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post #211 of 12505
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Originally posted by jstrossner
... Any word on PBS?

Got this from AETN today:
QUOTE:
AETN Engineering staff is anticipating receiving an extension from the FCC for delayed sign-on until May 2004. We are currently in the process of installing digital microwave links between the production center in Conway and the five transmitters across the state.

post #212 of 12505
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According to Allen's previous post, currently, UPN broadcasts HD on Wednesday & Friday nights only.

Then who's responsible for putting the "HD" symbol on my program menu, UPN or DirectTV? I assume UPN is since DirectTV only knows what they are told. There was definitely "HD" indicated besides Enterprise sunday night.

I'm already considering cancelling showtime because twice now the HD symbol is listed on the menu, and i look foward to seeing it, then it turns out that its actually single definition.

I've become one of those folks that'd rather watch paint dry in HD than see the Super Bowl in SD.
post #213 of 12505
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Originally posted by Azanon
...who's responsible for putting the "HD" symbol on my program menu, UPN or DirectTV?

The data is supplied by Tribune Media Services. They sell programming guide info to DirecTV.
http://www.tms.tribune.com/products.html
http://biz.zap2it.com/

Send complaints to:
listings@zap2it.com

They are also incorrectly showing NBC HD programs for KARK-DT as being in "HD". Of course, KARK is too cheap to buy HD equipment and has no HD broadcasts.
post #214 of 12505
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Has anyone else noticed audio problems lately on (CBS) KTHV-DT, 11-1? It's a sort of "stuttering" sound on CBS network programming. Local seems to be OK.

If you have noticed this problem, please report it to:
technicalservices@todaysthv.com
post #215 of 12505
Yes, me too.

I'm glad someone else is having problems. I was starting to believe my receiver was failing.

Anyone have direct phone #'s to the KTHV engineers we can call to let them know when it's happening?
post #216 of 12505
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Originally posted by hpb
Yes, me too.

I'm glad someone else is having problems. I was starting to believe my receiver was failing.

Anyone have direct phone #'s to the KTHV engineers we can call to let them know when it's happening?

During the day, you can call 501 376-1111
At night, call the 24 hour news line. I think it's 501 244-4565 (if not, it's in the book).
They *will* let the MCO know.

I heard from a friend that the problem is coming from a new satellite receiver that KTHV recently received from CBS. Probably for the DD 5.1 conversion. Hopefully, they can get the problem resolved soon, because channel 11's analog reception sucks at my house.
post #217 of 12505
Hey guys I just got a 65" Mits and can hardly wait to get some HDTV. Hopefully E* will get that new 811 box out this month.

I'm in Hot Springs and according to antennaweb I should be able to get cbs and fox. (fingers crossed). These are the only two digital stations that are on the website. i know there are more, as you all are talking about UPN.

I'm wondering about UPN and KATV - How strong are these signals compared to cbs and fox. Or is katv transmitting hdtv at all?
post #218 of 12505
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Unless you're in a valley surrounded by hills:
If you get a good fringe antenna and low noise preamp (CM 7777), you can probably get this full power station:
(FOX) KLRT-DT 16-1 (RF ch 30) (FOX has no HDTV, only "digital"). 1,000 kW ERP

You may also be able get these stations:
(CBS) KTHV-DT 11-1 (RF ch 12) (HDTV) 27.5 kW ERP
(Radar)KTHV-DT 11-2 (RF ch 12) (Live local radar) 27.5 kW ERP
(UPN) KASN-DT 38-1 (RF ch 39) (HDTV) 1,000 kW ERP Pine Bluff

I doubt seriously if you can get these low power stations as far away as Hot Springs:
(NBC) KARK-DT 4-1 (RF ch 32) (No NBC HDTV and very low power - 4kW ERP)
(ABC) KATV-DT 7-1 (RF ch 22) (HDTV) 30kW ERP Pine Bluff

http://antennaweb.org is a good starting point for station reception probability and an antenna aiming map, but is not always accurate.
post #219 of 12505
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post #220 of 12505
Thanks arxaw,
I really hope I can pull in CBS and UPN, I'll be pissed if I drop a lot of money setting up an antenna for nothing.
Any plans for these stations to go full power in the near future?
And what do you all think of the CM 2030 - they have one at Lowes, it looks pretty good.
post #221 of 12505
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Originally posted by shaneotool
...I really hope I can pull in CBS and UPN, I'll be pissed if I drop a lot of money setting up an antenna for nothing.
Any plans for these stations to go full power in the near future?
And what do you all think of the CM 2030 - they have one at Lowes, it looks pretty good.

