From June 15, the BBC says its "BBC World" satellite TV network serving South Asia will encrypt its digital television signal on the PanAmSat10 satellite. In a statement the BBC said that as a pan- regional channel, the transition from an unencrypted mode to an encrypted mode is a natural progression for BBC World in South Asia.
"This change is in response to the dynamic and rapidly expanding cable TV and DTH (direct-to-home) satellite market across the region,” Gerry Ritchie, the BBC World’s Europe, Middle East and South Asia regional director for distribution and business development.
“BBC World is currently available in over 270 million households globally and the channel’s advertising sales in the South Asia region have grown from strength to strength, with 2005 witnessing a record performance in its airtime sales revenues,” the statement said.
Other satellite TV transmissions such as on Hotbird and Arabsat bringing BBC World to the Middle East are unaffected by the move. The ArabSat transmissions carry the BBC India feed, as well.