They also don't have a lot of room since they need whatever they have until they launch their new sats. .
They also don't have a lot of room since they need whatever they have until they launch their new sats.
I wouldn't be too sure about that. I remember reading some posts from the experts on this board that there is still room on the sats for about 10 more HD channels. Also, it seems like dish is doing a lot of consolidation making room for something. I would suspect they are holding their cards real close to their chest.
If you go and throw 10 channels up now before you launch new sats, you have no room to move unless you take away channels.
I'm not sure I agree with your statement. I could be wrong but I seem to remember folks on this forum talking about consolidating and making better use of what they have at the moment. I never remember dropping channels being an option that Dish was looking at.
As far as I know that was done using better encoders. They also could move any leftover HD over to MPEG4 (which I don't think they've done yet).
But - If they add 10 HD channels today.. Then what happens if 10 more (that people want more) come out tomorrow? No matter what they do, I do not believe they have enough bandwidth to just add the channels that D* has added without degrading existing offerings, especially since they'd have to add them to both 129 and 61.5, or find somewhere in 110/119 to put them.
Any moves they've made so far seem to suggest that they seriously weigh this out. I don't think the TBS-HD feed, for instance, cost them extra. However, they had to see how many people would gripe about not being able to see the playoffs.
I do believe that it will get better. However, it isn't E* holding up the launches. I'm sure if they could swing it, they'd throw their sats up there tomorrow.
I'm sorry. I guess that predates my history with Dish or I'm just so damn old I forgot it. Have the time to expand a little bit?
Charlie announced SuperDish, two new FSS/DBS dishes that would use 121 and 105 (if I remember those slots correctly), one would have all the international channels and the other would have all the HD channels, no more need for 61.5 and 148 for HD. A few months later they found out that the satellite they were going to use for HD didn't provide a good enough signal for CONUS coverage and the plan then changed that HD would be on 110/119, no HD SuperDish.