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post #1801 of 8537
I have a CM 4221 antenna in my attic with a direct connection to a Samsung T151 OTA STB. The signal strength isn't the best, but the station is trying to come in, with lots of pixelization and no audio. At times it comes in ok, but then goes out. The other locals are coming in ok so I'm not sure what the problem is. Worst case, I can watch via DISH network, but I wanted to show of the HD on my big screen.
post #1802 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by odubman
I'm also experiencing bad pixelization and dropout with 9.1 from DC this afternoon. I live in Fairfax and all other channels have been fine. I have an antenna in the attic, but not sure why I'm having issues now... and the game starts in less than 3 hours !! Any advice?? I usually don't have any problems.... i may need to get a pre-amp, but that isn't going to help me today.
OK, this is strange.

I'm getting a high 90s signal today with no dropouts or pixelization. Last night the most I could get was 40 - 45 and I did nothing to my antenna or STB to fix it.

The thing that scares me is that yesterday afternoon I was also getting a good signal with no problems and then around 6 pm it just went bad and stayed that way until at least 2 am this morning when I went to bed. When I checked at about 11 am it was fine.

The strange thing is, some are having the problem and some are not.
post #1803 of 8537
Yea, I'm not sure what the problem is here, but it appears intermittent with various people. My signal strength is between 1/4 and a 1/2 (i only have bars on the Samsung 151), but that is usually ok to watch. The pixelization is bad to the point I can't even watch it. The other locals are at the same signal strength and are coming in fine. It figures the "bad" station is CBS for the Super Bowl. I really don't know what else to try until I get a pre-amp at some point.
post #1804 of 8537
Hope this isn't old news, but here in Reston, Comcast has been delivering InHD2 (ch 175 and its companion, CSNHD 172) in DD 5.1 since 9AM this morning -- its sounds great!!!!! And unlike some of the others, no drop outs.

CBS DC is looking and sounding good, too -- also in DD 5.1. I am in heaven.
Steve
post #1805 of 8537
Well, so far 9.1 has been perfect for me. I guess last night was an anomaly
post #1806 of 8537
Perfect picture and sound (DD 5.1!!!) here in Brambleton too, and I'm using a crappy little $10 indoor UHF antenna from the Rat Shack. My friends cannot believe the picture and sound quality; I'm certain that I won't be the only one in my circle of friends with HDTV this time next year.
post #1807 of 8537
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Originally posted by mercurial
.... I can't say enough about the guys at Fairfax , great pre-sales info, good policies regarding coming back if you need to swap antennas or add a pre-amp within the first 6-months, and some of the best installation techs I've ever dealt with (timely, courteous, and knowledgeable). I really recommend giving these guys a call if you're looking at installing an antenna.
Hope I'm not being rude, but how much did they charge?
post #1808 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by ackack
Hope I'm not being rude, but how much did they charge?
To do the survey, find the best spot, install the 4221 on the roof, wire it up, and verify reception on my STB, it was $297 with parts and labor.

In addition, I had them fix some outside wiring the D* guy had left dangling around unsecured, run a fourth SAT feed to the family room (so the SD DirecTiVo can co-exist with an HD DirecTiVo in a couple of months), and take all the wiring runs the D* guys had just drilled through my baseboard and put them into proper wall outlets. With all that, the grand total was right at $500.

If all you're doing is getting an antenna installed, though, it should be right about $297. Check out their website , it has a lot of pricing info.
post #1809 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by mercurial
To do the survey, find the best spot, install the 4221 on the roof, wire it up, and verify reception on my STB, it was $297 with parts and labor.
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If all you're doing is getting an antenna installed, though, it should be right about $297. Check out their website, it has a lot of pricing info.
Thanks for the info.
post #1810 of 8537
[rant]

Unfreakin'believable. Did anyone try to watch Las Vegas last night on NBC4? Took 35 minutes before it was shown in HD. I just can't believe the local channels are this bad. Is there an engineering contact I can email to complain? I know its not the first time, but comeon, 35 minutes?

