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Ind. locals/ Must-Carry Rule
Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:49 PM
Posted 10 December 2008 - 01:55 PM
Calling DirecTV isn't going to get you anywhere, the CSR you talk to isn't going to know anything. Although you can log a request for the channels.
My suggestion is to contact the 2 stations in question and ask why they aren't on DirecTV (and you probably won't get the total honest answer from them either, they all like to blame each other) and put in your request that they get on DirecTV. Another option is to find your local thread on AVS (see the links in my sig) and ask the question there. Most likely someone knows the real answer there.
Posted 10 December 2008 - 02:07 PM
I recently switched to DTV from Dish. I am not getting the "Must Carry" independant channels I was getting from Dish. Has the rule been repealed? I called Tech Support and they did not know what I am talking about. This is Nashville DMA - channels 11 and 66.
must carry goes out the window if the station asks for even 1 cent to be carried
Posted 10 December 2008 - 08:46 PM
Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:01 AM
Posted 11 December 2008 - 07:51 AM
I'm missing my DishNet for other reasons also. -Jim
Posted 11 December 2008 - 01:59 PM
but hate to see DTV get away with anything.
DirecTV isn't "getting away" with anything. They would be sued if they tried by the local stations involved.
Why do you think the channels would apply with Dish and not DTV.
You probably can't find threads from 6-10 years ago when all this stuff was happening but there were several cases around the country where channels didn't apply the correct paperwork in time to one or more providers and thus aren't carried.
Or as someone pointed out above, the signal may be too weak at the DirecTV POP but the Dish POP happens to be closer and thus it's quality is good enough.
There are *many* other reasons why channels aren't on DirecTV while they are on Dish or the other way around. Nobody is getting away with anything and you also can't assume every station is must carry. Our local NBC didn't have their HD signal on DirecTV until just a few months ago (we've had our HD locals for a couple years) because they were demanding a ton of money (owned by LIN) and DirecTV told them to pound sand. That went on for years until LIN finally came to an agreement with DirecTV. So it had nothing to do with must carry and everything to do with money and contracts.
Posted 11 December 2008 - 09:16 PM
3LNB Phase III Dish * 2-R15-300 * R22-200 * D12-100 * DirecTV Subscriber since Y2K
Posted 12 December 2008 - 01:05 AM
On the original topic, I looked at the map for channel 39 in the Nashville market and it also transmits from east of town like channel 66 (though not the same site), so reception at the POP could be the issue there, as well.