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post #811 of 4549 Old 05-21-2004, 12:15 PM
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Does anybody know when we'll see them broadcast the HD (ED) feeds?

They both look to be owned and operated by Sinclair.
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post #812 of 4549 Old 05-21-2004, 12:51 PM
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Thanks BigD. I also live in Gibsonia.
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Does anybody know when we'll see them broadcast the HD (ED) feeds?

They both look to be owned and operated by Sinclair.

They both will be passing HD by the end of summer.

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post #814 of 4549 Old 05-24-2004, 08:36 AM
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They both will be passing HD by the end of summer.

That's good news...thanks.
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Sure, good news to you OTA guys. But what about us Comcast people!!! We will become pawns to be sacrificed in the war over "I want a big money deal"
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As long as you are not in a hole you should be able to get all those. I'm in Gibsonia and only have a problem with WTAE when the weather is bad. All the others come in great. QED is off line right now. I miss it I guess I should add that I have an outdoor antenna though.

What antenna are you using. The direct tv installer showed up today and they gave me one and I canonly get NBC. Do you actually get ABC as well. I have heard ABC is tough.
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I live in McCandless and I have a standard yagi uhf/vhf rooftop antenna with a rotor. I get 2,4,11,53 perfectly but no signal from upn/wb digitally but their analog signal is decent and better than my comcast cable's feed of them. Is the lack of digital reception due low power output from the stations and will the increase to HD improve my chances of receiving them?
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What antenna are you using. The direct tv installer showed up today and they gave me one and I canonly get NBC. Do you actually get ABC as well. I have heard ABC is tough.

I live in squirrel hill and use a silver sensor antenna. I can pick up all pittsburgh stations without rotating the antenna... except ABC. No matter what I do, I can't see any signal whatsoever from ABC.

Unfortunately, a roof-top antenna is not possible in my rental. Thus, I find myself simply watching everything but ABC. Too bad ABC doesn't care.
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Wstanko, my understanding was the only holdup on putting WCWB-DT and WPGH-DT on Comcast is they wanted to wait until the stations were passing HD material. Why waste the bandwith if it's only a 4:3 picture? Also, WPGH never passed the 16:9 ED signal from Fox.

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I live in Cranberry and receive all the digital broadcasts, except QED due to "their little problem", with a $19.99 Radio Shack UHF antenna.
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Originally posted by Mark Vidonic
My understanding was the only holdup on putting WCWB-DT and WPGH-DT on Comcast is they wanted to wait until the stations were passing HD material.

Mark, I said that because of the Sinclair ownership. I had read in other places that Sinclair had big money issues and that is why they were blocking Comcast. I sure do hope you are the correct one in this case.
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I live in Cranberry and receive all the digital broadcasts, except QED due to "their little problem", with a $19.99 Radio Shack UHF antenna.

Wow you must live on a mountain.
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Aw, didn't you know, everything's better in Cranberry!

Actually jsnides lives at a higher elevation, and he also has the advantage of direction...all stations are south of where he lives and the angle of degrees probably isn't all that different from one station to the next.

l live high on a hill in Forest Hills, so I do pretty good reception-wise. The one thing I can't figure out is that WTAE's station is WEST of where I live, but according to antennaweb, I need to point my antenna EAST. I guess the station and the DTV antenna are not co-located.

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l live high on a hill in Forest Hills, so I do pretty good reception-wise. The one thing I can't figure out is that WTAE's station is WEST of where I live, but according to antennaweb, I need to point my antenna EAST. I guess the station and the DTV antenna are not co-located. [/b][/quote]


WTAE has their tower in Elizabeth.

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Everything but traffic is better in Cranberry ;-). I don't live on a mountain but Bob is right about the elevation and the need to only point my antenna south south east. Did anyone hear any updates on QED?
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*Moving this post into this thread from the main forum.*

Hi - I have an odd situation and I'd like to hear some opinions. I'm not terribly tech-savvy in regards to TVs, so bear with me as I try to explain my situation:

I subscribe to Comcast in the Pittsburgh, PA area (Ross Twp.). Right now I only receive four HD channels, ESPN HD, PBS HD, and two local channels have HD feeds. PBS shows HD content 24/7, and that picture is always in 16:9 and HD. The two local channels usually only show a couple hours per night in HD, usually prime time stuff. When they're showing HD content, the picture of course is 16:9. When they're just showing regular digital content, the picture goes back to 4:3.