And can anyone tell me from an engineering standpoint, what is required at the local affiliate to put the show in HD? I know we talk about flipping the switch, but is it really that easy?

Thanks,

E. J.

[/rant]
post #1811 of 8537
It was in HD from the git-go on WBAL 11.

-Chris
post #1812 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by ejfiii
[rant]

Unfreakin'believable. Did anyone try to watch Las Vegas last night on NBC4? Took 35 minutes before it was shown in HD. I just can't believe the local channels are this bad. Is there an engineering contact I can email to complain? I know its not the first time, but comeon, 35 minutes?

And can anyone tell me from an engineering standpoint, what is required at the local affiliate to put the show in HD? I know we talk about flipping the switch, but is it really that easy?

Thanks,

E. J.

[/rant]
Actually I was thinking how fantastic this looked at 1080i on my 4*3 direct view and wondering if in the future there would be more programming (at the directors choice) of 4*3 material at HD resolutions. I was actually disappointed when they threw the switch
post #1813 of 8537
Thread Starter 
Ralph, you crack me up. Congrats on the 700th post.

There were a lot of affiliates who missed the HD switch for LV last night. I think there was something tricky going on the Network end for that many of them to mess it up. Still begs the question how WBAL of all places got it right. But they did.
post #1814 of 8537
Figures my 165 STB dropped 11-1 and I didn't want to go through the long process of adding channels again. Thats what I get for waiting until 8:59 to start the show.

I still would love to know if it is really just a matter of flipping a switch in the affiliates studio, or if its more complicated.

E. J.
post #1815 of 8537
I called the Adelphia office in Sterling today and they told me that the HD Cable Boxes were available and I could schedule it for installation (not sure why I couldn't just pick up a box ). I also asked about a STB that had PVR capabilities and I was told that Loudoun Adelphia uses GI boxes which do not have the PVR function. When asked when they would add the function the CSR told me that the Head End/network needed some upgrading and there was no estimated time for completion (not sure that makes sense). In the end I didn't get the box since the only channels offered are NBC, CBS and Showtime. Without HBO it was not worth my effort.

Enjoy!:confused:
post #1816 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by ejfiii
[rant]

Unfreakin'believable. Did anyone try to watch Las Vegas last night on NBC4? Took 35 minutes before it was shown in HD. I just can't believe the local channels are this bad. Is there an engineering contact I can email to complain?

I know we talk about flipping the switch, but is it really that easy?

Thanks,

E. J.

[/rant]
Chuck Lindner was the engineer who used to post here on WRC issues a while back. Chuck.Lindner@nbc.com

Call Maintenance at 202-885-4011 the next time they forget to "throw the switch."
post #1817 of 8537
Is anyone with Starpower getting ComcastSportsNet HD yet? It was supposed to be available starting Feb. 1, and according to Starpower's (always unreliable) website, should be found at Ch. 169 (at least in DC). Anyway, I can't even call that channel up so I'm wondering if it's my box or if they just haven't started transmitting it yet. (The other 2/1 changes have happened b/c CNN Headline News is now on Ch. 41).
post #1818 of 8537
lobozooma:

a CSR at Adelphia told me (about a month ago) that the HD PVR (scientific atlanta explorer 8000hd) was about to be deployed in Sterling/Ashburn... He even read me all the specs right off his datasheet

hmmm... maybe I need to stop by their office
post #1819 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by lobozooma
I called the Adelphia office in Sterling today and they told me that the HD Cable Boxes were available and I could schedule it for installation (not sure why I couldn't just pick up a box ). I also asked about a STB that had PVR capabilities and I was told that Loudoun Adelphia uses GI boxes which do not have the PVR function. When asked when they would add the function the CSR told me that the Head End/network needed some upgrading and there was no estimated time for completion (not sure that makes sense). In the end I didn't get the box since the only channels offered are NBC, CBS and Showtime. Without HBO it was not worth my effort.

