PBS Counting Satellite Viewers

Discussion in 'Free To Air (FTA) Discussion' started by gpflepsen, Feb 9, 2018.

  1. gpflepsen

    gpflepsen Topic Starter Supporting Founder
    Supporting Founder

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2003
    Posts:
    3,259
    Likes Received:
    254
    Location:
    SE NE
    Just saw a scroll on the C-band pbs feed asking for viewers on satellite dishes to call 800-399-0424 to be counted.

    Has this been seen and discussed yet? Is this part of PBS 's consideration to abandon the C and ku signals?
     
    olliec420 and k.r. like this.
  2. Horsepower

    Horsepower SatelliteGuys Pro
    Pub Member / Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2017
    Posts:
    520
    Likes Received:
    211
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    What bird? Station?
     
  3. . Raine

    . Raine SatelliteGuys Pro
    Pub Member / Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2013
    Posts:
    2,587
    Likes Received:
    825
    Location:
    North America, CT.
    He said C band PBS, so it must be the one on 103 W.
     
    Horsepower likes this.
  4. Horsepower

    Horsepower SatelliteGuys Pro
    Pub Member / Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2017
    Posts:
    520
    Likes Received:
    211
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
    Thank you. Did not know PBS is only on 103W.
     
    olliec420 and . Raine like this.
  5. Magic Static

    Magic Static FTA Geek
    Staff Member HERE TO HELP YOU! Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 12, 2010
    Posts:
    5,992
    Likes Received:
    2,766
    Location:
    Montana
    Call the number. It's an automated four question survey about how and where you saw the message. At home. On my big satellite dish. at my zip code. ;)
     
  6. chadg2

    chadg2 SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Posts:
    620
    Likes Received:
    39
    Location:
    Maiden Rock, WI
    There is no way they are just providing the C-Band feed for the handful of us left with C-band dishes.
     
  7. Cham

    Cham VE4GLS
    Pub Member / Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2008
    Posts:
    2,015
    Likes Received:
    569
    Location:
    Boonies
    Just tuned it in. Likely a good idea to call, especially if you are in an area not covered by terrestrial PBS stations. Gives them an idea how many watch from these areas, but I would also presume they are looking justification to discontinue that particular service.
    In my case I have a fixed Ku dish on 125w so I rarely use the C-band feed on 103. If it wasn't for 125w though I would certainly be on 103 more often. I PVR several shows from PBS. Their local terrestrial station(s) here are just on the fringe even with a decent antenna setup so OTA isn't really an option here..
     
    comfortably_numb likes this.
  8. Jason S

    Jason S Ordinary Average Guy...
    Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Aug 9, 2014
    Posts:
    810
    Likes Received:
    483
    Location:
    SE Kansas
    kofi123 likes this.
  9. Lone Gunman

    Lone Gunman SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2010
    Posts:
    2,831
    Likes Received:
    601
    Location:
    southeast
    Made the call just now!
     
  10. Arion

    Arion SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2005
    Posts:
    373
    Likes Received:
    107
    I don't watch PBS that much but I responded to the survey anyway. Need as much C-Band programming as possible.
     
  11. Babadem

    Babadem SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    May 21, 2007
    Posts:
    2,261
    Likes Received:
    139
    Location:
    MA
    I just tuned in to PBS at 103.°W C-Band, and I don't see the information as described by the OP. I will call anyway.
     
  12. mc6809e

    mc6809e SatelliteGuys Pro
    Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2008
    Posts:
    441
    Likes Received:
    139
    Location:
    Central North Carolina
    I made the call earlier this morning. The information was displayed after the show I was watching ended, before the next one started. Everyone should respond.

    It's evident that both the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Broadcasting Service want to eliminate the satellite distribution system since they're installing their IP-based fiber system. If they get their way, the full time feeds from 125W and 103W that are freely receivable by the Public (notice the word "Public" in both the organization names) will be gone.

    A lot more people watch the Ku band feeds on 125W than the C-band feeds on 103W. If they must eliminate the C-band feeds (and get approval to do so), they should at least be required to make a feed on one Ku transponder (preferably the channels on AMC 21 TP 12180 V) available to the Public. But that probably won't happen, they'll just shut all of it down.
     
  13. Babadem

    Babadem SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    May 21, 2007
    Posts:
    2,261
    Likes Received:
    139
    Location:
    MA
    I just made the call.....this should be posted in other Forums.
     
  14. zack

    zack SatelliteGuys Family

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Posts:
    52
    Likes Received:
    5
    Location:
    texas
    I just called ! Thank You for posting this!
     
  15. Horsepower

    Horsepower SatelliteGuys Pro
    Pub Member / Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2017
    Posts:
    520
    Likes Received:
    211
    Location:
    Richmond, VA
  16. Alexander Olar

    Alexander Olar SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2017
    Posts:
    420
    Likes Received:
    222
    Location:
    Macomb Michigan
    I did the survey to
     
  17. danristheman

    danristheman SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2011
    Posts:
    2,612
    Likes Received:
    764
    Location:
    85w
  18. phlatwound

    phlatwound FTA Bumpkin
    Lifetime Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2007
    Posts:
    3,207
    Likes Received:
    164
    Location:
    Hillbillistan, AKA god's country (37N, 93W)
  19. chadg2

    chadg2 SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Posts:
    620
    Likes Received:
    39
    Location:
    Maiden Rock, WI
    I just called. Sure hope the feed stays up.
     
  20. dsmith0429

    dsmith0429 SatelliteGuys Pro

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2013
    Posts:
    405
    Likes Received:
    154
    Location:
    Lake Placid, FL
    Does this affect the PBS feeds on 87°W Ku-band also?
     

***

Separate names with a comma.

More...