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#26 OFFLINE   Jeremy W

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 02:27 AM

Does this mean that the days of the 5 LNB dish are ending? A smaller 101-centric dish would help in a lot of places.

They've already got the Slimline 3 dish that only looks at 99, 101, and 103.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 03:39 AM

Does this mean that the days of the 5 LNB dish are ending? A smaller 101-centric dish would help in a lot of places.


Well, there are a couple parts to your answer: 1) (as Jeremy W points out) many areas are already getting a new 3lnb head for the slimline dish. My expectations are that will be the primary head for most basic customers soon.

2) But I don't expect the slimline dish to go away or change. While some people have shown you can make a smaller dish "work", I expect DIRECTV will keep the full-sized slimline to keep the signal strengths up in all weather conditions. I also admit, I could be guessing wrong. :)

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#28 OFFLINE   LameLefty

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:32 AM

Does this mean that the days of the 5 LNB dish are ending? A smaller 101-centric dish would help in a lot of places.


Directv has already begun installing a smaller dish, but it still has to be large enough to cover 99-101-103 because all of the MPEG4 HD (and a very few SD markets) are coming from 99 and 103. The Slimline 3 is getting installed in many locations for customers that don't require access to 110 and 119.

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#29 OFFLINE   RAD

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:40 AM

Directv has already begun installing a smaller dish, but it still has to be large enough to cover 99-101-103 because all of the MPEG4 HD (and a very few SD markets) are coming from 99 and 103. The Slimline 3 is getting installed in many locations for customers that don't require access to 110 and 119.

You sure it's actually a smaller dish? AFAIK it's the same Slimline dish that's used with both the 99/101/103 and 99/101/103/110/119 LNB's.

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Posted 10 January 2009 - 09:57 AM

You sure it's actually a smaller dish? AFAIK it's the same Slimline dish that's used with both the 99/101/103 and 99/101/103/110/119 LNB's.


I was under the impression it was physically somewhat smaller since it didn't have to cover 110 and 119. Perhaps I was mistaken. :confused:

In any event, any of them are smaller than my trusty AT-9. :grin:

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