D = Digital
A = Analog
Insat 2E & 3B
D Asianet continues on 3695 MHz vertical, SR 4339, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256 in free-to-air MPEG-2. The Asianet stream here carries programming in the Malayalam language for the Kerala region in South West India. In addition, there are two new Asianet outlets on 3643 MHz vertical, SR 19530, FEC 3/4 relaying Asianet Digital – V512, A650 and Asianet Global – V513, A660, both in clear MPEG-2. Jeevan TV is testing in clear MPEG-2 on 3645 MHz vertical, VPID 513, APID 660.
A Asianet has ceased analogue transmissions on 3651 MHz horizontal where it had been available in clear Pal.
D Two of the Indian channels on 3600 MHz horizontal, SR 26667, FEC 3/4 have left the frequency. They are Gurjari and Lashkara. 3ABN Radio from the U.S.-based Three Angels Broadcasting Service has left the right channel on APID 2051 alongside 3ABN TV and has moved to its own stream on APID 5121 at 3550 MHz horizontal, SR 13330, FEC 3/4. 3ABN TV has changed APID to 2049.
D The audio package for Russia on 12605 MHz vertical, SR 1000, FEC 3/4 contains six streams relaying Radio Retro – A4097; Radio Dinamit FM – A4098; Radio Noviya Zhizn – A4099; Rossii Radio 2 – A4100; Radio Tango – A4101 and Radio Nederland Wereldomroep International – A4102, all in clear MPEG-2. Sri Lanka’s TV Lanka continues to broadcast here in clear MPEG-2 on 3435 MHz horizontal, SR 5750, FEC 3/4, VPID 1160, APID 1122 in the Tamil language.
PAS 7 & 10
D EWTN Radio has left 4064 MHz horizontal, SR 19850, FEC 7/8, APID 1622. It is, however, still available alongside EWTN TV via APID 1522 (left channel). The right channel carries TV audio in Spanish. The English sound track is carried on APID 1620. RAI Radio is new in the MultiChoice Africa package on 3836 MHz vertical, SR 20600, FEC 3/4 via APID 663. DD India has joined the Doordarshan multiplex on 4034 MHz vertical, SR 19556, FEC 3/4, VPID 514, APID 670. APID 671 is relaying All India Radio via the left channel. ‘Big Brother South Africa’ has been replaced by ‘Fut9’ on 3865 MHz vertical, SR 20600, FEC 3/4, VPID 521, APID 649. Aastha is a new Indian channel about to launch on 3775 MHz vertical, SR 2938, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256 in free-to-air MPEG-2. Bombay-based Aastha will broadcast discourses of spiritual leaders, scholars, gurus, saints & mahatmas, chart the holy places of pilgrimage, elucidate on traditional festivals and reveal the magical effects of ancient Indian Vedic sciences like Ayurveda, aroma therapy, crystal therapy, yoga and faith healing.
D Tanzania’s Channel 5 TV has joined the ITV Tanzania package on 3644 MHz RHCP, SR 9164, FEC 1/2 in clear MPEG-2. The other occupants here are ITV Tanzania – V257, A258 (left channel); ITV 2 – V513, A514; Radio One – A258 (right channel) & A514 and East Africa FM – A259.
D EuroMed has vacated 11591 MHz horizontal, SR 2498, FEC 2/3, VPID 3105, APID 3106 where it had been available in clear MPEG-2. The channel has been replaced by a testcard.
D The Satvision relay is free-to-air once again on 11617 MHz vertical, SR 3320, FEC 5/6.
Turksat 1C & Eurasiasat 1
D Eyilik FM is free-to-air once again on 12548 MHz horizontal, SR 2398, FEC 3/4, APID 257 alongside ETV Anatalya. In the StarDigital package on 12652 MHz horizontal, SR 22500, FEC 5/6 Dunya Radyo, Alem FM and La Shik 101.8FM have been replaced by Damga FM, ASFM and Lokum FM on APIDs 1026/1656/2030.
A BBC World TV India has opened on 11786 MHz horizontal in clear Pal with audio via the 6.65 MHz sub-carrier.
Hellas Sat 1
D A Hellas Sat testcard has appeared on 12653 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 514, APID 670 in free-to-air MPEG-2.
