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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by xceebeex, Jun 22, 2010.

  1. Skyboss

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    You don't have locals (HD or SD) so you are "unserved" and eligible for distance networks. Call DirecTV and confirm that you have them in your package.
     
  2. joshjr

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    Just cause you dont have them does not mean you are unserved. Unserved means there is no affiliate for that station for the DMA you belong to.
     
  3. Hoosier205

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    It's not that simple. He would have to receive lower than a B grade on the signal strength scale they use to be considered "unserved." If he has a B grade or above then they believe he can received the channel OTA and is therefor served.
     
  4. joshjr

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    When I ran this it looked different. See below. My guess is you were showing analog and digital from before the transition.

    TV Fool NY.jpg
     
  5. xceebeex

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    So what does that mean? When I called and asked about if I could get locals they said that there is nothing they could do. Did I get a bad CSR? I could deal without NBC for a while if that was the only one.
     
  6. Skyboss

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    Call them and tell them you want distance networks because you don't have locals.
     
  7. joshjr

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    This means that you have to apply for waivers for all of them excepot for NBC. NBC would be pretty much granted instantly as it appear you are unserved. If you really want to know what you would get call the affiliates and ask for either the GM or the Chief Engineer. Ask them if they would grant a waiver for you as a DirecTV customer that is not getting locals and tell them where you are at. They can say yes or no but you would know without signing up. I have dealt with this for 2 year. Took me awhile to get most of mine approved. Many a phone calls. It helps that you can submit you own waivers from the website though.
     
  8. Hoosier205

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    ...it's not that simple.
     
  9. xceebeex

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    That seems like a lot of work for something that will be available in a little more than 4 months. Plus, I don't want to go through with the installation and then have problems with the waivers and miss shows that we like to watch. My installation is scheduled for next Tuesday.
     
  10. joshjr

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    What they have been trying to tell you is that you can hook an antenna to the DVR and record straight from the antenna. If the HD DVR does not have the ATSC tuners then you can ask D* for a AM21 which uses a USB cable to connect the reciever to the DVR and the antenna plugs into the AM21. Its really a matter of what people are willing to do. I delt with it because I was so tired of watching the Chiefs and Rams suck it up every year and just had to try Sunday Ticket. I gave up locals for Sunday Ticket. I use an OTA antenna and I do have some DNS feeds as well. My locals finally launched last week but I only get half of the big 4. I enjoyed the process of getting the DNS feeds but its not for everyone. I put a ton of work into and talked to a ton of people including a live call with my Congressman with the entire state on the phone and I was one of the 10 or so that was able to ask a question. Talked to the FCC, my Senator, the people who make the DNS tool that DirecTV uses, DirecTV, all the affiliates GM's, and their chief engineer's as well. Learned alot about how it all works. It took time. Its all up to you. Not saying you would have to do the same though. Best answer is to call your affiliates and ask the GM or chief engineer if they would gant a waiver based on where you live for a DirecTV customer that has no locals. Let us know what you decide. As you see there are people here with knowledge to help if you do decide to become a D* customer.
     
  11. Alan Gordon

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    I'm saying that we learned about those markets last Wednesday afternoon. It says that more markets will be added over the next few weeks... so it's possible that DirecTV may add some more tomorrow or later in the week, so I'd put off cancelling my appointment until Thursday at the least. :)

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  12. xceebeex

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    Thanks for the response. I definitely want to become a Direct TV customer, but may wait until locals become available. I will give my old antenna a try to see if I can get the locals over the air still. If I can get them, I may still switch since I will only watch the locals for a few shows anyway.
     
  13. Alan Gordon

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    WOW!! :eek2:

    If only it were that easy... :D

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  14. joshjr

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    keep in mind most shows can be seen via that channels website as well. To each their own. Most wouldnt give up their locals for Sudnay Ticket but I just felt I had no choice anymore. I already wasnt getting to watch my Colts but that was just to much. Guess there is something to be said for your DMA's channels coming from 2 different states other then which you live in, go figure.
     
  15. xceebeex

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    Ok, I will give it a few more days and in the meantime I will try my old antenna to see if I can get that working.
     
  16. joshjr

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    Are we talking indoor or outdoor antenna? You close enough indoor might work but outdoor would get what you need I think. Alot of good anenna's are not that expensive these days especially ones that dont need that long of a range like you.
     
  17. xceebeex

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    Here is the one that I have:
    http://www.philips.ca/c/tv-and-moni...-fm-indoor-50-db-amplified-sdv2510_27/prd/en/

    Ideally I don't want to purchase something that I know I will not need in a few months. Plus I would have to run a cable from the roof for an outdoor antenna.
     
  18. my1423

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    What about the 380 channels? Would he not qualify for those? CBS NBC FOX PBS ECT


    You need waivers for these? Did not know that.
     
  19. Alan Gordon

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    Yep! :(

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  20. jdspencer

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    FYI, NBC for our area (Binghamton) is on a subchannel with the ABC affiliate. WIVT (ABC) is on 34-1 and WBGH (NBC) is on 34-2. Both of these are 720p. My AM21 integrates all OTA locals very nicely.

    The DirecTV website also shows that they will be offering HD locals in October.

    Here's the Binghamton/Elmira local reception thread on AVSForum.
    http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?p=18797049#post18797049

    BTW, I had to use a large Winegard outdoor antenna to receive the OTA locals and I'm only 9+ miles from the towers. The problem was that Crocker Hill is between me and the towers.
     

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