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Friday, October 29, 2010

Sky Price increases for January VAT increase.

As expected, due to the change in UK VAT rates in January, Sky have announced their prices to take this into account.

One "mix" pack - £19.50 (was £19)
Each extra pack - £1 (no change)
Sky Sports pack - £20.25 (was £20)
Single Sky Sports - £12.25 (was £12)
Sky Movies pack - £16 (no change)
Sky World - £52 (was £51)
HD - £10.25 (was £10)
Multiroom - £10.25 (was £10)
ESPN - £9 / £12 (no change)

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Monday, October 25, 2010

Sky to shuffle entertainment channel numbers in 2011

According to reports, Sky has plans to reshuffle its entertainment channel lineup from next year, including the rebranding of Living TV and arrival of new channel Sky Atlantic.

From early 2011, Sky Atlantic will launch exclusively on Sky to host content from the satellite broadcaster's recent multi-million pound deal with US studio HBO.

After acquiring The Living TV Group from Virgin Media in June, Sky has announced that the Living channel will be rebranded as Sky Living from next year.

The two channels plus Sky1 will appear side-by-side on the front page of Sky's electronic programme guide (EPG).

Sky 1 will continue on channel 106, Sky Living (the former Living) will move up the guide to 107 while the new Sky Atlantic will take 108. The slots are currently occupied by Sky 1 and sister channels Sky 2 and Sky 3.

Sky1, Sky Living and Sky Atlantic will be available to all existing Sky customers at no extra charge as part of the basic subscription package.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

Sky HD channels - over 50 available with more to come.

Here is a list of HD channel available on a SkyHD box.

In addition, BBC One HD will start on the 3rd November - and ITV3 HD and ITV4 HD are expected next month also (Novebmer 2010)

140 - Channel 4 HD
143 - BBC HD
170 - Sky1 HD
171 - Channel 5 HD
178 - ITV1 HD
193 - FX HD
211 - Bio HD
214 - Syfy HD
215 - E4 HD
217 - Sky 3D

220 - Universal Channel HD
222 - Comedy Central HD
224 - Living HD
225 - ITV2 HD
244 - Sky Arts 1 HD
256 - Sky Arts 2 HD
273 - Luxury Life HD
283 - Good Food HD
313 - Sky Movies Premiere HD
314 - Sky Movies Showcase HD

332 - Sky Movies Comedy HD
333 - Sky Movies Action/Adventure HD
334 - Sky Movies Family HD
335 - Sky Movies Crime/Thriller HD
336 - Sky Movies Drama/Romance HD
337 - Sky Movies Sci-fi/Horror HD
338 - Sky Movies Modern Greats HD
339 - Sky Movies Indie HD
345 - MGM HD
346 - Sky Movies Classics HD

384 - MTVN HD
408 - Sky Sports HD1
409 - Sky Sports HD2
412 - Eurosport HD
418 - Sky Sports HD3
431 - ESPN America HD
442 - ESPN HD
452 - Rush HD
454 - Sky Sports HD4
455 - Sky Sports News HD

517 - Sky News HD
536 - Discovery HD
543 - Nat Geo HD
544 - Nat Geo Wild HD
545 - History HD
555 - Crime & Investigation Network HD
559 - Eden HD
631 - Disney Cinemagic HD
632 - Nickelodeon HD
633 - Disney XD HD

752 - Sky Box Office HD1
753 - Sky Box Office HD2

Note that BBC One HD, BBC HD adn ITV1 HD are all available for free with no viewing card.
ITV1, C4 HD and Five HD are available with a viewing crd, and no subscription.
All other channels require the extra £10 per month Sky HD subscription

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Lost BBC Channel Islands on Sky 988 in Spain???

If in the last few days, you have lost your reception of BBC Channel Islands on Sky 988, and other BBC 1 regions in Spain then please read the following link

Changes to BBC1 TV frequencies - Sky Channel 988 Channel Islands in Spain

The BBC, not Sky, have been reallocating their channel to different satellite transponder frequencies.

This means that some channel you used to watch with full all day reception may now only be avilable for part of the dat.

One example is BBC1 Channel Islands on Sky channel 988.

Before today, Monday 18 October, this was regarded as being one of the strongest BBC regions for watching BBC1 TV in the Costa blanca and Spain. After todays changes, it is now one of the weakest satellite TV channels!

However, one of the benefits is that now, expats in weak signal areas like Spain, can now watch increease reception of BBC2 - using the BBC2 Wales and BBC2 Northern Ireland variations on Sky Channel 991 and 992

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Important changes to BBC TV frequencies this weekend

Important changes to BBC TV frequencies this weekend

There are some important changes happening on the BBC frequencies:


BBC1 West (Bristol)
BBC1 Channel Islands
BBC1 East (West) (Cambridge)

are all leaving their current frequency, and moving to the frequency currently used by BBC2 England - 10773 H
This means that their reception will be as per BBC2 England.
This means that BBC Channel Islands will no longer be recognised as being the strongest BBC1 region.

BBC1 Manchester
BBC1 Leeds
BBC 1 Tunbridge Wells

are all leaving their current frequency, and moving to the frequency currently used by BBC RAdio 5 Live and BBC1&2 Scotland - 10.802 H
This means that their reception will again be as per / similar to BBC2 England.

BBC1 Wales and BBC2 Wales

will be moving from their current frequency to 10.788v - moving from a weaker horizontal to a stronger vertical frequency. So these Wales regions reception will be as per most BBC1 regions ie - almost 24/7 on most big dishes. Meaning some areas will have 24/7 reception of a BBC2 region.

BBC1 Northern Ireland and BBC2 Northern Ireland

will be moving from their current frequency to 10.817v - moving from a weaker horizontal to a stronger vertical frequency. So these Northern Ireland regions reception will be as per most BBC1 regions ie - almost 24/7 on most big dishes. Meaning some areas will have 24/7 reception of a BBC2 region.

Why the changes?
The BBC have had to have a move around to amke space for the BBC1 HD channel.
This will be starting on Wednesday 3rd November.
The BBC had to make space for this channel, which will be on the same frequency as BBCHD channel.
The BBCHD channel will continue to operate showing "the best of the BBC in HD", and the BBC1 HD channel will be a simulcast of BBC1 London.

It will mean that if you watch BBC1 Channel Islands, then you will find that its reception has changed.

It will also mean that you should now have much better coverage of BBC2, either via BBC2 England (reception not changing), BBC2 Northern Ireland, and BBC2 Wales. The latter two regions have almost the same schedules as BBC2 England, with some minor changes for regional programmes.

Freesat and Sky boxes will automatically update themselves on Monday 18th October 2010 with these new frequencies.

Those with Non Sky or Freesat boxes will have to rescan the channels to make sure your boxes have the new BBC1 and BBC2 frequencies.

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