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  • Watch Celebrity Big Brother Abroad

    28/07/2017

    Having just seen one of the most popular series of London Island aired to date on ITV2 with Kem and Amber eventually crowned as the winners, the reality TV is continuing.

    Channel 5 is about to reveal the winner of Big Brother and no sooner have they done that, the celebrities will be heading to the Big Brother house on 1 August for the launch show.

    Celebrity Big Brother 2017

  • TV Channels Lost Via Cardsharing

    30/03/2017

    Have you just lost some UK TV channels?

    A very popular way for expats living overseas in countries like Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Malta and other popular locations around the world to access UK TV services was via a method known as ‘cardsharing’. This was also extremely popular in Ireland as a way to get UK TV.

    Cardsharing is where some ‘techies’ discovered a way

  • BAFTA winners online

    7/03/2017

    BAFTAS’s winners and which films are available on the Eurobox

    There is nothing quite as exciting in the film industry as the BAFTAS. With its glitz, glamour and inspirational speeches it makes for the perfect Saturday night’s entertainment.

    The 70th British Academy Film Awards took place on Saturday 12th February this year and as promised they didn’t disap

  • Watch Game of Thrones Abroad

    7/03/2017

    Looking ahead to the return of the Game of Thrones with Season 7

    The countdown is on for the release of the new season of the Game of Thrones Season 7, which is set to air later this year.

    The dreaded long months of winter have arrived and the summer months will be shorter than ever, which is sure to create some exciting storylines. Rumour has it that with the n

  • How To Watch Six Nations Abroad

    9/02/2017

    We can hardly believe that a year has gone by since we were watching last year’s Six Nations rugby. With such a large expat community in countries like Canada, Cyprus, Malta, Thailand and many more overseas locations, it is a ritual for many to watch every pass of the ball.

    Many of the countries with expats comprise of all the home nations like Wales, Scotland and England and then mix

  • Earn Extra Income

    9/02/2017

    Do you want to earn extra income with a proven business model?

    Best TV Choice is expanding and we are now looking for talented resellers to market our first class Internet TV (TV) packages worldwide!

    The position is suitable for anyone who has a database of expat clients. And the best part is that we offer a residual income, as you will receive commission on a c

  • Watch UK TV On Holiday

    9/02/2017

    How you can watch UK TV on Holiday

    As well as our annual subscription we now offer new pay as you go packages, which allow our customers the flexibility and choice of exactly when and for how long they subscribe to our Internet TV service. You only pay for the period that you are subscribed and can switch off and on in real time.

    Our pay as you go TV packages ar

  • The X Factor vs Strictly

    22/11/2016

    The Battle of the Reality Shows – The X Factor vs Strictly

    The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing have not only become part of many Brits’ winter weekend viewing, they also mark the lead up to the festive season, and of course that all-important ‘ battle’ as the two shows that clash on Saturday night primetime, competing for viewings!

    Now in its 13th sea

  • Christmas TV

    22/11/2016

    Best TV Choice – Enjoy Christmas TV with the Eurobox

    Not only are the Christmas holidays an excuse to indulge in as much food as you can get your hands on, it’s also a great time to take advantage of relaxing in front of the TV with the family and your favourite festive films, soaps and sitcoms.

    First up is of course the annual Queen’s speech, which Queen Elizabeth II has been deliver

  • Check out some of the new additions to our incredible Video Club

    13/10/2016

    Recently added Movies

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  • LOGIN SOON REQUIRED FOR BBC iPLAYER

    13/10/2016

    All users of the BBC’s iPlayer service will have to log in with a personal account from early 2017. Users of BBC services can already create an online account – known as a BBC ID – but this is not currently required in order to access iPlayer. At the end of last month, BBC ID holders have also had to add a postcode to their account.

