Thursday, October 19, 2006

The Search for Satellite Coordinates

This week the Oregon Ducks play the Washington State Cougars in Pullman Washington (Pullman is in the middle of nowhere near the Idaho panhandle border) and there is NO live TV. So far this season every Oregon Duck football game has been on live TV and it is driving Oregon fans craze that they will not be able to watch this game live unless they are in Pullman. However, there is ONE exception. The Oregon Sports Network (OSN), the Ducks own network is taping the game for a delayed broadcast on their network around the state of Oregon. They send the taped broadcast live to a satellite AND if you have the satellite coordinates you can watch the game LIVE. The trick is there to find a sports bar that has a large programmable satellite dish. The following was posted on one of the Duck Fans sites:

Call ahead of where ever you plan to go and make sure they can receive the "K BAND SIGNAL". Only the older type large programmable satellite dish can pick that up! ...Many of the older sports bars & taverns have the large satellite dish, but not many of the new trendy sports bars have em. Just a little heads up.

One fan from Southern Oregon stated that last year we had the same situation when we played the Cougs and he and some friends drove from Ashland through Medford and on to Grants Pass before they could find a sports bar that broadcast the game.

The Duck web forums are full of request for the satellite coordinates which are kept very secret by the Oregon Athletic Department because of TV contractual agreements with the Pac 10 and ABC. Ducks through out the country are searching for spots bars that will broadcast the game. I have been e-mailing with a fan who lives in Hawaii and will be in Washington D.C. on Saturday about where he can watch the game in the DC area. Summers Bar and Grill in Arlington Virginia is where Oregon Ducks like to hang out on game day. Once we get the TV issue taken care of we need to worry about winning the damn game. Go Ducks