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post #1561 of 4216
A letter I wrote to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette today:

From your front page story All Eyes To Be On WANE in the February 2nd Journal-Gazette there is the quote: I wish it was us, WFFT Fox 55 general manager Bob Blacher says. I'm jealous of WANE.



Let me speak for all those in the Fort Wayne DMA when I say. Thank God its not you, Mr. Blacher.



As many of your readers may know, Mr. Blacher's station does not provide high definition programming when it is provided by the network the station is affiliated with.



The owners of channel 55 have decided equipping their Fort Wayne property with high definition capability is not a priority.



So, enjoy the Super Bowl in beautiful CBS high definition this year.



And for next year, get your tower erected to pull in an HD signal from Fox's South Bend affiliate.
post #1562 of 4216
Thanks for the info. I'll have to run some tests to see if there is a file size difference between OTA recordings and cable recordings. I see in the specs that ATSC has a limit of 19.39 Mbit/s and QAM256 has a limit of 38.78 Mbit/s. It looks like comcast is using one QAM256 channel for WANEDT, WANEWX and WPTADT. So from a technical standpoint, they should be able to pass on the local feeds unaltered.
post #1563 of 4216
John W, you are my new hero and idol !!!!!

Why did the fishwrap even bother talking to that scum?
post #1564 of 4216
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Originally Posted by John W View Post

And for next year, get your tower erected to pull in an HD signal from Fox's South Bend affiliate.

yea, and another note even if the signal is strong enough to get it, the broadcast will be 720p. So enjoy it now.

diehard
post #1565 of 4216
So, I was talking to Verizon reps at Best Buy..


They said they are shooting for before JUNE.


The TV package (all 3 -TV,Phone,Net- for $100, like Comcast) INCLUDING 3 HD DVRs and 20-30 HD channels. INCLUDING!


My jaw dropped. He'd better not be "playin'"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
post #1566 of 4216
JohnW. You rule!
post #1567 of 4216
Quote:


Originally Posted by bonzy

So, I was talking to Verizon reps at Best Buy..

They said they are shooting for before JUNE.

The TV package (all 3 -TV,Phone,Net- for $100, like Comcast) INCLUDING 3 HD DVRs and 20-30 HD channels. INCLUDING!

My jaw dropped. He'd better not be "playin'"!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Sold! Goodbye Comcast.
post #1568 of 4216
The letter at the top of this page may appear in the J-G soon, they called for verification today.
post #1569 of 4216
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Originally Posted by John W View Post

The letter at the top of this page may appear in the J-G soon, they called for verification today.

You rock! If there is verification, that usually means it will be printed.
post #1570 of 4216
Let's hope they don't edit it, in the hopes of not pissing off a future advertiser. (A foolish proposition, since by all appearences all the money WFFT generates goes on a one-way trip to Dallas/Ft.Worth)
post #1571 of 4216
More on my saga with WPTA reception.....

I'd had pretty good luck for the last couple of weeks, clear reception with no adjustments to the antenna. Until today when I checked in anticipation of LOST tonight. For the most part the signal was staying in the upper 80's but then would drop to 0 occasionally. I adjusted the antenna in the attic with little success, so I decided I'd try my luck with the silver sensor instead. Plugged it in and voila! Solid signal in the low-90s. Haven't had a drop-out yet in 45 minutes. WISE is coming in at a solid 95 (up a couple of points from before). WANE is now my problem child, but I got it to stay in the 80s.

My thoughts on this, WPTAs signal was overpowering my HR10-250. If I recall correctly WPTA is the only station operating at full power? Also, if I recall WANE is operating at fairly low power (although not WFFT low, for sure) which would explain why it's now struggling with a lower powered antenna. I'm not sure what the situation with WISE is regarding power so I have no explanation for the resultant signal gain..... Anyway, does this sound like a plausible diagnosis?
post #1572 of 4216
If you're asking "could too much signal strength be a problem" Yes, absolutely. Not uncommon to need attenuation on an antenna.

The other thing is, never underestimate to wonders of a Silver Sensor. Freakin' amazing little device for pulling in UHF DTV.

Glad to hear you're having some degree of sucess...
post #1573 of 4216
Well, my letter is running tomorrow.But, thank God a lady from the paper called before she went with the copy editors change of DMA to Direct Marketing Association. Good grief.
post #1574 of 4216
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Originally Posted by John W View Post

Well, my letter is running tomorrow.But, thank God a lady from the paper called before she went with the copy editors change of DMA to Direct Marketing Association. Good grief.


