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Their Facebook page has just reported that the Astra satellite broadcasts of the popular music channel are to stop, due to the strain on resources of the Corona Virus Epidemic.

Fans can keep viewing however on the Facebook page, for the time being.

If you have a motorised dish or a multi LNB line up, Folx is also on Eutelsat 16.

Sky Deutschland will shortly begin its SD ( standard definition ) channel switch off.

As Germanys ‘first mover’ Sky wants all its channels in HD, certainly  now would good timing as the HD tv market is saturated and would confirm its leading content provider role. All its subscribers will be updated free to the all HD platform and will see the following channels in HD:

DisneyDisney Junior, Beate-Uhse.TV,


National Geographic, Discovery Channel,

13th Street, Fox Series, TNT Series,

Syfy, NatGeo Wild, Spiegel Geschichte,

Sky 1, TNT Film, Disney Cinemagic and Sky Atlantic


Plus the addition of these popular channels to its base selection:

E!, Entertainment HD, Eurosport 1HD

History Channel HD, Sky Arts HD,


TNT Comedy and Universal HD


Cinema Customers will also have TNT  film HD and Disney Cinemagic HD added again with no extra charge.


These channels are to be dropped: Sky Select HD, Blue Movie HD and Sky 1+1 HD, some of these channels content will be available via other channels or their ‘on demand’ video service.


Through November Sky will shuffle its programmes around, so if you are viewing on a Sky Deutschland Official receiver, the box will  sort out the new channel list, if not ( r


eceiver with a cam and card ) then you will have to do the re sorting yourself, to avoid  losing any channels.

There are more SD channels in Sky’s list and no-doubt these will be upgraded soon.

As far as we are aware no FTA German channels are affected.


For Swiss viewers in the UK reading these headlines…. Don’t PANIC!

SSR SRG have decided the time is right to end transmission of their programmes in Switzerland by aerial (terrestrial) transmitter only. Not satellite, which will continue and is their recommended method of replacement for the now less than 2% of the population still receiving their channels this way. With satellite it is a lot easier to change over to HD.

Unlike Germany, when the time to end SD ( standard definition ) transmission came, they had considerably higher numbers to consider and changed all the transmitters to HD .

Fortunately in the UK, the Swiss SSR SRG channels on Hotbird will continue and no change is required.

These are encrypted and to obtain your Swiss card, for reception, you can apply via the Swiss Embassy or there are some online vendors selling these, although at a slightly raised price.

The SSR SRG Satellite channel access Card enables the following channels to be seen, covering the interests of Italian, (RSI 1 and 2), French ( RTS 1 and 2 ) and German (SRF1 and 2, SRF info and 3+ ) Swiss citizens.
Note that for full coverage a dish having both Hotbird AND Astra 1 coverage is needed.

For those unable to obtain the card, there are also some Swiss variants of the following German channels:
RTL, RTL2, Sat 1, Pro7, Kabel 1, Vox Plus the Swiss Schweiz 5. All these are free on the Astra 1 satellite.

Currently I can order the complete package from Sky Germany, Sky Box + Sky Card + Official Prepaid Card , without any special conditions ( German bank, ID cards ….. )

To inquire, please fill in the Quote form, on the left sidebar. Enter Sky Germany in the “requirements”  . Note only the FULL package is available.

A very common request is “I would like to receive my German channels but I don’t want two dishes on the wall” or ” I’m only allowed one dish on the building”


Sky Mini dish for UK freesat



64cm Triax dish with UK Freesat/Sky AND German Channel


A neat solution and the combi dish isn’t much bigger than the Sky dish. The 2 lnbs are arranged on Triax’s own multi lnb adaptor, especially made for  these dishes, so  that the signal strength is maintained.

To receive your German and UK channels I can recommend the Zgemma H2S receiver, which is a linux based box,

they usually come with ATV image on them, which is fine for both sets of channels. The English epg (electronic programme guide ) which on a free-to-air box is usually just now and next, is a full 7 day epg on the Zgemma, the ATV image uses a merlin plugin, or if  you use ipab or Vix images, a Cross Epg plugin gathers and displays the epg for you.

The H2S is a twin tuner receiver, so a 1 Tb HDD hard drive can be added to make a perfect English / German receiver  with all the usual convenience of a Sky box!

