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post #1591 of 8537
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Originally posted by Mntneer
Where is Lusby near?
Southern Calvert county - near Solomon's Island, MD. From DC, we're about 50 driving miles down Rt 4 from the Beltway. Its near the Chesapeake Bay :)
post #1592 of 8537
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Originally posted by ALIENS
I've noticed lip-sync problems for WRC this week. Does anyone else notice the lower volume for OTA digital channels compared to regular channels?
WRC has always had the low volume problem on their digital channel. I've written them about it, but never got a reply.

And yes, they also have audio sync problems periodically, especially in their live broadcasts. It usually manifests as delayed sound, but I noticed this past week that the sound was actually running ahead of the picture by a quarter to a half-second. Very odd. But it does get so annoying sometimes that I usually end up switching to the analog channel to watch the news.
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Speaking of WRC, was anyone getting a bunch of video dropouts on WRC's Comcast feed? It was really goddamn annoying during Las Vegas last night. Is it something they're doing to HDPVRs or something? I know NBC itself has a history of sabotaging PVRs (even though own a little bit of Tivo! Dumbasses.), was it on the national feed?
post #1594 of 8537
I didn't see any dropouts on my WRC OTA feed for Las Vegas. BTW - what a great, underrated show.

E. J.
post #1595 of 8537
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Originally posted by ejfiii
I didn't see any dropouts on my WRC OTA feed for Las Vegas. BTW - what a great, underrated show.

E. J.
I just started watching Las Vegas on my new Hitachi 51" and dish 811 HD receiver. 2 weeks ago and I'm hooked...great show.
post #1596 of 8537
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Originally posted by JBlacklow
Speaking of WRC, was anyone getting a bunch of video dropouts on WRC's Comcast feed? It was really goddamn annoying during Las Vegas last night. Is it something they're doing to HDPVRs or something? I know NBC itself has a history of sabotaging PVRs (even though own a little bit of Tivo! Dumbasses.), was it on the national feed?
I have Comcast out in Prince William County, Manassas to be more specific. We were having problems with NBC's Las Vegas as well last night. I switched to the analog feed to awhile, and switched back for awhile. I have a lot of problems with the audio feed on the NBC-HD feed via Comcast. Comcast tech told me most people with this problem usually find out it is their audio component (receiver), but I have 0 problems with other chans with the same setup. Another tech told me my signal was "too strong" and they would turn it down, but from what I see looking in debug on the cable box, it hasn't been turned down.

I just hope things get better soon.
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I just got an email frpm the assisatnt GM at Fox 5. She said they plan on HDTV transmission Fall 2004.
I hope its true
Mark Franke
Chantilly, Va
post #1598 of 8537
Thread Starter 
They are a Fox O&O station, so I figured they would be HD when FOX throws the switch. Someone in another thread said that they got an email from Fox45 in Baltimore saying that they where going to be in HDTV in the fall also. It will be good to have two Fox's to choose from again.

I get Fox45 without dropouts, can't say the same thing for Fox5.
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Does anyone in this area get PBS OTA?
post #1600 of 8537
crampers,

yes, on several channels. See first page of the thread.
post #1601 of 8537
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Originally posted by drewish
Another tech told me my signal was "too strong" and they would turn it down, but from what I see looking in debug on the cable box, it hasn't been turned down.

I just hope things get better soon.
Comcast is supposed to bring me an HD box tomorrow. I'm curious how you get debug info from it. Is this stuff documented anywhere?
post #1602 of 8537
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Originally posted by crampers
Does anyone in this area get PBS OTA?
Yes, I live in West Springfield and receive both WETA and WMPT flawless. FOX5 is my biggest challenge. 75% of the time if I want to watch FOX, it has to be out of Baltimore, which unfortunately has yet start passing the wide-screen programs.
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Did anyone else notice that WMAR-DT (2.1) appears to be sending out sound and a test tone for each of the 5.1 DD channels just before they switch programming to DD 5.1 at 8:00 pm? Unfortunately it does overlap the sound coming from the commercials that are on at the same time.
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Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by Linda
Comcast is supposed to bring me an HD box tomorrow. I'm curious how you get debug info from it. Is this stuff documented anywhere?
Linda, I was able to find extensive service manuals and other documentaions for Motorola's STBs on Motorola's web site. I'm not sure which brand is used in Reston. But check on the manufacture's web site or even browse around in the HD Hardware forum.

