The BBC is closing down the standard definition feed of BBC World News on the Astra 1 satellite position at 19.2° East.

This will affect viewers in those parts of Europe where the Astra 1 satellites are used for TV reception, notably Austria, France, Germany and Spain, and Belgium.

Since 1st April 2015, the HD version of BBC World News has been broadcast on Astra 1. From September, it will be the only way of receiving the station at 19.2°E, according to a note to distributors of the channel. The change will leave Sky News International as the only UK-based news channel broadcasting at 19.2°E in standard definition.

Cable and IPTV providers who relay the SD signal are being told to switch to the Hot Bird (13°E) version of BBC World News SD by 1st September, which will remain on air. Hot Bird is used as a primary source of satellite television in some Eastern and Southern European countries and as a secondary source in many other parts of the continent.

There is currently no EPG information available on any of the BBC World News feeds.

The main free-to-air transmissions for BBC World News in Europe from September are:
BBC World News HD
Satellite: Astra 1KR (19.2E)
Frequency: 11229
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 22000
FEC: 2/3
Mode: DVB-S2, 8PSK
Service ID: 5001 (BBC World News HD)

BBC World News SD
Satellite: Eutelsat Hot Bird (13 E)
Frequency: 12596
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate: 27500
FEC: 3/4
Service ID: 8204

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