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Satellite malfunction affects TV reception

SEVERAL CCTV channels and some regional free-to-air channels went off the air at 9:50pm yesterday in parts of China because of a satellite failure

The problem satellite, Sinosat 3, is a medium capacity communication satellite launched in May, 2007. It is responsible for transmitting some CCTV channels, Guangdong TV, Guangxi TV, Shenzhen TV, Jilin TV and Heilongjiang TV.

Transmission of all the affected channels has been temporarily transferred to another satellite, CNSat 6B.

Insiders with Sinosat, a satellite communications company that operates the satellite, confirmed to that the SinoSat3 is suffering from "technical problems" which are being fixed. It was expected to be back to normal today.

The failure was caused by a broken transponder on Sinosat 3, according to CCTV.

Sinosat 3 is a communication satellite designed to provide improved radio and television signals across the nation. The satellite was believed more stable than earlier versions.

Sinosat 2, China's first direct broadcasting satellite was launched on October 29, 2006. SinoSat-2 suffered a failure 10 days after it was launched when its solar panels failed to deploy, and the communications antenna became inoperable.


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