D A new Zee Telefilms multiplex has opened at 4065 MHz vertical, SR 27500. FEC 3/4 containing Zee TV Asia – V160, A80; Zee Cinema Asia – V161, A84; Zee Music – V162, A88; Zee News – V163, A90; Alpha Marathi – V164, A96; Alpha Punjabi – V165, A98; Alpha Gujarati – V166, A104; Alpha Bangla – V167, A106; Trendz – V168, A108; Zee MGM – V169, A110; Zee English – V170, A112 and a Zee Telefilms mosaic channel – V702, A703. All of the channels here, excluding the mosaic channel, are encoded in Conax. Another Zee Telefilms bouquet has opened on 4025 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 with; ETC Channel Punjabi – V33, A710; ETC – V160, A80; Reality TV – V162, A88; Nepal 1 – V163, A90; Cartoon Network – V164, A96; CNBC India – V165, A98; CNNI Asia – V166, A100; NDTV 24×7 – V167, A106; NDTV India – V168, A108; B4U Music – V169, A110; BBC World India – V702, A703 and an ETC mosaic channel – V706, A707. Doordarshan India – V163, A90; Doordarshan Bharati – V164, A96; MTV India – V160, A80; Aaj Tak – V165, A98; Ten Sports India – V167, A106; Headlines Today – V166, A104; Arirang World TV 1 – V170, A114; Aastha TV – V168, A108 and a Zee Telefilms mosaic channel – V171, A172 have all launched on 3985 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4.
D Indiavision has commenced regular programming on 3685 MHz horizontal, SR 3333, FEC 3/4, VPID 1160, APID 1120 following a series of test transmissions.
D The CNBC Arabiyah testcard has left 11661 MHz horizontal, SR 2895, FEC 3/4.
D An Israeli BEZEQSAT testcard appeared on 11460 MHz horizontal, SR 2499, FEC 3/4, ID:’Tadiran Scopus’ last week via VPID 4194, APID 4195. On 23 July Israel’s IBA Channel 2 and a BEZEQSAT testcard opened on 11467 MHz horizontal, SR 7000, FEC 3/4, VPIDs 257/513, APIDs 258/514 in clear MPEG-2.
D Azerbayjan-e Gharbi TV has launched on 11072 MHz vertical, SR 3600, FEC 2/3 via PIDs V1004, A2004 in free-to-air MPEG-2. It is accompanied by Azerbayjan-e Gharbi Radio on APID 3004. This transponder is configured for Intelsat 902’s Middle East beam which covers the countries bordering the Caspian Sea at 45-49 dBW plus all of the Arabian Gulf, Israel and Lebanon at 49-53 dBW.
A The long-standing Ostankino TV feed, or Perviy Kanal as it is now known, which was time-shifted at Moscow+2 hours, has left 3675 MHz RHCP where it had been available in clear Secam. The channel has occupied this slot for many years and its departure leaves Gorizont 32 devoid of any regular traffic.
Intelsat 602 has now reached this orbital slot and is parked here.
Turksat 1C & Eurasiasat 1
D In the DigiFunClub package at 12652 MHz horizontal, SR 22500, FEC 5/6 Damga FM has been replaced by Radyo Alaturka via APID 1026. The EAS bouquet has left 11738 MHz horizontal for 12129 MHz vertical, SR 11715, FEC 5/6. It contains an Eurasiasat promo channel – V308, A256; BBC World India – V309, A258; an Eurasiasat testcard – V310, A260 and TV8 – V311, A262. This package is now available for European viewers as the new transponder is configured for the West beam. Kanal 6 has been replaced by Anadolu TV on 12652 MHz horizontal, SR 22500, FEC 5/6, VPID 1020, APID 1021. Istanbul FM has been replaced by My Radyo on 12744 MHz horizontal, SR 2285, FEC 7/8, APID 257 [right channel].
