Direct Tv Spotbeam

eaduke

DTVUSA Rookie
#1
I have a question what spotbeams for Direct TV cover West Virginia? I'm in the western part of the state but I can't figure it out on the maps.
 

eaduke

DTVUSA Rookie
#3
I actually do not have Direct tv yet. I'm in zip 26101 with locals not available. I'm wanting to know if I could pick up locals out of Washington,D.C. or maybe Roanoke,Va possibly? I'm not sure if those spotbeams would be viewable from here ?
 

TVTom51

DTVUSA Member
#4
I actually do not have Direct tv yet. I'm in zip 26101 with locals not available. I'm wanting to know if I could pick up locals out of Washington,D.C. or maybe Roanoke,Va possibly? I'm not sure if those spotbeams would be viewable from here ?
These are the only two links I know of for spotbeam maps online. Not sure how accurate they are either:

DTV Spots Map (Not updated since 10/14/2006)

Spotbeam Satellites (Not really sure how accurate this one is)
 

Piggie

Super Moderator
#5
I actually do not have Direct tv yet. I'm in zip 26101 with locals not available. I'm wanting to know if I could pick up locals out of Washington,D.C. or maybe Roanoke,Va possibly? I'm not sure if those spotbeams would be viewable from here ?
If you are talking about legally receiving DirecTV, they you will receive locals if they are available for your DMA. It's not in the FCC rules to give you a choice of which town's locals you receive.
 

O-O

DTVUSA Member
#6
If you are talking about legally receiving DirecTV, they you will receive locals if they are available for your DMA. It's not in the FCC rules to give you a choice of which town's locals you receive.
Though some people do break the rules and pick up other spotbeams. Piggie, do you have any experience with spotbeam reception?
 
#7
Though some people do break the rules and pick up other spotbeams. Piggie, do you have any experience with spotbeam reception?
Thanks. I am new here too, and my question seems to be relative to this above..... I am temporarily moving to a new part of the country and want to receive their local channels. I want their local ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, etc.
I have changed my address to my new one, both online in my DirecTV account and over the phone with them (their local Filipino rep).

But now when I try and go to the new locals, it shows them on my guide, but they won't tune in. I get the SEARCHING FOR SATELLITE SIGNAL.... (771) error..... even though it is showing on the guide and info that it is correct, in fact, my local channels. I need to get my primetime channels, and strongly prefer it be the ones I am staying at, whether it is for 2 months, 5, 6, etc.... shouldn't that be able to work?

Do I need to adjust some settings?
What does spot beam mean anyway?
Is this doable on my end?
 

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