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Why can I get several HD channels in HD on my rooftop antenna, but the not on Fios?

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Rumplestiltskin
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Why can I get several HD channels in HD on my rooftop antenna, but the not on Fios?

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Why can I get several HD channels in HD on my rooftop antenna, but not on Fios?

E.g. WABC, WNBC, WLIW and WNET come in at least 4 HD channels via my rooftop antenna but only one WLIW (non-HD) on Fios.

Bummer.

I can switch from the RF to HDMI sources but I thought with all of the channels I could at least get the ones I watch.

I'm located in Northern NJ USA, about 10 miles (line of sight) from NYC.

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KenAF
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Re: Why can I get several HD channels in HD on my rooftop antenna, but the not on Fios?

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@Rumplestiltskin wrote:

Why can I get several HD channels in HD on my rooftop antenna, but not on Fios?

E.g. WABC, WNBC, WLIW and WNET come in at least 4 HD channels via my rooftop antenna but only one WLIW (non-HD) on Fios.

Bummer.

I can switch from the RF to HDMI sources but I thought with all of the channels I could at least get the ones I watch.

I'm located in Northern NJ USA, about 10 miles (line of sight) from NYC.


I assume you get the NJ versions of those channels? 

 

Networks pay for exclusive programming rights within specific markets. Cable operators are only allowed to offer a specific set of local channels within their designated media market (DMA).  If you aren't considered to be in the NYC market, then you aren't supposed to receive those channels.

 

Like many in the DC area, I can pickup the Baltimore locals with an antenna, but I as I live in the DC DMA, those are the only channels I receive from Verizon, Comcast, DirecTV, etc.  Note there are circumstances where a customer might fall between two markets, living in an area with overlapping DMAs; in that case, the provider can choose to offer two different sets of locals.  Verizon FiOS does do that in some areas.

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