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Hi all,

What type of wild feeds could one find on Ku-band transponders? Are there any pay channels on KU, or is it only Hits on C thats available?

Backstory: moving into a larger house w/ larger land in July and going back to FTA. I'm going to start off w/ a 4ft KU dish. Then replace w/ a 6ft C-band mess down the road.

Cheers, K
 

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The only pay channels that are on Ku of concern to Canadians is Shaw Direct.
At least Globecast and some Korean service (on 101), are Ku pay services. Some channels on G19 use Irdeto, so there must be some service for that.

As for wild feeds, I have not heard of wild feeds, in the sense they have on C-band, on Ku. NBC has their network feeds on 103Ku. Otherwise there is SNG and some other backhauls.
 

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could you please elaborate on what SNG and backhauls are?
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An example of a backhaul is when a remote location sends footage (live or not) back to the studio for editing, production, ect. Such as a live weather report broadcast from a news truck back to the studio.

An example of a wildfeed is when a network studio sends programming to local affiliates. Such as the NBC mux on 72w KU.

There are many KU band backhauls. They can mostly be found from about 72w to 91w and include news, weather, sporting events, conferences, ect.

Not so many wildfeeds on KU. There were a couple UFC's in spanish some time ago It could be argued that the 72w NBC mux are wildfeeds as they will broadcast prime time shows with national commercials but blank slots for local commercials. However, the programming isn't a preair and is usually broadcast from affiliates to customers on the east coast at the same time.

Normally a wildfeed or backhaul is not a 24/7 signal. You need to scan them in close to air time or join a site that allows people to publish feeds they have found. Feed hunting is more of a hobby then a way to watch TV.
If you are trying to determine the amount of 24/7 channels that are available then that is an entirely different story.
 

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SNG -> Satellite News Gathering.
Term coined for feeds from news sources you see pop up during
news events. They may be covering anything from a major domestic or world news event to something more local like a car accident or a fire. Usually they are broadcast from mobile satellite uplink trucks and are destined to some station's Newscast. They can popup intermittently all day long but are most active during say the 5,6,7 or 11 O'clock news.

What most people would call a Backhaul what you'd see uplinked from something like a Venue.
Could be a Sporting Event, a concert, a wrestling match, whatever.
If there's a major venue event occurring in ur town, u could stop by the venue, the day of, and look
around for satellite trucks. if ya spot a satellite truck, u can pretty much tell what satellite
and freq. band to look for the backhaul on by
a.) paying close attention to the azimuth they are aimed at.
b.) checking out the physical size of the dish they are using. Can usually tell the difference between a
C band and Ku band truck just by looking at the size of the antenna. Most would likely be Ku (smaller) on a truck.
 
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