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post #151 of 549
Guess I'll have to tune in tonight for CSI:Miami to see. I'm doubtful.

Nope... still just standard definition.
post #152 of 549
Roginator,
Have you tried hooking up your MyHD card to GCI cable to see if any of their channels are clear QAM? If so I think I might have to buy one for my HTPC.
post #153 of 549
I have the older 120 model, the MYHD-130 is supposed to allow for unencrypted QAM reception from cable.
post #154 of 549
2005 IEEE Alaska Section Annual Awards Banquet, September 17th. Guest speakers are Al Bramstedt, KTUU; Terry Shimek, Shimeks Audio; and someone from GCI.

I don't have any details except that HDTV broadcasts will be discussed.


ROGINATOR....any new channels pop up on your scans lately?
post #155 of 549
Nope. I check about once a week to see if anything shows up, or if KTVA has gone HDTV on us, but nothing so far that I've seen.
post #156 of 549
Thought I'd share an email I received:

> Hi Everyone:
>
> I talked to a person at GCI Cable, and he told me that GCI is putting
> KTUU's HD/SD data on the cable. If you have a TV which is QAM capable,
> you can feed the cable signal directly into the TV, select Channel 52
> and see the HD/SD video from MCR. You cannot look at it on their (GCI)
> digital cable boxes yet, because they are just testing. Soon it will be
> available to everyone via the Digital Cable box.

If anyone tries this, let us know how it goes.
post #157 of 549
After reading the big article on local HDTV in today's ADN (9/4/05), I decided to check for stations again.

It appears KTUU (NBC) is now experimenting on digital channels 10-1 and 10-2. Oddly, my best reception where I live was when I aimed my little indoor antenna west towards the KTVA antenna in Spenard. Still, the station was just barely receivable. I'm hoping they are testing at very low power (crossing fingers).

The ADN article stated that many stations would be going to digital in the next few weeks. Hmm..sure. I believe them.

Correction: I just did a channel scan while aimed towards KTVA. Now KTUU shows at channels 2-1 and 2-2. Signal is very weak -- so weak I can't tell if it's HD or SD.

ADN story

It "appears" that one subchannel is SD and the other is HD... or so they have it labeled. It looks very good when I can get a signal lock, but the signal is very weak over here near Alaska Regional Hospital.
post #158 of 549
Yay! KTUU seems to have boosted power today, so now I can watch without constant pixelation. Signal strength shown on my MyHD-120 is still quite low, but the picture looks pretty good.

Time to start thinking about getting a big-assed TV...hmmmm... Best Buy has a sale going...
post #159 of 549
Cool, Cool!

I guess I better get off my but and get the tuner card for my computer...
post #160 of 549
Hey, Anchorage HDTV viewers, seems this would be the most likley place to post this. I have made the full circle switch from GCI-Dish-GCI and now have some Dish equipment to sell,(Dishes,receivers,ect.) If you or anyone you know is interested please let me know, you can contact me at akshark@gci.net.

Thanks
Scott
post #161 of 549
Just talked to a GCI rep and he said he just received an email that stated KTUU will be located on channel 652 starting tomorrow at 7:00 am.
post #162 of 549
Quote:
Originally Posted by akshark View Post

Hey, Anchorage HDTV viewers, seems this would be the most likley place to post this. I have made the full circle switch from GCI-Dish-GCI and now have some Dish equipment to sell,(Dishes,receivers,ect.) If you or anyone you know is interested please let me know, you can contact me at akshark@gci.net.

Thanks
Scott

Whatcha got 4 sale?

Scott, what made you switch back to GCI? HDTV? I went to GCI for about 3 months. I got sick of all the additional charges, GCI B.S., and the DVR was crap compared to the Dish 510 I own.

But alas...No HDTV for me.
post #163 of 549
Jason,

I moved to a new house with a mountin behind me, so I do not have a clear view of the southern sky. I have a 6000 receiver with both modules, a 301 receiver and 2 dishes. (4 footer and a 30 inch)
post #164 of 549
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Originally Posted by jakooy View Post

Just talked to a GCI rep and he said he just received an email that stated KTUU will be located on channel 652 starting tomorrow at 7:00 am.

Has anybody confirmed this yet? Channel 652 is TNT-HD.

Cheers
post #165 of 549
Confirmed! TNT moved to 651. KTUU now on 652! Have yet to see true HD. Maybe tonight...here's what they do in HD from the NBC website:
"Crossing Jordan, ER, Joey, Las Vegas, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, Law & Order, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Medium, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The West Wing are currently broadcast in HDTV. Occasionally, theatrical films and made-for-TV movies are also broadcast in the high-definition format."
post #166 of 549
OTA reception of KTUU seems to have gone back to almost-unwatchable again where I am.

If someone can view KTUU on cable, let us know! I don't have a QAM-capable HDTV card and am too lazy to re-cable everything at the moment to see if it's not scrambled.



OOPS
My bad... cable had a loose connection. Picture looks fine again. Just in time for Scrubs and ER!
post #167 of 549
NBC Nightly news was an upconverted SD with black vertical bars.

ER in HD... well the wife is happy!

My future recording of Sunday's episode of 'Wanted' on TNTHD now says 651, cabebox is smarter than I thought... Now if it would only adjust time changes like my ReplayTV.

