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A small Nfusion forum claimed big news for April the 24th 2010 and it turned out to be nothing to be a tactic for people to join another site.
We are not giving this new site any free promotion by mentioning its name, suffice to say, they have 20 posts and a thousand members.
The small Nfusion Site claiming to have big news, had nothing but a server that was crashing all day long with nothing to note. They once had a banner displaying big news, it has since been removed.
Time and Time again in the FTA Industry people make big claims, and it turns out to be nothing at all. At GoodFTA we will always tell you the truth behind all of the worries and concerns of FTA!
GoodFTA has for the last three years been the leading provider of FTA News, Files, Firmware and a great community! Over 80% of all of our paid members are still with us years later! That says allot about our customer service, and support.
GoodFTA is the leading provider of FTA Support on the internet! We have dozens of FTA Instructional videos that show you how to setup, scan and fix common FTA Receivers, such as CNX, Viewsat, i-Link, Sonicview, Nfusion, and more! We also have videos to help you understand common FTA Equipment like DISEQ Switches, Coax Cable, LNBS, Satellite Dishes and more. While other sites may offer videos, they just show ours, we are the LEADING provider in FTA Videos, bar none.
We also do the GoodFTA Radio show, where we talk about all of the latest FTA Events, News, we take your calls and emails, this is available to paid members only, other then our free youtube videos we do sometimes.
Our FTA Support is quality! We help our members over Live Chat, SKYPE and many other methods to be able to give you the help you need, when you need it. Most FTA people are new at this hobby, and have a ton of questions, most forums make them feel bad, or run them away by being mean spirited. At GoodFTA we take pride in helping people not only follow tutorials and guides, but help them UNDERSTAND what they are doing, and why.
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On May 28 2009, Dishnetwork has added a ton of standard definition channels to the new encryption channels of Nagra 3. Many people using FTA will no longer receive the PPV or Movie channels. Below is a comprehensive list of all channels unable to be received.
Most international channels (Asian, Latino, etc.)
XXX Porn channels
Most HD channels
The following channels have moved to Nagra 3 as of May 28 2009
111, 113, 115, 119, 121, 133, 141, 145, 146, 147, 149, 152, 153, 163, 167, 175, 177, 178, 179, 187, 190, 192, 193, 194, 195, 198, 199
203, 206, 207, 211, 273
301, 302, 304 ,305, 307, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 327, 328, 329, 330, 332, 333, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 346, 347, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356
400, 401, 410, 412, 413, 439, 455, 456
560 to 572
873, 876, 877, 882, 888, 891, 892, 893, 894, 898, 899
905 to 981, 987
5440, 5441, 9575
Many Sirius Music channels
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Dish Service Takedown Schedule
Programming services that are supported on the Aladin (old) Smart Cards will be taken down based on the staggered schedule below.
The dates in parentheses are when reminder pop-up messages will begin appearing on an affected customer’s TV screen.
4/1/09 = Adult programming (pop-up reminder messages begin 3/18).
4/8/09 = HD programming, Starz, and Encore (pop-up reminder messages begin 3/25).
4/15/09 = Latino programming, Showtime, HBO, and Cinemax (pop-up messages for Latino begin 3/25 and for Showtime, HBO, and Cinemax begin 4/1).
4/22/09 = Classic Gold 250 (pop-up reminder messages begin 4/8).
4/29/09 = Classic Silver 200 (pop-up reminder messages begin 4/15).
5/27/09 = Last round of on-screen messaging begins on 5/6 for any remaining services.
All remaining services (including local network programming) will be shut off to Aladin Smart Cards by 5/27.
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. government and four states sued Dish Network Corp on Wednesday, accusing the satellite television provider of assisting its authorized dealers in calling consumers with recorded telemarketing messages.
The marketing calls were made to some consumers who signed up for the Federal Trade Commission’s national do-not-call registry to fend off unwanted sales pitches, the agency said.
“Because a few bad actors still don’t get it, we want to make it crystal clear. If you call consumers whose numbers are on the Do Not Call Registry, you’re breaking the law,” said Eileen Harrington, acting director of the FTC’s consumer protection unit.
Dish Network said the company obeyed the law and should not be held responsible for violations by independent retailers.
“An independent audit demonstrates that DISH Network is in compliance with ‘do-not-call’ laws, has proper controls in place, and is well within the safe-harbor provisions of the law,” the Englewood, Colorado-based company said in a statement.
“We also believe that the FTC is equating merely doing business with an independent retailer to ‘causing’ or ‘assisting and facilitating’ violations by that retailer,” Dish Network said. “We look forward to resolving these differences of opinion through the judicial process.”
The FTC said the lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Springfield, Illinois and was joined by state attorneys general from California, Illinois, Ohio and North Carolina.
The federal lawsuit seeks to stop Dish from making the calls either directly or indirectly through its dealers, asks for unspecified civil penalties and asks that the company be required to enforce compliance with the do-not-call registry regulations. Two other related lawsuits were also filed against two of Dish Network’s authorized dealers, the agency said.
