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post #4201 of 4653
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Originally Posted by tigerfan33 View Post

Yep. Noticed yesterday. Thought something was up when the CBS 42 "wing" showed up this weekend. I had to call Sunday to get them to flip the hd switch during 60 Minutes. Hopefully an hd newscast is right around the corner. NBC 13 needs to step up to show hd syndication.

Yes, I also noticed that the problem(s) they had are now corrected and their HD is solid (via DISH)....best it's looked in a long time with no jutter...they must have tweaked their encoder to the right settings...anyway..

hooray!
post #4202 of 4653
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Originally Posted by tigerfan33 View Post

Yep. Noticed yesterday. Thought something was up when the CBS 42 "wing" showed up this weekend. I had to call Sunday to get them to flip the hd switch during 60 Minutes. Hopefully an hd newscast is right around the corner. NBC 13 needs to step up to show hd syndication.

…and no sooner do I post than Jeopardy! last night was back to SD. Guess someone forgot to load up the HD tape deck.

Edit to add: Word is they had some sort of a equipment failure, hence the drop back to SD. An HD newscast can't be far away.
post #4203 of 4653
Has anyone else noticed a drop in signal strength for ABC 33 over the last few days? I used to get about this level, then post transition it seemed to jump 10+% (I monitored it over several days and it stayed consistently that high) and now it's back to pre transition levels consistently. My antennas haven't moved.

Edit: Nevermind, must have been the weather.
post #4204 of 4653
Has anyone in the Inverness area noticed the HD channels with Charter being very jittery the last few days. It seems to be on the HD channels
post #4205 of 4653
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Originally Posted by Kev4Bama View Post

Has anyone in the Inverness area noticed the HD channels with Charter being very jittery the last few days. It seems to be on the HD channels

I'm in Moody, but I've definitely noticed it here.
post #4206 of 4653
CBS 42 now has two sub-channels, both showing the VIPIR radar map. Anyone have a clue why they would do this? Could it be to show multiple games during March Madness and still be able to show the radar? If so, I'm okay with that as long as they drop back to one sub after the final game.
post #4207 of 4653
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Originally Posted by Jediphish View Post

CBS 42 now has two sub-channels, both showing the VIPIR radar map. Anyone have a clue why they would do this? Could it be to show multiple games during March Madness and still be able to show the radar? If so, I'm okay with that as long as they drop back to one sub after the final game.

Seems like I've heard of CBS stations doing this before during March Madness; they'll show 1 HD and 2 SD or 3 SD games at once.
post #4208 of 4653
Anyone on DirecTV having HD local issues?

I was browsing over at the other place and there's a major problem going on with guide data at the moment, and one person reported his HD locals were breaking up. So I flipped on my unit and the same thing's happening here. SD channels are okay, but the HD channels are breaking up horribly.

Maybe it's related to the massive national program guide meltdown?
post #4209 of 4653
Has anyone tried out U-Verse yet? We are looking to put a contract on a house on Caldwell Mill and according to their site it is offered in the neighborhood. I really like the idea of being able to network all of the boxes and being able to watch DVR in any room. It would have to be either U-Verse , Direc or Dish because cable is not available in the neighborhood which is somewhat of a good thing with my experiences with Charter. Any of the 3 are an improvement
post #4210 of 4653
Kev4Bama, DirecTV has some of networkability with their DVR boxes but I'm not sure if it's in beta still or available to the general public. It also seems to work best with a wired ethernet connection, which I don't have.

Also, tonight's animated slate on WBRC seemed to be full of glitches during American Dad and Family Guy. I haven't watched The Simpsons yet but it's on the DVR. Was this local to DirecTV or was it Fox 6's problem?
post #4211 of 4653
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Originally Posted by Kev4Bama View Post

Has anyone tried out U-Verse yet? We are looking to put a contract on a house on Caldwell Mill and according to their site it is offered in the neighborhood. I really like the idea of being able to network all of the boxes and being able to watch DVR in any room. It would have to be either U-Verse , Direc or Dish because cable is not available in the neighborhood which is somewhat of a good thing with my experiences with Charter. Any of the 3 are an improvement

Hey Kev4Bama,

I personally don't have U-verse but a couple of guys I know who live in Eagle Point have told me that they really like it compared to Charter.

Also, don't take that AT&T web site indicating its availability as gospel. Case in point, another friend of mine that lives in Greystone Farms had received a door hanger from AT&T announcing that U-verse was available. He went ahead and ordered it. On his install date, the inside prem tech arrived first and started to install the new router and and run new cables. About an hour later, the outside tech arrived and tested his cable pair. His test revealed that he was several hundred feet beyond the current 3000 ft limit from the VRAD. Needless to say, he was very disappointed to hear this - he did say he was glad he didn't unsubscribe from Directv in advance. The tech also mentioned that he believes a new architecture due out later this year will allow the limit to increase to 10,000 ft (will use 2 cable pairs instead of one).

