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BBC SATBACK Service has moved from Intelsat 901 27.5°W

Posted on 10th Apr 2024 @ 4:21 PM

BBC SATBACK Service has moved from Intelsat 901 27.5°W

The Freeview backup service often termed ‘BBC SATBACK Service’ on Intelsat 901 at 27.5°W was finally switched off last week (04-04-2024) following many years of transmission and has found a new home on Telstar 12 at 15.0°W.

Thousands of UK ex-pats are reeling across Southern Spain and Portugal following the closure, as the Satback service on Intelsat was a great free way to keep in touch with programming from home. Although the service was encrypted, and the transmission was never intended for direct reception by viewers, many satellite receivers like Technomate, Cryptobox and Icecrypt would pick up the signal.

The new home of the Satback service on Telstar 12 is a mirror of the old Intelsat one but with a much tighter UK footprint which can no longer be picked up in Southern Europe.

What’s the Solution?

As an alternative, satellite viewers in Southern Spain and Portugal can resume viewing of BBC/ITV/Channel4/Channel5 via the Kabelio package located on Hotbird offering a much stronger signal meaning your existing dish located on Intelsat can be utilised.

For details on receiving Kabelio along with any associated equipment that may be required please get in touch.