The FTC’s do-not-call registry became effective in 1995, allowing consumers to register their telephone numbers without charge. Telemarketers can access the registry via the Internet but are prohibited from calling the phone numbers.
Dish provides service to more than 13.7 million satellite television customers.
Federal Trade Commission v Dish Network, U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois, No. 09-03073.
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DISH Network announced on 12 March that it has launched new high-definition channels with feeds from Showtime Showcase HD, SHO2 HD, The Movie Channel HD and BET HD. The DTH satellite television broadcaster also confirmed additional HD channels will be added to its line-up this spring.
BET, Comedy Central, CMT, MTV, Nickelodeon, Spike TV and VH-1 will join the other 128 HD channels broadcast by DISH Network when they launch later this year. The pay-TV company said that the new channels are a response to subscriber requests for more HD channels.
The company did not disclosed any details of the deals to broadcast the channels. DISH Network subscription details and coverage details are available via the company’s website.
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Here is a brief, layman’s explanation of 8PSK.
We are speaking of digital modulation of signals today, rather than the analog signals of the past, but the concept is equally applied.
There are many means to modulate a signal to transmit data today. Amplitude Modulation and Frequency Modulation are the most familiar to us all (i.e. AM radio and FM radio).
In AM radio (amplitude modulation) you understand that there is a carrier wave that is transmitted with a constant frequency. But, that carrier wave’s amplitude is increased or decreased by an external signal, the data signal. The receiver detects these variations in the carrier’s amplitude.
The receiver does not care about the carrier signal itself, only the changes in its amplitude. So, it basically only identifies the amplitude changes and strips that information away from the carrier wave and tosses the carrier aside. Only the signal that created the variations in the carrier’s amplitude remains and that is the data information. If there is no change in the amplitude of the carrier, we get a digital “zero” if it does change, we detect a digital “one”.
If we strip all this information from the carrier wave, we will end up with a stream of data which can be processed and converted back into the original information (audio or video).
In FM radio, the carrier wave has a fixed amplitude, but the data information readjusts or modulates the frequency of the wave. If the frequency doesn’t change, the receiver reads this as a digital “zero” and if it changes, it reads it as a digital “one”. So the receiver strips the information or data signal from the carrier wave by analyzing the changes in the carrier’s frequency.
Now we can discuss PSK, or Phase Shift Keying. This is a little harder to visualize, but the overall principle (theory) is the same.
In PSK, you have a constant amplitude and constant frequency carrier wave, but the data information modulates the “phase” of the signal. If the phase of the signal is suddenly altered (modulated) by the data signal, the receiver will detect this as a digital “one”. If it does not change, it detects it as a digital “zero”. So you get an idea that the same process is occurring here as with AM and FM modulation.
Here is where the advantage begins to come into play. If you have one carrier, of a set frequency and set amplitude (a sine wave), you can modulate its phase to produce 1′s and 0′s (BPSK or Binary Phase Shift Keying).
If you add a second carrier with the same frequency and same amplitude, but transmit it so many degrees offset from the first carrier (now as a cosine wave), then you can put more data on the same radio frequency band. One wave carries some information and the second wave carries additional information.
Now your receiver can extract “00″, “01″, “10″ or “11″ from the data in the same instant, as opposed to just a “0″ or a “1″. This would be QPSK (Quadrature Phase Shift Keying). Quadrature PSK is also referred to as 4PSK, which seems more logical and makes it easier to compare to the next step up, 8PSK.
Now, if we add a third carrier wave, with the same frequency and amplitude as the first two, but so many degrees out from the first two, we can transmit and receive three bits of data or 000, 001, 010, 011, 100, 101, 110, 111 during the same instant! This would be 8PSK modulation.
I am sure you are seeing the advantage here. The data is being transmitted at the same time, within the same bandwidth, but you are transmitting more data simultaneously. Therefore, there is more data (more information) to work with immediately, which means more accuracy and a better quality picture (and sound).
There is also 16PSK signals! HOTDOG!
Just to add a summary:
BPSK or binary PSK is 1 and 0 (binary = two packets)
QPSK or 4PSK is 00, 01, 10, 11 (quadrature = four packets)
8PSK is 000, 001, 010, 011, 100, 101, 110, 111 (eight packets)
16PSK is 0000, 0001, 0010, 0011, 0100, 0101, 0110, 0111, 1000, 1001, 1010, 1011, 1100, 1101, 1110, 1111 (16 packets)
Many people ask if they can use a Coolsat 5K to view the 8PSK signals. The answer is no, of course. The reason should be obvious. Even though QPSK and 8PSK are similar in theory, they are still just as different as AM and FM radio. The receiver’s tuner (or tuner MODULE) has to be designed specifically to detect, decode and process these signals.
This is why the NFusion Nuvenios have a separate 8PSK module.
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