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News:
  • 1/19/2007: bbt: Comcast posted in the Frederick Post that on Feb 12, 2007 that HDNet and HDNet movies would be replaced with TNT-HD, CSN-HD, and NGC-HD.

  • 1/11/2007: Marcus Carr: Comcast has added National Geographic - HD (ch 224) and Versus-HD/Golf Channel HD (ch 255) to their HD lineup.

  • 1/1/2007: markbulla: The Tube has been discontinued on 54.2. Its still on in D.C. on WDCW 50.2.

  • 12/21/2006: markbulla: WNUV-DT will cease running The Tube on 54.2 at the end of the year.

  • 12/11/2006: wmcbrine: WRC hinted tonight on their newscast that they would changing news studios and that they will be in HDTV when they return by the end of the year.

  • 12/4/2006: Marcus Carr: MHD (MTV-HD) has replaced INHD2 on the Comcast lineups.

  • 11/28/2006: PaulGo: Montgomery County has approved the Franchise agreement for Verizon's FIOS TV.

  • 11/28/2006: CuseHokie: Cox Cable has added ESPN2-HD.

  • 11/20/2006: fmsjr: WMAR-DT has begun to broadcast Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in HDTV tonight. This is the first syndicated programming to be offered in HDTV in the area.

  • 10/7/2006: afiggatt: WMAR-DT is working on getting the equipment needed to show Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy in HDTV. Looks to be available in a few weeks.

  • 10/3/2006: dg28: WDCA-DT has fixed their HDTV problem and is finally showing MyNetwork programming in HD.

  • 9/16/2006: Clubdeluxe: Fox Owned WTTG-DT (Fox5) & WDCA-DT (My20) have started broadcasting from their new (and higher) antennas.

  • 9/16/2006: dipdewdog: Comcast in D.C. has added MHD (MTV HD) to its lineup. INHD2 persists also.

  • 9/13/2006: kenrowe: Verizon and Montgomery County have finally reached a FiOS TV franchise agreement. No word on when service will become available.

  • 9/12/2006: Cyclone: WNVC-DT and WNVT-DT both now have programming on their MHz3 & MHz4 channels. These had been banners before.

  • 9/6/2006: SJKurtzke: NBC O&O WRC-DT will be producing local news in HDTV "soon" according to a Broadcast and Cable article. WTTG-DT Fox5 is also rumoured to be going HDTV "soon".

  • 9/6/2006: Cyclone: MyNetwork launched last night on the former UPN affiliates of WDCA and WUTB. The HDTV launch on WDCA My20 was a bust with the signal having to be switched to SD after the HD audio was pure static. WUTB remains SD only and stretched their image.

  • 9/2/2006: various: WDCW-DT's The Tube has begun to appear on numerous Cable Networks.

  • 9/2/2006 :afiggatt: WDCA-DT has switched from 1080i to 720p for its HDTV format. The station will be changing from UPN to MyNetwork network affilations soon.

  • 9/1/2006: SJKurtzke: WETA-DT has changed from running 1 HD + 1 SD channel during prime time and 4 SD sub-channels during non-primetime to running 1 HD and 3 SD channels full time. Expect HD picture quality to never be the same again.

  • 8/23/2006: afiggatt: WDCW-DT has added "The Tube" on ch 50.2 on its Digital signal.

  • 8/16/2006 Cyclone: Dish Network has added Food-HD to its HD lineup.

  • 8/6/2006: JohnG: Millennium has added ESPN2-HD to its lineup.

  • 8/1/2006: jsh5771: DirecTV has added Comcast Sports Net's HDTV channel to its line up. CSN-HD is on ch 629. Which oddly is the same number as the SD channel. There are two 629s at this time.




Listing of Digtial stations in the Washington / Baltimore Region:
  1. 002-01 52 ABC WMAR-DT HDTV DD5.1
  2. 002-02 52 ABC WMAR-DT SD
  3. 002-03 52 ABC WMAR-DT Weather Net
  4. 004-01 48 NBC WRC-DT HDTV DD5.1
  5. 004-02 48 NBC WRC-SD Weather Plus
  6. 005-01 36 FOX WTTG-DT HDTV DD5.1
  7. 007-01 39 ABC WJLA-DT HDTV DD5.1
  8. 007-02 39 ABC WJLA-DT Weather Now
  9. 007-03 39 ABC WJLA-DT SD
  10. 009-01 34 CBS WUSA-DT HDTV DD5.1 Has local news in HDTV
  11. 009-02 34 CBS WUSA-DT Doppler
  12. 011-01 59 NBC WBAL-DT HDTV
  13. 011-02 59 NBC WBAL-SD Weather Plus Live - Stream
  14. 013-01 38 CBS WJZ-DT HDTV DD5.1
  15. 014-01 15 TFA WFDC-DT SD
  16. 020-01 35 MyNet WDCA-DT HDTV
  17. 022-01 42 PBS WMPT-DT MPT-DT
  18. 022-02 42 PBS WMPT-DT MPT PBS-HD DD5.1
  19. 022-03 42 PBS WMPT-DT MPT KIDS Kids & Family
  20. 022-04 42 PBS WMPT-DT MPT-SQ Public Square
  21. 022-05 42 PBS WMPT-DT MPT-LNR Learner
  22. 024-01 41 MyNet WUTB-DT SD (low power)
  23. 026-01 27 PBS WETA-DT HDTV/SD DD5.1
  24. 026-02 27 PBS WETA-DT Create
  25. 026-03 27 PBS WETA-DT Family
  26. 026-04 27 PBS WETA-DT World
  27. 030-01 30 MHz WNVT-DT MHz1
  28. 030-02 30 MHz WNVC-DT MHz2
  29. 030-03 30 MHz WNVT-DT MHz3
  30. 030-04 30 MHz WNVT-DT MHz4
  31. 045-01 46 FOX WBFF-DT HDTV DD5.1
  32. 045-02 46 FOX WBFF-DT Good TV
  33. 050-01 51 CW WDCW-DT HDTV DD5.1
  34. 050-02 51 Tub WDCW-DT The Tube
  35. 054-01 40 CW WNUV-DT HDTV DD5.1
  36. 057-01 57 MHz WNVC-DT MHz1
  37. 057-02 57 MHz WNVT-DT MHz2
  38. 057-03 57 MHz WNVC-DT MHz3
  39. 057-04 57 MHz WNVC-DT MHz4
  40. 062-01 28 PBS WFPT-DT MPT-DT
  41. 062-02 28 PBS WFPT-DT MPT PBS-HD DD5.1
  42. 062-03 28 PBS WFPT-DT MPT KIDS Kids & Family
  43. 062-04 28 PBS WFPT-DT MPT-SQ Public Square
  44. 062-05 28 PBS WFPT-DT MPT-LNR Learner
  45. 066-01 43 ionline WPXW-DT ion
  46. 066-02 43 ionline WPXW-DT qubo
  47. 066-03 43 ionline WPXW-DT ionW
  48. 066-04 43 ionline WPXW-DT Worship
  49. 067-01 29 PBS WMPB-DT MPT-DT
  50. 067-02 29 PBS WMPB-DT MPT PBS-HD DD5.1
  51. 067-03 29 PBS WMPB-DT MPT KIDS Kids & Family
  52. 067-04 29 PBS WMPB-DT MPT-SQ Public Square
  53. 067-05 29 PBS WMPB-DT MPT-LNR Learner

    Orange indicates UHF Digital Channel assignments
    DD5.1 indicates Dolby Digital 5.1 capable stations

    Future Digital Channels
  54. 032-01 33 PBS WHUT-DT (unknown)



