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Satellite Update: Parameter changes give satellite operators more bandwidth

Satellite capacity holders have started this year making the most of the improved signal offered by the new satellites beaming Sky and Freesat channels to the UK and Ireland by changing some of the parameters used for broadcasts.

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.

Other changed transponders:
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.

ITV will also be making use of the new parameters it can use on the new satellites serving the UK for its HD services. It has confirmed that with the extra bandwidth that is gained through the parameter changes, it's preparing to launch additional HD versions of its main channel, although it hasn't yet said when exactly viewers might expect to see these new variants. The move will enable more viewers to see their correct regional news on ITV HD.


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