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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ejjames, Mar 12, 2011.

  1. ejjames

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    Yeh,

    Not people you would probably find in the pages of GQ! :lol:
     
  2. JosephB

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    Since first gen receivers still work, all the technology is the same. They just crank up the compression and kill some of the error control and shove more into the same space. Now, granted, there has been some improvement in the encoders, but not a lot.
     
  3. Jeremy W

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    You should do this!
     
  4. xmguy

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    What's GQ!?
     
  5. xmguy

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    I love it. Did USSB provide uplink to Ka big dishes too?
     
  6. ejjames

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    If you mean the "BUDs", then no, we were strictly a DSS provider.
     
  7. Herdfan

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    Teays...
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    I found this in some old boxes when we were doing some spring cleaning.

    That is $111.14 for the quarter.

    And yes, the PQ was spectacular. I had a 35" Mits tube and it looked as good as my LD player.
     
  9. SledgeHammer

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    And only $39.99 for a PPV!!!! Oh the memories!!! Now a WWE PPV is like $55 for the SD version and $65 for the HD version and a high caliber boxing match is like, what? $80 to $100? I bet a movie was like 1.99? LOL, now its $6.
     
  10. HoTat2

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    Yep, nostalgia, and more nostalgia ... :);

    Myself I recently found an old strong box in the garage with some of the old USSB advertisement literature in it from my first installation back in Sep. '95

    This one was a six page brochure offering a first month free of USSB's top programming package "Entertainment Plus" to new customers ....

    Back then all those basics and premiums for only $34.95/mo. :lol:
     
  11. Herdfan

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    With the "top" package, you got one free per month. Don't remember if that was DirecTV or USSB.
     
  12. ejjames

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    Well, I uploaded a quick 10 minute youtube video of a last walk around before we tore it all out to send to directv, Castle Rock. Unfortunately it cut off my last shot of the 2 9 meter uplink dishes indoors. I'll grab some stills later. My 1st youtube, be kind! Here's the link.


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Agwj0DEqo
     
  13. PCampbell

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    Cool, Looks great!
     
  14. JosephB

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    I have a question about how it worked back in the USSB/DirecTV days..was one of the companies "primary"? As in, who decided channel numbers, maintained the EPG data, conditional access, etc. Was there only one system maintaining all of that and one company or the other sent their commands, etc. to the main system? Or were there two sets of EPG data, two sources of channel authorizations, etc?
     
  15. ejjames

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    I believe whoever the customer called first was the "primary". We had full control of conditional access and when I moved to the 6a-2p shift, it was my responsibility to download the updated data from Tribune on a special computer. So we completely operated as a separate company.

    There was even a 6'x6' conditional access room with a rack of computers. In the 5 years I was there, I never saw anyone in that room, nor did I know of anyone I worked with who had a key and the passcode. Very cloak and dagger if you ask me!

    The only instance I can think of where D* was the source, was when we launched HBO-HD. Our infrastructure was not yet in place, so that was uplinked by Directv's then new L.A. uplink facility. However it was still our responsibility to monitor the feed.
     
  16. Jeremy W

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    I'm sure there was a very good reason for that. ;)
     
  17. ejjames

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    I'm sure you could authorize any and all cards for whatever you like from that room.

    The IRDs in each control room was authorized for USSB programming only. The IRD on the bridge, connected to the large center screen had, what we referred to as a "gold" card. This was a completely open card. Although we only monitored USSB channels, we might *ahem* just make sure that a special D* PPV event was going smoothly.

    Being a HBO affiliate meant that we would get most of the Tyson fights. It was all hands on deck and quite nerve wracking. Lots of the execs, including Stanly Hubbard (owner) would often be there. Usually we were a pass-through facility (except the promo insertions for basics). But for PPV, we had opening and closing animation.
     
  18. SamC

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    Now that is how faultly my memory is. I could have sworn that USSB was gone before HD began. I was an early adopter of HD and my first HD set (it was a rare deal, a rear projector with the box built in, the card slot was in the back where the cables plugged in) was and RCA and labeled "DirecTV", not DSS.
     
  19. ejjames

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    True, we had agreed (some say we were forced) to change the name of the product to directv. Who knows, maybe the deal had been worked out by those way above my pay grade. But we were around for a few months after hbo-hd.

    The hd set we used to monitor hbo was essentially a rear projection RCA CRT, with a DTC-100 tuner built in. Probably the same unit you had. If I remember, there were no RGB or component inputs. So the units that are still around can only get OTA HD, is that correct?
     
  20. Scott in FL

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    Well, the math is a bit off...

    Assuming QPSK, 3/4 rate FEC, and 188/204 Reed Solomon, the information rate would be just over 27 Mbps. This would be shared between video, audio, DVB information, and any other overhead.

    20 Msps X 2 = 40 Mbps transmission rate

    40 X 3/4 FEC inner coding = 30 Mbps

    30 X 188/204 Reed Solomon outer coding = 27.647 Mbps info rate
     

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