Satellite Update: free-to-air move for Discovery`s Quest


Discovery channels make free-to-air move ● BBC reactivates Red Button for Wimbledon ● Reception Clinic: Front Runner, CNN and RTÉ ● Pop-up channel for Asteroids 

Discovery's two Freeview channels have now gone free-to-air on satellite, ahead of an expected arrival on Freesat.

Encryption was lifted on both Quest and Quest Red's signal via the Astra 2 satellite system, already allowing free-to-air satellite receivers to access both services through manual tuning.

An arrival on Freesat, the free-to-air satellite service jointly operated by the BBC and ITV, is yet to be confirmed officially by either Discovery or Freesat, despite Freesat data now accompanying the signal. The move comes five months after Sky and Discovery reached a last minute deal over carriage on the pay satellite service, with the new agreement between the two facilitating more freedom for Discovery with regards free-to-air services.

Satellite:    Astra 2E (28.2 E)
Frequency:    11426
Polarisation: Vertical 
Symbol Rate:  27500 (27.5 Mbaud)
FEC:          5/6
Mode:         DVB-S
Service ID:   52525 (Quest); 52550 (Quest Red)
UK spotbeam (limited reception outside the British Isles)


BBC reactivates Red Button for Wimbledon
Sue Barker will once again front the BBC's TV coverage

Following three days of extra Glastonbury coverage, the broadcaster will be reactivating its extra Red Button streams between 3rd and 16th July 2017 for extra coverage. Compared to Glastonbury, an extra three streams will be brought on-air.

During Wimbledon, the extra streams will be available as follows:

Sky
Available all year round, but currently on a different channel number than usual:
Channel 981 - BBC RB 1

The following channels will show extra coverage during Wimbledon; not all are showing on the EPG yet:
Channel 980 - BBC RB HD
Channel 982 - BBC RB 2
Channel 983 - BBC RB 3
Channel 984 - BBC RB 4
Channel 985 - BBC RB 5
Channel 986 - BBC RB 6

Not available in Republic of Ireland. ROI users will need to manually tune these stations using the parameters on this page.

Freesat
Available all year round
Channel 981 - BBC RB 1

The following channels will show extra coverage during Wimbledon; not all are showing on the EPG yet
Channel 980 - BBC RB HD
Channel 982 - BBC RB 2
Channel 983 - BBC RB 3
Channel 984 - BBC RB 4
Channel 985 - BBC RB 5
Channel 986 - BBC RB 6
  • Red Button+ Viewers with compatible connected devices (i.e. Freesat "Freetime" boxes) can access additional Red Button content via the internet


RECEPTION CLINIC
How to get Front Runner on Freesat
Since the sports channel made changes to its distribution around a month ago, Freesat viewers have only been able to receive Front Runner's second channel on Freesat 250. However, the main Front Runner (1) service is still available free-to-air on satellite, and can be accessed via manual tuning (non-Freesat mode). The Front Runner 2 channel on Freesat is the home to Greyhound Racing, with other sports shown on Front Runner (1) during the evening.

Your satellite receiver instruction manual will provide detailed guidance on manual tuning for your model - but here are the required parameters:

Satellite:    Astra 2G (28.2 E)
Frequency:    11081
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate:  22000 (22 Mbaud)
FEC:          5/6
Mode:         DVB-S
Service ID:   50305

 


CNN completes second move

Users of free-to-air satellite receivers receiving services from the Astra 2 satellite system may have had some difficulty trying to keep watching CNN in recent weeks, following not one, but two transponder changes, affecting both the standard definition and HD versions of the channel.

Some Freesat receivers have also been affected by the changes and will need to be rebooted, or users may need to go through the Freesat installation process again to regain the channel.
Users of generic free-to-air receivers should now use the following parameters:

Satellite:    Astra 2G (28.2 E)
Frequency:    11672
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate:  22000 (22 Mbaud)
FEC:          5/6
Service ID:   50220 (CNN SD); 50290 (CNN HD)

RTÉ Radio moves
The radio stations of the Irish public broadcaster are now found on a new frequency. Sky or Freesat users who have lost the stations should reboot their box, non Sky or Freesat receivers will need the following parameters:
Satellite:    Astra 2E (28.2 E)
Frequency:    11836
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate:  27500 (27.5 Mbaud)
FEC:          5/6
Service ID:   6140 (RTÉ Radio 1); 6142 (2FM); 6144 (RnaG); 6146 (Lyric)


EUROPEAN SATELLITE
Pop-up channel for Asteroids
On 30th June 2017, asteroids will make history as the focus of a conversation on the first ever global 24-hour broadcast about space and the role of asteroids in our solar system.

Asteroid Day LIVE, produced by Asteroid Day and sponsored by OHB, BCE and the Government of Luxembourg, will be distributed around the world via a dedicated SES satellite network. The 24-hour live broadcast will be hosted by Professor Brian Cox, prominent British physicist, author and BBC commentator, who will be joined in studio and around the world by famed astronauts, and expert scientists, technologists and researchers in planetary science.

Viewers across Europe can see the special broadcast via the Astra 1 satellite system at 19.2 East. In the UK and Ireland, a non-standard European satellite set-up is required to view programmes from Astra 1.

Satellite:    Astra 1L (19.2 E)
Frequency:    11288
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate:  22000 (22 Mbaud)
FEC:          2/3
Mode:         DVB-S2, 8PSK
Service ID:   4299

 
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