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Merger talk heats up?

Discussion in 'General DISH™ Discussion' started by harsh, Mar 18, 2013.

  1. raott

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    I don't want to hijack the thread, but the person you quoted was me and I did not say anything about Howard Stern. His impact on Sirius initially was fairly profound as he did drive subscribers early on. His impact now is negligible, no matter how important he thinks he still is.

    The talent I was talking about was the likes of Oprah, Martha, Jamie Fox etc, which were paid ridiculous amounts of money for the amount of subscriptions they generated or kept.
     
  2. damondlt

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    I see that , but Another Question I have is what are they using it for.

    I thought 32 TP max was aloud to be operational?


    DirecTV 15, which will be Astrium’s first satellite for the largest U.S. satellite television broadcaster, will use Astrium’s Eurostar 3000 platform and will carry 30 high-power transponders in Ku-band, 24 transponders in Ka-band and 18 transponders in the so-called reverse band using spectrum at 17 and 24 gigahertz

    My guess is they are only replacing some of the KU signals?
    This a spare incase KA or KU has an issue?
     
  3. damondlt

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    Let me ask a Question? When Sirius and XM merged, Dish the Subscribers bill go down or up since 2008?
     
  4. raott

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    Mine went down because I call to quit every six months. :D

    The current, post-merger, asking price for that service is way too much.
     
  5. damondlt

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    That's a good Idea!:lol:
     
  6. Diana C

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    Except that, as has been pointed out previously, neither XM nor Sirius were going to survive independently. It was not about eliminating SARS competition, but rather preserving SARS as competition to terrestrial broadcast. You can argue whether or not the competition is effective, and whether XM/Sirius is viable (or even whether conventional terrestrial broadcast is viable any more) but the issues being weighed by regulators were different.

    At the moment, both DirecTV and Dish are making money and still growing. All the major cable players are making money, and growing revenue, despite losing subscribers, through phone and internet service. The bottom line is that it is very hard to make the argument that a Dish/DirecTV merger would serve the public interest in any way.
     
  7. Diana C

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    There are 3 satellites delivering Ku service from 101 (4S, 8 and 9S). DirecTV-15 can cover almost the full slot by itself. That's called redundancy. Let's see what the configuartion of DirecTV-16 looks like before any conclusions are drawn.

    Again though: What advantage would DirecTV gain from eliminating Ku? Whay would they give up all that bandwidth? If you can't answer these questions, you're just spinning a big push into Ka into an abandonment of Ku without any foundation.
     
  8. Sixto

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    Ku is important. Licensing/spectrum is critical.

    It's also "better", lowered rain-fade.
     
  9. Paul Secic

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    I agree Howard is over paid.
     
  10. ehilbert1

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    I stand corrected and apologize! I also agree with everything you mentioned. You are dead on sir. :)
     

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