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Question About Locals

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Jakz34, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. Jakz34

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    I live in an area (Jonesboro, AR) that does not receive locals from DirecTV. I remember when we first came on to DirecTV 2.5 years ago they mentioned that we could purchase locals from another area for $3 per channel and they would give us two $3 credits for those channels. We didn't take them up on the offer because we could get the locals in HD for little already.

    Well, now we have moved and our current locals provider is not only more expense, they do not offer HD channels at all. Actually, Jonesboro really only has one local, KAIT (ABC) as the other locals are through Memphis and Little Rock.

    I've been told that it is next to impossible to get an ABC channel through DirecTV due to the fact that KAIT is in my area. That's fine though as I can get KAIT though an antenna but due to the geographic location of my house it will not pick up channels out of Memphis and Little Rock and CBS/FOX/NBC are the ones I want most. I've heard it is possible to get these channels but not easy.

    My question is, would this be possible? What are people talking about when they say it is impossible or difficult to get locals filtered in? What are the processes to get this? Any information is greatly appreciated. TIA
     
  2. xmetalx

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    the process they are referring to is most likely the waiver option for DNS channels. If D* does not provide LIL (Local in Locals) in your area, and you cannot receive any kind of decent signal through an off-air antenna, then you are eligible to submit a waiver request for the feeds from LA/NY.

    Now, I'd recommend FIRST to try here (http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPageIFnorail.jsp?assetId=P4880022#h:586.399 ) to submit a waiver. Others have reported the waiver process online is much faster then submitting it through a CSR.
    If all else fails, you can call in and request a DNS waiver. Be warned though, they will tell you it can take up to 30 days for a response to come back.. (its usually a little sooner than that though) Good luck!
     
  3. Jakz34

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    Well I put my request in online so we'll see what happens I guess. The option I chose when they asked for reason of this request was heavily wooded area and that's part of the cause but the other reason is I live in a house that sits toward the bottom of a hill surrounded by 60-70 foot tall oak, elm, and pine trees. This really affects what an antenna can do and I just don't think I should have to pay $50 a month for locals from my local service provider. That's a bit ridiculous.
     
  4. Jakz34

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    Well just three days after filing a waiver request online I was granted FOX-HD out of New York. My other three requests are still pending though.
     
  5. joshjr

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    Thats not true. I dont get locals from D* but live in a grade A signal area but I have been able to get DNS feeds for ABC, NBC, FOX, PBS, and CW for east and west coast SD feed. Its harder to get one approved if you can get OTA reception but not impossible.
     
  6. Tom Servo

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    Hopefully you'll get granted on all of them. Jonesboro city is just outside the grade A coverage of the Memphis stations and well out of Little Rock's reach from what I understand. So unless you live in Marked Tree or Trumann now you should be OK.

    Good luck!
     
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    I doubt I get ABC as KAIT, this area's ABC affiliate is in my area and the rest of the locals are out of Memphis and Little Rock. I have heard KAIT never grants waivers. We'll see though.
     
  8. Jakz34

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    I have a friend who lives in my area that gets Little Rock channels filtered in to him. He said that he just called DirecTV and told them that he moved and used the address of his mother that is actually in Little Rock.

    Does this work?
     
  9. Stuart Sweet

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    I'm sorry, we do not allow discussion of that type. It violates your customer agreement. Please go back to the original topic... I would prefer to keep this thread open.
     
  10. Jakz34

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    I apologize for posting that as I did not know. My other three requests are still pending. Was hoping to have them for the Eagles game on Sunday night. Do these ever get approved over the weekend?
     
  11. Jakz34

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    I was denied for the other three. :mad::confused::(
     
  12. Lodi25

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    Did you get my PM I sent you?
     
  13. Jakz34

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    OK, because of STELA I decided to try to request my locals channels once again from DirecTV. As stated in this thread, I already was granted Fox but denied ABC, CBS, and NBC. I went back to the DirecTV website to try to request these channels again after nearly a year and the only one that are available to select are ABC and CW, which my city has a local affiliate for (KAIT). There are no other channels there to choose from besides these. Why can I not choose NBC and CBS? Does STELA have something to do with this?
     
  14. bamaweather

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    Actually, you don't have to go the DNS route for NBC and CBS.

    DirecTV is adding HD locals for Jonesboro next year. Until they are actually added, they are providing DNS feeds of NBC, Fox, CBS, and PBS to everyone in your market who adds local channels to their current package.
     
  15. Jakz34

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    Where did you get this information from? I must have missed it. What locals will they be providing? How do I get the current DNS feeds because I don't see them on any of the 5 sets I have in my home. Thanks for the update! :)
     
  16. bamaweather

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    The channels will show up between 61 and 65. MPEG-4 equipment is required, so if you don't have HD you may need equipment upgrades.

    The initial information for Jonesboro was posted here.

    We don't know yet which channels they will be providing, but the info on the currently-offered distant networks is here: http://www.directv.com/locals

    The list of markets coming soon is here: http://www.directv.com/hdlocals
     
  17. freerein100

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    I am in an announced market and get the 60's CBSHD ABCHD PBS and CWe and also get all the Distant channels in the 390's plus PBS and CW SD.......SHHH don't tell anyone;) PS they were all turned on when I activated locals on my account. Do all people in the announced markets get the HD DNS's
     
  18. Jakz34

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    Thanks again! So would it be a bad idea to call and cancel the FOX HD DNS feed I am currently paying for?
     
  19. NASCR2424

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    What about Alexandria, LA? Like Jonesboro the website shows "2011". Can I call and get the locals added and get DNS of ABC, FOX, CW, and PBS? the only local affiliates is NBC and CBS so I assume I couldn't get them till there launched and still need OTA.
     
  20. bamaweather

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    I would make sure you don't have any issues adding them as locals first. Once the channels in the 60s are working, then I would be more comfortable getting rid of the DNS feed.

    I would caution if you have any interest in keeping FOX HD DNS after locals launch there (I believe you can be grandfathered now), you would have to continue paying for it.
     

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