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Question about local feeds and distant networks

Discussion in 'Legislative and Regulatory Issues' started by calguy99, Jan 11, 2005.

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  1. calguy99

    calguy99 New Member

    Dec 2, 2004

    About a month ago I received a post card in the mail telling me that Direct TV is offering local channels in my market. I have a Direct TV Tivo receiver with dual satellite receivers in one room and an 8 year old Sony receiver in a second room. I also am subscribed to the Total Choice programming package required to receive local channels. My satellite dish is 8 years old. I noticed that on my tivo receiver the local channels (3, 5, 6, 12, 24, and 38) started showing up in the programming grid with program descriptions but no feed (picture, video)

    The question I had was if I purchase a new satellite dish that receives the new satellites with the local feeds will I automatically get the local feeds or will I have to call Direct TV to activate the locals?

    Also if I add will I lose the distant network feeds (New York and Los Angeles) which I have been receiving for the last 8 years?


  2. Link

    Link Hall Of Fame

    Feb 1, 2004

    According to the new laws, if you choose your locals you can't have distants both, but if you can choose to keep your distants instead of locals if you've already been receiving them. I'm thinking that you might get locals with distants for while but the distants might be cut off in the future.

    My dad has had distants for 9 years now and Directv does not offer locals in his area nor does he care if they ever do since he gets New York and LA plus the HD feeds of them now as well.

    If you want to keep your New York and LA stations, I wouldn't bother with getting the locals just so won't risk having them cut off.
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