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How many satellites does Dish have?

Discussion in 'The DISH Forum' started by jahost, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. jahost

    jahost Thread Starter Member Pub Member / Supporter

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    I was at a Home Show Friday and a Direct TV salesman tried to tell me that they had more satellites than Dish and that Dish only has 3. "John"
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  2. Andrewwski

    Andrewwski Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Well, satellite number is really irrelevant...

    Dish uses 61.5, 72, and 77 for eastern arc and 110, 119, and 129 for western arc. Some east coast customers get 2 dishes for 61.5 and 110/119 as some markets don't have eastern arc yet.

    There's also 105 and 118.7, used for international channels and locals in some areas. And 148 used for Alaska and Hawaii.

    Most customers will only look at 3 satellites (110/119/129 or 61.5/110/119 or 61.5/72/77), as that contains all the programming. DirecTV uses 5 orbital locations (7 satellites) for all programming (99/101/103/110/119).

    But satellite number is irrelevant in terms of the customer. It's all how they distribute programming across them. And having to look at fewer satellites can be better. The fewer satellites you need to use, the fewer issues you'll have.
  3. Iceberg

    Iceberg We're here....RUN!!!! Supporting Founder

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    Dish doesnt use 105 or 121 for subs anymore. They sublease it to other companies

    Direct also has 72.5 for some locals

    sats that Direct has available to customer
    72.5, 99, 101, 103, 110, 119

    sats that Dish has available to customer
    61.5, 72, 77, 110, 118.7, 119, 129, 148

    as noted above, Dish customers can have either 61.5, 72, 77 (Eastern Arc) or 110, 119, 129 (unofficially called Western Arc). 118.7 is mainly used for Internationals
  4. Iceberg

    Iceberg We're here....RUN!!!! Supporting Founder

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    huh?

    I can see all of them from here in Minneapolis. I see EA dishes and Western Arc dishes all the time.

    I think you mean the most a sub would possibly need is 4 (EA customer with an International channel)
  5. Yes616

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    Yes.. you put it better. Thanks.
  6. technoguy

    technoguy Active SatelliteGuys Member

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    Actually they have 2 sat on 110(E 10 and E 11)and 2 more on 61.5 sloth(E3 and E 12 former rainbow 1)and on 129 (E 5 and Ciel2 leased)so with the lost of Echo 2 on 148w they have around 14 satellites.
  7. Jared Twomey

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    and 95 on Directv for international. I put in a ton of those horrible dishes
  8. Iceberg

    Iceberg We're here....RUN!!!! Supporting Founder

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    ahh crap forgot about 95 ;)
  9. jerryez

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    2 Primestar 84e aimed at 74 & 107.3, Starchoice 75e dish aimed at 105/101, 6 foot C-Band dish aimed at G16, 30" Winegard dish, SG2100 motor, SC DSR205, DTVPal for OTA
    -Coolsat 5000 on motorized...Quali-TV QS1080IR on motorized, C-Band, 105, 74....2nd Coolsat 5000 on motorized, C-Band, 105, 74....Coolsat 8000 on C-Band, motorized... Pansat 1500, Fortec Classic & Merc II used for aiming dishes
    - Other 6 foot C-Band dish ghetto moved to various sats

    Iceberg, you got as many dishes as Dish has satellites
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  11. Fitzie

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    Thanks for the reminder BobaBird. It's been a while since I visited, and you've got some new stuff there to check out.:)

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