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post #271 of 3220 Old 08-31-2004, 06:39 AM
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Fox Sports FL has gone HD (FSN-FLHD) but haven't seen any mention of it in this thread (forgive me if I missed it).
Is this available OTA? Brighthouse?
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According to this thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=409554
WOGX is HD ready. I believe they are run by WOFL.
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Kid_Digital_NYC - Thanks
Also interesting info on Bravo - have to check it out tonight...
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I was watching some of Fox's national programing on both WOGX and WOFL. I didnt notice any Fox 'bug' or local logo that is supposed to be there if the the splicer was installed. Can anyone confirm if it is installed and running?
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Originally posted by houselog442
I was watching some of Fox's national programing on both WOGX and WOFL. I didnt notice any Fox 'bug' or local logo that is supposed to be there if the the splicer was installed. Can anyone confirm if it is installed and running?

It has been confirmed many times that the splicer is installed at WOFL.

The reason you don't see the bug is because Fox isn't transmitting HD yet.
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Anyone have any thoughts as to whether it is a good idea to take down the OTA prior to the hurricane?
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Definite yes. It will turn in to just more flying debris
Took mine down this morning. (got enough other things to do as time gets closer)

Same goes for the dish if you have one.
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How will you know how to position it when you put it back up?
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Just undo the mounting bolts at the base, installl at the same spot when its over. You wouldn't be changing anything that determines where the dish points.
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use a marker and mark the positions that the dish are at
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Thanks...good luck everybody.
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I am having problems getting WESH from Lake Mary.
- I have the Sony HD-300 using DTV
- I just plugged in a channelmaster Stealth antenna
- I don't have a coax run to the attic, so it's inside
- I get everything but WESH
- On WESH I get no signal (and from the menus I get a 0)
- Is there a good antenna that mounts by a dish?

Any ideas or thoughts?

Thanks
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I'm leaving all my gear up, including a 40' high microwave antenna. I was watching OTA and satellite 10 minutes after charley. It was very nice. Everything made it through fine I would expect the same this time.

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I'm planning to leave everything up as well. I fared well the last time with no power loss but certainly won't count on that happening again. With the OTA antenna in the attic there shouldn't be any issues there.

However, the power supply for the pre-amp in my OTA antenna is up in the attic along with the antenna. It won't do me a whole lot of good if I loose power that way then will it? I guess I'm headed up in the attic in the morning to move that down with the TV so it can hold with the UPS on the TV for at least some amount of time in the event of a power loss.
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Dead Stations as of 10:37 AM

WESH-DT 11
WRDQ-DT 14
WKCF-DT 17
WOFL-DT 22
WRBW-DT 41

ON AIR

WOTF-DT 20
WMFE-DT 23
WBCC-DT 30
WCEU-DT 33
WFTV-DT 39
WOPX-DT 48
WKMG-DT 58

Unknown:
WACX-DT 40
WVEN-DT 49

James Westerfield
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This is probably a dumb question but is anyone else concerned about how easily the digital channels go down when there is a storm? What happens when the analog stations are shut down for good?
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I thought I understood that once they loose local power and switch to generators many of the stations power down the digital transmitters in order to save power for the analog transmitters while they are on generator power.

Assuming that's true it's probably not an unreasonable approach given the relatively small percentage of the total population that actually uses the digital signal, and at the same time cannot receive the signal in any other way (OTA analog, cable or satellite). It did however seem to take an awfully long time for WESH to get their digital transmitter powered back up after Charley.
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Here's what I'm receiving (and not receiving) as of 10:00 AM on 9/6:

WESHDT (2-1) OFF
WKMGDT (6-1) ON
WFTVDT (9-1) ON
WCEUDT (15-1) ON
WKCFDT (18-1) OFF
WMFEDT (24-1) ON
WOFLDT (35-1) OFF
WOPXDT (56-1) ON
WRBWDT (65-1) OFF

Some of these could be my antenna alignment (I haven't been up to check yet), so if anyone can confirm their reception, it would be helpful.
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I know this isn't really the place, but we have a house in Melbourne Beach, and we are desperately seeking info on how bad it was hit - anybody know? Thanks for helping out.

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I know this isn't really the place, but we have a house in Melbourne Beach, and we are desperately seeking info on how bad it was hit - anybody know? Thanks for helping out.

