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NASA Debuts full time HD channel

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Davenlr, Jul 15, 2010.

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  1. Davenlr

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  2. MysteryMan

    MysteryMan Well-Known Member DBSTalk Club

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    Would be nice.
     
  3. Boston_bill

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    Yup. I love watching launch day. Would be fantastic in HD
     
  4. Carl Spock

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    I want this SOOO bad.
     
  5. bamaweather

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    Will this be a simulcast of the SD channel or different programming?
     
  6. DCSholtis

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    Would love this too but I see one problem in the article. It states the channel will be offered in MPEG-2 format. D* would have to do some type of conversion.
     
  7. Davenlr

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    DirecTv recompresses ALL their feeds to their own encrypted Mpeg4. Most of their current feeds are Mpeg2 distributions already, so this is totally not an issue.

    Anyone with a FTA satellite receiver can check it out:
    NASA TV Downlink Parameters:
    Uplink provider = Americom
    Satellite = AMC 3
    Transponder = 15C
    Orbital Position= 87 Degrees West
    Transmission Format= DVB-S, 4:2:0
    Downlink Frequency= 4000 MHz
    Downlink Polarity= Horizontal
    FEC= 3/4
    Data Rate= 38.860 Mbps
    Symbol Rate = 28.1115

    NASA TV HD Programming:
    HD Program = 105
    Video PID = 82
    AC-3 Audio PID = 238
    MPEG-1 Layer II Audio PID =83
     
  8. Davenlr

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    Currently, they are showing different programming than any of the three Nasa SD channels.
    Since the actual channel launch isnt until the 19th, and the description seems to indicate all the same shows as NASA TV, Im guessing (only a guess) its going to be a simulcast.
    Right now they have on a program at the Vehicle building showing visitors parts of the shuttle before they are installed., and some of the tools used for spacewalks. Then they switched to a weather satellite showing all the hurricanes from last year.
     

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  9. Nick

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    Especially now that the shuttle launches are coming to an end. :sure:
     
  10. Davenlr

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    ISS is still going strong, and all the GOES hurricane hunter sats are handled by NASA, so we could get some really cool hurricane coverage. Maybe they will link to Russia for the Soyuz launches.
     
  11. Mike_TV

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    I would love Directv to add this.
     
  12. LarryFlowers

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    Great! Just in time for the Shuttle's retirement... typical government project, go HD when the shuttle program is ending.
     
  13. hdtvfan0001

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    The library of HD video from the past 3 years or so would certainly provide some interesting content....I know I'd be watching it if/when DirecTV activates it.
     
  14. ggmorton

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    I would love for DirecTv to add this HD channel.
     
  15. georule

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    My wife is a TV broadcast engineer, and while "satellite cruising" on overnights in the 80s and 90s has better footage (on MII, alas --which if you're a TV pro probably gives you a pretty good idea of where she was working at the time) than NASA themselves have of many shuttle missions in the late 80s thru mid 90's. Not HD tho. At one point she made a pledge tape out of some of it for a few northern California PBS stations (she was working at one at the time, but not when she collected the footage).

    But anyway, I'd love to have NASA HD.
     
  16. dcowboy7

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    Wake me up when we go to mars.
     
  17. pablo

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    The Russians said they wanna fly out there by 2020. So go to bed for about ten years. If you feel a little more sleepy, NASA's plan right now is to go sometime in the mid 2030s.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manned_mission_to_Mars
     
  18. Hoosier205

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    My only question is whether or not this will be free to providers. (such as NASA TV SD) That should simplify matters some if there is no cost involved to carry it.
     
  19. n3ntj

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    +1
     
  20. -Draino-

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    NASA HD....please!!!
     
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