Beginning June 17, 2013 3ABN began the process of changing over to a new international satellite. This change will only affect those who view 3ABN’s International Channel on the Thaicom–5 satellite with a large 2.4 or 3 metre dish.
Optus D2 viewers (i.e. those with a small dish) will NOT be affected. If you have a large dish and are on the east coast of Australia, you will need to change to an Optus D2 satellite system as IS–20 is on the horizon.
“We have already begun broadcasting on the new IS-20 C-band satellite,” says Moses Primo, 3ABN’s director of broadcasting and engineering. “If you are watching Thaicom–5’s C-band signal, you will need to adjust your dish to the new coordinates to continue enjoying 3ABN’s signal. The IS–20 coverage map is very similar to Thaicom–5, but has a very good delivery into India and Indonesia. We look forward to better serving many countries through this satellite change.”
Please note that 3ABN’s signal will continue to be broadcast on both Thaicom–5 and IS–20 until July 15. Don’t wait until the last moment to change. Please do this as soon as possible so you won’t miss a minute of 3ABN programming!
New Satellite Coordinates
Frequency: 3887 MHz
Symbol Rate: 2960
FEC – 3/4
IS–20 is located at 68.5°E, so you will need to move your dish. Again, this only affects those viewers with a large dish.