    TV Licensing has access to the information but th

  • BBC IPLAYER 'LOOPHOLE' TO CLOSE ON 1 SEPT

    7/08/2016

    BBC iPlayer rule changes 1 Sept 2016

    From 1st September, all users of the BBC’s iPlayer will be forced to hold a valid TV Licence before catch-up and live tv can be viewed, following a change in the law. The new rules apply to all devices used to a

  • SATELLITE RECEPTION FEELS THE HEAT

    31/07/2016

    Expats in hotter areas of Europe are now finding the BBC & ITV harder to receive, as satellite reception approaches its low point of the year.
    High temperatures lead to an increase digital noise in reception equipment, with more ‘no signal’ periods during the day, typically evenings. Added to this, an annual dip in strength over the summer can mean the UK beam signal drops below a r

  • 14th June - WHITE PAPER ON BBC PUBLISHED

    31/07/2016

    BBC iPlayer Logo

    Culture Secretary John Whittingdale’s department has published a white paper on proposed changes to the funding of the BBC. It’s possible the legislation may be passed in this session of Parliament.
    One key proposal is for BBC content to be ‘portable’, so th

  • Watch British Grand Prix Online

    9/07/2016

    Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are set to continue their no-holds-barred rivalry at Silverstone this weekend as the F1 roadshow turns its attention to the British Grand Prix.

    For those not lucky enough to be there, Best TV Choice can give you a grandstand view from the comfort of your own home through its TV packages—wherever you may be.

    Hamilton has won the past two British

  • Hacker Story

    16/06/2016

    Recently we were hacked and our server went down late on a Friday night. Nightmare as it is weekend. However we worked immediately to try and get service back as quickly as possible.

    We would like to share with you some of the emails from customers.

    “Sir, no problems with equipment and very happy to have reception back and in good time considering the amount of trouble you must have had lo

  • Watch Sport Online

    9/03/2016

    2016—a vintage sporting year

    If you like sports then what a year 2016 is lining up to be—and with Best TV Choice you can watch every minute of the action.

    France is host to the Euro 2016 football championships—where England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are all taking on Europe’s finest, while at club level can Lionel Messi help Ba

  • Online Video Club

    9/03/2016

    There is nothing quite like a movie night—warm pizza, butterscotch popcorn, a cold beer and endless supplies of your favourite classic movies, adrenaline rush horrors and the latest Oscar winners. Even in warmer climates, where the sun shines bright, it’s nice to draw the curtains, sit back, relax and chill-out now and again with a movie or two—or three!

    That’s easy enough with

  • BBC iPLAYER 'LOOPHOLE' TO BE CLOSED

    3/03/2016

    Legislation could soon be introduced to close the loophole in the law which enables iPlayer viewers to avoid having a TV licence if they BBC iPlayer Logo watch BBC TV as catch-up, but not live. The problem is costing the BBC a large amount of money, which it can ill afford.

    UK Culture Secretary John Whittingdale told the Oxford Media Convention he would bring forward the legislation “as soon as

  • CHANNEL FIVE HD MOVES TO UK BEAM

    3/03/2016

    In the latest switch-off to hit UK expats, the Europe beam HD version of Channel Five has today been switched off on 11798 H, leaving just the UK beam HD simulcast on 10964 H.

    Five’s new owners, Viacom, may be intending to remove encryption, making the channel free to air and eligible to join Freesat.

    As always you get this on all packages available for the Eurobox.

  • BT SPORT 1 REMOVED FROM EUROPE BEAM

    24/02/2016

    BT Sport Europe standard definition has followed the HD version in being removed from the Europe beam of Astra 2.

    It’s now on the UK-only narrow beam.

    In addition to the loss of BT Sport Europe today BT Sport 1 in standard definition has been moved to a UK-only transponder. It was previously on 11082 H, Astra 2G Europe.

    Expect BT Sport 2 SD to follow.

    Of course i

  • Watch Six Nations Rugby in Canada

    19/02/2016

    It’s that time of year that the thousands of rugby fans look forward to with anticipation, the Six Nations is back.

    Having now been the Six Nations for a good few years having allowed the Italians to take it up from the former Five Nations, it is a tournament where the pride of each nation rests on the broad shoulders of just a few men.

    England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Franc

  • IRISH CHANNEL FOUR NOW ON UK BEAM

    14/02/2016

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    As predicted below all of Channel Four, including Irish versions, were moved to the UK spot beam of Astra 2 last Tuesday.

    Do not miss out, order your Eurobox and never miss a program

  • ALL CHANNEL FOUR TO BE ON UK BEAM

    14/02/2016

     E4 Logo

    The last remaining versions of Channel Four which can be received in southern Spain and Portugal will shortly be moved to the UK spot beam of Astra 2. For many years, it has been possible to receive the C4 group of channels on small dishes over a wide area mainland Europe, extending int

  • SKY CHANGES: LESS MARGIN FOR ERROR

    21/01/2016

    Satellite suppliers have  received a few reports of lost channels in fringe areas. In the past week or so, some Sky channels, including E4 HD, Discovery HD and Living HD have had their error correction (FEC) reduced. This can lead to the channel being unreceivable in weak areas.

