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There are reports in the last few days that the BBC will start to be more active in blocking VPNs accessing their Iplayer Catch Up services.

This may start to be a problem for expats who access the BBC IPlayer service.

Normally the BBC Iplayer is accessible to users in the UK only. This is policed by checking the IP internet address of the user. So onlyusers with a UK IP internet address can access the service.

It is that time of the year agsin.

The suns path across the sky takes it along the Clarke Belt, that line in the Sky where all the geostationary satellites are.

This means that the sun passes behind the satellites, so the satellites, sun and your dish are all in alignment.

And when it does, its energy can swamp out those weaker signals. And cause a temporary loss of those weaker channels.

Reports say that Channel Five is no longer carrying regional advertising.
Channel 5 used to split its TV coverage into five regions: London, South/Central England and Wales, Northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. This allows advertisers to target specific regions,much like ITV and Channel Four do.
Channel Fives owner Viacom considers running different regional variations to be financially unviable.
As a result of this, you can expect to see the five regional versions of Channel Five currently available to be merged into just one version of Channel Five.

ITV1 Wales will soon have a HD version.
Tests are currently being carried out, but the ITV1 HD Wales regional variation is expected to launch soon.
And recently ITV Wales and ITV Wales+1 have transferred to a new satellite transponder.
As has ITV1 HA Granada.

ITV 1 Wales and ITV1 Wales +1 can be found on the following frequency:
10994 H DVB-S QPSK 22000 5/6

ITV1 Wales HD and ITV1 Granada can be found on the following frequency:
11053 H DVB-S2 8PSK 23000 3/4

Most Sky and Freesat viewers should notice no changes; their receivers should have been redirected to the new frequencies.
Anyone who has lost ITV Wales or ITV Wales+1 on Sky or Freesat should reboot their receiver, and they should load up the new frequencies for these ITV1 regions.

Over the past few years, SES Astra have been replacing their old Astra 2A, 2B and 2D satellites with new satellites 2E 2F and 2G.
And the aging Eutelsat 28A has also been cleared of channels.
Now all UK TV channels are being transmitted from the three new satellites 2E 2F and 2G.
This has meant that in the past few weeks, many channels have been changing satellites, beams and in some cases frequencies.
For viewers in the UK this should have had little impact. In fact most viewers in the UK should have noticed they are not getting stronger signals than before.
However, for viewers outside the UK, these changes may have had more of an impact.

The final new UK TV satellite, Astra 2G has been operational since early June 2015.

Since it has been in operation, channels have been moved to 2G from the other two Astra satellites 2E and 2F. Presumably to help “balance” the load across the three satellites.

However, since the three satellites are not exactly 100% the same, some viewers in “fringe” reception areas, like Southern and Eastern Europe have noticed a drop in signal levels.

Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite for the 28 east slot, is finally on its way from its test location.

At its current speed, it will be at 28 east from Mid June.

When at 28 east, It is expected to take over the transmission of channels from the aging, and failing, Eutelsat 28 A satellite.

Astra 2G, the third and final new UK TV satellite, is currently at 43 east for testing.

It is expected that in the next few days those test will end, and Astra 2G will start to be moved to the UK TV slot at 28 east.

There it will join the two other new UK TV satellites, Astra 2E and Astra 2F.


This week Sky announce that Sky Arts 2 would close, with its programming combined to Sky Arts 1.
Sky also announced that they would be closing the Sky 3D service on satellite, opting to have its 3D content only available via Sky On Demand.
This change for Sky 3D should not really be unexpected, as many broadcasters have dropped their 3D programming, mainly due to a lack of true 3D content, and the viewers not really taking up 3D TV, with the main reason being “I don’t like wearing the glasses”.

Over the last few weeks, some transponder frequencies used for channels on both Sky and Freesat have had a small change in their frequency settings.
Some frequencies have changed their FEC – Forward Error Correction – rate from 2/3 to 5/6.
By changing the FEC, this has meant that more channels can be broadcast on each transponder.
Most viewers in the intended viewing areas of the UK, should see no difference.