Looks just like a Sky box…. but no, its actually a linux box with Vix image

So recording is really easy, especially if you have been used to a Sky box.  Pressing the record key when highlighting the programme in the grid that you want to record, takes you to an options page to set the timer

If you are watching German tv on our multi satellite package equipment, you will have noticed that the French channels  now have a warning notice or you may now be faced with a blank screen. The Fransat cards encryption is being updated. The process of updating all cards to ‘Viaccess Secure’ has actually been going on since may 2017 and is due to complete by the end of 2017.

To  find out what to do, read our sister blog



Have you got the latest 4k Smart tv?

As yet there are only Sky Germanys Sports Channels  “Bundesliga” and “Sports” in the Ultra  High Def list… oh and the inevitable Shopping Channel!  But they will be along soon for sure.

The Amiko A4 is 4k compatible and available NOW!  Not only will it receive all satellite broadcasts but iptv too! This Amiko streams iptv in using the latest 265 modulation, which promises much better playback, less bandwidth especially on slow connections.

Being Android based, you can install many of the Google play apps from the PlayStore, like Netflix YouTube and VLC. So even if your TV isn’t a “smart” type, this will convert it to Very Smart!

I would like a free quote for German satellite tv

As satellite tv goes, the German main channels do have a fairly good epg ( Electronic Programme Guide ) , much better than the French for example, even with the Fransat or TNT receivers which are pretty expensive, only NOW and NEXT programme information is offered.

There is an option on the latest receivers from Amiko, to include the “Cross Epg” which is an app. loaded in the receivers software. This remarkable service accesses an online database, maintained by Rytec, which contains programme information for most of the free German tv channels

The main advantages are 1) speed and 2) completeness

1) As the database is accesses each night at a pre determined time and downloaded completely automatically, it is ready instantly, when the user presses the EPG button on any channel. Without this facility, it would depend on which frequency the receiver is tuned to, as to which information is available. So it makes very slow progress indeed when a user is browsing across channels for something interesting to watch for the evening.

2) The quality and number of channels indexed on the Rytec database is far superior to the per-channel broadcast information,  some of the smaller channels which usually have no EPG at all, do appear when the app is used.

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don’t let the small size of this receiver fool you ! It is the most sophisticated receiver currently available.

It displays in full HD , the picture quality on the German HD channels is amazing. Amiko have refined their design of digital filters to eliminate the digital effects and dot patterns that used to appear on some receivers in the past. On modern Hi Tech tvs like Samsung the picture quality is simply the best I have seen even against much more expensive receivers like Dreambox and VU+

For the real satellite enthusiast there is the option of booting the machine in  Linux , using software more often found with Dreambox receivers – Enigma2.   With this, you have many options, the online community continues to improve both function and online facilities into their open software. Under  the Amiko native “Spark” software, though, there is more than enough to satisfy most users, the software is very stable and extremely user friendly.

For the users wanting a clean , box free appearance in the tv room, the Amiko can be hidden away in a cupboard or drawer, it  only needs the Infra Red sensor to be visible, to pick up the remote  commands. It will also record your programmes, when connected to a suitable recording drive – I can supply these too.

Up to date list of German Channels available: ( note there are  actually over 100 with the regional variations and “exotic” channels but just the main ones are listed here )


To connect the Amiko to the internet, to use the Rytec database, I can supply a WiFi adaptor, pre made short ( up to 15 m ) ethernet cables or make cables to order to reach your router.

For a quote, to install German Channels with the new Amiko Mini HD receiver please click here we work anywhere in England , Scotland or Wales


Yes, as popular as ever it was, now in its 24th year Linden Street continues to amuse and entertain. There is even a downloadable app for your phone, in case you miss anything.

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Dedication !

During the elections of 22nd Sept 13 many different endings of this Lindensträßler episode  on that date were filmed and “installed” as soon as the results were known, be it Black-and- yellow, red – green or Grand Coalition , the hit german  tv show Linden Street was going to be bang up to date and topical. The editors in Cologne City centre recorded the first bits of the programme and edited in the appropriate responses depending on the results, just in time for the transmit time of the show.

Long ( 18 years ) running soap opera Marienhof ended in June last year, Germans are , like all other europeans , very fond of their soaps.


Like the Uk, the choice of tv in Germany is enormous and of high quality. Plus many of the major broadcasters have their output tailors into regional variations, so will show regional information with local news, as well as the National news. Over the last year it is particularly notable how many extra HD channels have joined the German output. Compared to other European countries Germans enjoy a huge number, over 100   free ( FTA) channels , a lot in HD.




