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DirecTV 10 HD Sat launch re-scheduled for July 6/7

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by VeniceDre, Apr 10, 2007.

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  1. May 5, 2007 #241 of 584
    bobnielsen

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    It would be interesting to know how configurable it is (can more transponders be dedicated to CONUS beams initially and switched to spot beams after D11 is active?) That might be a moot point, depending on the Sea Launch scheduling.
     
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    JLucPicard

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    Did I see right on both of those launch schedules that also on June 20 a satellite is being launched from a submarine? Interesting.

    My first thought also when confirming spot beam coverage was mentioned was an ad with a guy walking around with a sat receiver hearing someone asking, "Can you see me now?". :)

    Having an actual date mentions just seems to bring it that much closer to home. Bon voyage, Directv10!
     
  4. May 5, 2007 #244 of 584
    Tom Robertson

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    Actually, D10 and D11, EACH can carry about 1000locals and the 150 nationals. When both are up, we'll see really cool services... :) (Some of which we know and are just waiting for a CE and then bandwidth for the HD version.)

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
  5. May 5, 2007 #245 of 584
    Tom Robertson

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    Depending on who's calendar you saw, you SAW correctly--but the information has been wrong all along. (I've never seen such confusion on launch calendars as I have with D10 and D11.)

    Currently the best calendars put D10 at June 20 via Proton in Baiknor and D11 in December on Sea Launch (a converted floating oil rig, not a submarine.) :)

    Cheers,
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  6. May 5, 2007 #246 of 584
    aphoward

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    Actually if you look at the schedule, there IS a submarine launch on June 20 (it's not D* tho, but the OP never mentioned that it was D11).
     
  7. May 5, 2007 #247 of 584
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    Tom, I think that the 150 number on D10/D11 is a bit high. The press release on the D10/D11 national HD capacity says once they're operational D* will have the capacity for 150 national HD channels, not an additional 150 channels, I think we need to subtract the 20 or so that they do now. Maybe I'm just being picky about the wording but that's my take on it.
     
  8. May 6, 2007 #248 of 584
    JLucPicard

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    Correct. The submarine launch I saw on June 20th had nothing at all to do with D*.
     
  9. May 6, 2007 #249 of 584
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    lets hope this rocket doesnt also blow up!!!

    :rolleyes:
     
  10. May 6, 2007 #250 of 584
    machavez00

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    Not sure but I have heard the plan is to move all hd channels to the new birds to free up bandwith for the sd channels. The only HD IRD not mpeg4 capable is the HR10, and they are slowly getting replaced.
     
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    RAD

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    The rumor is that the MPEG2 -> MPEG4 conversion will happen at some future date but not in time to make the original 2007 150 HD channel capacity. As for the HD IRD issue, there are MANY other MPEG2 only HD STB's out there, such as the Sony HD300, Hughes E86, RCA DTC 100 are a few that come to my mind.
     
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    Comments such as this should be forbidden in this thread. Please don't jinx it! ;)
     
  13. May 6, 2007 #253 of 584
    harsh

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    What are the best calendars?
     
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    You can add Samsung 160s and 360s. Only earlier this year did I do away with my last Samsung 160.
     
  15. May 6, 2007 #255 of 584
    harsh

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    This is in conflict with DirecTV's application which states that the combined satellites will offer 1000 LIL and 150 national channels.
     
  16. May 6, 2007 #256 of 584
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    Also being evaluated is the launch of the DirectTV 11 satellite, which is also manifested with Sea Launch. DirectTV are monitoring Sea Launch's efforts in returning to flight, in the hope they won't see the launch of the Boeing 702 Model Satellite delayed by too large a degree, claiming it is too early to predict.

    'With the DirecTV 10 satellite scheduled to launch in June aboard a Proton rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, we're moving forward with our plans to roll out more HD (High Definition) channels this year,' a DirecTV statement noted.

    'It's too early to predict how long the Sea Launch rocket failure will delay the D11 launch. However, we have a flexible, robust fleet of satellites and a variety of options available to us to continue our national and local HD rollout.'
     
  17. May 6, 2007 #257 of 584
    machavez00

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    I stand corrected
     
  18. May 6, 2007 #258 of 584
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    No conflict, I think Tom is right. Both sat has enormous capacity for such purpose, however, D* is also focusing on VOD and other Interactive features that requires X amount of bandwidth. If you take those out of the equation you can see clearly that D10 and D11 can hold about 150HD channels each and LILHD, I however would say LILHD would be around 750 each instead of 1000 though.:)
     
  19. May 6, 2007 #259 of 584
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    Tom IS correct.

    My brother thanks you for all of the good wishes - he is resting comfortably in Russia - work has already begun on mating to launch vehicle. I am bursting with pride.

    And don't worry, my own time is also coming quickly!

    Congrats to Anik-3 for successful light-up this week!

    The future is bright for sure.
     
  20. May 6, 2007 #260 of 584
    Tom Robertson

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    They were conservative with the numbers. Gives them redundancy when both are up there and ability to do other cool things with the bandwidth without announcing plans in advance (you should appreciate the not overselling).

    Lastly, recall that the FCC applications are not precise business plans for the usage. Yes they must included many technical details that must be accurate, but they do not have to list number of channels used with any accuracy. Just enough information to justify the bandwidth request.

    Cheers,
    Tom
     
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