D* picture quality compared to streaming

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  1. Athlon646464

    Athlon646464 Yada Yada Yada DBSTalk Gold Club

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    Perhaps it would have been more accurate for you to say "Streaming is better due to better compression technology" than "no compression". (There is always compression.)

    Also - it's much easier to prepare a pre-recorded 'show' for streaming than to 'live' stream a channel.

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  2. Rich

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    Cannot begin to imagine how they would screw that up.

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  3. Rich

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    Think that would stop them? Really? They've lied to us for years about the service, why would they stop now?

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  4. mjwagner

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    So not fuzzy at all. I checked...I did install my first system in '92 and at that point DirecTV did not exist it was USSB.
    LOL...very tue!
     
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  5. James Long

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    Amazing. The New York Times (1997 article) says USSB began service in 1993 (which is fairly good since DIRECTV and USSB didn't launch DBS 1 until the end of the year and DIRECTV launched June 17, 1994). Some pre-DBS service on Ku (like Primestar)?
     
  6. dtv757

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    1800 primestar lol
    Both prime star and radio shack no more now
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    Just read prime star was owned by joint cable companies -_-

    Before D* bought them

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  7. mjwagner

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    LOL...sorry apparently while my memory is still good my fingers are not. That was supposed to be ‘94. It was October of 1994 (right around my birthday, that’s how I sold spending $700 or $800, which was a lot of money back then, to my wife) it cost about $800 for the dish and receiver, an RCA receiver believe it or not. Anyway it was USSB (IIRC some of the bills were from DSS) not DirecTV or PrimeStar.
    But back to my original point, which is true - I’ve been with DirecTv since before it was even called DireTV. Whether you or anyone else believes it, I really don’t care...
     
  8. mjwagner

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    LOL...too funny. Yeah I was really sad to see Radio Shack fold.
     
  9. James Long

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    It has never been called either of those. :D

    25 Years Ago Today: DirecTV Is Born
    Lemoyne Martin was unhappy. He’d just bought a Sony big screen TV, but now found the quality of his local cable TV service severely lacking.

    Pondering this dilemma in early 1994, Lemoyne read about a new satellite TV system called DirecTV. DirecTV promised 150 channels of all-digital laserdisc-quality TV with CD-quality sound, transmitted via the Ku satellite band (DVD was still three years in the future).
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    So, on a sweltering Friday morning, June 17, 1994, Lemoyne Martin strode past a queue of around 150 other potential buyers and a phalanx of media at Cowboy Maloney’s 1-55 North store. He handed over nearly $1,000 to tuxedo-clad salesman, Ty Carney, and became the first DirecTV owner and first all-digital TV service subscriber.



    Buying "all-digital laserdisc-quality TV with CD-quality sound". 25 years ago this year.

    Postscript: "Lemoyne Martin remained a DirecTV subscriber until last year. As a hedge against annoying weather outages, especially during NFL games, the Martin home maintained both DirecTV and basic cable subscriptions. Tired of paying two TV bills, Lemoyne switched to cable. But he still shops at Cowboy Maloney’s."
     
  10. mjwagner

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    My original bills and equipment never came from DirecTV. They were from USSB and/or DSS. But like I said, I really don’t care whether you or anyone else believes me....LOL...and one last time just for emphasis and so their is no misunderstanding, with quotes in case you need them...”I’ve been with DirecTV since before it was even called DirecTV”...LMFAO!
     
  11. b4pjoe

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    It was called DSS when I first got it too and USSB is where I had to subscribe to get HBO. Also had the RCA receiver and still have the remote that came with it. That was somewhere in the mid 90's. A local appliance store held an invitation only event after hours for people that were interested in it. I bought the system that night and the appliance store installed the dish later that week.

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  12. James Long

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    Are you not seeing the cyclone? :)
     
  13. Athlon646464

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    Bought something from the Shack a few days ago...

    Store Locator
     
  14. mjwagner

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    Unfortunately all the stores anywhere close to me closed some time ago...:(
     
  15. mjwagner

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    Shhh...don't tell James, he will have an aneurysm...:D
     
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  16. Athlon646464

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    Check them out online too - some of the same old stuff. Although - I'll admit it is fun to go in and browse with the other nerds in there...

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    In my area most of the RS turned into sprint auth agents

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  18. Michael H..

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    OK. You've made your point. This post is not intended for you but is for anyone else that may be confused by the discussion. In the early '90's, I served as the acting head of the payload mechanical engineering, integration, and test section for Hughes Space & Communications. During that time, we built the DirecTV1, DirecTV2, DirecTV3 satellites. This is what they were named during proposal / development, not renamed these at a later date. You can look up the FCC approval to confirm this. USSB and Hughes both owned slots at the 101°W GEO positions. Requiring the combined slots as well as to reduce investment $'s, led to partnership development / ownership of the DirecTV constellation, where USSB leased transponders for the premium HBO. etc. stations, and DirecTV provided the basic stations, as two separate entities, and Direct broadcast Satellite Systems developed and operated the billing system. Thomson RCA, under a licensing / hardware development agreement with DirecTV, had an 18 month exclusive supplier agreement to supply the 8-bit single and dual receivers. The sole supplier single receiver / dish retailed for $750. I wasn't going to pay $750. Hughes did not have an employee discount program, because the consumer demand exceeded the production and none were going to be set aside to sell at a discount. I was able to get a test unit and became an unofficial home tester. To further fracture and complicate the DirecTV / USSB arrangement, these entities initially focused on urban service, and contracted the rural service to Pegasus. DirecTV bought out USSB's interest after ~5 years of operation, and bought out Pegasus' interest after ~10 years of operation. I had the pre-LIL DNS service, when the network stations were divided amongst various urban centers, Seattle, San Francisco, Pittsburgh ... and one from LA and one from NY, rather than the present-day all west from LA, and all east from NY. I am grandfathered and still have HD DNS E & W. I had the pre-'06 110° slot Hx10 Ku HD programming (<10 stations?). When DirecTV was coming out with the leased 99° & 103° slots Hx20 Ka HD programming, they finalized acquisition of any outstanding partnerships. During those first 10 years, my billing was from Pegasus, though I never deduced that the satellites and receivers belonged to them, only that they were the provider. Primestar, which was also acquired by DirecTV, was in fact a different company, using proprietary Primestar dishes and equipment. DirecTV took over billing but eventually shut it down after replacing the equipment with their own. Hope this helps to clear up any misconceptions.
     
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  19. James Long

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    You can both be wrong. :) A cyclone came through and wiped out your assertions.

    DSS was the name of the equipment. The service was sold by either DIRECTV or USSB (depending on channels subscribed) with all but 200k of USSB's 2 million pre-merger subscribers paying for a separate subscription to DIRECTV. (Combined billing was touted as one of the consumer benefits of the merger. Reduced cost of operating a second CSR center was one of the benefits to the merged company.)

    And yes, I have owned a C-Band dish since before the signals were scrambled, so I do know something about the history of satellite services.

    The PQ was fairly good - for SD.
     
  20. studechip

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    It was better than fairly good, it was nearly HD quality. I got my c-band dish in '92. The first thing I saw was a Toronto Blue Jays game. I had a 50" rp Toshiba, good for it's day. The picture was quite good, much better than ota or cable.
     

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