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Which Satellites does DirecTV use?
Because of obstructions we're unable to see the right combination of DISH satellites to get all the channels (particularly HD ones) that we're paying for. I need to look at DirecTV as an alternative, and I don't understand which satellites DirecTV uses. TheList only shows three: 101W, 110W, and 119W. Do those three birds carry all of the DirecTV channels for ConUS? What about local channels, which I assume are spotbeams from some satellite. We're in the Houston, TX market. Would appreciate any background or links to other resources with such information.
I'm asking because I want to use my DishPointer AR Pro app to see if clearance is any better with DirecTV than Dish.
03-17-2012 02:37 AM
DirecTV uses 99,101,& 103(where the national HD channels are) using the SL3 LNB. The SL5 LNB adds 110(which not much if anything is on it) & 119(which carries Spanish programing,various PI programing,& some local programing,depending on what satellite your locals are on) to the before mentioned satellites.
Satellite Finder / Dish Pointing Calculator with Google Maps | DishPointer.com
and put in your address. It will give you a good idea of where the Directv satellites are.
BTW, my name is Chip, Raoul5788 is just a screen name
Thanks. That should get me there. What is PI programming? If my locals are available on 99, 101, & 103, and I'm not interested in other languages, do you think it would be a mistake not to try to pick up 110 & 119?
Thanks raoul5788. Is that a Studebaker Hawk? Wish I still had my old 1960 Lark.
110 & 119 are of no consequence depending on your locals. HOU is not on 110 or 119
PI usually means public interest; you can see what is on by clicking here
Packages - North & South America - LyngSat
and selecting the ChNo link next to each SAT location. Such as: 110 =
DirecTV USA on DirecTV 5 at 109.8°W - LyngSat
and 119 =
DirecTV USA on DirecTV 7S at 119.0°W - LyngSat
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