Peter, I had not noticed that before, but I will look for it.
post #1605 of 8537
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Originally posted by CycloneGT
Linda, I was able to find extensive service manuals and other documentaions for Motorola's STBs on Motorola's web site. I'm not sure which brand is used in Reston. But check on the manufacture's web site or even browse around in the HD Hardware forum.

The normal digital cable box is Scientific Atlanta. I'm guessing the HD version will be also, but I'll find out later today. I'll do some poking around once I get the model number. Thanks for the info.
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:confused: I have recently ordered an LG OTA HD receiver and recorder. It also apparently has the capability to decode unscrambled digital cable, but I don't expect that to be usable with Cox Cable in Fairfax. I plan to primarily view & time-shift OTA programming, but would also like the capability to get HD HBO off the cable or via satellite. It appears that with Cox the only option is to rent one of their Scientific Atlanta boxes and apparently the 3250 is the one they are now using.

Are they offering the option to use other (more capable? boxes that support DVI output and HD recording? Or is it a "take it or leave it" proposition? and I might have to investigate further the satellite options.
post #1607 of 8537
Ben,

Do you have hard info that cox scrambles all of their HD transmissions? Why don't you think it will work?

Dick
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Dick,

I don't have any hard info on what HD content Cox Fairfax scrambles.

The primary things I want to get off cable are internet access and HBO - any my guess is that HBO is probably scrambled.

I prefer to get local content off the air (even if I could get it unscrambled of the Cable) - because I generally found that my SD reception off the air was better quality than off cable, and assume the situation likely will be the same with HD.

Ben
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Folks
the Cox HD set top box, the SA 3250 does have a DVI and firewire connections. Neither of them are activated. I have talked to Cox and they have no clue when they will make them work. On the plus side they have added INHD. which has some good programming. INHD has just bought the rights to broadcast most of the IMAX films. The quality of INHD broadcast on a 110" screen is awesome. BTW the last regulation I saw from the FCC, requires cable companies to add fire wire(a working one) to their set top boxes by April this year. The regs also say that DVI must function by 2005.
I'm looking to see what Voom does this summer with their DVR
Mark Franke
Chantilly, Va
post #1610 of 8537
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Originally posted by Peter A Dionne
Did anyone else notice that WMAR-DT (2.1) appears to be sending out sound and a test tone for each of the 5.1 DD channels just before they switch programming to DD 5.1 at 8:00 pm? Unfortunately it does overlap the sound coming from the commercials that are on at the same time.
I am a big WMAR-DT 2.1 fan and use it all the time in lieu of WJLA-DT.

I've never noticed any test tones, but on my system (MyHD120's), I've noticed that the program audio starts a second or two before they switch to the video. On 10-8 last Sunday for instance, the intro audio started overlapped on the outgoing commercial seconds BEFORE the video portion started. Pretty strange, but not a big deal to me. I dig that 5.1DD and rock solid 720P image they consistently manage to pump out, day in, day out.
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Anyone notice/have low signals on OTA Fox5/WTTG-DT last night? I had to switch to D* for "24" in parts of it, it was so bad! (My 4228 *is* inside, but I've never had WTTG be *that* bad before...) The signal strength was on the border of bad/normal on my Sony 300, and it's usually in the middle/top of normal. Just enough drop for frequent pixelation and LOS.
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I recorded it, but have not yet viewed it, so I'll let you know when I get a chance to catch up.
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I spoke to Wendy at channel 45. They are definitely going HD in September.

I asked for a waiver to get the Directv Fox HD channel. She said she would see what she could do and would get back to me.

