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post #3541 of 6866
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Originally Posted by austinjim View Post

I have been getting local channels over antennae via my DirecTV HD receiver for about a year now without any difficulty. However, in the last month I have had some problems with the sound from Fox 7. It will go out for 10-20 seconds randomly once in a while, but the picture is fine. The overall volume when it is on is fine.

Is this a problem with my setup? Or is something going on with Fox?

Sorry, I am a novice at this stuff. Thanks for any help!

Down towards Dripping Springs, no problems here via OTA or HD-LIL channel on H20 or HR20's.
post #3542 of 6866
Keep warm today Austin, with some HD goodness!
post #3543 of 6866
Woohoo! New Suddenlink HD channels in Leander/Georgetown this morning!
Added:
KVUEHD
TNTHD
NATGHD
UNIVHD
HGTVHD
FOODHD
A&EHD

KXANHD is frustratingly missing
post #3544 of 6866
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Originally Posted by billharris4 View Post

I hope our box gets 6.3b soon, because the audio dropouts are driving me crazy. At least we never lose the picture--just audio.

Force a call. All DTivos should be authorized for 6.3b as of Sunday.
post #3545 of 6866
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Originally Posted by tony_ansley View Post

Force a call. All DTivos should be authorized for 6.3b as of Sunday.

The upgrade to 6.3b works great. My HR10-250 upgraded about two weeks ago. NO more audio dropouts for OTA signals.
post #3546 of 6866
did KVUE lose their ATSC feed? It was coming in great today, now I can't get it on any TV/antenna...only through QAM. The analog feed comes in fine.

Also, did I ever mention how much I hate LIN TV (KXAN). They put Leno in SD so they could run their crazy scroll bar with the closures...wasn't 18 hours straight today enough? If I want to know the closures I'll flip over to the analog feed.
post #3547 of 6866
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Originally Posted by sivartk View Post

did KVUE lose their ATSC feed? It was coming in great today, now I can't get it on any TV/antenna...only through QAM. The analog feed comes in fine.

Also, did I ever mention how much I hate LIN TV (KXAN). They put Leno in SD so they could run their crazy scroll bar with the closures...wasn't 18 hours straight today enough? If I want to know the closures I'll flip over to the analog feed.

I couldn't get KVUE-DT OTA today either, and to echo someone else's complaint about FOX-DT... yes, the level is very low (compared to all the other OTA stations), and the high-end seems to muted somewhat (i.e. EQ'd out). It's lame.

I saw the same thing on both my OTA HD tuner setups.
post #3548 of 6866
I'm getting sick of these issues with FOX-DT and my Dish Vip622. I think I'll "move" to chicago so I can get the big 4 in HD reliably and I'll still have the OTA for local broadcasts (news and such). Has anyone else done this? Dish Chicago HD locals are conus so it should work.
post #3549 of 6866
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Originally Posted by RobertCooper View Post

I couldn't get KVUE-DT OTA today either, and to echo someone else's complaint about FOX-DT... yes, the level is very low (compared to all the other OTA stations), and the high-end seems to muted somewhat (i.e. EQ'd out). It's lame.

I saw the same thing on both my OTA HD tuner setups.

Noticed KVUE was back on about noon time. D* also lost it's feed for HD-LIL so it wasn't us but the stations fault this time.
post #3550 of 6866
First time Dish customer with install set up for next week. Was wondering if they provide an HDMI cable to connect the HD receiver to TV? If not, I want to be prepared since I currently don't have one.

By the way, thought it better to post in the local thread since not sure if Dish installs differ by location.

TIA
post #3551 of 6866
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Originally Posted by rad View Post

Noticed KVUE was back on about noon time. D* also lost it's feed for HD-LIL so it wasn't us but the stations fault this time.

Perhaps this was an ice build up on their digital signal's antenna?
post #3552 of 6866
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Originally Posted by tony_ansley View Post

Force a call. All DTivos should be authorized for 6.3b as of Sunday.

