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One Tech I spoke with said that the new 8300 does not have a DVI port but the new HDMI port, so you may want to start pricing out the HDMI to DVI converter plugs.

Also, at this point I wouldn't think that SA would bother activate the 8000 DVI ports, when they can up-sell the new 8300's.

But hey, that part is just a guess. Stranger things have happened.

*edit* well, i guess i shoulda read the above link first, cause i really didn't say anything new !) *goes and stands quietly in the corner*
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Did the tech mention whether the 8300 activated the SD out (through RCAs) for taping, Tivo, etc.?

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From what he said it appears that the SD out through RCA's is active.
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Looks like ESPN HD is up on ch 534
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Got an email from Laurie indicating it was live today. Whuhoo! Now, what's on?

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On a whim I emailed the Chief Engineer at Fox to see if they had a status on HD. He replied:
"Good Morning Joe, WPFO is scheduled this October to have the Fox High def gear installed with couple of problems. One this station was purchased from Paxson and Paxson did not apply for a Digital Channel assignment. WPFO will apply for one when the FCC opens the next window for accepting applications. The other problem is we will be lacking two pieces of equipment to allow us to get the signal to Time Warner which has agreed to carry our HD signal on their cable system. I am working with corporate folks to fix this. I am sure that this will be posted on our web site fox23me.com when we come on line with any HD programming."
Atleast we know they're moving forward! Anyone have an idea when the next window for digital assignment is?

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Anyone have an idea when the next window for digital assignment is?

Looks like the freeze is on "until further notice."

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My understanding is that there will be no new digital channel assignments until the plug is "pulled" on analog service. Then, WPFO will go digital on channel 23. This could be as soon as Dec 31, 2006, but there are extensions allowed for local market conditions (the failure of one or more of the largest TV stations in a market to begin broadcasting digital TV signals due to causes outside the broadcasters control, or if fewer than 85% of the TV households in a market are able to receive digital TV signals off the air either with a digital TV set or with an analog set equipped with a converter box or subscribe to a cable-type service that carries the DTV stations in the market).

On August 3rd, 2004, the FCC put a freeze on the filing of petitions for things like signal maximization, channel assignment changes, etc. They say, "The Commission is in the process of developing a channel election and repackaging process that will assign to eligible television broadcasters a post-transition DTV channel in the core television spectrum (i.e. channels 2-51). This freeze is a necessary first step to ensure a stable television database prior to the commencement of the channel election process."

See http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...-04-2446A1.pdf for details.


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I see. What the engineer at FOX was actually saying was they will be giving TWC the HD/Digital feed before they can broadcast it OTA, correct? (Once they get the two pieces of equipment in first.) I didn't occur to me that they could do that.

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So, is there anything on ESPN-HD? I notice that they stuck it on the "HD Tier" which I got rid of after finding that virtually nothing was on the four channels.
When ESPN HD first came on, I checked and saw that although regular ESPN was carrying Red Sox/Yankeees, that HD was not (I think it was rodeo).

Has the content been better than that since?

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I'm not sure if he is saying that or not. You might ask him for clarification.

It would be very generous of the station to do so.


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I just heard from Amy at channel 8 that the chief engineer just said that the digital station will go to full power early in 2005.
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I heard from channel 13 recently that it has not been determined when the digital station will go to full power.

They are currently digital 24/7.
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FOX has shown up on TWC at channel 507. No programming at this time. I can only assume they're testing
ITS KILLING ME...RED SOX ARE ON!

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It's killing me too!!! This could be the last chance to see them in HD this year!! I hope not!!
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Its gone tonight...guess they jumped the gun. Or we're being lurked by TWC and/or PFO Wouldn't mind that a bit!
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Maybe it will come back on in time for us to watch the Sox in the World Series!! Go SOX. Keep that lead!!
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Hello everyone. My friend in Maine, around the Portland area-who you have answered questions for before has just sent me new question to post here. He wants to know if anyone with DirecTV in the area can post a review of their reception (such as: when it comes in best, worst, if winter- snow, rain or ice hurts the signal) ? He would also like to know how well the local channels look, (if any look better than others) and if you subscribe to any HD programming by satellite, how is it effected by the local weather? He would also like to know what local taxes apply to DirecTV, or any out of state satellite service for that matter? He thanks you for your help and I do too!

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As far as I can tell there are no taxes.

