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DirecTV Approaches FCC on Two-Dish Locals


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#21 OFFLINE   JohnH

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Posted 05 February 2003 - 12:47 AM

Jacob, DirecTV will not have all the new locals at the same slot as the existing ones at 101. They will place a spotbeam satellite at 119(DirecTV 7S) and will add the locals there. They will have all locals from a particular DMA on the same slot or maybe this communication with the FCC was just a way to lay the groundwork to see if they could do the same thing as DISH Network is doing in some of the existing markets which are really crowding the spots now.

DISH Network could and probably should build a bigger spotbeam satellite for 110. Perhaps they should build 2 which together would allow the use of 3 or 4 uplink locations. This could greatly increase the capability to carry all channels for a particular DMA at the same location.

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#22 OFFLINE   Mike123abc

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Posted 05 February 2003 - 01:41 AM

Originally posted by Jacob S
How can DirecTv have all of those locals at one orbital slot and Dish has to use more than one orbital slot to fill in just as many locals? DirecTv is going to have 100 locals by the end of the year I hear, are they going to use the same orbital slot to do this? If they can do this how come can Dish not do this? How is DirecTv doing this and how come is Dish not doing this?


DirecTV had the advantage of all transponders on 101, it gives them more uplink capacity. This allowed them to build a spot beam satellite with more spots on it. They have 44 spot frequencies (in 26 spots) vs echostar having 25 spot beam frequencies in 15 spots. E* now has 2 of these satellites up now for 50 spot frequencies, D* has one with 44 now and another about to launch with perhaps 14 spot frequencies (they do not have the capacity at 119 that they have at 101). So, D* could end up with 58 spots. This gives D* 16% more LIL capacity. Plus D* pushes the error correction edge a bit more giving them 5% more capacity per spot. All in all D* probably will have effectively 11 more transponders for LIL than E* will have on the main slots. Dish is currently using about 15 TPs on wings for LIL channels, so it balances.

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Posted 07 February 2003 - 05:34 PM

I think the FCC was leniant with E* because they didn't have a spot beam sat up and stated that the 2 dish solution was temporary until the spot beam sats were up.

Since the spot sats are up and there was plenty of capacity to move stations off the side slots before they started adding new cities I think the FCC should revisit the issue. There is absolutely no reason for LA (for instance) to have any stations on a side slot. There is still a TP worth of space on LA's spots.

#24 OFFLINE   Jacob S

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Posted 07 February 2003 - 08:19 PM

If they require all of the locals in a city to be broadcasted from one dish, and Dish would actually be able to do this, then wouldn't that free up space on the side slots to add locals as well? 61.5 for the east coast and 148 for the west coast for locals and put spot beams on those satellites?

Also if Dish would be allowed to continue doing things as they are doing, then would this free up space for Direct to broadcast more cities if they were allowed to have some of the channels for a city on another slot?




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