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Topic # 7237 30-Mar-2006 19:53
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For those with Sky TV you are probably watching a blank screen. Unofficial word at the moment from several sources is that the Optus B1 satellite has lost all ground contact and is porbably dead. This satellite has been running on a backup processor since May last year after the main processor failed and is due to be repalced with Optus D1 within a couple of months. There was a very high risk of this processor failing as well and it obviously has..

Obviously more news to come...

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Reply # 31798 30-Mar-2006 19:58
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Nice!

Funny I posted at the same time asking if anyone knew anything, and here you are with quickest answer in the history of geekzone.

luckly i still have a telstra cable into my place so at least i can get the free to air channels with a perfect picture - wouldnt want to miss coronation street.




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  Reply # 31802 30-Mar-2006 20:12
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geekiegeek: Nice!

Funny I posted at the same time asking if anyone knew anything, and here you are with quickest answer in the history of geekzone.

luckly i still have a telstra cable into my place so at least i can get the free to air channels with a perfect picture - wouldnt want to miss coronation street.


Except TCL still get numerous channels from Sky!

There is apparently an agreement still in place between Sky & SingTel to use space on Optus C1 should B1 fail however this would only be several channels due to C1 being full. If you have had Sky installed or a PVR installed since November you have a dual LNB pointing at C1 and B1 so there is a possibility of service being restored on C1 within 24 hours. For everybody else you're just out of luck - I bet Sky TV shares will be suspecnded about now! :-)

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  Reply # 31819 30-Mar-2006 21:20
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Wouldn't be so bad, but I can't watch the 30 hours of programs I have saved up on MySky! "Can't playback programs when there is no satellite signal". Would that be for technical reasons, or just to keep you from taking the box to someone else's house and  watching it there?

Official word on the outage can be found at http://skytv.co.nz/. Although that is a dead-end page, the rest of the site is available, eg http://www.skytv.co.nz/index.cfm?pageid=415.

Glad I have a backup machine and some DVDs!



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  Reply # 31820 30-Mar-2006 21:23
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I was just going to post about that little "feature" of the MySky box, just had a friend tell me about it!


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  Reply # 31822 30-Mar-2006 21:24
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http://www.newswire.co.nz/main/viewstory.aspx?storyid=309872&catid=0

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  Reply # 31823 30-Mar-2006 21:43
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kirjava: http://www.newswire.co.nz/main/viewstory.aspx?storyid=309872&catid=0


Or, as a hyperlink http://www.newswire.co.nz/main/viewstory.aspx?storyid=309872&catid=0 

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  Reply # 31827 30-Mar-2006 22:09
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Oh that poor haemmoraging sky website!

Anyway, more info on what is affected and it's channels are here

DO NOT slug off SkyTV, they are probably feeling pretty down about it tonght (and they are my neighbours)

I hope they live through this, It's not their fault and they have been installing dual mode dishes for some time now.

There is still a radiolink feed off Optus B1 but the processor is Kaput.




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  Reply # 31829 30-Mar-2006 22:16
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Update: the satellite is now communicating correctly with Optus ground stations.

Optus is currently doing a re-pointing manoeuvre, which should be completed by about midnight.




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Reply # 31830 30-Mar-2006 22:19
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I SEE DATA!!!!!! looks like something is working again (using Telemann Skymeadia card)

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  Reply # 31831 30-Mar-2006 22:25
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adamj: Update: the satellite is now communicating correctly with Optus ground stations.

Optus is currently doing a re-pointing manoeuvre, which should be completed by about midnight.




Where did you see that? my data splurt went as fast as it came!

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  Reply # 31833 30-Mar-2006 22:29
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Where did you see that? my data splurt went as fast as it came!


http://home.nzcity.co.nz/news/default.asp?id=60823




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  Reply # 31834 30-Mar-2006 22:31
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Reply # 31836 30-Mar-2006 22:42
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Nice, currently the first two links are to our news item, and cokemaster's blog post... And we are getting some good traffic tonight.





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