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Forum: HD Radio   05-07-2016, 03:30 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,156
Posted By scowl
Yeah, 40-50 miles is long distance away.

Yeah, 40-50 miles is long distance away.
Forum: HD Radio   05-06-2016, 02:20 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,156
Posted By scowl
I rarely have that problem. I have run marathons...

I rarely have that problem. I have run marathons in several cities with my Insignia listening only to HD-2 stations and have rarely had dropouts. It uses the headphone cord as the antenna. In most...
Forum: HD Radio   05-06-2016, 09:39 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 7,156
Posted By scowl
After all these years my friends still don't know...

After all these years my friends still don't know what HD Radio is, even the few that still listen to the radio.

I say "no commercials" and they still say, "Oh, yeah, satellite radio."

When I...
Forum: HDTV Technical   05-06-2016, 09:28 AM
Replies: 1,376
Views: 204,205
Posted By scowl
Here in Portland the new MPEG4 channels take up...

Here in Portland the new MPEG4 channels take up about one third the bandwidth of the MPEG2 channels. I don't expect them to triple the number of HD channels so some bandwidth will free up once the...
Forum: HDTV Technical   04-21-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 505
Posted By scowl
I think that's what my friend's Bravia has. I...

I think that's what my friend's Bravia has. I thought it was an Internet service that Sony was using without permission.

It was very disappointing to see absolutely nothing show up for any...
Forum: HDTV Technical   04-21-2016, 06:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 505
Posted By scowl
After setting up a friends Sony Bravia, we...

After setting up a friends Sony Bravia, we discovered that it had absolutely no PSIP display. Apparently it's supposed to pull it off the Internet instead and Sony decided to cancel that service...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   04-13-2016, 09:22 PM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
The only sports channel I know is MPEG4 is CBS...

The only sports channel I know is MPEG4 is CBS Sports Network.

Folks here can check if you give us a specific channel.
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   03-21-2016, 05:19 PM
Replies: 8,774
Views: 887,681
Posted By scowl
Fans of old standard definition shows should be...

Fans of old standard definition shows should be happy that KOIN added getTV and Decades.

I hope this means KOIN got a new encoder because their HD channel was constantly pixelating at full ATSC...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-21-2016, 02:14 PM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
Uh, correction to my correction (ugh!). The first...

Uh, correction to my correction (ugh!). The first 720p channel to be switched to MPEG4 was FXX. Right now it has a problem of freezing for a few frames whenever there's a change of scene. It's hard...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-21-2016, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
I don't have my cable hooked up to my PC so I...

I don't have my cable hooked up to my PC so I don't know how channels are grouped.

One correction: the SEC ESPN Network is 720p and it appears to be the first 720p network to be switched to MPEG4....
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-21-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
MPEG4 is good at hiding faults. Also I'm watching...

MPEG4 is good at hiding faults. Also I'm watching basketball which is not good at showing compression problems. Maybe they waited until after football is over to start switching over to MPEG4.

I...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-20-2016, 08:50 PM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
A few of the sport channels are now MPEG4, like...

A few of the sport channels are now MPEG4, like CBS Sports Network and the SEC Network. Others like Comcast Sport Network and Pac 12 Network are still MPEG2 for the moment. They're using about one...
Forum: HD Radio   02-15-2016, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 704
Posted By scowl
AM is fine with news and talk formats. I doubt...

AM is fine with news and talk formats. I doubt any form of analog improvements will bring music back to it. If that were possible, stations would have never abandoned AM stereo.
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-30-2016, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
The advantage of MPEG-4 is that you can drop the...

The advantage of MPEG-4 is that you can drop the bit rate lower and lower without the image completely falling apart. The picture gets softer, you see more banding in smooth areas, and motion begins...
Forum: HDTV Technical   01-30-2016, 12:15 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 18,872
Posted By scowl
Most Americans have already forgotten about the...

Most Americans have already forgotten about the analog shutdown.



Good, that would certainly solve the problem.

The question is whether or not American television broadcasters are going to...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-30-2016, 10:58 AM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
It does look like Comcast has set the bit rates...

It does look like Comcast has set the bit rates of the MPEG-4 channels at about one third the bit rates of the MPEG-2 channels.
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-29-2016, 07:47 PM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
How many channels are MPEG-4 now? I see that IFC,...

How many channels are MPEG-4 now? I see that IFC, Animal Planet, TBSHD, AMC, and SyFy have been switched. Bitrates are as low as 1.7 Mbps!
Forum: HDTV Technical   01-22-2016, 09:46 PM
Replies: 396
Views: 18,872
Posted By scowl
I'm having a flashback to 2001-2002.

I'm having a flashback to 2001-2002.
Forum: HDTV Technical   12-08-2015, 03:23 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,077
Posted By scowl
A couple of weeks ago I put up an antenna for a...

A couple of weeks ago I put up an antenna for a friend who "cut the cord". I was surprised that her relatively new Sony Bravia had no EPG (PSIP) information at all. All it displayed was "No Data" for...
Forum: HDTV Technical   10-25-2015, 02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 326
Posted By scowl
While trying to narrow down an antenna problem, I...

While trying to narrow down an antenna problem, I quickly made a simple dipole from a couple of strands of wire about a foot long. I don't think that was any different from rabbit ears.
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   10-10-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
I see why Tivo is sending these emails. When you...

I see why Tivo is sending these emails. When you tune one of their boxes to 1995, you get three swirling dots forever and no message.
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   10-10-2015, 08:36 AM
Replies: 4,898
Views: 516,557
Posted By scowl
The only thing I've gotten is several emails from...

The only thing I've gotten is several emails from Tivo saying that my DVR is completely compatible with Comcast's MPEG-4 plans so I have nothing to worry about. I haven't heard anything from Comcast...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-27-2015, 12:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 559
Posted By scowl
Sadly, both Bugsy and Fisher King on Cozi were...

Sadly, both Bugsy and Fisher King on Cozi were 4:3 masters of VHS quality. Bugsy was open matte and Fisher King looks tightly panned and scanned. I haven't seen anything in 16:9 on that channel other...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-22-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 559
Posted By scowl
Often media rights and broadcast rights are owned...

Often media rights and broadcast rights are owned by different businesses. This is especially common with movies released in the 50's, 60's and 70's. Home media didn't exist yet so the owners of the...
Forum: HDTV Technical   09-21-2015, 06:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 559
Posted By scowl
I don't know if they even have SD 16:9 masters in...

I don't know if they even have SD 16:9 masters in America for network broadcast. The movies shown on these subchannels here are rarely classic and never recent and certainly not what you would see on...
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