SBS Service Migration and DTV Requirements

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Number: D68/2017

Date: 22 November 2017

Relevant: Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands

Topic: Migration of SBS services and DTV equipment requirements

The solution for ABC services went out to the community of Cocos Islands on Friday 3 November 2017 and to the community of Christmas Island on Monday 6 November 2017. It has been confirmed the signal has full coverage on both islands and is receivable by any compatible MPEG4 television or set top box. The services are now running off larger satellite dishes on both islands and provide a higher quality, more resilient picture.

For those with incompatible televisions, a set top box must be purchased to receive the digital television (DTV) signal. The broadcast maintenance contractor has successfully tested one device during the rectification process, which is available via: It should be noted this is not the only option available, and any fully compatible MPEG4/H264 television or set top box will work.

SBS broadcasting is enacting a similar change with their satellite services, taking effect Saturday 25 November 2017. As advised previously, the SBS signal is being updated and moved to a different source location in the same manner as ABC. In preparation for this change, specialist equipment has been sourced and is being installed to minimise any disruption.

Christmas Island is on track to be migrated by the time services cease, whilst on Cocos Islands there will be an SBS outage of up to four days while hardware is delivered to island. There may be some settling issues with SBS early next week as work is finalised and the technical changes take effect. As with the ABC outage, work to correct the Electronic Program Guide and channel numbering may take a few weeks due to the complexity of this process.

The migration of ABC and SBS does not affect any other services, and residents are reminded any outages on commercial TV stations or radio services should continue to be reported to the email address

Laga Van Beek
Indian Ocean Territories Administration