TRANSPONDER MONITOR

By | June 5, 2002 | Feature

Key:
D – Digital
A – Analogue

100.5 degreesE:
Asiasat 2
D – Pakistan TV (PTV) have announced that they are to launch a dedicated news channel on July 1. The channel may also carry some religious programming. PTV currently operate PTV 1, PTV 2 and PTV World. The new channel is likely to be available via satellite in common with the existing Pakistani channels.

75 degreesE:
LMI 1
D – The Russian channel NTV+ Proiswodstwo has left 12609 MHz vertical, SR 5423, FEC 3/4. 12618 MHz vertical, SR 6624, FEC 7/8, VPID 102, APID 103 is sporting a TBC testcard in clear MPEG-2.

72 degreesE:
PAS 4
D – Feed traffic from Seoul for the Spanish network TVE Espana was carried on 11585 MHz vertical, SR 20000, FEC 2/3, VPID 33, APID 200, ID:’Canal 1′ in clear MPEG-2 on May 31 at 07:35.

68.5 degreesE:
PAS 7 & 10
D – A feed for the Arabic language network ART was carried on 11523 MHz vertical, SR 5632, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256, ID:’ART SNG 2 Dubai’ in clear MPEG-2 on May 29 at 13:25. The bulk of the World Cup feeds from Seoul and Japan are being carried here. The PanAmSat satellites located here offer one-hop capacity for Europe. On May 29 11456 MHz vertical, SR 6618, FEC 2/3, VPID 308, APID 256, ID:’SEOUL1-IBC’ carried a World Cup related feed for the Spanish broadcaster TVE. On the same day 11585 MHz vertical, SR 13497, FEC 2/3 carried two streams from Seoul containing material for Canal 1 – V33, A200 and ANT3 TV and Tele 5 – V705, A701. The GOD Channel is using 3798 MHz vertical, SR 3002, FEC 2/3, VPID 4194, APID 4195 in clear MPEG-2.

62 degreesE:
Intelsat 902
D – The Jaam-e-Jam Network Channel 3 has moved to 11137 MHz vertical, SR 3100, FEC 3/4 from 11042 MHz vertical.
A – The Iranian state TV channels, TV 1, 2, 3 and 4 from the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) are expected to cease broadcasts in Pal in the near future. These channels are already available in MPEG DVB from Intelsat 902 so it would seem feasible to switch off the analogue outlets. Incidentally, Iran’s equivalent to the vice squad, the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps, has confiscated a staggering 11,191 “illegal” satellite dishes in Tehran province alone.

60 degreesE:
Intelsat 904
D – The Russian channel TNT has launched on 11106 MHz vertical, SR 3620, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256 in clear MPEG-2 via a Moscow beam.

50 degreesE:
Anatolia 1
D – A promo video loop is being played out on 11506 MHz vertical, SR 2892, FEC 3/4, VPID 4194, APID 4195 in clear MPEG-2.

42 degreesE:
Turksat 1C & Eurasiasat 1
D – Best TV and Best FM have left 10986 MHz vertical for 11148 MHz vertical, SR 2155, FEC 5/6, VPID 33, APIDs 34/35. The move means that viewers in the West can now receive the channels as their former transponder was configured for an easterly beam. Radyo Tatlises has joined Tatlises TV at 11858 MHz vertical, SR 2400, FEC 7/8, APID 257 in free-to-air MPEG-2. Ulusal Canal has returned to 12581 MHz horizontal, SR 2284, FEC 7/8, VPID 308, APID 256 in clear MPEG-2.

36 degreesE:
Eutelsat W4 & Sesat
D – Tatarstan Novy Tek (TNV) is available via 12226 MHz LHCP, SR 4339, FEC 3/4, VPID 320, APID 401 with Bulgar FM via APID 402. These channels use the North beam that is centred on the Moscow area at 53 dBW and reaching out to Iran in the south, Turkmenistan in the east and the eastern half of Germany at 47 dBW. Two more channels have joined the NTV+ package on 12246 MHz RHCP, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. They are Reindeer TV – V322, A404 and RTR 2 – V323, A406. At present both channels are free-to-air. The Italian independent TV channels, Nuvolari, Leonardo, Marco Polo and Alice have left 12567 MHz horizontal.

30.5 degreesE:
Arabsat 2B
D – The Omani package which contained Oman TV, Radio Oman and Oman FM has been switched off at 12740 MHz vertical, SR 4462, FEC 7/8. The Iraq Satellite Channel has vacated 12708 MHz, SR 4340, FEC 3/4.

