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Why does international programming only come off 118.7.


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#1 OFFLINE   lonerwulf

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:08 PM

I'm a installer in Chicago area and I've always wondered why not have it on 110 119 or 129 and a sat on the ea? I did about a hundred migration jobs last summer and I think it woulda been more cost affective ?

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:18 PM

Because it would probably be more annoying for and less cost effective for installers to have to switch non-international subs to 118.7.

Just imagine thousands of installs during the summer for that install instead :P
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#3 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:29 PM

Bandwidth... If they loaded the internationals up on west/east arc then they would be out of bandwidth I believe for anything else.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 06:26 PM

Then why a different type of dish and LNb?

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 07:00 PM

They used to be on 61.5 on the EA as well. I don't know why they took them off that bird. Makes for a big pain for those who live in an EA market and want both locals and internationals.
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#6 OFFLINE   Stewart Vernon

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 08:33 PM

They are taking them off eastern arc because they aren't on western arc... and they are trying to balance the channels available on west/east and will not add new channels that they cannot add for both arcs.

As for why 118.7 is in use... I forget the origins of why they have it.. but they have it...and they have far fewer international customers than they do customers in general... so someone counted beans and decided it was worth it to not have to launch another satellite for internationals and to use what they have.

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Posted 13 November 2012 - 11:20 PM

I recall that 118.7 used to carry smaller local markets. The first time I saw a 118.7 dish was when I crossed the Ohio/PA border into NW PA where an E* customer had it for Erie PA locals. This was in the days before HD locals IIRC.

BTW: The Erie market needed satellite delivery of its locals badly. My aunt's OTA reception was so bad that she watched Cleveland locals instead of her own DMA's stations. I bet the local cable had problems (this was in the analog days) she initially did not get cable and was happy watching a near perfect picture from WJW a good 60+ miles away.
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 02:48 AM

Erie was 121 ... before 105 and 121 SuperDISH setups were added for locals (and eventually used for other things). The original 121 was not the same satellite as the one used for SuperDISH.

105 is no longer used for direct to home ... 121 is still in DISH's system and is used for Business TV feeds (list).

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 04:52 PM

I forgot about 105 & 121. Did those 2 satellites use the same type of LNB as what is now used for 118.7?
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Posted 14 November 2012 - 06:06 PM

I forgot about 105 & 121. Did those 2 satellites use the same type of LNB as what is now used for 118.7?

I believe 118.7 is circular and 105 and 121 are linear.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 07:30 PM

Correct.




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