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Which sat are locals on?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jzinckgra, Jul 17, 2007.

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  1. Smuuth

    Smuuth Well-Known Member

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    BTW, Jeremy W is correct, I emailed them with updates for the Denver area HD locals on the 103 and they updated the website. :righton:
     
  2. harsh

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    Being in the spotbeam is the most important criteria that you're location must meet in order to be served up with HD LIL. Being in the DMA is another. Subscribing to locals is the final piece of the puzzle.

    It doesn't really matter where the installer thinks the programming is coming from. Their job is to set you up for 99W, 101W, 103W, 110W and 119W. If they can't get you that range, you'll probably have to cancel and try Charter or Dish Network. Charter's HD lineup is surprisingly complete in your area.
     
  3. harsh

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    The best information I have places them at 103W (Spaceway F1). I don't know which transponders, but it doesn't really make any difference as you can't pick one out of a crowd at 22,000+ miles.
     
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    I was trying to figure out what transponder they were at so I can do a signal test when tehy start pixelating. Any clud cover at all and my HD Locals go pixel. But my other channels are ok. I know now when I do a test, I get a 99 sat fail but when I call D* they said its ok cause I dont have anything over their.
     
  5. Jeremy W

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    Just press ACTIVE and the right arrow on the front panel of the receiver at the same time, and it will give you the signal strength for the current transponder.
     
  6. jzinckgra

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    Yeah, i think I am going to pass on D*. As much as I'd like to pay a little less $$ for TV, seems like it is going to be more of a hassle. Especially since I am getting conflicting info on the HD locals, although I think he is wrong about the 119 sat. I did tell him that I was working on getting my locals OTA and if I did, then I wouldn't need the locals from the sats. He said he would install without LOS on 119 if I got the antenna working, but I am in a bad spot and quite far from the towers to get a good signal.
     
  7. Jeremy W

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    I'm sorry that you were turned off to this great company by an incompetent installer. Unfortunately, I don't think your situation is all that uncommon.
     
  8. jzinckgra

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    Not to beat a dead horse, but I just spoke with D* tech support and they said that my local HD's are on either sat 101 or 119. He said local SD channels were sat 99, which again conflicts with what others have said here. In fact, he said that no HD channels were on the 99. He wasn't sure though whether local HD's were sat 101 or 119 (the install guy said 119), which was surprising, since I figured he'd have that info. If it's 119, I am screwed and the install guy was right afterall. If it's 101, then I would be ok cause I have LOS on that sat. I can't seem to find a list of what channels are on either 119 or 101. I tried lynsat, but couldn't find the info. thanks.
     
  9. Jeremy W

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    The CSR you spoke to was wrong. The information he gave you was mixed up. Your SD locals are on 101, and HD locals are on 99. This information is correct, you can stop trying to convince us that it's not. The sad reality is that many installers and CSRs know much less about DirecTV than some of us on here.
     
  10. jzinckgra

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    I am not trying to convince anyone otherwise. Just trying to figure out what to do. I see from here (http://www.lyngsat.com/uslocal/Massachusetts.html), as you said HD's are on 99, SD on 101. Should I call D* again and try to get a different installer? I live in a rural area, so I doubt I'll get anyone different. The guy said he was going to cancel my account, so it might already be closed. I have the installer's phone #, but I'm not about to call and argue with the guy. It's just frustrating and to give up because of D*'s incompetance seems like I'll be missing out on some good upcoming HD, but my patience is running thin.

    I called tech support again and big surprise....I got a different answer. For my zip 01566, the woman said local HD was coming from the new 103 sat, which I didn't think was active. I then gave her 01518, which is the next town over, 1/2 mile away. Local HD's accoding to her were on 119. Why would the local HD's in the same vicinity come from different sats? I can see at lyngsat, they list them at 99. This is very irritating.
     
  11. Jeremy W

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    There is a satellite at 103 right now, Spaceway 1. That's where my HD locals come from. But as you know, yours come from Spaceway 2 at 99. It is really disappointing to me to hear all of the different answers you're getting. You'd expect that a CSR would have some degree of knowledge about the product they're supposed to be helping with. This is just basic stuff here, I don't know how they can get it wrong.
     
  12. jzinckgra

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    I am making some headway with D* on my local HD's, but had a question. Would the local HD channels all come from the same sat say within a 20 mile sq. area? All from sat 99? thanks.
     
  13. veryoldschool

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    I'm not sure of your "20 miles", but all of your local HD channels will be coming form the same transponder on the same SAT. [their may be an exception to this for some areas].
    Out here in the west, all of ours come off of a signal transponder for each market [DMA].
     
  14. harsh

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    All of your HD locals would come from one transponder on one satellite (either 99W or 103W).

    The breadth of the Ka spotbeams is such that geographically small states like Vermont or New Hampshire may ft entirely within a spotbeam, but the beams are directed to cover DMA boundaries (with a couple of notable exceptions), not political boundaries.
     
  15. n3ntj

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    I've emailed the sysop several times in the past few months to let him know the Harrisburg/Lancaster, PA HD Locals aren't listed.
     
  16. Smuuth

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    You have to send them the correct information in order for them to update it, e.g., "Updated information for DirecTV on Spaceway1 at 102.8°W: Channel 4 KCNC-TV HD Denver, CO"

     
  17. Greg Alsobrook

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    http://www.n2yo.com/search.php?name=directv
     
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