The Seahawks/Chargers pre-season game is just about to start. NFLHD network is showing it in HD. KPTV (Comcast 712) is showing the same feed cropped to 4:3 with pillar bars. Why? Is this some sort of NFL restriction?
I lost KOPB and KPTV entirely. I'm in Battle Ground, WA. I have a 10 ft. mast attached to my chimney, and a very good Channel Master UHF only antenna mounted on it. The KGW signal is weak on the meter, put I have no problems viewing it.
I'm just west of Battle Ground. With the transition, I've lost OPB and KPTV. KGW reads 40 on the Hitachi 57S700's signal strength indicator. I have a very nice Channel Master UHF only antenna mounted on my roof on an 8-foot pole.
It looks like I'll have to add a VHF antenna if I want receive the VHF channels. I'm currently on Comcast, so OTA is not that important at this point.
Remember a few years ago we worried about single-chip DLP and that spinning color wheel getting loose and flying out of the TV? Well just wait until that laser goes berzerk and slices your head off :-)
You do not need a box from Comcast to get HDTV. If your HDTV has a QAM HDTV tuner, you can tune-in the "in-the-clear" HDTV channels. You need a box or a cablecard from Comcast to decrypt the encrypted HDTV channels. Without a box or cablecard you should get the local broadcast HDTV channels (KATU-HD, KOIN-HD, KGW-HD, KPTV-HD, KOPB-HD, etc.)
Is there a way to make the channel up-down buttons only cycle through the channels that I subscribe to? I have the 3412 HD-DVR and Comcast. I know there is a "favorites" button, but it only surfs in one direction.
Please take the previous comment in jest. I couldn't resist. I think that until some industry watchdog or marketing group creates criteria for a certfied logo for HD content and HD networks, the content providers will continue to use HD for marketing purposes without actually delivering quality HD content.