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I heard that once the internet via Satellite was dropped that that would free up half of Bird 82 for more bandwidth.

Now this makes me want to ask a question: I had heard that half of bird 82 was "fried" or broken - which is why the HD and the foreign channels were on there (less popular). Is that true? or is it just that the bandwidth from internet takes up the rest of it?
 

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I heard that once the internet via Satellite was dropped that that would free up half of Bird 82 for more bandwidth.
Not even close. DirecPC only uses 1 of the 32 transponders on N2(according to Lyngsat).


Now this makes me want to ask a question: I had heard that half of bird 82 was "fried" or broken
Actually, less than a quarter of the 32 transponders on N2 have been turned off (due to a power shortage).

So, unfortunately, there's not a whole lot of available space left on N2, even with the demise of DirecPC.
 

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mac dude said:
Now this makes me want to ask a question: I had heard that half of bird 82 was "fried" or broken - which is why the HD and the foreign channels were on there (less popular). Is that true? or is it just that the bandwidth from internet takes up the rest of it?
Nimiq 2 experienced a malfunction that affected the available power on the spacecraft on February 20, 2003. The satellite is currently generating sufficient power to operate only 26 of the 32 transponders.

No point in putting general popular channels on Nimiq 2 since the majority of people don't subscribe to HD or International. Plus if they had popular channels there, they could run into a shortage of the new Dishs by lots of people suddenly wanting to upgrade their dish. I believe Nimiq 2 will be the home of any new channels.

For their internet, they offered 512kb speeds and i believe a few thousand subscribers. I'm not sure how much room the average channel takes up.
 

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No rumors required on high speed sat service , here is a recent press release .

Telesat Ka-Band Internet Service
Making the ‘digital divide’ a thing of the past – everywhere in Canada

Thank you for your interest in Telesat’s Ka-Band high-speed Internet service.

Telesat Canada is diligently working towards an April 1, 2005 launch date for its new Ka-Band high-speed Internet service. We thank you for your patience as we bring this much anticipated service to market.

Telesat is pleased to announce Barrett Xplore Inc. has been named as a national Internet service distributor for Telesat’s Ka-Band service. Barrett Xplore is one of Canada’s leading sales distribution companies specializing in bringing state-of-the-art technologies to market with particular expertise in satellite consumer electronics and computer services. The Ka-Band service will be delivered under Barrett’s Xplornet brand, one of the largest and fastest growing wireless high-speed Internet service providers in Canada.

Details on the service offering and hardware availability for residential and business customers will be available from Barrett Xplore over the coming weeks. Barrett Xplore will begin its regional Ka-Band rollout in April, with national availability in July. For further information about the Xplornet service, please contact Barrett Xplore at www.xplornet.com or call 1-*866-*841-*6001.

Telesat Canada thanks you for your interest in its Ka-Band high-speed Internet service. Ka-Band Internet Technology from Telesat

Because Telesat Canada respects your privacy, we will not forward to Barrett Xplore your name or the contact information that you provided to us when you registered to receive information from Telesat Canada about the Ka-Band Internet Service. For this reason, when you contact Barrett Xplore you may be asked to provide the same or similar information to Barrett Xplore in order to receive information about the Xplornet service.

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Service Internet en bande Ka de Télésat
Combler le « fossé numérique » à jamais partout au Canada

Nous vous remercions de l’intérêt que vous portez au service Internet en bande Ka de Télésat.

Télésat Canada se prépare au lancement de son nouveau service Internet haute vitesse en bande Ka le 1er avril 2005. Nous vous remercions de votre patience pendant que nous nous apprêtons à lancer ce service tant attendu sur le marché.