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Local      OTA    OTA    Wash    Wash     VA     Wash               Balt     Balt     Wash
Channel   DishTV Direct Comcast   RCN     COX  Adelphia Millenium  Comcast Adelphia  Verizon
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ABC  2      X      X                                       X         X        X
ABC  2.2    X      X                              
ABC  2.3                                                             X
NBC  4      XS     XS      X       X       X       X                                    X
NBC  4.2    X      X       X       X       X                                            X
FOX  5      XS     XS      X       X       X       X                                    X
ABC  7      XS     XS      X       X       X       X                                    X
ABC  7.2    X      X       X       X       X                                            X
CBS  9      XS     XS      X       X       X       X       X                            X
NBC 11      X      X                                       X         X        X
NBC 11.2    X      X                                       X         X
CBS 13      X      X                                                 X        X
TFA 14      X      X
MyN 20      X      XS                                                                   X
MPT 22      X      X                                       X         X                  X
MyN 24      X      X           
PBS 26      X      X       X       X       X       X                                    X
MHz 30      X      X         
FOX 45      X      X                                       X         X
FOX 45.2    X      X                                       X         X
WB  50      X      X       X       X       X                                            X
CW  50.2    X      X       X                                                            X
CW  54.1    X      X                                       X         X
MHz 57      X      X            
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Network   Dish   Direct  Wash             VA     Wash               Balt     Balt
Channel  Network   TV   Comcast   RCN     COX  Adelphia Millenium  Comcast Adelphia  Verizon
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
ESPN-HD     X      X       X       X       X       X        X         X       X         X
ESPN2-HD    X      X       X                       X        X         X       X         X
DiscoveryHD X      X       X       X       X       X        X         X                 X
UniversalHD X      X                       X                X         X                 X
TNT-HD      X      X       X               X                          X                 X
NatGeo-HD   X                                                                           X
Food-HD     X                                               X
HGTV-HD     X                                               X
NFL-HD      X      X       X                       X                  X                 X
HDNet       X      X               X               X                          X         X
HDNetMovies X      X               X               X                          X         X
INHD        .              X               X       X                  X       X
INHD2                      X               X       X                          X
MTV-HD                                     X                          X                 X
WealthHD                                                                                X
CSN-HD             X       X       X                                  X       
MASN-HD
Rush-HD     X
Rave-HD     X
HD-News     X
Ultra-HD    X
Equator-HD  X
Gallery-HD  X
Monsters-HD X
Animania-HD X
FilmFest-HD X
KungFu-HD   X
WldSport-HD X
WldCinma-HD X
Family-HD   X
Treasure-HD X
GamePlay-HD X
-
HBO-HD      X      X       X       X       X       X        X         X       X         X
SHO-HD      X      X       X       X       X       X        X         X       X         X
CMax-HD                    X       X               X        X         X                 X
StarZ-HD    X              X       X       X       X        X         X       X         X
TMC-HD                             X                                                    X
-
ABC-HD E&W  X      X
CBS-HD E&W  X      X
NBC-HD E&W  X      X
FOX-HD E&W  X      X
-
OnDemand-HD                X                       X                  X
NBATV-HD    X      X
OLN-HD      X              X
PPV-HD      X      X                                              
HDEvents    X      X                                   
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OTA Channels require antenna for reception.  Reception varies by location.

Online HDTV Progam Guides:

Check HD - Pretty Good HD Line up site. In conjuction with titantv.com
HDTV Magazine - Lists only HDTV channels.
Titan TV -Also contains an antenna direction page like antennaweb.
Zap 2 It - Online channel lineups.
HDTV Galaxy - Lists only HD shows


Other Links of Interest:

Antenna Web - Will tell you. 1. What stations are available to you. 2. Where to aim your antenna to see the stations. 3. How strong of an antenna you need.
NIA Broadcasting Inc. - Had Broadcast Station coverage maps. - Dead Site Might remove link soon.
2150 - Calculates Distance and Direction to nearby Digital stations.

EMSPS - Rents HDTV STBs for about $10/day. Located near Shady Grove Metro.

Urbana Electronics - TV Repair / Antenna service.
Mark Electronics - Electronics Store in Beltsville which has many antennas and parts.
Radio Shack - Parts and accessories.
Solid Signal - Online Antenna retailer

DCRTV.COM - DC Radio/Television News site.

Captured HDTV videos and images. View some HDTV screenshots and download some HDTV clips to be viewed on your PC to see what all the fuss is about. Note: This site is a little rough around the edges, but does have some good stuff.

Local Antenna Installers:

Fairfax Antenna - Mention AVS Forum and receive 5% off. Testimonial #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6.
Davis Antenna - Local Antenna Installer. Complaint #1, #2.
Action Antenna - Baltimore area antenna installation shop. Complaint #1.
Consumer Antenna - Testimonial #1, #2, #3, Complaint #1.
*ConsumerAnteanna link banned for bad p1mpage on this thread. tsk tsk

Local Cable Companies:

RCN Cable - (DC & G'Burg) Formerly StarPower
COX Cable - Cox
Comcast - Mont Co. Comcast Sports Net - Mid Atlantic , No Digitial Tier required for HD Locals Comcast Press release
Adelphia - HDTV service now available in Frederick, MD & Winchester, VA. - Now owned by Comcast.
Millennium Digital Media - Services the Anne Arundel County area.
Verizon Fios - Verizon's TV service.
Antietam Cable - Another good HD lineup from a small cable co. West of Frederick.


Satellite Companies:

Dish Network - All receivers include a OTA tuner. Has a tiered system of "Metal" HDTV packages. Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum. see grid. Carries HDTV locals. Requires at least two satellites dishes.
Direct TV - Has a HDTV package for $10.99/mo. Wash DC HDTV locals are available from DirectTV but require a 5 lnb dish. They also have Comcast sports net - HD.


