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post #31 of 81
WTKR-DT

Two items:

1) 708 CC was working as of 4:50pm Thursday, please let me know if there is still a problem.

2) We have lost the power supply (both main and backup) in our HD switching system. I have no framesync, logo gen, still store. Switches between local and network will be rough and may lose video for a few seconds
post #32 of 81
Just wondering why the volume on DTV commercials is so unpredictable compared to analog. This is a general statement for all local stations and no particular commercial. A couple of times a week a commercial comes across so loud that it almost blows the speakers off the walls. Then the next night one will come across that I can barely hear. The vast majority are OK. Is this a technical issue having to do with the way they are recorded or is it a station monitoring issue.

Drew
post #33 of 81
WTKR-DT on COX

I do not know what day COX will start HD on cable. However, I did receive a request today to start feeding DTV signal to COX on fiber. The feed will be a DVB-ASI, 19.39 Mbps, which will feed there QAM Modulator unit. I will have to purchase a SMPTE 310 to DVB-ASI convertor, which will take me around two weeks to get. If I hear more, I will pass along.
post #34 of 81
Thanks for the info Ted! A Cox tech that was out at my new house today didn't know much of anything about when the HDTV service was gonna be launched. I guess we'll continue to wait and see what happens. At least you were able to give us some info that they are actually getting a little closer at least.
post #35 of 81
Sorry, folks. Our HD lip sync is whacked. Hope to fix it Monday.

jh
post #36 of 81
Charlie's Angels looks(ed) great right now on abc.. Thx!
post #37 of 81
I caught some of the Nets vs Pistons Sunday on 13 (I have Cox digital cable fed to my Mits w/S-Video cable) and although I know I wasn't seeing hi-def, the picture seemed to me to be quite detailed...I guess it's the result of using the hi-def cameras. Anyway, my question is when something like that game is shot in hi-def 16:9 ar, what do they do to fit the pic in a 4:3 ar for standard def transmission? Do they just cut off the sides, or squeeze the whole pic, or pan and scan, or what? Thanks, and I can't wait till Cox gets their act together on hi-def so I can see the real deal!
post #38 of 81
I have a question, hopefully you guys can answer for me. It concerns my Toshiba DST-3k. I just moved into our house down here in Great Bridge this weekend. I have my Silver Sensor in the attic pointed in a general NW direction. For some reason I'm not seeing any video on ANY of the digital channels. I rebooted the box(Action-Power) a million times and can't see anything on the digital channels. I go into the menu and I have 100% signal strength on all of the channels - 16, 31, 40, 41 and others I can't think of right now. The analog channels I get video from and look pretty decent considering they're analog. I have cleared and scanned the channel list a couple of times and I have all of the digital channels listed, so I know the antenna/box is seeing the digital channels, but for some reason I'm not seeing any video from any of them. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks.

Mike
post #39 of 81
One more little bit of info... I have tried rescanning for the channels a few times now and the digital channels seem to show up one time and not the next. Digital signal strength is 100% on most channels and sometimes they'll be found on a scan, sometimes they won't. I'm gonna go play with antenna position a little bit although I'm not sure it's gonna help at all.
post #40 of 81
Mike,

Check and make sure you are sending a signal out of the component outputs and not S-Video. Your receiver can send one or the other, but not both. If you are not seeing any video on the DTV channels, then it is probably set to output through the S-Video - which will not pass a DTV signal of any kind.

Good luck,

Rich
post #41 of 81
Rich, I don't have anything other than component video hooked up to the stb. I think I got the problem fixed now though. With some input from another member over in the HDTV Hardware section I tried the hard reboot procedure that he referenced and all seems back to normal now. Thanks!

Mike
post #42 of 81
Quote:
Originally posted by madmike
I have a question, hopefully you guys can answer for me. It concerns my Toshiba DST-3k. ..... For some reason I'm not seeing any video on ANY of the digital channels. I rebooted the box(Action-Power) a million times and can't see anything on the digital channels. ...

Glad to see that you've got it fixed. I have the same Toshiba box and it's been known to behave badly just the way you're describing (not finding channels that I know are there). The only thing that has ever worked for me was to physically unplug the box from the power strip and wait a couple of minutes before plugging it back in and rescanning.
post #43 of 81
Well Les, I had it going on WTKR for a few minutes last night after it started working normally again and I got the black screen as I'm used to seeing every now and then. Seems like a small drop in picture or something and it'll lose the digital channels. If I do a soft reboot it normally comes right back until it does it again. Well, last night it wanted to do the same crap as I posted above. I'm beginning to have some problems with this darn thing, so I think I'll try to get rid of it and maybe try a newer generation stb.

