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post #6001 of 6620
I hope I do not end up watching the basketball championship game in a 3" box while a weatherman takes up the other 57" of my screen. But this is montgomery, i expect nothing less
post #6002 of 6620
what happened to WAKA? No signal on antenna or Directv. Having to watch the second half of the game on the web.
post #6003 of 6620
Whats up with WNCF 32 ABC? Its like the channel is there but its black. Been like this for a day or two since I noticed it. But I swear I checked it either today or yesterday during the soaps, and it was on. Any info?
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updated
8 was flaking out on me a bit this morning too.
Got on my harness today and climbed up.
Looks like my antenna had gotten blown around a bit.
A little turn to the west and all seems good.

8.1 96%
12.1 74%
20.1 58%
26.1 100%
32.1 90%

Numbers are from my DirecTV box on signal strength.
Might need another tweak if 20 gets sketchy. I'll wait for the wife to get home for that.

Britt
post #6004 of 6620
What are these guys up to. Many of the channels are changing physical places on the line-up. All well and good but I'm having to scan for channels on my TV daily, then having to look through loads of scrambled channels to find our favs again. Also still no local PBS in HD!

Amigo
post #6005 of 6620
Had to got back up the tower today to re-aim, the race was sketchy on 20. got the woman on the intercom on the phone and got better results.

8.1 100%
12.1 87%
20.1 90%
26.1 100%
32.1 83%

Sweet
Britt
post #6006 of 6620
brittcrowell,

What kind of antenna(s) are you using.
post #6007 of 6620
The MC 4228, old one with the wire grid.



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brittcrowell,

What kind of antenna(s) are you using.
post #6008 of 6620
I was thinking you had a rotor box and the picture verifys that so I was curious why you have to climb the tower?
post #6009 of 6620
That rotor box doesn't work, It just made for easy mounting. The rotor box I got from you (or another member here) was for my cousin that lives up in Marbury. Hes not in as good a spot as I am to get everything from one direction.

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I was thinking you had a rotor box and the picture verifys that so I was curious why you have to climb the tower?
post #6010 of 6620
Gotcha,
Yea it was me you got the rotor from.
post #6011 of 6620
brittcrowell,

Running an amplifier?
post #6012 of 6620
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Originally Posted by JimP View Post
brittcrowell,

Running an amplifier?
No amp.
post #6013 of 6620
Anyone in Wetumpka (near Jasmine Hills) getting a weaker than normal signal from 32 ?
post #6014 of 6620
I've never been able to pick up 32. I'm in Dalraida working with only rabbit ears in the attic. WAIQ, WMCF 45, and Frazer TV are the only ones I can pick up. WSFA came in loud and clear when it was on 14, now nada. Thank goodness for cable, or I would get tired of climbing the attic every time I would want to change the channel. This digital stuff was very bad idea IMO.
post #6015 of 6620
Picking up 32 in Dalreda area with an antenna 25' in the air.
It pixelates occasionally but I'm not pointed directly at it.
post #6016 of 6620
I think my problem is height. I live in what used to be the bottom of a lake. Cell phone service is spotty, or maybe my house is cursed
post #6017 of 6620
You should try a better antenna than rabbit ears. And get it out of the attic and up in the air.
post #6018 of 6620
Quote:
Originally Posted by Scott Smith View Post
Picking up 32 in Dalreda area with an antenna 25' in the air.
It pixelates occasionally but I'm not pointed directly at it.
With it 25' in the air, I'd think you'd be fine. Then again, you've got the aiming to consider. You know, channel 8 is right next to it. Any problems with 8????
post #6019 of 6620
Guess I'll be downloading Survivor from TvTorrent.com tonight.
I mean with 3 digital channels, can't they at least play the regular programing on one of them?
Granted the channel 8 girl is way hotter than Rich Thomas...but I want to watch survivor!

Britt

PS I'm going to go climb the antenna tower and ride out the storm, at least it will be fun, plus I haven't had a shower to day yet!
post #6020 of 6620
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EVER BODY RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!

