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post #2371 of 2902
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Originally Posted by Irving1956 View Post

Ellen has always been SD via Huntsville, (even less than 480 to my eyes). Dr. Oz, which precedes Ellen, is SD one day and HD the next. I'm guessing that WHNT taps into a regularly scheduled HD feed?

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Changing the subject, at the moment they're running that same Emergency! episode on 19.2 again.

I used to live in Columbia, SC (and will again come the end of July). Ellen has been in HD for over a year and half there now, yet it and a lot of other shows in this area from WHNT (and other stations too) don't show the daytime stuff in HD. I'm not understanding your response really...

As to your second point - I think only you care about that silly channel when it isn't showing basketball . Just like I'm the only one that really cares that Comcast messes with their QAM channels for kicks and giggles...
post #2372 of 2902
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Originally Posted by leww37334 View Post

Sorry to go off topic, but does anyone here have any experience with Mediacom high speed internet? I am in S TN and can't get any better than 3 mbps service from Bell South. I am thinking about moving to Mediacom internet, anybody have any advice?

leww, I have had the full Mediacom package for several months now, cable, internet and phone, and I'm pretty happy with it. I live in southern TN also, and where I live, it's the only option other than DSL or Satellite. I had DSL for a while, and while it was much quicker than my previous dial-up, it got stale pretty quick.

So far I have been happy with my Mediacom internet service. There have been a couple outages, but nothing major or for very long. One thing I noticed is, before they came and swapped out the modem for the phone service, I was getting about 8 Mb/s, but after the swap for the phone service, I assume the modem is capped at a higher level for the phone bandwidth, or possibly uncapped, I get 20 Mb/s +.

I love the speed.

I have the dual tuner HD DVR service, and I think I need to get them to swap out the DVR. Occasionally, there are some hiccups with pixelation. I think it's the hard drive in the DVR. It seems to do fine on one tuner, but not the other. Hard to blame Mediacom at this point, as they didn't build the DVR. Overall, I'm still pretty happy with the full service.
post #2373 of 2902
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Originally Posted by ncxcstud View Post

I used to live in Columbia, SC (and will again come the end of July). Ellen has been in HD for over a year and half there now, yet it and a lot of other shows in this area from WHNT (and other stations too) don't show the daytime stuff in HD. I'm not understanding your response really...

As to your second point - I think only you care about that silly channel when it isn't showing basketball . Just like I'm the only one that really cares that Comcast messes with their QAM channels for kicks and giggles...

Yeah, sometimes I have Senior Moments and don't make much sense. Let's see if we can recap how Huntsville stands with HD.

All stations can relay HD from their respective networks and they all can look very good, including WAFF, which finally tightened up their act during the Olympics. THIS! looked like crap for a couple of weeks afterwards, though, but someone did tweak it.

WHNT is the only one with any capability for local widescreen content, though it's in SD (news and a few promos). All can have widescreen crawls, however.

From what I've seen of syndicated:

Ellen is widescreen but SD. Always has been, as far as I know. It's very soft to the eyes, almost makes you think you're going blind.

Dr. Oz, to my knowledge, appeared in HD all of a sudden around 3 months back? Yesterday it was SD and today it was HD, who knows why. Several on this thread have caught whoever's responsible for being asleep at the switch, many many times.

This weekend is the first showings of something HD late at night (the two CSI's). Apparently they've installed some in-house HD storage?

Still not sure if any of your questions have been answered. The general answer is that if it's not a network show, then it's up to whatever equipment each station has installed, and it's costing them all a pretty penny (or will) to upgrade. Obviously someone in Columbia is ahead of our curve.

Don't be fooled into thinking that WHNT is setting pretty. We might wake up tomorrow and be blown away by the clandestine upgrade of another. I remember back in the '80's, when MTS stereo was approved, and everyone in Nashville assumed the NBC affiliate would be first to transmit, since NBC seemed to be the most committed to stereo at the time. Turns out the CBS affiliate caught everyone off guard. (I absolutely loathed that pseudo-stereo of theirs on mono programs, which was pretty much everything for a year or so.).

