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DIRECTV10 Blog -- Launch success! Update TODAY

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  1. Jun 7, 2007 #61 of 716
    lwilli201

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    There last launch of Anik F3 was webcast live. Any web cast will be announced on the blog. It was very good coverage for a web cast. Have not heard if Directv will carry the launch.
     
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    So, it sounds like the HD launch is pushed back a couple of days to around Sept 15. Is that correct?
     
  5. Jun 8, 2007 #65 of 716
    Michael D'Angelo

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    Yes it looks like the 15th or some time after.
     
  6. Jun 8, 2007 #66 of 716
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    Launch???No...it's still on for July6-7...the Sept. date is D*'s estimate as to
    when the sat. will arive and be operational at it's assigned location.
     
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    I can't see them launching the new channels on the 15th, which is a Saturday. I believe DirecTV usually does new channel launches on Wednesday mornings, so the 19th would look like the day of reckoning.
     
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    Or maybe the 12th
     
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    No, I meant the launch of the HD channels.
     
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    The 12th is the day that D10 is supposed to complete in-orbit testing. After that, it will take 3 days to move it to it's proper slot. So if the timeline is correct, there's no way the new channels can launch on the 12th.
     
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    Uh OK.....I did not understand your use of the word "slipped" as D* or anyone
    else for that matter, has announced a "date" that the new H/D channels
    would be available, other than Q3.
     
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    And it all makes sense.

    Launch is delayed about 3 weeks.
    Thus the sat being ready would be delayed about 3 weeks (confirmed in the FCC filing).

    Thus launch of channels on Sept 5th (assuming that was their plan) should turn into Sept 26th.

    Thus Sept 26th is my date for when new HD channels may show up.

    :D
     
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    Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be. :)
     
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    This is the first sat launch I've ever followed so I ask this out of ignorance.

    Once the sat reachs it's licensed in orbit location, I assume they'll test with it for several weeks before content is passed to the consumer.

    How long does that test cycle usually take before the channels are released?
     
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    The whole idea of the STA, is to allow the approx 4 week testing at 102.6
    location....after that (Sept15th), the Sat should be drifted over to it's assigned spot, and be ready for business....
     
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    Tom Robertson

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    You ask a very good question. And fully the answer could be "If that is what DIRECTV wants to do". There are two typical scenarios: 1) a wholly new satellite at a new satellite frequency/location or 2) a replacement (or partial replacement). When S1 and S2 hit their locations, they could be tested in those locations as they were the very first there at those frequency assignments. No need to test elsewhere then move into location.

    D10 is partially replacing some of S1's frequencies, but nothing direct to the home. DIRECTV could test it in location if they wanted; nearby as they seem to be; or somewhere else several degrees away. In a nearby test, they can verify most of everything including how it broadcasts to the US. So I'm thinking they could test at 102.6° then drift slightly to its final slot, 102.8°, without needing to readjust and or test very much.

    I'm actually surprised they are testing D10 in a temp location. Must be something I don't know about satellite operations. Live and have fun learning! :)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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    Tom, it's the "what if factor". The last thing they want to happen in their testing is to have a big "oops" that would interfere with the other SATs. Testing by its nature will find the limits of the system. If you do get an undesirable outcome, you don't want "my HBO" to show it. :D
     
  19. Jun 8, 2007 #79 of 716
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    It's more like they don't want the commands to interfere with other birds at
    that location, including their own!
     
  20. Jun 8, 2007 #80 of 716
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    I'm not sure "more like" as it's all the same [part of testing] and the "my HBO" was only to say they didn't want to affect the other SATs. :)
     
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