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UPDATE 19/06/13 at 20.00 - As I have alluded to a couple of days ago and in light of the recent announcement by "SES-Astra" that the Astra 2E satellite will now be launched on the 21st of July, 2013 (local time Kazakhstan) I am still suspecting that the Astra 2E satellite will be launched on the evening of the 20th of July, 2013 (local time UK and Central Europe), It is still very possible!
UPDATE 19/06/13 at 20.00 - I see that "SES-Astra" have been very busy in Asia lately signing capacity agreements for the broadcasting of services via various satellites to the region, agreements have been signed for distribution to Pakistan, Taiwan, The Philippines, and Thailand, this is good news for Asia but of course the Pay TV market in Asia whilst growing at an alarming rate can also be an expensive and out of reach option for the ordinary Asian whose work salary in not the best, take Thailand for instance, the main Pay TV operator in Thailand is "True Visions", to subscribe to the top "Platinum" package which has 145 channels would cost monthly 2,000 Thai Baht for the channel package and an extra 155 Thai Baht fee for the equipment rental, this would be 2,155 Thai Baht monthly which in British Pounds would be 45 Pounds, not exactly cheap for Asia considering the well known low work salaries paid, add to this, the extra individual costing premium channels packages such as the "HBO", "Discovery", and "Disney" which would cost 370 Thai Baht on top monthly this would then bring the total monthly outlay to 2,525 Thai Baht which is 53 British Pounds monthly, a lot of money for your average Thai and average Asian in general because the other Asian countries would have a similar cost for their own Pay TV local varieties of a "True Visions"/"Sky" type service, and mark my words, there are now Pay TV services of the "True Visions"/"Sky" variety in every country in Asia, as I said, it is not exactly cheap for your average Asian citizen or in this instance Thai citizen, a Thai national could buy a month's worth of food for the 2,525 Thai Baht per month or 53 British Pounds per month that it costs for the full package of Pay TV, luckily there is a plethora of free channels dotted around the Asian satellite arc and many Asian countries do have Free TV channels available on satellite but like every country in the world, the Free TV is nowhere near as good as the Pay TV, but without a doubt the Asian market is a very big market for the satellite companies, Asian satellite television means big profits for the satellite companies and who can blame them for their massive expansion in Asian capacity but 53 British Pounds/2,525 Thai Baht a month is a lot of money for the UK/European satellite viewer to stomach so imagine how the Thai (and Asian) satellite viewer feels about it, my Thailand example of Pay TV pricing puts it into a little more perspective don't you think? For your reference purposes the "True Visions" website can be found HERE and your feedback on this piece is most welcome
19/06/13 at 20.00 - "SES-Astra" have announced that their current President and CEO "Romain Bausch" is stepping down in April, 2014 and the new President and CEO from that date will be "Karim Michel Sabbagh", I wonder if this change will mean a possible change for the better on the information giving and releasing side! LOL!, I very much doubt it but it would be nice if it did! LOL!, besides April 2014 will be after the "Astra 2G" satellite launch, we will all have lost interest in any information of any sort by then! LOL!
UPDATE 18/06/13 at 21.00 - Astra 2E is manufactured by Astrium and on the Astrium website there is a nice little animation sequence which is especially good for my not so technical and/or new to satellite technology readers, if you are at a loss as to what makes a satellite it does not get much better than this little animated explanation, this really should win an award for it's simple and clear explanation and description of all the different elements that make up a communications satellite and their various functions, I will link the page soon but once on the page please scroll down the page, put your mouse over the play icon, then once the animated satellite separates put your mouse over the different parts of the separated satellite for more information about that particular part of the satellite and what it is for, the page is HERE , NJOY!
UPDATE 18/06/13 at 21.00 - Two Astra 2E photos from SES-Astra
This one is Astra 2E being unloaded from its transport casing at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
And this one is Astra 2E having safely arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan
UPDATE 18/06/13 at 10.00 - A further update regarding yesterday's announcement by "SES-Astra" that the Astra 2E satellite "will now be processed for a July 21st launch (local time Baikonur) on board a Proton launch vehicle." is that I am reliably informed that no actual launch time has been allocated yet at this stage. And yet again, it is "Rob's Satellite TV" giving it to you baby!
UPDATE 18/06/13 at 10.00 - The "ILS" (International Launch Services) who are the responsible party regarding for the "Proton-M/Briz-M" rocket launch of the Astra 2E satellite now have a dedicated "current mission" Astra 2E page, see HERE
UPDATE 17/06/13 at 20.00 - In light of no further information or clarification such as time of launch regarding today's announcement by "SES-Astra" that the Astra 2E satellite will now be launched on the 21st of July, 2013 (local time Kazakhstan) can I presume that the Astra 2E satellite will be launched on the evening of the 20th of July, 2013 (local time UK and Central Europe)? It is very possible!
