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    While the new server is online Scott is still working on the backend including the cachine. But the site is usable while the work is being completes!

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    Will Dish need to match DTV's free DVRs?

    Ahh... interesting... if the DTV rumor is true, Charlie will HAVE to match it. His MPEG4 HD DVR will need to be given away free with commitment! (ya know this is just a $0 lease... the lost $'s will just be thrown into the package cost...) Everyone STOP buying your equipment! (You early 921...
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    Interesting News Story -

    10 years from now you will be watching your flat panel screen on the wall which is hooked up to a media center machine with hard drive and connected to the Internet which will be through WiFiMax.... a small antenna mounted on your house and 10's of Mbps coming in. You will be taking down...
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    Interesting News Story -

    The Internet is as robust as demand establishes. For one thing, since you dont need the data real-time, it doesnt need to be any more reliable than it is now. As far as bandwidth, as demand continues to increase, the pipes will be made wider. Bandwidth is cheap between major points, its the...
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    Interesting News Story -

    Correctamundo.... Tivo and DTV parted ways. Tivo is now going to be doing its own content delivery.... via the Internet! Who needs Satellite!? They can deliver VOD and deliver unlimited channels!... but wait, who needs channels?!? Such an archaic concept. Everything in the future will...
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    Refund on Pre-Paid Annual Subscription if Cancelled?

    I do know that if you remain a customer and are just switching your programming around (including downgrading) they will give you a pro-ratd refund.
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    My own conclusion: MPEG4 upgrade will be free.

    The chips are on a decoder card... they can just swap out that card, at least on the newest receivers that were designed thinking ahead a little bit. I bought a US Robotics modem 14.4 Kbps and I upgraded it to 16.8, 19.2, 28.8, 33.6, and then 56K through a combination of software and...
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    Dishnetwork installer is here

    Thats the problem... I never get a "quality" install ;)
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    My own conclusion: MPEG4 upgrade will be free.

    See my thoughts on this here:
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    Has any news leaked about the future MPEG4 recievers?

    Today's decoder chips are standalone CPUs in their own right so they dont have to bother the main system CPU. Thats being done now in today's Intel chipsets with multimedia PCs. The main system CPU, bus, memory, drives, chassis, and software do NOT need to change! They just need to change...
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    Photos from Team Summit 2005!

    Its sad to say but you will never see higher PQ. If noone is leaving specifically because of poor PQ, why just give away the bandwidth? If the average person cannot see the diff between D* and E*, then they will continue to provide the lowest "acceptable" level of PQ. Sad but true.
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    Rumors from Team Summit

    No free receiver! free DISH on 61.5
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    Rumors from Team Summit

    Not free receiver! Free dish...
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    Rumors from Team Summit

    Most of the earlier HD adopters still have a 61.5 dish since that was the way to get it a year ago before they moved all HD over to 110. They should provide you a 61.5 dish installed FREE if you ask and if you have some secondary locals on it. By law, they have to. So call them up and ask if...
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    Dish Expands High Definition Package

    So, I guess Charlie considers these channels "compelling content" but not Starz-HD, and others?
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    Rumors from Team Summit

    ULTRA-Dish?? (ugh...)
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    6 Month Free HD from Dish DELAYED

    I dont think it is an accounting system problem but more of a problem on how to handle existing HD pak customers. They dont want to sacrifice all that revenue by giving existing HD pak subscribers the deal. They could do as my cable system does and make the deal only to people who have not...
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    DIsh Network Olympic Info

    Just to add to this thread. Last night on Tech Chat they said the HD Olympics will be broadcast at 22Mbps which EXCEEDS the standard HD specs, so it should be pretty snazzy! Of course you also have to consider the quality of the cameras... dont know...
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    MLB All Star Game in HD on Dish?

    Keep an eye on this thread for info:
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    Improving 811 OTA reception

    I also once needed to hook a second antenna up and it improved my signal. I found though that the reason it was helping is because the splitter I was using was attenuating the signal a few dB. I took the 2nd antenna off and bought a variable attenuator from Radio Shack. I attenuate the signal...
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    Free 811's for existing customers

    They are free but they aren't available ;)
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    OK..Where's the big surprises now???

    Just some constructive advice/criticism for Scott: I don't think it really serves anyone's interest to tease any potential future information. To just say that "some surprise is coming..." doesn't help anyone and really comes across as simply being self-serving. Not that a lot of people...
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    BingoTV's Ashley!!!

    Clearly no rings on either hand... go for it pervs...
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    Dish Network to Launch New Adult Channel

    The revenue from porn alone is probably subsidizing everyone's rates by about $10!! heh
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    So what will Charlie Talk About tonight?

    I will be waiting for the big great news that Scott has been talking about since September. I guess its inevitable that there will be some big great news someday...
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    811 Existing Customers program status

    The priority is to HD TV packages for new customers first... then to new customers, then to existing customers. They made a MAJOR blunder in putting out the 199/149 deal to existing customers on day one. Why do that on a limited availability product is beyond me. I appreciate the deal, but...