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Official: D10 in orbit testing, national beams ok, problem with spotbeams


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#1 OFFLINE   bonscott87

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:42 PM

From DirecTV Investor Relations: http://phx.corporate...1829&highlight=

DIRECTV 10 In-Orbit Testing Underway

EL SEGUNDO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 2007--The DIRECTV 10 satellite, launched on July 6, 2007, has been successfully placed in geo-synchronous orbit and is currently undergoing in-orbit testing. The testing process has confirmed that the satellite is fully functional to deliver all planned nationwide HD programming. This will enable DIRECTV to deliver up to 100 HD channels nationwide by year-end.

The DIRECTV 10 satellite's transponder payload also includes spot-beam capacity that will support the expansion of DIRECTV's local HD channel services. While testing of DIRECTV 10's capability continues, it appears that a portion of the anticipated spot-beam capability may not be fully available. The investigation to determine the cause of the reduced capability and potential means to mitigate its effect is on-going. However, we currently believe our planned expansion of HD local programming as previously announced will not be materially affected.

The launch of DIRECTV 11 is still scheduled for late this year or early next year, on a Sea Launch launch vehicle.

DIRECTV currently offers local HD broadcast channels in 60 cities, representing more than 70 percent of U.S. TV households. In addition, DIRECTV has agreements in place to rollout multiple HD channels from top content providers such as Disney, Discovery Communications, A&E Television Networks, HBO, Fox, Turner, NBC Universal, Showtime Networks, Starz and Scripps Networks, among others.



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#2 OFFLINE   bonscott87

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:42 PM

National HD channels are very, very close!

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:47 PM

National HD channels are very, very close!


I wonder if it will affect more then they are stating

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:48 PM

I hope not :mad:
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:48 PM

The local spot beam problem has gotta hurt....ouch....hope they can resolve the problem!
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:50 PM

but it should just hurt the people without their locals right?
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:51 PM

but it should just hurt the people without their locals right?

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:51 PM

Houston we have a problem
everyone throw there HDTV's out the window

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:51 PM

wonder if the spot beams are not covering a certain area they anticipated, if so they maybe able to move some locals off the spaceway sats to D10 so the spaceway sats can beam new locals in those locations that D10 can't, of course all just speculation:rolleyes:

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:52 PM

Re-Read the statement....

"However, we currently believe our planned expansion of HD local programming as previously announced will not be materially affected."

Basically... everything they have planned... is not affected.
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:54 PM

Man, I had this info yesterday and didn't want to start a riot... I should've just dropped the bomb anyway.

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:54 PM

Re-Read the statement....

"However, we currently believe our planned expansion of HD local programming as previously announced will not be materially affected."

Basically... everything they have planned... is not affected.


Thats why I posted what I said, if there is a problem maybe they can work around it..... :)

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:56 PM

Well the rumors were partially true about D10 that there was something wrong, just nothing catastrophic wrong. Which is a very good thing!

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:58 PM

Re-Read the statement....

"However, we currently believe our planned expansion of HD local programming as previously announced will not be materially affected."

Basically... everything they have planned... is not affected.


I wonder what "materially affected" means?? :whatdidid I'm an accountant and "materiality" can be hard to define....
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:59 PM

Seems like the expected "backup" spotbeams are not functioning! So, this will only be a problem in the future! I wonder is this small failure enough for them to launch D12 in its place!?
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 06:59 PM

I wonder what "materially affected" means?? :whatdidid I'm an accountant and "materiality" can be hard to define....

Some more of that legal speak I imagine.

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 07:00 PM

From what I heard yesterday, they were having problems on Wednesday during testing with D10. It wasn't doing what it was supposed and the only way to fix it was to bring it down. Which, of course, wasn't going to happen. There was a mention of certain states in the Northwest which I hoped meant it was spotbeams and not nationals.

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 07:00 PM

Re-Read the statement....

"However, we currently believe our planned expansion of HD local programming as previously announced will not be materially affected."

Basically... everything they have planned... is not affected.


Several statements are up for interpretation and are filled with legalize.

Materially- To a significant extent or degree; substantially.

Which means there could be some loss of channels but not the lion share. There's lots of gray area in that but they have to say that. There's no guarantee they can find the issue and fix it. Lets just hope they figure it out and folks dont get materially affected. ;)
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Posted 14 September 2007 - 07:02 PM

Meaning they may just use D10 for national channels and whatever spots are working as planned & D11 for spots. Or they could shift spot beams among the existing fleet to get the necessary coverage. Then again, if the national coverage works as planned, they can just put some locals on national beams.

All they're saying is that they're not going to have the number of spot beams on D10 that they thought - at least that's how I'm reading the statement.

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Posted 14 September 2007 - 07:05 PM

From what I heard yesterday, they were having problems on Wednesday during testing with D10. It wasn't doing what it was supposed and the only way to fix it was to bring it down. Which, of course, wasn't going to happen. There was a mention of certain states in the Northwest which I hoped meant it was spotbeams and not nationals.


I'm happy I live in the South!! :lol:
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