137 thoughts on “Update Scan – 03/12/12”

  1. conor said:
    freesat needs more HD channels

    You will probably get one in the next couple of weeks or so – the RT HD test is now carrying epg info so must be close to launch.

  2. We need more entertainment HD channels. Where are the 4 family HD channels we were promised? SD is so 20th Century now. There is no point in broadcasting
    SD when all new TV’s are HD. I blame greedy Sky for this situation as they are using HD to get an extra £10 per month per subscriber. ie If you want HD get $ky.
    Every mainstream channel should be broadcasting HD on a FTA basis not behind a pay wall.

  3. Hi Richard I totally agree but I think they get paid off sky
    Ano it’s dodgy . I honestly don’t think any company will beat sky even though I’ll keep telling my friends and work colleagues to go to freesat

  4. I certainly agree with Richard, being a Freesat partner I think ITV should have launched all their HD channels on Freesat instead of behind the sky pay wall. Why should other companies consider Freesat a viable proposition for their HD channels when ITV cannot commit to the platform themselves?

  5. Hello

    and once again I have a question. I am stationed in Germany (near Hanover close to, what used to be, the East German border) and I am getting worried that my 1.1-1.2m dish will not be big enough for the 2F sat. So perhaps I might have to say good bye to freesat sometime next year. Putting a 1.8m dish up look unlikely as I had problem to put even the 1.1m dish up. That’s the price you pay for living in a flat.

    Now I have tried the filmon website the other day. I wanted to watch the expendables on channel5 (as I can’t pick that channel via the sat any more) but half way through the film the download speed was just not good for a smooth viewing. Not sure if that is a one off, down to my internet or the fact that I tried the test version rather than the pay-version of filmon.
    Perhaps someone has more experience of filmon and can tell us all a bit more. Like watching filmon when the Rugby internationals are on and there is high demand for it.
    If all fails I would even consider getting Sky but here is the 64,000 dollar question: Does Sky stay on the 2n or will Sky move to 2F as well?

    I don’t really want to move to Sky, pay lots of money just to find out sometime next year that I have to pick their signal up of the new 2f sat.

    Thanks for everyone helping us poor people over here in Europe. We just want to keep watching Feesat.

    Tom

  6. Hello, Tom. If you live near Hanover, I wouldn’t be so pessimistic. I’ve read reports (relating to the times earlier than a year ago, ie before the UK beam channels moved to Astra 1N) according to which a 1.5m would be enough just west of Berlin (whereas inside Berlin 1.8m would be required), so I presume that 1.1 or 1.2m should be ok near Hanover, provided the installation is very precise and the dish and the LNB concerned is focused exactly on the 28.2-degrees position.

    Actually, if you look at this map:
    http://constantinmedia.com/sat/DishSizeMaps/astra-2f/uk-spotbeam.html
    you’ll notice that some one succeeds in receiving signal from 2F in Hanover even with a 80cm dish (though a weak one) and some one else further eastwards, in Brunswick (Braunschweig) gets reception with a 120cm dish (with losses during heavy rain).

    So don’t lose your hope and good luck to you!

    Krzysztof

  7. @Tom
    Another matter that worries you:
    As far as I know, it was easily possible to receive the UK Sky channels here in Berlin (so all the more so where you are located) with a 1.1m dish before the switch to Astra 1N a year ago, since they were transmitted on a broader beam than the BBC and ITV channels. So most probably even if they also move to 2F (or to 2E), the situation should be similar again next year. It is not decisive from which satellite of the 28.2°E position they are to be transmitted, but rather with which spot beam (UK or Europe; see the footprint maps here
    http://www.ses.com/4628845/astra-2f )

    Krzysztof

  8. @Tom
    A correction: I meant the whole Sky UK package (including the freesat channels that they also include in their encrypted broadcasts).

  9. Hello

    and thanks for all the good advice and the reassuring comments.

    Actually I do live in Braunschweig (that’s how they call it over here) and I have a perfect view into the sky.

    I think before I get myself and my son (4years old) all worked up, I will just wait until the spring/summer and then test the new setup.

    My dish has a quite small beam and I have spend a little bit extra to get a low-noise lnb. Lets hope it will work once all or most channel have switched to 2f.

