BBC World will go digital on December 1, but will remain a free-to-air, unencrypted channel across South Asia. The company is hosting road-shows in four cities-Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Kolkata in the month of November to announce this transition and celebrate its tenth anniversary in the Indian market.
The news channel will offer dual illumination by transmitting its existing analogue signal on the PAS-10 satellite until March 31, 2002.
BBC will be giving four months to the cable operators to switch over. As BBC is not going to become pay, it doesn’t expect any major droppage in carriage in the immediate run.
PanamSat-10 will offer BBC World a larger footprint and post digitalisation, the channel will be part of the multiplex on transponder 14C, the vertical polarisation available on the downlink frequency of 3,970 MHz.
According to BBC, cable operators will not require proprietary receivers and can use any DVB compliant digital satellite receivers that are readily available from local suppliers. This move will improve the quality of the BBC World signal in the region, strengthening the channel's distribution and partnerships with cable operators in India.