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Drifting satellite threatens US cable programming
hosted ^ | May 11

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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KEYWORDS: cable; jpb; satellite; satellitetv
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1 posted on 05/11/2010 11:49:43 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

HBO, we have a problem.


2 posted on 05/11/2010 11:52:26 AM PDT by mainsail that
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To: JoeProBono

Turn off your TV, there’s no useful life down there.


3 posted on 05/11/2010 11:52:47 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: JoeProBono

“Sattelite 15, where are you????”


4 posted on 05/11/2010 11:53:06 AM PDT by mdmathis6 (Mike Mathis is my name,opinions are my own,subject to flaming when deserved!)
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To: JoeProBono

That’s okay. We’ll just send up a shuttle.

Oh. Wait...


5 posted on 05/11/2010 11:53:16 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: JoeProBono

Ooops... does that mean I’m going to lost a lot of cable channels? [ ... it’s a good thing I’ve got the Internet ... :-) ...]


6 posted on 05/11/2010 11:54:08 AM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: JoeProBono

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...


7 posted on 05/11/2010 11:55:06 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: JoeProBono

Oh man! You want to see some rioting in American cities? Take away Oprah, Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos, and Judge Joe Brown!! Woo boy.


8 posted on 05/11/2010 11:55:54 AM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: JoeProBono

I hope it doesn’t come down and land on my strawberries. I like strawberries.


9 posted on 05/11/2010 11:56:35 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: JoeProBono

Now that’s it! Tornados, oil spills, bailouts, wars and taxes I can deal with. But cable TV disruption. Prep those ASATs.


10 posted on 05/11/2010 11:56:56 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: DoughtyOne
Time to test some of that ASAT hardware from the late '80s in a real-world test.

I'm not ignoring the possibility of FODing the entire orbit. I'm just giving it a hand-wave. I don't watch TV.

/johnny

11 posted on 05/11/2010 11:57:15 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JoeProBono

It could be a long, hot summer with rioting in the streets. I hope they can get this fixed for the idiots.


12 posted on 05/11/2010 11:58:27 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough "history" yet?)
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To: DoughtyOne

It’s a good thing that Dad taught me how to substitute a coat hanger for rabbit ears.


14 posted on 05/11/2010 11:59:00 AM PDT by Willie Green (And I remember how to pop corn without a microwave oven as well!!!)
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To: Obadiah
Oh man! You want to see some rioting in American cities? Take away Oprah, Jerry Springer, Steve Wilkos, and Judge Joe Brown!! Woo boy.

GrrrrrrrrGeorge Bush.

15 posted on 05/11/2010 11:59:04 AM PDT by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: Star Traveler

16 posted on 05/11/2010 11:59:33 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Oh, yeah, sure, that’s just my cable company’s next excuse why my cable is out yet again.


17 posted on 05/11/2010 11:59:38 AM PDT by bgill (how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the POTUS)
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To: DoughtyOne

18 posted on 05/11/2010 12:00:31 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Well Johnny, it seems they’ll have to do something.


19 posted on 05/11/2010 12:00:35 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
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...

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The worst scenario will be a massive build up of Estrogen that will kill us all. You have been warned.

20 posted on 05/11/2010 12:01:25 PM PDT by afnamvet (Patriots Rising)
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To: Willie Green

Now that digital has taken over, those coat hangers are useless.


21 posted on 05/11/2010 12:01:41 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: JoeProBono

Yes, we had those at one time. Remember... ;-)


22 posted on 05/11/2010 12:02:16 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: FlingWingFlyer
It could be a long, hot summer with rioting in the streets. I hope they can get this fixed for the idiots.

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.

23 posted on 05/11/2010 12:02:55 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: concerned about politics
So does he:

L

24 posted on 05/11/2010 12:03:06 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Willie Green

“It’s 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.


25 posted on 05/11/2010 12:03:14 PM PDT by NavyCanDo
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To: Myrddin

MY STORIES!~!~~~!!!!!


