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post #11461 of 12505
My parents in Hot Springs Village finally gave in & sent their HD DVR's back since Suddenlink was charging them almost $40 a month for 2 boxes. The cheaper non-DVR HD boxes have been "coming in about a month" for the last 6 months. Until then they will watch SD for all but the locals. I'm not getting one either until they come out with a cheaper alternative.

Like the 70's & 80's when telcos charged you an extra fee for Touch Tone instead of rotary - now it's the norm.
post #11462 of 12505
I know I'm beating a dead horse here, but we can't get seem to get another classic tv/movie channel in the LR market such as Me-TV, Antenna TV, This, etc, but we can get the junk that KKYK is now showing -- what exactly is wild moguls tv anyway?? It would be very nice if KKYK could pick up a classic tv feed given that they are carried by cable and sat providers. Given their constant change in programming, I'm really surprised that cable/sat providers haven't dropped this channel by now.
post #11463 of 12505
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Originally Posted by ad5kl View Post

My parents in Hot Springs Village finally gave in & sent their HD DVR's back since Suddenlink was charging them almost $40 a month for 2 boxes. The cheaper non-DVR HD boxes have been "coming in about a month" for the last 6 months. Until then they will watch SD for all but the locals. I'm not getting one either until they come out with a cheaper alternative.

Like the 70's & 80's when telcos charged you an extra fee for Touch Tone instead of rotary - now it's the norm.

Have you checked out what Suddenlink charges for a M-Cablecard? If its free, or inexpensive, you could pick up a Tivo Premier.
post #11464 of 12505
Can't get KKYK here, it is way too weak. What network is it anyway? I thought it was ThisTV or TuffTV.

Just curious,

dmatch
post #11465 of 12505
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Originally Posted by dmatch View Post

Can't get KKYK here, it is way too weak. What network is it anyway? I thought it was ThisTV or TuffTV.

Just curious,

dmatch

KKYK 20-1 is Univision HD. Right now there is no 20-2 transmitting (at least I am not getting it).
post #11466 of 12505
The last few times I've noticed it on the directv guide (ch. 49) and swtiched over to it, it has been WM...Wild Moguls TV??? Looked like African American music videos.
post #11467 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post

KKYK 20-1 is Univision HD. Right now there is no 20-2 transmitting (at least I am not getting it).

They did something to the PSIP data, I think. On my set, it now shows up as 49-1.
I get Univision HD on 20-1 and a "no signal" error message on 20-2. I didn't rescan channels or anything.
post #11468 of 12505
It looks like they've got 20.1 mapping to 20-1 and 20.2 mapping to 49-1.

Nice and pointless. What's on 49-1, anyway? Still Tuff TV?

- Trip
post #11469 of 12505
This has got to be an all time low. KATV showing a live Nascar race in SD on 7-2 (which I cannot even get on DirecTv) to show Informercials on 7-1. I have totally had it with these backward hick ass Arkansas broadcasters...I am going to remove channel 7 from my DVR, and I could care less WHAT they show, I wont be watching it. If I want something on ABC, from now on Ill schedule the recording on ABC on C band. Screw off KATV.

File your complain if you agree: http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm
Fritz, feel free to use this picture in your blog...
This is what they consider television in 2011:
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post #11470 of 12505
I suppose you noticed that KATV-DT1 showed the Razorback basketball game for most of the time that the race was on. That sucks but is not quite as bad as just infomercials. I understand (and agree with) your ire toward KATV but if this makes them backward and hick assed, then what is DirecTV? They don't even carry KATV-DT2. In both cases it makes them Americans that do as little as they think they have to, in order to make, borrow or steal as much money as they think possible.

You're slinging mud in a pig sty.

The FCC won't even enforce their own regulations much less care that a broadcaster preempts national programming or has a less than VHS quality picture. I have dealt with them on more than 1 occasion when a broadcaster (this one as a matter of fact) was clearly in violation of their regulations.

Sorry, didn't mean to steal you soapbox. I thought there might be room for both of us up there.

dmatch
post #11471 of 12505
I think the soapbox is big enough for all of when it comes to KATV.
post #11472 of 12505
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Originally Posted by dmatch View Post

I suppose you noticed that KATV-DT1 showed the Razorback basketball game for most of the time that the race was on.

