D Indiavision is testing intermittently on 3686 MHz horizontal, SR 3333, FEC 3/4, VPID 1160, APID 1120. Occasional feed traffic for TVT Channel 11 can be found on 3965 MHz horizontal, SR 2733, FEC 3/4.
PAS 7 & 10
D ARY Digital UK has joined the ARY package at 3865 MHz horizontal, SR 19850, FEC 7/8 via PIDs V513, A660 in Irdeto-encoded MPEG-2. ARY Digital Middle East and ARY Digital Asia are also present here. A Big Brother Africa mosaic has opened on 11090 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 5/6, VPID 514, APID 642 in Irdeto-encoded MPEG-2.
D Iranian channels Mazandaran TV and Radio Mazandaran have launched on 11067 MHz vertical, SR 3610, FEC 2/3, VPID 1005, APIDs 2005/3005 in free-to-air MPEG-2.
D A Kazakh TV channel, Orken TV, has joined Kanal 31 at 11152 MHz vertical, SR 5925, FEC 3/4, VPID 513, APID 514 in clear MPEG-2.
Turksat 1C & Eurasiasat 1
D The Arabic language channel al-Hayat has launched on 12589 MHz vertical, SR 3005, FEC 2/3, VPID 1120, APID 1160, ID:’Life Channel’ in clear MPEG-2. Promos for Watchow! And VIC-TV can be viewed on 12620 MHz vertical, SR 6160, FEC 3/4, VPIDs 3121/3138, APIDs 3139/3139 within the RR Satellite Comms multiplex. Anadolu TV and SineKlasik 1 have been replaced by Dizi TV and SineKlasik 2 in the DigiFunClub package at 12652 MHz horizontal, SR 22500, FEC 5/6, VPIDs 1020/5248, APIDs 1021/5249 in Nagravision encoded MPEG-2. A Kanal 6 testcard has appeared on 12676 MHz horizontal, SR 4445, FEC 5/6 in free-to-air MPEG-2. FutGol [03:00-21:15], NightClub [21:15-03:00], Heyecen TV and SineKlasik 2 have vacated 11728 MHz vertical and have re-located to a new DigiFunClub multiplex at 12632 MHz horizontal, SR 7000, FEC 7/8, VPIDs 5424/5424/5440/5456, APIDs 5425/5425/5441/5457. The Belgrade-based BKTV Sat has moved from 12590 MHz vertical to 12613 MHz vertical, SR 3005, FEC 3/4, VPID 4194, APID 4195 in clear MPEG-2. There is a new Yeni testcard on 12641 MHz vertical, SR 5500, FEC 5/6, VPID 308, APID 256.Nur TV and Nur Radyo have launched on 12693 MHz horizontal, SR 2284, FEC 7/8, VPID 33, APIDs 34/35 in clear MPEG-2.
A Star TV Europe and its accompanying radio stations have left 12602 MHz horizontal for 12725 MHz vertical where they can be seen in clear PAL. Metro FM is available via the 7.02/7.20 MHz audio sub-carriers, Kral FM – 7.38/7.56 MHz and Super FM – 7.74/7.92 MHz.
Hellas Sat 2
D The first multiplex has opened here on 12524 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. It contains ERT Sat – V513, A650; Cyprus Sat – V514, A660; MKTV Sat – V515, A670; RTS Sat – V516, A680 and an OTE promo – V2306, A2307. All are free-to-air.