As for 19.2, my favorites are Beaver and Adam-12 and Emergency! Can't believe how the shows are ruined with the daily unprofessionalism of a CBS(!) affiliate. Never seen such in my life from even the lowliest cash starved independent. Even as I type Emergency! is on, and it's certainly not the first time that the audio level completes with 60 cycle hum.

Change that last line. While editing and proofreading, Hitchcock just came on, and it about blowed me out of the chair.


taz291819 works for WHDF 15. He could certainly weigh in on who likely is doing what.
post #2374 of 2902
As much as you harp on audio, I am surprised you gave a pass to WAAY. They are still broadcasting 2 channel audio. I can occasionally get Nashville's WKRN bouncing off the neighbor's house, and they are broadcasting in Dolby 5.1. So I know it's not an ABC issue.
post #2375 of 2902
Speaking of audio, our pseudo DD5.1 will be going back to the real deal fairly shortly. Probably after NAB.
post #2376 of 2902
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Originally Posted by Kafei View Post

As much as you harp on audio, I am surprised you gave a pass to WAAY. They are still broadcasting 2 channel audio. I can occasionally get Nashville's WKRN bouncing off the neighbor's house, and they are broadcasting in Dolby 5.1. So I know it's not an ABC issue.

I'm not set up for surround. And anyway, 19 can't do right even with mono.
post #2377 of 2902
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Originally Posted by taz291819 View Post

If true, kudos to WHNT. I can say that we are working on it, with everything being server-based. I think the engineers are waiting on NAB, to see what's the latest and greatest.

What's the general state of syndication nowadays from the distribution angle? Do you still have to go by a schedule to get your programs fed to you, or is it pretty much like downloading something from the internet at your whim?

Does anyone send tapes or DVD's to stations anymore? Does anyone dumpster dive like they used to for 16mm films and such?
post #2378 of 2902
Some shows are pushed by server (look up "Pathfire" and "Pitchblue"), but most still seem to come over satellite at specific times.

- Trip
post #2379 of 2902
Thanks for the reply, Trip.

So what do you know about residuals? Has John Groves won the lottery? (Yes, they're running the flying thing again! )
post #2380 of 2902
Unfortunately, that's beyond the scope of my knowledge.

- Trip
post #2381 of 2902
anyone else have problems with WAFF skipping a lot lately? I noticed it during Chuck on Monday and it is continuing today... sound skips, then it macro blocks out at times...

Just wondering if it was 'system wide' or something with my setup (being that I'm recording on my PC, streaming to my XBOX 360, connected to my TV)...
post #2382 of 2902
Recorded Chuck on Monday to my HTPC (MediaPortal) and it played back just fine.
post #2383 of 2902
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

Some shows are pushed by server (look up "Pathfire" and "Pitchblue"), but most still seem to come over satellite at specific times.

- Trip

Exactly. And more and more shows are being pushed by a server all the time.

And usually, episodes stay on the server for about 24 hours, then they're deleted.
post #2384 of 2902
Has anybody heard anything about new HD channels on Knology? My bill went up at the beginning of the year, and the notice said something about part of the reason being upgrades for more HD this year. We're a third of the way through the year, and I haven't seen any evidence of changes.

I really want SyFy and USA in HD!
post #2385 of 2902
What happened to Knology? They remapped channels again.
post #2386 of 2902
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Originally Posted by odinala View Post

What happened to Knology? They remapped channels again.

We noticed that our DTV channels had disappeared yesterday as well. We had been receiving the local network HD channels OTA as we do not have digital cable or a converter box. I hate to search for channels again, because each time we have had to in the past, we've lost the channel numbers we are accustomed to.