Hope this helps and good luck on your house search!
post #4212 of 4653
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Originally Posted by Kev4Bama View Post

Has anyone tried out U-Verse yet? We are looking to put a contract on a house on Caldwell Mill and according to their site it is offered in the neighborhood. I really like the idea of being able to network all of the boxes and being able to watch DVR in any room. It would have to be either U-Verse , Direc or Dish because cable is not available in the neighborhood which is somewhat of a good thing with my experiences with Charter. Any of the 3 are an improvement

Still not available in my immediate area though there has been recent installs of VRADs (?) nearby (Crestline, etc.).

I currently use Dish but I'm interested in U-verse for the increased flexibility that you mentioned. I'd also like to combine my ATT phone, Charter HSI and Dish TV into one service.

You might check out highdefforum.com's section on U-Verse. A long-time moderator (rbinck) at that site has migrated to U-Verse and seems to be pleased with the service and he's provided a good bit of info regarding functionality of the DVR's, etc.

I have noted that you cannot integrate an OTA signal with the U-Verse DVR and that is a small nit for me given that I have such good OTA reception and given that certain HD locals (WTTO, etc.) are typically not carried by the cable, satellite, etc. providers.
post #4213 of 4653
I think one thing that may be a limiting factor for techies is that U-verse apparently limits you to two HD streams for the entire house. In other words, if you have three or four HD sets, only two can watch HD at a time. Or so I have heard.
post #4214 of 4653
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Originally Posted by Tom Servo View Post

I think one thing that may be a limiting factor for techies is that U-verse apparently limits you to two HD streams for the entire house. In other words, if you have three or four HD sets, only two can watch HD at a time. Or so I have heard.

Correct. I think that a limited amount of bandwidth is available from the VRAD to your home and I believe that some amount of that capacity is needed for HSI and the remaining capacity only allows for the 2 HD and 2 SD streams for TV. I don't know if you can have increased HD capacity by opting out of HSI.

You can have 4 or more HD sets but only 2 HD channels can be viewed concurrently (+ 2 SD channels). Thus, the limit is problematic only if Mom, Dad, son & daughter each want to watch a different HD channel. We traded in our son & daughter for cats / dog; thus no problem for me.
post #4215 of 4653
Has anyone in the Calera area had problems picking up the 4 APT digital channels (10.1-10.4)? I've got an indoor digital antenna that picked up the channels on the initial scan, but have not been able to bring them in. Have not had any other problems to speak of with any other channels. I'd hate to have to get an outdoor digital antenna, but if my 1-1/2 year old is going to get her Elmo fix...
post #4216 of 4653
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Originally Posted by Mifune73 View Post

Has anyone in the Calera area had problems picking up the 4 APT digital channels (10.1-10.4)? I've got an indoor digital antenna that picked up the channels on the initial scan, but have not been able to bring them in. Have not had any other problems to speak of with any other channels. I'd hate to have to get an outdoor digital antenna, but if my 1-1/2 year old is going to get her Elmo fix...

I am just North of Calera and have never been able to pick up APT with an Indoor antenna.
post #4217 of 4653
What's going on with CBS channel 42.1 OTA? While watching the Masters on my 5 year old Sony RPTV, the screen goes blank and I get an error message box that says I can watch 42.1 on channel 30, press enter. I press enter on the remote and it switches to channel 30 for a brief period, then I get the reverse of the error message which says I can watch channel 30 on 42.1, press enter. I think this has something to do with how the local station is handling the PSIP.

By the way, my newer Sony LCD upstairs (connected to the same antenna) was handling the same problem a lot better - a little pixilation and then cleared up by itself.
post #4218 of 4653
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Originally Posted by teverson View Post

What's going on with CBS channel 42.1 OTA? While watching the Masters on my 5 year old Sony RPTV, the screen goes blank and I get an error message box that says I can watch 42.1 on channel 30, press enter. I press enter on the remote and it switches to channel 30 for a brief period, then I get the reverse of the error message which says I can watch channel 30 on 42.1, press enter. I think this has something to do with how the local station is handling the PSIP.

By the way, my newer Sony LCD upstairs (connected to the same antenna) was handling the same problem a lot better - a little pixilation and then cleared up by itself.

I don't know. I've not had that issue but I've noticed a distinct drop in signal strength since this weekend from 100 to 74 and now back to 85. My antenna is attic-mounted and I've had no changes in strength for the other locals; thus, I assume the change is truly at the station's end. Also, I've noticed recent shifts of programming between 42.2 and 42.3 and that the weather loop graphics have changed to incorporate a 7-day planner.

Aside from CBS, I noticed last night that one of the APT subchannels (10.4?) had a crude looking message stating that its programming had moved to 10.2. Does that mean that 10.2 is no longer the SD mirror of the supposed HD channel on 10.1?
post #4219 of 4653
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Originally Posted by Mifune73 View Post

Has anyone in the Calera area had problems picking up the 4 APT digital channels (10.1-10.4)? I've got an indoor digital antenna that picked up the channels on the initial scan, but have not been able to bring them in. Have not had any other problems to speak of with any other channels. I'd hate to have to get an outdoor digital antenna, but if my 1-1/2 year old is going to get her Elmo fix...

