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post #1141 of 6872
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Originally posted by Paul Bigelow
Is anyone noticing a lot of audio dropouts on KLRU-DT when broadcasting in HD mode? [/b]

Yes, I just noticed they're finally not in that 720:480i crap anymore!!, but yes, I'm noticing a lot of audio dropouts. My signal seems strong enough, so I don't think it's that.

I'm so glad they're finally HD though, took long enough!!!
post #1142 of 6872
Hello all,

FOX KWKT-DT just went live on Channel 814 over TWC in Temple/Killeen Texas. Have not seen any true HD yet, but I will be waiting.
post #1143 of 6872
Can I Be This Wrong?
I'm sure I read somewhere in here that NBC-36-Austin is O&O(Locally Owned and Operated), and thereby deserving of a totally FREE D* NBC HD channel turn-on(82).
But. No Joy. Gonna cost me $2.50 more/mo. for NBCE, East-Feed, NYC. I told them, my CBSE costs nothing, and I love NYC news at 10, so why can't I get NBC the same way???
Guy said, well, it'll take NMT 45 days(!) to process your request(!). So big deal. I'm getting Fox HD OK OTA, but I want to max out what I am already paying D* ~$70/mo. for....
FWIW,
AMc
post #1144 of 6872
I'm surprised D* would grant you the NBC feed - - even for a fee. The NBC HDTV east coast feed is only supposed to be available to markets where NBC owns the local affiliate (Dallas, Chicago, etc). CBS in Austin is an O&O, so that's why the HDTV feed is available in the Austin area.
post #1145 of 6872
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Originally posted by a. macree
Can I Be This Wrong?
I'm sure I read somewhere in here that NBC-36-Austin is O&O(Locally Owned and Operated), and thereby deserving of a totally FREE D* NBC HD channel turn-on(82).

As far as I know, NBC-36 is not an O&O. The Austin Fox and CBS stations are. I can't even get anyone at D* to turn on the CBS HD channel for me, they keep saying I need a waiver and I keep telling them that it is an O&O and I shouldn't need a waiver. I am right, aren't I? Is anyone else getting D* CBS HD in Austin without a waiver? I don't have any problem getting CBS OTA, but would just like to get it on D* as a backup and also to point out to D* that I am entitled to FOX HD when D* starts carrying it.

thanks,
Murray
post #1146 of 6872
KXAN is owned by LIN Television, so they're not an O&O. D* is only supposed to offer the east HD NBC feed in O&O markets (Dallas, Chicago, Birmingham, Philadelphia, etc). NBC's O&O markets are different from CBS', FOX, etc.

Since CBS in Austin is an O&O, D* shouldn't have a problem selling it to you. They may require you to subscribe to the locals package ($5.99 per month or so). You may have to also subscribe to the HD package. You won't need a waiver from KEYE since Austin is an O&O market for CBS.

When you call, D* checks your zip/phone to see if you're eligible.

D* plans to launch new satellites in 2007 for new HD channels, including local HD signals in select markets. There's a press release on their site.
We'll have to wait for that to get non-O&O signals on D*. They don't have the capacity with their existing fleet of birds.

Are you having reception problems on KXAN's digital signal? I'm about 10 miles from the towers and get everyone, including FOX, WB. Antenna is in the attic (highly directional UHF w/ no pre-amp).
post #1147 of 6872
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Originally posted by MurrayW
As far as I know, NBC-36 is not an O&O. The Austin Fox and CBS stations are. I can't even get anyone at D* to turn on the CBS HD channel for me, they keep saying I need a waiver and I keep telling them that it is an O&O and I shouldn't need a waiver. I am right, aren't I? Is anyone else getting D* CBS HD in Austin without a waiver? I don't have any problem getting CBS OTA, but would just like to get it on D* as a backup and also to point out to D* that I am entitled to FOX HD when D* starts carrying it.

thanks,
Murray

I'm getting the CBS East Coast HD feed from D* on a waiver. My zip 78734. They don;t charge me for it. I do pay for the standard local channels tho (I want to use a non-HD TIVO to record those in another room).
post #1148 of 6872
Murray, I didn't need a waiver and you shouldn't need one either. That's as long as you live in a county assigned to Austin primary viewing area.

