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Old 12-16-2005, 12:01 PM   #1 (Print)
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Waivers: Approved or Denied?

Just curious from those of you who have requested waivers how many have been approved. The D* person I spoke with on the phone the other day indicated that 1 in 5 are approved.

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Old 12-16-2005, 12:25 PM   #2 (Print)
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I can't answer this poll because 2 of my waivers were approved and 2 were not. However, the 2 that were approved were for O&O stations. Also the 2 that were not approved, I am in the process of getting them approved by going directly to the stations.

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Old 12-16-2005, 12:36 PM   #3 (Print)
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Buffalo NY market all 4 stations denied twice..

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Old 12-16-2005, 12:42 PM   #4 (Print)
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I'll second the Buffalo NY ones.
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Old 12-16-2005, 04:25 PM   #5 (Print)
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Not voting either since 3 approved one denied.

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Old 12-16-2005, 04:53 PM   #6 (Print)
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Is there any indication that individual non-O&O stations are granting HD waivers on the basis that the MPEG 4 transition is coming soon and therefore current HD waivers would be considered temporary?
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Old 12-16-2005, 05:00 PM   #7 (Print)
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All I know is that one of my very good friends works for the St. Louis CBS affiliate.
They are denying 100% of the waiver requests... no if's, and's, buts about it...

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Old 12-16-2005, 05:07 PM   #8 (Print)
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Two approved and two denied. Better than nothing.

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Old 12-16-2005, 06:15 PM   #9 (Print)
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Two approved and two denied. Better than nothing.


Very true. I'm not complaining, especially since I can get perfect signals via OTA. I only want the waivers because it never hurts to have access to both signals.

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Old 12-16-2005, 06:20 PM   #10 (Print)
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one - three

Fox approved -

ABC, NBC, CBS denied three times !!!

I am considering a civil suit as these three IDIOT stations don't even broadcast HD OTA which makes their denials even more bizzare...
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Old 12-16-2005, 06:24 PM   #11 (Print)
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Both Raleigh O&O denied. I live about 30 miles north of Garner in Franklin County.
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Old 12-16-2005, 07:47 PM   #12 (Print)
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Had to call three times to get my HD networks turned on, but they finally did it today - CBS and Fox. I have an OTA antenna on order and perhaps it will bring in some more stations - I'm 35 miles from the transmitters.

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Old 12-16-2005, 08:09 PM   #13 (Print)
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This is like gangland with the locals. I hate the way they have done this and I am also pissed at D* for their lack of urgency to help. Long story, but I can't get waivers and I can't get a decent signal from locals and have spent a fortune trying and made my roof ugly in the process. I will NEVER watch local news again! When I get pay D* back, I will leave them also for their lack of support in helping out, hell, they have been an obstacle in this! Can't wait for Comcast and see if they can compete.
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Old 12-17-2005, 12:17 AM   #14 (Print)
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What is DirecTV supposed to do? It is the FCC and Congress who are making the rules/laws that are making it difficult.... DirecTV would LOVE to turn on the HD Distant locals for anyone.

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Old 12-17-2005, 01:11 AM   #15 (Print)
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All I know is that one of my very good friends works for the St. Louis CBS affiliate.
They are denying 100% of the waiver requests... no if's, and's, buts about it...

Same story here - no waivers period - or reception of OTA HD!
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Old 12-17-2005, 10:03 AM   #16 (Print)
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No waivers for me in Tucson - I do get PBS and WB OTA though.

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Old 12-17-2005, 06:20 PM   #17 (Print)
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This is like gangland with the locals. I hate the way they have done this and I am also pissed at D* for their lack of urgency to help. Long story, but I can't get waivers and I can't get a decent signal from locals and have spent a fortune trying and made my roof ugly in the process. I will NEVER watch local news again! When I get pay D* back, I will leave them also for their lack of support in helping out, hell, they have been an obstacle in this! Can't wait for Comcast and see if they can compete.


I couldn't agree more -

I have been a D* customer for over ten (10) years and not a monthly cheepie either over $75.00 per month consistently currently @ $112.00 a month and never late or missed a payment.

I would have already dropped them if not for the fact that I have no recourse except for Dish and I have to much $$$ invested in D* equipment to just change to another SAT vendor who has the same problems.

However, Comcast has purchased the rights to the Adelphia network in my area and are supposed to come into this area like gangbusters in the spring which includes finishing the wiring of the town I reside in which Adelphia failed to do - do to bankruptcy.

As soon as that happens goodbye to D* and hello to Comcast, braodband, HD locals and no more aggravating dropouts and pixelation...