    At this time of year, reception of UK beams on Astra 2 begins to worsen, after peaking in strength around Ch

  • Internet TV Marbella

    20/01/2016

    Finding the best and most reliable Internet TV service provider in Marbella can be a bit of a minefield if you don’t know what you are looking out for. The common terminology for such services is TV and as you might imagine there are a few people offering the service at varying rates.

    TV In Marbella – what you need to know.

    What type of Internet TV i

  • Internet TV UK

    20/01/2016

    The great thing about Internet TV, or TV as it is more commonly known, is that you can access it from anywhere in the world. Well that is apart from some services directly from specific TV channels that lock down to their own country. But even that is no barrier for most TV service providers as they also have all shows like that available too, although you cn simply watch the missed show back u

  • BBC's TEN O'CLOCK NEWS EXTENDED

    16/12/2015

    BBC Ten O'clock News Picture: BBC

    Following a five-month trial earlier this year, the BBC has announced that from 11 January 2016, its main evening news programme will run to 10.45pm, Monday to Thursdays.
    The extension in running time means th

  • RTÉ TO GO EUROPE-WIDE

    16/12/2015

    RTE Logo

    Irish broadcaster RTÉ is reported to be testing new frequencies on the Europe beam of Astra 2. This is good news for Irish expats throughout mainland Europe, as up to now the old frequency of 10744 is one of the more difficult to receive outside the British Isles.

  • Best TV Service

    1/12/2015

    10 things that make our TV Choice the BEST TV Choice

    An accurate indication of quality when it comes to deciding which company to place your faith in for a trustworthy TV service in Canada is to check how long it has been around.

    So if I told you that not only were we the first TV provider in the country, but that we’ve been delivering international TV content for more than

  • DAVE, GOLD, DRAMA MAY BE MOVING TO UK-ONLY BEAM

    29/11/2015

    A new Astra 2 transponder has been illuminated in the past couple of days, carrying some popular channels which currently can easily be received all over Europe. The new frequency is on the UK-only beam, signalling that Home, Eden, GOLD, Yesterday, Dave, Good Food Channel, Watch, Alibi, Drama and Really may soon be lost to mainland Europe.

    However you will not lose them with the

  • BBC WORLD SERVICE RECEIVES £85m BOOST

    29/11/2015

    BBC World Service Logo

    In a reversal of previous policy, the UK government announced an £85m funding increase for the BBC World Service, only a year after completely cutting its grant.
    For more than 80 years the World Service was

  • BBC THREE TO CLOSE BY MARCH 2016

    29/11/2015

    BBC Three Logo

    The BBC’s youth-oriented TV channel, BBC Three, will close in early 2016, following approval from the BBC Trust. The BBC published a blog post this wee

  • TELETUBBIES RETURN TO BBC FOR NEW SERIES

    19/11/2015

    New Teletubbies Series on CBeebies

    The iconic and hugely successful children’s series Teletubbies is set to return to BBC’s CBeebies.
    The new series will be visually updated. New voices will be provided by

  • News Coverage in English

    19/11/2015

    One thing that most expats want when living overseas is to follow their home nations news coverage. While it is important to keep an eye on what is going on locally, it is also a source of comfort to watch news from back home.

    In particular, English expats want to be able to keep in touch with what is going on in the UK. While there are English papers available in Canada, they are not a

  • Watch I Am A Celebrity in Canada

    18/11/2015

    I’m a Celebrity… Get me TV in Canada!

    It always feels like I’m a Celebrity…Get me Out of Here was on our TV screens only yesterday. Doubly so for current King of the Jungle, Carl Fogarty, as the nightmare he went through of eating sheep testicles, rat tail soup and cow lips isn’t an experience he is likely to forget quickly!

    As for the ten new celebrities who are comin

  • DISNEY TO LAUNCH NETFLIX RIVAL

    14/11/2015

    Disney Life Logo

    Disney is to launch a subscription video streaming service in the UK, to compete directly with Netflix and Amazon Prime. Disney Life, as it will be

  • BBC BEGINS TO BLOCK VPN SERVICES

    14/11/2015

    BBC Logo

    In preparation for the launch next year of an iPlayer-style service aimed at US viewers the BBC has begun to block access from larger VPN servers, typically used by those who wish to view iPlayer outside the UK. Larger VPN providers, such as IPVanish and TogGuard have

  • 14 Day Catch Up

    6/11/2015

    We all know that 7 day catch up on your TV is an amazing feature but Best TV Choice here in Canada has gone a step further, just for you.
    Often, especially if you have been away for over a week, there is nothing more frustrating than having missed out on the opportunity to watch back those important shows you missed while you were away.

