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Ok someone explain "signifigantly viewed" to me

Discussion in 'Legislative and Regulatory Issues' started by tsmacro, Apr 29, 2005.

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  1. tsmacro

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    Here's my situation i'm one of those people who live halfway between two cities. So of course the cable companies in the area carry the locals from both cities. But because the FCC drew a line on the map I can only get locals from one city through my Dish and not necessarily the one I would chose if I could. I still haven't figured out why the cable company gets to play by one set of rules and Satellite another in this regard but anyway......I guess what I want to know is this potentially siginifigantly viewed thing going to help someone like me out? So if it's determined that people in my area also watch channels from the "other" city that we can't get locals from on our dishes will this allow Dish to offer me local channels from the other city? All I want is to be able to watch channels my neighbor's already do with their cable and antenna's, is that so wrong?!
     
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    Hello? A little help here. Anyone have any idea? Thanks!
     
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    First, what county do you reside in? The significantly viewed station list (which may go through a few more changes) is available from the FCC and determines SV stations by county of residence (although Dish Network and DirecTV are asking to be allowed to do so by zip instead). In a nutshell, the station must either be on the existing 1972 SV station list or prove that they hold at least 3% viewership in the out of market county in question, according to Nielsen ratings.

    I can look at the 400+ page document and determine which stations could be made available by law once SV channels are added by satellite providers. Keep in mind that the new law only gives permission to sat providers to carry SV channels. It does not require that they carry them. That decision is up to each provider.
     
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    I live in Grant County. Where do I find the SV list from the FCC? Is it on their website?
     
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    http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-05-24A1.pdf

    This is the entire FCC document on SV stations and policy. Your locals would probably be listed on page 135.

    Below are the stations on the original list:
    WTTV 4 Bloomington
    WRTV 6 Indy
    WISH 8 Indy
    WTHR 13 Indy
    WNDY 23 Marion
    WTTK 29 Kokomo
    WHMB 40 Indy
    WXIN 59 Indy
    WFFT 55 Fort Wayne
     
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    Ok, thanks for the info1
     
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