UPDATE 17/06/13 at 18.30 - An Astra 2E update from "SES-Astra" is that the Astra 2E satellite "has safely arrived at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The spacecraft will now be processed for a July 21st launch (local time Baikonur) on board a Proton launch vehicle.", and that Astra 2E "will carry 60 Ku-band transponders, as well as 3 wideband Ka-band transponders. It will enable the delivery of next generation broadcast and broadband services in Europe, the Middle East and Africa". More to come on all this soon
UPDATE 14/06/13 at 18.30 - Latest "Astra 2E" news is that this satellite arrived this morning at the "Baikonur Cosmodrome" launch site in Kazakhstan where it will now undergo full and thorough testing, everything will be checked and double checked so that "Asta 2E" is 100% fit and ready for a successful and problem free launch on the 19th of July, 2013
UPDATE 12/06/13 at 22.30 - So now that we know that the "Astra 2E" satellite is to be tested at the 43.5 degrees east orbital position following it's launch on July the 19th at 22.43 UK time/23.43 Central European time/21.43 UTC-GMT what is next? The launch and early orbit phase will last approximately ten days, this is because following the Astra 2E launch it will need many tests both before, during, and after it's placement at 43.5 degrees east before "Astra 2E" can be officially handed over to "SES-Astra" who will then commence their own period of testing, so allowing for a ten day period we can expect "SES-Astra" to be given full control of "Astra 2E" sometime around the 29th/30th of July, following this handover "SES-Astra" should then commence it's own period of the testing of "Astra 2E", it is not known how long this period of testing will take but I feel sure that this will be a period of intense testing because "SES-Astra" have a timetable in place and they would like "Astra 2E" to be officially operational at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position by the beginning of September. 2013 so I think "SES-Astra" will have everyone working the weekends too and all holidays will be cancelled, I would anticipate that some "SES-Astra" emplyees have already taken their holidays, this is not dissimilar to all of us too, I will place a bet that none of you have holidays booked for the July/August period, this period of "SES-Astra" testing of "Astra 2E" at the 43.5 degrees east satellite position should have been completed by the third week of August in which case "Astra 2E" can then be moved to the 28.2 degrees east satellite position where it should have arrived at said 28.2 degrees east satellite position by the end of August all ready for and awaiting official activations and channel changes and moves from other satellites according to the bigger "SES-Astra" plan, I hope that this brings some clarity to teh situation for all of you, naturally "Rob's Satellite TV" is the place to to be to find out all the latest developments regarding the "Astra 2E" launch, testing, and subsequent in service news, just like it was when "Astra 1N" and "Astra 2F" were launched and "Astra 2B" was cleared when "Rob" told everyone what would be happening and his many internet "trolls" told him he was wrong, "Rob" was right and his many internet "trolls" were wrong! Enough said!
UPDATE 12/06/13 at 20.00 - The "Astra 2E" satellite is to be tested at the 43.5 degrees east orbital position following it's launch on July the 19th, this is the same satellite position that the "Astra 2F" satellite was tested at
02/06/13 at 23.00 - "SES-Astra" satellite "SES-6" which will be placed at the 40.5 degrees west satellite position is scheduled for launch on the morning of June the 3rd (tomorrow morning) at 10.18 UK time/11.18 Central European time, "SES-6" launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a "Proton-M/Briz-M" rocket launcher and upper stage combination, you can watch this "SES-6" satellite launch live in HD on the "SES-6 Launch" channel which is on the Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees east frequency of 11.626 Vertical, Symbol Rate 22.000, FEC 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK, the next launch which follows this launch which is of this same type and from this same facility is of course the "Astra 2E" satellite on July the 19th, this is the satellite we are all waiting for but while we are waiting we may as well look at the "SES-6" launch, this might go smoothly or it might not go smoothly, I do hope that it does go smoothly, "SES-Astra" could do with a break, they currently really do have a very tight schedule to adhere to, slip ups they could well do without
UPDATE 08/05/13 at 13.00 - Astra 2E - I am getting a lot of correspondence from people on the continent who are worried because they are reading, hearing, and being told a lot of out of date information regarding Astra 2E's launch and subsequenct commencement of service, the main concern is that people on the continent are going to be losing their UKTV reception very soon, people are reading or being told that they will lose their UKTV in May, June or July, let me clarify the situation, Astra 2E is scheduled for launch on July the 19th, following launch it will need to be stabilised, this will probably take at least a week, Astra 2E will then need to be placed at a non 28.2 degrees east testing position for extensive testing to make sure that everything is in order with the satellite, The Astra 2F satellite was tested at the 43.5 degrees east satellite position before being moved to 28.2 degrees east following it's launch and this testing lasted for about a month, so allowing for a similar scenario regarding Astra 2E's launch, testing, and commencement of service then we are talking about the very end of August/the very beginning of September at the earliest before we see Astra 2E being announced as officially in service, nothing is going to be happening/changing regarding your BBC/ITV e.t.c. reception before then, all this is of course subject to the existing current plan being without delay and problem free, if you are reading different elsewhere and/or someone else is telling you otherwise just you tell them that "Rob says ......"!
