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D* Sub Channels June??

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dod1450, Mar 21, 2011.

  1. dod1450

    dod1450 Legend

    Dec 16, 2009
    I saw this from a local HDTV email list and wondering anyone else had heard of this. That Salinas California 8.2 maybe on D* in June.

    This is a video;
    It will be on Dish and cable too, Direct TV in June.
  2. Jon Ellis

    Jon Ellis Godfather

    Dec 28, 2003
    8.2 will be the ABC affiliate starting next month, so that's why they're carrying it. They generally do carry subchannels if they are a big-four affiliate.
  3. dod1450

    dod1450 Legend

    Dec 16, 2009
    So will the guide display as 8 or 8.2 for this new network?
  4. Jon Ellis

    Jon Ellis Godfather

    Dec 28, 2003
    They usually put it on a different whole-number channel, sometimes the RF digital channel number (if it's different than the PSIP channel). I think DirecTV is the only one that puts some locals on x.x channels, and you can only receive those on HD receivers...but I may be wrong.
  5. wilsonc

    wilsonc Legend

    Aug 22, 2006
    D* currently doesn't put any subchannel from a local affliate in the satellite stream. Receivers using OTA tuners can get them from an OTA antenna, but not in the satellite stream.
  6. richard1428

    richard1428 Cool Member

    May 6, 2010
    Salt Lake City"
    PBS afilliates

    no OTA
  7. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    Same pattern here in L.A.;

    DirecTV carries both the local PBS affiliate KLCS as channel "58" in the guide, and one of its secondary OTA sub-channels as "58-2."

    Don't know if the upcoming Salinas California channel will display as "8-2" in the guide but it likely will I'd wager.
  8. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    My area has three sub-channels carried by DirecTV. They all have separate channel numbers. Channel 10 is MyNetwork which is 40-2 OTA, Channel 13 is The CW (12-2 OTA) and channel 20 is our NBC affiliate on 34-2 OTA. We don't have any of the secondary type sub channels.
  9. adkinsjm

    adkinsjm Icon

    Mar 25, 2003
    It depends on the market on what subchannels are carried. For smaller markets, subchannels could be a major network, CW or MyNetwork TV.
  10. HoTat2

    HoTat2 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 16, 2005
    I'm thinking it may be what the sub-channels are actually carrying might be the key. For instance if it is a completely separate network than what is carried on the main "x(x)-1" OTA sub-channel then DirecTV will give it a solely numerical number in the guide different from its pre-dash OTA number.

    But if the secondary sub-channels carry minor programming mainly related to the local station originated material it will likely be assigned a dash number in the guide with the same pre-dash number as the main.
  11. wilbur_the_goose

    wilbur_the_goose Hall Of Fame

    Aug 16, 2006
    Sorry - D* does not normally carry subchannels of the big 4.
  12. dirtyblueshirt

    dirtyblueshirt Under Suspicion

    Dec 6, 2008
    Anaheim, CA
    I think what Jon means, is that in markets where one of the big 4 are broadcast ON a subchannel, not subchannels OF the big 4 stations
  13. dishrich

    dishrich Hall Of Fame

    Apr 23, 2002
    So when you say "normally" did you mean they NEVER do, or ONLY in the examples already stated? :confused:

    The point is, D* very much already DOES do this in some (read: smaller) DMA's, as that is the ONLY (legal) way those DMA's can get some primary, network prog locally. (ie: NOT from DNS service thru DBS)

    AND in those same markets, normally if a station offers a missing network affiliate for that said DMA on a sub, (in the OP's case, there has NOT been a "local" OTA ABC affiliate for this DMA for over a decade now) that same affiliate WILL invoke "network non-duplication rules" over ANY cable OR DBS companies from importing distant signals of that same network affiliate.

    In the case of D*, D* IS now being required to stop offering KGO-SanFran in the Monterey/Salinas DMA as they currently do, & to offer 8.2 in it's place - as that is the ONLY ABC affiliate they can legally offer in this DMA w/out a waiver from KSBW. (which AIN'T gonna happen!) DISH & all local cable co such as Comcast are having to do the VERY same thing in this DMA.

    As adkins & HoTat already explained, THAT is the very reason why DirecTV (& DISH, too) DO carry subchannels that are of network prog.
  14. djzack67

    djzack67 Icon

    Sep 18, 2007
    Chicago WYIN 56-2

    No OTA

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