Originally posted by Jeff Williams
If you mean external as in outside, no we don't. The antennas sit on top of the TV's. The TV's look bad because of the video distribution system. Very few TV's have their on satellite receiver. Most receivers are running at least a half dozen TV's.
Maybe a better way to put the noise I was seeing in the picture would be to say that it looked like it was compressed to much, leading to grainy picture. I noticed it on the 720p transmissions. The upconverts looked good. I am assuming that the more channels you add, the more compressed the 720p transmissions have to be to fit all the information into the specified bandwidth. Like I said last time, it might be the TV and tuner causing the problem.
I'm surprised that you can't receive even analog where you are. I'm only a few miles closer to the towers and I get a picture that is better than Adelphia's. I use an antenna in my attic that is run directly from it in to the TV via 75ohm coaxial cable. It looks like I have no problem with the digital channels either. I'll have to wait until the holidays to find out. That's when I'll have getting the new HDTV.
I'm glad to see the hours being expanded. I was wondering primarily because the hockey games start at about 7 and the signal doesn't go on until 8. I guess that you answered my question. Maybe you could turn the signal on during the day only on Saturday and Sunday. Monday through Friday during the day are not needed yet.
Thank you for leaving the radar up. I was in a dilemma about what to do about going to satellite and dropping cable. I would loose channel 63 and the live radar. That solved my problem.
The biggest question I have left doesn't pertain to WNEP. It has to do with the other local affiliates. Do you know when they will start broadcasting digitally. Noticed I didn't say in HDTV, since Mark mentioned that they may just digitize their analog signal and pass it on. That would be very disappointing given CBS's commitment to HDTV broadcasting. WYOU and WBRE are almost the same network I believe. Is it possible for them to use the same tower to save on costs and possibly putting that savings towards going to HD broadcasts? It's frustrating thinking that I would put all of this money into the TV and satellite, and not be able to watch any of the programming that CBS has to offer.
Thanks for your time and information,
I'm really surprised that a store that is attempting to sell digital receivers doesn't have a decent antenna system (external). Oh well!
Let's try an experiment next week with the noise you see in the 720p video. On Tuesday I will remove the SD channels and use the entire bandwidth for the HD channel. Let me know by sending an email to email@example.com
if it looks better or worse. If it is better I will tweak the encoder and see if I can clean it up a bit when encoding SD channels.
The hockey games....You are talking about the Penguins?? If so the DTV transmitter will definately be on! It's the only way to get a return feed to the Arena for the "talent" to monitor the commercial inserts. They will also be on Adelphia 63 in full screen mode.
And finally, as far as the other stations, I don't know what they are doing. As of last week I didn't notice any construction up there. Legally all they have to do is be on the air by November 1st and if they choose, run upconverted analog. If I hear something I'll let you know.
BTW: I installed Dolby equipment 2 weeks ago. Have you watched any ABC movies or sitcoms on 5.1? Curious how it sounds....
- Stu -