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jacmyoung's Avatar jacmyoung
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I was referring to the CBS HD national feeds carried by Dish and DirecTV. Yes we should all have CBS with OTA reception capability.

The DBS national CBS HD feeds were a bonus during the last NFL season when they carried some additional HD football games than KOVR was showing.
Bill Shakespeare's Avatar Bill Shakespeare
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I didn't think anyone in the Sacramento area would qualify for the national CBS feed from D*.

Can we receive that from D*?
mister C's Avatar mister C
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I thought I heard of some people getting/doing this....I know, I shouldn't post flaky info....but I do believe it has been done. Don't know what affiliate they get. I want to say it was East coast.
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Quote:


Originally posted by Bill Shakespeare
I didn't think anyone in the Sacramento area would qualify for the national CBS feed from D*.

Can we receive that from D*?

You will if Viacom owns our local CBS affiliate which was why my post earlier.
dmastro's Avatar dmastro
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Hello all,

OK, so I finally tracked down an in-stock HD Tivo, and it will be here Mon or Tues next week, so I obviously need to get my OTA antenna installed.

I've decided on the CM 4228 after all the positive reviews. Here are the questions I have:

1. Where did you buy yours locally? I want to install it this weekend.
2. Those who attic-mounted it, how did you install it up there? Run a section of pipe between trusses?
3. I assume I can hook up an old TV to test the OTA reception? Or does Standard signal reception not necessarily guarantee HD signal reception?

Thanks for all the continued help.
Bill Shakespeare's Avatar Bill Shakespeare
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Dmastro--
I bought my 4221 at:

Popkey Distributing
2110 5th Street
Sacramento 448-8848

The antenna was $26, although someone recently posted that they're currently charging more. It's an old style shop for technicians and repairmen, mostly. The clerk told me that if the 4221 was not sufficient, I could exchange it for a credit towards the 4228. You may want to start smaller. It's certainly easier in the attic with the smaller model. Although going up to remove and replace it, if necessary, may not be worth the savings in space and money.

I used pvc, rather than pipe, secured vertically to a beam for mounting.

Use www.antennaweb.org to determine the compass bearing from your house to Walnut Grove, and use a compass in the attic,or take a small UHF set with you into the attic.
tlrowley's Avatar tlrowley
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Quote:


Originally posted by dmastro

OK, so I finally tracked down an in-stock HD Tivo, and it will be here Mon or Tues next week, so I obviously need to get my OTA antenna installed.


Where did you find a in-stock HD Tivo???? My fingers are getting tired surfing for one.

Tracey
dmastro's Avatar dmastro
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Quote:


Originally posted by tlrowley
Where did you find a in-stock HD Tivo???? My fingers are getting tired surfing for one.

Tracey


I've been following several of the threads in the sister forum, tivocommunity.com. They have many discussions going right now about the status of pre-orders and when retailers get them in stock.

Someone posted in one of the threads I subscribe to yesterday, indicating the circuitcity.com had them available. I was quick enough to get in before they sold out again.

It really is difficult to track them down right now, but don't give up hope if you're willing to keep checking the boards. I've had a pre-order since early March (to be cancelled now) and been checking online every day for almost a month.
tlrowley's Avatar tlrowley
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Lucky you - I was too late. Of course, there's always the "Buy it Now" option at ebay - if I didn't think $1750 was too much!!!!!

Sorry to have hi-jacked the thread - back to Sacramento reception, 58.1 is still wonky - has anyone received a response to their e-mail?

Tracey
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Bill,

Thank you! Just got off the phone with Popkey. Billy over there couldn't be more cordial, and I'm heading over to pick up an antenna this afternoon. He assured me that if I can't get strong enough signal, he'd be happy to exchange for something else.
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Ouch, that's expensive!! For $1,750 you could come pick mine up and I'd wait another month for my pre-order to arrive...
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Have you considered keeping the pre-order, or do you think it will be too late to hold the value it has now in the current market?
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I really don't want to profit on the unit, so I hadn't thought about keeping it. I figure we're all in the same boat, and I'd want someone to cancel their order - rather than ebay it - so I could get one that much quicker.
Bill Shakespeare's Avatar Bill Shakespeare
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The audio on 6-1 has seemed normal on HD broadcasts for the past several nights. After nearly a week of no audio, I was beginning to wonder if the fault was in the HD-Tivo. While, apparently it's an issue with that receiver (since other receivers were getting an audio signal when it was not), the correction for the problem was something KVIE could manage.