No, actually I did not, since my recorder did not record anything, and I was at the hospital visiting my mother, and really looking forward to watching the race when I got home.

I can actually understand why DirecTv does not carry the subchannels, they do not have enough satellite transponders to do that. Cable and telco, on the other hand, has that option, and I do in fact have Xfinity which carries it, as well as OTA...Its just that the DVR I have connected to those was not programmed to even look on 7-2 for a live car race.

In any case, I have my 10' dish aimed at ABC's satellite, and next week I will be adding a switch to my computer based satellite card to automatically switch between PBS's satellite and ABC's (which also has Fox, and a couple other networks in SD), as a backup. Once I get it all configured, I may not have to watch any local stations for network programming.

Ive heard, via dbstalk, that the FCC is in the process of deciding whether to allow cable and satellite distributors to negotiate with markets in adjoining DMA's to eliminate the stranglehold the companies are placing on them by demanding outrageous redistribution fees. I lodged my complaint with the FCC in hopes it would add my voice to that possibility. I dont care if I watch Memphis, or Tulsa, or Springfield, or Jonesboro....as long as they show what they are supposed to.

I have not, to date, ever complained to anyone about KATV, except for venting here, because Allenf was always doing whatever he could do to stay in compliance, and was a great PR person. Since he is gone from KATV, I feel like it is time for some change.

AS for the soapbox, Ill stack some pallets and make it as big as it needs to be for everyone to join in. Really hope Suddenlink in Batesville was able to carry the race up there. Mark made a great come from behind win.
post #11473 of 12505
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post #11474 of 12505
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post

...Ive heard, via dbstalk, that the FCC is in the process of deciding whether to allow cable and satellite distributors to negotiate with markets in adjoining DMA's to eliminate the stranglehold the companies are placing on them by demanding outrageous redistribution fees. I lodged my complaint with the FCC in hopes it would add my voice to that possibility. I dont care if I watch Memphis, or Tulsa, or Springfield, or Jonesboro....as long as they show what they are supposed to.

I have not, to date, ever complained to anyone about KATV, except for venting here, because Allenf was always doing whatever he could do to stay in compliance, and was a great PR person. Since he is gone from KATV, I feel like it is time for some change...

Hey Dave, hope your mom's doing ok.

I just wish the FCC would level the playing field for cable & sat providers. I have never understood why it's OK for coxcable in Eureka to carry THREE ABC affilliates, KSPR, KHOG & katv, while satellite is only allowed to provide Carroll County residents one affiliate out of MO, KSPR, which carries two 720p sub channels (abc & cw) and looks like blurry crap. Sat is not even allowed to carry KPBI or KNWA, both of which I can see their tower lights from my yard at night. And KPBI's community of license is Eureka Freakin' Springs.

Too bad allenf is no longer at katv. I'm sure many of management's awful decisions there made him cringe quite often.
post #11475 of 12505
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Originally Posted by arxaw View Post

Hey Dave, hope your mom's doing ok.

Thanks. Total colon blockage. Trying everything possible before resorting to surgery. She is in her upper 80's....

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Too bad allenf is no longer at katv. I'm sure many of management's awful decisions there made him cringe quite often.

I would really love to see Allen check back in here now that he is no longer employed there, and give his REAL feelings on the matter. Its an awful shame, as I am pretty sure if he WAS still there, they would have turned off the weather computer channel, and doubled up on the 720p for the game and the race. At least both fans could have watched it in medium def.

Subchannels are a great idea, if done correctly. THV2 is watchable, and they have a 1080i main...so there is NO excuse for the crap picture KATV was showing the race in.

BTW, I snagged a 10' Winegard dish, disassembled, up in KC,Mo, and will be driving up there to pick it up as soon as Mom gets out of the hospital, or my job sends me to SW Mo on a call where I can "clock out" for the extra couple hours to run up and get it. Those things (Aluminum mesh) are going for over $1000 now, if you can even find any new ones. Free is worth the gas, even at $3.85 Mapquest shows 65 is 40 miles shorter, and 5 minutes longer, than going through Fayetteville and up 71 on the suicide freeway, so will probably take the scenic route up 65, and come back on 71. Never been to Springfield, Mo, so it will be nice to drive through.
post #11476 of 12505
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Originally Posted by arxaw View Post

Hey Dave, hope your mom's doing ok.

