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DirecTV can add it if they want to. They'd need an agreement from WFMZ 69, Maranatha Broadcasting Company. WFMZ 69 the broadcast station elected mustcarry and is on Dish and DirecTV, but their Accu-Weather cable network is ineligible for mustcarry.

Currently Service Electric and RCN carry this Accu-Weather channel, but no Comcast system carries it.

WFMZ 69 is unhappy right now over the special equipment needed to get the station via Dish Network. I'm sure they'd be happy to offer DirecTV their cable channel, but I dont think DirecTV has even approached them for it. They are hundreds of stations out there, and many cable channels.

I have seen WFMZ's news and its pretty good for an independent broadcaster. In Philadelphia city, WFMZ news gets less than a 1 share and South Jersey even less. But In Allentown & Reading, how does WFMZ 69 News compare to with the Philadelphia newscasts in ratings? The Philadelphia stations CBS 3, ABC 6, NBC 10, FOX 29 have the network show lead-ins for their news. Plus they get retransmission and payment from the providers.

As an indy, WFMZ doesnt have network show lead-ins, retransmission bargaining power (like KOIN a CBS affiliate), and has to compete really against the big O&O Philadelphia stations that also cover Reading & Allentown but news is reported only when something "big" happens. WFMZ's news on the other hand are devoted to Reading & Allentown. Does WFMZ 69 News beat the local Philly stations in ratings in Allentown and Reading? I've been wanting to find this out.

I really hope they dont go under, and can financially survive and keep their newscasts.

They are one of the only few stations in the country, that's an independent (was never a long time network affiliate), UHF, not part of a duopoly, that has local news at 6am, 12 Noon, 5pm, 6pm, 10pm. Thats as much news as a network affiliate.

Plus Their UHF signal is Grade B in Philly, non existant in parts of South Jersey and DE. They dont compete directly for first run syndicated material with the other Philadelphia stations: CBS 3, ABC 6, NBC 10, WB 17, FOX 29, WGTW 48, UPN 57. They are an outskirt station, so although Philly is DMA #4 their coverage is much less. I wonder how they stay in business, but I hope they do and just dont become another useless local PAX or TBN feed. They do get large amount of Allentown & Reading advertisers though I see, and have to run ACN (America's Collectibles Network) and infomercials during weekends and after midnight.
 

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DirecTV and Dish Network only care to carry ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX affiliates and local RSNs due to capacity issues. They are not interested in regional cable news channels, and most other local programming and have been fighting mustcarry. WFMZ had to fight nail and tooth to get carriage.

If you want the most in local news or local weather, cable tv is the way to go.

Just here in Philadelphia DMA, the northern part like Trenton and Allentown get stations from New York. In Atlantic City, there is WMGM but not on DirecTV. In central PA, WGAL 8 is on some cable systems offering additional Pennsylvania related news. CN8 offers the only 7pm full hour live newscast, along with other local programming. Not on DirecTV. Weather Channel not local on DirecTV. WFMZ's accu-weather channel, not on DirecTV. News 12 New Jersey on some Northern systems, not on DirecTV. Metro channels on Cablevision outlets not on DirecTV.

I know in D.C. there is a NewsChannel 8 that is on most systems and its owned by WJLA 7's parent company Albritton Communications. Lot of markets have these type channels, but DirecTV and Dish are not interested in local news channels.

If you want most in variety programming for a good price, with PVR, then its hard to turn down satellite.
 
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