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post #601 of 750
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Originally Posted by JN_owensboro View Post

Hey guys, it's been a while, but I'm back and have some news to report.

I'm VERY satisfied with the Magnavox box. I do wish the remote would control the TV (it doesn't), but I'll just put up with the hassle. I plan to get the second box this week and will put it in the bedroom, more than likely with a line that I'll split from the Terk up in the attic. I don't think I'll need to amp it, but if I have to, I will.

Thanks for the info about the Magnavox box. I think I'll try the Zenith one even though it looks like I'll have to make a trip to Rockport, IN to get one. Owensboro Radio Shack's only have the Digital Stream one.

Right now I'm using a Hisense (the old USDTV) box I got off Ebay. Channel 25 signal strength runs about 50 on that box. All the others around 80-90.
post #602 of 750
I doubt you'll do much better with 25 on a new box. I decided not to split the Terk's signal and put a cheapie RCA antenna back in the bedroom, and 25 just barely comes in unless I set the antenna up on the highest piece of furniture in there. The good news is, that unless the signal is REALLY low (say, 10 to 20), it stays locked in.

Let us know what you think about the Zenith. I have heard good things, but the Magnavox is great for my purposes. I had surgery earlier this week and it's been a godsend to have the full range of stuff to watch on TV!
post #603 of 750
Nealio:

A follow-up. I just watched "CSI" and the picture did not break up during the intro sequence like I remember. However, I did notice several instances of the break-up that you described, on two different sets of different brands, so I'm sure the problem is at the station and not your set.
post #604 of 750
I agree I probably won't get much better on 25 with the Zenith. I'm just going to get it because it will fit better with my setup. Right now, everything is just crammed. What I'm really after is to see if the Zenith's remote will really work on the TV like some folks have posted.

As regards to 44. I taped CSI using two different boxes and the signal broke at the same time on both tapes. Therefore, it's 44 not the boxes.
post #605 of 750
I e-mailed Greg Pittman, the general manager at WAZE, this morning to ask him what the holdup was with getting his station up to full power.

He quickly replied, and for that I am grateful. Here's what he said:


"We are in the process of our digital build out which includes a new digital tower. You are right we will be ready by Feb.17, 2009 if not before."

I wonder if the new digital tower will be at the Hanson tower site or if they are putting it in Warrick County as the FCC shows on their website for a CP.
post #606 of 750
Hey guys, I have a question. I just recently purchased a 42" LG LCD and just upgraded my cable to using the DCH-6416 DVR via Insight Communications. The weird thing is when connecting the 6416 to my hdmi inputs the picture really has blurry images. So, the installer tried using the compnent video cables and got the same result. So, he tried just connecting the 6416 to my LCD via a coaxial cable and the picture was much better. Then, the installer explained to me my hdmi inputs were "bad". So, I put in an HD DVD on my Toshiba A-3 and the picture was just awesome. This proved it wwas NOT my hdmi connections. Once again, the installer hooked up the 6416 with hdmi on the same exact one that the A-3 was connected to and yet the picture was back to being blurry. We both tried to go into the menu of the 6416 to check the settings. Hence, were able to get to the white screen and scroll into where the cursor was positioned but could not do anything else with the settings. The reason being, the cursor would disappear as we tried to scroll through. Perhaps, this is some sort of protection built-in-who knows??? Anyways, do any of you use the same 6416 DVR on a 1080p LCD or better yet an LG 1080p LCD??? If so, how does the picture look when viewing typical cable channels? My goal here is to get a better picture when watching cable tv as I could care less about recording live tv. I really don't care if I am NOT getting true 1080p but really need to have a better picture when watching cable tv. Is there any way to change some of the setting on the 6416? Please help if you can. Please forgive me if I posted this in the wrong forum as I post mostly in the audio section. Would really like to use the hdmi on the 6416. Any thoughts on getting a better picture?
post #607 of 750
I live in Central Breckinridge County - Is there any hope I can get Evansville HD stations?
post #608 of 750
Anyone....???? The reason I posted my questions here is I was hoping to find someone that is local. Better yet, someone that has Insight cable tv and using the DCH6416 dvr with a 1080p flat panel LCD. If you are please answer my questions up above in my earlier post. Thank you.
post #609 of 750
What channel would be best for getting the farthest away? Any ideas that would be great.
post #610 of 750
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Originally Posted by jazzfan216 View Post

Thanks for the info about the Magnavox box. I think I'll try the Zenith one even though it looks like I'll have to make a trip to Rockport, IN to get one. Owensboro Radio Shack's only have the Digital Stream one.

Right now I'm using a Hisense (the old USDTV) box I got off Ebay. Channel 25 signal strength runs about 50 on that box. All the others around 80-90.


I stopped using the Zenith and got the Magnavox. I have the crackly sound
problem with the Zenith box that has been better described in the other
posts on AVS. What a disappointment, I sure liked the Zenith better.

