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StevenJB's Avatar StevenJB 01:08 AM 08-29-2009
WMDO-LD RF8.1 is broadcasting 480i 16:9 SD to virtual 47.1. WMDO-LD RF8.2 is broadcasting 480i 4:3 SD to virtual 47.2. WMDO-LD RF8.1 is broadcasting its own black sidebars or pillars onto the 16:9 picture in order to reduce the viewing area to 4:3. I am pointing this out in particular because they are NOT using ugly stretch-o-vision to achieve a full 16:9 picture. Hooray for WMDO-LD because they would rather keep their picture in true perspective rather than pull the same ugly crap that WBAL-HD did for the longest time with their ugly stretched picture for local WBAL original 4:3 source material for their non NBC network or local WBAL programming which they stretched to 16:9.

djp952's Avatar djp952 06:37 PM 08-29-2009
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

I've heard about Sony TVs (I think?) getting updated with it.

- Trip

Yup. My Bravia self-updated via this service a few months ago. I'm of course against this service
mlmorg's Avatar mlmorg 05:41 AM 08-31-2009
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Originally Posted by nottenst View Post

The cost of ordering Comcast internet on its own it is about the same as ordering internet plus basic TV in PG County, so probably also as well in Baltimore. With basic TV service then you can get the local networks directly through the wall with your QAM tuner.

seems like internet is $43 and tv is $57 here after 6-month promotions end. I'm pretty positive I'll be able to get local networks with my qam even without basic service...can anyone confirm that? The question I had was if I would be able to get these major networks in HD just hooked up to the wall with my qam tuner or will I have to get an antenna?
aaronwt's Avatar aaronwt 06:36 AM 08-31-2009
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Originally Posted by mlmorg View Post

seems like internet is $43 and tv is $57 here after 6-month promotions end. I'm pretty positive I'll be able to get local networks with my qam even without basic service...can anyone confirm that? The question I had was if I would be able to get these major networks in HD just hooked up to the wall with my qam tuner or will I have to get an antenna?

When I had Comcast for only INternet, they put a filter on my line that prevented me from getting those channels.
Although I live in Prince William County.
machpost's Avatar machpost 08:05 AM 08-31-2009
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Originally Posted by StevenJB View Post

WHUT-HD RF33.1 is broadcasting 1080i 16:9 HD to virtual 32.1. WHUT-SD RF33.2 is broadcasting 480i 4:3 SD to virtual 32.2. 32.2 is featuring a white WHUT logo on the lower right corner of the 4:3 black background.

They really need to move that big WHUT logo over a bit. Nearly half of it is cut off on old tube TVs.
mkfs's Avatar mkfs 09:42 AM 08-31-2009
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

When I had Comcast for only INternet, they put a filter on my line that prevented me from getting those channels.
Although I live in Prince William County.

A friend in VA was so far away from the HCF node [2.5 miles...] they could never get his modem sync'ed unless they took all the filters out.....
Eben's Avatar Eben 12:19 PM 08-31-2009
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Originally Posted by SternLover21215 View Post

Eben,

I have an HR20 receiver. I've tried direct tuning to 7.3 directly and using the up channel. The funny thing is that I can get the substations for other channels like 4.2, 4.3, and 50.2. I'm assuming the signal for the substations is coming from the same source as the other stations.

Hmmm, I have an HR21-100 with AM-21 and am getting 7.3 OTA. Have you tried rebooting your HR20? If that doesn't help, try redoing OTA setup.
mlmorg's Avatar mlmorg 03:29 PM 08-31-2009
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

When I had Comcast for only INternet, they put a filter on my line that prevented me from getting those channels.
Although I live in Prince William County.

ugh... so what channels are people getting with antennas in the city?
jgantert's Avatar jgantert 08:37 PM 08-31-2009
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Originally Posted by StevenJB View Post

WHUT-HD RF33.1 is broadcasting 1080i 16:9 HD to virtual 32.1. WHUT-SD RF33.2 is broadcasting 480i 4:3 SD to virtual 32.2. 32.2 is featuring a white WHUT logo on the lower right corner of the 4:3 black background.

32.1 has the same studder and audio sync problem as 54.1 on my Dynex (aka Samsung) TV. Oh well, atleast its HD now, and works fine on my other tuners.
doubleagent's Avatar doubleagent 03:47 PM 09-01-2009
Hello, I'm moving to Baltimore (Federal Hill) from Syracuse, NY where TimeWarner uses Switched Digital Video to send some channels. I use a Tivo and they supplied me with a Tuning Adapter via USB that allows me to access those channels with CableCards.

Does Comcast utilize SDV and make tuning adapters available? I've gotten two different answers from Comcast (Online and local office).
mkfs's Avatar mkfs 04:00 PM 09-01-2009
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Originally Posted by djp952 View Post

Yup. My Bravia self-updated via this service a few months ago. I'm of course against this service

Interestingly, I just found that a friend's new Bravia has no Cablecard slot. Somehow, I thought that they were required on all new sets...
djp952's Avatar djp952 04:10 PM 09-01-2009
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Interestingly, I just found that a friend's new Bravia has no Cablecard slot. Somehow, I thought that they were required on all new sets...

I've never had a set with a CableCard slot, and everything I have here is less than 2 years old. The Bravia is like 8 months old.
mkfs's Avatar mkfs 05:24 PM 09-01-2009
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I've never had a set with a CableCard slot

Well, given the choices seem to be:
  1. Rent $$ cable box from cableco; have yet another remote to manage
  2. Get cablecard installed in set.
  3. ???
#2 has some attraction....
radioflyer410's Avatar radioflyer410 07:42 PM 09-01-2009
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Originally Posted by doubleagent View Post

Hello, I'm moving to Baltimore (Federal Hill) from Syracuse, NY where TimeWarner uses Switched Digital Video to send some channels. I use a Tivo and they supplied me with a Tuning Adapter via USB that allows me to access those channels with CableCards.

