Satellite T8 moving to 119W, T7S to be retired.

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Is that the one that had the Spanish channels ? (400 range )

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Is that the one that had the Spanish channels ? (400 range )

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Yep. ...

Spanish, Chinese Direct (Mandarin), and a few foreign genre music channels. ...

But those have all now been duplicated on 103(ca) at 103W so the original old DSS feeds on 119W can now be turned off. ...

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I thought we where getting rid of 119?

I guess AT&T would much rather sell the transponder frequencies to Charlie then let him get them for free.
For all intents and purposes they are, but those 11 DBS licenses there is still very valuable spectrum (especially to Dish).

So ATT/DIRECTV has to create an excuse to keep them.

AKA .... "Spectrum Squatting" ....

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For all intents and purposes they are, but those 11 DBS licenses there is still very valuable spectrum (especially to Dish).

So ATT/DIRECTV has to create an excuse to keep them.

AKA .... "Spectrum Squatting" ....

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Till they eventually merge.
 

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For all intents and purposes they are, but those 11 DBS licenses there is still very valuable spectrum (especially to Dish).

So ATT/DIRECTV has to create an excuse to keep them.

AKA .... "Spectrum Squatting" ....

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Until they decide to retire MPEG2 SD they need to keep carrying the locals on 119 and T7S apparently has reached retirement age, so this isn't really squatting. But T8 has fuel life until 2034 so that's a very good satellite to squat with if they wish to try that after they finally dump MPEG2 SD.

We'll know they really are squatting if we see any whispers of a move of T9S to 110 to replace T5. Then we'll know they are just being a**holes lol
 
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My SD Locals from 119 disappeared this week, so no more local channels when I'm at my boat, BOO.
Once the SD transition is fully complete, that fate will unfortunately affect DIRECTV locals reception on all boats and yachts without the expensive Ka band capable systems.

As all locals carried by DIRECTV will soon be on the Ka band only. ....

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Not to my knowledge ....

Nor was there any mention of it in the recent T8 narrative explaining why it is replacing T7S. Other than T7S simply reaching EOL ...
If T7S had a slow gas leak, AFAIK it was never made public by Directv. But whatever the reason, it appears it is reaching the end of its fuel life. That's a bit quicker than some other satellites (T5 at 110 was launched two years earlier but hasn't made any move towards retirement even though they are no longer using the slot at all) but not unreasonably quickly so if there's a leak it is only costing a few years.
 

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