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post #13921 of 13942 Old 12-28-2014, 05:53 AM
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Yes, 49-1 is now mapped to 36-1 instead.

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Woefully bad entertainment programming on 36-1 Soul of the South. The weekday schedules typically consist of half infomercials and a couple of hours of Judge Someone-I've-Never-Heard-Ofs, but they do feature five hours of "live" news. I haven't watched their news yet, but unfortunately, the easiest stories to produce right now that will be of interest to their audience will surely focus on police abuse.

FWIW, I just visited the "Arise TV" website, a national, Black news channel from which Soul of the South will be carrying a daily show, and they were running a really well produced panel interview that was comparable in quality to what I'd expect to see on PBS.

They are running a basketball game tonight involving Mt. St. Mary's and Old Dominion. On Thursday, they will be televising a PBL men's professional basketball league that consists largely of teams that were rejected by the NBA when they reconstituted their "Development League".

Last night, Sunday, they did run some movies, and one featured Richard Prior, but the print was so bad it made my uncle Eli's home movies that he used to shoot with his Bell and Howell 8mm camera back in the early 1960s look good.

I don't know what they are hoping to get for entertainment content, as what I have seen or read of so far wouldn't cut the muster for Bounce TV. I'd say that the only way they can succeed is if they find a niche with their news audience.

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I'm watching the Old Dominion/Mt. St. Mary's game on WWTD 36.1 as I type this. Its starting time was delayed an hour, and they may have shortened the halftime just a little to more comfortably squeeze it into the allocated, two hour time block.

What they did not more comfortably squeeze, however, was their bitstream. It is B-A-D! It is the second most compressed broadcast TV program I have ever seen. The most compressed was the old Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom on WUSA. When they would show a leopard, its spots would change from round to square whenever it moved even the slightest.
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I've heard Soul of the South is fed by Internet stream. No telling what type of encoding is being used on that end.

The station is giving it more than 3 Mbps which would seem like it should be enough to not be too poor-looking otherwise.

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Any one else notice that MHz (30.1-30.6) is sending out the wrong time (sorry, don't know the proper terminology)? It's now roughly 1.5 hrs fast. A week or so ago, I noticed it was an hour fast. It's probably been off since switching back to standard time. It's wreaking havoc on my timed recordings on my iView box. A timed recording will kick off prematurely even if I'm just watching one of these channels because of their clock. Recording with the iView is haphazard enough without MHz adding to my difficulties!
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Any one else notice that MHz (30.1-30.6) is sending out the wrong time (sorry, don't know the proper terminology)? It's now roughly 1.5 hrs fast. A week or so ago, I noticed it was an hour fast.
30.7-30.12 are time synchronized with 30.1-30-6 and are similarly mistimed.

The clock settings are pretty shabby all around:
11.1 WBAL: + 2 to 3 minutes
14.1 WFDC: + 9 minutes (they are a serial offender)
23.1 WDDN is in a time warp. Date: 1980/02/15, daily time off by nearly six hours
25.1 WZDC: - (minus) 3 minutes
45.1 WBFF: + 2 minutes
54.1 WNUV: + 2 minutes
58.1 WIAV: +7 minutes

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30.7-30.12 are time synchronized with 30.1-30-6 and are similarly mistimed.

The clock settings are pretty shabby all around:
11.1 WBAL: + 2 to 3 minutes
14.1 WDFC: + 9 minutes (they are a habitual offender)
23.1 WDDN is in a time warp. Date: 1980/02/15, daily time off by nearly six hours
25.1 WZDC: - (minus) 3 minutes
45.1 WBFF: + 2 minutes
54.1 WNUV: + 2 minutes
58.1 WIAV: +7 minutes
Yeah, I noticed 14.1,14.2 a while back too. Forgot about that.
I guess no one cares since cable is the presumed and dominant delivery method.
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Woefully bad entertainment programming on 36-1

...They are running a basketball game tonight involving Mt. St. Mary's and Old Dominion. On Thursday, they will be televising a PBL men's professional basketball league that consists largely of teams that were rejected by the NBA when they reconstituted their "Development League"....
Some Eisenhower cabinet member once said, "He said to me, 'Cheer up. It could get worse.' so I cheered up, and it got worse"

Tonight, it got worse. Instead of carrying the PBL mens profesional basketball game that had been scheduled, they had a rebroadcast of Monday's Mt. St. Mary's versus Old Dominion game, and the picture was having analog video problems symptomatic of losing the color burst signal, and otherwise, it looked like it was a tape recording made on an old 2-head VHS recorder.

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24.2 WUTV is now GRIT, which is calling itself, "Television with backbone".

I hope they show the Stephen Segal movie where he plays a tough guy and goes around beating the crap out of everybody.

