New Astra 2G satellite to be launched 27 November 2014
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Background

SES Astra, the company that operates the satellites serving the UK, is nearing the end of a programme to replace the ageing satellites that have been operating since the late 1990s. The first of 3 replacements was the Astra 2F which was launched in September 2012, and the second was the Astra 2E launched last year. The final satellite will be the Astra 2G. It has suffered a catalogue of delays but its launch is now confirmed for November 27 (at 6.30pm GMT). As with the previous launches, it will almost certainly be possible to watch the launch live online. The link will be shown here nearer the time.

What is already clear is that Astra 2G will NOT provide expats with the BBC/ITV etc. Despite endless publicity on reputable websites and forums, some expat forums are still speculating that the main UK entertainment channels will suddenly reappear. Sorry but it ain't going to happen. Current difficulties/impossibilities in receiving the UK free channels will remain as they are.

 

 

   
   
 
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