Channels Missing on Windows Media Centre Freesat

Default TV Signal Setup often misses many channels available on UK freesat.

If only couple of channels are missing, you can use Single Transponder Scan to scan a particular transponder for your missing channel:
Tasks > Settings > TV > TV Signal > Satellite Transponder Scan > Single Transponder Scan

Provide transponder details for your channel and click Next. Media Centre will find and automatically add all channels available on this particular transponder.

Windows Media Centre - Satellite Transponder Scan

You can find transponder details for your missing channels online. For example, this Wikipedia article lists all 28°E free to view channels. All details you need are in frequency column.

Satellite details

Convert flac files to mp3 (free)


.flac (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is a lossless audio compression codec. It's a great format to backup your CDs without loosing any quality. A lot of PC audio players can play .flac files directly, but some portable MP3 players and smartphones often refuse to play .flac natively. In this case you may need to convert your audio files into a more popular format such as MP3.

Watch BBC iPlayer via XBMC (UK only)

  1. Download latest version xbmc-iplayerv2 add-on from
    Version 2.4.14 which I tested on XBMC v11.0 (Eden) can be downloaded from here.
  2. In XBMC got to System > Settings > Add-ons > Install from zip file
  3. Navigate to the downloaded and install the plug-in
  4. Go to Videos > Add-ons where you will find a new entry called iPlayer

BBC iPlayer on XBMC

XBMC addon cannot be deleted - Uninstall option greyed out

Sometimes you may find that XBMC add-on cannot be uninstalled normal way via System > Add-ons as Uninstall option is greyed out. This often happens because add-on is installed in a system wide directory. In this case add-on can be deleted manually from the add-on directory. Location can vary depending on your Operating System and version. Couple of examples below:

  • Windows 7 32 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\XBMC\addons
  • Windows 7 64 bit: C:\Program Files (x86)\XBMC\addons
  • Ubuntu Linux: /usr/share/xbmc/addons


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