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I know this isn't really the place, but we have a house in Melbourne Beach, and we are desperately seeking info on how bad it was hit - anybody know? Thanks for helping out.

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Originally posted by ebockelman
Here's what I'm receiving (and not receiving) as of 10:00 AM on 9/6:

WESHDT (2-1) OFF
WKMGDT (6-1) ON
WFTVDT (9-1) ON
WCEUDT (15-1) ON
WKCFDT (18-1) OFF
WMFEDT (24-1) ON
WOFLDT (35-1) OFF
WOPXDT (56-1) ON
WRBWDT (65-1) OFF

Some of these could be my antenna alignment (I haven't been up to check yet), so if anyone can confirm their reception, it would be helpful.

As of 7PM I'm seeing the same except that WKMGDT is also out now. My antenna is in the attic so it doesn't usually move during this sort of stuff.
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Originally posted by mgtr
I know this isn't really the place, but we have a house in Melbourne Beach, and we are desperately seeking info on how bad it was hit - anybody know? Thanks for helping out.

mgtr - Don't know specifics on Melbourne Beach but I can tell you the entire Florida East Coast from West Palm to Daytona got hammered pretty hard. You might want to check on Florida Today.
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I'll confirm the outages.

But one nice surprise. On Voom they just added FSN (florida sports network) in HD!!!

http://voom.com/use_it/channel_lineup.jsp
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FOX Purchases Panasonic Systems For 720p
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Aug 31, 2004, 14:55


Secaucus, NJ--FOX Network's engineering and operations team has purchased eight Panasonic AJ-HD3700B D-5 HD mastering VTRs to be used for 720p HDTV recording in its network operations. The primary application for the D-5 HD VTRs will be to record for archive the upcoming season's broadcasts of NFL football games, including the 2005 Super Bowl, one of the network's key sport franchises, all of which are being produced by FOX for the first time in the 720p HD format.

These D-5 HD VTRs are in addition to those FOX purchased last year for its network operations in Los Angeles, primarily used for accepting network programs delivered by producers and produced in the 720p HD format that airs on FOX.

FOX will also install the new AJ-HD3700B VTRs at the FOX Network Center in Los Angeles, and as of September 12, 2004, FOX will convert all of its network operations to the 720p HD format. At that time, the network will distribute at least half of its primetime schedule in HD, as well as six regular-season NFL games per Sunday, and all post-season NFL games, including Super Bowl XXXIX. This fall, the network will also air an HD broadcast of the World Series, and will televise NASCAR's Daytona 500 in HD next February.

"The D-5 HD machine is the optimum machine to use to archive our NFL coverage in the 720p HD format, just as progressive scanning is the optimum format for capturing high-quality, crystal-clear images of the fast-moving sports action of the NFL," commented Andrew G. Setos, president, engineering, FOX Group.

"FOX is a leader in the advancement of technology in sports broadcasting, and Panasonic is delighted that the network has chosen D-5 HD and expanded its commitment to the format," said John Baisley, president, Panasonic Broadcast & Television Systems. "The availability of a full slate of NFL games in HD on FOX every Sunday is certainly a boon for sports fans."

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Originally posted by mvita
Is WOFL-DT (22) still down? Seems like I haven't seen able to get it since before the hurricane. All the other Orlando digitals are coming in fine.

I'm getting the same problem.
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Thanks for your very good advice about Florida Today, it was quite helpful.

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As of last night, I'm not getting anything over my OTA.
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Ineresting Article!

No specific mention of Voom in this article, but could
be relative:

ESPN to Launch ESPNU,

By Mike Reynolds -- Multichannel News, 9/7/2004 5:52:00 PM

ESPN has given itself two birthday presents as it celebrates its
silver anniversary.

The sports giant, which celebrates 25 years on the air Tuesday,
announced that it would add a college-sports network and a replica
of ESPN in HD to its portfolio of properties next year.

Tapping into the company's vast array of NCAA rights, ESPNU will bow
in March with a lineup heavy on live events. ESPN officials said
ESPNU would present primarily Division I football, as well as men's
and women's basketball, during its rookie campaign.

The ESPNU announcement ended months of speculation that ESPN would
leverage its college rights and launch a dedicated service. It also
comes as ESPN is the subject of a Department of Justice inquiry
about its control of those rights and its warehousing of games.

