ABC Affiliates on Ku-Band (1998)

harshness

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Well for ABC and other networks, the news feeds from affiliates generally depended on the time of day, as I have mentioned earlier.
I doubt that affiliates had any kind of a regular schedule because much of their news typically wasn't of interest outside their coverage area. For events that were known to be coming (including major storms), it is more likely that the network sent out a team rather than using an affiliates coverage.

It is a fool's errand to insist that something must have been happening when there's no compelling reason for it to have been happening. You've tried to build a case on a daily need to get information out to the region or nation when that simply didn't (and still doesn't) happen that frequently.
 

JosephHolloway1998

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I doubt that affiliates had any kind of a regular schedule because much of their news typically wasn't of interest outside their coverage area. For events that were known to be coming (including major storms), it is more likely that the network sent out a team rather than using an affiliates coverage.
Well most of the news feeds came from the satellite news trucks (replying back to the studio) or newsgathering feeds, but If for anything, I wouldn't mind contacting the ABC execs at the time. I know the Florida news feeds were on S3R Ku (S8), the Conus feeds (including Florida) are on SBS 6 (B6). But weren't the "ABC NewsOne" feeds C-Band only? (T3, T4, T5 & E2), I'm just curious about it.
 
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harshness

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I'm just curious about it.
It seems likely that you will take that curiosity to the grave given that most of the people who were on the inside of such things 20 years ago have either forgotten or they just want to forget about it.

As I remarked earlier, my ABC affiliate didn't have an ENG truck (and I'm not sure they do today). Remote packages (except for true "live shots") are now edited on site and uploaded via the Internet or wireless. Wondering about the good old days isn't instructional (even as a cautionary tale) or particularly interesting. Satellites are just a long way around and they form the middle of a "bent pipe" between to locations.
 

harshness

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Thanks for the advice I appreciate that, but I just have to remain anonymous (as I hadn't gotten around to it yet).
You may be missing the point. FTA fans don't want networks who broadcast in the clear to even think about the possibility that there may be people out there "intercepting" their signals. It could have serious repercussions if they felt the itch to scramble the content and I daresay that satisfying your unique curiosity isn't worth that risk.
 

JosephHolloway1998

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well speaking of the affiliate feeds, ABC affiliates often provided live cut-ins during Good Morning America (save for WBND-LD South Bend which was the only ABC affiliate without a news outlet at the time).
 

JosephHolloway1998

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several other affiliates used ABSAT for the Ku satellite trucks and the satellite newsgathering (SNG) feeds:
http://web.archive.org/web/20020923103524/http://www.abcabsat.com/satellites/dnsg.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20021010195659/http://www.abcabsat.com/operations/member_list.html
(The ones I've already mentioned is what I'm leaving out)
WNCF Montgomery, AL, KTBS Shreveport, KTXS Abilene, WAAY Huntsville, WTVM Columbus, GA, KIVI Boise, WDAY Fargo, KOTA Rapid City and WSYR Syracuse was known as WIXT at the time (just added that for correction).
 

harshness

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I guess I don't understand what it means to be "on KU band". If the question is whether or not they ever used a satellite transmission to do anything, then yes but what you're asking is kind of like whether or not they used a facsimile machine or a telex.

If the question is whether or not the broadcasts were available FTA, not so much.
 
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