Astra 1N is only part of a fleet and will be used for relief on 28.2 before it heads back to 19.2. Initially it will be for a 'support' role to the existing satelites.
When 1N finally arrives at 28.2, it is still only temporarily in this position, so what of the footprint of the next satellite comes along afterwards ? or when entire fleet is in place in a few years time?
Astra 1N There are 3 beams - 2 Pan European 1 UK based. Footprint maps of 2 of the beams look like they'll be fairly easy to receive, the 3rd beam, not so. However footprint maps are known to be quite innacurate and are theoretical.
According to Astras own website there is currently no definitive schedule date for operations for this satellite.
Anyone claiming they have an answer regarding the reception of Astra 1N in our location, they don't - all internet rumour & guesswork..
What may change matters - for the better, is the reduction in data useage costs with the new Astra satellites. Many do not realise that satelite dishes are still the fastest way of receiving data. What has stopped people using satellite dishes in non remote locations, is currently the cost of data and limits imposed.for overall useage.
When the new satellites are up, speeds will rise and data limits will fall - allowing very fast data streaming. A number of big players could well start sending down their TV via data (BBC Iplayer is only the beginning). In summary, even if the signal footprint is worse for normal TV reception, you may well be able to get it on a smaller dish than is currently needed, as well as the internet - legally from the original service provider.
Many major operators believe this will be the future of TV.
My opinion, for what is worth - We are all in the EU (well at the moment) and we do have a legal right to watch TV via a satellite dish, so a reduction of service may be in contravention of the EU Audio visual agreement. Astra is a business and their business is coverage. More coverage, more exposure, more money - so reducing footprint would not be good business sense. Just a guess
Edited by TVTechnology, 09 September 2011 - 08:53 PM.