BBC World News and BBC World Service satellite frequency guide


BBC World News is the BBC's international news channel. BBC World Service radio is the BBC's main English language audio service. 

This page covers free-to-air satellite reception of these services covering Europe, Middle East and North Africa. BBC World News is not distributed on a free-to-air basis on satellite outside of these areas.

Information last reviewed 13/05/2020.



BBC World News


Europe version

Satellite Astra 1KR 19.2°E
Frequency 11229
Polarisation vertical
Symbol Rate 22000
FEC 2/3
Mode  DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID 5001
Status:  HD feed. Not available in SD on Astra 1.
Primary FTA HD feed for Europe.



Satellite Eutelsat Hot Bird 13°E
Frequency 12596
Polarisation  vertical
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S QPSK
Service ID 8204
Status: SD feed. Not available in HD on Hot Bird.
Primary FTA SD feed for Europe. Globecast for BBC.



Satellite Eutelsat 9B, 9°E
Frequency 11785
Polarisation horizontal
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 2/3
Mode DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID 240
Status: Relay of Hot Bird SD feed for German cable operators.
Can be received FTA on domestic receivers.


Satellite Hellas Sat 3 39°E
Frequency 12241
Polarisation horizontal
Symbol Rate 13381
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S2 QPSK
Service ID 2
Status: Third-party SD feed aimed at viewers in SE Europe.
Other third-party instances of the Europe version on satellite are encrypted as part of various satellite pay TV packages.



Middle East version



Satellite Badr4, 26°E
Frequency 12073
Polarisation horizontal
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID 307
Status: Primary HD feed for Middle East & N Africa.



Satellite Nilesat 201 7°W
Frequency 11765
Polarisation horizontal
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 5/6
Mode DVB-S QPSK
Service ID 522
Status: Primary SD feed for Middle East & N Africa.



Africa version



Satellite Eutelsat 10A 10°E
Frequency 3759 (C-Band)
Polarisation horizontal
Symbol Rate 7610
FEC 5/6
Mode DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID 11
Status: Primary feed for Tanzania DTV Network.
Southern Africa beam (not receivable in Europe)
Other instances of BBC World News on satellite around the world are encrypted - either feeds for distributors or as part of pay TV services in different countries.

CABLE AND IPTV

Various cable and IPTV networks carry BBC World News TV. Please contact your local operator or visit their websites for details of the services they carry.


BBC World Service Radio (English)

UK

Satellite Astra 2E 28.2°E
Frequency 10788
Polarisation vertical
Symbol Rate  22000
FEC  5/6
Mode  DVB-S QPSK
Service ID  10385
Status: UK feed for Sky and Freesat users. UK spotbeam.


EUROPE


Satellite Astra 1N 19.2°E
Frequency 12363
Polarisation vertical
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S QPSK
Service ID 9142
Status: FTA feed for Europe. Canalsat for BBC.



Satellite Eutelsat Hot Bird 13°E
Frequency 11727
Polarisation vertical
Symbol Rate 29900
FEC 3/4
Mode  DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID  13128

Status: FTA feed for Europe
Middle East feed on same transponder. SID: 13129


MIDDLE EAST



Satellite Eutelsat Hot Bird 13°E
Frequency 11727
Polarisation vertical
Symbol Rate 29900
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID 12129
Status: Middle East feed.
Europe feed on same transponder. SID: 13128


Satellite Badr 4 26°E
Frequency 11996
Polarisation horizontal
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 3/4
Mode DVB-S2 8PSK
Service ID 46
Status: Middle East feed. BBC Arabic & Horn of Africa on the same transponder.


Satellite Nilesat 201 7°W
Frequency 11843
Polarisation horizontal
Symbol Rate 27500
FEC 5/6
Mode DVB-S QPSK
Service ID 622
Status: Middle East feed. BBC Arabic & Horn of Africa on the same transponder.

VARIOUS FEEDS (EUROPE, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST)


Satellite Intelsat 10-02 0.8°W C-Band
Frequency 3985
Polarisation R
Symbol Rate  11341
FEC 4/5
Mode  DVB-S2 QPSK
Service IDs  13907 (Europe)
13908 (Mid East)
13901 (E Africa)
13902 (W Africa)

Status: Various BBC language feeds including Swahili and French (for Africa) on same transponder.
**Transponder used as feed source for onward distribution by local providers. C-Band. Requires suitable satellite equipment.


DIGITAL RADIO
The BBC World Service is available on DAB/DAB+ platforms in UK, Denmark, Italy, The Netherlands and Flanders (Belgium).

FM
The BBC World Service is available on FM frequencies in various locations around the world. Full BBC list of FM relays...

DISH SIZES
To find out what size dish you require for each satellite, visit https://www.satbeams.com/ (non-affiliated link)

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