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Watching Satellite Launch from Kourou

Have you watched a space launch from Kourou in French Guiana? Do you have any tips for someone considering a visit? [more inside]
posted by gimonca on Aug 27, 2014 - 5 answers

How bad is satellite internet service?

I'm considering buying a house in rural Vermont where cable and dsl internet are not available, and mobile phone service is spotty. It seems the only option would be satellite internet through a provider such as HughesNet. Would this be a huge mistake? [more inside]
posted by bobafet on Jun 25, 2014 - 22 answers

Best way to get phone + internet + TV in Suffolk County, NY?

My dad's fed up with his Verizon cable + internet package. It's expensive, and they won't let him suspend it when he's not there for months at a time. He'd like to get his services from a less user-hostile service provider. Ah, but what kind? Cable? Satellite? Something over phone lines? [more inside]
posted by musofire on May 25, 2014 - 1 answer

Navigating after the apocalypse

If Earth-based command centers ceased functioning tomorrow, how long would the GPS system remain usable? [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Nov 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Live satellite view of earth, the sun, the moon...

Are there any public views of real-time / live views from objects in space, especially ones that are pointed at the Sun, Moon, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Jun 5, 2013 - 9 answers

I want to analyse a lot of satellite imagery at once.

I want to analyse a whole bunch of satellite imagery at the same time, and I'm not sure my usual tools (GDAL, R, Python) are adequate for the job. [more inside]
posted by stinker on May 26, 2013 - 7 answers

iPhone App Satellite GPS view

Hi Everyone I would like to see a list of all the GPS and Glosnass that my iPhone 5 is receiving with their signal strength. I have searched but cannot find. (This is similar to a app on the Garmin GPS) Thanks BB
posted by bright77blue on Apr 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Free KaKu television in the sky?

My uncle gave me a DirecTV SlimLine dish with a three-LNB head (119, 110, 103/101/99). Can I point it at the sky somewhere to get free KaKu band TV channels? [more inside]
posted by shipbreaker on Apr 13, 2013 - 2 answers

The supposed tech savvy daughter has failed.

My parents would like to get a Roku box so they can cancel their insanely expensive DishTV subscription. How do I do this? Can I get them these specific channels? [more inside]
posted by youandiandaflame on Feb 24, 2013 - 17 answers

How will the new web-based Office 365 affect my monthly data cap?

I have satellite internet service with a monthly download/upload allowance of 15 GB. I am a heavy Microsoft Office user. With Office 13, apparently there's a web-based subscription option, and it sounds great (5 licenses vs. 1). But will constant communication with the servers eat away at my monthly allowance? [more inside]
posted by jackypaper on Jan 30, 2013 - 1 answer

If those Yankees can do it, then so can I. How to watch (preferably HD-quality) Romanian TV in the southeastern USA?

If those Yankees can do it, then so can I. How to watch (preferably HD-quality) Romanian TV in the southeastern USA? Willing to consider anything, including satellite and IPTV. [more inside]
posted by verdeluz on Dec 12, 2012 - 3 answers

DIY Satellite Dish Realignment

My satellite dish may have slipped slightly out of alignment. Is realigning it a DIY job, or should I call a professional? [more inside]
posted by roofus on Aug 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Should we sign up for DirecTV?

Should we sign up for DirecTV when we know we will move within the contract period? [more inside]
posted by JuliaKM on Aug 11, 2012 - 5 answers

GLONASS Satellite Stats on iOS Devices

Is there an iOS app that shows the received signal strengths of GLONASS satellites? [more inside]
posted by Juffo-Wup on Jul 16, 2012 - 5 answers

Dish Network bundles

How do Dish Network TV/phone/broadband bundles work? Anyone have any experience? [more inside]
posted by ackptui on May 5, 2012 - 3 answers

Speed kills-- when watching tv.

Comcast vs. Direct TV (or Dish) -- what has the more responsive GUI, DVR and/or channel tuning?
posted by sandmanwv on Apr 2, 2012 - 15 answers

UKTVFilter: Help fix my freeview!

