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Sunday, September 20, 2020

Satellite TV Solar Outage Time Again - October 2020

Satellite Solar Outage Time Again - October 2020

It is that time of year again when the Sun / Solar Outage can affect the power of satellite signals your satellite dish is receiving, resulting in a loss of some of the more weaker UK TV channels.

This is information for people who may be experiencing this for the first time, and a nice reminder for those that have lived here before

This occurrence happens in March and October for a couple of weeks every year, around the time of the Spring and Autumn equinox. In the northern hemisphere, sun outages occur before the March equinox (February, March) and after the September equinox (September and October).

This "satellite solar outage" happens at around 10.30 - 11.30 am and can last for upto 20 minutes.

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Three new ITV HD regions testing on satellite, reception may cause problems for Spain

ITV are currently testing three new ITV1 HD regions on satellite.

These regions are Central East, Meridian South and London.

So some Sky HD box users may notice that their 103 which is currently ITV 1 SD (Standard Definition), may revert to ITV1 HD soon.

ITV1 HD on Freesat will remain on Freesat channel 111.

However, these three new regions are testing on frequencies on the UK beam.

And those particular frequencies are very weak here in Spain, especially in my service area,

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Sky Arts to be available for free on Freeview and Freesat and Sky boxes soon.

Sky Arts, Sky Tvs dedicated arts and culture channel, will become free for everyone in the UK from September.

The decision to make Sky Arts free to air is, Sky says, a move to support and champion the arts at a vital time for the cultural sector. It puts artists and creatives centre stage on a channel that everyone across the UK can watch.

Sky Arts will be available subscription free on Freeview (UK only, since Freeview is not available in Spain!), Freesat, Sky, and other free to air satellite receivers.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Sky UK to launch new Sky Sports NFL channel

Sky and the NFL have agreed a new five-year partnership to broadcast the NFL, the first time the league has joined with an international broadcaster to launch a channel dedicated to the sport.

The agreement marks the 25th anniversary of live NFL coverage on Sky Sports and will see 'Sky Sports

Saturday, July 25, 2020

SkyEspa├▒a set to close on 1st September

SkyEspaña is set to close its internet based TV service on 1st September

SkyEspaña launched in 2017 in Spain in order to compete with HBO and Netflix, but appears to have lost that battle for subscribers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Viacom to close at least 6 UK satellite channels soon

Viacom, who operate Channel Five, MTV and Nickelodeon channels, will be closing channels on satellite soon.

Paramount +1 (Sky channel 250) close today (14th July)

MTV Rocks, Club MTV and MTV OMG will all be discontinued 6am next Monday, July 20.

The "+1" channels for MTV, MTV Music and

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Freesports HD has left Freesat.

Freesports HD has left Freesat.

According to reports, Freesports HD has been removed from the Freesat programme guide, apparently due to disputes over fees - although this has not been confirmed by either party.

The Freesports channel is still broadcasting, and is still on the Sky

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Sky to close three SD movie channels in move to go HD only distribution

Sky are to close three Standard Definition "Sky Cinema" channels, in a move seen to be towards HD only distribution in the UK.

The three Sky Cinema channels set to cease SD broadcasts from the end of June 2020 are : Sky Cinema

Travel Channel removed from Sky EPG

The Travel Channel has been removed from the Sky EPG today by channel operators Discovery.

This has meant a few Discovery channel number changes:

Travel Channel removed (178)
Discovery History 171 > 177
Discovery Home & Health 177 > 178
Discovery History +1 Move 271 > 277
Discovery Home

Is Virgin Media "cardsharing" about to end, and will it impact your IPTV?

Earlier this month, some Virgin Media users have been sent a letter to tell them that the box they are using to access Virgin Media (and therefore Sky UK) pay channels will soon no longer be able to be used for pay tv channels.

They will be issued with a free upgrade to a new Vigin Media box.

Why is this news and how could it impact your viewing on IPTV?