Originally Posted by sregener
In some cases, for stations that lack the OTA facilities, it allows them to send HD signals to the local cable companies. DirecTV and Dish both have antenna systems at their uplink facilities for LiL.
The DishNet system, for the La Crosse/Eau Claire Market is a single-end pickup point (site non-disclosable) that went on the air a few years ago.
The FOLLOWING year, DirecTV approached all the parties involved in the DishNet system and gave everyone the impression that they (DirecTV) would be going on with their own system. Then, about a week before they were suppose to start, they called everyone involved and cancelled out of their contracts...
Then, to everyone's surprise, about a week later, they announced that they would be going on the "bird" around their original "on-air" date.
As it turned out, DirecTV had a bit of a disagreement w/one of the support services and they couldn't quite work out the details to their satisfaction. They cancelled the contracts with the other "vendors" and then proceeded to work out a deal with their competitor, DishNet.
So, what you're viewing off satellite (If you're a DirecTV customer) is a "re-purposed" retransmitted picture of DishNet's product. Dishnet picks up WXOW (ABC), WHLA (PBS), WKBT (CBS), WEAU (NBC) & WLAX (FOX) and re-sells the signal to DirecTV, who, in turn, sells that batch of signals to you, their customers.
Believe me, if you knew what the rack-gear, alone, cost DishNet when they first went on-line, let alone the added costs of UPS systems and fibre-optics to get the signal from the La Crosse/Eau Claire area back to Colorado, you would have made the kind of deal I believe DishNet and DirecTV made.
BOTTOM LINE? In this market (La Crosse/Eau Claire), one source for all your satellite viewing pleasure, courtesy of DishNet and their initial capital outlay.
Enjoy the viewing!