UK TV filter: Please Help me fix my TV antenna signal. I've recently moved into a new shared flat & am trying to get our TV to work. In the bedrooms there are regular tv aerial sockets on the wall, but there is no signal to any of them. In the lounge, there looks is a panel with three satellite plugs (picture link) which has an old Sky box connected. We would like to use freeview, but it looks like there is no antenna plug in the lounge, and no signal in the bedroom sockets. The sky box does however seem to get a satellite signal from its plug on the wall, but none of the others will give a freeview signal (or are the wrong kind of socket). [more inside]
posted by snarkle on Mar 28, 2012 - 6 answers

wireless hdmi?

I have a tv in a room without adirectv satellite receiver can I wirelessly send the signal to the tv? I have seen wireless boxes that send computer output to tvs can I do this with hdmi?
posted by bucksox on Mar 4, 2012 - 1 answer

Why can't multiple homes share one satellite dish?

Why can't one building, consisting of multiple housing units, share one modern satellite dish? [more inside]
posted by denverco on Feb 11, 2012 - 9 answers

What's the red stuff in this alluvial fan satellite image?

What is the red stuff in this satellite image? [more inside]
posted by Listener on Jan 21, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me understand how DirecTV handles installations

Could you help me understand the structure and entities involved in DirecTV installation? This information I need pertains specifically to DirecTV, not to any other company. I'd like to know about the relationships between DirecTV and the companies and people who do the installations, and how the money flows between the various people and entities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Where'd that water come from?

Can you tell me about this large reservoir just east of Mexico City, apparently called Lago Nabor Carrillo? [more inside]
posted by brightghost on Jan 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Laptop whiteout

Laptop screen turns white every so often, more often than not. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Jan 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Where in NYC can I watch today's USC-Arizona game, aside from the two schools' official alumni bars?

Where in NYC can I watch today's USC-Arizona -- aside from the "official" sports bars of the two schools' alumni groups? [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Oct 1, 2011 - 2 answers

Need a musical solution for kitchen-hanging.

Kitchen stereo/new music filter: Do I still want satellite radio? [more inside]
posted by Buffaload on Sep 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Help, help, I'm being repressed! Well, maybe.

Over the last week I have been unable to connect to any websites on the senate.gov domain. [more inside]
posted by terrapin on Aug 11, 2011 - 15 answers

Troubleshooting Bluetooth

I'm having trouble getting my Toshiba Satellite e105 (64 bit, running Windows 7) to connect to my Insignia NS-BT400 via Bluetooth. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Aug 7, 2011 - 0 answers

Where can I find cable TV?

I am interested in alternatives to traditional cable/satellite television. We only have one really bad cable provider in the area that I do not want to get cable from. Satellite TV is not what I want either for a variety of reasons. Netflix, iTunes and Amazon TV don't offer the shows I am interested in like Discovery Channel, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, news channels, etc. Is there a way to stream this kind of programming from the internet? I am willing to pay for the service but I cannot find anywhere legitimate to get something like this from. Thanks
posted by qexcp on Aug 5, 2011 - 13 answers

Why are satellite photos upside down?

Why are satellite photos upside down? When looking at satellite pictures of cities in the northern hemisphere on Google maps, buildings that are leaning away from me are leaning towards the bottom of the screen. This gives me the impression that I'm upside down. The feeling is very strong despite my poor description of it. Is there a particular reason satellite pictures are oriented this way?
posted by hoca efendi on Jul 25, 2011 - 8 answers

Intermittent TV satellite signal - help!

Intermittent TV satellite signal. I can't figure out what it is, but I'm loathe to pay a technician to come troubleshoot it for me. Does anyone have an idea of what the problem could be, and how I can diagnose and resolve it? [more inside]
posted by Simon Barclay on Jun 22, 2011 - 8 answers

Where does google have the 45 degree map view?

In what areas of the world has Google Maps implemented their 45 degree "satellite" view, other than South Africa and San Diego, CA? [more inside]
posted by LionIndex on Mar 2, 2011 - 8 answers

Free to Air satellite feeds on cable access

What Free-to-Air satellite feeds should I consider having run on my local cable access stations? [more inside]
posted by wcfields on Feb 4, 2011 - 5 answers

I bless the rains down in Africa.

My boyfriend will be in Sierra Leone this summer conducting research for his dissertation. He's looking for recommendations for satellite phone and/or internet service. [more inside]
posted by eunoia on Feb 2, 2011 - 3 answers

Stern Re-Signs, I celebrate by car radio shopping. Any Suggestions?

