Gone for over a year now, it appears Smackdown won't be returning to Mound City anytime soon. KPLR-11, who ditched it last year for who knows what reason (even though they made their name on the legendary Wrestling at the Chase) said earlier this year they would LMA WHSL-46, the Home Shopping Channel, placing UPN progamming on it since they've no room on KPLR thanks to the WB shows (GILMORE GIRLS~!)
Apparently, KPLR feels that "UPN" means Buffy, Enterprise, and nothing else, because tonight WHSL has those two programs on, and there's no sign of Smackdown on either it or KPLR.
I emailed them to bitch (email@example.com) and enourage others in the Gateway area to do so as well; I can't put up with anymore Raw while being denied ****1/2 matches on free TV.
(Yes, of course there's the DirecTV option, but that shouldn't have to be.)
DirecTV option? Maybe I'm missing something. I've got DirecTV and live in St. Louis, but as far as I can tell, I don't get any station that shows Smackdown. The network channels I get are actually the exact same as you, 2, 4, 5, 11, and 30. They're broadcast to the dish, but they're still the same local channels I could get with cable or an antenna.
I'd thought of that, getting local channels from another city. But according to DirecTV they can only give the "local" channels to people that are actually local. So, for example, I can't get the Orlando stations here in St. Louis.
I know very little about this process, but it seems to me that if you're willing to pay for another UPN station through DirecTV or Dish Network, they'll be more than happy to supply it. I'd check out Dish Network based on what Ana said, though-- seems Dish Network does it, while DirecTV doesn't.
“Now put that thing back where it came from or so help me-- Oh, hey! We're rehearsing a scene from the upcoming company play called Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me.” --Mike Wazowski, Monsters, Inc.
Two-Time, Two-Time Randomly Selected Weiner of the Day, 5/27/02 and 7/3/02
I'll reserve judgment until after Wrestlemania, myself. That way it's easier for me to count the F-Ups along the way, and weigh them. But so far, they're being more careful with the momentum to WM than last year I think. Oh, and I LOVE Team Angle!