28.5 degreesE:
Eurobird
D – Another home shopping channel, ShopAid TV, has launched on 11525 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, VPID 2328, A2329, Sky Ch.657 in clear MPEG-2. Film Four, Film Four+1, Film Four World and Film Four Extreme have launched on 11565 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 2/3 following their departure from Astra 2A. Avago, the new “Bingo Channel” for Sky Digital subscribers is testing on 11546 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, VPID 2312, APID 2313 in clear MPEG-2. LBC Europe and the Arabic language channel ART Aflam have launched on 11527 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, VPIDs 2314/2316, APIDs 2315/2317 in clear MPEG-2.

28.2 degreesE:
Astra 2A, 2B & 2D
D – Fox Kids is new on 12265 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 2305, APID 2306. On the same transponder Fox Kids+ and Retail Info have changed PIDs to V2310/2308, A2311/2309 respectively. BBC Sport’s interactive World Cup coverage is carried on 10847 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6 via eleven streams encoded in Videoguard. The PIDs for these are: V2305, A2306; V2333, A2334; V2337, A2338; V2341, A2342; V2345, A2346; V2349, A2350; V2325, A2326; V2305, A2306; V2333, A2334; V2337, A2338; V2341, A2342. The APID for BBC Cymru, the Welsh language service, on 11719 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3 has been changed to 2338. Film Four, Film Four+1, Film Four World and Film Four Extreme have left 12168 MHz vertical and have relocated to Eurobird (11565 MHz vertical). Vibe TV is carrying out free-to-air test transmissions on 12344 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, VPID 2316, APID 2317. Vibe is expected to broadcast for just a few weeks as the channel’s main objective is to promote “Angel,” a new recording artist. Vibe will close in August. The music and arts channel Digital Classics TV has suspended subscription charges and has become a free channel (with the Sky Digital basic Family Package). Digital Classics can be found on 11681 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, VPID 2327, APID 2328, Sky Ch.464 from 17:00-23:00 nightly. It seems that competition from Artsworld and BBC Four was the main cause for the decision. The Shopping Genie is new on 12344 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, VPID 2318, APID 2319, Sky Ch.658. Sky Digital have announced that they are to re-brand their movie channels during the summer. The twelve premium channels will be renamed Sky Movies so that Sky MovieMax will become Sky Movies Max etc and Sky Premier will change to Sky Movies Premier. The changes are expected to start taking shape from July 1. TV JobShop, Sky Ch.683, which started off last year as a 24-hour channel has had to reduce transmission times to 05:30-21:30. It is not known if financial reasons are behind the change. The Inspiration Network ceased broadcasts unexpectedly on June 1. The religious channel had occupied Ch.673 in the Sky Digital EPG. Asianet UK, which will broadcast in the Malayalam language, is hoping to join the Sky Digital line-up in August. This will be the first full time Malayalam channel to be available in the UK. Malayalam is spoken in Kerala and Mahe in the South West tip of India. Ailing ITN Radio has left Sky Digital. The channel, which has been struggling for listeners ever since its launch last year, was available via Ch.878 but left here on June 1. YouTV, another lifestyle offering, launches on June 5 at Ch.229 where it will stream share with S4C2.

26 degreesE:
Arabsat 2A & 3A
D – The Arabsat Information Channel has launched in free-to-air MPEG-2 on 12620 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 2760, APID 2720. Al-Mehwer TV, Nile News and Egyptian Space Channel 1 (ESC1) have all left 12620 MHz vertical. Kuwait TV3 (KTV3) has vacated 12526 MHz vertical where it had been available via PIDs V301, A305. There is, however, a new Kuwait mini-package on 12549 MHz vertical, SR 7200, FEC 3/4 which contains KTV1 – V101, A105; KTV 3 – V201, A205 and KTV 4 – V301, A305 – or at least it was on this frequency but has since returned to 12526 MHz vertical, SR 8000, FEC 3/4. All three streams are free-to-air.
A – The Libyan radio station Iz’aat Al-Jamahiriyah Al-Outhmah has left the 7.20 MHz audio sub-carrier on the back of Libyan Jamahiriyah TV at 12700 MHz vertical. Al-Manar TV has vacated 12685 MHz where it had been available in free-to-air Pal.

23.5 degreesE:
Astra 3A
D – Polonia 1 and Tele 5 (Poland) have launched on 11540 MHz vertical, SR 6110, FEC 3/4, VPIDs 54/58, APIDs 57/65 in free-to-air MPEG-2.

