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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Power Cuts? No Satellite Signal on your Sky HD box? Here is how to reset a Sky digibox with an alternative default transponder frequency setting.

If you have experienced a power cut and are having problems rebooting your Sky HD Box in this storm we are having, then you may have to help your Sky HD box to boot up.

You may need to do the reset after un plugging - Standard / HD SKY Receiver reset:

Should you experience a power cut or message “No Satellite Signal Being Received” please follow these easy instructions to reset the Sky HD Box (for High Definition Boxes)

1. Unplug the box from the power for 15 seconds, then reapply the power.

2. On the remote press SERVICES

3. On the remote press 0 0 1 SELECT

4. You have now be looking at the installer setup menu

5. On the remote press RIGHT to go to TXPONDER / Default Transponder

6. Press DOWN on the remote to go to the first line.

7. Change the frequency (the first number) from 11778 to another using the number buttons on the remote control.
You can use a number of different frequencies - there is no "exclusive" one that you use.
Popular ones are 12207, 12051, 12285, 11817.

8. Press the GREEN button on the remote to "Save New Settings".

8. Press the SKY button on the remote control and wait while the box download the channel list.

9. The information banner should populate with details for Sky Info Channel 998 - although you may not receive this actual channels, you can make sure your other channels are there by trying 501 Sky News.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Entertainment Extra + : Sky launches new pack to boost 3D

Sky TV has introduced a new basic tier TV subscription designed to drive uptake of its 3D channel.

Entertainment Extra + will offer subscribers access to 3D entertainment content such as Galapagos via the linear Sky 3D channel and on-demand service.

3D sports and film content will be blocked for Entertainment Extra + customers – remaining accessible only by the broadcaster’s top tier Sky World subscribers.

The £31.50 per month pack, which launches in April, sits alongside the existing Entertainment and Entertainment Extra packs and also includes access to 45 HD channels.

Currently subscribers to the Entertainment and Entertainment Extra packs, who pay £21.50 and £26.50 per month respectively, must pay an additional £10.25 for access to the HD channels but this will be cut to £5.25 from April.

As part of the changes Sky will move its archive library of shows exclusively onto the new Entertainment Extra + pack.

Sky’s brand director of TV products Luke Bradley-Jones said in a blog post that the new pack was designed to convert SD homes into 3D and HD homes.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

BBC 2 HD to launch in March 2013

BBC Two HD will launch at 6am on March 26 and will be available on Sky HD (169), Freeview HD/YouView (102), Virgin Media (187), Freesat HD (109) and BT Vision (852).

It will replace the BBC HD channel and be available as before as a subscription-free HD network on all platforms.

It is unclear where HD content from BBC Four and BBC Three may be made available, although it can still be offered via on-demand platform BBC iPlayer.

"This is the wrong card for this set top box" - use your Sky card in your home in Spain

You can use a Sky TV subscription card from the UK in Spain so that you can watch all your Sky TV and British TV channels in Spain.

However, if you use a Sky card in a different Sky box, then for some Sky TV channels, like Sky Sports and Sky Movies, then you will be unable to watch these channels. You will get the "This is the wrong card for this set top box" error message on the screen.

Using our satellite receiver, you can now watch Sky Sports and Sky Movie channels in your holiday home, without the need for "pairing" the card with Sky TV.

For more information see:

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Sky TV channels recently moved to Astra 1N, and may have affected reception of these channels

Further to this recent post ( ), here is a complete list of channels that have moved from Astra 2B satellite to the Astra 1N satellite.

In some areas of Spain reception of some channels will have improved, as the channels used to be on a "weaker" Astra 2B south North beam signal, are now on a relatively "stronger" signal.

In some areas of Spain reception of some channels will have reduced, as the channels used to be on a "strong" Astra 2B south beam signal, are now on a relatively "weaker" signal.

