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post #331 of 15283
ABC strength is fine in Chill, but both NBC and WUNC seem flaky to me - NBC is clearly because I am at the margin for their signal. But UNC sometimes has the strongest signal out there, and sometimes isn't there at all.

Where ABC is NOT fine, however, is this periodic flash that happens only on their DTV channels. (I am not the only one who sees this - see above) This random intrusion marred an other wise unbelievably good picture on 11-1's version of MNF tonite.
post #332 of 15283
ABC's signal has been on & off for me for the last couple of weeks. There have been days where I wasn't getting a signal at all.

I've reported the periodic flash problem to ABC's engineering dept. but still have not received a response. Please consider going to their web site and reporting the problem. Maybe if enough people complain, they'll do something about it.
post #333 of 15283
I'm glad to hear others have experienced this "flash" problem on Channel 11. I thought it might be just my television. I contacted the Chief Engineer last week regarding the problem, but received nothing back. I have now contacted the General Manager at the station in hopes that someone will look into the "flash" problem. I'll post an update if I hear back from the GM.

Steve
post #334 of 15283
Two things:

1) Can someone answer my question about TeleFutura?

2) Can anyone tune WCTI-DT (48-1) from New Bern? They have some horrible problem with their audio... it's like the worst CD skipping I've ever heard. I want to know if anyone else hears it.

Thanks!

- Trip
post #335 of 15283
I'm in Rocky Mount, about 45 miles from the WRAL tower. My set up consists of an Ratshack double bow tie in the attic connected to a Ratshack amp connected to my HD 5.

For the past two years I have had flawless reception 95-100% on 5-1, 11-1, 17-1 and around 75% on 50-1. All of a sudden last weeked, after a huge storm on Aug 16, my reception is in the toilet. The strongest signal I can get on Wral is in the 40s. 11-1 and 17 -1 occassionally gets in the 30s and nothing on 50.

I have tried every antenna position I can physically try. I just can't figue out what gives. FWIW, however, during the huge storm that occurred on the 16th, a tree was struck by lighting in our back yard. This occurred after the power had already gone out, however, so there was no damage to anything electrical in the house. The HD5 is working just fine for HD Directv .

Anyone have any ideas? Have any of the stations been at a reduced power over the last week or so? Thanks.
post #336 of 15283
Why would the power being out keep things from being damaged in the house? I am assuming the line from the pole to the house was still there.

In addition a nearby lightning strike can induce enough voltage in a coax line to fry stuff hooked up to it without a direct hit. I would try a new amp first to see if it is no longer functioning.
post #337 of 15283
OK, now I'm seeing that black flash a couple of others have reported here on ABC11 HD while watching "8 Simple Rules..." I went ahead and reported it via the link to the Head Engineer on their web site, so maybe that will help (or at least be another voice to add to the chorus).
post #338 of 15283
I got an email from the General Manager at WTVD stating he'll have someone look into the "flash" issue. I'll post an update when I get one.

Steve
post #339 of 15283
Just got my Channel Master 3021 4-Bay Bowtie UHF Antenna installed and was able to pick up the three networks with high signals, along with Fox and a couple of other OTA channels we'll never watch, though I wasn't able to pick up WB.

Regardless, I'm very happy I was able to position the 3021 to get all the local networks OTA. Bring on the football and basketball seasons.
post #340 of 15283
I emailed TWC about inHD, inHD2, and the carriage of USAHD's US Open coverage. Here's their reply:

<<<<br /> INHD and INHD2 are launching on select cable systems in mid-September. Unfortunately, we will not launch at that time. However, we do plan to launch both channels before the end of the year.

We are going to show coverage of the US Open in HD on Channel 225 Sept. 1-4. We just received word on this last week. Information will be available on our website today.
>>>



I also inquired about ESPN-HD and here's what they said:

<<<<br /> As far as ESPN HD goes, a deal is still being worked out on a Corporate level. Believe you me, we would add it today if we could. We have received tons of requests for ESPN HD due to their college and pro football content. We don't have a timeframe as of yet, however the ball is in play so hold off on that dish!
>>>


PS - the "hold off on that dish" was in reference to my email that said I was considering adding DirecTV just for ESPN-HD.
post #341 of 15283
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Originally posted by deArgila
I emailed TWC about inHD, inHD2, and the carriage of USAHD's US Open coverage. Here's their reply:

INHD and INHD2 are launching on select cable systems in mid-September. Unfortunately, we will not launch at that time. However, we do plan to launch both channels before the end of the year.

