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Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Bakersfield California
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I own 3 ATSC/QAM digital tuner equipped devices, a Vizio HDTV, a LG DVD recorder, and a Durabrand cheapo 13 inch standard definition tv. Each behaves differently on this issue. The Vizio will not tune any digital channels not found on a scan, and digital channels must be tuned using the virtual channel number, not the actual RF channel. The LG DVD recorder will allow direct entry on unscanned digital channels, as well as tuning by RF channel#. I have only used it with cable. Back when Bright House carried on demand channels unscrambled, I could use the LG's tuner to search for "wild feeds". The Durabrand tv, primarily used over the air outdoors, has a really strange way of handling this issue. I have never had the opportunity to try an unscanned channel, but I have tried tuning digital channels using the actual RF channel number. It will allow this, but amazingly it will only tune the primary channel. Other subchannels can't be tuned this way. For example, here in Bakersfield KGET-DT RF channel 25 carries NBC on virtual channel 17-1 and CW on virtual channel 17-2. I can select NBC by entering either 17-1 or 25-1, but 25-2 will not tune CW. Instead, the primary channel of NBC will tune. I assume it would work the same way for channels not found during a scan.
How can we say "the digital transition is complete" when thousands of low power stations are still broadcasting in analog?
LOW POWER ANALOG NEEDS TO DIE NOW!!! And now the deadline has been extended again!