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post #3361 of 8537
Does Comcast charge you for local HD OTA stations?
post #3362 of 8537
FWIW: The WETA analog and digital transmitters are on different towers. Depending on where you are, you may need to repoint your antenna to get the digital station.
post #3363 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by sasha_j
Does Comcast charge you for local HD OTA stations?
You can get the networks for an free when you pay $5/mo for an HDTV STB (currently SA3250 w/ DVI enabled in Arlington). In some cases you get all the networks, plus INHD1 & 2 & ESPN HD for just the $5/mo charge for the box. Others only report getting the network. I think it is a matter of how nice/aggressive you are w/ CSRs as Comcast.
post #3364 of 8537
I was in your neck of the woods last week for my little girls soccer game and noticed a 4221 mounted on a roof top and thought of you......house was close to the elementary school..........Can't be too many of those in Roundhill???????
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Does anyone think that D* will be adding Washington DC HD locals over the upcoming weeks?
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NO!
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by sonorddrum
Does anyone think that D* will be adding Washington DC HD locals over the upcoming weeks?
Weeks? Not a chance in hell. But DC is a pretty good Digital Broadcast area. Unless you are on the fringes, you should be able to get the HDTV locals just fine via OTA antenna.

D* might have some locals by the end of the year, but I doubt DC would be on of them.
post #3368 of 8537
At least DC is the top 10 TV markets(#8). So we might be number 8 in line when they have the capacity for local HD.
post #3369 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by CycloneGT
Weeks? Not a chance in hell. But DC is a pretty good Digital Broadcast area. Unless you are on the fringes, you should be able to get the HDTV locals just fine via OTA antenna.

D* might have some locals by the end of the year, but I doubt DC would be on of them.
Cyclone, what are your reasons other than this is a good OTA broadcast area why you don't think D*will carry DC locals in HD ??? I would think this area would be one of the first D* offers in HD because of market size. Wasn't DC one of the original markets to get locals in SD. Biggest bang for their buck.....IMO.
post #3370 of 8537
I'm in falls church, va (22046 zip code) and am trying to get ota channels with an indoor antenna connected to dish 811 hd receiver. Due to certain circumstances an outdoor antenna is not an option. I've spent the day pretty much working on getting HD channels with a Phillips Silver Sensor indoor antenna (same as Zenith one, just branded differently). I'm able to get FOX, NBC, and CBS when the antenna is in one place, and ABC and WETA in another place (this is in a basement where the HT is and about 2 blocks awar from FAA towers so I'm relativly lucky). It seems as if I almost need two antennas (yes in theory I could just move the one antenna around, but that is not practical because it took me about 2-3 hours of geussing to get each group of channels). Is there anyway to connect two antennas to my Dish 811, one antenna for FOX, NBC, and CBS, and another for ABC, and WETA. Thanks!
post #3371 of 8537
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Originally posted by dg28
Channel 7 was up to their old tricks last night with the eye candy movie "Coyote Ugly." It was in HD on WMAR, SD on WJLA. Some things never change...
There is a way to get WJLA's attention :D :

Their FCC license is up for renewal on Oct 1, 2004, and they will have to file an application for this by Jun 1, 2004. As part of the renewal process, the FCC solicits comments from the public as to whether or not a station is "operating in the public interest". The abysmal attention this station pays to its DTV broadcasts, while inexcusable, is probably not worthy of the effort required to file a Petition to Deny (the most formal objection to a license renewal), but may warrant filing an "Informal Objection".

A couple dozen letters to the FCC would really get their attention in the process! Letters that cite multiple and specific instances of poor operation in the public interest should be more effective. Note that as of today, WJLA has not filed for renewal, so there is not an application file number yet to reference. But their official call sign is WJLA-TV or WJLA-DT, and their Facility ID is 1051.


[update] WJLA has now filed for license renewal. Info is located here.

[COLOR=sky blue]Renewal Applications. You can file a formal protest against a station by filing a formal petition to deny its renewal application, or by sending us an informal objection to the application. You must file a petition to deny the application by the end of the first day of the last full calendar month of the expiring license term. (For example, if the license expires on December 31, you have to file your petition by the end of the day on December 1). Before you file a petition to deny an application, you should check our rules and policies, to make sure that the petition complies with our procedural requirements. Before their licenses expire, stations have to broadcast announcements giving the date the license will expire, the date on which a renewal application must be filed, and the date by which formal petitions against it must be filed. You can file an informal objection at any point until we either grant or deny the application.

