is on frequency 11261 H 27500 2/3. All the main Irish TV channels require a Sky veiwing card registered at an Irish address to view. You cannot use a Sky card at a UK address to view Irish TV channels.
Irish TV Satellite Frequency Settings

"Extra" and "Secret" channel frequecies for Sky TV diboboxes in Spain

To see how to add the "secret" and additional ITV, Chanel 4, and Five channels insructoins can be found at Extra Secret Additional Sky and Freesat Frequencies

Frequency Asked Questions about receiving UK TV in Spain
Frequently Asked Questions - UK TV in Spain
Frequently Asked Questions - Freesat TV In Spain
Frequently Asked Questions - Freeview TV in Spain
Frequently Asked Questions - Sky TV in Spain
Frequently Asked Questions - TDT in Spain

Default Transponder Frequency Settings for Sky Digiboxes in Spain

Resetting your Sky box after a power cut andyou are receiving a "No Satellite Signal" messages

Sky Satellite Transponder Settings Spain - Default Transponder Frequency Settings for Sky Digiboxes in Costa Blanca

Sky Satellite Transponder Settings Spain - Default Transponder Frequency Settings for Sky HD Digiboxes in Costa Blanca

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For reception of Sky TV and UK TV in these areas please see the links below:
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Live UEFA Champions League Football On TV - Sky Sport and ITV

Live UEFA Champions League Football On TV

Kick Off
Tuesday 18th September 2012
Tue 18th SepReal Madrid v Man City UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45ITV1 / ITV1 HD
Tue 18th SepMontpellier v Arsenal UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD
Tue 18th SepAC Milan v Anderlecht UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD
Tue 18th SepBorussia Dortmund v Ajax UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Tue 18th SepDinamo Zagreb v FC Porto UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Tue 18th SepMalaga v Zenit St Petersburg UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Tue 18th SepOlympiakos v Schalke 04 UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Tue 18th SepPSG v Dynamo Kiev UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button

Wednesday 19th September 2012
Wed 19th SepChelsea v Juventus UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD
Wed 19th SepCeltic v Benfica UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 3 / Sky Sports 3 HD
Wed 19th SepMan Utd v Galatasaray UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD
Wed 19th SepBarcelona v Spartak Moscow UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Wed 19th SepBayern Munich v Valencia UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Wed 19th SepSC Braga v Cluj UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Wed 19th SepLille v BATE Borisov UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Wed 19th SepShakhtar Donetsk v FC Nordsjaelland UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button

Tuesday 2nd October 2012
Tue 2nd OctSpartak Moscow v Celtic UEFA Champions League Group Stage17:00Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD
Tue 2nd OctCluj v Man Utd UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45ITV1 / ITV1 HD
Tue 2nd OctFC Nordsjaelland v Chelsea UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD
Tue 2nd OctBenfica v Barcelona UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD
Tue 2nd OctBATE Borisov v Bayern Munich UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Tue 2nd OctGalatasaray v SC Braga UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Tue 2nd OctJuventus v Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Tue 2nd OctValencia v Lille UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button

Wednesday 3rd October 2012
Wed 3rd OctZenit St Petersburg v AC Milan UEFA Champions League Group Stage17:00Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD
Wed 3rd OctMan City v Borussia Dortmund UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 2 / Sky Sports 2 HD
Wed 3rd OctArsenal v Olympiakos UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports 4 / Sky Sports 4 HD
Wed 3rd OctAjax v Real Madrid UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Wed 3rd OctAnderlecht v Malaga UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Wed 3rd OctDynamo Kiev v Dinamo Zagreb UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Wed 3rd OctFC Porto v PSG UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button
Wed 3rd OctSchalke 04 v Montpellier UEFA Champions League Group Stage19:45Sky Sports Red Button

For more Live Football on Satellite TV match schedule see

Friday, September 7, 2012

New Sky HD EPG to have "Undelete" option for accidental deletions from Sky Planner

With the rollout of their new Sky HD EPG, there are some new features for Sky+HD users.

Sky are adding an Undelete feature, which promises to make accidentally deleting a show from your Planner a thing of the past.