Old News:
  • 7/27/2006: SJKurtzke: DirectTV has added WDCA-DT to its HD Line up. This station will be an affiliate of the new "My Network" starting in the fall.
  • 7/10/2006: dg28: DirectTV has announced that they will begin to carry Comcast Sports Net Mid-Atlantic's HDTV channel in August. DirectTV also now offers Baltimore Locals in HDTV.
  • 7/2/2006: Steve_AA_Co_MD: Finally WDCA-DT has gone to full strength. This is the final hold out of a top station in the Metro area. Only Howard University WHUT-DT is absent from the airwaves.
  • 7/1/2006: Marcus Carr: Comcast in Baltimore reports that WNUV-DT's 54.2 "The Tube" will be added to its lineup.
  • 6/15/2006: CuseHokie: Cox in Herdon has added MHD & WDCW-DT to their HD Lineup today.
  • 6/9/2006: Cyclone: Dish Network has added National Geographic HD, NFL-HD, HGTV-HD, and Starz-HD to their lineup today.
  • 6/9/2006: Marcus Carr: ESPN2-HD has beed added to numerous Comcast systems today. Just in time for the begining of the World Cup. Ch 253.
  • 6/8/2006: GoIrish: Comcast reports that it will be adding ESPN2-HD for Comcast customers in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. They should have ESPN2-HD by 8:00 p.m. tonight. Channel 253.
  • 5/9/2006: markbulla: WNUV-DT has removed the 54.3 sub-channel from their broadcast stream. The tube remain on its new home at 54.2.
  • 5/4/2006: mdviewer25: WBDC has changed their call letters to reflect their new affilation. They are now WDCW.
  • 5/2/2006: markbulla: The Tube has been moved from 54.3 to 54.2 (along with some of the bandwidth), and WBFF-DT has put their "Good TV" programming on 45.2. If everything pans out, 54.3 will be removed.
  • 5/2/2006: ht-movie-guy: Verizon has added NatGeo-HD, HDNet, and MTV-HD to their Fios TV lineup.
  • 4/28/2006: markbulla: FOX45 in Baltimore will launch new programming on 45.2 in the format of "Good TV". They will cease with SD digital simulcast. Also sister station WB54 will drop its SD simulcast and bump "The Tube" over to 54.2 and shutdown 54.3. Changes to occur on Monday. Its reported that Comcast in the Balt region will carry the WBFF-DT channel.
  • 4/18/2006: Cyclone: Dish Network has moved Baltimore SD locals from the 105 Super Dish slot to the Dish500 110 slot. DC area customers can now get EPG info for Baltimore OTA channels.
  • 3/16/2006: Marcus Carr: Verizon's FIOS TV is now available in Howard County, MD. This is the first area in MD where FIOS TV is available.
  • 3/9/2006: kenrowe: WB50 will be adding "The Tube" this summer.
  • 3/8/2006: Cyclone: NBC 4 has continued to carry DD5.1 now that olympics have concluded. So hopefully this is permanent.
  • 2/28/2006: Cyclone: Washington HD Locals have been spotted on Dish Network's 61.5 satellite. No word yet on their availability. Seen: NBC4, Fox5, ABC7, & CBS9.
  • 2/27/2006: euckersw: Comcast has removed Universal-HD from its lineups now that the 2006 Winter Olympics have concluded. Except in Anapolis where its still available for some reason.
  • 2/17/2006: Cyclone: DirectTV has added TNT-HD to their lineup. Ch 75.
  • 2/8/2006: Marcus Carr: Comcast has added Universal-HD just in time for the Olympics. This may be a temp channel, and its pre-empting INHD2 in some areas.
  • 2/6/2006: fmsjr: WMAR-DT's sub-channels are back on the air.
  • 2/1/2006: Cyclone: Dish Network has added ESPN2-HD, Universal-HD, and 5 new Voom channels to their HD lineup. Bad news is that it requires: A new Pricing tier, Replacement of your HD STB with a new MPEG-4 STB, and if you lease... a 18 month commitment.
  • 2/1/2006: drkashner: WMAR-DT has both of its sub-channels 2.2 & 2.3 off the air.
  • 1/24/2006: someone CBS and WB have announced that they will be merging the UPN and WB networks into a single network to be called "CW". Tribune owned WB50 will the DC affiliate for this new CW network. No word on what will happen in Baltimore, or what will happen to Fox owned WDCA UPN 20.
  • 1/23/2006: Cyclone ESPN-HD and ESPN2-HD have switched from SRS surround sound to DD5.1.
  • 1/17/2005: HDBeat: MTV-HD has launched on certain Verizon and Cox cable systems in California and Florida.
  • 1/3/2006: Marcus Carr: Howard County has granting permission to Verizon to offer Fios TV service. Hopefully the dominos will fall fast in MD.
  • 1/1/2006: BillyJB: Millinium has swapped CBS HD affiliates. Baltimore's WJZ-DT has been dropped in favor of Washington's WUSA-DT. Considering that WUSA produces all of their local news and studio shows in HD, this is good news for Millinium customers.
  • 12/21/2005: cawgijoe: First reported installation of DirectTV's local HDTV channel hardware. Looks good. post.
  • 12/20/2005: dt_dc: Cox in Va has added WRC-DT's Weather plus to its lineup as ch 803.
  • 12/8/2005: Cyclone: DirecTV is now offering Local Washington D.C. HDTV channels via its satellites. NBC-4, FOX-5, ABC-7, and CBS-9 are now available. Customers will need have a DirecTV MPEG-4 compatible HDTV receiver as well as one of DirectTV's new 5 LNB Satellite Dishes to receive these channels.
  • 12/6/2005: BillyJB: Millennium Cable has added WMPT-DT (HD & Sub-channels) digital programming to their lineup.
  • 11/23/2005: Mark Bulla: WNUV-DT has pulled the AccuWeather.com feed from 54.2. It is now a SD simulcast of 54.1.
  • 11/23/2005: kenrowe: Ken posted a link to a pdf containing Verizon's Herdon FiOS TV lineup.
  • 11/19/2005: dg28: DirectTV has announced that they will carry the Washington D.C. locals in HD in December.
  • 11/19/2005: Cyclone: Verizon FiOS TV is now available in Herdon, Va according to this article in the Wash Post.
  • 10/17/2005: DCRTV: Comcast in Baltimore has added WBAL-DT's Weather Plus to their lineup. Ch 208.
  • 10/15/2005: ZIZ3259: Millennium Cable has added WBAL-DT's Weather Plus to their lineup. Ch 400.
  • 10/12/5: Hoopnoop: Adephia in Loudon County has added WETA-HD ch 726 to its HDTV lineup.
  • 10/11/05: CuseHokie: COX in Northern VA has added TNT-HD as ch 714.
  • 9/29/2005: DCRTV: RCN (ie formerly Starpower) has a deal to add WBDC-DT WB50 to their HDTV lineup.
  • 9/9/2005: Cyclone: Verizon has released their Fios TV Lineup for Keller, TX. It includes the following HDTV channels: TNT-HD, ESPN-HD, ESPN2-HD, NFL-HD, HDNet, HDNet Movies, Universal-HD, Discovery HD Theater, Wealth-HD, HBO-HD, SHO-HD, MAX-HD, Starz-HD, & TMC-HD. It also included local HD network affiliates too.
  • 9/8/2005: Cyclone: DirectTV has added ESPN2-HD to its HDTV lineup as ch 72.
  • 9/3/2005: gary michaels: WHUT-DT was spotted testing. Will the final analog-only TV station in the DC market go Digital soon? Looks like it.
  • 9/2/2005: Cyclone: WBAL-DT has changed their 11.2 sub-channel to NBC's Weather Plus format.
  • 9/2/2005: Cyclone: Dish Network has added the HDTV NFL channel to its lineup as ch 9464. It is not a full time channel and will time share with HD-PPV.
  • 9/1/2005: markbulla: WNUV-DT has added sub-channel 54.3 to its line up. It a music video channel called "The Tube".
  • 9/1/2005: Marcus Carr: WBAL-DT has stopped stretching their digital signal and now uses Gray side bars like WJZ, WBFF, & WNUV.
  • 8/31/2005: Marcus Carr: Comcast in Baltimore city has added WNUV-DT (ch 214) to their HDTV lineup.
  • 8/29/2005: Peter A Dionne: WNUV-DT has started a Weather channel on 54.2 with a very low bitrate. Mark Bulla hints that a cool surprise is coming soon to 54.3 too.
  • 8/29/2005: mjones73: CBS premiered Late Night with David Letterman in HDTV last night.
  • 8/21/2005: Marcus Carr: Comcast in Baltimore has added The NFL Network in HDTV on channel 254.
  • 8/16/2005: Cyclone: ESPN2-HD will begin on DirecTV on September 6th. Also ABC will not have HDTV during the period of Aug 23rd - 26th due to network upgrades.
  • 8/15/2005: KenH: CBS will premier Late Night with David Letterman in HDTV next Monday Aug 29th.
  • 8/7/2005: whjeffs: Millinium now offers the Dual Tuner 6412 HDTV DVRs.
  • 8/5/2005: MrMike6by9: Comcast in Baltimore County has announced that they will carry WB54 WNUV-DT begining on Aug 31st.
  • 7/23/2005: gary michaels: WRC-DT has the sub-channel 4.3 on the air. No programming on the channel though. Some material was spotted during the testing. The sub-channel was later removed.
  • 7/19/2005: dneily: Comcast in P.G. County has finally added TNT-HD to its lineup.
  • 6/30/3005: Marcus Carr: Comcast in Baltimore city has moved their HD channels in the lineup. They have also added WMAR's Digital WeatherNet.
  • 6/14/2005: jgantert: Comcast in Howard County has added WMAR-DT's Weather Net channel to its lineup.
  • 5/23/2005: BillJB: Starz-HD is now available on Millenium Cable. Must call to activate.
  • 5/18/2005: jgantert: Comcast in Howard Co. has swapped Fox5 for Fox45. Baltimore area Comcast system which had carried Fox5 in HD during the negotiations with Sinclair appear to be replacing them with Fox45 now that a agreement is in place. Annapolis reports to currently have both.
  • 5/14/2005: Steve_AA_Co_MD: WFDC-DT 14.1 (on UHF 15) is now on the air.
  • 5/9/2005: f44: Comcast in Montgomery County MD has added TNT-HD.
