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As with many things in life, technology has a suggested life expectancy and when it reaches that date it needs to be replaced. This is the case for the range of satellites that provide the UK with its satellite TV channels. They have reached their expiry date and need to be replaced. But are the TV companies letting us know just how this process will affect our daily viewing and, if not, what should we be doing?
There are a number of satellite TV providers in my area and around the UK who all offer a vast range of channels to view, as well as added extras such as red-button services and pay-per-view sporting events. All of these major players, including Sky and Freesat, make use of the same selection of satellites, which are now being switched off to eventually be replaced or upgraded. Obviously, this means the TV providers will need to move their channels to other satellites to continue to deliver their services to viewers.
Although this may mean some changes will need to be made along the way by the channel providers, it is thought that viewers will not be affected in any way and in fact may not even notice any differences, especially within the UK. Any changes needing to be made will be done behind the scenes and won’t encroach on the service. The new satellites are in position and are already in use to a certain extent.
If you should have problems with your satellite TV, then get in touch with your own provider, who will obviously give you the appropriate advice. If you do have to do anything, it will probably just be the simple task of turning your box off for a moment before powering it up again and resuming normal service.
Sky viewers shouldn’t need to take any action at all during the changes, as Sky boxes are designed to update automatically by themselves. Most people using other providers probably won’t need to do anything either. For viewers on Freesat, it all depends on the make and model of the hardware you are using. You may just need to turn off your set-top box and then turn it back on in order to reset it. This, of course, could affect any recordings you may have running, so it’s worth checking with your provider first.
There have been a number of rumours surrounding the proposed changes, with many focusing on the problems expected for overseas customers. The new satellites are largely in positions where they can be most easily accessed by the UK viewers, which means that overseas viewers may lose channels or have the reception on certain channels affected. It is also thought that changes will affect picture quality or provide weak reception for some of the channels that will now have to share broadcasting space with others.
Other considerations to take into account include the fact that some of the video streams accessed through the red button service have been removed due to lack of space, which means viewers may be missing out on certain services that they originally from the old satellites. Obviously, I shall be checking with satellite TV providers in my area to understand in more detail whether these changes will affect my viewing and to make sure that I am getting the best satellite TV service available to me.
This is a guest post by Tamara Matthews, who is the editor of a renowned broadband technology company Broadband Expert .Tamara likes to share her knowledge and ideas on broadband and cable providers. You can check her latest articles: internet providers in my area,Satellite TV providers in my area etc.