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post #6241 of 6870
I called yesterday to inquire about when we are getting new HD-DVRs. The rep said we should now be getting the Samsung 3270. I plan on taking my 8300HDC for a swap as soon as I finish out my recorded shows.
post #6242 of 6870
What's the advantages of it?
post #6243 of 6870
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Originally Posted by MikeAlletto View Post

Anyone know when Austin is going to get smacked with the new Navigator software? From a few of the above posts it sounds like non-dvr boxes either already have it or are getting it? (Samsung boxes??)

The new samsung boxes have Navigator/Mystro it pre-installed. The Scientific Atlanta boxes *should* be getting it on 4/1, but I have no information on which specific models if not all will be receiving it.

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Originally Posted by Petrus View Post

I called yesterday to inquire about when we are getting new HD-DVRs. The rep said we should now be getting the Samsung 3270. I plan on taking my 8300HDC for a swap as soon as I finish out my recorded shows.

I don't think they have the DVR's quite yet in the Lobbys, for customer pickup that is.

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Originally Posted by liquidmetal View Post

What's the advantages of it?

It's completely different than SARA (What you're used to with an SA box in Austin). The guide is completely different, much better IMO. You can also customize everything a lot more than with SARA.


Also, you can actually search for shows! Something TWC has been WAY behind at in this region.

post #6244 of 6870
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Originally Posted by nowretired View Post

Any news on when the repairs will be complete?

Right now, KTBC is on about 40% power. They hope to be up to full strength by the end of the weekend IF the weather cooperates and nothing else goes bump. The possibly good news is that this repair MAY improve their signal in those areas of Williamson County where they were weak before, even at 100%. No guarantees, but there is hope.
post #6245 of 6870
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Originally Posted by davidt0526 View Post

It's completely different than SARA (What you're used to with an SA box in Austin). The guide is completely different, much better IMO. You can also customize everything a lot more than with SARA.

There is also recording conflict resolution.

xnappo
post #6246 of 6870
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Originally Posted by austinsho View Post

Right now, KTBC is on about 40% power. They hope to be up to full strength by the end of the weekend IF the weather cooperates and nothing else goes bump. The possibly good news is that this repair MAY improve their signal in those areas of Williamson County where they were weak before, even at 100%. No guarantees, but there is hope.

Well, right now it appears to be 0% power
post #6247 of 6870
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Originally Posted by liquidmetal View Post

What's the advantages of it?

Supposedly, they also have a 320g hard drive, double the capacity of the current 160 in the SAs.
post #6248 of 6870
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Originally Posted by nowretired View Post

Well, right now it appears to be 0% power

Which means they are probably on the tower reinstalling the antenna.
post #6249 of 6870
KTBC has notified its staff that repairs to the tower are complete and that they are now (finally for sure) at 100% power and coverage.

In other words, what we have right now is what we're gonna get.

Eastern Williamson county....start your scans. And remember, if you last had KTBC before the great upgrade when they were on 51, you may need to scan twice, the first time with NO antenna attached, the second WITH it attached.
post #6250 of 6870
Are the "new" samsung boxes more powerful than the SA 8300HD boxes (not the HDC, don't have one of those)
post #6251 of 6870
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Originally Posted by austinsho View Post

KTBC has notified its staff that repairs to the tower are complete and that they are now (finally for sure) at 100% power and coverage.

In other words, what we have right now is what we're gonna get.

Whoopee!!! I'm at 88% out here in Bastrop county.
post #6252 of 6870
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Originally Posted by MikeAlletto View Post

Are the "new" samsung boxes more powerful than the SA 8300HD boxes (not the HDC, don't have one of those)

Not sure what you mean by more powerful, but they have a better processor.
post #6253 of 6870
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Originally Posted by MikeAlletto View Post

Are the "new" samsung boxes more powerful than the SA 8300HD boxes (not the HDC, don't have one of those)

Yes, and perhaps more importantly they were designed from the ground up to run Tru2Way/OCAP.

xnappo
post #6254 of 6870
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Originally Posted by austinsho View Post

KTBC has notified its staff that repairs to the tower are complete and that they are now (finally for sure) at 100% power and coverage.

In other words, what we have right now is what we're gonna get.

Eastern Williamson county....start your scans. And remember, if you last had KTBC before the great upgrade when they were on 51, you may need to scan twice, the first time with NO antenna attached, the second WITH it attached.

Not too much of a change here in my location. I was around 70-75% signal strength...right now I'm about 76-82.
post #6255 of 6870
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Originally Posted by zama89 View Post

Not too much of a change here in my location. I was around 70-75% signal strength...right now I'm about 76-82.

