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SixtoReport: D10/D12 Satellite Info in Post#1 - Both D10 & D12 in service

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Sixto, May 7, 2010.

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  1. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    ...give or take a channel or two. :)
  2. GP245

    GP245 Godfather

    Aug 17, 2006
    And I believe a big chunk, unfortunately, will be devoted to Pay VOD channels where Direct can make some handsome revenue!
  3. Coca Cola Kid

    Coca Cola Kid Hall Of Fame

    Jul 19, 2009
    Mt. Morris, MI
    Gotta pay for D14 somehow.
  4. smiddy

    smiddy Tain't ogre til its ogre

    Apr 5, 2006
    Yep, and BSS, whatever that may bring. :)
  5. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    They use many of those for part time sporting events. Rather than waste a channel when the sports are not on or take down a fulltime channel (like they had to do with TNT on NFL Sundays a couple of years back and feel the wrath of customers and the media), they use the dead time of those channels for PPV.
  6. trdrjeff

    trdrjeff Icon

    Dec 3, 2007
    So if I have this right, D12 is empty & the HD channels recently added are on D10?
  7. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    There's 16 national D12 transponders.

    1 transponder is used now (5 channels already launched).

    22 more channels (14+8 Cinema) by month end, plus a few more 3D. That takes 5 more transponders.

    That leaves 10 transponders.

    And we have no idea yet how the new movie service will be implemented.
  8. slimoli

    slimoli Hall Of Fame

    Jan 27, 2005
    No, the 5 new HD channels are on D12 and the old ones are back to D10. New channels will be on D12.
  9. dewey

    dewey Cool Member

    Oct 7, 2007
    What?! :eek2:

    As a long time lurker this is very troubling. Reading Sixto's threads with my morning coffee has become a standard routine for me. What will I do now? Did someone mention D14? Where is that thread? :confused:

    I'm sure I speak for many other lurkers. Thanks for all of the hard work and dedication from the many knowledgable contributers. It has been an interesting ride!
  10. Sixto

    Sixto Well-Known Member

    Nov 18, 2005
  11. antzona

    antzona AllStar

    Sep 23, 2007
    Please tell me the spot beams they corrected are related to the HD locals in Bakersfield (and Monterey) that suddenly dropped from the list in early '09. I would love to not have to switch to cable.
  12. bemenaker

    bemenaker AllStar

    Jan 6, 2008
    D14 was just announced as a new purchase agreement. D14 won't be ready to launch for at least a year, I'd say probably 18 months. For now, you will just have to be happy with 50 HD channels that D12 is going to be bringing us. :)
  13. dontknow

    dontknow AllStar

    Apr 29, 2010
    OK Sixto has 18 month vacation right after D10 is parked
  14. dontknow

    dontknow AllStar

    Apr 29, 2010
  15. cb7214

    cb7214 Icon

    Jan 25, 2007
    Great News Indeed. Bring on the HD!!!
  16. seern

    seern Active Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    Glen Allen, VA
    Well the festvo this week is a healthy D10, now next Wednesday we could get new hd.
  17. georule

    georule Hall Of Fame

    Mar 31, 2010
    That's also a very appropriate place to "park" spare capacity while still making revenue from it until you need it. It's a lot easier to repurpose those channels towards new HD channels that will begin broadcasting at a later date than it would be to drop some other channel that some small but dedicated and vocal contingent will react like you just ripped a huge hunk of not-quite-mortal flesh from their body if you drop it.

    We are not yet in a world where every cable channel you'd like to have a HD feed of is actually broadcasting in HD yet. Not to mention any new channels coming online or in the pipeline. They have to save some capacity for those.
  18. GregLee

    GregLee Hall Of Fame

    Dec 28, 2005
    About a year ago there was a rumor that that was exactly the problem. Terrain prevented an OTA signal getting to the uplink facility, and no one was willing to pay for a fiber optic landline. However, months ago, Dish, which shares the satellite uplink with DirecTV, began carrying the local NBC station in HD. So, that was a good guess, but ...
  19. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

    Sep 20, 2004
    Galactic Empire
    More like 2013.
  20. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Mentor

    Jun 4, 2010
    No locals this morning for the Idaho Falls/Pocatello area. :( I hope the other areas got theirs though, as it looks like I'll have to wait for the (possible) festivus next week.
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