Telstar 4 (Ku-Band) after Alphastar

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  1. JosephHolloway1998

    JosephHolloway1998 Topic Starter SatelliteGuys Pro

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    after Alphastar's satellite services (an Canadian/American hybrid) shut down in August 1997. which channels/transponders were being moved to and occupied on Telstar 4 Ku (T7) aside from the ABC affiliate and NewsOne feeds? I wonder what Telstar 4 Ku was being used for after Alphastar ended? Please tell me what you think!
     
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    primestar31 SatelliteGuys Master

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    It wasn't used for anything, because it blew up!

    Once again, is your Google broke, because I can find all that out with a simple search. As could you, if you'd bother to look yourself.
     
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    etlam34 SatelliteGuys Family

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    Is there any list avalaible of the defunct alphastar line up?
     
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    primestar31 SatelliteGuys Master

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    I doubt it, it only lasted about 1 year, and then went bankrupt and left all their customers holding the bag. It wasn't viable right from the get-go.
     
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    While not providing a specific list of channels, these links provide some additional information:

    Sat-ND, 16.02.97

    AlphaStar | Revolvy
     
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    Against my better judgement I will post this message .
    This will tell you what sports backhauls were around this time. As I recall, ABC used the sat for their NFL playoff games. KCAL Lakers games were on the sat too.

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    weren't there any news feeds on the satellite?
     
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    Alphastar carried several major news channels; the mid to late 1990s were the heyday of TV news networks:

    • CBC Newsworld
    • CNN
    • CNN Headline
    • CNN Financial
    • CNBC
    • MSNBC
    • Bloomberg Information TV
    • and maybe CPAC (a "public affairs" channel)
    CTV News was pretty new and probably hadn't caught on yet.

    Google is your friend as primestar31 noted.
     
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    harshness SatelliteGuys Master

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    Yes, there are lists of the video and music channels on Canadian-tv.com and radiodiscussions.com (it is actually the same list).

    Useless minutiae as it isn't relatable to now, isn't in any way predictive of the the future and any conclusions that might have been drawn were invalidated by the fact that the service wasn't around long enough to see how it was going to play out.
     
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    I meant after Alphastar's DBS services shut down in August 1997. They were in the process of moving to the newly launched Telstar 5 service.
     
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    harshness SatelliteGuys Master

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    You did lead with that.

    The previous Telstar 4xx series satellites were seemingly cursed so I'm guessing programmers were not beating down doors to lease space.
     

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