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Potential Sinclair subchannel shuffle in Baltimore:
WBFF: 45.1 FOX (720p HD), 45.2 MNT (720p HD), 45.3 WxNation (480i SD)
WNUV: 54.1 CW (720p HD), 54.2 GetTV (480i SD), 54.3 Grit (480i SD)
WUTB (spun off): 24.1 ????
ThisTV moved to WMAR 2.2 or WBAL 11.3

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Potential Sinclair subchannel shuffle in Baltimore:
WBFF: 45.1 FOX (720p HD), 45.2 MNT (720p HD), 45.3 WxNation (480i SD)
WNUV: 54.1 CW (720p HD), 54.2 GetTV (480i SD), 54.3 Grit (480i SD)
WUTB (spun off): 24.1 ????
ThisTV moved to WMAR 2.2 or WBAL 11.3
????? Based on what?

It should be pointed out here that Live Well Network, produced by ABC and presently carried locally on 2.2 and 7.3, will be discontinued this month. ABC has said its intention is to use that subchannel space for locally produced programming on its "Owned and operated" stations, but neither of our local ABC affiliates are so owned and operated.

By MNT, I take it you mean MyNetwork which is presently carried on 24.1 in 720P. FWIW, 24.2 just began carrying GRIT a few days ago.

Has 24.1 been sold? It's transmitter situation has often been described as "short-spaced", meaning that it cannot transmit at a power level adequate to saturate its coverage area without encroaching on another stations territory, so anytime that a network can move away from it and to another Baltimore transmitter, it will reach a larger broadcast audience.

Baltimore still has no Movies! (20.2 in DC), or Antenna TV (50.2/DC) or CoziTV (4.2/DC) , or Escape (14.4/DC), or Soul of the South (36.1/DC) for that matter, and neither market presently has RTV, (which is no great loss), so there is alternate programming available.

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????? Based on what?.
not a damn thing

disregard what he is saying. He is living in "mythical land" that any current Sinclair duopoly will be nuked.

Apparently he feels the need to poison each market with a Sinclair station with that crap (folks seem to do that at radiodiscussions)
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The posts I made here and on other threads are just pure speculation on just what might happen in these markets, with the FCC's crackdown on JSAs/SSAs and the impending incentive auction. Some of you may have been offended, and for that I apologize.

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I actually had surmised that it was intended as an expression of your own speculation, We used to do a lot more of that here and elsewhere, especially when new technologies were unfolding and regrouping.

I don't remember the exact details of this, but some 30 years ago, I think Pat Robertson or someone was trying to buy up some shopping channels and someone started circulating an anonymous petition claiming that the FCC was outlawing singing Christmas carols on TV or something like that, and it went viral, and I mean viral, before there was any such thing as going viral, other than what real viruses do. It ran for over a decade, and the FCC was spending over a million dollars a year just manning switchboards with operators whose sole job it was to reassure the callers that there was no such regulation pending. It got written up in Newsweek and so I then made myself one of the callers and was assured by one of the FCC's anti-hoax specialists that nothing like it was in effect or pending.

The telltale indication that the petition my mother had gotten from church was fishy, other than its poor spelling and grammar and lack of specificity, was that it referenced the Madalyn Murray O'Hair Supreme Court decision, outlawing organized prayer in school, as having happened, I think, just nine years earlier, but the petition was being circulated about twenty years after that decision.

Of course, the saving grace of the internet is that even though rumors can and do take off faster, they also get debunked, or in this case, clarified, quicker and more thoroughly as well. At the risk of starting another, myself, I will mentioned here that in checking out the local ABC affiliate ownership, I see that there is some affiliation between WJLA and Sinclair's fledgling college sports network, American Sports Network, that I will speculate may, to some extent, displace Live Well when it is discontinued later this month.

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BU-Navy is being carried live simultaneously this evening on Baltimore's 24.1 and 45.3, as well as with an hour delay on Washington, DC 36.1. I had no idea that Navy basketball was a big draw.
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I was just poking around the internet, trying to find out what WMAR-2 and WJLA-7 were going to do when Live Well Network is discontinued and see that, contrary to prior announcements, it will not end on January 19th. According to the WBAY, Green Bay website, it will run for at least another couple of months.

I see that CBS and Weigel Broadcasting will be launching a re-run channel to be called Decades on May 25, 2015. According to the Wikipedia article, they are planning to distribute it on all 16 CBS owned and operated stations and further syndicating it to other stations as well, so that means that Baltimore WJZ-13 will finally have a subchannel.

Most of their programs will be the same ones that have been in passed from re-run channel to re-run channel already, but most interesting to me are that they will have all five Star Trek series as well as, War of the Worlds and Friday the 13th, the series. They also will be showing the 1950s show, The Millionaire. I used to watch that regularly when it was first run, but I have to wonder if those stories will still hold my interest.
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I was just poking around the internet, trying to find out what WMAR-2 and WJLA-7 were going to do when Live Well Network is discontinued and see that, contrary to prior announcements, it will not end on January 19th. According to the WBAY, Green Bay website, it will run for at least another couple of months.
We now know that WMAR will be replacing it with LAFF comedy channel.




