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post #241 of 10685
Same here. That is because WPSG-DT and WPHL-DT, have not been added into the Direct TV guide as is the case with the other digital stations. I have looked into this in the past and have asked a WB-17 engineer to look into it. Expect no response from Direct TV on this issue.
post #242 of 10685
I got an e-mail from DirecTV. They suggested doing a hard reboot, then going into the DirecTV menu and re-doing Initial Setup/Channel List. I did those and did a re-scan - no change.

My office closed due to snow, so I have all day to play with this stuff!
post #243 of 10685
Mike, that will NOT work as neither of these channels is in Direct TV's data base. They must be added to their data base toi get into your guide. Don't waste your time. When they are added, they will appear in your quide without you having to do anything.
post #244 of 10685
Thread Starter 
There was a posting some where here with a link to a site that had a filter you could add to your coax. so you could cascade amps. This would fix signal problems only if I could find that post.
post #245 of 10685
JWhip - Yeah, I know. But I think DirecTV needed to hear the question. Maybe it'll speed things up.
post #246 of 10685
I spent 45 minutes one day going frpm department to department at Direct TV over this issue and no one had any clue what I was even talking about. All they could keep on saying was that the did not carry Local HDTV stations.
post #247 of 10685
Their latest e-mail - call Tech Support. I might this evening if my cold isn't too bad.
post #248 of 10685
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Originally posted by JWhip
Calabs, I can't comment on whether NBC-10 is still broadcasting OTA as I can't get them that way (yet?) due to terrain issues. I am hopeful I will at their new height and 1 megawatt signal. They are on the cable and Comcast takes a direct fiber feed for that.

Has NBC moved to the new tower? I can't tell because I just got a new STB (the new Zenith), and all of a sudden I'm getting NBC, albeit at only 40%. Could it have moved, or am I just getting a better pull-in from the new STB? Can anyone confirm if they've moved?
Thanks!
post #249 of 10685
No NBC for me yet. Would love to try one of those new zeniths to see if I can get more channles with it here.
post #250 of 10685
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Originally posted by JWhip
No NBC for me yet. Would love to try one of those new zeniths to see if I can get more channles with it here.

Well, NBC kept cutting out on me all weekend, but at least I'm getting a signal! It's definitly the STB. I've used the DTV1080 as well as their integrated set (C34W23), but got zippo for NBC, not even picking it up as a station. All weekend was less than 35%, so pretty much drop-outs all the time. I guess Zenith's new 4th generation 8-VSP chipset is an improvement over their older one.
post #251 of 10685
Not to bust your bubble, but suddenly in the last few days NBC has re-appeared for me. I have done nothing and now it comes in perfectly. For the last several months It was not consistent at all and now its near perfect everytime I tune it in.

Anyone have trouble with FOX? I can get every Philly local now broadcasting with a strong signal except for FOX. I even get 55 which is supposedly the weakest? I can get ABC, CBS, NBC, and WB without any problem all strong. UPN is usually good as well. But FOX is rarely even watchable. Anyone have any insight. I am on the Delaware line about 2 miles west of 1-95 using an attic mounted Silver Sensor.

Thanks
post #252 of 10685
I would suggest a better antenna mounted outside on the roof. Virtually any decent outside antenna would be of great help to you.
post #253 of 10685
Care to recommend a good cheap and hopefully small outside easily mountable antenna?

Thanks for your help!
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post #255 of 10685
The channel master 4 bay and 8 bay bowties are both good.
post #256 of 10685
I use the Radio Shack Antenna and get minimum 75 signal - receive all HD stations
post #257 of 10685
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Originally posted by baeverly
Anyone have trouble with FOX? I can get every Philly local now broadcasting with a strong signal except for FOX. I even get 55 which is supposedly the weakest? I can get ABC, CBS, NBC, and WB without any problem all strong. UPN is usually good as well. But FOX is rarely even watchable. Anyone have any insight. I am on the Delaware line about 2 miles west of 1-95 using an attic mounted Silver Sensor.

I am having the exact problem as baeverly describes. I live 10 miles north of Newark, DE in Chester County. I am blaming my Samsung SIR-T150 because the signal strength meter shows a "pulsing" signal but never locks on. All other stations come in 50% or higher. I know folks around me are receiving FOX.

I wonder if upgrading the decoder firmware would help? I have tried moving the antenna to see if multipath was the problem. I use a RS 120" attic mount with a UHF amplifier (and, yes, I have tried with and without the amplifier).

Any other comments or ideas?
post #258 of 10685
I've been receiving signals from the Philly stations since December 1999 and have tracked the progress (or lack thereof) for 3 years.

I think that until Fox either ups their power or moves to a higher location folks in the fringe reception areas will have problems getting a consistent, locked in signal.

I'll check out WCAU-DT toinight to see if they are on-line with their new location. If they are I'll know it in a second, as I've been consistently getting signal strength reading in the upper 20's to low 30's for years.

Brian.
post #259 of 10685
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Originally posted by briandx

I'll check out WCAU-DT toinight to see if they are on-line with their new location. If they are I'll know it in a second, as I've been consistently getting signal strength reading in the upper 20's to low 30's for years.

Brian.

Yes, it would be interesting to confirm (preferrably from someone at WCAU) that they are up and running at the new tower. Last night, I got WCAU at ~40% constant where before the channel wouldn't even scan. It was nice to see Leno in HD for the first time.
post #260 of 10685
I am hoping that WCAU is NOT yet up and running at the new tower, since I am still not getting a useable signal on channel 67 (Samsung SIR-T165 and rooftop antenna with rotor). I do get all of the other local digital channels quite reliably.