Thanks--I'll do that.
post #3553 of 6866
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Originally Posted by Crazy4HD View Post

First time Dish customer with install set up for next week. Was wondering if they provide an HDMI cable to connect the HD receiver to TV? If not, I want to be prepared since I currently don't have one.

By the way, thought it better to post in the local thread since not sure if Dish installs differ by location.

TIA

They do not provide HDMI, only component

Do you have an OTA atenna? If you do, get the installer to setup your locals as well and confirm you have an issue with Fox reception.
post #3554 of 6866
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Originally Posted by joshdctsv View Post

Woohoo! New Suddenlink HD channels in Leander/Georgetown this morning!
Added:
KVUEHD
TNTHD
NATGHD
UNIVHD
HGTVHD
FOODHD
A&EHD

KXANHD is frustratingly missing

I had those too for about a day, and then they popped up a message saying that I needed to call subscription services. Now they offer HD Plus with NATG, HGTV, FOODTV and A&EHD for an additional 7.95 a month.

I did find out that they plan on getting KXAN-HD "soon", but they couldn't give me a set date. It will be channel 930 IIRC.
post #3555 of 6866
Quick question- I have dish vip211 receiver hooked up with a CM4228. Since i cannot get fox ota with the vip211 i want to connect my cm4228 to the tv also through the antenna input. If my coax cable comes in through a diplexer to the sat and antenna connections on the receiver, can i run another diplexer from the current diplexer ota output just for two OTA inputs (one to vip211, one directly to tv)? Now that i type this, it sounds confusing, but will this work?
post #3556 of 6866
This should be read... If you are having the Fox problems with Dish Network, this is a workaround that DOES work. I called and did it last night an am now watching Houston HD locals.

http://www.satelliteguys.us/showthread.php?t=85493
post #3557 of 6866
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Originally Posted by eshaheen View Post

This should be read... If you are having the Fox problems with Dish Network, this is a workaround that DOES work. I called and did it last night an am now watching Houston HD locals.

http://www.satelliteguys.us/showthread.php?t=85493


Any reason you didn't do san antonio...they have HD locals, don't they?
post #3558 of 6866
Well I chose Houston because I am a Saints fan, and when the NFL season starts back (assuming Austin does not have HD locals by then) I figure I have a better chance of seeing their games in Houston over SA.
post #3559 of 6866
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Originally Posted by eshaheen View Post

Well I chose Houston because I am a Saints fan, and when the NFL season starts back (assuming Austin does not have HD locals by then) I figure I have a better chance of seeing their games in Houston over SA.


Also, are you using a Vip622? If so, are you still getting guide data for the OTA Austin locals you receive? I may do the same thing. I was think about chicago but Houston or Dallas would work just as well, I suppose. How's the picture look on the Houstin HD locals?
post #3560 of 6866
I am using a 622.

Yes, I do still get all the guide data for Austin for my OTA.

As far as picture quality. When I called to "move" I played dumb and asked if they had HD locals in Houston. She said that Dish does not, but the local affiliates do. I was confused by this because I know that Dish does HD locals for Houston. Well what I think she meant was that the only take the OTA feed from Houston and relay it back down. Since this is the case, Dish does not compress it! I was able to compare my OTA to the Dish HD locals and they looked identical. Needless to say, I am very happy about this.

Also, Chicago will not work since it is too far away from our spotbeam. If you look at the forum I linked their is a link to download a map that shows all the spot beams. If you go into the 622 installation menu you can check your signal for the different spotbeams (and Chicago would be too far away). I get 100% from the Houston area.
post #3561 of 6866
Starting on 1/20 all I get is a black screen on 24 via D*'s HD LIL service, via OTA is fine. Called D* and said someone else had also called and they would look into it. Sunday morning still black screen, see this on all three D* HD receivers, no technical problem slide that D* normally throws up when there's a problem.

