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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Channel Five, Five * Five USA - change of frequencies for reception on Sky boxes. Channel Five in Costa Blanca.

Channel Five and its sister channels Five* and Five USA has today changed frequency.

It is no longer available on its old frequency of 12442 H.

The Channel Fives are now located on the new frequency of 10965 H 22000 5/6

This new frequency for the Channel Fives is on the new Astra 1N satellite.

This new Channel Five frequency has a very good strong signal here in Spain and the Costa Blanca, and should be easily available on an 80cm satellite dish. If you can receive True Movies (sky channel 321), then you should be able to receive Channel Five on its new frequency. If you cannot receive Channel Five, and you are receiving a "no signal is being received" message, then either your satellite dish may need to be realigned, or it may be too small toreceive Chanel Five on the new frequency..

Sky boxes should will automatically change to the new Channel Five frequency, and users need to do nothing.

Freesat boxes: this does not affect Freesta users at the moment, but you will have to performa Freesat channel scan on the 8th December 2011 to inlcude the Five channels into your Freesat channel list.

Any other receivers will need to be manually updated, via the installation menu, for the new Chanel Five frequency on Astra 1N

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Channel Five, Channel 5 +1, 5 USA and 5* to join freesat, and be free to air in Costa Blanca

Channel 5 have announced that Channel 5 +1, 5 USA and 5* (plus their +1 timeshift channels) will all be joining the Freesat platform in December.

Channel 5+1 will launch on Freesat on EPG channel number 128 on Tuesday 6th December.
Presumably it will alos launch on the Sky EPG.

5* and 5 USA, as well as their relative +1 services, will also launch on Freesat on Thursday 8th December. The relevent Freesat EPG channel numbers wil be as follows:

129: 5 USA
130: 5 USA +1
131: 5*
132: 5* +1

So it looks like the fives will be available free to air, with no sky card on a small dish for the foreseeable future. So that means ITV1, C4 and Channel Fives will be available on a small 80-cm satellite dish in the Costa Blanca

No mention of Five HD joining Freesat soon.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Channel 4 HD - change of frequencies for reception on Sky HD and Freesat HD Costa Blanca

Channel 4 HD - change of frequencies for reception on Sky HD and Freesat HD Costa Blanca

Channel 4 HD has today changed frequency.

It is no longer available on its old frequency of 12606 V.

Channel 4 HDs new frequency is now 11123 V 22000 2/3

This new frequency for C4HD is on the new Astra 1N satellite.

This new Channel 4 HD frequency has a very good strong signal here in Spain and the Costa Blanca, and should be easily available on an 80cm satellite dish.

Sky HD boxes will automatcially change to the new Channel 4 HD frequency, and users need to do nothing.

Freesat HD boxes should also change to the new C4 HD frequency, but in some cases a Freesat scan may be required.

Any other receivers will need to be manually updated, via the installation menu, for the new C4 HD frequency on Astra 1N.

Channel 4 HD is a free to air HD channel from Channel 4. It is available for free on any digital satellite receiver, including a Freesat HD receiver and a Sky HD receiver. No viewing card is required for Channel 4 HD. In many cases channel 4 HD can be received on a small satellite dish in the Costa Blanca and Valencia areas of Spain.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain

Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain

The Freesat version of UK TV s Channel 5 is free to air, meaning you need no viewing card to watch this channel.

Channel 5 reception on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain can be difficult.





This is because the frequency used for Freesat Channel 5 is an Astra 2D horizontal frequenxcy. This is perhaps the weakest frequency for UK TV on the Costa Blanca.

This means that reception of Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain can be limited.

In many cases you will not be able to receve Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain 24/7, even if you have the biggest 2.4m satellite dish or even a 3.1m satellite dish.

Yes even on the Famaval Portuguese 2.4m satellite dish, supposably the best perfomring satellite dish for UK TV on the Costa Blanca Spain, can struggle to recevie Channel 5 24/7.





