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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Gary Toma, Jun 4, 2014.
I miss her technically astute, and well thought out posts.
I'd rather someone post about all of the new programming D 15 has provided including 4K UHD.
Well, anything really "new" from D15 at this point would mainly be for Puerto Rico subs. since D15 largely overlaps the CONUS xpndrs we already receive from D10 and D12, except for the fact neither of those 2 earlier satellites have the ability to mirror their CONUS channels to PR as D15 can.
The only real new spectum D15 can offer are CONUS beam xpndrs for the first 8 Ka-hi xpndr channels once SW1 is vacated and shut down.
And from its 18 Reverse Band xpndrs, 4K programming or otherwise, if and when the legal squabbling over RB broadcast rights to that slot is settled.
So to sum up, no activity has been detected from D15 as of yet.
It's like it's asleep.
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Many of us do, but she had been involved for a long time back to her own forum and deserved at least a bit of a break.
What forum might that be?
She founded a forum on DBS, just before DBStalk(?). I think it was dbsforums.com. Several of us participated there too, way back in the day.
Wow, sounds like she's someone's ultimate wife! Seriously gals like that are RARE.
you are a member here long enough to know her coming out post and could read back much more ...
but we got enough offtopic
Earth Station Update
License for UPLINK to RB-1 and RB-2
Maybe soon some action??
Except for the fact that the TBC article reports that the LABF uplink station which that earth station is to be the first of, isn't expected to be completed until sometime in the later half of 2016.
Can that earth station reasonably be expected to begin operation before the entire facility is actually completed?
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Well they are already uplinking to RB-1 (whichever one is at 99) from somewhere since they have had four modulated transponders for weeks now.
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At what point would this seemingly endless wait would the useful life of the bird be impacted? May be a stupid/crazy question, but i can't remember any TV satellite waiting this long, either...
perhaps it's mothballed
I was thinking more like jammed...
Like they could at least have long begun the process migrating D10's 103(cb) nationals over to D15's Ka-lo band payload so Puerto Rico subs can receive them too by now.
Have we heard if anything is happening with the ground station?
There's so many reasons why they may not be using it yet. Maybe they don't need it to mirror channels to Puerto Rico Hawaii etc.? I keep expecting the Spaceway satellite to be turned off so they can turn on the eight additional transponders on this one to fill in that gap. But maybe that's just us thinking it will happen and never will?
It could be they are waiting because The only thing they plan on really using it for at this time is BSS. And we know they are not using BSS yet because they don't have the LNBs out to the market yet.
And it can't hurt the satellite to be running it super low power right now versus running at full blast.
Well D15's BSS may be delayed for years depending onhow long it takes them to resolve that fight with Ciel. I assume it will end up with the ITU at some point, unless Directv offers some sort of settlement. Maybe they'll offer them D10, SW1 and SW2
There's a lot about the rollout of D14 and D15 that don't make sense. Why are some 99ca transponders N/A on D14? Why haven't its remaining spotbeams been lit up? Why hasn't Directv made any moves to fill in the unserved DMAs, especially since they have dedicated spot beams on D14 for some of them? Why did they stop the movements to get more HD channels for PR? Why are they still using the (presumably) less trustworthy D10 instead of migrating those transponders to D15?
As far as impact on useful life that hancox brought up, I wouldn't worry about it. The design life of a satellite is typically 15 years, but the fuel life is usually longer. Directv published some stats a few years back showing the design life and fuel life of their fleet and all had fuel life extending past 2020 except for one (can't remember if it was D4S or D5, either way it doesn't affect anything)
I agree that's there's a lot that doesn't seem to make sense. But in guessing it does to them and I'm guessing that some of it is us not having the software to see what's actually happening.