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Is there some way I can get the Directv national network affiliate channels?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by john262, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. john262

    john262 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2011
    I cannot get my local network affiliate channels in HD where I live here in Elko Nevada. My local channels are from Salt Lake City and Directv does offer those channels in HD, however my location is out of reach of the HD spot beam so I can only get those channels in SD.

    Of course there are some national network affiliate channels in HD that I could get if they could turn those on for me. I called a CSR to ask if that is possible and she no. I am stuck with SD only. Also, in my location I cannot get OTA HD channels either.

    So my question is, is there some way that in spite of what the CSR told me I can talk them into turning on those national channels for me? I thought I read somewhere but I can't find it now that it is possible to apply for an exemption that would allow me to do this.

    Thank you for you help.

  2. fleckrj

    fleckrj Icon

    Sep 4, 2009
    Cary, NC
    If you can get your local TV stations to grant you a waiver, then DirecTV can provide you with distant network channels, but if DirecTV provides your locals in SD, you are probably out of luck. It is highly unlikely that your local station will give you a waiver, and without a waiver from the station that holds the network rights in your location, there is nothing that DirecTV can do for you..
  3. john262

    john262 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2011
    Thanks for your reply. How can I apply for a waiver? Thanks again.
  4. Carl Spock

    Carl Spock Superfly

    Sep 3, 2004
    Call the stations and ask for the station engineer. If the situation is as bad as you say it is, he or she should be used to granting DirecTV waviers. They may want to come out to your house to verify that OTA is really unavailable to you. That is their right.

    I couldn't get my Fox and ABC in HD off an antenna for years. I had no problems getting the waivers. Once DirecTV offered local HD insertions, the national channels went away.
  5. john262

    john262 AllStar

    Oct 26, 2011
    Thank you. I'll try that.
  6. tonyd79

    tonyd79 Hall Of Fame

    Jul 24, 2006
    Columbia, MD
  7. Beerstalker

    Beerstalker Hall Of Fame

    Feb 9, 2009
    Peoria, IL
    I don't believe DirecTV will grant you waivers to get the DNS channels if they already provide you the channel (even if they only provide in in SD).

    So if you get your local ABC in SD through DirecTV they will not grant you a waiver to get the DNS ABC in HD (or in SD).

    However, if DirecTV doesn't carry your local at all then they will. For example here in Peoria The CW is a subchannel of our local ABC channel. DirecTV does not carry any subchannels in our area so I can't get the CW at all. So DirecTV was willing to submit a waiver for me, and grant me access to the CW DNS stations. Now I just need them to add the CW DNS stations in HD ha ha ha.
  8. HinterXGames

    HinterXGames Godfather

    Dec 20, 2012
    Yeah. If you get locals, even if only SD, then you would not be able to get DNS channels. Those are only for customers who do not have the said local at all in their area. Sorry :(
  9. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    I personally suggest to state your case in writing rather than over the phone. This will give the Engineer ample time to research things a little more throughly rather than provide you a an answer based on signal maps.

    It is not up to DirecTV but the network affiliates in his market. If they grant a waiver. DirecTV will be more then happy to turn it & charge him what ever the fee is now a days.

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