My problem is with the ESPN HD channel (773). Whether they are showing HD or regular digital content, the picture is always in 16:9. When the show is HD, of course, this is perfect. But when it's the regular digital shows, it looks like crap, artificially stretched. Does anyone else notice this?

I called Comcast to ask about this. I explained my issue with the ESPN HD channel, and the tech put me on hold. He came back and told me that he'd checked their feeds and it's displayed the same way there. He didn't know why either. Now why in the world would this be happening, and since it's happening on their end, is there nothing I can adjust on my end to change it????

When I first had Comcast setup my HD box, the installer tried to fix this issue. He accessed some menu through the controller (which he said they usually don't tell customers about), and changed the setting to 4:3. This fixed the ESPN HD channel, but messed up all of the other channels. So I told him to set it back to the default. Any ideas on what's going on with this one channel?

Thanks a lot!
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It's not your fault or Comcast's, ESPN is braindead.
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No matter how you receive ESPNHD...Cable, DirectTV or otherwise you will see ESPN stretched. Check HD programming threads for the many threads about this issue. It is idiotic & I'll bet the movie advertisers just love seeing all their movie trailers stretched. If you get a chance check out ESPN's "5.1" circlejerk surround.
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Now why in the world would this be happening, and since it's happening on their end, is there nothing I can adjust on my end to change it????

I don't know what STB you are using but my DierecTV box allows me to take in the signal thru S-Video connection & then re stretch it to normal 4:3 aspect ratio. I feel your pain.
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Does WTAEDT 51 boost their signal when they broadcast in hd? i was watching the Flames vs. Lighting hockey game tonight just fine at 77% .(..antennaweb doesn't even list ABC as an available station) But the picture was just as good as my satellite ESPN HD feed. but now that the game is over I am not able to lock in WTAE at all!?!?!? if only they boosted the POWER!!!! i would be able to drop my local dish channels and stick to an OTA antenna
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I'm moving to Pittsburgh (Mt. Lebanon to be specific) in June. What will I need to get OTA stations? Is reception generally good south of the city?
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I will be getting my new Direct TV HDTV tuner next week. What is the current status of the PIttsburgh OTA HDTV networks. I have read thorugh most of the boards but the information is often old. Here are my questions....

1) NBC, ABC, CBS, WB, PBS and Fox. I live in Hampton township north of PIttsburgh will I get these channels and how often/good is the programming.

2) What is the deal with UPN. Thye have been on application status for ever.

Thanks

I used the standard winegard antenna that direct tv installed for free and iT sucked......I bought a Channel Master 4228 and it works great. I directed it towards ABC and now I get all the channels.
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Hey Pgh! Wqed is back on the air as of 3:45 today
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Cool!! I'll try a channel scan..
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I cant get WQED on VOOM tonite, but all my other locals are comming in fine
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I'm glad QED is back but my signal is real weak. I use to get it no problem now it's around 50% signal strength and I am having a lot of drop outs. Has anyone else noticed this?

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Just checked my signal. Wqed is at 76. Had no problems so far .
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My signal is about the same mediocre as I remember, but the weather we've had isn't helping either. I need to put my antenna on the roof one day but have been lazy up til now. I am very thankful to have qed back, but now I wish they'd mix up their schedule a little more. If they showed more reruns of Nature or other great PBS material it would be great. Very happy though.

Thanky you WQED
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I think the weather was messing with me yesterday. Today I'm in the 60+% range and no more dropouts. Thanks for the replys!

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QED has been pretty strong for me so far (80-90% range), although Monday it died about ten minutes into that special on the Grand Canyon explorers...no signal whatsoever for a long time. But, I watched the Stanley Cup anyway. Last night QED was up again but I watched the Lakers/Pistons game.

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