SAT Observations 97.03.12

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- 1stNet/Showtime Move
- E2f3, tp 38
- RIK Moves
- SAT-MidEast Intern

PANAMSAT 4, 68.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/pas4.html
The 1stNet and Showtime DStv packages will be moving to Arabsat 2A at 26
East, starting from 01/04/97, and will discontinue transmissions from
Panamsat 4 in July 1997.
This 3-month transition period will give everyone plenty of time to
reprogram their receiving equipment, and gives marketing departments
time to act!
The Arabsat satellite system (2A and the to be co-positioned 2C) will
give both packages enough future transponder space for the total planned
72 channels.

Advertisement for the 1stNet package, including ART, from Arabsat 2A is
running regularely since a while, however still mentioning an older
frequency (12.521 GHz, H).
Info's used from Fred Zaziski, Bahrain and Showtime, UK.

ARABSAT 2B, 30.5 East, http://www.satcodx.com/a2b.html
Feeds in excellent quality could be seen during the evening on
transponder 15, 4.044 GHz, Rc, and transponder 16, 4.064 GHz, Lc, both
in conference with each other. Sound subcarriers on both transponders on
6.60 MHz.

EUTELSAT II-f3, 16 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f3.html
In yesterdays report about Finnish transmissions starting soon on
transponder 38, 11.617 GHz, V, I assumed that YLE would do the honours.

To set the record straight: there are various other Finnish channels
interested in pan-european broadcasting; one of them FTV with a mixture
of Finland's national TV channels e.g. YLE TV1, YLE TV2 and MTV3, which
is already being transmitted in the greater Stockholm area, as well as
carried on the many cable systems around Sweden.

FTV, in case of an up-link, will be scrambled and Finnish ex-patriots
around Europe will be able to subscribe to the service. If YLE will use
transponder 38, it could be expected that it will be a digital service,
in preparation for a future move to, yet to be launched, Eutelsat Hot
Bird 3 or Hot Bird 4.

The above contains info's from J.Pesonen and Christian Lyngemark,
but do not nescesarily represent their views.

HOT BIRD 1, 13 East, http://www.satcodx.com/hb1.html
As SME reported on 11 March is the Discovery Channel testing in MPEG-2
on transponder 3, 11.247,75 GHz, H.
Here are the nescesary reception data, courteously submitted by A.
Spierings, in the Netherlands: SR 5632, FEC 3/4, VPID 0488, APID 0460 

EUTELSAT II-f2, 10 East, http://www.satcodx.com/e2f2.html
Cypriot newspapers announced the move of the RIK transmissions from
Eutelsat II-f4-M to Eutelsat II-f2 as early as from 01/04/97. 

The move is aimed at allowing ex-patriate Cypriots and Greeks to receive
both the RIK channel and the Greek EPT-ET 1 with a fixed single feed
dish, as it was possible in the era, where EPT-ET1 and RIK shared
transponder 22 on Eutelsat II-f4-M.

The contract is made up for 4 monthes only and expires the end of August
1997 when both channels will reportedly move to the, yet to be launched,
Eutelsat Hot Bird 3 satellite, at 13 East.
Info's used from Andreas Louca, Cyprus

INTELSAT 707, 1 West, http://www.satcodx.com/i707.html
On transponder 111X-A appeared on the colourbar test card a new text,
using two lines, with really, really big capitals (300 points or so)
A little later a sport feed was transmitted for Israel Channel 5 with a
subcarrier on 6.60 MHz for commentary and natural sounds.
Transponder 111X-B still active with Israel Channel 2, identical to
transponder 73B.
Transponder 73A, still colorbar testcard, with sinus wave on 6.60 MHz.

SAT-MidEast Intern: http://www.sat-net.com/sat-mideast/
The initial frames version of the Sat-MidEast pages has been launched
today. After the first uploading it appears to be slightly faster, due
to various code alterations. A non-frames version is available, with
identical contents.
All news pages have been up-dated during the file modification. Some
graphical changes will be noticed, mostly due to the slight narrower
main window.

Comments (please also some positive...) will be gratefully received,
but don't ask me about frames; they are there, so I use them...

Best regards,

Henk C. Room / Sat-MidEast / Cairo - Egypt

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