A number of channels broadcasting from the Astra 2 satellite cluster are now affected by a change in the Forward Error Correction (FEC) rate, a transponder-wide change that will make reception in fringe reception areas in Europe more prone to interference, but will create additional bandwidth to fit more channels on a transponder, helping reduce overall costs for the companies who offer satellite capacity to broadcasters.
Some of the channels now changed include Sky Sports 1 HD, Sky Living HD and Channel 5 HD, which now broadcast on a transponder with a new FEC of 8/9 (11.798 H, S/R 29.500, DVB-S2, QPSK). Sky subscribers within the intended coverage area shouldn't notice any changes, with all tuning changes being automatically handled.
Free-to-air channels S4C and CBS Drama are among the Freesat channels affected by a change to the FEC on their shared transponder (11.343 V, S/R 27.500, DVB-S, QPSK). The FEC is now 5/6, for those with generic free-to-air satellite receivers.
Eurosport 1&2 HD, E4 HD, FOX HD
11.856 V, S/R 29.500, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2, QPSK.
Sky Atlantic HD, Sky Sports 2 &4 HD, Sky 1 HD:
12.344 H, S/R 29.500, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2, QPSK.
Discovery HD, Sky Sports 3 HD, Sky Sports F1HD
12.363 V, S/R 29.500, FEC 8/9, DVB-S2, QPSK.