According to a516digital.com it is “widely assumed that this (the UK transponder) has moved to the new Astra 2F satellite and its tighter UK spot beam”.
What this generally means is that the satellite signal that anyone living in Portugal is picking up from the UK is now under threat as the area that UK satellite signals now transmits to has become much smaller and it looks like Portugal will no longer be able to receive this signal with the current equipment.
A new map outlining where the signal will now be able to be picked up does not include Portugal at all but all is not lost for anyone wanting to receive British satellite services as it is being predicted that by changing the size of your satellite dish you will still be able to pick up the service.
According to a516digital.com “some types of dish, such as the Multytenne dish widely sold and used in some countries tend to out perform traditional dishes and are reported to be able to receive Astra 2F in areas where larger dishes are typically required.”
The new Astra 2F satellite will host all UK public service broadcasts and the new footprint of its reach is only currently being discussed on line as there is still no official word from broadcasters as to how the new service will affect reception abroad for users.
“As more services launch on Astra 2F, in both horizontal and vertical polarisation and with differing parameters, the situation will become much clearer – but it will be possible that viewers closer to the fringe will only be able to receive certain channels and not others, depending on the parameters used.”
With changes being made to the satellite service already many people have lost a significant number of channels on their Sky boxes including Channel 4, Channel 5 and ITV and it is thought that the rest of the channels currently available in Portugal through British Sky will be lost by Easter next year when another new satellite with a smaller footprint for the UK is launched for these services.
Currently people in the Algarve and Portugal are trying to use larger dishes to be able to pick up the signal but it is still unknown if this will be a permanent solution to the problem or if new solutions to picking up satellite television will instead have to be searched for.