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post #391 of 15283
Thanks deArgila. It is reassuring that audio sync is not a common problem.

Aaargh on the STB.

Sooke
post #392 of 15283
Daryl,

Thanks. You saved me a trip to the ear doctor

Sooke
post #393 of 15283
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Originally posted by deArgila
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.


I also got a response from TWC on HD-DVRs in the 'early 2004' timeframe. I was unable to pry a make or model from them. If it is a Sci-Atl STB, like they told deArgila, I can only find one model on the SA website that does HD-DVR: The Explorer 8000HD:

http://www.sciatl.com/customers/Source/4004400.pdf

This looks like a great box: PiP, record one HD show while watching another live. Record 2 HD shows while watching a 3rd pre-recorded.

I hope TWC gets the DVI out option.

Sooke
post #394 of 15283
I checked out Leno last night after MNF. It was there on 17-1, but in SD, not HD. I just sent them a message on it.
post #395 of 15283
a couple updates -

1. I got a response from NBC17:

<<<<br /> Unfortunately, our receiver for the NBC HD signal has failed, so we locked the system to our up converted NTSC signal to prevent "black holes" on the air during HD programs. We will resume HD broadcasts as soon as we can get a replacement or loaner unit in. I will be glad to respond back to you when we are able to resume the network HD feed.
>>>


2. I noticed that the "info" bar on TWC for FoxHD (250) is now updated to have the HDNet programs listed. However, I noticed that the info bar lists the "live" HDNet programs, not the "replayed" ones that are being shown on 250.

For example, at 1:00 EST - the info bar says, "Wolf Lake" - but the channel is showing a dook vs. Navy football game, presumably last years.
post #396 of 15283
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2. I noticed that the "info" bar on TWC for FoxHD (250) is now updated to have the HDNet programs listed. However, I noticed that the info bar lists the "live" HDNet programs, not the "replayed" ones that are being shown on 250.

For example, at 1:00 EST - the info bar says, "Wolf Lake" - but the channel is showing a dook vs. Navy football game, presumably last years.

LOL atleast they tried. I'm sure WRAZ try to correct it but that will probably be a nice trick. I bet there's no guide listing for the old repeating stuff WRAZ is showing.
post #397 of 15283
Does anyone have a problem with the picture and/or sound going out for a few seconds and then coming back on when watching HD? I think I might have a bad 3100HD. It also produces so much heat, that it smells like something is burning all the time. I got paranoid and started unpluging it. I have the 3100HD and an 8000 DVR on the same shelf that I used to have a VCR and an E* PVR501, so I believe that there is enough ventilation for both boxes. The 3100HD gets so hot that it will almost burn your hand if you touch it. Anyone else think it's the 3100HD, or should I rearrange my setup?
post #398 of 15283
DeArgila: Thanks for the 17 report. They are at least on the ball, for I got the same prompt response from the staff there. Can't hurt to let them know we noticed.

They also said they are putting an SD upconvert of the network feed on 17-1 so there's no gap in programming on that channel. The picture looks a bit better there on my set than 17-0. I'm just happy to be getting that signal on a regular basis now, and hope there will be a quick fix. We are definitely in OTA HDTV/DTV heaven in the Triangle - I'm astounded at the number of DTV stations, with two choices for each major network and all of the minor networks in DTV at minimum, a flagship CBS HD station, 5 PBS DTV, with one showing HD and even the local Fox showing a true HD signal on alternative programming (how many Fox stations are doing that?). As a new entrant, I see no reason not to jump on HDTV here if you can stick up a decent antenna.
post #399 of 15283
Hi everyone,
With the increase of HD programming from the WB and UPN, does anyone know the status of channels 22 and 28 regarding the passthough of HD programming?
post #400 of 15283
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Originally posted by Bruce Embry
Hi everyone,
With the increase of HD programming from the WB and UPN, does anyone know the status of channels 22 and 28 regarding the passthough of HD programming?


1) UPN still doesn't do HD.
2) I think Sinclair is more concerned with doing HD on their ABC/NBC/CBS stations--especially the ABC, so they look more attractive to potential buyers. I know they're trying to get ABC45 some HD. I don't think they're going to do HD on 22 for a while.