The FCC instructions further say:

Procedure for Filing Informal Objections. In the alternative, a person or entity opposing the grant of a television station's license renewal application may file an informal objection against the license renewal application at any time prior to staff action on the license renewal application. The informal objection (a signed original and two copies) must be mailed or delivered to one of the FCC addresses above;

Video Division, Media Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, D.C. 20554

electronic or facsimile transmission (including e-mail) is not acceptable. An informal objection need not contain the affidavit required for a petition to deny.

Additional Suggestions for Filers To help the staff expeditiously associate a petition to deny or informal objection with the proper license renewal application, the pleading should identify (1) the station's call sign, (2) the station's facility ID number, and (3) the license renewal application file number. This information should be listed on the first page of the pleading or cover sheet. If a cover sheet is used, it should be attached to each copy of the pleading.
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post #3372 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by aaron12345
...Due to certain circumstances an outdoor antenna is not an option.
There are very few legal circumstances that would prohibit an outdoor antenna. What is your particular concern?

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this is in a basement where the HT is and about 2 blocks awar from FAA towers...

What does the FAA have to do with anything?!

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Is there anyway to connect two antennas to my Dish 811

The only way to reliably do this is with an A/B switch. If you simply merge the two antenna outputs using a coupler, you will get phasing interference. It is possible to use a series of complex bandpass filters and merge antenna outputs (like multi unit buildings do), but these are relatively expensive and complex.
post #3373 of 8537
I combined 2 SqS at my basement condo using a joiner that combines all UHF. It is working perfectly. I've had a rock solid signal since then. And since connecting my HD-TiVo, I can now get some of the Baltimore stations. I gues the HD-TiVo OTA tuners are better than my Samsung 360 which was better than my DST3000.
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The circumstances aren't legal, their partly monentary, partly certain people in my family refuse to stick another thing on our roof. I've also been told FAA towers and other large things cause ghosting, even though it is a digital signal. Anyways it seems coupling though unreliable would be the easiest and would be a good first try. If I get interference it seems like then I should go with an A/B switch. Is there an A/B switch that can be controlled by remote? (any recommendations) Thanks again!
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COMCAST Sportsnet has finally posted the schedule of their Orioles HD telecasts for the rest of the year:

http://midatlantic.comcastsportsnet....ngsorioles.asp
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Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by steeler
Cyclone, what are your reasons other than this is a good OTA broadcast area why you don't think D*will carry DC locals in HD ?
His question was about getting local HDTV via D* in the coming weeks. Well, even with their new satelllites going up, I haven't seen anything that would indicate that D* is planning on local HDTV in the coming weeks. I'd be surprised if they even had the capacity for 4-5 local markets by the end of the year. But coming weeks, with DC? I just don't see it.
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Quote:
Originally posted by dneily
COMCAST Sportsnet has finally posted the schedule of their Orioles HD telecasts for the rest of the year:

http://midatlantic.comcastsportsnet....ngsorioles.asp
I found four games in the schedule that I wasn't expecting to be telecast in HD. The July 2 and 3 games at Philadelphia are on the schedule. To my knowledge, these will be the first CSN-Philadelphia baseball games to be shown HD in the Baltimore-Washington market. The 1 p.m. game versus Seattle on August 3rd is apparently a make-up game addition to the schedule. Finally, the September 24th game against Detroit, as I recall, was supposed to be SD on Channel 20. Now it will be on CSN-SD and -HD.
post #3378 of 8537
Anyone here from Warrenton, VA? Curious to know what can be pulled in OTA from this area, and what equipment you have to make it work. I just signed up for Voom and am curious to see what if any I might pick up using their OTA equipment.
Thanks!
post #3379 of 8537
Regarding WJLA, a coworker of mine, after several lengthy bitchfests on their (lack of) support for HDTV, asked if there was anyone we could call to complain to beyond the news room or engineering.

Would the FCC be a good source? How would we do that? Something akin to the BBB would be wonderful, but obvioulsly they lack juisdiction in these matters. Short of boycotts, there has to be someone we can call to show our disapproval with their (lack of) HDTV support.

--Mike
post #3380 of 8537
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Originally posted by GoIrish
Howard Co is in the Baltimore broadcast DMA so Baltimore stations are considered local. Currently Comcast has NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS.

Regards,
GoIrish
Thanks. That's disappointing, but thanks for the info.
post #3381 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by CycloneGT
His question was about getting local HDTV via D* in the coming weeks. Well, even with their new satelllites going up, I haven't seen anything that would indicate that D* is planning on local HDTV in the coming weeks. I'd be surprised if they even had the capacity for 4-5 local markets by the end of the year. But coming weeks, with DC? I just don't see it.
I know Cyclone's current on this fiasco, but in case others here aren't: All that 'top 30 markets with local HD channels in the next two years' was found out to be a mishmosh of several parts of the D* conference call, where it didn't really add up. They committed to HD, to locals, but never said what we were all repeating as gospel, which was the '30 markets' line.

