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DIRECTV pulls the plug on local news channels

November 4, 2010 • Local News

Roswell DIRECTV users may be wondering why they no longer have local news channels. On Nov. 1, DIRECTV initiated a blackout of local channels that affected Albuquerque, Roswell, Santa Fe and surrounding areas.

According to Robert Mercer, director of public relations for DIRECTV, the company “initially” told customers that they would not offer them local channels through their high definition TV service. Mercer said that the company’s spot beam system, or signal, cannot reach everyone in its distinguished market area, which includes Roswell.

“There are some markets where we offer HD channels on our spot beam,” Mercer said. “There are some markets where that spot beam doesn’t cover the entire market area. [This is] where customers are not able to receive the HD signal or [will get] a poor quality version.”

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