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Any news of RB-2A?


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#1 OFFLINE   bobnielsen

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Posted 17 June 2010 - 09:54 AM

With all the news of D12 and the amelioration of D10 settling down, I was wondering when we should expect to see something of D12's other half, RB-2A (BSS)? I doubt if it was added to the spaceframe as pure ballast and hope that we will see it being used in some meaningful way before long.

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#2 OFFLINE   bobnielsen

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Posted 27 July 2010 - 07:10 PM

With all the news of D12 and the amelioration of D10 settling down, I was wondering when we should expect to see something of D12's other half, RB-2A (BSS)? I doubt if it was added to the spaceframe as pure ballast and hope that we will see it being used in some meaningful way before long.


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Posted 05 October 2010 - 11:23 AM

It's been a while, but there has still been no news of RB-2A. I'm sure that Directv didn't add the package to D12 for ballast, so what's been going on?

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 11:40 AM

I would guess that they are working on suitable reception equipment on the customer end. Remember that none of the LNBs we have are compatible with the technology. There is probably a dish sat on a rooftop somewhere with an LNB none of use have seen before that picks up all 5 orbitals and the BSS band as well that is going through extensive testing.
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 11:48 AM

The whole RB-2A payload may have been purely for proof of concept of the technology. In light of the conflicts with Ciel and Spectrum for BSS rights to transmit at the 103 slot RB-2A may never actually deliver services to the subscriber. Meanwhile DirecTV has uncontested BSS rights at 99 and I believe one other orbital slot as well.

That next bird coming from Loral (D14) may have something in store with BSS at one of the uncontested slots. The fact that they have to make use of those rights within a limited time frame or forfeit them makes that even more likely.
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:58 PM

Anybody want to explain what is RB-2A to us dummies?
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Posted 05 October 2010 - 01:03 PM

Anybody want to explain what is RB-2A to us dummies?


It's another form of signal that can co-exist along with the signals we are already getting from an orbital slot. Put simply, more bandwidth to broadcast in. Even simpler, RB-2A is the symbol for more HD PPV. :lol:
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Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:29 AM

It's been about 6 months since D-12 went live.
RB-2A has been a no show as far as I can tell.

Things "slow" in general on anything NEW going on in Directv world.

Just curious if anyone has any hard information on plans or uses for the
RB-2A BSS (reverse band) section of D-12??

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