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Posted 11 November 2008 - 05:56 PM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 08:24 PM
Although we live in Ma. our viewing market for local channels is Providence RI. Several of the surrounding comunities are getting together to try and get this changed to the Boston viewing area so we can receive Ma. local channels and Ma news as opposed to RI. Not only DTV but also comcast HD are only offering the Providence local stations. My question is, if the towns in our county are successful in changing our viewing area would DTV also change our local channels? Also has anyone heard of any town or city that has been able to change their viewing area?
Legally, Directv can offer significant viewed channels from a neighboring market. They very rarely do. You would probably need to get your DMA changed to the Boston market (again, very hard to do). Directv will legally be obligated to provide you with locals from your DMA (or none at all).
I believe there are several towns in North western Arkansas, who fall under the Springfield, MO DMA, who are currently lobbying to get their DMA switched to the Fort Smith/Fayetteville Arkansas DMA, so they can get in state news.
Im not sure who determines the DMA, be it the FCC or the NAB or a combination of the two. If you are close enough to Boston to pick up their signals OTA, then that would be the instant answer...just put up an antenna.
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Posted 11 November 2008 - 09:06 PM
Posted 11 November 2008 - 11:46 PM
The Boston ABC, CBS, NBC, and CW affiliates, plus WSBK, are all listed as significantly viewed in Bristol County (where Norton is located) so DirecTV is legally allowed to carry them if they choose. The cable company can also carry them with no blackouts. The FOX affiliate's newscasts could also be carried on cable, but FOX network programming would have to be blacked out.
Posted 12 November 2008 - 12:51 PM
Posted 12 November 2008 - 01:36 PM
to the OP,
you are asking the impossible you will need a good antenna with a rotor
heres a site that does installs they did mine i can pick up Boston/NH/providence and Portland ME:D
+1 but add a preamplifier as well