We are going to show coverage of the US Open in HD on Channel 225 Sept. 1-4. We just received word on this last week. Information will be available on our website today.

Nice news now only if I could update my old 3100HD STB for a newer modle HD STB.
post #342 of 15283
Bama, what HD controller are you looking for? I just asked TWC about the 3250HD and here is the response I got.

I do not have any information on when or IF we are going to offer the SAHD3250 Digital Cable boxes. It does not appear that these boxes offer any significant advantage over our current SA300HD boxes. We would like to offer the SA8000HD DVR Digital Cable boxes at some point in the future, however it is several issues need to be worked out, and we are still VERY far from even setting a date to begin offering them
post #343 of 15283
The USAHD feed schedule for the US Open is now on the TWC website:

http://twc-nc.com/digital_cable/us_open_in_hd.htm
post #344 of 15283
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Originally posted by bobjdan
Bama, what HD controller are you looking for? I just asked TWC about the 3250HD and here is the response I got.

I do not have any information on when or IF we are going to offer the SAHD3250 Digital Cable boxes. It does not appear that these boxes offer any significant advantage over our current SA300HD boxes. We would like to offer the SA8000HD DVR Digital Cable boxes at some point in the future, however it is several issues need to be worked out, and we are still VERY far from even setting a date to begin offering them

I was looking / hoping that the SA3250 would be available. As I understand it newer boxes have been released in the charlotte area but I think they are pioneer. I had a TWC tech out at my house last week. And he was all into the HD side of things. He liked my little setup and installed some boosters because of my weak signal. He also said that TWC never tells the techs a thing when it comes to newer equipment or newer HD feeds. My reason for wanting the newer STB is the ability to control the 1080i and 480i output. With the current STB it up-converts everything to 1080i. The newer STB's also have an aspect control built in. You can even set them up to output 480i on non digital and 1080i on the HD feeds, lots more options for the HD enthusiasts.
post #345 of 15283
Seems a bit disingenuous to me for TWC to say there is no real advantage in changing from the SA3100HD when they have done exactly that in Charlotte. Geez, I thought being in RTP would give us some advantage when TWC deploys new technology. What do we need to do to make TWC in theTriangle see it that way?? Here is the link to the Charlotte thread where they talk about the new STB. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...0&pagenumber=9
post #346 of 15283
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Originally posted by willobandb
Seems a bit disingenuous to me for TWC to say there is no real advantage in changing from the SA3100HD when they have done exactly that in Charlotte.

The only thing I care about is being able to view the HD channel while also viewing the "info" and "guide" features.

It's SO ANNOYING that the channel goes black when the guide comes up and that you can't see the info bar on HD channels.

That and the ability to listen to all the channels through the digital audio out.

If the Pioneer box does either of these things - it would provide a VERY NOTICEABLE improvement.

Of course, it's all moot if they can deliver on the Explorer 8000HD-DVR sometime soon.
post #347 of 15283
Regarding the hd8000, I bet it won't be a free swap with the 3100hd. Regarding the upgrade referred to in Charlotte to the Pioneer 3510hd, I thought that a previous post suggested that Raleigh TWC was getting the SA3250 HD which does have some benefit over the 3100 such as scaling and DVI and doesn't kill digital out. I don't know if it shows the screen in the upper right corner when looking at the Guide and also keeps the sound of the channel you're watching when looking at the Guide and while using digital audio out with an HD channel. I would not like to give up digital audio out under any circumstances which you apparently lose with the Charlotte Pioneer vox. Dolby 5.1 in an HD movie is not something I want to lose.
post #348 of 15283
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Originally posted by bobjdan
Regarding the hd8000, I bet it won't be a free swap with the 3100hd.

I was told (when I signed up for cable a month or two ago) that I would indeed be able to trade my box for free.

Of course, I'm sure I'd have to pay the $5 or whatever for the DVR service. I'm assuming that's what you meant, right?
post #349 of 15283
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Originally posted by deArgila
I was told (when I signed up for cable a month or two ago) that I would indeed be able to trade my box for free.

Of course, I'm sure I'd have to pay the $5 or whatever for the DVR service. I'm assuming that's what you meant, right?

