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post #361 of 15283
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Originally posted by Trip in VA
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.

I might have been given bad information about this - but an engineer at PBS (WUNC-DT) gave me the following explanation a while back when I inquried about the same thing:

There is not enough bandwidth OTA to broadcast the HD feed (4-2) and the three SD feeds (4-1, 4-3, 4-4). So, most of the time, they broadcast only the three SD feeds. And, sometimes, they broadcast the HD feed and 1 SD feed.

The only way to see both the HD and the 3 SD feeds simultaneously is through TWC.
post #362 of 15283
I know about the special schedule. That's why I was sitting there at 8:50PM concerned about why the SD feeds were blank but at the same time the HD feed was totally nonexistant! Was anyone else able to watch UNC-HD this evening?

- Trip
post #363 of 15283
I did not try last night but at some point over the weekend, I noticed that UNC was mapping to the 59's and not 4 like usual and I could not pick up anything but a black screen, but it was back to normal a few hours later. Perhaps they were fooling around with some settings or some piece of equipment is getting flaky on them?
post #364 of 15283
Again today WRAZ-DT 50-1(49-1) is showing HDnets stuff again today. I guess this will be their daytime(non-primetime) broadcast now for awhile. I think its a good idea.
post #365 of 15283
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Originally posted by Daryl L
Again today WRAZ-DT 50-1(49-1) is showing HDnets stuff again today. I guess this will be their daytime(non-primetime) broadcast now for awhile. I think its a good idea.

Interesting - does it look REALLY BAD to anyone else?
post #366 of 15283
Granted, some of HDNet's stuff doesn't look good but some of it looks great. Depends on its age and the materials source. So its not the fault of WRAZ, nor HDNet's for that matter. Its some of the early stuff HDnet got a hold of to offer on their free channel.
post #367 of 15283
Okay, I just e-mailed Jimmy Goodmon at WRAL about WRAZ's programming. Here's a quote from part of it.
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WRAZ will be airing HDNet content M-F 9a-5p and Sat/Sun 7a-12n. We are please to bring more HD content into the RD-F marketplace. Right now, the picture is not as good as it will be in a few days is the bottom line. We have some tweaking to do to make that will improve the HD image.

I ask his permission first before posting this.
post #368 of 15283
This is a pretty sweet move on WRAZ's part. Kudos to them!

Now more can enjoy the HDNet goodness the rest of us have already been seeing!
post #369 of 15283
That is definitely cool. Does anyone know where I can find guide data from HDNet. I tried hdnet.com but got to a password restricted site. I also did a Google search and didn't find anything useful there eiher. Thanks. This will be yet another excuse to not mow the law Saturday or Sunday mornings (and maybe call in sick from time to time).
post #370 of 15283
It's www.hd.net actually.
post #371 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by Daryl L
WRAZ will be airing HDNet content M-F 9a-5p and Sat/Sun 7a-12n. We are please to bring more HD content into the RD-F marketplace. Right now, the picture is not as good as it will be in a few days is the bottom line. We have some tweaking to do to make that will improve the HD image.

This is great news! Are they going to be shoing HDNet "re-runs" or are they airing "live" HDNet stuff?

In other words, will WRAZ and DirecTV be airing the same HDNet shows at the same time?
post #372 of 15283
I could be wrong but the HDNet programming WRAZ will be showing doesn't follow HDNet's programming schedule. For instance HDNet right now is airing a College football game while WRAZ has a movie on.

Other people that have local stations doing this mention this was what they noticed also.
post #373 of 15283
I'm watching a show called The Business of Sports on WRAZ right now and the picture looks amazingly clear and detailed.
post #374 of 15283
The Marc Cubban show was on WRAZ at 4:30 yesterday. It looked good too.
post #375 of 15283
Daryl - I caught a bit of both of those shows, thanks to you pointing out the 50-1 HD stuff on yesterday's thread here. The part of Cuban's self promotional show I caught was a great example of unbelievable PQ combined with almost unbearable content. I hope the other stuff he puts out has subject matter where the PQ is used to better advantage. I had read good things about the channel being an interesting mix of lots of different programming.

