Sky Sports channel numbers set to change.
In what could be a very unwelcome change, Sky Sports have announced a change to their channel numbers.
Sky Sports 1 will move from Sky channels 401 to 402.
Sky Sports 2 will move from Sky channels 402 to 403.
with other sky Sports channels having similar changes.
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With less than a month to go before the new football season starts, the battle from the two main broadcasters has already started.

This week, Sky Sports and BT Sports announced the first batch of their televised Premier League matches – up to the end of November.

And the battle for viewers has stared.

BT Sports have an ad campaign based on what excitement their matches from last season had – and have signed José Mourinho as an “ambassador”.

Sky Sports have David Beckham as their ambassador, and heading up their promotions. Mainly advertising the new Sky Sports 5 channel, which will be dedicated to European football from La Liga, Eredivisie, European Qualifiers, and Skys last season of Champions League matches before they move to BT Sports in 2015.

And as part of their campaign, Sky Sports channels will be available free to all Sky subscribers on the opening day of the 2014/15 Premiership season – Saturday 16th August.

Sky TV subscription prices will rise, as usually, on the 1st September 2014.

Some packages will increase by £1 per month.

The largest increase is for the Sky Sports package, increasing by £2.50 per month. Presumably this helps cover the large increase in fees they have paid for Premier League football, due to competition from BT Sports. People think “competition is always good for the consumer”, but not too sure about this in this instance, if it means higher subscriptions for consumers!

By now subscribers should have been notified of their new package prices by letters to their registered UK address.

Sky TV packages.

With the 2014 Commonwealth Games starting this coming week in Glasgow, the BBC will be offering comprehensive coverage.

This has meant some changes.

Coverage will be available on BBC Three, which has had its broadcasting times extended for the games.

This has meant that CBBC, that shared the same frequency as BBC Three, has changed to a temporary frequency : 11.464 H, 22.000, 5/6

It also means that CBBC HD has ceased, and is BBC Three HD all day.

This compliments the extra Red Button streams.

Sky and Freesat boxes should require no changes.

With reception of the main UK TV channels changing for some areas of Europe, due to the new Astra 2E and 2F satellites, many expats have been turning to the internet as an alternative for their UK TV.
One such service is Filmon, which streams TV channels, usually without geoblocking / country restrictions.
Now whether this is legal or not is open to debate. The UK Broadcasters would say no, as Filmon are redistributing content without permission. Filmon would say that under the laws where they are based, this is legal. Only the courts will sort this one out.

However, a strange turn of events has occurred during the World Cup matches.

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The BBC will be temporarily expanding its “Red Button” service on satellite for the summer months.

Normally the BBC run just one “Red Button” stream.

But with a summer of sport, including the World Cup, Wimbledon, Commonwealth games, Glastonbury, the BBC are temporarily increasing the number of streams to offer more choice of viewing for these events.

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Further to our previous post http://www.uksatellitehelp.co.uk/2014/05/10/sky-uk-implments-more-anti-piracy-measures/ , Sky continue to roll out new antipiracy measures to its HD channels.

Over the last few weeks many Sky HD channels have had new antipiracy measures applied to them, effectively removing them from the card sharing services.

Most of the HD versions of Sky Movies and Sky Sports have has these changes implemented.

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Further to our previous post (http://www.uksatellitehelp.co.uk/2014/05/11/astra-2g-satellite-launch-to-be-delayed/ ) we said that the launch of the third and final Astra 2 UK TV satellite may be delayed.

One reason for this delay was due to US sanctions on Russia due to the Ukraine crisis, although all the required paperwork is now said to be completed.

So Astra 2G can now be shipped to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, to be launched by International Launch Services (ILS).

It was hoped that Astra 2G would be launched in June, however due to a launch backlog, that will be delayed until Quarter 3 in 2014.

The third and final new UK TV satellite, Astra 2G is scheduled to be launched in Quarter 2 of 2014.

The launch is set for a Russian-supplied Proton rocket system managed by Russian-owned International Launch Services (ILS), from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

However, satellites which have been built in the US, or have US-supplied components, are subject to some “embargos”.

And with the recent Ukraine-Russia political problems, these embargos are coming into play.

So the launch date for Astra 2G could be delayed.

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Sky UK has over the last few weeks started to implement more anti piracy measures to its premium subscription services.

Over the past few years, Sky and all pay TV providers, have been losing revenue to people using Card sharing services and servers. These offer the full Sky package at a much cheaper rate than an official subscription.

By using certain satellite receivers, like Skybox F5, Iberosat and Ferguson Ariva, and connecting them to the internet, you can receive Sky pay channels for a lot less month than a official subscription.

Some providers of these systems do not tell their clients that the systems are illegal, and the services cannot be guaranteed.

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