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post #121 of 3340
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Originally posted by donsullivan
I had already done a rescan on both the TV and HDTiVo but for grins tried it again; I even reset the OTA channel data and then scanned again on the TV. No change at all, I still don't have the digital channels for WESH. I went back and looked at the signal strength meters on both devices and they show no signal at all on that frequency. As I noted above, all of the other stations are up around 85% signal strength.

The only other thing is the booster on the antenna up in the attic; I guess I'm headed up there next to power cycle that to see if it stabilizes things. Seems strange though that it's only that station that died.

Remember, WESH is the only Orlando HD station that broadcasts on VHF frequency (all of the rest are on UHF). It's possible that the VHF portion of your antenna may need adjustment, or the VHF portion of your amplifier may have been blown.

Just a thought.

Fred Forlano
post #122 of 3340
Anyone having audio sync prolems on HDNet on D*? I have ahd problems for about 2 weeks. Other HD channels seem ok. Thanks for any info and suggestions for cure, if any is possible.
post #123 of 3340
Thread Starter 
The sync problem is pretty bad. Between that an the audio drop-outs its unwatchable.
post #124 of 3340
Quick question for central FL OTA veterans:

I just hooked up a Samsung SIR-T151 with a Silver Sensor indoor antenna in Gainesville (32608) and the channel scan only turned up 36.0 (?) and 36.1 (WUFT-DT PBS, 7.3 miles, yellow). Are there any other channels I should be able to see with this setup? Antennaweb.org indicates that 28.1 (WGFL-DT CBS) is only 9.3 miles away (but green) and 51.1 (WOGX-DT Fox) is 17.5 miles away but yellow. Do these channels not really exist, am I doing something dumb, or do I just need more antenna?

Thank you in advance,

VN
post #125 of 3340
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Originally posted by videonewbie
Quick question for central FL OTA veterans:

I just hooked up a Samsung SIR-T151 with a Silver Sensor indoor antenna in Gainesville (32608) and the channel scan only turned up 36.0 (?) and 36.1 (WUFT-DT PBS, 7.3 miles, yellow). Are there any other channels I should be able to see with this setup? Antennaweb.org indicates that 28.1 (WGFL-DT CBS) is only 9.3 miles away (but green) and 51.1 (WOGX-DT Fox) is 17.5 miles away but yellow. Do these channels not really exist, am I doing something dumb, or do I just need more antenna?

Thank you in advance,

VN

i thought the gainesville affiliates hadnt gotten HD setup yet, except for PBS (32603 zip code here)
post #126 of 3340
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Originally posted by KingKong954
i thought the gainesville affiliates hadn't gotten HD setup yet, except for PBS (32603 zip code here)

KingKong954: According to AntennaWeb it looks like you're right about this (no surprise). I was just surprised to see an Ocala FOX (WOGX-DT) on the list in yellow and yet get absolutely no sign of it on my receiver. I did just notice that ABC has a "4-Aug" in the Live Date column, so perhaps that one is coming soon. I guess Fox isn't up either?

Thanks,

VN
post #127 of 3340
WOGX-DT is defintely up as it comes in as a occassional DX visitor to my house in Lake Mary (85 miles from the transmitter for that station).
post #128 of 3340
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Originally posted by james32746
WOGX-DT is defintely up as it comes in as a occassional DX visitor to my house in Lake Mary (85 miles from the transmitter for that station).

Wow James, that's some pretty good range. What channel do you get WOGX-DT on? I've seen conflicting numbers published. Out of curiousity, what kind of antenna is getting you that range?

Thank you,

VN
post #129 of 3340
Thread Starter 
Line of sight is around 70 miles, even with a good high antenna its a difficult thing to do reliably. Anything beyond that is depending upon atmospherice conditions, so in the morning and after dark it is possible to get stations further away, e.g. this morning I was watch the FOX news from Tampa. But it faded away as the sun got higher..
post #130 of 3340
My DTC100 has decided to no longer power up. So I'm asking if anyone in Central Florida has had any experience in getting out-of warrenty repair on a HDTV receiver. Actually I opened the cover and found the 3 amp fuse was blown on the AC input . I replaced the fuse but it blows the moment the AC cord is plugged in the wall. Seems to be a simple power supply component short. Does anyone know of a way to obtain a service manual or schematic for one of these units? I'd like to get back in working condition and put it up for sale since I have replaced it with a Samaung TS-160.

Does anyone have any ideas?
post #131 of 3340
I just got a HD DirecTivo last weekend and have successfully set it up. I installed a Silver Sensor up in the attic and it is working great. I am getting a signal strength in the 90s on almost all of the stations. The exceptions are WKCF-DT (UPN), which is in the 80s, and WVEN-DT (UNI) and WOTF (TeleFutura), which I dont receive at all because of either direction that the antenna has to point to or distance. I don't care much about those two stations though so that's no big deal. I even get WESH-DT (NBC) pretty good, with signal strength in the 70's, which is a bit surprising since the station is VHF and the Silver Sensor is a UHF antenna.

The only problem I am having though is with WKCF-DT (UPN). The first problem is the known issue that it is not mapping correctly to 65-1 on the DirecTivo, so you have to tune into 41-1 or 41-2 to receive it. I know that issue is being "worked" on and is not that big of deal for me.

However the second problem is more serious. When watching either 41-1 or 41-2, I am getting a lot of freezing, screen artifacts, and sound drop outs, almost like what happens when you have a weak signal. It will play OK for like 15 seconds, then freeze up for like 5 seconds, and then start playing fine again for another 15 seconds or so. As mentioned above, I am getting a pretty good signal on the station. The DirecTivo is showing a steady signal strength in the 80s. When I was setting up the DirecTivo, I had stations that were playing fine with signal strength in the 50s, so I imagine a signal strength in the 80s should be plenty.

Is anyone else having this problem out there with WKCF-DT? Is it a problem with the station/transmitter and not anything on my end? This is a big deal for me because Enterprise is one of my top shows!

A little big more detail on my setup - I am in South Orlando in the Williamsburg area near Sea World. I have the Silver Sensor Antenna up in the attic pointing between 60-70 degrees. The antenna is plugged into an RCA 25dB amplifier. There is then a cable run to my living room. Not sure how long the cable but I would estimate it is between 30-50 ft. From there I have a 3 ft cable plugged from the wall jack into a surge protector and then another 3 ft cable from the surge protector to the DirecTivo.
post #132 of 3340
Rojma,

I have exactly the same problem with UPN (41-2 & 41-2) on my HDTiVo. The only show I ever watch on that station that I care about the HD signal for is Enterprise. I ended up setting up a manual record to get around the mapping issue so I could at least get a virtual season pass for that show. If they move the day or time, I'm toast though.

I have the same artifacting issues all the time despite signal strengths levels in the mid 80's and above across the board. It doesn't seem to be isolated to the HDTiVo though since when I switch over and watch the show in real time using the ATSC tuner in my TV, it acts the same way so it appears to be something in the signal.

In my case I'm using a Winegard MS-2000 antenna which gives me both VHF & UHF that is also omni-directional which overall works really well for the location offset of WESH. Except right now, WESH-DT is out because the VHF portion of the antenna appears to have failed. I've gotten in touch with Winegard and they are sending me a replacement which I should have in the next couple of days that should fix that problem as well.
post #133 of 3340
Thread Starter 
UPN is WRBW (41-1/41-2). Anyway, this seems to be known problem with DirecTV/HDTivo. It is also being reported in other cities, I believe Don was the one who got conformation from D* about the bug (page 3 of this thread).

WRBW is known for having video problems periodically appear. There is no contact info for them or WOFL (who runs WRBW) so there isn't anyone to complain to about the problem
post #134 of 3340
I spoke with a technician at WRBW - They actually called me back with in an hour of leaving a message about the problem with HDTivo.

He said it was a problem with their equipment, and that they had some upgrade that was hopefully going to be there before the fall season that would let them do the remap correctly. Guy apologized a dozen times, and said there was nothing that DirecTV could do about it.
post #135 of 3340
Thread Starter 
This is a first (since WRBW was taken over by WOFL). I'm glad to see they are working on the problem.

I'm a little confused though, It looks like the new equipment will take care of the re-mapping, but did they say anything about the video issues ???
post #136 of 3340
Yeah the video problems are more important to me. I can deal with the mapping issue by setting up manual recording. However the video issue is downright annoying and unwatchable. Did they say anything about the video issue? If not, can you provide us with a number to contact them to report that issue too? Thanks.
post #137 of 3340
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Originally posted by GHill
I spoke with a technician at WRBW - They actually called me back with in an hour of leaving a message about the problem with HDTivo.

He said it was a problem with their equipment, and that they had some upgrade that was hopefully going to be there before the fall season that would let them do the remap correctly. Guy apologized a dozen times, and said there was nothing that DirecTV could do about it.

This is good news; at least they are acknowledging there is a problem but clearly DirecTV is able to work around whatever the issue is since my HTL-HD remaps the channel properly. It seems only to be an issue on the HDTiVo.
post #138 of 3340
I recorded Enterprise last night. I watched about the first 30 minutes of the first episode. There were no drop outs or video problems, so hopefully they fixed the problem. Maybe if they are getting a national feed form UPN the problem doesn't exist? Is Enterprise UPN's only HD program? I noticed last Sunday night when they replay Enterprise that it was not in HD and that drop outs were happening...
post #139 of 3340
Thread Starter 
They also run HD movies on Friday night.

It looks like WRBW doesn't have a means to record in HD, so no 2nd showing of Enterprise in HD.

Sounds like the video problems are with local playback of video.
post #140 of 3340
That's what I was thinking. Thats actually kinda funny that we have the ability to record HD with our HD DirecTivo's but they dont! Well if this is the case then the issue is not that big of a deal because all I care about is recording Enterprise!
post #141 of 3340
I did not mention the image quality to the guy when I called - Mostly because since I just got the HDTiVo I had never experienced it.

