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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.

Loss of Channel 5 in Sourthern Spain and Portugal – why so surprised? Did your installer not say anything about this happening?

Judging by the number of comments on

about the recent move of some channels from Astra1N to Astra 2F, and the resulting loss of some channels in southern areas of Spain and in Portugal, it appears that this change has taken many by surprise.

I have received many emails and phone calls from people in areas around the Costa del Sol, Malaga, Marbella and south Portugal, who have now lost a few UK TV channels on their satellite systems.

Before the change they had perfect reception of channels like Channel 5. Now, with the move of these channels on the new UK beam of Astra 2F, reception has gone altogether.

This was not really unexpected.

Well, to these that knew.


This Friday (30/11/12) SES posted the following on their “SES-Astra facebook page

“Services are currently being transferred onto Astra 2F, BBC (Tp 2.061) has been migrated to 2F whereas Channel 5 (Tp 2.057), ITV (Tp’s 2.059 and 2.063), and Channel 4 (Tp 2.068) will move to Astra 2F next Tuesday. This will then mark the completion of the transfer”.

Astra 2F is the new satellite, launched in September ( that will is the first stage in the SES Astra replacement programme of the existing 3 Astra satellites, Astra 2a, 2b, 1n, that currently provide UK satellite TV.


In the few days, one of the currently satellites that is providing the UK with satellite TV, Astra 1N, will be replaced with the new and latest satellite Astra 2F. In fact as I type this, Astra 2F is almost in position at the UK TV “Slot” at 28.2 east.

Now the new Astra 2F satellite will not affect viewers in the UK. In fact viewers in the UK should notice no changes at all.

But in “fringe” reception areas, like south of France, Spain, and Italy, people may find that their reception of some UK TV channels will change. Especially of UK TV channels such as BBC ITV Channel 4 and Five.


Our previous post ( ) I mentioned some changes for BBC TV channels. Well in the last week there have also been some changes to the BBC Radio stations.

The BBC Radio channels that used to be on frequency 11954H have now been moved and split between two other frequencies.

There are detailed below:


As mentioned in the BBC have stated that they are scheduled to make some changed to their satellite TV and Radio services in October 2012.

These changes are part of the BBC Delivering Quality First proposals or cost cutting drive!

These changes include:

Reducing the number of BBC Red Button video streams on satellite to one (saving money!)

Moving services from one frequency and spread those services across existing BBC frequencies, and being able to close that one frequency (saving money!)

This will mean the BBC will need to shuffle some of their other TV services around and so the frequencies for some of their TV and radio channels will be changing: