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post #1711 of 1895
LOL you're right about the Miss Mississippi. Whoever mixes the audio for the "talent" contest is usually horrible. one year it sounded like one of those poorly mixed local church broadcast. the mike levels were to high and distorted and they didn't have any reverb which made everyone sound like they were shouting in your ear.

Speaking of WLBT, is anyone old enough to remember them in the 70's. We used to laugh ourselves silly. They would talk into the wrong camera, they would roll the wrong film, microphones would be turned off and that was on a good day. Whats funny, stations have all the latest digital gear and they still forget to turn on the weathermans microphone. And whats the deal with those sorry wireless microphones that are always going kaput? maybe they should go back to a desk mike or an overhead boom like they used to. No more dead batteries and static. Plus big microphones sound better.
post #1712 of 1895
Wireless batteries are my pet peave. I give them monitoring for the battery levels and they still let them die. Back when I did the operating, I never let that happen. Our signal level has not changed and thanks for the suggestions on why the reception might have changed. Not sure why someone is having problems getting us. At least WLBT's master control is still analog so when they go to net, it jumps from 4:3 to 16:9 because they are switching in the HD "mode". Our master is HD so we can play the shows and spots in HD more easily. The last of the analog switching in their will go away in December and we will have a true full master control HD switcher. Wish we could for production but it is much more complex and expensive. To answer when, I do not know. I will try to at least do wide screen since everything is that way now. For now we just "center cut" because it goes through an analog production switcher. I would rather see nice shows in HD rather than an anchor sitting on a set in HD but that is just me.
post #1713 of 1895
speaking of center cut. Us HD viewers are really not always getting the benefit of widescreen because on most programs they still shoot it as if it were old 4:3 so that nobody on the sides gets cut out of the picture. It is especially noticible on group shots because everyone will be in the center of the frame with nobody off to the side. I wish the old 4:3 would hurry up and go away. It's still seems that the people with SD cable and old sets are still the priority.

another pet peeve. I wish they would ban the zoom button on new sets. It serves no purpose whatsover. It causes the top and bottom of the picture to get cut off which seems to be why stations put their screen clutter too high up (or in the center for SD folks). If people don't know how to adjust their TV, don't punish the viewers that do.
post #1714 of 1895
Anyone know what QAM channel # WAPT is on in Jackson, MS? I can find all the other local stations but that one.
post #1715 of 1895
last time I checked it is 50.1now. Give Comcast a few days and they may change it
post #1716 of 1895
there should be a law against the cable company trying to confuse people into buying a digital box when they really don't need them. finding the HD channels on some cable systems is like finding a needle in a haystack.
post #1717 of 1895
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Originally Posted by clarkbr View Post

there should be a law against the cable company trying to confuse people into buying a digital box when they really don't need them. finding the HD channels on some cable systems is like finding a needle in a haystack.

If you run a chanel scan on your digitial TV set, it should find the QAM digital chanels for you. Our cable system here in New Orleans even maps the chanels so the number is the same as it would be if you had a cable box.
WWL tv is ch 704 in HD on the cable box, and 704 on my cable ready tv.


Don H
post #1718 of 1895
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Originally Posted by tbondurant View Post

last time I checked it is 50.1now. Give Comcast a few days and they may change it

Thanks, my scan finally picked it up!
post #1719 of 1895
Mr. Bondurant, since you were able to answer my question about the WAPT QAM channel, would you also happen to know if PBS/Mississippi ETV also has a QAM channel on Comcast? I haven't been able to find one.

Thanks.
post #1720 of 1895
Is anyone aware of the problems WLBT is having with Directv? It seems that WLBT is having some type of contractual problems with Directv, according to the web site. It states that if WLBT and Directv does not come to terms, that WLBT will no longer be carried as a Directv local channel. They state that if This comes to pass, WLBT will stream their newscasts over the Internet according to WLBT's website.
post #1721 of 1895
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by richllewis View Post

Is anyone aware of the problems WLBT is having with Directv? It seems that WLBT is having some type of contractual problems with Directv, according to the web site. It states that if WLBT and Directv does not come to terms, that WLBT will no longer be carried as a Directv local channel. They state that if This comes to pass, WLBT will stream their newscasts over the Internet according to WLBT's website.

Not just WLBT but WAPT also. I'm so sick of this crap! It's hard enough to get a decent OTA signal, and now that we finally get HD locals via DirecTV, 2 of the 4 main networks may go black on Jan 1, 2011. It takes two to tango - so both sides will point fingers at the other.

If we lose the channels, it's a loss to the local networks. They want more pie from DirecTV. Raycom and Hearst - thanks for nothing!
post #1722 of 1895
It is not only WLBT, but WMC-TV,WLOX-TV. WDAM is not affected since local channels have not come to the Pine Belt. And in Alabama it affect WSFA and WBRC to name a few. This also affects all the Raycom stations nationwide. As for Hearst the only station I saw was in Hawaii. Raycom also has stations in Hawaii that had this notice on their web site.
post #1723 of 1895
After checking further I saw WAPT's and WDSU's notice on their web site. WAPT's was buried in the stations section and WDSU's on the front page.
post #1724 of 1895
As far as OTA, I get a great signal with a paper clip for an antenna and it looks better than anything Direct can carry. They make plenty off our singals, it is time for them to pay the piper.
post #1725 of 1895
Thread Starter 
The local channels send out the signal FREE over the air. DirecTV has to build infrastructure to retransmit those channels to us - thus they charge us for that service. How much - I don't know - it's all bundled together. The fact is, Hearst and Raycom both want more money from DirecTV for the privilege of carrying their signal. DirecTV can either pay more and pass that on to us or refuse their request and drop the signal. I'm tired of being nickled and dimed to death. Local channels rely on eyeballs and advertising. If DirecTV drops them, they will lose the eyeballs which only hurts advertising. Not many are going to drop DirecTV and run to Dish, uVerse, or God forbid, cable. And when their contracts are up - they will be in the same boat.

These contractual agreements usually get done at the last minute - but as a consumer - it does frustrate me. We can't get OTA in the bedroom, so I guess I'll just have to watch WJTV's news. Nothing personal, but it may be all we can get come Jan 1.
post #1726 of 1895
The Miss Mississippi pageant is produced by an out of state production company. It is then contracted to be shown on different stations around the state. Those stations have zero control over the broadcast.
post #1727 of 1895
I've said many times before, you need a "real" tv antenna. I live way out in the sticks surrounded by trees and have never had any problems getting decent reception with an outside antenna. and no I don't mean those little square or round looking things they are calling antennas these days. Those things only have a range of 20-30 miles if your lucky. Not much better than a $5 pair of rabbit ears. A traditional outside antenna is the way to go. Lowes still has some, Wal-mart and Home Depot appears to have stopped selling them.
post #1728 of 1895
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Originally Posted by tbondurant View Post

As far as OTA, I get a great signal with a paper clip for an antenna and it looks better than anything Direct can carry. They make plenty off our singals, it is time for them to pay the piper.

What about people who can't get a reliable signal with a paperclip, or even a nice antenna? They're now being forced to pay even more to receive local channels than they were already being charged by the satellite and cable companies to pay for the infrastructure used to retransmit local channels in the first place.
post #1729 of 1895
Thread Starter 
I have a real antenna. I can get the local channels in my main TV viewing area OTA - at least most of them (CW gives me problems...). Still - I will not put a huge antenna on my roof nor go through the cost and time of installing one in the attic. Since DirecTV provides my locals in HD, this was not even an issue. If it stops, then I'll just quit watching ABC and NBC. Life goes on.

If Hearst or Raycom wants to put a satellite into orbit, put the infrastructure in place to uplink their signal and then send it back to us, and charge me $3.50 a month - I'll gladly pay them. But they don't and DirecTV does.

Like I said - this is just the beginning. If DirecTV caves, then when Dish, or uVerse, or Comcast is up for renewal - watch out...

As much as I hate big government, there is a reason that the FCC is looking into these types of negotiations. DirecTV has stated they will not take the channels off the air unless the station owners force them to. If the channels go dark, you know who to blame. We'll see if 'Building our station around you' is a true motto or not...
post #1730 of 1895
Thread Starter 
Well - Hearst has done it. They struck the deal. I just got an email from the WAPT Station Manager saying a deal is in place. Now - we go to bashing Raycom...

Don't know what the deal ended up being - but let's give Hearst the benefit of the doubt that they did not want their signal to go black to their DirecTV customers.
post #1731 of 1895
This happens almost every year in some market. The cable companies continue to play hardball and overcharge for something that has been free in Jackson since 1952. I refuse to pay for local TV. But if customers would also play hardball and threaten to cancel their service and go to another provider or put their antennas back up, maybe the cable and satelite companies would change their tune. If they are charging $10 a month to get only a few of the locals and without the extra subchannels, within a few months you've spent enough money to buy a really nice antenna, mast and even a ladder to climb on your roof to hang it. and get it for free without ever having to worry about losing local TV ever again.
post #1732 of 1895
Can anyone in the Jackson area confirm uVerse really being available? I have read articles on it being back in Nov. 09 but I haven't seen any reviews from customers or anyone who states they actually have it. I have been trying to find new housing and would love to select an area that it is in. Thanks.
post #1733 of 1895
Yes it is available in lots of areas and I am told it is great.
post #1734 of 1895
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Originally Posted by bounceback2 View Post
Can anyone in the Jackson area confirm uVerse really being available? I have read articles on it being back in Nov. 09 but I haven't seen any reviews from customers or anyone who states they actually have it. I have been trying to find new housing and would love to select an area that it is in. Thanks.
You can go to AT&T's website and put a phone number in to see if it's available. This may not help if you are looking for new housing however. Depending on how close you are to their equipment, you may only be able to stream 1 or 2 HD channels at the same time. Their DVRs are really nice. Many people have mixed feelings about them. Some love it - some hate it. Again - it depends on how strong of a signal you can get. They do tend to overcompress some HD channels.

Their internet speed is second to none however.
post #1735 of 1895
Has anyone noticed major frame rate issues with UVHD(Universal HD) on Comcast in the Jackson area? Every bit of programming on there looks like it's in slow motion or something. Other channels are just fine. Makes me feel drunk to watch it.
post #1736 of 1895
BUMP. Need my last question answered! UVHD is still impossible to watch.
post #1737 of 1895
a low power TV station is broadcasting on channel 6 in Jackson but is operating like a radio station with audio only. Channel 6 can be heard on 87.7 FM. They are playing mostly oldies.
post #1738 of 1895
UVHD finally started functioning properly again.
post #1739 of 1895
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Originally Posted by clarkbr View Post
a low power TV station is broadcasting on channel 6 in Jackson but is operating like a radio station with audio only. Channel 6 can be heard on 87.7 FM. They are playing mostly oldies.

correction: Its mainly adult contemporary with some oldies thrown in. The are testing. Not sure what the final format will be. My guess some sort of lite AC.
post #1740 of 1895
I have a Grundig G4000A portable receiver which is a AM, FM, Shortwave (It is also does LW but there is nothing to receive unless you go on a trip to Europe). Using My FM radio which is very sensitive, I picked this low power TV signal up on 87.8 as my digital readout said from here in Forest. This station is far enough down the dial that it doesn't interfere with PRN at Rose Hill (licensed as Meridian). They are playing contemporary music just like Mix 98.7 does except without commercials.

The last tlme I picked up something on the radio dial like this was a year or two before going from analog to HD. At that time I was picking up WDSU's audio feed. Those channel 6 audio feeds go a long way.
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