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WHDH,WLVI (Boston) WSVN (Miami) 1/13 Carriage Dispute

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by noahproblem, Jan 10, 2012.

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  1. Jan 17, 2012 #41 of 114
    bigtom

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    I believe that DIRECTV would not be allowed to provide distant network feeds to anyone that lives in an area where you can get acceptable signal of the local over the air with an antenna.
     
  2. Jan 17, 2012 #42 of 114
    ThePhantom

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    Of course that makes sense. I wonder what DirecTV's definition of "many" is though.

    Boston OTA here on the Cape is a big bag of suck, yet we appear to be excluded. In fact, I can get the Providence OTA locals better here. Comcast carries both DMAs for the most part -- I believe Barnstable County (as well as Marthas Vineyard/Nantucket) is outside of any Boston DMA exclusivity...
     
  3. Jan 17, 2012 #43 of 114
    WebTraveler

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    I think it is time for some of these channels to just be pulled and an example made. Seriously, everyone feels they are underpaid in America. I feel like my bill is way too much, but it keeps going up year after year. Maybe it's time to play hardball. This is getting ridiculous.
     
  4. Jan 17, 2012 #44 of 114
    Boston_bill

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    I called D* this morning and was told no way could I get 392 unless this becomes a long term situation. The retention person I spoke with said he hoped it would be cleared up this week but I couldn't get access to 392 since I live close to Boston.
     
  5. Jan 17, 2012 #45 of 114
    ThePhantom

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    Boston_bill, what county are you in? Take a look at:

    http://transition.fcc.gov/mb/significantviewedstations031011.pdf

    Mass. is on page 186. It seems that a number of sizeable counties (Worcester, Barnstable, Bristol, etc.) qualify for neighboring locals from Providence, according to the FCC.

    I know that there are occasionally "drug deals" from affiliates in the primary DMA to block specific "competing" SV stations. I would think that without a retransmission contract that all bets would be off regarding Sunbeam franchised stations.

    I'd be just as happy with WJAR as I would be with the DNS WNBC. Anyone have any idea in how to reach out to DirecTV in a meaningful way to push this point?
     
  6. Jan 17, 2012 #46 of 114
    Boston_bill

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    Im in Norfolk County and probably closer to Rhode Island than Boston.
     
  7. Jan 17, 2012 #47 of 114
    ThePhantom

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    I have a friend in Franklin, and am kind of suprised to see that the Providence locals are not on the SV list for Norfolk County. He has used an indoor antenna and has received most/all of the Boston and Providence locals without difficulty. Not ideal, but it's worth a try, given your location.

    Me, on the other hand -- I need a NASA-sized amplified outdoor antenna to receive anything of value :(
     
  8. Jan 17, 2012 #48 of 114
    Boston_bill

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    I noticed on the channel guide today that 7-1 has appeared( when I tuned to the station the DirecTv logo appears.) Im wondering if D* is just gonna put something up for NBC network prgramming for us.
     
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    Boston_bill

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    I called the WHDH number and was immediately transferred to a recording saying to call DirecTv. What bull****.
     
  10. Jan 17, 2012 #50 of 114
    mcl77

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    that was on my guide since last week.

    Also- i live in worcester county and can not recieve channel 392.
    It says its not available.
    Hopefully this gets done quick.
     
  11. Jan 17, 2012 #51 of 114
    Pepe Sylvia

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    This just adds another level of annoyance if you have an am21 and want to directly tune to the 7-1 OTA channel.
     
  12. Jan 17, 2012 #52 of 114
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    from where i live, the NBC station is 50+ miles in range. im not buying an outdoor antenna because i live in condo and im not allowed to put it on the roof (my dish is positioned inside my balcony area) and i dont have more space for an antenna since i already have 2 dishes there. second an indoor antenna may not be enough to get good signals from that distance. so im kinda stuck here. hopefully this deal gets done before the superbowl.
     
  13. Jan 18, 2012 #53 of 114
    stevenme

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    I already had an AM21 connected to one of my HR24s, but the second HR24 was satellite only. Given that this dispute may drag on for a while I dug out my spare AM21 from the basement, split the signal from my attic mounted UHF antenna, and I now have OTA on both HR24s. Now the only remaining issue is no live NBC on my H25, but I guess I can live with that.

    Also, since I live midway between Boston and Providence I can boycott WHDH and instead watch WJAR. Not that it will hurt Sunbeam, but it makes me feel better!
     
  14. Jan 18, 2012 #54 of 114
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    I just called Dtv and was not able to get them to add 392. Northern Essex County, Mass, stones throw from NH boarder..... Oh well it was worth a shot.
     
  15. Jan 19, 2012 #55 of 114
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    Its called OTA, and I'll do it, but watch another local affiliate from NH, or Rhody, BUT NOT WHDH!!!!!!
     
  16. Jan 19, 2012 #56 of 114
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    Why complain to D*, when Sunbeam is the culprit here?
    Heard yesterday on WBZ that Sunbeam
    's 300% increase request is far far more then they charge Comcrap. Who owns Sunbeam?
     
  17. Jan 19, 2012 #57 of 114
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    This is on Sunbeam. D* has offered numerous times to carry their signal while they negotiate, but Sunbeam will not allow them to until it is settled.

    I've already hooked up and tested my antenna for the 'big day'. It's pointed right at channel 10, Providence's NBC affiliate. BTW, MeTV ain't bad!
     
  18. Jan 19, 2012 #58 of 114
    stevenme

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    I found MeTV on the 10-2 sub-channel a couple of months ago and have been hooked ever since. I have DVR series going for Get Smart, Mission Impossible, The Wild Wild West, Batman, and the Beverly Hillbillies. It's all SD so I can keep 10 episodes on hand and barely make a dent in the 500GB DVR. It's amazing how good that stuff is after almost 50 years!
     
  19. Jan 19, 2012 #59 of 114
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    Southern NH here and no channel 392. The feds really ought to change the carriage laws to aid the viewers in disputes like this. If the local intentionally pulls its feed, the carrier should be able to substitute a national feed for the same network. It's absurd, the local makes money on advertising. Where is their "fair market value" in their over-the-air signal? They get zip for each viewer. WHDH ought to be paying DirecTV for bringing their content and advertisements to all of DirecTV's greater Boston customers.
     
  20. Jan 19, 2012 #60 of 114
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    http://www.wistv.com/story/16557512/directv-dispute-with-sunbeam-has-viewers-in-dark
     
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