I am a DIRECTV subscriber from Carroll County, OH who has received local channels from the Cleveland, OH market for the past several years. When I turned my TV on today, all the Cleveland stations were gone and replaced by the Wheeling, WV channels. I have no desire to receive these absolutely worthless channels. First of all, ABC and FOX are in Standard Definition, which is completely unacceptable. I have paid for HD service for many years and all of my previous local channels were HD. Secondly, I have no use for "local" newscasts out of West Virginia. I do not live there, never have, and hopefully never will. But most importantly, I am losing access to the sports teams that I have followed my entire life, most notably the Browns.
I called DTV today and they said that since my ZIP code (44695) is also in parts of Harrison County, that is the market I am in. But I am in Carroll County and the two counties have always shared my particular ZIP code, so why is it a problem now? Also, they told me that in order to receive these new "local" channels on my 2 TVs with SD equipment, I would have to upgrade to HD boxes, even though they are older SD TVs and most of the Wheeling stations are SD anyway.
I am ready to cancel my service and find something else. Do I have any rights in this matter? There was no notice of these changes and their only response was to offer me HD equipment for hundreds of dollars to attach to my old TVs to get channels that are not worth a dollar in my opinion. Is Dish Network doing this also? Can anyone recommend any good antennas that can pick up Cleveland stations in Carroll County, OH? Something must be done and I want the cheapest option possible, but DTV is about to lose my business for good. Thank you for any help that can be offered.