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Which satellite is ESPN 2 SD on?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by jutley, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. jutley

    jutley Godfather

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    I'm sure this answer is on here somewhere but I'm struggling to find it with a search...

    I'm going to do some tailgating with an 18" round dish and a R16-300. Which satellite is ESPN 2 on? Is it on 103?

    I know I will have to reset the R16 from SWM mode to use it with the 18" round dish, but is there anything else tricky to this setup?

    Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. jimmie57

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    Since you are going to be getting SD signals it will be on the 101.

    Since this was hooked up to SWM you will have to go thru the Satellite Setup.
    I have not done this but I have read several times that the dish selection will not stay put. You have to go to the Multi switch setting first and choose it, then choose the 18" round dish.
    Also, since you probably will only use one cable, set the Tuner to 1 in the satellite set up. Be sure to connect the one cable to the Sat In 1 connection.
     
  3. kevinturcotte

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    ALL SD channels are on the 101 satellites, with the exception of some local channels (Smaller markets), and international programming.
     
  4. inf0z

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    You might find this thread helpful. http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=206618
     
  5. jutley

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    Thank you all!
     
  6. smitbret

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    This USED to be true. Now they are moving some SD only channels onto the MPEG-4 sats, too. BabyFirst TV comes to mind.
     
  7. jutley

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    Is it possible to receive an HD channel on the 18" round dish with an HR20 if it is looking at the correct bird?
     
  8. HoTat2

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    I guess its more precise to say virtually all SD channels are on the 101 group of satellites in MPEG 2 compression format.

    Locals for some smaller markets, Spanish programming (save for two in MPEG 4 HD), some international programming, and the English JLTV, Hope, and NOW channels are carried in SD MPEG 2 on 119.

    And some SD channels, both local and CONUS, are in MPEG 4 format on the 99 and 103 Ka band satellite groups.
     
  9. Diana C

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    All the HD channels are currently broadcast on the Ka band, so theoretically, IF you had the right kind of LNB, then yes, you could receive HD with a 20" round reflector, but only from a single satellite at a time.

    If you are talking about the LNB that shipped with the 18" round dishes, then no, you can't recieve HD that way.
     
  10. HoTat2

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    With the exception of Spanish MEGA HD (405), and TFTwHD (408) which are on 119 Ku band Tp. 24.
     
  11. peds48

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    I dont hink this would be possible, given that if the dish only has a single LNB, it must point to the 101 FIRST to boot up and acquire gude data. then it must be move to the one of the Ka band satellites but the problem would be that there is no data in the receiver to tune to any of those channels.
     
  12. Newshawk

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    It wouldn't be possible but not for the reason you gave. Because of the physical and electronic differences between the Ku and the Ka band LNBs, one single LNB cannot receive signal from both. If it is a Ku LNB, it won't receive MPEG4 transponders, so you won't see HD. If it is a Ka LNB, it won't receive authorizations, guide and time/date signals from the 101 or 119 satellites as well as the MPEG2 SD channels.

    A better HD tailgate solution is to put a Slimline 3 LNB on a 18x20 dish. It wouldn't be the best solution, but if you search the forums here you'll find a thread on someone who got it to work... more or less.
     
  13. jutley

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    Great info! Thanks again for all of the help!
     
  14. harsh

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    ... and 30+ Sonic Tap channels.
     
  15. harsh

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    This is the frequent lament of the RVer. It comes down mostly to the frequencies being so different. The electronics could be handled through new switchgear but a single horn that tunes multiple bands would be quite a feat to mass produce.

    If it were feasible, they wouldn't be mounting Slimline dishes on RVs.
     
  16. HoTat2

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    It's not just frequency band difference, but location as well. Even with a multi-band Ka/Ku horn for a single satellite slot, it wouldn't help since system info., receiver authorizations, guide info. FW updates, etc. come from transponders at 101 Ku, with some of that data (chiefly guide info.) mirrored on 119 Ku. This then must be received *concurrently* with any selected HD programming from 99 and 103 Ka.
     
  17. harsh

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    You don't think this is possible? Because of the frequency difference, it seems likely that the antennas inside the horn must be different for each band. As I said, a new stack plan would be in order and the WB68 plan demonstrated that slots can be mixed.
     
  18. HoTat2

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    I'm saying even if it were possible its irrelevant since the Ka and Ku birds are at different orbital locations.

    Again the design requirements of a Ka/Ku combo horn for a single satellite slot is not relevant here since the Ka and Ku satellites are at different orbital locations anyhow.

    That is unless DIRECTV is planning on broadcasting on Ka band from 101W, 110W or 119W in the future or something.
     

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