  • 5/3/2005: JoeInNVa, afiggatt & zurchguy: Comcast in Arlington, Alexandria, Prince William and Reston have added TNT-HD to their lineups. Ch 249.
  • 5/2/2005: jerwin: MPT has re-numbered their sub-channels moving the Main MPT channel to x.1, the HD to x.2, and the others to the remaining x.3, x.4, & x.5.
  • 5/2/2005: Cyclone: WUSA-DT begins the D.C. Area's first HDTV local newscast. WUSA-DT is one of only a handful of local TV stations nationwide to produce local news in HDTV.
  • 5/2/2005: Foxbat121: COX after a quick tease, has included WETA-DT to its HDTV lineup along with the daytime two SD sub-channels.
  • 5/1/2005: Cyclone: Dish Network has added 10 of Voom's 21 HDTV channels to their lineup, while the Voom DBS service has now gone off the air. The Voom channels will be available to other DBS and Cable system as well.
  • 4/30/2005: bullwinklehdtv: Not HDTV, but DirectTV has added MASN to its lineup to provide Nats games.
  • 4/29/2005: Cyclone: Dish Network has announced that they will begin to carry 10 of the former Voom exclusive channels starting on Sunday May 1st. The VoOm DBS service is scheduled to shutdown at the end of April.
  • 4/26/2005: tahoerob: Adelphia in Winchester has added Cinemax-HD, ESPN2-HD, DiscoveryHD, and the NFL-HD channels.
  • 4/26/2005: Cyclone: NBC premiered Conan O'Brien in HDTV tonight.
  • 4/26/2005: rshear: COX in Fairfax has added WETA-DT PBS to its HDTV lineup, and then pulled them later that night. This had included the HD channel as well as the 3 SD sub-channels.
  • 4/25/2005: f44: WUSA has a "Coming in 7 Days" banner for their HDTV newscasts on their site.
  • 4/22/2005: Marcus Carr: Comcast in Baltimore City (and Howard County) have added TNT-HD to their lineups.
  • 4/21/2005: Bill Johnson: WJLA-DT & WUSA-DT are back on the air and with very strong signal strengths.
  • 4/21/2005: Cyclone: Comcast is buying up Adelphia in the area west of DC. Unknown as this time what changes this will bring. Time Warner will also get some of Adelphia, but its likely to be outside of the Balt/DC market.
  • 4/21/2005: robertforsyth: Installation work on the WJLA-DT/WUSA-DT tower appears to have been completed. The WJLA-DT signal may return to the air tonight at low power to shake out the new equipment. If all checks out, the stations could be back at full strength as early as tomorrow evening.
  • 4/16/2005: Cyclone: WJLA-DT & WUSA-DT are now off the air while a new combiner (to allow WETA-DT & WHUT-DT to share the tower) is installed. The two stations will be off the air for several days. Comcast has a fiber feed for WJLA & WUSA, so their customers will be Ok. Not sure if any of the other cable companies have fiber feeds also.
  • 4/15/2005: sgtjim: Comcast in Southern MD sent out a message that WMAR-DT's Weather radar will appear in the lineup as Ch 204 on May 14th.
  • 4/12/2005: robertforsyth: WJLA-DT and WUSA-DT will be off the air starting Apr 16 for about 7 - 12 days. This is due to the work of installing a new combiner which will allow WETA-DT and WHUT-DT to be broadcast from the same tower. The signals will have to be down during the entire time. WETA-DT is currently broadcast at lowish power from a tower in Arlington, while WHUT-DT is not currently on the air.
  • 4/12/2005: bullwinklehdtv: MASN (Mid Atlantic Sports Network), home of the Nationals has its name listed in the DirecTV channel lineup as Ch 626. Not HD and not yet available to customers.
  • 4/8/2005: Cyclone: Cablevision has announced that it will discontinue the VoOm HDTV heavy DBS satellite service at the end of April.
  • 4/7/2005: Marcus Carr: Both WUSA-DT and WJZ-DT CBS affiliates will be showing coverage of the Masters on Thur/Friday on their HDTV channels only. Their SD channels will have normal programing. SD Masters coverage in on the USA Network.
  • 3/30/2005: tahoerob: Adelphia in Winchester now has the SA 8300HD HDTV DVR available.
  • 3/26/2005: Marcus Carr: WBFF and WNUV have added gray side bars to their 4:3 broadcasts. WJZ appears to have darkened their gray pillars.
  • 3/16/2005: Marcus Carr: Comcast has returned Sinclair owned Fox45 to its HDTV lineup. Sinclair's WB affiliates are to be included later on this year.
  • 3/15/2005: fmsjr: Millennium Cable has added WB54 to its HDTV lineup as ch 403.
  • 3/8/2005: Cyclone: WTTG-DT has made another PSIP change. This appears to correct the tuning/mapping problems that many people have had since the begining of February.
  • 3/7/2005: zafar: Cox Cable in Fairfax appears to have added StarZ-HD to their lineup. ch 714.
  • 3/3/2005: dg28: Gannett owned WUSA-DT CBS 9 in D.C. has announced that they will begin broadcasting their local news in HDTV soon. Sister station KUSA-DT in Denver currently does local news in HDTV.
  • 3/1/2005: TahoeRob: Voom has given its 4 week notice. The HDTV heavy DBS service may discontinue service at the end of March. Efforts are underway to save it.
  • 2/23/2005: GoIrish: Sinclair has pulled Fox45's HDTV channel from Comcast's HD lineup. It was added just a few week ago for the Superbowl.
  • 2/18/2005: joblo: The DC/Balt area stations have decided on which VHF/UHF frequencies they will likely use after the Analog signals are shut off. Check in this post for details. Looks like we will need a VHF antenna for 7, 9, 11, & 13.
  • 2/4/2005: GoIrish: Comcast Balitmore adds Sinclair owned WBFF-DT Fox45 to its HDTV lineup just in time for this weekend's Superbowl. It can be found on channel 213.
  • 2/3/2005: Cyclone: Since FCC mandated PSIP changes took effect on Feb 1st, Dish Network 811 & 6000 along with some other brand ATSC tuners have had problems with WTTG-DT. Contact them if you are experiencing this to let them know of this problem.
  • 1/28/2005: Cyclone: ABC has decided to pull the plug on ABC News Now. It is now off the air. WMAR-DT's 2.2 has returned to the SD 480i broadcast. WJLA-DT has launched Weather Now on 7.2. This appears to be much like WRC's Weather Plus specializing in local weather content.
  • 1/20/2005: f44: Comcast has added WRC-DT's NBC Weather Plus to its digital cable lineup as ch 227.
  • 1/17/2005: Cyclone: NBC Weather Plus has been localized on WRC-DT's 4.2. Washington weather is now shown frequently on the L-Bar, and Bob Ryan video updates loop regularly in the video pane.
  • 1/10/2005: zafar: WJLA-DT's DD5.1 encoder is now active.
  • 1/6/2005: Cyclone: ESPN2-HD launched today. Agreements in place for DirectTV & Adelphia systems, but not yet in the channel lineups.
  • 1/6/2005: Cyclone: DirectTV announced that Washington D.C. will be among their 12 initial HDTV local markets to launch in the 2nd half of this year.
  • 1/3/2005: Cyclone: WRC-DT's Weather Plus sub-channel is now active on 4.2. Also after a year plus, WRC-DT's PSIP ID is now fixed from "CH1" back to "WRC-DT".
  • 12/31/2004: Cyclone: DirectTV adds ABC's NYC & LA HDTV feeds to their distant network offering. Neither Washington nor Baltimore are ABC O&O markets, so not many people around here are going to qualify for these channels.
  • 12/30/2004: BillinVA: WRC-DT has been spotted broadcasting a 4.2 Weather sub-channel today. It was later withdrawn from testing.
  • 12/20/2004: Cyclone: Direct TV now carries FOX-HD East & West. WTTG-DT is a Fox O&O so some people around here should qualify for it.
  • 12/17/2004: FlipFantastic: COX in Fairfax has added UNI-HD to its HD line up.
  • 12/16/2004: Mad Maximus: Comcast in Montgomery County now has the Dual Tuner HDTV DVR in stock. The remote is missing the "swap button" though.
  • 12/13/2004: aaronwt: CBS airs the Primetime Drama CSI:Miami in DD5.1 for the first time tonight. Both WUSA and WJZ carried it correctly in DD5.1. I still wonder why NBC O&O WRC-DT can't do the same.
  • 12/3/2004: asterix2112: COX in Fairfax will begin carrying Universal-HD on Dec 15th, and on Jan 1st Discovery HD Theater will become part of the HD package instead of requiring its own subscription. Update: according to Devin, its Uni-HD is already available.
  • 12/2/2004: robertforsyth: WJLA-DT has received their DD5.1 Equipment, look for the DD5.1 indicator on your A/V receiver sometime next week. Update: Robert has posted a pic of their installed DD5.1 encoder in this post
  • 11/30/2004: PaulGo: Comcast announced today that they are now offering HDTV OnDemand for the DC metro area. This includes HD programs & PPV movies that range from $4 to $6 per 24hr viewing.
  • 11/29/2004: Cyclone: The NBA-TV HDTV channel now appears to available to all HD package subscribers Dish Network (ch 9466).
  • 11/16/2004: TimothyP: Comcast in Baltimore now offers the Motorola model 6412 Dual Tuner HDTV DVR.
  • 11/16/2004: tahoerob: Adelphia in Winchester, VA has added the HD+ tier of channels like Loudoun, VA and Frederick, MD.
  • 11/16/2004: DCRTV: DCRTV is reporting that NBC Owned WRC will be launching a 24/7 Weather Channel on cable systems and as a sub-channel on their digital signal within 90 days.
  • 11/15/2004: Cyclone: WB50 will air six Wizards games in HDTV this season. See this post for the schedule.
