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Official: D10 in orbit testing, national beams ok, problem with spotbeams

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  1. Sep 14, 2007 #21 of 283
    mexican-bum

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    broadcasting locals as national channels reduces the limit of national channels they can broadcast:(
     
  2. Sep 14, 2007 #22 of 283
    generalpatton78

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    But wasn't their a plan to reconfigure several spot beams to cover the entire U.S. and use them to deliver some more national hd channels???
     
  3. Sep 14, 2007 #23 of 283
    Bob Coxner

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    I remember a period when there were a fair number of locals on CONUS. IIRC, Tucson was one of them.
     
  4. Sep 14, 2007 #24 of 283
    Earl Bonovich

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    So ultimately, it may mean that they don't have the capacity for 1,500 locals... Or they won't have it until something is fixed, or swapped or what.

    Time will tell...
     
  5. Sep 14, 2007 #25 of 283
    MikeR

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    What they are not saying, how does this affect the long term viability and function of the sat??? The problem is....if is more than one spotbeam (seems like it), then it is not isolated to the spotbeam itself, but could be something with the "system"...ie - power distribution, etc
     
  6. Sep 14, 2007 #26 of 283
    Earl Bonovich

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    IIRC: at the start, all locals where CONUS.
     
  7. Sep 14, 2007 #27 of 283
    mexican-bum

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    5 conus beams= 25 spot beams I believe as you can reuse the same freq. in different areas
     
  8. Sep 14, 2007 #28 of 283
    MikeR

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    So does this mean bitrate starvation in the future on some nationals?
     
  9. Sep 14, 2007 #29 of 283
    FlyBono24

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    I thought most of the country already had local HD capability, except for a few pockets out in the "boonies"?
     
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    MikeW

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    Yes...it was a "movers" paradise.

    Along the lines of "vision" on the part of DirecTV, when they launched their first spot beam satellite, they did so with the assumption that "must-carry" would part of SHIVA. On the other hand, E* was hoping it would not pass and thier first effort at spot-beam was budgeting the bandwidth on 4 locals per DMA. When must-carry became law, E* started putting the extra channels on the wing satellites. The two-dish setup was later outlawed by the FCC. During all of the legal wrangling, E* was able to launch satellites and acquire space on other satellites to allow them to broadcast all locals on a single dish.
     
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  12. Sep 14, 2007 #32 of 283
    Alan Gordon

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    So, the question is, does that mean people in the South will be getting locals before people in the Northwest, or does that mean that they will be (as another poster posted) shifting some of the Northwest HD-LIL DMAs to the SpaceWays that can reach the Northwest, and some of the other DMAs on SpaceWays to D10?

    I also wonder how this affects the SD-LIL rollout...

    ~Alan
     
  13. Sep 14, 2007 #33 of 283
    Earl Bonovich

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    I think it was something 76% of the viewing population...
     
  14. Sep 14, 2007 #34 of 283
    mexican-bum

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    I suppose if they broadcast locals via conus beam and they ran out of space, but that won't happen anytime soon I suppose
     
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    Well I wonder how this development is going to impact D11, since I would expect Boeing & D* will want to know what caused the problem. That way they can fix it before D11 is packed & sent to Sea-Launch in December. Hope they find a solution to the problem.
     
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    FlyBono24

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    I guess I should have read the END of the article before I posted... :lol: It said 70% of the population...

    That's my problem, I stop reading halfway through... :lol:
     
  17. Sep 14, 2007 #37 of 283
    macdawg

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    I wish they hurry up and bring up Norfolk VA local HD!!!!
     
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    syphix

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    TO ALL THOSE THAT KNEW OF PROBLEMS AND DIDN'T REPORT IT HERE:

    Thank you! The time you gave to D* to assess the problem and determine what/how it will affect D10 is worth its weight in gold! It can be VERY tempting to report some secret information you've learned, to seem the "hero"...but the riot and chaos that would have started here would have been unbelievable. So, thank you for your patience...and if you hear anymore info...SHUT UP!! :) ;)
     
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    FlyBono24

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    If not you could always watch TV at your neighbors house:
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    :D
     
  20. Sep 14, 2007 #40 of 283
    RobertE

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    Looks like someone at D* needs to call up retention at B* (Boeing) and get some service credits. :grin:

    Maybe a freebie launch of D12? :D
     
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