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post #10681 of 11118
Just to give everyone a heads up, if in the next couple of weeks you notice some inconsistencies on air for us, it is due to a fairly major revamping of our master control and technical area. If things go as planned, you really shouldn't notice any real differences. We are getting rid of the last vestiges of SD in the technical area and upgrading equipment that is technically better than what we have been running. If you were to walk in the technical area, you would see we have moved our master control out in the middle of the floor while we revamped the Master Control Room and not much else looks different. The rest of it has been swapping out equipment in the racks. We are just adding more servers (we seem to NEVER have enough of them anymore) and removing the last of the SD tape decks (we are down to less that five that actually work anymore). Other than an occasional paid program that still comes in on Beta tape, everything else comes in as files from FTP servers or dedicated commercial servers we have in house. Still a lot of agency SD commercials (even in file format) but we are seeing an increase in agency HD commercials. Of course all our locally produced commercials are in HD, but more and more agency commercials are starting to arrive in HD.

The times, they are a changin'.
post #10682 of 11118
Sd is history i still get 2 stations in sd 1 toward Charlotte and 1 in between Roanoke and Bluefield . Never watch either. Yeah hd commercials are nice the boxed in look is getting old.
post #10683 of 11118
Don't know if what you did or even if you have done anything yet, but did pick up 8 for awhile this evening the news on 8.2 at 7:oo looked awesome need to get you to come up to Virginia for a while straighten these folks out.
post #10684 of 11118
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Originally Posted by squirrel 24 View Post

Don't know if what you did or even if you have done anything yet, but did pick up 8 for awhile this evening the news on 8.2 at 7:oo looked awesome need to get you to come up to Virginia for a while straighten these folks out.

No we haven't done anything yet. Tomorrow we move back into our revamped Master Control. If you watch the 7pm news rebroadcast, you may like some changes coming, starting sooner than you think.
post #10685 of 11118
Speaking of 8.2, do you know if the Fox Network NCAA Football games will be handled the same way this year as last year? (ACC Network in entirety on 8-1, Fox game in entirety on 8-2, Fox game JIP on 8-1 after ACC game is over). I think WGHP handled the games the best of the other channels, since 8-2 is the only local subchannel I receive that is SD 16x9. Was that something special that Fox let you do? I notice that WRAL will not put an ACC football game on Fox 50, even if that means putting a CBS game on 5-2 in 4x3 SD and syndicated stuff on Fox 50, but they always show the "2nd" ACC Network basketball game, and usually put it on Fox 50. The ACC Network is very confusing to us transplants, but Duke basketball without Dick Vitale excellent.
post #10686 of 11118
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Speaking of 8.2, do you know if the Fox Network NCAA Football games will be handled the same way this year as last year? (ACC Network in entirety on 8-1, Fox game in entirety on 8-2, Fox game JIP on 8-1 after ACC game is over). I think WGHP handled the games the best of the other channels, since 8-2 is the only local subchannel I receive that is SD 16x9. Was that something special that Fox let you do?

I haven't heard recently, but earlier this year, the plan was to repeat last year where possible. And yes, we had to fight FOX tooth and nail to do that. They were initially not receptive of it.
post #10687 of 11118
And speaking of TV8.2, starting Monday, we will officially start rebroadcasting the 5 and 6pm newscasts at 6:30 through 8pm and the 10 O'clock News will rebroadcast at 11pm for the full hour. This is something we have had on the drawing board for a long time, but due to some equipment issues, we decided to hold off until we could do it right. We now can.
post #10688 of 11118
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And speaking of TV8.2, starting Monday, we will officially start rebroadcasting the 5 and 6pm newscasts at 6:30 through 8pm and the 10 O'clock News will rebroadcast at 11pm for the full hour. This is something we have had on the drawing board for a long time, but due to some equipment issues, we decided to hold off until we could do it right. We now can.

