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post #541 of 1725 Old 03-03-2006, 10:09 PM
 
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Time for Spring Sun Outages again. Noticed them on the weaker BEV Nimiq 82 for last 2 days.

With that in mind as we go through the outages for the next 10 days, here are the rough times - actual time can vary by several minutes depending on 1) you location 2) date 3) the size of your dish 4) The Transponder Power.

Also remember that cable companies are subject to Sun Outages as well on the main distribution Satellites - though generally only for a minute or two because of their larger dishes.

61.5 (Dish) 10:55AM - 11:12AM

82 (BEV) 12:29PM - 12:46PM

91 (BEV) 1:11PM - 1:28PM

101 (Dish/Directv) 1:57PM - 2:14PM

102 (Directv) 2:05PM - 2:22PM

107 (StarChoice) 2:25PM - 2:42PM

110 (Dish/Directv) 2:38PM - 2:55PM

111 (StarChoice) 2:43PM - 3:00PM

119 (Dish/Directv) 3:18PM - 3:35PM

129 (Dish) 4:02PM - 4:19PM

148 (Dish) 5:23PM - 5:40PM

For those of you have emailed and asked about getting 148 at your location, this is a great time to site it during the soloar outage - as you can look for the sun to see where the satellite is in the sky.

This is a very tight window for 148 for the most accurate judgement if you have a line of sight based on latitude and longitude for Tampa.

03/08/2006 | 22:31:24 | 22:32:44 | 01:20 | 17:31:24 | 17:32:44
03/09/2006 | 22:30:06 | 22:33:31 | 03:25 | 17:30:06 | 17:33:31
03/10/2006 | 22:30:47 | 22:32:17 | 01:30 | 17:30:47 | 17:32:17
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can anyone give me comparasion for brighthouse cable HD and D* H20 quality? I'm about to quit with the H20, i keep getting pixelation when there is fast movements. How is brighthouse's HD channels and how is their regular channels?
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Brighthouse is better than the MPEG4 issues at this point - though worse than OTA.

FWIW, Both Dish and Directv are having trouble with their MPEG4 HD LILs, even though Dish isn't planning on doing the Tampa Bay Market anytime soon.

Both the Atlanta HD LILs have issues.
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Brighthouse is better than the MPEG4 issues at this point - though worse than OTA.

FWIW, Both Dish and Directv are having trouble with their MPEG4 HD LILs, even though Dish isn't planning on doing the Tampa Bay Market anytime soon.

Both the Atlanta HD LILs have issues.


What i mean is for a comparison for all channels, local and nationals, the D* HD channels don't look that good to me sometimes. I'm just wondering if brighthouse will be the same. I have a pioneer 4360 btw.
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the D* HD Channels don't look very good to me either. BHN is better overall.

Winners:

ESPN2HD = D* wins not on BHN
NHL/MBA/NBA/NFL SEASONTICKET = No HD on BHN
PPV-HD = probably D* winning - broader selection as well

ShowtimeHD = BHN
HBO HD = BHN
HDNET Movies = BHN
DISCOVERYHD= BHN
HDNET= BHN
TNT-HD= BHN
UHD = BHN
ESPNHD = BHN
INHD = BHN
INHD = BHN

LOCAL HD CHANNELS - NOT OTA ANTENNA
WEDU = BHN
WFLA = BHN
WTSP = BHN
WTVT = BHN
WUSF = BHN
WFTS = BHN
WMOR = BHN

Bottom Line

BHN wins 17 Channels
D* Wins 2 and Season Sports Packages

Although OTA is better for the OTA stations than either.
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I was over at my brother's house lastnight and he has a pioneer 1130, and he has BHN. I was watching american idol with him and i do notice little squares when the tv is in transition to another scene real fast. I do feel relieve now. But thanx for the reply.
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can anyone give me comparasion for brighthouse cable HD and D* H20 quality? I'm about to quit with the H20, i keep getting pixelation when there is fast movements. How is brighthouse's HD channels and how is their regular channels?

What channels were you getting pixelation on? What were you watching?

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It looks like WeatherPlus has arrived. When I turned on Conan tonight, 8.1 was the HD network feed, 8.2 was WeatherPlus, and 8.3 was black. I haven't been watching close enough to give a report on picture quality, and 8.1 is back to stretchOvision with Carson Daly.
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Try titantv I've had great luck with their schedules.

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Actually arrived several days ago. Rescan with your tuner as 8.3 hasn't existed for over a month now and it should disappear.

That isnt to say they won't bring it back at any time.
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What channels were you getting pixelation on? What were you watching?

