Join Date: Sep 2006
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You all would appreciate some of this. Based on all of your (very!) helpful advice, I called Dish Network to complain about a few things. First and foremost, one should not advertise "we've got local channels in your area!" when NBC is not one of said local channels. They said that they'd tell their supervisor (hah), and so I asked to speak to a supervisor. I spoke to a supervisor whose name was apparently "Dial Tone."
So I called back. No luck, and I won't bore you (further) with the details. The interesting thing was that they DID offer to help me submit a waiver for NBC, despite what Jim Shorts wrote below. The ruling was indeed that Dish had pretty much been giving DNS to anyone that asked without going through the waiver process. A few weeks ago, Dish (well, EchoStar) had agreed to settle with the four major networks, but Fox, perhaps motivated by its financial interest in DirecTV, pulled out.
The ruling that Jim Shorts posted below is accurate, but has not been enforced. Fox is pushing for the courts to start enforcing this ruling. Congress might get involved. Unbelievable.
Yet here is Dish Network on the phone telling me that I can apply for a waiver, without ever mentioning this lawsuit. (Just like they sold me their package without mentioning that I can't get NBC.) I get the feeling that this was out of ignorance on the part of the (apparently outsourced) customer service, not malice. They did tell me that I can cancel without penalty in 30 days, which I'll do, but encouraged me to wait for the results of this waiver, which of course, take 30-45 days to hear from. And oh by the way, no extensions on the 30-day cancellation period are allowed.
As for waivers, I am going through DirecTV to try and obtain one. I live 68.6 miles from JAX's antenna, so if I lived on, say, SW 17th Ave instead of 16th, I'd be okay (yes, I tried this out: 1.5 blocks west of me and 1 south of me are automatically okay for the waiver...c'est la vie). I would think that I will be approved.
I've still got to figure out how to grab Fox OTA (ABC and CBS are no problem), but I think it's a matter of antenna/position combinations.
Thanks again for your help in this forum; it's much appreciated!