Sky are adding a new feature to Sky+ called Undelete, so you’ll never miss a TV show because you've accidentally deleted it from your Planner. All deleted shows will be added to the Deleted tab and you’ll be able to restore them to your Planner or delete them permanently from there. The Deleted tab will be found to the left of your Planner’s All tab.

There’s no need to worry that you’ll fill up your hard disk with this new feature. The oldest items will be deleted automatically and permanently if you need more space for new recordings.

more information at

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Sky rebrands Anytime ahead of BBC iPlayer launch

Sky has today (September 6) announced that the Anytime service on Sky+ set top boxes will be rebranded as On-Demand for the launch of catch-up TV services on the satellite platform, including BBC iPlayer.

In a statement today, Sky said that the new On-Demand tab will soon be added to the Sky Guide, replacing Anytime and the internet-enabled Anytime+ offerings.

The rebranded On-Demand section will include a brand new Catch Up TV tab, enabling viewers to catch up on the last seven days of television on Sky Channels such as Sky1 and Sky Atlantic.

Following major deals announced earlier in the year, Sky viewers will also be able to access the full ITV Player and Demand 5 services, followed shortly after the update rolls out by the landmark launch of BBC iPlayer.

"You won't need to gather around your laptop to recap the week's best shows," said Sky. "They'll be available to enjoy on your TV, in the comfort of your living room."

Sky previously relied on the Sky+ personal video recorder service for customers to watch shows after they had been aired, but it will now offer a full-blown catch-up TV offering.

The rebranding of Anytime+ means that a new Sky Store tab will be added to the Sky Guide, offering a range of movies to rent on the box, ranging from the latest blockbusters to classic titles.

There will also be dedicated tabs in the On-Demand section for Showcase, along with genres such as Movies, Docs, Entertainment, Kids and Sport.
Sky has announced other changes in its latest Sky Guide update, including the addition of an Undelete option to the Sky+ functionality that "promises to make accidentally deleting a show from your Planner a thing of the past."

All deleted shows will be added to a new 'Deleted' tab and users will be able to restore them to their Planner, or delete them permanently from there.

"There's no need to worry that you'll fill up your hard disk with this new feature," said Sky. "The oldest items will be deleted automatically and permanently if you need more space for new recordings."

Other new features in the update include the Docs tab moving to the middle of the Sky Guide, enabling users to more easily locate factual TV shows.

The Help section will feature tailored menus for all Sky Guide functions, like On Demand, Box Office, Parental Settings and others.

Anyone wanting to disable the remote control functions on the Sky+ iPad app will be able to do so via the Sky Guide's Parental section.

As with all previous TV guide updates, the new software will roll out in phases based on the type of Sky box customers have, starting with the latest Sky+HD box (DRX890 model) and the Sky+HD 1TB box.

The boxes will be updated automatically in the middle of the night to avoid any major disruption.

An exact launch date for BBC iPlayer has not yet been confirmed, but anyone wanting to enjoy the new Catch Up TV service will need to connect their box to a broadband router.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

BBC to change HD frequencies in September 2012

During the early hours of 27 September 2012, the BBC will be making some changes to its BBC HD frequencies and transponder.

These changes include chaning from QPSK to 8PSK, and changing the FEC from 8/9 FEC to 2/3.

This will allow more HD capacity and channels on the BBC HD transponder. And this extra HD capacity will be used for the forthcoming launch of BBC One HD for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

[B]The BBC HD Changes For Sky Box Users[/B]

If you have Sky, you should not notice the change and shouldn't have to do anything on or after 27 September. If you do have an issue receiving the BBC HD channels from this date you can try unplugging your Sky set top box, waiting 30s and plugging it back in again. If that doesn't resolve your problem it's best to contact Sky on 08442 411 653.

