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Sixto Report-D12 Status: Pre-Launch

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, Jul 27, 2008.

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  1. Sep 8, 2009 #1221 of 1236

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    There have been NO recent promises regarding new content that depend on D12.

    Long-term, D12 taking over some responsibilities from D10 may extend the older satellite's life.

    D12 will not improve overall reception. Some spotbeams may better cover their target markets. If you're having problems, consider having your dish tweaked.
  2. Sep 8, 2009 #1222 of 1236
    Scott Corbett

    Scott Corbett Mentor

    Jan 27, 2006
    Wasn't D11 supposed to give the capability of 150 national HD channels?
    But D* is nowhere near that.
  3. Sep 8, 2009 #1223 of 1236

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    With current PQ and the current selected encoding techniques, D10 and D11 provide 5 HD channels per transponder, and each has 14 transponders dedicated to CONUS/national coverage. D10 originally (temporarily) had 16, until D11 was deployed. D12 is expect to have 16 national transponders.
  4. Sep 8, 2009 #1224 of 1236

    oldfantom Icon

    Mar 13, 2006
    It depends a little on how/what you count as to the "up to" 150 national channels. But the phrase "up to" and the number 150 seem to start a lot of flame wars in this forum.

    As to Harsh's comment about the recent promises, D* stated that they would be launching a fairly large number of channels in 2010. I don't think it is unusual or suspicious that they have said nothing since. Although there is some argument as to the amount of space that is or is not left and the worth of certain channels over others, it seems that we should not expect to get any new HD roll out of any great significance until the new SAT is up. If they wanted to use the space they have, they probably would have lit up ESPNU for football season.

    Harsh did make a good point that we won't get a launch until after the bird is shipped. I feel pretty good about making that a definite statement. We need to send Tom back to take a "tour" of the facilities to see if the bird is still in construction phase or if it is in its crate, or somewhere in between.

    In the "for what's worth" category, it seems too quiet for the second week of September if we are thinking anything can/will happen prior to November.
  5. Sep 8, 2009 #1225 of 1236

    RobertE New Member

    Jun 9, 2006
    If you believe for one nano-second that DirecTv is launching that satellite just for the hell of it, not using it for more national HD channels, I have a few bridges in New York I'd like to see you.

    Enough with the negitive speculation already.
  6. Sep 8, 2009 #1226 of 1236

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    No they werent supposed to....it was "up to 150".
  7. Sep 8, 2009 #1227 of 1236

    Hutchinshouse Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2006
    The "up to" is mumbo-jumbo. As if DIRECTV doesn't know the capacity of their sats. The "150" is key, not the "up to". If the "up to" is the definitive factor, why didn't they say up to 160 or 170 etc. There's room for more national HD, they're simply not adding it.

    Bring on D12 :goodjob:
  8. Sep 8, 2009 #1228 of 1236

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    This should all be very simple.

    D10 currently has 14 national transponders. At 5 per, that's 70. All used. 100%. (Was 16/80 for a short time prior to D11).

    D11 currently has 14 national transponders. At 5 per, that's 70. Most used today. 90%+.

    This Sunday (9/13), we'll get a good view of how full D11 is. We'll have NFL Sunday Ticket (12 games: 704-715) plus the usual part-time HD channel needs, almost the maximum HD bandwidth needed. The following Sunday (9/20) should be the 2009 maximum (14 games: 704-717), with 2 additional NFL channels needed. 1/3/2010 will have 15 games. Very interested in the HD allocation mid-Sunday afternoon.

    In 2010, D12 will have an additional 16 national transponders, for another 80 HD channels (assuming current PQ and encoding).

    In the past, 101°, 110°, and 119° have also provided HD bandwidth, but a business decision has been made (for now) to consolidate all HD to D10/D11, soon to be D10/D11/D12, with 6 MPEG2 HD channels still to be turned off on 110°/119°.

    Edit: Needed to exclude Sunday Night Football (NBC).
  9. Sep 8, 2009 #1229 of 1236

    dcowboy7 Hall Of Fame

    May 22, 2008
    Pequannock, NJ
    This sunday = 12 games.
    The following sunday = 14 games.
    1/3/10 = 15 games....a game will move to 8:20 SNF.
  10. Sep 8, 2009 #1230 of 1236

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Yep, should have excluded the NBC Sunday night game. Sunday 9/20 will be a good view of max.
  11. Sep 9, 2009 #1231 of 1236

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

    Sep 28, 2006
    So being a Dish customer and only knowing Directv hardware because there are some receivers where you work makes you an expert in satellite construction, FCC regulatory processes and GSO launch operations now? Please. Do you really want me to dig up some of your similarly incorrect assertions about D10 from two years ago?

    You should really just stick to what you actually, you know, know. :rolleyes:
  12. Sep 9, 2009 #1232 of 1236
    David MacLeod

    David MacLeod New Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    would be a short conversation then...
  13. Sep 9, 2009 #1233 of 1236

    oldfantom Icon

    Mar 13, 2006
    In post 939, you said "There's usually 3 - 4 weeks' lead time from delivery of the encapsulated satellite to the launch facility for integration with the booster."

    So harsh is being a little melodramatic with the Nov thing, but if the bird is still in the states, then October is under pressure. I will feel much better when we have confirmation that the thing has been shipped. At that point, there will be less of a speculative "here's a window, there's a window" discussion. I would think they will not ship without a slot. This speaks to my knowledge of all that stuff you mention, above - You can't launch a satellite unless the satellite is at the launch site.
  14. Sep 9, 2009 #1234 of 1236
    doctor j

    doctor j Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 14, 2006
    Birmingham, Al.
    Reading the last several ILS launch blogs, although they have capacity to process multiple launches, the sat usually arrives soon after the sucessful prior launch.
    Nimiq 5 is scheduled for 9/17.
    I'd expect D-12 to ship shortly after that if all is OK.

    Doctor j
  15. Sep 9, 2009 #1235 of 1236

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    The FCC Filing lists the D12 Construction Completion Date as 10/8/2009:While it's certainly possible for D12 to launch between Nimiq 5 on 9/17/2009 and W7 in mid-November, I'm just getting a vibe that it may be after W7, but we'll see, especially if some $ changed hands to get W7 to the head of the line. That W7 press release the other day sounded urgent.

    2008/2009 launches and guesswork:
    02/11/2008 +14
    03/14/2008 +32
    09/19/2008 +32
    11/05/2008 +47
    12/10/2008 +35
    02/11/2009 +62
    04/03/2009 +51
    05/16/2009 +43
    06/30/2009 +45
    08/11/2009 +42
    09/17/2009 +38 (Nimiq 5 scheduled)
    10/17/2009 +30 (D12?)
    11/16/2009 +30 (W7?)
  16. Sep 9, 2009 #1236 of 1236
    Tom Robertson

    Tom Robertson Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

    Nov 15, 2005
    DIRECTV will be the first to launch a BSS satellite into the US! DIRECTV 12 and RB-2A are the same hybrid satellite and filings have been posted at the FCC.

    But let us continue discussion at the new thread: http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?p=2210347

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