Showing on German channels Das Erste and Eins Festival is the Crime, cop thiller series Tatort. This is one of the most followed German tv shows currently running, Starring Dominic Raake as  Inspector Till Knight and Boris Aljinovic as the Chief Inspector, this is a well written and gritty drama series worth following. In the  latest episode there is a letter bomb which is meant for the famous Berlin Radio host Nico Lohmann, but goes astray resulting in a death…. follow Knights investigation on Das Erste…

Get this and many other top German tv shows , anywhere in the Uk just click for a quote

Commenting on Sky Deutschlands financial reports for 2013 just released, Brian Sullivan CEO said 2013 was a Milestone year delivering on its promise of progress. Skys full year results shows Euro35 million (up 16%) compared to -51 million in 2012, with the average per customer revenue now Euro34/

Sky Deutschland now reaches 3.67 million people in Germany up 304 thousand during the year.Popular services recently introduced are Sky Go and some dual language options which have increased subscriber interest.

SkyDeutschlandWe can supply your Sky Deutschland package and install for you anywhere in the Uk. For a quote please click  here for a quote 

This new type of receiver is able to not only receive the German standard and High Definition Channels, but also stream them on to a network.


Built to very good standard and extremely capable,  Amiko have confidently given a 2 year guarantee with this new  receiver.

It can Stream from a network both ways:

* Show streamed channels from the internet on your TV

* Stream the satellite channel it is receiving eg Das Erste or ZDF , to any PC, Laptop or Tablet on your network.

It is fully enabled to connect to any external PC type  recording drive, for easy recording.


If you are unable to visit family in Germany during Christmas, enjoy a little taste of home with Satellite tv from Germany. All the many channels are free , so no subscriptions or ongoing costs , just a one-off payment for installation. Many of the channels are in HD, so absolutely first class quality pictures are shown.

Germany at Christmas time

Enjoy some of the festivals at Christmas in Germany

The dish is quite small ( its not like the really difficult and huge Romanian or Arabic dishes you see around towns today) installation is quick and easy to arrange. The receiver very easy to learn to operate and updating is simple with automatic new channel scanning.
For details and prices see main website for more info and


If emailing please send me your location if you want a price quote – to get coordinates go to LOCATION FINDER enter your post code and click “GO”. Then ‘drag n drop’ the red marker to your house . When completed a line of text appears below the map, containing your latitude and longitude , copy these numbers and paste into an email.

All the best for the festive season , don’t forget to save a little Christollen, Lebkuchen and Dresden Stollen for the Weihnachtsmann.

Recent events at the European Court of Human Rights , may have implications for people denied permission to put up satellite dishes to view their own countries broadcasts. The ruling from the court says that Landlords denying tenants permission for satellite dishes, face being sued and there should be the right to enjoy and participate in , for example religious programmes. Read the full document here

Technomate have now introduced their model TM5402HD receiver, the cheapest HD so far. I have tested and installed several of these in the last few weeks and can report that the unit performed very well,  tuning in the weakest and strongest of signals from many different satellites faultlessly.  Blind search is also fast ( not quite as fast as the Manhattans but quite adequate, and it didn’t miss any channels. A stringent test on the Czech channels from SkyLink showed great pictures without any breakup,  when the original Czech receiver was hopeless ( built to operate in the Cz Republic on a strong signal ) .

So I can thoroughly recommend the TM5402HD as a great receiver with a budget price, fast tuning , stable operation and great features like USB for recording, which is very easy to set up and to operate. The picture quality on the German HD and Uk HD channels was breathtaking, testing the output via HDMI on a Samsung LED flatscreen model 50 inch.

Gives the full 7 day EPG on the German channels

Go to my full review and specification on the main site

For anyone considering Sky Germany , for their football provider (which is available in this country from several outlets ) be aware that the English commentary has now been dropped, so brush up on the Deutche meine football fans !

Sky Italia ( very popular in the Uk as a cheap alternative to sky Uk  in the Pubs ) dropped the English commentaries some months ago, leaving fans with Italian or sometimes Radio 5 live commentary if it was available

Sky have also put the ‘non Sky’ boxes tuned to Sky Italia ,which had sprung up in the last 5 months , out of commission with a change of encryption, leaving publicans out of pocket and without pictures.

If you have been using a Technomate TM 5200 or 5300 or 5400 SD receiver or a TM5402 HD receiver, you can use the USB facility to Update the software and add a USB hard drive for recordings. The ordinary pen type memory stick can be used in the Software transfer menu to update the software, or save a list of channels that you have painstakingly sorted into favourite groups. You can then use the file in another Technomate  receiver.

