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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by jodyguercio, Aug 16, 2007.

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  1. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

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    Been reading the forums for a few days to see if I could find answers to some questions and I did but then again some of the abbreviations are a little confusing. Is there somewhere on here with a list of abbreviations?

    Also, we have the premier package. I noticed on here that people are talking about east coast and west coast feeds. I know on all but the locals you get both time zones correct so you basically get the same show 3 hours apart right? I also notice that the guide shows east and west coast national stations. Is there a way to subscribe to those or is that just not an option ( I live in CA).

    Running the HR10-250 (I know I know, the HR20 is the new way to go)

    Thanks.
     
  2. Michael D'Angelo

    Michael D'Angelo Lifetime Achiever

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    :welcome_s to DBSTalk

    http://www.dbstalk.com/acronyms.htm

    As far as the NY or LA HD feeds I don't know if you are still able to get them or not. If your locals are available in HD through DIRECTV I am pretty sure you can not get them. Also if they are you would need to get a HR20 or H20 and 5 LNB dish to receive them. If your locals channels are not in HD through DIRECTV you may still be able to get them to put in waivers to see if you can get them. I am not sure if they are still doing it or not. But even if they can do it your local stations would need to grant the waivers for you to get either NY or LA HD locals.
     
  3. carl6

    carl6 Moderator Staff Member DBSTalk Club

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    As to east and west coast feeds, DirecTV generally provides only the east coast feeds for most of the "standard" channels (200 and 300 series). Some of the premium (movie) channels have both. The result is us west coasters get stuck with the east coast times for those channels - not a big issues once you get used to it (and a really good reason to use a DVR).

    As to the east and west coast network stations, you can only subscribe to those under very limited circumstances. If you get locals (or even if you should be able to get locals even if you can't), most likely you will not be given the NY or LA network feeds. If you have an RV, you can get distant network service for the RV.

    Carl
     
  4. jodyguercio

    jodyguercio Active Member

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    Tnanks BM...my locals are offered on MPEG-2 because I am in the LA area so I get both SD and HD on thr HR10. Just was curious about received NY area SD and HD locals not that I need them.
     
  5. msmith198025

    msmith198025 Member of the Year

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    nah, if you can get your locals already they wont give you the west coasters.
     
  6. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    In the LA area you get ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC and KTLA (the CW) on their regular channels, and you can also watch the west coast feeds on the national HD channels (in the 80s and 380s). You can't watch the East Coast feeds at all, except in the case of HBOHD and ShowtimeHD which are mirrors of the East Coast feeds.

    There's no functional difference between watching a network feed on the regular number (2,4,5,7,11) or the national feed if you're on an HR20. The older H10 and HR10s can't decode the MPEG-4 technology used on the regular numbered channels.
     
  7. ocil

    ocil New Member

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    It is to bad they don't let you get the East/West coasts feeds for a fee. Here in Portland the local CBS and Fox feeds are not in HD which kinda sucks.

    I would pay to get the LA feeds so I can see shows on those channels in HD.
     
  8. FHSPSU67

    FHSPSU67 CE'er & Retired Engineer DBSTalk Club

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    Just so that it's understood: It is not because of D*'s rules - The FCC won't allow it. I'm sure someone will correct me if I'm wrong. In fact E* got into trouble by circumventing the FCC rules.
     
  9. harsh

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    Have you contemplated setting up an antenna? In Salem, I get all of the Portland HD channels... not just the big four. KOPB (PBS) is probably the best HD channel in the market.

    You should have been getting Fox (KPTV) and what little HD they offer for a couple of months now.
     
  10. ocil

    ocil New Member

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    I didn't think about FCC regs keeping them from offering those, it makes sense though. It would probably piss of the local providers of that content.

    I think I will snag an antenna, I just haven't bothered yet. I am lazy so if they give it to me and I don't have to mess with an antenna I am happy hehe. Do the OTA channels show up in the guide along with the other channels?

    As for the Fox thing I was thinking of Fox 49 (KPDX), I don't know why I care though, but it is another channel that might have HD goodness :)
     
  11. harsh

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

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    KPTV and KPDX traded affiliations years ago. KPDX hasn't been "Fox 49" for five years! In April 2006, KPDX became an MNTV affiliate and D* only carries four of those nationwide.

    If you want KPDX, KOPB and KRCW or any of the subchannels, the OTA antenna is your friend. Don't expect a lot of HD from KPDX.
     
  12. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

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    The FCC will allow it if the subscriber gets a waiver from all the affected channels, in writing, and DIRECTV agrees as well. In practice this is happening less and less. I mean, if you were a TV station, what motivation would you have to make sure that someone in your market wasn't going to watch your station?
     
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