Cheers
post #168 of 549
Roginator, I just bought a fusionHDTV5 card for my PC. Any tips? I was wondering what cpu speed and ram I might need. I have a 2ghz Athlon and 512 DDR ram. I read a lot of good things about the silver sensor so I picked one of those up as well. Should be testing next week.

Thanks.
post #169 of 549
Make sure you have a fast video card and get the latest software updates for the Fusion.

And look at the threads in the Home Computer area here.
post #170 of 549
Just watched Leno and Conan in HD last night, looked fantastic. Even the late night reruns @ 2 and 3 am of Leno/Conan were in HD. I hope we get CBS soon for some football.
post #171 of 549
You should have seen the KYES demo channel when 100% of the bandwidth was devoted to ONE show. It looked even better -- no MPEG artifacts.

I guess we will have to wait a few years (maybe forever) before KTUU drops their analog signal and boosts the HDTV bandwidth.
post #172 of 549
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Originally Posted by Roginator View Post

I guess we will have to wait a few years (maybe forever) before KTUU drops their analog signal and boosts the HDTV bandwidth.

Is that why the HD on KTUU doesn't look as good as HDNet?
post #173 of 549
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Originally Posted by Borg View Post

Is that why the HD on KTUU doesn't look as good as HDNet?

I'm pretty sure HDNet has the highest bitrate out of any of the channels on GCI's list.

I've capped a number of shows off every different channel and the HDNet caps are always the biggest in size and highest in bitrate.

Just out of curiousity, is your KTUU HD feed really "bad"? I agree it doesnt look as good as HDNet but it's definately nice to look at.
post #174 of 549
Originally, when KYES was airing HDNET, they used almost the entire channel's bandwidth for the picture. It was fantastic... like watching photographic slides. Now they have a somewhat lower bandwidth HD channel showing Wealth TV, a simulcast of KYES, a low-res video/high-res audio channel and a couple of other audio feeds.

The HD channel is still very nice, but could be nicer. Those people who purchase 1080i HDTVs soon will be somewhat disappointed to find the picture isn't all that much better than the current crop of HDTVs.

If I ruled the FCC, I'd decree that during primetime, the full bandwidth would be allocated to broadcasting a single program.

I'm pleasantly surprised at the nice quality of the KTUU picture. I'm not sure what KTVA is doing wrong, but even with a much stronger signal, the SD picture looks much worse. I'm guessing poor equipment. Hopefully they'll fix that soon and get real HD on the air.


Sure enough, as soon as I complimented the KTUU picture, it seems to have gotten worse. I can't tell if it's my antenna (a cheap Silver Sensor) or reduced power at the transmitter.
post #175 of 549
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Originally Posted by Roginator View Post

Sure enough, as soon as I complimented the KTUU picture, it seems to have gotten worse. I can't tell if it's my antenna (a cheap Silver Sensor) or reduced power at the transmitter.

Hmm. Im viewing KTUU thru GCI's digital cable feed on my DCT6208, looks great. If I have some time this weekend I'll try and dig out my WinTV-HD card and find my HD Antenna and see what my reception is like.
post #176 of 549
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Originally Posted by Justin_K View Post

Just out of curiousity, is your KTUU HD feed really "bad"? I agree it doesnt look as good as HDNet but it's definately nice to look at.

It's not "really bad"...just the worst of all the HD channels on my cable DVR. It has a very soft, upscaled look to it. To put it into perspective though, when they're airing the HD programs it is WAY better than the SD KTUU channel.

It could also be that you can see any flaw on my 7 foot wide screen. I imagine the difference would be less noticable on a smaller screen.

UHD is even better than KTUU which is strange because, if I'm not mistaken, UHD airs NBC HD programming.
post #177 of 549
I personally find TNTHD to be the worst of the GCI broadcast HD feeds. The artifacting is horrendous on NBA games. Looks like a damn SEGACD game when theys tart moving up the courts. I caught the tailend of that Hurricane Katrina charity game, blech. Looked disgusting.
post #178 of 549
True... I had forgotten about TNT. I've noticed the same thing. On the other hand I've seen some really nice looking movies on there. A lot of their stuff seems to be stretched/upconverted SD.
post #179 of 549
Yea some of TNTHD's movies look good, thier sound mixes are usually fantastic DD5.1 I recall they aired Pirates Of Silicon Valley in TrueHD and it looked fantastic. But yes, most of thier stuff is stretched to 16x9 and the people look like fat midgets.
post #180 of 549
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Originally Posted by Roginator View Post

I'm pleasantly surprised at the nice quality of the KTUU picture. I'm not sure what KTVA is doing wrong, but even with a much stronger signal, the SD picture looks much worse. I'm guessing poor equipment. Hopefully they'll fix that soon and get real HD on the air.

Sure enough, as soon as I complimented the KTUU picture, it seems to have gotten worse. I can't tell if it's my antenna (a cheap Silver Sensor) or reduced power at the transmitter.

Got my Fusion HDTV5 card and a silver sensor the other day and boom I'm getting OTA HD which I'm pleased with. The silver sensor has great reviews but I can't seem to tune any of the 3 digital signals I've seen thus far. I have a set of rabbit ears with a UHF loop and that pulls in KTVA really well, KTUU so..so, and can't quite get KYES. I'm just off of Minnisota bypass at W. 100th.

I've only briefly played with this setup, is anything KTVA broadcasts in HD?
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