Mike
post #44 of 81
I noticed pixelization on the fast scenes of CSI last night. I also notice some on a repeat last week, that I didn't notice when the episode was first run (which I may have missed). Is CBS doing anything to the signal? Everything else on WTKR looks great.
post #45 of 81
Quote:
Originally posted by bob gonsoulin
43 WVBT FOX has never worked

Bob,

I think that we've finally got DTV closed captioning working on WVBT-DT as of today. Sorry for the long delay!
post #46 of 81
Our lip-sync should be back right now on WHRO-DT. Comments, anyone? We have to manually dial this in due to the configuration of our ASI plant, so we could be a little early, a little late.....Jh
post #47 of 81
Is anyone having problems with 27-1 breaking up yesterday and this morning? Usually this is one of the most stable channels I get but now it's dropping out and pixellizing a lot.
post #48 of 81
Les, over the last few nights two or three of the NBC network programs have failed to come back on the air for a few minutes after a commercial. The screen goes black with no sound, but the NBC bug is in the lower corner as usual so I know it is not my system with the problem. I have had to switch back to analog to watch the program until the DTV side came back. Not sure if you were aware of this since I haven't seen it mentioned here. Just thought you would like to know.
Drew
post #49 of 81
Quote:
Originally posted by HILLTOP SAILOR
Not sure if you were aware of this since I haven't seen it mentioned here. Just thought you would like to know.

Drew,

Thanks, I wasn't aware of that. The NBC logo come out of New York, so that means that it wasn't local issue. I just checked over on the HDTV Programming section of AVS and see that there is a thread about it. Apparently it was an east coast thing.
post #50 of 81
Quote:
Originally posted by betterdan
Is anyone having problems with 27-1 breaking up yesterday and this morning? Usually this is one of the most stable channels I get but now it's dropping out and pixellizing a lot.
That's funny since 27-1 had always been my least stable station, until last week that is. I just tried it and it's working fine, even with the cloud cover... :)
post #51 of 81
Ok 27-1 seems like it's working fine again.
post #52 of 81
Oops spoke too soon. It was working good last night. I turn on the tv this morning, put it on 27-1 and it just says searching for signal. All other stations coming in good even 27 analog.
post #53 of 81
Quote:
Anyway, my question is when something like that game is shot in hi-def 16:9 ar, what do they do to fit the pic in a 4:3 ar for standard def transmission? Do they just cut off the sides, or squeeze the whole pic, or pan and scan, or what? Thanks, and I can't wait till Cox gets their act together on hi-def so I can see the real deal!
The game was produced in HDTV and downconverted for NTSC/4:3. Usually in these situations, the HDTV cameras have a 4:3 grid up over the viewfinder. The cameraman shoots to protect the narrower aspect ratio for the downconversion process which chops off the sides.

As far as HD over cable is concerned: You may be disappointed. They will be using different modulation and compression techniques which may not be as robust as the broadcast HD feeds.
post #54 of 81
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by pdennant
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As far as HD over cable is concerned: You may be disappointed. They will be using different modulation and compression techniques which may not be as robust as the broadcast HD feeds.
That's exactly why I'll keep my little Radio Shack Double Bow-Tie antenna in my attic. Why give up a good thing...

OB
post #55 of 81
Quote:
Originally posted by betterdan
Oops spoke too soon. It was working good last night. I turn on the tv this morning, put it on 27-1 and it just says searching for signal. All other stations coming in good even 27 analog.
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Sorry, I don't know how to help you. We are not changing anything at our end. Perhaps it is weather related, or problems with another station causing interference.

We are not seeing anything unusual with our reception of WGNT-DT here at the studio.....

Is anyone else having problems with 27-1 that used to get it without any problems?

George Randell
Chief Engineer
WGNT/WGNT-DT UPN
Viacom
post #56 of 81
Les, Thanks for your quick reply. As you suggested, I went to the HDTV Programming thread to read what they had to say. Very informative. Reading the national threads is always a good reminder about how good we have it here.
Drew
post #57 of 81
Is anything going on with 3-1? It has been virtually impossible to tune into at all since Wednesday. Nothing has changed on my end.
post #58 of 81
I am getting a strong signal on 3-1.
post #59 of 81
Quote:
Originally posted by JorgeGVB
I am getting a strong signal on 3-1.
That's weird. With my antenna in its usual position, 3-1 doesn't come in at all. It averages around 49% reception. If I move it over a foot and turn in 45%, it starts to come in and averages about 79%. I have never had to do this with 3-1 before. It's usually one of my strongest stations with reception close to 90%. Now I realize it's raining and this hurts reception on some channels, but this is really strange... :confused:
post #60 of 81
WTKR-DT


WTKR-DT is at half power until at least Saturday. The +15/-15 VDC supply for the Driver/Control Logic in one the power cabinets failed Thursday afternoon. Harris hopes to have a new supply here by Saturday morning.
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