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D10 Satellite TECH THREAD - HD Testing Schedule / Press Releases / Location

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, Jul 6, 2007.

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  1. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    That's a Bassett Hound!
     
  2. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    No this is a basset hound....

    ....OK...he's actually a BAGEL (Bassett Beagle, or esle a Beagle Stretch).... :lol:

    Back on topic....

    Based on the earlier post I read...it seems D*TV is ahead of schedule, and looking to get the new bird activated by mid-September at the latest. Great news!
     

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  3. donshan

    donshan Godfather

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    Nielsen revises the DMA rankings every year and a DMA market may move up and down in rank as their population statistics change and TV viewer counts change. The maps are dated too, and if you click on the small map in the link I posted it enlarges and has a date of September,2005. I would guess different maps have different revision dates. These maps are widely used by advertisers on TV since different versions of ads are often custom made for specific market areas.
     
  4. n2deep2bn

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    According to this it is at 102.8. Maybe we will see new HD channels this week.
     
  5. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    I think that's unrealistic, as they've been testing it since orbit handoff, but still need about 2 weeks once it's in the final 103 (102.8) location as well.

    That said, it would still put things a slight bit ahead of schedule if things go smoothly the next 2 weeks, with Labor day weekend or the following weekedn as potential "live" dates. Otiginally, the target was about 9/16 or 9/17.

    We can only hope. :)
     
  6. oakwcj

    oakwcj Lower Echelon

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    Except that it's NOT at 102.8. It's at 102.62.
     
  7. donshan

    donshan Godfather

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    Yes, and further D* has asked FCC for permission to begin to move to 102.775 W "on or about Sept 1" ( and it will take FCC a few workdays to say "OK"), so I expect some pretty dull "lack of news" days for the rest of August and patience is needed.

    For the impatient, you can keep a 24/7 watch on channel 499 for us and report the instant that "searching for satellite message" changes. :)

    Also for the "very eager" who parse words, September 1 in Universal Time (UT) begins late on August 31 USA Eastern Daylight Time allowing a 4 hour headstart.
     
  8. purtman

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    Oh no! They turned the beagle into a basset hound! :lol:
     
  9. wilmot3

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    I was just in and checked the TLE and this is what I got, doesn't look right can someone clarify this?

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    1 31862U 07032A 07230.32563507 -.00000101 +00000-0 +10000-3 0 00588
    2 31862 000.1265 286.6298 0000303 094.4509 319.7991 01.00275773000432
     
  10. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    On a slightly different subject, D* and E* may not be using the current DMA maps or even the same maps to determine their local service areas.
     
  11. Badger

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    D* hasn't followed the DMA list in numerical order. My local HD stations are Madison Wisconsin which is #85 on the DMA list and we were turned on about a year ago. Green Bay came up at the same time. Both way ahead of there numerical DMA order. There have other DMA's that also were turned on way before their numerical turn. I think things like number of subscribers in a DMA must come into play along withe agreements with the local HD stations. Some DMA's don't have some or all HD stations even available. :)
     
  12. sat2631

    sat2631 Cool Member

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    New TLE now.

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    1 31862U 07032A 07231.37739324 -.00000100 00000-0 10000-3 0 596
    2 31862 000.1241 286.7744 0000296 102.9655 330.8258 01.00275820 456
     
  13. gfree111

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    I verified the data from space-track and its the latest data. My tracking program says the location is 102.62 W longitude and 0.12 S latitude. Its a slight improvement in eccentricity of orbit and the latitude position of the previous data. The orbit is well within the geostationary orbit configurations of the other satellites except for location. It appears they are moving the satellite very slowly each day to get it to the equator while they test the new bird. Its been in testing range for at least 3-4 days based on Space-Track data.
     
  14. gfree111

    gfree111 DBSTalk Club Member

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    Latest Space-Track data I used:

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    1 31862U 07032A 07231.37739324 -.00000100 00000-0 10000-3 0 596
    2 31862 000.1241 286.7744 0000296 102.9655 330.8258 01.00275820 456

    Data set previously listed was from previous day.
     
  15. donshan

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    True, there are exceptions as D* is also going where their customers are concentrated, Green Bay has the Packers and I bet just about every TV household in that DMA wants NFL HD Football on their HDTV so there is a big demand. :)

    That said however, according to the list here on dbstalk only 2 of the top of the list between DMA1 through DMA 55 do not now have HD locals, so competing with cable in major population DMAs is a primary goal in the LIL HD expansion( DMAs 42 and 53 seem missing). In contrast in the remaining DMAs from 56 to 210 only 8 DMAs below DMA 55 have gotten LIL HD so far.

    http://www.dbstalk.com/hr20/html/DTV_HDLIL_DMA.html
     
  16. Ken984

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    The 2 numbers in red are the main ones to be concerned with, the first is inclination and the second is eccentricity. the closer to 0 they are the better although at this point both are low enough for the sat to be tested. All these corrections are so small nothing is going to change too much.
     
  17. Ed Campbell

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    They know we're watching!

    Finally got round to pointing out via email that the portion of the Guide menu > Categories > Sports wasn't exactly alphabetical - since it lists "soccer" as coming before "snowboarding".

    The answer was the usual boilerplate about "we're pleased to hear, blah, blah" - followed by a note that said "we see you have an HR20 - do you have the BBC's attached and ready to go for the new HD programming?" - words to that effect.

    Yes, I zapped an email back saying, "how soon, how soon, how soon, how soon?"
     
  18. wilmot3

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    I live in Sullivan county PA. We r in the Scranton/Wilkes Barra market (DMA 53) We do not have the locals in HD yet.:(
     
  19. donshan

    donshan Godfather

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    Bummer! Did you get bypassed in the Spaceway 1 & 2 series because not all your local digital stations were broadcasting in HD back in 2004- 2005 or so when they probably planned it? If that was the problem then, and all are HD now, you should be first in line for the LIL on D10 as soon as they get to the LIL portion of the current HD roll out IMHO.

    Good luck now!:)

    Edit: I should have also mentioned possible permission contract issues too. That continues to hold up some channels if your locals are involved in some common disputes over payments etc. Your should have heard about those locally. And does your cable company have all your HD channels in their lineup now? If so I would think D* would be anxious to get you on D10.
     
  20. wilmot3

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    OH THAT WOULD BE SWEET!!!!!!!!:icon_da:
     
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