D Several channels have moved here recently. Sudan TV has left 12525 MHz horizontal for 12520 MHz horizontal, SR 3000, FEC 3/4. ERI TV is now on 12530 MHz horizontal, SR 3000, FEC 3/4. Algerie 3 has moved to 12525 MHz horizontal, SR 3200, FEC 3/4 from 12509 MHz horizontal. Blue Nile TV has been free-to-air lately on 12600 MHz horizontal, SR 5085, FEC 3/4 via PIDs V308, A256. A Radio Dal Lil Atfal TV promo has started on 12691 MHz vertical, SR 6000, FEC 3/4, VPID 868, APID 869 alongside Radio Dal. This channel is based in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
Astra 2A, 2B & 2D & Eurobird 1
D The Arrow, currently a DAB Digital Radio only radio station from Chrysalis, is set to join the Sky Digital line-up later this month. It is currently testing on 12324 MHz vertical under the ID:’2935′. The launch date for The Wrestling Channel has been put back to March, 2004. The channel was originally to have appeared in the Sky EPG in the Autumn of this year. ATN. The Asian channel, has returned to the Sky line-up after a long break. The channel had planned to return in June of this year. The date was put back to July and they finally got up and running on 1 September. ATN has returned with a stronger programme output including up to fours hours a day of MTV India output. ATN is at Ch.827 in the Sky Digital EPG. As expected, Paramount 2 launched on 1 September and occupies Ch.128 in the EPG. The Bengali-language Ekushey TV has left Ch.814. The channel has been involved in a bitter row with the Bangladeshi authorities and has also disappeared from TV screens in its home country. Major Black Entertainment has vacated Ch.247. At present there is no explanation from the channel for its departure. Fox Entertainment, a major rival for Sky One, is to launch here in January, 2004. The Leicester-based MATV, currently a terrestrial channel for Asians in the East Midlands, has confirmed plans to launch within the Sky Digital package. It was to have appeared in June, 2003 but has been delayed until now. It can be found at present on 11390 MHz horizontal, ID:’gb2e’. MATV will occupy Ch.829 and will be free-to-air. CNX, the male-oriented cartoon channel is to be renamed and relaunched as a channel for young teens. From 8 September the channel will move from Ch.244 to Ch.621 and will be known as Toonami.
D The Kuwait Space Channel has been replaced by KTV1, the Kuwaiti domestic channel, on 11000 MHz horizontal, SR 3500, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256. The APIDs for Qatar TV and Radio Qatar on 11620 MHz horizontal have changed to A1042/1041. Jordan’s Arabic FM Channel has vacated 11568 MHz horizontal, SR 3400, FEC 3/4. Modern Arab Music 103.7 FM has been replaced by Holy Qur’an Radio from Kuwait on 11560 MHz horizontal, SR 3000, FEC 3/4, APID 257 in free-to-air MPEG-2. Dubai FM 92.0 has launched on 11590 MHz horizontal, SR 6000, FEC 3/4, APID 1156 [right channel]. The audio PID for El-Bernameg al-Aam on 11556 MHz horizontal, SR 3000, FEC 3/4 has been changed to A1056. At 11552 MHz horizontal, SR 3000, FEC 3/4 Bahrain FM has been replaced by Radio Bahrain on APID 1158. al-Jazeera Sports has launched on 10971 MHz horizontal, SR 17777, FEC 3/4, VPID 514, APID 670 within the Qatar bouquet. On 11623 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 MBC FM has been replaced by Panorama FM via APID 2221.
Astra 1B,C & E-H, Astra 2C
D Austria’s TV6 has started regular programming on 12226 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via PIDs V100, A101. Nickelodeon Nederland and Veronica have left the Canal+ Nederland package at 12575 MHz horizontal, SR 22000, FEC 5/6. 2M Maroc is currently free-to-air on 11567 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6 via PIDs V139, A140. Television de Espana Internacional has opened on 11597 MHz vertical, SR 22000, FEC 5/6, VPID 50, APID 51. Star Academy, something of a cross between Big Brother and Fame Academy, has launched in the CanalSatellite France bouquet at 12012 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 162, APID 88 in Mediaguard encoded MPEG-2. Beur TV has joined another CanalSatellite France multiplex at 11856 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 164, APID 96, encoded in Mediaguard 2. In the CanalSatellite France bouquet at 12581 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 Live 1 has been replaced by Tchatche TV via PIDs V162, A86. Live 1 has re-located to 11856 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 VPID 164, APID 96. The Extreme Sports Channel has opened on 12581 MHz vertical, V164, A96.
A DeutschlandRadio Berlin has been replaced by SR1 Europewelle on 6.66 MHz ADR at 11494 MHz horizontal.
D Serbian channels B2-92 and Anem have left 12727 MHz horizontal, SR 4443, FEC 1/2. Both channels can still be found at this orbital slot, on 11061 MHz horizontal. RTV 21 Sat and Radio 21 have left 11061 MHz horizontal, SR 3570, FEC 1/2. They can both be found on Sirius at 5.2 degrees East, 11740 MHz horizontal, SR 8030, FEC 3/4. The CBS New York feed stream on 11190 MHz horizontal, SR 5632, FEC 3/4 has changed PIDs to V308, A256. TVR Cultural from Romania on 12678 MHz vertical, SR 3000, FEC 3/4 is encoded once again after several days in the clear. The UK’s Channel 5 Region 1 has replaced Channel 5 Region 2 on 11675 MHz vertical, SR 5632, FEC 3/4, VPID 512, APID 640 in clear MPEG-2. A promo for Studio Canal and two testcards were sighted on 11554 MHz vertical, SR 28800, FEC 7/8, VPIDs 513/515/516, APIDs 660/680/690 last week but they have all now left.
