Which Satellites does DirecTV use?

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Because of obstructions we're unable to see the right combination of DISH satellites to get all the channels (particularly HD ones) that we're paying for. I need to look at DirecTV as an alternative, and I don't understand which satellites DirecTV uses. TheList only shows three: 101W, 110W, and 119W. Do those three birds carry all of the DirecTV channels for ConUS? What about local channels, which I assume are spotbeams from some satellite. We're in the Houston, TX market. Would appreciate any background or links to other resources with such information.

I'm asking because I want to use my DishPointer AR Pro app to see if clearance is any better with DirecTV than Dish.
 

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DirecTV uses 99,101,& 103(where the national HD channels are) using the SL3 LNB. The SL5 LNB adds 110(which not much if anything is on it) & 119(which carries Spanish programing,various PI programing,& some local programing,depending on what satellite your locals are on) to the before mentioned satellites.
 

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Thanks. That should get me there. What is PI programming? If my locals are available on 99, 101, & 103, and I'm not interested in other languages, do you think it would be a mistake not to try to pick up 110 & 119?
 

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Unfortunately the list your looking at is outdated.

royrdsjr 's post # 2 has the correct info in it.

The MAJORITY of programming HD wise is on the 99, 101 and 103 Sats.

That makes it a nice tight beam unlike previously.
The majority of your locals are on one of those 3 Sats as well.

Your Houston locals will be on the 103 Sat/ 16
 

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The only time you'll need 119 is if you really want Hope Channel or Jewish Life TV. Those are on 119
Also most of the Spanish channels are on 119

There is nothing on 110
 

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The 101 sat is Standard Def channels, this will be all your core Directv channels. 110 does not carry programming. 119 is spanish and some local markets in SD, and some public interest channels.
99 and 103 are all core HD channels and local HD channels. And a few SD channels such as BabyFirst TV, NASA, Golden Eagle, and Free Speech TV.
locals for Houston on Directv
KPRC NBC HD SD
KUHT PBS HD SD
KHOU CBS HD SD
KTRK ABC HD SD
KTXH MNT HD SD
KRIV FOX HD SD
KIAH CW HD SD
KXLN UNIV HD SD
KTMD TELEM SD
KPXB ION SD
KYAZ AZA SD
KUBE IND SD
KZJL IND SD
KFTH TFT SD
 

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Satellite Orbital slot Launch date* Launch vehicle Satellite type Separated mass Mass at BOL Mass at EOL

DirecTV-1 109.8°W December 17, 1993 Ariane 4 Hughes Electronics HS-601 2970 kg at GTO[1] 1680 kg 1300 kg
DirecTV-2[A] 100.8°W August 3, 1994 Atlas IIA[2] Hughes Electronics HS-601
DirecTV-3 91.1°W June 10, 1995 Ariane 42-P Hughes Electronics HS-601
DirecTV-6[C] 109.5°W March 9, 1997 Atlas IIA[3] Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
DirecTV-1R 72.5°W October 10, 1999 Zenit-3SL Hughes Electronics HS-601HP
DirecTV-4S 101.2° W November 27, 2001 Ariane 4 Hughes Electronics HS-601HP
DirecTV-5 109.8° W May 7, 2002 Proton Space Systems/Loral LS-1300 3640 kg at TO[4]
Galaxy 3C[D] 95°W June 15, 2002 Zenit-3SL Boeing BSS-702
DirecTV-7S 119.0°W May 4, 2004 Zenit-3SL Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
DirecTV-8 100.8°W May 22, 2005 Proton M Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
SPACEWAY-1 102.8°W April 26, 2005 Zenit-3SL Boeing BSS-702
SPACEWAY-2 99.2°W November 16, 2005 Ariane 5 ECA Boeing BSS-702
DirecTV-9S 101.1°W October 13, 2006 Ariane 5 ECA Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
DirecTV-10 102.8°W July 7, 2007 Proton M Boeing BSS-702 5893 kg at GTO[5]
DirecTV-11 99.2°W March 19, 2008 Zenit-3SL Boeing BSS-702 6060 kg at GTO[6] 3700 kg[6]
DirecTV-12 102.8°W December 28, 2009 [7] Proton M Boeing BSS-702
DirecTV-14 [8] unknown 2013[citation needed] unknown Space Systems/Loral LS-1300
DirecTV-15 [9] unknown 2014 unknown Astrium Eurostar E3000






*Default sort column

A DirecTV-2 having reached the end of its useful life span, on April 16, 2007, the FCC granted DirecTV's request to conduct operations to deorbit the satellite, it was subsequently removed from service in May 2007.

B DirecTV-3 was removed from service in Oct 2002 and sent to a storage orbit as an on-orbit backup. It returned to service in 2003 having been leased to Telesat, which used the satellite as backup for its troubled Nimiq-2 at 82 degrees West under the designation Nimiq-2i. In 2004 the satellite was moved to back up Nimiq-1 and is now operated under the name Nimiq-3.

C DirecTV-6 went out of service August 15, 2006 and sent to a graveyard orbit having suffered damage from a solar flare in April 1997 as well as other solar array and power fluctuation problems.[10]

D Galaxy 3C is operated by Intelsat. DirecTV leases non-DBS FSS transponders for international programming under the auspices of the DirecTV World Direct package.
 
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