DIRECTV has maintained a satellite at the 95 degree location for international programming for over a decade now. This satellite broadcasts international programming for US customers as well as providing programing for Latin America. While a lot of Spanish-language programming is available without a separate dish, most other languages will need a special dish to get this programming. This generally means two dishes, one for regular programs and one for non-English.
Why two dishes?
You need two dishes for a pair of reasons. First of all in order to reach all of DIRECTV’s satellite locations including the 95 location, a dish would have to be larger than 39″ wide. That would create some problems with homeowner’s associations. Federal law says you have a right to put up a dish on your private property if it’s 39″ or smaller.
More importantly, the satellite that is there uses a different technology and requires special aiming that could interfere with the aim you need for the other satellites. This all boils down to the way the satellite was originally built and is currently used. It’s one of the few satellites operated by DIRECTV but not owned by them. Back in 2002 it wasn’t a problem, but today I have a feeling they would have done things a little differently.
Mo’ dishes, mo’ problems?
Absolutely not. Once the two dishes are installed, you don’t have to do anything special to use one or the other. You just tune the channel and the right satellite is chosen automatically.
Channels on that satellite
According to FCC filings, the following list tells you what channels are on the 95 degree satellite in July, 2018. Special thanks to the crew at iamanedgecutter.com who maintain this list.
|Country of Origin||Channel Name|
|China||Phoenix TV 2050|
|China||Phoenix Info News 2051|
|China||Jiangsu Satellite TV|
|Korea||SBS Plus 2084|
|Korea||National Geographic Korea|
|Philippines||TFC – The Filipino Channel 2060|
|Philippines||GMA Pinoy TV 2061|
|Philippines||ABS-CBN News Channel 2062|
|Philippines||Cinema One Global 2063|
|Philippines||ABS-CBN Sports + Action 2064|
|Russia||RTR Planeta 2141|
|Russia||Dom Kino 2142|
|Russia||M1: Music Entertainment 2143|
|Russia||Vremya: Retro Channel 2144|
|Viet Nam||VGN TV|
|Viet Nam||TViet Network|
|Viet Nam||S Channel|
|Viet Nam||Vien Thao|
|Viet Nam||Film 24H|
|Viet Nam||Little Saigon Radio Channel|