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post #451 of 9289 Old 09-02-2002, 06:08 AM
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Any news on WPTV going live ?
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post #452 of 9289 Old 09-03-2002, 05:11 AM - Thread Starter
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WPTV still has to complete construction on their new tower. No word yet. Ditto WPEC...tower modifications still required.

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From the Miami Herald 9/4

CBS coverage may mean missing start of UM--UF

CBS Sports president Sean McManus said Tuesday he leans toward showing Florida viewers all of Saturday's University of Miami-University of Florida football game even if its means leaving the coverage of the U.S. Open men's semifinals.

However, McManus said he has not made a final decision and couldn't rule out joining the Hurricanes-Gators game in progress.

CBS has allotted six hours for the two men's tennis matches, with the first beginning at 11 a.m. CBS is scheduled to switch to a college football pregame show at 5 p.m., with kickoff of the UM-UF game at 5:15 p.m.

McManus said he also has the option of switching one of the tennis matches to USA Network. That option would be realistic if the first match runs very long or if either match is delayed by rain.

But if McManus opts to switch only the state of Florida to the football game, the conclusion of the second semifinal would not be seen in Florida on USA Network or any other station.

McManus said he's rooting for short tennis matches to avoid a difficult decision. Any decision to switch would be made by the network, not by the local CBS stations, Channels 4 and 12.

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The new Sound Advice sale brochure offers refurbished Mitsubishi SRHD400B @ $299.95.

Two of them were probably formerly mine.

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I bought one of the first SRHD Mitsubishi receivers and I had to return it too. The one I have now is working fine. Make sure that it is well ventilated - sucker sure runs hot.

According to AntennaWeb WPEC should be digital next week. I can't wait to see Everybody Loves Raymond in 1080I.

Is ABC going to broadcast football in HD? Is there going to be any football in HD? Isn't football one of the main reasons that most people upgrade to 16:9 HD TV? Or is it something else?

Since I've already asked so many questions here is one more. Why do local news reporters have to be "live, on the scene" at 10:30 PM? It's dark, we can't tell where the hell your are! Why are you trying to impress me by being out there, just you and your camera person, under a flood light, with West Nile skeeters buzzing around your head? You could be in the studio parking lot for all we know.
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Rest assured we will not be on next week! (Sad to say...)

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Mr. McRoy. Is there anything I can do to help? I will climb that tower and place the antenna if that's what you need Seriously though. I will help if you need volunteers or go-for's.
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Because of on going US TENNIS tournment, I had asked dish network
to hook me CBS-HD New York feed but they asked for a waiver from WPEC, West palm beach. Why do I need this while Dish Network is broad casting
local channels in Lake Worth area?

I also would like to know if any of you obtained the waivers from WPEC.
I just don't want to miss US Tennis Open in HD.

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Lambu,,
Can you get WFOR-DT (CBS) in Miami? Try channel 22-1.

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Dave,
I can not get miami's WFOR since I don't have a powerful external
antenna that can pull the signals from Miami.

Infact, I have just faxed a letter to Mr. Donn Colee requesting a
waiver. I wonder how long it takes.


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Does anyone know IF and When UPN will be going digital?
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Any kind of real time table for WPEC David? I'm in St Lucie and have no chance of pulling in WFOR except on a really rare occasion.. Its killing me to be missing all this sports in HD!
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Originally posted by George33027
Does anyone know IF and When UPN will be going digital?

George, see my post in the So. Fla. Going Live thread. If I remember the conversation correctly, the engineer I spoke to is working on both the WBFS-DT and the WTVX-DT projects. The going live timeline appears to be approximately the same for both stations.
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Thanks Rudy1, you have great input.
What DT stations are up and transmitting in WPB?
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I just cannot stop feeling wonderful about my investment in HDTV after watching the US Open Tennis this weekend.

The picture was so crisp, so bright, so colorful I had to wait for a standard definition commercial to get food.

Standard Def Tennis is now unwatchable. Think we should sue the television networks for damaged eyesight from years of watching blurry tennis? I guess we have to be thankful for what ever we got before.

On particular shot was the most ironic...a very, very blurry standard definition night shot of the USTA globe sculpture with the "...Zenith HDTV" logo.

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Thanks Rudy1, you have great input.
What DT stations are up and transmitting in WPB?

David McRoy may be better able to answer this question, but I believe it's just ABC and Fox at the moment.
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Hello, all,

Yes, WPBF-DT, ABC (16-1, with no remapping to 25-1 yet) is on the air and passing ABC-HD programming at 720p. Everything else gets upconverted to 720p and stretched (ugh).

WFLX-DT, Fox, (29-1) passes Fox 480p widescreen, upconverted to 1080i. Everything else gets upconverted to 1080i and stretched (ugh, again).

WHDT-DT, Deutsche Welle (59-1) is reportedly operating at low power from a transmitter in Port Salerno at 720p.

WPTV should be commencing construction of a new tower about now.

WPEC is awaiting tower modifications. I have no timetable for completion.

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We sure appreciate the update Dave. I don't like the stretching either - what can we do about it? Why do they feel that they have to stretch the picture?

Some highlights from the "You Oughtta Know..." column, Home Theater Magazine, October 2002:

FCC Chairman Michael Powell issued recommendations for industries involved with DTV. THe programmers/networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, HBO, NBC, and Showtime) are to distribute at least 50 percent of their prime-time programming in either HD or some other value added format-"so long as it gives consumers something significantly different than what they currently receive in analog" - byt the 2002-2003 season.

