60 pages to this topic! But with the digital conversion having come and gone and all permanent frequency allocation moves completed, I'm sure additional posts here will be leveling off soon. (they already have to an extent)
We're receiving all stations quite well via our outside antenna. And our indoor antenna is receiving all stations easily except for WYZZ, which sometimes requires a little patience to position the antenna just right. And as a bonus, WICS can usually be pulled in on the indoor antenna. However, ALL stations can have difficulty via the indoor antenna if storms are present, which is not the case with the outdoor antenna, which has NEVER given us any cutting-out since day 1! With that success, I'd love to expand the outdoor antenna to all 3 televisions, but I'd probably start to have problems and I don't want to install a secondary outdoor antenna just for that 3rd television.
Due to some direcTV receivers going obsolete, I was able to upgrade my existing SD receiver to the H23 for free! I prefer the silver looks of the H20 in the basement. Also, It seems to have been manufactured at a higher cost. The LEDs on mine continue to glow very faint when the dish is turned off as if the chip design was rushed out. Also, it feels lighter and the buttons push slightly cheaper than the 3 y/o H20. But apples to apples they offer the same picture and sound quality and both will last for several years!
I know people know the video quality is much better than the SD box, but many people don't know the audio sounds much better also. They're both hooked up to the same model of television (Zenith D32D53), though mine has more flaws than the one in the basement such as blurriness and mild discoloration toward the corners and edges, and a pin cushion problem which warps the picture like an hourglass on the right and left sides. Watching stuff in HD makes it more noticeable! Otherwise, the dish tech has not seen very many CRT-based HD monitors displaying HD signals. He was thoroughly impressed with the picture and couldn't believe we were receiving it via the component inputs! We've received several complements over these televisions, and yes, the downstairs one displays one of the best pictures of any television I've ever seen, including some of the new 1080P displays. They were rated second to a Sony model in a 2002 issue of Consumer Reports hence we bought them. Though they're only 4:3 32" sets that way as much as I do, we plan to hang on to them until they break. They make good secondary television sets.
WMBD is now the Illinois Broadcasters station of the year reward, which is an easy no-brainer! I'm hoping their ratings reflect. I haven't seen any power glitches with them lately.
I had a dream last night that WEEK had to broadcast it's news without any computer equipment because NBC had a bad quarter and they lost too much money to pay subscription fees LOL.
One thing I've never liked about WEEK is their crawl fiascoes, which is the only thing I've never really covered on here. Everytime they get a new crawl system, it seems like it takes their techs 3 years to run them properly! If the crawls are automatic, it has literally taken them several hours to override them to correct errors if they fail - sometimes you won't see it for an entire day! Right now, their weather crawl system has had display problems for weeks which are not being corrected! WMBD is usually fast to jump on this sort of thing. And when it comes to manual crawls, WMBD stomps the competition to displaying it first! It's been like this for over 20 years! WEEK will also frequently misspell words on their crawl, you never see that on WMBD.
WMBD does a lot better job of managing crawls, as well as content on it's hijacked station. For example, sometimes you'll see watches and warnings on WAOE, sometimes you don't. But on WYZZ, they're almost always up, no matter what time of day. It's manual whereas WMBD invested in an automated crawl for WYZZ. People who live on farms live too far away to hear sirens and many rely on the locals for this sort of thing, that's why I'm always pushing it. WHOI invested in WSI which tends to screw up less than the rest, so even though they're practically abandoned, their crawl seldom misses any warnings.
My only disappointment with WMBD is the fact that I thought they were going to start showing some HD in local broadcasting, but their wx computer is only HD ready for now and they appear to be 2 years away from full local HD productions, which I suppose is average. The big question is when IS the competition going to convert to full local HD productions?