I am in the Atlanta Area and use an OTA antenna as well as subscribe to Dish Network locals. In Atlanta, the guide shows almost exclusively the main channel, e.g., XX.1. The other subchannnels just say DTV service. A friend in Panama City, Florida gets almost all the subchannel information on the Dish Guide in his area. Does anyone know why Dish does not show subchannels in a major city like Atlanta, but does so for a smaller city in Florida?
My brother was down there for two months doing a job at a local power plant and he said that the main cable channels did not show the sub channels.
He also said that when he did a rescan of the digital television, he picked up the sub channels when he was down in Florida. Crystal River
The reason why all cable companies do not carry the sub channels is due to the fact that there is only so much bandwidth available to the cable companies to use for transmission of cable television.
Instead of wasting that bandwidth on channels that they could never recoup their investment, most cable companies choose to only carry the most important local channels to keep more room for all the home shopping network channels that does pay to be on air.
Just like you might have read for my advice for the op that lives in the Philly area, if you have 48 - 52 gettable channels in the area, how many of them are you going to be willing to carry on your program schedule? There is only so much room, especially when you count the High Def signals that they are broadcasting simulcasting while the standard definition channels are running the same program side by side.
In time, Standard definition will be dropped and everyone will be forced to pay for the High Def channels, if they want them or not.
If you want to watch the sub channels, I would suggest that you spend the money to purchase a good television antenna and wire and build your own system for local programming. That's what I did and I can tell you that the Sat Dish is hardly on anymore.