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The Official July 8 Charlie Chat Discussion thread


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#1 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 29 June 2002 - 03:52 PM

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#2 OFFLINE   SParker

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Posted 29 June 2002 - 05:13 PM

hey is there a way I can pay my monthly bill automatically? HAHAHA j/k :wave:

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Posted 29 June 2002 - 06:05 PM

MERGER QUESTION: With the additional capacity that the merger will bring, will you provide additional West coast feeds of channels that provide them, such as SciFi Channel, Cartoon Network, and such?

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#4 OFFLINE   Scott Greczkowski

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Posted 29 June 2002 - 08:05 PM

When will the 721 have Internet access available. :)

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Posted 29 June 2002 - 09:21 PM

When Thomson going to start getting involved? and no I dont mean by those RCA branded 301s RatShack has. I mean Bona fied Thomson hardware!
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#6 OFFLINE   Chris Blount

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Posted 01 July 2002 - 06:09 AM

Originally posted by SParker
hey is there a way I can pay my monthly bill automatically? HAHAHA j/k :wave:

Yeah I wondered that myself. It's such a pain having to write a check every month. Maybe they could have some way to do it by credit card. :D

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Posted 01 July 2002 - 06:30 AM

Hey Chuck...when is the compression going to be reduced so we can get some decent PQ? Its a tough sell to show my friends how great DishNetwork is when the screen is pixelating constantly. At the last tech talk the E* engineer mentioned that PQ "might" improve for the AT100 when E*8 goes online. He didn't sound very confident or sure about the PQ improving. When will this issue be resolved? And don't tell me about the merger and additional bandwidth...blah...blah...blah...because the merger is pie in the sky stuff for now and looks less likely every day with Enron, WorldCON, Xerox, Martha Stewart/IMCLone, etc... Congress is not going to be eager to approve a huge corporate merger while creating a DBS monopoly at the same time.

Also, when are we going to get weather information similar to what the cable systems have for their subscribers? Channel 9500 isn't cutting it :(.

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Posted 01 July 2002 - 11:36 AM

Is the DP keyboard compatible with the 721?

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#9 OFFLINE   Scott Greczkowski

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Posted 01 July 2002 - 11:45 AM

Nick I didn't try that yet, I will try tonight and report back.

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Posted 01 July 2002 - 03:47 PM

Originally posted by Z'Loth
MERGER QUESTION: With the additional capacity that the merger will bring, will you provide additional West coast feeds of channels that provide them, such as SciFi Channel, Cartoon Network, and such?

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What use would an west coast feed of Cartoon Network be?:rolling:

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Posted 01 July 2002 - 04:04 PM

How many times will the word MERGER be used in tonight's chat?:D
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Posted 01 July 2002 - 05:11 PM

Originally posted by psecic
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What use would an west coast feed of Cartoon Network be?:rolling:


My 5 ear old loves cartoon network, but here on the west coast that "adult swim" or soup or whatever it it starts pretty early. I'd like the west coast feed. Or why not drop the east coast feeds of some channels and replace them with west coast feeds??? :rolleyes: ;)
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Posted 01 July 2002 - 08:42 PM

Originally posted by psecic
What use would an west coast feed of Cartoon Network be? :rolling:


Don't laugh. Dish provides both east and west coast feeds of both Disney and Nick channels. In addition, the "adult swim" programming, such as it is, takes place earlier in the evening on the west coast.

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Posted 02 July 2002 - 06:30 PM

I very seriously doubt that the dishplayer keyboard will be compatible with the 721 because their regular remote is not compatible with any of dish's other receivers so I dont think the keyboard is an exception.

I wonder if the dishplayer remotes are more reliable than the blue button dish remotes? I know that the keyboard for the 721 looked very very nice and won an award(s) but they charge extra for it.

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Posted 02 July 2002 - 07:27 PM

Hey - that is better - a "stick up" thread for CHAT :)

anyone knows the date yet for next Tech or Retail Chats?
maybe they ll announce anything on that on July 8 Charlie's...
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Posted 02 July 2002 - 07:39 PM

Or why not drop the east coast feeds of some channels and replace them with west coast feeds


Actually Lee that has already happened. Soap Net on both D* and E* is the west coast feed.
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Posted 02 July 2002 - 08:06 PM

Just tried the Dishplayer keyboard on the 721. It didn't do a dang thing. :D

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Posted 02 July 2002 - 08:54 PM

Do those Dish DVD remotes people were talking about that they could get for $15 operate the Dish Network Satellite Receivers? If so do they operate the PVR functions as well?

