DIRECTV Satellite Discussion D-14 @99W

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  1. studechip

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    It would take someone with a really long reach!

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  2. harsh

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    Absent UHD, I think one of the more important applications of DIRECTV 14 was to be improved/up-to-date spot beam coverage. The eastern extremes of Oregon are anxiously waiting for their HD LIL to come from DIRECTV 14.
     
  3. P Smith

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    I wouldn't side with you on that. Too restrictive, it's not real limitation as the sat is much more versatile then just dedicated to UHD only.

    Adding to that, the sat business cannot afford idling whole sat beyond predefined tight schedule of tests. Cost of it is counting by millions $.
    If testings period exceeded then there must be very serious reason to prolong tests, perhaps do some "amelioration", etc.

    Such frivolous description of "toying" totally unacceptable. I'm bet big money, engineers does working 24/7 in three shifts with the sat, doing tests or other tasks if something require go out of prescribed routines and schedule.
     
  4. inkahauts

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    Why on earth would they have three shifts running tests and spend all that money for that labor when there's so few they probably have just for setting up the sat and testing when there's is absolutely zero rush to get it running. And it's not going to cost them any more or less if they fire it up now or in six months to be honest. In fact it's probably cost more for faster.

    Id imagine they just spent a boat load trying to get d10 back up.
     
  5. HoTat2

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    I have to say with each passing week that goes by without anything substantial from D14 other than the temporary emergency transfer of channels from D10 which has now been completely reversed. I'm inclined to agree something is wrong with D14.

    There's just too much apparent testing going on.

    Those some 4 weeks of testing at 76W, and now we're coming up on two months more testing since it's arrival at 99W back in late January?

    The official letter to the FCC from DIRECTV's legal reps. stated that D14 began commercial operations on Jan. 26.

    Even during the major glitch with D10, D14 only partially came on to subscribers, but in a weird way with only 11 CONUS transponders authorized, and out of those only 7 odd ones actually lit up to carry programming.
     
  6. RAD

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    Didn't DIRECTV originally say it wouldn't be until 2nd quarter when they expected to have D14 operational???
     
  7. Oli74

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    We are in the 2nd quarter so maybe before end of April or May


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  8. RAD

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    Sorry but March is in the 1st quarter, April/May/June are the 2nd quarter.
     
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  9. HoTat2

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    Unless we're talking about fiscal years which usually begin Oct. 1st of the previous year, the 2nd quarter of a year should begin April 1st shouldn't it?

    (And that ain't no foolin' :) )

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  10. HoTat2

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    Yeah ...

    I think Oli is referring to the second quarter of a fiscal year ....

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  11. tomspeer46

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    Each company can define its fiscal year as it chooses. A quick check of financial information websites show that the DirecTV fiscal year ends December 31, so its quarters coincide with calendar quarters.
     
  12. slice1900

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    I wonder if the 'second quarter' thing doesn't have something to do with D15's launch in May? Perhaps they plan to wait for a successful launch of D15 before making D14 operational? Problems with D15's launch might kick in a plan B for how they utilize D14, as that would leave D10 without a backup.
     
  13. harsh

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    What kind of "apparent testing" do you see? Absence of residential channels doesn't mean that they must surely be deeply involved in rigorous testing.

    I'm thinking more along inkahauts' "no rush" scenario (outside of the aforementioned HD LIL improvements). In saying that, I'm pretty sure DIRECTV 14 was NOT ready to go when it was pressed into service regardless of what they told the FCC.
     
  14. Sixto

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    I'm thinking nothing's wrong. They did say 2nd quarter. At the time I thought that they were just being ultra conservative, but there may have been a real schedule in mind.
     
  15. yosoyellobo

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    Directv will either get D14 up and running or it will not. Why worry as Al would say.
     
  16. harsh

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    Launch problems are relatively rare with the Ariane 5.
     
  17. harsh

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    There's also the middle ground where DIRECTV 10 resides where it only partially works (no spot beams?).

    The aging Spaceway 1 apparently taking up the DIRECTV 10 spot beam responsibility needs to be addressed well before the end of the decade.
     
  18. HoTat2

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    Well, among other things, we would talking about the loss of the additional capacity of 16 Ka band CONUS beam transponders and their spotbeam mirrors to Hawaii and Puerto Rico. DIRECTV can do all sorts of things with that. A spotbeam payload capable of serving up to 69 DMAs plus Puerto Rico. The planned use of the RDBS band for UHD and/or whatever else would be dealt a severe blow with the loss of half its planned capacity in RB-1. The Ka-hi band at 99W still left way underutilized for the years more, ect.

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  19. alnielsen

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    I would think it would be operational before D15 is launched. Would you want 2 sats in testing at the same time?
     
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    Directv SAID December 6

    When the satellite begins operations in early second quarter of next year, it will be the first commercial satellite to use the Reverse Band Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) spectrum, providing additional capacity for the delivery of more 4K Ultra HD programming and other advanced services to DIRECTV customers across America including Alaska and Hawaii and Puerto Rico


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