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NewsMix Channel 352 - No More

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by SomeRandomIdiot, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. JoeTheDragon

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    fiber to the node??

    Some cable systems say they are fiber when they are not like fios fiber.
     
  2. SomeRandomIdiot

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    I am just SomeRandomIdiot who laughs at what some people *think* they know. A careful read of my posts have easter eggs that indicate if I know the Industry or not.

    I'm also very aware that I don't know everything about DirecTV, but that I know things others do not as well. I have yet to see a poster or mod post anything about the problems and reasons why EVERY DirecTV h.264 encoder was replaced starting with the Los Angeles Stations in October of last year, then the NY Stations on November 11, 2011 and then every mpeg4 encoder they own. Employees @ D* working with dbstalk mods beta testing firmware and IRDs have no idea what is going on in other areas such as uplink. Just as I do not know everything going on at every station, I sure know enough in areas that concern me.

    To be fair dropping NewsMix is not 100% the reason, but as I stated earlier tonight, is in reality the straw that broke the camel's back.

    The reasons include and are not limited to:

    1) Rainfade the year at several outlets at less than the best time.
    2) DirecTV cost structure and major MVPDs wanting to work with us inhouse.
    3) DirecTV MFH does not work well with internal QAM networks as they are set up in house.
    4) DirecTV screen saver every 4 hours and no way to disable has become a major issue. Yes, we can put individual monitors up for every channel but every 4 hours we get a screen saver on them and someone has to trigger a receiver - try doing that with 20+ receivers in a newsroom every 4 hours.
    5) NewsMix broke the camel's back
     
  3. SomeRandomIdiot

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    I am well aware of fiber to the neighborhood and coax the final mile. That is standard operation in virtually all major cable operations these days. In most larger markets, very few households are further than a mile or so away from a fiber feed from the cable headend. When the first plane went into WTC on 9/11 with the ATSC transmitters on the roof, how do you think that the stations continued to broadcast on cable? Ditto for stations that towers goes down or Hurricanes causing issues at the transmitter sites.

    LA and NY (for example) has a 19.2Mbps ASI feed of their ATSC signal to DirecTV and Dish for uplink (even though that includes the HD2 channels and is a waste of bandwidth as the DBS companies do not use them) which is identical to the signal they feed their transmitter. However, those fiber feeds to Dish and DirecTV are not a 2 way for obvious reasons.

    However, the quote you reference has no mention of any of that. It stated fiber between the station and cable headend.

    Virtually every local station of any importance now has a fiber link between their studios and the cable headend. As I stated, I know of no Comcast or TWC household that has that. I specifically did not state FiOS or Google.

    Read what I posted - not what I did not post.
     
  4. James Long

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    This is the Christmas season, not Easter ... and you're still missing the basic question. :)

    It seems like there was a lot more going on than "NewsMix". If you want to blame it on NewsMix that is fine. You and your undefined number of stations can do what they need to do. DirecTV can continue on with their plans.

    If you were trying to make an impassioned plea to restore NewsMix and save those commercial contracts that would best be made direct via your DirecTV contacts.

    Hopefully as this thread goes forward the discussion can be about NewsMix ... and not other issues.
     
  5. Hoosier205

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    As you still avoid answering the most basic of questions! HAHA! Truly hilarious.
     
  6. fleckrj

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    I do not understand how the presence or absence of a news mix channel on DirecTV makes any difference in any of this, or how having the correct information minutes or even hours sooner would have any effect on the outcome. How did we as a nation survive for the 172 years that the country existed before there was television?

    I agree that freedom of the press is important, but having news organizations fight to see who can be first to report what is usually incorrect information does not enhance the function of the press or make any difference to the people at large. Having cameras focused on the fire house where parents were anxously trying to determine whether their child was alive or dead served absoultely no purpose. Unless it is a case where there is some action that I need to take immediately, I have no problem waiting a few hours or even a few days to get the truth. I would actually prefer that to all of the speculation that is being broadcast just to fill time on the air before the truth is known.

    Also, whether there is a news mix channel or not, all of the news outlets are available in DirecTV. I do not understand why this is an issue for anyone.
     
  7. tonyd79

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    Okay. Now I am calling bull****.

    #4. Individual channels do NOT go into screensaver mode unless they are paused. Ever.
     
  8. jimmie57

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    Normally they do not or should not. I have never left my TV on one spot longenough without touching the remote to find out if it is true or false.

    However, there are many threads like the one in this link that have the problems with the screen saver coming on the TV when it is not supposed to do it.
    http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=210511&highlight=screen+saver
     
  9. tonyd79

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    Sure you do unless you turn off you dvr. Go to bed. Wake up next morning. No screensaver.

    They are talking about the mix channel or pausing. He was claiming the individual channels do it.
     
  10. KyL416

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    If you would read the post I said they DID name him, what they did NOT do was keep a facebook photo of the wrong guy on the screen hours after word came out that he was actively posting saying it was not him as it would have been a clear indicator that either (a) they found the facebook page of the wrong guy and should stop showing the picture until they got further information or (b) the source who wasn't authorized to release the info, which we later learned was for obvious reasons, got the name wrong.
     
  11. inkahauts

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    Actually everyone has been talking about how it looks like DIRECTV has been updating all their encoders for a while now...

    Really? Local cable companies have offered to come in and replace all DIRECTV hardware for free and then charge the same or less than DIRECTV did, knowing commercial accounts are far more expensive? In a down economy? I see. N real gain for any provider to offer discounts to commercial accounts, even if its just for installing.

    Number 3 makes by far the most since, maybe....

    And what about the screen saver? I have never seen this. It doesn't just automatically come on every four hours on any box I have. What box is doing that?

    Oh, and I'm sorry, but I have a hard time believing that local stations rely on dtvs national news mix channel for much, as I would expect them to have a bank of tvs for all the local channels already which have never had mix channels, and then a few dedicated to several different national news channels, probably more than what dtvs news mix channel even had.
     
  12. dpeters11

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    Any chance this is the Power Save function, that turns off the box? That would affect it if it was set to live TV for that long and wasn't touched.

    Of course that can also be turned off.
     
  13. majormax69

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    I have to admit after all My gripes.. You have a very good point there!! :nono:
    That could even go both ways.. : "How many have DirecTv dropped...":confused:
     
  14. Drucifer

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    Well the recent Connecticut shooting showed me what a pain in the butt it is now to find news on anything but the latest main news event without the mix channel.
     

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