Originally Posted by fizban11
I have the CHOICE XTRA + HD DVR — No Locals which is cheaper than the 75.99 package offered with locals, albeit not much cheaper. However, and feel free anyone out there to correct, my understanding is that as more HD channels are added to line-ups for cable and DTV, compression is used to squeeze the signals into limited bandwidth. This causes both picture and sound quality to drop. An analogy would be a CAT 5e cable for networking versus CAT6 - it will get you there, but the bandwidth on the line is reduced. Also same goes for RG5 vs. RG6 coax cable, bandwidth drop-off.
Regardless, up until Dec 5th, I had signals for all local channels with minimal effort. My equipment hasn't changed and the location of my equipment hasn't changed. I am beginning to think the antenna itself has failed and or is failing. I did write to the Chief engineer over at KWKT (10-1, 10-2) tonight. I'll see what he says. I wanted to send to the chief engineer over at KCEN channel 6 (9-1, 9-2), but I could not find contact info on the website for anyone.
I intend to contact L&M electronics tomorrow and see about a different antenna, advice and such. I missed my Dallas Cowboys game tonight because of this and I am getting a bit frustrated.
Do you have a grandfathered DirecTV package? I ask because there's currently no option regarding locals. If locals are offered then they're automatically added to your package - you can't decline them. Locals have been available here for many years so I'm surprised to see anyone with a package that doesn't include them.
It sounds like you may be going to a lot of trouble and extra expense to avoid a few dollars a month extra charge for locals.
As for compression, our locals are now broadcast on DirecTV using MPEG4 technology. I've done A/B comparisons with over the air and the DirecTV signal is as good or better to my eyes. It gets technical when you get into bit rates and such, but I'm very happy with the quality of the locals on DirecTV. There is one other factor to consider. DirecTV doesn't carry local sub-channels, such as 25.3. That's why I maintain an over the air antenna in addition to the locals from the satellite. I want to still be able to watch the KXXV weather channel. If that's important to you then you may still want a working antenna. I use simple rabbit ears and they work great at my location. I would try that before spending a fortune on an outdoor or attic antenna. You can get them for $8 or so at Radio Shack and return it if it doesn't work.
There's a new DirecTV satellite that will be launched later today that will give us more HD channels and perhaps less compression. You can watch it live on channel 577 at 6pm CST. You will have to switch your Favorites to "All Channels" to see that channel on the guide.
Your problem has to be with your antenna or the wiring. I'm just off Chapel Road a few miles south of you and all of them are fine for me. Again, channel 6 always requires the most fine tuning but even it is working well and that's with rabbit ears.