USB Drive

Once you have partitioned the drive using a PC for FAT32 file system, the drive is ready to connect to the Usb port on the front or back of your receiver. It should then be formatted on the receiver, to be fully ready for use , recording.


Hard Disc Drive

Hard Disc Drive



On the German channels the on screen guide can be used to set up timer recordings, simply navigate to the programme to be set for recording and press ok. See full article

The recent case , referred to the European court, where a Uk landlady was prosecuted by the agent of the FA for showing Premiership Football from the Greek satellite provider Nova, in her Pub, has received the advice to rule in favour of the Pub, otherwise it would infringe the liberty of free trade across Europe.

See full roundup on the main site PubFootball

I’ve received a number of requests for Turkish and German channels in the same installation and from one dish.

Yes! It is possible, see the section of the main site on the Multi dish by using this marvellous wide angle dish, All the German free channels and All the Turkish free channels, plus the Uk freesat can all be received on one set top box.

Just a reminder to readers that although I specialise in the German tv channels installations all over the Uk, If you also want the Uk freesat channels , it is possible to do it with just one dish.

I do install the Uk FreeSat channels boxes and dishes locally – in the Rotherham, Barnsley, Sheffield and Doncaster Areas

Why not combine your German tv channels installation with the Uk FreeSat channels, avoiding having 2 dishes on the wall?


German from Astra 1 at 19.2 degrees and the Uk freesat from Astra 2 at 28.2 degrees are only 9 degrees apart, so a 80cm dish is absolutely fine to pick up both satellites, especially as both are really strong signals in the Uk and most of Europe.  Your receiver can be programmed to switch a device on the dish, which will choose which LNB to route the signals from, Astra1 or Astra2.  You can read more about these devices here

It is essential to use a good lnb type for any dish with multiple LNBs , poorly performing models or ones which don’t adhere to the standards can stop the diseqc control signals working, I have often found that the cheaper types from even a manufacturer with good top flight LNBs can cause this problem. Over the last 10 years, I have found which LNB models work and which can cause the system to fail.

The guide button on your satellite receiver, will operate differently on many European satellite channel services, the Spanish channels for example have no text or guide, the French have it on some channels .

The German Channels fortunately display the full 7 day whats on Guide , shortly after scrolling down the channel list, the guide will fill up and display all the programmes  with the synopsis in a separate window.

With the Triax receiver / recorder I recommend, you can set up a recording directly from the Guide, simply press ‘OK’ and the timer is set! what could be simpler.

Incidentally, for anyone wanting the Uk freesat channels AND the German channels in one receiver, the Humax HD boxes have one advantage over the ordinary satellite receiver: as they are designed for FreeSat, they have access to the 7 day FreeSat guide as well as the 7 day German Guide, with an ordinary receiver only the ‘now and next’ guide is available on the Uk main channels.

I can supply the full range of Triax, Technomate and Humax receivers with any system

The best way to be sure that an installation can be done successfully and the satellite can be received ok, is to send me your exact location, your map coordinates – latitude and longitude.

I will be able to see from Google maps and some software which maps the positions of the Astra 1 satellite, exactly the best position to install the dish, also from your location I will give a quote for the installation.

To see how to get the coordinates from Google maps Watch my YouTube video

Most German channels are on the Astra1 satellite and most people wanting just German channels are happy with one satellite. If you are from the regions of Germany bordering the Netherlands, France, Poland or the Czech republic then perhaps you speak or understand these languages too. Maybe there is another member of the family who would like Russian, Ukraine, Chinese, Turkish, Greek or any of the other countries available by satellite.

The answer is a motorised dish. With the same satellite receivers as we supply for most single European countries, you can expand it use to operate a motor and point the dish to any of the above and more.

An 80cm dish will be able to pickup most of the central European countries with free channels, for the Balkan countries Albanian, Armenia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Serbia and Romania it is recommended that a 1metre dish is used as the W2 satellite is a lot weaker than the others.

Another great use for the motorised dish is to pickup Sport, many cycling, football, ice hockey etc matches are broadcast on the many free channels around Europe. A good guide here is the websites and, which have the schedule of sporting fixtures and the channel/ satellite that they are broadcast on. Plus viewing cards like Al Jazeera at under £100 for the year are great value for the sports enthusiasts.

The cost is around £180 more than a fixed dish installation for an 80cm system. If interested please email me, to assess your location I will need your exact location – latitude and longitude, advice and guideance are here