Astra 2D is one of a group of satellites operated by
SES Astra, located at 28.2° East in the Clarke Belt. It is a Hughes HS-376craft, and was launched from the Guiana Space Centrein December 2000.
Most of the
transpondersare used to provide television channels available on the Sky Digital satelliteservice to the United Kingdomand Republic of Irelandand the non-subscription service, Freesat. Although the satellite's beam is tightly focused on the United Kingdomand Ireland, surrounding countries have the ability to pick the signal up (dependent on suitably sized satellite dishes). However some channels on 2D are encrypted with Videoguard(a proprietary encryption method by the NDS Group) and only Sky Digiboxes with valid cards, or standard hardware with non-approved (with respect to the Sky/NDS end-user contract) "Dragon", or "T-Rex" Conditional Access Modulescan decode these channels.
BBCbroadcasts all of its domestic television channels (including BBC HDand the regional variations) from the Astra 2D satellite, except the BBC News Channel and BBC Parliament. All domestic BBC channels have been Free to Airsince 29th July 2003. ITValso broadcasts all its television channels (including regional variationsof ITV1, as well as STVand UTV) from the Astra 2D satellite. All ITV channels have been Free to Airfrom 1st November 2005. The ITV HDchannel is broadcasting from Eurobird 1. [http://www.flysat.com/ebird1.php] Channel 4also broadcasts its additional channels—E4, More4and Film4along with their timeshift variants from this satellite, all unencrypted. A special unencrypted version of Channel 4 broadcasts from Astra 2D for Freesat, although all the other regional variations broadcast encrypted from Astra 2A.
Although primarily a television broadcast satellite, other services such as satellite internet can be carried.
Astra 2Aco-located satellite
Astra 2Bco-located satellite
Astra 2Cco-located satellite
Astra 28.2°Eorbital position
SES Astrasatellite owner
* [http://www.ses-astra.com SES Astra Website]
* [http://www.astra2d.com The Astra 2D Website]
* [http://www.ses-astra.com/consumer/en/how-to-receive-astra/index.php SES Astra guide to receiving Astra satellites]
* [http://www.ses-astra.com/consumer/en/channel-guide/index.php SES Astra guide to channels broadcasting on Astra satellites]
* [http://www.satcodx2.com/0282/eng/ Satco Frequency List]
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