I just wish the FCC would level the playing field for cable & sat providers. I have never understood why it's OK for coxcable in Eureka to carry THREE ABC affilliates, KSPR, KHOG & katv, while satellite is only allowed to provide Carroll County residents one affiliate out of MO, KSPR, which carries two 720p sub channels (abc & cw) and looks like blurry crap. Sat is not even allowed to carry KPBI or KNWA, both of which I can see their tower lights from my yard at night. And KPBI's community of license is Eureka Freakin' Springs.

Too bad allenf is no longer at katv. I'm sure many of management's awful decisions there made him cringe quite often.

I never understand why the put Mo. stations on for local in the Satellite world. I would of thought Ft. Smith - Little Rock would of been the option. Lot of My friends in Eureka was very upset as well they should be when this happened ...
post #11477 of 12505
Not to be outdone, I just saw a "Coming soon in HD" promo on Fox16. The race is on...
post #11478 of 12505
It's about time, it's only been almost 2 years since the digital transition & we have 1 local news station in HD. I watch the news on 11 mainly because it is HD.

Wish we could bet on who will be last to switch over - I think we all know who that will be
post #11479 of 12505
Yeah, I understand they will attempt 16x9 standard definition for a while, with an eventual switch to HD. Another product of firing an entire engineering department except for two people.
post #11480 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Dr_Jan_Itor View Post

Yeah, I understand they will attempt 16x9 standard definition for a while, with an eventual switch to HD. Another product of firing an entire engineering department except for two people.

That would explain things...and not surprising. Hire the best, then when you get the digital transition finished, fire em all... Really a class act.
post #11481 of 12505
Any new news on KETS getting HD on Dish?
post #11482 of 12505
Thread Starter 
AETN/PBS HD is free with an OTA antenna (well, as close to HD as AETN gets).
post #11483 of 12505
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Originally Posted by arxaw View Post

AETN/PBS HD is free with an OTA antenna (well, as close to HD as AETN gets).

Well, free after equipment, etc. I already pay for locals because I'm about 70 miles from the LR towers and surrounded by trees. I was just hoping someone might have heard a crumble of info. Thanks

-MDG
post #11484 of 12505
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Originally Posted by MilSF1 View Post

Well, free after equipment, etc. I already pay for locals because I'm about 70 miles from the LR towers and surrounded by trees. I was just hoping someone might have heard a crumble of info. Thanks

-MDG

Um, Gurdon is just down the road from you. You should be able to pick it up with rabbit ears. I can get it way up here in Little Rock. Have you tried channel 13 KETG?
post #11485 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post
This has got to be an all time low. KATV showing a live Nascar race in SD on 7-2 (which I cannot even get on DirecTv) to show Informercials on 7-1. I have totally had it with these backward hick ass Arkansas broadcasters...I am going to remove channel 7 from my DVR, and I could care less WHAT they show, I wont be watching it. If I want something on ABC, from now on Ill schedule the recording on ABC on C band. Screw off KATV.

File your complain if you agree: http://esupport.fcc.gov/complaints.htm
Fritz, feel free to use this picture in your blog...
This is what they consider television in 2011:
That was the Lego Nascar race, right? Cause it sure looks like it was a pit crew made up of Lego blocks.
post #11486 of 12505
Any DirecTv customers have severe drop outs on KATV Sunday night during AFV? Just set my parents house up with a SWM16, whole home, and all the signals are looking good, but KATV was dropping out for about 15 minutes. Wondering if its the receive site, or something with my installation. 4 and 11 and 16 are all fine.

Edit: Guess it must be DirecTv or KATV's transmitter...went to a second location with a separate DirecTv install, and it was doing the same thing there. Hope its KATV...maybe they let their Engineering staff go to quick.

