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post #511 of 9109
Ken12,

Just wanted to say "thumbs up" on that big HD monitor, at least I'm assuming it's HD, on the 12 News set! I saw it the other night during the sports segment. It was awesome! Really, I never use this word, but it was P-H-A-T! *LOL*
post #512 of 9109
Not that we got to see it around here unless you could pick up WTVD from RDU, but ABC News Now is off the air Jan 29th. It will continue on the ABC News website, but is off digital and cable so they can make it a more profitable venture.

Guess it will become some sort of a subscription service? Just what the world needs- another internet pay tv service!

Oh well, it was nice while it lasted. I think, in retrospect, ABC News Now had potential to do things a little different fromt the rest of the cable news networks. I especially enjoyed the simulcasts of the hurricanes that hit Florida and the burp of Mt. Saint Helens last year. Also, enjoyed the coverage of the Clinton Library christening.

Sorry ABC couldnt' make it work. Should have deviated from the talking head format in my opinion.
post #513 of 9109
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Originally posted by jspENC
I thought if you could not get HD from a local provider you were automatically eligable for the signal Directv carries?

As I understand it, the new law provides for this. However, I think they are working out the new digital DMA and it will probably take a year or more...so maybe by then we might be getting ready to get our local station in HD...hehehe
post #514 of 9109
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Originally posted by agregjones
Has anyone been able to get FoxHD from DirecTV? Are many people successful pulling in the signal from Raleigh?

Don't think so, you have to have a waiver or be in an owned and operated stations area. I think the closest O&O to us is in Greensboro. I can't pull in Raleigh and I'm about 4 miles north of Washington. I can get WRAL most of time at night.
post #515 of 9109
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Originally posted by 2Scoops
As I understand it, the new law provides for this. However, I think they are working out the new digital DMA and it will probably take a year or more...so maybe by then we might be getting ready to get our local station in HD...hehehe

You got that right, 2Scoops!!!

Speaking of moving at a snail's pace... WNCT is cutting it close with getting their PSIP up and running. They only have till next Tuesday and haven't done anything that I can tell. I read in the Savannah, Ga thread that Media General back in November was vascillating between 2 different companies for providing the equipment for PSIP and such. Wonder if that has something to do with the delay? Or maybe they are just determined to not do anything till the day they are mandated to do so by law?

You know, I'd love to have the WB ota, but maybe instead of that WNCT could at least broadcast our local FOX on a subchannel until WFXI/WYDO can get up and running on their own. Yeah, it wouldn't be HD, but it would at least be something. Either that or somebody get a hampster to run on a wheel!

Then, when WFXI/WYDO does finally get up and running on their own, WNCT could replace FOX for the WB!

2 problems solved...
post #516 of 9109
Thread Starter 
WNCT when I first got my HD box last year was running PSIP data. Looks like they should be going already.
post #517 of 9109
Is there someone we can complain to about the poor signal that FOX is putting out? I mean it seems rediculas that even in Greenville it is weak and that no further than Washington and you can barely see it. I can just make out that 14 is on the air down here. I can hear it but the picture is covered in snow. Directv is coming Thursday, and I can't wait to see it on there!
post #518 of 9109
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Originally posted by jspENC
Is there someone we can complain to about the poor signal that FOX is putting out? I mean it seems rediculas that even in Greenville it is weak and that no further than Washington and you can barely see it. I can just make out that 14 is on the air down here. I can hear it but the picture is covered in snow. Directv is coming Thursday, and I can't wait to see it on there!

Channel 8 has to protect from interference other stations on the air before they came on the air so they have to protect WITN on 7, WNCT on 9 and on 8, WRIC in Richmond and WGHP in High Point.
post #519 of 9109
Thread Starter 
Channel 14 on Directv is clear but its not as as the rest of them. FOX news at 10 is awful. WNCT must send the news program signal back to WFXI in Morehead City and then retransmit it on FOX 8/14.

I know WNCT has a low powered channel in Morehead to carry WNCT on because the signal is weak there, its probally true for FOX news, weak signal from Greenville studios.
post #520 of 9109
They should have gone with a UHF signal to start with, but because this requires more power probably led them to the channel 8 choice right?
post #521 of 9109
Thread Starter 
SHWALTER,
You have COX HD is it worth it, is it clear?

How much do you pay for HD not other cable.
post #522 of 9109
You are right about the signal difference Jamielee, a couple of times I have gotten both signals where I could watch them at the same time, and 8 is so much clearer colorwise than 14. 14 looked like they were putting out the kind of color reception you would expect in the 1960's or 70's! This is the same for all shows on those 2 channels, 8 is better than 14, but 8 still isn't as good colorwise all the other stations I get.
post #523 of 9109
I have heard on ENC Today that COX is too high, what are their prices like? TW down here charges $52.00 just for analog. They run about $75.00 for digital not including the few HD channels, they are extra.
post #524 of 9109
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Originally posted by jamielee
WNCT when I first got my HD box last year was running PSIP data. Looks like they should be going already.

Were they running programming guide information as well, jamielee? I got my stb back in May 2004. I don't remember ever seeing PSIP information on WNCT; maybe it was before then...

I agree too about the pq of 14 as opposed to 8. 14 has always seemed kind of washed out to me. Doesn't Fox have another low powered translator. I know I can pick it up on analog channel 65 up here in Greenville if I select IRC cable, I think, on my tv. Or is this just some kind of translation of the analog channel 14?
post #525 of 9109
easternncnewswat, I think you might have your TV set to tune for Cable rather than over-the-air.
post #526 of 9109
Thread Starter 
It was off and on for a short time. Not very long, probally around March or April
post #527 of 9109
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Originally posted by jspENC
They should have gone with a UHF signal to start with, but because this requires more power probably led them to the channel 8 choice right?

