Re: Mir Question - Semi-Urgent!

From: Earl Needham (KD5XB@AMSAT.ORG)
Date: Tue Feb 08 2000 - 06:12:03 PST

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    At 02:33 AM 2/8/00 -0800, Jake Rees wrote:
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    >I also had heard a rumor that it would be on the other U.S. small dish
    >system Direct TV.  But I looked around their website and could not find any
    >mention of it.
    >
    >http://www.directtv.com/
    
    	I found it -- it's in the News Releases for December 9, 1999.  I believe
    http://www.directtv.com/press/pressdel/0,1112,256,00.html will take you
    directly there.
    	According to the News Release, these are the new networks offered:
    
    WorldLink TV (Channel 375), NASA TV (376), PBS YOU (377), StarNet (378),
    Clara+Vision (480) and Inspirational Life (481). 
    
    	The only problem is that they are not on the "regular" satellite, they're
    on a different one which requires a different dish & receiver, and possibly
    a higher subscription fee.
    	According to the News Release, "Congress mandated in Section 25 of the
    Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 that all
    providers of direct broadcast satellite service set aside a portion of
    their capacity for non-commercial programming of an educational and
    informational nature. DIRECTV will offer nine channels of programming under
    guidelines established by the FCC."
    
    	Just try to receive these new networks, though!  I've been having a
    running email conversation with their "Customer Service" about this, and it
    isn't finished yet.  But I don't think they're going to give me what I want
    -- NASA TV	on the regular satellite.  Currently, PARA TODOS is one service
    to get these networks, there is another, but I don't remember the name.
    Either way, the guidelines from the FCC over these being "non-commercial"
    has been thwarted.
    
    	Earl
    
    
    Earl Needham, KD5XB    mailto:KD5XB@AMSAT.ORG
    Clovis, New Mexico	DM84jk N3425.446' W10312.700' (or so)
    
    Pet peeve: breath is a noun,  breathe is a verb (When you take a breath,
    you breathe...)
    
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