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#26 OFFLINE   paulsonj72

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:01 AM

Hre is an email answer I got from the GM of KELO which is a significantly viewed station in my county

While you are correct that we qualify based on being significantly
viewed, DirecTV does not usually have two stations with the same
affiliation based upon their capacity limits. We will check, but I'm
sure that is the answer.
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#27 OFFLINE   joshjr

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:24 AM

Hre is an email answer I got from the GM of KELO which is a significantly viewed station in my county

While you are correct that we qualify based on being significantly
viewed, DirecTV does not usually have two stations with the same
affiliation based upon their capacity limits. We will check, but I'm
sure that is the answer.
Thanks for asking!


While they are probably pretty accurate, it does happen. My DMA is not a big DMA and they added two of the three available for us from a much larger DMA. From DirecTV's perspective, the only thing they had to gain at the time was we didnt have a deal done with the CBS that is in my DMA so that helped but we also didnt have a deal with our DMA's FOX and we didnt get their significantly viewed channel activated.

I think if the stations express interest to their DirecTV contact there is a shot at it happening. Where does your DMA rank on the 2013 Neilson list and where does the station you speak of rank? It could help if you rank low and the stations is from a much larger local DMA. Who knows. Thanks for the info, keep us up to date and let me know if you need any help or have any questions.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:26 AM

Hre is an email answer I got from the GM of KELO which is a significantly viewed station in my county

While you are correct that we qualify based on being significantly
viewed, DirecTV does not usually have two stations with the same
affiliation based upon their capacity limits. We will check, but I'm
sure that is the answer.
Thanks for asking!

I think this is the problem, Its just lack of space in some cases, but in my case Directv already supplys them .

I wrote to channel 4 NY, and have gotton no response as of yet.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

I think this is the problem, Its just lack of space in some cases, but in my case Directv already supplys them .

I wrote to channel 4 NY, and have gotton no response as of yet.


Trust me guys, this is the best way. It wont happen for everyone and in same cases it will depend on our abilities to sell it being a benefit to the significantly viewed station and DirecTV I guess. Also it wouldnt hurt to have other people you know in that area call or email the affiliate about it as well. The more people they have interested in it the more likely they are to push to make it happen.

I try to always have my ducks in a row and be as persuasive as I can. The one I called a few days ago to apply for a significantly viewed status, I spoke to the Chief Engineer and he didnt have a clue. At first he said if you get your DMA's channel you are required by law to get them only. I said yes except for stations that are considered significantly viewed. He acted like there was no upside for him and why would he do it. I let him know that he is the only station in his DMA that is not considered significantly viewed in my county so obviously the other major affiliates find value in it and DirecTV has already added 2 of the 3 available while the 3rd is perusing this option as well. I also intend to let him know that they were on the local cable co's lineup until late last year so people here do like their channel.

Its all about selling. I love this stuff. I am more than happy to assist anyone wanting help with any of this. I hope everyone of you guys get all the stations added you want. If I can help make that happen I will.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:49 AM

Just to clarify something ealier, a waiver does not have to have an approval from the DMA affiliate. If they dont approve it after30 days the law says its automatically approved.

By the same token, they can deny the waiver at any point in that window. At that point, it is up to the end user to prove that they can't receive a signal.

In this age of carriage agreements replacing advertising revenue, it isn't likely to get easier.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 10:56 AM

By the same token, they can deny the waiver at any point in that window. At that point, it is up to the end user to prove that they can't receive a signal.

In this age of carriage agreements replacing advertising revenue, it isn't likely to get easier.


That is partially true. DirecTV will tell you that you can only submit for waivers every 90 days, however their website allows you to submit the waivers yourself. When I had issues with this, I checked every day and as soon as one was denied I reapplied again. I am pretty confident I got 2 approved by doing that. One affiliate I am pretty sure let their license laps with the company that give them the rights to deny those and while in that window of not having a license I think everything was granted and the other I think got tired of seeing my name show up over and over and just approved the waiver. It pays to be persistent.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:07 AM

That is partially true. DirecTV will tell you that you can only submit for waivers every 90 days, however their website allows you to submit the waivers yourself. When I had issues with this, I checked every day and as soon as one was denied I reapplied again. I am pretty confident I got 2 approved by doing that. One affiliate I am pretty sure let their license laps with the company that give them the rights to deny those and while in that window of not having a license I think everything was granted and the other I think got tired of seeing my name show up over and over and just approved the waiver. It pays to be persistent.

Direct also refused a waiver request. Was not an option since I have locals.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:12 AM

Direct also refused a waiver request. Was not an option since I have locals.


That is correct. You can not submit for waivers to get a DNS feed if you get that affiliates channel from your own DMA. Significantly viewed is just a different cat all together. Definitely helps us. It does not put us out for getting an adequate antenna and a AM21 to get the stations we want. I am just comforted by the fact that at least we have some work arounds.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:41 AM

Well I have taken the advice of a few of the posters here and emailed my 2 stations. I have one station out of SF/Oak and one out of Reno that is listed on the updated list. Hopefully something will happen, unfortunately where I am OTA is really hit or miss. You could literally move 1/4 mile and go from great reception to nothing at all.