Télésat a le plaisir d’annoncer que Barrett Xplore Inc. sera le distributeur national de son service Internet en bande Ka. Barrett Xplore figure parmi les chefs de file canadiens de la distribution et se spécialise dans la mise en marché de technologies d’avant-garde, plus particulièrement les services informatiques et les produits électroniques grand public exploités par satellite. Le service en bande Ka sera offert sous la bannière Xplornet de Barret qui est l’un des fournisseurs de services Internet sans fil les plus importants affichant la plus forte croissance au Canada.

Barret Xplore fournira plus de renseignements sur les forfaits et le matériel qu’elle offrira à ses clients résidentiels et commerciaux au cours des prochaines semaines. Barrett Xplore commencera à déployer son service régional en bande Ka en avril et le service sera offert à l’échelle nationale en juillet. Pour obtenir plus de renseignements au sujet du service Xplorenet, veuillez communiquer avec Barret Xplore en vous rendant à l’adresse www.xplornet.com ou en appelant au 1-*866-841-*6001.

Télésat Canada vous remercie de l’intérêt que vous portez à son service haute vitesse en bande Ka. Technologie d’accès à Internet en bande Ka de Télésat

Télésat Canada respecte votre vie privée et ne transmettra pas à Barrett Xplore votre nom ni les coordonnées que vous nous avez fournies pour recevoir de l’information de Télésat au sujet du service Internet en bande Ka. Pour cette raison, lorsque vous communiquerez avec Barrett Xplore pour obtenir des renseignements au sujet du service Xplornet, il est possible qu’on vous demande des renseignements identiques ou similaires à ceux que vous avez déjà fournis à Télésat.
 

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Elite 09 said:
Rumor has it that Expressvu is launching Fox News on May 1st on channel 507, with a free preview till September 1st.
i doubt it but we'll see. i read fox news would be 506 and MSNBC 507. there were similar rumours floating around that BEV would launch fox news on march 1 and obviously nothing happened. BEV is certainly a disappointment when it comes to adding new channels because of their technological limitations.
 

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BEV is certainly a disappointment when it comes to adding new channels because of their technological limitations.
they have 60 more channels than starchoice does, and almost as many as rogers digital cable does.
 

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they have 60 more channels than starchoice does, and almost as many as rogers digital cable does.
BEV won't carry channels like Fox News, MSNBC, NFL Network, Military Television, Bloomberg Television etc. BEV seems to have a problem when it comes to carrying any new American channel that is approved by the CRTC. BEV's refusal to carry any of these channels indicates that the company is trying to discourage any American channel from trying to enter the Canadian market.
 

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Someone in the marketing department on another forum confirmed that Bell Expressvu will launch Fox News Channel on channel 507 labeled FOXNC on May 1st with a free preview until September 1st.

I emailed Expressvu and got the same response.
 

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BEV won't carry channels like Fox News, MSNBC, NFL Network, Military Television, Bloomberg Television etc. BEV seems to have a problem when it comes to carrying any new American channel that is approved by the CRTC. BEV's refusal to carry any of these channels indicates that the company is trying to discourage any American channel from trying to enter the Canadian market.
no, that isn't correct...i posted long ago that the reason was a capacity issue...new channels will pop up, as FoxNews is coming in a couple of days, it might take a little longer until they get more capacity, that's all...trust me, there is no conspiracy against american channels...bell wants the added revenue from the new channels as much as the other providers do.
 

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The channels I would like to see added the most are:

The science channel (Discovery is good 1/2 the time but too much AC etc.)
Sci Fi Channel

and for the wife:

The Lifetime Movie Network

Any demand for any of those?
 

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joedoe said:
The channels I would like to see added the most are:

The science channel (Discovery is good 1/2 the time but too much AC etc.)
Sci Fi Channel

and for the wife:

The Lifetime Movie Network

Any demand for any of those?
the channel i like to see on bell is pax network,halmark channel,encore starz channels,hope channel,kwgn,all discovery channels,diy channel- do it your self channel.
 

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Fox

FOX News Channel will be free on channel 507 (FOXNC) beginning May 1st until September 1st 2005.
 
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