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DMA mis-match between DISH and DirecTV

Discussion in 'General Satellite Discussion' started by elaclair, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. elaclair

    elaclair Rescued Racers Live Here

    Jun 18, 2004
    Del Mar, CA
    I'm getting ready to move to Eureka Springs AR. soon and was kinda jazzed when I heard that we'll be getting our locals in HD shortly from DirecTV. Since Eureka is fairly close to Springfield MO. I was surprized that it's part of the Ft. Smith DMA. So, for curiosity sake I checked the DISH locals for the area and they are in the Sprinfield MO. DMA. Now, I'm not complaining mind you....the selection is better for the Ft. Smith DMA, but was wondering why the difference.

    Anyone know?
  2. SamC

    SamC Hall Of Fame

    Jan 20, 2003
    The DMAs are made up by Neilsen, and are based on what city's channels each county watches most. Since cable in areas like that often carries multiple combinations of affiliates from multiple cites, the fringe counties can move from one DMA to another from year to year.

    DBS has the option of accepting the new map, or freezing the map as is. Apparently in your case one has done the former and one the later.

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