DirecTV and DISH subscribers have not been able to watch Fresno based KNXT (Channel 49.1) since it was dropped Jan. 1 by the satellite services. Station management at the nation’s only full-power, 24-hour Catholic TV station forgot to file the necessary paperwork to keep it on the cable services.
General Manager Colin Dougherty explains that with traditional cable, providers must continue to carry local channels once they have been added to the lineup. Satellite services are different and a new request must be filed every three years.
“It just slipped by us,” Dougherty says. “We have sent letters asking to be reinstated to both.”
There also was an additional problem with DISH. The transmitter for KNXT is near Visalia, giving it reach from Bakersfield to Fresno. DISH moved the location where it receives local signals and the KNXT signal was being blocked by buildings downtown. A new path to get the signal to the DISH location has been located.
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Dougherty is pushing to get the station reinstated as soon as possible and is urging viewers who subscribe to those services to contact the provider. The law states DISH and DirecTV could make KNXT wait another three years before they can apply again.
This problem doesn’t affect those who watch over-the-air, via the Internet or on Comcast channel 9 and Bright House cable channel 442.