Originally Posted by Buckeyefan
I spent two weekends putting up a $59 Lowes antenna on the roof, completely aimed at downtown Columbus for all the local HD stations. I've got TMC and was expecting to pick up Fox and ABC in HD, as well as numerous other stations with this massive eye sore. All I can say is, what a joke. Sure, I get ABC and Fox in HD, and it comes in pretty clear, but none of the other stations some in 100% (I know I need a rotator). The HD stations that come in are cropped, and my set won't allow me to stretch the HD stations (only the analog). So with most of the HD stations, I've got to watch them cropped on the sides. My picture was much better with SD on my 36" Cinema Series Toshiba than it is now on my Olevia 37" LCD. I've got 170 stations, and only 15 are in HD. Only one or two stations of the HD are even interesting at any given time. The others in SD 480i aren't as crisp as with my older set.
To top things off, after watching the Buckeyes play, as well as other action sports such as tennis and hockey, the 8ms response time in HD is terrible compared to a SD crt set.
Am I the only one who feels this way, and thinking that HD is still 3-4 years premature? Sheesh! What an expensive and time consuming project for such limited programming.
Your complaints seem mostly oriented toward your hardware. If you are in Gahanna and have your antenna pointed to downtown, then you should be able to get all broadcast stations with no problem without moving the antenna. From that far out, the difference in location between the towers is infintesimal (sp?). If you aren't getting acceptable reception for at least ABC, Fox, NBC, and CBS, then it is a problem with your antenna. I live in UA and have a unidirectional Terk squareshooter pointed at ABC/Fox, but still get NBC and CBS with no problem. And I am close enough that the directional setting might matter.
By the way, you will never, NEVER, N-E-V-E-R get all (or any of your stations in at 100%. You only really need it to be at 65%-70% to get a clear picture. If you are above 85% consistently, you should thank the HD gods.
If your ABC and Fox HD signals are getting cropped, it's a problem with the settings on your television. ABC and Fox do not send 4:3 HD signals. Period. Your television is making that mistake. You are tuning in to 6.1 and 28.1, I assume?
As for your SD viewing problems, again, it's the TV sets you've chosen. Some are better than others. As you note, there is not a lot of HD out there yet, so you have to chose your set wisely by judging the SD channels on it, since chances are thats what most of the stuff you will be watching will be.
Lastly, the 8ms response time is pretty typical for LCDs and Plasmas. Some handle it better than others. Me, I've stuck with an HD CRT (tube) for the time being, because I agree with you - LCD and Plasma probably have another year or so to go to match the quality of a good old fashioned tube. Sure, my neighbor's LCD is prettier and smaller and weighs a lot less than my TV, but the picture doesn't even come close.