Many people in Portugal with access to Freesat television would have switched on their televisions this morning to find they have no signal for any of BBC's channels. This is the result of a switch over on Thursday morning to a new satellite.
The loss is not unique to Portugal, and readers across the border in Spain have this morning confirmed the loss of all BBC channels in that country.
The BBC recently issued a statement that it will be migrating to a new satellite during the early hours of Thursday morning.
The BBC’s services to Sky and Freesat homes are carried on six transponders on satellites operated by SES Astra located at 28.2°East.
In February 2012, one of these satellites (Astra 2D) was retired and BBC services moved to a new temporary home on Astra 1N. Astra 1N is shortly to be moved to its permanent position at 19°East, so the affected BBC services will be transferring to a new permanent home on Astra 2E (28.2°East).
This took place in the early hours of Thursday 6th February 2014. Care has been taken to ensure the minimum of impact to UK viewers both during and after the change, such that no viewer actions should be required.
ITV and Channel 4 have said nothing yet as to when the changeover for them might be, but it is expected to be soon.
SKY have migrated some channels, and so far no reports of a loss in reception anywhere on the Iberian Peninsula has been reported.