UPDATE 08/05/13 at 13.00 - Astra 2E - The Astra 2E satellite which is the one we are waiting for is scheduled for launch on July the 19th on board a Proton-M/Briz-M rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan but from the same facility and on the same rocket type there is another satellite launch due before Astra 2E's launch, this launch is scheduled for June the 3rd and it is the SES-6 satellite which will be placed at the 40.5 degrees west satellite position following successful launch, now I don't want to tempt fate here but there have been some problems regarding Proton launches from Baikonur of late and any problem with this SES-6 launch will inevitably have a knock on effect regarding Astra 2E's launch date so this SES-6 satellite launch is one that we are paying close attention to in respect of subsequent Astra 2E proceedings, according to SES-Astra, SES-6 which is manufactured for SES-Astra by EADS Astrium is now at Baikonur and "is now being processed for launch", the Astra 2E satellite is one of three further satellites also being manufactured for SES-Astra by EADS Astrium which is "currently in final integration and tests in Astrium facilities" in France
UPDATE 03/05/13 at 22.30 - Astra 2B - What is to be of Astra 2B at 19E? Could the mystery finally be "sol-ved" as "Inspector Clouseau" would say?! Oh Shit, I hear you say, "Rob" is off one one of his tangents again! Don't worry, I will try to keep it short! Once upon a time ... (LOL!), Until recently the Astra 2B satellite was at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position but following Astra 2F's arrival at this position "SES-Astra" moved Astra 2B to the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, it is in actual fact currently at 19.4 degrees east but I will come to that later, but why oh why was Astra 2B at the "19" degrees east position, well the answer as always lies in the fact that SES-Astra have and had a bigger plan and I believe that the reason that Astra 2B was moved to 19.2 degrees east is because SES-Astra want to provide Ku-band coverage of Southern Africa from "19" degrees east, Astra 2B would allow SES-Astra to expand service to Southern Africa from the 19.2 degrees satellite position, before Astra 2B was moved from 28.2 to 19.2 another satellite was moved to 19.2, this was the AMC-2 satellite which was previously at 4.98 degrees east, SES-Astra filed a request to move AMC-2 to 19.2 degrees east so that it could provide Ku-band coverage of Southern Africa, AMC-2 was last year indeed moved to 19.2 but it has recently been moved from 19.2 degrees east and it is on it's way to it's new home of 80.85 west, so one would logically assume that what was once AMC -2's remit would in the grand scheme of things now be Astra 2B's remit which would mean that the reason that Astra 2B was moved to the 19.2 degrees east satellite position is to provide coverage and allow SES-Astra to expand service to Southern Africa by opening up yet another SES-Astra satellite position for Southern Africa, regarding the exact satellite positionings of both the AMC-" and Astra 2B satellites at "19" degrees east, SES-Astra does have many satellites positioned at 19.2 degrees east and for presumably safety and operational reasons these two satellites were not exactly placed at 19.2, AMC-2's exact position was 19.0, Astra 2B's exact position is 19.4, is it just a coincidence that both satellites were placed 0.2 degrees away from the main 19.2 degrees east satellites, or is it something more sinister, the fact that Astra 2B does have some previous history regarding broadcasting to Africa while it was at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position, albeit these broadcasts were to Western Africa and Ghana specifically but the important thing to remember is that the beam is steerable, the fact that Astra 2B has 16 African beam transponders at it's disposal makes my reasoning all the more plausible as to why Astra 2B was moved to 19.4 degrees east, and that reason is that Astra 2B's new mission is to serve Southern Africa, the mystery is finally "sol-ved", simples! There, it is always worth reading it to the end! You know it and "Rob" makes sense! For reference purposes below is the Astra 2B West Africa Beam from when 2B was at 28.2 degrees east
01/05/13 at 11.00 - Astra 2F does Ka-band internet for the UK, the latest SES-Astra press release contains the following information "SES announced today that it has signed an agreement with BeyonDSL for the distribution of SES Broadband in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The new satellite internet service is marketed by BeyonDSL under the brand name "Satellite Internet" and offers download speeds of up to 20 Mbit/s.", the information relating to the use of Astra 2F to deliver this service is as follows, "The service uses Ka-band capacity on SES' ASTRA 2F satellite located at the orbital position 28.2 degrees East.", please read the full SES-Astra press release which can be found HERE