The only other thing he mentioned was that he was bummed about Enterprise moving to Friday because they were going to "lose a night of HD programing." Which I assumed meant he enjoyed the movies.

I just called the main number at 407-644-3535 and left a message with the department that sounded closest to engineering. Thirty minutes later got a phone call.
post #142 of 3340
Us recording in HD on a TiVo and them recording in HD is comparing apples to oranges.
post #143 of 3340
Hello, just wanted to introduce myself. I'm new to the Orlando area (Down near Stoneybrook East) and I am currently an Adelphia customer with their HD package. Man I want out. I need the cable modem though however I think Bell South has a pretty good DSL subscription so I think that will do. I would like to change to D*, however, I live in an apt complex so I'm not sure an OTA antenna will be an option. I want HD content, however, not enough so that I would get Voom because I also need the NFL package being a NY Giants fan (just relocated from NJ) I also would like to get the English Premier League package. Anyway, does anybody know a good place to purchase D* and get really good installation? I am definitely willing to pay some money in order to get a good installation because I don't want any issues. OK, long introduction, sorry.
post #144 of 3340
There is a subchannel on WESH-DT on 2.2/11.2 with color bars and a message that says WESH-TV and below that UNIT-5.
post #145 of 3340
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Originally posted by cgraigy11
I need the cable modem though however I think Bell South has a pretty good DSL subscription so I think that will do. I would like to change to D*, however, I live in an apt complex so I'm not sure an OTA antenna will be an option. Anyway, does anybody know a good place to purchase D* and get really good installation? I am definitely willing to pay some money in order to get a good installation because I don't want any issues. OK, long introduction, sorry.

I got my DirectTv system from Sound Advice a couple weeks ago. The guys who do the installs works DIRECTLY for them and does an excellent job. He spent 7 hours here getting everything done perfectly and it didn't cost me a dime. (Except a tip I gave him for doing such a good job.) Also, since the installers work for Sound Advice, they guarantee and warranty the install........you won't get that anywhere else. They also have the same deals on free receivers, free triple lnb dishes, and same prices on DTivo's as everybody else.
If you get your system anywhere else, even from DirectTV, you will get an independent contractor who works for themselve, so you're hit or miss on whether or not you get a good install or a crappy one. So I give Sound Advice 5 stars if you want the best install done right.

As for the cable internet connection........you don't need cable to get it. I still have cable internet. In fact, if you sign up for a new account with earthlink cable internet, you get the first 6 months for only $29.99 and them it's $41.99 after that. With my cable company I was being charged $44.95 per month. they're number is 800-327-8454. Even if you live in an area of town that can't get Earthlink Cable............you can still get cable internet from Adelphia without having to get their TV service.

PS.....the picture and sound quality on DirectTv blows away what I had with digital cable from BrightHouse. There's also been quite a few heavy thunderstorms since I had it and I haven't had any rain fade.
post #146 of 3340
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Originally posted by james32746
There is a subchannel on WESH-DT on 2.2/11.2 with color bars and a message that says WESH-TV and below that UNIT-5.

James-

WESH runs a HD channel with NBC's 24 hour delay Olympics programming and a separate sub channel with their live SD programming every time they do the Olympics.

Could also be so they can provide live MSNBC coverage of the Democratic convention next week since NBC is only showing portions on network.
post #147 of 3340
Thread Starter 
WFTV turned their subchannel from radar to programming. WOFL also added a subchannel wich is running programming.

ABC plans to run 24h election coverage, guess its gonna be on the subchannel
http://www.orlandodigital.tv/programming.htm
post #148 of 3340
Thread Starter 
cgraigy11

You can also send an PM aforlano about your dish installation. See page 5 of this of this thread.
post #149 of 3340
Rich-

I see the ones on WESH and WFTV but I don't see any new sub-channel on WOFL, was it taken down already?

Most likely all these new sub channels are for the democratic convention next week since the networks don't want it on the network main channels.
I guess they don't want to interupt all those great new summer series and reruns especially ABC ;-)

It will be interesting to see if the locals do the same for the republican convention next month. All this fuss seems pretty remarkable since polls show 85% of voters have already made up their minds. Out of the remaining 15% how many of those undecided people do they think have access to the DTs and plan to watch that instead of PBS or a cable news net? Nice to see PBS doing what no one else will!

I think it is great that they are doing all this special coverage and that the locals DTs are taking the special convention feeds and putting that on a sub channel, but it kinda makes you wonder why start now? It also makes you wonder if they can pull precious eyeballs off network to a sub channel for this event, then why does NBC still insist on showing the olympics in HD on a 24 hour delay to protect ratings?
post #150 of 3340
WESH (NBC) has appeared in the HD section of channels (700 block) for Gainesville, FL, on COX cable, as of today (just noticed it).
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