Distant Networks: STELA reauth, DNS and LiL

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by slice1900, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

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    I’d wait to see what actually happens before making any changes myself.if your local market is served now, you may not lose anything. Only people who’s markets aren’t served at all are definitely losing stuff, and att has asked for a delay as well...
     
  2. 242424

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    I get zero locals from DTV
     
  3. cpalmer2k

    cpalmer2k New Member

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    I'm on an RV waiver and thus far haven't received anything from AT&T. A quick search of the RV forums I most often frequent don't have any accounts of anyone being notified either. I would say that is a good sign that they may be making some progress in their negotiations with the networks for RV'ers and Tailgaters, or they have some hope of an FCC extension.
     
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  4. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    What market are you in? There are a few where DIRECTV does not carry locals but every market has local stations that could be carried (just not every major network represented in evey market).

    It is a bit early to declare victory simply because some have not been notified. The first notifications were sent out a couple of days ago. Is it a "good sign" that DIRECTV failed to notify any customers for over four months and is now offering $480 credits ($20 for 2 years) to those they have notified WILL be losing channels?
     
  5. 242424

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    Alpena market. If I lived 4-5 miles South of here i would be golden. I might have to "move"
     
  6. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Alpena is difficult. One local station controls three major networks - CBS in HD, Fox and ABC in SD. There is a local PBS satellite station fed out of Mount Pleasant. No in market NBC and the CW affiliate is cable only.
     
  7. slice1900

    slice1900 Well-Known Member

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    I would "move" if I was you. If you are only 5 miles away you should easily be within range of that market's spot beam. Or you could "move" to NYC and keep getting those locals.
     
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  8. 242424

    242424 AllStar

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    I could "move" to my son's house 30 miles away and get all the networks.
     
  9. DavidLyle

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    I received my postcard today and it is identical to the email posted earlier in this thread with one exception, there is no mention of a $20 credit! I've been with DTV since 1997 (or so).
     
  10. Adubya

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    Is there any way to do this without them wanting to send out a service tech? Last time I tried this a few years ago I gave up because the rep was insistent that someone come to my new "address" and set up a dish
     
  11. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    That is the challenge. It will likely take a lot of convincing if the CSR is looking at a screen that says "tech required".
     
  12. Visman

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    I will miss having them, I have had them For about 26 year and before DVR’s the west cost feeds came in helpful for prime time viewing. I guess all good thinks must come to an end. Congress sucks.
     
  13. cpalmer2k

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    With all this Social Distancing going on it might be the time to try though! They might let things slide more right now.
     
  14. gandl

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    I guess I don’t understand this new law. Got the email today saying we will no longer receive the DNS channels after June 1. Have had Directv since 1996 at which time we provided the necessary RV paperwork to allow receipt of the DNS channels. Since then we have gotten both the east and west coast channels and were told through all the prior regulation changes that we are grandfathered. So what has changed now that we would still not be exempt?
     
  15. ronkeith

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    I received notice form ATT today that my DNS services will be removed June 1st. I am a full time RV resident so this will be a real hardship. Certainly there will be no reason to keep ATT anymore for me since I can get a much better deal on an over the top service. This will also be a blow to over the road truck drivers who depend on DNS for news and cutting this during a pandemic is really a bad idea. It doesn't appear anything willl be worked out in the next 30 days and everyone who gets DNS will lose them June 1st.
     
  16. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    Grandfathering (for those who received the channels solely because the qualified in the past) has ended. There were several classes of subscriber who received distants when the law was less strict on who could get them.

    You mention that you are an RV subscriber. RV and commercial vehicle distribution can continue under the new version of the law, however DIRECTV must offer carriage to locals in every market in order to qualify to continue to carry distants. It appears that DIRECTV has made the choice not to offer locals in those markets, which means they can no longer offer distants.

    The law was passed in December ... AT&T|DIRECTV has had several months to work out carriage agreements for the markets where they lack locals. They have recently asked for an extension (until the end of the year!) to work out a deal. Unless some agreement is reached or locals are offered carriage in all markets the deadline stands.
     
  17. makaiguy

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    This issue is living proof that all good thinks come to an end where Congress is concerned.
     
  18. FussyBob

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    No mention of $20 credit for 24 months in my email. Why???
    I'm grandfathered in. I don't currently receive my locals, only DNS.

    Dear Robert,


    Regrettably, we must inform you of a new law that affects your programming. Until recently, the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) Act authorized DIRECTV to provide you access to your out-of-market broadcast networks—ABC, CBS, NBC, CW, and/or FOX. Unfortunately, Congress has decided to not renew key provisions of this law. As a result, on June 1, 2020, we no longer will be able to provide you access to these out-of-market channels. These are not available anywhere else. However, this change does not affect access to your existing local network stations.


    If you’re paying for these channels, you’ll receive a credit within 1-2 billing cycles for this programming change.


    If you have any questions, please call us at
    866.595.9429.


    Thank you for choosing DIRECTV
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    Last edited: Apr 28, 2020
  19. cpalmer2k

    cpalmer2k New Member

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    No credit offer in mine either.
     
  20. FussyBob

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    The guy who posted the $20 credit email above doesn't have any LIL, or OTA so I guess they are the ones that get the credit.
    Now as for my inconvenience ATT should give me my locals free for 24 months.
     

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