Originally Posted by 8mile13
I live in Europe. When a desired channel is on a odd satellite, outside the main satellites best thing is to have a Motor-driven dish (with one lnb). There is a 4k channel on Hotbird (10.930H, 27500, 3/4 DVB-S2 H.265) which one can receive with a few UHD TVs.
I did not have to upgrade my satellite dish or lnb's over five years. Two biggest satellite clusters in Europe are Astra 1
19.02 east and Hotbird
13.0 east. Lots of changes, never had to change anything. I also receive UK channels on Astra 2
28.2 east and subscription channels on Astra 3
DirecTV doesn't support such a setup here. They prefer non-motor dishes for both reliability and ease of installation. The dishes are also relatively cheap to produce in their current form, so users are actually encouraged to leave the dish behind when they move and request a new one be installed wherever they move to.
Originally Posted by GregLee
I don't think this has actually happened, in the case of DirecTV. When I first subscribed in 2007, I needed two large dishes to point to the satellites I needed to receive from to get all the HD channels. Then DirecTV switched to mpeg4 and sent up more satellites, updating their system so that now I need only one of those two dishes to receive all the HD channels. That is, what has happened is just the opposite of what you describe.
I don't see any reason to think that new dishes will be needed for 4K.
I've had 3 different dishes since joining D* in the late 90's: my original round dish for SD service, my 3 LNB dish for when my market got local channel service on 119 and my current 5 LNB model for HD.
Unless I'm mistaken, the last update to the dish they offer was for single wire installs and is unrelated to the ability to see the satellites.
As far as 4K, the need for a new dish will depend upon what orbital slot D* is able to get assigned to them for the satellite they launch for it. If it's near enough to existing slots, you might be OK with current hardware.
Having said that, I'm not sure why it's such a big deal. If you need a new dish, they'll install one and it's unlikely they'll charge you for it. Now, the receiver that might be needed to view the content might come with the need to sign a new agreement, but that's a different story.