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Adding More ITV 1 Regions to Sky Digibox and Freesat

The procedure below details how to add additional ITV1 regions on your Sky Digibox or Freesat Set Top Box if you live in England, Wales or Scotland. The information provided has been updated in November 2012 to reflect recent transponder changes.

Many Freesat + and Freesat HD boxes also support the addition of non-Freesat channels - but please read our notes about ITV regional variations on Freesat and refer to the instruction manual of your particular Freesat box for installation procedure using Manual tuning. Use the transponder details given below to add ITV1 regions.

Please note that ITV services are predominantly carried on Astra 1N at 28.2E, on transponders which are optimised for UK reception via a narrow spot beam - see Astra 1N coverage map. Because of this a large satellite dish may be required to get good ITV1 reception in southern and eastern Europe where signal levels are weak. See our page on Sky TV reception in Europe for more help and information on receiving BBC and ITV by satellite in other European countries.

Channel Installation Procedure

In order to add more regional ITV 1 channels to a Sky TV Box EPG (out of your normal viewing region), follow the procedure below:

  • Press "Services" on the Sky handset (button 4)
  • Select "Add Channels" by pressing button 4 again on the Sky Handset.
  • Enter the five digit frequency (from the table below) using the handset number buttons.
  • Move to the next Sky onscreen menu item (below) using the down arrow button.
  • Use the left / right arrow button to select the correct polarity (H or V) from the table below.
  • Use the down arrow buttons to set Symbol Rate and FEC as shown in the table below.
  • Scroll down to the "Find Channels" option onscreen menu and then press "Select"
  • Select the ITV1 region/s or other channel/s required. Press the Sky handset yellow button to store it.
  • Press "Backup" repeatedly to exit the "Add channels" menu.

Add ITV Regions to Sky EPG

To add the additional ITV 1 regions, press "Services" on the Sky handset and then scroll down to "Other Channels" (button 6). Simply scroll down to the alternative ITV1 region you have manually added and press select to view it. To return to your existing Sky EPG channels by using the Channel up and Down buttons on the Sky handset.

It is not possible to add the additional ITV1 regions into the Sky EPG as the assigned ITV channel on Ch103 is set by the Sky viewing card (default being ITV1 London). This makes things a little awkward as access to these ITV channels to view them must always be made through Services > Other Channels. In case you are unaware, all BBC1 and 2 regions are transmitted on Sky EPG channels 941 to 962.

ITV 1 Region As Transmitted From Frequency (MHz) Polarity Symbol Rate FEC
Anglia (West)* Sandy Heath 10994 H 22000 5/6
Tyne Tees Pontop Pike 10891 H 22000 5/6
London Crystal Palace 10758 V 22000 5/6
Anglia (East) Tacolneston 10758 V 22000 5/6
Central (West) Sutton Coldfield 10758 V 22000 5/6
Granada Winter Hill 10758 V 22000 5/6
Central (South) Oxford 11053 H 22000 5/6
Central (East) Waltham 11053 H 22000 5/6
Border Caldbeck 10891 H 22000 5/6
Wales Wenvoe 10832 H 22000 5/6
Westcountry (SW) Mendip 10832 H 22000 5/6
Westcountry (West) Caradon Hill 10832 H 22000 5/6
Yorkshire (West) Emley Moor 10891 H 22000 5/6
Yorkshire (East)* Belmont 10994 H 22000 5/6
Meridian (North)* Hannington 10994 H 22000 5/6
Meridian (S. East)* Dover 10891 H 22000 5/6
Meridian (South) Rowridge 10891 H 22000 5/6
Ulster (UTV) Divis 10906 V 22000 5/6
Channel TV Fremont Point 10906 V 22000 5/6
STV (North) Durris 10906 V 22000 5/6
STV (West) Black Hill 10906 V 22000 5/6
STV (East) Criagkelly 10906 V 22000 5/6
Central (SW)* Ridge Hill 10994 V 22000 5/6

This information has been updated in November 2012, following the recent transponder changes to Sky TV transponders.

Freesat ITV Region Variations

ITV1 has a broadcasting license restricting it to the UK. For this reason most ITV1 channels are broadcast on Astra 1N which has a tight spot beam designed to cover the UK - see Astra iN coverage map.

ITV1 channels transmitted on Astra 1N are FTA (free to air) as coverape of mainland Europe is sufficiently reduced.

Freesat selects the appropriate ITV region based on the postcode entered during set top box installation. Additional ITV1 regions can then be tuned in "Non-Freesat" mode, which assigns them channels outside of the normal Freesat EPG. This manual-tuning approach to add channels is offered on most Freesat boxes (including Humax).

As a result of financial cutbacks in the ITV companies, ITV1 sub-regions frequently carry identical programming. From February 2009, Anglia West and Anglia East ITV1 now offer the same regional output and local news programmes in order to save money. The same applies to Meridian South and Meridian North ITV1.

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