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Sun, Jul 4, 2021 10:03 PM

Need help Local Channel Connector!

Lost abc, nbc, cbs last year and can’t get local channels. Trying to find out how to get them before Olympics. 
Directv with HR54 receiver. 

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shannon02

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15.3K Messages

5 m ago

AFAIK DTV only sends the LCC (if there are any left) when there is a contract dispute with the local channel so if you where getting the DNS versions then there is no contract dispute as it was the FCC that didn't renew the law that gave all providers access to them.  There are posts here that say the old AM21 may still work if you can find one.

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TexasBrit

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13.4K Messages

5 m ago

There are no LCCs available from directv although you can sometimes see them on ebay. Similarly with the AM21. I have two of these running on HR54 and HR24.

There has been a lot of discussion on the AM21. It is not supported by Directv but the rumors that it no longer worked seem to be unfounded. Even Stewart Sweet at solid signal is saying that it still probably works. And a major AM21 issue was corrected by Directv in its latest test release. But that  does not mean it might not become a door stop next week, or next month, or next year.

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Juniper

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14K Messages

5 m ago

If those channels were in the 300s (not regular local numbers), so the East/West Coast feeds, then per Federal regulations you are not allowed to have those anymore. The networks lobbied Congress to have the STELAR Act expire, so now you may only have what is in your Designated Market Area (DMA).

The Local Channel Connector (LCC) never left testing. Had limited availability for those that were affected by negotiations where the local pulled their feed away to get a better deal. Unknown if the LCC is completely gone or just severely delayed because of the depleted stock. In either case it is not available at this time.

The AM21, what they had years ago, can still be found used. But it is not officially supported and hit and miss with the recent Genies (like your HR54). So is a chance to integrate a regular antenna to your box so you don't have to switch inputs, get guide info, and record.

Double check www.directv.com/locals for what is available through DirecTV. If not all the locals you want are provided, or none at all, then a regular antenna connected to your TV for whatever is in range would be the option. Even with locals provided, they don't have sub-channels for most areas, so a antenna has a chance to give you more channels.

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Observer

5 m ago

Thanks to all of you for explaining my situation and giving me options!

TexasBrit

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13.4K Messages

5 m ago

You could also see if locast offers your locals.


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