I was watching american idol, it gives thiny squares when transitioning to diffrent scene. Not much noticeable far away, but standing close i can see it.
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I was watching american idol, it gives thiny squares when transitioning to diffrent scene. Not much noticeable far away, but standing close i can see it.

Yeah everyone gets those, some sources are worse than others, but we all have to deal with that. BHN is arguably the worse of the 3.
One of the reasons wo look forward to HD dvd standards is to eliminate that.

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Ben - I have not compared the D* Tampa stations with BHN as I had been using the Atlanta market with my H20. Clearly, not an overall valid scientific comparison and I would not portray it as such.

However, with all the discussion of the D* local HD issues in every market except Detroit (from several not even using real HDTVs, lol - another subject), do you really feel the locals look better in Tampa with D* than BHN?

I have to assume Tampa has all the other issues in the D* MPEG4 that others are reporting, but have not heard it from anyone locally yet.

As I have a E* Vip211 coming tomorrow on my Atlanta Account, I might just move the D* back to Tampa and compare the 3. I want to actually compare D* to E* in Atlanta first though.

And, fwiw, before anyone else gets any other ideas - the Spotbeam on the Atlanta SD channels on D* is on the same transponder as Miami SD for D* - and Tampa is right in the middle of the two - so it doesn't work for SD on D* - regardless of the Spotbeam maps showing different.
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I have only had my AT9 dish installed for the last week(it took them 3 attempts to get it done) and I need a toslink cable so I can use it. I keep forgetting to buy one. So I have yet to do any comparisons, the other reason it make it hard is because I never watch anything live so I would have to in order to do a comparison. I will find the time eventually and let you know.

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Has anyone switched to Verizon?

I took a look at the channel lineups and it seems that the best channels I'll gain with Verizon beat the channels I lose with BHN.

Lose:
INHD
INHD2
HDNET
AMC
Sundance (becomes premium)
IFC
WE
OLN

Get:
HD Espn 2
Espn U
HD NFL Network
HD WP
HD UPN


Price:
If I changed to Verizon, I would pay minimum 34.95 for internet plus 34.95 cable (I have verizon phone so get discount). That's $70.00 before taxes or add ons and I get the HD channels. I'll guess that the dvr cost is the same.

I might add:
15mbps: $10.00
movie and sports: $15.00 (thats for starz, encore, showtime, movie channel Flix and sundance plus the fox college sports channels)

That makes my bill 95.00. That's about what I'm paying now for internet and cable with no movie channels and 7mbps download. And that's with a discount from BHN about to expire. If that happens, and I didn't get movies, I'm paying about $30 less per month to verizon.

I guess the big questions to me are comparison of quality, learning new channel lineups, and especially how the dvr performs.

Anyone taken the plunge and have comments?
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Has anyone switched to Verizon?

I took a look at the channel lineups and it seems that the best channels I'll gain with Verizon beat the channels I lose with BHN.

Lose:
INHD
INHD2
HDNET
AMC
Sundance (becomes premium)
IFC
WE
OLN

Get:
HD Espn 2
Espn U
HD NFL Network
HD WP
HD UPN


Price:
If I changed to Verizon, I would pay minimum 34.95 for internet plus 34.95 cable (I have verizon phone so get discount). That's $70.00 before taxes or add ons and I get the HD channels. I'll guess that the dvr cost is the same.

I might add:
15mbps: $10.00
movie and sports: $15.00 (thats for starz, encore, showtime, movie channel Flix and sundance plus the fox college sports channels)

That makes my bill 95.00. That's about what I'm paying now for internet and cable with no movie channels and 7mbps download. And that's with a discount from BHN about to expire. If that happens, and I didn't get movies, I'm paying about $30 less per month to verizon.

I guess the big questions to me are comparison of quality, learning new channel lineups, and especially how the dvr performs.

Anyone taken the plunge and have comments?

Read this thread:

http://www.satelliteguys.us/showthread.php?t=59212
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Does anyone know if Verizon FIOS service can use any box with a QAM tuner, i e can a Sony DHG HDD500/250 be used with Fios?
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Did American Idol look bad to anyone with H20 on Tuesday night? I'm so fustrated i'm about to drop D*,
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If you see any difference in anything at ABC28, they put a new Tanberg encoder online this past week. They also updated the software in the SD encoder, which has dramatically improved the quality of .2 with a lower bitrate.
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Tampa HighDef Channel 10 on D* went out for me during the Florida / Georgetown game... Didn't have any problem receiving Channel 710 (the UConn / Washington) game.

Did anyone else have this happen? Is this a common problem???

Channel 10 - HD looks fine this morning.