    Imagine not being able to catch up on that

  • Best TV Platform Canada

    6/11/2015

    NEW TV PLATFORM UNLEASHED

    Have you ever seen, experienced or heard about something and thought ‘that sounds too good to be true!’ Or rather, to narrow it down, has that ever been the case regarding UK TV in Canada? Being told that Best TV Choice now has its own platform may give you that sensation.

    This is something you will not have seen or experienced befo

  • TV Marbella

    28/10/2015

    Hi my name is Paul and I have lived in Marbella since 2003. Like many folk that moved to this area I came to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle and the better weather.

    It was not an easy decision to move away from the UK to a foreign country, mainly because of the changes to everything I was used to and took for granted.

    One of those things was my TV. I am not a person that spends a

  • TV Costa del Sol

    28/10/2015

    Do you live on the Costa del Sol? Were you enjoying your UK TV until SKY moved the satellite signal?

    Most UK expats living on the Costa del Sol from Sotogrande to Marbella, and beyond, who relied on a SKY box for their terrestrial TV services would be answering yes to both of the above questions.

    It was rumoured for nearly 2 years beforehand that this would be h

  • Scandinavian TV

    28/10/2015

    TV: Best for Scandinavian TV Packages

    Best TV Choice is an international company that offers international internet TV solutions. As such we have the best and most stable internet TV option for our SCANDINAVIAN CUSTOMERS wanting to view programmes in their own language.

    The Viking Box is proving a big hit with Swedish, Norwegian, Danish and Finnish clients in Canada and across E

  • Watch Champions League in Canada

    20/10/2015

    Football fans from all over Europe look forward to numerous Tuesday and Wednesday nights because they know it’s Champions League football.

    One of the most frustrating things for UK TV viewers is how to watch Champions League football without a SKY TV subscription.
    Living overseas and getting a SKY subscription is these days extremely difficult, especially if you want to add a

  • Watch Strictly in Canada

    20/10/2015

    BEST TV CHOICE: STRICTLY SERIOUS ABOUT DANCE

    It’s getting Strictly serious now—after the first few weeks of BBC’s hit Saturday night show Strictly Come Dancing the dust is starting to settle and everyone has their favourite. So who is going to win?

    Well, it looks like those from a showbiz background have the best chance this year, with The Wanted singer Ja

  • 7 day catch up TV

    20/10/2015

    NEVER MISS A PROGRAMME AGAIN WITH 7 DAY CATCH UP

    When it comes to watching English language TV our internet based TV packages mean you have the option of never missing a British or Irish TV programme ever again thanks to TV in Canada and 7-day catch up.

    Not only do we offer a huge selection of channels—in

  • Watch X Factor in Canada

    15/10/2015

    One of the most frustrating things for UK expats that move to Canada is maintaining UK TV. For years it was very simple as the SKY satellite boxes were an easy solution. Even those that didn’t wish to subscribe to any package could simply use the ‘free view’ boxes so they could get the terrestrial channels and more.

    Sadly since the launch of the new Astra 2E satellite where the ma

  • UK TV in Canada

    14/10/2015

    TV in Canada is one of the only main options most people now have available if they want to watch expat TV such as UK TV, Scandinavian TV and even Dutch TV.

    A couple of years ago we were all quite used to using our UK SKY satellite TV boxes to receive our normal UK TV service, but this changed when the Astra satellites changed over

  • NEW NETFLIX-STYLE SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE TO BE LAUNCHED BY BBC

    7/10/2015

    The BBC’s commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is to press ahead with a subscription service in the United States next year to compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime, despite the threat of privatisation by the UK government.

