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In September 2016, the BBC will stop supporting an old version of BBC iPlayer.

This will mean that a number of Freesat set top boxes, and some Smart TVs, will no longer be able to view content on iPlayer.

The old “V2” iPlayer has low bit rates, meaning low image quality on fast images (eg sporting events), compared to the newer iPlayer.

The models affected are those that do not currently support the “Freesat Freetime” roll back programme guide.


Manhattan have released a software update for their Manhattan Plaza HDR-S Freesat+HD model.

Upgrading to version v1.26 will update and cure some stability and recording problems, along with a number of enhancements.

You can download the update from the manhattan website:

On 24th March, the BBC will be performing some channel number changes for their HD channels on Sky HD and Freesat HD.

This also means that all four of the regional versions of BBC One HD (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland), will now be available via the Sky Channel Guide.

This is a bonus as previously, Sky HD users had no way of viewing the other BBC One HD versions.

These are the details for Sky HD users (non subscriber and subscribers)

EPG No. England Scotland Northern Ireland Wales SKY Boxes (No HD subscription or viewing Card)
101 BBC One England HD BBC One Scotland HD BBC One Northern Ireland HD BBC One Wales HD BBC One (nations/regions variant)
102 BBC Two HD BBC Two SD BBC Two SD BBC Two SD BBC Two (nations variant)
141 BBC One England SD BBC One Scotland SD BBC One Northern Ireland SD BBC One Wales SD BBC One HD (English version)
977 BBC One Scotland HD N/A BBC One Scotland HD BBC One Scotland HD BBC One Scotland HD
978 BBC One Wales HD BBC One Wales HD BBC One Wales HD N/A BBC One Wales HD
979 BBC One Northern Ireland HD BBC One Northern Ireland HD N/A BBC One Northern Ireland HD BBC One Northern Ireland HD

This week Astra 2E, the second of three new Astra satellites designed for UK satellite TV, started its journey from its test location to the UK TV satellite orbital slot.

The move from the test location at 43 degrees east, to the UK TV slot at 28 east, started mid week, and it is slowly moving, at a rate of about 0.75 degrees a day.

So it will be a few more days before it is in the correct orbital slot.


Earlier this month (October 2013) there was a large number of channels that changed satellites and frequencies.


With the launch of BBC2HD on Monday 26th March ( , the BBC are also using this for a small channel reshuffle, which will mainly affect Sky HD users.

On Sky HD BBC1HD and BBC2HD will be moving to new channel numbers, located next to each other, rather than being separated.

So on SkyHD:

BBC One HD, currently on Sky channel 143, will move to Sky channel 141.

BBC Two HD, currently the BBC HD Channel on Sky channel 169, will move to Sky channel 142.

BBC Alba, currently Sky channel 168, will move to Sky channel 143.

which finally makes some sense rather than having their two HD channels separated on the Sky Guide!


On Freesat HD BBC One HD will remain on Freesat channel 108.

BBC Two HD will replace the BBC HD Channel on Freesat channel 109

Although the changes should, on Sky and Freesat boxes, be automatic, it may be wise to check any recordings in your planners for these channels, to make sure they are still scheduled.

Well, in I did say that BBC2HD would be launching soon.

And it will be launching on March 26th 2013, at 6am.

There will not be any regional versions for Scotland, Ireland and Wales, but a single version for everyone.

BBC2HD will be replacing the BBC HD channel.

You will find BBC2HD on:

Sky HD 169
Freesat HD 109
Freeview HD 102
Youview 102
Virgin Media 187
BT Vision 852
No news on where the BBC3 and BBC4 cHD content will go, or what the BBC will use for its 3D tests – like Wimbledon and Doctor Who later this year…


In the last few weeks, BBC has launched some more regional variations for BBC1HD.

So on satellite you now have BBC1 HD England, BBC 1 HD Wales, BBC 1 HD Northern Ireland, and BBC 1 HD Scotland.

Which version you will receive on your Sky HD digibox on Sky channels 143 will depend on the address for your Sky card. You cannot “manually” add another region, as the Sky box does not allow you to input the required frequency settings.

Which version you will receive on your Freesat HD digibox on Freesat channel 108 will depend on which postcode you have input into your Freesat box during set up.

It does seem strange that they have launched these regions for BBC1HD, ahead of HD launches for BBC2, BBC3 and BBC4. Apart from the odd news and sports programme, the programmes on these channels are the same as the BBC England region.

And when the BBC HD channel is to close and replaced with BBC 2 HD, supposedly later this year, where will the BBC show its 3D content. The BBC have used the BBC HD channel for its 3D content. OK there is not much of it around, but they usually have the Wimbledon tennis finals in 3D, and it has been reported that the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who will also include some 3D programming. But where will it go? Will they simply shunt BBC2 programming off BBC2HD and replace it with BBC 3D programming when needs be?

This week ITV launched another rebrand of their channels.

It included a “logo” change.

This new style of logo was implimented across ITVs whole portfolio of channels.

It also meant the removal of the ITV regional “labels”.

Gone are the “ITV1 London” and “ITV1 Granada” regional identifications.

Now the channel is simply “ITV”.

Which causes a problem if you are wanting to watch regional news on a specific ITV region. As now, when you search for a specific ITV region, you simply have to “hit and hope” that you select the correct “ITV” channel, as one one frequency there can be a number of different “ITV” regional variations. Only when local news and weather starts will you be able to determine which region you have selected!




The BBC have today confirmed that their TV and radio channels currently on Astra 1N will move to Astra 2E  in “summer 2013” .

read their blog here:

This move of BBC services from 1N to their new permanent on 2E will have no impact on UK households. In fact some UK households should get a slightly stronger signal.

However, until Astra 2E is operational, what the reception of these BBC services will be like in other “non uk” areas, will remain to be seen.

This may also suggest that the other channels on Astra 1N, ITV1,2,3,4, C4 will also be moving at the same time.