I did see this thread, http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...84#post9536084, about BELO starting to pull ATSC stations from some cable systems, does anyone know if Belo is starting to play like LIN and hold their ATSC channels hostage for more money?
post #3562 of 6866
Looks like Memphis has solved the problem they were having receiving their Fox affiliate on their 622s:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...ht=Axcera+DT2B

Can someone make sure the word gets back to the guys here at KTBC?
post #3563 of 6866
I sent them an email Sat. copying Tall. Fl and will try to follow up with a call today. I spoke to an engineer Friday but he was trying to tell me to download 6.3b (D*). I told him that wasn't for Dish but he wouldn't agree. Wish me luck today.
post #3564 of 6866
eshaheen, I assume you also have the Dish 1000? I thought the spotbeam for Houston didn't come out west far enough to hit us in Austin, but I guess I read the map wrong.

Do you know if Dallas or San Antonio would work just as easily?
post #3565 of 6866
OK, I'm new here. I just bought (this weekend) a relatively cheap antenna to pull in OTA HD stations through my Dish Vip receiver. Things seem to be OK, except Fox 7 comes in like crap, which seems to be common.

I see all these comments about "moving" to houston or san antonio stations. Can someone point me to a link that explains just how to do this?

Also, would doing this have any impact on the local Austin stations I'm getting through DishNetwork on my non-HD receivers on other TVs?

Thanks
post #3566 of 6866
One thing to remember when you 'move', if you need a service call for any reason they'll be going to your new address.
post #3567 of 6866
Well,
I spoke with the Chief engineer here in Austin and unfortunately the Memphis fix won't work for Austin. They use a different Exciter.
He was very knowledgeable and helpful in trying to put it in laymen's terms.
The sad part is there isn't anything he can do if Dish doesn't work with them. He said it may have something to do with the high frequency they have to broadcast on.
He did say that in Feb 2009 they will be able to broadcast on the VHF 07 frequency. So I guess there is light at the end of the tunnel, albeit 2 years from now.
He said they are willing to provide support for their viewers here but in order to do that they need a unit to beta test. According to the engineer Dish won't talk to them.
All Fox said is give us a beta unit to test, all we need is for the OTA piece to function. Does the receiver have to be activated in order for the OTA to work? Does it take a miracle for this to happen?

I think at this point is quite apparent that Fox is within the FCC regulations for transmission. I base this on the fact our TV's can pick up the signal and decode it just fine.
With that said Fox here in Austin won't take it further as this is their stance as well.
I find it funny that our fellow Austinites with D* had the same problem with their receivers until a recent sw patch of 6.3b corrected their issues.

Does anyone know what changes D* made to their tuner to pick it up? Can we find out?

So this is a plea for Dish Network and their engineers to get in touch with the engineers at Fox here in Austin to see what can be fixed either by Fox or Dish Network.
If they would like his contact information I received his ok to pass it along.
post #3568 of 6866
Good luck trying to find out what D* did to fix the problem with the HR10-250 since it's hard enough to even get them to admit there is a problem when you call them about anything. Your best bet is probably just e-mailing ceo@echostar.com, the more folks the better, passing on the Fox contact info and anything else that would help to discribe the problem to E*. You might get lucky and get a CSR that actually will pass the info onto their engineers. Maybe even saying you might have to cancel E* and go to D* or TWC would help grease the wheel a bit. Good luck, it was a problem like this with their 811 when it first came out that cause me to leave E* and go back to D*.
post #3569 of 6866
That is my next step. I have worked with someone over there in the past. They were very helpful.

I am going to see if I get help from a mod. at dbstalk first
post #3570 of 6866
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Originally Posted by CricTic View Post

eshaheen, I assume you also have the Dish 1000? I thought the spotbeam for Houston didn't come out west far enough to hit us in Austin, but I guess I read the map wrong.

Do you know if Dallas or San Antonio would work just as easily?

The Houston spotbeam does reach Austin. You can go into the setup of your Dish box and enter the spotbeams in to find out what signal you get (it is under the Installation menu somewhere). I am pretty sure that SA works as well - not sure about Dallas.
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