Satellite Update: Astra 2E drifts east

Astra 2E is drifting eastwards this week, as the satellite moves to fill the orbital postion previously occupied by Eutelsat 28A.

The satellite carries many of the UK's main TV and radio services from broadcasters including the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, as well as Ireland's RTÉ.

By the beginning of August, Astra 2E will have moved from 28.35 degrees East to 28.5 degrees East. It's a marginal adjustment that shouldn't affect viewers within the UK and Ireland at all.

This is because most satellite dish installations were done with dual reception from 28.2 and 28.5 degrees East in mind, with the dish often pointing at a sweet spot to get the best signal from all satellites carrying Sky and Freesat channels. 28.5 degrees East was used until the end of last month by Eutelsat. Astra 2E produces a much stronger signal across the British Isles than Eutelsat 28A did.

Outside of the official footprint of Astra 2E, and where very large dishes are required slight adjustments may be required. The satellite's spotbeam will continue to be focused on the UK and Ireland despite the move, so viewers shouldn't expect the coverage area to change dramatically. The outer rim of the pictured spotbeam is where 130-150cm dishes are typically required for a stable signal.

Astra 2F and G remain close to 28.2 degrees East.

A-Z of channel frequency changes since late June 2015:
By popular demand, here's a full breakdown of what's happened over the last 30 days on the Astra 2E/F/G satellites:
last checked 28/07/2015. Many smaller channels frequently change frequencies, so the information shown here is liable to become out-of-date beyond 1 month of the publication date.

Channel Name
Beam
Frequency
Polarisation
Symbol Rate
FEC
Standard/Mode
&TV
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
ABP News
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Absolute 70s
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Absolute 80s
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Absolute 90s
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Absolute Classic Rock
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Absolute Radio
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Abu Dhabi TV
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Africa Channel (off air)
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Ahlebait TV
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Ahomka RD
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
AIT International
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Akaal Channel
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Al Jazeera English
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Animal Planet+1
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Apni Awaz
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Arise News
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
ARY Digital
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
ATN Bangla UK
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Babes From TV
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Bangla TV
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BEN
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Best Direct
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BET
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Boomerang
Europe
11.112
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Boomerang+1
Europe
11.112
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Box Nation
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
British Muslim
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BT Sport 1
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BT Sport 1 - Pubs
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BT Sport 1 HD
Europe
11.597
Vertical
23000
8/9
DVB-S2 QPSK
BT Sport 1 HD - Pubs
Europe
11.597
Vertical
23000
8/9
DVB-S2 QPSK
BT Sport 2
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BT Sport 2 - Pubs
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BT Sport 2 HD 
Europe
11.597
Vertical
23000
8/9
DVB-S2 QPSK
BT Sport 2 HD- Pubs
Europe
11.597
Vertical
23000
8/9
DVB-S2 QPSK
BT Sport Europe
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BT Sport Europe - Pubs
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BT Sport Europe HD
Europe
11.597
Vertical
23000
8/9
DVB-S2 QPSK
BT Sport Europe HD - Pubs
Europe
11.597
Vertical
23000
8/9
DVB-S2 QPSK
BT Sport//ESPN
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
BT Sport//ESPN - Pubs
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Capital FM
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Capital TV
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Capital Xtra
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Cartoon Network
Europe
11.112
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Cartoon Network+1
Europe
11.112
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
CCTV News
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Challenge - ROI
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Challenge UK
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Challenge+1
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Channel I
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
CHSTV
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Classic FM
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Club Land TV
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
CNBC Europe
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
CNN International
Europe
11.112
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Colors
Europe
11.224
Horizontal
27500
2/3
DVB-S QPSK
Comedy Central Extra - ROI
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Comedy Central Extra+1 UK
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Comedy Central -ROI
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Comedy Central+1 - ROI
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Comedy Central+1 UK
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Desi Radio
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Discovery History+1
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Discovery Home & Health+1
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Discovery Max
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Discovery Max+1
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Discovery Science+1
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Discovery Shed
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
DM Plus TV
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
EuroNews
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Faith World TV
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Fashion One
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Forces TV
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Gems TV
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Geo News
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Geo TV
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Glory TV
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Gold (radio)
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Heart TV
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Hidayat TV
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
High Street TV
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
High Street Xtra
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Holiday + Cruise
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Home Store
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Horse & Country TV
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Hum Europe
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Inspiration TV
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Investigation Discovery UK
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Investigation Discovery+1
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
IQRA Bangla
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
IQRA TV
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Islam TV Urdu
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Jazz FM
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
JML Direct
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Kanshi Radio
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Khushkhabri
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
KICC TV
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Kiss FM
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Liberty
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
London Live
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Love World TV
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Madani Channel
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Made in Bristol
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Made in Cardiff
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Made in Leeds
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Made in Tyne & Wear
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Magic FM
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
More>Movies
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
More>Movies+1
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Motors TV
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Movies4Men
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Movies4Men+1
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
MTV Live
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
MTV Music - ROI
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
MUTV HD
Europe
11.112
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
NDTV 24x7
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
News Talk radio
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Nick Jr - ROI
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Nick Jr Too - ROI
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Nick Jr Too UK
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Nick Jr+1 UK
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Nickelodeon - ROI
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Nicktoons - ROI
Europe
11.141
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Nollywood
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Noor TV
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Notts TV
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
NTV
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
OHTV
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Pavers Shoes TV
Europe
11.082
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Peace TV
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Peace TV Urdu
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Planet Pop
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Planet Rock
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Premier Sports
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Property+2
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
PTC Punjabi
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
PTV Global
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
PTV Prime
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Quest+1
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Racing UK
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Rainbow
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Real Lives+1
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Record TV
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Red Hot 18’s
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Red Hot Amateur
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Red Hot Mums
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Retail TV
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Rocks & Co 1
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
RT
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Samaa
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sangat
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Setanta Sports 1
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Setanta Sports 1 - Pubs
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Setanta Sports Ireland
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Setanta Sports Ireland - Pubs
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sikh Channel
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sky Movies Box Office 14
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sky Movies Box Office 16
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sky Movies Box Office 17
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sky Movies Box Office 18
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sky Movies Box Office 4
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sky Movies Box Office 44 - AD
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sky Movies Box Office 55
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sky Movies Box Office Preview
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Smooth Radio
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Solar Radio
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sony Movies
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sony Movies +1
Europe
11.171
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sony SAB
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Sony TV
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
STV Edinburgh
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
STV Glasgow
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Talking Pictures
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Television X
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Television X Brits
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
The Arrow Radio
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
The Department Store
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
The Mall
Europe
11.509
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
TLC+1
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
TLC+2
Europe
11.582
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Travel Channel
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Tristar
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Tru TV
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
TV Shop
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
TV Warehouse
Europe
11.568
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
TV3+1
Europe
11.836
Horizontal
27500
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
TVC News
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
TVC News+1
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
TWR
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
UCB Ireland
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
UMP Movies
Europe
11.464
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
V Channel
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Venus TV
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Vox Africa
Europe
11.479
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Word Network
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
WRN Europe
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
XFM
Europe
11.553
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Xpanded TV
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Xpanded TV 2
Europe
11.685
Vertical
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Zee Cinema
Europe
11.671
Horizontal
22000
5/6
DVB-S QPSK
Zee Punjabi
Europe
11.671
Horizontal