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DirecTV local channel choices

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by JackBauer112, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. Newshawk

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    DirecTV didn't have an "antena box module" in 2005-they didn't even have the HR20s, which had OTA tuners built-in, in 2005! Maybe you are talking about one of the older legacy HD receivers from Sony, Samsung, Hughes, Philips and others. They will give you over the air HD channels but you will not get DirecTV delivered HD programming at all.
     
  2. JackBauer112

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    Your'e right about that my DirecTV box was seperate from the OTA module. I believe I had a splitter to switch back and forth but I think about a few years ago (2008) was when the new OTA module was released and I got that module in order to get OTA locals. Your'e probably right I got the old Sony DirecTV reciever when I first got service. I actually got the service bundled with AT&T to make the price cheaper. Out here on the CA Central Coast, I have either AT&T or Verizon to bundle my service. I chose AT&T.
     
  3. JackBauer112

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    One thing to point out, I learned about the new D* Portable Sat-to-go. How am I able to get any locals if I'm in a different market? Will I get the same locals from where I live or will it change when I set up my portable D* Dish. I'm thinking about purchasing it for the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders pre-season games. e.g. I'm in SLO county and I travel to the SF Bay Area, will I get those locals or from where I live?
     
  4. texasbrit

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    You won't get any locals. First, your SLO locals are from the 119 satellite and the satgo won't receive them, it only sees 101. Second, even if you had a separate receiver and a dish that would receive 119 (the Phase III oval, or a Slimline 5) your receiver will only receive locals from your service address which is SLO. All locals are delivered via spotbeams pointed at different cities, and although the spotbeam sizes vary a lot I am pretty sure that in SFO you will be out of the SLO spotbeams so you would get 771s on all the locals.
     
  5. Newshawk

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    Actually, the SatGo will receive locals from the 119 satellite when you are in your spot beam area-you just have to set the receiver to an Oval 3 LNB dish type aim the dish/lid manually. It's much the same process as some of the RV dome dishes that use the 22 kHz tone to swing the dish to the 119 location from the 101 location.
     
  6. hancox

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    I completely sympathize - same issue here in the NY DMA, totally non-served by the NY stations. Cable and UVerse get "CT" locals, but not on DBS.
     
  7. JackBauer112

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    So basically, I will only get locals from where my physical service address is? And could anyone tell me what the features of this are in the D* Sat-Go?
     
  8. JackBauer112

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    How am I gonna get my locals on the D* Sat-go when I set up D* service?
     
  9. byrd

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    I'm in a bit of an odd situation, because D* does give me a choice.

    I live in the 23149 zip code. 23149 is technically a Middlesex County, VA zip code, however, my physical address is in Gloucester County, VA. Middlesex belongs to the Richmond viewing market, while Gloucester belongs to the Norfolk market. When I discuss my locals with D* they ask what locals I get, and I say Norfolk.

    If I go to D* Local Channel lookup web page and put in my zip code, it says "We need some information to get your results. Please select your county." There is a drop down menu for selecting the county. Available locals are based on this selection.

    Now, when I first signed on with D* 8 years ago D* did things differently. They based locals strictly on the zip code. That put me in the Richmond viewing area. In order to get around this, I did fib about my address. It seemed dumb to me to have to lie to D* in order the get the local channels that I should rightly be receiving. Eventually, they changed the system, and allowed the option. Obviously, there is really only one right answer to the choice being given (for me it's the Norfolk area), but is simple enough to select the other viewing area if desired.
     
  10. Shades228

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    goto http://zip4.usps.com/zip4/welcome.jsp and enter your information. Then click on the mailing information link on the right once you have submitted your address. Whatever county it says there is the county you will get.
     
  11. I WANT MORE

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    Way off topic but would the Minneapolis Mn spot beam reach Aberdeen SD? Approx 300 miles.
     
  12. rhipps

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    I live down the road from you in Toano about a mile from the New Kent county line and while I AND most of my neighbors both here and in Williamsburg want the Richmond stations as our locals since it is only 30 miles away, D* sez we MUST take the Norfolk/Va Beach/NC locals (which in some cases are over 100) miles away because we are in the Norfolk/Va Beach/NC Neilsen viewing area. We feel this is based on outdated demographics and frankly it defies all logic. We are writing to Rep Wittman and Neilsen to see if this can be corrected but welcome any and all suggestions about a better way to "get 'er done."

    Thanks in advance,

    Bob in Toano, VA
     

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