58-1 still has no signal. 58-2 has programs with no description, and 3-2 still shows a description for 58's programs (but is broadcasting, appropriately, Channel 3's programming).
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I looked at KVIE-HD last night and one program had no audio at all and the next one had left channel only. The second program which was wide screen, not HD, had serious pixelization problems also.

KQCA seems to be broadcasting only a black picture on 58-1 for some reason.
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Looks like we have KQCA 58-1 back in action!

Why is ABC not doing 5.1 audio for the NBA Final?

Hammer
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Finally, I can start watching WB Superstars again!
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The feed from ABC for the NBA final (game 1 at least) was only two channels. There was no audio on the ABC feed for the anything except right and left front. KXTV aired the game with the Dolby encoder in the 2.0 mode.
Bill Shakespeare's Avatar Bill Shakespeare
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ESPN and ABC (when it uses an ESPN feed) use "circle surround," requiring a new decoder, rather than DD 5.1. There is a longish thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=290975
extolling the virtues and decrying the stupidity of this separate path that ABC is walking. (Will Fox follow suit after following ABC's use of 720p?)
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58-1 down again...

Hammer
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Getting no picture on 58.1 and what is apparently the descriptive audio channel from my left speaker and nothing from the right on 6.1.
mister C's Avatar mister C
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so is Fox switching from Fox enhanced widescreen to 720p...officially....has that been stated ? In time for NFL I hope ?
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Quote:
Originally posted by mister C
so is Fox switching from Fox enhanced widescreen to 720p...officially....has that been stated ? In time for NFL I hope ?

Do a search in the HDTV Programming Forum. They will switch by the beginning of the fall season to 720p HDTV. This includes football.
mister C's Avatar mister C
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geez...now i really got to get that antenna up in the attic ! can't miss out on Terry Bradshaw in 720p....or Gilian for that matter.
Bill Shakespeare's Avatar Bill Shakespeare
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What's up with KVIE? Last week 6-1 had sound with no audio (for my HD-Tivo). Then the audio came back by the weekend, although last night I was getting the descriptive video service and left channel audio only. Tonight, the audio seems good, but there is NO picture!
Garrett Adams's Avatar Garrett Adams
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It seems the KVIE engineers cannot walk and chew gum at the same time.
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Wow - I just did a full circuit of the Sacramento stations and they were all working - at the same time - I think that's a first!! (Not counting KMAX, of course) I wonder how long that will last? Anyone want to start a pool?

Tracey
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Hey guys,

I got my HDTivo a couple of weeks ago and I'm dieing to try out some HD locals. I don't have an antenna yet so I'd like to know what you guys in my area (Turlock/Modesto) recommend.

I have a 2 story house with a cement tile roof so I need something that can be mounted (easily I hope) to the eave like the *D dish.

Secondly can anyone recommend a reasonably priced, reliable company in the area that will take do an install and setup if the antenna needs more installation that is easy for a newbie.
Beth's Avatar Beth
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Dare I say *bump*
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Hey Beth, I'm not sure what the geography is like in your area or what lies between your house and the antennas, but before I spent a bunch of change on an external antenna, I'd at least TRY a Zenith Silver sensor. Buy it from Best Buy or something so you can take it back if it doesn't work.

If you don't know about this little gem, it's a remarkably strong indoor antenna. I have one on top of my bookcase next to my tv, and I pick up all of the locals (when they're working @#$@#) no problem.

I live in Mather, which is just south-east of downtown sacramento, and I think I'm approx 40 miles away from the antennas?

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