50 percent of TVs that are 36 inches or larger are to incorporate DTV tuners by January 1, 2004, and 100 percent are to have them by January 1, 2005 (add a year for 25- to 35-inch sets). All sets 13 to 24 inches are to have the tuners by December 31, 2006, and IEEE 1394/5C and/or DVI/HDCP connections are to be provided on all new HD displays and receivers by January 1, 2004.

DVD's success - - It's the fastest selling consumer electronics format of all time. In 5 years DVD has already exceeded the milestone of one billion software units sold - a feat that took VHS twice as long to accomplish. Some 247 million software units were sold in the first half of 2002 alone, which is more than an 80 percent increase over last year's sales. On the hardware side, the player count is now over 40 million, and some 20 million players are expected to ship this year alone. Half of American households will have some form of DVD capability....by the end of this year.

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I hope that, because of DVD and DTV broadcasts, American consumers will finally fall out of love with the old 4:3 analog format and buy new digital TVs.
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So no timetablr for WPEC? That doesnt sound good at all. Could we talking about 3 months, 6 months, a year??? The ONLY channel i really care about for HD is CBS and its killin me that i cant get it here in Saint Lucie (well ABC too). Do i have a prayer in hell of receiving WFOR from up here with any kind of antenna at all??????
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Well, if you're gonna hold my hand to the flame I'll call it a matter of a few months...how's that?

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thats better David Thanx...
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Originally posted by David McRoy
Hello, all,

Yes, WPBF-DT, ABC (16-1, with no remapping to 25-1 yet) is on the air and passing ABC-HD programming at 720p. Everything else gets upconverted to 720p and stretched (ugh).

WFLX-DT, Fox, (29-1) passes Fox 480p widescreen, upconverted to 1080i. Everything else gets upconverted to 1080i and stretched (ugh, again).

WHDT-DT, Deutsche Welle (59-1) is reportedly operating at low power from a transmitter in Port Salerno at 720p.

WPTV should be commencing construction of a new tower about now.

WPEC is awaiting tower modifications. I have no timetable for completion.

David --
Without repositioning my basic RS antenna from its aim at the Miami towers, I am receiving WFLX-DT (29-1) with a signal in the 70s and 80s. Not bad from 80 miles away.

My problem is with WPBF-DT (16-1), which, although it appears on my local channel list and guide, provides zero signal and, of course, no video or audio. Is the tower far removed from that of WFLX-DT? Are they on low power? Is there another reason for my lack of reception? (15-1, whatever that is, also shows nothing.)

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My problem is with WPBF-DT ...Is the tower far removed from that of WFLX-DT? Are they on low power?

Thanks

WPBF-DT is an additional 39 miles north of WFLX-DT and yes, last I remember, WPBF-DT is still on lower power.

It is quite interesting to plot the tower locations of all the Miami, "West Palm near Lantana", and "West Palm near Port Salerno" in Microsoft Streets and Trips using the lat/longs from 100000watts.com
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WPBF-DT is an additional 39 miles north of WFLX-DT and yes, last I remember, WPBF-DT is still on lower power.

It is quite interesting to plot the tower locations of all the Miami, "West Palm near Lantana", and "West Palm near Port Salerno" in Microsoft Streets and Trips using the lat/longs from 100000watts.com


Thank you, Pogo. That accounts for my non reception of WPBF-DT.

Actually, this morning I did have a brief 24 signal and very chopped up, unwatchable video. The signal has since settled back to 9.

I really don't need the station, but do wish that WPLG-DT (ABC Miami) would care enough to straighten out their audio mess.

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Just received an email from the Director of Engineering at WPTV. They hope to be on the air with a 1080i signal by late December of this year.
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Did anyone else happen to notice the test material WPBF was broadcasting last night? I turned them on at 7:55pm, and they were broadcasting some sort of test loop: Video was several VERY sharp looking video scenes of horseback riding, and gymnastics, while the audio was some sort of DD test set...

At 8 sharp, their regular programming picked up again.

Until this test, I was disappointed with how HD network programming in 720P looks on my set (Tosh 57HX81 - with Tosh DST3000). This test showed me it is definitely all about the source material - the video looked just as sharp as what I had seen while WHDT-DT was broadcasting. (Someone here - David McRoy? - pointed out that that is pretty much a video versus film thing).

Still really looking forward to my first 1080i broadcast - (TitanTV says NBC, UPN and PAX start Nov 1st. CBS says UNDER REVIEW - I'll trust David McRoy's timetable...)

WHDT-DT note - I haven't seen them broadcasting at all for a while now. I'm not sure if that means they're prepping to move everything to WPB, or what...
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I have noticed that WPBF has been having an audio sync problem when they are broadcasting HD. I think that is what they were trying to fix with the testing that they were doing last night. "My Wife & Kids" looked pretty good to me, I'm not sure if it was 480 or 720 though. I have yet to see anything compare to the eyepopping 1080I shown on DirecTV's HD Net channel 199. Actually I'm just happy to see network programs in 16:9 widescreen but my wife can't watch it if there is a "lip-sync" problem. It drives her crazy.
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Is NBC in WPB going on the air b4 Ft. Lauderdale?
I had to watch Westwing with top and bottom boarders, because they were in widescreen, but no NBC local to transmit it.
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I have noticed that WPBF has been having an audio sync problem when they are broadcasting HD. I think that is what they were trying to fix with the testing that they were doing last night. "My Wife & Kids" looked pretty good to me, I'm not sure if it was 480 or 720 though. I have yet to see anything compare to the eyepopping 1080I shown on DirecTV's HD Net channel 199. Actually I'm just happy to see network programs in 16:9 widescreen but my wife can't watch it if there is a "lip-sync" problem. It drives her crazy.

I had noticed that as well. I hope they work it out!
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