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  1. Martyn

    New C-band satellites coming

    WASHINGTON — Fleet operator Eutelsat Communications will need one new satellite to continue to offer C-band communications services in the United States after the Federal Communications Commission auctions a swath of the spectrum...
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    AMIKO Amiko Mini HD265 and reboot on timer

    Does anyone have an issue with the Amiko Mini HD265 where is rebooks itself upon a timed recording starting? I'm running the latest firmware and it happens every time. At first I thought it was PSU issue so went from a 12v 1.5A to a 12v 3.0A supply but no difference. The machine also has no...
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    FCC accelerates availability of C-band for 5G

    Media Contact: Will Wiquist, (202) 418-0509 For Immediate Release C-BAND SPECTRUM WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE FOR 5G SERVICES ON AN ACCELERATED BASIS Chairman Pai Welcomes Satellite Operators’ Decision to Choose Faster Clearing of Critical Mid-Band Spectrum -- WASHINGTON...
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    Homebrew Az/El controller using Diseqc motor

    Here's something I ran across on Twitter: PDF: It should be of interest to the more technically-minded on here, especially fellow hams. The basic box can be used to control a Diseqc motor and there are other configurations for...
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    Problem with USB HDD on Manhattan receiver

    I'm trying to troubleshoot a problem with a Manhattan Starlight 6900USB receiver. We plugged in a 4TB hard drive and got "no device found" when we attempted to record. Reformatted from NTFS to ExFAT, same problem. So we tried a 1TB drive, NTFS and ExFAT had the same problem. Tried FAT32, same...
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    Slingbox remote code for Edison Mio 4K

    Does anyone know a working code for the box?
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    OS Mio 4K newbie questions

    I just got the receiver and wow, what a learning curve! A few questions: In Brian's original note the importance of backing up the system image is noted. However, it appears the menus have changed since that was written. I can't find the backup function no matter where I look. I suspect it's...
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    180.0E Intelsat 18

    I just bought a universal LNB and set up a 1.2m temporary dish on Intelsat 18, out over the antimeridian. There's a France Televisions mux that carries the main French terrestrial channels aimed at the French territories in the South Pacific. They're scrambled but the local channels are not. I...
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    A dish for your holidays

    One satellite dish in two checkable cases. The perfect solution for your next vacation! Those of you who are married might need to do a cost/benefit analysis before you suggesting taking this with you to the airport. (Spotted at NAB this week.)
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    Intelsat and SES Propose Joint-Use of C-band by Satellite and Terrestrial Mobile Operators in the U.

    I'm not sure how this would affect us. Satellite operators clearly want their signals reliably received while mobile operators have large buckets of cash to throw at the government. I suspect any spectrum sharing rules drawn up will be aimed at preserving the link budgets used at cable operator...
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    What satellite is this?

    I was playing with my new meter today and stopped on what I thought was SES2 at 87W. A scan revealed an encrypted mux called "Cruisesat" containing mainly Turner channels (CNN US, CNNI Latin America, CNN Espanol etc) but also some sports channels including Bein Sports, ESPN, ESPN 2 and SEC...
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    C-band dual LNB holder

    Has anyone used one of these or similar? I have a fixed dish on 58W and was thinking it might be suitable for adding an LNB for 55W, but I can't figure out how I would attach it to the fourth...
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    CCTV 4, CGTN (was CCTV News) and CGTN Documentary (was CCTV 9) have all popped up in HD on Intelsat 34 at 55.5W 4175 H 30000 The picture quality is great and it's finally possible to read the small English on-screen subtitles on some of the CCTV4 programs. Intelsat said CGTN French and Spanish...
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    Getting the LNB centered

    Has anyone come up with simple ways to make sure the LNB is pointing at the center of their dish? I've seen laser arrangements before but am wondering if there is something simpler? I find it awfully difficult to center, and have the suspicion that some of my alignment and reception problems...
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    Compression on cable TV

    Hi, I'm interested in how much cable TV compresses signals so they might be lesser quality than OTA or satellite network feeds. Has anyone looked at this before or know a way to do it? I think I can quite easily work out the data rate on satellite and OTA but they are different formats, DVB-S...
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    DW HD

    I just found DW TV in high def on 103W. 4140 V 30000 Tagged as "DW HD"
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    Intelsat 31 launched for 95W

    Intelsat Announces Successful Launch of Intelsat 31 Provides enhanced media capacity for Latin America Luxembourg, 9 June, 2016 Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s first Globalized Network, powered by its leading satellite backbone, announced the successful launch of the Intelsat...
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    Eurovision on May 14

    A reminder that the Eurovision Song Festival takes place this Saturday. RTP (Galaxy 19) will air it live at 0900 EDT, 1200 PDT BVN (Eutelsat 113) has it listed at 1400 EDT, 1700 PDT It's usually on a handful of other Galaxy 19 channels too, but for my money RTP and BVN have the best pictures...
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    4K on 45W, 127W

    Intelsat and Harmonic Deliver Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range Demo Channel to the Americas Intelsat will expand its UHD and HDR demo channel for Latin America viewing via Intelsat 14 at 315° East, an emerging media platform in Latin America NAB Show, Las Vegas and Luxembourg...
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    BBC World coming to 58W, 127W

    BBC World expanding distribution on Intelsat. Would be lovely if this is FTA, but I hold no hope. Intelsat’s Premier Video Neighborhoods to Distribute BBC World News Channel to Millions of Viewers around the Globe Luxembourg, 14 April 2016 Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), operator of the world’s...