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How Many of you have a dish pointed at 61.5?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by JohnGfun, May 1, 2005.

For Existing E* Subs only! Do you have a dish pointed at 61.5?

  1. YES I DO!!! WHOOPIE!!!!

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  2. No I Don't. Damn IT!

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  3. I'm not sure. (Come On!)

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  1. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    The only reason that I have one at 61.5 now is because of the voom channels, a fence post, a sledge hammer and a little time on Friday afternoon.
     
  2. GB42

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    Dish REALLY needs to mirror this stuff on 148!!! Seems like a very large portion of subscribers out west are without current access to the 61.5 bird. I'm in Colorado with 2 dish 500's pointing at the 110/119 & the 148 for my locals. A third dish is not that great a solution for me.
    I guessing dish would think better before cutting out the western U.S. from receiving the new HD. I think the possibility of being mirrored on 148 is better than we know reguardless of what the current speculation is.
    (oh well I can hope can't I?)
     
  3. dfergie

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    Yup... me 2 from the Hd on wings only days and also I get both CBS hd feeds...Now V*10...:D My 921 is not a boat anchor after all...
     
  4. larrystotler

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    The current setup on the 61.5 MAY have something to do with the deal for the purchase of Rainbow 1, since it looks like that is where the channels are coming from. E* may have some more work to do to get the channels onto the 148.
     
  5. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    Since I have a 61.5 and have the new channels... I hope this doesn't sound strange... but...

    I don't think the folks who can't get 61.5 are being "cut out" yet... it is just that we were added first. Think of it this way... Dish first wanted to appease existing Voom customers, who MUST have had a 61.5 line of sight or they couldn't have had Voom service... Those of us already with Dish and 61.5 can be easily grandfathered into this new set of channels.

    I suspect they will move quickly to make them available to the rest of the US... I just think they are doing the easiest thing that will light up the most people first... then the rest will follow. With any luck, on the Tech Chat next week they will give an answer before 20 people have to call them and ask!
     
  6. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    The big difference is that there is SPACE available at 61.5 ... RainbowDBS just vacated 13 transponders and is willing to lease four to E* for the Voom channels and uplink them. The deal for Rainbow1 did not include the Voom content in any way, shape or form. This is a new deal on top of what was arranged January 20th.

    The question of 148 comes down to "does E* have space there?" . Can they clean off four complete transponders for Voom content? Can they relay the digital signal cleanly?

    The first goal has to be to make it work and work well at 61.5 . Then they can look to see if 148 is feasable. Moving around the existing feeds on 148 together on less transponders could also be done to free up transponders. Right now there is room for about 80 more SD channels at 148. Taking 4 tps for Voom would lower that available count to 32. Is 32 enough for all the locals E* wants to add in the next 8 months at 148?

    There are also a couple of transponders of test material that could be removed ... but those tests COULD be MEG4 and in the long run more important than mirroring Voom10 for a few months.

    JL
     
  7. RJS1111111

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    Lifetime Sky Angel on 61.5, extra locals on 148. No HD so far. Legacy equipment; cascaded SW64 with SW21. Single 510 receiver currently active. Trying to change channels from 119 slot to 110 tp 4, for example, consistently tells me there's a problem with the switches. Point dish/signal, set tp to 5 finds it on 110 slot; cancel out and receiver locks in channel on tp 4. Looks like a software bug to me. Hoping to get DPP equipment someday.
     
  8. JohnGfun

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    If I can get enough results from both of my polls I'm going to send them the the CEO!

    SO VOTE!
     
  9. SpenceJT

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    used to have an old Dish 300 aimed at 61.5 prior to moving to our new home. Just before our move, I sold off my old satellite dishes as I was taking advantage of the "Dish Mover" program which got me a SuperDish installed at the new house.

    I'm kind of miffed at Dish about this. I'd consider subscribing to the HD package now that it contains a greater number of channels, but I sure as heck don't want to have another dish (with another four bolt holes) on the roof of my new home!

    ...I doubt my wife would like it very much either. :mad:
     
  10. boylehome

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    Yes, and a whole lot more. I wish that MPEG4 was the norm. I would like fewer dishes (pressure from the wife, if you know what I mean).
     

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  11. ypsiguy

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    Boy, am I glad I added the 61.5 dish in January when I moved. Detroit has one useless local home shopping/religious channel on 61.5 that got me the dish for free. Maybe channel 38 isn't so useless after all. I am glad to see VOOM'ers aren't going to lose all their HD stuff. Very cool. :D

    I just added the package for $5 a month. Cool. :icon_bb:
     
  12. derwin0

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    Already had 61.5 due to 3 channels in the Atlanta local package that are on 61.5, and sky angel which I got after Dish put up the 61.5 for me :D
     
  13. TNGTony

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    I've had a dish pointed at 61.5° since 20 days after E*3 went live. :) HOWEVER, I do not have an HDTV set, receiver or devise of any kind, nor will I until one of the standard def items I have that work great blows up, or until I am forced because the NT SC signals via dish receiver or cable box is unavailable. I have seen HDTV. It looks nice. It is impressive. It is very pretty. It is (insert superlative here). I AIN'T BUYING ONE UNTIL I HAVE TO! And when I do, a kilo-buck is my limit for the main TV. A half a kilobuck is my limit for bedrooms. And a quarter of a kilobuck the limit for the kitchen!

    See ya
    Tony
     
  14. Darkman

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    I am with you Tony...
    I am thinking in the same lines when it comes to HDTV..

    It's nice - but i do not need it for now.. It's not on top of my list presently..
    Besides.. - i don't watch that much TV anyhow for now :D
     
  15. Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

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    Northern...
    Why? :confused:
     
  16. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    To say that hald of people interested in Voom don't have a 61.5 dish - please stick the content elsewhere.

    JL
     
  17. ypsiguy

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    FYI
    You dont have to have an HD set. Dish offers a special on the 811 receivers. The 811 has two sets of SD output and an s-video output. HD programming is then output in SD, letterboxed, DVD-like quality. The picture quality of the downrezzed HD channels reminds me of the days when C-band satellite was unscrambled. It's fairly good.
     
  18. TNGTony

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    Thanks ypsiguy. I am aware of the receiver and did give it some consideration. I am still tempted just to see the channels. But here is my dilema: I have 4 tuners already (1000 receiver, 7200 receiver and 721 dual receiver) There is no room at the inn without spending much more money on switches and wiring than I care to in order to spend even more money a month on channels I will be unable to see in their full quality. So... :)

    I am also a DVR junkie. I cannot watch TV live any more. I record everything and watch it later. When I see the word "live" pop up on my TV, I need to take an anti-depressant! :D I will not give that up without a fight and $500 is much more than I am willing to spend to replace something I already have. The 1000 receiver is my mother's bedroom. If presented with a DVR her head would explode if I tried to explain it. She still calls her computer, her TV!

    See ya
    Tony
     
  19. Laverne

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    ypsigyuy, Tony has been around here 2 yrs longer than you. Don't ya think he might know all this??? :shrug:

    As for the vote, I'm pondering the relative merits of adding a second dish....
     
  20. ypsiguy

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    Yeah, I hear u on DVR. Have a 510 in one room, then the 811 in another. I letting my sister use my old 501, then the other day threatened to take it back (teasing her). She told me she'd remove my arm if I tried. :lol:
    Laverne seems to think I may have offended you Tony. I apologise to YOU if I did.
     
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