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BBC satellite services moving to Astra 1N on 24th February 2012

Between 3am and 5am on 24th February 2012 the BBC will be moving all their satellite television services from the Astra 2D satellite, which is being decommissioned.

Between 3am and 5am on 24th February 2012 the BBC will be movin
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As Astra 1N will be providing the services on the same frequencies with the same parameters, no action will need to be taken by Sky and Freesat viewers, but any programmes being recorded by Sky+ or Freesat+ devices during this period will be disrupted.

The following services are affected:

Details from BBC - About the BBC: Changes to BBC services on satellite on 24th February 2012.

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Tuesday, 27 November 2012
1:59 PM

Am I allowed to add double LNB to my existing sky dish to receive freesat through my another box and sky through my sky box

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griff's 1 post GB flag

5:33 PM

griff: If by "allowed" you are inferring that you are within 12 months of the installation having been carried out then purely in the "technical" sense yes, but I would hold onto the existing LNB just in case some problem arose whereby you had to contact Sky, as you could just refit the old block for purposes of the engineers visit.

By the way, if you are intending purchasing a Freesat twin tuner PVR (recorder) then you would require a quad LNB, although even if you are only intending to purchase a Freesat receiver and not a recorder its still best to purchase a quad block, as the price difference between both is negligible.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
9:13 PM

I am writing this as a pure novice in the communication world. Have a home in paphos, which we have a sky box, with a sky viewing card in it, both brought over from the uk. There is a satellite dish on the communial roof, but since beg if year no longer get any channels. What can you suggest without paying monthly subscriptions for as we only go over a couple of times a year. We also don't have Internet. Big ask I think

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PaulaM's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
James Hillsdon
3:01 PM

We live in Asturias, Northern Spain for 6 months of each year. This year 2012, May thru Oct, we were still able to get all the BBC 1 and 2,Itv, Channel 4, all free to air SKY Channels as well as Euronews, Al Jazeera, CNN, etc, etc as 'clear as a bell'. We have a large dish about 1 metre wide.
What will happen when we go back in May 2013 thru Oct again. Will we have to get a bigger dish, will we get anything at all ?

Will be grateful if you could advise at this stage. Many thanks and regards.

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James Hillsdon's 1 post ZA flag
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Mike Dimmick

12:13 PM

James Hillsdon: As free-to-air services migrate to the Astra 2F satellite, you are likely to need a larger dish and may not be able to receive them at all. The broadcasters specifically intend that people outside the British Isles cannot (easily) receive them. They pay less for content if broadcasts are restricted to the British Isles (for practical purposes, it is impossible to eliminate the Republic of Ireland from the footprint).

The Astra 2F footprints are at
. The BBC, ITV and Channel 4 services use the UK Ku Spot Beam.

The services are currently on Astra 1N
. It's become clear that the "UK spot beam" on that satellite is actually a dish designed for Europe or African coverage that has been tilted up so it's centred on the UK, and the power has been reduced. Once services have been transferred to the 2F satellite, 1N is expected to move to its proper orbiting position at 19.2°E.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 9 January 2013
7:14 PM

what coverage will 1N give after it moves to 19.2E

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