Has anyone heard of the "NBC in NY only in LA" promotion

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by littlenoodle, Apr 8, 2008.

  1. littlenoodle

    littlenoodle New Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Has anyone heard of this promotion? Is anyone on this program? Do you get both SD and HD feeds of WNBC?


    LA DirecTV Customers Can Now Get NY's WNBC, Experience NBC's Amazing Shows 3 Hours Early

    DirecTV called LAist on the phone and left us a message. The recorded voice said that DirecTV had worked out a deal with WNBC in NY that allowed certain zipcodes in LA the ability to get the east coast channel for just $6 a month.

    The benefit would be that we in LA would be able to get late night shows like Saturday Night Live and Conan O'Brien at 9:30pm instead of at 12:30am.

    Because LAist is a little obsessive about television and we have pretty much every channel that the satellite provider delivers, we immediately called back last week when we heard the offer. Unfortunately no one at the 1800-DIRECTV knew what the fark we were talking about. They promised to call back the next day, but never did.

    So we called back yesterday, the lady had no clue what we were referring to, rambled on about how there was a federal law against people getting local channels that weren't in their local markets (or nearby), and then tried to transfer us to a higher level of support, but sent us to New Customers. We were then transfered back down to the first level of customer service who then sent us to CIS(!) who saw the offer on the screen but couldn't figure out how to hook us up. 15 minutes later she had figured it out and we were watching Last Comic Standing three hours before we were supposed to.

    So we identified ourselves as LAist and we asked if it was okay for us to share this special with our friends in LA who might also subscribe to DirecTV and wouldn't mind paying a little extra to get Conan at a reasonable hour on channel 382.

    The woman said that it was fine to talk about it. She said that people should ask for the "NBC in NY only in LA" promotion. If your customer service rep seems to have no idea what you're talking about, ask to be transfered to CIS, or ask to be transfered to a supervisor.

    The price of $5.99 a month does seem a little steep when compared to other premium packages where one can get 7 HBO channels or 9 Showtime channels for $12, but if you like Conan or local NY news, six bucks is a pittance. One less splurge at the valet a month.

    There seems to be zero information about this special on the DirecTV site - maybe this does break some federal laws (whoops) - but the TiVo message board seemed to have a few members who experienced what we did when trying to sign up for the offer. So, who knows, maybe this is another in a long line of LAist scoops.

    Whatevs. All we know is it's 2:25pm and we have Live at Five bustin on the second tuner with My Name is Earl ready to start recording at 5pm. Life is grand.

    Lets hope this is the first step in the inevitable of all channels available for all Americans... at a price.
  2. ronsanjim

    ronsanjim Godfather

    Mar 18, 2008
    I would think D* would end up like Dish, and be in considerable hot water if they allowed you guys in LA to receive the NY NBC. The local NBC would definitely not issue a waiver for it.

    Also HBO does not sell for $12 anymore on D*.
  3. DBSNewbie

    DBSNewbie Icon

    Nov 3, 2007
    I am presently on hold with a CSR in the CIS department. At first he said that he had not heard anything about this promotion, but when he looked it up, it appeared on his screen.

    He asked me for my zip code and he said that I qualified.

    He's trying to figure out how to get it up and running and has placed me on hold...

    (2 mins. later)

    .... He says I'm up and running, so I go to check...

    Ch. 382 WNBC SD is coming in fine, but Ch. 82. WNBC HD has a "Channel Not Purchased"
  4. whitepelican

    whitepelican Godfather

    May 9, 2007
    Aren't both channels owned by Sheinhart Wig Company?
  5. DCSholtis

    DCSholtis Up The Irons!

    Aug 7, 2002
    Could be because NBC NY/LA are Owned and Operated by NBC. There are threads about this around the site I think.
  6. cforrest

    cforrest Icon

    Jan 20, 2007
  7. ansky

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    Yeah that promotion is at least a year old. I remember calling Directv about it last winter to see if I could get KNBC in the NYC area. They said no, that only the east coast feed was available in the LA area. I don't see why they can't offer KNBC to east coast (NY) subscribers.
  8. littlenoodle

    littlenoodle New Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Thanks for the info. I just found the older posts from last year. Too bad it is only for the SD feed. If it included the HD feed, I would sign up right now!
  9. Stuart Sweet

    Stuart Sweet The Shadow Knows!

    Jun 18, 2006
    I would be interested in it myself, if the HD feed were offered.

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