BVN returns to Astra 19.2 as international channels step up link to home



After an 18 month break, the international television service from the Netherlands and Flanders has returned to Astra 19.2E.

BVN TV's move will increase the reach of its service to reach more Dutch-speaking viewers across Europe with the latest news and developments surrounding the global Covid-19 outbreak.

Since the autumn of 2018, BVN has only been broadcast via the Hotbird satellite in Europe. Although theoretically both satellites can easily received anywhere in Europe, including the UK and Ireland, satellite installations vary considerably from country to country affecting which services are realistically available, especially when staying in accommodation where amending the satellite dish is off-limits.

Satellite Astra 19.2E
Frequency 11778
Polarisation vertical 
Symbol rate 29500
FEC 9/10
Mode DVB-S2

International channels reach out to citizens stuck abroad

Many international broadcasters are now reaching out to connect citizens with news from their home country, plus the latest developments internationally through special programming on their channels.

Spain's TVE and Portugal's RTPi broadcast free-to-air international services via Hotbird across Europe keeping viewers informed with the latest developments, while the international channel for French speakers, TV5Monde has adjusted its provision with more news and educational programmes.

TVE Internacional HD

Satellite Hotbird 13E
Frequency 12303
Polarisation vertical 
Symbol rate 27500
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S2

RTPi

Satellite Hotbird 13E
Frequency 11334
Polarisation horizontal
Symbol rate 27500
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S

TV5 Monde

Satellite Hotbird 13E
Frequency 11137
Polarisation  horizontal
Symbol rate 27500
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S

Satellite Astra 19.2E
Frequency 11538
Polarisation vertical 
Symbol rate 22000
FEC 5/6
Mode DVB-S

UK broadcasters

Meanwhile, Sky News International and BBC World News are keeping viewers up-to-date with the latest UK and world Covid-19 news, with BBC World News simulcasting the BBC News Channel (and vice versa) at various points throughout the day as part of a revised schedule on the channel.

Sky News International

Satellite Astra 19.2E
Frequency 11538
Polarisation vertical 
Symbol rate 22000
FEC 5/6
Mode DVB-S

BBC World News

HD: Satellite Astra 19.2°E
Frequency 11229
Polarisation vertical
Symbol Rate 22000
FEC 2/3
Mode DVB-S2

SD: Satellite Hotbird 13°E
Frequency 12596
Polarisation vertical
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S

This page lists a selection of the main free-to-air European satellite frequencies for the above channels only. 

Update 1st April 2020: BVN has confirmed it's ending its Hotbird transmissions on 28th May, according to a message on its website.