What caused this? The local station, D*, my equipment or a mysterious phenomenom?

At least Florida won, even if I had to watch it in SD. (Ughh!)
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HBO & SHO HD On Demand, Does anyone know if they are available on any other cable system or Sat system? Are they worink on them?
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HBO & SHO HD On Demand, Does anyone know if they are available on any other cable system or Sat system? Are they worink on them?


The HD versions of the Channels On Demand do not exist today.
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Why do all of the ota stations crop or strech sd programs on their hdtv broadcast?
Wtog-dt/upn does this the worst, It's annoying weather you have a 4:3 screen or 16:9 because you can't see some of the top and bottom of the image, but it's the worst if you have a 4:3 screen because you can't make it zoom in to fill the screen.

The simpsons looks 10 times better on wtvt-dt/fox than it does on wtog-dt/upn because they don't strech or crop the image.

8-1 streches all their sd shows alot, it's just all about reducing the size of those black bars isn't it?

Whenever their just playing 480i content they should broadcast in 480i, it would make recordings smaller and not have black bars on the side for 4:3 screens and alloy them to play more than one show at a time by multicasting.
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Hi everyone,

I was watching American Idol on Fox last night and my digital audio kept dropping in and out at the receiver. I switched to the TV instead of the receiver for audio and it was working fine. I was getting no pixellization, so I didn't think it was a signal stregnth problem.

Thinking maybe it was a cable issue, I watched a movie right afterwards, and that was also fine.

Did anybody else have this problem, or have any suggestions if it happens again?
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Hi everyone,

I was watching American Idol on Fox last night and my digital audio kept dropping in and out at the receiver. I switched to the TV instead of the receiver for audio and it was working fine. I was getting no pixellization, so I didn't think it was a signal stregnth problem.

Thinking maybe it was a cable issue, I watched a movie right afterwards, and that was also fine.

Did anybody else have this problem, or have any suggestions if it happens again?

I had perfect reception in Sarasota with no notice of any audio drops.

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Is anyone in this area able to get wwsb-dt? I'm in clearwater 33756 and I can only pick up the anolog version of the channel. But that is with the indoor antenna that came with the hdtv wonder.

From what I saw on their website the digital transmitter is lower on the tower than the anolog transmitter,

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Where is your tower?

The transmitting facilities of ABC 7 are located in Manatee County, near the town of Parrish. It takes an area of almost 30 acres to house our transmitter building and tower.

The ABC 7 tower is 814 feet high, or 849 feet above mean sea level. It is lighted day and night by white strobe lights that blink about once every 2 seconds. This lighting is required by the Federal Aviation Administration to provide obstruction lighting for aircraft flying overhead.

For the curious, ABC 7 transmits on the frequency of 627.25 Mhz Visual, and 631.75 Mhz Aural through a directional antenna that beams our signal south from Parrish, FL in an arc of 155 degrees. Our output power is 2880kW.

ABC 7 uses several additional microwave and business band frequencies to send our programming from our Studio on 10th Street in Sarasota, to our transmitter in Parrish, FL.

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WWSB-DT transmits from the same tower that analog CH-7 uses. It is located at 17020, CR.675, in Parrish, FL. The antenna is at the 760 ft. level on our 849 ft. tower.

Our HDTV signal is transmitted on CH-52.

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through a directional antenna that beams our signal south from Parrish, FL in an arc of 155 degrees. Our output power is 2880kW.

I'm guessing that the digital transmitter also points in the same direction (and HDTVFanAtic told me it pointed that way) So I'm guessing the only problem is the lower power?

So what if I got a really good outdoor directional antenna and put it on the roof? Would that make the signal come up?
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I had perfect reception in Sarasota with no notice of any audio drops.

It's still doing it, only on that channel, and only seems to be happening when it's in 5.1 surround. I'm new to Fox DTV, as I just installed a new antenna. My old one was unable to pickup fox DTV. I'm guessing it's something weird with the way the receiver is picking up the 5.1 data from the signal.
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It's still doing it, only on that channel, and only seems to be happening when it's in 5.1 surround. I'm new to Fox DTV, as I just installed a new antenna. My old one was unable to pickup fox DTV. I'm guessing it's something weird with the way the receiver is picking up the 5.1 data from the signal.

Sounds like your processor is having some difficulty with Fox' 5.1 audio. My B&K is having no problems with it.

Good luck solving it.

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Can anyone recommend a good outdoor antenna set up for me ? I'm in Wesley Chapel, zip code 33543.

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Well i'm gonna finally quit D* for brighthouse HD, can anyone confirm to me that the PQ will be much better on BHN then D*?
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