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  1. Thanks for the data point. Not sure what to make...

    Thanks for the data point. Not sure what to make of that, you have some 99/100s on both even and odd but also some 80s on both even and odd. Most of the 0s are in spot beam slots but a couple aren't....
  2. Interesting that they've shut down 110 but...

    Interesting that they've shut down 110 but haven't filed anything to retire it yet. D5 is licensed through Feb 2022, and they indicated they had sufficient fuel to last that long, but it really no...
  3. Or someone from Hawaii would see those even...

    Or someone from Hawaii would see those even transponders coming in stronger.
  4. Well T16 could provide those tpns, just like T15...

    Well T16 could provide those tpns, just like T15 already could have. Not sure why T15 never did, maybe they just didn't need it to if they got enough NAT+PR transponders for their purposes at the...
  5. Interesting so I guess D4S was providing some of...

    Interesting so I guess D4S was providing some of the spot beams. Maybe the markets they are shutting down next month like Vegas are part of this, to have few enough for D9S to carry them.
  6. Directv has filed to retire D4S on Sept. 10th. I...

    Directv has filed to retire D4S on Sept. 10th. I have no idea if it was being used at all, the timing suggests they considered it an in orbit spare that's no longer necessary when T16 arrives on...
  7. Yes I expect the quality of MPEG4 SD only...

    Yes I expect the quality of MPEG4 SD only channels will be much better. Maybe already is, there are a few "real" (i.e. not pay to play or P/I) MPEG4 SD channels currently but I haven't ever checked....
  8. The only reason for clearing markets off 101 to...

    The only reason for clearing markets off 101 to allow using CONUS from those six transponders would be if they wanted to move 119's six MPEG2 SD CONUS tpns there. Expanding capacity on 101 serves no...
  9. I think once they weren't able to shut it all off...

    I think once they weren't able to shut it all off at the end of this year they re-did their entire schedule. There was no longer any urgency to shut down all markets this year, they could spread them...
  10. It is taking the channel number that had previous...

    It is taking the channel number that had previous been used for the Pac 12 Network test channel.
  11. So I checked with my sources and was told that...

    So I checked with my sources and was told that installers were doing such a good job of getting commercial customers converted that the budget for this year for MPEG2 SD retirements ran out, and they...
  12. Interesting. NONE of those appear in "DMA groups...

    Interesting. NONE of those appear in "DMA groups 2-23" from the original list.
  13. Hmm, I thought they'd pretty much paused the...

    Hmm, I thought they'd pretty much paused the MPEG2 SD locals retirements since they had to delay the overall MPEG2 SD retirement. Guess not. Wonder if this is a one off or if they're starting up a...
  14. This is sort of an exception for them though -...

    This is sort of an exception for them though - the NFL holds rights to those games and broadcasts them on NFL Network, but sells secondary rights to Fox (last year it was NBC IIRC) So carrying these...
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    I'm sure Directv will carry them, they have...

    I'm sure Directv will carry them, they have carried all the other 4K sports Fox has done. They probably will wait to make any statement about it until closer to the season. Most people aren't...
  16. I doubt I was given an exhaustive list, so there...

    I doubt I was given an exhaustive list, so there may be other markets but if they don't have contracts going beyond 2019 they wouldn't be a factor in the delay. Was that cruise ship showing SD...
  17. True, a spot beam in California or Kentucky isn't...

    True, a spot beam in California or Kentucky isn't going to be relevant to Gulf oil rigs for instance, and airplanes would probably just use DNS like an RV account (though they could easily use the...
  18. This is what I was told by someone in a position...

    This is what I was told by someone in a position to know. Basically Directv had it all planned out to drop MPEG2 SD by the end of the year - an internal dealer document I have from June of last year...
  19. That's what I thought too, and I can't find...

    That's what I thought too, and I can't find anywhere that suggests otherwise. I wonder if he's thinking about the R22?
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    Yeah at that rate T16 will be at 101 and T15 will...

    Yeah at that rate T16 will be at 101 and T15 will be back at 103, each doing their thing, and Eutelsat 7C will still be chugging along trying to circularize its orbit.
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    I think it might work in this case because...

    I think it might work in this case because Directv is going to all the trouble of introducing the LCC, and has been promoting it pretty well. The execs have even mentioned it as something Directv...
  22. So thinking about this further, their current...

    So thinking about this further, their current picture using reverse band handles customers who no longer need 95/119 CONUS who have an HD receiver and either a reverse band LNB or a legacy reverse...
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    They can cut a lot more than that. My cable...

    They can cut a lot more than that. My cable company breaks out the charge for local channels on my bill, it is just over $15/month a now.
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    When we saw our first hint of the LCC almost two...

    When we saw our first hint of the LCC almost two years ago via Directv internal documents that were shared, it said support for the HS27 and HS37 would be added as part of the "DFW project." We still...
  25. It may be a while before it is "finished" and...

    It may be a while before it is "finished" and they can actually remove channels from 95 or 119, since they've paused their MPEG2 SD shutdown process due to those unbreakable contracts that ran past...
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