I emailed Dish to put a bug up the A** inquiring as to when we could expect local HD here in this market. I got the reponse i expected " don't know when or if they ever will". At least they are quick to respond. I don't want to go back to cable.
FYI - My ViP622 was installed today. I immediately did an OTA HD scan to see if it found anything. As expected: nada. I had a glimmer of hope that I'd manage to get WCFE (I can get a very fuzzy picture from their analog broadcast on ch 57), but no dice.
I know once Manny goes live I'll probably be able to get all the channels with little more than a "bow tie" hanging from the wall. However, I would like to try to pull in WCFE-DT. Due to HOA restrictions, I'd have to put it inside the roof over the garage (the 2nd-story attic in my house is inaccessable). I like the compactness of this guy from RadioShack: http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2253765
Can anyone receive the Boston NBC HD channel in Burlington through Adelphia going through a QAM tuner instead of the cable box? A much earlier post on this thread someone talked about it being on 71.1 but when I tried it last night to get the Pats game I didn't have any luck finding it. Has it gone away?
What I'd like to know is how much correlation there is between how well one gets an analog station versus it's digital counterpart.
I realize that with digital it's kind of an all or nothing thing and not like analog where a weak signal can get a very snowy. With digital it's either a clear picture or no picture at all. Even then a weak digital signal will pixelate and "breakup".
I guess my question is if someone currently gets some signal for the Burlington analog signals OTA but they're very weak and snowy, is it likely that they will get anything from digital? That's assuming that the stations go full power, which I believe they are all planning to do.
Walt; Mansfield OTA folks need to chime in BUT for Mointain Lake PBS in NY I get a moderately snowy analog picture..and a decent 98-99% of the time locked HD signal. However I still think the sensitivity of the OTA receiver makes a significant difference.
Differences in the Analog and Digital signals will require a total
rethinking of antenna systems. Digital has some unique challenges
for us OTA viewers, Digital does NOT handle multipath (reflections)
very well. You can have relatively strong signal but if there are any significant
reflections from a building or mountain you will have severe pixelization
of your picture, where in the analog world you may have some minor ghosting.
Lesson here is signal quality is more important than signal strength.So It's important
to have a large directional antenna than to have a smaller antenna with
an amp. Avoid amplifiers! They can create more problems with Digital than they solve,
they amplify not only the desired signal but reflections and noise as well.
It's possible to have a picture with some pixelization to no picture at all when you
install an amp.If multipath is not a problem for you and you have a snowy analog
picture Digital can give you a perfect picture. Tv tuners will throw a monkey wrench into
works as well, certain brand tvs will receive better than others (sensitivity and multipath rejection)
and that could mean picture or no picture for those of us in fringe areas!
Walt I can tell you that with ATSC vs NTSC in AZ..it seemed that my analogs were not very reliable seemed like alot of interference and didnt take much to lose a great pic. Now with my DTV signals they were great. I actually coudnt pick up a Prescott stations analog signal at all but the digital one I got 70% on constant so it seems to be hit or miss but we will have to see. I think you might be ok. I have my antenna aimed already and I keep turning on my tir-451 to 53 once a day to see if I pickup WCAX. dont even turn on tv just look for hdtv signal. Anyone know any updated status info?