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Posted 03 July 2002 - 08:53 AM

Will non Open TV recivers be updated to show locals in their OTA position ? The January Charlie Chat mentioned an upgrade and did nots eem to indicate that it was only for SOME receivers.
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Posted 03 July 2002 - 12:09 PM

When will we get Dolby Digital on "Encore" and "Starz! Theater"? (Both station currently provide DD feeds if cable/sat companies want them).

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Posted 03 July 2002 - 05:06 PM

When will the 6000 8PSK module be free to us "poor" subs?
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Posted 04 July 2002 - 09:31 PM

Let's see if we can answer some questions early...

Welcome to the Charlie Chat!! We would report on some worthless news and show you some crappy videos but we wanted to get to news on the merger...write your congressman!!


[QUOTE]Originally posted by SParker
is there a way I can pay my monthly bill automatically? [/QUOTE]

Yes, use Credit Card AutoPay. Sure we sometimes over bill or skip your payment causing you to default but who cares, it's only your credit rating. Now here's some merger news...


[QUOTE]Originally posted by Z'Loth
With the additional capacity that the merger will bring, will you provide additional West coast feeds of channels that provide them, such as SciFi Channel, Cartoon Network, and such? [/QUOTE]

We don't have the bandwidth to do that right now, so support the merger! Besides, that would make sense and we're against that.


[QUOTE]Originally posted by Scott Greczkowski
When will the 721 have Internet access available? [/QUOTE]

We just drop-shipped you a 721 and you want internet access? Call AOL and stop whining. Besides, after the merger is approved, we're going to buy AOL, but don't tell anyone!


[QUOTE]Originally posted by Steve Mehs
When Thomson going to start getting involved? and no I dont mean by those RCA branded 301s RatShack has. I mean Bona fied Thomson hardware! [/QUOTE]

Who's Thomson? A special-interest group?


[QUOTE]Originally posted by Ronaldo
When is the compression going to be reduced so we can get some decent PQ? [/QUOTE]

After the merger...roll the clip!!!


[QUOTE]Originally posted by Nick
Is the DP keyboard compatible with the 721? [/QUOTE]

Dr. Pepper makes computer hardware now?


[QUOTE]Originally posted by karl_f
How many times will the word MERGER be used in tonight's chat? [/QUOTE]

How many times do you want? We'll contact Arthur Andersen...


[QUOTE]Originally posted by Jacob S
Do those Dish DVD remotes people were talking about that they could get for $15 operate the Dish Network Satellite Receivers? If so do they operate the PVR functions as well? [/QUOTE]

That configuration is not supported. We recommend you use Pay-Per-View because it provides us a better profit margin. DVD is a fad and won't be around long...like DirecTV. Speaking of that, support the merger!


[QUOTE]Originally posted by Geronimo
Will non Open TV recivers be updated to show locals in their OTA position ? [/QUOTE]

Ask the Tech-Chat. Besides what does that have to do with the merger?


[QUOTE]Originally posted by Lyle_JP
When will we get Dolby Digital on "Encore" and "Starz! Theater"? [/QUOTE]

That would take up more bandwidth that we don't have. We need to lauch EchoStar 8 and oh yea, the merger. Jim, roll the merger propaganda tape...


[QUOTE]Originally posted by DarrellP
When will the 6000 8PSK module be free to us "poor" subs? [/QUOTE]

It's free with a $94 subscription to Discovery HD. More HD channels will become available after the merger.


Well, we are out of time. Don't forget to tune in to another extremely boring mind-numbing episode of the Charlie Chat!!!
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Posted 04 July 2002 - 10:00 PM

:lol: That was good!
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Posted 04 July 2002 - 10:47 PM

Sad thing is, its probably true enough to be used as the actual recap.
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Posted 05 July 2002 - 06:25 AM

Media Mills - Great recap. Are you prescient or what?

Cool avatar too. What is it? :confused:


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