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And that answer applies to most markets in the US. There are very few markets with local channels on ConUS ... most of them are on 77 (Eastern Arc) with a few on 61.5 (also Eastern Arc - and going to spotbeam as soon as a new satellite arrives).

Putting locals on ConUS is a waste of satellite space that could be used for other programming.
 

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Thee is one exception - ION. If you market has a local ION station what you receive from E* is the national ION feed. I discovered this one day when a totally different program was on my OTA ION than what was showing on the satellite delivered version. Another way to prove this is true is to compare the orbital location that your other locals come from (in my case my SD locals come from 110 while my ION comes from 119).
 

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Michael P said:
Another way to prove this is true is to compare the orbital location that your other locals come from (in my case my SD locals come from 110 while my ION comes from 119).
There are markets that are split between spotbeams on two different orbital locations. (Albuquerque/Santa Fe, NM; Alpena, MI; Atlanta, GA; Augusta, GA;
Biloxi/Gulfport, MS; Chicago, IL; to name a few ...)

List of local channels available at http://uplink.jameslong.name/locallist.html
 

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Michael P said:
Thee is one exception - ION. If you market has a local ION station what you receive from E* is the national ION feed. I discovered this one day when a totally different program was on my OTA ION than what was showing on the satellite delivered version. Another way to prove this is true is to compare the orbital location that your other locals come from (in my case my SD locals come from 110 while my ION comes from 119).
So the local ION stations are actually not being carried? How does that work legally if the local ION station demands "must carry" status? Also, doesn't Dish make the east and west ION feed available to all subscribers who subscribe to the appropriate package?
 

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So the local ION stations are actually not being carried? How does that work legally if the local ION station demands "must carry" status? Also, doesn't Dish make the east and west ION feed available to all subscribers who subscribe to the appropriate package?
Years ago ION made a deal for national carriage with DISH Network and agreed to to request "must carry" status for their locals. TBN has a similar deal.

DirecTV has made a similar deal with LeSea broadcasting out of South Bend. They carry LeSea's national channel (World Harvest TV) as a PI but do not carry the local stations.
 
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