BBC Prime hitches a ride on Eurobird
by David Allen
BBC Worldwide has been working on an agreement with Globecast to broadcast the BBC Prime channel through the Eutelsat Eurobird 9A satellite.
The BBC channel will now be distributed through the Globecast transponders on the satellite, which is located at nine degrees east and covers a very wide area including Europe, the Middle East and North Africa - in fact, the footprint is large enough to take in around three hundred million households.
The BBC Prime signal is passed to Globecast through fibre cable to central London.
It is then passed over to the Bookman’s Park uplink facility where it is sent to the satellite.
BBC was initially distributed through the Hot Bird satellite and both services can be picked up through a single satellite dish.