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Monday, December 9, 2013

New BBC HD channels to launch - frequencies and channel number details

On Tuesday 10th December the BBC will be launching 5 new HD channels on Freesat HD and Sky HD.

These channels are:
BBC Three HD

These new BBC HD channels will be added to the Freesat and Sky channel listings soon. Their channel numbers can be found at :

USers with other HD satellite receivers will have to scan the relevant frequencies to add these new BBC HD channels to their channel lists :

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sky TV outage on on 28th November 2013

Sky has advised all broadcasters of planned maintenance on 28th Nov, between 0100 and 0300, which will result in a "brief outage of between 10-20 seconds"

What does this mean...?

Saturday, October 5, 2013

A list of the channels and frequencies affected by the recent "satellite shuffle" between Eutelsat 28A and Astra.

A list of the channels and frequencies affected by the recent "satellite shuffle" between Eutelsat 28A and Astra.

Below is a list of the channels and frequencies affected by the recent "satellite shuffle" between Eutelsat 28A and Astra.

Note that for some people in some areas of Spain, channels on the Astra 2F UK beam may be unavailable, as your satellite dish may be too small to receive these frequencies.

As a general rule of thumb, if you can receive Channel Five, then you should be able to receive those other channels on Astra 2Fs UK beam.

If you are struggling to receive those channels on the Astra 2F UK beam, then it may be possible to search for the channels on their "Final" frequencies, as some of the channels are actually operating on their final frequencies.

On a Sky box, you simply go to the "Add Channels" menu option, and then add the channels to your Sky boxes "Other Channels" list, accessed via the Services Menu.

Hopefully by the 10th October, all channels will be on their final frequencies, and the Sky Guide and the Freesat Guide channel lists are all correctly "mapped" to the new frequencies.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Sky TV: How to programming your Sky remote to control your TV

Sky TV: How to programming your Sky remote to control your TV

Your Sky remote makes use of a special four-digit "code" to operate both your Sky box and your TV, meaning you can use just one remote to handle all Sky functions, to change the TV volume and to turn your TV on and off.

You'll need your four-digit remote control code when:
  • You set up Sky TV by yourself, without the help of an engineer.
  • You change your TV set or Sky remote.
  • Your Sky remote has been without battery power for more than ten minutes.

Look up your code online

To use the online lookup tool, you'll need to know the following three things:
  1. The version of your Sky remote: Remove your Sky remote's battery cover. Depending on the age of the remote, the details will be printed either on the removable cover or inside the battery compartment. Older Sky remotes may not display a version number, but you can work out the version number if you know the date you bought yours (a).
  2. The make of your TV: The brand name, e.g. Sony, Panasonic, LG, Samsung.
  3. The model of your TV: Usually a string of letters and numbers printed on your TV and in your owner's manual.
(a) These dates show when each type of remote was introduced: * Version 4: May 2001 (Sky+ introduced) * Version 6: March 2004 * Version 8: January 2006 * Version 9: July 2011 Tip: As long as your TV's make is recognised, you can leave the model field blank and select Get My Code to display a list of generic remote control codes for your make of TV. Once you have this information, look up your code online (opens in new window).

I've got my remote control code. What next?

Once you've got your remote control code, follow these steps to use it:
  1. Cover the front of your Sky remote, or point the remote away from the TV.
  2. Press the tv button.
  3. Point your Sky remote at the TV.
  4. Hold down the select and red buttons together for a few seconds.
After a few seconds of holding down the buttons, the light at the top of your Sky remote should flash twice.
  1. Enter your four-digit remote control code.
As you press each number button, the light at the top of your Sky remote will flash once. As soon as the fourth digit is entered, the light should flash twice more.
  1. Press the select button.
  2. Cover the front of your Sky remote again, or point the remote away from the TV.
  3. Press the sky button.
  4. Point your Sky remote at the TV again.
Your Sky remote should now be able to operate normal Sky functions and TV functions. For example, try pressing the vol +/- buttons on the Sky remote to check whether the TV's volume changes.

What TV functions can I access through my Sky remote?

Once your Sky remote has been set up to operate your TV, you should be able to:
  • Change the volume: Press the vol +/- buttons.
  • Turn the TV on and off (standby): Press the tv button and then the power button to turn the TV on or off (standby). After turning on the TV, press the sky button to regain control of the usual Sky functions.
  • Switch input mode: Press the tv button and then repeatedly press the help button to cycle through available inputs on your TV, e.g. to switch to using a games console or DVD player. Keep pressing the help button to return to the input that displays Sky TV (usually "HDMI 1"), and then press the sky button to regain control of the usual Sky functions.
Not all TVs will support all of these functions through the Sky remote. If you get stuck, use your TV's own remote control to select the input where you watch Sky (usually "HDMI 1"), and then press the sky button on your Sky remote to regain control of the usual Sky functions.   More information:

Friday, July 26, 2013

English Premier League : Al Jazeera Sport Channel 2013

English Premier League : Al Jazeera Sport Channel 2013

Al Jazeera Sport has won the broadcast rights to show all 380 English Premier League football matches for the next three seasons, taking over from AD Sports.

