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post #2131 of 2380
Topeka isn't even listed in the "Upcoming" markets for HD Locals.
post #2132 of 2380
You can order an AM-21 for each DirecTV DVR you have in order to tune the Topeka channels over-the-air. If you call and complain that Topeka's locals aren't carried over satellite and that you may switch back to Dish, they should send you the AM-21's for free. It's just another STB you can place on top of your DVR that allows tuning of OTA stations (and recording, a big advantage over a stand-alone converter box). DirecTV got too cheap to keep including OTA tuners in the DVRs after the HR20s.

Write back if you need help pulling in the signals with an antenna.
post #2133 of 2380
Directv won't have Topeka locals anytime soon...I don't think it's even on the list for 2011. KTMJ will go HD OTA sometime in early 2011. It requires upgrades to the current transmitter.
post #2134 of 2380
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Originally Posted by prefont313 View Post

KTMJ will go HD OTA sometime in early 2011.

We heard they were going to "flash cut" at the digital transition, too, and that never happened. Do you have some credible evidence to back up this date? Will they be 43-1 or still a subchannel of KSNT? Sorry to be such a skeptic, but KTMJ has a long history of disappointing viewers hoping for FOX HD.
post #2135 of 2380
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Originally Posted by KSBugeater View Post

You can order an AM-21 for each DirecTV DVR you have in order to tune the Topeka channels over-the-air. If you call and complain that Topeka's locals aren't carried over satellite and that you may switch back to Dish, they should send you the AM-21's for free. It's just another STB you can place on top of your DVR that allows tuning of OTA stations (and recording, a big advantage over a stand-alone converter box). DirecTV got too cheap to keep including OTA tuners in the DVRs after the HR20s.

Write back if you need help pulling in the signals with an antenna.

Excellent advice. I will try this. Thank you.

BTW, I already have an antenna on my roof attached to my chimney. I can watch OTA programming now. I just would like it run through my DTV receiver like I had with dish. Its nice to be able to record OTA stuff (like Chiefs games) in HD. Plus, the surround sound is setup through the DTV receiver.
post #2136 of 2380
New Vision has a construction permit on file with the FCC for Channel 43 to go Digital. It was accepted by the FCC on September 1 with an expiration date of 09/28/2013. This is for a "Flash Cut"


KTMJ-CA KS TOPEKA USA (Digital)

Licensee: NVT TOPEKA LICENSEE, LLC
Service Designation: DC Digital Class A television station
Channel: 43 644 - 650 MHz Construction Permit
File No.: BDFCDTA-20100831AAI Facility ID number: 43649
CDBS Application ID No.: 1397818

39° 03' 50.00" N Latitude
95° 45' 49.00" W Longitude (NAD 27)

Polarization:
Effective Radiated Power (ERP): 15. kW ERP
Antenna Height Above Average Terrain: - meters HAAT -- Calculate HAAT
Antenna Height Above Mean Sea Level: 496.6 meters AMSL
Antenna Height Above Ground Level: 167.6 meters AGL

Frequency Offset:

Directional Antenna ID No.: 101664 Pattern Rotation: 0.00
post #2137 of 2380
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Originally Posted by KSBugeater View Post

You can order an AM-21 for each DirecTV DVR you have in order to tune the Topeka channels over-the-air. If you call and complain that Topeka's locals aren't carried over satellite and that you may switch back to Dish, they should send you the AM-21's for free. It's just another STB you can place on top of your DVR that allows tuning of OTA stations (and recording, a big advantage over a stand-alone converter box). DirecTV got too cheap to keep including OTA tuners in the DVRs after the HR20s.

Write back if you need help pulling in the signals with an antenna.

I spent almost an hour on the phone with Dtv the other day. I talked to 5 or 6 different people but could not convince them that they needed to pay for it. I ended up ordering it the next day and just paying the $50. I still feel they should have given it to me for free since they led me to believe that my locals would be in HD. But I wasn't gonna deny myself on that principle. I hope it gets here before the Chiefs game on Sunday.
post #2138 of 2380
Cox in Topeka added The Weather Channel HD, CBS College Sports HD, Univision HD and a second PBS HD (out of Kansas City) this morning. Did not have time to check if they were really working but they did come up in the guide.
post #2139 of 2380
KTWU will be off-the-air from 12:00 AM-6:00 AM on Wednesday Night/Thursday Morning for a technical upgrade that will increase their over-the-air broadcast power. Cox Cable customers will not have an outage.