ABC, Scripps to Carry New Broadcast Network Dedicated to Comedy

January 18, 2015

ATLANTA (January 18, 2015) – The country’s first-ever, over-the-air broadcast television network devoted to comedy around-the-clock will launch this spring when Katz Broadcasting debuts LAFF on April 15, 2015, it was announced today.

LAFF will feature a mix of contemporary off-network sitcoms and popular theatrical motion pictures, with a target audience of adults 18-49. The LAFF brand will cross multiple platforms, with the linear network carried on the signals of local broadcast television stations and corresponding cable carriage while companion digital content will be available at LAFF.com and via the LAFF app.

The ABC Owned Television Stations will carry LAFF in New York (WABC-TV), Los Angeles (KABC-TV), Chicago (WLS-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV), San Francisco (KGO-TV), Houston (KTRK-TV), Raleigh (WTVD-TV) and Fresno (KFSN-TV).
The E.W. Scripps Company will also launch LAFF on its stations in Detroit (WXYZ-TV), Phoenix (KNXV-TV), Tampa (WFTS-TV), Denver (KMGH-TV), Cleveland (WEWS-TV), Indianapolis (WRTV-TV), Baltimore (WMAR-TV), San Diego (KGTV-TV), Kansas City (KSHB-TV), Cincinnati (WCPO-TV), West Palm Beach (WPTV-TV), Buffalo (WKBW-TV) and Tulsa (KJRH-TV).

These initial agreements will make LAFF available to more than 35% of the country, with more distribution additions expected to be announced shortly.

More...
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I live on the ground floor of an apartment building in Ellicott City, MD. This week I purchased a Mohu Leaf 30. According to the Mohu website, I would get all the four major broadcast channels from Baltimore and D.C. After hooking it up, I'm finding that I get no D.C channels nor do I get the Baltimore CBS and NBC channels. All toll I get 12 channels where the website says I should get 46. I've tried playing around with the location of the antenna. It is currently located next to a glass sliding door that leads outside. My question is, can anyone recommend an indoor antenna that would pickup both the D.C and Baltimore ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX channels?
I live on the "western" side of Ellicott City near Glenelg and the Mohu didn't work for me. A better antenna (Antennas Direct C2-V-CJM ClearStream 2-V) pulls in Baltimore and some Washington stations. I'm going to try a pre-amp to see if that improves the number of stations.
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ABC channel quirk in northern virginia

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I am in a 3 level west facing town home in Herndon. Tv fool says I should be able to pull 43 channels at my location. At the third level having the antenna on the east facing window I get 40 channels ALL except the ABC channels 7-1,7-2,7-3.

On the second level of the house I get only 3 channels some times upto 7 which include the ABC channels but nothing else.
My zipcode is 20171
I tried amazonbasics 25 mile,35 mile and mohu amplified 50 mile- amplified. More or less they have the same behaviour mohu being the worst which picked up only 3 at second level And less than 10 at 3 rd level.

The windows are exactly on the same vertical line looking from outside. I called Amazon tech support to see why the weird problem with ABC channels and they didn't have a clue. I am new to the VHF/UHF terms. Will I be better served with a different antenna?

I just ordered a winegard from Costco to see what it does? But can any of you experts tell me why an antenna would drop ABC channels from 24 feet from ground vs pick the same 3 and drop the rest from 18 feet from the ground when facing the same direction on two different floors. I tried changing the antenna all across the windows and scan the channels every time I moved them.

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Unfortunately this is typical with indoor antennas in the digital TV age. Any chance you can get an antenna in the attic? Anything less will be a crap shoot way out in Herndon.
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I live south of Baltimore in Riviera Beach (21122) and would like to be able to pickup both Baltimore and Washington stations. I can roof mount about 18' above the ground line. Very flat community near the water, I am on somewhat of a hill compared to the waterfront homes (50' above sea level) and no trees close by to block a signal in any direction. The signal will be split 3 ways, 2 tv's and a Channel Master DVR+ feeding my projector. Small house so no cable runs over 50'.

What would be a good antenna that could pickup both the Baltimore and D.C. stations? Any help is greatly appreciated, I am tired of outrageous monthly bills and I am looking forward to a non compressed HD signal. Also, what splitters are recommended, would and amp be needed?

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I live south of Baltimore in Riviera Beach (21122) and would like to be able to pickup both Baltimore and Washington stations. I can roof mount about 18' above the ground line. Very flat community near the water, I am on somewhat of a hill compared to the waterfront homes (50' above sea level) and no trees close by to block a signal in any direction. The signal will be split 3 ways, 2 tv's and a Channel Master DVR+ feeding my projector. Small house so no cable runs over 50'.

What would be a good antenna that could pickup both the Baltimore and D.C. stations? Any help is greatly appreciated, I am tired of outrageous monthly bills and I am looking forward to a non compressed HD signal. Also, what splitters are recommended, would and amp be needed?

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