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DIRECTV to Deliver Local HD Programming In 76 Markets by Mid-2008

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Mixer, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. Dec 6, 2007 #61 of 100

    BlueSnake Godfather

    Oct 6, 2006
    You have summed up exactly how I feel about this. I don't want an antenna on my roof. The OTA tuner on my HR20 don't work that well with an indoor antenna. If they worked as good as my TV's tuners I'd be happy, but they don't. If DirecTV doesn't get my local HD by the end of next year, it will be time for me to move on. I really like my service from DirecTV, but I'm also tired of waiting for my locals in HD.
  2. Dec 6, 2007 #62 of 100

    arxaw Icon

    Jul 13, 2003
    I get 22 digital channels with antenna. With DirecTV, I will get maybe 4 local digitals, if and when they ever add them. And my county is in a DMA in another state, so I'll only get their locals, not locals from my own state.

    For many people, OTA is important. If my HR20 goes out and I can't get another box with an OTA tuner, I will drop DirecTV.
  3. Dec 6, 2007 #63 of 100

    dogs31 Godfather

    Feb 27, 2006
    When will they add Chico, CA locals
  4. Dec 6, 2007 #64 of 100

    jtallbright Cool Member

    Nov 26, 2007
    Paducah !?!? Haha. Can't believe that. Guess that solves my OTA headaches. I had to look twice to make sure I wasn't seeing things. We don't really fit in with the other cities as far as size but oh well. Finally HD locals!! :D :D :D :D
  5. Dec 6, 2007 #65 of 100
    David Carmichael

    David Carmichael Legend

    Mar 11, 2007
    "... -- Wichita/Hutchinson, Kan. ..."

    I live in this market area and can not wait!

    _BUT_ they did not say when (aka: a real date)

    I have been told by local station engineer's that they have had the hardware and have been uplinking their programing to DirecTV in HD/Digital for the last six months, if not longer.. its just that DirecTV has not assigned bandwidth to the station, programing.

  6. Dec 7, 2007 #66 of 100

    vernonator AllStar

    Jul 31, 2007

    Yup still waiting in Des Moines, IA as well....if Cedar Rapids IA gets their locals first I will explode. I know for a fact (talked to the station manager at 4 locals here) that DTV has been getting HD signals from them all for at least a year.

    I WANT MY HD LOCALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :flaiming
  7. Dec 7, 2007 #67 of 100

    mopzo Legend

    Jun 15, 2007
    I would agree if the audio was low through out all of the programming.

    Audio on HD broadcasts and HD commericals is very low. But when a commerical is inserted by the local affiliate, the volume is what I would call normal. I have to mute or lower the volume.
  8. Dec 7, 2007 #68 of 100

    KSbugeater Godfather

    Feb 17, 2005
    Quick! Somebody get this guy a set of rabbit ears! STAT!
  9. Dec 7, 2007 #69 of 100

    vernonator AllStar

    Jul 31, 2007

    Oh I have rabit ears, and get pretty good signal (8 mi from towers) but I still get signal flux and have to tweak the antenna to get one of the channels....DTV said that we would have our A YEAR AGO and now we are not even on the list.....THAT is poor customer service if I have ever seen it.
  10. Dec 7, 2007 #70 of 100

    hasan Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Ogden, IA
    This is surely a case of farther away is better, or you are in one of the notorious holes in the Des Moines/West Des Moines area. I'm 25.8 miles NW of the Alleman transmitter complex (for Des Moines) and get absolutely perfect signals with no break up on a good set of rabbit ears (Phillips - Wal-Mart, 29 bucks, 4 dB noise figure preamp). I also see all those channels inside the Boone Wal-Mart with the same antenna sitting 3' off the ground amidst all the interference and losses associated with the store.

    Thank God for the HR20 series with OTA!

    I share your disappointment over D*'s pathetic performance in even approaching the promised timeline. The lack of communication to the identified DMAs is slovenly, at best on D*'s part. They made a promise, they failed to deliver, and haven't even had the courtesy to inform us of why, or when the said "promised" service will in fact, be available. That is pathetic customer service.

    For all the good things D* has done, it is a shame to see them tarnished by this shoddy effort.
  11. Dec 7, 2007 #71 of 100

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    My OTA locals consist of ABC, CBS, Fox, and PBS. With MyNetwork (low power station) being on a subchannel. Our NBC affiliate is also low power. Our CW affiliate is cable only. So when DirecTV offers our locals, I'll lose my NBC DNS station and the CW one as well. If our low power stations go full power, then this will obviously change. In the meantime, I'll keep my big antenna and DNS. I won't go cable, because TWC's HD offering is abysmal.
  12. Dec 7, 2007 #72 of 100

    markrubi Icon

    Oct 12, 2006
    If Directv does not have at least 2 of your local stations contracts finalized they will not turn on HD locals for you. So it might be your local stations not wanting to play ball the way directv wants them to. Contact all of your local stations and see if they have a contract in the works or not at all. You should be able to get a feel for when you might see them. My local NBC station told me when I would see them on Directv.
  13. Dec 7, 2007 #73 of 100

    omj Legend

    Jun 28, 2007
    It seems to me that they would want to get local HD as soon as possible. I would think that the majority of HD subscribers are sports people. My wife could care less about HD. She doesn't even pay attention. I wanted it for sports mainly. Now, besides espn most of the games I want to watch are on the main channels. One would think that it would be a major selling point for them. I don't get it. For me to watch those channels in HD I have to use the antenna. The other channels are great but I would much rather have local's in HD as opposed to Food or the Weather channel. Which brings me to another question. Unless you live in a major city what's so special about the weather channel. I can't get my locals so I never watch it. My local channels broadcast 24 weather services over the antenna so I use that. I guess it's different strokes for different folks.
  14. Dec 7, 2007 #74 of 100

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Also hoping for the following two announcements:

    1. Expansion beyond the big four in existing and new markets
    2. Addition of signficantly viewed out of markets
  15. Dec 7, 2007 #75 of 100

    fwlogue Godfather

    Dec 5, 2006

    They have agreements with both ABC and CBS and have had for quite sometime now.
  16. Dec 7, 2007 #76 of 100

    mlcdorgan Godfather

    Jan 18, 2007
    Still no HD Locals off D Sats in DMA#82 Shreveport,LA which feeds North West LA., North East,TX, South West Arkansas
  17. Dec 7, 2007 #77 of 100

    phatmatt1215 Icon

    Nov 4, 2007
    Anybody know anything about LaCrosse-Eau Claire Wisconsin?
  18. Dec 8, 2007 #78 of 100

    Hdhead Hall Of Fame

    Jul 30, 2007
    Don't hold your breath. They call this God's Country for a reason. :grin:
  19. Dec 8, 2007 #79 of 100

    phatmatt1215 Icon

    Nov 4, 2007

    LOL.... I'm actually surprised I got a reply to my post, and one from Wisconsin, to boot. :)
  20. Dec 9, 2007 #80 of 100

    Wildcat Legend

    Oct 3, 2006
    Dang....no Knoxville.

    Rabbit ears get old....real old. For as much as I'm paying, I don't think it's too much to ask to have DirecTv match the cable company in terms of local services.

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