Scott
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It would be interesting to know exactly what digital channels Cox Fairfax does / does not scramble. I think you can bank on HBO, SHO, and Discovery being scrambled. Since my box had to be flashed/refreshed to get INHD and ESPN HD I'm pretty sure they are scrambled too. About the only possibility I see of channels that may be in the clear are the HD locals (ABC, NBC) ... err, I guess the music channels probably aren't scrambled either (how very exciting).

DVI should be activated as soon as Cox performs the latest software update from Scientific Atlanta. Unfortunately, I haven't heard of any other Cox locations performing the upgrade ... and usually these are done in one location and then rolled out to others.

Interestingly, Time Warner has started rolling out the DVI-enabling update ... and the 8000HD DVR. I wonder if these are related (ie, software must be updated before 8000HD can be deployed).

I have got to think that Cox is planning on deploying the Scientific Atlanta 8000HD (high definition DVR). But ... unfortunately, haven't seen anything to confirm that. They are pushing the SD version pretty hard.

As noted above, Cox had agreed (and the FCC has ordered) that Firewire has to be available by April 1. Since my 3250HD has Firewire ports ... I expect exact availability to be more dependent on when Scientific Atlanta releases the software and when Cox upgrades than anything. And I haven't heard of any Scientific Atlanta boxes with active Firewire yet.

As far as reception ... I find cable very comparable to OTA for the HD channels. Occasionally I'll start getting a few drop outs on one source and not the other. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out why (whether, sun spots, who knows) ... but it doesn't seem to happen any more or less on either source.

As far as boxes go ... yes, right now your only options are to rent from Cox or buy a box that can only get the unscrambled channels. However, several 'CableCARD' products have been announced (including a few STBs) that would allow you to buy your own box and get any scrambled channels you want via plugging in a 'CableCARD' you get from Cox. Intersting to know what the CableCARD pricing will be ...

Finally, it will be very interesting to know the capabilities of Firewire between the 3250HD (when enabled) and the LG-LST3410A.

mfranke, when you get the LG ... please let us know your impressions. I'd be very interested to hear how it goes.
post #1615 of 8537
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Originally posted by jswclw
Yes, I live in West Springfield and receive both WETA and WMPT flawless. FOX5 is my biggest challenge. 75% of the time if I want to watch FOX, it has to be out of Baltimore, which unfortunately has yet start passing the wide-screen programs.
I've seen posts to that affect before. It's strange. I get Fox 5 flawlessly in Stafford. I can get 26.1 all the time and used to get 22.1 about 60-70% of the time until I "upgraded" to the Sony HD300 from a Hughes E86 and haven't seen 22.1 once since then.

Randy
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I adjusted my antenna (CM 4221) today, and I'm now able to pick up WBAL with no problem -- very strong signal, in fact (over 80 on my E86). But I can't get a peep out of any of the other Baltimore stations. According to Antenna Web, they're all in pretty much the same direction from me, so the question is, are they running much lower power than WBAL, or do I just have to tweak my antenna pointing a bit more?

Since the roof is 3 stories up, an answer may save me a long trip in cold weather. :) Thanks!
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I am having challenges as well with fox 5 out of DC, I am going to wait for a clear day and play around with the amp (CM7778). Hopefully is not my HD-300 causing the problem, 4228 in the attic has been steady until the 300 arrived. same set up with TS-160 was working fine. Guess I will watching SD for the Eagles game.
post #1618 of 8537
I have not been able to receive fox 5 in D.C. for over 2 weeks now in Bowie,md. No problem with anyother channels.
post #1619 of 8537
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Originally posted by leesweet
Anyone notice/have low signals on OTA Fox5/WTTG-DT last night? I had to switch to D* for "24" in parts of it, it was so bad! (My 4228 *is* inside, but I've never had WTTG be *that* bad before...) The signal strength was on the border of bad/normal on my Sony 300, and it's usually in the middle/top of normal. Just enough drop for frequent pixelation and LOS.
My recording of 24 was flawless, no dropouts with a MyHD120 tuned to WTTG-DT.
No 5.1 though, just 2.0.
post #1620 of 8537
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Originally posted by sasha_j
My recording of 24 was flawless, no dropouts
Same here.
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