Dish Satellite Launches Local Channels

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 5, 2010 at 9:22 AM EDT

Owego, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - Satellite customers can now tune easily into Action News.

Dish network is now broadcasting Binghamton's local stations.

Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski tells us what the local launch means for new and old customers.

When Jayne Searles moved into her secluded Owego home, she knew she would have peace and quiet.

What she didn't know, is that she wouldn't have cable.

Satellite is her only service option.

"That was the one thing that was probably bothering me the most about having a satellite dish is that I was going to have to see the news out of New York City and now I can see the local news," said Searles.

Reach For The Stars installed her new Dish satellites Friday.

DISH the the first satellite provider to offer local network affiliates in our area.

"Because this is the second day, nobody knows about it yet. Once it hits the market, everybody's going to be calling. We've been waiting 15 years, heck we've been waiting 25 years for this. It's nice to have," said Jim Brainard, owner of Reach For The Stars.

CBS, ABC, NBC, PBS, and FOX affiliates are all included in the basic package.

Dish doesn't offer the CW or UPN just yet.

"In this case, we needed two dishes. One for core programming, Discovery, ESPN. We needed a second dish for a temporary time to get the local TV," said Brainard.

That's because Searles is a new customer.

Existing customers just have to call Dish directly to order the service, with no extra costs or equipment.

Brainard says within two years, everyone will have to replace their Dish satellite at no cost.

"Oh, and the other thing we don't have is cell phone service. but we're going to worry about that later," said Searles.

Whether it's breaking news or you news, now no one will miss out on Action News.

In Owego, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.

DirecTV will begin offering local programming, but the earliest could be this Fall.

The Binghamton market has been part of only about 3% of the country where local channels were not available on Satellite.

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