Satellite TV–Vermont, New Hampshire–What’s the difference ?

Posted on April 30, 2013


Living right on the border, we’re often asked “What’s the difference in satellite TV between Vermont and New Hampshire?”

Years ago the entire country was divided up by the broadcasters into Designated Market Areas, or DMAs. Where you lived determined what local channels you could get. Of course, in the early days of rooftop antennas there was no way of enforcing this; if you could get a station (Boston, for instance) on your antenna there was no way of stopping you from watching it. That changed when local channels arrived on satellite. Now, we serve viewers in two DMA’s and two “modified DMAs.”
Windsor and Orange counties in Vermont are squarely in the Burlington DMA and viewers receive local channels from there, plus channel 31 and VT-NH-NY PBS stations.
Merrimac and Cheshire counties in New Hampshire are squarely in the Boston/Manchester DMA, and receive their local channels from there.
Grafton and Sullivan counties in New Hampshire are in the Burlington DMA, but viewers are also eligible to receive channel 9 from Manchester.
Windham County in Vermont is actually in the Boston/Manchester DMA, but viewers are also eligible to receive stations in the Burlington DMA.

Nationally, pro team sports are also sold on a regional basis, but in all these counties you are eligible to receiver the Red Sox, Bruins, and Celtics. Of course, you need a programming package that includes NESN and CSNE.

We use the same dish and the same satellite receivers in both states. A standard satellite installation is usually no charge in either state, but New Hampshire viewers are not subject to a 6% sales tax on the monthly programming.

Wherever you live, we’ll go over all the details so you’ll know what to expect for channels when you turn on the TV.Image

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