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post #12481 of 12508 Old 05-07-2017, 11:32 AM - Thread Starter
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Isn't The Word Network co-owned with WADL? Why wasn't it on 38.x before now?
It is. And for several years, it was on 38.x, but then it left the channel; I don't know why.

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It is. And for several years, it was on 38.x, but then it left the channel; I don't know why.
You would think that Mr. Adell would have kept it on.

Then again, there could have been other (financial?) considerations.

In the Cleveland market, the CW affiliate (WBNX) is owned by famous televangelist Ernest Angley. 55 is run as a secular station full-time...except for Angley's own shows.

They used to run his "90 and 9 Club" twice a day, at 9 AM and 9 PM.

The evening showing was bumped to 10 PM by the WB/CW, then bumped off the air entirely when WBNX picked up "Friends" re-runs.
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14.2 RetroTV off the air

WHNE 14.2 RetroTV is currently off the air, with no ETA for its return. This is a national problem (a satellite problem). Quoting from WHNE's Facebook page:

"Attention Viewers,Retro TV and Rev'n will be off the air because the satellite (AMC-9) is down, engineers are trying to find out what going on. Stay tuned, but we guess they will be gone for a long time. Tune it Cornerstore and enjoy the infomiercils Or Diya TV Try something different."

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Humorous update from Retro TV late last night:
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Good evening, would-be Retro viewers! It appears the satellite we used suffered a Dalek attack that has put it permanently out of commission. But not to fear! We've already moved to a better, more Dalek-proof satellite, and our local affiliates are making the changes right now, so your favorite Retro shows should be making their way back to your airwaves soon! We appreciate your continued patience.

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RetroTV is back

RetroTV is back on WHNE 14.2 after the weekend outage caused by satellite failure.

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Satellite Failure
SES’s AMC-9 satellite drifting after anomaly
By Caleb Henry, Space News - Jun. 19, 2017

WASHINGTON — SES is moving customers off a 14-year-old geostationary communications satellite that’s drifting in orbit following a “significant anomaly” discovered over the weekend.

“SES has taken immediate action in contacting all customers and is working to transfer services to alternative satellite capacity in order to minimize disruption,” the company said in a June 19 statement.

Most of that traffic is being switched to other SES satellites, according to SES spokesperson Markus Payer, but might involve teaming up with other satellite operators where an SES substitute won’t fit. He declined to say how much of AMC-9’s capacity was in use at the time of the anomaly.

Payer described AMC-9’s drift from its 83 degrees west orbit as “slow.”

“I can’t say where it is now, but it is moving, yes,” Payer told SpaceNews June 19 by telephone. “It is a slow process [and] therefore can be fully under control, but of course we need to be in touch with the other operators.”

Payer said SES is sharing location information with other satellite operators and government agencies involved in tracking the satellite.

The Luxembourg-based global fleet operator first became aware of a problem with AMC-9 the morning of June 17 — a Saturday – and was still assessing the situation two days later. The Thales Alenia Space-built satellite was launched in 2003 on a Russian Proton rocket.

Payer said SES does not know whether the satellite, which provides data and broadcast services over the U.S. and Mexico using C- and Ku-band, can be returned to service. Losing the satellite would cost SES up to 20 million euros ($22.3 million) in revenue this year, SES said. The company would also take a one-off impairment charge of 38 million euros for the lost asset.

Payer said SES does not intend to make an insurance claim for any loss of AMC-9. He said all of SES’s satellites are insured, but declined to say how much coverage it still has for AMC-9.

AMC-9 was designed to last 15 years, but it is not uncommon for geostationary satellites to surpass that age and continue to generate revenue. Last month, SES relocated AMC-4, an 18-year old satellite, to cover flight routes for inflight connectivity provider Gogo, and sold all the capacity on AMC-3, a 20-year-old satellite, to Global Eagle Entertainment in January.

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If any of you are Spectrum customer like me, hold onto your wallet. When you see their new Spectrum plans and pricing you'll likely lose your mind. So far they're not forcing people off the legacy Bright House plans they have now to the new plans, but they will eventually.

They now will have multiple tiers of channels. The bottom line for me is that with their new plan to keep the channels I already have which is no premium channels just the standard HDTV package I need their new base + tier 1 + tier 2 lineup (which includes no "premium" channels). For 60Mbit internet + TV (no phone) with 1 DVR my bill would go up from ~$142 before tax & fees (already way too much for what it is IMHO) to about $170 before tax & fees. Even just their base package without the Tier 1 or Tier 2 channels which would be a very significant loss of channels is still a few dollars more than I'm paying now. Pay more and get less.

When Spectrum pushes us to new plans I will be going Internet only. 60Mbit Internet is $54.99 a month and 300Mbit Internet is $94.99 a month (with or without TV). I can buy seasons on Blu-ray of the few shows on cable I really want to watch with the money saved each month and still come out ahead over the course of a year.

$170 a month before taxes and fees for 60Mbit Internet + TV & 1 DVR (no other equipment) with no premium channels like HBO, Showtime, etc. is just beyond outrageous.