- Trip
post #401 of 15283
Was anyone else having problems with ABC 11-1 last night? I was getting no signal all evening.
post #402 of 15283
I got a very nice reply from NBC 17. They replaced their receiver this afternoon and we should be seeing HD again tonight! I wish ABC would be this responsive.
post #403 of 15283
gillcup,

Thanks for the NBC update. I figured since they've been looking for a dolby encoder since before February for their SD channel 17-2 (218 on TWC) that they wouldn't be doing any HD before 2004.

I haven't watched any 11-1 this week so hadn't notice any signal problem.
post #404 of 15283
I can confirm an HD signal on 17-1 at 10 (Law and Order). They were nice enough to email to alert me to the fix as well.

I didn't see any problems on a quick check of 11-1 tonight.
post #405 of 15283
Yep WNCN's HD picture looked good lastnight.
post #406 of 15283
I've noticed that the HDNet feed on WRAZ isn't in 5.1

Does anyone have any insight as to if or when they might start broadcasting in 5.1?
post #407 of 15283
As far as I know, WRAZ isn't DD5.1 capable at this time. No idea when they will be. I e-mail J Goodmon and see if he's heard anything.
post #408 of 15283
Okay, here's what J Goodmon said about WRAZ's DD5.1 offering and about the program guide data.
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WRAZ is not 5.1 at this point and time...no definitive date as to when 5.1 will be present on WRAZ.
Yes, the programming schedule thing we are aware of...not sure if you are aware how a station publishes a schedule to Time Warner or even TV Guide. Here's what happens....the programming department sends a copy of the schedule to Tribune 3 weeks in advance of publication. Tribune then formats and distributes the program schedule to TV Guide and Time Warner etc...Time Warner then picks up the schedule and "updates" it on the system. For a station to make a change to that program schedule (sent 3 weeks before), the program dept must contact Tribune...who, if they happen to be in the mood, can update the appropriate schedule and then send to TWC. TWC then updates the schedule every night at midnight.

OK...that being said I'm sure you are wondering what the heck I am talking about. My point is...the scheduling process is very frustrating for tv stations b/c we are subject to the work of another (newspaper time frame based) company. So...we contacted Tribune to change the schedule. Instead of taking the schedule that WRAZ prog dept provided...Tribune apparently thought it would be easier to send the already formatted HDNet schedule that they have in the system. What they didn't realize is that this is the HDNet broadcast programming on WRAZ rather than the regular HDNet programming...very frustrating I know...but trust me, we are working at fixing this as fast as we can...the problem is, we can't simply call twc and tell them to change the schedule...it has to go through Tribune...feel free to distribute.
jimmy
post #409 of 15283
I just purchased a JVC D-VHS to access and time shift HD OTA. I recently converted my bonus room into a HT with front projection (Dwin TV3). I have had DirecTV wth TIVO for several years which continues to be fabulous. I recently got TWC digital/HD to view HD programming. I purchased the D-VHS to time shift HD programs and eliminate cable until TWC provides an HD PVR or TIVO comes out with their HD PVR.

I live in north Raleigh (North Ridge) and have an old antenna in my attic which is get a poor picture on regular OTA, but get no HD channels. I am only interested in network channels, so based on the location of the towers a directional antenna may be perfect for me.

Does anyone near me get decent OTA HD reception on major network channels (NBC, CBS, ABC) from an antenna in their attic? If so, what antenna do you use?
post #410 of 15283
What's so wrong with putting a directional antenna OUTSIDE above the roofline - and don't say it's because of a HOA (see my sig) ? Out here in Youngsville, I get pretty damn good reception of the analog stations (can't say about digital since I don't have a DTV tuner yet) on my OUTSIDE antennas (one VHF, one UHF with an amp).
post #411 of 15283
I probably could, but since I wouldn't want my neighbors to do likewise and I do have other non-HD alternatives for time shifting (TIVO DirecTV), if inside the attic does not work, I will wait for an HD PVR which works with DirecTV or cable.
post #412 of 15283
What do you think they did in the early years, BEFORE there was cable TV ? That's right, they used EXTERNAL antennas. Something to think about....
post #413 of 15283
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Originally posted by Scooper
What do you think they did in the early years, BEFORE there was cable TV ? That's right, they used EXTERNAL antennas. Something to think about....

