2cute for u - Your post is incorrect.
There are 3 beams from the 'new' 2F satellite, most people have concerns over the spot beam which is likely to contain the main UK terrestrials. Mentions of Robs satellite - this is a long established website, which does quite often (not always) get good information on this subject - well known in the trade. Something is happening on November 15th, the whether this will be the end of the current speculation / issue I cannot say presently for sure as they may keep 1N operational for a little while longer, but it does appear that this is the next 'key' date we need to be aware of.
Astra 2 F is presently testing as has been for a few weeks at 43 degrees east, though the reason why ourselves have not bothered to publish any of the test information, is there is nothing that can be accurately taken from this as it's pointing in the wrong direction - hence we have to wait until in place at around 28 degrees east - otherwise it would just add to the confusion / gossip.
My original post was put up more to notify people as there are still unscrupulous companies / individuals throwing up 1 metre dishes and not advising people that there are changes due shortly - we find this a little immoral, as it would be wrong to install a system that within a matter of weeks could cease to function - by withholding that information is deliberately misleading. 1 metre dishes are on the edge of reception at best, so putting something in now, when a small weakening of the signal would be enough to cause problems on a dish of this size, should not be recommended for Astra 2F.
Whilst we could do with the business, we would not want to destroy our reputation to make a fast buck, which is exactly what a lot of the cowboys are doing. We have been advising people to install larger dishes (such as a 1.4) for a number of months & have advised every client of the current situation.
Also not helping matters are some of the local newspapers who many are not aware partner with either rebroadcasters or even have shares in their own illegal streaming systems, so have spread rumour to suit their own purposes, rather than report anything remotely accurate - scaremongering.
Having said all of the above, you will still be able to receive UK TV off a 1 metre dish, as not all channels are on 1N / 2F & Sky for those that receive this should also be o.k as also on different satellite - but as for BBC / ITV ? That is mainly where most peoples concerns are - the basic popular free to air TV.
However as also stated previously there may be another way to get these channels on a 1 metre dish from a different satellite, but suspect the cowboys may struggle with this one intially as needs a specialist satellite receiver & some complexity in setting up.
Edited by graham1, 05 November 2012 - 04:51 PM.