[B]The BBC HD Changes For Freesat Box Users[/B]

If you have Freesat you may need to put your HD box or TV into standby for 30 seconds and then switch it back on again to continue to receive the two BBC HD channels; if the channels are still unavailable then carry out a 'Freesat channel retune'. During last year's changes we found that a small number of devices didn't store the information after a Freesat retune so if that happens try a 'first time installation' or 'full factory reset'. Full instructions can be found in the manual for your digital TV or box. Further help with retuning can be found at or by calling their customer support team on 08450 990 990

Sky Movies 007 logo ahead of October 5 launch of the James Bond Channel on Sky Movies

Sky Movies has today unveiled the logo and advert for Sky Movies 007, the satellite TV giant's new channel dedicated to superspy James Bond.
Launching on October 5 in both standard and high definition, Sky Movies 007 will make use of Sky's recent deal with MGM and EON Productions to the entire collection of James Bond movies.

All 22 Bond films will be shown on the channel without any adverts; from Dr No in 1962 to the last Bond film, Quantum of Solace, starring Daniel Craig. Sky, which poached the rights from ITV, has also snapped up two non-EON produced titles - the 1967 Casino Royale spoof Bond film and Never Say Never Again.

The new Sky Movies 007 logo features the famous 007 gun emblem from the Bond franchise, marking the first time that a movie emblem has been incorporated into a Sky channel brand.

It will get its first on-air outing today in a television and cinema advert for the channel, which blends various famous Bond car chase sequences using footage form Dr No, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, The Spy Who Loved Me, The Living Daylights, Goldeneye, The World Is Not Enough and Quantum of Solace.

Produced in-house by Sky Creative, the ad features all the actors who have played Bond over the years - Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig. "The Sky Movies 007 HD logo marks the first time in Sky Movies' history we've incorporated the logo of another film brand into our own; partnering our logo with Bond's 007 emblem shows just how passionate and excited we are about the arrival of this brilliantly British film franchise to our service in its 50th anniversary year," Sky's brand director Lucian Smithers said.

The new channel launches to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Bond franchise, as Dr No was released on October 5 in 1962. Sky Movies customers will also be able to watch all the 22 Bond films on-demand via Sky Anytime+ on the television, or on other devices via the Sky Go service. Anyone who subscribes to Sky Movies via NOW TV, Sky's new internet-delivered TV service, will also be able to watch the entire Bond back catalogue. Skyfall, the 23rd movie in the franchise, will be available to rent through Sky Store and air on Sky Movies in 2013.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

One million Apple IDs leaked online, hackers claim

A hacking group claims to have released one million Apple device IDs that it says were stolen from an FBI computer.

The group AntiSec also claims to have access to more than 12 million other IDs, which it has not released, as well as account holders' personal information. The personal information is said to include user names, device names, telephone numbers and addresses.

  According to experts this information could be handed to spammers and potentially used to infect computers and steal credit card details. In a statement published online the group said that it had published the information to bring attention to the FBI apparently using the details to track Americans. While the personal information has not been releaseed, the hackers claim that a significant number of users will be able to search for their device, using their Apple device ID The statement said that the laptop "was breached using the AtomicReferenceArray vulnerability on Java.

During the shell session some files were downloaded from his Desktop folder." "One of them with the name of ”NCFTA_iOS_devices_intel.csv” turned to be a list of 12,367,232 Apple iOS devices including Unique Device Identifiers (UDID), user names, name of device, type of device, Apple Push Notification Service tokens, zipcodes, cellphone numbers, addresses, etc." Graham Cluley, a computer security expert at Sophos said that the hackers may have chosen not to release personal information, to make it more valuable to criminals. "That is obviously information that has a real value.

 It could be abused in several ways. By publicising the Apple ID details what they are doing is saying we have got all this data- we can prove that we have got it and Apple can test whether these device numbers are correct or not. "They probably either want to exploit [the details] themselves or they might for instance want to sell it on the computer underground to spammers who can send a targeted campaign to those email addresses."

"Maybe it would be claiming to come from Apple, maybe it would contain malicious links or be designed to infect people's computers and potentially steal information such as credit card details " AntiSec, or the Anti Security Movement, is opposed to the computer security industry. Experts say that hacking is a worldwide problem and has become much more visible in the last couple of years, because of the rise of so-called 'hacktivism'

This mixture of hacking and activism is designed to discredit and embarrass large scale organisations. AntiSec said it will not provide further statements until a photo of a writer at a US-based gossip website is featured on the site's front page dressed in a tutu. Adrian Chen is a writer at Gawker who has criticised hacking groups in the past.

