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Monday, June 29, 2015

Discovery win Europe wide Olympic rights from 2018

Possible loss of Olympics on the BBC from 2022 games, as Discovery win Europe wide rights...but they can resell or sub contract to other broadcasters...

BBC rights for the 2018 and 2020 games remains unaffected.

Latest UK satellite TV changes - Freesat Guide moves to the UK beam

Latest UK satellite TV changes.

IMPORTANT : The Freesat guide has now moved to the UK beam.

If you cannot receive BBC or ITV channels, then you may not be able to receive the Freesat Guide, and your Freesat box may not function correctly.

Hopefully, most people in my service area should be OK. It will affect those using Freesat receivers in the south of Spain, and Portugal.

Friday, June 26, 2015

UK Police crackdown on pirated goods (Android TV boxes) on offer on Facebook

Trading standards officers and police are carrying out a crackdown across England, Wales and Northern Ireland against those who offer pirate and counterfeit products via Facebook.

Interestingly, 'pirate' Android boxes have been targeted again, for streaming content illegally.

Facebook accounts are more and more being used as a way to distribute pirated content..
Operated by the National Trading Standards eCrime Team alongside the National Markets Group (with members the BPI, Federation against Copyright Theft and the Alliance for Intellectual Property Theft) Operation Jasper is manned by officers from police and government agencies and is reportedly the largest operation of its type. It is targeted at “criminals” who exploit social media to commit “copyright theft” and sell “dangerous and counterfeit” goods.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Wimbledon Tennis Championships starts on Monday 29th June 2015.

Wimbledon Tennis Championships starts on Monday 29th June 2015.

The BBC are the host broadcaster.

The BBC will be offering their "red button" streams, allowing viewers a choice of courts to watch.

Coverage in FULL HD on Freesat and Sky, and Red Button!

Frequency changes for many UK TV channels today

As part of the agreement between Eutelsat and SES, and as part of the satellite renewal program at 28 east, many channels are changing frequencies, as they are moved between the satellite.

Included in these frequency changes are BT Sport, Discovery channels,

Viewers with Sky and Freesat receivers: Frequency changes should be handled automatically by the receiver.

Viewers with other satellite receiver may have to perform a rescan to continue to view channels that have changed frequencies.

List of channels and affected frequencies (so far!) can be found here :

Saturday, June 20, 2015

BT Sports to cost Sky viewers £20 per month

Non-BT broadband customers who want to watch the full set of BT Sport channels from August via Sky will need to pay at least £19.99 a month.

Until now, BT Sport on Sky has been available to the majority of non-BT broadband customers for £13.50 a month.

BT Sport from August this will increase to £19.99.


More information :

Friday, June 19, 2015

Updated BBC Astra 2 frequencies for movement to Astra 2G

The BBC have updated their list of frequencies for their UK services.

This new list does confirm that a number of their channels has indeed moved to the new Astra 2G satellite.

BBC ONE Scotland HD, BBC ONE Wales HD, BBC FOUR HD, CBeebies HD and BBC NEWS HD can now be confirmed as having moved to Astra 2G in the last few days.

All the details of the BBC frequencies on the Astra 2 group of satellite can be found here :

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Astra 2G is live, and channels are moving to the new UK TV satellite

Astra 2G is live, and channels are moving to the new UK TV satellite

Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite at the Astra 28 east slot is now live and carrying channels.

Although at the time of writing there has been no official statement from SES or any broadcasters.

But about a dozen frequencies have moved to Astra 2G from Astra 2E, Astra 2F and the aging Eutelsat 28A over the last few days.

More information and the channels and frequencies affected :

Extra BBC Red Button services over the summer....more details available

Extra BBC Red Button services over the summer....more details available

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The BBC has confirmed details of the additional Red Button service it will offer this summer

These extra services will allow access to extra coverage from Glastonbury and Wimbledon.

There will be three Red Button options during Glastonbury and six Red Button options for Wimbledon.

There will also be a HD Red Button service on satellite during Wimbledon.

