why cant tv channels like Me TV be on directv?

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  1. longrider

    longrider Well-Known Member

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    You only need the DirecTV box (assuming it is a DVR) if you want to record the channels. You can hook the antenna up directly to the TV and watch all of them that way.
     
  2. jaytee

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    So are we talking an outside tall antenna or something that would set on top of the TV?
     
  3. KyL416

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    It depends on your area and what's available.

    If you're in Springfield, MO you should get decent reception with an indoor antenna

    Try entering your specific address at TVFool.com, things that are green should be easy to receive with an indoor antenna

    Looking at the list for your market, the only station that's on VHF is the local CBS station, but it has no subchannels, so if all you care about is the subchannels not on satellite you'll just need a UHF antenna.
     
  4. longrider

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    That just depends on where you are at in relation to the transmitters. You can try a little indoor antenna and see what you get. Unfortunately it looks like MEtv is not going to happen, it is on a LP trasmitter in Harrison, AR
     
  5. HoTat2

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    Also you need the DVR if you want to do trick-play on live TV. FF, REW, Pause, Frame Advance, Slo-Mo, etc. ...

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  6. philtec

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    ME TV is broadcast on channel 2 in Philadelphia PA on DTV
     
  7. HoTat2

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    Actually broadcast from two places here in the LA market.

    Slightly less than 24/7 by local KVME 20-1 in Bishop CA. carried by DIRECTV on ch. 20.

    And 24/7 OTA from KDOC-DT 56 on their 56-3 sub.

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  8. Billzebub

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    I think this is an issuevDirecTV has to address. If they can't carry sub-channels because of space I think it's in their best interest to develop an over the air solution that allows you to scan for channels and not use work a rounds like programming in other zip codes. The market for cable and sattelite is shrinking (though not as fast as cord cutters like to tell us) and this is one area where FIOS and cable are superior to Dish and DirecTV
     
  9. slice1900

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    Cable doesn't carry all the subchannels, just more than Directv does. Directv is phasing out the AM21 right now, whether that is because they will replace it with something better or discontinue all support of OTA down the road remains to be seen. What I never understood is that the AM21 used to be able to scan for channels, they took that ability away in a firmware update a few years ago.

    I doubt Directv loses many customers to other providers over subchannels, so it isn't something that would justify much investment from them - so while I wish they'd fix the limitations I think it is more likely they're going to drop all OTA support. Maybe they lose a few thousand customers over it, they don't care when they have over 20 million.
     
  10. Barcthespark

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    Charter cable in my area (St. Louis metro east) carries all of the local subchannels. It's actually a big consideration for what I'm going to do when my D* contract is up in April because I enjoy some of the subchannels more than most of the national channels. I've been with D* since 1997, yet I'm still under a contract because I added a receiver a couple years ago. No contract required with Charter. That's another big consideration.
     
  11. slice1900

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    Well it depends on the area. I'm sure you have more subchannels in St. Louis than I have here, but the only subchannels they carry are the ones on the stations that carry the big four networks, plus PBS. There are also CW and ION stations, but cable only carries the main channels on those, none of their subchannels.

    I very much doubt Charter customers in really big cities like NYC or LA get all their subchannels - there would be well over a hundred!
     
  12. mkdtv21

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    I never understood why channel's like me-tv and antenna tv and all the others rather be offered on local sub channels instead of being a national cable channel where they could make loads more money. In my opinion local sub channels should be used for local programming by the station itself such as extended local newscasts and other shows to better serve the community.
     
  13. Barcthespark

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    They provide programming for those who do not have cable or satellite.
     
  14. James Long

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    I do not have access to the financials (do you?) but I would not assume that being a national cable channel (assuming one could obtain such access to systems) would pay more than market exclusive syndication.

    Say that you are a channel owner. The first challenge would be gaining carriage. Convince DIRECTV that your channel is worth carrying then set a price that they are willing to pay. Expect the "us pay you?" response unless you have compelling content that DIRECTV is missing. No similar channels already carried.

    Or you approach TV stations or chains of TV stations and sell them something that they are not already carrying - something that they can fill with local ads - something that will reach people without cable or satellite (a growing market?).


    That would be nice ... and expensive. Some stations may be able to afford to locally produce more hours of content but pulling an entertaining satellite fed syndicated channel and inserting commercials is much cheaper. I appreciate stations that make the effort to have a locally produced subchannel - but they do not come cheap.
     
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    If MeTV et al really would make "loads more money" as a national cable channel, don't you think they'd BE a national cable channel? Offering themselves for local stations to carry and insert ads is the niche they've chosen to fill. One that has less competition today and even less competition back when MeTV started.
     
  16. HoTat2

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    Not to me ....

    I consider most locally produced programs from the TV stations past and present to be rather boring.

    It's usually just local news related and various community interest or local travel shows.

    A lot of real yawners to be frank ....



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  17. lipcrkr

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    I watch MeTV live and in color on channel 20 (KVME) in Los Angeles. I watch love watching b&w television series from the 50's, 60's, and 70's. I have the HR 25-500.
     
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  18. HoTat2

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    Me too ...

    Except usually during the hours of 5:30-8:00 AM PST when KVME switches to local infomercials and religious programming, then I have change to KDOC-DT 56-3 OTA to continue watching MeTV network programming.

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  19. CraigerM

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    I also like those old TV shows that METV has like Emergency, CHIPS and Adam-12. Actually they don't have Adam-12 anymore on METV.
     
  20. HoTat2

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    Nah ...

    But it's on COZI TV. Here locally OTA on KNBC-DT 4-2.



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