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Satellite TV 1980's Promo

(September 2016)

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A former member
Sounds like a Graham de Wilde piece.


Bingo: Its been used for lots of other things since its library including North tonight 1986 to 1989.
JA
james-2001
In that video it talks about there being 2 satellite positions for the UK at that time, does anyone know what they were? I know 13 East was around back then, so I'm presuming that was one. Not sure what the other one was though, 19.2 wasn't around till Astra launched a few years later.
NL
Ne1L C
28 East?
JA
james-2001
28 east wasn't around until Astra 2 in 1998, was it?
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
28 degrees East wasn't "launched" until just before Sky Digital came along, moving Astra 1D to get it going until new satellites came along, then it was moved back.

19.2 degrees East is the "classic" satellite position and Astra 1A that started it in 1988.

The satellites for British Satellite Broadcasting, which launched as the Marcopolo/Thor satellites were launched at 31 degrees West. After the merger with Sky to form BSkyB, the BSB satellites were sold off to a Scandinavian company and moved a considerable distance in the sky.

In fact looking at the way the dish moves in the video, its moving a considerable distance.
JA
james-2001
In fact looking at the way the dish moves in the video, its moving a considerable distance.


Of course that doesn't mean it's the actual distance between the two satellites on at that time, they might just have moved it a large difference so it looked good on video.
Last edited by james-2001 on 12 September 2016 11:06pm
RE
remlap
In fact looking at the way the dish moves in the video, its moving a considerable distance.

Eutelsat I at 13E and Intelsat V at 27.5W
NL
Ne1L C
I wonder if Teleclub was scrambled then?
RE
remlap
It was unencrypted till 1987

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teleclub
NL
Ne1L C
Two thoughts come to mind.

Could such a range of independent channels (independent of sky/bsb style branding) have made an impact a'la sky

If Carlton/Skyscan had been successful maybe they wouldn't have killed Thames
NJ
Neil Jones Founding member
Two thoughts come to mind.

Could such a range of independent channels (independent of sky/bsb style branding) have made an impact a'la sky


The channels are an afterthought because most of the costs of satellite broadcasting in the 1980s came down to basically getting them going and then getting the equipment into homes and putting dishes on walls. Such an operation and the startup costs almost bankrupted Sky and the BSB project was burning money like there was no tomorrow. It could be argued the merger saved Sky financially.

If you have no satellites in geostationery orbit you have nothing to uplink channels to. Simple as.

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