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Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by terfmop, Sep 28, 2004.

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  1. terfmop

    terfmop Legend

    Sep 28, 2004
    I am very new to this forum and don't yet have a grasp on all the terminology being thrwon around (e.g. 121, 148,etc......) Anyway, I have a friend who is interested in setting up E* service with an international package. We both live in Terre Haute (soon to acquire locals) and she wants to have some channels from South Asia lineup. She called a local retailer, and she was told that she would not be able to obtain both her locals AND the international package. She could get her programming package (in this case the top 60) and then would have to choose either locals or the international channels. She then called Dish Network customer support and was told that the superdish should be able to carry her programming package (Top 60), her locals, and her international channels. Can someone clear up this situation for us?

  2. pcjabber

    pcjabber Cool Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    61.5 and 148 carry International channels, and 105 carries the Terra Haute locals. A SuperDish points to either (your choice of: ) 110, 119, and 105 or 110, 119 and 121. So, without a second dish and a switch, you cannot use International channels (except a certain few that are on 119 or 110) with your locals.

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news!
  3. dssturbo1

    dssturbo1 Mentor

    Aug 19, 2004
    she should be able to get both, but it may require an additional fee for installing the second dish for the international programs. look on the dish site and I think it does state there maybe a extra fee for that reason. have her call dish back and have them explain the fees so there is no misunderstanding when she orders it.
  4. Sky I

    Sky I AllStar

    Sep 22, 2004
    The satellites used for satellite TV are in geostationary orbit at the equator. They are +/- 22,300 miles from the earth.
    Geostationary means they are travelling thru space at the same speed the earth is rotating. This makes them appear "stationary" to us on the ground.
    The numbers you see are their physical location in space, this is known as the "orbital slot".
    If you get a compass and turn until you face 121 degrees, you will be facing the "121" orbital slot. :rolleyes:

    Check out this site to get a better understanding, and to see just how many birds are above your head :eek2:


    To curcumvent possable future confusion for ya.... If you see Ex. "105 tp 23". This is referring to the 105 satellite and a specific transponder (transmitter) on this satellite. Every satellite has multiple transponders capable of transmitting multiple signals (channels). Go here to get specific satellite/transponder information.

  5. RJS1111111

    RJS1111111 Icon/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 23, 2002
    Wellll, that part isn't strictly correct. :D If the longitude of your location on earth exactly matches that of the satellite (e.g. 121 degrees west), then it will be due, true south (not necessarily magnetic south), at an elevation roughly corresponding to your latitude; straight up if you're at the equator, about 90 - 40 = 50 degrees if you're at latitude 40 degrees (north or south), and less than zero, or below the horizon, if you're at one of the poles. Any difference in longitude means the satellite will be lower in the sky, and will also be offset from true south; by something roughly proportional to, but not exactly the same as, the difference in longitude. This is the main reason you really need a special calculator, or the pre-calculated pointing angles by zip code from your receiver. Another potential snag is caused by multi-feed dishes.
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