Enjoy!:confused:
I had the same experience, but I ordered the installation anyway. Will see what I wind up with. I know it will be just NBC and CBS for now (I don't have showtime), but would imagine that they will be adding channels fairly soon. I was hoping for the PVR too, but the CSR didn't even know what a PVR was. I'll post an update when it is installed. I'm not scheduled for installation until the 12th (they wanted to do it sooner, but I couldn't).
post #1820 of 8537
Fox 45 and WB 54 are both going HD and bumping up their power. From their own website:

"What are WBFF and WNUV's digital signal assignments and when will they be on the air? ALSO: Why can't I receive WBFF / WNUV's digital signal?

WBFF-DT / WNUV-DT are currently on the air Channels 46 (FOX 45) and 40 (WB 54). Both are low power currently reducing the coverage area at the present time. Both will be bumped up by June of this year. With the proper antenna and digital receiver both digital channels should be receivable in the Baltimore area. Wide screen version is set for the near future for both stations. Both are only SDI conversions of our current NTSC signals, but up-conversion and HD receiving equipment is being purchased."

Scott
post #1821 of 8537
Thread Starter 
I would have thought that these two stations being in Sinclair's backyard would have been treated like Flagships. Still this is very good news. June is still a long ways off, but it will be here before we know it.

I'm guessing now that Fox has settled on its standards, it was safe to buy the equipment. I hope they don't come up short and not get the DD5.1 encoder like WJLA did.
post #1822 of 8537
thunderthud:

was the installation for Ashburn?

I called a few minutes ago and was told "still unavaliable" for my address in Ashburn.
post #1823 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by mjburton
thunderthud:

was the installation for Ashburn?

I called a few minutes ago and was told "still unavaliable" for my address in Ashburn.
Yes, in Ashburn Village
post #1824 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by mjburton
lobozooma:

a CSR at Adelphia told me (about a month ago) that the HD PVR (scientific atlanta explorer 8000hd) was about to be deployed in Sterling/Ashburn... He even read me all the specs right off his datasheet

hmmm... maybe I need to stop by their office
mjburton,

As I understand it from older posts, you're a captive OpenBand customer. Are you adding Adelphia voluntarily in addition to OpenBand?

Thats a big monthly nut...
post #1825 of 8537
mjburton lives in Broadlands, but in the original section, and therefore, is not under Openband. Only Southern Walk is coverd under Openband. He visits the boardlands HOA forum and that is why he asked me to offer what I know about Openband. The original section of broadlands is serviced by Adelphia.
post #1826 of 8537
Has anyone else noticed that the past two nights WMARDT, although broadcasting with a DD5.1 signal, the sound is only stereo (sound only comes from the front L and R speakers)? Yes, my surrounds are working fine on other channels, so it's not just me.
post #1827 of 8537
dg28.

I did notice last evening that WMAR DT didn't sound as good as usual and that the back surrounds didn't seem to have any sound. I got the usual big blue light on my Sony 3000ES so I just figured I was going deaf or something.
post #1828 of 8537
DVI has been activated in Montgomery County. The only problem I noticed when they upgraded the firmware to 7.xx it also reset the resolution on the box to 480 so you need to go into the menu of the 5100 (shut off power and then press menu) to change the defaults to 1080i or 720p. Also if you have the Samsung DLP you need to put the override back to off or 480p.
post #1829 of 8537
Just curious if anyone has had their DVI activiated by Comcast in Arlington? Also what type of HD Box are you getting from Comcast these days and have you heard any rumors about a HD Boxes and PVR.

Thanks.

P.S. if other Comcast DC Metro area customers want to put in their .02 worth regarding HD boxes pls. do.
post #1830 of 8537
sasha_j:

pauleyc got it exactly right.

"mjburton lives in Broadlands, but in the original section, and therefore, is not under Openband. Only Southern Walk is coverd under Openband. He visits the boardlands HOA forum and that is why he asked me to offer what I know about Openband. The original section of broadlands is serviced by Adelphia."

I'm still waitng for the Adelphia "carrot" that's been on a long, long pole and string

mjburton
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