NEWS AND VIEWS JULY 12, 2007
Mike and Laurel Kohl
S-9141 State Highway 23
Plain, Wisconsin 53577-9612
July 12 2007
Last Friday night and all day Saturday were just like old times---if you remember satellite coverage of live events from years gone by. Live Aid back in 1985 was one of the highlights of the good old days, when those with a big dish had an incredible amount of variety. July 7th's 24-hour marathon of LIVE EARTH concerts from 9 venues on seven continents was a breath of fresh air to this aging satellite enthusiast. A glance at the NBC Network 3-hour compilation of the event brought parallel comparisons to its past coverage of the Olympics. 150 performing acts from 9 venues on 7 continents cannot be adequately contained in a 3-hour show, even if it was commercial-free. (And it was loaded with those things).
What I can say is that I was able to catch most of the Sydney, Australia, and London, England, coverage live and without interruption. Unlike those punished by American coverage, which was greatly limited, our friends to the north in Canada had a very cooperative display anchored by the CTV Network, which had continuous coverage overnight, but had a fleet of cable channels covering most everything live. Star Choice viewers with appropriate subscriptions to channels such as MUCH MUSIC, MUCH MORE MUSIC, BRAVO, STAR-TV, MSNBC, and others could tune to many events almost gavel to gavel, with very limited interruption from commercials (maybe 1 minute at a time every half hour or more). The show's organizers put together many dozens of public service type messages urging all to take little steps to save our world from the present course of global warming. Many were quite witty, and one British exchange between a shopkeeper and a middle aged woman buying jugs of milk, and whether or not to provide a plastic bag was priceless. I was lucky enough to get a copy of the full announcement, and was later stunned at how NBC-TV showed it in abbreviated form later on Saturday evening. Even this well prepared skit was hacked to maybe half its original length, which very much ruined the humor originally intended. NBC sliced and diced the entire show just like the Olympics, and now there are reports of extremely limited (poor) ratings from their Saturday evening prime time show. Some people just don't get it!
How did all of these
shows get here? Intelsat brought everything in to London's master
control via satellite and fiber connections, but there were extensive live
satellite feeds, many in high definition format, available to those with a
proper MPEG-2 free-to-air receiver, and access to C and Ku-band, with a
special number of Ku-band feeds found on Intelsat 9 Ku-band at 58 West,
which required a Universal LNBF. But those that were properly
equipped had a day's worth of musical performance to be remembered for a
Enthusiasts of STAR CHOICE (Canada) and especially those considering High Definition, hear this news. Receivers such as the DSR-505 and the 530 DVR will be fully capable of the new 8PSK format that is being implemented during the months of August and September. Present offerings will be expanded during and after the transition, providing more channels. Older receivers such as the DSR-500, as well as those using a 400 series receiver and an HDD-201 HDTV decoder will have to upgrade to the DSR-505 or any other new HD formatted receiver in order to receive HD in the future. You will need access to both Anik F1R at 107.3 West as well as Anik F2 satellite at 111.1 West to get the full slate of Star Choice channels.
Here is the tentative switch schedule for Star Choice HD channels. New Anik F2 transponders are listed:
August 9 - Transponder
17: French channels SERIES + HD, CANAL VIE HD, and Z-TELE HD (new).
Until next month,