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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
RTÉ 2FM
RTÉ Lyric FM
RTÉ Radio 1
RTÉ Raidio na Gaeltachta
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
146160
Challenge
165181
Forces TV
145259
Pick +1
164170
Together 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
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
109169
BBC Alba
173815
BBC Four
212877
BBC News
106-
BBC One HD
201504
BBC Parliament
981981
BBC Red Button
174876
BBC Scotland SD
102102
BBC Two HD
607646
CBBC
600607
CBBC HD
608644
CBeebies
602612
CITV
122-
E4
123235
E4 +1
301314
Film4 +1
-422
FreeSports HD
113816
ITV 2
114218
ITV2 +1
116219
ITV3 +1
154220
ITV4 +1
118131
ITVBe
119231
ITVBe +1
125236
More4 +1
167144Quest HD
120134
S4C HD
103803
UTV (SD)

Astra 2F Europe

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FreesatSkyTelevision channels
210505
CNBC HD
144159
pick
147-
Sky Arts
202875
Sky News
-788Sky News Arabia

Astra 2F UK

astra2F-UK.png satellite footprint
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
134147
CBS Drama
137148
CBS Justice
135146
CBS Reality
136246
CBS Reality +1
157811
Dave
-211
Dave ja vu
150172
DMAX
151272
DMAX +1
158143
Drama
-243
Drama +1
148140
Food Network
149240
Food Network +1
-258HGTV +1
138317
Horror Channel
139318
Horror Channel 1
155174
PBS America
-619
Pop +1
604620
POP MAX
-621
POP MAX +1
172831
Quest
168244
Quest +1
169149
Quest Red
170249
Quest Red +1
160142
Really
302321
Sony Movies
-322
Sony Movies +1
305323
Sony Movies Action
-324
Sony Movies Action +1
303319
Sony Movies Classic
304320
Sony Movies Classic +1
605615
Tiny Pop
-618
Tiny Pop +1
-360
Trace Vault
-359Trace Hits
-364Trace Urban
159155
Yesterday
-255
Yesterday +1
603614
Pop
142157Sony Channel
143257Sony Channel +1

Astra 2G Europe Ku

astra-2G-Europe.png satellite footprintRadio
Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio 80s
Absolute Radio 90s
Absolute Radio Classic Rock
BFBS
Capital FM London
Capital Xtra
Classic FM
Desi Radio
EWTN Radio Britain and Ireland
Gold
Heart 106.2 London
Heart Dance
Hits Radio
Jazz FM
KISS
LBC
LBC News
Magic
NewsTalk
Panjab Radio
PlanetRock
Radio Khush Khabri
Radio X
Scala Radio
Smooth Radio
Sukh Sagar Radio
talkSPORT
TWR
V Radio
WRN English

Adult
92 News
ADULT Babestn2
Babestation
Studio 66 TV 3
Xpanded TV
Xpanded TV 2
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
-880
Aljazeera English
203513
Aljazeera English HD
214522Arirang World HD
-195
BEN TV
-173
BET International
162164
Blaze
208502
Bloomberg TV HD
-354
Box Hits
-598Celebration TV
211-
CGTN
-182Channel 7 (Ghana)
-364Clubland TV
207506
CNN International HD
-179Court TV
-783Deen TV
-597Dunamis TV
122-
E4 (Wales)
-508
EuroNews English
-712Foodxp
205512
France 24 English HD
-596GoodNews TV
-10112Heart 80s
-10217Heart 90s
166162
HGTV
-184Hi-Impact TV
-358
Kerrang! TV
-356
Kiss (TV)
176175Live 360
-357
Magic (TV)
209507
NHK World Japan HD
-361
Now 70s
-362
NOW 80s
-363
Now 90s
-190NTD
-773Pitaara International
-670Primal Living
-708Republic Bharat
-329Rok
206511
RT HD
-593SBN International
-191
Showcase TV
175171
Smithsonian Channel
-437SportyStuff TV HD
516365Spotlight TV
306328
Talking Pictures TV
-355
The Box
-185
Travelxp HD
215516TRT World
-193
Voxafrica
-523WION HD
171186
YANGA!
-759A1 TV
-710Aaj Tak
-724Aastha
-745Ahlebait TV
-787
Ahlulbayt TV
-770Akaal Channel
-519Arise News
-758ARY Family
-736ARY World
-779ATN Bangla
-669Best Direct
-767Brit Asia TV
-752British Muslim TV
-777Channel S
-518
Channels 24
-684Craft Extra
813683
Create & Craft
-688Cruise 1st TV
691583Daystar TV HD
-754Dunya News
-757Eman Channel
-588EWTN
-594Faith
-589Faith World TV
805665
Gems TV
-738Geo
-734Geo News International
694580GOD Channel
-733Hidayat TV
-666High Street TV 1
-667High Street TV 2
-668High Street TV 3
-672High Street TV 4
-675High Street TV 5
-595Hillsong Channel
817673Hochanda
-732Hum Masala
-751Hum TV
-671Ideal Extra
812664
Ideal World
690584Inspiration TV
-782Ion TV
-778Iqra Bangla
-742Iqra TV
-793Iran International HD
-737Islam Channel
-755Islam Channel Urdu
-744Islam TV
807674
Jewellery Maker
-661
JML Direct
-772Kanshi TV
-771Khalsa TV
-590KICC TV
-585Loveworld TV HD
-746Madani Channel English
-711MATV Channel
-731MTA 1
-510NDTV 24x7
-739Noor TV
-780NTV
-791Phoenix CNE
-680Psychic Today
-766PTC Punjabi
-735PTV Global
800660
QVC
801663
QVC Beauty
802682
QVC Extra
803677
QVC Style
692581Revelation
-748Samaa TV
-769Sangat TV
-725Sanskar TV
-768Sikh Channel
-749Takbeer TV
-582TBN UK
-679Thane
-587The Word Network
809662
TJC
-781TV One
-676TV Warehouse
-515TVC News Nigeria
-756UK 44
-716Venus TV

Astra 2G UK

Astra-2G-UK.png satellite footprint
FreesatSkyTelevision channels
127137
4seven
133153
5SELECT
131128
5STAR
141228
5STAR +1
129141
5USA
130241
5USA +1
107116
BBC Four HD
200503
BBC News HD
108194
BBC Scotland HD
601608
CBeebies HD
104104
Channel 4 (Wales)
-104
Channel 4 HD
-805
Channel 5
128205
Channel 5 +1
105105
Channel 5 HD
132150
Paramount Network
-103
UTV HD