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New Setup for Direct TV...questions

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by JCarver27, Aug 13, 2007.

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  1. JCarver27

    JCarver27 Cool Member

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    So the people who live not 1 mile north of me will be getting the NY local channels, while I'm getting the PA channels? That seems a bit ridiculous.
     
  2. msmith198025

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    Well Im not sure how the markets are up there, but its possible that the distance could very well be a mile. I know here, less than 5 miles means the difference between getting locals out of the Mobile/pensacola market and not at all.
    As close as you are you may be able to use a good indoor antenna and get what you want. Why TW can do it im not sure, may be some loophole or they may just be doing it and not supposed to
     
  3. JCarver27

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    So you're saying there's a line drawn on a map somewhere that limits what channels people inside that line can watch?

    That doesn't make sense to me. I'm 60 miles from Scranton, and 20 miles from Binghamton. If they can deliver the Scranton signal to me, there should be no problem with delivering the Binghamton/Elmira channels to me.
     
  4. msmith198025

    msmith198025 Member of the Year

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    basically. It has more to do with the fact that you live in PA than how close you are or whether they can get the signal to you, which I am sure the can technically do it. Where i am im closer to Mobile, than where my locals would come out of if they had them here. Its a screwy way for them to do it.
     
  5. JCarver27

    JCarver27 Cool Member

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    I agree with that.
     
  6. msmith198025

    msmith198025 Member of the Year

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    But its not D* that is doing it really.
     
  7. JCarver27

    JCarver27 Cool Member

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    How is that? They're the ones telling me I can't have the local channels that somebody a mile away can have.
     
  8. msmith198025

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    Yes but the way i understand it, they are going off of the market chart that they are given.
     
  9. JCarver27

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    Who gives them the market chart?

    (and what is D*? I've seen that a couple times and I'm not sure what it is.)
     
  10. msmith198025

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    D* is directv
    E* is dish network(echostar)

    Im not sure who draws up and sorts out the markets. Ive seen that info before, but cant recall right off where i saw it. ill try to find it
     
  11. JLucPicard

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    It has to do with DMAs and where the local channel markets fall. I don't know if it's the FCC or some goverment body who determines these things (and DirecTV is not involved in that process), but suffice it to say that once that decision has been made, DirecTV (D*) has no option than to abide by it. The information is given to D* as to which zip codes are allowed to receive which programming, then they program their computers to reflect that (and mostly successfully, I might add :)).

    The only decision to be made about that on D*s part is whether they abide by it or not. The "or not" part is really not an option, so they abide by it. In fact, I believe that E* (DishNetwork) recently got nailed by the courts for not abiding by the boundaries as they were laid out. A very loose parallel (with government/police) is 'DirecTV doesn't make the laws, they just enforce them'.
     
  12. msmith198025

    msmith198025 Member of the Year

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    +1
     
  13. JCarver27

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    Then I don't really understand how I can get those channels now, but not with satellite. If I can get them with my local cable, I should be able to get them through satellite services.
     
  14. JLucPicard

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    I would imagine it has to do with how your LOCAL cable company has contracted with/or what agreements they have with the various area broadcasters. Being a national satellite TV provider, DirecTV doesn't deal with all the municipalities nation-wide over what content they can and cannot provide to the local residents. I don't believe the governing bodies would allow that, but it would be a nightmare to have to do that on a national level, and even harder for them to handle the logistics of it equipment-wise.
     
  15. JCarver27

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    Fair enough.

    I can't imagine I'm the only person in this boat, but I'm sure Dtv can afford to annoy those of us who are and still make quite a profit.

    Thanks for the help everybody.
     
  16. msmith198025

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    Its a shame yes, but again it is not D* . Im sure if you checked with E* you would find the same results.
    Good luck on whichever way you decide to go!
     
  17. CCarncross

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    It really doesnt matter if you are 1 mile away from the dividing line between market areas or 50 feet, the lines are there. ANd to designate market areas, lines have to be drawn somewhere. I believe they have something to do with Neilsen ratings, or something similiar.
     
  18. DawgLink

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    You switched to D* for the exact reason I did.

    Was tired of Cox fighting over a new channel every other week.

    It was ridiculous
     
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