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#61 OFFLINE   fleckrj

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 12:54 PM

Some people can get local Salt Lake City channels OTA via translators located in my area, but my house is located in a neighborhood that cannot get those signals due to the area's topography so they are not available to me OTA. We have one full power local NBC affiliate, KENV,  transmitting from another location which I can get in HD OTA. Directv doesn't carry KENV for some reason but carries the local Salt lake City NBC affiliate instead in SD. The local Salt lake City channels that I only get in SD are available in HD to Directv subscribers who are located closer to Salt lake City. I believe that the same situation applies to Dish subscribers. I can't get cable in this location either. However even though my area is considered a part of the Salt Lake City coverage area Directv's HD spot beam doesn't reach far enough so we are stuck with SD only. I am advocating that people in our situation be allowed to get the national network feeds in HD. It seems like a reasonable enough request to me.

 

As far as "DirecTV is refusing to carry them" goes, actually they refuse to set up their spot beam so it reaches far enough so that people in my area can get locals in HD. Perhaps it is not technologically feasible to do that. I don't know. But again that's why I am advocating being allowed to get the national feeds in HD.

 

If the problem was the fault of the local station, then I would agree with you, but in this case, it is clearly DirecTV's fault.  If the rules were changed to allow national feeds because DirecTV does not want to spend the money (or whatever it is that prevents the spot beam from reaching you) to provide your locals to you in HD, the local channel should not be punished.  To allow DirecTV (or Dish) to give you national feeds in HD because DirecTV (or dish) does not have the local stations in SD would ensure that DirecTV would never provide any locals in HD.

 

On the other hand, if the locals do not agree to provide the HD signal to DirecTV or for some other reason do not allow DirecTV to carry the locals in HD, then I would agree that the law should be changed to allow DirecTV to give you the national HD feed.



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#62 OFFLINE   inkahauts

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Posted 07 February 2014 - 02:43 PM

I wish they would allow us to choose 1 Distant Network City based on our Time Zone. Like if you lived in the Eastern Time Zone You Could Choose 1 City to Subscribe to like New York, Boston, or if you lived in the South, Atlanta. If you lived in the Central Time Zone you could subscribe to get the Chicago Locals or St. Louis. Mountain Time Zone You could subscribe to Denver or some othe city. If you live in the Western Time Zone You could subscribe to Los Angeles locals or San Francisco or if you live farther north in the West Time Zone you could subscribe to Seattle Locals.


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Posted 07 February 2014 - 02:45 PM

If the problem was the fault of the local station, then I would agree with you, but in this case, it is clearly DirecTV's fault. If the rules were changed to allow national feeds because DirecTV does not want to spend the money (or whatever it is that prevents the spot beam from reaching you) to provide your locals to you in HD, the local channel should not be punished. To allow DirecTV (or Dish) to give you national feeds in HD because DirecTV (or dish) does not have the local stations in SD would ensure that DirecTV would never provide any locals in HD.

On the other hand, if the locals do not agree to provide the HD signal to DirecTV or for some other reason do not allow DirecTV to carry the locals in HD, then I would agree that the law should be changed to allow DirecTV to give you the national HD feed.


The salt lake market is just a different market in terms of coverage area. I don think any other market poses quite the same issues as it does from a spot beam configuration situation.

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Posted 08 February 2014 - 10:52 AM

I think it should be all about choice. If the consumer wanted to be able to purchase a distant network package for an extra fee on their bill of about $5 or $6 a month, then we should have that choice. I still like my idea of being able to subscribe to a Distant Network Service based upon the Time Zone in which you live in. It would be nice to be able to have another set of Locals for backup. Because Sometimes Local Channels Do Go Down. A Local Station in My Market went down for a little while last week.


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 11:01 AM

I think it should be all about choice. If the consumer wanted to be able to purchase a distant network package for an extra fee on their bill of about $5 or $6 a month, then we should have that choice. I still like my idea of being able to subscribe to a Distant Network Service based upon the Time Zone in which you live in. It would be nice to be able to have another set of Locals for backup. Because Sometimes Local Channels Do Go Down. A Local Station in My Market went down for a little while last week.

Isn't this governed by the FCC?


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Posted 08 February 2014 - 03:55 PM

I think it should be all about choice. If the consumer wanted to be able to purchase a distant network package for an extra fee on their bill of about $5 or $6 a month, then we should have that choice. I still like my idea of being able to subscribe to a Distant Network Service based upon the Time Zone in which you live in. It would be nice to be able to have another set of Locals for backup. Because Sometimes Local Channels Do Go Down. A Local Station in My Market went down for a little while last week.


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So you would pay $6 extra a month for channels you don't watch just in case?



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Posted 08 February 2014 - 09:15 PM

I would not.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 04:40 AM

I would love having Distant Networks available via a la carte and would gladly pay the monthly fee. Our local CBS affiliate has more problems than a dead monkey on a rock. Their equipment fails on a monthly basis causing either pixelation, black outs, or window boxing the signal, effecting cable, satellite, and OTR signals. The public's complaints falls on deaf ears and they refuse to grant a waiver.    


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 01:35 PM

It will never happen.  At least not until the landscape changes from DMA's.  Currently its all about Localism.  That is what the NAB preaches at each hearing.  While I don't agree with it, it wont go away or change easily. 


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 07:22 PM

Now if DISH ever offered a option to purchase Distant nettworks from as many cities as desired I would definatly subscribe to that.


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Posted 09 February 2014 - 07:45 PM

Now if DISH ever offered a option to purchase Distant nettworks from as many cities as desired I would definatly subscribe to that.


Neither DISH nor DirecTV are going to make a service offering that is a violation of federal law. :rolleyes:
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Posted 10 February 2014 - 06:40 AM

I for one would welcome DNS.
Our locals are so pathetic. During the news NBC and CBS become the same channel. At least cable allow some NY channels..

I think allowing DNS to satellite customers would be welcomed by many customers.

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Posted 10 February 2014 - 02:27 PM

Customers may welcome it, but the lobbyists at NAB would fight tooth and nail to prevent it. Who is going to win, those with the deep pockets who may promise lobbying jobs to the FCC people once they leave, or consumers who at best send an email or two to the FCC?


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