Technical Notices

AccuWeather has notified NCTC that they have begun moving transmission/uplink from the Encompass, Atlanta Facility, to Comcast Dry Creek Facility, Centennial, CO.  As part of the transition, AccuWeather will move from Galaxy-19 Transponder 12C to SES-3 Transponder 18 as follows:

SES 3 T18 dual illumination – Began January 15th, 2023 – Ends February 28th, 2023 (AccuWeather will no longer be on Galaxy-19 TP12 after this date).

IMPORTANT:  To avoid service interruption, please retune your receiver prior to the dual illumination end date. Your receiver has been pre-authorized. When you retune, you will need to change the receiver settings and may have to reboot the receiver.

If you need assistance retuning your receiver, please call the CTS Authorizations Support line at 1 (800) 824-1771 Monday-Friday 6 AM-12 AM MT.

The Technical Specifications for SES-3 T18 are attached. 

The NBCU services listed below are migrating from SES 1 Transponder 9 to SES 1 Transponder 23.  Dual illumination begins January 17, 2023.  All affiliates must be migrated to the new transponder by February 22, 2023.

  • USA East HD
  • USA East SD
  • Syfy East
  • Bravo East
  • Oxygen East
  • Oxygen West
  • Universo East
  • Universo West
  • Telemundo East SD 

If you receive these services via HITS or another transporter and do not have a direct IRD, no action is necessary.

Please see attached notice for more information, including the new tech specs.

Jewelry TV has notified NCTC that they will be transitioning their backup satellite location FROM Galaxy 17C, Transponder 12 TO Galaxy 17C, Transponder 18.  This change ONLY impacts their backup satellite location.  Dual illumination will begin on January 5, 2023 and terminate on February 5, 2023.  

Please see attached notice for more information.

Effective as of January 1, 2023, BabyFirst TV will no longer offer a standard definition feed of their Service from their satellite, AMC 11.  If you want to continue to deliver a standard definition feed after December 31, 2022, you will need to make plans to down-convert the BabyFirst TV HD signal to SD.  BabyFirst’s HD feed is also offered on AMC 11. 

Please see the attached technical specs for details regarding the HD feed.

As of 12/31/2022, Comcast Technology Solutions will no longer be offering satellite service for PixL subscribers on SES3 transponder 18C channel 100.

Regrettably, PixL shall transition to terrestrial delivery utilizing a HD IP MPEG transport stream (TS). 

The new primary method of delivery will be Secure Reliable Transport (SRT) or Zixi over the public internet 1) running in the cloud, or 2) on premise via a server or 3) an IP MPEG TS enabled IRD.  Other distribution options including fiber and CDN are also possible.

PixL thanks you for your support and would look forward to finding a solution for continued carriage with your service.  That said, we do understand that potential solutions may not ultimately be commercially desirable or feasible for you prospectively.

PixL operations contact Tim Hanafee can be reached at thanafee@pixltv.com and (303) 641-7068.

NFL Network has notified NCTC that they will be changing transponders from Galaxy 13, Transponder 21 to Galaxy 13, Transponder 22.  Dual illumination will run from January 1, 2023, through February 28, 2023. 

Please see attached for more information.

The Olympusat services listed below will be migrated from SES-1 (101° West), Transponder 18 TO SES-11 (105° West), Transponder 24.  Dual illumination begins on November 22, 2022 and will terminate on February 28, 2023.

  • Daystar SD
  • TBN SD
  • TBN Inspire SD
  • PositivTV SD
  • SonLife Broadcasting Network (SBN)

Also effective February 28, 2023, Brigham Young (BYU) SD will no longer be distributed by Olympusat.  NCTC is currently talking with BYU to negotiate an NCTC – BYU agreement, and we will update you if we are able to complete an agreement with BYU.  Because we have several months before the network will go dark on the Olympusat platform, we are hoping to have a new agreement in place before there is any disruption in your signal.

The attached notice also includes a note about EWTN being migrated from G23 to G33.  If you carry EWTN through NCTC you should have already received a separate notification for this service.

Please review the attached notification carefully.  If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact Eric Bressler at 561-472-2867 or satchange2022@olympusat.com.

A&E Networks has informed NCTC that the AMC-11 satellite will be replaced by the recently launched SES-21 satellite at the same orbital location on December 1, 2022 between the hours of 2am and 4am ET.  All programming on AMC-11 will be moved to SES-21. 

The following feeds from A&E Networks are currently located on AMC-11/Transponder 20:  West coast feeds of A&E, History, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Network, FYI and Vice; Military History, Crime & Investigation, Lifetime Real Women and History en Espanol.  Once the satellite replacement transition is complete, these networks will be located on SES-21/Transponder 20.

No action is required by you for this transition.  All of the current settings and parameters remain the same on the new satellite and affiliates will continue to use their existing equipment to access these feeds.

If you experience any technical difficulties during the replacement transition and require assistance, please contact A&E Networks Technical Support at: techsupport@aenetworks.com or 866-335-8236 (option 2).

Outdoor Channel will be migrating from Galaxy 17, Transponder 9C to Galaxy 17, Transponder 23C.  The dual illumination period is currently scheduled for January 5, 2023 through January 31, 2023.

Please see attached notice for more information.

World Fishing Network (WFN) will be migrating from Galaxy 17, Transponder 9C to Galaxy 17, Transponder 23C.  The dual illumination period is currently scheduled for January 5, 2023 through January 31, 2023.

Please see attached notice for more information.

