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Posted 22 February 2009 - 10:29 PM

I can't remember the original orbital slot for the Primestar bird. I don't think it was 110, though. I know we bought 119 just before being bought by Directv. I think that bird's name was Galaxy 9.

According to Wiki, it was 110:

The system initially launched using medium-powered FSS satellites that were facing obsolescence with the onset of high-powered DBS and its much smaller, eighteen inch satellite dishes. In a move to convert the platform to DBS, PrimeStar bid for the 110-degree satellite location that was eventually awarded to a never-launched direct broadcast satellite service by MCI and News Corporation called ASkyB.

The ASkyB company sold the incomplete Tempo 1 and Tempo 2 DBS satellites to PrimeStar in the process of going out of business.[2] PrimeStar launched Tempo-2 in 1997 but it was not used for many years. PrimeStar stored the other satellite, Tempo-1, until the company and the two satellites were purchased by DirecTV.[3] DirecTV eventually launched the Tempo 1 satellite after years of delays as the DirecTV-5 satellite in 2002.[4]

PrimeStar Partners sold its assets to Hughes Network Systems (Now The DirecTV Group, parent company of DirecTV) in 1999 and all subscribers were converted to the DirecTV platform. The PrimeStar brand and its FSS broadcast platform was shut down. Meanwhile, Tempo 1 and Tempo 2 satellite remained, as yet unused.

The Tempo 1 and Tempo 2 satellites were renamed DirecTV-5 and DirecTV-6, respectively, and moved to several locations to serve DirecTV customers.

The company that was awarded the 110-degree slot, ASkyB, eventually became defunct and the license for the 110-degree satellite location was resold to EchoStar, the parent company of DISH Network.

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Posted 22 February 2009 - 11:43 PM

I thought the Primestar location was in the 90's, or at least more easterly than 101

When I was converted to D* from Primestar in fall/winter, they used my orginal Primestar post, it worked great until spring when the leaves on my large backyard tree blocked the D* view of 101

D* had to come out and install a new post (~20 feet south and east) to see "around" the tree....

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 07:23 AM

I can't remember the original orbital slot for the Primestar bird. I don't think it was 110, though. I know we bought 119 just before being bought by Directv. I think that bird's name was Galaxy 9.

Maybe the Question of the longitude of the First Primestar Bird was on Who Wants To Be A Millionare :D

A: 85
B: 95
c: 110
D: 119

My answer: A

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Final answer:D

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:30 AM

Before, you said:

Since PrimeStar was sold to D* in 1999, it is not possible to be "with Primestar starting in the fall of 06." That is why I was questioning the date.

Just a Typo in the first one. It was the fall of 96. It's hard not to type a"0" when abbreviating the date from the 90's.

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Posted 23 February 2009 - 09:38 PM


Well then, if you can recall, can you clear up the uncertainty here as to what was the particular satellite and longitude PrimeStar used at the time?

For the sake of historical accuracy that is... :)

I have one of their installer manuals.......gotta find it.........may be in there.


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