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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by ARKDTVfan, Jul 5, 2003.
I think it would help the PQ of the national channels.Thoughts welcome,
Slight problem. DirecTV has licenses for only three transponders on 110. There are some satellites in construction or in preparation for launch that will provide more spot beams for the 101 and 119 slots.
I am not in favor of this. My Locals are at the 101 bird and that is where my dish is pointed.
So you wouldn't favor better PQ? Besides an upgrade to a multi-sat system i FREE :up:
I get pretty good PQ now
When D-7s gets launched to 119, they will be able to move a lot of LIL off of 101 national transponders on to 119 spots.
But I do not think that is a good idea for them to move those locals to another satellite. This will make a lot of subscribers mad that they will have to do an upgrade to still receive what they have been getting for a while now. Some may not even be able to receive them because of the lower look angles or because they live on the west coast. Also wouldn't it cost DirecTv more to pay to have a new dish installed pointing at 119 than keeping those current subs at 101? I figure it would make more sense to have some future LIL markets added to 119 while keeping the LIL markets they have at 101 at that location.
I agree with Jacob. Honestly, I don't like the Phase III/Dish 500 type dishes which aim at multiple locations. When I had a Dish 500, it required repeaking about every three months, otherwise rain fade became too much of an issue. I would expect similar behavior out of the Phase III. If I had to aim a dish at 110 or 119, I'd use a regular 18" dish instead. The multi-orbital location dishes imo are much too sensitive.
I would use the bigger dishes if I had to, just preferably not. Dish 500 nor Phase III dishes should not require repeaking every so often or every three months. It sounds like the mount or pole it is mounted to may be loose, maybe even the possibility of loose bolts.
They currently have about 50 stations on national beams on 101, they really should be on a spot beam, and 119 is probably where they will end up. There is no use wasting valuable national coverage for local stations.
Both are in an arms race to get LIL to every market as fast as possible and stuffing stations whereever they can until more satellites get up. They will have to get things in order soon. Dish will probably move some people from 110 to 121 in the future forcing them to get a superdish.
Wasting valuable national coverage? What else are they going to use it for if they are not adding many if any channels to their basic packages? They may lose a bunch of subs if they could originally get their locals on the smaller dish with people being used to getting them that way especially those that can get cable and/or had cable before switching to satellite.