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D* Changing local Channels

2nd2no1
03-15-2006, 06:38 AM
Get this...yesterday I received a letter from D* telling me that on April 12th my local stations will change from the Washington, DC viewing area to the Balitmore viewing area. Called D* and was told that the FCC has made this change not D*. On the letter it states a map developed by Nielsen Media Research changed my viewing area. Get this...I'm 10 minutes tops from DC and 35 to 45 from B-more. Has anyone else in the DC area had this happen to them? I'm in PG county. Thx

hdtv4me2
03-15-2006, 08:02 AM
I'm out in Fredneck, I mean Frederick county, and as far as I know I'm still in the DC DMA.

mgmoody301
03-15-2006, 03:58 PM
I'm facing the same dilemma in Laurel, Maryland. It sucks. My family is much more DC-centric than Baltimore, even if I can get to Baltimore faster. I'll have local DC channels through my HDTV off-air antenna on one tv but every other TV in my house will only have B-More stations! AAAgh!

Rainor
03-15-2006, 08:17 PM
Get this...yesterday I received a letter from D* telling me that on April 12th my local stations will change from the Washington, DC viewing area to the Balitmore viewing area. Called D* and was told that the FCC has made this change not D*. On the letter it states a map developed by Nielsen Media Research changed my viewing area. Get this...I'm 10 minutes tops from DC and 35 to 45 from B-more. Has anyone else in the DC area had this happen to them? I'm in PG county. Thx

What city are you close to? Columbia MD? Laurel... If your in that middle zone between Baltimore / DC on Rt. 95, I could see where they changed the market divider....

Just curious. I'm north of B'More - so I'm not effected except for the fact the FCC says I *CAN* receive OTA HD broadcasts, but I can't actually receive all networks due to distance and location of transmitters.

Rainor
03-15-2006, 08:18 PM
I'm out in Fredneck, I mean Frederick county, and as far as I know I'm still in the DC DMA.


Woo Hoo - FredNeck. (Born and raised there - out side city 12 miles north east).

Truman
03-16-2006, 03:46 PM
You just have to love Nielsen and the FCC. Unfortunately, you're probably screwed. You're going to have a tough time getting waivers so that you can switch back to the DC DMA, especially if you're somewhere in between the two DMAs.

I know plenty of people in similar situations, myself included. I live in northeastern Pennsylvania, about twenty minutes from the New York border. I watched southeastern New York network affiliates for years before getting D*. Too much tree growth has severely limited my ability to pick up OTA broadcasts, so I've had to rely on D* for my locals. They force me to watch a DMA that covers an area over an hour south of me. The news is useless. I just don't care about what's going on down there. The weather on the news is even more useless.

"Dem's da breaks!", as they say.

Tower Guy
03-16-2006, 09:44 PM
Get this...yesterday I received a letter from D* telling me that on April 12th my local stations will change from the Washington, DC viewing area to the Balitmore viewing area. Called D* and was told that the FCC has made this change not D*. On the letter it states a map developed by Nielsen Media Research changed my viewing area. Get this...I'm 10 minutes tops from DC and 35 to 45 from B-more. Has anyone else in the DC area had this happen to them? I'm in PG county. Thx

If you put up your own antenna, you'll get DC just fine. It might even look better to you.

2nd2no1
03-20-2006, 11:46 AM
If you put up your own antenna, you'll get DC just fine. It might even look better to you.


I live in Laurel off of Rt. 295 closer to DC than B-more. I could care less about B-more news, I'm not headed in that direction for anything. The only good thing out of this is I have an OTA in my attic on a rotor. D* seems to be always pulling something out thier a&& to mess with people.

ljnelson109
03-20-2006, 02:07 PM
Got the same letter. I live in Mt. Airy, MD. We do get better signal strength for Baltimore off-air than D.C. off-air. I have always thought it was ridiculous that we had D.C. locals. Although my wife was happy since she is a Redskins fan. :)

On analog OTA we get Balt OK and DC poor. With digital we get all channels from both cities. I guess if we want DC we either have to watch the HDTV!

Here is the more important question. The letter specifically states that no action is needed on my part. So does this mean that someone will be coming out to my house to reprogram all of my season passes? I know that my TiVos are not smart enough to fix this. Heck, I can not get TiVo to follow Nascar from week to week!