On the sports show, I got the sense from the end (the only part I saw) that it wasn't current - out of date rant etc. Did they include more up to date info in the earlier parts of the show.
post #376 of 15283
Jbach,
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Did they include more up to date info in the earlier parts of the show.

To be honest I don't know, I only watched a few minutes of it. I think most if not all the HDnet stuff they will show will not be current. But I don't have any details so I could be wrong.

But the detail on The Business of Sports was fantastic what I watched of it.
post #377 of 15283
It's a little disappointing that it's not "live" HDNet stuff - but I'll take old stuff over upconvert anyday!

I just wish they had a guide so I'd know what was on and when. The on-screen guide on TWC just lits the regular fox programming. Hopefully, they'll get that fixed.

PS - I also saw part of "The Business of Sport" yesterday on WRAZ and it did look great! MUCH BETTER than what I saw earlier.
post #378 of 15283
deArgila,

I wrote J Goodmon asking if they plan to provide TWC with the proper guide info. No reply yet, but I have no doubt he'll reply. I also commented on WRAZ's low volume over TWC.
post #379 of 15283
It would actually be helpful to have the guide data given to other providers as well (such as Tribune and ZapIt). That way stuff like the TV Guide (or the guide on my TiVo) would be right as well. I obviously won't be able to TiVo any of this stuff yet, but I tend to look for guide data there first, so if it was right I could just switch over to my HD tuner if stuff looked interesting.
post #380 of 15283
Well, here's the reply from J Goomon.
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Yep...we are working on the audio problem...and yes, I am speaking with RAZ to improve the schedule listings etc...
Jimmy
post #381 of 15283
TWC customer here. Does TWC-Raleigh/Durham plan to pick this up anytime soon? I see on the web-site that they are in negotiations...but have been now for months. What's the deal? Who can I contact (and how) to indicate my interest? Would this even help? Sorry for the number of questions.

Thanks.
post #382 of 15283
Thanks for the updtate, Daryl. I look forward to having that guide up and running! Some of the stuff I've been seeing over the last day or two has looked fantastic! THANKS, WRAZ/WRAL!

To address the ESPN-HD question on TWC - that's the $1,000,000 question. You can send them an email asking for the channel - it certainly can't hurt (and they gave me a free "on-demand" movie coupon when I did it).

Here's a link:
http://twc-nc.com/scripts/faqcenter/contactform.php

All they've told me is that they would LOVE to start carrying ESPN-HD - but the corporate office is the one negotiating, so it's out of their control. But send them an email anyway - it can't hurt.
post #383 of 15283
Anyone know what the deal is with NBC17 recently?

Leno hasn't been in HD either of the last two nights (TWC or OTA). Also, "Boomtown" wasn't it HD. Previous to this, HD shows wouldn't show up at all (black screen - no audio or video).

This is REALLY frustrating! Anyone know?
post #384 of 15283
I still can't get anything on 4-2, and I've since been able to receive WUNP, 36-2 doesn't work either at the proper time periods.

- Trip
post #385 of 15283
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Originally posted by deArgila
Anyone know what the deal is with NBC17 recently?

Leno hasn't been in HD either of the last two nights (TWC or OTA). Also, "Boomtown" wasn't it HD. Previous to this, HD shows wouldn't show up at all (black screen - no audio or video).

This is REALLY frustrating! Anyone know?

I tried to record Leno the last two Mondays and got nothing but blank screen. I would suggest going to their web site, http://www.nbc17.com/ , and send a note to their engineering dept. I'll do the same. I'm always nagging them regarding the fact that their time/date being transmitted is wrong. It keeps getting reset to Jan. 1st.
post #386 of 15283
OTA in the SW Triangle - I complained here a week or so ago about spotty signal strenth for NBC - 17-1as well as WUNC (and I am near their tower). I have a 10' Cmaster on the roof. I finally put in a rotor, and that has made a significant improvement. Now with two basic positions, I can get the Raleigh oriented stations like 5, 11, 17, 22, 28, 50, (and more) and their digital counter parts as well as western WUNC/and Greensboro-WS NBC (12)and CBS digital (2). So if 17-1 craps out on Leno, I can checkout 12-1. And I get whatever 4 is putting out. Last Sunday checking out American Drams I noted 17-1 had some hideous scramble pattern that blocked out the picture - haven't tried Leno yet.

