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Satellite viewers tune into local news

Most demand for local channels comes from outside to approved area. Most demand for local channels comes from outside to approved area.

June 10, 2004

Albany - If you own a satellite dish, June 10th marks the first day you can get Albany news in your living room.

Dish Network can switch out your dish and beam in WALB News and Weather, but not all satellite viewers are included.

Like magic, the signal lets satellite users watch WALB. S&S Satellite Installer Steven Lash says, "It's all one unit now, you don't have to put up an antennae."

Minus the antennae, Lash adds a pole with a Super Dish from Dish Network. Lash points to the inside curve, "This is catching that beam."

The oval shaped 60 pound beam catcher is expected to reflect AWAY customer complaints. Lash says, "At least 15 times a day, where are my local providers?"

WALB General Manager Jim Wilcox says, "The bad news is they are only announcing coverage in 19 counties, we serve 44 counties."

Counties that are part of our 19 county Designated Market Area (DMA listed below) means you can get Albany news on Dish Network.

But if you're outside of the area you're out of luck when it comes to southwest Georgia news, that's unless your on cable, or by conventional antennae. Wilcox adds, "It's very unfortunate and we are naturally trying to get them to re-consider."

Starting next week those living inside the 19 county area will be able to get the Super Dish up and WALB on.

Dish network is on the only satellite company to offer Albany stations via satellite so far.

ALBANY DMA:

Atkinson, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Calhoun, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Clinch, Crisp, Dougherty, Irwin, Lee, Miller, Mitchell, Terrell, Tift, Turner and Worth Counties

posted at 6:15PM by kathryn.simmons@walb.com

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