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post #781 of 962
It sounds like what they did with WTNH-TV (ABC) in New Haven, CT. They ran their news in widescreen for a few months. It looked like a soft HD picture. Not quite as crisp as the HD you're used to. They also relaunched as "NEWS 8" that day with a red/white logo.
post #782 of 962
Anyone else having trouble getting WLYH 15 lately? For the past few months I've had the signal locked, but turned it on this morning and I'm getting nothing... Attic Antenna in No. York County
post #783 of 962
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Originally Posted by CLT OTA Nut View Post

Anyone else having trouble getting WLYH 15 lately? For the past few months I've had the signal locked, but turned it on this morning and I'm getting nothing... Attic Antenna in No. York County

I just hooked up a new tv in a room with no cable just rabbit ears and I'm getting it fine here in Columbia. I get 15.1
post #784 of 962
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I just hooked up a new tv in a room with no cable just rabbit ears and I'm getting it fine here in Columbia. I get 15.1

Just found my problem... Went up in the attic today and my contractor who had been doing some work in the attic had moved my antenna... moved it back and I'm back in business
post #785 of 962
In case you missed it, WGAL started running commercials last week announcing that they will be starting HD 16:9 newscasts in the near future. No firm date was announced however, but I would guess maybe around the new year?
post #786 of 962
It will probaly be just stretched I hope not. I like news 8 but on weekends but they serously mess up the locations of incident. this weekend they had the Fire in Wrightsville as Lancaster Co and said Southern Regional Pd investigated the Fatal Tasing in Mount Joy. Not even close. they got it right today.
post #787 of 962
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Originally Posted by N3NTJ View Post

In case you missed it, WGAL started running commercials last week announcing that they will be starting HD 16:9 newscasts in the near future. No firm date was announced however, but I would guess maybe around the new year?

No mention of any HD in all the commercials I've seen, just widescreen. I don't think they have any plans to go HD.
post #788 of 962
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No mention of any HD in all the commercials I've seen, just widescreen. I don't think they have any plans to go HD.

Yeah. I think it will be SD 16X9 but retain the correct aspect (not stretched).
post #789 of 962
We recorded the primetime lineup on WHP-21 via Dish Network last Monday (How I Met Your Mother and Two & A Half Men) and Thursday (The Big Bang Theory and Bleep My Dad Says) and on play back today there very bad audio breakup every few seconds. Did anyone else see this OTA are on Comcast? Everything looks fine today.

Thanks
post #790 of 962
Did everyone see the scroll on WGAL yet. They will be dropped by Directv on Jan. 1 if they don't negotiate a contract by then. I hope they don't drop channel 8. I can't get it over the air, even though I get all of Baltimore and most of Washington channels. I don't mind not getting NBC on directv, but will miss the local news.
post #791 of 962
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Originally Posted by drkashner View Post

Did everyone see the scroll on WGAL yet. They will be dropped by Directv on Jan. 1 if they don't negotiate a contract by then. I hope they don't drop channel 8. I can't get it over the air, even though I get all of Baltimore and most of Washington channels. I don't mind not getting NBC on directv, but will miss the local news.

Interesting how locals in smaller markets complain that they don't have dbs carriage, but then as soon as they are picked up, at the first opportunity they turn against the DBS and ask you to hold them hostage.
post #792 of 962
I get WGAL on Directv. Nice to have it. HOWEVER, I get 2 other NBC stations too.
If WGAL wants to continue this relationship as it is, fine. But when they start asking for money, I will refuse and watch one of the other two NBC stations. I hope Directv refuses to pay anything. I can live quite well without WGAL.
post #793 of 962
Many of us have known this was coming very soon, but WGAL officially announced it yesterday. Widescreen news starts at 5pm today. As of Friday, WGAL's newcasts actually was a 16:9 image but had only a 4:3 live picture. The side bars were filled with a WGAL logo. Today that changes. Not sure if that will be HD 16:9 or SD 16:9.

If it's SD 16:9... how do they do that? Do they use HD cameras/equipment and downconvert it to 480?
post #794 of 962
It was definitely not an HD broadcast. I actually talked to someone at WGAL yesterday and they told me that the widescreen newscast is the "next step towards an HD newscast". Some of the shots did look good, near HD, and some of the shots (mostly remote shots and the Traffax girl) were definitely not HD. I would call it 16:9 widescreen SD.