Astra 2A, 2B & 2D & Eurobird
D The Christian Inspiration Network has launched on 11526 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, VPID 2328, APID 2329. Channel Health+ has left 11584 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3. On the same frequency the PIDs for Channel Health have been changed to V2310, A2314. Challenge? and ChalLive are new on 11739 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 2/3. The PIDs for Granada Plus and The Racing Channel on 12226 MHz horizontal have been changed to V2308/2305, A2309/2306 respectively. GoPlayTV has opened within the Simply Shopping bouquet on 12321 MHz horizontal via PIDs V2323, A2324. NickToons TV has launched on 12363 MHz vertical, VPID 2310, APID 2311, Ch.606. Simply Jewellery has left 12421 MHz horizontal. Simply Music airs here at night on VPID 2308, APID 2309 and Simply Nature is a new one here which airs from 20:00-01:00 nightly at Sky digital Ch.579 where it stream shares with Simply Shopping+1. 11546 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3 is sporting a new Casino Channel testcard. Sky Sports 1 has been replaced by the Fox News Channel on 12304 MHz horizontal. UK Gold+1 is to launch on August 1 on 11953 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, Sky Digital Ch.110. The new channel will air from 19:00-07:00 daily. As a consequence UK Gold 2 will move in the EPG from Ch.110 to 111. A new release of the Sky+ software is to be downloaded this week. The new revision will allow subscribers to set manual recordings, preset the overlap buffer and will enable recording of audio services and non-EPG channels. An interactive version of Sky travel is set to launch on August 2. The science and technology channel Einstein TV has closed down abruptly. Another Christian channel entitled Wonderful is to launch in the near future. The channel is currently testing on 11623 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3, ID:’wndl’. Vector Direct is a new home shopping channel, which has just launched on 12344 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3. Napoli International has left the Slovenian package at 12303 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4.
Arabsat 2A & 3A
A UAE Radio Dubai has been replaced by Dubai Arabic FM on 4062 MHz LHCP via the 7.20 MHz audio sub-carrier.
D Single TV left 11571 MHz vertical, SR 2169, FEC 3/4 last week but has now returned on VPID 100, APID 101.
D Recorded footage of the air crash tragedy in the Ukraine following the crash of a military aircraft into a crowd of spectators at an air show was fed over 11669 MHz horizontal, SR 5632, FEC 3/4 in free-to-air MPEG-2 on July 27 at 14:15.
Astra 1B,C & E-H, Astra 2C
D 11568 MHz vertical, which was previously used for analogue transmissions has been fired up once again with some MPEG-2 traffic. Some thirteen streams have been activated with the IDs: ‘PPV1’, ‘PPV2’, ‘Abo1’, ‘Abo2’, ‘PPV3’, ‘CODE DOWN 1’. ‘Walled Garden’, ‘testg_1’, ‘testg_2’, ‘testg_3’, ‘MON CANAL’, ‘Kiosque’ and ‘DATA SYS’. Another transponder to make the switch to MPEG is 10979 MHz vertical. With a Symbol Rate of 22000 and FEC 5/6 it is now occupied by Canal Satelite Digital with Sportmania – V164, A96; Op. Triunfo – V167, A108; Discovery Channel Espana – V166, A104; 40TV – V165, A100; Disney Channel Espana – V163, A92; Canal+ Rojo – V162, A88; Canal+ Azul – V161, A84 and Canal+ Espana – V160, A80. All of the channels here are encoded in Seca 2. This line-up is an exact copy of the Canal Satelite Digital multiplex at 11038 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6. Veronica Kindernet has joined Canal+ Nederland on 12575 MHz horizontal, SR 22000, FEC 5/6, VPID 166, APID 104 in Mediaguard encoded MPEG-2. Radio Nederland Wereldomroep 3 has also started here on APID 240.
D On July 26 at 16:10 a live feed showing a busy French motorway on the day of the annual summer getaway from Paris was relayed on 12548 MHz horizontal, SR 5632, FEC 3/4 in clear MPEG-2. Live and recorded second-hop feed traffic from the scene of the trapped miners in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, as they were rescued was carried on 11188 MHz horizontal, SR 5632, FEC 3/4, ID:’CBS NY’ on 28 July at 07:40 in clear MPEG-2.