24/04/13 at 10.30 - Now I know that SES-Astra are currently testing "Ultra HD" transmissions but to be honest with you I don't think my eyes can take it! But seriously though, you can read more about SES's "Ultra HD" transmissions HERE , what does interest me more that is coming from SES-Astra in conjunction with some other companies is the following announcement "SES, Inverto, Abilis and MaxLinear Inc. today announced that they have been jointly designing an essential component for cost-effective IP distribution of satellite television to the home – the first low-noise block down-converter (LNB) that will incorporate eight-channel satellite-to-IP bridging technology.", now I really like this idea and reading further the full SES-Astra announcement has the following "The IP-LNB is a prototype device that will deliver eight concurrent channels from any of the transponders of a satellite orbital position. These channels may be forwarded via IP unicast or multicast to fixed and portable devices. Satellite signals will be distributed via Ethernet, power-line communications (PLC) or a Wi-Fi local area network (LAN). The technology can be used for free-to-air (FTA) or pay TV applications." and "This new technology enables the satellite signal to be sampled digitally directly at the antenna, making the satellite spectrum data and other link-quality metrics accessible over the LAN. These advancements greatly simplify the dish installation and enable remote monitoring from the LAN." As I said, I really like the idea of this particular innovation from all the companies concerned, this is in the development stage but I for one very much look forward to this being widely available, for the full SES-Astra article on this "IP-LNB" please see HERE
UPDATE 16/04/13 at 19.30 - Astra 2F - "SES-Astra" have reiterated to me that the "Astra 2F" satellite has absolutely no problems whatsoever and it is operating according to the plan set out for it by SES-Astra, please also see the March 4th statement HERE
UPDATE 01/04/13 at 23.30 - Astra 2E - It's a July 19th Launch! The scheduled launch date of the "Astra 2E" satellite from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on a "Proton-M/Briz-M" rocket launcher and upper stage combination is on Friday the 19th of July, 2013, the planned "Proton" launch schedule from Baikonur is now as follows :- Anik G1 on the 15th of April, Eutelsat 3D on the 14th of May, SES-6 on the 3rd of June, and Astra 2E on the 19th of July. Don't forget that you can keep up to date with all the latest Astra 2E happenings with "Rob's" very unique and world renowned take on all things satellite and as is usual with "Astra" launches "Rob's Satellite TV" is the best place for finding out what is really about to happen and what is really actually happening, everyone remembers "Rob's" correct Astra's 1N and Astra 2F "predictions", Rob and his "Crystal Ball" can now be found hard at work on the dedicated Astra 2E page HERE
31/03/13 at 19.00 - Astra 2E - On one of my pages there is now a "Google Map" which has been placed in readiness for Astra 2E's launch and the subsequent reception reports following activation, have a play around with it/familiarise yourselves with it before the real action begins, the map can be found HERE
UPDATE 30/03/13 at 12.00 - Astra 2E - It's a July Launch!
27/03/13 at 10.00 - This news is regarding Astra 2E which is due for launch in June of this year aboard a "Proton" rocket launcher from the "Baikonur Cosmodrome" in Kazakhstan, as has been well documented before, there have been problems and subsequent delays with launches from "Baikonur", following recommencement of launches the "Satmex 8" satellite was successfully launched last night, if there had been further problems with "Baikonur" launches regarding this launch then this would have meant that the "Astra 2E" launch date would have been further delayed, there are further scheduled launches to come from "Baikonur" which will be before the "Astra 2E" launch which could or could not cause a problem for the "Astra 2E" launch, naturally I will keep you updated all things "Astra 2E" related from "Baikonur"
UPDATE 06/03/13 at 12.30 - Astra 2F - According to "SES-Astra" and I quote "Astra 2F is a healthy satellite and has an important mission as part of our fleet. All our fleet and channel movements are according to plan. Please understand that we cannot always publish all details of our fleet planning."