D There is quite a collection of Russian radio and TV channels present now on 3675 MHz RHCP, SR 33480, FEC 7/8. The current line-up is; Perviy Kanal [Moscow time] – V512, A650; Telekanal Rossiya [Moscow time] – V513, A660; Kultura Telekanal [Moscow time] – V514, A670; Perviy Kanal+2 – V515, A680; Telekanal Rossiya+2 – V516, A690; Kultura Telekanal+2 – V517, A700; Radio Mayak – A651 and Radio Yunost [Youth Channel] – A681. All are available in free-to-air MPEG-2. The other regular occupants here are Ukraina i Svit – 11609 MHz vertical, SR 3750, FEC 3/4, V33, A34 and Space TV [Azerbaijan], SR 3333, FEC 3/4, V513, A256.
Hellas Sat 2
D A testcard from the Nemea Earth station in Greece can be seen on 10957 MHz vertical, SR 6065, FEC 3/4. The caption reads ‘Nemea E/S Greece. Tel: 30210-8252691’.
D Lebanon’s Zen TV and Future International have opened on 3830 MHz LHCP, SR 5615, FEC 2/3, VPIDs 59/61, APIDs 60/62 in free-to-air MPEG-2.
Astra 2A, 2B & 2D & Eurobird 1
D Viewers of ITV, Channel 4 and Five who use a Solus Free-to-Air viewing card with a Sky Digibox look set to lose those channels in the near future. As the BBC is no longer funding the cards, and the other 3 UK networks are not prepared to take up the costs, only subscribers to Sky Digital will be able to continue viewing the channels. This is going to be a major setback for some devotees of Channel 4 and Five as satellite DTH is their only means of receiving them. The terrestrial coverage of Channel 4, and more especially Five, is certainly not complete. Some of the children’s channels have been moved around in the Sky EPG. Fox Kids is now at Ch.609, Fox Kids+1 – Ch.610; Disney Channel – Ch.611; Disney Channel+1 – 612; Toon Disney – Ch.613; Playhouse Disney – Ch.614; Discovery Kids – Ch.615; CBBC – Ch.616; Cbeebies – Ch.617; Nick Junior – Ch.618 and finally Pop – Ch.619. another adult/erotic channel has joined the Sky Digital line-up. Pout Uncut claims to be the cheapest channel in this growing genre with rates at GBP5.00 registration and GBP3.95 per night. Pout Uncut is at Ch.984. as mentioned last time, L!VE TV is to launch within the next few days and will occupy Ch.274.The regional versions of BBC One and BBC Two will enter the Sky EPG on 29 July and will be available to all viewers irrespective of their location within the UK. The postcode specific regional versions will still appear at channels 101 and 102 as at present. The EPG positions will be as follows; BBC One Scotland – 941; BBC One Wales – 942; BBC One Northern Ireland – 943; BBC One London – 944; BBC One North East & Cumbria – 945; BBC One Yorkshire – 946; BBC One East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire – 947; BBC One North West – 948; BBC One West Midlands – 949; BBC One East – 950; BBC One East [East region] – 951; BBC One East [West region] – 952; BBC One South East – 953; BBC One South – 954; BBC One South – 955; BBC One West – 956; BBC One South West – 957; BBC One Channel Islands [from Autumn, 2003] – 958; BBC Two England – 959; BBC Two Scotland – 960; BBC Two Wales – 961; BBC Two Northern Ireland – 962. BBC radio station 1Xtra has moved to Ch.887 and BBC 7 has relocated to Ch.881. The Mix has gone to Ch.871 and BBC Radio Five Live Sports Extra to Ch.894. SBN has moved to Ch.878 and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal to Ch.905. Trouble Reload has launched and appears at channel 607. Although this is a time-shifted version of Trouble, it differs from similar channels in that it is shifted by just +30 minutes instead of the normal 1 hour. London’s very popular Kiss FM radio station is to join the Sky Digital line-up soon along with Smash Hits Radio. The channels have just started test transmissions on 12324 MHz vertical. E4+1 has now started regular programming on 11565 MHz vertical, Ch.206.
Arabsat 2A, 2C & 3A
D The Syrian Arab Republic Broadcasting Service, the external arm of Syrian state radio, is using 11938 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via APID 3033 in clear MPEG-2.
