Date: Sat, 14 Sep 1996 07:41:35 -0400
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- RADIO NETHERLANDS' FUTURE ON ASTRA
ra> From: Ray Woodward
ra> The Dutch external broadcaster Radio Netherlands have just announced
ra> details of their new home via Astra to Europe.
ra> With the switching of RTL 5 from analogue to digital capacity Radio
ra> Netherlands will (effective from September 1st) operate its two Astra
ra> radio subcarries via Astra 1D transponder 58 [Granada Good Life
ra> services] 10.847 gHz Vertical using 7.38 and 7.56 mHz.
Yes, they started broadcasting on Tp. 58 on Saturday 31 August. The
service on Tp. 64 was cut on Sunday 1 September, when TM3 started-up
- NETTALK ABOUT HOTBIRD TWO
Tony Chammas comments :
> >What's the word on Hotbird 2 ? When/ Where? etc.
> Last I heard (somewhile back now so this may be out of date now) the
> launch was scheduled for September 4th.
I think Eutelsat have said it'll now probably be "late October". Oh yeah,
and it'll be co-located with HB1 at 13E.
> >Also any new channels on HotBird 1 ?
> You might keep an eye on the old Tm 3 transponder on Eutelsat II F6,
> there are rumours of RTL 5 [Germany] *not* to be confused with RTL 5
> [Holland] ...
I know which station I'd rather watch ;)
- SOMETHING INTERSTING FROM THE USA, CONCERNING DIGITAL SCRAMBLING
>I just read an article about the VES1777 receiver chip that VLSI
>Technology is making. It's my understanding that this chip can make is
>so a person can get Directv/USSB(DSS) or The Dish Network(DVB). My
>question is will consumers be able to buy the chip froma distributor and
>install it in a receiver they currently own or will you just have to buy
>one of the new receivers with the chip in it. According to the article I
>read the chip will cost about $19.50 when bought in bulk.
Unfortunately it probably isn't going to work that way or be that easy -
especially in the near future. DBS may someday evolve the way you describe.
the immediate future, DSS and E* have chosen a chipset by LSI Logic to base
second gen units on. Don't know what the other DSS hardware mfg's are using
as Sony etc.
While the VLSI chip is capable of handling all of the existing standards,
will have to convice DBS hardware mfg's to switch to their technology from
Logic. Also, a big issue over and above the chip's capability is one of
Even if a mfg made a receiver "capable" of receiving multiple dbs provider
that mfg would have to get licensed to actually do so. Also, these dbs
programmed during mfg with the appropriate software and protocol to receive a
particular transmission scheme - ie. DSS or E*. Some of this software and
is resident internal to the chip(s). So in order to change to a different dbs
it would require reprogramming of the IC. There IC's are surface mount and
soldered to the pc board after programming. This scheme is to keep cost and
to a minimum. The receiver box could be made to be reconfigurable but that
add to the cost and right now, as we have seen, cost is a major objective to
enabling market share.
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