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BBC to reduce satellite transponders from seven to six on 7 October 2011

To reduce the BBC costs of "red button" service distribution, the number of satellite transponders used by the corporation will be reduced to six.

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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 viewers

Sky (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 move

Astra 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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Sunday, 28 August 2011

8:48 AM

Mike Dimmick: I'm not so sure if the Lyngsat "transponder ownership" symbols are much more than a guess, given that they use "Freesat" logos for some but "Freesat" is not a broadcaster, just a co-ordination and marketing company.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

4:13 PM

Thanks Briantist for the detailed reply. I remember the arguements that went on back in 1998 but did not know all that detail. I had a Pace Sky box (still working) for October 1st 1998 but no card until 3 days later.


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DaveCheltenham's 35 posts GB flag

7:07 PM

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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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Nick Wilcock

10:30 PM

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's 44 posts GB flag
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Monday, 29 August 2011

2:28 PM

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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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
8:47 PM

Hi can anyone recommend a web site that shows all the available tv satelites and their positions, many thanks John

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John's 3 posts GB flag

8:51 PM

John: LyngSat ?

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 20 September 2011

10:16 PM

Briantist: BBC Parliament is now on ASTRA 2D 10788 V as 10307. BBC ALBA is now on ASTRA 2D 10817 V as 10357.

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NottsUK's 345 posts GB flag

10:37 PM

Briantist: BBC One London has been replaced on ASTRA 2D, 10803 H, by BBC News and at the moment is shown by its SID number 6405.

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NottsUK's 345 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 September 2011

8:54 AM

NottsUK: Where has BBC One London gone?

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