BBC-SATBACK using DVB-S2 Card

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BBC Two England on Intelsat 907

The main PSB channels from the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 are available on Intelsat 907 at 27.5° West.
This service is a backup for Freeview and carries PSB channels from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.
It is often referred to by its network name BBC-SATBACK.

It is a a backup of Freeview multiplexes PSB 1 and PSB 3, it is not intended for direct-to-home (DTH) reception.
All the channels including radio are encrypted using the BISS encryption system. Many cheaper satellite receivers can not find the channels as they are transmitted as data services, the video and audio pids need to be added manually on some receivers.

The Symbol Rate used 44100, is rather high and unusual, though even the cheapest DVB-S2 satellite receivers these days, can handle the unusual Symbol rate used by the service.

There have been reports of problems with the HD channels, video can be viewed, though no audio is available.
To obtain audio on HD channels, AAC sound codec must be Switched on or a plugin installed.
If you are using a Sat PC S2 DVB card, only update plugin AAC sound codex, that said, many HD receivers work without any audio problems.
Screen resolution is reported to be either 544 x 576 or 720 x 576 for standard definition channels in MPEG-2 and 1920 x 1088 for high definition channels in MPEG-4.

The service uses Spot 2 on the Intelsat 907, this covers most of northern Europe, the Iberian peninsula, and some areas of north Africa (Morocco). Reception may also be possible in the Canary Islands. It is operated by Aquiva.

The Freeview Backup can be found on:

Intelsat 907 at 27.5° West
Transponder 74
11.495 Vertical
SR: 44100
FEC: 9/10
DVB-S2/MPEG2/MPEG4
Modulation: QPSK
Encryption: BISS
Sptbeam: Spot 2 (Europe)
Network Name: BBC-SATBACK


 

Setting up channels

open1 All the channels seem to be ‘flagged’ as data, this is confirmed using DVB Dream software.
Please note that UTV HD, STV HD and BBC Alba are data channels. Channel Properties
Right click the channel to be edited and go to ‘Channel Properties’.
open2 Right click on a channel, then click ‘Channel Properties’.
All channels are listed as data.
open3 What needs to be edited?
1. Under Type – Change to V (TV channel) or R (Radio channel).
2. Under Pids, Video enter the channels Video Pid.
3 Under Audio, Pids, enter the channels Audio Pids.
4. Press OK to save.Video Option
The follow options are available under Video:
MPEG-2 (SD channels)
MPEG-1
H.264 (HD channels)Audio Options
There is the option to choose Both, Left, or Right Audio channels.
The following options are available under Audio:
MPEG-1
MPEG-2
AC3
AAC
DOLBY-E
open4  The channel is now listed as an encrypted video channel.
open5 Entering BISS Keys
Please remember that viewing encrypted channels without permission is illegal. THIS IS A DUMMY KEY (NOT VALID)
On DVB Dream use the BISS Plugin (install this plugin, it is not installed in DVB Dream). The BISS key consists of 16 digits (8 x 2 digits). Some programmes or receivers may require a 12 digit key.
To obtain a 12 digit key,  remove the 4th and 8th groups of digits, these are  check sums. Then press Set.
The channel should now be open. Repeat the process for all channels individually.
bbc1wales-satback BBC One Wales on Intelsat 907
satback-radio Radio Channels
Radio channels are also listed as data, change this to R (for Radio) under channel option.
Add the Audio Pids, there are no Video Pids.
Please note the following radio channels are data:
BBC Radio Scotland
BBC Radio Nan Gael
BBC Radio Ulster
BBC Radio Foyle
BBC Radio Wales
BBC Radio Cymru.

 

 

 

 

 

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