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Dish Network, Platinum

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I have a request for Dish Network Platinum service. It is from satellite 61.5.

Anyone out there have "Platinum"????

I recall it being mentioned recently on this forum.

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Sloop Jones

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Posted : October 5, 2011 11:05 pm
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61.5 has been an issue for the last few years here.
For awhile we picked up half of the offerings because they were broadcasting from 2 satellites in that orbital position and we were in the footprint of one.
Since Dish started migrating channels from 61.5 to 129 and 72 all that has changed. I wouldn't count on anything on 61.5 staying on it's transponder.
Whatever you pick up on that satellite consider it a bonus. Dishnetwork does not authorize sat 61.5 here but there is some content available. Give it a try and let us know how it goes.

Posted : October 6, 2011 11:01 am
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The also removed all the "secondary" premium movie channel HD feeds off of 61.5 several months ago. I used to get HBO2, HBOCMDY etc. in HD off of this satellite but no more. For now I keep the premiums because I like the boxing, and HBO has HBO Go (which isn't technically available in the VI but I use a VPN to make it appear as if my internet traffic is coming from the US) so I may keep them a bit longer. But with Netflix/Blockbuster/streaming I don't really see the point of premium movie channels for much longer.

My technicaly understanding of the situation is that they have 2 "Arc" setup's, an Eastern Arc and a Western Arc. We are Eastern Arc which comprises satellite 110, 119, and I believe 129. But we aren't in the footprint of satellite 129. Annoyingly, we are partially in the footprint of 61.5 (some transponders work) but that is not part of our authorized Arc so they won't turn on channels for Eastern Arc subscribers from that bird. I understand their desire for consistency and simplification but it does reduce the availability of channels to us customers which is annoying. Sky can probably correct me where I am wrong.


Posted : October 6, 2011 12:41 pm
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Pretty close Sean.
We are actually considered western arc. 119/110 "dish 500" In the states you would get a Dish 1000.x or a wing antenna and pick up 129 for extra HD channels. Since we are out of that footprint we don't get offered 129. If we could, or if things change in the future, 129 would be a very low look angle at about 16 degrees.
Eastern arc is 61.5/72.7/77 and uses a 1000.4 dish. In situations that an eastern arc customer doesn't have line of sight due to trees or a building in the way, an exception can be made to modify the work order to western arc. Western arc customers in that situation cannot switch to eastern arc.

Posted : October 6, 2011 7:24 pm
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