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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 Raidio na Gaeltachta
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
146145
Challenge
147245
Challenge +1
165450
Forces TV
-840Sky News Arabia

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 Extra
BBC Radio 4 LW
BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio Cymru
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
110815
BBC Four
212877
BBC News
106101
BBC One HD
201504
BBC Parliament
102102
BBC Two HD
608647
CBeebies
602621
CITV
122829
E4
123235
E4 +1
148172
Food Network
149272
Food Network +1
205513
France 24
252422
Freesports
-816
ITV 2
-218
ITV 2 +1
-131
ITV Be
-231
ITV Be +1
-199
OH TV
155160
PBS America
-803
UTV
-850Dunya News USA
805665
Gems TV
-796TV 5 Monde

Astra 2F Europe

astra2F-Europe.png satellite footprintRadio
Sky News Radio

Text
SkyText
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
144152
pick
145252
Pick +1
202875
Sky News
164173
Together

Astra 2F UK

astra2F-UK.png satellite footprintAdult
ADULT Babestn2
Babestation Daytime Xtra
Studio 66 TV 1
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
-139
4Music
-982
BBC Red Button 2
-983
BBC Red Button 3
-361
Box Hits
-359
Box Upfront
137148
CBS Action
134147
CBS Drama
135146
CBS Reality
136147
CBS Reality 1
-372
Chart Show Hits
157811
Dave
158143
Drama
166158
Home
138317
Horror Channel
-318
Horror Channel +1
-368
Kerrang! TV
508363
Kiss (TV)
510364
Magic (TV)
-159
Paramount Network
-625
Pop +1
606-
POP 1
604626
POP MAX
172866
Quest
168244
Quest +1
169149
Quest Red
170249
Quest Red +1
160142
Really
120134
S4C HD
502367Scuzz
504371
Starz TV
-360
The Box
501365
The Vault
605617
Tiny Pop
609625
Tiny Pop 1
-186
Tru TV 1
500365
True Christmas 1
-179
True Entertainment
152279True Entertainment +1
303322
True Movies 1
159155
Yesterday
156168
YourTV
-662High Street TV 2
603616
Pop
-886Psychic Today
143157
Sony Crime Channel

Astra 2G Europe Ku

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

Adult
Babestation
Playboy TV Chat
Studio 66 TV 2
Studio 66 TV 3
Xpanded TV 3
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
-859A Plus
-235ABN TV
-232AIT International
-880
AlJazeera English
-513
Aljazeera English HD
-238
BEN
-194
BET International
162187
Blaze
208876
Bloomberg TV
507388
Capital TV
211509
CGTN
104104
Channel 4 (Wales)
-385
Channel Aka
210505
CNBC
-515
CNC English
122136
E4 (Wales)
-508
EuroNews
-374
Flava
-469Front Runner 2
506387
Heart TV
-256
Holiday and Cruise
-253
Horse and Country TV
-858Khalsa TV
-203
MyTV
209507
NHK WORLD HD
-329Nollywood Movies
-371
NOW 80s
-368
Now 90s
-189
Propeller TV
-198Property TV
-344Rok
206511
RT HD
-687
Sewing Quarter
161212
Showcase
143184
Sony Crime Channel 1
305326
Sony Movie Channel 1
306328
Talking Pictures TV
150198
Travel Channel
151298
Travel Channel +1
505369
Vintage TV
-218
Voxafrica
-853+ TV HD
-818Aaj Tak
-837Aastha
-811ABP News
-794Abu Dhabi TV
-826Ahlebait TV
-831
Ahlulbayt TV
-10185Ahomka Radio
-843Akaal Channel
-855Al Arabiya
-519Arise News
-827ATN Bangla
-821Bangla TV
-592BelieVe TV
-669Best Direct
-824Brit Asia TV
-845British Muslim TV
-833Channel I
-814Channel S
-518
Channels 24
-873Chat Box
631-Colors HD
-684Craft Extra
-676CraftMarket
-683
Create and Craft
-583Daystar TV HD
-598Determination TV
-857Eman Channel
-589EWTN
-590Faith World TV
-595Flow TV
-872GayNetwork
-807Geo
-823Glory TV
-587Gospel Channel
804653GR Shop
-800Hidayat TV
816658High Street TV
-666High Street TV 3
-597Hillsong Channel
817673Hochanda
-799Hum Masala
-844Hum TV
-671Ideal Extra
812664
Ideal World
690584Inspiration TV
-825Iqra Bangla
-819Iqra TV
-727Islam Channel
-851Islam Channel Urdu
-674
Jewellery Maker
806661
JML Direct
-591KICC TV
-828Madani Channel English
-793MATV Channel
-787MTA 1
-511NDTV 24x7
-577News 18
-812Noor TV
-838NTV
-593Olive TV
-669Pavers Shoes TV
-813Peace TV English
-830Peace TV Urdu
-785Phoenix CNE
-792Prime TV
-815PTC Punjabi
-803PTV Global
800660
QVC
801677
QVC Beauty
-682
QVC Extra
803663
QVC Style
-801Record Europa HD
-657Retail Therapy TV
-581Revelation TV
-822Rishtey
-10166RT
-847Safeer TV
-832Samaa TV
-836Sangat TV
-829Sikh Channel Global
-834Takbeer TV
-679Thane
-677The Mall
-588The Word Network
-576Times Now
809662
TJC
-656
Tristar
-842TV 99
-849TV One
-517TVC News
-572TVC News Nigeria 1
-854UK 44
-820Ummah Channel
-671V Channel
-805Venus TV

Astra 2G UK

Astra-2G-UK.png satellite footprint
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
127137
4seven
-2195 Spike 1
-141
5 USA
107116
BBC Four HD
200503
BBC News HD
601614
CBeebies HD
-805
Channel 5
-205
Channel 5 +1
105105
Channel 5 HD
-103
UTV HD