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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Cols Dave, Aug 29, 2007.
There's another thread about that post already and Earl has responded with a simple NO.
For once, I'll agree with Harsh. When you have an HD studio and then flip back and forth to an SD live shot, it looks miserable.
But not the FCC approval to do so.
It may be D*'s big weekend, but that doesn't mean it will flip the switch.
However, D10 is probably in place at this time and they are probably in final testing stages.
Nope. It's still hanging around the test slot (102.6W) at 102.58 W or so, rather than its operational slot of 102.775 W. Check the D10 Tech Thread in the General DirecTV Discussions forum. We're monitoring the NORAD TLEs as well as FCC paperwork.
TWC announced that they weren't going to go HD until 2008, but by several accounts, that seems to have changed. THC made a joint announcement earlier that they would debut on DIRECTV and that didn't happen.
Remember that quite a few of the claimed channels on the list haven't made their own announcements. The only evidence we have for some of these channels are dispatches from Derek Chang and/or appearance on the magical engineering lists.
I emailed Swanni the samething about not being moved etc.. He said "I think Shanks gave us a big hint in our interview," We will all know this weekend I guess, huh? Good luck to us all.
CASE CLOSED, MAYBE NEXT WEEKEND.
Could D10 broadcast for everyone to see from its current spot? Then while boadcasting slowly move it to home base?
This word has more meaning than the whole article of the original poster.
Yes, as pointed out a few posts ago. The actual distance to move is less than 100 miles from the testing position to the final position - the azimuth difference from nearly 23,000 miles away is TINY. The problem is FCC approval to do that, and DirecTV doesn't have it. They have approval to test at 102.6W and broadcast operationally from 102.775W.
So if no new HD this weekend. Will we see HD Net blackout due to lack of bandwidth this weekend???
So that means we could start seeing some HD channels this weekend since the distance is less than 100 miles after they move it?
D* said they will not be blacking out the mpeg2 HD channels for NFL Sunday Ticket this year. Guess we will find out Sunday.
D10 will not provide any additional bandwidth for football games until NEXT season: D* has already stated that this season's games will remain in MPEG2. AND the MPEG2 HD channels currently on D* will not be moved to MPEG4 for a while. So they're still starved for MPEG2/Ku bandwidth. D10 will not change that...for a bit.
The distance is short but they still have to actually make at least two (and maybe more) changes to the orbit - one to raise it and slow it down relative to the ground so the satellite drifts west, and a second one to lower it and speed it back up to a period that exactly corresponds to a one day cycle, a hair over 1436 minutes. They REALLY want to make small changes to conserve fuel and so the drift is expected to take a couple of days, plus time for checkout once they get to 102.775 W and re-circularize the orbit.
I have tried not become a total whiner but this is getting kind of ridiculous and I have to vent. If we know for sure that it won't happen this weekend does anyone know an official date that it will happen. I am beginning to feel more than a little bit burnt. I have been with DirecTV since 1994 when I was a Circuit City sales rep and got a satellite in a sales promotion. I only discovered this site late last year because until I upgraded to HD and the HR-20 I never had a single problem I ever needed to look into. In August of last year when I made the upgrade, I was told OTA would be enabled in October and new HD channels would be online in January. Well, we know how that went. A simple google search shows that in one form or another "in the next year" promises have been made about VOD (anyone remember DirectFlix) and expanding HD since early 2005. I don't thinks this really is a case of being overly impatient. DirecTV has made a joke out of their timeline commitments and knowlingly has sales/customer service reps misleading the customers. Since so many mods clearly have the ear of someone at DirecTV I know I would appreciate it if there was a little more honesty going on and that when timelines aren't met that public revisions are made (On D*'s part - I certainly appreciate the work the mods do and can say with certainty I would no longer be with D* if it weren't for this site). I am also aggravated because after my 4th HR20-700 went and died on me it gets replaced with an HR20-100 two weeks before the VOD CE. You can't win for losing. Oh well, it is out of my system now.
Viztiz .. It's understandable why you are frustrated. The good news is that the new HD satellite is in position and just waiting to be turned up now. That's an expensive piece of equipment to put in place and not be used. While the services may not turn up this weekend, it will be very soon. Unfortunately, I don't know when and we are all just waiting word from DIRECTV at this point.
As stated many times... the target time frame was Mid September.
There has NEVER been a set date, and there still remains to be no SET date.
They really won't know for "certain" till pretty much the day before.
I have been honest every time I have posted on the topic... and given the most accurate information I have.
These dates of the 2nd, 7th, this weekend... are all coming from other sources... not me.
I am stil sticking to my ~ 9/16 time frame, as that still does appear to be the time frame.
It has never been set in stone, and is actually something that won't be set in stone more then at best a few days in advance.