Astra 1B,C & E-H, Astra 2C
D Nickelodeon Nederland has joined the MTV Networks bouquet at 11739 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 3081, APID 3082 in Cryptoworks/ Mediaguard encoded MPEG-2. In the CanalSatellite France package at 12363 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 100% Questions, CineCinema and Bonjour.fr are all new arrivals. TV de Galicia has launched on 11686 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6 via VPID 167, APID 108 where it has joined the Digital+ line-up. Digital+ is the new Spanish satellite provider formed by the amalgamation of Canal Satelite Digital and Via Digital. Canal Canarias has joined the Digital+ bouquet at 10979 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6, VPID 164, APID 96 in clear MPEG-2.
D Radio Alsat has joined Alsat RTV on 10957 MHz horizontal, SR 2820, FEC 2/3 via APID 257. In the Italian Snai Diretta package at 12608 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 2/3 the Service 6 stream, which carried Punto Lotto, has left the multiplex.
D Cine Stream, Cine Movie and Stream 2 in the Italian Stream package at 11976 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 have new PIDs. They are now V2342/2441/2443, A2433/2442/2444 respectively. Tele 5 [Poland] has left the PolSat bouquet at 12322 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. Olisat Latin America has been replaced by Olisat MundoVision on 11178 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 229, APID 230. Two more Indian channels have joined the GlobeCast bouquet at 10949 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. They are Sun TV and Surya TV on PIDs V6401/6501, A6411/6511. Both channels are free-to-air. Sun TV is based in Chennai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and broadcasts in the Tamil language. Surya TV also hails from Chennai and broadcasts to Tamil Nadu and the neighbouring state of Kerala in the Malayalam language. The Russian 1st TV channel, Perviy kanal Vsemirnaya setj, has joined the RTV International bouquet at 11938 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 96, APID 166 in clear MPEG-2. Iran TV Network and Tapesh TV have launched within the Croatian HRT platform at 12520 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPIDs 300/306, APIDs 301/307. Global Radio and FM Italia have joined the Network Teleport Italia multiplex at 11200 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 5/6 via APIDs 2050/2065. The Iraq Media Network is using Hotbird capacity to feed programmes to those in Iraq lucky enough to own a satellite dish. The programmes are aired from 15:00-16:00 daily [18:00-19:00 in Iraq] on 11137 MHz horizontal which is the transponder used by Kurdistan Satellite TV. Programming consists of music and local and national news. The Iraq Media Network is based in Arbil in the north of Iraq. A new channel for the Jewish community in Europe has joined the GlobeCast package at 11623 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 221, APID 241. It is entitled Chai TV and is based in Paris.
D MKTV and Macedonia Radio have returned to 11190 MHz horizontal, SR 2530, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APIDs 256/257 after a short break.
Sirius 2 & 3, Astra 1A
D A Classic Sport Italia promo channel has opened in the Kingston multiplex at 12110 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 5/6 via PIDs V351, A352 in free-to-air MPEG-2.
Telecom 2C & Atlantic Bird 3
D From Libya, the Jamahiryah Satellite Channel has launched on 4160 MHz RHCP, SR 6110, FEC 3/4, VPID 100, APID 110 in clear MPEG-2.
Nilesat 101 & 102
D Dubai Channel 33 has vacated 12272 MHz vertical, SR 6110, FEC 3/4. The channel can still be found on 11785 MHz vertical and 12015 MHz vertical in clear MPEG-2.
Telecom 2D & Atlantic Bird 2
D TV Montenegro and Radio Montenegro have vacated 11652 MHz horizontal and have re-located to Atlantic Bird 3 at 5 degrees West. A new mini-package from Africa by GlobeCast has opened on 11500 MHz horizontal, SR 6110, FEC 3/4 containing, in free-to-air MPEG-2, Radiodiffusion Télévision Congolaise – V1160, A1120; Radiodiffusion Télévision Sénégalaise – V1260, A1220 and ETV Ethiopia – V1360, A1320.