Too bad, but it means that we do need to depend on OTA or cable for local HD for the forseeable future. (Now, D* *could* do this, but all the dozen of us in a long thread concluded from the conference call analysis was that D* did *not* say and commit to what we had all thought we had heard.)
post #3382 of 8537
Remember my post back a bit about the closed captioning on channel 9 being 'weather radar' and not matching the program on NCIS last week or so? Well, I figured it out. (It wasn't WJLA, my bad.)

It was WUSA 9.0 vs 9.1. They cut away to Topper and the tornado/radar show about 15 minutes into NCIS either last week or week before (I don't remember which). We were watching OTA HD, and they never changed that feed from the network! So, the only people in the area that saw the season finale were people with HD OTA! The CC was from 9.0, and that's where the confusion came from.

(How'd I get here? I record a lot of shows on Replays for backup, went back to watch this again, and saw that about all of the show was preempted! Topper even said people were calling bitchin' about it, and they had to do weather when it was tornados and the like because the FCC gives them their license, etc...)

Now, having said that: *should* they have cut 9.1 over, also? Did they just screw up? Or, is SD the 'real' channel, and there's no need to tell us watching HD 'life saving news' like this? :)


(9.1 did get a 'shrink/corner' tornado advisory at 8:05, but never got the full cutaway later on, of course, at 8:14 or so.)
post #3383 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by mikepinkerton
Regarding WJLA... [Is there] anyone we could call to complain to beyond the news room or engineering. [?]
Yes. Go back a page in this topic and look for my post. This is a critical time to complain (write a letter) to the FCC if you so desire.
post #3384 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by leesweet
Remember my post back a bit about the closed captioning on channel 9 being 'weather radar' and not matching the program on NCIS last week or so? Well, I figured it out. (It wasn't WJLA, my bad.)

It was WUSA 9.0 vs 9.1. They cut away to Topper and the tornado/radar show about 15 minutes into NCIS either last week or week before (I don't remember which). We were watching OTA HD, and they never changed that feed from the network! So, the only people in the area that saw the season finale were people with HD OTA! The CC was from 9.0, and that's where the confusion came from.

(How'd I get here? I record a lot of shows on Replays for backup, went back to watch this again, and saw that about all of the show was preempted! Topper even said people were calling bitchin' about it, and they had to do weather when it was tornados and the like because the FCC gives them their license, etc...)

Now, having said that: *should* they have cut 9.1 over, also? Did they just screw up? Or, is SD the 'real' channel, and there's no need to tell us watching HD 'life saving news' like this? :)


(9.1 did get a 'shrink/corner' tornado advisory at 8:05, but never got the full cutaway later on, of course, at 8:14 or so.)
They showed the rest of NCIS at 1:37AM that morning.
post #3385 of 8537
Yeah, Topper said it would be showed later. But he didn't say in the 8:00-9:00 hour when that would be. So, anyone that recorded it and checked soon didn't have a chance. :)

I was hoping they would re-do it this week, since it's just a ho-hum re-run.....
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Thread Starter 
June 1st, 2004.

Comcast is supposedly adding a "Sports Tier" to their digital tiers today. For an extra $5/month you'll get NBA-TV, GolTV, 3 FOX sports networks. Still no word on The Speed channel.

Oh well, nothing new that I haven't been getting on Dish Network for the past few years.
post #3387 of 8537
Washington Post on Cox Cable

Mostly about fixing their poor reputation and the competition between COX, DISH and DirectTV.
post #3388 of 8537
I am in Herndon VA and using Cox baisc cable. I got the Fusion 3 QAM version and hoping the tune local DTV channels through cable so I do not have to install an atena. I got about 15 DTV using QAM 256 search, but all of them are black screens, two of them comes with sound (one is ESPN fore sure)...

Did anyone successfully tuned local HDTV through cox cable? I do not know how to judge if it is encrypted or signal is too weak... Help please.
post #3389 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by Belcherwm
Washington Post on Cox Cable
Good article, i was hoping they were announcing some more High-Def channels or something,
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Originally posted by mikytalky
Did anyone successfully tuned local HDTV through cox cable?
Last I checked ... all the Cox Fairfax HD channels were encrypted. CBS was unencrypted for a little while ... but not anymore.

I'll look them up again tonight ... but ... I wouldn't count on much in the clear ...
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