British Sky Broadcasting Plc’s planned launch of a 200 channel digital television service in June may hit a stumbling block because of a dispute between two satellite companies, according to a report in the Financial Times. Satellite providers Eutelsat and Societe Europeene des Satellites (SES) are both due to start test broadcasts from adjacent orbits in space using the same frequencies, the paper reports. Analysts have commented that unless they co-operate over frequencies, the broadcast signals could suffer from interference from BSkyB’s digital channels due to be broadcast on an Astra satellite owned by SES.
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