BBC World News closing SD Astra service



UPDATE | After a two and a half year transition period, the BBC is closing down the standard definition feed of BBC World News on the Astra 1 satellite system.

This will affect viewers in those parts of Europe where the Astra 1 (19.2°E) satellites are used for TV reception, notably Austria, France, Germany and Spain, as well as in Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland where Astra 1 acts as a secondary satellite position.

Since 1st April 2015, an HD version of BBC World News has been distributed on Astra 1. In September, it will become the only way of receiving the station at 19.2°E, according to a note to distributors of the channel. The change will leave Sky News International as the only UK-based news channel broadcasting at 19.2°E in standard definition.

The affected SD service can be identified by the old "BBC World" label - the former name of BBC World News prior to April 2008.

Cable and IPTV providers who relay the SD signal are being told to switch to the Hot Bird (13°E) version of BBC World News SD by 1st September, which will remain on air. Hot Bird is used as a primary source of satellite television in some Eastern and Southern European countries and as a secondary source in many other parts of the continent.

HD is now the default way of broadcasting and receiving channels in a number of European countries.


  • Update (September 2017): Following the original note to distributors, BBC World News continues to broadcast on Astra 19.2 in SD. A confirmed switch-off date has not been made public.

The main free-to-air outlets for BBC World News in Europe in the long-term (available on other satellites as an encrypted channel):
BBC World News HD
Satellite:    Astra 1KR (19.2E)
Frequency:    11229
Polarisation: Vertical 
Symbol Rate:  22000
FEC:          2/3
Mode:         DVB-S2, 8PSK 
Service ID:   5001 (BBC World News HD)

BBC World News SD 
Satellite:    Eutelsat Hot Bird (13 E)
Frequency:    12596
Polarisation: Vertical 
Symbol Rate:  27500
FEC:          3/4
Mode:         DVB-S, QPSK 
Service ID:   8204

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