BBC and ITV broadcast from Astra 2D
Note: Astra 2D no longer exists. It has been replaced temporarily by Astra-1N, which has a wider beam. No map has been published so far. The maps, below, are no longer accurate.
The choice of dish, LNB and Digibox is critical for poor reception areas. The LNB skew setting is also very critical; be sure to set it at the time of day that channels start to "fade".
For Freesat use the Humax Foxsat HDR (not the SD version).
* The TU-DSB30 has reportedly had software problems affecting fringe area reception recently and is best avoided.
DISCLAIMER: Map below is based on reports from users. Accuracy can not be guaranteed as there are "hot spots" (eg. Geneva and Cyprus) and "cold spots" (eg. Alicante). In general, a 45cm "SKY minidish" should work fine in the United Kingdom and nearby Europe. Northern regions (Carlisle and further north) and southern regions (south of France) may require a larger "zone 2" dish. Most of Germany requires 80cm or greater (eg. typically 1.5m in Berlin).
Dish sizes in places like Greece and Italy south of Rome can't be predicted. Where a dish size is given, this is the minimum (so a 3m area might actually require a 4m dish for reliable reception. In some places, the signal fades during the evening, regardless of dish size).
This page deals ONLY with the Astra 2D satellite. The signals from other Astra satellites spread over a wider area so you shuld be able to receive quite a few Sky programmes with a smaller dish. Please look at the footprints and then look at the channel lists at www.lyngsat.com to see which programmes relate to which footprints. This information changes fairly often and we (SatCure) see no point in trying to maintain our own lists here. Please make the time to do your own research.
See SES-ASTRA satellite footprints
See SES-ASTRA TV Guide
See SES-ASTRA satellite dish installation assistant
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