Enjoying the View

I don’t know about you, but I think a huge satellite dish like that that would be a pretty cool, retrofuturistic yard decoration in addition to being interesting for a lot of other applications.

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5 Responses to Enjoying the View

  1. Mike says:

    Wow! Those were so much fun! Getting the newsfeeds, access to different network feeds. Even with Videocypher II it was fun as I had NO vhf or cable then. My c/ku died in the windstorm. Wish I could find a use for all those old direct TV and dishnetwork receivers and dishes I have!

    • jwk says:

      Shame about your dish!

      Old DTV/Dish gear is kind of a pain. It’s not much use for anything else…their birds are really hot compared with any of the C-band satellites, or FTA Ku-band satellites that need a 1m dish at a minimum. I used to mess around with a Ku motor-dish and pick up a lot of weird foreign channels and music in the 2006-2008 era, but kind of lost interest.

      Is 4DTV still a thing?

  2. David DeRosier says:

    I can remember when these first came out. Every bar in town had one until the signals became scrambled.

    • jwk says:

      I remember being a really young kid at the time, and my friend across the street had one of these in his back yard. I was absolutely fascinated with it, then one time his parents were watching TV and changing channels while we were playing near it. Seeing the dish move to point at something else totally blew my tiny mind at the time. I think that probably cemented my love of this technology, even if it’s so outmoded by now it’s a relic.

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