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February 20, 2016 – 04:35 pm
Receive British TV channels in Germany


Numerous English language TV channels from Great Britain can be received unencrypted via satellite on the 28.2° East position (also known as "Astra 2").
But instead of covering all of Europe evenly, the broadcasting of most of the channels is focussed on the British Isles. This limits reception in the eastern half of Germany dramatically.

Between the end of 2013 and early 2014 broadcasting was changed to the new satellites Astra 2E and 2F. In 2015 some of the channels moved on to Astra 2G. All their spot beams are even stronger focussed on Great Britain than the spot beams of the previously used satellites. Many viewers in the middle and eastern parts of Germany lost reception due to the changeover.
At least the new satellites have a life expectance of 15 years, so you can assume that reception conditions will not again change dramatically at least till 2027.

Reception of the spot beams keeps being unproblematic in the western third of Germany. The more eastern you live, the bigger the necessary dish diameter will be. Spot beam reception in the eastern third fails completely.

The following map for Astra 2E and 2F is only meant to be a rough guide:

Reception map for Astra 2E/2F spot beam in Germany

Please also watch these other maps:

On you can find interactive maps with real reception results reported by users:
Interactive map for the UK spot beam of Astra 2E
Interactive map for the UK spot beam of Astra 2F
Interactive map for the UK spot beam of Astra 2G
Another map based on experience with Astra 2F can be found here:
UK spot beam map at Google maps
You can contribute to these maps by adding reception data from your own location. The more users participate, the more precise these maps can become.


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