What do you think of Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STARV)?

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  1. SeaBeagle

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    I would switch to Direct TV. To get those distant networks.


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  2. harsh

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    Unfortunately most can't be sure that they qualify until after they've made the switch. DNS is not trivial to qualify for and DIRECTV won't go to bat for you if they already serve your market.
     
  3. peds48

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    of course they won't, as that would be illegal


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  4. Grampa67

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    Cripple creek is about 30 miles from Colorado Springs as the crow flies but dish has the locals from Denver which is about 100 miles. Cable has three locals from Denver and one from Colorado Springs.

    Cripple Creek cannot get any OTA.


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  5. harsh

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    It isn't illegal at all. If a station grants a waiver, bringing in DNS is allowed. Waivers aren't determined by carrier policy; only how the waiver is dealt with.
     
  6. harsh

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    TVFool and Rabbit Ears suggest that the K36JB translator may be available in Cripple Creek providing ABC in HD and Telemundo in SD as well as a "news" subchannel.
     
  7. peds48

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    The law says that you must get the waiver, not DirecTV®. DirecTV® can’t persuade a station (or going at bat for you, as you described it). The law stipulates this process very clearly
     
  8. joshjr

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    Funny you say that because you can submit your own on DirecTV's website. The catch is that you can not apply for a waiver if you already receive an affiliate of that station in your local package meaning if you already get ABC, you can not apply for a waiver for ABC from NY or LA. The DNS eligibility tool is located here: http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/global/contentPageIFnorail.jsp?assetId=P4880022#h:573.668

    Not to mention you cant really submit them on your own as you are asking for permission for DirecTV to provide the DNS feed. Typically DirecTV wants to do it for you but there is the link on their site to do your own submission.
     
  9. joshjr

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    Not that you mention it, I do remember reading that. You are correct, Dish added locals in all markets to get DNS feeds back for short markets. DirecTV didnt really have any reason to try to complete adding all markets as they already had DNS feeds.
     
  10. harsh

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    STELA (and SHVERA before it) requires that you request waivers through your carrier. The waiver is granted to the subscriber but DIRECTV is the party that must "get the waiver". Any additional conditions are not law but a business decision on DIRECTV's part.

    I would also point out that DirecTV, while popularly used by many, is not a registered character mark. The registered character mark is DIRECTV® and goes back to the early days when Hughes Electronics renamed itself.
     
  11. harsh

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    STELA has provisions in the that encourage coverage of all 210 DMAs.
     
  12. joshjr

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    Encourage yes but really give an incentive to do so, I don't think so. Dish Network had a reason to do it. What would you say DirecTV's reason would be?
     
  13. harsh

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    I don't have any idea. Maybe SV is conditional on 100% coverage? Trying to find the text of these renewed and re-renewed acts is an exercise in hyperlinking without the hyperlinks.
     
  14. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    SV does not require carriage of all 210 markets. SV for satellite was originally written in to the section of the laws dealing with distants (which meant when DISH lost distants they also lost SV). During the last revision SVs were moved to the section of the laws dealing with locals. That restored DISH's ability to deliver SV without needing to regain permission to carry distants.

    As for DirecTV ... with DISH offering locals in all markets and cable providing locals in each of their markets it could be considered a competitive disadvantage not to offer locals. Not carrying locals isn't something that would bankrupt DirecTV, but not being able to provide network programming in a market is not good. Distants would only fill the gap if there were no local affiliate or the local affiliate offered waivers - or in the fringes of a market where the local does not have an OTA signal.
     

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