Originally Posted by gadgtfreek
Their football on 5-1 is also a blocky mess. IMO, they are by far the worst local provider for PQ (maybe 42), and it stinks because I record a lot of night time tv off WKRG this time of year, which looks like crap. It especially shows up in darker scenes, when compression tends to hit most.
55 was on of the better ones, until they added the subchannel, but now its not uncommon to see blocking during Supernatural. 3 looks great OTA, and 15 isnt bad but still has issues. Here is the bad thing, I cannot get 10 OTA so I have to get the HD feed via satellite, and it looks much better than WKRG can ever hope to do.
It would be nice if mpeg4 encoders had gotten cheap enough the locals could upgrade, then 2 or 3 subchannels would not matter. Regardless, I would rate Wkrg's PQ as poor compared to many other channels. I never thought we'd see the day where a show on A&E or USA would look better than a local HD channel OTA.
The cableco here is so bad, OTA and cable channels look about the same. Soft, fuzzy edges and some blockiness. Too many trees here for satellite, at least for now. (Riviera in Foley pulls everything off the air, so whatever they broadcast is passed on to us with express compression, no doubt.)
I can't get WALA either off the air with my current setup, even though if I got on my roof I could probably see their tower up in Spanish Fort. The few times its come in, it's been a great picture. I had forgotten about 55 adding that subchannel, and I agree it looked better when it was just CW.
15's big issue, at least to me, is they adamantly refuse to fix their audio issue. It sounds like the entire broadcast (stereo or Dolby Digital) is being downsampled to 32 or 22.05 kHz. The highs are raspy and rough. Watching news programs on the TV it isn't such a big deal, but if the stereo is on, the difference is like AM and CD. I've needled them before on it and got one response, "it sounds fine to us," then got ignored afterwards.
One question for you with WKRG, do you get dropouts on the main channel at all? Like, random glitches even if the signal is good? I get 100% signal strength on both my sets from them, and get periodic, regular audio and video "burps", only on that channel. It happens on cable (which gets it OTA as well) but not as much. I've tried attenuating for overload and amplifying, no dice.