Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

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Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

I am sure that since there is a larger customer base on the two original satellites, why can't all of the "FREE"  programs be moved to the new satellite and the subscribed to programs be left on the two original satellites that have the larger viewing base? If I go down my entire guide of programs that are available I believe the free programs equal or exceed the subscribed programs. Another solution would be to put all of the "FREE" programs in the same number group, such as PPV, and not include them in the package programs. I love Marrie Osmond, but don't spend hours watching her diet program!

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ACE - Expert

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

Huh?  I think you don't fully understand how DirecTV works.   The only "required" satellite is 101ºW.  All of the major SD channels are beamed from that satellite, and it's required for all channel packages.   If you also have HD equipment, you'll need to receive 99ºW and 103ºW, which are very close in the sky to 101ºW.   So which satellite can't you receive?  What model Receiver/DVRs do you have?

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Expert

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

Directv more or less groups the channels is "interest" groups.  It shouldn't matter to a user which "satellite" is broadcasting the signal.

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Employee

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

And one thing is for sure, DirecTV has more than 3 satellites....

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Teacher

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

There are only three satellites. I can't get 103. I have the old oval dual LNB dish. All of my wire was moved inside to get rid of all of the external wiring. I have old receiver because I can not rewire. New dishes and receivers use a much heavier cable wiring. I have the old single conductor wiring. Due to line of sight problems and obstructions I can not get 103. I don't have any idea where the opinion came from that programming was grouped in any specific order. As I said, I havr tried to delete many programs I am not interested in, such as shopping channels, and they can not be deleted or removed from the guide or otherwise be bypassed. Customer or Advertiser service?? The channel I miss the most is JLTV. It had a lot of really great old programs I really miss, many ad free. they moved it to 103 and replaced it with a useless program that is of no interest to me.

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ACE - Expert

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

There are no SD channels beamed from 103ºW. That includes JLTV.  I think you're confusing 103ºW with 119ºW. There are few SD channels that are still beamed from 119º, and JLTV might be one of those.   But if there's no location on your property with a clear view of that satellite, there's nothing much you can do. 

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Employee

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

FYI, as of right now DirecTV has a fleet of 9 satellites.

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Teacher

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

peds48. You must have a different location than I do. With your remote, push the "Menu" Button, then go to "Setup". Then go to "Satellite". On that screen you will see a place that says, "Satellite A B" When you get there it will show the specific satellite you are monitoring. Press the orange select button and it will show you which of the three satellites you are monitoring. When I do that I only get 101, 110 and 119. If you get more than that let me know. That screen shows that each satellite has two transponders. Lower left shows the all channels on each transponders and you can tell which is active or unused by the signal strength shown for each channel.

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Teacher

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

My receiver shows satellites as 101, 110 and 119

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Teacher

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

I can't discern any type of grouping. When you go to set up your remote, as in parental control, you should be able to only have the channels you want to show on the guide for the kids to watch. If you try to setup a custom list you will quickly find out that there are channels you can not delete from the list. Mostly these are the commercial channels, such as Marie Osmond and the various shopping networks. My idea of a custom list is to only have the channels I want to watch, including channels in my selected package as well as the FREE channels. In other words, I want to set it up to my custom list, not direct TV's list.

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Teacher

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

The satellites I get are 101, 110 and 119. According to my satellite list there are SD and HD channels on all three satellites. You will note on the package list you subscribe to there are some programs marked with an asterisk indicating a footnote below. The footnote indicates that these are on a satellite you might not be able to get, for one reasno or another, such as not having an HD receiver.

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ACE - Expert

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

I think you are misunderstanding this.

101 only has SD channels on it.

110 does not now have any channels on it at all, for U.S. customers.

119 has SD locals only in a few cities. Other than that, on 119 there is just the ethnic package, a few religious and music channels. What's your zip code?

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Expert

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

The SD dish you have is constructed to see only the 101, 110 and 119 satellites.  Other dishes get satellites 99 & 103 and yet other dishes get the 95 and several others.  See link for more info:

DirecTV satellite fleet - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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ACE - Expert

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

Not sure why you seem to be debating this.   The only satellite your current dish can "see" are the 101, 110 and 119ºW satellites.   And, as texaxbrit points out, only the 101 and 119ºW beam anything for the US.   And 119ºW, the satellite you can't "see", only beams a few nationwide channels along with SD local channels to a few cities.  

In order to "see" any of the other satellites, you need a Slimline HD dish and HD receiving equipment.  But that won't help you get any channels beamed only from 119ºW, like JLTV.   And note that changing to Dish Network won't help you, either, because the bulk of their channels are beamed from their own satellite, also located at 119ºW.

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Teacher

Re: Direct TV originally had two satellites and added the third. Due to location restrictions for my dish I can not get the third dish. I find that in the programs I subscribe to there are a host of "FREE" programs included that I do not want.

I am debating this because I would like to get the channels I want and subscribe to and not the clutter of a multitude of channels I don't want, free or subscribed to. What is the sense of offering "custom" features on your remote, if they dictate the custom and not the user. I am guessing you know what JLTV is. When they moved it, can you guess what they replaced it with--the Arab AlJeezera.. Not nearly as many good channels. Why didn't they put it where they moved JLTV to? I am aware of the problem with dis satellite feed, thanks. I can not see 119, as previously stated.

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