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DIRECTV has lost and got back Tribune stations due to retrans dispute

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by RAD, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. Apr 2, 2012 #421 of 862
    tzphotos.com

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    If you're someone who likes to build things, this is a pretty cool website I found. It shows how to build a simple, but effective antenna.
    http://www.digitalhome.ca/ota/superantenna/design.htm

    Again, this is only for the hobby person. I don't suggest everyone go out and build their own antenna. It's just a neat project.
     
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    fleckrj

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    My original 18" RCA dish (from back in the days when there were DirecTV dishes and receivers available from a number of manufacturers) had a built in OTA antenna, but as others have stated, it was worthless unless your local stations happened to be located in the right direction. In my case, the broadcast towers were perpendicular to the direction the dish was looking, so the built in antenna was a feature that had no meaning.

    There were (and for all I know might still be) dish mounts that featured an extension above the dish to which an OTA antenna could be mounted.
     
  3. Apr 2, 2012 #423 of 862
    SParker

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    I know it will never ever happen but I wish we could buy other local markets. Or buy multiple local markets from all across the country if we wanted to.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2012 #424 of 862
    Lord Vader

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    Yeah, and WBBM CBS Chicago is the ONLY one I can never get via OTA. Never. Ugh!
     
  5. Apr 2, 2012 #425 of 862
    hbg ota nut

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    Here is one of my favoritesL
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWQhlmJTMzw
     
  6. Apr 2, 2012 #426 of 862
    hbg ota nut

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    Sounds like you need a good VHF-Hi antenna that you could tie into your existing setup with a VHF/UHF joiner.
     
  7. Apr 2, 2012 #427 of 862
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    Yes, they are allowed to, but they don't have to.
     
  8. Apr 2, 2012 #428 of 862
    fleckrj

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    There are a few stations, primarily in rural areas that do not have hills, that still broadcast on the low VHF band, but most full power digital stations are on high VHF or UHF, and you are correct that these do not require large antennas.

    Stations still operating on UHF frequencies above 52 are supposed to move to a frequency between 7 and 52 by 2014. As a result, newer "UHF" antennas are being designed to work within this range, improving the ability to receive high VHF at the expense of UHF 56 through 62.

    The only station in my DMA that broadcasts on a VHF frequency is on channel 11. That is high enough that it can be picked up by most UHF antennas.

    The really long arms on the old VHF/UHF combination antennas and on the VHF only antennas were needed for the low VHF band (2 through 6).
     
  9. Apr 2, 2012 #429 of 862
    Lord Vader

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    I can only do so much in a 3rd floor apartment that faces the opposite direction and is 30 miles west of the city. I can get all the other Chicago stations just fine. WBBM has always been a problem for me and many others here.
     
  10. Apr 2, 2012 #430 of 862
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    WGN has a deal with local stations in the Central Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Iowa markets in which these stations (such as the MyNetworkTV affiliate here) simulcast the WCIU games as well as the WGN Bulls games that aren't on WGN America.
     
  11. Apr 2, 2012 #431 of 862
    inkahauts

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    None of the superstations carry cw programing. They show syndicated shows.
     
  12. Apr 2, 2012 #432 of 862
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    One thing im wondering is with the CEO of Tribune being the founder of DirecTV i wonder if one reason the trouble with the negations is the fact of him maybe being upset about the past.
     
  13. Apr 2, 2012 #433 of 862
    inkahauts

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    There are still plenty of VHF digital channels. When the switchover occurred, several stations moved their digital broadcasts from UHF to VHF stations, including some of the bigger channels here in Los Angeles. Truth is, in the end, it depends on where you live relative to the broadcast antennas. Sometimes a paper clip is all you need. :)
     
  14. Apr 2, 2012 #434 of 862
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    Well lost my local WGN 9 but no biggie I have an old HR20-700 and just go Over The Air. So glad I did that anttenna back in 1999 when DTV had no locals comes in handy at times like this and big storms.
     
  15. Apr 2, 2012 #435 of 862
    SledgeHammer

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    Who cares? I'm still getting the one show I actually watch on CW just fine on channel 5-1 :).
     
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    I cannot count the times I used a paperclip as a TV antenna...
     
  17. Apr 2, 2012 #437 of 862
    zimm7778

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    There is a positive in this dispute. Less White Sox broadcasts seen is a good thing.
     
  18. Apr 2, 2012 #438 of 862
    zimm7778

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    We had that once. They were called New York and Los Angeles. Local affiliates cried and complained and this was before satellites got as big as they are now and before locals were on them. No way it ever happens now.
     
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  20. Apr 2, 2012 #440 of 862
    Lord Vader

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    I agree. After all, who'd want to watch a team that won the World Series a mere 7 years ago when one can watch the Cubs, who last won it in 1908?

    Oh, and BTW, the word is "fewer," not "less." ;)
     

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