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Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   05-15-2016, 01:47 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Well, you are absolutely right, and that is...

Well, you are absolutely right, and that is because many of them are UHF-only. There is no low-V except for the rare lo-power station. 8, 10, and 12 opted to get Hi-V back, and at the cost of losing...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-15-2016, 01:25 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Sorry if this has been discussed, but the no-sub...

Sorry if this has been discussed, but the no-sub Tivos are starting to look interesting to me (suffering with the DTV POS).

My Q: How is the eSATA port implemented? Hopefully there is no stupid...
Forum: HDTV Recorders   05-15-2016, 01:20 PM
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Posted By TomCat
I don't have an example for you, but I am hearing...

I don't have an example for you, but I am hearing negatives about Rovi's guides, like they're sort of kludge-ey or something.

Tivo already nailed the guide, so it would be a shame if part of the...
Forum: Display Calibration   10-10-2015, 02:25 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Better than Idea-Lume?

First, apologies because this may not technically be display calibration as much as it might be "room" calibration.

I find the Idea-Lume approach interesting and helpful, and at the same time...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   05-02-2015, 05:42 PM
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Posted By TomCat
You must be exceptionally intelligent. Thanks for...

You must be exceptionally intelligent. Thanks for proving that to the rest of us. I hope you feel better now.

American Idol is also owned by Freemantle. Would you not characterize this as a "FOX"...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   05-01-2015, 03:56 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Just FYI: FOX has not renewed its contract...

Just FYI:

FOX has not renewed its contract with Bounce, which will be leaving 45.3 in September. I think it may have been picked up by ABC 15 (?).

Also, in December, 45.3 will begin airing the...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-24-2015, 06:15 PM
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Posted By TomCat
You can completely disagree all day, but you are...

You can completely disagree all day, but you are not disagreeing with me, because that is not what I said. So don't be sorry that you disagree; be sorry that you are misinterpreting what I said (not...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-24-2015, 02:12 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Features are just the sizzle. The real meat, the...

Features are just the sizzle. The real meat, the porterhouse steak, is the interface, the thing that sits between you and your content. And that is why streaming isn't quite there yet, because no one...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-11-2015, 10:52 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Well, it's just one man's opinion; a man who...

Well, it's just one man's opinion; a man who doesn't really have all the answers (or that many of them). I'm sure that there are many who would disagree with me. That's fine. It really doesn't matter...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-11-2015, 06:17 PM
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Posted By TomCat
What are our thoughts about the "PrimeTime...

What are our thoughts about the "PrimeTime Anytime" approach by DISH? I have not heard if that was successful or a flop, but this is something that cable could do with the right DVR, today. Not only...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-11-2015, 05:59 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Changing to a higher bandwidth somewhat implies...

Changing to a higher bandwidth somewhat implies replacing the entire plant, with the exception of retaining bits and pieces of the hardline. But they seem to do that every ~15 years or so anyway, so...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-10-2015, 10:39 AM
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Posted By TomCat
You are absolutely right, Dave, and you know I...

You are absolutely right, Dave, and you know I consider you the premiere contributor to this forum (thread?).

Thanks so much for the link; I will forward that to my overlords in hopes of scaring...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-09-2015, 03:38 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Let's try to keep the record straight. I was...

Let's try to keep the record straight. I was commenting on Bryan's statement regarding whether Cox IS encrypting channels. I did not decree "always" and "never" regarding what they are allowed to do,...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-08-2015, 06:32 AM
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Posted By TomCat
You may be right about that, Dave. But you...

You may be right about that, Dave.

But you are talking about something different than what I am talking about. I am talking about the situation on the ground currently, while you are talking about...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   02-08-2015, 05:53 AM
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Posted By TomCat
In central Phoenix, clear QAM is still there. ...

In central Phoenix, clear QAM is still there.

Rules change, but my understanding is that local stations must never be encrypted or blocked by cable TV, and local stations are all in HD and the SD...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-28-2015, 11:03 PM
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Posted By TomCat
A hybrid splitter is also referred to as a...

A hybrid splitter is also referred to as a combiner. It is a 2-way street, and there is no rule against using it to combine two antennae or two RF signals of different frequencies; this is the same...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-25-2015, 08:15 AM
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Posted By TomCat
Excellent. Still less than Amazon. I have...

Excellent. Still less than Amazon.

I have trouble with 7.1 also; according to TVFool (yep, they are doing terrain now) it is a good ~25 dB lower in power than main chs, and has an adjacent signal...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-24-2015, 06:20 AM
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Posted By TomCat
A common item packed with an AVR is a folded...

A common item packed with an AVR is a folded dipole to pick up FM (which typically works for VHF as well). You also can probably still get these at RatShack or monoprice.com for about a buck if you...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-21-2015, 01:21 PM
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Posted By TomCat
The trap can only help, but I would not expect it...

The trap can only help, but I would not expect it to move you over the Mendoza line into good reception. You are probably right in that the signals are there, and that you simply need something that...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-21-2015, 10:45 AM
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Posted By TomCat
You seem to be thinking this through properly. ...

You seem to be thinking this through properly.

The fact that signals are marginal with small UHF antennae makes me suspect that it would not take much improvement to solve your issues. If you are...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 05:10 PM
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Posted By TomCat
HDTVPrimer.com also has this: ...

HDTVPrimer.com also has this:

http://www.hdtvprimer.com/ANTENNAS/comparing.html

Lots of good info, but there is also info on Hi-V performance of "UHF" antennae. Also, what you are really...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 12:48 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Regrdless, Channel Master is a place to start, as...

Regrdless, Channel Master is a place to start, as they make good stuff. I'd see what else they might have, but don't feel that you are compelled; if a Winegard is VHF-UHF for ~$40-50, I'd do that....
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 12:36 PM
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Posted By TomCat
I can't imagine there being any problem at all....

I can't imagine there being any problem at all. I've seen them on SolidSignal.com, not sure what they are going for these days. Not sure they still even make it. They also have a smaller version that...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 12:09 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Multipath becomes an issue when you get far...

Multipath becomes an issue when you get far enough from the station that the curvature of the earth starts to mess with line-of-sight, is also high when very close to the towers (a couple miles), and...
Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception   01-20-2015, 12:00 PM
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Posted By TomCat
Michael, it is unlikely that an amp will help....

Michael, it is unlikely that an amp will help. The need for a preamp (on the antenna mast) is typically when you are 40 miles or more away. The need for a distribution amp is when you are splitting...
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