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J
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Thursday 17 June 2021 10:58PM

Been on the bottle (had a few beers) so forgive any inaccuracies ...

Due to my usual weekly, or in this case, bi-weekly, AltDVB channel scan, I discovered that Al Jazeera HD had acquired the Freesat SI streams - a sure-fire indication that it would soon be on Freesat:

(I reverse engineered the AltDVB channel list file)

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0282_diffs_from Fri 28 May 2021 04-28 to Sat 12 Jun 2021 01-18.txt
...
Al Jazeera HD (52189) 11582H
Number of streams changed from 3 to 8
new stream, PID = 3841 Type = 0x05 : private_sections
new stream, PID = 3840 Type = 0x05 : private_sections
new stream, PID = 3842 Type = 0x05 : private_sections
new stream, PID = 3844 Type = 0x05 : private_sections
new stream, PID = 3843 Type = 0x05 : private_sections
...
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All was revealed when I read this: https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/comment/99089072/#Comment_99089072

Today, my Freesat differ program tells me that along with the BBC RED BUTTON streams, "Al Jazeera Eng" has been added to the Freesat test region.

Note - and this is Top Secret - use postcode am1 to access the test region. (I cracked the postcode to region table ten years ago and have to admit being pleased with myself for having done so. Has anyone else? Would love to hear from you.)

Freesat Diffs:

Comparing files List Freesat 16-06-2021 18 01.txt and List Freesat 17-06-2021 18 01.txt

************************ NEW ************************

SERVICE NAME TYPE EPGID SID TSID ONID FREQ.P ENC EIT PROVIDER BOUQUETS LCN
BBC RB 2 1 00926 6802 2037 2 12422H 0 0 Freesat 1EEE1EEE1EEE 982
BBC RB 3 1 00927 6803 2037 2 12422H 0 0 Freesat 1EEE1EEE1EEE 983
BBC RB 4 1 00928 6804 2037 2 12422H 0 0 Freesat 1EEE1EEE1EEE 984
BBC RB 5 1 00929 6805 2037 2 12422H 0 0 Freesat 1EEE1EEE1EEE 985
BBC RB HD 25 00930 6811 2037 2 12422H 0 0 Freesat 00001EEE1EEE 980
BBC RB 6 1 00936 6806 2037 2 12422H 0 0 Freesat 1EEE1EEE1EEE 986
Al Jazeera Eng 25 02005 52189 2097 2 11582H 0 0 Freesat 00001EEE1EEE 220


Tuned to CNN HD earlier today and got silence1! The ac3 audio stream was absent! I need my daily dose of anti-Trump propaganda off CNN but it wasn't forthcoming without resorting to mpeg audio!

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J
All free TV channels in the UK
Thursday 17 June 2021 11:31PM

Further to the above, I scanned the CNN HD transponder to see if any changes had been made.

I can't say when it happened, but compared to a previous scan, the CNN HD bitrate has been cut back by 1.5000 Mbps

Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 32 <= dPCR <= 65 ms intervals over 17 seconds for 11670.75 H 23000 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK (17/06/2021 19:29:31)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
07.854 | 07.758 | 07.800 | Ideal World HD
07.854 | 07.763 | 07.800 | Create&CraftHD
06.862 | 06.643 | 06.769 | Iran Int'l HD
07.910 | 07.722 | 07.819 | LoveWorld HD
06.372 | 06.028 | 06.193 | CNN HD
06.434 | 04.951 | 05.612 | Null Packets
03.226 | 01.770 | 02.527 | All Other Streams
44.520 | 44.520 | 44.520 | TS Bitrate


Video Bitrate (Mbps) sampled at 30 <= dPCR <= 59 ms intervals over 17 seconds for 11670.75 H 23000 2/3 DVB-S2 8PSK (31/05/2020 08:41:47)
maximum | minimum | average | service_name
07.877 | 07.729 | 07.800 | Ideal World HD
07.877 | 07.729 | 07.800 | Create&CraftHD
07.617 | 07.399 | 07.500 | Iran Int'l HD
07.925 | 07.731 | 07.819 | LoveWorld HD
07.922 | 07.477 | 07.693 | CNN HD
04.193 | 02.533 | 03.306 | Null Packets
03.349 | 01.772 | 02.601 | All Other Streams
44.520 | 44.520 | 44.520 | TS Bitrate

They must be hard up.


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