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Sixto Report-D12 Status: Pre-Launch

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, Jul 27, 2008.

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  1. Sep 30, 2008 #181 of 1236
    sportshermit

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    This is encouraging. Right now only 1 channel of the 4 networks offers high definition and it's pretty spotty. They forget to flip the switch (or whatever they have to do) and went all of last Saturday's football in standard definition.
     
  2. Oct 1, 2008 #182 of 1236
    BruceS

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    If your local OTA broadcasters don't provide HD, then DirecTV won't be able to give you HD locals either.

    All they do is send the SD and HD feeds from your local OTA broadcasters over the satellite.
     
  3. Oct 14, 2008 #183 of 1236
    Sixto

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    leww37334

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    Just wondering if D12 will be as much of a let down as D11 has been.
     
  5. Oct 15, 2008 #185 of 1236
    Sixto

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    It all depends on one's perspective ... and there's much debate in other threads to discuss ....

    D11 provided bandwidth for the 8 HD DNS movement, the 9 MPEG2 legacy HD movement, 9 soon to be 12 new full-time RSN's, 4 new networks in HD, 20+ new PPV HD (some just placeholders), and a boatload of bandwidth for the new NFL Sunday Ticket HD channels.

    And there's been a few HD LIL markets going "live" every week ... all on D11.

    Yep, it would be nice to have more national HD, but D11 has been busy. Very busy.
     
  6. Oct 15, 2008 #186 of 1236
    Curtis0620

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    2 of those HD-PPV are missing this morning.
     
  7. Oct 15, 2008 #187 of 1236
    hdtvfan0001

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    I respectfully, but totally, disagree that D11 has been any kind of disappointment at all.

    It launched without problem, positioned as planned, fired up as planned, and has provided reams of new bandwidth that is being used for both new National HD channels and many more HD LILs to areas that have been craving it for quite some time.

    A shared delivery of new National HD and more HD LILS was the mission all along, and has been accomplished.

    There will always be debate as to getting more HD content...which is applicable to any HD content provider, DirecTV, Dish, cable, FIOS, etc. DirecTV continues to be ahead of the game on these fronts (for example, Dish has only 60% the same HD LILS DirecTV offers at this time).

    I'd like to see more HD National channels too, a few in particular, as much as some other folks, but in the end...the total offering of HD now is very robust.

    I can wait a bit longer for "HD Utopia" (with D12). If I was using another service, I'd be a whole lot more "disappointed".

    That's what's nice about starting to talk about D12...we're getting much closer to the point where bandwidth will outway HD content provider availability.
     
  8. Oct 24, 2008 #188 of 1236
    Sixto

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    LarryFlowers

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    I read the other day that Boeing satellite division is sweating bullits... lack of orders and a large (as in save the day) government sat order still pending.
     
  10. Oct 24, 2008 #190 of 1236
    LameLefty

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    That, and they just lost a huge fraud case in court versus a potential customer, and had a $371M award granted against them. :eek:

    http://www.satellitetoday.com/st/headlines/25078.html

    That said, D12 has got to be basically completed. What we're really waiting to see is action from the FCC pertaining to test and/or operational slots, plus a press release or investor info regarding a firm contract for launch services from SeaLaunch, ILS, Arianespace or ULA.
     
  11. Oct 27, 2008 #191 of 1236
    Piratefan98

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    No doubt it has been busy. I just wish more of the "busy" was focused where the March press release indicated it would be.

    Jeff
     
  12. Oct 30, 2008 #192 of 1236
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    You can disagree all you want, but the general consensus was and continues to be that the added HD content as a result of D11 coming online has been disappointing at best. One small example of the disappointing use of the satellites capacity is that DirecTV still doesn't even provide the HD versions of all the HBO/MAX channels that they currently carry in SD, let alone the dozen or so additional HBO/MAX feeds that are available in HD, but not carried by DirecTV at all.
     
  13. Oct 30, 2008 #193 of 1236
    Shades228

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    Unless you lived in an area without HD locals and now get HD locals. This has been talked about many times. There's 2 primary points that always come up. A: People always want more HD but they don't want to pay more for it. B: HD locals and local conversion seems to be priority 1 for every carrier out there right now because it has a hard deadline. If D* announced 30 new HD channels tomorrow but said your hd access charge was going to double I doubt many people would be happy.
     
  14. Oct 30, 2008 #194 of 1236
    Sixto

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    Canis Lupus

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    :lol:

    That's why Sixto is here to take care of us :)

     
  17. Oct 30, 2008 #197 of 1236
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    Sixto

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    DirecTV-12 will be a Proton launch in 2009.

    No more details yet. And no links yet to provide.
     
  19. Nov 8, 2008 #199 of 1236
    LameLefty

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    Thanks for that. Although we had previously figured out that Directv owns an option for another Sea-Launch flight, I had yet to see it on the Sea-Launch schedule, and they look pretty well booked through the end of next year and into '10.
     
  20. Nov 8, 2008 #200 of 1236
    cforrest

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    Thanks, I'll be keeping an eye on www.ilslaunch.com for news. Hope there are no issues with Proton launches between now and 2009 when Directv-12 launches.
     
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