Very sharp eyes there, HoTat2. I am very much impressed! Actually, I am having trouble keeping up with D5's gyrations:
Last week, D5 transitioned from a previously CONUS bird, to one which was providing about a half-dozen 'Ad Addressable' SD channels into Local Market #113 - the Los Angeles DMA. Hence the change in the Network Decoder.
This week, D5 is providing about 23 test channels to Puerto Rico. I guess those are still 'spot' beams so the Network Decoder is still close to correct.
Attached is an little Excel of D5 channels for this week. Not all these channels made it into yesterday's TPN Map, only because there were some technical issues with D5 PIDs that did not get resolved until late yesterday evening.
A bigger view of what is going on with DIRECTV and DIRECTV-Panamericana is a whole giant topic all its own. Examples - Puerto Rico has been told that while they now have 14 HD channels, they will have 30 by year end. Puerto Rico is supposedly to become a part of the Domestic Network - obviously to free up resources on G3C. DIRECTV-Latin America (DLA) is a gigantic market -- with gigantic revenues and gigantic growth. But this is a whole 'nother topic....
So gct, to try and gain some understanding of what might be going on here with D5. As a best guess for now anyways, are we looking at a potential move of Puerto Rico's programming from DIRECTV Latin America to DIRECTV USA on D5?
That there could eventually be no more "Beam PR" (GLA-2) channels that are at present formally part of DLA to serve Puerto Rico and the Caribbean from the G3C bird?
And with the future D14 destined to supply LiLs and re-directed HD nationals through Ka-band spotbeams to PR and the Caribbean ala the way Hawaii is served, what does that mean for the required subscriber equipment in those locations?
A big replacement program of MPEG-4 receivers and new type of ODU for 99, 101, 103, and 110? Or perhaps the 1.2m AL-Hi dish pair for those areas?
I also notice that D5's posted interactive beam map appears to have a spotbeam for PR and the Caribbean that would make it suitable for serving that region. But I can find no mention of this in any satellite specs. I can find listed for either DIRECTV-5 or its former name "Tempo 1."