Friday, January 29, 2010

Glitch Takes Eutelsat W2 Out of Action

I don't know if you noticed on Wednesday evening but Channel Five went off the air around eight-thirty. I was having breakfast with the Five engineers on Thursday and they mentioned that Eutelsat W2 carries their DTT distribution (so the feed to the various main-base Freeview transmitters around the UK). Arquiva must have quickly re-routed but it appears that as of today all Eutelsat have been able to do is move the bird to it's 'parking' orbit. It's quite an old satellite (launched in 1998) and was due to be decomissioned this year, but even loosing a few months must be costing a lot of money.

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