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The satellites that provide direct-to-home satellite television for the United Kingdom appear stationary from the ground. Once you have fitted Sky or Freesat, the dish never needs to be moved.

To do this the transmitting satellites are in what is known as a 'geostationary orbit' above the equator. The ones for Freesat and Sky are in the 28.2 degrees East position - which means these units at 35,786 km (above 22,000 miles) above part of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Due to the popularity of satellite TV, the channels are broadcast from a number of different satellites, each of which has different coverage area on the ground. Satellite people call these areas 'satellite footprints''.

Shown below are the satellite footprints and which of the free-to-air channels on the channels on them. If you need the full technical details both LyngSat and KingOfSat are highly recommended.

Astra 2E Europe Ku

astra2E-Europe.png satellite footprintRadio
RTE 2FM
RTE Lyric FM
RTE Radio 1
RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
146145
Challenge
147245
Challenge +1
165181
Forces TV

Astra 2E UK

astra2E-UK.png
 satellite footprintRadio
BBC Asian Network
BBC Radio 1
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 2
BBC Radio 3
BBC Radio 4 (FM)
BBC Radio 4 Extra
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio Cymru
BBC Radio Cymru 2
BBC Radio Foyle
BBC Radio London
BBC Radio nan Gaidheal
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Wales
BBC World Service
talkSPORT
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
109169
BBC Alba
173815
BBC Four
212877
BBC News
106115
BBC One HD
201504
BBC Parliament
174876
BBC Scotland SD
102102
BBC Two HD
600613
CBBC HD
607646
CBBC SD
608647
CBeebies
602621
CITV
122-
E4
123235
E4 +1
301314
Film4 +1
205512
France 24 English HD
252422
Freesports
113816
ITV 2
114218
ITV2 +1
116219
ITV3 +1
154220
ITV4 +1
118131
ITVBe
119231
ITVBe +1
125236
More4 +1
155160
PBS America
167144Quest HD
-369
Starz
103803
UTV (SD)
805665
Gems TV

Astra 2F Europe

astra2F-Europe.png satellite footprintRadio
Sky News Radio
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
144152
pick
145252
Pick +1
202875
Sky News
164194
Together
-758Sky News Arabia

Astra 2F UK

astra2F-UK.png satellite footprintAdult
ADULT Babestn2
Studio 66 TV 1
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
134147
CBS Drama
137148
CBS Justice
135146
CBS Reality
136246
CBS Reality +1
-366
Chart Show Hits
-364Chart Show TV
157811
Dave
150178
DMAX
151278
DMAX +1
158143
Drama
148172
Food Network
149272
Food Network +1
166158
Home
138317
Horror Channel
139318
Horror Channel +1
305323
Movies4Men
-324Movies4Men +1
-153
Paramount Network
606625
Pop +1
604626
POP MAX
-627
POP MAX +1
172866
Quest
168244
Quest +1
169149
Quest Red
170249
Quest Red +1
160142
Really
120134
S4C HD
143157
Sony Crime Channel
-257
Sony Crime Channel +1
302321
Sony Movie Channel
-322
Sony Movie Channel +1
501365
The Vault
605617
Tiny Pop
-624
Tiny Pop +1
-198
Travel Channel
-298
Travel Channel +1
-180True Crime
-280True Crime +1
142179
True Entertainment
152279True Entertainment +1
303319
True Movies
304320
True Movies +1
159155
Yesterday
156168
YourTV
-668High Street TV 3
-675High Street TV 5
603616
Pop
-560Psychic Today

Astra 2G Europe Ku

astra-2G-Europe.png satellite footprintRadio
Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio 80s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio Classic Rock
Capital FM London
Capital Xtra
Classic FM
Desi Radio
EWTN Radio
Forces Radio BFBS Digital
Gold
Heart
Hits Radio
Jazz FM
Kerrang!
Kiss FM
LBC London News
Liberty Radio
Magic
NewsTalk
Panjab Radio
PlanetRock
Radio Khush Khabri
Radio X
Smooth Extra
Solar Radio
Sukh Sagar Radio
TWR
UCB Ireland
Virgin Radio
WRN English