Looking for options to replace my dying car radio/cd player and the separate satellite radio unit that plays thru the radio. Would like as few pieces to install as possible, hopefully something that's all in one and preferably $250 or under. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by aristan on Dec 9, 2010 - 2 answers

UK in NL? in HD ?

[UK FREESAT] Can I use my SKYBOX dish/white cable to watch Freesat+HD from the Netherlands ? [more inside]
posted by madeinitaly on Dec 9, 2010 - 2 answers

Why is my satellite internet connection so bad?

Why is our satellite internet so bad? I can download a page or two, and then it quits. I have to click each page twice to get it to load. On the other hand, I downloaded Skype in one go, once I got to the right page. What gives? [more inside]
posted by atchafalaya on Oct 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Winegard DirecTV satellite

What are the correct settings on a DirecTV HD23 receiver in order to get it to work with a Winegard MV3500A "Movin' View" mobile antenna? [more inside]
posted by mr_crash_davis mark II: Jazz Odyssey on Jun 26, 2010 - 8 answers

My tiles...! Not without my tiles...

I've got a really annoying problem (well, two, really) with Google Maps on Chrome. Help me diagnose. [more inside]
posted by setanor on Jun 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Is there a way I can get Seattle TV channels from DirecTV even though I live in the Portland, OR market?

Is there a way I can get Seattle TV channels from DirecTV even though I live in the Portland, OR market? [more inside]
posted by jorlando on May 4, 2010 - 5 answers

Satellite Feeds for Dummies

What equipment would I need to receive and record a satellite feed? [more inside]
posted by smcniven on Jan 12, 2010 - 9 answers

Gift horse, mouth, etc.

Why am I getting free Sirius? [more inside]
posted by InsanePenguin on Nov 19, 2009 - 17 answers

Will Satellite work with leaves off trees?

Will a Hi-Defintion Satellite Signal go through tree branches in the winter months? [more inside]
posted by priested on Oct 7, 2009 - 4 answers

Will I get a a refund for the time spent lauching a new satellite?

What happens when the satellite my pay-tv satellite-dish is pointing at dies? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob on Oct 4, 2009 - 5 answers

What can you see in satellite photos?

Satellite photos: what interesting features can be seen or measured in them (or other aerial photos), and where can I get a supply of images? [more inside]
posted by k. on Sep 30, 2009 - 12 answers

My Taxes paid for that satellite... can I at least have pix?

I want to download a bit of Landsat data - two small countries worth - but can't find any way to efficiently do this via GloVis or elsewhere. Where can I just select places on a map (or use my GloVis-exported) scene list to download these in bulk? Given 200MB/scene and the 80 scenes I need, it'll be 15.6 gigs downloaded (and likely around 40 unzippped), but that's not the problem; there just doesn't seem to be a way to do this. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Sep 27, 2009 - 3 answers

Can I convince DirecTV to upgrade me or should I switch to Dish?

Should I stick with DirecTV or switch to Dish? OR: Can I get DirecTV to upgrade my receiver for free? [more inside]
posted by chndrcks on Sep 16, 2009 - 10 answers

Are satellites built from old metals to avoid post-A-bomb radiation levels?

Are satellites (or satellite parts) ever made from metal salvaged from pre-1945 shipwrecks? Possibly to ensure that those metals were refined before atmospheric A-bomb explosions increased the background radiation levels? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Aug 4, 2009 - 17 answers

How long will satellite repeaters last?

Ham Operators: In the event of the apocalypse, how long will satellite-based repeaters last? [more inside]
posted by jsonic on Jul 24, 2009 - 10 answers

Have Satellite Dish, Will Watch TV

The house I'm renting has a satellite dish up on the roof, and I'm pretty sure I know where the wall-plug for it is indoors. What kind of equipment and cables would I need to do/buy to easily (and importantly, cheaply) access satellite TV and watch it on my television set? I'm in Australia, if that matters.
posted by Effigy2000 on Jul 23, 2009 - 8 answers

Do we tip the satellite installer?

Do we tip the satellite installer? [more inside]
posted by hippybear on Jul 8, 2009 - 21 answers

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