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FWIW, I had a one-year plan with Bright House for 100 Lightning Internet for $40 a month. The DAY Spectrum took over - six months into my one-year deal - they canceled that and started charging me $90/mo.

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FWIW, I had a one-year plan with Bright House for 100 Lightning Internet for $40 a month. The DAY Spectrum took over - six months into my one-year deal - they canceled that and started charging me $90/mo.
Well that was very nice of them. I'm pretty sure I can get 1gig internet from AT&T for $80 a month. Unfortunately the lower bandwidth tier from AT&T isn't that much cheaper with 100mbit for $60.
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Downtown Detroit could have a new competitor in the pay TV field by the end of the year. Rocket Fiber, owned by Dan Gilbert, is testing TV services and plans to have it fully rolled out soon.

http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article...ls-competition
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If any of you are Spectrum customer like me, hold onto your wallet. When you see their new Spectrum plans and pricing you'll likely lose your mind. So far they're not forcing people off the legacy Bright House plans they have now to the new plans, but they will eventually.
They're also not honoring any BHN promotional "deals." I was on a year of Lightning 100 for $35/mo. The DAY Spectrum took over, that deal was canceled. Found out when my next bill turned up and I was charged $90.. with six months left to go on BHN's promo deal. I've dumped all BUT the internet and expanded my DirecTV subscription. Saves about $40/mo over the same channels w/ internet bundle with Spectrum.

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Yes, it's that season again. 506sports.com is back to posting NFL regular season maps every Wednesday this fall and to kick things off, here's what we can catch this Sunday for Week 1. Fox has doubleheader rights and Lions start the regular season off with a Ford Field game, so we will get the late CBS game, but if you are a fan of the atrocious Browns (after they went 1-15 last season) and/or can get Toledo stations you can pick from up to four different games.

1:00
Pittsburgh at Cleveland: WTOL
Arizona at Lions: Fox

Late games
Indianapolis at Los Angeles Rams (yes, LA now has two teams starting this season): WWJ, WLNS (4:05 start)
Seattle at Green Bay: Fox (4:25 start, subject to being joined in progress)
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I've purchased two tv antennae in the past month trying to recieve CBET-DT in Windsor, the Weingard Amplified Indoor antenna and the RCA ANT751R. Neither of which picked up anything but static from 9.1. I've attached my TV Fool information. However, I'm reaching the point where I'd be glad to have a professional installer do his magic.... that's the new problem, I'm having a hard time in the Detroit area finding a TV Antennsa installer. A company in Toledo quoted me $900, but I'd prefer to hire someone more local and hopefully less expensive.

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New Baltimore's quite a bit of distance from CBET. You may need a separate Vhf-Hi antenna such as this. ..on the roof.

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Thank you DrDon!

I'm ordering through Amazon for a bit more cash, but I hope to get it before I miss any of Don Cherry's suits!
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Week 2 maps are up, so time to post what can be seen over-the-air in the Detroit area. The Lions aren't playing until Monday night and Fox again gets the doubleheader.

1:00
New England at New Orleans: Michigan CBS affiliates
Cleveland at Baltimore: WTOL
Minnesota at Pittsburgh: Fox

Only one late game available.
4:25
Dallas at Denver: Fox

For those keeping track of the Lions' division, the Sunday night game on NBC will be the Packers on the road against the Falcons. Speaking of Lions on Monday night, does WXYZ still show those as of this season?

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Well, just saw a promo that mentioned that WXYZ will indeed air the Monday Night game. The DWTS season premiere gets bumped to WMYD. I believe this is the first time WXYZ ever moved a preempted show to WMYD, unless others can prove me wrong.
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The Deep Fringe Directional Antenna VHF-Hi HDTV 174 - 230MHz antenna is on serious back-order every where I try to buy it.

I'm wondering if this one would work in its stead, ClearStream 5 Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna - 65 Mile Range

www amazon com ClearStream-Indoor-Outdoor-HDTV-Antenna dp B002E1UNWS

It got a Reddit recommendation for VHF-high Band Antennas (RF/real ch 7-13): www reddit com r cordcutters wiki antenna#wiki_uhf_and_vhf-high_band_antennas_.28rf.2Freal_ch_7-51.29


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Week 3 maps are up. CBS has the doubleheader, but since the Lions are hosting the defending NFC champion Falcons, the Detroit market only gets one game each on both networks. Those who can get out-of-market stations can get one of two early CBS games.

1:00
Atlanta @ Detroit Lions: Fox
Pittsburgh @ Chicago: Michigan CBS affiliates except WWJ
Cleveland @ Indianapolis: WTOL

Again, only one late game available around here.
4:25
Cincinnati @ Green Bay: CBS (subject to being joined in progress except WWJ)

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Ain't there a Yahoo game this week?


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There is, but it's only available over the air in Baltimore and Jacksonville. Matt only posts the games available over-the-air to most of the Detroit metro area and those of us with big honkin' antenna arrays.

