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Sat Update: BBC international services on the move

BBC international TV and radio services have commenced dual transmission via Eutelsat Hot Bird ahead of a transponder change affecting viewers in Europe, North Africa and Middle East.

The standard definition free-to-air feed of BBC World News, plus the Europe and Middle East versions of BBC World Service English are affected. The Eutelsat Hot Bird feed is relevant to cable and IPTV operators carrying BBC services across the continent and beyond.

On Eutelsat Hot Bird 13E, the channels can now be found on the new frequency of 11075 (vertical polarisation), Symbol Rate: 27500, FEC: 3/4. Broadcasts are currently continuing in addition on the old frequency of 12596 (vertical), SR 27500, FEC 3/4.

The standard definition English language version of Euronews on the same transponder is also affected by the dual transmission and subsequent move.

The transponders are controlled by uplink and distribution company Globecast, who carry the BBC's international channels.

Since the beginning of October, the Hot Bird feed of BBC World News in standard definition is the primary feed for cable and IPTV companies across Europe wanting to take a SD feed of the channel, following the switch to HD-only on Astra 1 (19.2E). Eutelsat Hot Bird's widebeam reaches households across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Hot Bird at 13E is also the main source of Polish and Italian direct-to-home satellite TV.