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01-28-2008 09:00 PM #1
Eastern US spots feeds / poor satellite choice.
I recently re-subscribed after a couple year hiatus using cable. One of the big selling points was that local channels for my area were now available via spot beams. Well, the installer put a new 3 lnb dish up at the peak of house's roof and announced that, due to some trees (a few houses away), that my signal from the 119 satellite is marginal (and the leaves aren't even on the trees yet!). In a couple months I will likely be without any local spot feeds. I know the spot beam satellites are big $$$, but it seems poorly planned that East Coast spot beams are coming from a satellite past the west coast. The 119 satellite is only about 22 deg above the horizon (which isn't much considering the trees and mountains in this area). I guess I could live in NH or Maine and it would be even worse.
I am considering a new, careful site survey when the leaves are on fully to see if I can use another dish from another location on my house to get around the trees (which aren't even that tall). Anyone know of a resolution (national feeds???) or a future move of the East Coast spot satellite feeds. I guess I will be stuck using OTA for locals again (and their R-15 DVR won't record OTA), so I have to dust off the VCR again.
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01-28-2008 09:19 PM #2
The SD locals are on 119 in many markets. The HD locals are on 99 or 101, if offered in your market. They are targeting most markets in HD by the end of 2008. There is a new spotbeam HD satellite going up around March 2008, should be operational early this summer
That may solve your problem, provided you upgrade your R15 to an HD-DVR. Get an HR20, and you can use the antenna HD in the mean time.
01-28-2008 09:20 PM #3Bourbon Tester
"New" 3 LNB dish? I thought everyone stopped those a while back; you should have received the NEW 5 LNB dish. Now that being said, I am not sure if this will help you or not, but I would bet finding a new location for the dish might help unless you are 110% sold on the location it is in now.DirecTV HR22, H21, H23, HR20, Sanyo PLV-Z 119", Acer H5360 106", Samsung PN51D450 51", Insignia NS-51P680A12 51", Onkyo TX-NR708, Onkyo HT-R550, Yamaha RX-Z, Sony BDP-S570, Sony PS3 (x2), D-Link Gigabit Network, ViaTalk Unlimited Everything VoIP ($13/mo)
01-28-2008 09:59 PM #4
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They installed the 3 lnb dish in December 2007, maybe because I didn't subscribe to any HD channels yet. I am not set on the position of the dish, but I have decided to wait until the foliage is in before having the dish potentially moved. I think the installer mounted the dish and then realized the trees were slightly taller than he thought blocking 119. He was too lazy to move it (it is December in the Northeast). Orbital positions 99-110 are easily reachable with no tree problems, but getting down to 119 is more west than south for me (magnetically) and only 22 degrees off the horizon. There are some 75' trees about 3 houses away in that direction from me.
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