D – Digital
A – Analogue
Insat 2E & 3B
D – The Hindi language channel Asianet is present on 3694 MHz vertical, SR 4340, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256 in free-to-air MPEG-2. The channel runs parallel programming on 3652 MHz vertical in clear Pal too.
D – Radio Rossii, Radio Mayak and Radio Yunost (Youth) have all joined the Russian STS package on 11575 MHz vertical, SR 26470, FEC 3/4, APIDs 1122/1222/1322 in clear MPEG- 2.
D – Jaam-e-Jam Network 3 has launched within the TARBS package on 3640 MHz horizontal, SR 28063, FEC 2/3, VPID 523, APID 651 in free-to-air MPEG-2.
A – Recent arrivals Super TV Canal Numerique and Antananarivo 100.4FM from Madagascar have left 3863 MHz vertical after a stay of around two weeks.
PAS 7 & 10
D – 4065 MHz horizontal, SR 19850, FEC 7/8 has been activated again with 6 video streams carrying B4U Movies – V1160, A1120; EWTN Africa – V1560, A1520 (English – right channel; Spanish – right channel) and four testcards. Best van Nederland TV has left the MultiChoice Africa line-up at 3716 MHz vertical, SR 20600, FEC 3/4, VPID 518, APID 646 after a short stay and has been replaced by Future TV. On 18 May at 16:10 a feed of the Mali-v-Angola soccer game was fed over 12551 MHz vertical, SR 4998, FEC 1/2, VPID 308, APID 256 in clear MPEG-2.
D – The PIDs and Ids for the channels in the TV Africa multiplex at 3670 MHz RHCP, SR 11716, FEC 3/4 have changed once again. They now read; East – V308, A256; TV Afr en Francais – 309, A263 and West – V310, A258, South – V515, A512.
Turksat 1C & Eurasiasat 1
D – 12699 MHz vertical, SR 11998, FEC 7/8 is the home of a W3N Network multiplex. The bouquet contains three TV channels; CNNI – V2005, A2006; Pro Sieben Schweiz – V2020, A2021 and Nickelodeon – V2001, A2002. In addition there are 26 audio channels; Hit List – A4000; Soft Rock – A4005; Heavy Rock – A4010; Gold – A4015; Dance – A4020; Progressive Dance – A4025; Rhythm Soul – A4030; Soul Classics – A4035; Reggae – A4040; Latin – A4045; Jazz – A4050; Country – A4055; Blues – A4060; Classic Favourites – A4065; Orchestral – A4070; Classic Adventures – A4075; Opera & Vocal – A4080; Love Songs – A4085; Film Music – A4090; Musicals – A4095; Easy Listening – A4100; New Age/Moods – A4105; Standards – A4110; Les Tubes Francais – A4150; Bella Italia – A4120 and World Music – A4125. All of the TV and audio channels here are simulcrypt in Videoguard and Cryptoworks. Recently new-to- satellite Tatlises TV has left 12557 MHz horizontal for 11858 MHz vertical, SR 2400, FEC 7/8, VPID 308, APID 256 in free-to-air MPEG-2. The Medical Channel and Istanbul FM appeared to have left 11149 MHz vertical last week but on 18 May both channels returned. Ulusal Kanal has vacated 12581 MHz horizontal.
A – Touristik Radyo has been replaced by TRT Radyo 1 on the 8.10/8.28 MHz audio sub-carriers on the back of TRT 1 at 11174 MHz horizontal. Touristik Radyo can now be found alongside TRT 3 at 11494 MHz horizontal, 8.10/8.28 MHz. TRT Radyo 3 has launched on the back of TRT 3 at 11465 MHz horizontal in clear Pal on the 7.02/7.20 MHz audio sub-carriers. TRT Radyo 1 can also be heard here via 7.74/7.92 MHz.
D – Nouakchott Radio from Mauritania can be heard via two streams alongside Télévision Nationale de Mauritanie (TVM) at 3913 MHz RHCP, SR 8148, FEC 3/4, APID 1621 & 1637. TVM uses Arabsat 2B’s medium C-Band beam which delivers 35 dBW at the beam centre over northern Africa decreasing to 31 dBW over southern England requiring a dish size here of around 5 metres plus.
