Satellite Update: Astra 2G is live - the big reshuffle is underway
Recently, viewers complained of poor reception of some channels that were being carried by Eutelsat 28A, By the end of the month, Eutelsat 28A will have transferred all of its services to Astra 2F and G, which transmit a stronger signal over the UK and Ireland.
The changes broadly involve switching from one satellite to another during off-peak hours with a short break in service. In addition to services moving from Eutelsat 28A, some services have moved from Astra 2F to 2G, balancing the load between satellites.
Do I need to do anything?
Sky and Freesat viewers shouldn't need to take any action. Some frequency changes mean viewers with generic free-to-air satellite receivers, and those who have manually added the "Made In..." local TV channels need to be aware of temporary frequency changes until the shuffle is complete. These are listed below.
For viewers in continental Europe, the switch to Astra 2G has broadly confirmed that the extent of the UK spotbeam is very similar to Astra 2E and 2F, restricting reception beyond the Netherlands, Belgium and northern France to users with large satellite dishes, however a number of services remain on the Europe beam, and are widely available across the continent, although some reports suggest poor reception in Greece.
This information has been updated and moved.
For an updated, at-a-glance listing of changes, please click here.