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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

UK / Sky / Freesat channels move to temporary frequencies ready for a swap between satellites

UK / Sky / Freesat channels move to temporary frequencies ready for a swap between satellites

As we mentioned a few days ago ( ) some channels on Sky and Freesat will be moving frequencies.

This is because some of the frequencies the channels are currently transmitted from are being moved from the Eutelsat 28A satellite to Astra, as frequencies in question have been reallocated from Eutelsat to Astra. The changes affect services that have previously broadcast via the Eutelsat 28A satellite using a frequency band that rival SES (Astra) now claims as its own to use from the 4th October 2013.

The matter continues to be fought in the courts, but a recent ruling in Germany resulted in Eutelsat being told to stop broadcasting services in the contested frequency band by 4th October.

Consequently, services are now being transferred from Eutelsat to SES Astra's fleet of satellites.

These changes should be unnoticed for Sky and Freesat users, but some users with "generic" free to air receivers may have to perform a rescan should they lose a channel.

The changes will mean that viewers with generic free-to-air satellite receivers will need to retune twice in the coming fortnight to continue receiving all available services, and to regain access to any missing channels, but viewers with Sky and Freesat should see little disruption to their service, with both satellite TV operators working hard to ensure that their Electronic Programme Guides automatically redirect receivers to whichever frequencies are currently in use.

Frequency change
Channels included on the affected transponder
(not a full list)
11.508 H to 10.921 H
Sky Living+1
Sky Two Ireland
11.527 V to 10.979 V
BT Sport 1 (SD)
BT Sport 2 (SD)
11.546 H to 11.171 H
Zee TV
11.565 V to 12.305 H
Sky Box Office
Challenge + 1
11.585 H to 11.156 V
BT Sport 1 HD
BT Sport 2 HD
11.603 V to 12.187 H
Sky Box Office
Fox News
National Geographic
At the Races
11.623 H to 12.402 V
CNBC Europe
11.662 H to 12.129 V
BET U.K. +1
11.681 V to 12.422 H
Al Jazeera English
Men & Movies
12.523 V to 11.082 H
Heart TV
Capital TV
Clubland TV
Planet Pop
Rocks & Co
Gems TV
12.560 V to 11.112 H
Travel Channel
Horse and Country
QVC Beauty
TV Warehouse
12.560 H to 11.973 V
12.607 V to 11.141 H
The Active Channel
12.607 H to 11.953 H
12.643 H to 12.441 V
UMP Movies

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