Astra 2A, 2B & 2D & Eurobird
D – Sky World Cup Arena is testing on 11992 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, APID 2309 in clear MPEG-2. Two of Flextech’s lifestyle channels, Living TV (Sky Digital Ch.112, 11739 MHz vertical) and Granada Plus (Sky Ch.118, 12226 MHz horizontal) are to switch to 24 hour broadcasting from 17 June. At present both channels close at 02:00 and re-open at 06:00. Apna Radio has returned to 12344 MHz horizontal, A2342 after a short break. Sky Sports 1-3 in Pubs was free-to-air on 11934 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, VPID 2305, APID 2306 for several days last week but has now switched back to encryption. Chinese language channel PCNE has left 11758 MHz horizontal and 12110 MHz horizontal. Sky Box Office 36, 37, 38 & 39 plus Sky Travel were all free-to-air on 10921 MHz horizontal for a couple of days last week. They have now returned to their usual Videoguard encoding. Bingo TV carried out some test transmissions on 17 May on 11546 MHz horizontal. When the channel officially launches next month it is expected to be placed at Ch.229 in the Sky Digital EPG. Urdu language channel ARY Digital held a ‘Free Weekend’ on 18 & 19 May. It is located at Ch.812. Rapture TV, the channel aimed at those into the ‘clubbing scene’ looks to be returning to our screens. The channel, which will reappear as more of a general entertainment outlet in a bid to become a little more mainstream, will launch in mid-June and will once again be in the Sky Digital line-up. attheraces has launched and appears in the Sky EPG at Ch.418. The channel will be available to all Sky subscribers at no extra cost.
Arabsat 2A & 3A
D – TV5 has left the Arabsat bouquet at 12620 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 VPID 2760, APID 2720 and has been replaced by a testcard. There is a new mini-package from Kuwait on 12525 MHz vertical, SR 8430, FEC 3/4 containing KTV 1 – V101, A301; testcard – V102, A302; testcard – V103, A303; KTV 3 – V104, A304; KTV 4 – V105, A305 and Arabic Music Modern – A205, all in free-to-air MPEG-2. Ajman TV from the Emirates has left 12620 MHz vertical.
D – Tele Acras and EuroMed have left 11190 MHz horizontal and 11194 MHz horizontal respectively and have moved to Eutelsat II-F3 at 21.5 degrees East.
D – Kopernikus 3 has finally left this geostationary slot and is moving eastwards. There is a new Mediavision package for cable headends on 12525 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 using Betacrypt encoding containing Nuvolari – V1011, A1012; Marco Polo – V1021, A1022; Alice – V1031, A1032; Leonardo – V1041, A1042; Club – V1051, A1052; Avante – V1061, A1062; Expo 24×7 – V1071, A1072; BBC Prime – V1091, A1092 and Eurosport News – V1101, A1102.
D – Tele Acras and EuroMed have launched here following their departure from Eutelsat II-F4 at 23.5 degrees East. Test transmissions from Tele Acras can be found on 11609 MHz horizontal, SR 2500, FEC 2/3, VPID 3105, APID 3106 and EurMed’s new home is at 11606 MHz horizontal (same parameters).
Astra 1B,C & E-H, Astra 2C
D – CNBC Europe has left the Spanish Canal Satelite Digital platform on 12285 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. The IP data service from Europe Online Network has vacated 12640 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6. It has reappeared at 12663 MHz horizontal, SR 22000, FEC 5/6 where it has replaced the Sat-Speed IP service. It’s Cannes Film Festival time again and TV Festival has launched in the French Canal Satellite package on 11739 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 160, APID 80. It temporarily replaces Cine Cinemas 16:9 for the duration of the movie extravaganza on the Cote d’Azur. Sonnenklar TV has joined the German Premiere package at 12090 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 1023, APID 1024 in clear MPEG-2.
A – The transponder share between SES Global, Bloomberg TV UK and SF B1 has ceased at 11568 MHz vertical. All of these channels can still be found on 11171 MHz horizontal. Radio Horeb has been replaced by Radio Maria Deutschland on the back of ZDF at 10964 MHz horizontal, 7.56 MHz ADR. BR Alpha has launched on 11082 MHz horizontal in clear Pal with audio via 7.02/7.20 MHz. It is accompanied by five ADR radio stations, namely Swiss Jazz – 7.56 MHz, Virus – 7.74 MHz, SRI English – 7.92 MHz, Swiss Pop – 8.10 MHz and Swiss Classic – 8.28 MHz.
D – PI6ALK, the live relay of a Dutch amateur TV repeater, seems to have left 12742 MHz vertical for good this time
A – The Arab channel Al-Mustaqillah has left 11163 MHz horizontal where it had been available in clear Pal for some time. Libya’s Jamahiriya Satellite Channel and the radio station Izaat Al- Jamahiriyah Al-Outmah have relocated to 11326 MHz horizontal from 11554 MHz vertical.