D There is a new Italian radio station in the Slovenian multiplex at 12303 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. Radio Capodistria can be found on APID 254 under the ID:’COMMUNIST PARTY’. Monte Carlo Sat has left 12540 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. Apparently this is due to technical difficulties and the plan is for the channel to return as soon as possible. A promo loop for Telefonica is being played out on 11225 MHz horizontal in clear NTSC. This slot was the former analogue home of TVE Internacional. Coming Soon TV and Radio Greece have left the Telespazio package at 12110 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. Two channels returned to the Russian NTV+ package after a short break. They were NTV US fiber and NTV Plus on VPIDs 164/165, APIDs 89/90. However their return was brief and within 24 hours both channels had once again disappeared. RTV (or PTP in Russian cyrillic as per the on-screen logo) continues to air in free-to-air MPEG-2 here on VPID 101, APID 89. Also present, but encoded in Viaccess, are NTV International, NTV Nashe Kino (home grown movies) and NTV Detski Me. A new channel, The New Life Channel (CNL), has launched on 11096 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 51, APID 52 in clear MPEG-2. The channel, which is based in Kazakhstan, is described as the first free-to-air Russian Orthodox channel. Channel Sun from South Korea on 11623 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 229, APID 249 is encoded in Viaccess for most of the time but does have some open windows in the schedule. Both Zee TV UK and Zee Cinema trawl for new subscribers by running free-to-air most weekends on 12476 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPIDs 910/915, APIDs 911/916. For the rest of the week they are encoded in Irdeto 2. London’s Capital 95.8 FM can be heard on 12596 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, APID 2023 within the WRN multiplex. E! Entertainment TV has joined the BT Digital package on 10723 MHz horizontal, SR 29900, FEC 3/4, VPID 1007, APID 1207 in Cryptoworks encoded MPEG-2. RAI International and RAI International 2 are new on 11380 MHz vertical, SR 4400, FEC 7/8, VPID 100, APIDs 37/36 respectively in MPEG-2 RAS. Khalifa TV is now broadcasting test transmissions prior to launch on 11623 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 228, APID 248 in free-to-air MPEG-2. A new channel financed by a group of French Jewish investors will air Jewish and French content throughout Europe and the United States. The new channel, which will be called Chai TV, may launch in November this year and will use Hotbird and Telstar capacity at 15 degrees West to reach its target audience. The Italian channels Alice, Leonardo and Nuvolari have launched on 12111 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 in clear MPEG-2. There is a new promo channel for Deutsche Welle TV on 11196 MHz vertical, VPID 102, APID 202.
D The Turkish channel Samanyolu TV opened on 11599 MHz vertical, SR 2200, FEC 5/6, VPID 308, APID 256 in free-to-air MPEG-2 on July 22 but had gone again by the following day. Some soccer feeds are starting to appear as the new season approaches. On July 27 the Wolfsburg-v-Liverpool match was fed over 11152 MHz horizontal, SR 5632, FEC 3/4. Down at 10968 MHz vertical, SR 6111, FEC 3/4 Inter Milan-v-Bolton could be seen in clear MPEG-2 and the Gent-v-Malaga match was aired on 10960 MHz vertical, SR 5632, FEC 3/4.
D The Turkish channel ATV International has left the DigiTurk line-up on 11616 MHz vertical, SR 30000, FEC 3/4, VPID 2106, APID 2208. Audio service AH1 Zengyn Olsam has joined the DigiTurk platform on 11658 MHz vertical, SR 30000, FEC 3/4, APID 2509. In common with the other channels here, it is encoded in Nagravision. A copy of the mini-package on Eutelsat W1 at 10 degrees East, 12704 MHz horizontal, has launched here on 12715 MHz horizontal, SR 2711, FEC 1/2. It contains Radio San Marino – APID 2082 plus four data streams from Intelcom, a leading San Marino communications provider.
Sirius 2/3 & Astra 1A
D Warner Music appears to have left the Viasat package on 11881 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, APID 5190. ORT Ukraine from Russia’s Ostankino TV has started on 12380 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 55, APID 56 in Viaccess 1 encoded MPEG-2.
0.8 degrees/1 degreesW:
Thor 1, 2 & 3 & Intelsat 707
D Scandinavian Sat Radio Network 1 has launched on 11245 MHz vertical, SR 24500, FEC 7/8 via APID 680 in free-to-air MPEG-2. Several new streams have been activated on 12399 MHz horizontal, SR 28000, FEC 7/8 – the former home of a Finnish digital platform. They are ‘MML_MHP’, ‘Sveng_MHP’, ‘MTV3_MHP’, ‘Incarnews_MHP’, ‘Cardinal_MHP’, ‘Test_MHP1’ and ‘Test_MHP2’. Most of these are airing a video loop showing some soccer. The sole Icelandic satellite DTH channel, Gospel Channel Europe, on 11607 MHz horizontal has changed Symbol Rate to 1620 with FEC 3/4, VPID 512, APID 640
D A free-to-air testcard has started on 11260 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 1024, APID 1025, ID:’Telespazio Ch4′ in clear MPEG-2 via the Hungarian beam.
