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We have now been without our local stations fox,abc,cbs,nbc for over 2 months. Will these stations ever be returned to us since they are included in our package and we are paying for them? I do stream some content, but it's not the same as watching on directv.

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ACE - Expert

Re: Local stations

DirecTV packages include locals, but does not guarantee any specific locals. Unfortunately what happens is when TV provider and the channel owner's agreement comes up, the local affiliate pulls the feed in attempt to leverage customers to get a better payout. If TV providers cave into this quickly that results in our bill being raised that much further when time for the next adjustment. Their operating costs go up, our bill goes up.

 

To check current status of negotiations: https://tvpromise.att.com/

 

If you have a Genie (not Genie-2 HS17), then I would call DirecTV 1-800-531-5000 and ask about their Local Channel Connector (LCC). This allows you to receive the free over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts to your DirecTV box and can still record from them. It is possible to pick up additional channels (such as sub-channels) within range that DirecTV wouldn't be providing themselves. Though the LCC is not nationally launched, they have opened it up to areas affected by negotiations.

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ACE - Expert

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No local stations? That is very unusual. Where do you live? Are all of your locals owned by the same company? Hard to believe they would all pull their programming unless all under the same agreement. Perhaps your issue is something else?

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Re: Local stations

I live in area code 38732 and northwest broadcasting owns all 4 of the local stations. They were pulled off directv on feb. 22 for a contract dispute with no end in sight.

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Teacher

Re: Local stations

I was promised a LCC about 6 weeks ago but never received it. I didn't follow up on the LCC because these stations are about 40 miles from my location and I didn't know the range of LCC.

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Re: Local stations

Hello @danno1950,

 

Thanks for reaching us, we're here to help with your Local Channel Connector inquiry.

 

The Local Channel Connector will work if you live within a 50-mile radius of the closest broadcast tower. You can check signalstrength.directv.com to confirm the LCC will be able to pick up the local stations . 

 

Let us know the signal strength you receive, we'll further assist with setting you up with an LCC. In the meantime, here's an informational article about Watching Local TV Channels with DIRECTV.

 

 

Denise, AT&T Community Specialist


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Teacher

Local stations

My signal strength shows as strong to moderate per your link.
Thanks,
Danny Smith
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ACE - Expert

Re: Local stations

You may need another OTA as the flat indoor antenna DTV sends with the LCC may not work.

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ACE - Expert

Re: Local stations


@danno1950 wrote:

I live in area code 38732 and northwest broadcasting owns all 4 of the local stations. They were pulled off directv on feb. 22 for a contract dispute with no end in sight.


They own those 4, but according to www.directv.com/locals you also have a local affiliate of CW and PBS that are not owned by Northwest Broadcasting.

 

Hope the LCC works out for you as it is a nice backup for these negotiations and especially for pulling in other locals within range (the sub-channels) that DireCTV normally doesn't have.

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Message 9 of 11
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Re: Local stations

I very seldom watch PBS or CW. I normally record all of my network prime time shows on Directv to avoid the commercials. I can stream those networks but have to watch the commercials.

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ACE - Master

Re: Local stations

you should call northwest and tell them to stop being greedy

explain that without directv they lose viewers.

 

 

this is all too common among stations lately

 


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