[I'd be pissed if I dropped thousands on an HDTV and couldn't get any locals]

If you're referring to the CM 3020, it's a good antenna. Just don't pay any attention to the "mileage" rating that it, or any other antenna lists. Ask Lowes if you can return it if it doesn't work for you.

You will need a good high gain LOW NOISE preamp. A preamp is an antenna amp that connects outside on the mast, near the antenna. One that many people in this forum have had good luck with is the CM 7777 VHF/UHF preamp. You can get one from Warren Electronics or Solid Signal online for about 60 bucks. Don't bother with the cheaper models sold at Lowe's or Rat Shack. Many of them don't work well, and are a crap shoot at best.

Do you live in a valley? Are there tall hills between you and the stations' transmitters? This may affect reception a lot. Does your TV have a built in OTA tuner?

You may also want to contact the stations and ask if they have "digital" viewers in your area. Call and ask to speak to Master Control Op or an engineer.
post #222 of 12505
Thanks for the help arxaw, I sent an email to ch 11 and they said if I could get the analog signal than I shoud be able to get the digital signal. This sounds like BS. Hopefully I'll find out by the end of the month. I have to wait for the 811 as my tv doesn't have a tuner. I'll post here with my results.
post #223 of 12505
Shane.

I'm curious as to why you'd think KTHV's response is BS?
post #224 of 12505
Holy Cow, why didnt i check this forum sooner.

I've also been getting the studdering on channel 11 at times (such as during last week's "Without a Trace"), and though my receiver was going bad. Man, I sure am glad to hear that it isnt just me.

Shane, i barely get KTHV analog (it is unwatchable), but i get digital KTHV perfect, with no dropouts (not counting the studdering everyone is having problems with).

Azanon
post #225 of 12505
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Originally posted by shaneotool
... I sent an email to ch 11 and they said if I could get the analog signal than I shoud be able to get the digital signal. This sounds like BS...

Not really BS, assuming a digital station is broadcasting at sufficient power. Digital is more efficient, so it only takes a fraction of the power needed for a comparable analog station, other things being equal. It's a very rough estimate, though.

Sometimes the opposite is true. A digital station may be receivable, while the analog is unwatchable, due to ghosts or snow. That is true at my house, where multipath ghosts make some analog channels unwatchable on my big screen tv. However, the digital channel on the same antenna comes in perfectly. Here are some screen grabs of analog vs digital on my TV. They are from a cheapie digital camera, so the quality isn't too great, but you can see the difference.

About the only way to find out for sure if you can receive DTV is to try it at your house. You can purchase OTA tuners at Best Buy, Sears or Circuit City - they all take STB returns. If you can't receive anything, just can return the box for a full refund. Lowe's may take the antenna back that you mentioned, if it's in good condition. You can buy a CM 7777 preamp at warrnelectronics.com or solidsignal.com. They may not take returns, but you could easily sell the preamp on eBay or on the links at the top of this page.

You'll have to ask Dish folks about their STB return policy though. I would call some of the local Dish installers in Hot Springs, or Custom Satellite in LR.
post #226 of 12505
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Originally posted by Azanon
...I've also been getting the studdering on channel 11 at times (such as during last week's "Without a Trace"), and though my receiver was going bad. Man, I sure am glad to hear that it isnt just me.

