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    New Switch To SD Feature Added During Bad Weather

    No, you can't change the modulation in response to weather on broadcast satellite. That kind of thing is only possible for private links where there is some excess capacity to fall back on. Even if you do, the effect only amounts to a few db, maybe a dozen at most if you devoted a whole...
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    Did Stankey Just Say AT&T Doesn’t Need DTV?

    It is still making over $4 billion a year, about the same as it was making before all the subscriber losses. The decline will eventually slow, there is still a core audience of people who live in areas without good alternatives or are big time sports fans. I wonder if they might even see some...
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    Did Stankey Just Say AT&T Doesn’t Need DTV?

    Prepaid costs less, I switched from postpaid years ago.
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    New Switch To SD Feature Added During Bad Weather

    You'd need to increase power by about 50 db for that to happen. That is, about 100,000 times more power.
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    New Switch To SD Feature Added During Bad Weather

    That's not true. The amount of bandwidth has nothing to do with whether rain fade affects it, it depends on the amount of modulation used by the transponder (and the frequency, though Dish is all Ku so that doesn't matter for them) If you have a 1 Mbps SD channel on a transponder with the same...
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    New Switch To SD Feature Added During Bad Weather

    They don't have all the same channels on AT&T TV, and IIRC they are HEVC encoded which only the C61K can handle. There's also the problem that internet streaming runs behind satellite (to help mitigate issues from temporary hiccups) so it wouldn't exactly be seamless.
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    New Switch To SD Feature Added During Bad Weather

    What would be the point of adding this feature now, when as HoTat2 says they are not far from dropping MPEG2 SD duplicates. It would have been a lot more useful to people had they added it a decade ago.
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    Old Dish install

    With only three transponders they were never going to be able to do that much useful with it, but it was used for the early days of MPEG2 HD. It made more sense to point it at Puerto Rico more recently since D4S/D8/D9S at 101 didn't reach them.
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    Lighting hit new Receiver.

    The design of an unregulated switching power supply like the PI21/PI29 makes it (unfortunately) fairly resilient to surges, it will simply pass through overvoltage to whatever it is supplying which will take the hit in its voltage regulation. Another possibility is that if the TV is grounded...
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    Did Stankey Just Say AT&T Doesn’t Need DTV?

    Why? How does that benefit them? They don't save any money by converting an existing customer, and to the extent that customer pays less (no $15/$7 fees) then it is a net loss for AT&T. Converting them is better than losing them, but there's zero reason for them to try to convert Directv...
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    Did Stankey Just Say AT&T Doesn’t Need DTV?

    Well if a customer is unhappy and threatening to leave, of course AT&T is going to offer them options to stay. The only strategy they used to have was offering them discounts or freebies like free NFLST. Now they can offer them AT&T TV without having to offer to cut prices (which resulted in a...
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    Lighting hit new Receiver.

    Proper grounding will prevent this type of damage (not from a direct strike where lightning actually hits your cabin, but from nearby strikes) How does your cabin get its electricity? Is it on the grid or do you have solar/generator or some other solution? The first thing is to make sure your...
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    Did Stankey Just Say AT&T Doesn’t Need DTV?

    What do you mean "their bills are being pushed toward AT&T TV"? AT&T can't convert Directv customers to AT&T TV simply by sending them a new bill. Sounds like you are talking about how they changed Directv billing to AT&T billing, which screwed up a few things AT&T didn't make provision for...
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    Did Stankey Just Say AT&T Doesn’t Need DTV?

    The idea wasn't to push current Directv customers to AT&T TV, that wouldn't save them a dime. The idea was to do as many NEW installs as possible on AT&T TV - the churn is such that they'd have more AT&T TV customers than Directv customers in 3 years or less if they did that. The jury is still...
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    Did Stankey Just Say AT&T Doesn’t Need DTV?

    Even if they were considering a sale or spinoff he's not going to admit it unless/until they were ready to do so. And if they aren't considering it he's probably not going to admit that either because analysts want to hear about 'new' technologies and think AT&T TV is somehow very different from...
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