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AM21 Off Air Tuner Bug? with primary and secondary markets

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Relativity, Jul 28, 2012.

  1. Relativity

    Relativity AllStar

    May 28, 2011
    if you setup a primary and secondary zip code in the Off-Air Channels setup, and both markets have the same channel (for example, 4-1) then you'll find that both channels will appear in your guide and you can't remove one of them (the secondary one)

    If you go to the Edit Off-Air Channel List, you'll find the secondary duplicate channel doesn't exist. Example: 4-1 (WCBS primary market) and 4-1 (WNBC secondary market)

    when you go to your guide, both channels will appear.

    The only way to remove the channel is to use favorites
  2. gcd0865

    gcd0865 Legend

    Jul 23, 2008
    I believe this is a bug of the AM21, where artifacts of stations remain in the populated OTA channel listing, with discrepancies between the on-screen guide and the separate OTA listing.

    Re-run the full OTA setup 2 or 3 times, including full resets/"initial setups" that clear all channels. Eventually, the AM21 will get the listings right, and will be consistent between the on-screen guide and the OTA channel listing. Others (including me) have reported this problem with the AM21.
  3. texasbrit

    texasbrit Well-Known Member

    Aug 9, 2006
    Yes, it's a bug, but difficult to get around. But if the FCC had made the stations use their real channel number, instead of this "virtual" channel allocation, it would not have been a problem. Creates chaos where you have repeaters using the same virtual channel number as the original source channel, in a location that gets both of them.
    Similar problem with most TVs, by the way; if you have two 4-1s in the channel list, and you key in 4-1, which channel do you think you should get?

    I think if you delete the "primary" zip code, so you only have the stations from the secondary one, including the station you want to delete; then delete it, then add in the primary zip code, you will get what you need.

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