Give D* a call back (check the website for package needed. Spydrev is right, I think you need the locals (standard def) before they throw in the HD feed for CBS. Good luck and happy viewing.
post #1149 of 6872
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Originally posted by T-Techster
Murray, I didn't need a waiver and you shouldn't need one either. That's as long as you live in a county assigned to Austin primary viewing area.

Give D* a call back (check the website for package needed. Spydrev is right, I think you need the locals (standard def) before they throw in the HD feed for CBS. Good luck and happy viewing.

Techster, I also live in the Oak Hill area (78749) and do have the local standard def package, so I will keep calling until I find the right person!
thanks,
Murray
post #1150 of 6872
1. Thanks for replies as to NBC not Austin O&O. Getting great NBC HD OTA anyhow--2 mi. from towers. I just like the variety and time-shifting sometimes afforded by having local and national feeds of same network.
2. BTW, I got my CBSE feed(channel 80) turned on automatically by D*and didn't realize it. By coincidence, the Mets were on, and I got the dreaded "721" message. Turns out any NYC area games(Mets, Yanks, Jets, Giants)get blacked out.
3. Cowboys on FOX HD(finally)--great stuff!
AMc
post #1151 of 6872
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Originally posted by Paul Bigelow
KTBC is broadcasing in HD: either have to be close to the transmitter or have TWC.

Is anyone noticing a lot of audio dropouts on KLRU-DT when broadcasting in HD mode?

I seem to be getting audio dropouts on a regular basis on all HD channels.... its getting annoying but I guess I am living with it until voom comes out with a PVR solution.
post #1152 of 6872
I had that a few times (along with some pixilation) and each time a new cable box fixed it. The first time I had them come out to the house, but the second and third times I just stopped by TW office and they exchanged it. PITA, but like you said, the only DVR that really fits my needs (budget) right now.
post #1153 of 6872
you could also switch to DirecTV and use the HUghes HR 10-250 HD DVR. I use it and it is a great solution, altho it is kinda expensive. It can Tivo all DirecTV standard defn and High defn as well as over the air high def.
post #1154 of 6872
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Originally posted by MikewL
I had that a few times (along with some pixilation) and each time a new cable box fixed it. The first time I had them come out to the house, but the second and third times I just stopped by TW office and they exchanged it. PITA, but like you said, the only DVR that really fits my needs (budget) right now.

PITA is right.... lucky for me that I work essentially next door to the TWC office on Duval and Mopac. Even then, what a wasted lunch hour that is! HA.

I think if this continues, I will call them to get some free PPV coupons and then go and return the box for a new one.... although having to set it up all over again and schedule my recordings and all would be another PITA.
post #1155 of 6872
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Originally posted by sohailb
...PITA is right.... lucky for me that I work essentially next door to the (Cable)office.... Even then, what a wasted lunch hour that is!
....and then go and return the box for a new one.... although having to set it up all over again and schedule my recordings and all would be another PITA.

And waiting in that lunchtime line, take-a-number, boxes-in-hand, 3-4 dozen fellow cable-users mumbling pita, pita, pita, watching lunchtime tick away. (And I wasn't even trading out a box--just trying to get my f'd-up bill put right, having had zero success w/phone CSR's...).
Went D* the next day and have never looked back.
FWIW,
AMc
post #1156 of 6872
Quote:
Originally posted by sohailb
PITA is right.... lucky for me that I work essentially next door to the TWC office on Duval and Mopac. Even then, what a wasted lunch hour that is! HA.

Funny you say that. I live less than a mile from that office too. Otherwise, I would probably agree with the D* comments.
post #1157 of 6872
I had a real problem with audio dropouts over the weekend. I called tech support and they mentioned that the DVR in particular was having this problem and that the engineers had worked out a solution that required a reboot, VOL + & VOL - & INFO button at the same time, to upload the fix.

I am up in Temple, so I don't know if you are having the same problem I was, but it may be worth the effort to try a reboot.

Quote:
Originally posted by sohailb
I seem to be getting audio dropouts on a regular basis on all HD channels.... its getting annoying but I guess I am living with it until voom comes out with a PVR solution.
post #1158 of 6872
Has anyone else noticed ESPN sunday night HD football looks a lot better than ABC monday night football? Both of these are broadcasting in 720p on TWC, right? I don't understand why the quality of ESPN HD is so much better. ABC monday night football seems to have a lot more compression artifacts. I thought it might have been a fluke, but I compared recorded footage from the last 2 weeks, and ESPN HD is definitely better. I would actually go even further and say ESPN HD has the best looking HD I have seen yet.

