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Locals AND Distants + HD on same acct ?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by dvdguyjt, Aug 22, 2004.

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  1. dvdguyjt

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    Hi --

    I'm considering Directv and have a question.

    I am eligible for Distant Nets, however, Directv offers a locals package for my DMA (I live way TOOO far to get any signal by antenna...and the website says I qualify for distants).

    Anyway, if I sign up for my DMA locals, can I still get distants?

    Can I get both E&W feeds of the distants (total of 3 of each network), or only 1?

    Also, on the HD CBS and (soon to be)NBC, do you get both E&W HD feeds or just one?

    Thanks.

    JT
     
  2. jdspencer

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    I'm not sure how having your locals and the DNS works. But, I suspect that you either can't get both or you'll only get one of the DNS.

    What you might try is to get the waivers in place for the DNS first. Wait a month or so and then call about your locals.

    Have you checked you eligibility for DNS on the DirecTV website?
    http://directvdnseligibility.decisionmark.com/app/AddressEntry.asp
     
  3. TNGTony

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    ***sigh***

    See ya
    Tony
     
  4. dvdguyjt

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  5. matthpd195

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    If you qualify for the DNS feeds you CAN get either NY, LY or BOTH feeds.
     
  6. Ben

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    Thanks for the input Matthpd195. Is that the same for the HD feeds as well?
     
  7. jdspencer

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    It has been for me with CBS-HD. Hopefully the same rules will apply for the other networks.
     
  8. Ben

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    Thanks.
     
  9. TNGTony

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    Okay, but this is REALLY the last time I'm going to answer this question :D

    Meaning the question has been asked so many times and invariably when the correct answer is given, an argument ensues by those that refuse to believe it.

    Qualification for locals = apples
    Qualification for distants = oranges
    Qualification for PBS National = Cumquats
    Qualification for HD CBS = Oranges with a dash of bannanas!


    Apples = Must live within the TV Market to qualify for local channels. That's it.

    Oranges = Must live outside the grade B signal intensity of any an all network affiliates regardless of their TV Market. Each network is treated individually and you can have a maximum of two of each distant network.

    Cumquats = If you can get a local PBS from satellite, you cannot get the national PBS. This is by contract with PBS, Dish and DirecTV. Some other areas where locals are not available cannot get PBS national either depending on their contracts.

    Oranges HD style = If you qualify for distant CBS, you qualify (and get for "free") CBSHD along with the analog distant net. This is by contract with CBS

    Bannanas = If you live inside a TV market that has a CBS owned and operated station AND you are outside the grade B signal of any other CBS affiliate regardless of it point of origin, you qualify (and get for "free") CBSHD along with the analog distant net. This is by Contract with CBS

    Why the fruit analogy?
    Because none have anything to do with the other in any way.
    Each is separate and distinct.
    One does not affect the other.
    Each one is different.
    They are not connected in any way.
    Qualification for one is not tied to qualification to the other.
    Each is separate.
    Even in fruit punch the fruit stay separate and distinct.
    At a molecular level, even in a smoothie, the fruit are never mixed.

    So...yes, you can have all 3: local, 2 distant nets and HD. But most likely not PBS National.

    See ya
    tony
     
  10. Ben

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    Tony,

    Well put. Thanks for taking the time to explain. Much appreciated.

    Ben
     
  11. Fredfa

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    Tony, I agree, very well explained!!
     
  12. aaronwt

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    Northern...
    No Strawberries?!?
     
  13. Alan Gordon

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    I will also add that if you qualify for Distants for CBS, you will also get CBS HD E&W, whereas if you receive CBS HD via satellite because you live in an O&O, you only get one CBS HD feed (East for Eastern and Central time zones, and West for Mountain and Pacific). Hope this helps too!


    ~Alan
     
  14. BobMurdoch

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    In order to disarm a man attacking you with a banana........

    STOP! This post is getting MUCH too silly!
     
  15. TNGTony

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    No...some hungry sailor pilfered the strawberries. There is a lack of discipline in this board and I'm going to get to the bottom of it, see!

    Now where are those marbles?

    See ya
    Tony
     
  16. hoopsbwc34

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    So if you qualify for distant nets, but aren't paying for E&W feeds of CBS, what happens then? Do you not get CBS HD? What if you subscribe to the HD package?
     
  17. jabroni

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    I get both my locals AND all the distant nets. I live in a grade A signal area for a couple of the networks. They key to my success is having a waiver for all four of the networks. The reason I want the networks piped to me from Direct is so that I can receive the superior digital/HD feeds from NY/LA.
     
  18. BobMurdoch

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    CBS HD and the HD Package are NOT related. Your ability to get CBS HD is wholly dependent on whether you subscribe to a CBS channel in an O&O market whether individually or as part of a locals package. I'm not sure about folks in white areas. If you don't get a CBS channel in your market they will charge you $1.50 for the HD channel. If you already subscribe to a CBS channel than the HD channel is "free" when you pay for the other CBS channel.
     
  19. ramcm7

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    So NOW you'll tell us about pointed sticks?
    :lol:
     
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