WRIC DT along with WTVR DT, WRLH DT, WCVE DT, and WCVW DT will all be shutting down at approximately 1am Friday night/Saturday morning for a tower inspection in the RF zone until around 545am approximately. All of these station's digital transmitters will be in standby mode until the all clear is given. Unfortunately it is an annual inspection that I can not get around on my tower. WRIC will remain on FIOS but Comcast will be effected along with both satellite vendors. I am not sure of the other station's status with direct feeds to cable systems or satellite vendors at this point.
They do not give me front page access for the engineering stuff. I do have a page that is buried in the programming section but it does not get many hits. I did not update that section since I posted here for all of the serious OTA viewers to find.
This seems to happen to all OTA channels from the Chesterfield transmitter around 1am every now and then.
Why is there no announcement anywhere? This was all I could find, with 45 minutes of online sleuthing.
And these messages (quoted above) are from 2009!
Anybody notice that Comcast has now scrambled ALL of their channels, even the HD locals. My bedroom TV (QAM tuned) started displaying a message that the signal was scrambled on the few channels I could still get using my QAM tuner (mainly locals and crappy channels). Now I get nothing when I auto-tune the cable digital channels. They are apparently forcing subscribers to lease boxes for every TV. We just use the bedroom TVs for local programming (mainly news) when going to bed and waking up. Looks like I'll have to switch to an antenna and say goodbye to NBC12.
I noticed that as well. Highly annoying.
I've heard good things about the Terk indoor antennas. Amazon seems to sell a lot of the flat panel style antennas. You may have a little bit of a hard time picking up NBC in Mechanicsville unless you are up on a hill, since they broadcast over VHF. But who knows - it's worth a try before going into the attic!