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Old 09-09-2018, 05:13 PM   #1
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Directv and local channels

We have directv in our motorhome and was wondering if anyone has any idea how to get local channels when traveling to different states?
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We have directv in our motorhome and was wondering if anyone has any idea how to get local channels when traveling to different states?
I have never had an issue receiving local channels with directv however I only travel in the West. I would recommend calling to see if it may be a setting. Good luck
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Unless you live in the New York City or LA areas, your local channels are spot-beamed and are available in a 150-200 mi radius around your city. There simply is no way to obtain your own local channels when you are outside the beam.

OTOH, there are lots and lots of post on this forum about calling DirecTV (or Dish) to tell them that you have changed your "service address" (not billing address) so they can reset your receiver to get whatever are the local channels for the area you are in. Dish makes this easy to do; less so with DirecTV.
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DirecTV has the locals on HD channels. If you have a round dish or self aiming dome, you will not get HD channels.

If you have the newer, 3 LNB oval dish, you will need to call and change your service address to where you are.

Some are saying that DirecTV is not allowing changing anymore.

I'm am one of the fortunate ones who gets the networks, although from NYC, in standard def. Its called DNS.

My service address is in Toms River NJ. I have never changed it and get the networks everywhere.
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Unless you live in the New York City or LA areas, your local channels are spot-beamed and are available in a 150-200 mi radius around your city. There simply is no way to obtain your own local channels when you are outside the beam.

OTOH, there are lots and lots of post on this forum about calling DirecTV (or Dish) to tell them that you have changed your "service address" (not billing address) so they can reset your receiver to get whatever are the local channels for the area you are in. Dish makes this easy to do; less so with DirecTV.
I live in Phx and have traveled all over the West and have never not had my local channels with Direct. I regularly travel from home in AZ to So Cal, Utah and Wyoming and always have locals. With Dish, my father has to notify of new location after 24hrs or so.
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….I have heard people say they call Direct all the time and get their service address changed when traveling outside their local service area....I have never tried it. Instead, I replaced my old OEM analog omni-directional OTA antenna with the Jack digital head--mounting on rig can be an issue. Uses the OEM booster for power and works great. However, I have learned that digital OTH digital signals are more directionally and line-of-sight sensitive so alignment with station location and terrain can be a challenge...
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Good luck getting the to change your service address since they combined ATT and Direct. IF you can login to the old Direct tv and it ask if you want to convert to the ATT billing do NOT do it. You will be lost forever. The two systems have not been combined properly yet and may never be.

I have been promised a conference call and a call from a very high up superior. Never happened.

If you search the thread shown you will find some good information on chaning to Dish.

Yes yes I have done the DNS paperwork and it fell off the edge of the earth. I am probably close to 25 hours of chats, and being on hold and told this person could get it done. I have an over the air receiver that feeds the direct tv box so am able to get some locals that way but distance can be a problem.
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