19.2 degreesE:
Astra 1B, C & E-H, Astra 2C
D – The radio stations contained within the Spanish Canal Satelite Digital bouquet on 11934 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 have new PIDs. The current parameters are: M-80 Radio – A257, Cadena Ser – A262, 40 Principales – A260, Cadena Dial – A256, Radiole – A258, Radiole Tropical – A259, Sinfo Radio – A261, Euskadirratia – A268, Radio Euskadi – 269, Andalucia Radio – A263, Catalunya Cultura – A267, Catalunya Informacio – A265, Catalunya Musica – A266 and Catalunya Radio – A264. All of these are free-to-air. For German viewers ARD are providing World Cup soccer via a new stream in the ARD Digital package on 11836 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. The dedicated stream can be found on PIDs V1001, A1002 under the ID ‘ARD WM2002’. VH-1 has joined the Cyfra+ package for Poland at 12304 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 165, APID 98. In common with all of the other channels here, VH-1 is encoded in Cryptoworks. A new Viacom multiplex has opened at 11597 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6. It contains six active streams carrying MTV Espana, MTV Hits, MTV Base, VH-1 Europe, VH-1 Classic and MTV 2 Europe. Following the end of the Cannes Film Festival TV Festival has left 11739 MHz vertical and has been superseded by a Cine Cinemas testcard. A new multiplex containing six active streams has opened on 11097 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6. The line-up is: Travel Channel, TCN Espana, CNNI Europe, Bloomberg TV Espana, Sky News and CNN Radio. TCM and Bloomberg TV Espana are simulcrypt in Mediaguard/Cryptoworks, the remainder are free-to-air. Another new multiplex – this one for Canal Satelite Digital – has launched at 11538 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6 with Canal Canarias – V160, A80; TV de Catalunya Internacional – V161, A84; Andalucia TV – V162, A88; ETB Sat – V163, A92; TeleMadrid Sat – V164, A96, Fox News – V167, A108 and Real Madrid TV – V168, A112. In addition Canal Satelite Digital are also testing on 10877 MHz vertical, 11038 MHz vertical, 11156 MHz vertical, 11318 MHz vertical, 11436 MHz vertical and 11478 MHz vertical.

16 degreesE:
Eutelsat W2
D – RTL’s live coverage of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix was fed over 12541 MHz horizontal and 12557 MHz horizontal, SR 11262, FEC 3/4, VPIDs 33, APIDs 34 over the weekend of May 25-26 in free-to-air MPEG-2. There was also a feed from the event on 11160 MHz horizontal, SR 6110, FEC 7/8, VPID 512, APID 4112 in MPEG-2 4:2:2. TV Armenia has left 12620 MHz vertical, SR 2315, FEC 2/3. Within a very short time after the news of the Buckingham Palace fire filtered through during the evening of June 2 Sky News had an uplink on site using 12561 MHz horizontal, SR 5630, FEC 3/4, VPID 51, APID 179, ID:’Sky News’.

13 degreesE:
Hotbird 1/2/3/4/5
D – Egypt’s Nile TV International is testing in the Hrvatska Television (HRT) bouquet at 12520 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 56, APID 57 in clear MPEG-2. The Italian all-sports radio station ReteSport has joined the Spanish Telefonica package at 12092 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via APID 4670 in clear MPEG-2. The South Korean channel on 11623 MHz vertical, Channel Sun, is encoded once again after some time in the clear. There is a new free-to-air Telespazio promo running on 12111 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 230, APID 231. JazzRadio from Berlin has joined the Deutsche Telekom bouquet at 11604 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 5/6 via APID 2160 in free-to-air MPEG-2. On the same frequency, RTL Osterreich has been replaced by Deutsche Welle TV on PIDs V1000, A1001.

10 degreesE:
Eutelsat W1
D – Reuters Financial TV (RFTV) has left 12641 MHz vertical, SR 2046, FEC 1/2. The Czech channel Galaxie is in the clear at times on 12702 MHz vertical, SR 2693, FEC 3/4, VPID 258, APID 259. The general entertainment channel is normally encoded in Irdeto. ModelFlat is a newcomer at 12616 MHz vertical, SR 6111, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256. The channel airs from 18:00-21:00 daily. This is a Big Brother type programme for Fashion TV featuring six models temporarily living in a Milan apartment.

7 degreesE:
Eutelsat W3
D – The four Turkish state television channels, TRT 1-4, are now encoded in Cryptoworks after many months in the clear on 11492 MHz vertical, SR 30000, FEC 3/4.

5.2 degreesE:
Sirius 2/3 & Astra 1A
D – In the Kingston/TLI multiplex at 12453 MHz horizontal, SR 18052, FEC 3/4 the feed of the Polish channel Romantica is now encoded in Cryptoworks. A new stream here on VPID 1056, APID 1057 under the ID:’ENTERPRISE OV’ is encoded. There is a new testcard present in the Ukrainian line-up at 11766 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 6161, APID 6162, ID:’ZS-3′.

