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Panama's Harlequin Toad Harlequin Toad is now Critically Endangered. Bummer!

I ordered Chinese take-out yesterday and was given two fortune cookies. Both fortunes are appropriate: (1) "You are soon going to change your present line of work"; (2) "Your path is arduous but will be amply rewarding."

I've been e-mailing DirecTV back and forth the past couple of days. I asked if DirecTV offered service in the U.K. They responded by telling me it was illegal for them to provide service outside of the U.S., and that they cannot condone illegal activities. I responded that this was bullshit, as I know for a fact that DirecTV is available in Panamá. They then informed me that this service is offered not by DirecTV but by DirecTV Latin America. <sigh> Well, is there an equivalent subsidiary or sister company or whatever in the U.K. or Europe, perhaps a DirecTV Europe? "We apologize for the inconvenience as we won't be able to provide you with any information for any equivalent service for Europe or Great Britain." Argh! So I've asked me if they can point me to a possible source for such information. I have yet to receive a response.

Since I'm only really interested in Chargers football games via DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket package, I doubt I'd waste my money on acquiring a t.v. license (England requires a license for any t.v., VCR, or broadcast-receiving computer) unless I could find a service that enabled me to get the football. I suppose I can always get a friend to e-mail me the games after downloading them off his Tivo or something.


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Nov. 18th, 2004 08:32 am (UTC)
I'm pretty certain that the range of the signal doesn't go that far across the Atlantic. It pretty much only hits North and Central America.
Nov. 18th, 2004 04:05 pm (UTC)
I'll have to get someone to download the programs I want to watch off their Tivo and e-mail it to me or upload it to one of my servers.
Nov. 19th, 2004 09:27 am (UTC)
The signal comes from multiple geostationary satellites. Britain isn't so far north that they can't pick up at least one of them.
Nov. 19th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC)
The satellites are located over southwest Texas. It's quite possible that I may not get a signal in the U.K., and even if I did it would be a weak signal and I doubt I would be authorized to unscramble it.
Nov. 19th, 2004 06:06 pm (UTC)
Geosynchronous satellites are pretty high, so they cover a lot of ground. Still, I would expect any satellite television service to use at least two and more likely three, the easternmost of which could very well be accessible from Britain. Getting a license to unscramble it is a different story and is where you are being blocked by bureaucratic inefficiency and the runaround.

Living in the San Diego area, I am unable to legally get broadcasts of most Chargers home games now that there is no longer a ticket guarantee. I have seen one and may be able to see one this Sunday.
Nov. 19th, 2004 11:36 pm (UTC)
All the road games are televised in San Diego on the CBS affiliate. I think only one of the home games, the Raiders game, was televised locally. This Sunday's game will be televised in San Diego.
Nov. 20th, 2004 02:26 pm (UTC)
That is essentially what I said. They only show those home games that are sold out now. Since they redesigned the stadium, expanding the number of marginal seats, it has been difficult for them to sell out a game. The old layout of the stadium was superior from the point of view of the fans and the additional inferior seats probably don't bring in enough additional revenue to make up for the bad feelings generated by either the ticket guarantee of the past or today's blackouts.
Nov. 19th, 2004 09:23 am (UTC)
Your DirecTV experience sounds like one of the encounters I used to have with PacBell (now SBC). They called late the other evening and Delia was shocked at the way I insulted their management to the girl who called.
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