Apple declined to comment.


Sky Sports agree new three-year deal for NFL coverage

Sky Sports has struck a three-year renewal deal with the NFL which kicks off tomorrow with the Dallas Cowboys taking on the New York Giants.

The deal, which runs until the close of the 2014 season, includes 64 live games per season including three live games each week, playoff matches and the Super Bowl.

The agreement will see the partnership between Sky and the NFL run into its 20th year and follows recent rights renewal deals the broadcaster has struck with bodies including the Premier League, SPL, England and Wales Cricket Board and Rugby Football League.

Two live prime time fixtures will be shown every Sunday kicking off at 6pm and 9.15pm, three Thanksgiving Day clashes, plus regular matches on Thursday nights. There will also be live coverage of every wild card, divisional and Conference Championship playoff match and the annual season ending Super Bowl.

The NFL's RedZone score update show every Sunday of the regular season will be available via the red button, along with NFL Total Access twice a week and watch out for news of exciting new regular season midweek coverage as well.

Managing Director for the NFL UK Alistair Kirkwood said: "We are delighted to extend the relationship between the NFL and Sky Sports into its 20th year. Through Sky’s coverage the game has attracted many new fans in this country, and we look forward to another three seasons of excellent coverage.”

  In total, over 60 games will be shown live, beginning with the season-opening clash between the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants on September 5.

Confirmed games to be shown so far are:
Week 1
Wed 5 Sep Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants Midnight Sky Sports 1HD
Sun 9 Sep Indianapolis Colts at Chicago Bears 5.30pm Sky Sports 2HD
Sun 9 San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers 9.15pm Sky Sports 2HD

Week 2
Thur 13 Sep Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers 1.00am Sky Sports 1HD
Sun 16 Sep New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 5.30pm Sky Sports 3HD
Sun 16 Sep Washington Redskins at St Louis Rams 9.15pm Sky Sports 3HD

Two new HD channels launch on Sky HD

Eurosport 2 HD launched 3rd September 2012.
With HD subscription:
Eurosport 1 HD - 411
Eurosport 2 HD - 412
Eurosport - 413
Eurosport 2 - 443

With no HD subscription:
Eurosport 1 - 411
Eurosport 2 - 412
Eurosport HD - 413
Eurosport 2 HD - 443

Eurosport HD and Eurosport 2 HD available with a Sky HD subscription TCM HD is now live on Sky channel 317. TCM SD has moved to 341. (for HD viewers).

TCM HD available with a Sky HD subscription

Freesat launches new TV guide called

Freesat, the UK’s free-to-air digital satellite television provider, today launches a new smart on-screen TV guide, available in its next generation Freesat+ boxes (originally dubbed “G2″).

Called , the service offers new features in a single, simple and easy to use guide:

- A backwards TV guide letting you turn back time and watch programmes that have already been on, but you may have missed

- An ‘at a glance’ Now & Next view to show what’s on the minute you sit down

- A new Showcase section that offers recommendations on programmes to watch tonight, in the coming week and on demand

- *On Demand TV from BBC iPlayer and ITV Player with 4OD and Demand 5 launching before Christmas

- Improved recordings that make it even easier to record TV at a touch of a button and find episodes automatically filed into series – just like a DVD boxset

The next generation Freesat+ boxes join the existing range of Freesat digital satellite HD boxes and integrated HDTVs and will be available to buy from John Lewis, Currys, Comet and other retailers and online later this month.

Set top box manufacturer Humax is producing the first new box with and will be priced at £279. Boxes from Sagemcom, Philips and Manhattan will follow.

Connecting the box to home broadband will power the backward TV guide, give access to On Demand and the full Showcase. Freesat is also planning to launch additional movie and music services in the future.