Nilesat 101 & 102
D There are now four feed streams available on 12149 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 entitled ‘FEED 1’ – V1002, A2004, ‘FEED 2’ – V1011, A1012, ‘VIDEO CAIRO’ – V1003, A1203 and ‘JSC FEED’ – V1013, A1014. Arab News Network seems to have left 11823 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 to be replaced by a data service. Al-Tanweer has rejoined the ERTU package for Egypt on 11842 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 1022, APID 1222 in free-to-air MPEG-2. Heya TV has started regular programming on 11900 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 1305, APID 1306 in clear MPEG-2.
D RTR Planeta, the new ‘World’ version of the Russian terrestrial channel RTR, has opened here on 3693 MHz RHCP, SR 4026, FEC 2/3, VPID 33, APID 34.
Eutelsat II-F2 & II-F4
D Eutelsat II-F4 has arrived here from the 25.5 degrees East orbital slot. It will remain here alongside Eutelsat II-F2.
D Four of the language streams from Hallmark Entertainment Television on 11535 MHz horizontal, SR 15000, FEC 3/4 are free-to-air. These are Hallmark Espana, Polska/Hungaria, Israel/Middle East and South Africa. A new multiplex has opened on 12580 MHz horizontal, SR 19520, FEC 2/3. It contains Power TV – V257, A258; MAC TV – V289, A291; NITV – V305, A306; Pars TV – V4194, A4195; ITV – V337, A338; Tapesh TV – V353, A354; Jam-e-Jaam – V385, A386; ITV Radio – A369 and KRSI/Radio Sedaye Iran – A402. This line-up is identical to the package on 12608 MHz horizontal. Bloomberg TV US is new on 12581 MHz horizontal, SR 19522, FEC 2/3, VPID 257, APID 258. Taiwan’s Power TV has replaced Bloomberg TV US on 12608 MHz horizontal, SR 19525, FEC 2/3.
21.3 degrees/21.5 degreesW:
NSS K, NSS 803 & NSS 7
D The CNN package that contained CNNI Europe and some CNN Newsource feed traffic has left 4013 MHz RHCP, SR 26000, FEC 3/4. Cameroon Radio Television is currently free-to-air on 4055 MHz RHCP, SR 27500, FEC 7/8, VPID 125, APID 135. Recorded video footage of the Pope’s visit to Canada was fed over the Reuters Washington feed stream at 11488 MHz horizontal, SR 5632, FEC 3/4 at 05:35 on July 28.
D A testcard for Portugal’s TV Cabo has started on 12012 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via VPID 4300, APID 4301. Cadena Local has been replaced by TV Amistad on 12052 MHz horizontal, SR 28126, FEC 5/6, VPID 2201, APID 2202. Video footage of Spanish soldiers leaving the island at the centre of the dispute between Spain and Morocco was fed over 11660 MHz horizontal, SR 4500, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID256, ID:’Retevision E-60′ in clear MPEG-2 on 19 July at 17:00.
A Canal+ Espana, Ema RTV – 7.20 MHz, COM Radio – 7.38 MHz and Onda Cero Radio – 8.10 MHz have all launched on 12591 MHz in Nagravision encrypted PAL.
D An interview with footballer Rio Ferdinand was fed over 10957 MHz vertical, SR 5632, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256, ID:’BT TES 34′ on July 22 at 15:30 for Sky Sports.
D 3715 MHz LHCP, SR 2913, FEC 7/8, VPID 4194, APID 4195 is being used by a new country to satellite DTH – Greenland. KNR-TV (Kalaallit Nunaata Radio) in free-to-air MPEG-2. KNR-TV broadcast in Greenlandic and Danish and take some programming from Danmark TV2. KNR Radio and DR P1 Radio from Denmark can be heard via APID 4195 at times. When KNR-TV is off the air this stream is intermittently used to relay Danish programming to Greenland for onward transmission. This transponder is configured for the NE Zone beam, which covers all of Greenland, Iceland and all of Europe.
D The Open Golf Championship from Scotland was fed over 11635 MHz horizontal, SR 13240, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256 in MPEG 4:2:2 for the Japanese channel TV Asahi last week. The stream ID was ‘TV ASAHI MUIRFIELD’.