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    WGN channel 9 here in Chicago has been removed from my DirecTV package. Why is this happening and how can I get it back?

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    WGN has been removed from DirecTV because of a dispute over retransmission fees.

    It doesn't look like the dispute is going to be fixed anytime soon. See for more info DirecTV Files FCC Complaint Questioning Tribune’s Control

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    See this post also: DirecTVPromise.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    WGN channel 9 here in Chicago has been removed from my DirecTV package. Why is this happening and how can I get it back?
    I don't understand why the advertisers on WGN aren't raising a big stink since their commercials are not being seen by millions of people they surely expected to be viewing them!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    WGN channel 9 here in Chicago has been removed from my DirecTV package. Why is this happening and how can I get it back?
    As far as getting it back is concerned. Depending on where you live in the city, you may be able to easily receive it free over the air. If you have a new flat panel HDTV made later than 2007 all you have to do is hook an antenna to your TV, set the input in the menus to "antenna" or "air" and scan for channels. If you have an older TV you will need to get a converter box or upgrade your TV. If you post the URL for the "radar plot" generated by TV Fool we can help you. WGN broadcasts on real channel 19 which is a UHF channel, and you will need an antenna built for UHF frequencies. The free signal actually will give you a better picture than DirecTV gives, and you may find you don't need DirecTV anymore.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkreichen1968 View Post
    As far as getting it back is concerned. Depending on where you live in the city, you may be able to easily receive it free over the air. If you have a new flat panel HDTV made later than 2007 all you have to do is hook an antenna to your TV, set the input in the menus to "antenna" or "air" and scan for channels. If you have an older TV you will need to get a converter box or upgrade your TV. If you post the URL for the "radar plot" generated by TV Fool we can help you. WGN broadcasts on real channel 19 which is a UHF channel, and you will need an antenna built for UHF frequencies. The free signal actually will give you a better picture than DirecTV gives, and you may find you don't need DirecTV anymore.
    Surprise, friend. WGN is watched by tons of people OUTSIDE the Chicago viewing area. And not just for sports. In my case, I like many of the old rerun shows. It is (was?) carried by many USA local cable companies, as well as dish network and direct tv which made it available all over central America and the Caribbean as well as all over North America. I'm sure that broad coverage allows WGN to get high rates from it's advertisers. They must be very mad about this and will, hopefully, apply pressure to WGN. There is only one reliable pressure point in business, the wallet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyanfar View Post
    Surprise, friend. WGN is watched by tons of people OUTSIDE the Chicago viewing area. And not just for sports. In my case, I like many of the old rerun shows. It is (was?) carried by many USA local cable companies, as well as dish network and direct tv which made it available all over central America and the Caribbean as well as all over North America. I'm sure that broad coverage allows WGN to get high rates from it's advertisers. They must be very mad about this and will, hopefully, apply pressure to WGN. There is only one reliable pressure point in business, the wallet.
    Are you talking about WGN, or WGN America? WGN is a CW affiliate and therefore can't legally be retransmitted in other areas that have their own CW affiliate. WGN America is a cable channel. The OP asked how they could get WGN back in Chicago, and I gave the answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyanfar View Post
    Surprise, friend. WGN is watched by tons of people OUTSIDE the Chicago viewing area. And not just for sports. In my case, I like many of the old rerun shows. It is (was?) carried by many USA local cable companies, as well as dish network and direct tv which made it available all over central America and the Caribbean as well as all over North America. I'm sure that broad coverage allows WGN to get high rates from it's advertisers. They must be very mad about this and will, hopefully, apply pressure to WGN. There is only one reliable pressure point in business, the wallet.
    Ouside of the Chicago market, you're watching WGN America, & not WGN-TV. There's very little overlap in programming on the 2 channels. WGN-TV carries CW in primetime, along with airing all news segments (only the noon - 1pm portion of the midday news, & the 9pm news are available to WGN America viewers), & carries 1st run syndicated programming during the morning & afternoon hours. Sports programming varies. WGN America carries a lot of off-network syndicated programming in timeslots WGN-TV would have 1st run syndicated programming.

    Chicagoland cable services aren't allowed to carry WGN America, because WGN-TV is available. Until March 31st, the only way Chicagoland viewers could get WGN America was from DirecTV & Dish Network. Right now, just Dish Network carries it in Chicagoland. I believe the only reason satellite offers it to Chicagoland viewers is because it's probably too much work to block it to Chicagoland viewers (not sure about exact reason). Looking at the schedule for WGN America, I don't believe I'm missing anything, because a lot of that programming is available on other channels (locally & on other cable channels). I'm getting WGN-TV OTA, have no problems getting them (actually one of the easiest to get).

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