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Local Channels Question

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by JAMHRR, Jun 18, 2002.

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  1. JAMHRR

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    I was talking to a co-worker and he stated that when local channels are put on Directv, the picture will not be in digital format. Is this true? I have Directv plus receivers.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Geronimo

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    The signal from the local to DirecTV may or may not be digital but exactly what format does your co-worker think the satellite will send subs?
     
  3. JAMHRR

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    He thinks the signal will be analog.
     
  4. Mark Lamutt

    Mark Lamutt Your Neighborhood Liasion

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    It may be analog going from the station to the satellite provider, but they will convert the signal to digital, compress it, and send it to you. All signals you receive from satellite are digital.
     
  5. JAMHRR

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    Thanks Mark. I thought that it would be in digital.

    Jim
     
  6. RJS1111111

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    All signals you receive from DBS are digital. :)

    You can still grab a just a few analog channels and feeds, both good and bad, mostly unscrambled, from a BUD, on C band and Ku band. These may eventually go digital, both to save bandwidth (allow compression of multiple channels onto each transponder), and possibly to require subscription (either pay TV or no direct-to-home service).
     
  7. Mark Lamutt

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    [smacks head] You're right, RJS...I should have said DBS satellite. Thanks for the correction. [/smacks head] :D
     
  8. Steve Mehs

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    The signal is digital but not digital, as in ATSC.
     
  9. mwhitted

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    This is already done on analog C-Band. A C-Band receiver has a BIG hollow space inside where the de-scrambling box goes. There is some open programming, but the major services (everything from CNN and TWC to HBO and XXX channels) can be subscribed to, just like DBS.
     
  10. Scott Greczkowski

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    I miss my C Band Dish....

    If you have room for a C Band Dish and only want satellite on one TV C Band is the way to go. There are hundreds of channels in the clear (free) and then there are subscription channels which for the most part cost much much less then you would pay for them on DBS or Cable.
     
  11. mwhitted

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    My wife and I BOTH miss our BUD. :( (Big Ugly Dish) We move around a lot now, so we couldn't take our 10' dish with us, be if the C-Band world hasn't completely died by the time we !QUOT!settle down!QUOT! and build our next house, we will probably have another BUD and DSS. We'll probably get a 4DTV C-Band receiver to allow for digital C-Band.
     
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