Today, a friend and I were chatting about ION's encrypted Air TV subchannels. Sure enough, I looked today and three of them were unencrypted, including one that looks to be a barker channel. I've attached snapshots.
TSReader from WPXA: http://www.rabbitears.info/screencap.../51969-0_0.htm
ATSCInfo from WPXA: http://www.rabbitears.info/atscinfo/51969-0_0.htm
The other two unencrypted feeds were duplicates of qubo and ION Life, very uninteresting.
Amusingly, the website noted in the screenshot goes to a GoDaddy placeholder page. I haven't tried calling the phone number.
If they are HD it will be interesting to see how the regular HD Ion channel will look like, supplied bandwidth etc.
Each of the 10 additional channels look to be using about 800 kbps, give or take (variable bitrate). They also removed qubo from the Mobile DTV signal and chopped that bandwidth in half, and have crushed the HD down to about 6 Mbps.
I imagine a lot of those people over at the "DTV USA Forum" will be in their glory over it, although I doubt if the vast majority here in the HDTV area of this forum are.
I'm sure if you continue the free advertising for them, more will join.
I've been able to confirm the presence of this service in Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, West Palm Beach, Tampa, San Francisco, and Phoenix. I can confirm that it is not present in Seattle, Miami, Nashville, DC, or Roanoke. I've sent out requests for data to New York, Chicago, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, Boston, and Denver.
That may be receiver dependent. I no longer have my Sony connected directly (wife wanted channels requiring a Charter box), but IIRC, that was true. I have a 22" 720P Vizio (3 years old) in my office, and each sub has to be found in the scan ... and the whole thing has to be scanned at one time ... no "add" at all. It was cheap .... and the PQ is quite sufficient for my wants.
NOTE: I'M ONLY CONSIDERING CLEAR QAM via cable.
Some do, some don't.
My Sony Bravia TV does not pick up nor display those subchannels when I rescan. However, if I manually enter one of those subchannels, I get a blank screen (since it is in mpeg4 format) with the name of the subchannel displayed.
My Samsung doesn't see them, and the remote only lets me type up to 3 numbers.
it may be DTV for cell phones/pads.
my tuner can decode only ATSC/8-VSB but DVB tuners are in Europe and ISDB are in Brazil.
there was also mention of DVB-SH in a article.maybe we should pay more attention to our
gov. telecommunication meetings............
Ok I guess I need a "OTA FOR DUMMIES" book. lol
I do not understand. Are these new sub-channels. I found this. Is this it?
This Airbox thing is driving me nuts. I pick up the pay channels (blanked out) on my Iview 3500 STB.
Nine Channels/sub-channels total on that frequency assignment. Six normal, three scrambled. Regularly updated EPG info for Starz. Mere "Redzone" or "Airbox" EPG designations for the other two. This scheme has been hanging in the balance for years now. If some of the channels are scrambled, how can an Mpeg4 stream be made all that secure?
ION has three shopping channels.
Wednesday night Main Event wrestling is the ONLY thing on all those channels that I watch (and even that shows up thursdays on Hulu)... Being able to decode Starz would ease some of the frustration.
Is a puzzlement... what a waste of bandwidth.
How much is Atlanta's Airbox subscription?