We have them back today and the numbers did not change. Whew...
post #2387 of 2902
I'm moving to Huntsville in about 3 weeks and am trying to decide who you would recommend to go with? I will be in the Madison area and the neighborhood offers Comcast, Mediacom, and Knology. Anybody have any advice? I'm looking for high-speed internet and good HDTV selection. Knology doesn't look like they have a very large HDTV selection to choose from. Thanks!
post #2388 of 2902
Out of those three, I'd choose Comcast. Their internet speeds are actually very good.

Of course, I have DirecTV and Comcast internet.
post #2389 of 2902
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Originally Posted by Jalopy6 View Post

I'm moving to Huntsville in about 3 weeks and am trying to decide who you would recommend to go with? I will be in the Madison area and the neighborhood offers Comcast, Mediacom, and Knology. Anybody have any advice? I'm looking for high-speed internet and good HDTV selection. Knology doesn't look like they have a very large HDTV selection to choose from. Thanks!

I don't know of any neighborhoods that have all 3 of the mentioned companies available, but it's possible I guess. Knology does have a special for new customers for $89/month for Digital Preferred Plus, with High Speed Internet and Telephone Service with Smartchoice features and unlimited domestic Long Distance. If you want an HD DVR it's only $10 more a month. These prices are fixed for the first 2 years with no contract. Knology currently has 36 HD channels. Basic high speed internet is 12MB down and 2MB up. I don't think you can beat that deal. Check it out at www.knology.com and select your area. The smart choice phone features are pretty neat.

**Edit**
Also if you have a need for more speed you can upgrade your internet speeds to "The Edge" which will give you 25MB down and 5MB up.

Welcome to the area!

-g
post #2390 of 2902
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Originally Posted by dawgfan76 View Post

We noticed that our DTV channels had disappeared yesterday as well. We had been receiving the local network HD channels OTA as we do not have digital cable or a converter box. I hate to search for channels again, because each time we have had to in the past, we've lost the channel numbers we are accustomed to.

We have them back today and the numbers did not change. Whew...

I'm on Knology in Madison. Only have the "basic" analog cable (channels 2-99), but that also includes the must-carry local DTV channels on clear QAM.

Using a Panasonic 50" plasma HDTV that has good QAM tuner in it. Every few months I have to re-scan to get the QAM channels back, because they move them around.

Even when the channel numbers (902, 903, 904, 905, etc.) stay the same, I have to re-scan. For some reason I know have "double" channel numbers for most of the clear QAM stuff, but at least I can get them. All except the APT (PBS) main HD channel. Can't get it for some reason...only 10...the analog version. I do get the "other"
APT channels (IQ and Create) in DTV/QAM no problem.

Weird.
post #2391 of 2902
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Originally Posted by Jalopy6 View Post

I'm moving to Huntsville in about 3 weeks and am trying to decide who you would recommend to go with? I will be in the Madison area and the neighborhood offers Comcast, Mediacom, and Knology. Anybody have any advice? I'm looking for high-speed internet and good HDTV selection. Knology doesn't look like they have a very large HDTV selection to choose from. Thanks!

Knology cable modem has worked well for me for 5+ years now. Much better than the Bellsouth (now AT&T) DSL line I was stuck with before.

On HDTV, I think DirecTV or Dish is better than any of the local cable offerings. I can only get Knology where I am at right now and I use their basic analog cable. But I've had Dish in the past and it was superior in every way...including price.

We're all hoping that Verizon will eventually bring FIOS to the area. But so far...it's not looking good. At least in my neighborhood.
post #2392 of 2902
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Originally Posted by ks4ua View Post

We're all hoping that Verizon will eventually bring FIOS to the area.

Don't hold your breath.

I was hoping for it as well. If, and it is a mighty big if, Huntsville wins the Google fiber bid I wonder if Madison residents will be able to get in on the action.