Also, I will be able to continue with Tivo and that makes me happy...
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Old 12-17-2005, 08:04 PM   #18 (Print)
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I couldn't agree more -

I have been a D* customer for over ten (10) years and not a monthly cheepie either over $75.00 per month consistently currently @ $112.00 a month and never late or missed a payment.

I would have already dropped them if not for the fact that I have no recourse except for Dish and I have to much $$$ invested in D* equipment to just change to another SAT vendor who has the same problems.

However, Comcast has purchased the rights to the Adelphia network in my area and are supposed to come into this area like gangbusters in the spring which includes finishing the wiring of the town I reside in which Adelphia failed to do - do to bankruptcy.

As soon as that happens goodbye to D* and hello to Comcast, braodband, HD locals and no more aggravating dropouts and pixelation...

Also, I will be able to continue with Tivo and that makes me happy...





eBay can handle my equipment. IF Comcast has the product, I am gone and would still hold on to my equipment for a while to make sure it is the same or better quality. D* overall has been excellent in some ways, but in this one area, they have angered me to the point I am willing to toss the rest of the goodwill. With competition from Comcast, finally, in this segement of HD and TiVo, it will end up having to be a good thing for all of us consumers. Competition is good for us end users!
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Old 12-17-2005, 09:30 PM   #19 (Print)
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Just called DTV and resubmitted waiver requests for ABC and NBC; I'm in Southeast Michigan burbs. I have a great roof mounted antenna and absolutely positively cannot recieve either - yet the gal on the phone, who was very kind, pretty much said: Forget about it, never seen an approval from those two stations.

What I don't get is, why not? Why not give a waiver? It means your content will be seen by more viewers. Why on earth would you NOT want that?

Please Tivo, please, hurry up and get your Comcast HD Tivo finished so I can drop satellite and get all my locals (as well as not miss shows due to rain, snow or overcast skies).

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Old 12-19-2005, 11:04 AM   #20 (Print)
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Have only gotten ONE so far (FOX). Funny thing, nobody notified me even of that one. Just happened to notice something about it on my 'profile' on website and sure enough it was there?

Don't mind too much since I'm getting excellent HD reception from OTA antenna pointed towards Chciago (I live just over Wisconsin line).

The only HD local I can't seem to get via Chciago stations is CBS. Would be real nice to also have CBS...but can live with all but one.
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Old 12-19-2005, 11:08 AM   #21 (Print)
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I eventually got a postcard from DirecTV notifying me of the status.

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Old 12-20-2005, 02:42 PM   #22 (Print)
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ABC and Fox approved here, NBC and CBS denied here.

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Old 12-20-2005, 04:20 PM   #23 (Print)
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Only FOX accepted mine - everybody else denied me. I even contacted the programming directors for ABC, CBS, and NBC here in D.C. to no avail. FOX seems to be the taker in just about every market.
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Old 12-21-2005, 09:21 AM   #24 (Print)
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CBS, Fox and NBC granted waivers here. ABC denied them. And the ABC station that claims me isn't even on our cable system, nor can I get either their SD or HD signals over the air. Oddly enough, when I first signed up with DirecTV, the ABC affiliate was the only station I needed a waiver for, and they had a blanket waiver for my zip code.
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Old 12-21-2005, 11:53 AM   #25 (Print)
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I had MUCH better success getting waivers by contacting the stations myself. I have waivers for CBS, ABC and NBC. I can't get FOX, because they are apparently in bed with Comcast/Cox cable.
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Old 12-21-2005, 10:42 PM   #26 (Print)
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I have been denied NBC and ABC. What did those of you do when contacting the locals? What did you say to persuade them to grant the waivers? Anyone have contact info for these stations in NYC? I am in Boston and having a difficult time with my OTA antenna reception. Thank you
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Old 12-22-2005, 09:05 AM   #27 (Print)
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It's not the NYC stations you need to contact, it's your local network affiliates (channels 5 and 7 in your case.) They may be the kind of station that denies everyone - they denied me too and I am 35 miles away from the transmitters.

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Old 12-22-2005, 11:12 AM   #28 (Print)
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Old 12-22-2005, 03:18 PM   #29 (Print)
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Mine was denied even though at that time New Orleans did not have any HD stations on the air.
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Old 12-22-2005, 04:25 PM   #30 (Print)
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I'm in Miami, FL. and catch the OTA signals just fine. I submitted the waivers just for the fun of it. I got approved for NBC and CBS but denied for the rest. I recently sent in another waiver, lets see what happens.
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