Sportsman Channel will be migrating from Galaxy 17, Transponder 9C to Galaxy 17, Transponder 23C.  The dual illumination period is currently scheduled for January 5, 2023 through January 31, 2023.

Please see attached notice for more information.

EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) is changing the delivery of their North American services. Beginning on November 2nd, EWTN, EWTN HD, EWTN Español, EWTN Español HD and EWTN Canada will move to a new satellite: Galaxy 33 (G33), located at 133 degrees West.

The change from satellite G23 to G33 may involve a dish antenna move unless you are already looking at G33.  Galaxy 33 has successfully launched and will be positioned in the same orbital slot where Galaxy 15 – which was shut down this past August – was previously located.

There will be a dual illumination period where EWTN is available at both locations (G33 and G23) allowing ample time for you to adjust your reception, as described below:

  • Galaxy 33 Dual Illumination Period - Beginning at 12:00am EDT on November 2, 2022, EWTN, EWTN HD, EWTN Español, EWTN Español HD and EWTN Canada will become available on Galaxy 33, Transponder 23. On November 16, 2022, our transmissions on Galaxy 23, Transponder 23 will terminate. 

You are welcome to call the EWTN Engineering Help Line (205-795-5842), and can find their new G33 Satellite Transmission Plan attached.  Once your company has completed the move, please email EWTN at G33@ewtn.com to let them know that you have successfully transitioned to G33.  If you have any further questions, please contact Mike Mishol, EWTN’s Corporate Accounts Manager, at (205) 527-8361 or mmishol@ewtn.com

Viacom (Paramount) has notified NCTC that due to the FCC C-Band 5G reclamation, they will be migrating the services currently located on SES-1 Transponder 11, to SES-1 Transponder 21.  Dual illumination is scheduled for November 17, 2022 until February 15, 2023. 

Services affected:  HD East & West feeds of BET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick, and TV Land.

Please see attached notice for more information.

FOX has been notified by Intelsat that the Galaxy 15 replacement satellite, Galaxy 33, successfully launched at 133 degrees West.  FOX began dual illumination of the current Galaxy 23 sources to Galaxy 33 on Monday, November 7, 2022 and will continue dual illumination until December 2, 2022.  

Please see the attached document for details.

Please see message below and attached document received from Sinclair.

Beginning November 7thall BALLY SPORTS REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORKS, YES NETWORK, MARQUEE SPORTS NETWORK, TENNIS CHANNEL, AND STADIUM COLLEGE SPORTS will transition to the new Galaxy 33 satellite.  Details are provided in the attached document.  Please pay special attention to the Networks moving from G17 to G33 as this process is different than what you may have been or will be doing with other networks (Starz, Warner, Fox, etc.).

Please be sure to contact the SBG Media Operations Distribution Center at (833) 549-2011 or Media-Ops-Distr-Ctr-Agents@SBGTV.com after you have completed the conversion (this step is very important), or if you have any questions.  This conversion should be completed by December 2, 2022.

As a result of the FCC order in GN Docket No. 18-122 regarding satellite transmissions, FM Network SD will be transitioning from Galaxy 23, Transponder 15 to Galaxy 30, Transponder 15. To ensure a smooth transition, dual illumination for FM Network SD will be available until December 1, 2022. Following December 1, 2022, FM Network SD will be transmitted only on Galaxy 30, Transponder 15. No changes will be made to the FM Network HD feed.

Please see attached tech sheet.

OlympuSAT will be terminating SES-1, Transponder 10 feeds on November 22, 2022 at 12:01 AM eastern time.  Please review the attached notification for signal transition details, as some feeds will be available via another satellite and others will use a Zixi IP feed.

Weather Channel has notified NCTC that they will be terminating the Weatherscan service soon, and by no later than December 9, 2022.  Please see the attached notice for additional information.

As part of the C-Band Spectrum transition, Comcast Technology Solutions will move transponders for Ovation as follows:

From:  SES-3, Transponder 12 & 14

To:  SES-22, Transponder 20C

Dual illumination period:  August 15, 2022 - November 11, 2022

Please see attached notice for more information.

As part of the continued C-band Spectrum Transition plans, Sony Movies and Sony Cine will be moving from SES 3, T12C to SES 22, T20C. This transition will be both a transponder and satellite move.

SES 22, T20C dual illumination – Monday, August 1, 2022 (the first day)

SES 22, T20C dual illumination – Monday, August 15, 2022 (IRD authorization and Re-tune window for affiliates begins and all affiliates should be switched over to the new satellite by Friday, November 4, 2022) 

IMPORTANT We have scheduled the IRD authorization and Re-tune window for affiliates from Monday, August 15, 2022 until Friday, November 4, 2022. To avoid service interruption, please call the CTS Authorizations 24/7 Support line at 1 (800) 824-1771 during this period to retune your IRD and get authorization for SES-22, T20C. When you re-tune, you will need to change the receiver settings and likely reboot the receiver. 

To ensure a seamless transition, a CTS Authorizations Support Technician will walk you through the retuning and authorization process. 

No additional equipment will be needed as both SES-3 – T12 and SES 22 – T20C are on the Synamedia (Cisco) PowerVu encryption platform.

Please see attached Technical Specifications for the SES-22 – T20C satellite move.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: If there are tasks or costs associated with carrying out programmer changes that are part of SES’ and Intelsat’s transition plans for repurposing the lower portion of the C-band, then the party that is responsible for such tasks and costs is governed by the FCC’s C-Band Order (3/3/20) and Lump Sum Payments Public Notice (7/30/20). Outside of the FCC’s documents, you may have additional rights through your agreement with the programmer.