    Many BBC programmes will be available in the US for the first time. The move is to offset the cuts to the BBC’s budgets at home. There is pressure to cap prices to the lic

  • BBC UNDER RENEWED PRESSURE ON LICENCE FEE

    27/09/2015

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    As we approach the time when the renewal of the Charter is due next year (2016), the BBC continues to receive pressure from the major commercial channels due to the vast amount of ‘public’ money that is essentially just handed out to them. The BBC’s commercial rivals

  • CULTURE SECRETARY URGES BBC TO MOVE EVENING NEWS

    27/09/2015

    John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, said in a speech last week that the BBC should consider moving its evening news bulletin to the earlier time slot of 9pm to avoid a clash with ITV’s News at Ten. Those with long memories will remember that the BBC’s main news used to be at 9pm until ITV moved its bulletin to a variable time slot after 10.30pm, which caused it to be dubbed “News

  • SKY Satellite TV Coverage in Canada

    22/09/2015

    NO SATELLITE TV COVERAGE IN Canada? NO PROBLEM!

    TV viewers on the Costa del Sol and across large swathes of Europe lost access to all BBC TV and radio channels in February 2014, when transmission switched from the obsolete Astra 2D to the new Astra 2E satellite. ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 went the same way soon afterwards.

    Since then, even parts of Europe that

  • BT SPORT HD CHANNELS WEAKER STILL

    18/09/2015

    We’ve received reports from a wide area of Europe of loss of BT Sport HD channels in the past few days. It’s probably down to station keeping. The satellites at 28.2º are in geostationary orbit and are supposed to be in unchanging positions in space relative to earth. A small amount of movement is however allowed, and this disrupts reception in fringe areas. It could be a month to six

  • Rugby World Cup on TV

    11/09/2015

    Watch the Rugby World Cup 2015 live in Spain

    The clock is counting down to the big kick off for the Rugby World Cup 2015, and we have the perfect TV solution for those wanting to catch the action in Spain.

    The hugely anticipated event, being hosted by England, will be televised in the UK by ITV, giv

  • BT SPORT HD CHANNELS MOVE TO UK BEAM

    1/09/2015

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    All three BT Sport HD channels were moved to the UK-only satellite beam at 12 midday Friday 28th August in the morning. They are still available in standard definition on Sky Channels 427, 433 and 457. Sports fans across mainland Europe will be disappointed

  • AMAZON PRIME SIGNS CLARKSON, HAMMOND & MAY FOR NEW SHOW

    4/08/2015

    Top Gear logo

    As the rumours predicted, (see story below, Jul 15) the three former presenters of the BBC’s hit show Top Gear will return to worldwide screens in 2016 on the Amazon Prime streaming service. Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond were prevented by

  • ASTRA 2E ON THE MOVE

    4/08/2015

    SES Astra Fleet at 28.2º east

    Following the recent addition of Astra 2G to the UK satellite broadcasting slot, many UK TV fans around Europe breathed a sigh of relief, as the expected channel losses in expat areas failed to materialise. Sky channels on the t

  • JEREMY CLARKSON PLANNING NEW MOTORING SHOW

    23/07/2015

    The former presenter of the BBC’s Top Gear program, who was fired earlier this year, is reported to be in talks with American TV networks, including Netflix, to enable him (and, probably, former co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond) to return to British screens much sooner than the BBC (and its lawyers) would like. Clarkson, May and Hammond apparently have a contractual obligation which

  • BBC TRUST CONFIRMS BBC THREE TO CLOSE

    6/07/2015

    BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead today said that the final decision had been taken to close BBC Three as a live TV channel. It will move online-only from next year. She also surprised many by announcing that there will be no BBC One+1 in its place, meaning broadcast capacity will go unused. There will, however, be an extra two hours each day for CBBC, which currently time-shares with BBC Three.

  • ASTRA 2G CHANNEL MOVES UNDERWAY

    22/06/2015

    A number of channels are in the process of being moved from Eutelsat’s 28A satellite to Astra 2G, which arrived at its permanent orbital slot earlier this week.
    BT Sport 1 & 2 HD appear to be staying on the Europe beam, which will be a relief to many sports fans in southern Europe. A duplicate transponder has lit up carry BT’s channels, presumably on Astra 2G. (11477 V 23000, DVB-S2

  • MAINLAND EUROPE LOSES MORE UK CHANNELS

    2/06/2015

    In a planned move, SES Astra have switched some channels from Eutelsat’s 28A satellite to their own Astra 2F. Transponders C3 and C4 (11307 and 11343) were moved in the small hours of the morning to Astra 2F’s UK-only beam, causing loss of signal in the fringes of Europe, including much of the Mediterranean, southern Spain and Portugal.
    We’ve already received a report from the Algarve

  • 2G IN PLACE ON 15 JUNE

    1/06/2015

     Astra 2G will be in its final position at 28.3º east on 15th. June. It is currently being moved westwards at 0.64º per day. Services will be transferred to the new satellite almost immediately. Reports indicate there will be a complete migration from Eutelsat’s 28A by the end of June.

