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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Earl Bonovich, Sep 25, 2006.
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Is there any schedule available for when cities will transition to having HD signals available?
Huntsville, Al is what I really care about.
Since I have the HR21-700, I applied for a waiver to receive the HD feeds from the West or East coast, for CBS, NBC, ABC & Fox. I was denied this waiver. This means I will not be able to get my locals in HD.
Does anyone know if locations exit where you can be eligible for both HD locals and DNS? In trying out different zip code combinations on the DirecTV eligibility tests on its web site it seems these reception capabilities are mutually exclusive. Therefore, does everyone who now receives DNS and SD local channels and switches to the new MPEG-4 receivers, and thereby receives HD Local Channels, automatically lose their DNS?
I did find a city in Northern California (Leggett, CA; zip code 95585) that is DNS eligible for HD but not SD (web site says standard distant SD not available because DIRECTV offers local network programming in your area), and although when you check for eligibility for local channels, and the city is eligible for the San Francisco local channels, the web site says that, "HD Local Channels: High-definition (HD) local channels from DIRECTV are not available in your area at this time." Why would DirecTV allow SD San Francisco local channels but deny HD San Francisco local channels?
The city is only 133 miles from San Francisco, so it is probably in the spot beam footprint for local channel HD reception. Why would DirecTV allow SD reception but not HD reception? The web site says that the SD and HD channels are the same number; does that mean that even if DirecTV says that "HD Local Channels: High-definition (HD) local channels from DIRECTV are not available in your area at this time", that you may receive them if the spot beam is large enough or is that irrelevant as DirecTV is disabling this capability regardless? Thanks!!
In general, if you have access to your locals (whether OTA or LIL), you will be denied DNS.
The old DNS grandfathering doesn't appear to apply to HD.
So, virtually nobody with the new MPEG-4 equipment retains DNS? Regardless, can you speculate why DirecTV will allow SD reception but not HD reception of local channels?
Grandfathering is going away in SD as well as HD. It's just going to take longer to see the results with SD as it is with HD as there are more SD DNS customers out there.
Does DirectTV look at the DMA rankings; Flint, MI before Knoxville, TN?
all these lower DMA's are getting locals in HD and &*%^$TV cannot even give us the time of day let alone if or when we'll ever get ours....I'm starting to blend this tv provider with my local cable morons!!!!!!
I just wish DirecTv would deliver what they promised over a year ago:
DIRECTV to Deliver Local HD Programming in 67 Markets by Year End
Of the 25 markets listed, 7 are still without HD locals, yet new markets were released today that were not on the list.
Come on DirecTv follow through, it's only been a year!
I just wish I could get my locals in SD before some other people got their locals in HD.
guess not Little Rock is still waiting too
Im sick of the Sunday Night NFL games in SD yet they can't give me NBC distant HD due to the waiver being turned down
I am in the Flint DMA so I am happy that they got turned on and I am Sorry that you are still waiting for your locals. However, there are other factors besides DMA that may affect when and who gets HD locals such as the ability of DirecTV to negotiate with the local stations for carriage rights, how close the DMA is to another to use the same spot-beam, Coverage of the whole DMA, etc. Have you checked with your local stations to see if DirecTV has contacted them about carriage rights? That may give you an idea of how long it might be. just a rough one thou as DirecTV had worked out carriage rights here in the Flint DMA over a year ago. Just a thought.
I know I am waiting for Little Rock locals in HD too. I can not get ABC on my OTA. I am waiting and waiting. I hope it is soon, but I have herd it wil lnot happen until March 08
Didn't know it was my job to do or negotiate for DirecTV! What may I ask is the reason if ;
1. We were promised over a year ago we'd have them
2. Why can't I get a straight answer other than the "canned" BS they float on each request for information?
+1 for Huntsville, AL HD Locals!!!
I didn't suggest that you needed to negotiate only that asking them may give you some idea of a time-frame outside of getting info from DirecTV. However, if DirecTV promised your locals over a year ago then they probably already have carriage rights (for most of stations anyway) so that avenue won't provide you any more information then what you already have. I also got the same canned response several times (~5) over the past year when I asked about HD locals since it was announce for the Flint DMA in Oct '06. I even got the same response about a month ago so who knows maybe yours will be turned on soon.
After painstaking research, I found one more HD LiL addition today. In Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL, WTOG-44 (CW) is also now in HD!
There are two small inaccuracies in the charts for Honolulu HD locals. "KITV 4-2" should be "KITV 4", and "KHET 11-2" should be "KHET 11". This is how the two HD channels, the ABC and PBS affiliates, are listed in the DirecTV guide. The channels "KITV 4-2" (KITVDT2) and "KHET 11-2" (KHETDT2) do exist and are carried by DirecTV, but they are non-HD sub-channels.