D – The APID for Marco Polo in the Italian Tele+ package on 12418 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 has been changed to A81. Shopping Avenue has been dropped from the Television par Satellite line-up at 10768 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. Le Cinema is testing in free-to-air MPEG-2 in the PolSat bouquet at 12360 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 353, APID 354.Several channels have left the OTE digital platform for Greece. Extreme Sport, Hallmark Entertainment Greece, Mezzo, MCM Europe, NET 105.8, ERA 2, ERA 3, ERA Spor and Skai 100.3FM have all disappeared from the line-up on 12188 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. The first Europe-wide TV channel for gays and lesbians has officially launched. Gay.tv is using 12149 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 36, APID 37, home of the Sitcom package. Gay.tv is Netherlands-based but uses studio facilities in Milan. Polish channel Tele Uniwersytet has started a part time service in the Cyfra+ package at 12360 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 549, APID 550 in MPEG-2/Nagravision. In the Television par Satellite multiplex at 11034 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 Canal Promo Distributeur is new on PIDs V720, A730 in Viaccess encoded MPEG-2. RTL Schweiz has replaced RTL Oesterreich on 11054 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 5/6, VPID 580, APID 584, home of the Deutsche Telekom bouquet, in Cryptoworks encoded MPEG-2
D – A VSAT system is being installed at Radio Television Afghanistan in Kabul to enable programming from Radio Afghanistan to be fed back to Norway where they will be rebroadcast back to the citizens of Afghanistan via shortwave. The VSAT link may well use Eutelsat W1 capacity.
D – BBC News 24 has joined the BFBS package at 11324 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 1/2, VPID 103, APID 403 in clear MPEG-2. In the DigiTurk package at 11534 MHz vertical, SR 30000, FEC 3/4 the generic version of Fashion TV has been replaced by the more specifically targeted Fashion TV Turkiye.
Sirius 2/3 & Astra 1A
D – Hockey Xtra 1-3 have been renamed Viasat Xtra 1-3 on 11785 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPIDs 8001/8011/8021, APIDs 8003/8012/8022. All three streams are encoded in Viaccess. Frisko Carte d’Or is new in the Viasat package at 11881 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 8191, APID 5166 although no programming has materialised yet. TemTV Estonia and TemTV Lithuania have left this Viasat multiplex. They were supplying relays of Russia’s Ostankino TV to the Baltic states. Russia’s independent commercial TV channel, TV6 Moskva, which went into liquidation in January looks set for a comeback. The channel, which is broadcast terrestrially in many parts of Russia as well as via satellite, has been acquired by the Media-Sotsium consortium headed by a former TV6 director and promises to be back on air on or around 26 May. In addition to outlets on LMI 1 at 75 degrees East and Eutelsat W4 at 36 degrees East TV6 was also broadcasting on 12380 MHz horizontal via Sirius. This stream has been airing a standard Russian testcard since the demise of the channel.
0.8 degrees/1 degreesW:
Thor 1, 2 & 3 & Intelsat 707
D – Norway’s TV2 and P4-Radio Hele Norge have joined the Telenor line-up on 12322 MHz horizontal, SR 27800, FEC 3/4, VPID 514, APIDs 668/692. TV2 is encoded in Conax whilst Hele Norge is free-to-air. The Big Brother Sverige feeds seem to have stopped on 12476 MHz horizontal, SR 28000, FEC 3/4.The Danish multiplex on 11553 MHz horizontal, SR 26000, FEC 3/4 has been copied at 11992 MHz horizontal, SR 24500, FEC 7/8. It contains; DR1 – V512, A640; DR2 – V513, A641; DK4 – V514, A642; TV2 Danmark – V515, A643; TV2 Zulu – V516, A660; Radio 2 – A650; DR Klassik – A651; DR P1 – A652; DR P3 – A653; The Voice Danmark – A654; Pop FM – A655; Nyheds Radio – A664; DR P2 – A668 and DR P4 Kobenhaven – A672. The digital package for Finland on 12399 MHz horizontal, SR 28000, FEC 7/8 which contained TV Finland, Urheilukanava, Nelonen, MTV3, SubTV, Nelonen+ and YLEsat 3 has left the frequency and reappeared at 12052 MHz horizontal, SR 28000, FEC 7/8 encoded in Conax. New Films Cinema and TV SKAT are new in the Bulgarian bouquet at 12169 MHz horizontal, SR 28000, FEC 7/8, VPIDs 512/520, APIDs 640/672. Both channels are free-to-air for the time being but are likely to encrypt soon.
