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post #3181 of 10685
I lost WPVI 6.1 OTA this evening. I've been pulling it in from Princeton, NJ for over a year. Anybody else experiencing a drop in signal strength from ABC out of Philly OTA?
post #3182 of 10685
Audio problems on 6 & 10 last night?? What's going on?? I WILL write to 10 today as theirs has been going on for awhile now, 6 seems sporadic. Is there an engineer listening in who can explain why we are having such audio problems??
post #3183 of 10685
I always check here first before pointing a finger at Comcast. They're just relaying what they get. In fact, on several occasions I've bought problems to their attention and they contacted the stations and initiated fixes.

I still get too many dropouts on KYW-DT though....
post #3184 of 10685
Here's the contact list that I have used in the past for engineering contacts at the main Philadelphia DTV stations.

I would recommend a telephone call directed to the broadcast engineering department rather than an email in these cases! (the telephone numbers below are the main stations numbers)

KYW-DT (CBS)/WPSG-DT (UPN) - Jim Chase
215-238-4800 (KYW)
215-238-4700 (WPSG)

WPVI-DT (ABC) - Jim Gilbert
215-878-9700

WCAU-DT (NBC)/WPPX-DT (PAX) - Tim O'Sullivan
610-668-5510

WHYY-DT (PBS) - unknown
215-351-1200

WPHL-DT (WB) - Lance
215-878-1700

WTXF-DT (FOX) - Dru Stuart or Diane Crack
215-925-2929

This list is a little old so some contacts may have changed.

*Updates are welcome!!!!!!*.

Joe
post #3185 of 10685
hey all, got a question for ya. i'm receiving a new tv today that has a build-in HD tuner. I subscribe to basic Comcast cable service (i have an analog STB, which i don't even use). It's my understanding that the HD tuner in my tv should receive any unscrambled digital signals (including HD) and display them ok. Should i expect with my current service (analog) to be able to receive unscrambled digital signals? I guess, i'm assuming comcast broadcast digital and analog signals at the same time and it just depends on what STB you have (digital or analog) to tune in the appropriate channels.
Also, can i expect the network stations to be coming in as unscrambled HD?
i bought an indoor antenna to test out the OTA HD signals, but was wondering what i could expect through cable...

thx
post #3186 of 10685
Your TV should receive the analog cable channels but probably will not receive the digital cable channels, including the HD channels. You'll need a cable box with HD capability. It's more than a question of scambling, it a question of modulation format. The digital channels, including HD, are modulated using QAM, and I don't think many TVs are equipped to handle that format.
post #3187 of 10685
the tv i'm getting (any minute now!) is a mitsubishi wd52725. it's a dlp set with a cablecard slot and built-in hd tuner. over in the rear projection forum, i've read some posts where people said that this set can receive unscrambled digital signals through cable. that's the only reason why i asked the question. i've seen the QAM acronym before, but don't really understand what it is. i guess i could figure it out if i looked into it more... ;-)
anyways, i should have a definitive answer to the question once the tv is setup. but, i guess i won't expect anything, so if i do get some digital (or even HD) channels, it will be a pleasant bonus...
upgrading to full digital+hd service is on my to-do list, though, anyways.
post #3188 of 10685
Anyone here live in the Marshallton/West Bradford PA area?

I am having a new house built there and I have contacted Comcast to see what is available. The say "everything", but I question if that is just a standard response.

Currently I have internet service and a 5100 to be replaced by comcasts HD PVR Thursday.

JT
post #3189 of 10685
The cable card should handle the QAM. Comcast might be able to address the cable card so you can receive HD. If Comcast offered an HD-only package, I'd take it. I rarely visit the SD channels anymore.
post #3190 of 10685
yeah, i believe with the cablecard, i can receive everything, irrespective if it's naturally scrambled or not. what i'm wondering about is without the cablecard, with just the cable input to the tv...
post #3191 of 10685
Without the cablecard, you'll get only the analog channels, channels two through seventy-something.
post #3192 of 10685
I thought "basic digital" stations HAD to be provided along with the basic subscription... so if you have a qam tuner, you could get them.
post #3193 of 10685
Quote:


Originally posted by JTFX6552
Anyone here live in the Marshallton/West Bradford PA area?

I am having a new house built there and I have contacted Comcast to see what is available. The say "everything", but I question if that is just a standard response.

Currently I have internet service and a 5100 to be replaced by comcasts HD PVR Thursday.

JT

I'm in Blue Bell. If you're getting a DCT6208 (HD PVR) and you're getting digital cable then you can get "everything", HD is the only important part, the rest (SD) is just filler. You have to subscribe to the movie channels to get them in HD.
post #3194 of 10685
I have the xbr960 with cablecard. Before the cable card I could pick up the networks, and inhd1&2. Your TV should tune them with auto-tune, but so you know CBS was something like 81.2 or 82.1. I don't remember where they all were, but their all around the 80s or so. I couldn't pick up digital channels or premiums. With the cablecard I get all the channels mapped to their exact location on the cablebox, but the cablecard channel changing is kind of slow. It is an extra tuner so that's nice with my single tuner DVR.
post #3195 of 10685
Reply to hd_addicted saying that Comcast transmits all local HD programming.