Does Comcast utilize SDV and make tuning adapters available? I've gotten two different answers from Comcast (Online and local office).

Comcast in Baltimore does not use SDV, so not digital adapter needed - at least as of now.
Big J's Avatar Big J 05:13 AM 09-02-2009
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Originally Posted by mkfs View Post

Well, given the choices seem to be:
  1. Rent $$ cable box from cableco; have yet another remote to manage
  2. Get cablecard installed in set.
  3. ???
#2 has some attraction....

My Sony SXRD has a cable card slot. Comcast tried twice to install one for me, but couldn't get it to work properly. I told them to forget it. Cable companies HATE cable cards. I've got cable going straight to my set. Luckily, I never opted for premium channels, so I got could bypass a box.
J
Tom Harms's Avatar Tom Harms 05:32 AM 09-02-2009
My Sharp Aquos LCDs with cable card slots will only work with S-Cards, not M-Cards.
machpost's Avatar machpost 06:59 AM 09-02-2009
I was just looking at the Caps' schedule for this season, and roughly a dozen games are getting pushed to CSN+, mostly in November. I wonder if Comcast Sportsnet is any closer to lighting up an HD alternate channel anytime soon. If I'm not mistaken, some of the other CSNs have this already.
ACW112983's Avatar ACW112983 09:23 AM 09-02-2009
Anyone know anything about NFL RedZone? HD? Sports package needed? ETC.

And for the love of God WHEN WILL COMCAST GET SPIKE HD??? It already has HD for OnDemand.
Grayson73's Avatar Grayson73 10:53 AM 09-02-2009
Has anyone with Comcast in Montgomery County been able to get one of the new Motorola DCX 34xx STBs? I went to the Rockville location today and they didn't have any.
aaronwt's Avatar aaronwt 11:34 AM 09-02-2009
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Originally Posted by djp952 View Post

I've never had a set with a CableCard slot, and everything I have here is less than 2 years old. The Bravia is like 8 months old.


My 2005 Samsung HD 1080P DLP set had a cable card slot.
My 2008 Samsung DLP and 2008 Samsung LCD does not have a cable card slot.
Big J's Avatar Big J 12:10 PM 09-02-2009
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Originally Posted by aaronwt View Post

My 2005 Samsung HD 1080P DLP set had a cable card slot.
My 2008 Samsung DLP and 2008 Samsung LCD does not have a cable card slot.

I get the impression that they are or already have phased out cable cards. Most people never heard of them, and cable companies don't want to lose the revenue (No on demand).
J
CrispyCritter's Avatar CrispyCritter 03:32 PM 09-02-2009
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Originally Posted by Big J View Post

I get the impression that they are or already have phased out cable cards. Most people never heard of them, and cable companies don't want to lose the revenue (No on demand).
J

Yes, most TV manufacturers have phased them out due to lack of demand and loads of customer complaints of them not working due to cable company ineptitude. The cable companies are much better now that they're trained (because of TiVo which have no current alternative except cablecards), but the TV manufacturers are still not going back to them in general.

The cable companies can't phase them out - they're legally required to fully support them.
Jim Miller's Avatar Jim Miller 06:00 PM 09-02-2009
what's with 13.8 and 13.9? seems to be a dupe of 13.1.

power to burn?

jtm
mattydr's Avatar mattydr 08:01 PM 09-02-2009
Seems like some of what WHUT is broadcasting is being sent out correctly, and some of it is getting unnecessarily smashed between horizontal black bars. For example, Sesame Street looks great, but they ran Helvetica all smashed down. You gotta love the irony of getting the children's program right, but botching the presentation of a show with a bunch of designers talking about a font. See attachments for examples.
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Kelly From KOMO's Avatar Kelly From KOMO 08:30 PM 09-02-2009
The second image looks as if someone ran a 4:3 program into an aspect radio converter (ARC) which was set to 16:9 anamorphic stretch.
mattydr's Avatar mattydr 08:56 PM 09-02-2009
Or maybe it's a 16:9 source framed for 4:3, then stretched out to 16:9? Ugh.
systems2000's Avatar systems2000 10:48 PM 09-02-2009
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Originally Posted by mikemikeb View Post

However, I'll still give the nod to WETA because of their interference issue with WHAG.

What interferrence? WHAG is on 26 and WETA is on 27.
Trip in VA's Avatar Trip in VA 10:53 PM 09-02-2009
WETA's interference problem is with WFPT-28.

- Trip
machpost's Avatar machpost 07:09 AM 09-03-2009
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Originally Posted by mattydr View Post

Or maybe it's a 16:9 source framed for 4:3, then stretched out to 16:9? Ugh.

The SD version is even worse. Widescreen programs are double-squished. Hopefully they get it figured out soon, but MPT has been doing the same sort of thing for years, and they still haven't gotten it totally right. And they need to move that logo bug over a little bit, because I'd venture to say that most of us don't have TVs that do full 1:1 pixel mapping.
Kelly From KOMO's Avatar Kelly From KOMO 12:26 PM 09-03-2009
Where I work now has this same sort of thing happen all the time but in reverse. Sometimes network or syndicated programming comes in 16:9 via satellite and whomever captures it doesn't pay attention to the aspect ratio. The program gets ingested into the system and played out 4:3 without being run through an ARC, thus looking all squished and ugly. By the time it starts playing it's too late. But ultimately I get the phone call or E-mail. "Did you see program XYZ?" "Why did it look so bad?"

Other than archived content, hopefully as more 16:9 programming becomes available, this issue will pretty much go away by itself.
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