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Forces TV launching 10th June on satellite and cable

A new free-to-air channel from the organisation behind the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) is preparing to go live on Sky, Freesat and Virgin Media at midday on 10th June.

Forces TV, operated by Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC), describes itself as "an independent news organisation focused on all aspects of the British Armed Forces." The launch schedule includes 3 Para - Airbourne in Africa, a documentary following 3 Para in training in Kenya.

SSVC is a registered charity set up to entertain and inform Britain's Armed Forces around the world. It operates BFBS Radio, which in the UK is broadcast nationally via DAB and satellite platforms, in addition to local BFBS stations around major military bases. A half hourly news programme, British Forces News, currently broadcasts weekdays on satellite channel Information TV at 6:30pm.

Forces TV has been confirmed as launching on Sky channel 299. Meanwhile on Freesat, the service will be on Freesat channel 652. On cable, the channel has announced it will be on Virgin Media channel 244.

Pre-launch tests for the channel are currently running on Astra 2F:
Manual tuning details:
frequency - 12.552
polarisation - V,
symbol rate - 22.000,
FEC - 5/6.
Label/Service Name - 54125.

UPDATE: In early July 2014, Forces TV moved transponders to 12.304 H, 27.500, 2/3.

Further changes may occur over time that aren't recorded on this page; please check satellite listings websites such as KingOfSat and Lyngsat.

updated 09/06/2014 20:18 with Virgin Media channel number, now confirmed.


  1. Many thanks for the manual tuning details - much appreciated.


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