Moreover, competitorsCollege Sports Television and FSN have stepped
up their games in the space. CSTV recently acquired rights to the
Mountain West Conference, previously held by ESPN, and it will begin
airing action from that circuit in 2006. FSN converted three out-of-
market regional networks to college services this past weekend.

For its part, ESPN2 HD will launch as a simulcast of ESPN2,
including more than 100 live telecasts in its first year of
operation-- college football, men's and women's college basketball,
the Little League World Series, Major League Baseball and the
National Hockey League -- all of which will be originally produced
and distributed in high-definition.

Together, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will immediately offer viewers more
than 6,000 hours of originally produced high-definition programming
and more than 2,000 original programs, according to network
officials.

Bryan Burns, ESPN's HD chief, said ESPN has contracts with all major
cable operators except Time Warner Cable, and with direct-broadcast
satellite providers DirecTV Inc. and EchoStar Communications Corp.

ESPN2 is currently available to some 50 million homes and, as of
last spring, ESPN HD was in more than 1 million homes, according to
Burns.

"We're now going to go out with ESPN2 HD and see where we get," he
said, noting that the fee is part of the company's overall
programming bundle.

"We're really ramping up. Not only do we walk the walk, but we're
far ahead of the curve," he added. "ESPN2 HD is a great value for
our distributor partners and fans."

Burns said ESPN2 HD would begin much like ESPN HD did, with live
events. It will add some studio programming -- National Football
League programming will begin this weekend in HD.

He added that ESPN Original Entertainment productions -- like
Playmakers, upcoming poker series Tilt and the movies like Hustle
(the Pete Rose biography) -- will all be in HD and air on
the "Deuce."

"Long term, our goal is to shoot everything in HD, but it will take
time," Burns said. "We have the World's Strongest Man competitions
that were shot years ago in South Africa. We can't go back in and
redo those in the format. Over time, most everything on our air will
be in HD, but it will take some time."

In addition to football and hoops, ESPN officials said ESPNU would
feature baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, hockey, wrestling
and spring football, plus select high-school-football telecasts.

Many events will air exclusively on the network, while other ESPNU
telecasts will coexist with events syndicated on other outlets
regionally through ESPN Regional Television arrangements.

In fact, ERT will handle the primary production responsibilities for
ESPNU out of its Charlotte, N.C., headquarters. ERT is the nation's
largest syndicator of college-sports programming, with more than 740
events produced each year, accounting for more than 2,000 live
and/or original hours.

ESPN plans to promote and integrate ESPNU with its other holdings:
bowing an ESPNU site within ESPN.com (espn.go.com); making
programming and content available to the ESPN Broadband, ESPN Mobile
and ESPN Interactive TV platforms; and including inserts within ESPN-
The Magazine.

Senior vice president of programming John Wildhack said ESPNU would
offer comprehensive studio programming, cut-ins and other news
reports from game sites, as well as replays of high-profile college
games that originally aired on ABC Sports, ESPN and ESPN2.

Wildhack said ESPNU will give "college-sports fans more of what they
want. There is not a better opportunity for ESPN than this network,
considering the roots of our company that go back to college
basketball and football and our relationship with the NCAA."

Wildhack pointed out that ESPN is in the midst of an 11-year
agreement (through 2012-13) to televise numerous NCAA championships,
including Olympic Games sports events in each of the three
collegiate seasons.

He noted that ESPN has worked with the NCAA to "identify growth
properties" like the women's basketball and softball championships
and the men's College World Series

Wildhack said ESPN had been working on this service in one shape or
form for more than 12 months, and it was "absolutely not" motivated
by the DOJ inquiry. He declined further comment on the matter.

He deferred questions about rate cards to other network officials
who weren't immediately available for comment. He did say, "We think
the lineup we're putting together over the first 12 months should be
attractive to distributors."

All high-definition programming on ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD will be
delivered to cable systems and satellite providers in the 720p
(progressive) format.

"ESPN HD is driving our affiliates' high-definition business, and
the addition of ESPN2 HD makes the consumer proposition that much
more compelling," said Sean Bratches, president of Disney and ESPN
Networks affiliate sales and marketing, in a prepared statement.

"Our affiliates, our advertisers and, most important, our viewers
are requesting more HD content, and as we've seen the demand
skyrocket, we're committing to fulfilling that need," Bratches added.
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