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post #12481 of 12486 Old 05-07-2017, 11:32 AM - Thread Starter
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Isn't The Word Network co-owned with WADL? Why wasn't it on 38.x before now?
It is. And for several years, it was on 38.x, but then it left the channel; I don't know why.

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It is. And for several years, it was on 38.x, but then it left the channel; I don't know why.
You would think that Mr. Adell would have kept it on.

Then again, there could have been other (financial?) considerations.

In the Cleveland market, the CW affiliate (WBNX) is owned by famous televangelist Ernest Angley. 55 is run as a secular station full-time...except for Angley's own shows.

They used to run his "90 and 9 Club" twice a day, at 9 AM and 9 PM.

The evening showing was bumped to 10 PM by the WB/CW, then bumped off the air entirely when WBNX picked up "Friends" re-runs.
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14.2 RetroTV off the air

WHNE 14.2 RetroTV is currently off the air, with no ETA for its return. This is a national problem (a satellite problem). Quoting from WHNE's Facebook page:

"Attention Viewers,Retro TV and Rev'n will be off the air because the satellite (AMC-9) is down, engineers are trying to find out what going on. Stay tuned, but we guess they will be gone for a long time. Tune it Cornerstore and enjoy the infomiercils Or Diya TV Try something different."

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Humorous update from Retro TV late last night:
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Good evening, would-be Retro viewers! It appears the satellite we used suffered a Dalek attack that has put it permanently out of commission. But not to fear! We've already moved to a better, more Dalek-proof satellite, and our local affiliates are making the changes right now, so your favorite Retro shows should be making their way back to your airwaves soon! We appreciate your continued patience.

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RetroTV is back

RetroTV is back on WHNE 14.2 after the weekend outage caused by satellite failure.

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Satellite Failure
SES’s AMC-9 satellite drifting after anomaly
By Caleb Henry, Space News - Jun. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — SES is moving customers off a 14-year-old geostationary communications satellite that’s drifting in orbit following a “significant anomaly” discovered over the weekend.

“SES has taken immediate action in contacting all customers and is working to transfer services to alternative satellite capacity in order to minimize disruption,” the company said in a June 19 statement.

Most of that traffic is being switched to other SES satellites, according to SES spokesperson Markus Payer, but might involve teaming up with other satellite operators where an SES substitute won’t fit. He declined to say how much of AMC-9’s capacity was in use at the time of the anomaly.

Payer described AMC-9’s drift from its 83 degrees west orbit as “slow.”

“I can’t say where it is now, but it is moving, yes,” Payer told SpaceNews June 19 by telephone. “It is a slow process [and] therefore can be fully under control, but of course we need to be in touch with the other operators.”

Payer said SES is sharing location information with other satellite operators and government agencies involved in tracking the satellite.

The Luxembourg-based global fleet operator first became aware of a problem with AMC-9 the morning of June 17 — a Saturday – and was still assessing the situation two days later. The Thales Alenia Space-built satellite was launched in 2003 on a Russian Proton rocket.

Payer said SES does not know whether the satellite, which provides data and broadcast services over the U.S. and Mexico using C- and Ku-band, can be returned to service. Losing the satellite would cost SES up to 20 million euros ($22.3 million) in revenue this year, SES said. The company would also take a one-off impairment charge of 38 million euros for the lost asset.

Payer said SES does not intend to make an insurance claim for any loss of AMC-9. He said all of SES’s satellites are insured, but declined to say how much coverage it still has for AMC-9.

AMC-9 was designed to last 15 years, but it is not uncommon for geostationary satellites to surpass that age and continue to generate revenue. Last month, SES relocated AMC-4, an 18-year old satellite, to cover flight routes for inflight connectivity provider Gogo, and sold all the capacity on AMC-3, a 20-year-old satellite, to Global Eagle Entertainment in January.

http://spacenews.com/sess-amc-9-sate....6MhRhUwX.dpuf
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