Fox's response should be interesting.
post #1575 of 4216
Well, my letter is in the J-G this morning. Its interesting how they edit these. I was wondering how they would make it read right since the game is now over. Here it is:

Fox 55 has not given HD signal high priority

In The Journal Gazette front page story, All eyes to be on WANE (Feb. 2), there is the quote: I wish it was us, WFFT Fox 55 general manager Bob Blacher says. I'm jealous of WANE.

Let me speak for all those in the Fort Wayne viewing area when I say, Thank God, it was not you, Mr. Blacher.

As many of your readers may know, Blacher's station does not provide high-definition programming when it is provided by the network the station is affiliated with.

So, I hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl in beautiful CBS high-definition this year.

And for next year, get your tower erected to pull in an HD signal from Fox's South Bend affiliate.


JOHN W

Huntington
post #1576 of 4216
Quote:
Originally Posted by John W View Post

Well, my letter is in the J-G this morning. Its interesting how they edit these. I was wondering how they would make it read right since the game is now over. Here it is:

Fox 55 has not given HD signal high priority

In The Journal Gazette front page story, All eyes to be on WANE (Feb. 2), there is the quote: I wish it was us, WFFT Fox 55 general manager Bob Blacher says. I'm jealous of WANE.

Let me speak for all those in the Fort Wayne viewing area when I say, Thank God, it was not you, Mr. Blacher.

As many of your readers may know, Blacher's station does not provide high-definition programming when it is provided by the network the station is affiliated with.

So, I hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl in beautiful CBS high-definition this year.

And for next year, get your tower erected to pull in an HD signal from Fox's South Bend affiliate.


JOHN W

Huntington



Sweet action! I'll take it.
post #1577 of 4216
Quote:
Originally Posted by John W View Post

Well, my letter is in the J-G this morning.

Also on the web:
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journal...s/16661354.htm

(At the bottom of the page.)
post #1578 of 4216
You'll have to let us know if WFFT decides to respond. I can only imagine what lame excuse they'll have. Oh, and don't forget how many jobs and dollars they contribute to the ft. wayne area
post #1579 of 4216
I recently had an email exchange with Mr. Blacher and he expressed his frustration with the situation as well. He remains confident that they will be upgraded before the end of this year (although he admits no decision from Nexstar has been made on Fort Wayne yet). And finally, he will not issue me a waiver to get the FOX national feed from DirecTV.
post #1580 of 4216
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Originally Posted by vereekej View Post

You'll have to let us know if WFFT decides to respond. I can only imagine what lame excuse they'll have. Oh, and don't forget how many jobs and dollars they contribute to the ft. wayne area

WFFT's response will probably be that we should be grateful they broadcast in color.

I know Ft Wayne is behind the times on this, but I'm not sure how far. Does anyone know the apprx. % of markets our size that still have 1 or more of the major network affiliates not broadcasting HD? I remember many many years ago when Ft. Wayne finally got a PBS station. At that time we were something like the 100th largest metro market in the country and the next largest market that lacked a PBS station was like 175th!
post #1581 of 4216
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Originally Posted by HDEye View Post

I recently had an email exchange with Mr. Blacher and he expressed his frustration with the situation as well. He remains confident that they will be upgraded before the end of this year (although he admits no decision from Nexstar has been made on Fort Wayne yet).

Thats good news , because WFFT's website continues to say they are not on the list for 2007, and that "more than likely it will happen sometime in 2008". Given that Nexstar hasn't yet made a final decision (and its also #1 on WFFT's list of "Frequently Asked Questions"), I can certainly understand why the website has to be cautious and say sometime in 08. However, I now have at least a glimmer of hope that we will see it by the of the year and just in time for NFL playoffs and Superbowl.
post #1582 of 4216
From the fox 55 faq:

Q: When will WFFT FOX55 start broadcasting in High Definition?

A: Our company is in the process of upgrading its 40+ stations across the country to High Definition, and WFFT will be converted in time to meet the current FCC-mandated deadline of February 2009.

Please understand that our company cannot upgrade each of their stations at the same time, and they are doing it on a gradual basis. Based on information we currently have, WFFT is not on the list for 2007, but more than likely it will happen sometime in 2008.



I did not think that the FCC mandate had anything to do with HD, just that the analog transmission stops.
post #1583 of 4216
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Originally Posted by bhorrell View Post

From the fox 55 faq:

I did not think that the FCC mandate had anything to do with HD, just that the analog transmission stops.

