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    Its just that I've seen a lot of contracts that...

    Its just that I've seen a lot of contracts that end right before football season starts, or right before the Super Bowl, or right before March Madness so I thought they always did that. Maybe...
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    I'm surprised that Nexstar and CBS O&O contracts...

    I'm surprised that Nexstar and CBS O&O contracts are ending on July 1st rather than September 1st when they'd have so much more leverage over Directv. Maybe Directv insisted on July 1st as a contract...
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    That assumes those TLEs weren't out of date, and...

    That assumes those TLEs weren't out of date, and given how screwy TLEs for Directv satellites seem to be that's probably not a good assumption. It was supposed to reach its IOT location on June 29th,...
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    The three week IOT should be complete about now,...

    The three week IOT should be complete about now, so TLEs should begin to show T16 moving toward 101 in the next few days, and arrive on station around Labor Day. At some point we'll see a filing for...
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    The eSATA port was removed, the USB port was...

    The eSATA port was removed, the USB port was upgraded from USB 2.0 to 3.0, it uses newer satellite tuner chips, and a few other minor changes I can't remember for stuff like shielding.
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    Thanks I didn't realize it was always that slow....

    Thanks I didn't realize it was always that slow. I guess I didn't remember it taking that long previously.
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    Rather than burning fuel they use a type of ion...

    Rather than burning fuel they use a type of ion propulsion or Hall thruster that uses electrical power an as input along with a propellant such as xenon. The amount of thrust they can produce is a...
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    It said the drift would require 7 weeks. I'm...

    It said the drift would require 7 weeks. I'm guessing that lengthy timeline is probably due to its electric propulsion making maneuvering slower...
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    Yes, they filed an modification to change it to...

    Yes, they filed an modification to change it to 101 a month or two ago.
  10. Did they ever go live with the other three west...

    Did they ever go live with the other three west feeds that went into test a few weeks ago?
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    Yes Directv has plenty of bandwidth, and that's...

    Yes Directv has plenty of bandwidth, and that's before they drop MPEG2 SD duplicates and will have so much bandwidth they could never possibly use it all. Hopefully they'll use it increase bandwidth...
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    Wow, they are in the home stretch. Should have...

    Wow, they are in the home stretch. Should have all of them with the next bunch. Hopefully that means things will be ready to move forward with the LCC.
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    It means they don't have to worry about running...

    It means they don't have to worry about running out of fuel, since the amount of propellant that uses is much less. That isn't going to made the solar panels etc. last longer, so while it will last...
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    That's the design life. They almost always last...

    That's the design life. They almost always last longer than the design life. T16 in particular very likely will outlive that, perhaps by decades, since it uses electric propulsion for station keeping...
  15. Eh I can never remember which one left and which...

    Eh I can never remember which one left and which one stayed. Still seems weird they added only six PIDs.
  16. It is interesting that there are only 6 records....

    It is interesting that there are only 6 records. Maybe they will keep using a couple transponders on the Spaceway?
  17. They filed a modification a few weeks ago to...

    They filed a modification a few weeks ago to change its authorized location to 101.
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  18. Probably a contractual thing. Maybe it requires...

    Probably a contractual thing. Maybe it requires them to carry SD duplicates so long as they carry any SD duplicates. AFAIK Directv will be the first major provider to ever drop SD duplicates - the...
  19. D12 can't do tpns 1-8. What can do it is D15 (or...

    D12 can't do tpns 1-8. What can do it is D15 (or T16, though it is going to 101) and some of us have long speculated they'd bring those up, but D15 isn't going to be back home for a few months yet so...
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    Directv hasn't publicized this launch at all,...

    Directv hasn't publicized this launch at all, unlike previous ones, so that doesn't seem likely. I think Arianespace streams all their launches so you can probably watch it if you really want... They...
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    Never going to happen. Stations don't care about...

    Never going to happen. Stations don't care about resolution, they care about ad revenue. They'd never accept some mandate that forces them to lose ad revenue if they don't spend a ton of money for an...
  22. I didn't even know you could still buy SWM32s...

    I didn't even know you could still buy SWM32s since the DSWM30 came out...
  23. You could have tested the DECA thing by using a...

    You could have tested the DECA thing by using a $3 BSF instead of an expensive SWM32 :)

    Doesn't make sense it would have to do with DECA anyway, since the frequencies involved don't overlap with...
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    They have been, but it takes a bit of time for...

    They have been, but it takes a bit of time for those updates to filter through the system. I had a station add two subchannels just under a month ago and my market wasn't updated with them in the...
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    Then how are there 600,000 fewer TV homes from...

    Then how are there 600,000 fewer TV homes from 2018 to 2019? The population isn't declining, but Nielsen seems to think the number of TV homes is shrinking from 112-ish million to 111-ish.
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