Comcast does not have an HD channel for Channel 57. They do have Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS, WHYY and Channel 17 (WPHL).

I don't know whether Channel 57 has a DTV channel.
post #3196 of 10685
I didn't say that.
WPSG, UPN 57, does broadcast HD but Comcast doesn't carry it.
post #3197 of 10685
I called Comcast about UPN 57, and the CSR was unaware that they had a digital signal. I then tried to call UPN to let them know that, but got lost in a morass of voicemail and incorrect forwarding.

Maybe someday...
post #3198 of 10685
FWIW... I tested the LG-LST3510A a while back. It has a built in QAM (digital cable) tuner. I got all of the Philly locals (from Comcast analog cable hookup) digitally (HD).

No digital tier/HD subscription, no cablecard.
post #3199 of 10685
Quote:


Originally posted by Mojo97
yeah, i believe with the cablecard, i can receive everything, irrespective if it's naturally scrambled or not. what i'm wondering about is without the cablecard, with just the cable input to the tv...

Comcast does not encrypt off-air digital channels. You will be able to tune these channels without (or with) a CableCARD installed in your TV. Of course, without a CableCARD you will need to have the TV scan all channels in order to find what you're looking for.
post #3200 of 10685
thx. i did indeed find some unencrypted digital channels in the lineup. espn news and cbs were the 2 that i noticed right away. haven't been able to tell if HD is included in their broadcast. also searching for FOX in HD so i can watch some Eagles games!

i probably will just go ahead and get a cablecard or STB in the near future anyways, though.
post #3201 of 10685
so, anyone know what the channel is for HD Fox on comcast? That is, without a STB. For instance, i found HD CBS on 116-2.

thx
post #3202 of 10685
I just emailed WCAU channel 10 again today. Just as it's been for the last week, the their audio was popping and dropping out like madlast night.

Damn...how long is this going to go on??

Tom
post #3203 of 10685
As I said in my post yesterday, a telephone call works much better than email. It's easy for email to get mis-directed or ignored. Check my post for their phone # and broadcast engineer contact name.

Joe

Quote:


Originally posted by tld
I just emailed WCAU channel 10 again today. Just as it's been for the last week, the their audio was popping and dropping out like madlast night.

Damn...how long is this going to go on??

Tom
post #3204 of 10685
Last night's game was UNWATCHABLE. Worse I have ever seen because of the problems. I had to switch to standard def because of the constant problems during the game - jump cuts to action that occurred a few seconds earlier, constantly going back and forth from "black bars" down the side and standard - def to widescreen HD, audio drop outs, picture noise, etc. Also, it was annoying that every hour - on the top of the hour - when they put up the Fox 29 station id - they would degrade the picture down to standard def and then after the station id blurb, pop it back out to wide HD.

Interestingly enough, the HD feed seemed almost 3 - 4 full seconds behind regular FOX. Don't know why that is.

Anyone else see problems with this game? I live in Souderton, PA.
post #3205 of 10685
HD feed is always behind, not normally 3-4, more like 2.

Mojo it's interesting that you found CBS at 118, I found it at 82.1 I think and ABC was 79.1 or something like that. Fox was 118.1 for me. Maybe it varies from area to area... I'm in Boothwyn.
post #3206 of 10685
Quote:


Originally posted by zippychimp
Last night's game was UNWATCHABLE.
...
Anyone else see problems with this game?

I think EVERYONE had problems with this game. Check the active thread in the programming forum. The screen studders/jumps was a nationwide problem.

Jumping back to SD at the top of the hour for the WTXF Station ID was the least of the problems last night. WTXF just must not have the capability to overlay their own graphics on an HD feed. I believe stations are required (by the FCC) to identify themselves periodically. (I suspect every hour). Amateur radio operators are required to identify their call sign in intervals not exceeding 10 minutes, for instance. So without the equipment to overlay HD (which I suspect is the case), this jump back to SD for Identification is something we will have to live with...

I didn't particularly have a picture noise/audio problem except during a studder/jump... (I was watching OTA)
post #3207 of 10685
Last nights game was terrible. It was so bad that I had to watch it in SD. I don't know if it is a national feed problem though. I had the same problem with the Eagles game Sunday. I had to watch that in SD as well. Everytime the Eagles ofense was on a drive, my picture would freeze up. Dropouts were terrible. Someone needs to help them out over there!
post #3208 of 10685
Read the thread about game 6 in the programming forum... There were many NATIONAL feed issues last night... Not saying there weren't local ones as well... There are hundreds of posts about last nights game from all over the country...
post #3209 of 10685
do any of you know what Comcast is currently giving out for a digital HD STB? Does the box have HDMI output? I decided to take the plunge and am getting it on Friday. I'm going to assume that the Comcast guy won't have any sort of decent cables, so i'd like to be prepared with everything i need for the best video and audio...

thx
post #3210 of 10685
Comcast uses different systems in the area. Here in Cherry Hill, we're on Sci-Atlanta. Other parts of the region use Motorola.
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