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post #4741 of 10653 Old 03-16-2004, 05:09 PM
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Originally posted by geoff2
Thanks for posting that, Robert. Quick question: I know that the press release said the coverage of the first eight games (first two rounds) would be regionalized. Any chance that WBZ will be broadcasting all the HD games on WBZ-HD, in addition to the regional games being shown on regular WBZ?

Sorry. WBZ-DT will have only the regionals (and of course, nationals) WBZ-TV will be airing.

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This is very disappointing. Why the change from last year?
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Is it only me or was WBZ-DT glitched a lot tonite? I had 100% signal on all my tuners and all had many video glitches.

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Bob,

After poking around a bit on this board, it seems that other CBS stations (including other O&O's) have elected to show all of the HD games independently of what's on the analog channel. Some (like Detriot) are even mulitcasting SD games when no HD game is available.

If either (or both) of these could be done, that would be fantastic. Last year WBZ was able to show the HD feeds whenever they were available.
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Is it only me or was WBZ-DT glitched a lot tonite? I had 100% signal on all my tuners and all had many video glitches.

I've seen both video and audio glitches on WBZ-DT pretty much every night. The audio cutouts are more annoying, especially when they happen right in the middle of dialog. Last night the audio cut out twice during NCIS (for maybe 2 or 3 seconds each time).

The station was apparently unaware there was a problem until I contacted Bob Yankowitz last week. They had fixed earlier problems that were more pronounced and more frequent, and he said they hadn't received any complaints since then (until mine).

I don't know if they have made any progress in troubleshooting this.
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Bob,

After poking around a bit on this board, it seems that other CBS stations (including other O&O's) have elected to show all of the HD games independently of what's on the analog channel. Some (like Detriot) are even mulitcasting SD games when no HD game is available.

If either (or both) of these could be done, that would be fantastic. Last year WBZ was able to show the HD feeds whenever they were available.

I misspoke earlier. We are going to try to air as many HD games as we can. The general exception will be when there is a local game (BC, UConn, Providence) played.

The schedule for this weekend will be:

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            WBZ                     WBZ-DT
Thursday 
12:40       Maryland/UTEP           Maryland/UTEP 
3:00        Syracuse/BYU            Syracuse/BYU 
7:10        UConn/Vermont           UConn/Vermont 
9:30        Seton Hall/Arizona      Seton Hall/Arizona 

Friday 
12:30       BC/Utah                 BC/Utah 
2:45        Cincinnati/E. Tenn. St. 2:50 Okla.St./Eastern Wash (HDTV) 
7:10        Providence/Pacific      Providence/Pacific (HDTV) 
9:40        Pitt/Central Florida    9:45 Kansas/Illinois-Chi (HDTV)
HD games are only offered this weekend on Friday and Sunday. Sorry for the earlier confusion. BTW, we do not have the ability to multicast, so that is not an option for us.

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I've seen both video and audio glitches on WBZ-DT pretty much every night. The audio cutouts are more annoying, especially when they happen right in the middle of dialog. Last night the audio cut out twice during NCIS (for maybe 2 or 3 seconds each time).

The station was apparently unaware there was a problem until I contacted Bob Yankowitz last week. They had fixed earlier problems that were more pronounced and more frequent, and he said they hadn't received any complaints since then (until mine).

I don't know if they have made any progress in troubleshooting this.

We are looking at it. I'll let you know when we have some resolution.

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Thanks Bob. Glad to hear we'll be getting nearly all of the HD games.
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Hi,

A CT person peeking in here with interest. You Boston folks should feel privalaged to have somebody from WBZ posting here. I can't even get anybody from WFSB to return an e-mail, nevermind post on our HD thread!

Bob, I'm wondering why HD games can be shown on the digital channel when they are available, vs. SD games. I don't know anything about how all of this works, but I could imagine that multi-casting multiple games on the DT channel could get involved, but why couldn't just one SD game be shown on the digital channel that is different from the one on the analog channel just for variety? Thanks for an answer if you have time.

A jealous CT HD basketball fan.
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Hi,

A CT person peeking in here with interest. You Boston folks should feel privalaged to have somebody from WBZ posting here. I can't even get anybody from WFSB to return an e-mail, nevermind post on our HD thread!

Bob, I'm wondering why HD games can be shown on the digital channel when they are available, vs. SD games. I don't know anything about how all of this works, but I could imagine that multi-casting multiple games on the DT channel could get involved, but why couldn't just one SD game be shown on the digital channel that is different from the one on the analog channel just for variety? Thanks for an answer if you have time.

A jealous CT HD basketball fan.

Dear Jealous,

That would be too much like work.

Actually, now that there are a significant number of digital viewers (both OTA and Cable) we have begun to care about the commercials on the digital channel, especially on high-profile events like March Madness. In the good old days when we knew the first names of all our viewers we could play around and experiment with programming on the HD side.

As for multi-casting, that requires a significant amount of additional equipment, none of which we have.

I hope this answers your questions...

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Dear Jealous,

That would be too much like work.