    Some people in the fringes of mainland Europe may see loss of channels, othe

  • RACE AGAINST TIME TO REPLACE FAILING EUROBIRD SATELLITE

    1/06/2015

     

    One principal role of the new Astra 2G satellite is to take over the TV and radio services currently broadcast from Eutelsat’s 28A satellite, which serves the UK from 28.5º east. 28A (formerly Eurobird) was launched in March 2001 and is now two years beyond its projected lifespan.
    In time, output power from any satellite falls as solar panels lose effici

  • ASTRA 2G BEGINS TO MOVE WESTWARDS

    27/05/2015

     

    Reports indicate that Astra 2G, the last replacement satellite for the UK, has finished testing and is being moved to its final position to serve the UK. It looks as though it will be at 28.3º east in the first week of June. A number of channel changes will follow fairly quickly, as the 21 frequencies currently in use from Eutelsat’s end-of-life satellite, Eur

  • Intelsat 907 – Military Satellite

    27/05/2015

    Many communities and residents have taken advantage of getting some of the lost terrestrial channels to Astra 2E from the Intelsat Military satellite on 27.5W. Arquiva, who run the service in Canada, are about to start prosecuting people selling, and using this system.

    It is ILLEGAL to sell, or use this system.
    As soon as you put in numbers to break the BISS encryption, the law ha

  • SKY ARTS 2 CLOSES ON 9 JUNE

    7/05/2015

    One of Sky’s two arts channels, Sky Arts2, will close next month, after failing to win a big enough audience. As few as 10,000 people tune in to its primetime offerings of classical, opera and rock music, though its Playhouse Presents first-run drama strand at times managed up to 100,000, aided by Daniel Radcliffe and Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, who starred in the 2012 A Young Doctor

  • ASTRA 2G TEST TRANSMITTING

    7/05/2015

    Signals from Astra 2G are being received from its test position, which is well away from its permanent slot at 28.3º east, from where it will serve the UK and ROI in late May or early June.

    SES have wasted no time in commissioning the satellite’s transponders. When it goes into service in a few weeks, it will take over transmissions from Eutelsat’s Eurobird satellite. Whilst some chann

  • ITV 2HD and ITV 4HD TO SWITCH TO UK BEAM

    24/04/2015

    It looks as though ITV’s subscription HD versions of ITV 2 and ITV 4 will shortly follow ITV 3HD to the UK spot beam, cutting off these channels to large parts of Europe, including southern Canada and Portugal.
    Two new test channels have opened up on Astra 2F’s UK-only beam.
    (11053 H, DVB-S2/8PSK, MPEG-2/MPEG-4, data rate:23000, FEC: 3/4, Videoguard encryption)
    Since

  • SKY CHANNELS HARDER TO RECEIVE

    24/04/2015

    Some Sky channels on the Astra 2E Europe beam have had their error correction reduced, making them harder to receive in the fringes of Europe. Transponders 11 and 23 have moved from 2/3 to 5/6 FEC.(Forward Error Correction). This means less of the signal is used to correct errors in the data. Use of 5/6 FEC is why the old Astra 2D was so difficult to receive out of the UK.
    A lower rate of

  • SKY SUBSCRIPTION PRICES TO RISE

    30/03/2015

    In a surprise move, Sky have announced an earlier-than-usual hike in subscriptions, effective from June. Prices normally rise in September. Sky Sports packages will rise by £1 per month.
    Regular readers of this column will not be surprised at the move.

    It was predictable in the light of the near-doubling of the price paid by Sky to screen Premiership football from 2016.
    Sky

  • ASTRA 2A SATELLITE CEASES TRANSMISSION

    10/03/2015

    Channels carried by the ageing Astra 2A have been switched to the European beams of the new satellites at 28.2º east, Astra 2E and Astra 2F.
    Launched in 1998, with a predicted lifespan of 15 years, Astra 2A was two years beyond retirement age.
    For many viewers in western Europe, the 5th March switch has meant signals are now stronger than before, notably the UK and near contine

  • SUN OUTAGE: SPRING 2015

    10/03/2015

    Satellite viewers in many parts of Europe have been losing UK channels at around 11 am CET, for up to 14 minutes, for the past ten days.
    Twice a year at the equinox, the satellites pass close to the sun, which temporarily overwhelms transmissions. (If they are being received weakly on the ground).
    Strong channels such as Sky News, Sky Sports and Movies aren’t affected. Viewers

  • ITV 3 HD LOST IN SOUTHERN EUROPE, MAY BE FOLLOWED BY OTHERS

    22/02/2015

    On Wednesday, 18th. February, ITV 3 HD was moved to the UK narrow beam, causing loss of signal across large parts of Europe.

