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DIRECTV to Offer Local Channels in 16 New Markets in HD


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#26 OFFLINE   GregLee

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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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#27 OFFLINE   Tom Robertson

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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.

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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.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 04:49 PM

Yea! Finally DMA 157 gets some love!
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Posted 17 May 2010 - 05:08 PM

Yea! Finally DMA 157 gets some love!


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Posted 17 May 2010 - 05:15 PM

why is CW the only local in Detroit that is not HD and is there anything i can do about it?

my OTA reception is poor for CW...tons of audio cut-outs.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 05:20 PM

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.


I'm right with you!

The only reason for my impatience is because I know the local equipment is already installed (has been for around a month now), and when I first found out about it, I was told that they were hoping for July. I felt it was a little early, but I was hoping for it nonetheless! :)

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 05:38 PM

+1 on Salinas-Monterey. "No plans at this time to institute the service." RU kidding me?

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 06:33 PM

Can't wait to see what their screwed up distribution of nets is going to be in Biloxi-Gulfport...seeing as how it only has ABC and FOX within it...and depending on which portion you're in your CBS and NBC could come from Mobile (me), Hattiesburg, or even New Orleans. NONE of which are currently, nor ever have been, available to anyone in Biloxi-Gulfport DMA even though they've been on the system for years.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 06:36 PM

why is CW the only local in Detroit that is not HD and is there anything i can do about it?

my OTA reception is poor for CW...tons of audio cut-outs.


Does D* have CW in HD anywhere? They don't even have the DNS feeds in HD for it.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:24 PM

Does D* have CW in HD anywhere? They don't even have the DNS feeds in HD for it.


NYC has the CW in HD, on DirecTV that is. Heck they just launched the local Univision and Telefutura in HD as well.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:26 PM

No Fargo, ND still? FFS. I was hoping they'd at least get Fox, CBS, and NBC in HD out here in time for the NFL season. I dont want to have to consistently record a lot of Mpeg-2 HD stuff via my AM21 and also my CBS reception is spotty at best.

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Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:43 PM

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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