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DISH, DirecTV to Add Channels

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by Steve Mehs, Jul 10, 2002.

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  1. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    The National Geographic Channel, the No. 1 requested network among EchoStar's DISH Network customers, will join the satellite TV service's lineup this weekend.

    EchoStar Chairman and CEO Charlie Ergen said during his monthly "Charlie Chat" with DISH Network customers that National Geographic Channel will be added to the America’s Top 150 package at the end of the week. Also joining the lineup is FOX Sports Net West 2, which will be available to customers living within the channel's service area in September.

    Ergen also said DISH Network plans to add local channel packages for customers in Burlington, Vt., Tucson, Ariz. and Tulsa, Okla. He added that EchoStar could serve as many as 50 markets with local channel packages following the launch of EchoStar VIII, a satellite awaiting a flight in Kazakhstan, later this summer.

    In addition to DISH, DirecTV said it's offering local TV channels to its customers in Providence, R.I., beginning today. Subscribers in Providence will receive local channels from a DirecTV satellite at 119 degrees, requiring the use of a multi-satellite capable system, which includes a single 18-by-24-inch dish and receiver.

    From SkyReport (Used with Permission)
  2. Karl Foster

    Karl Foster Hall Of Fame

    Mar 23, 2002
    If you are at all interested in science, you'll love NGC. I find their programming to be much more interesting than the Science Channel. They have a show on the weekends called "National Geographic This Week." It is my favorite show on tv. I have my UTV set to always catch it on Fridays.
  3. Jacob S

    Jacob S Hall Of Fame

    Apr 14, 2002
    Darn, I figured they could put up a LOT more cities than this with spot beams, how many did they have before any spot beams were put up? 38? Does that make it only 6 cities per satellite if even that? I figured they could put twice that many up. Are they not allowed to put up any at just the 61.5 or 148 slot but have to have them at 110/119 slots?
  4. DarrellP

    DarrellP Hall Of Fame

    Apr 24, 2002
    I'm glad NGC is coming, but I hope it's not at the expense of PQ elsewhere. The PQ is just starting to get 1/2 way decent again on DISH and I would hate to see them start sliding backward.
  5. Geronimo

    Geronimo Native American Potentate DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    They certainly COULD put a city up at just 61.5 or 148. That obviously would require a second dish for reception but splitting them does as well----if the customer requests it. In fact it might save DISH some money since I don't believe the regs could rewsonably be interpreted to say that DISH had to pay for that dish and install----but what a PR nightmare.
  6. bryan27

    bryan27 DBSTalk E* Spot Beam Guru

    Apr 1, 2002
    It would be nice if NGC was given free to NG Members no matter what package they had. After all NG Members have paid to make the programs aired on the channel through a portion of their yearly dues :(
  7. tampa8

    tampa8 Godfather/Supporter

    Mar 30, 2002
    I contribute yearly to PBS, I would like to get that free. I have season passes to Walt Disney World, want that channel free. I subscribe to ESPN the magazine, so yes, want those channels free too. Or, since I am paying to get those channels, give me the magazines for free and some passes to get into WDW.
  8. Nick

    Nick Retired, part-time PITA DBSTalk Club

    Apr 23, 2002
    Where did I see NGC was going to be on
    E* ch 186, and that it was going to be
    illuminated today, Friday, July 12?

    NIckster :smoking:

    UPDATE: NGC is on E* ch 186 [NTGEO] If you
    don't see it, pull and reinsert your smartcard
    and wait for 5 min download.
  9. AJ2086

    AJ2086 Godfather

    Jun 1, 2002
    Funny thing my cable company just got National Geographic the other day. Hmmmmm coinsidence?
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