UPDATE 05/03/13 at 19.30 - Astra 2E - The soon to come new replacement satellite for the 28.2 degrees east satellite position which is called "Astra 2E" and which will not be launched until Early/Mid June, 2013 will not be "officially" operational at 28.2 degrees east until August, 2013, naturally some testing of this satellite will occur before it becomes "officially operational". "Astra 2E" will be launched aboard a "Proton" launcher from the "Baikonur Cosmodrome" in Kazakhstan
UPDATE 01/03/13 at 20.00 - Eutelsat 28.5 East Frequencies -
"Eutelsat" have released a press statement which reads as follows
"Statement on use by Eutelsat of German filing at 28.5° East"
"Paris, 28 February 2013 – Eutelsat and Deutsche Telekom AG have reached a final settlement to the dispute regarding the duration of Eutelsat's right to use a German filing at the 28.5° East orbital position, without prejudice to the parties' respective positions concerning the subject of the dispute."
"Both parties have consequently agreed that arbitration proceedings initiated in 2011 before the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce will be terminated. The Court of Arbitration is shortly expected to issue a decision by consent which will reflect the settlement agreed by both parties."
"The exact terms of the settlement will remain confidential."
It does not tell us much does it? And it was not on the Eutelsat website last night (the 28th) either! We must await The Court of Arbitration to shortly issue a decision which will reflect the settlement agreed by both parties before we find out anymore but as this is a "final settlement" between "Eutelsat" and "Deutsche Telekom" one has to ask the following question - Has "Eutelsat" succeeded in it's argument that "Deutsche Telekom" (the original holder of the "28.5" frequencies) had no rights to transfer the "28.5" frequencies to "Media Broadcast" who subsequently sold these frequencies to "SES-Astra"? The answer may be yes and a "final settlement" of some sort was reached, what this "final settlement" consists of is currently unknown, we await further developments
UPDATE 23/02/13 at 20.00 - Astra 2B - The Astra 2B satellite is now at it's new satellite "home" of the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, watch this space for more, we await developments
UPDATE 20/02/13 at 19.30 - Astra 2E - There is some speculation that the launch of the new Astra 2E satellite for the 28.2 degrees east satellite position could now be delayed until Early June, 2013, I have previously given you the 20th of May, 2013 as the possible launch date but I have also previously gone into much detail regarding the problems and subsequent delays with satellite launches aboard the "Proton" launcher from the "Baikonur Cosmodrome" in Kazakhstan, without going into too much detail again and covering the same ground (please read my previous postings on this subject) the next scheduled new satellite launch from "Baikonur" is the "Satmex 8" satellite, this satellite should have been launched on the 28th of December, 2012 but due to the"Proton" problems was then subsequently scheduled for launch on the 15th of March comes the news that the "Satmex 8" launch date now has had a further delay imposed and it will now be launched on the 27th of March, 2013, subsequent new satellite launches are delayed as a result, this would naturally include "Astra 2E" and it could now quite possibly be an Early June, 2013 launch for "Astra 2E", "Rob's Satellite TV", The Voice of Reason!
UPDATE 20/02/13 at 19.30 - Astra 2B - The Astra 2B satellite is now in ther process of arriving at it's new satellite "home" of the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, watch this space for more
UPDATE 09/02/13 at 21.30 - Astra 2B - The Astra 2B satellite is now in the process of being moved from it's old "home" of the 28.2 degrees east satellite position to it's new "home" of the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, Rob did tell you that this was going to be happening, stick with Rob's, First with all SES-Astra's
UPDATE 04/02/13 at 23.00 - Possible problems regarding the launch of the Astra 2E satellite which could cause (and most probably is causing) major headaches for "SES-Astra" is the news that following the problems encountered last year with the "Yamal-402" satellite launch aboard the "Proton" rocket launcher and more specifically the "Breeze" upper stage from the same Baikonur Cosmodrome launch facility in Kazakhstan that Astra 2E is scheduled to be launched from and the subsequent suspension of all Proton launches from Baikonur until a thorough investigation was carried out regarding the Breeze upper stage there has since has been another episode of a Breeze problem, this was aboard a "Rockot" launcher from the same facility and while the Rockot launcher is different from the Proton launcher they are both similar in having the need for the Breeze upper stage and while the Breeze version assigned to both launchers has a slight variation and is specific to each launcher it is basically the same in principle and what it does, also in laymens terms the Breeze upper stage needs to work much harder when it is aboard the Proton launcher that it does when it is aboard the Rockot launcher, as I said this latest Rocket/Breeze problem is a worry, another concern is the news that there seems to be a bit of a political