Technical Notices

As part of the C-Band Spectrum transition, SES has requested HITS to move from SES-11 Transponder 23 to Transponder 13 by the end of October 2020.  HITS will start dual illumination of QHD 1 and QHD 2 Multiplexes currently on SES-11/23 and SES-11/13 on September 1, 2020.  All systems must have their device retuned from SES-11/23 to SES-11/13 by October 26, 2020 to avoid service interruption.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Insight TV has recently informed NCTC that they will be transitioning solely to an IP delivered feed through Zixi effective as of January 1, 2021.

Please see attached notice for more information.

UPDATE:  The dual illumination period will end on Thursday, Sept. 10th.

EWTN is moving their services to a new transponder on Galaxy 15.  They are moving from Transponder 5 to Transponder 23.  This change should be minimal, requiring only a frequency change on the same satellite.  

Please see attached updated notice for more information.

BBC World News has rescheduled the signal maintenance for Tuesday, August 11, 2020.  Intelsat has provided a new Ticket Reference: EC 200803-044.  Please see attached updated notice for more information.

On Thursday, July 30, 2020, the TV One and CLEO TV Networks will air a special broadcast of Representative John Lewis' (GA) funeral service.  This broadcast will air on the Networks starting at 10:00 AM EST and/or for at minimum the duration of the coverage.  There is a possibility that some or all local avails will be preempted during this period.

Please see attached notice with information regarding the 'make good' local avails on Thursday, August 13, 2020.

NBCU has provided the NBCSN and USA Blackout Schedule for Exhibition Games and Qualifying Round of the 2019 - 2020 NHL Season. 

Please see attached updated schedule thru 8/5/20 for more information.

Discovery Networks will be transitioning several HD services from Galaxy 13 Transponder 14 to Transponder 24.  Dual illumination began July 1, 2020 and will end on November 30, 2020.  To begin the transition, please contact Discovery at (240) 662-7508.

Please see attached notice for more information.

On July 21, 2020, DEMN will migrate the SD satellite feeds for FX Movie, National Geographic East, and National Geographic Mundo from Galaxy 17 Transponder 6 to Galaxy 17 Transponder 10 for sites utilizing a Cisco/Scientific Atlanta SD decoder (IRD).  This move is required by FCC mandate to be completed by July 31, 2020.  This change will occur in the background and should not require any action by the affiliates.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Stingray Music is updating the names of a few of their audio music channels effective July 15, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Olympusat will be replacing the Living Faith Network with PTL Television Network effective September 8, 2020.  Carriage of the replacement channel is optional.  If you prefer to terminate the service on September 8, 2020, you will need to send an email notice to your NCTC programming account manager.  Otherwise, your billing will be automatically transitioned from Living Faith Network to PLT Television Network.

See attached notice for more information.

Sinclair has notified NCTC that there will be a channel change on station WHOI. Effective July 1st, 2020, WHOI will launch TBD on the Primary slot and Comet will move to the D-2 channel position from the primary slot.

Stingray Music Videos On Demand will no longer be delivered through Vubiquity but will be delivered directly from Stingray to Participating Members.  Please see attached notice for more information.

Semillitas will be transitioning to an HD Feed only.  Dual illumination period will begin on June 1, 2020 through June 14, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information, along with technical and contact information.

Hallmark has provided the attached tech sheet, as they have a new authorization center and a new technical hotline phone number.  All other details remain the same.

NCTC received notice from Youtoo America that they are having to make a satellite change immediately.  ACTION REQUIRED - please see attached notice for more information.

AMC Networks will be transitioning their VOD Content Provider for BBC America VOD from IBM Cloud Services (formerly known as Clearleap) to CTS - Comcast Technology Solutions.  Beginning April 1, 2020, CTS will begin contacting each affiliate with Provider Worksheets that will need to be completed.  As of June 2020, all BBC America VOD content will only be delivered by CTS.  Please see attached for more information.

Disney, ESPN, FX/NAT GEO networks will be transitioning to a new SCTE-35 messaging structure by July 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

ESPN will discontinue distribution of (1) ESPN Goal Line effective immediately and (2) ESPN Bases Loaded effective June 30, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.

NCTC has received notification from DEMN regarding updated local advertising guidelines.  Please review the attached notice for more information.

NBCU is transitioning E!Entertainment, Universal Kids, and Telemundo from SES1, Transponder 8 to new satellite locations effective March 17, 2020.  Please see attached notice for more information.