I don't know if WGAL has a specific date set for HD newscasts. As few people probably noticed, all of the ads that WGAL have shown only say "widescreen".. they never said HD. Most people assume these are the same thing, but as we know on dbstalk.com, it is not always the same thing.
post #795 of 962
FOX43's newscasts will be full HD within the next 30 days.
post #796 of 962
Finally !
It's been a long wait for local HD news.
That will be my first choice for local news.
You run second, you loose viewers.
post #797 of 962
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Originally Posted by 81digital View Post

FOX43's newscasts will be full HD within the next 30 days.

Looks like they will go live in January. Our market (#39) is the largest in the USA without a local HD newscast. WPMT is beating WGAL to the punch.

According to new info, HD news on WPMT will go live on or before the 22nd of January.
post #798 of 962
Check out over the air 43.3 WPMT. ‘ANTENNA TV ’
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Originally Posted by HDTV Sparky View Post

Check out over the air 43.3 WPMT. 'ANTENNA TV '

Love it. Not to get greedy, but does anyone know if WITF plans to offer additional PBS feeds e.g. PBS kids, create, etc?
post #800 of 962
Thread Starter 
WGAL plans to install its RF channel 49 Harrisburg translator this summer.
post #801 of 962
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Originally Posted by jsb_hburg View Post

WGAL plans to install its RF channel 49 Harrisburg translator this summer.

Does anyone really have trouble picking it up on the current allocation? I am only 4 miles south of Harrisburg and have it locked at 98/100 on my tuner... In fact it is my best channel!
post #802 of 962
When I travel through the area on I-81, I find WGAL to be the hardest signal to receive, even when using rabbit ears rather than my UHF antenna. At the two rest stops, I usually receive WPMT without issue, WGCB with significant trouble, and WGAL is almost non-existent.

I haven't tried to use my VHF bowtie to receive WGAL. I'd be interested to see how much that helps reception, but I'm usually not at the rest stops long enough to assemble it.

- Trip
post #803 of 962
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

When I travel through the area on I-81, I find WGAL to be the hardest signal to receive, even when using rabbit ears rather than my UHF antenna. At the two rest stops, I usually receive WPMT without issue, WGCB with significant trouble, and WGAL is almost non-existent.

I haven't tried to use my VHF bowtie to receive WGAL. I'd be interested to see how much that helps reception, but I'm usually not at the rest stops long enough to assemble it.

- Trip

I guess it must be the combination of my old school radio shack monster yagi in the attic combined with being on the "right" side of the mountain.

At one time it appeared they were set to go big with some 6 fill in repeaters... Is that plan still in place?
post #804 of 962
The filings are still there, but only the channel 49 Harrisburg and channel 51 Lancaster ones have been approved by the FCC.

- Trip
post #805 of 962
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by CLT OTA Nut View Post

I guess it must be the combination of my old school radio shack monster yagi in the attic combined with being on the "right" side of the mountain.

At one time it appeared they were set to go big with some 6 fill in repeaters... Is that plan still in place?


WGAL hopes to increase its power to 32.2 kW. That application is still pending before the FCC, likewise for four of its six translator applications. WGAL has received a construction permit for translators in Harrisburg and Lancaster.

I live near the Conodoguinet Creek and I have had difficulty receiving it.
post #806 of 962
I am lucky as I am near Hershey and have line of sight of the WGAL and WPMT towers..both are 100% all of the time. The H'burg stations are another story altogether due to a hill to the W-NW of me.
post #807 of 962
I think WGAL is already at the 32.2 kW power level. The STA was approved a very long time ago.

- Trip
post #808 of 962
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

I think WGAL is already at the 32.2 kW power level. The STA was approved a very long time ago.

- Trip


Not yet, WGAL is still at 14.1 kW. WGAL hopes to get approval in the next couple of months.
post #809 of 962
It has "GRANTED" next to it in the FCC database. I'm not sure how much more approved it can be.

- Trip
post #810 of 962
Thread Starter 
Is anyone using a Digitenna antenna? If so, I'd like to get feedback on their performance in this market. Thanks in advance.
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