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WRAL-HD Super Bowl Broadcast Will Beam to Most DirectTV Dishes

Posted January 31, 2007
Updated February 1, 2007

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— Capitol Broadcasting Co. and DirecTV have reached an agreement that will bring WRAL-HD, and WRAZ-HD signals to most DirectTV subscribers in the Triangle in time for Sunday's NFL Super Bowl, the companies said Wednesday.

In addition, DirectTV said that approximately 30 days ago, it began transmitting updates to HD-DVRs to fix the off-air tuner problem.The company encouraged subscribers to check out their HD-DVR to see if the update has been downloaded to their devices. The change allows an off air signal to be fully integrated into the DVR.

WRAL and WRAZ each provide a full schedule of programming in high definition as well as additional weather and news offerings only on digital channels.

The companies noted that DirecTV’s current spot beam only covers 75 percent of the TV households in the Raleigh market, and people who live in ZIP codes below may not be able to catch the HD spot beam.

DirecTV is working to resolve the issue and hopes to have a new spot beam in place to cover the entire market as soon as September.

ZIP codes that cannot yet receive the HD signal from DirectTV:

23915
23917
23919
23924
23927
23950
23964
23968
23970
24529
24580
24598
27209
27231
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27243
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27594
27823
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27850
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  • macx Mar 7, 2007

    I just got off of a call to Direct TV and was informed that WRAL will transmit HD on channel 5. I advised the technician / customer service rep that I was watching wral-tv on Direct TV channel 5 and it was NOT in HD. I asked if there were any other channels that could be broadcasting the HD wral programming and the rep said no.

    So, here we are with diverse advice from DirectTV, announcements from wral that HD is being broadcast, but no one is getting any joy (yet). I have a HR10-250 DTivo.

    Stay tuned as they say...

  • d02b06l Feb 6, 2007

    Did anyone verify that they received the spot beam of the Superbowl in HD? Even though I was in a supported zipcode, and I have the HR10-250 HD DirecTivo, my system did not switch to a Sat signal, but I continued to see the game in HD via the HD antenna connected to the DirecTvo

  • patricktkelly2 Feb 4, 2007

    I am so sad. I just got off the phone with Direct TV and my RCA TV with integrated Direct TV HD receiver does not support the new channels. I can get many other HD channels via Direct TV however the Super Bowl will have to be in low def. According to the person I spoke with there are only two models of HD receiver that will receive WRAL-HD.

  • djloco7 Feb 3, 2007

    FINALLY my TWO FAVORITE CHANNELS ARE IN HD!!!!!!..just in time for super bowl...BEARS!!!!

  • Munchie Feb 2, 2007

    Hope everyone who watches enjoys the Super Bowl! Have fun at the parties..if you are going to drink designate a driver (I am one). :-)

  • pappy1 Feb 2, 2007

    I called DirectTV...they of course said "I am sorry sir, but our system doesn't have that information - but if the news people are reporting it - it must be true." What a way to run a railroad!

  • Execution Style Feb 2, 2007

    GO BEARS!

  • Go_Daddy_Go Feb 1, 2007

    Hey, nc609, what is the model number of that Radio Shack antenna? That's exactly what I was considering doing. Thanks!

  • WXYZ Feb 1, 2007

    There are 9 HD channels which can be received in the Raleigh area using an antenna which is connected to any TV which has a digital HD tuner. You do not need Cable or Satellite to get HD. I get 24 digital channels (all with a great picture 480i to 1080i) with my $25 Radio Shack, nonpowered antenna.

  • WXYZ Feb 1, 2007

    Super Bowl on WRAL. Buy an HD TV (make sure it has a digital tuner capable of 1080i) and connect it to a good antenna, point antenna at towers in Garner, hit the auto channel program button and enjoy HD without additional charge.

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