Emma Scott, Managing Director of Freesat said: TV is a simple pleasure that technology can make even better, not more complicated. Our new boxes with give satellite viewers everything they get with freesat today and so much more in a single, simple and easy to use on screen guide. We want to help viewers find something great to watch the minute they sit down, so they can spend less time searching and more time watching the TV they love. Having now exceeded 2.6m Freesat sales we’re thrilled to be launching today and offer satellite homes more quality, choice and value without a subscription.

Note that many of these new "Freesat" services will only be available with a UK ADSL / Broadband Internet connection.


BBC to allow mobile phone and tablet owners to download shows

The BBC is to allow people to download its shows to their mobile phones and tablets for the first time. It is hoped the move will avoid nightmare tales of holidaymakers accidentally racking up huge mobile phone bills while watching TV abroad. Now, they can simply download shows before they go Programmes to be made available for download from today on iPhones and iPads include Doctor Who. A version for Android handsets and tablets will be made available 'in the near future' The BBC also revealed new data about who was watching programmes on the move. It said children's content is particularly popular on tablets, as they are devices kids can sit and play with wherever. BBC Three comedy is popular on smart phones, and the corporation believes it is watched by young people while out and about or waiting for a bus or train. Daniel Danker, the BBC's general manager of on-demand programmes, said: 'This fundamentally changes one of the most annoying restrictions about viewing programmes. 'It means audiences are liberated from the constraints [of online-only viewing] and it fundamentally changes what it means to go on holiday.' 'With mobile downloads, you can now load up your mobile phone or tablet with hours and hours of BBC programmes, then watch them on the road, on the tube, on a plane, without worrying about having an internet connection or running up a mobile data bill.' Once downloaded, programmes will be available for 30 days, or within seven days of being watched. Up to 50 hours of TV will fit on a 16GB iPhone or iPad, or 25 hours of higher-definition content. Users must have a wi-fi connection to download BBC programmes, but will soon be able to select shows for offline viewing via a 3G mobile phone network. The iPlayer service has been a huge success, and the BBC says mobile requests for the iPlayer have leapt 142% in the past year to 30m a month. The iPad is now the second most popular way to watch the iPlayer, after the PC. The BBC has also made the service available via a plethora of other devices, from the Xbox 360 and PS3 games consoles to TV set top boxes such as the YouView service. source:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

'Strictly Come Dancing' returns Saturday, September 15

The full trailer for Strictly Come Dancing series 10 and the show's premiere date have been released.
Judges Len Goodman, Craig Revel Horwood and Bruno Tonioli are shown flashing their best dance moves with new panellist - ballet star Darcey Bussell - in the promo clip.

After the dance-off to David Bowie's classic 'Let's Dance', it is revealed that the BBC entertainment series will kick off its latest run on Saturday, September 15.

The show is expected to resume its ratings battle with The X Factor across the autumn after securing higher audiences on various weekends last year.

Children's TV icon Johnny Ball, cricket legend Michael Vaughan, Fern Britton, Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh, Jerry Hall and Westlife's Nicky Byrne are among the rumoured celebrities taking part this year.

TCM Movies HD channel launching on Sky September 4th

Turner Broadcasting has today (August 31) announced that its TCM movies channel will get a high-definition simulcast on Sky next month.

Turner Classic Movies HD will be on Sky channel 317 and will start broadcasting on September 4
Turner Classic Movies HD will show three weeks of some of the greatest movies of all time.

This includes a first week featuring masterpieces such as Ben Hur, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Casablanca and The Philadelphia Story, all shown in HD.

From September 10, the channel will launch 'HD Western Week', involving films such as The Searchers, How the West Was Won and Rio Bravo.

That will be followed by 'HD Musicals Week' from September 17, showcasing favourites including The King and I, The Wizard of Oz and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Also celebrating the HD launch will be the Movies at 9pm programme, which will air a range of new acquisitions including Road to Perdition, Phone Booth and Collateral Damage.

TV dramas Hell on Wheels and Deadwood will also now be shown on TCM in HD.

TCM has had a strong year in 2012, as month-on-month growth helped the network climb to become the third most-watched film network in the UK, behind Film4 and Sky Movies Premiere.

The channel has moved up from being the eighth most popular film channel in 2010 and now attracts four million viewers every month.