The operational cost difference of a UHF verses a VHF is about 5 to 7 times more.
post #528 of 9109
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Originally posted by jspENC
easternncnewswat, I think you might have your TV set to tune for Cable rather than over-the-air.

Not as a general rule... When I manually change it from ota to cable, I can pick up FOX on 65. Just was curious if this was a translator low powered station.
post #529 of 9109
No. What you're seeing is the shift. See, Cable 14-22 are below channel 7, and Cable 23-64 are all in a part of the spectrum between channels 13 and 14. So 65 is channel 14. So Cable 76 is channel 25. This pattern continues until Cable 95-99, which use the FM band (above 6, below cable 14 I think). I'm not 100% sure, but I THINK that's right. Then 100-125 is 44-69.

Again, don't quote me, but I'm almost sure that's how it works.

- Trip
post #530 of 9109
Cool! Thanx for the info, Trip!
post #531 of 9109
OK now I understand. Thanks Trip!
post #532 of 9109
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Originally posted by jamielee
SHWALTER,
You have COX HD is it worth it, is it clear?

How much do you pay for HD not other cable.

The HD service is $9.95 for WNCT, WRAL, WCTI, WITN, ESPN, PBS, INHD, & INHD2. The quality is outstanding for shows that broadcast in HD. I also have the HD/DVR combo box for $9.95. The FOX station is awful...very snowy picture. I'm going tomorrow to get an antenna to try to pick up the signal from WRAZ in Raleigh. The monthly cost for COX is slightly higher than DirecTV, however now equipment to buy...especially the HD/DVR. I can't tell you how nice it is.
post #533 of 9109
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Originally posted by shwalter
I'm going tomorrow to get an antenna to try to pick up the signal from WRAZ in Raleigh.

Remember you may have to play around with the location of your antenna. I had to try mine in a lot of different spots before I found the place that allowed me to receive the RDU market (WRAL, WRAZ, WTVD, WLFL, WNCN, WRAY) as well as Greenville/Washington/New Bern (WCTI, WNCT, WITN, WUNK). Mine is actually positioned behind a loveseat on the floor on the East side of the room oddly enough.

I'm just glad I can get the stations though. You might find yourself surprised with better pq than what you get on cable. That depends on whether COX cable compresses their signals. I don't know myself. I have satellite and I can tell you from watching ota, Dish Network compresses the hell out of it's channels.

Anyway, Good Luck to you!
post #534 of 9109
I sent an e-mail to the Vice President and General Manager of WNCT today to see if I can find out their company/station plans for WNCT; we'll see if I get a response. In the past, she's made a point of at least acknowledging the e-mail when we've had problems with reception. I hope she'll let us know something.

Primarily, I asked her if WNCT will be passing PSIP by February 1st as required. However, I also asked her if they had any plans to offer the WB as a subchannel like another Media General station in the Tri-Cities of Tennessee. Likewise, I mentioned the idea last night about maybe broadcasting Fox until WFXI/WYDO until they get up and running. Also, I asked if they had any plans for a news/weather channel for Eastern NC. Mind you, I didn't suggest all of these at one time. I just wanted to mention all the options and see if she would take the bait. I'll let you know if anything comes of it or she replies back.
post #535 of 9109
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Originally posted by easternncnewswat
I sent an e-mail to the Vice President and General Manager of WNCT today to see if I can find out their company/station plans for WNCT; we'll see if I get a response. In the past, she's made a point of at least acknowledging the e-mail when we've had problems with reception. I hope she'll let us know something.

Primarily, I asked her if WNCT will be passing PSIP by February 1st as required. However, I also asked her if they had any plans to offer the WB as a subchannel like another Media General station in the Tri-Cities of Tennessee. Likewise, I mentioned the idea last night about maybe broadcasting Fox until WFXI/WYDO until they get up and running. Also, I asked if they had any plans for a news/weather channel for Eastern NC. Mind you, I didn't suggest all of these at one time. I just wanted to mention all the options and see if she would take the bait. I'll let you know if anything comes of it or she replies back.

Umm... Media General's WJHL does not provide WB to the Tri-Cities. WCYB does (co-owned with WCTI, not WNCT). CYB.WB is the name I think.

- Trip
post #536 of 9109
Last night reception was strong! I was getting 5, 11, 17,25,26,30,50 distant digitals and 8,14,28, analog. Very unusual for me.
post #537 of 9109
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Originally posted by Trip in VA
Umm... Media General's WJHL does not provide WB to the Tri-Cities. WCYB does (co-owned with WCTI, not WNCT). CYB.WB is the name I think.

- Trip

My understanding from the Tri-Cities thread was that WJHL offered the WB to their viewers. I either misunderstood or mixed up the call letters. Thanx for the correct info, Trip.

In any event, I'll let everyone know if WNCT replies back to the message.
post #538 of 9109
wcyb is owned by Bluestone the same company that owns wcti

Ken
post #539 of 9109
Ken12, Do you know if Bluestone has any changes in the works? I did not know that ownership had been transfered.
post #540 of 9109
No changes that I'm aware of each station is pretty much run separately.
They purchased our entire group in the fall of last year we were Lamco Communications.

Ken
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