For more information please visit:

The Sat and PC Guy - Digital Satellite and Terrestrial Installations and Maintenance for the Costa Blanca

or the forum

The Sat and PC Guy FORUM - Digital Satellite and Terrestrial Installations and Maintenance for the Costa Blanca

Free UK TV channels available in Costa Blanca on a small satellite dish

You do not always need a big Portuguese 2.4m satellite dish to receive some UK TV channels in Costa Blanca.

In fact you can receive most of the Sky TV channels in Costa Blanca on a small 80cm satellite dish.

But even if you do not want to subscribe to Sky TV in Costa Blanca, then there are number of free TV channels available in Costa Blanca on a small 80cm satellite dish.

In some areas some of these channels may require a 1meter satellite dish, as some of them are operating on the very edge of satelite reception in Spain.



BBC Sports Interactive streams

BBC Alba
BBC Parliament
BBC News
Sky News
Bloomberg
Al Jazeera English
CNN
France 24 (in English)
CCTV 9 News
Euronews
Russia Today
NHK World TV
PCNE Chinese
Abu Dhabi TV
SC4 digital

CBS Drama
CBS Action
CBS Reality
CBS Reality +1
Horror Channel
Horror Channel+1
True Movies,
True Movies 2
Movies for men
Movies for men +1
Movies for men 2
Movies for men 2+1
Men and Movies
True Entertainment

Food Network
Food network +1
Travel Channel
Travel Channel+1
BET
BET+1
Satandpcguy
Body in Balance
Contoversial TV
TBN Europe
God Channel
God Europe
Gospel Channel
Create & Craft
Horse & Country
Bid Tv
Wedding TV
wedding TV+1
QVC

Pop,
Pop Girl,
Pop Girl +1,
Tiny Pop
Tiny Pop+1
Kix

NME TV
Dancenation TV
Bliss,
Flava,
Chart Show TV,
The Vault,
WTF
Scuzz,
Clubland TV,
propellor

BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4

Cream
Filth
Flirt TV
Dirty Talk TV

In addition, with a "freesatfromsky" viewing card, a non subscription white Sky card, then you can also receive ITV1, Channel 4 (Ireland), Five, Five*, Five USA, Pick TV, Sony TV, Liverpool FC TV., and with a Sky HD box, Five HD.

This list is correct as at July 2011. Channel reception can change. Reception will depend on your exact location in Spain.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain

Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain

The Freesat version of UK TV s Channel 5 is free to air, meaning you need no viewing card to watch this channel.

Channel 5 reception on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain can be difficult.





This is because the frequency used for Freesat Channel 5 is an Astra 2D horizontal frequenxcy. This is perhaps the weakest frequency for UK TV on the Costa Blanca.

This means that reception of Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain can be limited.

In many cases you will not be able to receve Channel 5 on Freesat in Costa Blanca Spain 24/7, even if you have the biggest 2.4m satellite dish or even a 3.1m satellite dish.

Yes even on the Famaval Portuguese 2.4m satellite dish, supposably the best perfomring satellite dish for UK TV on the Costa Blanca Spain, can struggle to recevie Channel 5 24/7.





For more information please visit:

The Sat and PC Guy - Digital Satellite and Terrestrial Installations and Maintenance for the Costa Blanca

or the forum

The Sat and PC Guy FORUM - Digital Satellite and Terrestrial Installations and Maintenance for the Costa Blanca

Saturday, July 2, 2011

"I have no signal quality on my Sky dish in Costa Blanca Spain."

You access the signal test screen on a sky box via the services, signal test option.

This is a test screen and shows the signal strength and signal quality of a particular satellite signal.

In most cases the satellite frequency that this test screen measures is frequency 11778 v 27.5 2/3.

This is a weak satellite frequency in Spain. It is a weak Astra 2 north beam frequency. This frequency is weakest at 5pm. In many areas of Spain in the afternoon this frequency can be unavailable, even on the big 2.4m Portuguese Famaval satellite dishes.

So it is entirely possible for this signal test screen on a Sky box to show "not locked" or no signal at all, yet you are still able to receive other frequencies (and channels).

The loss of these satellite frequencies can be reduced with an accurately aligned satellite dish.




