Message for DirecTV subscribers - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Message for DirecTV subscribers

DirecTV subscribers may not be able to watch WTHR Channel 13 local news and entertainment after midnight on Sunday, Aug. 31. WTHR is always free over the air and we have carriage agreements, with AT&T UVerse, Bright House, Comcast/Xfinity, DISH and most local cable systems. Thank you for your continued support. Contact DirecTV at 1-800-531-5000.

For years WTHR has served our local community with pride and integrity. Unlike DirecTV, WTHR cares about our community. We live and work here. DirecTV is not a local company, they're headquartered in California.

DirecTV claims we are asking for a massive price increase which will raise your bill. That just isn't true. WTHR is simply asking for only a fraction of what some other channels receive. Many of those channels have a much smaller audience than WTHR.

We are asking for a fair and reasonable price for what we provide to our viewers. DirecTV is looking to simply increase their profit margin as they continue to offer us well below what other cable and satellite systems have agreed to pay.

Don't be misled by false information and rhetoric from DirecTV. WTHR has great success reaching agreements with these operators:

ATT U-verse: 1-800-288-2020
Comcast: 1-800-266-2278
Bright House Indianapolis: 317-972-9700
DISH: 1-800-333-3474

We will continue to negotiate in good faith. In the meantime, we thank you for your support.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can also get WTHR's signal for free online or over the air: offers live streams of all newscasts, seven days a week. Click here to check the schedule and watch.

Here's how to get our signal over the air:
If you've recently dropped cable or satellite and have hooked an antenna to your HDTV or digital converter and can't receive WTHR 13 - or if you can't receive WTHR 13 on a spare bedroom or other TV hooked to an antenna, you may need to rescan the digital channels.

If, when you try to tune WTHR 13, you see something like "13.1 no signal" on the screen, this is a dead giveaway that your HDTV or converter box at one time got and has old incorrect pre-2010 tuning information memorized. In order to fix this, from the receiver's menu go into the channel add/delete item and delete/erase all channel 13s (13.1, 13.2, 13.3 etc.). Once you make sure that all 13s have been deleted/erased, have the receiver do a new, fresh digital channel scan and it will find WTHR's signal on our post-2009 DTV channel.

The exact procedure to do this for your particular make/model set or converter box can be found in your set's/box's owner's manual.

Antenna tips

WTHR, COZI-TV and MeTV programming can be received for free over the air with an antenna. Here are a few tips:

If you are within 10 to 15 miles of WTHR's broadcast tower in northwest Indianapolis you may be able to use an indoor antenna for reception. You'll need a good all channel VHF/UHF antenna generally meaning that the antenna needs to have extendable "ears" - the Terk model HDTVi and HDTVa indoor antennas with "ears" extended work well. The small flat square or rectangular indoor antennas often do not work as well.

Beyond 15 miles an attic or outdoor antenna works best - outdoor better than attic. The Antennacraft model HBU22 or model HBU33 (beyond 35 miles) or model HBU55 (beyond 50 miles) are good choices.

If you are using an HDTV set that you've previously had on satellite or cable you may need to rescan the digital channels.

If you need further advice or assistance with free over the air reception you are welcome to e-mail WTHR Engineering through this page. Choose "engineering" when submitting your message.
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