Considering the high death toll from these storms, that seems a little inconsiderate. But I agree, with subchannels there's no excuse for them to not throw network programming on another channel.
post #6021 of 6620
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post

Considering the high death toll from these storms, that seems a little inconsiderate. But I agree, with subchannels there's no excuse for them to not throw network programming on another channel.

Other than the networks won't allow it.....And...a lot of cable companies may not carry all of the sub channels..especially satellite..
post #6022 of 6620
Anyone else having Charter Internet issues this morning?
post #6023 of 6620
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Originally Posted by bdfox18doe View Post
Other than the networks won't allow it.....And...a lot of cable companies may not carry all of the sub channels..especially satellite..
Begs the question about why have a weather substation. Anything bad happens and they're going to put it on the main station anyway.
post #6024 of 6620
In most cases..such weather channels are mere place holders until the bandwidth can be better monetized....
post #6025 of 6620
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post

Considering the high death toll from these storms, that seems a little inconsiderate. But I agree, with subchannels there's no excuse for them to not throw network programming on another channel.

Sorry if it seemed inconsiderate. But its the cry wolf syndrome. They interrupt programing so often when there is not a real danger. It gets old.

But a tornado only missed our house by about 1/4mile.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXjl4kedJvc
post #6026 of 6620
So, when WSFA plays the programs they preempted on Saturday morning, will they be in HD or should I just go ahead and download them?
post #6027 of 6620
Well Dish is throwing WCOV under the bus it seems.

post #6028 of 6620
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Originally Posted by Scott Smith View Post

Well Dish is throwing WCOV under the bus it seems.


This seems to mirror the trend across the board as more and more local stations demand higher fees for rebroadcast.

Fox-20 should get no more, nor any less, than Fox-6 or other Montgomery/Birmingham locals...don't know the details of these "negotiations" but I'm sure Dish Network has the figures to back-up their position....and Fox-20 has theirs...

Sooner or later a compromise will evolve...meanwhile, OTA still works fine for me.
post #6029 of 6620
Dish is saying that Fox wants a 250% increase but doesn't say if that puts them in line with what other locals are paid.

It was an eye opener the other day when I did a spreadsheet listing all the shows I watch by channel, time slot and day of the week.

Found I only watch (OTA) 5 shows a week on 32, 18 on 8, 6 on 20 and 4 on 12. This doesn't include Satellite only channels such as SciFi, etc. When I say watch, more accurately, I have timers set up to record these shows but if they're reruns or don't start off good, I'll not watch them. Although I do watch too much TV, its not quite as bad as the numbers show.
post #6030 of 6620
I got an email response from Paul McTear at WCOV. In it he mentioned that they are asking for .02 /day per subscriber (or .60/month per subscriber). I'm sorry but I think that is too high for a small local channel. That would put them in the same league as Fox News, CNN, USA, TBS and ESPN2.

I'll be honest, I don't think sat/cable providers should have to pay local channels anything as long as they offer there signal for free OTA. I just don't like that local channels have no problem giving there signal away for free to some people but, want those who chose the sat/cable route to pay.

Sorry WCOV, you are not worth CNN, TBS, ESPN2 prices IMO. Especially since I can watch most Fox shows through other legal means like Hulu Plus.

WCOV wants people in this area to think this is just a Dish vs WCOV battle but, sat/cable providers are stuck in these types of battles all across the country. Having to pay TBS/USA prices for every local channel across the country would be a huge burden and that cost will get passed along to us. From there point of view, why bother with that burden when people have the option to put up an antenna and get it for free. It's not worth the added cost and I completely understand and agree with Dish/DirecTV's stance.

A compromise has not "evolved" with DirecTV and I doubt one will come any time soon with Dish. Maybe I could trust what WCOV says if it was just one sat company having issues with them but; I think it is pretty clear that WCOV is asking too much now that both sat companies have dropped them. There are a lot of sat subscribers in this area, mainly because the cable companies are so bad and slow to support HD. Can WCOV survive losing that many eyes and for how long? This will hurt their bottom line more the Dish or DirecTV's.
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