dispute going on between Kazakhstan and Russia at the moment regarding the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Russia is currently constructing a new launch facility in Russia (Vostochny) which would reduce or possibly completely remove it's dependency on using Kazahkstan (Baikonur) for it's launches, Kazakhstan has reduced the number of launches for 2013 from 17 to 12, this reduction could be because of the current political dispute but could also be because of the suspension and subsequent delays in upcoming launches which has a knock on effect in the amount of launches that can be launched during 2013, as I said, this means possible problems for the launch of Astra 2E by "SES-Astra" whose latest "provisional" launch date is the 20th of May of this year, naturally all of the above (and below) could have an effect on 28.2 and 19.2 degrees east satellite business
UPDATE 03/02/13 at 20.00 - Astra 2B and all the rest of it! - Now that Astra 2B has been cleared of all it's frequencies and channels what is expected to happen next, firstly I must remind you of the original "SES-Astra" plan, Astra 2B was scheduled to be emptied of all transmissions and subsequently moved from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east, this move to 19.2 is for back up capacity and also some broadcast transmissions, Astra 2B's move is sort of separate/detached to all the other "happenings" which are scheduled to happen, these are, during the second and third quarter of this year the following is/was the original plan of what should/would happen, Astra 2E's launch and placing at 28.2 degrees east, the subsequent Astra 1N move from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east and then the Astra 2C move from 19.2 degrees east to 28.2 degrees east. The problem for "SES-Astra" is twofold, the Astra 2E launch has been delayed and has Astra 2F got a problem or problems as is widely suspected to be the case, Astra 2E's new launch date is the 20th of May this year which means that it will not be operational until sometime in July at the earliest, naturally this July Astra 2E officially active date is subject to everything going according to plan with the launch and placing of Astra 2E, any sort of delay or other problem with Astra 2E's launch would put immense pressure on "SES-Astra regarding timelines and satellite capacity at 28.2 degrees east with a subsequent knock on effect also at the 19.2 degrees east satellite position, as I said, Astra 2F has possibly got problems, this would not be the first (or the last) time that new satellites have had major problems following launch and if it is correct that Astra 2F does have problems then this would mean that the 28.2 degrees satellite position would be short of much needed frequency capacity, so what are "SES-Astra" to do? One thing that they do need to do is make contingency plans because also in the third quarter of this year "SES-Astra" are due to take over lots of extra frequencies from "Eutelsat" at the "28" degrees east satellite position and if the satellite capacity is not there and already in place then big problems ensue, bearing allt his in mind then a possible change to the original "SES-astra" plan could see Astra 2B going to 19.2 degrees east but taking a more active role at this satellite position, once Astra 2B is at 19.2 degrees east we could see a shuffling/sharing/moving of frequencies and channels between all the satellites at this position witht he ultimate aim of clearing Astra 2C of all it's frequencies and channels, this would then allow Astra 2C to move from 19.2 degrees east to 28.2 degrees east thus giving "SES-Astra" some much needed satellite capacity and some much needed contingency and breathing space at 28.2 degrees east, if "SES-Astra" do adopt this route of moving Astra 2C to 28.2 degrees east earlier than the original plan then it would also sort of "unofficially" confirm that Astra 2F does indeed have problems, if when Astra 2B gets to 19.2 degrees east and we then see the moving around of frequencies and channels between the satellites and it looks like Astra 2C is being cleared of it's frequencies and channels then it will be safe to say that Astra 2C will be moving and Astra 2F has problems, we await further developments with anticipation and trepidation. One further thought on the Astra 2B frequencies and channels moving to Astra 1N and not Astra 2F as was expected is that yes Astra 2F could have problems but also it could be possible that Astra 2F does not have problems, the reason for 2B to 1N not 2F moves could be something much simpler, as Astra 1N is scheduled to move from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east could "SES-Astra" have put the Astra 2B channels onto Astra 1N so it could test the Pan European Beam, as far as I am aware the only time "SES-Astra" have ever used the Pan European Beam on Astra 1N was only for a very brief period following Astra 1N's launch, just a thought! As I said we await further developments with anticipation and trepidation, I think that "SES-Astra" await further developments with much less anticipation and much more trepidation! LOL!
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UPDATE 29/01/13 at 21.10 - Astra 2E - And here we go again! Is the new launch date for Astra 2E going to be the 20th of May, 2013?! I will have more to come on everything tomorrow!
