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Upcoming Changes to DIRECTV Receivers and Local Channels



Anticipated Changes to Local Channel Availability

DIRECTV’s local channels are currently broadcast to designated market areas (DMAs) around the country via their Ku-band 101W and 119W satellites. Starting in the second quarter of 2019, DIRECTV has indicated that they will begin to move local channels for each DMA to their Ka-band (HD programming) satellites. 
In preparation for this change, DIRECTV is no longer activating standard definition (SD aka MPEG-2 format) receivers and has notified all DIRECTV home subscribers that they need to upgrade any MPEG-2 receivers to high definition (HD aka MPEG-4 format) receivers so they do not lose their locals when their DMA is switched to the Ka-band satellites. While this poses no issues for home antennas, which track both Ku- and Ka-band satellites, mobile Ku-band-only systems for marine, RV and automotive use from ALL manufacturers will lose local programming when the local service moves to Ka-band. 
Please note: All national programming will continue to be broadcast via the Ku-band satellites as it is today and there is no indication from DIRECTV that this will change in the near future.
Once this migration is completed, local channels will only be available with KVH TracVision HD-series antenna systems (UHD7, HD7, HD11), which like a home system, track both DIRECTV’s Ka- and Ku-band satellites simultaneously.

DIRECTV Receiver Changes May Affect Your TracVision:

For the reasons noted above, DIRECTV is no longer activating MPEG-2 format receivers. If you have an older DIRECTV SD receiver or a KVH system with a mobile controller/receiver, your receiver will continue to function and receive all programming available on the Ku-band satellites. However, if you suspend your service, deactivate the receiver, or the receiver fails, DIRECTV will not re-activate it and will require you to install an MPEG-4 format receiver to restore your service. Please note that this does not mean that you will receive HD service from the Ka-band satellites with a Ku-band only antenna system. The approved HD receivers for use with KVH products are the H24, HR24, and H25 models.
Further, some older TracVision systems are not compatible with MPEG-4 receivers and must be upgraded if re-activation is required. Fill out the form for more details and a consultation with a KVH Specialist on your options.

TracVision Model:

Compatible with MPEG4 receiver? 1

Marine: TV1, TV3, TV5, TV6, TV8, UHD7, HD7, HD11, M1DX, M3DX, M5, M7, M9, G4, G6, G8, 4, 6, C3

Land: RV1, A9, R1DX, R4, R4SL, R5, R5SL, R6DX, all Sseries and Lseries
Yes 2
Marine: M1, M2, M3

Land: R1ST, R6ST, A5, A7
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1 SD receivers may also be referred to as MPEG-2 and HD as MPEG-4.

2 Availability of programming, including local channels, is dependent upon DIRECTV satellite broadcast assignments; Ka-band service reception requires TracVision HD-series antenna

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