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Enniscorthy Co Wexford Ireland
|Posted on 23 October, 2013 at 17:29||comments (219)|
SAORVIEW RE-SCAN OCT 21ST 2013
Due to technical enhancements to the SAORVIEW service, as part of the ongoing process of expanding the platform, viewers are required to carry out a rescan of their SAORVIEW television or set-top box from Monday 21 October. Failure to re-scan will result in eventual loss of service.
Re-tuning is simple, go to the menu on your tv or set top box and find the option to re-tune, scan or search for channels.
Instructions will be found in your TV or set-top box manual or for more information about how to re-tune contact us.
|Posted on 23 September, 2013 at 17:16||comments (407)|
What is a Combo Box?
A combo box allows you to receive the new Saorview and the free to air Satellite Channels all on one handy box. You can view the new Saorview channels in HD when available and also the satellite channels that are also in HD.
There is currently 5 full time HD channels available on the Combo box.
The combo box gives you the convenience of having all the channels in one list and not having to use different remote controls
|Posted on 28 June, 2013 at 10:13||comments (209)|
Current Satellites Astra 2A
Astra 2A was launched in 1998, it has two spotbeams, both of which transmit on horizontal and vertical polarisation, "2A North" and "2A South". The South beam covers almost all of Europe, with the North beam covering only Northern Europe at a high power.The body-stabilized Boeing 601 satellite is the best-selling large spacecraft model in the world. Eighty-one orders for the spacecraft had been received by January 2002.The satellite has an expected lifespan of 15 years.
Astra 2B (No longer in service at 28.2° East)
Astra 2B is no longer in service at 28.2° East. All channels from Astra 2B have been transfered to the pan-European spotbeam of Astra 1N, until Astra 2E enters service later in the year.
Astra 2D (No longer in service at 28.2° East)
Astra 2D was launched from the Guiana Space Centre in December 2000. Astra 2D, was the first spin-stabilized satellite in the SES fleet, is a Boeing 376HP, for high-power, satellite..The Boeing 376 is one of the most popular spacecraft models. The satellite has an expected lifespan of 12 years. Astra 2D was the most difficult of the three to receive outside the British Isles, due to it's single UK spotbeam. Weak reception had been a problem for many overseas viewers for many years.All frequencies from Astra 2D have been currently transfered to Astra 1N, soon to be moved to Astra 2F. The New SatellitesIn November 2009, Astrium was selected by SES to deliver three new communications satellites for it's satellite position at 28.2° east. The satellites, to be designated Astra 2E, Astra 2F, and Astra 2G, are scheduled for launch between 2012 and 2014. These satellites will be built on a Eurostar E3000 platform (the same model as Astra 1N), the latest version of Astrium’s Eurostar series which has proven to be highly reliable in commercial service. The design life of each satellite is 15 years.Astra 2E, Astra 2F and Astra 2G will serve to deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe and Africa, and will carry Ku-and Ka-band payloads at 28.2° east.Astra 2E, 2F and 2G will each have 55 Ku-band transponders at 130W RF power, they will have three deployable antennas with diameter up to 2.6m and one top-floor steerable 1.3m antenna.The three antennas will be used for the three spotbeams, two pan-european and one UK spotbeam.Astra 2EThe Astra 2E satellite is due to launch in 2013 and will be located at 28.2° east.Astra 2E will serve to deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe and Africa, and will carry Ku-and Ka-band payloads at 28.2° East. The Ku-band capacity will allow SES ASTRA to enhance and secure its existing offering to major Direct-to-Home (DTH) markets in the UK and Ireland. With a Ku-band payload specifically designed to meet the requirements of some of Europe’s largest DTH broadcasters, the satellites will have spot beam and pan-European beam switching capabilities to accommodate both pay-TV and free-to-air broadcasters, and to provide these customers with increased functionality.The BBC have confirmed their plans to move their services from Astra 1N to Astra 2E in 2013.The overspill of the BBC’s services will be reduced so viewers outside the UK will find it even harder to receive them. Astra 2E will have the same UK footprint as Astra 2F, so if you can currently view channels from Astra 2F, there should be no problems receiving Astra 2E.In February 2012, SES retired Astra 2D and BBC services moved to a new temporary home on Astra 1N. Astra 1N is due to take up its permanent position in 2013 (19°East), so the BBC’s services will move to their new permanent home on Astra 2E (28.2°East) when that becomes operational. SES expects Astra 2E to launch on July 2 2013, the BBC expect to move their services to Astra 2E during September of 2013.The move of BBC services from 1N to their new permanent homes will have no impact on UK households. Astra 2E and 2F have the same, tighter though slightly more powerful UK spot beams which means that UK households should get a slightly stronger signal. So if you happened to be on the edge of coverage, you will hopefully get more reliable reception.See Astra 2F The Astra 2F satellite has now entered service at 28.2° East, transponders 57, 59, 61, 63 and 68 are active on Astra 2F.Transponders on Astra 2F Transponder 57, 10.964 H, 22000, 5/6, DVB-S/MPEG-2, (Channel 5 (regions 1-5) 5 USA, 5 USA+1, 5*, 5*+1 and Channel 5 +1)Transponder 59, 10.994 H, 22000, 5/6, DVB-S/MPEG-2, (ITV1 regions)Transponder 61, 11.023 H, 23000, 2/3, DVB-S2/8PSK, (BBC DSAT 8, BBC One HD)Transponder 63, 11.053 H, 22000, 5/6, DVB-S/MPEG-2, (ITV1 regions and ITV1 Granada HD)Transponder 68, 11.126 V, 22000, 5/6 DVB-S/QPSK, (Channel 4 HD and 4Seven)All transponders will be on the UK Spotbeam.See Astra 2GThe Astra 2G satellite is due to launch early in 2014 and will be located at 28.2° east.Astra 2G will serve to deliver next generation broadcast, VSAT and broadband services in Europe and Africa, and will carry Ku-and Ka-band payloads at 28.2° East. The Ku-band capacity will allow SES ASTRA to enhance and secure its existing offering to major Direct-to-Home (DTH) markets in the UK and Ireland. With a Ku-band payload specifically designed to meet the requirements of some of Europe’s largest DTH broadcasters, the satellites will have spot beam and pan-European beam switching capabilities to accommodate both pay-TV and free-to-air broadcasters, and to provide these customers with increased functionality.See
|Posted on 28 June, 2013 at 10:06||comments (299)|
Satellite changes at 28.2° East The Astra 2F satellite has now entered service at 28.2° East, transponders 57, 59, 61, 63 qnd 68 have already been transfered to Astra 2F.
