|(c) ITV Plc|
Remaining ITV services still on Astra 2A have closed today. As these services were transmitted on a pan-European widebeam, the services needed to be encrypted. Consequently, some ITV1 regions such as ITV1 Meridian North, Anglia West and Yorkshire East were only available to viewers with a Sky box and either a Sky subscription or 'freesat from Sky' card.
These services are now being transmitted from the Astra 1N satellite, which is already home to other free-to-air ITV regions alongside the BBC Nations and Regions. Despite the move, the encryption on the affected ITV regions has not yet been lifted, but it is anticipated that the regions will soon become free-to-air like the other regions and Freesat viewers will, for the first time, be able to receive the same regional versions of ITV1 as Sky viewers do.
- New ITV transponder on Astra 1N: 10.994 H, 22.000, 5/6.