Channels testing & channels not on Sky's EPG (UK & Ireland)
This page describes channels that use a satellite frequency but are not on Sky's EPG throughout the UK & Ireland. These channels can be manually tuned on a satellite receiver. Some channels may be encrypted and require a Sky Viewing Card and may be region locked to a specific region within the UK and/or Ireland.
|The definition the channel is broadcasting
|Time shift channel
|Channel is broadcast in 4:3 SDTV and stretched to 16:9 SDTV.
|Channel is broadcast with HDR.
|Data channel. Not viewable on Sky devices.
|Red Button/Interactive channel (generally SD)
|On-screen message on Sky devices saying an upgrade to a subscription is required.
|Showing blue screen or black screen (depending on accessibility settings) on Sky Q and a black screen on Sky+HD boxes.
|Channel is broadcasting a test card or colour bars.
|Channel is encrypted
|EPG data is being broadcast
|EPG data is not being broadcast
|For Ideal World HD
|New channel name
|Transponder move from 11306 H
|Label set up in preparation for a transponder move, where the old frequency is known.
|Ex EPG label (was Sky channel 330)
|A label which was on public EPGs in the past but has since been removed, either temporarily or permanently.
|Left over from transponder move (Gems TV)
|Leftover label from a transponder move.
|For unknown channel
|For unknown channels that may start test broadcasts in the near-future
|12090 V DVB-S2 8PSK 27.5 2/3
|The Standard and the Modulation Scheme are different.
(DVB-S2 8PSK is used instead of DVB-S QPSK)
|11385 V DVB-S2 QPSK 29.5 3/4
|Either the Standard or the Modulation Scheme is different.
(DVB-S2 is used instead of DVB-S or
8PSK is used instead of QPSK)
Future new channels
New channels currently testing before launching or at pre-testing stage.
These channels are broadcasting and are not shown on the EPG in any region (including on commercial EPGs) and are only available via manual tuning (apart from the UHD channels which are added to the EPG as hidden channels on Sky Q boxes). This section excludes the future new channels above.
Note: Temporary satellite feeds for the likes of raw news and sport feeds that are not in the standard feed frequencies on Astra 28.2°E are excluded from this list. Data channels are not viewable on Sky receivers.
Note: UHD channels are blocked from searching on Sky and Freesat boxes.
On non-Sky/Freesat HD satellite receivers, UHD channels may appear as an audio channel with audio only.
These channels are not broadcasting and are not shown on the EPG in any region. This channels occupy a channel space in a frequency.
UK & Ireland
- Netgem TV
- RTÉ Player (Some content restricted to Ireland & Northern Ireland only)
- Sky Glass & Sky Stream
- Sky Q
- BBC iPlayer
- Channel Four Television Corporation (Channel 4 & music channels)
- EE TV
- EE TV (Internet mode)
- Freeview stream
- Pluto TV
- Samsung TV Plus
- Stream from Virgin Media
- Virgin Media
- BBC Sounds (Available globally)
- Global Player (Available globally)
- Irish Radioplayer (Officially available in Ireland via apps only. On Android devices, APK can be downloaded and used worldwide)
- RTÉ Radio (Available globally)
- UK Radioplayer (Available globally)
- Sky Help Forums - What's On - Changes to the TV Guide
Note: This is a forum where staff from Sky post channel launches, removals and other changes. For changes to the EPG, look for the title "Changes to the TV Guide - February, 2024"