  • 11/10/2004: Pyrr: Adelphia in Frederick adds the HD+ channels (HBO-HD, ESPN-HD, INHD, & INHD2) to its lineup and matches up with what they just rolled out in Loudoun county.
  • 11/8/2004: leesweet: Lee eports in this post that UPN 20 likely will not have their digital signal up to full strength until mid 2006.
  • 11/8/2004: pigatc: Adelphia in Loudoun County, VA has activated their HD+ package. This includes: NBC4, FOX5, ABC7, CBS9, ESPN-HD, INHD & INHD2, HDNet, HDNet Movies, HBO-HD, SHO-HD, & Starz-HD.
  • 11/7/2004: Cyclone: The WB network initiated DD5.1 tonight with the Network Premier of Lord of the Rings. Looked and sounded great on WB54. WB50 however went dark during the broadcast. WB50 does appear to have DD5.1 enabled full time now on their Digital channel, even when the broadcast material isn't DD5.1. Just like WB54 does.
  • 11/5/2004: pigatc: Adelphia in Loudoun County, VA has added WTTG-DT Fox5 ch 705.
  • 10/28/2004: robertforsyth: WJLA ABC 7 has ordered their DD5.1 encoder and it will hopefully arrive and be active by the end of next week. Update: on backorder, end of year more likely.
  • 10/15/2004: Cyclone: Dish Network's model 811 HDTV STB with firmware Rev 2.81 now supports the EPG for OTA channels.
  • 10/7/2004: pigatc: Adelphia in Loudoun County, VA has added WJLA-DT ABC 7 ch 707 and HBO-HD ch 750.
  • 9/28/2004: Cyclone: WFPT-DT 62.x Frederick's MPT affiliate returned to the airwaves today.
  • 9/22/2004: dg28: WB54 in Baltimore began broadcasting HDTV & DD5.1 tonight.
  • 9/19/2004: Cyclone: WB50 has dropped their 50.2 sub channel. There is only the 50.1 channel now. At one point in time, WB50 had 50.1, 50.2, 75.1, & 75.1 channels all running at the same time. Each was a identical copy of the same single program.
  • 9/16/2004: Cyclone: DirectTV has added NBC-HD to its HDTV offerings. WRC NBC4 is an NBC O&O station, but you will need a waiver from WBAL if you are within their Grade A or B range. Check the DirectTV Eligibility website for qualifications & costs.
  • 9/15/2004: JoeInNVa: Comcast in Alexandria has added Discovery HD Theater to its HD lineup. Ch 205.
  • 9/14/2004: Cyclone: WB54 has added a HD subchannel. 54.2 has appeared running 1080i. Its showing SD programming at this time though.
  • 9/12/2004: Cyclone: The Fox Network switched from EDTV to HDTV today. Both Fox affiliates carried the HDTV programming.
  • 9/8/2003: Cyclone: WFPT-DT has gone off the air. Other MPT stations are still on the air.
  • 9/8/2004: Cyclone: Sinclair owned WBFF-DT Fox45 in Baltimore broadcasts Fox Widescreen & DD5.1 for the first time tonight. Looks like they're ready for HDTV this weekend.
  • 9/3/2004: steeler: WNUV-DT WB54 & WBFF-DT Fox45 in Baltimore have gone to full power.
  • 9/3/2004: dt_dc: COX cable in Fairfax has added WTTG-DT Fox 5 to its lineup just in time for the start of the NFL season.
  • 9/2/2003: Cyclone: The FOX network aired Big Momma's house in DD5.1. This was the first Fox movie ever with DD5.1. Update: It appears that all Fox network programming will have DD5.1 activated. Content will be DD5.1 simulated if not native.
  • 8/31/2004: kenrowe: Comcast in Mont County has added WBDC-DT WB50 & Discovery HD Theater today.
  • 8/30/2004: Cyclone: DirectTV has added BravoHD+ to their HD package today.
  • 8/28/2004: Cyclone: Frederick MPT station WFPT-DT Digital 62.x (UHF 28) has gone on the air today.
  • 8/28/2004: Wreckless: Adelphia in Frederick has added WTTG-DT FOX5 to its HD lineup.
  • 8/18/2004: johnqpixel: Fox5 Washington WTTG-DT has shown up on Howard County's Comcast Digital lineup.
  • 8/13/2004: Cyclone: The Olympics opened tonight. WRC-DT 4.1 premiered DD5.1 while WBAL-DT 11.1 HDTV & 11.2 SD remained with DD2.0 audio. The Olympics in HDTV are also available on Dish Network, DirectTV, and Voom with special NBC-HD feeds.
  • 8/12/2004: xbgamer: WRC-DT was spotted transmitting DD5.1 tonight. More Olympic preparations?
  • 8/12/2004: BillyJB: Millenium Cable in Anne Arundel county has added Baltimore ABC, NBC, CBS, & FOX channels to their HDTV lineup today. Just in time for the Olympic Coverage.
  • 8/4/2004: steeler: WBAL-DT has started a 480i sub-channel 11.2. This will likely be used for the SD Olympic feed while 11.1 carries the separate 24hr delay 1080i HDTV Olympic feed from NBC.
  • 7/30/2004: Devin Clancy: StarPower cable has added Cinemax-HD & Starz-HD to their HDTV lineup.
  • 7/30/2004: Scott R. Scherr: Reports are that Fox45 may be installing their new FOX splicer soon. Also WNUV-DT WB54 in Balt will likely go Full Power, HDTV, and DD5.1 next Month.
  • 7/29/2004: Andun: Comcast in Montgomery County adds a HDTV InDemand PPV channel to its lineup as HDPPV Ch 195 or Ch 185. Note: This was just be for that weekend's Mike Tyson fight.
  • 7/26/2004: jeffthurmont: Fox 45 WBFF-DT appears to be HD/ED 720p capable today. There is a 45.1 and a 45.2 subchannel. They did not however show Fox Widescreen programming tonight.
  • 7/26/2004: Cyclone: WMAR-DT launches the ABC News Now Political coverage on their 2.2 subchannel a few hours after WJLA-DT.
  • 7/26/2004: Cyclone: WJLA-DT launches the ABC News Now Political channel on their 7.2 subchannel.
  • 7/24/2004: steeler: WUSA-DT steps up and has put their Live Doppler 9000 radar feed up on a new 9.2 sub channel to fill the void created while WJLA-DT has their feed offline for political coverage. WUSA-DT had last used 9.2 for election coverage back in November of 2002.
  • 7/23/2004: Cyclone: WJLA-DT has stopped their Super Doppler feed on 7.2 and has put a banner announcing that starting Monday at noon, that they will begin airing the ABC News Now political channel on 7.2. This channel is due to run through the 2004 Presdential election. This channel will be carried by numerous cable providers in the region.
  • 7/21/2004: Pyrr: Adelphia in Frederick MD has begun HDTV service. WRC-DT NBC 4, WUSA-DT CBS9, SHO-HD, Starz-HD, HDNet, & HDNet Movies are now available.
  • 6/30/2004: dneily: Comcast in P.G. County has added WB50's HDTV station as channel 184 to their lineup today.
  • 6/16/2004: pg12204: Discovery HD Theater has begun to appear Comcast systems today. Baltimore, Hardford, and Howard counties.
  • 6/13/2004: Cyclone: The WJLA-DT trouble continues. This time for Game 4 of the NBA finals. The signal is fluctuating so bad that no one can tune it in. Comcast's signal for WJLA-DT is also down. The fun begins with this post.
  • 6/10/2004: Cyclone: WJLA-DT has trouble again. Their Picture is frozen again this week for about an hour ruining the begining of 2nd NBA final game this week. Lucky are folks who can get WMAR-DT.
  • 6/8/2004: JafCo: WJLA-DT is at it again, Tonight's NBA Final game was a frozen screen for the first part of the second half. When it did return it was in SD for a while.
  • 6/4/2004: JBlacklow: WTTG-DT aired "Cats and Dogs" in 720p tonight. It was still a 480p copy, but it appears that FOX 5 is now HDTV capable.
  • 6/4/2004: Foxbat121: COX now offers CableCard Service for $2.50/mo. here
  • 5/21/2004: Cyclone: TNT-HD lauched today. Carriage by Dish Network and Voom. Not yet available on Local Cable or Direct TV.
  • 5/19/2004: Cyclone: D.C. United's soccer game tonight will be in HDTV on both HDNet & Comcast Sport's Net.
  • 5/16/2004: Cyclone: Today's Orioles game is on ESPN-HD for Sunday Night Baseball.
  • 5/11/2004: steeler: WJLA-DT might have caught on quick. SD is no longer stretched.
  • 5/7/2004: Cyclone: WJLA-DT has begun to stretch its SD shows in 7.1. Hopefully, they will learn what WB50 learned and will stop this ugly practice.
  • 5/4/2004: Cyclone: WJLA-DT once again had more fun with their 7.2 subchannel. This time showing web surfing in the AM, and tracking UAL200 in the evening. It was fixed in time for the 11pm new's weather segment.
  • 4/30/2004: Cyclone: VoOm has added ESPN-HD to their HD Lineup.
  • 4/20/2004: zebras23: Comcast in Arlington has added WBDC-DT WB50's HDTV as channel 184 to their Digital Lineup.
  • 4/15/2004: DCRTV: COX to add WETA-DT to its digital cable lineup.
  • 4/10/2004: Cyclone: D.C. United vs L.A. MLS Soccer is on HDNet tonight. They play on HDNet again on May 19th, and July 14th.
  • 4/10/2004: ND40oz: Millennium Cable serving North Anne Arundel County has begun HD service. 4 Channels; HBO, SHO, MAX, and ESPN-HD.
  • 4/10/2004: mfranke: COX in NoVa will have their 8000HD DVR available on May 3rd.
  • 4/6/2003: Cyclone: It appears that NBC ran a DD5.1 test in NYC on Sunday's broadcast of American Dreams. Will that come to DC/Baltimore anytime soon?
  • 4/5/2004: LewisD: Comcast Sports Network HD (CSN-HD) has been added to StarPower channel lineups on Channel 168.
  • 4/5/2004: vbjeff: WBAL-DT has now resumed HDTV broadcasting. They had reverted to SD for a few months while replacing equipment.
  • 4/2/2004: Cyclone: The Orioles TV schedule has been posted. Most games on Comcast Sports Network will be in HDTV. The Sunday May 16th Game on ESPN will be in HD on ESPN-HD. There are also a few games on FOX. SD broadcasts will also been seen on WJZ 13, WDCA 20, & WNUV 54.