More information and channel numbers :

Sky channel changes - Sky Movies change frequencies

Sky channel changes - Sky Movies change frequencies.

( source : )

A few days ago, the Sky Movies Standard Definition channels, changed their frequencies.

The Sky Movies channels used to be on frequency 11836 H.

But a few days ago, they changed to a new frequency.
To read more :

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

2015 Austrian Grand Prix - UK TV Coverage on Sky Sports and BBC Sport

2015 Austrian Grand Prix - UK TV Coverage on Sky Sports and BBC Sport

Formula 1 heads back to Europe to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix!

Sky Sports F1 will be screening the weekend’s action live.
And in addition both qualifying and the race will be simulcast live on Sky Sports 1.

The Austrian Grand Prix is a BBC highlights race

More information and TV Times :

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015

XMBC / KODI Android TV Box Sellers Raided By Police for copyright infringement

XMBC / KODI Android TV Box Sellers Raided By Police for copyright infringement

Sellers of Android boxes loaded with software enabling the free viewing of movies, TV shows and live sports (like Sky TV) have been raided this week by UK authorities.

Trading Standards officers, police and representatives from Sky TV carried out raids in several locations, causing other sellers to quickly reconsider the tone of their marketing efforts.

Apple TV boxes, Android set-top boxes and even the lowly Raspberry PI can run software such as Kodi (previously XBMC) alongside third-party addons to provide all of the above at virtually zero cost.

And the provision of these third-party addons are what the broadcasters and rights holders are acting against.

More information :

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Astra 2G - New UK TV satellite news updatev

Astra 2G - New UK TV satellite news update

Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite is now slowly moving towards the UK TV slot at 28 east.

At the time of writing it is at 32 degrees east, and as it is moving at about 0.5 degrees a day, will be at 28 east by the 15th June.

Once in position, it is expected that channels  on the aging and failing Eutelsat 28A will be moved to Astra 2G. Also some channels from the two other new satellites, Astra 2E and Astra 2F, will also move to Astra 2G.

More information on Astra 2G on the links below:
Astra 2G Satellite Information - Reception in Costa Blanca and Spain
Astra 2G Satellite Information - Signal Footprint Reception Maps
Astra 2G Satellite Information - Transponders, Frequencies and Channels
Astra 2G Satellite Information - Images and Pictures
Astra 2G Satellite Specifications and Launch Details
Astra 2G News Updates and Testing Information

UK TV VPN - Special Offer - Summer 2015

HMA, one of the most popular VPN service, is having a limited time special offer.

A VPN allows you to access content that is "geo-blocked".

Content on such services like BBC IPlayer and Sky Go, are only meant to be available in the UK, and a re geo-blocked in other countries. Using a VPN you are allocated a UK IP internet address, and so you can access the BBC Iplayer and Sky GO content.


You can run the VPN service on a PC, laptop, tablet, and a router.

Sign up here : "Hide My Ass" VPN Service  

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sky channel shuffle - some channels get new numbers from the 9th June

With the merger of Sky Arts 1 and 2 to form a single channel, Sky Arts, there will also be some channel number changes.

These channel number are on the Sky platform and will take place on the 9th June 2015.

Monday, June 1, 2015

UK Satellite Changes - True Movies moves to UK beam

UK Satellite Changes - True Movies moves to UK beam

As mentioned in a previous post ( ) preparations are taking place to move channels from Eutelsat 28A to the new Astra 2G satellite.

And last night some of those preparations took place.

A number of channels on 4 frequencies on Eutelsat 28A moved to the Astra 2F satellite.

Interestingly they have been moved to the UK beam of the 2F satellite.

And not the European beam.

This will mean that these channels may have been lost for some viewers in southern Spain, Portugal, South of France and Italy, as their satellite dishes are now too small to receive these channels on their new "temporary" beam.

It is unknown if these channels will remain on a UK beam or be on the European bean if and when they move to their permanent home Astra 2G.

Affected channels and frequencies :