D A Eutelsat promo was being aired on 12708 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 1110, APID 1211 last week but it has now moved to 11563 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4.
D The Persian Music Channel has launched on 11150 MHz vertical, SR 19275, FEC 3/4, VPID 2001, APID 2010 in clear MPEG-2 via the European beam. The subject of jamming has reared its ugly head again with claims that some of the US-based Farsi language channels aimed at Iranians have been deliberately jammed. The channels in question include Channel One, Pars TV and National Iranian TV plus the Voice of America’s Farsi programme. All of these use Telstar 12 capacity. The source of the jamming, according to US sources, is the Cuban capital, Havana. Macro FM has been replaced by another store radio station, Homebase FM at 11501 MHz horizontal, SR 6620, FEC 2/3, APID 1321 in clear MPEG-2.
D Following the coming together of Via Digital and Canal Satelites Digital to become Digital+ there have been some major changes to the multiplex content here. The new line-ups are as follows: 11731 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – D Cine Espanol – V167, A108; TCM Espana – V4240 [Spanish]/4242 [original soundtrack]; MTV Espana – V4112, A4113; VH-1 Europe – V4128, A4129; Antena 3 Noticias Mosaic – V4208, A4209; Bloomberg TV Espana – V4160, A4161; Canal Parlamentario – V4352, A4353; Canal Comunitat Valenciana – V169, A116; Hallmark Entertainment Espana y Portugal – V4144, A4145 [Spanish]/4146 [original soundtrack]; Beca – V4192, A4193 [Spanish]/4194 [English] and GeoPlaneta TV – V4176/A4177 [Spanish/4178 [original soundtrack]. 11771 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – Cosmopolitan TV – V170, A120 [Spanish]/121 [original soundtrack]; Estilo – V165, A100 [Spanish]/101 [original soundtrack]; Cartoon Network Espana – V160, A80 [Spanish]/81 [original soundtrack]; EuroSport Espana – V164, A96; Viajar – V166, A104 [Spanish]/105 [original soundtrack] and Caza y Pesca – V169, A116. 11811 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – TV de Galicia – V167, A108; D Cine Studio – V165, A100 [Spanish]/101 [original soundtrack]; Factoria de Ficcion – V166, A104; CNN+ – V169, A116; Andalucia TV – V162, A88; TeleMadrid Sat – V164, A96; TVC Internacional – V161, A84; ETB Sat – V163, A92; Cadena Ser – A262; M 80 – A257; Los 40 Principales – A260; Cadena Dial – A256; Radiolé – A258; Maxima FM – A259; Sinfo Radio – A261; Euskadi Irratia – A268; Radio Euskadi – A269; CanalSur Radio – A263; Catalunya Cultura – A267; Catalunya Informacio – A265; Catalunya Musica – A266 and Catalunya Radio – A264 plus 21 audio channels. At 11851 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – Canal+ Espana – V160 [Spanish]/ A81 [original soundtrack]; Canal+ 2 – V168, A112 [Spanish]/113 [original soundtrack]; Canal+ Deporte 3 – V169, A116; Canal Operacion Triunfo – V167, A108; Disney Channel Espana – V163, A92 [Spanish]/93 [original soundtrack]; 40 TV – V165, A100 [Spanish]/101 [Catalan]; Sportmania – V164, A96; Discovery Channel Espana – V166, A104 [Spanish]/105 [Portuguese] and Canal Cocina – V176, A192. On 11891 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – Canal+ Cine 1 – V162, A88 [Spanish]/89 [original soundtrack]; Canal+ Cine 2 – V163, A92 [Spanish]/93 [original soundtrack]; Canal+ Cine 3 – V170, A120 [Spanish]/121 [original soundtrack]; AXN Espana – V166, A104 [Spanish]/105 [original soundtrack]; Disney Channel Espana+1 – V164, A96 [Spanish]/97 [original soundtrack]; Playhouse Disney – V165, A100 [Spanish]/101 [original soundtrack]; Toon Disney – V169, A116 [Spanish]/117 [original soundtrack]; Fox Kids Espana – V161, A84; Documania – V160, A80 [Spanish]/81 [original soundtrack] and Expansion TV – V171, A124. At 11931 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 there is – Cinemania Rojo – V165, A100 [Spanish]/101 [Catalan]; Real Madrid TV – V174, A136; Canal Barca – V169, A116; Taquilla 5 – V160, A80 [Spanish]/81 [original soundtrack]; Taquilla 6 – V171, A124 [Spanish]/125 [original soundtrack]; Taquilla 7 – V168, A112 [Spanish]/113 [original soundtrack]; Taquilla 12 – V172, A128; Taquilla 13 – V173, A132; Taquilla 14 – V166, A104; Taquilla X – V163, A92; Taquilla XX – V161, A84 and Digital+ promo – V176, A192. 12149 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – Canal 24 Horas – V162, A88; Tele Deporte – V4144, A4145; Canal Nostalgia – V4128, A4129; Grandes Documentales Hispavision – V4112, A4113; Supertres Buzz – V4176, A4177 [Spanish]/4178 [original]/4179 [Catalan]; Natura – V4192, A4193 [Spanish]/4194 [original]/4195 [Catalan]; Cultura – V4368, A4369 [Spanish]/4370 [original]/4371 [Catalan]; Canalstar – V4240, A4241 [Spanish]/4242 [original]/4243 [Catalan]; Cinematk – V4224, A4225 [Spanish]/4226 [original]/4227 [Catalan]; Canal 18 – V4208, A4209 [Spanish]/4210 [original]/4211 [Catalan]; Showtime Extreme – V4352, A4353 [Spanish]/4354 [original]/4355 [Catalan]. 12226 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – Mezzo – V4144, A4145; Canal Clasico – V161, A84; TV5 Europe – V4224, A4225; TL Novelas Europa – V4112, A4113; Galavision Europa – V4128, A4129; Canal de Historia – V4192, A4193; Odisea – V4176, A4177 [Spanish]/4178 [original]; Sol Musica Espana – V4208, A4209 and Canal Hollywood – V4160, A4161 [Spanish]/4162 [original]. 12303 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – Cinemania Azul – V161, A84 [Spanish]/85 [original]; Taquilla 1 – V168, A112 [Spanish]/113 [original]; Taquilla 2 – V170, A120 [Spanish]/113 [original]; Taquilla 3 – V171, A124 [Spanish]/125 [original]; Taquilla 4 – V167, A108 [Spanish]/109 [original]; Taquilla XY – V160, A80; Taquilla 8 – V162, A88 – [Spanish]/89 [original]; Taquilla 9 – V163, A92 [Spanish]/93 [original]; Taquilla 10 – V164, A96 [Spanish]/97 [Catalan]; Taquilla 15 – V173, A132 [Spanish]/133 [Catalan]. 12380 MHz LHCP, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 – Cinemania – V160, A80; Canal+ …30 – V167, A108 [Spanish]/109 [original]; Canal+ Deporte 1 – V161, A84; Canal+ Deporte 2 – V172, A128; 40 Latino – V165, A100; Golf+ – V166, A104; EuroSport News – V173, A132; National Geographic Europa – V170, A120 [Spanish]/121 [English]; Fox News Channel – V168, A112 and Méteo – V169, A116. Finally 12456 MHz LHCP, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 is carrying Gran Via – V4112, A4113; Gran Via 2 – V4128, A4129; Gran Via Cine – V4144, A4145; OK Plus – V162, A4177 plus 5 data streams. EuroSport News Espana and Canal Megatrix have launched on 11972 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPIDs 1000/1010, APIDs 1001/1011 within the TSA package.
Satcom C1 & Telstar 11
D The Greek digital package which contained ERA Spor, ERT Sat, Mega Cosmos and Radio Dia has left 3860 MHz vertical, SR 10450, FEC 3/4. Anglia TV, part of the UK’s ITV network, was played out on 11622 MHz vertical, SR 6111, FEC 3/4, VPID 514, APID 642 for several days last week but has now gone.