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.

2 Responses to “Astra 2G launch delayed from June to “July to September””

  1. Peter Bates says:

    We poor sods in Spain are struggling to get any Sky tv. Simple question is 2G going to make any difference to us.

  2. Jon says:

    Sky TV is still available in Spain. On “smallish” dishes like it has been for many years, as most Sky TV channels are on the European beams. Only a handful of Sky TV channels are on the UK beams.

    But channels like BBC ITV C4 and Five, which are subscription free and nothing to do with Sky, their reception does vary in Spain. Some areas can still receive them on 1m dishes, others need larger dishes other areas need very large dishes. In the Costa Blanca area, where 2m+ dishes were needed in the old Astra 2D days, now 1m 1.1m and 1.25m dish’s will be fine for them for the next 12-15 years.

    So for Spain reception is very area specific, and some areas are now better off than before.

    2G is not expected to carry any BBC or ITV channels, and is expected to carry channel that are currently on 2A, and be used for back up. So for BBC ITV C4 and Five, nothing is expected to change.