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HD Locals...two DMA's in same town..

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by cpalmer2k, Oct 7, 2013.

  1. Oct 7, 2013 #1 of 10

    cpalmer2k New Member

    May 24, 2010
    I have a question about DirecTV local channels when moving... we live in a rare instance where our town is actually split across two different counties... and two different DMA market areas, yet have the same zip code, and school system. I currently receive the directv locals for the county I actually lived in. Now I'm considering moving to the other area of town, which would put me in the other DMA. If I switch my service address will I automatically be switched to the new affiliates or would I need to bring it to DirecTV's attention to switch me? Do they rely on their own mapping data to assign locals, or do they base it on the "Honor" system where you tell them what county you're part of when signing up in cases like this?
  2. Oct 7, 2013 #2 of 10

    gov Legend

    Jan 11, 2013
    I can imagine the DMA police swooping down upon your house in the dark of night and whisking you away to a re-education center if you watch programming from the WRONG TV station.

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  3. Oct 7, 2013 #3 of 10

    harsh Beware the Attack Basset

    Jun 14, 2003
    Salem, OR
    Contractually, you're required to keep DIRECTV up-to-date on your current residential address.

  4. Oct 7, 2013 #4 of 10

    gov Legend

    Jan 11, 2013

    Winston, you've always been in the correct DMA,

    The Ministry of Information always has everyone in the correct DMA.

    Tell me what you think you remember about the wrong one . . .

  5. Oct 7, 2013 #5 of 10

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    What changes would you experience if you received programming under the "new DMA"? Hard to believe one city would have a plethora of different stations serving half the population.
  6. Oct 8, 2013 #6 of 10

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
    Don't know if this is the town in question but Laurel, MD is divided like that. Technically, it is not one town but the post office calls both parts of Laurel as Laurel. One part is in Prince George's County and gets DC locals. The other is in Howard County and gets Baltimore locals.
  7. Oct 8, 2013 #7 of 10

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    Even if the first 5 digits of the zip code are the same, I suspect the last four are different, and that DirecTV would have the ability (whether they actually use it or not) to determine which DMA you are in by the complete 9 digit zip code.

    I know for sure that is how the US House of Representatives web site works. My zip code (the first five digits) is split among three legislative districts (gerrymandering is a topic for a differernt forum), so the last four digits are needed to determine in which district I live. With the 5 plus 4 zip code, there are nearly three times as many possible zip codes as there are people in the US.
  8. Oct 8, 2013 #8 of 10

    HarleyD Hall Of Fame

    Aug 31, 2006
    Well, without knowing the geography of where you are (you could be in the bottom of a ravine) I'd suggest you consider an OTA solution like an AM21 and antenna setup.

    Then you can have it all. ALL I say!

    I live about halfway between Tampa and Orlando and between those two markets and all of their sub-channels I pull nearly 70 broadcast channels off the air. WIthout that I would lose all the Orlando channels since my home is part of the Tampa DMA.
  9. Oct 8, 2013 #9 of 10

    Laxguy Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

    Dec 2, 2010
    Good information! Yes, antenna makes a lot of sense.
    When I got a house in the country, the first few hours were on the spot beam for San Francisco, and it seemed like home. Later it changed to the Sacramento DMA and I had the locals here and bye-bye SF! Took some getting used to, and I missed the huge gaffe on KTVU on the "names" of the pilots of the Korean air mishap.
  10. JosephB

    JosephB Icon

    Nov 14, 2005
    Birmingham, AL
    It's a combination. They ask you what county you live in, but I believe their mapping will attempt to assign you correctly. Are you worried about losing your current locals or want to make sure you get the new ones when you move?

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