UPDATE 29/01/13 at 21.10 - Astra 2B - It is still January/Tuesday! - And it has happened in January and on Tuesday! According to SES-Astra all Astra 2B frequencies/channels have now been moved and Astra 2B has been replaced by Astra 2F at the 28.2 degrees east satellite position, they also say that Astra 2B will be moving to the 19.2 degrees east satellite position soon, but we knew that already right?! So what was that all about then?!, Has SES-Astra's lack of information giving made us all think too much to the point of being wrong when we were right in the first place?! "Paranoid" is what we have been turned into, always go with your first instincts is what I was always told and me thinks that is exactly what we will all be doing from now on! And I threw my "Crystal Ball" out in the rubbish too thinking it was now faulty with all this 2B or not 2B 1N stuff! It seems my "Crystal Ball" was right all along and it is not at all faulty! Oh Happy Days! LOL!
UPDATE 29/01/13 at 21.10 - Astra 2B - It is still January! - And it has happened in January! According to SES-Astra all Astra 2B frequencies/channels have now been moved to Astra 2F (what was that all about then?!) More to come on this
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UPDATE 28/01/13 at 19.45 - Astra 2B - Rob told you it was to be January? Continued!
The following are the remaining Astra 2B frequencies which I am expecting to be removed/moved from Astra 2B soon :-
11.973 V SR 27.500 s/beam,
12.032 H SR 27.500 s/beam,
12.344 H SR 29.500 s/beam,
12.382 H SR 29.500 n/beam,
12.402 V SR 29.500 n/beam,
12.441 V SE 29.500 s/beam,
12.460 H SR 29.500 n/beam
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The following are the frequencies that have so far been removed/moved from Astra 2B :-
11.992 H SR 27.500 moved from 2B north to 2A north beam
12.012 V SR 29.500 moved from 2B north to 2A north beam
12.070 H SR 27.500 moved from 2B north to 1N p/e beam 1
12.090 V SR 29.500 moved from 2B north to 1N p/e beam 1
12.148 H SR 27.500 moved from 2A north to 1N p/e beam 1
12.168 V SR 29.500 moved from 2A north to 1N p/e beam 1
12.188 H SR 29.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1
12.207 V SR 27.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1
12.226 H SR 29.500 moved from 2A north to 1N p/e beam 1
12.246 V SR 29.500 moved from 2A north to 1N p/e beam 1
12.266 H SR 29.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1
12.285 V SR 27.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1
12.304 H SR 29.500 moved from 2B north to 1N p/e beam 1
12.324 V SR 29.500 moved from 2B north to 1N p/e beam 1
12.363 V SR 29.500 moved from 2B south to 1N p/e beam 1
Many Thanks to website contributor "Jim" for providing this information breakdown
UPDATE 27/01/13 at 21.15 - Astra 2B - Rob told you it was to be January? Continued!
Following the removal/moving of some of Astra 2B's frequencies/channels which Rob told you a long time ago would be happening in January what next? This removal came as no surprise to myself and readers of this website, the only surprise was that these chanenls were not as expected moved to Astra 2F but they were moved to Astra 1N and they were put on Astra 1N's Pan European Beam 1, I have always maintained that Astra 2B (not 2A) was the satellite to be cleared of all it's frequencies/channels and the satellite then moved elsewhere, these latest developments have done nothing to change my mind about that still happening, I expect the remaining Astra 2B frequencies/channels to be removed soon and it is probable that this removal will happen sometime this week, SES-Astra for some reason seem to like Tuesdays and Fridays for this type of thing so shall we say Tuesday at Noon?! LOL! © Rob's Satellite TV 2013 - Republishing (cut and pasting) without "Rob's" written consent is prohibited
UPDATE 26/01/13 at 11.30 - Astra 2B e.t.c. - Rob told you it was to be January? Continued!
