BBC to reduce satellite transponders from seven to six on 7 October 2011
The BBC will close two underutilised "red button" video streams at the start of October 2011. This is because the BBC Trust has required the cost of the "red button" services to be reduced - BBC Trust - Trust review of Red Button finds service has high reach but should look to tighten focus and reduce costs.
The following services will be changed by the BBC:
From 19th September 2011-08-26
The following services will be moved from Astra 2A, transponder 13 (11.95350GHz horizontal)
BBC News will move to Astra 2D, transponder 47 (10.80275 GHz horizontal)
BBC Parliament will move to Astra 2D, transponder 46 (10.78800 GHz Vertical)
BBC ALBA will move to Astra 2D, transponder 48 (10.81750 GHz vertical)
From 26th September 2011
Five interactive screens will move to Astra 2A, transponder 13 (11.95350 GHz horizontal)
Two interactive video streams will close, plus one multiscreen streams (on transponder 13), the "news multiscreen" remains (on 13).
7th October 2011
BBC closes on Astra 2B transponder 38 (12.441 GHz vertical)
How the change effect viewersSky (and fSfS) viewers will have the changes applied automatically.
Freesat viewers should find the changes happen automatically. If they do not, then power off and then on again your Freesat box.
If you have a generic free satellite receiver, you will need to perform an automatic scan, or apply the above changes manually.
Virgin Media will make changes to their services in their network, no user action needs to be taken.
Freeview viewers are unaffected - Freeview has only one (compared to the now five satellite) interactive screens.
Only the BBC radio (apart from Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra) and the interactive services will be on the pan-European beams: BBC News and BBC Parliament will be on the UK-focused Astra 2D satellite.
BBC transponders after moveAstra 2D, transponder 45 (BBC DSAT1)
BBC One London, West, East (Oxford), Channel Islands; BBC Two England; CBBC/BBC three; red button text; Channel 5 (for Freesat).
Astra 2D, transponder 46 (BBC DSAT5)
BBC Parliament; BBC One West Midlands, East Yorkshire, East Midlands, East (Norwich), Wales; BBC Two Wales
Astra 2D, transponder 47 (BBC DSAT2)
BBC News; BBC One Scotland, North West, Yorkshire, South East; BBC TWO Scotland; BBC FOUR/Cbeebies; Radio 5 Live, 5 Live Sports Extra
Astra 2D, transponder 48 (BBC DSAT6)
BBC Alba; BBC One South, South West, North East, Oxford, Northern Ireland; BBC TWO Northern Ireland
Astra 2D, transponder 50 (BBC DSAT4)
BBC One HD; BBC HD; ITV 1 HD Meridian South East
Astra 2B, transponder 13 (BBC DSAT7)
BBC Red Button x 5; BBC "news multiscreen"; BBC Radios 1, 2, 3, 4, 4LW, Scotland, Wales, Ulster, Asian Network, World Service, Cymru, 1Xtra, 6 Music, 4 Extra, nan Gaidheal, London
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DaveCheltenham: I was the proud owner of both Sky Digital and ONdigital system at launch (I did have a hand in both at the time), and I still had analogue cable TV too. Mind you, I had a BSB system when they came out, for the fat lot of D-MAC it did me.
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Ah yes, BSB! They treid to market themselves in a niche above the 'lager-and-The Sun' image which Sky had at the time. I was a 'launch Club' member, but had to wait ages until my Nokia system was finally delivered. Excellent picture quality (particularly on The Movie Channel), but only 5 channels, although there was some talk of the UK taking Eire's five channels.....until BSB 'merged' with Sky. Or rather, as Sam Chisholm told me during a phone call, 'went bust'.
So I stayed with Marcopolo until the bitter end, then went to Sky. But later Astra launches weren't compatible with my system, so then I changed to a motorised system which was good - several continental channels, for example.
Eventually I switched to Sky digital, but the number of 'junk' channels such as shopping and so-called 'adult' channels has ruined the quality.
I'm waiting until DSO and the future plans for Freeview before I decide whether or not to update from my 'classic' Sony VTU-S760 to an newer Sky system.
If Sony or Panasonic made a TV with a built-in Sky receiver (as they do for Freesat), I'd buy one tomorrow!
I still have my old BSB receiver and 'squarial' somewhere - for the fat lot of D-MAC it did me!
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Nick Wilcock: The thing I most remember about BSB, aside from the excellent picture quality, was The Power Station, which was actually quite a good music channel.
At the time MTV Europe was just a "video jukebox", but The Power Station had shows, presenters and live music. It was a shame it didn't continue.
Going from D-MAC to Sky analogue was quite a strain, given that there was quite a while between the closing (sorry merging) of Galaxy and the start of UK Gold.
Another thing of note was BSB News which used to appear as 60 second bulletins on Galaxy (and the rather unfocused Now).
I always get cross when BBC three claim to have invented this particular idea.
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