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Sunday's NASCAR Race - Unavailable in Albany

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by LakeSteve, May 30, 2013.

  1. LakeSteve

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    My local FOX affiliate (WXXA) airs a telethon this weekend annually. They move the NASCAR race to their digital side channel, which DirecTV does not carry. Am I completely out of luck, or can I call them and request one of the east/west feeds turned on for me temporarily?

    If hotpass were still available, I would't be complaining. And no, I'm not going to hook up a dtv receiver just to pick it up.

    Any input appreciated, especially from the CSR's.
     
  2. west99999

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    You are out of luck as they will not grant temp DNS.
     
  3. wilbur_the_goose

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    Let me tell you how the race will go. Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution... Caution...
     
  4. carlsbad_bolt_fan

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    You forgot left turn left turn left turn left turn left turn left turn left turn left turn :grin:
     
  5. Cyber36

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the last race(Coca-Cola 600) the last one of the season on Fox?? I believe they switch to Espn and/or Speed............
     
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    Nascar moves to TNT, ABC and ESPN starting after this race at Dover.

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nascar/schedule
     
  8. goinsleeper

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    Have you tried an OTA antenna to pick up the sub channels? You would think major national events would take the first spot on local channels but the affiliates can do what they please(for the most part). I believe NBC has the presidential debates on prior to the recent election(?) and there were several markets where the affiliates decided they would rather show re-runs of their old shows instead. They received some unpleasant phone calls from their local viewers.
     
  9. jimmie57

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    If you are not far from the broadcast station can't you pick it up with a small indoor antenna and the digital tuner in your TV ?
    I live 35 miles from the station and I can get a broadcast easily on most of the stations except it is difficult to get the ABC and CBS channels.
    If I had a tiny bit better indoor antenna I could get them also.
     
  10. LakeSteve

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    I said in my post that I would not be buying a DTV antenna. It's a 4 hour race, so that would be rediculous. I planned on having a bunch of neighbors over here for beers and the race, so that sucks. Moving the party to one of their houses instead.. Thanks for the leaderboard links. I follow a few people on twitter that give constant race updates as to what is going on. It's helpful if I'm out running errands and want to know what's going on.
     
  11. KyL416

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    There's no such thing as a DTV antenna, it's just a marketing gimmick for antennas that are usually UHF only and have poor performance when it comes to the VHF band. Since WXXA uses VHF to broadcast many of those "DTV antennas" won't even work. If you still have an old pair of rabbit ears it would work better depending on where you are in relation to the station and if there's no major obstructions like mountains.

    Even if you don't use it that much, having a backup antenna is a good resource in cases of emergencies. Like snow buildup on the dish during heavy wet snow, and like many of us in the northeast, unless there's no buildings or trees to the southwest, our dishes are usually higher up on the roof and not in a place that's easy to brush it off. It's also a quick way to get programming right away in the event of the lights blinking during a storm while the receiver reboots (especially when it comes to live sports). It can also be a way to watch additional programming if your DVR's tuners are tied up for recordings.

    Just a warning though so you won't be surprised when you get to your friends house, since they moved the race to a subchannel it will not be available in HD or have surround sound.
     
  12. LakeSteve

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    Good point. I don't watch much local TV though. I'm usually watching cable networks. It turns out the telethon was not on, so I'm able to watch my left turns at home.
     

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