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DIRECTV 1st quarter conference call/web cast Thursday at 14:00 EDT

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by RAD, May 5, 2010.

  1. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    Not necessarily. They already hold BSS, Ka and Ku licenses for their slots. They actually only need formal FCC approval to launch and operate the specific vehicle at a specific slot, which would be a formality if no new frequencies are involved.
  2. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Financial Performance.

    Budgets are tight.

  3. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Previous guidance seemed to suggest that the next satellite would be a Ku replacement.

    I get the feeling that they're going to need to think hard about some more CONUS HD capacity before too long. 40 channels for two or more years isn't much of a cushion when the most recent HD capacity language seems to have turned from "more than 200" to "approximately 200".
  4. Jason Whiddon

    Jason Whiddon Hall Of Fame

    Aug 17, 2006
    They could drop 60 or so HD PPV channels, doh...
  5. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    Let's keep the discussion of new HD channels, and future capacity, to the appropriate thread. This one is for the conference call. Thanks.
  6. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    I was under the impression that they had to declare the intended use(s) before a construction permit would be issued. Obviously it must fit within the owned bandwidth.
  7. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    Considering that D14 was mentioned in the conference call, I'm hoping discussion of it fits within Stuart's definition of "appropriate".

    I've often wondered, and I'm not sure if I ever received an answer as to whether or not it was possible for DirecTV to launch a BSS satellite to 111°, and put a few KU transponders on it to replace DirecTV 5 at 110?

    I'm not sure it would be possible given DirecTV-5's current position at 109.8°, and I'm not sure if Dish would be happy with DirecTV if they went to the FCC to allow them to move the satellite closer to 111°, but again, it's something I've always wondered. It seems silly to keep a satellite at 110° simply for three transponders.

  8. evan_s

    evan_s Hall Of Fame

    Mar 3, 2008
    I have seen some stuff in FCC filings that does indicate there is a little fudge that can be had which does need to be accounted for by reducing the power level so it is offering no more interference to sats that it is moving closer to than it would have if it was at the correct location but 110/111 with a single sat might be a little much. I'm sure time will tell. Dish also holds license for both Ku at 110 and BSS at 111 so they may be wanting to do the same thing too.
  9. Skyboss

    Skyboss Icon

    Jan 22, 2004
    I thought so too. Its also supposed to be part of the VMU alliance and if I'm not mistaken, the recent Samsung displays are compliant - meaning you put the Display on a network with the HMC30 and it pulls programing over CAT5 from the HMC as well as gives you access to other features like Blockbuster and NetFlix etc.... Plus your Windows 7 files.
  10. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Jul 12, 2006
    Los Angeles
    Valiant attempt, but I believe you are seeking the term 'RVU alliance' (pronounced R-View)
  11. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
  12. Alan Gordon

    Alan Gordon Chancellor

    Jun 7, 2004
    Dawson, Georgia
    The wording from the post I quoted seemed to indicate that the HMC30 might be different in terms of features, and perhaps even GUI .... something which is of great interest to me, compared to the HR2x line.

    However, after Sixto later posted the exact wording, it now appears I made the leap too fast as his exact wording no longer seems to indicate any differences.

  13. adkinsjm

    adkinsjm Icon

    Mar 25, 2003
    A lot of tech talk in this thread for what is supposed to be discussion of the conference call. No one wants on the call wants to hear if D* made a deal to carry E! HD.
  14. ATARI

    ATARI Hall Of Fame

    May 10, 2007

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