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Godfather
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I'm sure this has been mentioned somewhere, but I couldn't find it in a search. So I apologize in advance.
I've noticed that the guide has extra local channels listed, which appear to be repeats of existing local channels.

For example, KPRC, which is Channel 2 around here is also listed under Channel 6.
KHOU is listed under channels 10 and 11. KTRK is listed under channels 13 and 25.

What is the reason for these extra local channels and what purpose do they serve?
 

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Not your fault.

DIRECTV has been messing with LIL channels in the mapping and many markets show two copies on different channels. It appeared at one time that they might offer adjacent market stations but the reality was often just two copies of the local channel with one on the neighboring market's channel number.

Houston is a market that has these "virtual" channels:

Houston, TX KPRC NBC 2 A3 HD​
Houston, TX KPRC NBC 56 A3 HD Virtual​
Houston, TX KRIV FOX 26 A3 HD​
Houston, TX KRIV FOX 51 A3 HD Virtual​
Houston, TX KTRK ABC 13 A3 HD​
Houston, TX KTRK ABC 25 A3 HD Virtual​
Houston, TX KTRK ABC 7 A3 HD Virtual​
Houston, TX KYTX CBS 19 A3 HD Virtual​

I'm not sure how all of these present in the guide but I'm suspicious that channel 19 may be a copy of KHOU.

I'm not sure how the KPRC virtual shows up at channel 6 as it looks like it should be 56.
So what is the purpose of all these extra channels?
 
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