KUAR lost their transmitter building on Shinall Mountain due to a suspitious fire. Padlocks were changed, fence was stripped back, copper stolen from the tower. (Source Fox16)

Public radio station on the Texarkana campus was put off the air by two holes which "showed up" in their feedline. (Source Fox16)

Sure are a lot of OTA problems today....
post #11487 of 12505
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Originally Posted by Davenlr View Post


Um, Gurdon is just down the road from you. You should be able to pick it up with rabbit ears. I can get it way up here in Little Rock. Have you tried channel 13 KETG?

Heh, thought of that a few hours after posting. I think my Dish DVR has an OTA tuner already, so I might try to get 13.
post #11488 of 12505
Looks like tomorrow is the day 16 joins the 21st century and goes HD on their news.
post #11489 of 12505
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Originally Posted by steveken View Post

Looks like tomorrow is the day 16 joins the 21st century and goes HD on their news.

They goona beat KARK huh? Interesting. Well, April 13th will be my last day with DirecTv. I have suspended my service for 1 yr, pending the additions of all the missing HD channels currently carried on Xfinity.

I am very pleased with my Xfinity/2TB Tivo Premier combo, and the Pace HD receiver tied into my HTPC DVR. Working very smoothly, PQ is great, and I sure cant beat the $39/mo for a year (plus $14 for the M-card and HD cable box rental.

After 1 year, if Xfinity is true to their word, the second year should go up to $57/mo for the next year, then raise to their $78/mo rate.

PQ is comparable. Some channels on DirecTv are crisper (1080i ones mainly), but most have an annoying Dolby Digital dropout several times in a show due to their encoders losing sync with the video. Havent had that problem with Xfinity.

Tivo's SUGGESTIONS, which I have been meticulously programming for the past month, has now faithfully started recording me all sorts of shows I would never have noticed on some of the channels I dont frequent, so I dont even have to pick what to watch now, the Tivo picks it for me.

I have disconnected all my DECA/and other equipment, and spent the afternoon installing it at my parents house over the past weekend, so they now have two HD DVRs and a HD receiver with whole whole service, and a SD receiver in the bedroom. Bought them a H23-600 for the computer room, and installed SWM, using the spare coax cables to the kitchen and living room to route a roof mounted OTA antenna to their HR20 and HR21/AM21 so they can watch TV during storms.

Xfinity gives me all the basic cable channels in HD, that DirecTv has refused to carry, in their quest to up the PPV movie count, using a good percentage of their new satellite which promised more basic HD, to pander to the impulse movie buyers, even starting up a $30 per movie system where you can watch it a month before it comes out on Blu-Ray (in compressed and diminished quality).

DirecTv has gone off the path of supplying my basic need, and hence Xfinity has been working hard, as I found out, adding those basic needs and revamping their lineup and support people, who are now totally friendly compared to my last encounters with them several years ago.

I am keeping my DirecTv system hooked up, in the off chance that they change their tune, and add the channels I watch, and lower the price of the sports packages, which are now all out of my price range. Apparently to add to their CEO Mike WHites 32M annual salary.

Anyone on here that happens to have a TIVO HD (Series 3) they upgraded to a Premier, I would be interested in talking to you, if you wish to sell it.

Series 4's are a dime a dozen on ebay and resellers and I already have one of those, so looking for a series 3 to try out.

Cheers
post #11490 of 12505
Dave can tivo now allow you to receive the channel 1 on demand library of movies and tv shows? (not ppv)
Xfinity/2TB Tivo Premier combo,,,when did they start this?
Is this included in the package you got?
I know at one time it was said since tivo can't do 2 way communication that it was not supported.


I called last fall about their service and got tired of listening to the additional fees.
it was $53 for the package I wanted
then it was $10 for HD, 1st box was included that allowed me hd and on demand.
DVR was $14 then X then Y then Z ....God I think they wanted a rental on batteries for the remote LOL

anyway that $53 for 1HD and 1SD no box, ended up for a one time fee of $78 a month for the first year.
I didn't even ask how much after the first year.



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what is going to be put on 38-2
I did a new channel search over the weekend and saw it added but all I see is a test pattern.
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