This may be a very good thing.
post #10689 of 11118
I will not miss Maude! More kudos to Fox 8 for the proper use of subchannels. And to Directv for updating the guide!
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post #10690 of 11118
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 The ACC Network is very confusing to us transplants

Then you will really love the 2014 college football season, when the ACC will give us Syracuse versus Louisville while the Big Ten features Maryland versus Ohio State and Rutgers versus Michigan. I guess the ACC broadcasts will be somewhat tailored  to regional markets, but who knows what the nationally televised games on the different networks will be? I guess FOX mainly shows Big12 and Pac12 games nationally.

post #10691 of 11118
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I will not miss Maude! More kudos to Fox 8 for the proper use of subchannels. And to Directv for updating the guide!
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DirecTV gets their program metadata from Tribune Media (they do Zap2It.com).

And speaking of DirecTV changing things. Not sure when this happened, just noticed it this weekend, my HR20 has been updated where it is receiving 8.2 now. I haven't done anything to it so not sure when or how it happened. I am not complaining though. I have also lost one of the 8.1s as well (they had 2 8.1's listed for the longest time). So maybe D* has their stuff together finally.
post #10692 of 11118
I am not a big fan of stations rerunning their newscasts, because in today's immediate internet access age, everything is now live and late-breaking. A taped newscast is now old news. Although I do like it when stations rerun their 10 or 11pm news around 1 or 2am. But other than that, I don't really see the need. The Charlotte stations have a 4pm news, the 5-6:30pm block, a 7pm news, and a 10 and 11pm news. I think that is quite enough and more than adequate. And there is morning news from 4:30am until 9am. But if viewers support the WGHP rebroadcasts, then so be it. Serving the viewers and attracting an audience is what counts. I know they produce a very good program.
post #10693 of 11118
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Sd is history i still get 2 stations in sd 1 toward Charlotte and 1 in between Roanoke and Bluefield . Never watch either. Yeah hd commercials are nice the boxed in look is getting old.

I am sure that you receive more than 2 SD stations. Virtually everything that does not end with -1 with an antenna is NOT HD (with the exception of WLXI... 43-1 is SD and 43-2 is HD). (I think a few markets with 2 UNC stations flip the order around so Dish Network will carry 2 different UNCTV's, too, but you get the idea...)
post #10694 of 11118
I am talking about analog channels. Low power analog channels they still exist.
post #10695 of 11118
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I am talking about analog channels. Low power analog channels they still exist.

There are none in this market. There are still many in other markets.
post #10696 of 11118
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I am talking about analog channels. Low power analog channels they still exist.

Oh, gotcha. I do not receive any analog channels. According to TVFool, I could possibly receive a flicker on WACN analog 34 if I raised my antenna to 40 feet. Never tried. I can seea fuzzy SD WFMY on analog channel 9 my living room TV between WRAZ 50-2 and WFMY 2-1 when flipping through my antenna channels on the TV tuner. I assume that's from Time Warner Cable... but... how?
post #10697 of 11118
If you have antenna and cable combined somehow your getting bleed over from Wfmy Hdtv.. I use to have that problem when I used a A/B switch its almost impossible to find one that prevents this .
Edited by squirrel 24 - 6/9/13 at 7:03pm
post #10698 of 11118
The push button A/B switches work better than the ones with the sliding button. Better isolation. The Radioshack version actually works good, but there are other choices such as Aska and MCM. Also Solid Signal.
post #10699 of 11118
My internet (Time Warner Cable) is connected to my DVD player (which has a QAM tuner), the modem, and whatever DIrectv does to it. My internet coax is not connected to the TV at all. I used to get Disney Channel SD clear as a bell on channel 73, too. The quirks of apartment buildings, I guess.
post #10700 of 11118
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There are none in this market. There are still many in other markets.

From Fries, if our friend is up high enough, I could imagine being able to receive WLNN-CA Boone and W43BO Marion and/or WYAT-LP Martinsville.