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There is, but it's only available over the air in Baltimore and Jacksonville. Matt only posts the games available over-the-air to most of the Detroit metro area and those of us with big honkin' antenna arrays.
Is it available via Sunday ticket?
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Is it available via Sunday ticket?
DirecTV's schedule says it is, but the Ravens' website says it isn't. It's been my understanding that, since the Yahoo telecast is technically a nationwide game, NFLST won't have it. It's not in my receiver guide, either. So, pretty sure that's a big ol' nope.
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Anybody else lose a lot of their SE Mich OTA channels around 10:30 tonight?
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https://nflstream.yahoo.com/
Thanks for that information. When I linked it, I had the option to add it to my Google calendar. This morning I got an alarm on my Android phone.

Since this game is not being broadcast in our area, I am watching it using my $38 Android box connected to my 65" 2016 Samsung TV.

From my subjective observation, the video quality is almost as good as the broadcast HD channels. The audio is stereo only, and I am used to Dolby Digital from my broadcast HD channels.

My OTA media consumption is from my no name cheap inexpensive Radio Shack antenna mounted on the end of my roof. I receive about 36 usable channels, including all the major providers in the metro Detroit area.

That antenna is feeding my 65" Samsung TV and two HDHomeRun networked tuners for a total of 4 external tuners. I am using three different DVR/PVR solutions, but slowly transitioning to the HDHomeRun DVR running on my WDMyCloud NAS.

With the networked tuners, I can watch live TV anywhere in my home on any TV. I have an assortment of inexpensive hardware to interface with my TV's, including an Xiaomi Mi box ($70 from Walmart), and a couple of Nexus Players. On my main TV, I have several different inexpensive and a couple of expensive devices attached to my TV from my Denon AVR, and a couple of HDMI switches.

After 4 years and more that two dozen of these different inexpensive boxes, my go to box now is a $38 Android box running a modded Android TV OS. It plays Netflix in 1080p, and my TV channels perfectly using Kodi or the HDHomeRun app or the builtin Live Channels from the Android Nougat OS.

One additional comment, I am able to watch any of my broadcast channels from my older LG Android cell phone, anywhere in the world.

Using one of my low powered, low cost devices, I run Emby Server. Similar to Plex, it broadcast my media over the WAN, so I can watch my live TV channels out of my local network. I can either use my cellular data (4G) or WiFi, in other words, when I was out of state, I watched my local TV streams on my cell phone.
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Pretty much the same thing I've been doing with the HTPC I built 7 years ago. Apparently less complex than your setup. It runs OTA, Clear QAM cable and DirecTV. Anything on any of that is viewable anywhere in the house or anywhere in the world. Ditto any of the BD movies I've ripped to hard drives. Very handy at Tigers games because I can rewind and watch the replay on my phone from my seat. Though, anymore, streaming from the various networks has replaced most of the outbound streaming I used to do from the HTPC. Still, though, I prefer the HTPC as I have it set to automatically cut commercials from recorded television.

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Pretty much the same thing I've been doing with the HTPC I built 7 years ago. Apparently less complex than your setup. It runs OTA, Clear QAM cable and DirecTV. Anything on any of that is viewable anywhere in the house or anywhere in the world. Ditto any of the BD movies I've ripped to hard drives. Very handy at Tigers games because I can rewind and watch the replay on my phone from my seat. Though, anymore, streaming from the various networks has replaced most of the outbound streaming I used to do from the HTPC. Still, though, I prefer the HTPC as I have it set to automatically cut commercials from recorded television.
How are you watching your media outside your home network??

I don't subscribe to satellite or cable. My internet speed is 90 down and 12 up, one of my HDHomeRun tuners is the Extend. It can transcode on the fly, so the bitrate is less than 7 0r 8 Mbps for streaming through the web.
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How are you watching your media outside your home network??
My HTPC acts as a server. I can connect to it from anywhere and view content. I can even remotely set it to record something, then watch the program as it records. It's pseudo-Live TV as it is only a few seconds delayed. I've watched Fox Sports Detroit on my phone inside Tropicana Field as the Tigers played the Rays. Great for replays as they don't show a lot of those in the stadium. That bit about only viewing locally-broadcast NFL games on Verizon phones? Yeah, this circumvents that.

But, mostly, it's handy when we're on the road and we want to watch something we've recorded using a hotel television (or a laptop) many miles from home. I've also downloaded recorded television shows from my HTPC to my laptop in the airport lounge for viewing on the plane. I don't do that as often, anymore, as 1) I'm not traveling as much, 2) Stuff I ordinarily record is more and more available via streaming sites and 3) I tend to load a movie or two onto the laptop before I leave the house and watch that rather than episodic TV.

What's funny to me is that I built this thing over 7 years ago and it's been doing all of this the whole time. FINALLY, TiVo and DirecTV's Genie and other services are catching up. But i'll always have the memory of sitting on a balcony on a Royal Caribbean ship somewhere near the USVI watching back "NCIS" on a Wednesday night and gleefully skipping through the commercials. Was the video quality excellent? Nope. But it worked.

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