For more information please visit:

The Sat and PC Guy - Digital Satellite and Terrestrial Installations and Maintenance for the Costa Blanca

or the forum

The Sat and PC Guy FORUM - Digital Satellite and Terrestrial Installations and Maintenance for the Costa Blanca

Monday, June 6, 2011

Changes to BBC1HD and BBCHD frequencies June 2011

The BBC has changed some of the frequency parameters for its HD channels.

Frequency: 10,847MHz (vertical polarity)
Modulation: DVB-S2, QPSK
Symbol Rate: 23.0
FEC: 8/9

Changes are happening to the BBC HD channels on Astra 2D.

Sky HD users should not have any problems, as the Sky HD boxes will automatically update.

Some Freesat users may have to reset their Freesat HD boxes, or perform a Freesat scan.

Users of other "generic" HD receivers, will have to rescan the BBC HD frequency, ensuring their receivers work with the new DVBS2 transmision standard.

If you are getting the "no satellite signal" being received then a simple receiver reboot may cure the problem.

More information :

BBC HD Frequency Changes June 2011

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Live SPorts on BBC Sport Red Button service for June 2011

BBC Sports Interactive Streams - Live Sport in June 2011
Wednesday 1 June

Tennis

1000-1900 Live coverage of the French Open from Roland Garros, Paris.

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Thursday 2 June

Tennis

1000-1900 Live coverage of the French Open from Roland Garros, Paris.

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 2nd Test between England and Sri Lanka Not available on Freeview

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Friday 3 June

Tennis

1000-1900 Live coverage of the French Open from Roland Garros, Paris.

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 2nd Test between England and Sri Lanka Not available on Freeview

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Saturday 4 June

Triathlon

0900-1120 Live coverage of the World Series Triathlon Men's Race from Madrid.

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 2nd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Motorcycling

1150-1500 Live coverage of the 125cc, MotoGP & Moto2 Qualifying races from Catalunya, Spain.Moto2 delayed on Freeview - available 1630-1730

Rugby Union

1400-1650 Live coverage of Wales v Barbarians with alternative commentaries

Athletics

1800-2000 Live coverage of the Diamond League Athletics from Eugene, USA.

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Sunday 5 June

Motorcycling

0950-1205 Live coverage of the 125cc and Moto2 Qualifying races from Catalunya, Spain.

1400-1430 Post-race analysis, interviews & debate presented by Matt Roberts.

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 2nd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Triathlon

1330-1550 Live coverage of the World Series Triathlon Women's Race from Madrid. Not available on Freeview

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Monday 6 June

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 2nd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Tennis

1230-2000 live coverage of the Aegon Lawn Tennis Tournament from Queen's Club London.

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Tuesday 7 June

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 2nd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Tennis

1230-2000 live coverage of the Aegon Lawn Tennis Tournament from Queen's Club London.

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Wednesday 8 June

Tennis

1230-2000 live coverage of the Aegon Lawn Tennis Tournament from Queen's Club London.

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Thursday 9 June

Tennis

1230-2000 live coverage of the Aegon Lawn Tennis Tournament from Queen's Club London.

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Friday 10 June

Tennis

1230-2000 live coverage of the Aegon Lawn Tennis Tournament from Queen's Club London. 1230-1450 & 1640-1850 on Freeview

Formula One

1455-1635Live coverage of the 1st practice session from the Canadian Grand Prix with 5Live commentary.

1855-2035 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session from the Canadian Grand Prix with 5Live commentary.

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Saturday 11 June

Motorcycling

1250-1605 Live coverage of the 125cc, MotoGP & Moto2 Qualifying races from Silverstone.Moto2 delayed on Freeview - available 1605-1705

Formula One

1455-1605 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session from the Canadian Grand Prix with 5Live commentary.

1715-1915 Live coverage of the qualifying session from the Canadian Grand Prix with 5Live commentary.

Athletics

2000-2200 Live coverage of the Diamond League Athletics from New York.

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Sunday 12 June

Motorcycling

1105-1215 Live coverage of the 125cc race from Silverstone.

