- May 20, 2009
Can someone explain me,why we dont have 24/7 RSN HD on Dish???What is the problem???
I wish we had 24x7 HD RSNs more than anything today, but I'm not sure how they could pull it off in that timeframe.espaeth, they need to deal with this alot sooner that 10-24 months... IE 3 to 6 month time frame.
I wish we had 24x7 HD RSNs more than anything today, but I'm not sure how they could pull it off in that timeframe.
E*14 is launching in March, so the soonest it would be available to start taking on programming is April. That's going to the 119° orbital location where Dish can already only use transponders 1-21 (22 - 32 are owned by D* at that orbital location). Dish also is limited in transponder space on 110° due to D* holding some of the transponder licenses there.
Dish still has issues at the 61.5° orbital location and needs a replacement for the failing E*3 and crippled E*12 currently on station. This is where AMC-14 was going to go before it failed to reach orbit; E*15 is going to be the replacement for AMC-14 but it's not going to launch until the end of 2010. The launch of E*14 might free up a bird to be parked at 61.5° to add some additional programming in the short term -- but Dish didn't move E*6 from 72.7° after Nimiq 5 got on station to take over so I'm not sure what they are planning on doing there.
As I see it, Dish has a couple options to get to full-time RSNs:
1) Get full transponder capacity at 61.5° so that it can mirror 129° for HD coverage.
2) Change the modulation on the 110°/119° transponders to get more bandwidth, requiring receiver swaps for all the Dish receivers not able to do 8PSK. They can then use their transponder space at 72.7° & 77° to mirror that content to get the RSNs up to full time HD.
I just don't see either of those options happening in 3-6 months.