BFBS, BBC TV & ITV – Global Reception

Last updated: October 16, 2014

bfbsBFBS is the British Forces Broadcasting Service and incorporates television and radio services for the British Forces in the UK and around the world. BFBS TV and Radio are considered one of the most important arms of the MOD’s welfare services for its soldiers, sailors, airmen and women and their dependants. BFBS is run by SSVC (the Services Sound & Vision Corporation), a charity, under contract to the Ministry of Defence.

The MOD funds the BFBS Broadcasting Contract for Radio and Television overseas. However SSVC funds additional channels from its charitable resources as an enhancement to Forces welfare.
While civilian satellite viewers cannot view any of the channels offered by SSVC, it is quite interesting to see how some of the domestic UK channels have gone global.

Channels available to the armed forces are BBC One, BBC Two, ITV, Sky News, BFBS Extra, BFBS Sports, Forces TV, Sky Sports 1, Sky Sports 2 and Nepali TV (for the Ghurkhas).
The services available can vary depending on the region and the needs of the British Armed Forces.
These global feeds now make it possible to rebroadcast British TV to the Overseas Territories, in 2013, BBC One and BBC Two replaced BFBS 1 and BFBS 2 on Tristan da Cunha in the South Atlantic.
Please note, these services are encrypted and intended for the British Armed Forces overseas, subscriptions are not available to the general public.

For more information see:
www.bfbs.com
www.ssvc.com


 

Listed below are the satellites, frequencies and footprints for BFBS/SSVC around the globe.

Eutelsat 10A at 10.0° East

Eutelsat 10A at 10.0° East
Eutelsat 10A at 10.0° East – Click to enlarge

Transponder C1 – 11.221 Vertical
SR: 5632
FEC: 3/4
Beam: European Widebeam Ku Band
Encryption: Cryptoworks & Irdeto 2


TV Channels

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • ITV
  • BFBS Extra
  • Sky Sports 1
  • Sky Sports 2
  • BFBS Sport
  • Sky News UK
  • Forces TV
  • BBC One Delay
  • BBC Two Delay
  • ITV Delay
  • BFBS Extra Delay
  • BFBS Movies
  • Sky Sports 3 UK, Nepali TV (Clear)

 

Radio Stations

  • BFBS Radio Afghanistan
  • BFBS Radio Cyprus
  • BFBS Radio UK Bases
  • BFBS Radio 2 (Encrypted)
  • BFBS Radio Germany
  • BFBS Radio Unwind
  • BFBS Radio UK DAB
  • BFBS Radio Northern Ireland
  • BFBS Radio Navy
  • BFBS Radio Beats
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio
  • BFBS Radio Dirt
  • BFBS Radio Rewind
  • BFBS Radio Shamishran
  • BBC World Service English (Encrypted)
  • Fun Kids
  • BFBS Radio Gibraltar
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio

 

NSS 12 at 57.0° East

NSS 12 at 57.0° East
NSS 12 at 57.0° East – Click to enlarge

Transponder WHR3 – 3800 Right
SR: 20000
FEC: 3/5
Modulation: DVB-S2 QPSK
Beam: West Hemisphere C-Band
Encryption: Cryptoworks & Irdeto 2


TV Channels

  • Forces TV
  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • ITV
  • BFBS Extra
  • Sky Sports 1
  • Sky Sports 2
  • BFBS Sport
  • Sky News UK
  • Nepali TV

 

Radio Stations

  • BFBS Radio UK Bases
  • BFBS Radio 2 (encrypted)
  • BFBS Radio Unwind
  • BFBS Radio UK DAB
  • BFBS Radio Navy
  • BFBS Radio Beats
  • BFBS Radio Africa
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio
  • BFBS Radio Dirt
  • BFBS Radio Rewind
  • BFBS Shamishran.

 

SES 6 at 40.5° West

SES 6 at 40.5° West
SES 6 at 40.5° West – Click to enlarge

Transponder 65 – 3920 Right
SR: 1900
FEC: 3/4
Beam: Western Hemisphere (C-Band)
Encryption: Cryptoworks & Irdeto 2


TV Channels

  • BFBS
  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • ITV
  • Sky Sports 1 UK
  • Sky Sports 2 UK
  • BFBS Sport
  • Sky News UK
  • Forces TV
  • BBC One Delay
  • BBC Two Delay
  • ITV Delay
  • BFBS Extra Delay
  • Nepali TV

 

Radio Stations

  • BFBS Radio UK Bases
  • BFBS Radio 2 (Encrypted)
  • BFBS Radio Unwind
  • BFBS Radio UK DAB
  • BFBS Radio Beats
  • BFBS Gurkha Radio
  • BFBS Radio Dirt
  • BFBS Radio Rewind
  • BFBS Radio Shamishran
  • BFBS Radio Falklands
  • Falkland Islands Radio Service
  • BBC World Service English (Encrypted)
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