Anyone have any particular recommendations for an outdoor antenna?
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post #4221 of 4653
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Originally Posted by mwgiii View Post

I use 2 of these: http://www.antennasdirect.com/DB4_HDTV_antenna.html

Are you using two in order to point directly at 40.1 as well as the Red Mtn towers? If so, how are you combining the signals?

Currently, I have an 8-bay antenna in the attic pointed at Red Mtn. Though 40.1 is ~ 180 degrees in the opposite direction, I'm now pulling it in as well since the signal strength was boosted in February. 40.1 is only at 65% strength on my Dish tuner and is not 100% reliable.

Just after February, I had attempted to combine an old VHF antenna and the existing 8-bay using an inexpensive CM joiner from Forbes. I didn't play with it very long but I was not having any luck.
post #4222 of 4653
That is exactly what I do.

I have one in the attic pointed at Red Mountain, and one mounted outside on the chimney pointed toward 40.1. I get around 70% strength on my Dish 622 on 40.1 but almost never have dropouts. I am also able to pick up Pax 44.1 and TBN 26.1 with it.

You need to make sure you use the same length of coax from the joiner to both antennas. I had to move the attic antenna around to find a spot to eliminate multipath issues.
post #4223 of 4653
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Originally Posted by mwgiii View Post

That is exactly what I do.

I have one in the attic pointed at Red Mountain, and one mounted outside on the chimney pointed toward 40.1. I get around 70% strength on my Dish 622 on 40.1 but almost never have dropouts. I am also able to pick up Pax 44.1 and TBN 26.1 with it.

You need to make sure you use the same length of coax from the joiner to both antennas. I had to move the attic antenna around to find a spot to eliminate multipath issues.

Do you not have problems with APT 10 when trying to join your outside St Clair antenna to your inside Red Mtn antenna?

I assume that you connect your attic antenna to a joiner as the "UHF" signal and then connect your outdoor antenna as the "VHF" signal. Doesn't that wipe out the APT 10 signal that is best received by your attic antenna that is pointed at Red Mtn? If so, are you able to still pick up APT 10 with the outdoor antenna despite that it's aimed towards St Clair?

Yesterday, I just picked up a TiVoHD at Sears - Eastwood for $159 (the store is closing) and will use OTA-only for my basement area. The TiVo tuner has more difficulty locking on 40.1 and I'd like to get it better dialed in.
post #4224 of 4653
10 is solid now. Reception problems with 10 was the reason it took a while for me to find the right spot for the attic antenna.

I use a cheap 2 way splitter like this one. http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2103928 to combine the two antennas.
post #4225 of 4653
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Originally Posted by mwgiii View Post

10 is solid now. Reception problems with 10 was the reason it took a while for me to find the right spot for the attic antenna.

I use a cheap 2 way splitter like this one. http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...ductId=2103928 to combine the two antennas.

Well, that seems simple. I'll try that and I'll keep your comment in mind regarding equal length coax.
post #4226 of 4653
Anyone else getting sound drops and some video break up on ALL 4 hd locals from Dish??

As far as I can tell it is only the hd and not sd and limited to those 4. I am getting them on sat. 119. I first noticed last night.
post #4227 of 4653
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Originally Posted by tigerfan33 View Post

Anyone else getting sound drops and some video break up on ALL 4 hd locals from Dish??

As far as I can tell it is only the hd and not sd and limited to those 4. I am getting them on sat. 119. I first noticed last night.

I noticed it on 42 while watching Letterman, but checked CBS8 OTA Montgomery and it was OK...must be a local Dish problem...
post #4228 of 4653
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Originally Posted by 4bama View Post

I noticed it on 42 while watching Letterman, but checked CBS8 OTA Montgomery and it was OK...must be a local Dish problem...


I talked to Dish tech support and they did confirm the problem and it is on their end.

Hopefully it will be fixed soon.
post #4229 of 4653
After the switch in Feb I get much better signal strength here in Hoover for 10.whatever, ~86 comapared with ~62 before the switch. However I still get significant audio and video dropouts. On other channels I get none, even with lower signal strength. What's up with that?

And that would be 86 what? That is, what does that number mean?
post #4230 of 4653
Excuse me while I gripe a second about WBRC.

There's only one day I watch any network programming at all, and that's the Sunday animation domination lineup on Fox. Last Sunday's lineup appears to have been all in SD. Now I know Family Guy and American Dad aren't produced in HD, but the rest of the lineup is and even the SD stuff looks better. Dunno if it's on 6's end or this was a Fox screw up but it was really annoying to finally get back to my DVR only to discover it was all SD.

I guess I'm just frustrated at their attitude because of two weeks ago when the preemted everthing for weather coverage. No wait — it wasn't preemted, it was deleted. NBC 13 and ABC 33/40 both replayed delayed shows overnight, but oh no, not WBRC. I even wrote and asked nicely if they planned to re-air anything and they just said “it's on Fox On Demand online so go watch it there.” Are they TRYING to alienate the viewers? What do the advertisers think of this sort of thing?

Sorry to gripe it just frustrates me. Over in Mississippi where I spend time Fox is available only on a subchannel in SD so I never ever watch it, just DVR it in B'ham and catch up later. It seems like with the hundreds of HD channels at my disposal the networks would try harder to keep people interested and watching.
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