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Kunst408 posts since 29 Jun 2016
BBC World News
Not related to Sky UK, but a fire the Sky Italia offices in Rome, has been causing mayhem with the uplink, since around 12:30 CET

Many channels felt off air, and still now, many minor HD operations, plus all theA&E channels are still off air, even removed from the EPG

Some channels are back with a slightly different ID

I ask you: could such thing might happen with Sky UK, or are there measure that prevent this?
thegeek4,996 posts since 1 Jan 2002
London London

I ask you: could such thing might happen with Sky UK, or are there measure that prevent this?

I'm not sure about playout, but Sky UK has a backup uplink site on the south coast (described to me once as 'where engineers go to retire').

Most big broadcasters will have some sort of disaster recovery plan - though usually on a 'best endeavours' basis, and it's likely that not everything will be able to be backed up seamlessly.
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Markymark7,080 posts since 13 Dec 2004
Meridian (North) South Today
Not related to Sky UK, but a fire the Sky Italia offices in Rome, has been causing mayhem with the uplink, at around 12:30 CET

Many channels felt off air, and still now, many minor HD operations, plus all theA&E channels are still off air

Some channels are back with a slightly different ID

I ask you: could such thing might happen with Sky UK, or are there measure that prevent this?


Sky have a pretty resilient DR set up, with a mirrored uplink site. Also by no means are all the channels on Sky’s platform uplinked by them ( including the BBC, ITV and C4, all of whom also have good DR set ups ( for playout and uplink)
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Kunst408 posts since 29 Jun 2016
BBC World News
Something similar happened back in the early 2000s (one night) on Tele+ Digitale, due to problems on Hot Bird if I recall right

Back then technology was not as advanced as it's today, but, especially, Tele+ technology was not as advanced as the NewsCorp. one, so, EPG had to be updated manually when a new channels came in, much like current Freeview boxes

This meant then that Tele+ Digitale that night, willing to prioritise the most rated channels, put them on the available frequencies, but for them frequency=ID, so that we ended up with things like Tele+Bianco (the Sky One of that era) broadcasting Disney Channel, Disney Channel broadcasting Discovery Channel, and so on
Kunst408 posts since 29 Jun 2016
BBC World News
[quote="Markymark" pid="1173120"]

Sky have a pretty resilient DR set up, with a mirrored uplink site. Also by no means are all the channels on Sky’s platform uplinked by them ( including the BBC, ITV and C4, all of whom also have good DR set ups ( for playout and uplink)

I see Smile

Not all Sky Italian channels in EPG are uplinked by Sky (the terrestrial ones are not to start with), but most paying ones are

I ask you: could such thing might happen with Sky UK, or are there measure that prevent this?

I'm not sure about playout, but Sky UK has a backup uplink site on the south coast (described to me once as 'where engineers go to retire').

Most big broadcasters will have some sort of disaster recovery plan - though usually on a 'best endeavours' basis, and it's likely that not everything will be able to be backed up seamlessly.
Larry the Loafer5,590 posts since 2 Jul 2005
Granada North West Today
Do Sky have a hand in the production of the London shows?

I do wonder why they keep TLLS to On Demand as I feel it would make for a good nighty staple for Sky One. If the UK can't find success with its own late night show apparently because of a lacklustre offering of guests, I don't see why Sky don't showcase an American one with a homegrown host.