Besides WCAU and Fox moving to their new tower and increasing the size of their signal, what other nearby channels are coming online in the near future?
post #261 of 10685
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Originally posted by Philly Tim
I am hoping that WCAU is NOT yet up and running at the new tower, since I am still not getting a useable signal on channel 67 (Samsung SIR-T165 and rooftop antenna with rotor). I do get all of the other local digital channels quite reliably.

Besides WCAU and Fox moving to their new tower and increasing the size of their signal, what other nearby channels are coming online in the near future?

I'm with you in hoping they are NOT on the new tower. I still get significant dropouts on various days, so I'm guessing they aren't there yet. I would think we'd be getting a pretty good signal once they bump the power to 1mW.

I believe one of the PAX stations is supposed to be up and running soon.
post #262 of 10685
Hi All,

I am getting the same old signal strength on my Sony HD200 as always. WPHL-DT's signals from the new tower almost pegs the meter so I doubt that WCAU is on the new site yet. I believe that they will be at the top of the tower so signals hopefully will be very strong.
post #263 of 10685
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Originally posted by jcardani
Hi All,

I am getting the same old signal strength on my Sony HD200 as always. WPHL-DT's signals from the new tower almost pegs the meter so I doubt that WCAU is on the new site yet. I believe that they will be at the top of the tower so signals hopefully will be very strong.

So it may just be my new STB (HD-SAT520) that's making the difference for me. It's basically the same as the HD200. The DTV1080 I was using before was probably less sensitive. The new model has the new 4th generation 8-VSP chipset that may be pulling in the signal a little better. I'm also picking up FOX better compared to the old STB. More consistent strength, albeit in the 40-50% range.
post #264 of 10685
Hi Calabs,

Exactly. I am located in Voorhees (near Marlton). I had a Panasonic DST52 tuner previously and I could not receive WCAU-DT without constant break-ups even during good weather. I also had many problems receiving WHYY and FOX with that receiver. Using the Sony HD200 all Philly stations are rock solid during good weather and only WCAU-DT has problems in meduim-heavy rain/snow. I can even get channel 53 out of Atlantic City with break ups (but the antenna is facing Philly) I am using the same Channel Master UHF antenna - 80" boom.

The new Sony/Zenith receivers have more sensitive tuners are reject multipath much better than the older models.

Joe
post #265 of 10685
I live in Feasterville, right above NE Philly, and I get everything but Fox, and WCAU breaks up allot.. I mostly watch abc, nbc and cbs.. I rarely watch any local HD OTA programming that's not in HD or at least transmitted in widescreen.. I don't see the point of channel 17, 29 or 57 being on the air.. they transmit nothing that I can recall in HD or widescreen.. just upconvert their lame 4x3 material.. BIG DEAL.. Give me more HD and Widescreen programming..
post #266 of 10685
X01E:

We HDTV enthusiasts have to keep in mind that digital TV is about more than just HDTV. All U.S. TV stations are obligated to begin broadcasting digital signals (their analog channels will be taken away, possibly as early as 2006), but no one is required by law to broadcast in HDTV.

The WB Network (channel 17 in our area) does have a limited selection of HDTV programs. I've seen "Everwood" (pretty good show) and "Family Affair" (ugh!) on HDTV, and I think there may be another show or two that is broadcast in that format.

All of the FOX network stations broadcast pseudo-high-definition programming. Sure, 480p signals are better than standard-definition, but they pale in comparison to true HDTV programming!

I don't know if 57 (UPN) ever broadcasts any HDTV programming, but I am glad that they are broadcasting a digital signal. Where I live, the OTA analog signals are greatly affected by multipath interference from the nearby tall buildings. Lots of ghosting and distorted images, etc. With digital signals, you either get enough of a signal to show the content, or no content at all. There is no "ghosting." Granted, multipath interference can still degrade a signal enough to prevent your digital tuner from rendering it, but it's nice to have a sharp image for a change from our antennas! (not that I watch channel 57 all that much at present anyway!)

We "early adopters" can feel frustrated at the lack of HDTV content, but I prefer to consider the local glass to be half full rather than half empty.
post #267 of 10685
I would quite agree with Philly Tim's assertion that the glass is half full, in fact, given what is currently available from all sources and my available time to watch TV in general the glass is about 60% full.

BTW.. WCAU-DT is still broadcasting at it's old location. Any update on the actual transition date?

Brian.
post #268 of 10685
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Originally posted by Philly Tim
X01E:

We HDTV enthusiasts have to keep in mind that digital TV is about more than just HDTV. All U.S. TV stations are obligated to begin broadcasting digital signals (their analog channels will be taken away, possibly as early as 2006), but no one is required by law to broadcast in HDTV.

All of the FOX network stations broadcast pseudo-high-definition programming. Sure, 480p signals are better than standard-definition, but they pale in comparison to true HDTV programming!

We "early adopters" can feel frustrated at the lack of HDTV content, but I prefer to consider the local glass to be half full rather than half empty.

I think your on the right track Philly Tim. I'll take the digital stations (especially CBS and ABC) in SD digital over any analog signal any day! Just for clarification purposes, 480p is still considered standard definition, as well as 480i. That's why folks are up in arms over the whole FOX "widescreen" format. It really isn't HD. 720p and 1080i are HD formats.
post #269 of 10685
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Originally posted by briandx

BTW.. WCAU-DT is still broadcasting at it's old location. Any update on the actual transition date?

Brian.

Glad to hear THAT! Last night when I was watching Frasier, the signal really started breaking up. This was a little strange, since the signal strenght was 40-50%. Don't think it could be multipathing as all other Philly stations come in very well. I too would be interested to hear from an NBC employee as to exactly when they will be broadcasting from the new tower.
post #270 of 10685
I think I heard someplace that 57 has no HDTV material because UPN isn't supplying any yet. Supposedly, next season Enterprise may be in HD.
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