Trying to get "different" locals for a vacation home (1 Viewer)

tholt

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I am buying a vacation home with my brothers, approximately 50-60 miles away from my permanent residence. Unfortunately, the vacation home address gets different local channels than my home address. I'd like to have my vacation home get the same locals as I get at my permanent residence, Is there a way to do this?
1. Prefer if it's NOT against Terms of Service, but if that's the only way.....
2. Assume I do not have DirecTV right now (I do, but the account will be in my brother's name, and he does not (but also lives in the same city as me))
3. If the only way IS against Terms of Service, how likely is it that we'll be cut off or switched?
4. We will not be needing to switch back and forth...one the account is set up, it'll stay that way.

Thoughts?

Thanks,

Tony
 

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Yes, first just take a receiver from your permanent residence to the vacation home and test to see if you can actually receive your locals there to begin with.

Since if the location of the vacation home falls outside the footprint of the particular satellite spotbeam carrying your locals. It will not be physically possible to receive them there anyway regardless of the TOS rules.

And if you can acceptably receive them, then even though in the strict sense it's a violation of your TOS. DIRECTV won't care or have any way of knowing about it if they did care.

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50 to 60 miles is nothing. I live over 100 miles from the edge of the DMA for my out of market locals and they come in just fine. They have signal strength 77% and there are a couple on another spotbeam that are at 68%. Everything else is 97-100%. If it is raining moderately-heavy, those locals go away before the rest of the channels, but that is not common. I consider it a non-issue. I HATE my locals and am glad that I can "move" to Boston and get theirs. My local CBS doesn't have permanent DD5.1. Local NBC looks dull and blurry. ABC/Fox seem put together by a high school AV club. PBS also doesn't have DD5.1. We finally have a CW, but it's clearly just an afterthought channel. Boston has HD Telemundo. Not that I really care, but there are Olympic events on there that are exclusive. I was able to "move" and stay in my state and get most of my real ones as a backup with SV rules and pay the taxes "legally" and I have OTA and an AM21 for the rest. It's perfect. Regardless of the TOS rules, I personally feel better about "moving" in-state as you are still paying the proper state taxes and couldn't be accused of tax fraud or something. "Moving" is one of the main reasons I stay with Directv. That, ACC Network, and NFL Sunday Ticket. "Moving" out of market was a lot easier when Directv was in charge vs AT&T as AT&T wants to have a truck roll for such a stupid thing as changing your service address. Like the others said, if you can bring a receiver back and forth, just do that. It should be no issue.
 

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Local news from any Gray station is free on the VUit app. Local news from any Sinclair or Gray station is free on the NewsON app. Depending on the owner, the CBS, FOXNOW, ABC, and NBC apps will stream your local channels with a DirecTV account authentication, depending on the station's owners. An AirTV box and app will stream whatever you can get OTA to the internet and you can watch it anywhere. Other than local news, network and syndicated TV is network and syndicated TV. Who cares?
 

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50 to 60 miles is nothing. I live over 100 miles from the edge of the DMA for my out of market locals and they come in just fine. They have signal strength 77% and there are a couple on another spotbeam that are at 68%. Everything else is 97-100%. If it is raining moderately-heavy, those locals go away before the rest of the channels, but that is not common. I consider it a non-issue. I HATE my locals and am glad that I can "move" to Boston and get theirs. My local CBS doesn't have permanent DD5.1. Local NBC looks dull and blurry. ABC/Fox seem put together by a high school AV club. PBS also doesn't have DD5.1. We finally have a CW, but it's clearly just an afterthought channel. Boston has HD Telemundo. Not that I really care, but there are Olympic events on there that are exclusive. I was able to "move" and stay in my state and get most of my real ones as a backup with SV rules and pay the taxes "legally" and I have OTA and an AM21 for the rest. It's perfect. Regardless of the TOS rules, I personally feel better about "moving" in-state as you are still paying the proper state taxes and couldn't be accused of tax fraud or something. "Moving" is one of the main reasons I stay with Directv. That, ACC Network, and NFL Sunday Ticket. "Moving" out of market was a lot easier when Directv was in charge vs AT&T as AT&T wants to have a truck roll for such a stupid thing as changing your service address. Like the others said, if you can bring a receiver back and forth, just do that. It should be no issue.
Maybe, maybe not. If you are already near the edge of coverage then 50 miles could be enough to weaken the signal to the point of no reception.
 
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Yes, first just take a receiver from your permanent residence to the vacation home and test to see if you can actually receive your locals there to begin with.

Since if the location of the vacation home falls outside the footprint of the particular satellite spotbeam carrying your locals. It will not be physically possible to receive them there anyway regardless of the TOS rules.

And if you can acceptably receive them, then even though in the strict sense it's a violation of your TOS. DIRECTV won't care or have any way of knowing about it if they did care.

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Maybe, maybe not. If you are already near the edge of coverage then 50 miles could be enough to weaken the signal to the point of no reception.
Actually need to know where he is and which locals he wants
 

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Very good point. From what I have seen, many of the spotbeam coverage areas are elliptical and kinda elongated north-east to south-west so it's possible to get locals much further in some directions than others. I am actually in the short direction and not far from here, I would not have usable signal, but I could go to about 125 miles. Its been a long time since I found the coverage maps of the spotbeams. I am not sure if I have any saved on this computer.
 

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... Its been a long time since I found the coverage maps of the spotbeams. I am not sure if I have any saved on this computer.

For anyone with Google Earth installed ...

They can consult with the interactive beam footprint library on the Edgecutter site here for instance ...




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