Configuration changes paving the way for BBC Three’s standard definition service on Sky and Freesat have commenced.
A new service ID is now live on satellite, as part of behind-the-scenes work to prepare for the return of the BBC’s youth-orientated channel in February. Once fully up and running, Sky and Freesat EPGs will be updated to allow SD satellite receivers to access the channel.
The reconfiguration comes ahead of pre-launch testing, due to get underway in earnest in the New Year, in the four weeks running up to BBC Three’s launch date – expected to be on or around 1st February. All new services require a period of testing, in order to qualify to be listed on Sky’s Electronic Programme Guide. During this time, programme information, subtitle, audio description and red button data will be attached to the data stream associated with the new service ID.
BBC Three’s return comes nearly five full years after it was axed. As last time, BBC Three will timeshare with CBBC.
Two weeks ago, the BBC started configuration of BBC Three HD, with one service ID for Sky UK and Freesat and a service ID for Sky Ireland, which will exclude red button services.
Last week, Ofcom gave the returning channel its final approval. Consultation documents confirm BBC Three will be available in both SD and HD via satellite and cable TV services. On Freeview, the channel will be available across the UK in SD and in England and Northern Ireland in HD.
BBC Three SD – future slot
Astra 2E, 28.2-5E
- Frequency 10818
- Polarisation Vertical
- Symbol Rate 22000
- FEC 5/6
- Mode DVB-S, QPSK
- Service ID 10351