ITV has made technical changes to its HD channel for the Anglia region for satellite viewers as it beefs up capacity for more HD regions and channels.
Following a transponder change, ITV Anglia HD sits on the same transponder as STV HD and UTV HD. The change took place yesterday without any prior warning, although the vast majority of Sky and Freesat viewers in the Anglia region won't have noticed any changes to their reception.
May also affect viewers who have manually added STV HD and UTV HD
A small number of viewers, including viewers who have manually tuned into any of the channels on the transponder - including STV HD and UTV HD may need to delete these and retune due to the technical changes that took place to facilitate ITV Anglia HD.
ITV is now hosting five HD channels on the affected transponder, in a move which will ultimately enable it to host at a least one version of each ITV region in HD on satellite (not sub-regions), plus HD versions of channels it currently doesn't offer in HD on satellite. Bit rates are variable, averaging around 8Mbps, but typically peaking in around 15-16 Mbps.
As there are numerous services carrying the same content for most of the time on each HD transponder, ITV isn't able to fit as many channels as it technically could, as it uses statistical multiplexing, which facilitates variable bitrates that adapt to the content being shown. If a number of services show the same content, and that content includes fast moving action (e.g. sport), they will all need increased bitrates at the same time reducing the amount available for other services.
Within the past month, ITV has also received a satellite and cable licence for "ITV Box Office", indicating a further service that will need to be accommodated.
ITV Anglia HD launched earlier this year on satellite only. A launch date for Freeview is not known.
Manual tuning details:
Astra 2G, Frequency 11068
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Manual tuning details for the channel:
Astra 2G, Frequency 11082
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