http://cjonline.com/news/local/2010-...brief_shutdown
post #2140 of 2380
It was KTWU HD that Cox Cable added saw it on Avs forums for KC area. Theirs of new Digital Sub channels out their like The Country Network,My Family Net,Tuff TV,Cool TV,Me TV,Antenna TV and so on that Topeka could get.
post #2141 of 2380
Anybody else notice that during commercials of the Chiefs game yesterday, WIBW ran a crawl telling Direct TV (sic) customers to call 1-800-directv to complain about D*s "refusal" to carry "this game" in HD? I'm not sure that complaining will do any good as the uplink and satellite space have probably already been scheduled by D* and can't be moved up, but who knows?
post #2142 of 2380
Last check DirecTV had NO PLANS to carry the Topeka DMA in HD. With contracts expiring January 1 I would believe this is just a pressure tactic for WIBW.
post #2143 of 2380
Now Jim Ogle from WIBW is doing commercials telling people to not sign up for DIRECTV because they don't carry Topeka Locals in HD.

I have three DIRECTV receivers and I get Topeka locals in HD on all of them. But I also get KC locals and I'm sure Jim doesn't like that either.

But I understand what he is doing and I hope it helps. I'm surprised that Topeka hasn't been picked up before. I wonder if it because we don't have a FOX HD.
post #2144 of 2380
This isn't official by any reason, but the reason I've been told is that Topeka isn't as high on the D* list because they don't have a large amount of subscribers in the DMA...
post #2145 of 2380
That makes since but I figured that they were content with the number of subscribers in Topeka. I would think they would add local HD to help increase subscribers or keep subscribers.
post #2146 of 2380
Ive emailed and contacted channel 27 more than once and they do not ever reply. They are about as bad as directv customer service.

I asked them about whether or not 27.2 will ever be in HD...if not then why not?

Would anyone happen to know the answer to this question?
Thanks
post #2147 of 2380
Emporian-

The good news is KTMJ has a Construction Permit granted from the FCC to flash-cut Channel 43 in Topeka from Analog to Digital. I guess that is the first step to FOX 43 HD over-the-air. From there, I think Dish Network can pick it up. Dish actually had a KTMJ HD placeholder for awhile.
post #2148 of 2380
Does anyone have any recommendations for antenna installers that service the Topeka area? I actually live about sixty miles south and was wondering if I could get someone to come out and do a site survey to determine if reception is even possible. I checked the yellow pages but most of the installers are for satellite.

Thanks,
Jason
post #2149 of 2380
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Originally Posted by nukeman2000 View Post
Does anyone have any recommendations for antenna installers that service the Topeka area? I actually live about sixty miles south and was wondering if I could get someone to come out and do a site survey to determine if reception is even possible. I checked the yellow pages but most of the installers are for satellite.

Thanks,
Jason

You can go to tvfool.com and and type in your address.

I installed a stacker antenna with the help of a buddy. I get all of the stations...except I dont get 49 in the summer. Im thinking it might be the trees.

Being 60 miles away, you may need a bigger antenna.
post #2150 of 2380
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Originally Posted by dlnester View Post
Emporian-

The good news is KTMJ has a Construction Permit granted from the FCC to flash-cut Channel 43 in Topeka from Analog to Digital. I guess that is the first step to FOX 43 HD over-the-air. From there, I think Dish Network can pick it up. Dish actually had a KTMJ HD placeholder for awhile.
It will just be a little upsetting to not watch the Superbowl in HD this year. Espeically if the Chiefs make it.
post #2151 of 2380
Quote:
Originally Posted by dlnester View Post
Emporian-

The good news is KTMJ has a Construction Permit granted from the FCC to flash-cut Channel 43 in Topeka from Analog to Digital. I guess that is the first step to FOX 43 HD over-the-air. From there, I think Dish Network can pick it up. Dish actually had a KTMJ HD placeholder for awhile.
The station comes in at 27-2 and 17 down here in Emporia.

Is there a difference between Channel 43 and those two channels? Meaning that once Channel 43 goes to digital or HD...27-2 and 17 will go to digitial or hd as well?
post #2152 of 2380
I doubt that 27.2 will ever go HD, because 27.1 is already 1080i for NBC programming. I think 43.1 will go 720p whenever it goes digital, but with their low power signal, I don't think they'll reach far over-the-air.

KETM 17 in Emporia doesn't have a construction permit to go digital so I doubt they have any plans of changing that anytime soon.

