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Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-30-2014, 02:38 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
It occurs to me that the HW-150s also do not have...

It occurs to me that the HW-150s also do not have a channel 3/4 switch (that option's set on-screen), so this firmware might work with some HW-150s too. Best bet would probably be the older HW-150s...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-29-2014, 10:44 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
I got the Homeworx because at the time, iView's...

I got the Homeworx because at the time, iView's firmware and remote weren't as good, and I caught the HW on sale at Amazon. But as you say, iView has improved their remote, their box has a display,...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-29-2014, 09:00 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
The funny thing is, there are several clones of...

The funny thing is, there are several clones of this box on the market, all within the $40-$70 price range; but they all order their firmware from the same developer, so it tends to have the same...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-29-2014, 07:51 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Not accepting 24:00 isn't a bug IMO. 24:00 isn't...

Not accepting 24:00 isn't a bug IMO. 24:00 isn't a valid time; use 00:00 for Monday. However, not letting you enter that (or falsely reporting a conflict) is a bug.

From a usability standpoint, it...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   07-28-2014, 11:25 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Same here. Every once in a while it will just...

Same here. Every once in a while it will just barely lock in. All other LPTVs are OK, so I get the feeling KVFW isn't operating at a full 15 kW.

BTW, you can find more reliable color bars at...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   07-24-2014, 02:47 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Surprised to learn that KVFW/38 is again...

Surprised to learn that KVFW/38 is again broadcasting an ATSC signal. I'd heard that the NY Spectrum Holding Co. was gathering LPTV licenses for an experimental service (similar to the now-defunct...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-21-2014, 01:26 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
If you contact Mediasonic directly, and tell them...

If you contact Mediasonic directly, and tell them the firmware version of your HW box, they will send you a QAM-enabled version. Go to the Mediasonic forum at...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   07-21-2014, 12:36 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
You can try the contact page on their Web site at...

You can try the contact page on their Web site at http://www.hottvchannel.com/contact.html

See if there's a pattern to the dropouts. If it's an indoor antenna, see if it's when someone gets up and...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-17-2014, 02:04 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Anant, unfortunately I believe the answer is no....

Anant, unfortunately I believe the answer is no. The TV and VCR buttons are hard-coded for those device types; AFAIK there's no way to program them to control Dish-type devices like the Pals :( But...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-17-2014, 12:41 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
The DTVPal also remembers PSIP data so you don't...

The DTVPal also remembers PSIP data so you don't have to tune to each station to see its guide. In fact it auto-scans all channels with its second tuner (if it's not recording something) to keep the...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-14-2014, 03:02 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Well, you've tried the obvious (factory defaults...

Well, you've tried the obvious (factory defaults reset). Since you've opened it up, I assume you've also tried cleaning the dust out of it (in case something's overheating).

The main thing left to...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   07-09-2014, 12:20 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Whatever they're doing, they apparently did it...

Whatever they're doing, they apparently did it some more. KERA's signal reading jumped from the high 70's to the high 80's on my Philco a couple of days ago. Haven't checked the readings on the Pals...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   07-09-2014, 12:12 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
That part implies you might also benefit from a...

That part implies you might also benefit from a low-noise preamp such as Winegard's Boost amp. The KXAS signal is there now, but weak, and running it through a long cable weakens it more. If you...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-09-2014, 11:57 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Personally I'd love it. But this was discussed...

Personally I'd love it. But this was discussed back when Rovi first dropped OTA TVGOS, and IIRC the consensus was that it wasn't practical for a couple of reasons.

First, Rovi's TVGOS metadata...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-03-2014, 02:41 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Yes; the HDHR tuners are controlled by the...

Yes; the HDHR tuners are controlled by the network-connected devices that use them. Currently that would need to be either a PC, which opens up another whole can of worms, or a DLNA-compatible...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-03-2014, 10:42 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
I don't own a DVR+ (and I do have some issues...

I don't own a DVR+ (and I do have some issues with it) but I agree that $250 isn't out of line for a 2-tuner DVR with a 14-day EPG, since there are no monthly fees. Even if CM someday dumps the guide...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-03-2014, 08:41 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
I haven't looked at their circuitry, but I think...

I haven't looked at their circuitry, but I think the Pals do this, since there's no evident insertion loss: adding a Pal between my antenna and my TV's RF input doesn't cause my TV to lose even the...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-03-2014, 08:26 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
There's not a great deal of variation between DTV...

There's not a great deal of variation between DTV tuners but there is some. I can tell you that the tuners in my DTVPal and CM-7000Pal (I have one of each) are a bit better than the tuner in the...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-03-2014, 07:38 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
I genuinely don't understand this. Are there no...

I genuinely don't understand this. Are there no hearing-impaired folk in Asia?
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-03-2014, 07:33 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
There is not. You would have to buy a DTVPal or...

There is not. You would have to buy a DTVPal or CM-7000Pal used. (They do pop up quite often on eBay.) And of course AVSForum would probably be your only source of support.

So to summarize CC...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   07-03-2014, 07:21 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
My understanding is that the only stations denied...

My understanding is that the only stations denied the choice of going back to their analog assignment after the transition were those above RF 51, so I believe KERA could have gone back to RF 13. Not...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   07-02-2014, 02:56 PM
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Posted By JHBrandt
The DTVPal (aka CM-7000Pal) DVR has a built-in CC...

The DTVPal (aka CM-7000Pal) DVR has a built-in CC decoder and will do this on both live and recorded programs.

The Homeworx has a built-in CC decoder too, but it only works on live programs....
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   06-26-2014, 11:52 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
There was some change earlier this year that...

There was some change earlier this year that boosted KERA's signal reading at several locations across the metroplex. It forced them to be off the air for a few hours, so it could have been the new...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   06-24-2014, 11:41 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
Yes, if your TV screen is large (it sounds like...

Yes, if your TV screen is large (it sounds like it is), then composite is going to look a little blurry (especially on text, as mentioned earlier). BTW, if you want to stretch or zoom the composite...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   06-24-2014, 11:18 AM
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Posted By JHBrandt
KERA was forced to move to a new tower and...

KERA was forced to move to a new tower and antenna early this year. But the only folks that were expected to lose KERA with the change were a very few that live south of the Metroplex. Here in South...
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