  • 3/30/2004: BruceL: WUSA-DT has stated that they will broadcast the HDTV USA Network Coverage of the Masters Golf Tourn.
  • 3/21/2004: aaronwt: WJLA-DT strikes yet again. This time Alias is shown in SD and again, the frozen picture of a Carival cruise ship is seen.
  • 3/18/2004: Banal: WJLA-DT Frozen screen: During ABC's Kingdom Hospital, The picture was frozen with the 4:3 SD shot of a Carnival Cruise ship commerical. The audio was till working. The first 15 minutes of the show were fine. here
  • 3/10/2004: Scott G: VoOm has announced that they are adding Encore-HD to their lineup when it launches on March 22nd.
  • 2/18/2004: Cyclone: VoOm has added HBO-HD East & West and Cinemax-HD East and West to their HD Lineup.
  • 2/18/2004: various: Death of the Bugs. It has been noted that WTTG-DT, WMAR-DT, & WUSA-DT have all stopped putting station id bugs on their screens 24/7. These bugs had only occured on their Digital stations, and were not present on their analog stations. WJZ-DT and WBAL-DT still have their bugs up full time. Update: WUSA-DT still shows their bug momentarily when returning from comercial breaks, and WMAR-DT's bug is back.
  • 2/7/2004: mrtwister: WJLA-DT is now reportly airing its Super Doppler Radar on subchannel 7.2.
  • 1/28/2004: RalphArch: Comcast in Montgomery County is now offering an HD DVR for $9.95/mo.
  • 1/21/2004: DaveST: COX in Fairfax has added WUSA-DT CBS to its HDTV lineup as channel 709.
  • 1/21/2004: Cyclone: Maryland and Duke play Men's Basketball tonight on ESPN-HD at 9pm.
  • 1/20/2004: Cyclone: The State of the Union Address was presented tonight on the Major Neworks in HDTV for the first time.
  • 1/13/2004: raidbuck & mfranke: Both WTTG Fox5 DC and WBFF Fox45 Baltimore have sent emails out stating that they intend to broadcast HDTV this fall.
  • 1/4/2004: Cyclone: Today's Wizards game on WB50 is in HDTV.
  • 12/21/2003: Tahoerob: WRC-DT is now correctly mapping to 4.1, but their station id is now CH1 instead of WRC-DT. Wonder how long before they fix it.
  • 12/21/2003: Cyclone: Comcast has added CBS Owned and Operated WJZ-DT Channel 13 in Baltimore to their Baltimore HDTV area line ups.
  • 12/8/2003: carltonrice: WB50 Digital is off the air. So if you can't detect their signal, its not just you. Note, it returned to the air at 8:05pm on 12/9..
  • 11/28/2003: bughunt: INHD & INHD2 are to be added to Cox in VA's lineup starting on Dec 1st. Also ESPN-HD will be part of the HD package and not a separate fee.
  • 11/22/2003: Caps vs FL. Panther's game in HDTV on WB50. Next week the Wizards are in HDTV on WB50.
  • 11/21/2003: JoeInVa: Cinemax-HD is now reported to be on Comcast channel 318 in Alexandria Va.
  • 11/19/2003: tahoerob: WJLA-DT is now running a 7.2 sub channel. I was able to tune it in, but I don't see anything on there.
  • 11/4/2003: SonomaSearcher: It is being reported that the Terps basketball game on 12/6 BB&T Classic will be carried on HDNet. I don't know what blackouts might apply.
  • 11/4/2003 : WA2CHI: WNVT-DT UHF 30 is now on the air. 4 sub channels, might be the same as the other MHz WNVC-DT on UHF 57.
  • 10/31/2003: kenrowe: Comcast in Montgomery County has finally added WTTG-DT Fox5 to its line up on Channel 183.
  • 10/25/2003: Cyclone: Something has happened over at WRC-DT. Their PSIP encoder must be broken since they are now tuning in at 48.1 instead of the normal 4.1. They transmit on UHF 48 and PSIP remaps it normally to 4.1.
  • 10/16/2003: Cyclone: WB50 has provided us with a schedule for their HD broadcasts of the Wizards and the Capitals games that they will carry.
    Capitals: 11/8, 11/22, 01/01, 01/31, & 2/21 Wizards: 11/29 & 01/04
  • 10/16/2003: Cyclone: ESPN-HD had a leak on their HD schedule and they showed that the University of MD Terps will have two HDTV games. 12/10 vs Florida & 1/21 vs Duke
  • 10/15/2003: Cyclone: WDCA-DT UPN20 will not have HDTV ready for UPN's HDTV Premier tonight. They will have the HD equipment ready Thursday however. Expect a DC UPN HD Premier next Wednesday Oct 22nd. A HD movie "Double Take" is supposed to air on Oct 24th. No word on their intentions to increase the wattage of their broadcast.
  • 10/11/2003: dg28: The Washington Caps game was carried in HDTV by WB50. No DD5.1 this time. I'm going to try to get a listing of WB50 HDTV Sport events if I can.
  • 10/8/2003: joblo: Looks like WNVC-DT 57 is on the air. This appears to add 4 sub channels. No word on any High Definition broadcasts.
  • 9/16/2003: Cyclone: The weekends Redskins game vs the Patriots will be the CBS HDTV game of the week.
  • 9/16/2003: Cyclone: DishNetwork launches their HDTV package today. Included are ESPN-HD, DiscoveryHD Theater, HDNet, & HDNet Movies for $9.99/mo.
  • 9/15/2003: Cyclone: INHD & INHD2 have been added to Comcast's HDTV lineup.
  • 9/9/2003: Cyclone: I noticed new Multicast sub channels on MPT. Three new SD sub channels appear to have been added.
  • 9/8/2003: Cyclone: Dish Network has announced a new HDTV package. It includes HDNet, HDNet Movies, Discovery HD Theater, and ESPN-HD for $9.99/mo.
  • 8/27/2003: maximu360: It is being reported that WTTG-DT FOX 5 Digital Station has been added to the Comcast Digital Lineup. Also InHD has also been added.
  • 8/11/2003: CycloneGT: FYI: The Redskins openning game will be on ABC on Thursday September 4th in HDTV. This will be a home game against the Jets at FedEx field. Note: All ABC Monday Night Football games will be HDTV this year. CBS will have one game a week in HD. ESPN will have their Sunday night games in HD. FOX will have two of their Sunday games in EDTV.
  • 7/25/2003: DCRTV: ESPN-HD has been added to the Comcast HD Lineup in Montgomery County. Expect it to be added to other Comcast areas quickly, possibly even today.
  • 7/25/2003 : Dish Network announces that it will carry the CART Road America Race on HDNet on its Events channel. DirectTV users already have HDNet. No word yet from the Cable MSOs.
  • 7/14/2003 : Dish Network Tech Chat reveals that all new HDTV channels (including HDNet & HDNet Movies) from Dish Network will require a new SuperDish satellite Dish. This dish will likely not be available until this fall.
  • 7/13/2003 jeffthurmont: WMPB-DT MPT in Baltimore was spotted transmitting on 29. This showed up as 67.1 SD & 67.2 HD. No audio or video was transmitted, just signal. Update: Now transmitting MPT audio & video.
  • 7/3/2003 Billodom : WETA-DT HD Showcase has been increased from 8pm - Midnight to 7pm - 6am on Weekdays and 4pm - 4am on Weekends. More HD is good. 26.1 is SD at other times.
  • 7/1/2003 CycloneGT : DirectTV Launches HDTV package - ESPN-HD, DiscoveryHD, HDNet Entertainment, HDNet Movies.
  • 6/30/2003 Billodom : WMPT-DT 22.2 & 22.6 is now reported to be at full power.
  • 6/22/2003 Hampster : WBAL-DT 11 in Baltimore replaced their PSIP Encoder. The station is now on 11.1 instead of 59.1 and it is reported that their PSIP is now displaying program information.
  • 6/2/2003 : Star Power launches their HDTV service. Includes several locals, ESPN-HD, Discovery HD Theater, HDNet, HDNet Movies. HBO-HD & SHO-HD are also available via subscriptions to their respective packages
  • 5/10/2003 Glenn54: Comcast begins HD service in PG County.
  • 4/29/2003 : WMPT-DT is now on 22.2 SD & 22.6 HDTV instead of 80.3.
  • 4/12/2003 : WBDC-DT airs a NBA Washington Wizards (in old Bullets uniforms) game in HDTV & DD5.1. It was a Comcast Sports Net production.
  • 2/13/2003 Gerald C: WBDC-DT now maps to both 50.1 & 50.2 as well as 75.1 & 75.2 for Dish 6000 users with firmware rev 7.77.
  • 2/10/2003 dmbatch: WJLA-DT is now mapped to 7.1 instead of 39.1. Bad news is that 39.2 is gone (color bars)
  • 1/1/2003: : WBDC-DT has first HDTV broadcast with the Rose Parade.
  • 12/26/2002: : WBDC-DT begins digital broadcasting on 51.
  • 11/5/2002: elinter: WDCA-DT UPN20 is broadcasting at very low power. 480i SD only.
  • 11/5/2002: cosdog: WUSA-DT is using 9.2 for Election Coverage and 9.1 for regular station programming. Good use of their subchannel. It was removed a few days after the election.
  • 11/1/2002: cosdog: WETA-DT 26.x begin multicasting 4 SD sub channels during the day, and reducing to a single HD and single SD channel in the evening.
  • 10/26/2002: John_D: WNUV-DT WB54 goes on the air at low power in Baltimore on UHF 40. Only 480i SD programming.
  • 10/16/2002: catvjim: Comcast announced that it has launched HDTV programming in the DC area.
  • 10/13/2002: albertso: HDTV channels have been spotted on Comcast Mont County's digital lineup.
  • 10/2/2002: Hampster: WMPT-DT has increased their transmission power.
  • 9/26/2002: carltonrice: WJLA-DT 39.1 begins ABC HDTV programming.
  • 9/18/2002: Chuck Linder: WRC-DT has replaced their DTV encoder today. This should fix audio sync problems.
  • 5/17/2002: Tim McCune: WETA-DT is on the air at UHF 27.
  • 5/3/2002: Hampster: WUTB-DT UPN24 Baltimore has begun broadcasting at low power.
  • 3/26/2002: tpfarr: WMPT-DT in Anapolis had begun low power broadcasting. UHF 42, shows up as 80.3.
  • 8/1/2001: CBS-HD is now available from Dish Network for those who qualify.


