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BBC World News and BBC World Service: How to receive



BBC World News is the BBC's international news channel. BBC World Service radio is the BBC's main English language audio service. 

This page covers satellite reception of these services.

Information last updated 22/01/2019.



BBC World News
Europe version
Satellite:     Astra 1KR 19.2°E
Frequency:     11229
Polarisation:  vertical
Symbol Rate:   22000
FEC:           2/3
Mode:          DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID:    5001
Status:        HD feed. Not available in SD on Astra 1. 
Primary FTA HD feed for Europe.  

Satellite:     Eutelsat Hot Bird 13°E
Frequency:     12596
Polarisation:  vertical
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           3/4
Mode:          DVB-S QPSK
Service ID:    8204
Status:        SD feed. Not available in HD on Hot Bird.
Primary FTA SD feed for Europe. Globecast for BBC.


Satellite:     Eutelsat 9B, 9°E
Frequency:     11785
Polarisation:  horizontal
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           2/3
Mode:          DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID:    240
Status:        Relay of Hot Bird SD feed for German cable operators.
Can be received FTA on domestic receivers.


Satellite:     Hellas Sat 3 39°E
Frequency:     12241
Polarisation:  horizontal
Symbol Rate:   13381
FEC:           3/4
Mode:          DVB-S2 QPSK
Service ID:    Third-party SD feed aimed at viewers in SE Europe.

Other third-party instances of the Europe version on satellite are encrypted as part of various satellite pay TV packages.


Middle East version
Satellite:     Badr4,  26°E
Frequency:     12073
Polarisation:  horizontal
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           3/4
Mode:          DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID:    307
Status:        Primary HD feed for Middle East & N Africa.


Satellite:     Nilesat 201  7°W
Frequency:     11765
Polarisation:  horizontal
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           5/6
Mode:          DVB-S QPSK
Service ID:    522
Status:        Primary SD feed for Middle East & N Africa.


Other instances of BBC World News on satellite around the world are encrypted - either feeds for distributors or as part of pay TV services in different countries.

CABLE AND IPTV
Various cable and IPTV networks carry BBC World News TV. Please contact your local operator or visit their websites for details of the services they carry.


BBC World Service Radio (English)
UK
Satellite:     Astra 2E 28.2°E
Frequency:     10788
Polarisation:  vertical
Symbol Rate:   22000
FEC:           5/6
Mode:          DVB-S QPSK
Service ID:    10385
Status:        UK feed for Sky and Freesat users. UK spotbeam.


EUROPE
Satellite:     Astra 1N 19.2°E
Frequency:     12363
Polarisation:  vertical
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           3/4
Mode:          DVB-S QPSK
Service ID:    9142
Status:        FTA feed for Europe. Canalsat for BBC.


Satellite:     Eutelsat Hot Bird 13°E
Frequency:     12596
Polarisation:  vertical
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           3/4
Mode:          DVB-S QPSK
Service ID:    8206
Status:        FTA feed for Europe
               Middle East feed on same transponder. SID: 8207
               BBC World News TV, BBC Arabic TV & Radio, 
               BBC Horn of Africa also on same transponder.


MIDDLE EAST
Satellite:     Eutelsat Hot Bird 13°E
Frequency:     12596
Polarisation:  vertical
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           3/4
Mode:          DVB-S QPSK
Service ID:    8207
Status:        Middle East feed.
               Europe feed on same transponder. SID: 8206

Satellite:     Badr 4 26°E
Frequency:     11996
Polarisation:  horizontal
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           3/4
Mode:          DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID:    46 
Status:        Middle East feed. BBC Arabic & Horn of Africa
               on the same transponder. 

Satellite:     Nilesat 201 7°W
Frequency:     11843
Polarisation:  horizontal
Symbol Rate:   27500
FEC:           5/6
Mode:          DVB-S QPSK
Service ID:    622 
Status:        Middle East feed. BBC Arabic & Horn of Africa
               on the same transponder.   

VARIOUS FEEDS (EUROPE, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST)
Satellite:     Intelsat 10-02  0.8°W  C-Band
Frequency:     3985
Polarisation:  R
Symbol Rate:   11341
FEC:           4/5
Mode:          DVB-S2 QPSK
Service ID:    13907 (Europe) 
               13908 (Mid East) 
               13901 (E Africa)
               13902 (W Africa)
Status:        Various BBC language feeds including Swahili 
               and French (for Africa) on same transponder.
               **Transponder used as feed source for onward
               distribution by local providers. C-Band. Requires
               suitable satellite equipment.



DIGITAL RADIO
The BBC World Service is available on DAB/DAB+ platforms in UK, Denmark, The Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium).

FM
The BBC World Service is available on FM frequencies in various locations around the world. Full BBC list of FM relays...

DISH SIZES
To find out what size dish you require for each satellite, visit https://www.satbeams.com/ (non-affiliated link)

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