I'm on your side, here - I have an antenna on my roof. But that's a pretty weak reason to put one up, IMO.

In the days before cars, people used to ride horses everywhere - but that's no reason to go get one for yourself.

If he is against external antennas for aesthetic reasons, I think that's perfectly legit. However, I happen to think they can be placed where they're somewhat inconspicous and the ROI is high enough to be worth the trouble.
post #414 of 15283
"I don't want to upset the neighbors by putting up an external antenna" is a pretty weak excuse to me - if I had forked out the dollars to buy an HDTV set and tuner, and couldn't get reception any other way - my antenna would be out there in a flash. In fact, if I knew somebody in the neighborhood didn't like antennas - I'd put it up just to piss him off - and tell him to "pound sand" when he expressed his opinion to me.

I can understand about placing it inconspicously, but not at the cost of FUNCTIONALITY either.
post #415 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by Scooper
"I don't want to upset the neighbors by putting up an external antenna" is a pretty weak excuse to me.

Hey, let's face it - putting up a directional antenna on the roof is not ideal in terms of aesthetics. You can't tell me that IF an indoor antenna worked as well as a roof-top one, you wouldn't choose the indoor variety.

I agree with you that functionality is worth the aesthetic trade-off - but let's examine HIS situation more closely.

1. He can get HD from TWC, who provides EVERY network he would get OTA.

2. HD-DVR's from TWC are scheduled to be out at the first of the new year. Even if that time frame is pushed back a few months, we're talking about a 6 month waiting period.

3. He doesn't like the look of an outdoor antenna.

So, the choice is simple - wait six months to be able to time-shift HD, or put up the antenna and start time-shifting today. Of course, if another antenna works in the attic, that would be the best of both worlds. (PS - I had pretty good success with an outdoor antenna in my attic - it was a channel master that you can pick up at Lowe's)

By the way, Dennis, you do have a digital tuner, right?
post #416 of 15283
Quote:


Originally posted by Scooper
"I don't want to upset the neighbors by putting up an external antenna" is a pretty weak excuse to me - if I had forked out the dollars to buy an HDTV set and tuner, and couldn't get reception any other way - my antenna would be out there in a flash. In fact, if I knew somebody in the neighborhood didn't like antennas - I'd put it up just to piss him off - and tell him to "pound sand" when he expressed his opinion to me.

I can understand about placing it inconspicously, but not at the cost of FUNCTIONALITY either.

I don't think your nieghbors would really care. I live on the west side of CARY, in a very upscale neighborhood. I have never had one complient about my OTA antanna. The antanna has now been up there for 2 1/2 years.
post #417 of 15283
Jbach & Daryl,

Thanks for responding regarding ABC 11-1. I had no signal for over a week but today it seems to be back. Strange.
post #418 of 15283
Anyone getting INHD on TWC in raleigh. I wasn't sure if they were adding this to their lineup as today is the first day for this channel.
post #419 of 15283
No sign of InHD on TWC just below Fayetteville. But they removed Indemand Urban ch. 631 and Indemand Cinema ch. 632 from the guide. Just called my friend at the local Lumberton office but he hadn't heard anything and couldn't check at this time, he was busy ordering extra equipment incase the storm causes much equipment damage.
post #420 of 15283
Anyone have a audio video sync problem with the 3100HD?

The Audio and video signal on my 3100HD do not seem to be in sync when I use the component video output to my HD display. I think that the video is lagging the audio but I can't really tell. The audio and video are in synch when I view from the s-video composite signal. When I view a HD channel it also seems to work fine. When I view one of the analog channels the lag is the worst when viewed through the component output. I assume that this has to do with how the box converts lowline video to 1080i.

Has anyone else seen this problem. Could I have a bad 3100HD. Has anyone gotten a different HD box from TW?

thanks,

Larry
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