Satellite operator Astra is informing continental viewers of a frequency change for CNN via an on-screen message.
The US-based CNN International is leaving its current transponder spot on Astra 19.2°E (11626V, transponder 28) in favour of two new spots on the satellite platform.
The Astra 19.2°E feed of CNN is the broadcaster’s main free-to-air standard definition feed for continental Europe.
Astra has been broadcasting the new copies of CNN since last October, but recently added an on-screen ticker on CNN’s old frequency to advise viewers of the impending change. Viewers who have switched to one of the new frequencies will not see this message.
Two copies of the channel will be available going forward, one copy for older DVB-S satellite receivers, and one copy for newer receivers that support DVB-S2. But both copies are in standard definition with a fixed bitrate of 3.8Mbps.
▶️ CNN on Astra 19.2°E
Frequency for DVB-S2 receivers
Frequency: 11778 Polarisation: Vertical Symbol Rate: 29500 (29.5) FEC: 9/10 Mode: DVB-S2 QPSK Service ID: 5710 CNN Int.
Frequency for DVB-S receivers
Frequency: 11739 Polarisation: Vertical Symbol Rate: 27500 (27.5) FEC: 3/4 Mode: DVB-S QPSK Service ID: 6101 CNN Int.
Changes on Astra 19.2°E have no effect on CNN viewers in the UK. Here, CNN offers an HD channel on Sky satellite.
CNN’s old transponder on Astra 19.2°E is currently being used to carry encrypted tests of HDTV services in the HEVC video codec.
In other news channel changes on Astra 19.2°E, Euronews French is due to be discontinued. The French language version of the channel will continue online.