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    Marquee Sports Network

    Not really. You think that if Comcast permanently dropped all Sinclair locals (which would affect the majority of their customers nationwide) it wouldn't cause them to lose millions of subscribers? Sure you can pick them up via OTA, but Comcast equipment doesn't have an "AM21/LCC" equivalent so...
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    Looks like Dish is not buying Directv

    You already have a bunch of antennas in your current LTE/3G cell phone, 5G just means a lot more antennas but this isn't anything new. The main difference is that urban 5G will sometimes use much higher frequencies that won't penetrate through walls, windows, trees, people etc. just like...
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    Looks like Dish is not buying Directv

    Every analyst says that Dish is lowballing greatly on their $10 billion estimate for building a nationwide 5G network. When none of the big cellular carriers are able to do so, despite already having towers owned or leased all over the country (while Dish is starting from scratch) then why...
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    Looks like Dish is not buying Directv

    That would require an incredible acceleration of cord cutting. Hardly surprising that a company that makes its living on streaming is overly optimistic about the speed of streaming uptake. Also while they may consider someone going from cable/satellite to AT&T TV as "cord cutting", since that...
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    Test on Boat First

    The pace is slow because they basically had to pause the whole project. I'm actually kind of surprised they're bothering to retire any of them, maybe the ones that are getting retired were due to having so few MPEG2 only customers that they figured "why not?" We may not see much action until...
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    Test on Boat First

    Well not using them for Directv service and giving them up aren't necessarily the same thing. Even if they did give them up, given that satellite is a declining business every year it matters less if they screw Charlie or not. I still think they might end up with some sort of deal where they...
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    Directv and rain

    OK well the geometry is a little different for you since the GSO satellites are in the northern sky not the southern sky like they are in the US, but I don't know where exactly your satellite(s) are in relation to where you are located. But I'd guess your location is east of where they are which...
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    Directv and rain

    Because it doesn't "always" come back after the first few minutes, but weather typically moves west to east so where you are located in the US matters. The satellites are at 99/101/103W which is roughly a line splitting the Dakotas, Nebraska and Texas in half. So if you are located there then...
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    Directv and rain

    It isn't the rain falling on your dish that does it, it is all the water in the clouds between your dish and the satellite. You can have "rain fade" when the sun is shining on your dish, if there are huge dark clouds passing just south of you, and you might get your picture back when the rain...
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    Test on Boat First

    No way Directv will put that many on a transponder. There's a reason why Directv's PQ is better than Dish, and using higher bit rate per channel is part of it. I'd expect more like 4 or 5 HD channels per Ku transponder. Still that would allow 100-150 HD channels (probably toward the lower end...
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    Spaceway 1 Satellite Damaged

    No, once they retire it it is powered off. The batteries will never drain or recharge.
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    Test on Boat First

    The spot beams are going away. T16 doesn't have any spot beams, and it supports using all 32 tpns for CONUS, which the previous satellites did not.
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    Standard Definition

    There can't be a whole lot of customers left on the "NFLST only" subscriptions, so they might just end it (especially since the future of NFLST on Directv, at least for residential subscribers, looks to be pretty up in the air after the 2022 season.
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    Standard Definition

    Pretty sure you will never need to replace your SL5 unless/until you want 4K, which will (eventually, someday) move to reverse band. Originally they mirrored both 95 & 119 using reverse band. The 119 mirror has been moved to Ka, and I strongly believe we will see the 95 mirror moved to Ka...
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    Test on Boat First

    No it won't, they are going to continue to use Ku. They're going to be putting HD channels on 101 after MPEG2 SD is retired. Your choice may be somewhat limited, but on a boat I doubt having access to 300+ channels is really a concern.
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