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Digital Broadcast Satellites FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about Digital Broadcast Satellites and the newsgroup rec.video.satellite.dbs

This FAQ about Digital Broadcast Satellites was compiled and written by Brian Trosko btrosko@primenet.com with numerous contributions by others.

Copyright: (c) 1997 Brian Trosko

-A.1: Introduction and disclaimer
Every Usenet newsgroup finds that certain questions are asked again ...
-A.2: Scope of the FAQ
This document attempts to go beyond simply answering common questions. ...
-A.3: Common Usenet Abbreviations
:-) = ...
-B.1: Charter
The charter for rec.video.satellite.dbs, as proposed and ...
-B.2: History
The group rec.video.satellite.dbs was voted into existence ...
-B.3: Crossposting.
Crossposting can be a valuable tool for getting your ...
-B.4: Binaries.
The rec.video.satellite.dbs charter does not specifically allow binaries,...
-B.5: Quoted text; one-line replies
Few things are as annoying as paging through 100 lines of quoted text, ...
-B.6: Advertising
Keeping in mind the context in which the carter was written, and ...
-B.7: Dealing with flamewars and obnoxious posters.
From time to time a particularly annoying or obnoxious thread, discussion,...
-B.8: Anonymous addresses
Anonymous services should be used sparingly. Many people are ...
-B.9: Controversial issues
Certain issues frequently discussed in rec.video.satellite.dbs tend ...
-B.10: Other Resources
There is a wealth of other information regarding these systems on-line....
-B.11: Writing good questions
To get a good answer one must ask a good question. It seems simple, ...
-C.1: What does the access card actually do?
DBS services broadcast across the entire nation. Obviously, ...
-C.2: How do I erase my PPV information without paying for it?
You can't. Stop trying....
-C.3: How to I clear my PPV information once I've been billed?
There are no commands to do so, but the information ...
-C.4: What about these pirate cards I've heard about?
There are pirate cards which act just like a normal access card,...
-C.5: Is it possible to watch two channels simultaneously?
The only way to watch two satellite channels at the same ...
-C.6: How about watching one channel and recording another?
The only way to watch one satellite channel and ...
-C.7: Is it possible to hook multiple receivers to a single-output dish?
DSS and Echostar work with circular polarity. With a ...
-C.8: How many receivers can I hook up to a dual-output dish?
Without additional parts, two. With the ...
-C.9: What about PIP?
Concerns about PIP are similar in nature to ...
-C.10: Is it easy to install?
Opinions vary. The installation is not actually all ...
-C.11: Where do I point it?
To find out, the surest way is to stop by a dealer who has ...
-C.12: Do I have to ground it?
Grounding the system is *strongly* recommended. Of course,...
-C.13: What is rain fade?
The signal sent from the satellites to your dish is of ...
-C.14: Can I point my dish at a tree/wall/airport/window?
Maybe. The dish needs to have a clear line-of-sight ...
-C.15: How do I hide my dish?
Most anything that will hide a dish from view will ...
-C.16: Can I use my in-wall wiring, or do I have to run new cable?
Ideally, the coaxial cable between the dish and the ...
-C.17: Is it true that the receiver needs its own phone line?
No. DSS and Dish Network receivers are intended to be ...
-C.18: What are the differences between the different DSS systems?
Generally speaking, not much. Fundamentally, all DSS ...
-C.19: What are the differences between DSS/P /E/A/BUD systems?
This is a complicated issue, and while this FAQ will ...
-C.20: Are E and DSS compatible?
Yes and no. The dishes are. The receivers are not....
-C.21: Can I get my local networks over DBS?
No. The various DBS satellites serve the entire country,...
-C.22: Can I get Star Trek or Babylon 5 over DSS?
Strangely, no. The Sci-Fi Network is available, ...
-C.23: When will the song titles be added to Music Choice/Dish CD?
As far as Music Choice goes, DirecTV claims they can pass ...
-C.24: When will the other superstations be added to DSS?
DirecTV has no plans to add other superstations, like WGN,...
-C.25: Can I record off of my DBS system?
Certainly. Occasionally, individuals report ...
-C.26: What is Macrovision?
Macrovision is a copy-protection signal. It can ...
-C.27: Can I record while away from the house if I have a 1st generation DSS or E?
To an extent. Because the receiver has no time, you will ...
-C.28: Is it normal for the receiver to be warm?
Yes. If you put it in a cabinet of some sort, be ...
-C.29: If I buy the NBA/NHL/NFL/MLB package, do local blackouts still apply?
Yes. Everyone who buys a package is considered to ...
-C.30: When is AC-3 going to be broadcast?
The short answer is that nobody knows. It would require ...









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