Azanon,
It may have been during KTHV's DD 5.1 upgrade attempt. The sat receiver they got was defective. They've switched back to their old equipment, so the problem should be gone now. Here's a portion of an email I received from them re the problem:


>From: "Wilson, Russell"
>Subject: KTHV-DT audio


>.... CBS recently delivered a
>new HD decoder to KTHV. This decoder has some intermittent audio
>problems and has been removed form service. The old equipment is back
>on line.
>
>If you continue to have problems please let me know by email or give
>me a phone call at
>501 376-1111
>
>Thanks for you help.
>
>Russell Wilson
>KTHV
post #227 of 12505
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allenf,

I noticed y'all have been doing HD promo ads on KASN UPN38-1.
Nice to see your station promoting HDTV
post #228 of 12505
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Originally posted by allenf
Shane.

I'm curious as to why you'd think KTHV's response is BS?

I just thought it sounded like too easy of an answer. I also thought the digital signal was not as powerful as the analog they are transmitting. But maybe they were right. If so, that's good for me because I know you can receive analog CBS in Hot Springs with an antenna.
post #229 of 12505
DD 5.1 upgrade attempt? Wow, i cant wait!
post #230 of 12505
OK guys,

Which show Enterprise or Jake2.0 do you find to be technically superior in HD? My vote is for Jake. Enterprise seems to have an overall "soft" look.Your thoughts?
post #231 of 12505
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In terms of PQ, Jake 2.0 is better, IMO.
They both seem a bit "soft"; a bit too filmlike for me.

They still look a helluva lot better than Standard Def!
post #232 of 12505
I play tennis wed night, so i wind up missing them both. i'll get to see them this winter though.
post #233 of 12505
Well Darn!!!

You guys may have noticed that the HD side went down about 20 minutes into Enterprise this evening. Called in and walked the MCO through trouble-shooting the problem.Got things working around 7:30. Turned out to be a LOOSE power plug on the 4x1 HD switcher. Now why in the world would it run just fine for days on end and decide to go intermittant 20 minutes into a HD program????? What can I say? Hope you won't beat me up TOO bad over something as silly as a power plug!

Allen
post #234 of 12505
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Yep. Had to jump to the ANALog channel, but flipped back later during a break and noticed y'all had it fixed. Thanks!

S**t happens
post #235 of 12505
It sucked cause i missed the history lesson on the skaggs (sp) and the humans in that jail scene. but it happens
post #236 of 12505
Boo! Britney Spears was only in single definition tonight on KATV though it was broadcasted in HD nationally.

I sure hope CBS/KTHV doesnt let us down wednesday night with the Victoria Secret Special.

Azanon
post #237 of 12505
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Azanon,
When katv forgets to "throw the HD switch", go here:
http://www.katv.com/contact.hrb

Send comments to:
Engineering
Programming
General Manager
(In some browsers you can send the message to one department, then hit your browser's BACK button and send the same message to the next dept., etc.)
post #238 of 12505
Can't believe I've been coming to this site for a long time and only now noticed this thread ha!

I'd like to start getting HDTV OTA stuff, but I need some advice please. I live in Maumelle, Arkansas, which is northeast of I-430 and borders North Little Rock. I would normally get OTA broadcasts just fine, but unfortunately my house is on the side of a large hill that is opposite of the broadcast antennas. I've tried a directional mast-mounted antenna before (this is just SDTV stuff) and it didn't pick up stuff very well at all (this was without an amp).

I may be under some misconceptions here, but would HD signals be easier to pick up for me? I pick up the ABC channel (non-hd) just fine with a set-top antenna, except it suffers from a little ghosting. What kind of HDTV antenna should I use, an omni or directional one?

Any help/hints would be appreciated, thanks!
post #239 of 12505
Is anyone on the dishnetwork and tried to get a waiver to receive CBS-HD? I am in Hot Springs, and am unable to receive any type of signal from Little Rock (probably due to my use of amplified bunny ears).
post #240 of 12505
nj829 - what kind of antenna did you use to try to get signals from Little Rock? just bunny ears?

I'm going to be putting up an antenna this weekend - I hope I have better luck. I really want to see the hogs vs LSU next week in HD.
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