Message for DirecTV subscribers - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Message for DirecTV subscribers



Although we have worked to try to negotiate with DirecTV for a fair deal for the carriage of WTHR, we have been unsuccessful and they have removed us from their system. We have become aware that there may be misinformation with respect to our negotiations with DirecTV and we wanted to give you the facts with respect to some important points.

  • WTHR is the most watched channel in Central Indiana on DirecTV's system, yet DirecTV is only willing to pay less than half of what it pays other channels.

  • Dispatch has successfully reached retransmission consent agreements with every other operator in the market, while DirecTV has been involved in multiple recent disputes with broadcasters and other programmers, some of which are still not carried today by DirecTV.

If you are concerned about not being able to watch WTHR on DirecTV's system, please contact DirecTV at 1-800-531-5000 and let them know that they should engage in meaningful negotiations to restore the signal to the system.

It is also important to know that you have many choices. You can always watch WTHR for free and in high definition over-the-air by using an antenna. We also have agreements with several other cable and satellite operators in your area, such as:

AT&T U-verse: 1-800-288-2020
Comcast: 1-800-COMCAST
Bright House Indianapolis: 317-972-9700
DISH: 1-800-333-3474

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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