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CNBC HD tests go free-to-air


Financial news channel CNBC has commenced free-to-air tests in high definition on satellite.

It's one of the last news channels to make an HD service available in the UK and Ireland. The service started test transmissions as an encrypted service at the beginning of the week, but has now switched to free-to-air.

The tests are being hosted on a Sky transponder - both CNBC and Sky are part of US media giant Comcast - and paves the way for the channel to launch on the Sky channel list and elsewhere in the near future.

CNBC broadcasts wall-to-wall financial news coverage during the week, covering the latest Asian, European and US market news. At the weekend, lifestyle and current affairs programmes for executives are mixed with sport and NBC's The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The channel has a live daily simulcast of the NBC Nightly News at 11:30pm UK time (temporarily at 10:30pm during March due to US clock changes).

CNBC launched a full-time service in the UK and Europe in the mid 1990s, originally taking over NBC Europe's analogue Astra transponder.

For those wanting to have a look, the manual tuning parameters are:
Satellite: Astra 2E (28.2°E)
Frequency:    12012
Polarisation: vertical
Symbol Rate:  27500
FEC:          2/3
Mode:         DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID:   3902

Test transmissions are subject to interruption, suspension or encryption with no notice and are not intended for regular domestic consumption.