Actually, now that there are a significant number of digital viewers (both OTA and Cable) we have begun to care about the commercials on the digital channel, especially on high-profile events like March Madness. In the good old days when we knew the first names of all our viewers we could play around and experiment with programming on the HD side.

As for multi-casting, that requires a significant amount of additional equipment, none of which we have.

I hope this answers your questions...

Yes, I think my lack of knowledge of how this stuff works is my problem. I think the definition in my head of mult-casting is my problem. When you say that you don't have the equipment to do multi-casting, to me that means showing more than one program at a time on the digital channel. For example, showing the HD game on the digital channel and an SD game on the analog channel like you plan on doing on Friday would NOT be multi-casting. In my head, showing on Thursday ONE SD game on the digital channel and ONE DIFFERENT SD game on the analog channel is also NOT multicasting. So the thing I don't understand is why that can't be done.

Thanks, and enjoy your HD tomorrow Boston viewers!
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Robert (Bob?), thanks for the good news re: the HD broadcasts! Looking forward to Friday & Sunday!
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Lip sync is very bad on WBZ right now. It's not bad during the games since you can't see the announcers anyway, but during commercials and news updates very noticible.

WBZ is usually dead on with their lip sync.
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Originally posted by Brett Jason
OK, HDTV newbie here, I live in Canton, MA. So I'm getting a DirectTV HD box next week. So am I to understand that for now the only way to get ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox is via an OTA antenna?

Actually if you subscribe to either the HD package or to Boston locals you will be entitled to an HD feed from CBS out of NY via DirecTV. It should show up on channel 80. It's not WBZ, but most of the HD is from a national feed anyway.

You will need an antenna for the other networks....

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What is going on with channel 4 last night and why aren't there seperate games on the digital station? The breakups were horrible last night I hope this improves before todays games.
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What is going on with channel 4 last night and why aren't there seperate games on the digital station? The breakups were horrible last night I hope this improves before todays games.

Complain...complain...complain!!!
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You got it
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Why no HDTV game from KC? Let BC game be on analog.
What a waste.

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Bob posted the schedule in this thread; games with local teams are taking precendence over HD on the digital channel.

Oh well.

Is anyone else seeing WBZ glitches? I'm still getting them both cable and OTA. Very distracting.
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Bob posted the schedule in this thread; games with local teams are taking precendence over HD on the digital channel.

Oh well.

Is anyone else seeing WBZ glitches? I'm still getting them both cable and OTA. Very distracting.

Are the glitches from CBS or Channel 4 I found it very annoying last night and switched off the digital station
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Don't know what's happening. The glitches are very brief, and I'm not losing signal lock. OTA signal remains high all the time. Usually if I'm having reception issues, I can see bad signal strength readings.

Cable seems a little better, but it's far from perfect.


Pretty irritating.
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My signal strength is fine as well but I thought last night was just horrible. I wonder if they watch what thet are putting out becuase to me tis is totally unacceptable. Where is Rob when we need him
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It completely sucks. Most of my glitches are video; audio glitches are infrequent.
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Whew, I thought it was just me...the video glitches on WBZDT continue to annoy.
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Whew, I thought it was just me...the video glitches on WBZDT continue to annoy.

Has anybody called the control room? I don't have the # with me but I will call tonight if it is no better
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Has anybody called the control room? I don't have the # with me but I will call tonight if it is no better

We are aware of your comments. We have not been able to nail down what is happening, or where it is coming from. We are not, however, ignoring it.

BTW, Steve, you can call me Bob, or Robert. Anything but Rob. That is, if I'm the Rob you are referring to...

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We are aware of your comments. We have not been able to nail down what is happening, or where it is coming from. We are not, however, ignoring it.

BTW, Steve, you can call me Bob, or Robert. Anything but Rob. That is, if I'm the Rob you are referring to...

Glad to hear you are on top of it and I meant to type Bob insted of Rob sorry
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Bob posted the schedule in this thread; games with local teams are taking precendence over HD on the digital channel.

I had missed that. Oh well. So, I guess we'll miss another HD game now.

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What is going on with channel 4 last night and why aren't there seperate games on the digital station? The breakups were horrible last night I hope this improves before todays games.

Oddly, both audio and video have very frequent brief dropouts during tonite's games both SD and HDTV on my MyHD 100 and no dropouts on my DTC100.

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The schedule for this weekend will be:

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            WBZ                     WBZ-DT
Thursday 
12:40       Maryland/UTEP           Maryland/UTEP 
3:00        Syracuse/BYU            Syracuse/BYU 
7:10        UConn/Vermont           UConn/Vermont 
9:30        Seton Hall/Arizona      Seton Hall/Arizona 

Friday 
12:30       BC/Utah                 BC/Utah 
2:45        Cincinnati/E. Tenn. St. 2:50 Okla.St./Eastern Wash (HDTV) 
7:10        Providence/Pacific      Providence/Pacific (HDTV) 
9:40        Pitt/Central Florida    9:45 Kansas/Illinois-Chi (HDTV)

Bob,

What is the schedule for tomorrows games? How can I find out which games you are going to carry?

THanks,

Jim
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