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Lafayette, IN becomes DirecTV's 151st market

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by Newshawk, May 15, 2009.

  1. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    As of this morning, DirecTV has added Lafayette, IN to it's LiL markets. The locals are only available in HD and (just like Mankato, MN) only one station-CBS affiliate WLFI-is actually in the market. The three other stations available are all from nearby Indianapolis, IN. The stations available are:

    WLFI-18 (CBS)
    WTHR-13 (NBC)
    WXIN-59 (FOX)
    WTTV-4 (CW)

    It is not known if the ABC, MyNetwork or PBS stations from Indianapolis will become available via DirecTV in the future.

    Lafayette is the 151st LiL market and the 125th HD LiL market provided by DirecTV. It is also the forst entirely new market added to DirecTV's lineup in 2009.

    DirecTV's official press release: http://dtv.client.shareholder.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=384187
  2. jasonblair

    jasonblair Icon

    Sep 5, 2006
    Basically all they are offering is the CBS affiliate in Lafayette. The other three channels were already offered, because they are the Indianapolis stations.

    Probably explains why they are offering it, even though Lafayette is a smaller DMA (189) than Terre Haute (DMA 151), which has no local channels, even in SD.
  3. bagreene

    bagreene AllStar

    Oct 6, 2008
    I'm assuming they are just mirroring the Indianapolis locals to the folks in Lafayette (other than the Lafayette-based CBS channel), and not using additional bandwidth. If that's the case why wouldn't they mirror the ABC, PBS, and MNT affiliates that we already get in Indy?
  4. JimAtTheRez

    JimAtTheRez Legend

    May 9, 2008
    Congrats to them. As for Jackson, MS???????????
  5. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

    Jan 21, 2003
    Most likely Lafayette is already under the Indy spotbeam and thus the only additional bandwidth here is for the CBS station.

    As for ABC and MNT, very possible that DirecTV simply doesn't have a contract in place to offer them to Lafayette yet.
  6. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    Actually, no channels were offered in the Lafayette market before this morning. I used a Lafayette Zip code to check the local channel lookup page at directv.com last night and it said "We don't offer local channels in your area." Today, the same Zip code gives you the above mentioned channels.
  7. Rob77

    Rob77 Godfather

    Sep 24, 2007
    I think West Lafayette many have a Big10 football team which might help....but I am not sure of that :)
  8. Dan9

    Dan9 Godfather

    Feb 21, 2005
    Why can't they do this with Jonesboro, AR, all we have here is KAIT(ABC), KTEJ(PBS), and a VTN network. I don't see why they can't add these along with the rest of the Memphis channels, I'm only about an hour from Memphis??
  9. Tom Servo

    Tom Servo Icon

    Mar 7, 2007
    I don't know what the deal with them adding out of market channels is. On the one hand the law restricts them more than cable companies, which is totally unfair. On the other hand they are allowed to add significantly viewed locals from adjacent markets but almost never do.

    I'm in a similar situation as the above poster. We only have two stations in my market but the cable company carries everything (and I mean everything) from the adjacent market in addition to our two channels. So why can't DirecTV? They already uplink the adjacent market but offer nothing where I am currently (Mississippi).
  10. jdspencer

    jdspencer Hall Of Fame

    Nov 7, 2003
    So, my DMA is 157. When will we be lit? He asks rhetorically. :)
  11. cohbraz

    cohbraz Legend

    Nov 18, 2006
    How about Columbia, SC? The state capital!!!

    Greenville SC and Charleston SC have local HD, but not Columbia.
  12. zimm7778

    zimm7778 Hall Of Fame

    Nov 11, 2007
    I love these threads:

    "Directv adds locals in Beijing, China"

    WHY HAVE THEY NOT ADDED THEM IN OLD TOWN, ID YET??????????????????????
  13. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    As the person who maintains the HD LiL lists, I like to let people know when new HD markets are turned on. Until yesterday, they had NOT had locals in Lafayette, IN, so the fact that they are a brand new LiL market, and the first market in HD only, is news.

    Oh, and as for Old Town ID, it has had locals from DirecTV for a long while now-it's part of the Spokane, WA market.
  14. viperlmw

    viperlmw AllStar

    Oct 20, 2007
    Actually, KLEW, Lewiston Idaho indicates on it's web site that it will be carried by both DTV and Dish by May 31.
  15. jasonblair

    jasonblair Icon

    Sep 5, 2006
    I understand that. I know you couldn't get those channels in Lafayette before a few days ago... I was just pointing out that it wasn't really a huge increase in bandwidth, because they are really only adding one station to their bandwidth. The other three channels were already on DirecTV's satellite, and on the same spotbeam, as Lafayette is only about an hour northwest of Indianapolis.

    My point was the DirecTV must have decided to add an HD Lil in a much smaller DMA because Lafayette only required adding one channel (CBS) to their bandwidth, while adding Terre Haute's larger DMA would have required adding three channels (CBS, NBC, and Fox.)
  16. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    That would be Purdue.
  17. ciurca

    ciurca Godfather

    Apr 14, 2009
    At least you guys get your locals. Salisbury, MD is 155 and D* has NO plans on bringing them on. Now that I have an OTA set up, I sorta don't want D* to pick up the market. I want to get my money out of the equipment.
  18. Raymie

    Raymie Godfather

    Mar 31, 2007

    Anyways, it's kinda shocking DirecTV did this first but I can see why Dish is so limited even with the LIN TV love.
  19. Link

    Link Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2004
    The Lafayette market only serves 2 counties with the rest of the surrounding counties being part of the Indianapolis DMA. Can someone explain to me why WLFI-TV 18 isn't just part of the Indianapolis DMA? Other areas like Boston, MA inlcude New Hampshire's ABC station WMUR in addition to its own ABC station WCVB.

    I guess what I'm asking is why are some small areas considered separate DMAs and others just have them as part of one large DMA. This has caused the Lafayette market to be without networks on satellite for years. If they had just been made part of the Indy market, that would have solved the problem.
  20. Newshawk

    Newshawk Hall Of Fame

    Sep 3, 2004
    You'd have to ask the fine folks at Nielsen Media Research, who have come up with the Designated Market Areas (TM) for television ratings. They are the ones who determine the television markets.

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