Actually, not having used their current recording box, I didn't know how it was priced. It would be acceptable to me if the 800hd DVR was available at no charge but a $5 montly fee for recording was charged.
post #350 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by bobjdan
Actually, not having used their current recording box, I didn't know how it was priced. It would be acceptable to me if the 800hd DVR was available at no charge but a $5 montly fee for recording was charged.

Yes, that's how I understand it will work. Note: Just to clarify, I'm pretty sure you can't get this box and not have it record, so you'll only get this box if you sign up for the DVR feature (and pay $5/mo. or whatever for it).
post #351 of 15283
TWC channel 225 is coming up as InHD Preview. I know TWC is doing the US Open on 225 using the USA Network feed... wonder if they're taking that opportunity to preview InHD in the evenings as well?

Rob
post #352 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by Rob!Todd
TWC channel 225 is coming up as InHD Preview. I know TWC is doing the US Open on 225 using the USA Network feed... wonder if they're taking that opportunity to preview InHD in the evenings as well?

Rob

What is InHD?
post #353 of 15283
InHD is a new HD cable station.
post #354 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by Rob!Todd
TWC channel 225 is coming up as InHD Preview. I know TWC is doing the US Open on 225 using the USA Network feed... wonder if they're taking that opportunity to preview InHD in the evenings as well?

Rob

Yeah, I see that, too. The preview loop looks FANTASTIC! It sort of makes me wonder why - assuming the email I got was correct - TWC won't start carrying this channel at launch.

The picture is just stunning! I'm very excited about the US Open later this week. (and today on CBS, for that matter).
post #355 of 15283
We have a place down near Beaufort and get TWC cable there. For the HD systems, they are handing out 3510s. It is a Pioneer box labeled Voyager. It has what appears to be a better picture through component, a DVI connection, and better control of how different output frequencies are handled. I would love to trade my 3100 in.
post #356 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by gillcup
InHD is a new HD cable station.

Thanks. What type of programming will be on that channel? Is it an HD version of a current channel?

I almost don't care. I just installed a plasma in June and I'm still watching way too much TV, especially if it's in HD of a good DVD.
post #357 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by bobjdan
Thanks. What type of programming will be on that channel? Is it an HD version of a current channel?


It sounds like it should have movies, sports and other types of HD programs. Check out their web site, inhd .
post #358 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by bobjdan
Thanks. What type of programming will be on that channel? Is it an HD version of a current channel?

No, it is one of (I believe) 3 new HD channels from the people who do in-demand. They are going to broadcast a variety of sports, movies, and other programming. Among other things, they have a deal with MLB to broadcast 3 games/wk.

There are plenty of other threads in the programming form discussing these channels. Check them out ...

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=295114

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=164671


InHD website: http://www.inhd.com./
post #359 of 15283
Anybbody know what WRAZ-DT 50(49-1) is doing? I just now noticed that their usual daytime upconverted local programming isn't being shown. There's some HD stuff being aired. I'm mostly watching the US Open on WRAL-HD so haven't caught any in-between show info on WRAL-DT and haven't seen any logo.

I wonder if they started airing some of HDnet's stuff during the daytime like Charlotte's Fox station does. Or could they just be airing WRAL's HD demo loop while WRAL airs the US Open? Or maybe they started their own HD demo loop.

Update
I just saw a screen that said Marc Cuban show at 8:30 and then some show called High Fashions came on and the female announcer said we're watching it on HDnet.

2nd Update
Sometime between 4:45pm and 5:20pm they switched back to their local upconverted broadcast.
post #360 of 15283
I recently got a Zenith HDV420, but it doesn't seem to be getting UNC-HD. I get WRAL-DT, WTVD-DT, and WNCN-DT just fine, but WUNC-DT doesn't give me 4-2, though it gives me the rest.

Here's what happens when I manually type it in.

59-5 remaps to 4-5
59-4 remaps to 4-4
59-3 remaps to 4-3
59-2 remaps to 4-1
59-1 remaps to 4-1 also.

What is wrong? I've done a new scan and cold-booted, but it doesn't seem to help. Suggestions?

- Trip

EDIT: Now 59-2 just sits there telling me "NO SIGNAL" instead of remapping to 4-1. Hopefully it means something's being done about it.
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