D RAI International 4 and RAI International SatelRadio can be found on 11381 MHz vertical, SR 4400, FEC 7/8 via PIDs V100, A36/37. Unfortunately they are encoded in NTL/RAS. Vectone Urdu has commenced regular programming in the GlobeCast NE package at 10949 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 6201, APID 6211. The other Vectone channels, Bangla, Tamil and Hindi are continuing to air promos. TPS CineExtreme and TPS CineFamily have started regular programming within the French TPS package at 10756 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via PIDs V620/720, A630/730 in Viaccess 1 & 2 encoded MPEG-2. Previously these streams were relaying promos. Three parallel streams carrying a SkyItalia Sky PrimaFila promo are active on 10992 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. The Kurdish channel Medya TV has joined the French ABsat package on 12692 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 168, APID 112 in clear MPEG-2. The channel airs here from 16:00-18:00 daily. For several days a scrolling caption on 12110 MHz vertical stated that the Platforma Latino Americana Olisat package is about to launch. The bouquet will contain TV Chile Internacional, TV Colombia, Telefe Internacional, CubaVision, Venevision Continental, Rio de la Plata TV and TeleMusica. Prospective subscribers are requested to contact the platform by phone or e-mail for charges. Test transmissions from Roma Sat can be found intermittently in the Network Teleport Italia multiplex at 11200 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 5/6,via VPID 405, APID 406 in free-to-air MPEG-2. Gay TV has joined the Telespazio line-up at 12111 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 351, APID 352 in clear MPEG-2. Ceramicanda has returned to 12111 MHz vertical after a short break. Dance TV has launched within the RTV Slovenija package at 12303 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 237, APID 238. Radio Sout al-Sha’ab [Voice of the People] from Syria has joined the GlobeCast bouquet at 12380 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via APID 768 in clear MPEG-2. CTV has started in the ABsat package at 12692 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via VPID 168, APID 112. The channel is part-time and airs here from 04:00-06:00 daily. MTV Hits Italia has joined the SkyItalia package at 11900 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 160, APID 70, encoded in Mediaguard 2/Videoguard. An Italian channel, Iride TV, has launched within the NTI bouquet at 11200 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 5/6, VPID 388, APID 389. Radio Koprivnica from Croatia has joined the Hrvatska TV and Radio multiplex at 12520 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via APID 506. In the Telespazio bouquet at 11179 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 four Gioco Calcio [Game Soccer] channels have appeared. They are Gioco Calcio TV 1 – V5001, A5004; Gioco Calcio TV 2 – V5051, A5054 and two promo channels on PIDs V5101/5151, A5104/5154. All are encoded in Mediaguard 2 and Videoguard.
D Istanbul TV has launched in the DigiTurk package at 11492 MHz vertical, SR 30000, FEC 3/4 via PIDs V2115, A2219 in Cryptoworks encoded MPEG-2. In the DigiTurk package at 11683 MHz horizontal, SR 17000, FEC 1/2, Fox News Channel – V2100, A2200; CNNI Europe – V2101, A2201; RAI Uno – V2102, A2202 and Vizyon Aktif – V2191, A2291 are all newcomers in Cryptoworks encoded MPEG-2. On 11658 MHz vertical, SR 30000, FEC 3/4, another DigiTurk multiplex, a Comedy Channel testcard is in evidence via VPID 2100, APID 2200.
Sirius 2 & 3, Astra 1A
D The Capital Gold 1548 AM stream in the Kingston package at 12186 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 5/6, APID 4659 has dropped regular programming from the London station and is carrying an ID loop instead. Capital Gold can continue to be heard via APID 4658 on the same frequency. In parallel with their outlet on Astra at 19.2 degrees East, TV6 [Austria] has launched on 11387 MHz vertical, SR 2892, FEC 3/4, VPID 100, APID 101 in clear MPEG-2. Private Blue has opened in the Kingston bouquet at 12110 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 5/6 where it has replaced ESPN Classic Sport Italia on PIDs V351, A352. TV 1000 East was free-to-air for several days recently in the Viasat package at 11823 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. However, the popular movie channel has now reverted to using Viaccess 1 encoding.
Thor 2 & 3 & Intelsat 707
D The Bulgarian channel M Sat is temporarily in the clear at 12168 MHz horizontal, SR 28000, FEC 7/8, VPID 513, APID 644.
