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DIRECTV to Offer Local Channels in 16 New Markets in HD


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#21 OFFLINE   sbelmont

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:06 PM

I'm a little surprised by the lack of higher-ranked DMAs in this announcement. It's good news for the cities listed (including Montgomery-Selma, Arkansas:rolleyes: ). But I would have expected to see at least a few out of Lansing, Eugene, Fargo, Lafayette, Salinas, Bakersfield, and Yakima.


Being in Bakersfield I've been watching this closley and I have a theory. We were expecting HD LIL two years ago when Bakersfield actually showed in the list of coming markets. Then unexpectedly the name was dropped from the list. What happened at the same time? The issues with D10. This is probably affecting Bakersfied, Monterey-Salinas and Chico-Redding as a group.

Just a theory...

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:13 PM

Wow. 4th quarter for Sioux City locals. Satelliteracer had said that this was the year. Still won’t stop me trying for the waivers until then. I would so much rather have the Omaha DMA since I live in Nebraska and not Iowa. Does anyone ever get the neighboring local channels? And how would one ask for them?

#23 OFFLINE   Eddie L.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:30 PM

DIRECTV to Offer Local Channels in 172 Markets Including 16 New Markets in HD

More Than 97 Percent of U.S. TV Homes Will Have Access to Local Channels from DIRECTV; Roll Out of New Local Markets to Begin in June

http://investor.dire...eleaseID=470358


MRV/DECA, D12 and now HD locals in Montgomery (from no Montgomery locals at all), all within one week? That is almost too much great news to handle for one market! :lol:

BTW, I still sympathize with you guys in the "tweens" 3%. I was beginning to think that we'd never get locals in Montgomery, because there were markets 50 or 60 places below us that had service long before we did. Hang in there! Hopefully D10's fix is going to expand their LIL list even more!

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:31 PM

This is really good news to many folks that I know have been waiting a long time to get this activated for them.

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#25 OFFLINE   Alan Gordon

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:45 PM

MRV/DECA, D12 and now HD locals in Montgomery (from no Montgomery locals at all), all within one week? That is almost too much great news to handle for one market! :lol:


Eddie:

Montgomery, AL is expected to go "live" in late September/early October. Columbus, GA will go "live" at the same time. I'm not aware of any timeline for Gainesville, FL or Albany, GA yet. :(

I'm hoping Albany will be sooner, but I'm not holding my breath. :(

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:51 PM

How about old markets? Specifically #71 Honolulu, which according to DirecTV's HD list, filtered by locals for zip 96795, has 10 local HD channels. Ten would be a lot, but unfortunately, it's just not true. We do get 4 HD locals, but we're missing the NBC affiliate, KHNL, which has been broadcasting in HD for at least 3 years. (We're also missing MYTV and the CW in HD.)
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 01:55 PM

Meh. Where are the nationals?


In another thread, of course. :)

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:25 PM

Wheeling-Steubenville, W.Va. THANK YOU DAVE!!!!!! :)

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:35 PM

I'm a little surprised by the lack of higher-ranked DMAs in this announcement. It's good news for the cities listed (including Montgomery-Selma, Arkansas:rolleyes: ). But I would have expected to see at least a few out of Lansing, Eugene, Fargo, Lafayette, Salinas, Bakersfield, and Yakima.


Go figure. Bakersfield has 600,000 plus residents in the area. I don't even know how Nielson determines the DMA ranking because I know for a fact there are numerous markets with a lot fewer people than Bakersfield with a higher DMA. In addition there has to be more than DMA ranking that are factors when DTV decides who gets the HD locals service.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:39 PM

Why in the world is Salinas-Monterey-Santa Cruz not coming this year? It is perhaps the largest DMA to not have HD locals available. Very disappointing.
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:43 PM

Why in the world is Salinas-Monterey-Santa Cruz not coming this year? It is perhaps the largest DMA to not have HD locals available. Very disappointing.
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Lansing MI is the largest, but Salinas/Monterey/Santa Cruz is still up there. The 6th largest to be exact.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 02:54 PM

Eddie:

Montgomery, AL is expected to go "live" in late September/early October. Columbus, GA will go "live" at the same time. I'm not aware of any timeline for Gainesville, FL or Albany, GA yet. :(

I'm hoping Albany will be sooner, but I'm not holding my breath. :(

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Thanks Alan! Great news! Just the fact that we are on the list now is enough for me, but I'm real excited about the short time frame too! It's been a LONG wait for Montgomery AL.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 03:20 PM

DIRECTV will roll-out the following new HD local markets, beginning in June with Biloxi-Gulfport, Miss.; Idaho Falls-Pocatello, Idaho; and Joplin-Pittsburg, Mo. In the third quarter, DIRECTV will launch Albany, Ga.; Columbus, Ga.; Gainesville, Fla.; and Montgomery-Selma, Ark. In the fourth quarter, DIRECTV will launch Abilene-Sweetwater, Texas; Amarillo, Texas; Binghamton, N.Y.; Clarksburg-Weston, W.Va.; Lubbock, Texas; Sioux City, Iowa; Terre Haute, Ind.; Wheeling-Steubenville, W.Va.; and Wichita Falls-Lawton, Texas. For more HD local launch details, customers can visit www.directv.com/hdlocals.

Still no Charlottesville, VA either. Should I feel special being in the 3% of the country without LiL from D*? E* has had them for years... :confused:

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 03:31 PM

Some of these are awhile out yet (Q4), but still great news for those in these communities.

Congrats guys ;)
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 03:43 PM

Still no Erie, PA.
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 03:53 PM

what satellite are these locals going to be on? ( the ones from Binghamton NY) I have slimline 3.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:07 PM

Nice to see for these folks, but what the national HD channels like, ESPNU, HBO, Lifetime, Travel etc............

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:21 PM

And again, no Rochester MN-Mason City IA-Austin MN

I would venture a guess that a good portion of the seemingly random nature of LiL deployments (vs. their DMA) has to do with reaching carriage agreements with the locals.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:27 PM

How about old markets? Specifically #71 Honolulu, which according to DirecTV's HD list, filtered by locals for zip 96795, has 10 local HD channels. Ten would be a lot, but unfortunately, it's just not true. We do get 4 HD locals, but we're missing the NBC affiliate, KHNL, which has been broadcasting in HD for at least 3 years. (We're also missing MYTV and the CW in HD.)

That is a case of the owners of KHNL and DirecTV not coming to an agreement that will let DirecTV carry the channel in HD. When there is one holdout in a market that otherwise has all the major networks, one has to wonder if the owners of the missing channel are just asking too much for carriage.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:49 PM

That is a case of the owners of KHNL and DirecTV not coming to an agreement that will let DirecTV carry the channel in HD.

Is this a fact? Or just your best guess. It is not the story coming from either KHNL or DirecTV. KHNL says it doesn't understand why DirecTV won't carry their HD feed, and a DirecTV spokesman told a reporter that DirecTV didn't have the necessary capacity. Alaska, I gather, has a similar problem getting NBC in HD.

Edit: A local user notes that the same company, Raycom Media, owns the local CBS affiliate which is carried by D* in HD and the local NBC affiliate, which is not carried in HD, making your theory a little less likely. See this post for D*'s "capacity" claim.

Edited by GregLee, 17 May 2010 - 06:34 PM.

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