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sprigfield dma

Discussion in 'Legislative and Regulatory Issues' started by vzater88, Feb 15, 2005.

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  1. vzater88

    vzater88 Cool Member

    Jan 24, 2005
    i was wondering if the change will pick hartford dma to springfield right now springfield have wwlp-22 nbc , wggb-40 abc wgby-57 pbs wshm-3 cbs-lp wtic-61 fox well wtic-61 that is hartford dma if they have wtic-61 why dtv dont tramist wsbk-38 unp from boston well wsbk that is the same state and wtic 61 that is conn well somebody can explain me that mess :nono2:
  2. wkomorow

    wkomorow DBSTalk Club Member

    Apr 22, 2002
    My understanding is that significantly viewed channels (for example from Hartford) will not be available unless your actual DMA is up. Even then it is up to the provider (Direct or Dish) to add significantly viewed stations. They are not under any legal obligation to do so. Springfield probably will not be added to DirectTV for a bit of a while. You are correct, WSBK is watched extensively in Western MA on cable, none of us can actually receive it over the air, so it would not qualify for significantly viewed. It is however a superstation, so if DirectTV wanted to make it available they could. It is business decision on the part of DirectTV not to offer superstations.
  3. swing

    swing Mentor

    Aug 12, 2004
    Springfield, MA is carried on DirecTV.

    There is also one exception to DirecTV not doing the superstation delivery. They offer Denver's KWGN2 (a station that happens to be a superstation) into Colorado Springs, DMA.

    And, before SHVERA permitted significantly viewed. Not sure if DirecTV is paying the superstation royalty for KWGN in that market, or if they just treated it as a channel by a retransmission agreement.
  4. Lurker

    Lurker Legend

    May 14, 2002
    Springfield? What, you want to watch Kent Brockman, Krusty the Clown, Itchy & Scratchy, and McBane?
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