Things left to look forward to:
  • WUTB-DT UPN 24 to begin full power broadcasting.
  • WHUT-DT PBS 32 Howard University to begin digital broadcasting.
  • WBAL-DT to begin DD5.1 for HD programming.


Link to the previous Wash / Baltimore Thread. July 2003 - March 2005.
Link to the former DC Metro HD Thread. March 2002 - June 2003.

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You are now immortal, well at least until this thread runs its course.

Whats worse, is that I made a typo in the final post "converstation"?? and I can't fix it since the thread is locked. hehe.

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Whats worse, is that I made a typo in the final post "converstation"?? and I can't fixed it since the thread is locked. hehe.

I'll fix it. (took the liberty of changing contine to continue also )

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Might want to add on the channel listing HD-ONDEMAND. It's channel 198 on Comcast of Alexandria.

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I figured that On Demand is more of a menu selection rather than an actual channel.

But you are right, HDTV Video On Demand does deserve to be listed for Comcast and others that offer it.

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Can anyone tell me if WETA-DT is having technical problems? I am receiving a strong OTA signal on my DirecTV HD Tivo receiver, but there is no video. I am receiving 22-6 HD PBS without any issues.

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Hope Comcast buys out Adelphia. Atleast I shall have a better option to satellite then.
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Can anyone tell me if WETA-DT is having technical problems? I am receiving a strong OTA signal on my DirecTV HD Tivo receiver, but there is no video. I am receiving 22-6 HD PBS without any issues.

Sorry, if this is been discussed earlier.

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i never received 22-6 but i receive 22-2 without a problem.
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Can anyone tell me if WETA-DT is having technical problems? I am receiving a strong OTA signal on my DirecTV HD Tivo receiver, but there is no video. I am receiving 22-6 HD PBS without any issues.

I'm having the same problem with my HD DirecTV Tivo. I did a rescan and found WETA's digital channels have been mapped to 27-1 thru 27-4.
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CycloneGT,
Also, as noted a couple times just before the old thread was locked ... StarzHD (presumably East) is up on Cox Fairfax.
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Anyone have success with WTTG's tinkering with their PSIP information yesterday?

(in reality, I just wanted a post on the first page )
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Sorry, I had missed that Cox had added Starz-HD somehow. I'll update the grid. When was it added?

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i never received 22-6 but i receive 22-2 without a problem.

22.6 is only active when they are broadcasting HD content. 22.2 is nothing but the digital re-transmission of whatever they are showing on the analog channel.
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Sorry, I had missed that Cox had added Starz-HD somehow. I'll update the grid. When was it added?

Sometime last week ... I'm thinking Tuesday/Wednesday. Note that I don't actually subscribe to Starz though so I can't confirm it's actually broadcasting. But the channel is there in the guide (714), and Cox's on-line channel line-up (http://www.cox.com/fairfax/digitalca...nnellineup.asp), and the program data is all correct so ... looks good to go.
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Anyone have success with WTTG's tinkering with their PSIP information yesterday?