Mr Zoid
post #2393 of 2902
Has anyone noticed the severe degradation of the HDTV PBS prime time programs on APT (10-1). I noticed it on Antiques Roadshow on Monday night, and NOVA tonight. The 1080i signal has interlacing problems of its two 540 line frames. This causes graphics (like titles and credits) to all have ragged edges, that look like a 540 line picture, rather than a 1080 line picture. Don't know if this is problem at 10-1 transmitter, or at APT in Birmingham. Can anyone who can pick up 36-1 in Florence verify if this problem exists there?

Another clue can be seen if you turn off over-scan on your set. Then, the leftmost few vertical pixels in the picture seem to belong to the rightmost side of the picture. Problem appears OTA and on Knology copy of 10-1, but not only any other channel.
post #2394 of 2902
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Originally Posted by TByronT View Post

Has anyone noticed the severe degradation of the HDTV PBS prime time programs on APT (10-1)...

I see it OTA on 25, (and in the last year it's happened 4 or 5 other times, for what it's worth). It's on everything, not just prime time, and every time it's happened it seems to have taken a couple of days before they fixed it.
post #2395 of 2902
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Originally Posted by Irving1956 View Post

I see it OTA on 25, (and in the last year it's happened 4 or 5 other times, for what it's worth). It's on everything, not just prime time, and every time it's happened it seems to have taken a couple of days before they fixed it.

Sorry, I meant 25-1 instead of 10-1 (10 was the PBS channel in Virgina where I moved from last year).

I'll try to complain on APT website and see what I can get in the way of technical support...
post #2396 of 2902
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Originally Posted by TByronT View Post

I'll try to complain on APT website and see what I can get in the way of technical support...

Give 'em heck about the sometimes ridiculously loud audio levels on 25.3 while you're at it.
post #2397 of 2902
I was home this morning and heard the booms from Redstone Arsenal. I decided to turn on the noon news to get an update, and WHNT had a loud (probably 60Hz) hum on 19-1 during the news. Do they not even pay attention to their own productions?
post #2398 of 2902
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Originally Posted by burdellgp View Post

I was home this morning and heard the booms from Redstone Arsenal. I decided to turn on the noon news to get an update, and WHNT had a loud (probably 60Hz) hum on 19-1 during the news. Do they not even pay attention to their own productions?

They had the hum during the 6AM news too. Even lost audio completely at one point, but the hum was still there. I fixed it though. Turned to 48.

I sure miss Lee and Robyn though...
post #2399 of 2902
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Originally Posted by burdellgp View Post

I was home this morning and heard the booms from Redstone Arsenal. I decided to turn on the noon news to get an update, and WHNT had a loud (probably 60Hz) hum on 19-1 during the news. Do they not even pay attention to their own productions?

The hum is an ongoing problem with them, especially on 19.2. It's there on Emergency at this moment.

Did you note the crawls this morning during TPIR? Naturally the former McDonalds employee at the board couldn't figure out the HD button. Actually, it looked a couple of clicks past 480, and the audio was slightly out of sync.

I can't quote verbatim mainly because of being stunned at the time and from laughing, but the first line of the crawl was something like "WHNT News 19 is headed to the scene of an explosion at Redstone Arsenal", and the second line was something like "Ambulances and first responders are also headed to the scene".
post #2400 of 2902
Anyone having issues with WAFF (SD) and sync issues with audio and video?

I'm using DirecTV, with locals coming in over the satellite. I've mostly noticed the issues at night and always on our bedroom SD R15/100 (which is the time it is usually on). I have not noticed any issues on the other DVR, which is an HD HR22/100.

I'm not sure whether to attribute the sync issues to the DVR or the feed itself, since my HD receiver is unaffected. I'm leaning toward it only partially being attributed to the DVR. I think this because when there is a significant delay (.05 seconds), I can change to another channel then back again, the delay is not as great (.01 seconds). However, why would it be on this one channel and not any other channel if it was a receiver issue? If it was an issue with the local feeds, then the other networks should be affected.

Any thoughts would be appreciated.
--MATT
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