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We are considering the jump to HD. I looked on the DirecTV website and the local channel with my zip says that WRAL (Channel 5) does not have an HD number, but 11, 17 & 22 does. Odd thing is 5 was the first in the area to have a digital signal. Can anyone in the Raleigh area confirm whether or not the local channel package in HD does have channel 5? (I know my regular local package does).

Also, aside from either the HD receiver or HD DVR from Directv, will my current 3 LNB oval dish be OK with the HD package? I've been told I'd have to have the 5LNB?

Thanks for any help.
 

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dnelms said:
We are considering the jump to HD. I looked on the DirecTV website and the local channel with my zip says that WRAL (Channel 5) does not have an HD number, but 11, 17 & 22 does. Odd thing is 5 was the first in the area to have a digital signal. Can anyone in the Raleigh area confirm whether or not the local channel package in HD does have channel 5? (I know my regular local package does).

Also, aside from either the HD receiver or HD DVR from Directv, will my current 3 LNB oval dish be OK with the HD package? I've been told I'd have to have the 5LNB?

Thanks for any help.
5 and 50 only via ota
 

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You're going to need a 5-LNB dish for local MPEG4 HD channels pretty much anywhere you live.
 

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dnelms said:
We are considering the jump to HD. I looked on the DirecTV website and the local channel with my zip says that WRAL (Channel 5) does not have an HD number, but 11, 17 & 22 does. Odd thing is 5 was the first in the area to have a digital signal. Can anyone in the Raleigh area confirm whether or not the local channel package in HD does have channel 5? (I know my regular local package does).

Also, aside from either the HD receiver or HD DVR from Directv, will my current 3 LNB oval dish be OK with the HD package? I've been told I'd have to have the 5LNB?

Thanks for any help.
Actually WRAL was the first channel in the country to broadcast in HDTV. And no, Directv does not yet carry 5(WRAL) or 50(WRAZ) in HDTV which are both broadcast by Capitol Broadcasting Company. Also, you ARE going to need a new dish and multiswitch (if needed) to get any of the new Local HD channels.

Depending on where you live, you could hook an antenna up to the receiver and get those channels in HD witout using the satellite at all, thus avoiding the need for the new dish for now.

FYI, WRAL still gives away free HDTV antennas to anyone in the viewing area that needs them. Just send them an email.
 

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Capitol Broadcasting Company is pleased to announce that DirecTV, WRAL-HD, and WRAZ-HD have reached an agreement that allows DirecTV to provide WRAL-HD and WRAZ-HD signals to their paying subscribers.

As most of you are aware, DirecTV's current spot beam only covers 75% of the TV house holds in the Raleigh market. According to DirecTV if you live in one of the listed zip codes below you may be apart of the 25% of the market that is affected. While this coverage is not optimum for either party, DirecTV is working aggressively to resolve this technical issue and they hope to have a new spot beam in place to cover the entire market by the end of the year.

There is more good news for DirecTV HD-DVR owners. Approximately 30 days ago DirecTV started pushing updates to the HD-DVRs to fix the off air tuner problem. If this was an issue for you I suggest you check out your HD-DVR and see if the update has been downloaded to your device. Please remember that the over-the-air HD signal is still far superior to the HD signal provided by DirecTV and you will also be able to see the additional standard definition signals that all of the local stations include in their HD streams.

Here are the effected zip codes:

23915
24529
27302
27537
27565
27581
27844
28361

23917
24580
27305
27537
27565
27582
27850
28370

23919
24598
27325
27541
27570
27583
27850
28373

23920
27209
27341
27541
27572
27583
27870
28374

23924
27231
27343
27551
27572
27584
27887
28376

23927
27242
27356
27553
27572
27586
27890
28377

23950
27243
27376
27553
27572
27589
28315
28386

23964
27278
27507
27556
27573
27594
28315
28387

23968
27281
27507
27563
27574
27823
28327
28388

23970
27291
27536
27565
27574
27839
28357

While DirecTV and Capitol Broadcasting realize this is not a perfect solution for the entire market, it is the best that both parties can do at this juncture. We sincerely appreciate your patience as DirecTV and Capitol Broadcasting have worked to provide you with the best possible solution to see both WRAL-HD and WRAZ-HD via DirecTV or over-the-air

Dish Update: Capitol Broadcasting is still waiting for a counter offer from Dish. We started negotiations in October and are hopeful to regain momentum soon. If you are a Dish subscriber and have not yet taken advantage of our free over-the-air antenna giveaway program, please follow this link to participate. http://www.wral.com/wral-tv/story/1180307/
 

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EricAtUNC said:
They turned it on last night.
just tuned and checked its there. Initial tuning did get a 771 error at first but went away. Lets see how the mpeg4 does versus OTA last weekend all my OTA were having issues since my antenna is not yet physically mounted on roof just hanging from a hook until I can get time to get on roof to mount it. The hook method has actually worked well but last weekend all channels were issues so I am wondering if it wasnt antenna but tower issues.
 

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I can confirm that channels 5 & 50 are now available via satellite in HD in the Raleigh area. Last night was the first time I noticed it. Since I watch TV regularly, I assume they were turned on yesterday.
 

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jread2 said:
I can confirm that channels 5 & 50 are now available via satellite in HD in the Raleigh area. Last night was the first time I noticed it. Since I watch TV regularly, I assume they were turned on yesterday.
So they are the same channels, 5 & 50 or are there two channels for each, like 11, 17, 22 in HD?
 
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