The signal from the local to DirecTV may or may not be digital but exactly what format does your co-worker think the satellite will send subs?
All signals you receive from DBS are digital.Originally posted by Mark Lamutt
It may be analog going from the station to the satellite provider, but they will convert the signal to digital, compress it, and send it to you. All signals you receive from satellite are digital.
[smacks head] You're right, RJS...I should have said DBS satellite. Thanks for the correction. [/smacks head]Originally posted by RJS1111111
All signals you receive from DBS are digital.
You can still grab a just a few analog channels and feeds, both good and bad, mostly unscrambled, from a BUD, on C band and Ku band. These may eventually go digital, both to save bandwidth (allow compression of multiple channels onto each transponder), and possibly to require subscription (either pay TV or no direct-to-home service).
This is already done on analog C-Band. A C-Band receiver has a BIG hollow space inside where the de-scrambling box goes. There is some open programming, but the major services (everything from CNN and TWC to HBO and XXX channels) can be subscribed to, just like DBS.Originally posted by RJS1111111
...These may eventually go digital...possibly to require subscription (either pay TV or no direct-to-home service).
My wife and I BOTH miss our BUD. (Big Ugly Dish) We move around a lot now, so we couldn't take our 10' dish with us, be if the C-Band world hasn't completely died by the time we !QUOT!settle down!QUOT! and build our next house, we will probably have another BUD and DSS. We'll probably get a 4DTV C-Band receiver to allow for digital C-Band.Originally posted by Scott Greczkowski
I miss my C Band Dish....
If you have room for a C Band Dish and only want satellite on one TV C Band is the way to go. There are hundreds of channels in the clear (free) and then there are subscription channels which for the most part cost much much less then you would pay for them on DBS or Cable.