Originally posted by roemerj
My guide also showed "call extension 721" message. When I called they said I was not elgible because did not subscribe to the local package. Told them that the press release said "or" HD package. She did some more checking and said I was approved so hit my card and activated CBSE. If I were you I'd call back. DTV is notorious for giving different responses dependent on CSR you happen to talk to. I am south of Greensburg near New Stanton!
I didn't really need it since I get 25.1 good. However, it will come in handy when KDKA starts altering their programing which they tend to do now and then.
That was good advice Jim. In my case, years ago, I wanted to keep the East Coast/West Coast network channels...even though the locals were "fired" up, so to speak.
I eventually found a "rep" that turned them on. I wanted them because, as I like football, having the locals, the east/west coast channels pretty much gave me most of the NFL Ticket and a next to nothing cost. Plus, in the event I missed a show at 8 p.m....I could catch it at 11 on the West Coast channel.
Now that I have TiVo, that makes the latter a bit irrelevant but my wife still likes the east/west coast channels for flexibility.
As to channels 80 and 81...let me ask one and all this...
I was watching the Super Bowl last night on KDKA 25.1 yet, in the beginning, as usual for them, they forgot to turn on the "center" speaker. So, just flipped to Channel 80 (New York) and had my sound.
Anyhow, I flipped back to KDKA about a half hour later and the sound was there so I stuck with them...until, I began to get some drop outs (video) that left a green screen. It was long mind you but, after several times, it was a bit annoying.
So, again I switched to Channnel 80 which had no problems.
All of which is to say that Channels 80/81 are nice to have when KDKA is having some of its usual problems. And, since they're free, having that flexible option is a good thing.