SBS transmission upgrade coming

By David Knox on January 26, 2009 / Filed Under News 16

SBS will begin an Australia wide upgrade to their Digital service on January 29, to increase the resolution of its High Definition program and provide 7 day Electronic Program Guide information.

The upgrade will allow SBS the capability of providing different service offerings into metropolitan and regional areas.

Some viewers may lose their ability to view SBS services on the normal channels. SBS advises these viewers should set their receiver back to default mode and rescan.  All viewers capable of viewing High Definition programsshould rescan their receiver.

The primary change is a move from broadcasting to 7 different markets to broadcasting to 12 different markets allowing SBS to tailor programming and advertisements to local market areas.

SBS’ HD transmission format has already changed from 576p to 720p.

The new Transport IDs and service IDs are as follows:

Transport Stream IDs
Sydney – 768
Melbourne – 784
Perth – 800
Brisbane – 816
Adelaide – 832
Regional NSW – 848
Darwin – 864
Regional VIC – 880
Tasmania – 896
Regional SA – 912
Regional WA – 928
Regional QLD – 944

Logical Channel Numbers and Service IDs

Service Logical Channel Number Sydney Melbourne Perth Brisbane Adelaide Regional NSW
SBS 3 769 785 801 817 833 849
SBS HD 30 774 789 805 821 837 853
SBS2 32 770 786 802 818 834 850
SBS3 33 772 787 803 819 835 851
SBS4 34 773 788 804 820 836 852
Radio1 38 782 798 814 830 846 862
Radio2 39 783 799 815 831 847 863

Service Logical Channel Number Darwin Regional VIC Tasmania Regional SA Regional WA Regional QLD
SBS 3 865 881 897 913 929 945
SBS HD 30 869 885 901 917 933 949
SBS2 32 866 882 898 914 930 946
SBS3 33 867 883 899 915 931 947
SBS4 34 868 884 900 916 932 948
Radio1 38 878 894 910 926 942 958

Radio2 39 879 895 911 927 943 959
At 5am (EDST) on the 29th of January 2009 new transport streams will apply in Tasmania, Regional WA, Regional SA, Regional Qld and Regional Victoria. All transport streams will have Service ID changes to the SBS HD, SBS 2 and SBS 3 services and a new Service ID for SBS 4.

Source: DTV Forum

16 Comments »

  1. David Knox January 29, 2009 at 6:08 pm -

    SBS says it should be completed today but some viewers may not notice until they tune in on the weekend.

    Viewers still experiencing disruptions can visit http://www.sbs.com.au for further information or call 1800 500 727 for advice.

  2. David January 29, 2009 at 12:25 pm -

    The opening sentence say “SBS will ‘begin’ an Australia wide upgrade” – how long will it take? days, weeks? area by area??

  3. Wok January 28, 2009 at 6:44 am -

    Well my SD-only SBS signal has suddenly improved to the point where it’s watchable – down low in a hilly area has always made the analogue signal very grainy and the digital signal intermittent. Could this be due to this upgrade? Because weirdly it seems to have happened a couple of days early…

  4. lameboyadvance January 27, 2009 at 2:55 am -

    So 3 channels of news then?
    Perhaps one will be 24/7 WeatherWatch.

    And the new regioning better be just for ads. The last thing we need is SBS showing different shows to different states.

  5. Mike Beckham January 27, 2009 at 12:57 am -

    Regional streams? For regional ads? I see they have SBS 3 and SBS 4, obviously hoping those will be used in the future funding biding.

  6. mrb January 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm -

    I wish they would boost the signal in Perth, quite few black spots around.

  7. Liam K January 26, 2009 at 3:33 pm -

    Shows how much I watch SBS ;)

  8. Evan January 26, 2009 at 3:00 pm -

    Liam – SBS HD has been 720p since early December.

    Evan :->

  9. Peter January 26, 2009 at 2:21 pm -

    i was just referring to the HD channels only with the watermarks!

  10. Peter January 26, 2009 at 2:19 pm -

    @neon kitten: “move the watermark to the corner…”

    its so true! ch 9 have there watermark in what looks to be closer to the centre of the screen then the edge! ch 10 and ch 7 are good, they have theirs right in the corners. Im sure the number of viewers of HD channels with a widescreen tv greatly outnumber those with a standard tv. Even alot of the old analogue tv sets come with a widescreen.

  11. Tris January 26, 2009 at 11:59 am -

    SBS 2,3 and 4 plus HD eh? I assume 3 and 4 will be redirects to 1.

  12. Liam K January 26, 2009 at 11:51 am -

    Nathan – 720p is the upgrade. Until now their HD channel has only been 576p.

  13. Kuttsywood January 26, 2009 at 10:33 am -

    Localism for SBS… Something that they need, but won’t take advantage of.

  14. Nathan January 26, 2009 at 10:30 am -

    Will they be sticking with 720p or upgrading that to 1080i in the process?

  15. Neon Kitten January 26, 2009 at 9:15 am -

    Technical data on TV Tonight. Awesome :-D

    Seriously, though, this is good news, as long as SBS sources HD masters of shows produced in that format. Who knows, Australia could have the new season of Skins in HD before the UK does…!

    Just one request, SBS. On the HD channel, move the watermark to the corner of the 16:9 frame. Nobody with an old-school TV will be watching that channel. Don’t worry; it’s safe. Your spam will still be seen.

  16. Craig January 26, 2009 at 8:36 am -

    So basically if you wake up Thursday and have problems hit the auto scan on the digital tunes, got it :)

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