Fransat to lose channels after satellite fault

A simulated image of Eutelsat 5 West B


Troubles with Eutelsat's new satellite means fewer channels for Fransat users.

A fault during the launch of Eutelsat 5 West B which led to its some solar panels failing and the satellite operating at reduced capacity means that French satellite TV provider Fransat having to drop its non-core channels, including beIN SPORTS, OCS, Melody and Jeunesse (Canal J, Tiji, Boing, Boomerang and Toonami channels) at the end of May.

From 31st May 2020, Fransat will continue with its core offering of providing free-to-view access to the main French terrestrial channels, mainly for the benefit of those out of range of the country's terrestrial TV signal and as an alternative to rival TNT Sat on Astra 19.2°E.

Third party channel offerings such as RMC Sport are unaffected.

Despite its failings, Eutelsat 5 West B was hurriedly brought into service last month as its predecessor 5 West A was starting to incline.

German public broadcasters planning for SD-switch off

Das Erste, ONE, tagesschau 24, ARD-alpha are due to go HD only on satellite from 12th January 2021. The German version of Arte has also confirmed it's planning to switch off its SD signal. A decision over the numerous regional public channels is due to be made soon.

CBNN live in Europe

The channel with a name that sounds like the secret love child of CNN and CNBC - actually the "Crypto Blockchain News Network" from US company Blake Broadcasting - has gone live in Europe via the Astra 19.2°E satellite system. The HD channel simulcasts five hours of Bloomberg HD a day, plus programmes covering eSports. 

CBNN HD

  • Satellite Astra 19.2°E
  • Frequency 11288
  • Polarisation Vertical 
  • Symbol Rate 22000
  • FEC 2/3
  • Service ID 4221
  • Mode DVB-S2

Smithsonian Channel HD and Al Jazeera HD changes

Both channels are now being dual-illuminated in association with an impending transponder switch. Sky boxes will automatically adjust ahead of the transition completion.

Al Jazeera HD

  • Satellite Astra 2G Europe Beam
  • Frequency 11582
  • Polarisation Horizontal
  • Symbol Rate 22000
  • FEC 5/6
  • Service ID 52189
  • Mode DVB-S QPSK

Smithsonian Channel HD

  • Satellite Astra 2G Europe Beam
  • Frequency 11508
  • Polarisation Vertical
  • Symbol Rate 23000
  • FEC 2/3
  • Service ID 55271
  • Mode DVB-S2 8PSK