Friday, August 03, 2012

NHK: Change of Satellites

Three INTELSAT satellites used for broadcasting NHK WORLD TV and NHK WORLD PREMIUM are due for phased replacement starting from August this year.

Current antennas and receivers can still be used without adjustment because the positions and frequencies of the new satellites stay the same.

It is possible, however, that the reception of video and audio signal will be interrupted in some areas while the satellite transition is made.

Satellite Replacement in August
IS-8 -> IS-19 (Intelsat, 166.0 degrees East)

Period of Possible Service Interruption
2:30 - 3:00 Tuesday 14th August 2012 (Japan Time)
17:30 - 18:00 Monday 13th August 2012 (UTC)

Areas of Possible Service Interruption
IS-8 areas plus IS-9 areas that receive signals from IS-8.
IS-8 covers the Asia-Pacific region and IS-9 covers South and North and America. Please refer to the NHK WORLD website for details.

The satellite transition should only take a few seconds to complete but it is possible that the disruption to video and audio will persist for somewhat longer.

The second satellite is due for replacement in September and the third after that. The details of those changes will be announced once they are known.

(Source : NHK World)

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