Here in Benalmadena we have just lost a variety of Freesat UK television channels. I have done some homework and foung this:
CHANNELS TRANSFERRED TO ASTRA 2F
This morning at 02.30 GMT a number of UK channels were transferred to the new satellite at 28.2º east, Astra 2F. Exactly why so few have made the transition is unclear.
The channels which have moved are:
Channel Five (regions 1-5) 5 USA, 5 USA+1, 5*, 5*+1 and Channel Five +1
ITV One regions: Meridian North, Anglia West, Yorkshire East, Central South West, Yorkshire East +1
ITV One London HD, ITV One regions: Central South, Central East, Wales +1, Tyne Tees North +1, West Country South West +1
Channel Four HD and 4 Seven
Other Channel Four and BBC & ITV services are still on Astra 1N, which can be easily received on small dishes in much of Europe. Astra 1N will close at 28.2º east within six to nine months and be moved to 19º east to serve mainland Europe.
Reception reports across Iberia are mixed. A few regions: Madrid, Alicate, Murcia are better than they were a year ago under the old Astra 2D, but other places have much weaker signal. Areas with poor reception include: Costa Del Sol, Barcelona, most of Portugal.
There is a report from the Costa Del Sol which indicates dramatically lower signals. This is in an area which previously could receive BBC & ITV on a 1.2 metre dish a year ago.
The remaining free channels which are still on Astra 1N are likely to move either in the new year or in early summer.
APPARENTLY THE ADVICE IS THAT THE NEW SATELLIT WILL BE REPOSITIONED IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS SO NOTHING SHOULD BE DONE AS EVERYTHING SHOULD RETURN TO NORMAL.