Originally Posted by Copyerselveson
Would it make a difference to 2RN if those carriers weren't there?
I doubt it.
compared with people in Mainland UK putting N.I. Address in their Sky Sub.
In the longer term all the spots will be doing something. We knew the parameters of this satellite pretty much the day that 2RN/RTE NL / RTE proposed publicly they would use it.
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This forecast was in 2010. To expect to somehow circumvent physics and have mainland UK coverage was daft. Eutelsat can put whatever they want on spots. It is NOT "jamming". The intention is to sell full capacity of every spot.
There is a principle in satellite usage that once a frequency band and location is allocated it MUST be occupied or a competitor can occupy it. It's not like some terrestrial licences were it can be "bought" and do nothing. Though that has happened in Iceland, Sweden and Ireland and there is usually and expiry date where if a service isn't implemented to a given standard the licence reverts to the regulator.
So they probably have to have every spot active in some fashion. Also how "friendly" would it be if people mistakenly purchased gear in parts of Scotland, Wales and England on edge of Irish Spot and then suddenly it was gone due to more services launching on Scottish and French spots?
So if they have to have a carrier to indicate occupancy on spots with not yet traffic (and there are MANY sorts of telemetry that doesn't show on a satellite meter!) it makes sense to align with Saorsat carrier(s).
Anyway if it's not TV (Telemetry) your satellite meter will only tell you it's a carrier, so how can you know it's doing nothing?