0.8 degrees/1 degreesW:
Thor 1, 2 & 3 & Intelsat 707
D – The Gospel Channel Europe has started regular programming in the Telenor platform at 11247 MHz vertical, SR 24500, FEC 7/8, VPID 518, APID 658 in clear MPEG-2. Five World Cup streams have launched in the Canal Digital package on 12226 MHz vertical, SR 28000, FEC 7/8. They are: Highlights – V519, A668; Tactical – V520, A673; Team A – V521, A677; Team B – V522, A680 and MultiKamera – V523, A684. All are encoded in Conax. Bulgaria’s New Film Cinema on 12169 MHz horizontal, SR 28000, FEC 7/8 is free-to-air during the day but encodes in Conax at night when hard core erotic movies are shown.

5 degreesW:
Telecom 2C
D – The music channel MCM Belgique has been providing some free-to-air times of late in the GlobeCast package on 12543 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 124, APID 134. The channel is usually encoded in Viaccess.

7 degreesW:
Nilesat 101 & 102
D – A new occasional feed stream has opened in the Lebanese package on 12129 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 2000, APID 3000, ID:’LEBF’ in clear MPEG-2. In the same package RML 99.1FM is free-to-air via APID 3005. Deutsche Welle Radio 1 has joined the line-up at 11900 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via APID 1002 in free-to-air MPEG-2. Qatar’s controversial Al-Jazeera Television has moved to 11804 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 3093, APID 3094 in free-to-air MPEG-2.

8 degreesW:
Telecom 2D & Atlantic Bird 2
D – A testcard has appeared on 12613 MHz horizontal, SR 2892, FEC 3/4, VPID 4226, APID 4227, ID:’IDL-EVOLV-E’.

11 degreesW:
Express 3A
D – The PIDs for Canal 3 in the Bulgarian package on 3975 MHz RHCP, SR 27726, FEC 7/8 have been changed. They are now V290, A35.

15 degreesW:
Telstar 12
D – The UPC Info Channel has been replaced by Avante at 11150 MHz horizontal, SR 18386, FEC 3/4, VPID 2601, APID 2610.

21.3 degrees/21.5 degreesW:
NSS K & NSS 7
D – NSS 7 has reached this position after transponder testing carried out at 23 degrees West. The racing channel TRN International is being fed over 12521 MHz vertical, SR 3329, FEC 3/4, VPID 352, APID 353, ID:’TRNI-A’ in free-to-air MPEG-2. Cameroon’s CRTV continues to broadcast on 4066 MHz RHCP, SR 27500, FEC 7/8, VPID 125, APID 135.

24.5 degreesW:
Intelsat 603
The replacement for Intelsat 603, Intelsat 905, is due to launch aboard an Ariane 4 launcher on June 5 for Kourou. The new craft carries a payload of 12 Ku-Band and 44 C-Band transponders.

30 degreesW:
Hispasat 1A/B/C
D – The parameters for the Retevision package on 11675 MHz horizontal have changed to SR 16996, FEC 5/6. Bloomberg TV has joined the Portuguese Cabo bouquet at 11811 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via VPID 7696, APID 7697 in Nagravision encoded MPEG-2. Bloomberg replaces GNT here which has moved to 12012 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 4097, APID 4098. M6 is new on 11851 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 4400, APID 4401 in the Via Digital line-up. Estudio de Actores has now left 11731 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 where it had been available to Via Digital subscribers. TeleLinea TV has launched on 11615 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 in clear MPEG-2 via PIDs V779, A789 within the GlobeCast Espana package.

34.5 degreesW:
Intelsat 903
D – Intelsat 903 has now replaced Intelsat 601 at this geostationary slot; 601 is drifting slowly eastwards.

40.5 degreesW:
NSS 806
D – On May 29 at 18:15 a live second-hop feed from Japan for an Argentinean TV channel was carried on 3635 MHz horizontal, SR 14000, FEC 5/6, VPID 3090, APID 3091. The feed featured the Argentina soccer squads preparation for their first World Cup match.

55.5 degreesW:
Intelsat 805
A – TeleSistema from Quito, Ecuador has launched on 3437 MHz horizontal, SR 3332, FEC 3/4, VPID 768, APID 769 in free-to-air MPEG-2. Canal 9, which hails from the Tabasco region of Mexico, has vacated 3433 MHz horizontal, SR 4398, FEC 3/4. There have been some changes to the Guatamalan platform on 3455 MHz horizontal, SR 14250, FEC 2/3. Several audio channels have left plus Tele-Once, Televisiete and TeceVision. PanAmericana TV and RadioPrograms de Peru (RPP) have returned to 4119 MHz horizontal, SR 3719, FEC 7/8, VPID 1160, APIDs 1120/1122 after a short absence.

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