    ITV3 HD logo

    When BBC and ITV moved satellites last February, encrypted broadcasts of ITV2 HD, ITV3 HD, and ITV4 HD remained on the Europe-wide beam of A

  • SKY RAISES ORIGINAL PROGRAME BUDGET

    9/02/2015

    Sky’s chief executive Jeremy Darroch has said its budget for original, home-grown content has hit its target of £600 million, with the launch of its new series Fortitude (right).
    Increasingly, Sky is ploughing money into big-budget drama, to compete on level terms with Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, who have already discovered that high-budget drama is a big hit with audience

  • SKY SNATCHES OPEN GOLF FROM BBC

    9/02/2015

    After 60 years, the Open Championship golf tournament will shown by Sky Sports in two years’ time. Currently aired by the BBC, from 2017 the corporation will only be able to show a two-hour highlights programme each night. It’s believed Sky doubled the amount on offer from the BBC, making the five-year deal worth around £70 million.

  • BT SPORT SET TO SIGN GARY LINEKER

    3/02/2015

    Hugely successful as a player and at the BBC, acknowledged by industry insiders as “the best in the business”, Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker may soon anchor for BT Sport when its coverage of Champions League football begins next season. Though t

  • ASTRA 2G PARKED IN MILITARY TEST POSITION

    3/02/2015

    Following its successful launch late last year, SES’s new satellite for the UK has been stabilised in an orbit west of its final destination of 28.2º east, and is likely to stay in this position for some weeks.

    At some point, probably before Easter, it will be moved eastwards to join its sister spacecraft serving the UK.

    Astra 2G is being held at 21.5º east to preserve a broad

  • ASTRA 2G HAS X-BAND MILITARY CAPABILITY

    8/01/2015

    It has emerged recently that Astra 2G has been fitted with a transponder in the military X-band group of frequencies.
    SES, in partnership with the Luxembourg government, plan a standalone Military satellite, GovSat, to be launched in 2017, intending to lease facilities to NATO and western governments. SES has been slow to enter the field of military use, which is highly lucrative for s

  • ASTRA 2G NOT YET IN STABLE ORBIT

    8/01/2015

    Recently-launched Astra 2G, the last of replacement three satellites for the UK, has still not achieved a stable orbit. It is likely to be brought into a fully geostationary position in the next week.

  • ASTRA 2G SUCCESSFULLY LAUNCHED

    6/01/2015

    ASTRA 2G was lifted into space, on schedule, by International Launch Services (ILS) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakstan.
    The 100-km long space complex has been used for spaceflight since the 1950’s, and was the launch site of Yuri Gagarin’s Vostok rocket when he became the first man in space in 1961.
    There was no repeat of the technical problems seen on modern-day Proton mis

  • BBC & ITV DISAPPEAR OVER LARGE PARTS OF EUROPE- AGAIN

    6/01/2015

    Following three months of gains, signals from Astra 2E and 2F went into sudden reverse on the first day of the new year. Whilst a number of readers have sent in reports of lost BBC, including HD, over the past week, it seems a favoured few in the existing “hot spots” in Sweden and the Costa Blanca area of Canada have seen no decrease.
    The likely culprit is “station keeping”, which is an

  • BBC GIVES UP ON GLOBAL iPLAYER

    30/10/2014

    Global iPlayer, the international version of its iPlayer, has failed to live up to the BBC’s expectations and is to close.
    BBC Worldwide, the division charged with selling BBC content internationally, plans to phase out the service. Instead, content for international download will be integrated into an improved BBC.com website.

  • INTELSAT 907 SCAM CHECKLIST

    30/10/2014

    With the recent loss of the main BBC and ITV channels in areas like southern Spain or Portugal, where people now need a satellite dish of at least 2.4m or greater to receive these channels, some “installers” are promoting a new satellite system which will get some of these channel back.