Adult
92 News
Babecall
Studio 66 TV 2
Studio 66 TV 3
Xpanded TV 2
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
-880
AlJazeera English (SD)
203513
Aljazeera English HD
214522Arirang World HD
-175
BEN
140173
BET International
162187
Blaze
208502
Bloomberg TV HD
-360
Box Hits
-358
Box Upfront
211509
CGTN
-372Clubland TV
210505
CNBC
207506
CNN International HD
122-
E4 (Wales)
-508
EuroNews English
-452Fame TV
250431
Front Runner TV
-182GN TV
-184
Horse and Country TV
516376Keep It Country
-361
Kiss (TV)
-362
Magic (TV)
-191
MyTV
209507
NHK World Japan HD
-371
NOW 80s
-368
Now 90s
-412Premier Sports 1 HD
-686Price Crash
-670Primal Cure TV
-185
Propeller TV
-189Property TV
-327Retro Movies
-329Rok Sky
-330Rok Sky +1
206511
RT HD
-593SBN International
-687
Sewing Quarter
-685Shop Now
161192
Showcase TV
175195
Smithsonian Channel HD
306328
Talking Pictures TV
-359
The Box
-373Total Country
215516TRT World HD
-199
TV Cruise Channel
-193
Voxafrica
171453
YANGA!
-738A Plus
-779A1 TV
-713Aaj Tak
-756Aastha
-456ABN TV
-731ABP News
-715Abu Dhabi TV
-745Ahlebait TV
-750
Ahlulbayt TV
-454AIT International
-760Akaal Channel
-519Arise News
-774ARY Family
-725ARY World
-746ATN Bangla
-669Best Direct
-743Brit Asia TV
-762British Muslim TV
-734Channel S
-518
Channels 24
-940Chat Box
-684Craft Extra
813683
Create & Craft
-688Cruise 1st TV
691583Daystar TV HD
-765Dunya News
-769Eman Channel
-588EWTN
-594Faith
-589Faith World TV
-728Geo
-737Geo Kahani
-723Geo News International
-10185GN Radio
694580God TV
-586Gospel Channel
-784Grace TV Global
-721Hidayat TV
-666High Street TV 1
-667High Street TV 2
-672High Street TV 4
-595Hillsong Channel
817673Hochanda
-720Hum Masala
-782Hum News
-761Hum TV
-671Ideal Extra
812664
Ideal World
690584Inspiration TV
-773Ion TV
-744Iqra Bangla
-739Iqra TV
-780Iran International HD
-727Islam Channel
-766Islam Channel Urdu
-742Islam TV
807674
Jewellery Maker
806661
JML Direct
-775Kanshi TV
-770Khalsa TV
-590KICC TV
-585Loveworld
-747Madani Channel English
-714MATV Channel
-708MTA 1
-510NDTV 24x7
-732Noor TV
-781NTA International
-757NTV
-678Pavers Shoes TV
-733Peace TV English
-749Peace TV Urdu
-706Phoenix CNE
-783Prime TV
-735PTC Punjabi
-724PTV Global
800660
QVC
801677
QVC Beauty
802682
QVC Extra
803663
QVC Style
-722Record TV Reino Unido HD
692581Revelation TV
-763Safeer TV
-751Samaa TV
-755Sangat TV
-778Sanskar TV
-748Sikh Channel Global
-753Takbeer TV
-582TBN UK
-679Thane
-587The Word Network
809662
TJC
-764TV One
-676TV Warehouse
-515TVC News Nigeria
-767UK 44
-726Venus TV
-777VTV

Astra 2G UK

Astra-2G-UK.png satellite footprint
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
127137
4seven
133159
5SELECT
141150
5Spike
-2505Spike +1
131128
5STAR
-228
5STAR +1
129141
5USA
130241
5USA +1
107116
BBC Four HD
200503
BBC News HD
108115
BBC Scotland HD
601614
CBeebies HD
104104
Channel 4 (Wales)
-104
Channel 4 HD
-805
Channel 5 (SD)
128205
Channel 5 +1
105105
Channel 5 HD
-103
UTV HD