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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by kandor, Feb 5, 2012.
Will DTV have an HD channel today for the Super Bowl as in years past?
Will the game be transmitted OTA in HD?
Its on NBC. If your local OTA NBC station is HD, it will be in HD.
In past years, there has been a special channel for HD transmission of the Super Bowl. Not OTA. A retransmission of the network broadcast.
Is your local NBC not in HD?
Sorry, first I've heard of a need for another channel on this- I hope you find it soon! Or have it by now.
Try 392 and 393. I have DNS feeds but they may be opened.
Nah. HD is just a fad.
I got to watch the Super Bowl in glorious SD again, since my local NBC station isn't important enough for Directv to carry in HD. Actually none of my locals are important enough. There's only 500,000 people that live here...
Uh, where is "here"?
Wondering this myself. Fresno would match in terms of numbers, but HD locals are provided for that DMA. 500,000 is still a fairly big DMA.
What DMA are you in?
Your location says California. There are more than 500,000 people living there...
My money is on the Chico-Redding DMA.
I'm actually in DMA 125- Bakersfield. We were on Directv's list to get our locals in HD back in 2009, but got dropped from the list when the FCC changed their requirements on TV providers carrying locals for everyone. I don't buy the DMA figures either. There are over 350,000 people just in Bakersfield, and all of western Kern County gets their locals from Bakersfield. My parents live in the eastern corner of Kern County and they get their locals from LA.
It would have worked out better for us, if we didn't have our own local networks. We would just have the LA networks and I wouldn't have anything to complain about. I have turned in waivers about 8,593 times over the last five years, but why would my local networks want to give up their business just because Directv are dragging their feet?
I talked to an engineer at my local NBC a few years ago and he said that they had been approached by Directv to house the equipment necessary to send the HD signal from our local channels. He said they agreed, but had never heard anything again.
Dish has had my locals for a few years now, along with Brighthouse Cable, and U-Verse. I can't stand the GUI on Dish's boxes or Brighthouse, otherwise I would have changed years ago.
I think I need to drive down to El Segundo and talk to someone in person at Directv.
Remember that the DMA figures relate to viewing households, not souls.
How do they, and I say they in that I don't even know who's responsible, choose what's carried in HD? I receive two PBS channels and both are HD. One comes out of Indianapolis which I understand but the other comes from Bloomington and I'm guessing there's <100,00 viewers in the surrounding area.
I'm not yet a DirecTV subscriber -- hopefully, I'll get the go-ahead from the lovely wife in the next day or two -- but I'm curious: Why would the OP have needed a *local* NBC station to be in HD to watch the Super Bowl in HD? Aren't there national feeds that fulfill that function? (My own locals -- out of Lansing, MI -- aren't in HD either, but I never actually watch local broadcasts; in fact, I'd prefer not to get those ridiculous local-weather icons all the time. I've just been assuming that I'd get the national feeds in HD.)
I can't believe that customers who don't yet receive locals in HD are sitting at home watching NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox in SD on DirecTV. That can't be the case, can it? I was under the impression that customers could get national HD feeds of these major broadcast networks. Am I misunderstanding something?
Thanks for bearing with a newbie...
Technically, there are no "national" HD feeds of the broadcast networks -- what's offered is the ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox affiliates from New York and Los Angeles. (So programming may still be interrupted for local weather/news bulletins that affect those areas, although, granted, that seems to be more of a rare event in both places than it is in the middle of the country.)
However, those are only available to DirecTV subscribers under certain conditions, such as a waiver being granted by the local station. In many cases, local stations won't grant those waivers, so, yes, there are DirecTV subscribers who have to watch the broadcast networks in SD.
That stuns me. If my location would be in that situation, that would be a deal-breaker for me. I'd stick with cable. Because, while we watch a ton of TV, spread out across a lot of channels, the majority of our viewing is still focused on the major broadcast networks.