Skip to comments.Drifting satellite threatens US cable programming
Posted on 05/11/2010 11:49:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono
LONDON (AP) -- A TV communications satellite is drifting out of control thousands of miles above the Earth, threatening to wander into another satellite's orbit and interfere with cable programming across the United States, the satellites' owners said Tuesday.
Communications company Intelsat said it lost control of the Galaxy 15 satellite on April 8....
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HBO, we have a problem.
Turn off your TV, there’s no useful life down there.
“Sattelite 15, where are you????”
That’s okay. We’ll just send up a shuttle.
Ooops... does that mean I’m going to lost a lot of cable channels? [ ... it’s a good thing I’ve got the Internet ... :-) ...]
uh oh....if Lifetime, Oxygen, MTV and the Game Show Network all go down, we could have a situation in the streets that makes Greece look like a Sunday picnic...
Oh man! You want to see some rioting in American cities? Take away Oprah, Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos, and Judge Joe Brown!! Woo boy.
I hope it doesn’t come down and land on my strawberries. I like strawberries.
Now that’s it! Tornados, oil spills, bailouts, wars and taxes I can deal with. But cable TV disruption. Prep those ASATs.
I'm not ignoring the possibility of FODing the entire orbit. I'm just giving it a hand-wave. I don't watch TV.
It could be a long, hot summer with rioting in the streets. I hope they can get this fixed for the idiots.
It’s a good thing that Dad taught me how to substitute a coat hanger for rabbit ears.
Oh, yeah, sure, that’s just my cable company’s next excuse why my cable is out yet again.
Well Johnny, it seems they’ll have to do something.
The worst scenario will be a massive build up of Estrogen that will kill us all. You have been warned.
Now that digital has taken over, those coat hangers are useless.
Yes, we had those at one time. Remember... ;-)
There are probably higher priority issues that are going to bring on riots. Currency devaluation, food supply problems, high energy prices. Cable is hardly on the radar.
“Its a good thing that Dad taught me how to substitute a coat hanger for rabbit ears.”
Leave the hanger in the closet. Rabbit ears are useless with digital signals. Then again there is still the chance you may lock your keys in the car, and you may be able to use it then.
a timey sort of thing, as zer0’s admin are talking about taking over cable
The Shuttle would not ever have been an option. The Shuttle’s maximum altitude was somewhere between 260 and 300 miles above the earth. These satellites orbit around 23,600 miles above the earth. That’s why the Shuttle’s orbital period was ~90 minutes and these satellites’ orbital period is 24 hours.
The Shuttle would not ever have been an option. The Shuttles maximum altitude was somewhere between 260 and 300 miles above the earth. These satellites orbit around 23,600 miles above the earth. Thats why the Shuttles orbital period was ~90 minutes and these satellites orbital period is 24 hours.
That reminds me, you want me to loot you anything? :-)
Whoops...Hit the BET satellite by mistake.
If "Lifetime" goes down how are the women of America gonna learn that it's just fine to shoot your husband in his sleep?
Pssst... I heard Reginald Denny lives down the block from you.
We always got better reception when we put tin foil on the coat hanger, too.
I don’t think we tried that. We could’a been gettin’ better reception. Darn... ;-)
Leave the hanger in the closet. Rabbit ears are useless with digital signals.
Actually, the antenna itself WILL receive the signal, so the old rabbit ears still work. But what is needed is a "converter box" to translate the signal from digital to analog for older TVs.
Newer digital TVs should be able to hook up to rabbit ears (or a coat hanger) directly.
Gosh, I hope some earth shaking emergency doesn't come up where I'd need to watch cable!!!
minor correction “The Shuttles maximum altitude is somewhere between 400 and 600 miles” Shuttle got close to 400 miles servicing Hubble.
I bought a bourgeois house in the Hollywood hills
With a trunkload of hundred thousand dollar bills
Man came by to hook up my cable TV
We settled in for the night my baby and me
We switched round and round til half-past down
There was fifty-seven channels and notin on
Well now home entertainment was my babys wish
So I hopped into town for a satellite dish
I tied it to the top of my Japanese car
I came home and I pointed it out into the stars
A message came back from the great beyond
Theres fifty-seven channnels and nothin on
Well we might a made some friends with some billionaires
We might a got all nice and friendly
If wed made it upstairs
All I got was a note that said “Bye-bye John
Our love is fifty-seven channels and nothin on”
So I bought a .44 magnum it was solid steel cast
And in the blessed name of Elvis well I just let it blast
Til my TV lay in pieces there at my feet
And they bsted me for disturbin the almighty peace
Judge said “What you got in your defense son ?”
“Fifty-seven channels and nothin on”
I can see by your eyes friend youre just about gone
Fifty-seven channels and nothin on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin...
oh boy what will we do without all the drag queens on the LOGO or the goofy movies from the canes network. Hey maybe people will start reading again
Pffft what good are coat haangers and tin foil without pliers to turn the darn thing on and change channels.
They’re calling it a “Zombie” satellite. Apparently it still has power, but they can’t get it to respond.
uh...there is no more ANALOG TV!
Maybe the Chi-coms will shoot it down since they’re known for that.
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