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I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

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I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

I am paying for a premium subscription and live in Eastern Montana but get North Dakota local channels.  This is very frustrating and unfair.  I don't care about ND news or sports.  I am a huge Montana Grizzly fan and everything is blacked out!  I should at least get to have a choice to receive Montana stations!!!  This is my only complaint but it is a huge one.

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Re: I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

The FCC determines what locals you get per your zip code, DTV has no say in it

This will tell you with channels you get: http://www.directv.com/DTVAPP/packProg/localChannels.jsp?assetId=cms_local_channels

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Re: I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

What's your zip code?

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Re: I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

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Re: I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

According to the lookup site at www.directv.com/locals, you get the Minot-Bismarck-Dickinson ND 59270

local stations.

 

This is with the FCC mandates bases on your DMA (designated market area).  Nothing DirecTV can do about it.

 

 

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Re: I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

You could get an antenna provided you're close enough to the broadcast towers with no obstacles.


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‎09-08-2018 3:46 PM

Re: I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

The locals you get are based on what DMA you are in. Your zip code is in the Minot-bismarck-dickinson DMA so you get their locals. DirecTV does not have control over this, it's an FCC ruling, so they can't change it. 

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Re: I live in Eastern Montana (Sidney) so why do I have to get North Dakota programming?

We are very rural so I don't think that is an option. I will look into it though. Thanks!
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