Satellites and footprint maps explained

Astra Satellite

Satellites and footprint maps explained including information on the tools available to help you lock onto your chosen satellite.

This guide explains the differences in the choices of Astra satellites and other satellites you can lock onto and also gives further information and tips of how to lock onto these satellites successfully.

There are currently over 2700 satellites in space orbiting the earth at any one time. Most of these are beaming down satellite TV broadcasts to all corners of the earth. However please don’t worry, you only need to be aware of a handful of satellites that are being broadcast in the UK and Europe, not all 2700!.

What is a satellite footprint map?

A satellite footprint map is essentially a highlighted area that you can successfully pick up the satellite TV channels it broadcasts on your travels. If you are within these boundaries and have the correct satellite receiving equipment (see below for more details on equipment required).

Please reference the images below for a better understanding of how these footprint maps work.

The following satellites are the most common satellites beaming TV reception down to the UK and Europe on earth from space.

ASTRA 2 – (28.2E) UK TV

This is the most popular and most common satellite that you should be aware of. Ideal for those seeking to watch UK TV channels within the UK and into parts of Europe on their travels.

Recommended for people who would like to watch all the typical UK TV channels such as BBC/ITV/CHANNEL 4 etc, that they would normally receive at home in the UK, subscription free.

You will need to make sure your chosen satellite dish is suitable for where you wish to travel – For a guide on satellite dish sizes click here.

The satellite receiver you will need to receive the ASTRA 2 satellite successfully is either a Free to Air Satellite Receiver, TV with built in satellite, Freesat Receiver or a Sky satellite receiver. 

The differences of these satellite receivers can be viewed on our satellite receiver guide here.

ASTRA 1L EUROPEAN TV

For those seeking coverage in areas not covered by the ASTRA 2 footprint.

If you travel out of ASTRA 2 footprint you can point your satellite system to lock onto the ASTRA 1L satellite, where European TV is beamed.

There will be some limited English speaking TV channels available, which are generally limited to News channels BBC World, CNN, CNBC for instance, so ideal for catching up on international news. But there will be 1000’s of European TV channels to view.

The satellite receiver you will need to receive the ASTRA 1L satellite successfully is a Free to Air Satellite Receiver enabled for multiple satellites.

For information on the Free to Air Satellite receiver guide here.

ASTRA 3

Many channels broadcast for countries such as Germany, Austria, Belgium and many others but very few English speaking channels The satellite receiver type you will need to receive the ASTRA 3 satellite successfully is a Free to Air Satellite Receiver enabled for multiple satellites.

For information on the Free to Air Satellite receiver guide here.

 

HOTBIRD / INTELSAT 901 previously called INTELSAT 907

These are further satellites that maybe pre-programmed into some a fully automatic satellite system

Notes

All footprint maps featured are created for general guidance only and could be subject to change. Correct at time of publication. For further details please on footprint maps visit astra https://www.ses.com/our-coverage/teleport-map

Other websites handy for reference
www.freesat.co.uk
www.lyngsat.com

How do you obtain a signal from these satellites?

You will need either a fully automatic satellite system or a manual satellite system with a suitable satellite receiver. These come with either roof mounted or portable application options.

How do I know which way to point my dish?

This question is often asked by people who are looking to purchase a manual satellite system and the following details are products to aid you with this process to make finding a satellite signal quick and stress free. For those who are thinking of purchasing a Fully Automatic Satellite System, then please skip to the final paragraph on this page.

Satellite Finder

Our satellite signal finder helps to do just that! When you are setting up a manual satellite system it will help you to receive the best reception available. The satellite finder helps you locate the signal to ensure a quick and stress free set up. So you can sit back and enjoy your favourite programmes. It can be essential if you are travelling to different locations.

For instance, caravan and motorhome users would need to align their satellite system in each location. The satellite finder provides both a visual but also audio indication of signal strength and proximity to the satellite. The audio tone overcomes the need to view the TV during the alignment process.

Click here to see Satellite Finder product page.

Satellite Signal Finder

Satellite Compass

An essential accessory which features Satellite alignment zone to locate the direction of Astra 1, Astra 2 and Hotbird; the main European satellites. Link to compass Please note all of our manual satellite systems come with a compass supplied as standard.

Click here to see Satellite Compass product page.

Digital Satellite Compass

Our digital satellite compass helps to locate the direction of the satellite signal for all the main European satellites. When you are setting up a manual satellite system it uses a digital display to help locate the position of your chosen satellite. Features on this compass also include a digital thermometer and digital time display. Link to compass All major European satellite positions are pre-programmed, including Astra 1, Astra 2 and Hotbird.

Click here to see Digital Satellite Compass product page.

Digital Satellite Compass

Fully Automatic Satellite Systems

Increasing numbers of our customers are choosing to invest in a Fully Automatic Satellite Systems which take out the extra job of locating and locking onto the correct satellite.

These systems are designed to automatically point at the satellite with a simple touch of a button. Eliminating the need for additional Sat Finding accessories.

Click here to see Fully Automatic Satellite Range