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DIRECTV to Offer Local Channels in 16 New Markets in HD

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Sixto, May 17, 2010.

  1. dtbx

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    In Harrison county I think we'll get WDSU NBC6 from New Orleans. Pre-dtv DSU approved/denied wavers. Plus they run a seperate feed that has Biloxi/Gulfport centric commercials.
     
  2. kevinwmsn

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    Being I live in the Mobile Area, The only local we don't have in HD is 44 (MyTV) and it is on 119 so a 5 LNB would be necessary if they add that channel to your market. Your HD LiLs will be on either 99 or 103.
     
  3. jcc

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    So, those Mobile channels I would be getting I have to have a 5 LNB but to get the local stations in my area, in my case Gulfport, I don't need a 5 LNB, correct?
     
  4. bamaweather

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    The Mobile SD locals are on 119 and would require a 5 LNB. However, it is unlikely that DirecTV will even offer the independent station he is referring to. Mobile HD locals are on 99, Gulfport will likely be at 103. As long as you have HD equipment, you should be good to go without 5 LNB.
     
  5. Avder

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    So, if this D10 fix goes as it should, is there any chnace in hell more HD markets will be announced? And if so, what markets would they potentially be? Fargo? Pretty please?
     
  6. jcc

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    Yeah, I have HD equipment but not 5 LNB. Sucks I have to get a 5 LNB for CBS and NBC from Mobile but oh well. Either that or get a waiver as I can't get neither CBS or NBC from Mobile from an antenna. Can you do waivers online or do you have to call DirecTV? If I can do it online, can you post a link? How long does it take to approve a waiver (if it's approved hopefully)

    I know I'm getting offtopic here about waivers so I apologize.
     
  7. bamaweather

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    I think you misunderstood my post. The Mobile channels you should care about are on 99. It is the SD locals that are on 119, and I doubt they would even become available to you since Biloxi locals will likely be MPEG4 only.
     
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    DOH! I fat fingered the number. Yes, it is indeed CBS5, editing initial post to correct the goof.
     
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    My source at one of the stations talked like the Mobile channels for CBS and NBC would be the ones offered for the entire market. However, it will be interesting to see if Dish does offer differing neighboring locals depending on which county in the DMA you reside.

    IMHO, Dish and DirecTV should have offered locals to Biloxi-Gulfport and Laurel-Hattiesburg soon after Katrina hit. They could have devastated cable in many areas of both markets, had locals become available then. :D

    In any case, it's been a long time coming. I am glad to see all of Mississippi getting locals soon (between DirecTV and Dish Network). Cable needs to face competition where and when possible.
     
  10. dtbx

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    IF your source is indeed correct, I'll be PISSED if I lose WNBC for a station from Mobile/P'Cola. That would suck BIG TIME! I'm hoping you ARE wrong! No offense, of course. WDSU is OUR (Harrison county) NBC local! Hell they were the Sun Herald's weather partner for a bit until WLOX patched up relations.
     
  11. gor88

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    None taken, I would want the NOLA locals as well if I lived in Harrison Co. :)

    I wonder how the new STELA law affects how DirecTV and Dish Network can select locals. Does it allow the provider to pick the neighboring locals by county (zip) or must they pick one city only for the entire DMA for the missing networks?

    DirecTV should be able to handle that by zip, since Amite and Wilkinson counties in SW Miss get ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS from Jackson, even though they are in the Baton Rouge DMA. Dish Network also did this and also offered FOX and WB (at the time) from Jackson until the court injunction on distant networks.
     
  12. dtbx

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    Gor, Should be interesting! I think we'll definately get WKRG (hell I get a 60% signal ota) and fingers crossed get WDSU (like Cable One in Harrison cnty). In Jackson county they get WPMI on C.O. But, like I mentioned earlier WDSU denied/approved folks with D* here before digital tv. In the analog days I could pick up a very faint signal with a 6 foot antenna and they said that was appropriate. Once digital was IT, the signal wasn'st at all possible to recieve and waivers were approved. Another thing that gives me hope is WDSU has it's own Biloxi/GPT sales team. I've emailed dsu, although I doubt I get a response.
     
  13. jcc

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    Sorry for the misunderstanding. So, I would only get the mobile locals without 5 LNB but I can't get Biloxi locals unless I have MPEG4 equipment, which in this case, I do.
     
  14. bamaweather

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    Yes, you would get the imported Mobile stations without 5 LNB.

    As for the MPEG4 equipment, I think it will be necessary for both the Biloxi locals and the Mobile ones, because I doubt they will offer the SD version of the Mobile channels (since there is no indication they plan on offering the SD version of the Biloxi ones, and they would have to provide both).
     
  15. dtbx

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    Biloxi, will ONLY be mpeg4. It says so in the presser. You must upgrade your equipment.
     
  16. dtbx

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    Why is that? School me! With all due respect!
     
  17. bamaweather

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    I may have incorrectly assumed that it's the same reason they can't offer significantly viewed channels from neighboring markets to counties in markets where they don't already provide local channels. It puts the local channels at an unfair disadvantage because they aren't getting the same level of distribution as the imported channels from the neighboring market.

    It probably wouldn't make a huge difference in this case with the Mobile SD locals coming off the 119 satellite since most customers wouldn't have a 5 LNB setup to begin with. But any SD-only customer who can see 119 (international programming subscribers, for instance), would be able to see WKRG and WPMI and not the Biloxi channels.
     
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    What will D* do about locals now that Dish has announced full coverage for all DMA's?
    I do know here they will lose a lot of customers if Dish has locals and D* doesn't... 3D is great but...
     
  19. jcc

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    I just now realized I don't get international programming. 2 of the 3 rooms in the house are HD-only, mine included. So I won't be able to see WKRG and WPMI or will I? Even if I have MPEG4 equipment, which as mentioned I do. If that's the case then I will at least want to see the Biloxi channels but I obviously want to see the Mobile channels too.

    Let me put in simplest terms. I have MPEG4 equipment. Am I all set to get both the Biloxi and Mobile channels without anything else needed? With no 5 LNB required (for the Mobile channels) and MPEG4 equiment (for the Biloxi channels) am I all set? Well, besides paying a monthly fee for the local channels. I'm just want to make sure and thanks for your time.
     
  20. bamaweather

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    You have MPEG4 equipment. You are all set to receive Biloxi local channels and the two Mobile local channels right now. You do not need 5 LNB.

    I edited my post to further clarify that it is the SD Mobile locals that are on 119. All HD locals for all markets are currently at 99 or 103.
     

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