    Love to hear from anyone who lives around my area (Braunschweig, Wolfenbüttel, Wolfsburg, Hannover, Celle …) who has tried 2f and got a signal or not.

    Tom

  10. UPDATE 11/12/12 at 22.06 – BBC 1 HD – The two channels named as “8901” and “8911” which are carrying test transmissions of “BBC 1 HD” which are respectively the new “BBC 1 Scotland HD” and “BBC 1 Wales HD” channels to be are now carrying now and next programme information for these two channels, these two regional versions of “BBC 1 HD” are expected to be officially launching very soon and I am thinking a 1st of January 2013 launch is probably probable! And maybe even an early pre Christmas present from the BBC of the actual regional channels actually testing? “BBC 1 Scotland HD” (8901) and “BBC 1 Wales” (8911) are on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, remember where you read it first, do not be fooled by the “finks” who do not “link” on the forums

    UPDATE 11/12/12 at 22.06 – STV – The channel named as “10225” which is the STV +1 channel is now carrying now and next programme information, there is a long awaited expectancy of “STV” officially launching “STV +1” and “STV HD” soon following a resolution agreement with “ITV”, both of these channels have been testing for a very, very long time and the appearance of this now/next data albeit currently only on “STV +1” and not “STV HD” makes me think that they are readying for said official launch of +1 and HD channel versions of “STV”, likely date for this could be the 1st of January 2013, “STV+1” (10225) is on 10.906 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, “STV HD” (3855) is on 10.936 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK, both are on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east , remember where you read it first, do not be fooled by the “finks” who do not “link” on the forums FROM:http://robssatellitetv.webs.com/astra1n.htm

  11. scott said:
    good news will the new satellite bring more space for new channels

    There is plenty of space for new channels right now – and has been since 1N went into service

  12. Richard Crichton said:
    UPDATE 11/12/12 at 22.06 – BBC 1 HD – The two channels named as “8901″ and “8911″ which are carrying test transmissions of “BBC 1 HD” which are respectively the new “BBC 1 Scotland HD” and “BBC 1 Wales HD” channels to be are now carrying now and next programme information for these two channels, these two regional versions of “BBC 1 HD” are expected to be officially launching very soon and I am thinking a 1st of January 2013 launch is probably probable! And maybe even an early pre Christmas present from the BBC of the actual regional channels actually testing? “BBC 1 Scotland HD” (8901) and “BBC 1 Wales” (8911) are on 11.023 H, SR 23.000, FEC 2/3, DVB-S2 8PSK on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east, remember where you read it first, do not be fooled by the “finks” who do not “link” on the forums
    UPDATE 11/12/12 at 22.06 – STV – The channel named as “10225″ which is the STV +1 channel is now carrying now and next programme information, there is a long awaited expectancy of “STV” officially launching “STV +1″ and “STV HD” soonfollowing a resolution agreement with “ITV”, both of these channels have been testing for a very, very long time and the appearance of this now/next data albeit currently only on “STV +1″ and not “STV HD” makes me think that they are readying for said official launch of +1 and HD channel versions of “STV”, likely date for this could be the 1st of January 2013, “STV+1″ (10225) is on 10.906 V, SR 22.000, FEC 5/6, “STV HD” (3855) is on 10.936 V, SR 23.000, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2 QPSK, both are on the Astra satellite at 28.2 degrees east , remember where you read it first, do not be fooled by the “finks” who do not “link” on the forums FROM:http://robssatellitetv.webs.com/astra1n.htm

    Interesting that STV+1 is now carrying EPG data, UTV HD is launching on to both DSAT platforms early 2013 so guess STV+1 and STV HD may finally arrive although long awaited!!

    Word on the street, although not confirmed, is the BBC anticipate the EPG addition of BBC1HD Wales and Scotland either on the 7th or 15th Jan, delays being HD-SDI lines between Glasgow/Cardiff and ATOS (the BBC’s Digital Ops Centre where Compression is done).

  13. No sign of RT HD on Freesat EPG yet although the service has gone live labelled 53148 non Freesat . Some guy catching reindeers on at the moment.

  14. Forgot to say that makes 10 HD services available on a Freesat box although 3 are BBC1 HD’s. I haven’t counted the different ITV1 HD’s available in the 10 although I have counted STV HD.