1430-1525 Live coverage of the Moto2 race from Silverstone.

Formula One

1700-2015 Live coverage of the Canadian Grand Prix with audio options, Onboard camera, rolling highlights. Limited options on Freeview

2015-2115 Post-race analysis and debate hosted by Jake Humphrey.

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Tuesday 14 June

Horse Racing

1715-1800 Extended live coverage of the last races of the day from Royal Ascot

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Wednesday 15 June

Horse Racing

1715-1800 Extended live coverage of the last races of the day from Royal Ascot

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Thursday 16 June

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 3rd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Horse Racing

1715-1800 Extended live coverage of the last races of the day from Royal Ascot

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Friday 17 June

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 3rd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Horse Racing

1715-1800 Extended live coverage of the last races of the day from Royal Ascot

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Saturday 18 June

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 3rd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Triathlon

1325-1545 Live coverage of the Men's Triathlon from Kitzbuhel, Austria

Horse Racing

1715-1800 Extended live coverage of the last races of the day from Royal Ascot

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Sunday 19 June

Rowing

0920-1320 Live World Cup rowing from Hamburg, Germany

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 3rd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Triathlon

1130-1250 Live coverage of the Women's Triathlon from Kitzbuhel, Austria. Delayed coverage on Freeview from 1330-1450

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Monday 20 June

Cricket

1045-1830 Live TMS commentary with graphics scorecard, photos and stats of the 3rd Test between England and Sri Lanka. Not available on Freeview

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches.

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Tuesday 21 June

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches.

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Wednesday 22 June

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches.

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Thursday 23 June

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches.

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Friday 24 June

Formula One

0855-1035 Live coverage of the 1st practice session from the German Grand Prix with 5Live commentary.

1255-1435 Live coverage of the 2nd practice session from the Canadian Grand Prix with 5Live commentary.

Motorcycling

0955-1105 Live coverage of the 125cc, MotoGP & Moto2 Qualifying races from Assen. Freeview coverage to be confirmed

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches. Freeview coverage to be confirmed

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Saturday 25 June

Formula One

0855-1035 Live coverage of the 3rd practice session from the German Grand Prix with 5Live commentary.

1210-1415 Live coverage of the qualifying session from the German Grand Prix with 5Live commentary. Audio options not available on Freeview

Motorcycling

1050-1220 Live coverage of the 125cc & Moto2 races from Assen. 1110-1220 on Freeview

1320-1505 Live coverage of the MotoGP race from Assen.

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches. 1215-1330 & 1510-1600 on Freeview

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Sunday 26 June

Formula One

1200-1530 Live coverage of the German Grand Prix with audio options, Onboard camera, rolling highlights. Limited options on Freeview

1530-1630 Post-race analysis and debate hosted by Jake Humphrey.

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Monday 27 June

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches. No Freeview coverage from 1640-1910

Football

1645-1900 Live coverage of the Women's World Cup match between England and Mexico

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Tuesday 28 June

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches.

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Wednesday 29 June

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches.

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Thursday 30 June

Tennis

1200-2100 Live coverage of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships with a choice of matches.






BBC Sport "Red Button" Interactive Sports Service

This service is normally only available on a Sky receiver by pressing the Red Button when on BBC1 or BBC2 (or by selecting the “Streams” on a generic receiver). However, if you are able to receive BBC News, which should be available on a small 80cm dish, press the Red Button Red or Text type in the page number 3001 press select, which is the page number for BBC Sports Interactive. If the system is working you will be looking at the BBC Sports Interactive service.

To watch the BBC Sports Interactive service stream on Sky boxes

BBC News (Sky channel 503)
Red Button
3001
Select

or

BBC News (Sky Channel 503)
Red Button
Sports
Sports Multiscreen

To watch the BBC Sports Interactive service stream on Non Sky Boxes

Select from the channel lists
Stream-0
Stream-1
Stream-2
Stream-3
Stream-4
Stream-5
Stream-6

These streams are available on satellite frequency 12441 polarisation v symbol rate 27500

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