You can watch the English Premier League on Al Jazeera Sport in Spain on an 80cm or 1m satellite dish, and with an Al Jazeera viewing card and compatible satellite receiver.

For more information see:

Thursday, July 25, 2013

BT Sport advert / Michael Owen commentates on his best goals - July 2013 Advert

Michael Owen has been in pre-season training with BT Sport ahead of the Premier League kick off.

The former Liverpool, Real Madrid, Newcastle and Manchester United forward, in this promotional clip for the channel, commentates on some of his best-ever strikes.

A host of Owen's former team-mates are also involved with BT Sport as Owen Hargreaves, Steve McManaman, David James and Rio Ferdinand will also appear as pundits.

Owen is part of the new BT Sport commentary team for the 2013-14 season, which starts on August 17 with live coverage of Liverpool against Stoke City.

Live football on UK TV:

BT Sports Information :

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Heineken Cup on Sky Sports. Live Heineken Cup 2013-2014

Sky Sports will show all 24 teams and almost 24 hours of exclusively live European rugby union coverage in one weekend during the first round of the Heineken Cup.

Viewers can enjoy 45 live televised fixtures from the first four rounds of the 2013/2014 Heineken Cup beginning October 11 including every British and Irish team exclusively live at least three times in the first four rounds. Each of the first four rounds will see up to 12 live ties across Friday, Saturday and Sunday on Sky Sports HD channels and on the red button.

On the first weekend there will be 12 live fixtures available to Sky Sports viewers.

Heineken Cup live TV fixtures can be found at :

Sunday, June 9, 2013

HD Satellite Receiver and IPTV / Internet TV Costa Blanca

Galaxy Innovations GI Genius Smart TV IPTV Satellite Receiver Satellite System

The Galaxy Innovations Genius Smart TV digital satellite receiver is an easy way to receive hundreds of channels, free and subscription.

It performs well on the Costa Blanca.

It has a USB port to allow you to record onto a USB pendrive / stick.

The Galaxy Innovations Genius Smart TV satellite receiver can also read your Sky card.

The Galaxy Innovations Genius Smart TV satellite receiver can also be used to watch UK TV, movies, series, and other countries TV, via the internet.

With this High Definition Linux IPTV satellite receiver, you can have the best TV from both worlds - direct from the satellite or from the internet.

Use with a satellite dish, and receive your UK TV channels in high definition and Dolby 5.1 digital audio. Channel like BBC1HD, BBC2HD, ITV1HD and C4HD are all available in super stunning crystal clear high definition.

Use by connecting to your ADSL Internet router, and you can receive the UK TV channels streamed from the internet. Unlike some IPTV services that charge 20€ per month, these channels are available for free, with no monthly subscription.

More information on this satellite receiver for IPTV / Internet TV Spain :

More information on IPTV / Internet TV in Spain :

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sky TV Channel Numbers Changes April 2013

It is being reported that there will be some Sky TV channel number changes come the latter part of April 2013.

One of the reasons is the launch of a new channel called TLC to Sky channel 125, currently occupied by Challenge TV.

Also, some of the Discovery channels and channels in the Knowledge / Documentary section will also be moving.

Details of these Sky TV channel changes, expected around the 30th April 2013 are detailed below.

TLC / TLC HD launches at 125
Challenge (currently Sky TV channel 125) moves to Sky TV channel 145
TLC+1 launches at Sky TV channel 195
Home & Health (currently Sky TV channel 254) moves to Sky TV channel 240
Home & Health+1 (currently Sky TV channel 255) moves to Sky TV channel 241
ID (currently Sky TV channel 551) moves to Sky TV channel 522
ID+1 launches into the Documentaries genre at Sky TV channel 551
Animal Planet / Animal Planet HD (currently Sky TV channel 525) moves to Sky TV channel 523
Discovery Turbo (currently Sky TV channel 523) moves to Sky TV channel 524
Discovery Science (currently Sky TV channel 524) moves to Sky TV channel 525
Discovery History (currently Sky TV channel 522) moves to Sky TV channel 535
Discovery History+1 (currently Sky TV channel 557) moves to Sky TV channel 536
Animal Planet+1 (currently Sky TV channel 535) moves to Sky TV channel 549
Discovery Science+1 (currently Sky TV channel 549) moves to Sky TV channel 557
Discovery HD / Discovery (currently Sky TV channel 536) moves to Sky TV channel 561
Animal Planet HD / Animal Planet (currently Sky TV channel 561) moves to Sky TV channel 562

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Loss of some UK satellite TV channels in Spain for the next few weeks.

If you lose channels for the next 2 weeks at around 10-11 am for a few minutes then this is normal for this time of year.

Basically the sun is right behind the satellites, and the energy from the sun will swamp out the weaker satellite signals.

There is nothing you can do about it, as it can even affect "big dishes" also.

Rebooting the box will not help - apart from killing time until the signal returns again

It does not happen on ALL channels, as some are stronger than others.

This loss of signal happens twice a year in March and October - around the time of the equinoxes.