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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Default Transponder Frequency Changes - 12129 may no longer work in Spain

Default Transponder Frequency Changes - No satellite signal problems

If you use 12129 as the Default Transponder Frequency setting to help your Sky digibox boot up, then you may be finding this no longer works.

On the 31st May 2012, this frequency was no longer carrying any channels, with S4C moving from that frequency.

This means that this frequency is no longer able to help in booting a Sky box up.

So, if, for example after a power cut, you needed to use 12129 as the default transponder frequency on your Sky digibox in Spain then you will now need to use the new default transponder frequency setting.

You can use Frequency code of 12207 v 27.5 2/3 as the new the new default transponder frequency setting for Spain.

How to change to new default transponder frequency on a Sky Box

Sky Standard defintion boxes: Services, 4, 0, 1, select, 2, input frequency, save settings, sky button.

How to change to new default transponder frequency on a Sky HD Box

Sky High defintion boxes: Services, 0, 0, 1, right to txponder, input frequency, save settings, sky button.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Euro 2012 on UK TV - BBC or ITV showing which games?

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams sanctioned by UEFA. The final tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012. It is the first time that either nation has hosted the tournament.

euro 2012 football ukraine poland broadcasters

 Both the BBC and ITV will provide UK TV coverage of Euro 2012.

 ITV1 will screen England's opening and final matches in the pool stage of Euro 2012 football championship, against France and Ukraine respectively, with the BBC bagging England's first two knockout matches – should they make it that far.

 The BBC will also show England's second group game, against Sweden, as part of a deal that will split coverage of the 31 matches at the tournament next June between the two broadcasters.
For a list of games and which broadcasters are showing the matches see

All of the matches of Euros 2012 are available for free on BBC and ITV - which can currently be received on a small 1m satellite dish in most of Spain

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

ITV1 regions on freq 12402 changing to new frequency soon

The ITV1 regional variations, that are currently on frequency 12402 v 27.5 2/3 will soon be changing to a new frequency.

ITV1 Mer N (Meridean North)
ITV1 Anglia W (Anglia West)
ITV1 Yorks E (Yorkshire East)
ITV1 Central SW (Central South West)

will soon be moving to a new frequency.

The new frequency for these ITV1s will be
Frequency: 10994
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 22000
FEC : 5/6
More information on these frequency changes for ITV region available here

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Channel 4's 4seven catch-up channel to launch on July 4

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Channel 4's bold new channel aimed at reinventing catch-up television will launch on all the main UK digital television platforms on July 4, it has been confirmed.

In March, Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham announced 4seven, a new network which will allow viewers to recap on the Channel 4 shows that have caused the most online "buzz" over the past seven days.

For example, active discussion around shows such as Big Fat Gypsy Weddings or US drama Homeland on social media, blogs and online forums would give those programmes another spin on 4seven.
The channel will launch across all major television platforms on July 4, Channel 4 has confirmed.

Channel numbers for Virgin Media and Freesat are not yet known, but it is thought that 4seven will launch at channel 47 on Freeview in post-digital switchover areas, and replace More4 +2 on Sky at position 269 on the EPG.

4seven was met with a decidedly mixed response from Digital Spy readers in March, with many saying that there are already enough ways to catch up on programmes after their live broadcast, including on-demand platform 4oD and personal video recorder (PVR) services, such as Sky+, Freeview+ and Virgin Media TiVo.

However, viewing via video on-demand, PVRs and other means only makes up a relatively small percentage of overall TV viewing, as the majority is still done live while the viewers are sat on the couch with the remote control.

Moreover, many viewers still claim that they are missing the major TV programmes, particularly older audiences, which is a real issue for broadcasters who have invested in the content.

4seven will ensure Channel 4 shows are given maximum chances to reach their audience, but the network is also about more closely integrating the online "buzz" around programmes with the broadcast networks, even incorporating this into the look and feel of 4seven.

Discussing the new approach to catch-up TV in March, David Abraham said: "It's a variation which we think goes with the grain of increased optionality but that combines the continued strengths of digital TV with the opportunities of social media.

"As such we hope that it will be an example of how the TV network will continue to adapt and evolve in order to survive in this most revolutionary of decades for media consumption."


Friday, May 4, 2012

Vintage TV changing frequency

Vintage TV is changing frequency.

According to reports Vintage TV will be chaning frequency on the 7th of May 2012.

Vintage TV's new frequency on the Eutelsat 28A satellite at 28 degrees east is 12.643 H, SR 27.500, FEC 2/3

Sky box and Freesat box users hosuld not have to do anything, as these boxes hsould automatically updte to the new frequency.

Any other box user will have to manually rescan the above frequency for continued reception of Vintage TV

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sony Movie Channel - on Sky channel 323 - new channel replaces Movie4Men2

Sony Movie Channel is due to launch on Sky channel 323.

The new Sony Movie Channel launches on 3rd May!

The channel will be the UK's newest home for contemporary movies from the 80s, 90s and 00s. You'll find Sony Movie Channel on Sky Channel 323 (+1 on 324).

Sony Movie Channel won't be part of the pay package on Sky but you'll need a Sky card to watch, on Channel 323.

So it will need a Sky "free to view" / "freesatfromsly" viewing card.

Sony Movie Channel will NOT be available on Freesat.

Movie4Men2 will no longer being broadcast, with its channel number being used for Sony Movie Channel.

However the best of both Movie4Men and Movie4Men2 will be shown on a single M4M channel.

Movie4Men will continue at Sky 325 and Freesat 304.

Also M4M +1 service at Sky 326 and Freesat 305.

There is no change to Men&Movies, it will remain on Freesat at 143.

Some people trying to watch Movie4Men2 on a non sky or non freesat box will find that this channels is now flagged as being encrypted and scrambled. Again, this is due to the fact that Movie4Men2 channel no longer operates and it has been replaced by the Sony Movie Channel.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

German Astra 1 Analogue Swicth off...

The transponders on Astra 19 degrees have now ceased analogue transmissions.

This has impacted mainly German channels, however the channels affected have been available on digital satellite for some time.

It has also meant that the free English language versions of Eurosport is no longer available.


Some of the transponders have already been converted to digital, and are carrying a number of free HD channels.

11.347V - 3Sat HD, Kika HD, ZDFInfo HD
11.494H - ArteHD, ARD HD, SWR HD
11.582H - BR HD, Phoenix HD, NDR HD
11.641H - RTL HD Austria, RTL 2 HD Austria, VOX HD Austria, Super RTL HD (all encrypted)