When I got HD service, I paid:

$39.99 Total Choice Plus Locals
$10.99 HD Program Pack
$04.99 Extra Receiver 1
$04.99 Extra Receiver 2
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$60.96 monthly

As far as reception goes, when there were heavy thunderstorms or snowstorms, the signal broke up. HD channels broke up first, and then standard def channels if the storm is bad. Generally light rain wasn't a problem, only heavy storms. However, I would point out that most of us unplug our sets during thunderstorms anyways, and cable is often knocked out by storms as well. The dish is situated at the highest point on the roof so that sun falls on it and last year at least I did not have problems with it filling up with ice or snow -- but I have heard this can be a problem.

I don't really understand your question about local channels -- standard definition locals look fine, and I would say they are actually better than OTA or over cable: cable companies generally send local channels in analog (so that they can be tuned directly by standard definition television sets without a digital set top box). Because they are analog, they pick up noise. This noise is not present via DirecTV (which is an inherently digital transmission). As far as OTA digital locals, reception will bepend on any number of things including the local terrain and your proximity to the transmitter towers.

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For the locals he means the ones you get by satellite not OTA. So you are saying that even local sales tax doesn't apply to a DirecTV subscription? There is no FCC fee's or anything else? Thanks for your reply! He would still like to hear from a few other people, esp. ones who are closer to the Portland area (and the Ocean).

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I'm not sure why proximity to Portland or to the ocean would make a difference. More important is what kind of view of the sky he has (are there trees surrounding his house which might block the view of the dish to the satellite?) The dish points south, so this is the important view. I have heard of people who have poor summer reception (because of leaves) but good winter reception (because the trees are bare).

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He tells me that in the winter Portland and the area's along the ocean can get significantly different weather then further inland. More or less snow, high or lower temps, as the ocean effects the weather and air alot. This may impact sat reception due to the ice, snow, or heavy rain. He would have a clear shot to all 3 sats. there are no tree's or anything blocking the south and southwestern side of the house, just an open field and lots of wetlands. There isn't a house for at least 2 miles on that side of the his house. Sounds great to me.

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Dr. Joe - would you be able to get a waiver for FOX-HD via DirectTV since they won't be able to broadcast OTA? I've never quite got into the whole waiver process since I've never gone the satellite way.

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It would be up to WPFO.

As I understand it, WPFO would have to give me a full waiver -- so that I could receive the national Fox NTSC as well as ATSC broadcast. They can't just grant a waiver for the HD version. In most markets television stations are loath to grant waivers to give access to the ATSC broadcast because it also grants a waiver for the NTSC broadcast.

I will likely apply for a waiver (or at least inquire at WPFO on the likelyhood of the request being granted) when FOX HD is carried by DirecTV.


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My firend says he would be interested to hear about Dr. Joe's waiver when and if he applies for it for FOX-HD. Anyone else here who has DirecTV near Portland's coast who could answer the above questions I have posted?

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anyone?

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My firend says he would be interested to hear about Dr. Joe's waiver when and if he applies for it for FOX-HD. Anyone else here who has DirecTV near Portland's coast who could answer the above questions I have posted?

I am a DirecTV customer in the "mid-coast". I had DirecTV apply for the Fox waiver for me and got it. I now get the national Fox feeds and have been happily watching the Red Sox in HD.
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If you go to the Directv website, click on programming, then local channels and find a zip code in Maine that will not be getting locals anytime soon. (go north and east of Bangor)
and enter your zip code, you will see if you qualify for the distant nets. If you qualify for the distant nets you automatically will receive the HD feeds of the same channels that are available. Right now that is CBS and NBC. They are doing a special presentation of the MLB playoffs and World Series on FOX and if you already receive Fox on 388 and 389 you qualify and get the games in HD. Supposedly, Fox is supposed to be on on full time in HD in the near future. To be honest the best way to get all the distant nets is to play the zip code roulette wheel. Find an unserved area in Maine, (there are plenty of zip codes that qualify) and tell them your receiver is located in that location (summer home or camp) and you have a separate billing address. This way you dont ever have to worry about waivers. It works people. It may not be ethical, but it works.
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I am a DirecTV customer in the "mid-coast". I had DirecTV apply for the Fox waiver for me and got it. I now get the national Fox feeds and have been happily watching the Red Sox in HD.

Can you answer the other questions which I posted, since you life close to the ocean?

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