Up here, my problem with reception is that Anik F2 is very very strong, and so aiming a dish isn't just about maximising the incident signal, but also minimising the adjacent signals on the same frequency.
BVN on Eutelsat 113 West A uses the main KU beam (Band 2), NOT the Conus Ku beam, so that it covers South America, Central America, and USA all at once. That pattern STOPS just halfway accross North Dakota.
Here, just 30 miles or so north of the North Dakota border, using a 42 inch behemoth dish, aimed to perfection, only yields reliability to the lightest of rain clouds. These conditions seem unacceptable to me. They lost a several viewers in my area when the SES-1 service was lost, because those people just couldn't accept such huge antennas on their homes of balconies.
Surely there is a cost effective solution to bring this channel back into the lives of the Dutch people I know around here who would like to restore their service, and stop racking up their internet bills trying to watch online. Most still have their old dish pointed at SES-1, which would be easy to change to Galaxy 19.
The more senior of my contacts(a large percentage of the viewers that I am aware) refuse to use online services because of the complexity in using it. Heck, they can barely switch inputs on their TV just to toggle between their pay-tv and BVN, without having to call me for instruction to restore their picture!
I guess if I can't prove that there's demand, then BVN will just fade away forever in this whole area. What a shame it is!