SES v Eutelsat: Case Study: RT's frequency shuffle

RT, the Moscow based news channel is just one of the services being shuffled around on satellite in the coming fortnight. The standard definition version of the channel acts as a case study as to what is happening across the orbital position that is home to the satellites serving the UK and Ireland:



CASE STUDY: RT (standard definition)
Its signal has to be transferred from Eutelsat to Astra, taking it away from the contested frequencies ahead of the 04/10/2013 change:
Until now:
Eutelsat 28A 11,623 H, Symbol Rate: 27500, FEC: 2/3
From 30/09/2013 until 10/10/2013:
Temporary location: Astra 1N 12,401 V, Symbol Rate: 27500, FEC: 2/3
From 04/10/2013 onward:
Astra 2F, 12,610 V, Symbol Rate: 22000, FEC: 5/6
(between 4/10 – 10/10, simulcast with temporary signal on Astra 1N)
The frequency changes will primarily affect viewers with non-Sky/Freesat receivers. Sky and Freesat are working to ensure that their Electronic Programme Guides (EPGs) automatically redirect receivers to whichever frequency the service is being broadcast from. Channel numbers on Sky and Freesat will not change, but both EPGs will be updated to 'tell' the receiver where to go to find the channel when you select the channel number.
RT HD is unaffected. Freeview (terrestrial) viewers are unaffected. RT states the Freeview service is down-converted from the RT HD satellite signal, which isn’t changing.
 
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Satellite changes: How it affects you >
Have you got Sky? Freesat? A generic free-to-air satellite receiver? Do you live in continental Europe? Read more about how the changes could affect you.

List of temporary frequency allocations >
If you are manually retuning, this is where services have gone to for the time being.

Q&A: Why the change?  >
A basic outline of why services are needing to change frequencies and why SES/Astra and Eutelsat are in dispute.
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