Registered: Nov 2002
Packer -- you're caught in a very weird situation. I believe the automatic waivers granted by the O&Os technically only apply to their "markets." However, the SHVA restrictions apply to any viewer who receives a signal of grade B intensity from the station. Accordingly, I think Directv may technically be right that since you're not in the San Francisco's market, you need a waiver from them.
They should almost certainly give you one, once they know your local station has given you one. I would just make sure you speak to someone at the San Francisco station and explain the situation until he understands it. They get so many of the same kind of requests they are on autopilot some of the time.
Incidentally, for those hoping for waivers from local stations, I would say a few things. First, if you've been unsuccessful, try again at the beginning of the year. Make the request in the end of December. Second, many of the non O&Os are a little pissed that the mother ship has granted blanket waivers for the O&Os, which they see as something as a sell out. There are some non-O&Os whose view is "over my dead body." If you're in one of those markets, all I can say is I'm sorry. If you emphasize to them that you're only doing it to get High Def they may be a little more sympathetic, but if they are up and operating an OTA HD station and you don't live right behind a mountain, they are going to give you a hard time. The bottom line is that you shouldn't quit until you talk to the station itself, but even that's not going to work.
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