- Trip
post #10701 of 11118
Today is the fourth anniversary of the Digital Transition. Four years ago, I was a busy boy on this day. A lot sure has changed in four years. Not just at WGHP, but industry wide.
post #10702 of 11118
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Originally Posted by foxeng View Post

Today is the fourth anniversary of the Digital Transition. Four years ago, I was a busy boy on this day. A lot sure has changed in four years. Not just at WGHP, but industry wide.
But I bet you were happy to have only one transmitter to tend to........ for a while..
post #10703 of 11118
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Originally Posted by foxeng View Post

Today is the fourth anniversary of the Digital Transition. Four years ago, I was a busy boy on this day. A lot sure has changed in four years. Not just at WGHP, but industry wide.
But I bet you were happy to have only one transmitter to tend to........ for a while..

Actually it was no big deal since it had the same programming on both transmitters. Having come from radio years ago, I had not only multiple stations, but transmitter sites, so it was nice to have it all at one site, and in adjoining rooms and my back up only 600 feet away on the same property. That is REALLY nice to have! Made my life much, much easier.

I admit, there are times when I miss the analog side. It was a pain sometimes, but it was actually fun most of the time. Now the room that held the analog transmitter is used for storage. Even after all this time, it does seem strange to not have a transmitter in that room. It is certainly big enough without one.
post #10704 of 11118
I was busy too. I remember the first time I heard about the transition . I read about it in the newspaper I thought how cool is this HDTV from a antenna. First time I got anything to come in was about a year before transition WSLS the first thing I thought was local weather 24/7 it has took till now to finally get ABC I lost it when it went to 45.My wife says I am obsessed with it I admit I am you have my dream job ever need any help? I remember helping all the elderly folks around here they would go from pixilation to elation got some folks picking up 50 stations from 5 states they would ask me how much they owed me and I would tell them the smile on there face was enough. Get your channel about every night now.
Edited by squirrel 24 - 6/12/13 at 7:06pm
post #10705 of 11118
I love HDTV, but at times I miss the old days of analog TV too. I can get WRAL digital once in a while, but I could always get the analog and I miss that. On the other hand, I have gained so many more free digital channels. Also in my city, there was no clear FOX analog signal, but with digital I can get two always and sometimes up to five! I also miss WECT reaching the Fayetteville area.
post #10706 of 11118
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Originally Posted by jspENC View Post

I love HDTV, but at times I miss the old days of analog TV too. I can get WRAL digital once in a while, but I could always get the analog and I miss that. On the other hand, I have gained so many more free digital channels. Also in my city, there was no clear FOX analog signal, but with digital I can get two always and sometimes up to five! I also miss WECT reaching the Fayetteville area.
I can't quite make myself miss analog. I have a thing about color.. Mathematically, analog should have produced better color contrast, but never did on any display I ever saw.. Even after many years watching DTV, I am still impressed watching the US Open today..Amazing how many different colors the fans wore. I never perceived anything like that with analog.
post #10707 of 11118
One of the channels is maybe out of Grundy Virginia maybe the other one maybe Asheville not sure. Don't come in to good when you run a full channel scan they show up the one from the north is a religious analog channel.
post #10708 of 11118
For those interested, Ganett (owner of WFMY) is in the process of purchasing Belo Broadcasting (owners of WCNC in Charlotte) and plan to integrate the Belo stations, expect in 5 markets where they will do LMA's, into Ganett. Not sure how that one is going to work out.
post #10709 of 11118
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For those interested, Ganett (owner of WFMY) is in the process of purchasing Belo Broadcasting (owners of WCNC in Charlotte) and plan to integrate the Belo stations, expect in 5 markets where they will do LMA's, into Ganett. Not sure how that one is going to work out.
My concern is style over substance. For example, WUSA-9 was an outstanding legacy station before Gannett fired all of their veteran anchors and replaced them with younger faces. Those anchors then moved over to WJLA-7. And WFMY is no longer the strong newscast it once was. At WCNC, Belo has tried to produce quality journalism over the years despite the ratings. But perhaps when Gannett takes over they will finally upgrade to HD for the local news broadcasts. But I can imagine that both FOX and Gannett will bring an aggressive presence to the Charlotte market, so should be interesting in the months ahead.
post #10710 of 11118
Always wondered why WFMY doesn't multicast nothing but the weather channel .Like the sports scores though. One thing I like about WGHP show lots of scores in sports on newscasts .
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