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Sunday, May 2, 2021

Solar Storm alert with possible disruption to satellite signals

A SOLAR STORM travelling at more than 500 kilometres per second is due to collide with Earth on Sunday, and it could have enough of an impact to affect Earth's satellite technology.

A hole in the equatorial region of the Sun's atmosphere has appeared, researchers have said. The hole is spewing solar particles at a speed of 500 kilometres per second, or 1.8 million kilometres per hour. Unfortunately for Earth, it is in the direct path of the stream of solar particles.

Categorised as a G1 class storm, the impacts are expected to be minor but could include power grid fluctuations, impact on satellite operations, and even impacts on migratory animals when it hits today, 2nd May 2021.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

GB News channel set to launch soon on Freeview, Freesat and Sky

Andrew Neil’s new British news channel GB News is gradually approaching its launch.

On 28 April, it broadcast a “test signal” on channel 236 of Freeview and YouView TV services, tweeting “we’re hard at work building Britain’s New Channel.

And now GB News has confirmed it has been allocated a Freesat channel number.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

ITV changes on the 13th April 2021

A reminder of some UK TV changes for ITV1 and ITV1 HD and ITVBE that will be happening on Monday 13th April 2021.

Since late last year, ITV has been making changes to how it uses its local ITV1 regions. The aim has been to make ITV1 HD as the default option to Sky HD and Freesat HD users.

To do this and increase capacity on their satellite transponders for more ITV1 HD regional versions, they have been closing some of the standard definition regional versions of ITV1. Also, ITVBE+1 will also be closed.

Friday, April 2, 2021

Humax Freesat HDR 1100S Youtube Issue Fix

In early 2021, the Humax Freesat HDR 1100S set top box were affected by an issue, whereby the search function in the Youtube application did not work.

For some reason, when you selected search, the "keypad" appears for a second, then disappeared. This meant that you could no longer use the

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

More ITV1 SD regions set to close in April 2021

More ITV1 SD regions set to close in April 2021

ITV have announced that they will be closing down more ITv1 SD (standard definition) regional variations on satellite.

A similar exercise happened in late 2020, when a number of smaller ITV1 regions closed down ( )

The changes are required to help free up satellite capacity for making all ITV1 HD regions and sub regions HD only.

As a result of these changes in April, viewers will

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Having temporary loss of UK satellite TV signals in the morning? Dont worry, it is just the biannual solar outage time (March 2021)

Having temporary loss of UK satellite TV signals in the morning? Dont worry, it is just the biannual solar outage time (March 2021)

It is that time of year again when the sun 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 via satellite.

Don't panic - it is the bi-annual sun outage and normal this time of year.

This 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).

These solar outages occur when the sun is directly behind the satellite and the suns energy swamps the signal with interference.

This "satellite solar outage" happens at around 10.30 - 11.30 am and can last for up to 20 minutes and can take place up to 15 days.

Monday, February 22, 2021

All4 application to end on Samsung Smart TVs

All4 application to end on Samsung Smart TVs

From the 29th January 2021, the All 4 app will no longer be available on 2011 and 2012 Samsung smart TV models. This is due to recent technical changes which mean that it is no longer possible for Channel 4 to maintain the All 4 app on these devices. However, All 4 will continue to be available on Samsung 2013 model TVs and above. See the table below for more information about the specific models affected.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Popular streaming app Mobdro now working and closed down?

Popular streaming app Mobdro now working and closed down?

Mobdro is an app which allows you to watch Live TV, Movies and TV Shows from around the world completely FREE. Many users use it to watch football matches.

But in the last 24 hours, plenty of users haver been reporting that the app has gone offline and is no longer working. When trying to access a stream, users are seeing a "Can’t load data. Check your connection" error message.

Various rumours about the app being updates, a server update or problem have been circulating. But it actually appears that the app has been closed down due to legal issues.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Six Nations Rugby on TV 2021, could be the last on BBC and ITV as current broadcast deal comes to an end

The 2021 Six Nations takes place between 6 February and 20 March 2021.

The BBC have had live coverage of the Six Nations since its inception.

However, in 2016 it was announced that the BBC had renegotiated its deal and would start to share UK TV coverage of the Six Nations with ITV, for the next six years. Under this deal all England, Ireland and Italy home matches will be live on ITV; all Wales, Scotland and France home matches will be live on BBC: all Wales matches live on S4C.

The current UK TV deal ends with the 2021 Six Nations Championship.

And there are growing concerns that the Six Nations 2021 could be LAST available for free on BBC and ITV as Sky Sports and Amazon eye a UK TV rights bid.

Monday, January 11, 2021

Kids Channel Number changes on Sky today

Today saw a number of channel number changes on the Sky TV guide today.

This is due to a number of channels closing (ie Disney who are moving their content onto Disney+)