D Several new channels joined the HBO Central Europe line-up last week. They were AXN Test, HBO2 Hungary, HBO2Hun, HBO2 Cze, AXM Hun, AXN Cz, AXN Pl, and AXN R.Bul. however, they had all left the frequency by 3 September. Atomic TV has opened on 11318 MHz horizontal, SR 3350, FEC 3/4, VPID 620, APID 621.
Telecom 2C & Atlantic Bird 3
D The Philippine ABS-CBN package containing TFC Middle East – V255, A256; ABS-CBN News Channel – V511, A512; Cinema One – V767, A768; Pinoy Central TV – V1023, A1024; DZMM Radyo Patrol – A1536 and WRR 101.9FMForLife – A1792 on 12710 MHz horizontal has changed parameters to SR 30000, FEC 2/3. All of the channels here are encoded in Nagravision.
Nilesat 101 & 102
D Jordan’s Amman NetRadio has launched within the Star Digital bouquet at 11881 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, APID 3035. al-Mehwer TV and Nile News are stream-sharing in the ERTU package at 11766 MHz, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 1018, APID 1019, ID:’NNEWS’.
Telecom 2D & Atlantic Bird 2
D Several African channels continue to come and go here. Recently RTNC from DR Congo was using 12743 MHz vertical, SR 6111, FEC 3/4, VPID 308, APID 256, ID:’TX2′ in free-to-air MPEG-2.The GlobeCast France package, which contained BuffaloGrill, Radio Storm, Expo Radio, T Nokia, RF MultiCast, RF UniCast, EduSat, Access IP, Dessault, Gifi, Capytol, France Inter, France Info and France Bleu Banque has left 11598 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4. In the Dubai TV multiplex at 10974 MHz horizontal, SR 30000, FEC 3/4 EDTV Channel Europe has left one stream on PIDS V4898, A4899 but is still available via V4130, A4131 on this frequency. EuroNews has left 11651 MHz horizontal and has re-located to 11634 MHz horizontal, SR 4440, FEC 3/4, VPID 2221, APID 2231.
Atlantic Bird 1
D Gay TV has launched on 11153 MHz horizontal, SR 2892, FEC 3/4, VPID 4194, APID 4195, ID:’GAY TV BY FORTRESS’ in free-to-air MPEG-2. It has replaced the al-Arabiyah feed stream which was available here previously.
D National Geographic Channel Romania is encoded once again on 11150 MHz horizontal, SR 13382, FEC 3/4, VPID 2601, APID 2627 following a period in the clear. WorldNet Persian is now available in the US/Iranian package on 12577 MHz horizontal, SR 13020, FEC 3/4, VPID 77, APID 69 in free-to-air MPEG-2. A Loral Skynet promo channel has launched in the Loral Skynet multiplex at 11505 MHz horizontal, SR 6620, FEC 2/3, VPID 1260, APID 1220, encoded in Nagravision.
D DVBB Upper House of Parliament has new PIDs on 11601 MHz vertical. They are V2400, A2403. This channel relays live coverage from the German Parliament. Down at 11595 MHz vertical, SR 3905, FEC 3/4 the German Federal Press Conference stream has also changed PIDs to V 2336, A2339.
D Popular TV and the Spanish radio station Onda Cero have vacated 11731 MHz horizontal, SR 28120, FEC 5/6. Popular TV can still be found on 11931 MHz horizontal, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, VPID 4810, APID 4811 where it stream-shares with Canal 11. A Canary Islands bound feed of the all-news radio station Radio Nacional de Espana 4 Todo Noticias has launched on 11675 MHz horizontal, SR 17000, FEC 5/6, APID 1223, ID:’Reserva R5 Tenerife’. In the Portuguese TV Cabo package at 12012 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4, Big Brother Famosos has been replaced by Big Brother Portugal on VPID 4369, APID 4370.
D Argentinisima Satelital – V3170, A3171; Radio Mega – A3365 and Radio Rivadavia – A3375 are all new on 3965 MHz RHCP, SR 5900, FEC 2/3 in clear MPEG-2
PAS 3R & PAS 6
D Occasional feed traffic for the Mexican channel Televisa Internacional are being carried on 12607 MHz vertical, SR 6250, FEC 3/4, VPID 512, APID 650, ID:’Tvsa Int Europa’.
D Morocco’s 2M TV channel and Radio 2M have left 4100 MHz horizontal, SR 2892, FEC 3/4.
D RAI International 2 has joined the ART package at 4120 MHz vertical, SR 27500, FEC 3/4 via PIDs V515, A680 in Irdeto 2 encoded MPEG-2.
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