According to what CNN said, the Boston stations were pretty much running continuous coverage at the beginning,Thursday night and of course all day Friday..Just like New York did after 9/11.
Also, WSBK could have been pulled at; it's a superstations, though I think it is now affiliated with MyTV, after dropping CW. They were simulcasting WBZ, as it is a partially owned by them. By the way, I know DirecTV does not offer KTLA, KWGN, WPIX, WWOR and WSBK as a superstation package, while DISH does (something I do miss since switching, because it was nice getting the newscasts from these cities). But, the signals for these stations are available continental US. This may be an option fro DirectTV, to obtain breaking news in LA, Denver, New York or Boston; WGN, would always cut in if something happened in Chicago.
Thank you for looking into the links issue; it is greatly appreciated.
I'm seeing what you are seeing (IE7). I normally use FireFox but keep IE7 around for accessing a couple of sites that require IE (and I don't want to use a compatibility mode).
We had VigLink on the old site ... David has tweaked the settings and DBSTalk club members should now be able to turn it off in their settings. (Or leave it on and help support the site.)
As for the topic of the News Mix ... it seems that some want something that was not routinely offered when there was a news mix. The hurricane channel was (and is) a good idea when stations go wall to wall news for a major predictable event (giving DirecTV enough time to talk to the stations and set up the channel). A spur of the moment local news mix would be interesting ... but not being from Boston I wonder how much of last week's television broadcast was live news.
If DirecTV had a nimble system for contacting stations, getting permissions and building the mix they could have started the channel late Monday night ... but it would have needed to be blacked out outside of the Boston market at any time they were not airing content the stations had national rights to air (either that or black out that station's feed on the mix). There were peak times where I assume all Boston stations with news were news ... but DirecTV would need to be agile to show each feed when they could and drop each feed when they couldn't carry it nationally. It is a lot to ask.
In general DirecTV is in the business of picking up feeds and retransmitting them without editing. A local channel news mix could approach the production level of the Red Zone Channel ... with a dedicated staff making sure no rights were violated. That gets expensive.