Originally Posted by Mike`L
I really wish I could replace channel 5 permanently with some east/west coast feeds.
Well there ARE ways to get an "alternate" NBC feed...but I guess these depend on how much trouble you want &/or can go thru...
- Get an OTA antenna & pull in another NBC affiliate from an adjacent market. Of course, knowing the surrounding markets, about the only one you would have a chance of getting, is going to be Columbia. (Springfield, MO is probably WAY too far away) You would very unlikely be able to pull in either WAND-Decatur or WPSD-Paducah.
- "Move" your satellite service (address) to an adjacent market. Of course, you have to pick one who's spot beam falls over your (actual) physical St.Louis location. You can go to this link on satelliteguys.us & look at the spot beam maps & see which ones would realistically work. (you need to look at the HD Ka bird beams, NOT the SD Ku ones...
Unfortunately, DTV's Kansas City beam is too far way from STL. But according to these maps, amazingly the Chicago spot seems to reach WAY downstate thru STL. (obviously this works QUITE nicely for me for an "alternate affiliate" - can't beat an O&O, since they VERY, VERY rarely pre-empt prog from their own network.
Our market beam (Springfield/Champaign) seems to get thru STL as well. (at least we have 3 different PBS's to choose from...
) I believe the Paducah/Harrisburg/Cape DMA is on the same beam as STL, so that would be another easy alternative. (not really crazy about THAT DMA, but when you're desperate...
Doing this is as easy as a phone call to DTV; no need to qualify &/or fill out a form, like trying to get E/W feeds. satelliteguys.us has tips on how to do this - w/out throwing up a red flag to DTV or DISH.
If you would choose to do this, you know you can then use DTV's add-on OTA tuner, where you could then run an antenna into it, & STILL get your STL locals thru the DTV receiver; like having the best of both worlds.
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Anyway, go luck trying to get your NBC programming that you SHOULD be getting; I know our locals up here are NOT the best, but I didn't realize just HOW much your (only) NBC affiliate SUCKS!
I mean pre-empting SNL - really...REALLY???
(I no longer have access to the STL locals; I now only have ours & Chicago...