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Waivers Denied- What next?

was7g
04-06-2006, 06:23 PM
I just received my card from DirecTV saying all three of my locals which don't provide OTA HD- ABC, CBS, and Fox- denied my waiver request. This isn't surprising since they're all owned by the same company.

Just curious what my next options are? I've written a personal letter to the station manager asking for a waiver and explaining my situation, on the off chance that the station automatically denies every request, and the station manager might be persuaded by a more personal appeal, but I ain't holdin' my breath.

Suggestions are appreciated.

gene222
04-06-2006, 06:35 PM
Count on winning the Power Ball lottery before you get
a waiver granted.

Diogenes
04-06-2006, 09:24 PM
I just received my card from DirecTV saying all three of my locals which don't provide OTA HD- ABC, CBS, and Fox- denied my waiver request. This isn't surprising since they're all owned by the same company.

Just curious what my next options are? I've written a personal letter to the station manager asking for a waiver and explaining my situation, on the off chance that the station automatically denies every request, and the station manager might be persuaded by a more personal appeal, but I ain't holdin' my breath.

Suggestions are appreciated.

Start thinking about an antenna

DWBJ
04-06-2006, 09:50 PM
Move :D

was7g
04-06-2006, 10:13 PM
Has anyone tried suing their local affiliates? I figure that the law is on the side of the stations, but if threatened with a lawsuit of some kind, they might be willing to relent (bad publicity?). I think it's asinine that they won't let one customer go. THEY'RE NOT PROVIDING A SERVICE!!! I CAN GET THAT SERVICE ELSEWHERE!!! WHY DON'T I HAVE THAT OPTION??????????

AAARRRRRRGHHHHH!

JAG72
04-07-2006, 04:53 AM
Has anyone tried suing their local affiliates? I figure that the law is on the side of the stations, but if threatened with a lawsuit of some kind, they might be willing to relent (bad publicity?). I think it's asinine that they won't let one customer go. THEY'RE NOT PROVIDING A SERVICE!!! I CAN GET THAT SERVICE ELSEWHERE!!! WHY DON'T I HAVE THAT OPTION??????????

AAARRRRRRGHHHHH!

Have you asked them what time frame they have for providing you a digital feed? Who is the company that owns the three stations?

was7g
04-07-2006, 12:59 PM
The company is called Gray Communications, and they are based in Atlanta. When I called the local station, the guy on the phone mentioned that they had until February, 2009, to provide a digital signal, and it was their plan to introduce digital TV (though he didn't say HDTV) "sometime" before then. I asked for a more specific ballpark, asking if it'd be one year or two, the guy said that he didn't know, and that broadcasting in HD required a lot of permitting through the FCC, and there was a significant capital expense to buy the equipment, etc. etc. In other words, it doesn't sound like my locals are in ANY hurry to start broadcasting in HD.