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Posted: 09/06/20 11:28pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Bill.Satellite wrote:

Let me know if you need a reality check! Billions of dollars in satellites and on-going infrastructure costs all being sold to only those who don't already have good service (maybe 20%, max). Pie in the sky is one thing and I don't need any help with that math!


That's why satellite TV is losing millions, the 80 percent that have internet has cancel satellite/cable TV service and the remainder 20 percent are moving towards any internet service they can find..

Elon's satellite internet service will get the 20 percent signed up and this is why AT&T is selling off DirecTV fast before it goes bankrupt..

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

Let me know if you need a reality check! Billions of dollars in satellites and on-going infrastructure costs all being sold to only those who don't already have good service (maybe 20%, max). Pie in the sky is one thing and I don't need any help with that math!
Sorry to confuse you again, but i underestimated the # of sattellites ALREADY up there. Its more like in the 650 range. Here's a source: https://www.teslarati.com/spacex-starlink-space-lasers-first-orbital-test/ .
Again, be glad to help with the updated math. [emoticon]

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Posted: 09/07/20 08:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Elon's internet is inevitable so there is no need for me to want it or not. However, it's not the magic bullet that will suddenly fix all the issues with Internet service Worldwide (or even Country wide).


What I post is my 2 cents and nothing more. Please don't read anything into my post that's not there. If you disagree, that's OK.
Can't we all just get along?

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Oops! Yet again i have found myself behind Elon and his plans. There are an additional 120 (~) Starlink satellites scheduled to launch THIS MONTH.
https://spaceflightnow.com/launch-schedule/ (you'll have to scroll a bit to see all the planned launches)
hint: 120 + ~650 is getting pretty close to that magic 1000 number that Starlink's head said is the breakover point..... [emoticon]

Hate the future of the Internet all you want, but its going to come anyway.

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Put all the satellites in the sky you like. Without the ground stations, infrastructure, personnel and compatible equipment (equipment costs, antenna size?) you still have a long hill to climb.

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Bill.Satellite wrote:

Elon's internet is inevitable so there is no need for me to want it or not. However, it's not the magic bullet that will suddenly fix all the issues with Internet service Worldwide (or even Country wide).


But it is the magic bullet that will bring the end to DirecTV and Dish, once the rural folks and RVers on the road have access to internet and what few customers there will be left the satellite companies will be forced to shutter their doors.

Hence why AT&T is trying to find someone with money to buy out DirecTV.

If I was a billion dollar investor I would not even take a satellite TV company even if it was free..

Like I have said satellite TV is a dead horse rotting away behind the barn that has not been buried yet..

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And MTV was going to kill the radio. How did that work out? Chuck

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chuckbear wrote:

And MTV was going to kill the radio. How did that work out? Chuck


MTV was never going to kill radio, radio will still be around long after traditional satellite/cable TV will be..

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I think billy is still hacked off that horseless carriages succeeded.[emoticon]

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chuckbear wrote:

And MTV was going to kill the radio. How did that work out? Chuck

This "media replacement" argument goes way back . . .

Some thought that TV would replace radio. That didn't happen, but TV did change radio. For example, radio shows used to be national shows. After TV, radio went to formats or specialty programming because it was cheaper as the money went to TV.

A similar thing might happen with sat TV. But all those Dish/DirecTV sats aren't going to be switched off.


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