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Local channels

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by erjs05, Nov 11, 2008.

  1. erjs05

    erjs05 Cool Member

    Feb 20, 2007
    Although we live in Ma. our viewing market for local channels is Providence RI. Several of the surrounding comunities are getting together to try and get this changed to the Boston viewing area so we can receive Ma. local channels and Ma news as opposed to RI. Not only DTV but also comcast HD are only offering the Providence local stations. My question is, if the towns in our county are successful in changing our viewing area would DTV also change our local channels? Also has anyone heard of any town or city that has been able to change their viewing area?
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

    Sep 16, 2006
    Legally, Directv can offer significant viewed channels from a neighboring market. They very rarely do. You would probably need to get your DMA changed to the Boston market (again, very hard to do). Directv will legally be obligated to provide you with locals from your DMA (or none at all).

    I believe there are several towns in North western Arkansas, who fall under the Springfield, MO DMA, who are currently lobbying to get their DMA switched to the Fort Smith/Fayetteville Arkansas DMA, so they can get in state news.

    Im not sure who determines the DMA, be it the FCC or the NAB or a combination of the two. If you are close enough to Boston to pick up their signals OTA, then that would be the instant answer...just put up an antenna.
  3. ansky

    ansky Hall Of Fame

    Oct 11, 2005
    Can you get the Boston stations with an antenna? That might be the solution for the time being.
  4. Jon Ellis

    Jon Ellis Godfather

    Dec 28, 2003
    The only way you can get your county moved from one market to another is to convince enough of your neighbors to change their viewing habits. Neilsen Media determines which market each county is assigned to based on which market's stations people watch the most. The viewing habits developed when people used antennas and could choose from multiple markets have become more solidified by cable and satellite coverage of a single market. Satellite providers had no choice until a few years ago, but many cable companies voluntarily dropped out-of-market significantly viewed channels so they could add new cable channels in the `90s before digital cable came out.

    The Boston ABC, CBS, NBC, and CW affiliates, plus WSBK, are all listed as significantly viewed in Bristol County (where Norton is located) so DirecTV is legally allowed to carry them if they choose. The cable company can also carry them with no blackouts. The FOX affiliate's newscasts could also be carried on cable, but FOX network programming would have to be blacked out.
  5. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    IF AND when the Nielsen data changes then the markets that Directv shows will change as well.
  6. jimmyv2000

    jimmyv2000 Hall Of Fame

    Feb 15, 2007
    Manchester NH
    to the OP,
    you are asking the impossible you will need a good antenna with a rotor
    heres a site that does installs they did mine i can pick up Boston/NH/providence and Portland ME:D
  7. curt8403

    curt8403 Hall Of Fame

    Dec 27, 2007
    +1 but add a preamplifier as well

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