Back at the end of March, Earl opened a thread about the Slimline 3 aka SL3 after it showed up in the CE releases. See thread http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=124403 Well, now more information is available about the Slimline 3. So, I’m presenting you all with a Sneak Peak/Preview of the Slimline 3. First I’ll go over known items then I’ll go into some personal speculation. SL3 LNB. “Sees” 3 orbital locations 99/101/103. Does not and will not see 110/119 locations. Four outputs on the LNB. Just like today’s Phase III, AT9 & AU9 ODUs. Fully compatible with the WB68, WB616 & SWM5/8 switches. Also compatible with current receivers. Note: You will need a H20, HR20 or R22 or newer receiver to get any programming from the 99/103 locations. A future D series receiver may or may not be released that will see 99/103. Installation is nearly identical to that of the AT9/AU9 with the exception that the tilt is preset on the ground based on zip code. There is no “need” to adjust the tilt after installation. That is of course predicated on the mast being plumb. Update 7/24 Beginning on 7/31, HSPs in 72.5 and SD Local markets will start seeing Work Order Activities with the SL3 The SL3 began shipping this week to the affected HSP offices. Now for my speculation/educated guesses. This dish is set to be the standard installation dish for both SD & HD installs in markets where locals are beamed from the 99/101/103 locations. In those markets where locals come from 110/119, you will still get the AU9. This should simplify and reduce the number of dishes that should have to be stocked and carried daily by techs. DirecTv will go from four ODUs being installed: 18”, Phase III, World Direct, & Ka/Ku ODUs down to just two: SL3 & AU9. I’m assuming that at some point international programming will be moved either to 99/103 or to 110/119 or both. My bet will be 99/103. You can put a good number of SD channels on a few Ka transponders. DirecTv 12 maybe? While I don’t have exact measurements of the ODU itself, from the material I do have, it appears to be identical in size and shape of the current Slimline. So for those of you (me included) hoping for a smaller lighter ODU, sorry. The LNB is pretty simple as well. Take the AT9 LNB, remove the 110/119 sidecar jumpers and there you go. The illustration looks very similar. At this point, don’t assume that you can re-run the sat setup and select the Slimline 3 from the setup and expect things to work ok. It is unknown at this point as to what changes, if any, have been made to the control signals. I do also believe there will be a SWM version of the LNB as well. I do not have a time frame for availability or cost. The pictures were photoshopped to add the DBSTalk.com Text. Other than that, they are as they appear in the training materials. Enjoy & discuss.