Well, that's up five points. Given the digital cliff effect, that could carry the signal another, what, 15-20 miles?
post #6256 of 6870
Here's the coverage map for KTBC at 98kw. As most people have found out with DTV (no matter what the station), real world results may vary.

The FCC thinks everyone has an outdoor antenna.

 

KTBC coverage map.pdf 187.6201171875k . file
post #6257 of 6870
Well, I'm sorry, but I don't have a lot of hope for anyone trying to get digital TV with a pair of rabbit ears 40 miles from the tower!
post #6258 of 6870
Is anyone getting KTBC now (especially in Williamson County) who couldn't get it before? Their engineers would really like to know what difference the recent repairs have made and I can pass that info on to them.
post #6259 of 6870
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Originally Posted by austinsho View Post

Is anyone getting KTBC now (especially in Williamson County) who couldn't get it before? Their engineers would really like to know what difference the recent repairs have made and I can pass that info on to them.

I'm in western Williamson (Parmer and 620). The signal is now consistent. I had to delete quite a few broken DVR recordings of "24" and "Idol" over the last couple of weeks.

It's much better now. Please extend my thanks to the engineers and crews that got this fixed.
post #6260 of 6870
Searches haven't turned anything relevant up - does anyone have any information about getting BBC America HD on TWC in Austin?

TIA...
post #6261 of 6870
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Originally Posted by austinsho View Post

Is anyone getting KTBC now (especially in Williamson County) who couldn't get it before? Their engineers would really like to know what difference the recent repairs have made and I can pass that info on to them.


I am 24 miles from the tower according to AntennaWeb, and I have not been able to receive KTBC since June 12th. I have rescanned many times with no success. Is there anyone out there that can get KTBC's signal 20-30 miles out with just an indoor antenna?
post #6262 of 6870
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Originally Posted by moghedien14 View Post

I am 24 miles from the tower according to AntennaWeb, and I have not been able to receive KTBC since June 12th. I have rescanned many times with no success. Is there anyone out there that can get KTBC's signal 20-30 miles out with just an indoor antenna?

24 miles out in what direction? Where? A mile or so east or west can make a difference. Are you behind a ridge by any chance? What equipment and what antenna?
post #6263 of 6870
KTBC just went down about 5-10 minutes ago. No OTA signal at all.
post #6264 of 6870
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Originally Posted by moghedien14 View Post

Is there anyone out there that can get KTBC's signal 20-30 miles out with just an indoor antenna?

Yes. I'm over 20 miles out SE from the towers. Have a DB2 and rabbit ears in a window facing west. Signal has to go through several miles of trees and into low area. KTBC was a 86-88 last night. Are you sure your antenna has VHF capabilities? Maybe it's only UHF. You might need to get rabbit ears too.
post #6265 of 6870
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Originally Posted by zama89 View Post

KTBC just went down about 5-10 minutes ago. No OTA signal at all.

Intersting...at least, if they did this on purpose, it was during crap programming
post #6266 of 6870
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Originally Posted by zama89 View Post

KTBC just went down about 5-10 minutes ago. No OTA signal at all.

Zeesh. Must be the home of the Three Stooges. This station is either snakebit or totally incompetent. My guess is that they tried to do this DTV conversion on the cheap and are now paying for their frugality.
post #6267 of 6870
Oh, Gawd.

Let's just say Rupert Murdoch is known for being....frugal...with his O&O stations. I'm sure that the folks there are doing everything they can with what they have.
post #6268 of 6870
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Originally Posted by nowretired View Post

Zeesh. Must be the home of the Three Stooges. This station is either snakebit or totally incompetent. My guess is that they tried to do this DTV conversion on the cheap and are now paying for their frugality.

They have paid dearly for equipment designed by an 'expert' that failed. It's not like there are a zillion companies building this stuff. How is this KTBC's fault?
post #6269 of 6870
We're all wrong about KTBC this morning. That was a PLANNED outage, to remove the rest of the construction equipment from the tower. Mid morning Saturday during little viewed or paid programming was apparently the best time to do this.
post #6270 of 6870
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Originally Posted by sivartk View Post

Intersting...at least, if they did this on purpose, it was during crap programming

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Originally Posted by austinsho View Post

We're all wrong about KTBC this morning. That was a PLANNED outage, to remove the rest of the construction equipment from the tower. Mid morning Saturday during little viewed or paid programming was apparently the best time to do this.

I guess I was half right
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