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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 footprint
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
147164
Challenge +1
652264
Forces TV
144152
pick
511353
VIVA
800650
QVC
801668
QVC Beauty
802673
QVC Extra
803678
QVC Style

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
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 nan Gaidheal
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Wales
BBC World Service
talkSPORT

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BBC Red Button 1

Adult
Babestation
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
109142
BBC Alba
110116
BBC Four
212503
BBC News
106115
BBC One HD
201504
BBC Parliament
102141
BBC Two HD
-361
Box Hits
-359
Box Upfront
607613
CBBC
600633
CBBC HD
608614
CBeebies
602621
CITV
158158
Drama
123137
E4 +1
300315
Film4
301316
Film4 +1
148248
Food Network
149250
Food Network +1
205513
France 24 English
113118
ITV 2
114180
ITV 2 +1
118179
ITV Be
119207
ITV Be +1
115119
ITV3
116193
ITV3 +1
117120
ITV4
155206
ITV4 +1
-368
Kerrang! TV
508363
Kiss TV
510364
Magic
124138
More4
125139
More4+1
-199
OH TV
156534
PBS America
160155
Really
509360
The Box
-271
Tru TV +1
143185
True Crime
159537
Yesterday
-804ARY QTV
811675Craft Extra
-850Dunya News USA
805655
Gems TV
-796TV 5 Monde

Astra 2F Europe

astra2F-Europe.png satellite footprintRadio
RTE 2FM
RTE Lyric FM
RTE Radio 1
RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta
Sky News Radio

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SkyText
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
146145
Challenge
651539
Community
145163
Pick +1
202501
Sky News
-840Sky News Arabia

Astra 2F UK

astra2F-UK.png satellite footprintAdult
ADULT Babestn2
Babestation Daytime Xtra
Studio 66 TV 1
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
-982
BBC Red Button 2
-983
BBC Red Button 3
137148
CBS Action
134149
CBS Drama
135146
CBS Reality
136147
CBS Reality +1
502372
Chart Show Dance
500365
Chart Show TV
-374
Flava
138319
Horror Channel
139320
Horror Channel +1
-629
Kix
604627
Kix
-626
Pop +1
606-
POP 1
-238Property TV
120134
S4C HD
-367Scuzz
-261
Showcase TV +1
504371
Starz TV
501366
The Vault
605617
Tiny Pop
609625
Tiny Pop +1
302321
True Christmas
303322
True Christmas 1
152186
True Crime +1
153183
True Drama
142184
True Entertainment
-464
Bike Channel
-662High Street TV 2
603616
Pop
-886Psychic Today

Astra 2G Europe Ku

astra-2G-Europe.png satellite footprintRadio
Absolute 70s
Absolute 80s
Absolute 90s
Absolute Classic Rock
Absolute Radio
BBC Radio London
BFBS Radio
Capital FM
Capital Xtra
Classic FM
Desi Radio
EWTN Radio
Gold
Heart
Jazz FM
Kanshiradio
Kiss
LBC
LBC London News
Liberty Radio
Magic
NewsTalk
Panjab Radio
PlanetRock
Radio Khush Khabri
Radio X
Rainbow Radio
Smooth Extra
Smooth radio
Solar Radio
Sukh Sagar Radio
TWR
UCB Ireland
WRN English

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Keep It Country TV

Adult
Playboy TV Chat
Storm Babes TV
Studio 66 TV 2
Studio 66 TV 3
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
-235ABN TV
-232AIT International
203514
Al Jazeera English
-690
Arirang World HD
503781B4U Music
101101
BBC One
108102
BBC Two
-182
BEN
140187
BET
-565
Blaze
208502
Bloomberg TV
507388
Capital TV
211510
CCTV News
104104
Channel 4
104104
Channel 4 (Wales)
121135
Channel 4 +1
515385
Channel Aka
512370
CHILLED
514383
Clubland TV
210505
CNBC
-515
CNC English
207506
CNN International
122136
E4
122136
E4 (Wales)
-508
EuroNews
411257
Fashion One
250468
Frontrunner
506387
Heart TV
-256
Holiday and Cruise
-237
Home and Leisure
-253
Horse and Country TV
400191
Irish TV
304325
Movies4Men
305326
Movies4Men +1
-203
My Channel
209507
NHK World TV HD
-329Nollywood Movies
513378
NOW Music (XMAS)
-189
Propeller
206518
RT HD
157266
ShowBiz TV
161212
Showcase
306343
Talking Pictures TV
150249
Travel Channel
151251
Travel Channel +1
154198
truTV
-369
Vintage TV
-218
Voxafrica
157-
YourTV
-853+ TV HD
-818Aaj Tak
-837Aastha
-811ABP News
-794Abu Dhabi TV
-826Ahlebait TV
-831
Ahlulbayt TV
-10185Ahomka Radio
-843Akaal Channel
-855Al Arabiya
-519Arise News
-802ARY News
-827ATN Bangla
662821Bangla TV
-592BelieVe TV
-659Best Direct
-824Brit Asia TV
-845British Muslim TV
-833Channel I
-814Channel S
213575
Channels 24
-873Chat Box
-786Colors
813674
Create and Craft
691583Daystar TV
-799DM Global
-857Eman Channel
-589EWTN
-590Faith World TV
-595Flow TV
-872GayNetwork
-807Geo
-817Geo News International
-816Geo Tez
-823Glory TV
694580God TV
-587Gospel Channel
804653GR Shop
-800Hidayat TV
816658High Street TV
-666High Street TV 3
-597Hillsong Channel
817663Hochanda
-844Hum TV
810661Ideal Extra
812654
Ideal World
690585Inspiration TV
-825Iqra Bangla
-819Iqra TV
693806Islam Channel
-851Islam Channel Urdu
807665
Jewellery Maker
806651
JML Direct
-591KICC TV
-795Lamhe
-586Loveworld TV
-828Madani Channel
-793MATV National
-787MTA International
-511NDTV 24x7
-577News 18
-812Noor TV
-838NTV
-593Olive TV
-669Pavers Shoes TV
-813Peace TV
-830Peace TV Urdu
-785Phoenix CNE
-792Prime TV
-815PTC Punjabi
-803PTV Global
-801Record Europa HD
-657Retail Therapy TV
692581Revelation
661822Rishtey
-797Rishtey Cineplex
814672
Rocks and Co
-512RT
-847Safeer TV
-832Samaa TV
-836Sangat TV
-829Sikh Channel
695594Sonlife TV
-810
Sony SAB TV Asia
-834Takbeer TV
-582TBN UK
815670Thane
818679The Craft Channel
-676The Department Store
809652
The Jewellery Channel
-677The Mall
808660
The Store
-588The Word Network
-576Times Now
-656
Tristar
-842TV 99
-849TV One
-667TV Warehouse
-517TVC News
-572TVC News +1
-854UK 44
-820Ummah Channel
-671V Channel
-805Venus TV
-252Wellbeing Network
-789Zing

Astra 2G UK

Astra-2G-UK.png satellite footprint
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
127140
4seven
129174
5 USA
131176
5STAR
132190
5STAR+1
130219
5USA +1
107143
BBC Four HD
200570
BBC News HD
601624
CBeebies HD
126227
Channel 4 HD
128177
Channel 5 +1
105105
Channel 5 HD
103103
ITV
112131
ITV +1
111178
ITV HD
133175
My5
141160
Spike
103103
STV
111178
STV HD
112131
STV+1
103103
UTV
111178
UTV HD
112131
UTV+1

Eutelsat 28A S1

Eurobird-S1.png satellite footprintAdult
Xpanded TV 3
FreesatSkyTelevision channels