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DirecTV Locals - City By City (v3)

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Alan Gordon, Jul 12, 2012.

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  1. Mar 1, 2013 #321 of 377
    Chilcoot

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    Thanks for the correction, sorry for the confusion. The station doesn't refer to its callsign often, and I forgot the change.

    It's a terrible affilliate, does nothing for the community.
     
  2. Mar 6, 2013 #322 of 377
    Gary Toma

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    We need a reality check from you folks in Syracuse, please.

    The data is not clear in telling us if your PBS channel 24 is provided in HD or is only provided in SD. The records for your PBS/24 clearly show the channels as MPEG4 -- but you need to let us know what the payload resolution is.

    The detective work is easy: with your receiver set to "Native On", select your channel 24. Then just notice what 'Resolution' indicator is lighted.

    And let us know what you find..........
     
  3. Mar 7, 2013 #323 of 377
    Indiana627

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    I'll check when I get home tonight. Just to let you know a little backstory on WCNY - the Syracuse PBS station. They have used their 24.4 subchannel as their HD feed, while D* has carried their 24.1 and 24.2 channels which are just SD. WCNY is currently transitioning to a new broadcast center and will also change their HD feed to the 24.1 channel. I think some of this is in progress this week. I've been checking but have yet to see any true HD on 24.1, but I've not paid attention to what resolution 24.1 has been coming through at. I'm hoping to soon turn on 24 and see an HD broadcast.
     
  4. Mar 7, 2013 #324 of 377
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    Another Syracuse question. The CW affiliate, WSTQ, was only available in HD to cable customers for a long time, but then in January of this year, they upgraded the OTA signal to HD as a subchannel of the WSTM signal (WSTM is NBC downsampled to 720p on 3.1 and WSTQ is in 720p on 3.2). When the change was first made, we immediately began getting CW in HD on D*, but then about a week or so later, it changed to just a letterboxed and pillarboxed image and that's how it remains today. The station engineer doesn't know why D* at first picked up and passed through the HD signal but then stopped. He is having trouble getting an answer from D*. Anyone here have any insight?
     
  5. Mar 7, 2013 #325 of 377
    doctor j

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    Code:
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    Network	Affiliate	Local Channel #	  3-Digit Channel #	HD Channel	   
    CW	WSTQ	              14			   
    PBS	WCNY	              24			   
    PBS	WCNY2	              24			   
    CBS	WTVH			                                 5	   
    NBC	WSTM			                                 3	   
    MNT	WNYS			                                 43	   
    ABC	WSYR			                                 9	   
    FOX	WSYT			                                 68	 
    The recently reported "DEAD and GONE" LIL lookup channel Directv link has been revived.
    This is the output for Syracuse, NY
    In general I've found this accurate w/o very recent changes (weeks).

    Doctor j
     
  6. Mar 7, 2013 #326 of 377
    Indiana627

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    Both 24 and 24-2 (Syracuse PBS) are 480i.
     
  7. Mar 7, 2013 #327 of 377
    Gary Toma

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    Thank You!

    Both Alan and I appreciate your help.

    Please keep us posted as things transition with WCNY.
     
  8. Gary Toma

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    So the question was, "Why does the Directv website show they have 197 DMAs with HD Locals and you guys only show 196?"

    So after much head-scratching, I found the website has Davenport, IA and Moline, IL listed as two DMA's with HD Locals. Both cities do have HD Locals. But both cities are in the same DMA, #99 - Nielsen lists that DMA as 'Davenport IA/Rock Island-Moline, IL'.

    So our 196 HD locals is correct! Yeah!

    :)
     
  9. Alan Gordon

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    Interesting story...


    DirecTV finally got around to replacing my local ABC SD feed with an HD feed on November 28, 2012, but it wasn't until several weeks ago that I realized that ABC was being broadcast in 1080i HD via DirecTV. Apparently, the local NBC/ABC affiliate provides DirecTV/DISH, and the cablecos with an upconverted 1080i HD feed.

    I may never would have known this had I not been told this while being asked about the PQ on the local NBC/ABC feeds, as they've started broadcasting ABC in HD OTA as well. NBC is 1080i OTA, and ABC is 720p OTA.
     
  10. Indiana627

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    Update: I've confirmed with the engineer at WCNY that they have completed all their changes and are now broadcasting in HD on 24.1 OTA instead of 24.4 but I've not seen any changes on D* and am still getting 480i SD on 24.1. I know D* picks up their OTA signal for retransmission, so why are we not getting it in HD yet? They must be downconverting it back to 480i - when will they start passing through the HD signal?

    Same question for the CW affiliate WSTQ? When they first upgraded their OTA to HD back in January, it was in HD on D* for about a week, but ever since it's been back to SD and a really tiny picture at that - even smaller than 4x3 that's both letterboxed and pillarboxed. When will D* start passing through the WSTQ HD signal?

    Is there a D* employee here that can help get these changes made? Thanks.
     
  11. doctor j

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    http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/content/hd/hd_locals

    My Directv website says 197 Markets have locals. 196 in HD. The Zaneville, OH Market 21 is SD only.

    The "markets" listing has several market errors as you describe but the 196/197 count is correct as I know you are aware.

    Doctor j
     
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    Davenport, IA ; Rock Island, IL ; and Moline, IL are listed as separate markets. They are in fact all one DMA. Lafayette, IL is left out of that list.
    I've reconciled that list in the past and seem to remember another error but can't find it quickly.

    Doctor j
     
  13. doctor j

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    Burlington, VT and Plattsburg, NY is the other error.

    The DIRECTV list has 198 HD "Markets" 3 duplications and 1 omission gives the correct # of 196 HD LIL DMA's!

    Doctor j
     
  14. Apr 1, 2013 #334 of 377
    Chilcoot

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    After about a month trial separation, Anchorage ABC affiliate KYUR and Directv have decided to patch things up and give it another go, and so KYUR returned to the Directv family within the past few days.
     
  15. Apr 5, 2013 #335 of 377
    LameLefty

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    Sometime in the last couple days, an iON affiliate went live in Nashville. Channel 28 in HD.
     
  16. Apr 6, 2013 #336 of 377
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    Its actually only a virtual remap of ION East HD from channel 305; my DMA added it as well.

    If you arrow over to the channel callsign in the Guide it should say ION-TV (Virt), only if you see something to the effect of WNPX-TV, 28, would it be the actual feed out of Cookeville, TN. There is only a few differences between the National ION feed and the local OTA version.
     
  17. Apr 6, 2013 #337 of 377
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    They did the same in Scranton too. It seems they're doing it for all the markets where they never carried the local Ion station.

    As for markets like NYC where they actually do have the local WPXN feed, they don't have the HD remap.
     
  18. Apr 8, 2013 #338 of 377
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    If I am eligible to get Distant Network for Directv what is the process?I checked on the website and it said I was eligible. would I need waivers if I am eligible?
     
  19. jamieh1

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    Same in Greenville NC on Ch 38 ION HD (virtual)
     
  20. KSbugeater

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    Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney DMA has changed the MyTV affiliate from ch 25 to ch 4. KSNB-4 MyTV was airing on ch. 4 in HD via DirecTV yesterday.
     
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