Other things of note in recent OTA viewing: No more green flash on the ABC Thursday night NFL opener, but a great picture. Stunning tennis PQ on WRAL coverage of the US open - too bad is was the USA network that had the best match so far (Capriati/Henin). NO HD college games this weekend? Where are the networks? Also, the ND game (whew!) on 17-1 or 17 regular showed fairly shoddy SD and NTSC PQ that varied with the camera. It was obviously the network, not 17 this time, because cutaways to ads looked just fine (for SD) and it looked the same on 12-1..
post #387 of 15283
NBC17 complaint sent.

Also, I got an update from TWC on their HD-DVR's. Nothing too exciting - it will be the Scientific Atlantic (they weren't sure on the model number) and it should be available "early 2004". In fact, they will be available in some test markets this fall.

PS - INHD is now gone. WHY!? I'm going to send an email about this, too.
post #388 of 15283
This a real newbie question. Actuallly, I don't even have an HDTV yet. I have a Sammy HLN467 on order.

I noticed an audio sync problem on one of TWC digital channels: 218 WNCN-SD (55.2). I have their non-HD digital cable box (Pioneer BD-V1000) feeding a 12 year old Sony trinitron. Funny thing is, last night I was watching Law & Order on this channel and the Info bar said it was HDTV (pressed info button on remote). If it were really HDTV I didn't think my STB would handle it. So my questions are:

Q1. Anyone else hear an audio sync problem on this channel?

Q2. Is bad audio sync a common problem with TWC HDTV channels?

Q3. Is this really an HDTV channel?

And a totally unrelated question:

Q4. Must I use TWC's HD STB (SA-3100) once I get my Sammy, or can I buy a better one (one with DVI output)?

Thanks for any help,

Sooke
post #389 of 15283
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Originally posted by sooke
Q1. Anyone else hear an audio sync problem on this channel?

Q2. Is bad audio sync a common problem with TWC HDTV channels?

Q3. Is this really an HDTV channel?

And a totally unrelated question:

Q4. Must I use TWC's HD STB (SA-3100) once I get my Sammy, or can I buy a better one (one with DVI output)?

Thanks for any help,

Sooke

A1. I don't normally watch 218 because it's just the SD version of 217. But, checking on it this morning, I did not have a sync problem.

A2. No - at least, not that I've noticed. It does happen, but it's not a common problem.

A3. No, it is the SD version of NBCHD (217). The info bar indicates HDTV, (probably because it's a simulcast of 217, so they probably just copy the info bar) but you can't see the HDTV feed unless you're watching 217.

A4. You're stuck with the 3100 - at least for now. It is likely that they'll replace the 3100 with some box that has DVI and firewire sometime in the near future (i.e., next year) - but that's just a guess.
post #390 of 15283
Below is a quote from an e-mail I got from WNCN back inn February about their audio sync problem on 218 (55-2).
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Thanks for taking the time to write us, we appreciate hearing from our viewers.

We are "painfully" aware of the audio to video sync on the SD channel. We are basically using the same audio source for our HD and SD, and since the data streams vary over time, the SD signal gets out of sync every other day. We are shopping around for a second Dolby encoder so the two DTV channels will have their own independent audios, so please be patient, we'll get it ironed out soon.

As you have observed, our main priority is the HD channel, which we give every bit of data bandwidth that the stream needs, and the leftover bandwidth is given to the SD channel. We will likely add another channel like the "other guys" have, but right now we are trying to keep the HD signal the best it can be. Thanks for noticing!
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