Dish promised them a launch date of 3/18 (after the Jan 1st date fell though) and sure enough it went live on Dish Network around noon ET. WMGM is now available on Dish Network.
Yup, I noticed from the uplink reports, and I turned it on tonight and was able to view WMGM-TV on Dish finally. The station is saving having turned off its analog signal but is now running new expense of fibering it in to Dish and DirecTV. And given that they target Cumberland County NJ in news and advertising, I'm sure they'll plan on getting on Fios in Vineland.
WLVT 39 will be on Dish Network too soon, but WLVT's engineer said the signal was not at Dish's POP yet... (as of three weeks ago), and knowing Dish - Dish will add another 3 months before it launches. At one point many years back, Dish refused claiming they were duplicative. Now, it seems an agreement has been made for WLVT also. For the most part, WLVT is like WHYY though WHYY is licensed to Wilmington, DE and WLVT to Allentown, PA with an address of 123 Sesame Street, Bethlehem PA ( address for real, don't know if PBS Sesame Street was just coincidence).
I get WLVT 39 on Fios, but it'd be nice if it was on my Dish guide too between Channels 29 and 40.
WYBE 35 probably won't return until next must-carry cycle if at all. I'm not sure about the status of Independence Media that runs WYBE. I haven't been able to get anyone via phone, and it sure isn't worth driving to the station. Dish has better PI channels, I personally can get 35 over the air and on Fios too.
But it sorta sucked that while WMGM was added, WYBE was dropped still.
DirecTV customers this time must-carry time around didn't lose any stations in Philadelphia.
Edited by rnbmusicfan, 18 March 2009 - 10:27 PM.