Satellite Update: further channel moves take place in orbit

UPDATED | A number of satellite frequencies are in the process of taking place, as services switch to a new Forward Error Correction (FEC) rate and services carried on Eutelsat 28A are moved around.

The FEC rate change means broadcasters and transmission providers can increase the available bandwidth for TV channels on a satellite transponder, allowing more services to share the same transponder.

Changes to services on Eutelsat 28A affect viewers from across Europe. Services on the aging satellite are expected to be transferred across to SES-Astra satellites later this year.

Most viewers with Sky or Freesat will not notice any changes, with the Electronic Programme Guides reacting to the changes automatically. In a small number of cases, viewers who suddenly find they have lost services may want to reboot their satellite receiver after 30 seconds. On Freesat receivers, a Freesat scan can be initiated to rescan for all available channels.

Viewers with generic (non Sky or Freesat) satellite receivers, including Irish hybrid Saorview/satellite receivers may need to rescan for lost channels, or re-add them through manual tuning.

AFFECTED SERVICES
FEC change, but same frequency: Services recently affected include Sky News and Pick, which although are broadcasting on the same frequency are now using a new FEC rate of 5/6. Update: From 23/04/2015, the new FEC also applies to Challenge and Forces TV.

Frequency changes: This week, Information TV, Showcase TV and Bon TV are among the free-to-air services that have changed frequencies. Manual tuning information can be found below. Earlier this month, a516digital reported how CBS Action and Bonanza Bonanza were among channels that have also recently changed frequencies, moving to a different satellite transponder.

For Sky users, channels including British Eurosport (SD) and Sky Atlantic [UK] (SD) have transferred to new frequencies. Sky boxes are automatically programmed to find these channels on their new frequencies, but may need to be rebooted if this fails.


Information TV, Showcase, Irish TV* and Bon TV
Satellite
Eutelsat 28A
Broadcast standard
DVB-S, QPSK
Frequency
11222
Polarisation
Horizontal
Symbol Rate
27500 (27.5 Mbaud)
FEC
2/3
  *Update: Irish TV was being simulcast ('dual-illuminated') on its old frequency until 5th May. It is now only available on the frequency shown above.


British Eurosport, Sky Atlantic [UK], TCM (all SD) ENCRYPTED
Satellite
Astra 2F
Broadcast standard
DVB-S, QPSK
Frequency
12148
Polarisation
Horizontal
Symbol Rate
27500 (27.5 Mbaud)
FEC
5/6



Sky 1 [UK] (SD) ENCRYPTED
Satellite
Astra 2F
Broadcast standard
DVB-S, QPSK
Frequency
12110
Polarisation
Horizontal
Symbol Rate
27500 (27.5 Mbaud)
FEC
5/6

Finally, a new service from BT - Angling TV has launched on satellite. It's available on Sky channel 457 and available on the frequency below for other satellite receivers. It broadcasts in the evenings. The channel is expected to become a BT Sport channel later this year, with Angling TV acting as a placeholder.

Angling TV
Satellite
Eutelsat 28A
Broadcast standard
DVB-S, QPSK
Frequency
11390
Polarisation
Vertical
Symbol Rate
27500 (27.5 Mbaud)
FEC
2/3









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3 comments:

  1. This type of info is much appreciated by those of us who are not bound by the constraints of a Sky or Freesat receiver.

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  2. So how does one move a channel from one satellite to another?

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    1. Channels are 'uplinked' to satellite using big earth-based dishes that beams the signal up to whichever satellite is chosen to carry the services.

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