26 posted on 05/11/2010 12:03:17 PM PDT by ichabod1 (Can around 25-30% moonbat base really steal the country from us and hold it?)
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To: mainsail that

a timey sort of thing, as zer0’s admin are talking about taking over cable


27 posted on 05/11/2010 12:04:31 PM PDT by SF_Redux
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To: JoeProBono
If I lose the Home Shopping Network I'm gonna be pi$$ed!
28 posted on 05/11/2010 12:05:11 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: DoughtyOne

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.


29 posted on 05/11/2010 12:05:13 PM PDT by RonF
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To: F15Eagle

30 posted on 05/11/2010 12:06:08 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

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.


31 posted on 05/11/2010 12:06:28 PM PDT by RonF
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To: FlingWingFlyer

That reminds me, you want me to loot you anything? :-)


32 posted on 05/11/2010 12:06:37 PM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: F15Eagle

Whoops...Hit the BET satellite by mistake.


33 posted on 05/11/2010 12:07:18 PM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: Buckeye McFrog
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...

If "Lifetime" goes down how are the women of America gonna learn that it's just fine to shoot your husband in his sleep?

34 posted on 05/11/2010 12:07:26 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: lowbridge

LOL!

Pssst... I heard Reginald Denny lives down the block from you.


36 posted on 05/11/2010 12:10:28 PM PDT by Obadiah (I can see November from my house!)
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To: DoughtyOne

We always got better reception when we put tin foil on the coat hanger, too.


37 posted on 05/11/2010 12:16:53 PM PDT by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Grams A

I don’t think we tried that. We could’a been gettin’ better reception. Darn... ;-)


38 posted on 05/11/2010 12:18:55 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Excusaholic: MeCain lost to Jr., RINO endorsements are flying, & you live at 2012 Denial Blvd.)
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To: NavyCanDo; DoughtyOne
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.

39 posted on 05/11/2010 12:20:03 PM PDT by Willie Green (And I remember how to pop corn without a microwave oven as well!!!)
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To: JoeProBono
threatening to wander into another satellite's orbit and interfere with cable programming across the United States

Gosh, I hope some earth shaking emergency doesn't come up where I'd need to watch cable!!!

40 posted on 05/11/2010 12:20:19 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Republicans, the REAL civil rights party.)
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To: JoeProBono
Cable TV-- 100 channels and nothing worth watching.
41 posted on 05/11/2010 12:22:40 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: RonF

minor correction “The Shuttle’s maximum altitude is somewhere between 400 and 600 miles” Shuttle got close to 400 miles servicing Hubble.


42 posted on 05/11/2010 12:27:43 PM PDT by jpsb
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To: JoeProBono

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 baby’s 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
There’s 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 we’d 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 you’re just about gone
Fifty-seven channels and nothin’ on
Fifty-seven channels and nothin’...


43 posted on 05/11/2010 12:27:55 PM PDT by TSgt (We will always be prepared, so we may always be free. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

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


44 posted on 05/11/2010 12:28:20 PM PDT by rstark56
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45 posted on 05/11/2010 12:30:42 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Grams A

Pffft what good are coat haangers and tin foil without pliers to turn the darn thing on and change channels.


46 posted on 05/11/2010 12:40:51 PM PDT by lakeman (,)
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To: JoeProBono

They’re calling it a “Zombie” satellite. Apparently it still has power, but they can’t get it to respond.


47 posted on 05/11/2010 12:45:18 PM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: Willie Green

uh...there is no more ANALOG TV!


49 posted on 05/11/2010 12:47:51 PM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion,,,,,,the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: F15Eagle

Maybe the Chi-coms will shoot it down since they’re known for that.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/6289519.stm


50 posted on 05/11/2010 12:50:22 PM PDT by rdl6989 (January 20, 2013- The end of an error.)
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