What is going on? 12.070 H, 12.090 V, 12.148 H, 12.168 V, 12.188 H, 12.207 V, 12.226 H, 12.266 H, 12.324 V, 12.363 V and many more have moved but where have they moved to? As I have told you previously, the informations I give you are correct at the time I publish them but I cannot be held responsible for any changes to plans that happen thereafter, the recent frequency/channel moves should have been 2B/2A moved to 2F, this was confirmed as planned to happen but it seems that this has not happened according to the plans, unofficial confirmation confirms that the recently moved 2B/2A frequencies/channels have been moved to Astra 1N and that they are now transmitting on 1N's Pan European Beam 1 (1N has two PE Beam's), so what is going on here? SES-Astra have confused us all with this latest "move", Astra 2B frequencies/channels were supposed to be moved to Astra 2F, Astra 2B is supposed to be moved from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east, Astra 1N is supposed to be moved from 28.2 degrees east to 19.2 degrees east by Q3 2013 so it can take Astra 2C and Astra 1L's frequencies/channels, so why move the frequencies/channels to 1N? By using the confirmed information planned changes scenario I will try and make sense of this (sorry if it gets a little confusing but I will try and keep it simple), firstly SES-Astra need extra satellites at a few of it's satellite positions, 28.2 degrees east and 19.2 degrees east are the obvious satellite positions that need extra capacity but other satellite positions which are expanding rapidly for SES-Astra are 31.5 degrees east and 23.5 degrees east, and 5 degrees east, SES-Astra are also currently in the middle of a satellite replacement programme because some of it's satellites are nearing the end of their life, confirmed SES-Astra satellites which are scheduled to be relocated are 1N, 2C, 2B, and 2A, without going into too much detail about the why's, what's, and how's, Astra 1N was originally intended to be located at 19.2 degrees east but was temporarily placed at 298.2 degrees east, 1N needs to go to 19.2 degrees east, Astra 2C was originally intended for 28.2 degrees east but was temporarily moved to 19.2 degrees east, 2C needs to go to 28.2 degrees east, Astra 2B needs to be moved to 19.2 degrees east, these planned moves have been confirmed via varyious very reliable sources, it is not known where Astra 2A is to be relocated to but"Rob" thinks 2A will probably move to 31.5 degrees east, once these planned changes happen then SES-Astra can move the even older satellites that it possesses as back up wherever it is needed, of course the one other important addition toi the confusion is that we are waiting for the new Astra 2E 28.2 degrees satellite to be launched and operational by Q3 2013. © Rob's Satellite TV 2013
A good precursor to what SES-Astra's next plans/happenings will be is what happens next to Astra 2B (and to a slightly lesser extent 2A), if Astra 2B (or 2A) are completely emptied of frequencies/channels then SES-Astra will be quickly moving the said satellite to 19.2 degrees east and then bringing Astra 2C from 19.2 degrees east to 28.2 degrees east, there is a little more urgency than previously for SES-Astra to do this because it does have big plans already in place for 28.2 degrees east this year which includes new customers/new frequencies/new channels and also the Astra's taking over most of Eutelsat 28A's frequencies from October 2013, although these frequencies are currently being disputed by the two satellite companies SES-Astra do need to have the capacity in place by the Summer of 2013, it does look like SES-Astra are in a very strong position to get those Eutelsat frequencies, if Astra 2E were to experience problem with another launch delay or problems following launch then SES-Astra would be in a very difficult position regarding the 28.2 degrees east satellite position, they would most certainly be very short of the capacity and back up needed at 28.2 degrees east, 1N needs to stay at 28.2 degrees east until 2E is launched and operational, that is certain, so 2B (or 2A) is the only option, could the currently at 19.2 degrees east Astra 2C which is/was confirmed as scheduled to be cleared of it's frequencies/channels in Q3 2013 now be cleared and moved to 28.2 degrees east sooner than planned, as I said, it is a very fine timeline/timetable that SES-Astra are currently working with, they previously have and will continue to change their original plans as and when it is required to do so, they could indeed have changed the 2C plans, and as I said we need to keep a very close eye on what happens next with Astra 2B (and 2A), 2B cleared out or not 2B cleared out!, 2B moved or not 2B moved!, 2B or not 2B!, we must wait 2C! LOL!
Oh, and one other thing, these recent frequency/channel moves to Astra 1N Pan European Beam 1 rather than the wider coverage 1N Pan European Beam 2 is giving me signals so to speak, as well as the new Astra 2E having a UK and Pan European Beam it also has a Middle East Beam, could the 2B/2A moves to 1N Pan European Beam 1 be to enable SES-Astra to test this beam against the 2E Middle Eastern Beam for possible interference issues prior and following Astra 2E's, apart from the initial directly after launch 1N tests there has been no activity on these new 1N frequencies and beams so SES-Astra need some testing and if Astra 2C is coming to 28.2 degrees east sooner than originally planned then it's Pan European Beam would be the ideal replacement for Astra 1N's Pan European Beam 1, both 1N and 2E beams are similar in that they provide the better solution to possible Astra 2E Middle Eastern beam interference. © Rob's Satellite TV 2013
So in summary, if Astra 2B is cleared of it's frequencies/channels it is going to 19.2 degrees east and then Astra 2C is coming to 28.2 degrees east before Astra 1N goes to 19.2 degrees east, it is possible/probable that Astra 2A will be cleared too but as I said, 2A is for another position, probably 31.5 degrees east, I hope that I have given you some clarity on this currently confusing situation and that I have not confused you too much, Rob's Satellite TV, the Gem (Pearl) is a Sea of Seaweed! © Rob's Satellite TV 2013