(in reality, I just wanted a post on the first page )

Nope. Still broke.

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From the Post today:

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Before a television deal can be struck, baseball will have to determine the Nationals' television territory and how close to Baltimore that territory will extend, according to sources. MLB grants certain geographic regions around teams as "exclusive" broadcast rights for that team only, while outer regions are often termed "shared."

I can see it now: "Can't get Nationals HD telecasts b/c I'm in the Orioles Exclusive area."

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On WTTG and the PSIP... There's no reason to waste both side's time emailing them... they are working on it, and I have to assume if it's not fixed now, it's something a third party is looking at. I'll see if I can get more info.

As I said last time (10 days ago?), I bet a lot of vendors around the country are having problems since a lot of people waited to close to the 2/1/2005 deadline to play with PSIP... (not that that's a good excuse).

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I can see it now: "Can't get Nationals HD telecasts b/c I'm in the Orioles Exclusive area."

Or because you're not on Comcast:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=517494
If the Nats end up on CSN (which seems a very good possibility) ... CSN-HD is (currently) only available on Comcast and Star Power.
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WTTG PSIP update:

WTTG reports that they will be working on it tomorrow (Tuesday) AM from 9-11, and it should be fixed by 11:00 AM. People that need PSIP will have to rescan at that time.

Please report yea or nay issues here, so we can see if they've put this to bed finally!

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I can see it now: "Can't get Nationals HD telecasts b/c I'm in the Orioles Exclusive area."

Yuk.

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Since this thread has not been broken down into multiple threads can I assume the debate is over and this single thread will remain as is?
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WETA's OTA high definition stuff was on 26.3 instead of 26.1 last night.

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Or because you're not on Comcast:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=517494
If the Nats end up on CSN (which seems a very good possibility) ... CSN-HD is (currently) only available on Comcast and Star Power.

I thought part of the deal to bring the Nats to the area included a new regional sports network??

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The Nationals' local TV situation stands as easily the biggest obstacle for Tavares. While every other team begins to prepare its TV crew for the regular season and broadcasts a selection of spring training games, the Nationals sit on the sideline. The team's local TV distribution remains tied up in unresolved negotiations between MLB and Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos to protect him financially from the arrival of the Nationals.

Central to those talks is a new regional sports network that would air both the Orioles and Nationals and be owned primarily by the Orioles. Last week, MLB president Bob DuPuy said he hoped a deal could be completed "within a few days," ending more than five months of negotiations. But as of yesterday there still was no deal, and without a deal, MLB is prohibiting Tavares from conducting any formal negotiations toward a TV agreement that would serve as either a placeholder or complement to the forthcoming network.

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Since this thread has not been broken down into multiple threads can I assume the debate is over and this single thread will remain as is?

Yeah, its done. Single Thread for the time being. Maybe one day that mini forum for us will materialize. I'd like to just conclude the discussion on the topic for now since it detracts from the HD discussion.

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I thought part of the deal to bring the Nats to the area included a new regional sports network??

Ok ... so maybe it won't be called "CSN" ... but creating a new RSN from scratch seems rather risky/unknown. Why not partner with someone who knows what they're doing (Comcast or Fox). In this area, that would seem to mean Comcast (unless someone else is willing to pay a premium to beak into the "Comcast Mid-Atlantic".
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The major hurdle still appears to be the television broadcasting deal.

The most likely option appears to be the creation of a regional sports network partnership between MLB and either Fox SportsNet or Comcast SportsNet under which all three entities -- the Nationals, Orioles and broadcaster -- would share profits and ownership. Under this option, the Orioles could own a majority of the sports network, which would then pay the Orioles and the Nationals each a fee to broadcast their games.

The second option, according to sources, would be the more conventional approach of selling the Nationals' broadcast rights for a set fee to either Comcast or Fox. A third option would be for MLB to form its own Washington regional sports network, although that is not likely because of the risk, according to sources.

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"Comcast's goal is to become one of the biggest names in sports in the country," said one cable executive, who asked not to be identified because he does business with Comcast.

With baseball's Washington Nationals soon to get an owner and strike a TV deal that might involve the Baltimore Orioles, Comcast is a player. It carries Orioles, Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals games, and it owns three minor-league baseball teams nearby.

"Are we interested in buying the Washington baseball team? I think the answer is probably not," said Steve Burke, Comcast's chief operating officer. "But if the question is, are we interested in carrying the Washington baseball team on Comcast SportsNet in Baltimore and Washington, the answer is yes."

Cox has been playing with RSNs in the South ... and they're a local player ... but they still seem to be uncertain whether they want to become a major RSN player (which Fox and Comcast seem majorly committed to).

Anyway ... if they go the "partner" route ... whoever that "partner" is may have some implications on who gets to see the Nats in HD on a regular basis.
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I thought part of the deal to bring the Nats to the area included a new regional sports network??

Wasn't this new network supposed to be owned, at least in part, by Comcast?? If so, could we expect that they would pull the same ^&*(^ they do in Philly, where satellite people are shut out? (BTW, isn't that an illegal tying arrangement, forcing people to subscribe to cable when all they want is a specific channel?)
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Seems like the Nats should at least be working on some sort of temporary deal with someone. After all, is there any reason to believe that Angelos is going to suddenly cave on whatever it is that he really wants (which is probably for the Nats to move to Nevada); he is, after all, a lawyer and it seems pretty stubborn also.

One hopes that there is going to be some sort of Washington area OTA component to whatever deal is eventually struck (like channel 20 - without HDTV - LOL). Seems that the Nats could get something like that in place at least for the meanwhile.

Maybe WETA would be interested for a short term deal. On the radio, they've got a big content vacuum now that they got rid of their classical music, and with 4 digital channels to work with, they should be able to find some space for a few hours a day for a game. {BTW, even though I've had no channel 35 anomalies with WTTG, I've been getting the channel 27.1-4 treatment on WETA since very recently.}

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Wasn't this new network supposed to be owned, at least in part, by Comcast?? If so, could we expect that they would pull the same ^&*(^ they do in Philly, where satellite people are shut out? (BTW, isn't that an illegal tying arrangement, forcing people to subscribe to cable when all they want is a specific channel?)

I think it's "supposed" to be set up however makes the people with a say the most $$$ ... in no particular order:

MLB Owners - The better the TV deal, the more they can sell the team for.

New Nats Owners - The better the TV deal, the more they stand to make, the more they're willing to pay for the team. See above.

Angelos / Orioles - Yes, well, for some reason we still have to make him happy. Remind me the next time a house is up for sale in my neighborhood to raise a stink ... maybe I can make some $$$ off the deal.

As far as Comcast, Philly, and legal issues ...

The "legal" loophole is that any channel distributed via satellite (I'm not talking D*, E*, I'm talking the birds the networks use to distribute their channels nationally) must be "made available" to any MVPD at "similar terms". This is supposed to prevent the "exclusively on wherever" channels. If someone else wanted it bad enough, they'd pick it up. However, CSN Philly doesn't use a satellite ... they use local fiber/microwave to distribute the channel since it's only going to Comcast cable plants (and probably a few other local cable plants). So, they can deny D* and E* (or ask for huge $$$).

Of course, there's also the out-of-market packages (NFL Sunday Ticket, NHL Center Ice, MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass) ... not sure why they're allowed 'exclusivity'.

However, there's one HUGE difference between Philly and DC/Baltimore. Two of the the major Philly teams are OWNED by Comcast (76ers, Flyers). Comcast even owns some of the minor / lesser known teams (for example AHL Philadelphia Phantoms), and even sports venues / stadiums in Philly. It's hard to imagine Comcast being able to strike a similar deal with teams they didn't own unless they were willing to put some huge up front $$$ guarauntees. Of course, with enough $$$, anything is possible.

But I think you can look to Chicago (or the existing CSN MidAtlantic) for what's more likely ... both are available (in SD at least) on cable AND dbs.

However, what I'm more interested in is HD coverage. Which raises a whole different set of possibilities ...
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WETA's OTA high definition stuff was on 26.3 instead of 26.1 last night.

Through my ATI HDTV Wonder they have started showing up as 27-1. None of the sub-channels are there.

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