  15. Yep, watched a bit of RT HD this morning. PQ is fantastic on native material, all the on-screen graphics look good as well. Their twitter feed has some photos of the new studio they are showing off, assume it went live early morning Moscow time? I’d have thought it be a bit of a coup to get freesat to add to their platform (in place of the SD version for HD viewers) before Christmas.

    The SD version has also gone wide-screen too but still flagged 4:3, that in itself will look better now although the HD version does look very good, nice to hear decent quality audio too as the audio bitrate on the SD version was always low and thus suffered artefacts.

  16. That explains why the SD version is 4×3 while the HD version is 16×9. My box is set to auto not 16×9.

  17. Richard Crichton said:
    No sign of RT HD on Freesat EPG yet although the service has gone live labelled 53148 non Freesat . Some guy catching reindeers on at the moment.

    Hope he catches them before Christmas eve…

  18. Hello

    I wonder if anyone has any experience with watching the BBC iplayer and other on-demand services outside the UK. That’s to say 100% via the internet and not the sat.

    I would like to use those services as well but I am not sure how to do it and if it is possible to watch those services in SD or even HD without the “Loading” or “please wait” symbol.

    Thanks to all who can help.

    Tom

  19. Richard Crichton said:
    That explains why the SD version is 4×3 while the HD version is 16×9. My box is set to auto not 16×9.

    It’s 16:9 now.

  20. Richard Crichton said: That’s good all we need now is a propaganda filter app.

    Having watched it on and off the last few days, they do seem to like having a pop at the Americans and the west in general!

  21. Neil said: Having watched it on and off the last few days, they do seem to like having a pop at the Americans and the west in general!

    Indeed but it would be more effective if they joined the Freesat EPG. 😉

  22. Richard Crichton said: Indeed but it would be more effective if they joined the Freesat EPG.

    Watch this space I guess!!

    I see Dance Nation is being re-branded Chart Show Dance on the 3rd, maybe we’ll now see this finally arrive on the platform as it’s the only CSC service missing from freesat.

  23. With the reference to several posts above:
    I have tried today to adjust LNB skew on my 1.2m dish, however did not get the signal from Astra 2F yet. I will trying finer adjustments and if it does not help I will change to 1.5-1.6m dish.

  24. Rasti said:
    With the reference to several posts above:
    I have tried today to adjust LNB skew on my 1.2m dish, however did not get the signal from Astra 2F yet. I will trying finer adjustments and if it does not help I will change to 1.5-1.6m dish.

    A 1.8 is confirmed working in Copenhagen. The new 2F must have a very deep null over parts of Scandanavia as reception is very poor in many places

  25. Hello Rasti

    might I ask where you are located?

    I am located in Braunschweig (Brunswick ; North of Germany) near Hanover.

    But I have not tried to change the dish positions.

    Best regards Tom

  26. It’s about time every TV/Recorder came with Freesat HD built in as a standard equipment fit. They don’t come without freeview, no reason why they shouldn’t carry both platforms by LAW – our MP’s should push it through. I know many people with many TVs that have to have several freesat boxes ,as they get limited freeview content. ….another box running requiring yet another power supply using up valuable electricity….forget what Sky say….let them moan…but don’t let them manipulate our polititians….make it law ! …’FREE FREESAT’ for all…by default ! It’s envirnmentally friendly !

  27. @ 132
    Hi Tom

    As I have written in previous posts, I am located in Denmark, near Aarhus. 1.2m dish (according to reports and beam maps) should be enough, however I need to make fine adjustments of it, incl LNB skew.

  28. hi there i am reading posts here that you scan boxes to get channels on freesat how do you do that i just have basic box live in scotland

  29. Its great that pick tv ect are freesat now but my box isnt updating at all. It normally does, i got the active channel so whats happen to pick and sky?

  30. I think to receive BBC channels and C5 in southern France, we will need an enormous dish. I have a 1.4M dish and a high sensitivity Invacom LNB. I am getting zilch on Channel 5. No signal showing at all. I think Freesat may be a lost cause and I will have to go back to Sky (my original Sky box which I got Freeview on got fried by a lightning strike to the dish).

    Wilson

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