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06-24-2006 10:41 AM #1
Specified Local Channels vs. Significantly Viewed Channels
I used to watch WALB out of Albany, Georgia on an antenna signal. Recently, their tower was destroyed due to demolition of another tower nearby. DISH says that my local channels are channels out of Macon, Georgia. WALB has given DISH permission to carry their signal out of the DMA. Can I specify to DISH that I'd rather have the Albany, GA locals?
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06-24-2006 05:32 PM #2
If you physically reside in the Macon, GA DMA, DISH is only legally allowed to provide you with Macon locals. However, WALB could be added by DISH to a list of "significantly viewed" channels that would be available for Macon area locals subscribers in addition to the existing Macon channels.
Apparently, WALB has not yet been added to this list. You may need to contact Dish Network and see if they plan on doing so.
Alternatively, if you truly don't want Macon locals at all, and would be happy only with Albany locals, some other DISH subscribers have had success by giving a service address in the DMA they want locals from, and keeping their billing address as is. I wouldn't recommend this, but others have found this to be a useful option.
06-25-2006 09:07 PM #3
Speaking of Significantly Viewed channels, Is there any word on when or if we will get signficantly Viewed stations on dish? I know that directv offers some, but not much. same on Dish, but I heard that there is supposed to be a national launch, something mentioned at team summit scott???? Please correct me if I am wrong, but I am really wanting tv stations not from more than one area, and that would make dish the perfect thing since sliced bread.
06-26-2006 06:43 AM #4
Unfortunately WMGT-41 would probably object to WALB being brought in, since they are the "local" NBC affiliate, even though most of the Macon DMA probably watches WXIA-11 out of Atlanta.
But as it is, both providers seem to be dragging their feet on SV.
Last edited by Derwin0; 06-26-2006 at 06:46 AM.
06-26-2006 09:52 AM #5
WALB is in the situation where a significant part of its viewership lives outside of the Albany market. NBC is on UHF in Tallahassee, Macon, and Columbus, and is not carried in Dothan (Alabama viewers watch Montgomery). Although the UHF stations now have fairly good coverage, it was not that way many years ago. I live in one of those "significantly viewed" counties and WALB is definitely considered the "local" NBC station here, since they regularly cover our news, unlike the Tallahassee affiliate (which has no news).
06-27-2006 11:51 PM #6