ITV on Sky Digital



On 21 November 2001, ITV1 finally launched on Sky Digital as an FTV channel, following a couple of weeks of tests. ITV2 is also available on EPG channel 226, but this currently requires a Sky Subscription. All sixteen main ITV regions are available, with EPG channel 103 being allocated to the ITV for the region your card was issued for. In those regions where more than one ITV is normally available, up to an extra two will be available on EPG channels 693 and 694 (personally I get Central on 103 and Yorkshire on 693). However, all sixteen regions are available through the 'Add Channels' facility, though this is slightly awkward to use.

To add the channels not shown in the EPG press 'Services', '4 - System Setup', and '4 - Add Channels'.

Then you need to input the Frequency of the transponder, Polarity, Symbol Rate, and FEC - all the channels use the same Symbol Rate (22,000) and FEC (5/6), and two of the transponders use the same polarity. You then scroll down to the last entry 'Find Channels' and press the 'Select' button, as prompted on screen, once the list of channels appears, use the 'Yellow' button to select the ones you want - again, it's all explained on screen. The channels are spread over three transponders, and you need to go through this procedure for each one to get all the channels. Be aware these are all on Astra 2D, which has a tighter footprint, some viewers outside the UK may not get them all.

Channel Frequency Polarity Symbol Rate FEC
ITV1 London 10.832 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 Central 10.832 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 HTV Wales 10.832 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 HTV West 10.832 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 W Country 10.832 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 Anglia 10.891 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 Border 10.891 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 BorderSco 10.891 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 Granada 10.891GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 Meridian 10.891 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 Tyne Tees 10.891 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV1 Yorkshire 10.891 GHz Horizontal 22,000 5/6
ITV Channel Is 10.906 GHz Vertical 22,000 5/6
Grampian TV 10.906 GHz Vertical 22,000 5/6
Scottish TV 10.906 GHz Vertical 22,000 5/6
UTV 10.906 GHz Vertical 22,000 5/6
ITV2 10.906 GHz Vertical 22,000 5/6

To view the channels once stored, you press 'Services', '6 - Other Channels', and then select the channel you want followed by 'Select'.


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