Astra 19.2°E – The transponder conversion of the Pay-TV provider Sky Germany

November 18, 2015

In the night of 17th November 2015 the Pay-TV provider Sky Germany has successful converted it’s satellite at the position Astra 19.2°E from DVB-S to the more efficient DVB-S2 standard and changed the corresponding transponder.

All channels are still available in Sky packages, but with obvious improvement.

Technical details

Frequencies 11720, 11758, 12032 and 12070 horizontal will be sent in DVB-S2 modulation method. The technical data read symbol rate SR 27500, FEC error correction 9/10. As a modulation method DVB-S2 QPSK is used. 

Owners of original Sky receivers should notice no changes, because their receivers should have been redirected automatically to the new frequencies. Set top box users must start automatic channel search or search and save channels manually with specified technical details. 

Changing modulation method from DVB-S to DVB-S2 also means that all sky channels on this frequencies are not more available for users having enigma1 based satellite receivers

About Sky

Source (wikipedia)

Sky Deutschland AG, branded as Sky, is a German media company which operates a Direct Broadcast Satellite Pay TV platform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland offering a collection of basic and premium digital subscription television channels of different categories via Satellite and Cable Television.

It was launched in 1991 as Premiere. The channel originally started off as a single analogue channel on the Astra 1A satellite, showing films dubbed into German as well as in original audio, live football matches from the UEFA Champions League, German Bundesliga and Austrian Bundesliga, as well as documentaries, and TV series.

After the coming of the digital age, the service has since consisted of many channels with many new ones added over the years. On 4 July 2009, the service and its channels were re-branded as “Sky”.

The channels that make up the Sky package broadcast from the Astra 19.2°E satellite position, using the Astra 1H, Astra 1L, and Astra 1M satellites. Channels are uplinked by SES Platform Services.  

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