My only guess is ABC is being compressed more than ESPN either by TWC or at the source, and this is what I am seeing. The only other possibility I can think of is TWC is converting and transmitting ABC at 1080i instead of 720p, but I would have thought they would just pass through the source signal as is.

I have the 8000HD box set to 720p output, and it is displaying on a 720p native projector, so I think I have taken out any possible conversion issues. Am I the only one seeing this?

Chris
post #1159 of 6872
I see the compression artifacts OTA on ABC and ESPN HD looks perfect on DirecTV.

So, I would say the problem isn't TWC
post #1160 of 6872
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Originally posted by Chris Sander

The only other possibility I can think of is TWC is converting and transmitting ABC at 1080i instead of 720p, but I would have thought they would just pass through the source signal as is.

I think this may be part of the problem - except that it is the local affiliate, KVUE and not TWC, doing the conversion. I wish they would just pass the 720p feed straight through. And turn on the LFE channel while they are at it.

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post #1161 of 6872
Definitely! - ESPN game was cleaner. ABC feed looked highly compressed and I noticed artifacts as well.

Have you noticed that FOX skycam feed looked 720p?
post #1162 of 6872
I sent an email to KVUE asking about their conversion to 1080i and got the following response:

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It was a corporate decision for all Belo stations to convert ABC's 720p to 1080i. This process also allows us to switch between HD sources that are not capable of 720p. 1080i has been accepted as a standard scan rate in regards to broadcasting equipment. However, more equipment is becoming switchable.

In my opinion, the cards are still falling into their final place in regards to this technology. I too would rather see 720p for sporting events. Thank You for watching KVUE-DT and ABC HD.
post #1163 of 6872
Does ABC turn off their "ABC News Now" channel during HD broadcasts? If so, maybe they just don't have enough bandwidth for both.
post #1164 of 6872
Going from 720p to 1080i actually uses more bandwidth...

I'd be curious to know what the experience is for Monday Night Football for someone with a 1080i native set.

Does your picture get a little "blocky" when they put moving graphics on the screen?
post #1165 of 6872
I want to get rid of Comcast and build an HTPC that has an ATSC OTA tuner card, PVR software, etc. But, I'm a bit worried about the sensitivity of the ATSC tuner cards out there.

Does anyone have any recommendations?

I live in Round Rock, just north of 620, between Parmer and I-35 (Stone Canyon subdivision). Based on what I've read, I should be able to pick up everything except FOX from here with a good set-top box OTA tuner. But I'm not sure I can get the same reception with a PC-card OTA tuner.

Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Nate
post #1166 of 6872
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Originally posted by L8N8
I want to get rid of Comcast...


Oops. Meant to say TW. Comcast is what I had before I moved to Austin.
post #1167 of 6872
Thread Starter 
Nate, I can help get you started, but I'd rather do it offline from the forum here.

Give me a shout at ROB at GENESISHT period COM. If you want my email link directly, go to the SUMMARY page, and at the bottome, I have a hyperlink emial thing.
post #1168 of 6872
does anyone know if the UT game is going to be in HD?

the TWC guide just says "off-air" for FoxsportsHD, but I've found in the past thats no real indication.
post #1169 of 6872
well I just called them to get the CBS East feed and the guy says you need a waiver to get that. I asked hm "even though the austin station is O&O"? and he said I am just reading whats on my screen. He said he is going to submit a waiver to KEYE and San Antonio's KENS, what the hell I can't even recieve KENS. So I guess the chances are very high that I will get denied, right?
post #1170 of 6872
Quote:


Originally posted by Vesalius
Hello all,

FOX KWKT-DT just went live on Channel 814 over TWC in Temple/Killeen Texas. Have not seen any true HD yet, but I will be waiting.

Seems as though FOX KWKT-DT is showing true HD today. I watched both the FOX pre-game and Eagles-Lions in what looked like HD. I can defintely verify that there was 5.1 Dolby. Anybody else confirm this? I live in the greater Killeen area...
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