The remaining transponders will be transfered to Astra 2E after it launches in the second quarter of 2013, the transfer of BBC services is expected to occur during the summer. No transfer date has been announced. Astra 1N will remain at 28.2° East until Astra 2E enters service.
What will all these changes entail for those currently viewing TV via Sky or Freesat? If you live within the intended reception area of the new satellites (the British Isles), then your viewing will not be affected and you will continue to receive all the services you currently have.
Viewers outside the British Isles in mainland Europe, may have to upgrade their dish to receive the new satellites, Astra 2E is expected to have identical coverage to that of Astra 2F.Astra 2F Reception Reports Map by www.astra2.org & the Astra 2 Forum
Comparing the UK Spotbeams on Astra 2F & Astra 1N
How will these changes affect viewers overseas?There have been many rumours doing their rounds on the Internet, that overseas viewers will lose all their channels once these changes are complete. For viewers in some areas of Europe, this may be true, this depends on which spotbeam Sky decide to use for their channels. There is no reason for Sky to opt for the UK spotbeam, their channels are encrypted and there are no copyright issues. There are many expats who have legal subscriptions registered to a UK address, there are many British or Irish pubs and bars that have Sky Sports, these are all income for Sky.
It seems unlikely that Sky would want to lose this income, at this time there are no answers and no guarentees of future reception.
As for the main terrestrial broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, these are using the UK spotbeam on Astra 2F and Astra 1N (to be replaced by Astra 2E). If you can already receive signals from the Astra 2F satellite, then little is likely to change over the coming years.
Many free-to-air channels currently use Eutelsat 28A at 28.5° east, launched in 2001 it has an expected life span of twelve years, there is currently no information on whether this satellite is to be replaced. There is currently a dispute between SES and Eutelsat over the use of this satellite position. No Astra 2F reception, what options are available?If you have previously received TV and radio via satellite and have now lost reception, there are still some options available.
Firstly, more information and reception reports from Astra 2F are being gathered all the time. These reports are helping to give some idea of Astra 2F's coverage and signal strength outside the British Isles. If you receive Astra 2F, please send in your report, you will help this site help many others.
If you wish to continue viewing by satellite, then a larger dish may be required to ensure reception in the future. Astra 2E is expected to be identical in its coverage to Astra 2F.
See: Astra 2F Reception Reports Map
|Posted on 25 June, 2013 at 14:01||comments (302)|
Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east
BBC red button HD and BBC red button 1 SD are now available on channel 980 and 981 on Freesat branded receivers. You will find additional programme feeds for live sport & multiple coverage – usually during main sporting events.
These channels are free to air and can be also be received on any generic fta receiver.
’6390′ is on 10.773 H 22000
’8900′ is on 11.023 H 23000 HD only
|Posted on 25 June, 2013 at 13:57||comments (443)|
Latest Astra 28.2 updates: (BSkyB)
Astra 1N, 28.2°E
Sky Digital: New frequency for MTV HD UK: 12090.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SR:29500 FEC:3/4
Sky Digital: New frequency for TLC HD: 12246.00MHz, pol.V (DVB-S2 SR:29500 FEC:3/4
Eutelsat 28A, 28.2°E
Sky Digital: New frequency for BT Sport 2 HD: 11585.00MHz, pol.H (DVB-S SR:27500 FEC:2/3
|Posted on 25 June, 2013 at 13:30||comments (176)|
We all know the Premier League doesn’t want anybody watching its games without paying for it. This includes in pubs, highlights on You Tube and watching matches via the internet. So to nobody’s great surprise, the EPL is going to request a court order to block a website known as FirstRow.eu from showing its matches across the world.
First Row is a sports-related website located in Sweden, which broadcasts a wide variety of events and different sports live. It’s a well known site to check out football matches along with ice hockey, UFC, American football and baseball etc. The EPL is trying to force internet service providers into blocking the site before the 2013/14 season kicks off in August. However, it’s unclear if the entire site will be blocked or just the EPL contests.
If the EPL gets its way then First Row would become the first sports website to be blocked from broadcasting in Britain. Of course, the website could probably be shifted to a new domain address, but that remains to be seen. The EPL sent out a letter to all of the major internet service providers in the UK which outlined a court order if they don’t cooperate. The letter also included a June 21 deadline for any of the providers who intended to challenge a court order.
The BBC got wind of the letters and contacted the nation’s biggest service providers, but none of them would comment on it specifically. They did say that they wouldn’t voluntarily block any internet sites without a court order, but the BBC stated that none of the internet service providers would be willing to challenge a court order either.