Hopefully I will get lucky and find a couple of channels that are also willing to take up the cause for me (us).

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 11:45 AM

Well I have taken the advice of a few of the posters here and emailed my 2 stations. I have one station out of SF/Oak and one out of Reno that is listed on the updated list. Hopefully something will happen, unfortunately where I am OTA is really hit or miss. You could literally move 1/4 mile and go from great reception to nothing at all.

Hopefully I will get lucky and find a couple of channels that are also willing to take up the cause for me (us).


Just an FYI, but I strongly advise everyone to call to make the initial contact. I think it comes across a lot better and you can gauge how much you need to sell them on the idea. Also in my case I have had to educate them on what I was asking as well. I think you are more likely to get better results if you have them on the phone and answer their immediate questions. Most I have dealt with have a few.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 08:49 AM

I emailed before I read we should call. We have three significantly viewed channels in our area (CBS, NBC, FOX). Here are the results so far.

CBS no response.

FOX says I should contact Directv to get my local fox or switch providers. I believe this was an automated response because of the recent carriage dispute they were having that just ended. I have to try this one again later.

NBC says "We are going to have to do some research on this as. We will be in touch." So there maybe some hope here.

Will keep you posted on how it goes.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:05 AM

wjhg nbc panama city fl show the most views here in Dothan al but direc will only let us the nbc out of new York. I have call direc several about it.Dish has wjhg as the local nbc here.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:06 AM

I emailed before I read we should call. We have three significantly viewed channels in our area (CBS, NBC, FOX). Here are the results so far.

CBS no response.

FOX says I should contact Directv to get my local fox or switch providers. I believe this was an automated response because of the recent carriage dispute they were having that just ended. I have to try this one again later.

NBC says "We are going to have to do some research on this as. We will be in touch." So there maybe some hope here.

Will keep you posted on how it goes.

I couldn't find a GM contact number for Channel 4 NY, so I sent an Email and no response still.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:09 AM

wjhg nbc panama city fl show the most views here in Dothan al but direc will only let us the nbc out of new York. I have call direc several about it.Dish has wjhg as the local nbc here.


Can you clarify a few things for me? What county and state do you live in and also what DMA are you in? What DMA is WJHG in? Is your DMA without a NBC affiliate? That is what it sounds like to me. DirecTV brings in NY and Dish something different. This could be the case where WJHG is not on the same spot beam with your DMA's locals assuming they are different obviously.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:10 AM

I couldn't find a GM contact number for Channel 4 NY, so I sent an Email and no response still.


What are the call letters for the station you are after? I will see what I can find out.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:12 AM

I emailed before I read we should call. We have three significantly viewed channels in our area (CBS, NBC, FOX). Here are the results so far.

CBS no response.

FOX says I should contact Directv to get my local fox or switch providers. I believe this was an automated response because of the recent carriage dispute they were having that just ended. I have to try this one again later.

NBC says "We are going to have to do some research on this as. We will be in touch." So there maybe some hope here.

Will keep you posted on how it goes.


I find that a lot of these need education on what it is we speak. Their first thoughts are its not possible or legal usually. Assuring them its legal and that you know people in your area want their station goes along ways.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:20 AM

What are the call letters for the station you are after? I will see what I can find out.

I need a Phone Number for WNBC NY channel 4
WNYW Fox 5

My WBNG 12 I had just called and left a Message with their GM.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:34 AM

i need a phone number for wnbc ny channel 4
wnyw fox 5

my wbng 12 i had just called and left a message with their gm.


wnbc 212-664-4444
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:39 AM

wnbc 212-664-4444

Awesome thanks will call now!

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:43 AM

Here's the Fox number ..... 212-452-5555
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:44 AM

Thats not the Number, Thats someones Disconnected Cell phone
212 -664-4444

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 10:52 AM

Here's the Fox number ..... 212-452-5555


This one worked, Left message!

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:00 AM

I find that a lot of these need education on what it is we speak. Their first thoughts are its not possible or legal usually. Assuring them its legal and that you know people in your area want their station goes along ways.


Both stations I got in contact with responded back but with the same response "we're not in that DMA." I don't think many stations know about the SVC list and don't seem willing to fight it. Seems to me it'd be good for them, get paid more money for more viewers. And for me at least having the SVC added would be good for DirecTV, the area I am in a huge tourist area with a very heavy SF Bay Area influence and adding a Bay Area channel would be a great addition and reason for people to switch from cable (which offers it) to DirecTV.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:02 AM

Thats not the Number, Thats someones Disconnected Cell phone
212 -664-4444


Not a direct number but here is a number to call and who to ask for. He is the GM. Michael Jack - 866-639-7244.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 11:04 AM

Both stations I got in contact with responded back but with the same response "we're not in that DMA." I don't think many stations know about the SVC list and don't seem willing to fight it. .

If cable carries them ,Then they are in your DMA.;)

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