EAS Test

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by SomeRandomIdiot, Mar 28, 2014.

  1. SomeRandomIdiot

    SomeRandomIdiot Godfather

    Jan 6, 2009
    First time ever (that I have ever seen), programming was interrupted for EAS Test.

    It was a DirecTV Test complete with the DirecTV logo - not a local station test (it was on a cable only News Channel anyway).

    HOWEVER, the test was for the Los Angeles Metro (where DirecTV is located) and I was instructed to tune to Local Los Angeles Stations if this was an actual emergency.....

    well, I am about as far away from the LA Metro as one can get, so that is absolutely worthless for me (and the majority of DirecTV subs).

    If I am going to be interrupted for a test, which I would rather not be (although Federally Mandated) at least make it my area! I do NOT need to know about emergencies in the LA DMA.
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  2. WB4CS

    WB4CS Active Member

    Dec 12, 2013
    Huntsville, AL
    Don't hold me to this, as I have no idea what I'm talking about :)

    I "think" that national providers still have to test their EAS system at least yearly. I remember SiriusXM doing a EAS test last year, I believe it was federally mandated they do the test. If this is the case, it's possible that DirecTV simply used their local EAS system to test. I seem to recall that satellite providers (including radio) have to be able to issue an EAS in the event of a national disaster.

    Again, I really have no idea, but my guess is they just used the local CA system to test.
  3. peds48

    peds48 Genius.

    Jan 10, 2008
    this sounds very logical from a person who claims they don't know what they are talking about.

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  4. SomeRandomIdiot

    SomeRandomIdiot Godfather

    Jan 6, 2009
    Nope (though I won't hold you to it).

    There was a National Test conducted 11/9/2011 because there had never been a coordinated National Test and Govt wanted to see the outcome of a coordinated National Test.

    (Hint - large amount of failures even though everyone knew the date and time it was coming).

    There is NOT another one planned at this time.

    There are scheduled monthly tests (and FioS seems to test weekly) - but to my knowledge, this is the first one I've EVER seen on DirecTV.

    Considering was also scripted as a local LA test (as opposed to tuning to local media), it was a fail.
  5. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    I wonder if the cable need channel is Los Angeles based. Does the op remember exactly which Channel it was?
  6. SomeRandomIdiot

    SomeRandomIdiot Godfather

    Jan 6, 2009
    Fox News - NY Based
  7. coolman302003

    coolman302003 2014 NBA CHAMPIONS!

    Jun 2, 2008
    Was it similar to what is shown in this video? (uploaded Jul 30, 2013)

  8. Rich

    Rich DBSTalk Club DBSTalk Club

    Feb 22, 2007
    Piscataway, NJ
    Never seen that on the East Coast feeds. I'd like to see it here too.

  9. inkahauts

    inkahauts Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2006
    Well it could simply be that every operator in Los Angeles has to have a eas test on all their channels once a year or so and its just unusual for this because DIRECTV broadcasts nationally but has to test it on those channels since they are broadcast in Los Angeles. And they can't test the system on FOX news in Los Angeles and not have it be shown to everyone.
  10. dtv757

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    Jun 3, 2006
    I just heard an audio emergency test from my local CBS. (WtKR via D*) I'm assuming it was my local station as the program was playing normally and it mentioned my area via the test.

    I also have never heard an EAS test via D* (before today )

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  11. Willh

    Willh Legend

    Jan 1, 2009
    i often see local EAS test on my local channels, often when it's a required monthly test, they would play the EAS test message that's played in the monthly test. since i live in North Texas and my local stations are the DFW stations, the EAS test originates from 820 AM WBAP and it's Cumulus Radio owned sister station 96.3 KSCS. and in the DFW area, all severe weather EAS alerts are read on air by WBAP meteorologist and former KTVT CBS 11 and 1080 AM meteorologist Brad Barton and the Amber Alert EAS alerts are often read by WBAP's news reporters that do the top & bottom of the hour news updates. and they even play a sound after the EAS tones to start the alert.

    this is that sound:

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  12. Creedyfbaby

    Creedyfbaby New Member

    Oct 22, 2020
    Oh hell no that would scare the **** outta me. That’s messed up.
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