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post #511 of 4554 Old 11-02-2003, 02:25 PM
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grumble grumble. Any idea why titantv got our hopes up, only to dash them? It still has a little red "HD" on its guide for the game. My wife and I were all psyched up to see our first HDTV football game (well, w/ a team we actually care about.. )

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post #512 of 4554 Old 11-02-2003, 02:34 PM
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The place to look for this info is this thread.
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Looking good for next Saturday...

Mike Patrick just mentioned that the College Football Saturday trucks are coming to Pittsburgh for Saturday night's game! Another chance for us to see Pittsburgh in all of its' HD glory... well, most of us... I'll be at the game.

The DVD recorder will be running, even though the quality won't nearly be as good. It will still be nice to see the way this crew presents the HD production from Heinz Field.

7:45 PM kickoff.
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I got some more good news about Armstrong HD today!

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We will be adding HDNet and HDNet Movies within the next couple of weeks. We feel HDNet has the best HD product currently available. Expect a free preview of the HDNet services over the days around Thanksgiving. These two services will join ESPNHD as the initial core of an HD tier of programming that will start in early December. You will be receiving information on this in a couple of weeks and will have the choice of opting in for these channels or not.

We expect to introduce a PVR (personal video recorder) product shortly, which is pretty cool. It is integrated into our digital box, contains an 80gig hard drive and can even record HD! We're completing testing at present.

He mentioned that VOD is cost-prohibitive at the moment and the only way to really make money is with adult channels, which they don't want to offer (but I think they already have some adult channels, so I don't get it). Oh well, with an HD PVR, who needs VOD?
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Originally posted by agtiny
I got some more good news about Armstrong HD today!

Let's see....Armstrong HD channels:
102 - KDKA-DT
104 - WTAE-DT
111 - WPXI-DT
113 - WQED-DT
185 - ESPN-HD
190 - SHO-HD
199 - HBO-HD
HDNet, HDNet Movies, HDPVR

You gotta love Armstrong. Congratulations!
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HDNet and HDNet Movies are now up on Armstrong, channels 186 and 187! Woo!
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ag....Please check your PM. Thanks.
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YEY!!!
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Hello,
Pretty often, I notice "motion blur", or interlacing artifacts on Fox 53. I *only* notice it on this channel. Is this a known issue? I've got a Samsung DLP and a myHD card. Before trying to figure out if it's a hardware/software/configuration issue, I wanted to know if others had seen this. Thanks,

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I noticed the same thing watching the football game yesterday. I use the Tosh receiver & only notice it on Fox. Figures.
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My Comcast signal of WTAE HD is breaking up badly. Several times a minute it deteriorates into noise that makes watching it very annoying. So much so that MNF was far more enjoyable in SD!

My question is the source of the problem. Do all of you other Comcast people have the same problem or is it in my area?

Even more important, do you OTA people also have this problem, or can we pinpoint Comcast as the culprit? I want to start complaining to someone very soon, but I will get passed around on the "blaming merry-go-round" until I have an understanding of whom is really to blame.

Please help me out.

Sorry for the cross posting. I'm not the brightest star in the sky.
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wstanko,

I watched most of the first half OTA. I can't remember a single breakup. I guess it could be a Comcast problem??

--Clint--
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The game was perfect on Armstrong. What you describe sounds like Comcast is using a very weak OTA signal as their source. You should definitely complain to them.
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While the broadcast quality of the game was fine for me OTA, the game *itself* was hardly perfect.

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I had constant break-up on my comcast channel......switching to my ota box was fine, never one break-up......also noticed some of the same type of breakup but not nearly as frequent on the comcast espn-hd sunday game
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I had the same picture breakups/noise on Comcast out of Greensburg. A co-worker said he saw the same thing on his Comcast near Churchill. So it looks to be an issue with Comcast in this whole area. I think I'll call to complain.

On the positive side, the sound seemed to be pretty well in sync last night when Al Michaels and John Madden were shown in the booth. Most of the time WTAE-DT has sound behind the picture by about a half second.
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On the positive side, the sound seemed to be pretty well in sync last night when Al Michaels and John Madden were shown in the booth. Most of the time WTAE-DT has sound behind the picture by about a half second.

I sent a second plea for help to WTAE Consumer "Call For Action" last week. Within 24 hours it was fixed. Thanks Susan, now if only I could stand to watch a program due to breakups.

Tech is coming on Saturday and I plan on insisting that I get what I paid for when I was seduced into leaving Dish.

I hope all of you also call to complain for the original phone call I made had a CSR tell me that there is nothing wrong with their signal and it must be in my neighborhood. He based this on the fact that "no one else is complaining!!!!!!!!"
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Anyone know what the status of a digital UPN broadcast is? I sent them an email a long time ago and never got a response. Titantv has had them listed as awaiting FCC approval for as long as I can remember.
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According to the FCC, on August 25, 1999, WNPA (UPN/Ch. 19), filed a petition for its digital channel assignment to be changed from 30 to 49 (http://www.fcc.gov/mb/video/files/dtvchan.html). As far as I know, there's been no action on that petition.

Back in June, I wrote to the FCC asking why there had been no action so far. I got this reply:

"Thanks for contacting the FCC. I appreciate the opportunity to respond.The FCC is reviewing this application, but the application raises many technical and other issues that must be resolved. For example, due to the station's proximity to the Canadian border, the application also must be approved by Canada. Please be assured that the FCC will issue a decision on this matter as expeditiously as possible."

Writing back, I asked if it was likely that there would be any action in the near future. This was the response:

"Unfortunately, the timing for a decision on this petition cannot be predicted. The FCC, however, will issue a decision as expeditiously as possible."

Four years and counting! Now that's really what I call expeditious!

I have no idea why WNPA (engineered by Viacom's KDKA) applied for the channel reassignment ... but it sure seems its unlikely that there will be a digital signal from WNPA anytime soon. Even if the FCC finally acted on the petition, it would probably take a year to actually get the station on the air.

I, too, have written to KDKA/WNPA, but their "contact us" email addresses only seem to flow in one direction.
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I seem to remember something about another signal at 30 might step on them, as their transmitter is over in Jeannette. I might be wrong about this, if someone knows something different, please post.

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When is Armstrong going to start charging for da HD and how much?
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The info I have is they will charge more in early December. I'll let everyone know when I hear more.
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ok, thanks
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According to my friend who is getting installed Tuesday, Armstrong will begin charging December 1.
When will the HDPVR be available?
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The only thing I was told about the HDPVR is that they are still testing it. I asked if they needed any more testers but I'm not going to get my hopes up.
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You were not told anything.

Everyone the cost will be $9.99 but you can get it for $4.99 until 4/1/04
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Where did you get that info? Is it $9.99 replacing the current $5 charge, or on top of the $5? Are the local OTA channels included on a lower tier somehow?
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I got it in the mail.
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I know the local channels will be free still.

It will be an extra $4.99 until April 2004. There is this free stuff you get like $25 gc to NFL Team Shop and crap.
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Ah, haven't checked my mail yet so maybe I got one too. Locals are currently $5 along with everything else, so it sounds like they don't really make things clear.
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