That's how I understand it too. Technically they are broadcasting a digital signal, just hardly anyone can get it. I'm not going to get my hopes too high for even Q4 2008 for HD.

The really sad thing is that they won't even give out waivers to get the national HD feed from Sat. providers.

We'd all probably be better off if they just went out of business then all the area cable providers and sat providers could just get S. Bend feed or Indy as our local station. After all there is really nothing local about WFFT besides the commercials, and the advertisers have plenty of other options out there.
post #1584 of 4216
Quote:


I recently had an email exchange with Mr. Blacher and he expressed his frustration with the situation as well. He remains confident that they will be upgraded before the end of this year (although he admits no decision from Nexstar has been made on Fort Wayne yet). And finally, he will not issue me a waiver to get the FOX national feed from DirecTV.

Well, what else would anyone expect him to say?

I think the most telling part of the story is not allowing a waiver to be cut, he feels your pain, but not enough to allow a pair of eyeballs get away from his audience that may impact his wallet. What a disingenuous, public resource leaching asswipe.

Thanks for putting up the post. Perhaps the light of public scrutiny will send this cockroach back to the dark cesspool he came from...

[BTW - Glad your letter got some ink, John W. It would appear there's a least one media outlet that deserves our community's support]
post #1585 of 4216
First time getting to watch sports on my new TV, ABC HD today for the NBA game looks great. Though I wish I could pick up digital 55.
post #1586 of 4216
I considered myself fortunate to be able to tune the OTA wfft-dt signals. However, I was comparing the picture quality of the dt signal to the comcast analog signal, and it seems that the comcast picture was crisper and had more detail. When I compare WFWA-DT OTA to the comcast analog version, the DT version is way better. WFWA's DT signal is almost like watching a DVD, compared to the non DT feeds. Anyone else notice this problem with wfft-dt?

FYI: I'm using a Samsung 26" LNS2651D for comparison.
post #1587 of 4216
Quote:


First time getting to watch sports on my new TV, ABC HD today for the NBA game looks great. Though I wish I could pick up digital 55.

Congrats !!! Hope you took a look at CBS golf coverage of Pebble Beach, pretty pictures even if you're not a golf fan.
post #1588 of 4216
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Originally Posted by Kib View Post

Congrats !!! Hope you took a look at CBS golf coverage of Pebble Beach, pretty pictures even if you're not a golf fan.

I've been watching some of the golf, right now I'm watching the NHL on NBC HD...Looks ok, but the Pebble Beach picture looks much better IMO.
post #1589 of 4216
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Originally Posted by terry1700 View Post

The Verizon CSR was specifically talking about FIOS TV. Of course her information is probably being provided to her by the same Verizon PR people that were saying Feb. to the Ft. Wayne newspapers fairly recently.

In the meantime I will be anxiously keeping tabs on the Ft. Wayne "horse race" between FIOS TV and WFFT in HD.

The "horse race" may unfortunatley be a much closer race than I previously hoped for. In this morning's Journal Gazette, Sec. C. Page 1,

"Verizon has said it will launch it fiber-optic TV service in the area by the end of the year."

KIB's estimate for the FIOS launch date is looking pretty accurate.
post #1590 of 4216
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Originally Posted by cameraready View Post

I considered myself fortunate to be able to tune the OTA wfft-dt signals. However, I was comparing the picture quality of the dt signal to the comcast analog signal, and it seems that the comcast picture was crisper and had more detail. When I compare WFWA-DT OTA to the comcast analog version, the DT version is way better. WFWA's DT signal is almost like watching a DVD, compared to the non DT feeds. Anyone else notice this problem with wfft-dt?

FYI: I'm using a Samsung 26" LNS2651D for comparison.

You're not crazy, i feel the same. WFFT-DT looks rough most of the time.

I'm somewhat amazed by differences in tuner performance. My Samsung DLP always struggled to pull in WFFT. Now I have a HR-20 and it never drops. Sad thing is I find myself gravitating towards HD programming more and more each day since it is hard to tolerate SD stuff anymore.

WFFT is getting a lot of flak. Heck, my 65 year old step father called them up and gave them hell. They told him 2008. In other words, all demographics are up on technology more than a lot people realize.

I am half tempted to do the roof mount antenna to pull in South Bend. I can mount it 20 feet up. Any ideas on the antenna?
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