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Good News! Viewers in the markets where DirecTV offers a local channels package, (click here for a list of cities) can now watch your local PBS station(s). Where local PBS stations are available, the National Satellite Service is discontinued. Public television has always been, and will continue to be, a locally-based broadcasting service. Because of this, viewers are urged to subscribe to the local channels package to receive their local PBS station(s). PBS suggests that you determine your eligibility by logging onto DirecTV's web site at If you find that you are eligible to receive your local channels, simply call 1-800-DIRECTV for more information. To determine your local station(s) program schedule, simply visit TV Schedules and enter your zip code.

Beginning December 15, 2005, customers of DirecTV will be able to request waivers from local PTV stations to view the PBS National Feed in markets where there are local channels available. DirecTV customers should call DirecTV at 1 (800) DIRECTV to request a waiver. It is up to the station(s) in that market to grant or deny a waiver.

As DIRECTV launches more local markets, some subscribers with older equipment will need additional equipment to view all their local signals. In the case of DIRECTV, any new markets launched this summer will require a Multi-Satellite System, which includes a special set-top receiver and an 18x24-inch, oval-shaped satellite dish. While PBS authorizes DIRECTV to carry PBS local stations and the National Satellite Service, we cannot dictate how they decide to provide these signals to subscribers.

We regret any inconvenience that this transition to local service may have caused in your viewing schedule. To acquire the additional equipment needed to view all of your local channels, please call 1-800-DIRECTV.

PBS encourages you to support your local public television station. To find out more about your local public television station(s), please visit Station Finder. To view our DirecTV Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.

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