Astra 1N 12090.00 V 20 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
National Geographic HD UK
Comedy Central HD UK
Eden HD
Nickelodeon HD

Astra 1N 12110.00 H 21 Pan Europe DVB-S QPSK 27500 2/3
Sky Sports F1
Sky One +1
Sky Sports 1
Sky Sports 2 Ireland
Sky Sports 3
Fox U.K.
Sky Living
Comedy Central UK

Astra 1N 12148.00 H 23 Pan Europe DVB-S QPSK 27500 2/3
Sky Arts 2
Sky Atlantic
Sky Sports News
Sky Sports News Ireland
Sky Spts News
Sky Sports 1
Eurosport 2
Sky Sports 4
Fox +1 U.K.
Comedy Central Extra

Astra 1N 12168.00 V 24 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
Sky Movies 007 HD / Sky Movies Showcase
Sky Drama HD
Sky Scifi/Horror HD
Sky Comedy HD

Astra 1N 12188.00 H 25 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
Dave HD
Watch HD
Animal Planet HD

Astra 1N 12207.00 V 26 Pan Europe DVB-S QPSK 27500 2/3
Sky Sports 2
Sky News
Sky News Ireland
Sky One Ireland
Pick TV
Pick TV +1
Sky Two
Community Channel

Astra 1N 12226.00 H 27 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
Good Food HD
Cartoon Network
Disney Cinemagic HD U.K.
Disney Channel HD UK

Astra 1N 12246.00 V 28 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
Sky Action HD
NatGeo Wild HD
History HD
Crime HD

Astra 1N 12266.00 H 29 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
Sky Sports News HD
ESPN America HD
Channel 5 HD

Astra 1N 12285.00 V 30 Pan Europe DVB-S QPSK 27500 2/3
Sky Oscars
Sky Arts 1
Sky One
Sky Atlantic
Sky Living
Sky Living +1
British Eurosport
Chelsea TV
Sky Sports 2

Astra 1N 12304.00 H 31 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
More 4 HD
Eurosport 2 HD

Astra 1N 12324.00 V 32 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
Discovery HD UK
Sky Box Office

Astra 1N 12363.00 V 34 Pan Europe DVB-S2 QPSK 29500 3/4
Sky Sports HD 3
Sky Sports F1 HD

BBC "SATBACK" Sytem on Intelsat 27.5W - currently available with new BISS Keys

In a previous post ( ) we mentioned that there is a satellite that is carrying BBC ITV C4, and in HD, for free, that can be received on a small satellite dish ( )

This is of particular interest to people in South of Spain and Portugal, who may be panicking about the potential loss of their UK TV with the "change to the new satellites".

However, this system relies on "hacking" into some encrypted signals.

And people who bought this system, with the promise of "trouble free future proof" UK TV viewing, only has this for a few weeks, as the key codes to unlock this system were changed.

Well at the moment the code keys are "public" and are available - so if you have a compatible receiver, and a dish for 27.5w, then you can currently watch BBC ITV C4 channels using a small dish - ideal for people who may struggle with reception due to the new satellites coming into play...but for how long will these code be public....?

Sunday, February 3, 2013

ESPN in talks to sell UK sports rights - closing in May 2013??

Sports broadcaster ESPN is reportedly in talks to sell its UK sports rights as speculation over the future of its UK channels mount.
ESPN UK lost out on Premiership Football and other rights following BT's entry to the sports rights market last year. Coverage of Premier League matches on ESPN UK ends this May, leaving the channel with a reduced portfolio of sports rights.

According to a report in media journal Broadcast today, the broadcaster is now in negotiations with other parties, thought to include BT and Sky, to sell its remaining rights to events including FA Cup and SPL matches. Any transfer of rights would have to approved by the relevant authorities who originally awarded the rights to ESPN.

The reports have raised fears that ESPN's UK channels might close following the end of the current football season.

ESPN has been on air in its current format since 2009, when it acquired numerous sports rights following Setanta's collapse in June of that year. Before then, it operated ESPN America as a standalone channel showcasing sport from its U.S. service.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Disney Cinemagic to close in March 2013

Disney Cinemagic to close in March 2013

The Disney Cinemagic channel will be closing in late March, so it’ll no longer appear on your Sky TV Guide from this time.

If you don’t have the Sky Movies Pack but pay for Disney Cinemagic as a standalone channel, you'll no longer see this channel on your bill.

Frequently Asked Questions
  1. I have the Sky Movies Pack. Will my bill be affected when Disney Cinemagic closes?
    • No. Your bill will remain exactly the same as you receive Disney Cinemagic as a bonus channel with your Sky Movies Pack.
  2. I don’t have the Sky Movies Pack (Sky Movies 1&2) but I pay for Disney Cinemagic as a standalone channel. How can I keep watching Disney movies when Disney Cinemagic closes?
    • You’ll have received a letter about the changes and how they affect you. There are dozens of Disney and other family movies available on the Sky Movies channels, to help keep everyone entertained.