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Duplicated Local Channels

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#1 OFFLINE   bradkimberly


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Posted 07 July 2002 - 04:33 PM

So, tell me if this is something you noticed, too. I might just be going nuts.

I subscribe to my locals and the superstation package.

As a result, I have all of my local stations duplicated twice. Once in the 700-800's, once in the 8000's. I also have all of my superstations (except for TBS) duplicated three times. Once in the 230's, once in the 700-800's, and once in the 8000's.

What's the deal here? Why won't Dish remove the duplicate channels?


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#2 OFFLINE   scooper


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Posted 07 July 2002 - 05:26 PM

It's not really a problem - what Dish is doing is sending the video stream for each channel once, but assigning multiple channel numbers to it.

BTW - if you have a Receiver that is OpenTV capable (a 3900,4900,301 or 501), you'll eventually get a software upgrade that will put your Local channels on their OTA channel numbers (from 2-69).

As to why won't they remove the duplicates - who knows !! I don't worry about it myself.
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#3 OFFLINE   Swampthing



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Posted 07 July 2002 - 07:08 PM

It's not really a bug, it's a feature! :-)
Seriously, having the locals anywhere outside of the 8000 range has been a blessing in disguise since my Dishplayers tend to reboot when trying to navigate through the 8000 series of channels. As a precaution, I always view the locals in the 700 series and record from there as well...

#4 OFFLINE   Mark Holtz

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Posted 07 July 2002 - 08:48 PM

The locals in the 7xx-8xx range are the old locations for the ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX stations. Under the SHIVA law, however, all of the channels have to be grouped together, thus the 8xx0 for Abc, 8xx1 being CBS, 8xx2 being NBC, 8xx3 being Fox, 8xx4 being WB, 8xx5 being UPN, 8xx6 being PBS, 8xx8 being Univision, and 8xx9 being Telemundo. With the OpenTV upgrade, all of the channels will be mapped to the corresponding channel positions.

There is no waste of space, as the channel numbers are mapped to the same transponder/satellite/datastream.

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#5 OFFLINE   Kevin



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Posted 08 July 2002 - 02:30 PM

My locals are in three different slots: the single digits (2-69), the 200's, and the 8000's. Actually it's a good feature because it makes the channels easier to memorize for certain people. They can duplicate the locals all they want for all I care!

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