A – The D2 MAC signal from TV2 Norway on 11261 MHz is now free-to-air. TV2 will switch off their D2 MAC outlet soon.
Nilesat 101 & 102
D – Al-Jazeera is new on 11804 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 3093, APID 3094 in free-to-air MPEG-2.Voice of Palestine Radio has vacated 11823 MHz vertical and 12195 MHz vertical.
Telecom 2D & Atlantic Bird 2
D – At 17:05 on 11 May a live feed from outside a sports stadium in Berlin was fed over 11530 MHz vertical, SR 6665, FEC 7/8, VPID 512, APID 640, ID:’RTL NEWSFEED BERLIN’. During the early evenings several RTL regional feeds can be found here. 11519 MHz vertical, SR 6665, FEC 7/8, VPID 512, APID 640 carries Cologne and Hannover feed traffic. RTL Berlin use 11530 MHz vertical, SR 6665, FEC 7/8, V512, A640; RTL Schleswig-Holstein are on 11537 MHz vertical, SR 4443, FEC 3/4, V308, A256; RTL Lower Saxony at 11543 MHz vertical, SR 4443, FEC 3/4, V308, A256 and RTL Hesse on 11549 MHz vertical, SR 4443, FEC 3/4, V308, A256. All use free-to-air MPEG-2. As expected NASA TV left the temporary satellite outlets here (11147 MHz horizontal, SR 3219, FEC 3/4) and via PAS 7/10 at 68.5 degrees East (3716 MHz vertical, SR 20600, FEC 3/4, VPID 518, APID 646, VPID 33, APID 34) on 6 May immediately following the successful return to Earth of the Shuttle carrying South African millionaire Mark Shuttleworth. In the VisaVision package at 11344 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 Gala has been replaced by Kanal 7 via VPID 1151, APID 1152. Live and recorded material from the Cannes Film Festival was relayed on 11666 MHz vertical, SR 21000, FEC 7/8 for Canal+ France on 15 May at 15:15.
D – Napoli Network has left 11531 MHz vertical, SR 2034, FEC 2/3. Music channel AMM and BKTV have joined the Bulgarian package on 3975 MHz RHCP, SR 27725, FEC 7/8, VPIDs 46/48, APIDs 47/115 in clear MPEG-2.
D – The Bulgarian channels bTV and Radio Tangra are now identified in the EPG as ‘Nettera’ on 10987 MHz vertical, SR 4031, FEC 5/6. Also bTV is now encoded after a week or two in the clear. The Italian TV channel 24 Ore has opened on 11732 MHz horizontal, SR 29900, FEC 7/8 in clear MPEG-2.
21.3 degrees/21.5 degreesW:
NSS 803 & NSS K
D – On 17 May at 05:20 a number of movie promos were played out on 11582 MHz vertical, SR 20150, FEC 3/4 probably destined for the Cannes Film Festival.
Intelsat 903 is currently around this position enroute to the 34.5 degrees West slot.
D – On 12 May two more channels joined the Via Digital package for Spain at 11851 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. They are Canal E on PIDs V4144, A4145 and Parlamentario – V4352, A4353. Parlamentario was displaying this caption prior to launch, ‘Proxima Emision Martes 14 de Mayo de 2002, 9:30 hrs. XXVI Conferencia de Presidentes de Comisiones de Asuntos Europeos. Para mas informacion: http://www.congreso.es. European Home Shopping has joined the Retevision platform at 11731 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 901, APID 902 in clear MPEG-2.
PAS 3R & PAS 6
D – The religious broadcaster Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) has launched it’s second service, EWTN 2, via the CBS multiplex at 12638 MHz horizontal, SR 19846, FEC 7/8. Alongside EWTN 2 are EWTN Catholic Radio and EWTN Radio Catolica. In the same multiplex Washington based WRC-TV, a channel owned and operated by NBC, is being relayed for lengthy periods via PIDs V1260, A1220.
Intelsat 709 has been replaced by Intelsat 705 at this slot. 709 is currently drifting slowly westwards.
D -On 3450 there is a new multiplex for Guatemala offering Canal 3-El super Canal – V111, A112; Televisiete – V121, A122; TeleOnce – V131, A132 and TreceVision – V141, A142. All of these are in the clear at present.
D – Playboy TV Latin America is temporarily free-to-air in the Locomotion package on 3760 MHz vertical, SR 27684, FEC 7/8, VPID 1460, APID 1420. On the same frequency VeneVision Continental is encoded in PowerVu again after a spell in the clear.