KTWU has low power digital translator construction permits on file with the FCC for Channel 47 in Manhattan, Channel 36 in Lawrence, and Channel 36 in Emporia. All would be 15,000 watts.
post #2153 of 2380
Ya, I posted at the tvfool.com forums too. Thought that someone more local would have some advise for installers. I just don't want to play a guessing game to see if it will work.

Thanks for the reply.
post #2154 of 2380
The signal boost from WIBW hasn't made it this far south yet. I still only get 13 some of the time, 27 most of the time, and 49 all of the time. Does anyone know how much power they are putting out now?
post #2155 of 2380
Anyone know of any recent changes to WIBW's signal? My folks had to rescan and now see 13-3 and 13-4, neither of which have info anymore (digitalstream converter).
post #2156 of 2380
I'm guessing it might have something to do with the VHF 13 and UHF 44 signals. WIBW transmits at full-power on VHF 13, but they also have a 'translator' operating on UHF 44.

Where my parents live, they receive both signals at high levels, and it caused some issues with their DTV receiver since they essentially had two 13-1 and 13-2 stations coming in, and the receiver didn't know how to process them. If WIBW made the UHF 44 translator output 13.3 and 13.4 it might of solved that problem. I'm not in the area yet to see what they are getting now.

PS> I was never able to get program guide information from the UHF 44 signal, only the VHF 13 signal.
post #2157 of 2380
Thanks dlnester, that's what I am guessing, though it's hard to tell since the "RF" channel shown on the converter still says "13" (though it is a rather simple little device ). Perhaps I'll try to re-scan sometime, although they claim it was just "off air" for a day before they tried

Also very cool news to hear about KTWU's plans for a translator tower in the surrounding cities. Currently, it is a little weak in Manhattan/surrounding area as I'm sure it is also in the other cities listed.

Sad that KTMJ's upcoming HD signal (if it'll really be that?) may not be all that great, but I guess we won't know for sure until it's closer to a reality.
post #2158 of 2380
Man, I am getting so sick of KTMJ's disgusting feed. I can't believe any business would even advertise with their station. It's just sad that many of us don't have any other option for Fox. I wish Dish Network would let me pull in another Fox station in HD since ours isn't. It's just sad that I have to go somewhere else just to watch anything on Fox because I might actually vomit if I'm forced to watch it at home!
post #2159 of 2380
So lets review ownership/control here...

KTKA has been sold to PBC Broadcasting of LA, with a LMA to New Vision Television, who happen to control KSNT and KTMJ. So now they control 3 network affiliates television stations in Topeka... NBC, FOX, ABC and I guess you could count CW as well.

KTWU 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 = Washburn University (Local)

WIBW 13.1, 13.2 = Gray Television, Inc. (Non-Local)

KSNT 27.1, 27.2 = New Vision Television (Non-Local)
KTMJ 43 (Analog) = New Vision Television (Non-Local)
KTKA 49.1, 49.2, 49.3 = PBC Broadcasting/New Vision Television (Non-Local)
post #2160 of 2380
Quote:
Originally Posted by dlnester View Post

So lets review ownership/control here...

KTKA has been sold to PBC Broadcasting of LA, with a LMA to New Vision Television, who happen to control KSNT and KTMJ. So now they control 3 network affiliates television stations in Topeka... NBC, FOX, ABC and I guess you could count CW as well.

KTWU 11.1, 11.2, 11.3 = Washburn University (Local)

WIBW 13.1, 13.2 = Gray Television, Inc. (Non-Local)

KSNT 27.1, 27.2 = New Vision Television (Non-Local)
KTMJ 43 (Analog) = New Vision Television (Non-Local)
KTKA 49.1, 49.2, 49.3 = PBC Broadcasting/New Vision Television (Non-Local)


Okay, There is an article from the Lawrence Journal-World Online and several other websites regarding KTKA-DT sale to PBC Broadcasting/New Vision Television that you might be interested in looking into:
http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2011/fe...-topekas-ktka/
It goes into details with a Local Marketing Agreement between Free State Communications and PBC Broadcasting brokering TV commerical airwaves to KTKA.
Second Article: http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/2...ming-to-topeka
PBC Broadcasting owns two stations, one an ABC affiliate in Youngstown, OH and also another one in Savanna, GA. Both stations have turned over management to New Vision Televison.
and what I hear is that PBC Broadcasting essentially, is New Vision TV, which does own and opereate KSNT and KTMJ in Topeka. New Vision and PBC use each other to finance acquisitions.
Now about the newsrooms.....
The newsrooms will be combined, and plenty of people from KTKA will lose their jobs over all.
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