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Can I listen to BBC World Service by satellite?

Yes, in many parts of the world:

Europe

Hot Bird 6
BBC World Service (European schedule) is available 24 hours a day, free-to-air from digital Eutelsat Hot Bird 6 at 13° East, transponder 130U, vertical polarisation, 11131 MHz, PID 457, in stereo. Hot Bird 6 covers the whole of Europe (including the Canary Islands).

You should contact a local satellite/TV equipment dealer for information about the DVB (Digital Video Broadcasting) receiver required for reception from Hot Bird 6. This works in conjunction with a television set, but you can connect the audio output of the set-top receiver box to a Hi-Fi system for better quality sound.

WorldSpace
BBC World Service in English is carried on the West Beam of the digital WorldSpace AfriStar satellite. There is a 24-hour news stream and a mixed English stream with African news programmes at certain times of day, two half-hours of French (BBC Afrique) at 0600 & 1800 GMT and BBC Hausa from 1930-2000 GMT daily.
Visit the WorldSpace website for information about the special receivers and subscription necessary for reception.

Middle East and Gulf

Hot Bird 6 (as above)
In the Middle East and Gulf region, Hot Bird 6 covers Cyprus, Turkey, the Middle East, northern & central Saudi Arabia, UAE and Iran.

WorldSpace
In the Middle East (including the eastern Mediterranean and Turkey), BBC World Service can be received from the North-East beam of the digital WorldSpace Afristar satellite. There are separate news and mixed programme streams in English and Arabic.
Visit the WorldSpace website for information about the special receivers and subscription necessary for reception.

NileSat
Our English Service is on channel 33 of the digital NileSat 102 satellite at 7 degrees West and BBC Arabic is on channel 32.

Africa

WorldSpace
BBC World Service programmes are carried on each of the three beams of AfriStar:

The West beam (West & North Africa and western Europe) carries a 24-hour news stream and a mixed English stream with African news programmes at certain times of day, two half-hours of French (BBC Afrique) at 0600 & 1800 GMT and BBC Hausa from 1930-2000 GMT daily).

The South beam of AfriStar services southern and East Africa and carries a 24-hour news stream and a mixed channel of English and BBC Swahili. The North-East beam of AfriStar reaches as far south as Tanzania and includes the Middle East and parts of Central & South Asia.
Visit the WorldSpace website for information about the special receivers and subscription necessary for reception.

MultiChoice
If your country is served by the MultiChoice network, you will be able to receive BBC World Service using a MultiChoice receiver (contact your local agent for details). Some African cities also have local TV services which offer MultiChoice on a normal domestic TV aerial.

South Asia

WorldSpace
BBC World Service in English is carried on the North-West beam of the digital WorldSpace AsiaStar satellite. There is a 24-hour news stream and a mixed English stream with programmes in Hindi between 0100 and 0130 GMT, in Urdu between 1500 and 1600 GMT and in Bengali between 1630 and 1700 GMT.
Visit the WorldSpace website for information about the special receivers and subscription necessary for reception.

PAS10
Our South Asia schedule can be heard 24 hours a day from PanAmSat 10 at 68.5° East, transponder 16V at 4182 MHz.

South-East Asia

WorldSpace
BBC World Service in English is carried on the South beam of the digital WorldSpace AsiaStar satellite. There is a 24-hour news stream and a mixed English stream with programmes in Vietnamese from 1430 to 1500 GMT and in Indonesian from 2200-2300 GMT daily.
Visit the WorldSpace website for information about the special receivers and subscription necessary for reception.

PAS10
In western parts of South-East Asia our South Asia schedule can be heard 24 hours a day from PanAmSat 10 at 68.5° East, transponder 16V at 4182 MHz.

USA

XM Radio and Sirius Radio
XM Radio and Sirius Radio are digital radio services serving the USA (except Alaska and Hawaii).
XM Radio carries the BBC World Service English mixed programme schedule 24 hours a day.
Sirius Radio offers two BBC channels: 24-hour BBC World Service news in English, and BBC in Spanish.
These are subscription services; visit www.xmradio.com and www.siriusradio.com for full details.

Australasia

BBC World Service is broadcast 24 hours a day direct-to-home via the following operators:
Optus Aurora, Austar and Foxtel

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