-Chris
post #611 of 750
Chris,

I've gotten used to the quirks of the Magnavox, but my wife still has to have me in the room to show her which buttons to push and when. Oh well.

Now, another update on my antenna situation:

I ended up splitting the Terk to the two boxes after all. The cheap, crappy RCA antenna I bought is now hooked to my stereo in the garage. At least it seems to work with that, it wasn't worth diddly for DTV reception.

For those of you in Owensboro, here are my signal strength numbers as of 1 AM today. Bear in mind that my antenna is a set-top design that's strapped to a truss in the attic. Hey, it's a redneck solution, but it works for me, and quite well, I might add:

WTVW = 58 (This is low for some reason, it's usually around 70-75)
WNIN = 72 (Off air during test, but 72 is usually the max)
WFIE = 92
WEHT = 67
WKOH = 92
WEVV/WTSN = 86

I think these numbers are pretty good, given the rudimentary equipment I'm working with. What's everyone else pulling down?
post #612 of 750
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Originally Posted by JN_owensboro View Post

work with that, it wasn't worth diddly for DTV reception.

For those of you in Owensboro, here are my signal strength numbers as of 1 AM today. Bear in mind that my antenna is a set-top design that's strapped to a truss in the attic. Hey, it's a redneck solution, but it works for me, and quite well, I might add:

WTVW = 58 (This is low for some reason, it's usually around 70-75)
WNIN = 72 (Off air during test, but 72 is usually the max)
WFIE = 92
WEHT = 67
WKOH = 92
WEVV/WTSN = 86

I think these numbers are pretty good, given the rudimentary equipment I'm working with. What's everyone else pulling down?

The only channel I consistently have trouble with is 59/25 (WEHT). I can't keep that signal consistently for anything, especially if it rains, the wind blows, someone flushes the toilet, etc.

What area of Owensboro are you in?


Snapshot of signal strengths on DISH VIP722 right now.

7 - WTVW - 90
14 - WFIE - 80
25 - WEHT - 67
44 - WEVV - 94 (must be having troubles today, bouncing between 95 - 70 and losing the signal)
post #613 of 750
I'm on the southwest side, just off of Buckland Square. I'm not having any problems with 25. Which antenna are you using?

My mother is giving me her coupons since she decided to stay with Time Warner ... Dad about had a cow when she told him she was getting rid of it! ;-) So it looks like I'll be splitting the antenna a few more ways since there'll be two more boxes coming. We'll see if I have to throw in an amp once that happens.

We're dropping TW (but keeping Road Runner) for the summer, because the kids will be out of school soon and they don't watch much TV. Honestly, I won't really miss anything but Fox News and TruTV. And with WEHT adding Retro TV soon, I may not miss those at all!

In other news, I finally saw my first RCA DTA800B. We were in Kansas over the weekend visiting family and stopped at the Wally World in Pittsburg, KS. It looks like a decent box, and I've heard good things about the 800B vs. the 800A. Are they available around here, or will I be bringing home a couple more Magnavoxes??? (I have an RCA TV in the living room now, and an RCA would work well with that, I think.)
post #614 of 750
All right, I split the antenna to all of the TVs in the house, and so far, so good. Analog is good, digital is good (although not as high, number-wise, as it was). And no amp needed thus far. I don't expect to need one at this point, either.

I did catch some flak from the kids about yanking the cable early, but hey, money is money. TW was sucking up a small fortune.

Still wondering if anyone has seen the RCA DTV boxes in stores around here yet ... anyone???
post #615 of 750
Southern Illinois has only RCA ones. i have never seen anything else.
post #616 of 750
[quote=JN_owensboro;13767952]I'm on the southwest side, just off of Buckland Square. I'm not having any problems with 25. Which antenna are you using?

/QUOTE]

I am using a Channel Master 4228 with a Channel Master Titan 7777 pre-amp. I would think this would be enough, but maybe not.

Or, maybe my antenna is broken/bent somewhere...
post #617 of 750
That's weird, PT ... with that setup, you should be getting WEHT very well. Of course, we should enjoy what we have now; the FCC has given Gilmore (WEHT) a construction permit to move to channel 7 after 2/17/09, at an ERP of around 3,000 watts (I can't remember right now the exact number). Somehow, I get the feeling, even though I've seen the service area, that's going to be interesting, and not in a good way.
post #618 of 750
Yeah, I saw the channel change to 7, which should be interesting. I am hoping that by the time all this happens that DISH Network will carry our locals in HD. WEHT emailed me and said that the coverage area on channel 7 should be as good or a little better than on channel 59. They are also planning on petitioning the FCC for a power increased when that is allowed (there is a "freeze" on power increase requests right now).

The BEST signal I can get on WEHT is about 68% on my 722 receivers. When I move the antenna to get that reception on 25, the other channels drop quite a bit - to the point where I get dropouts. If I turn the antenna to get the other stations in the 90-100% range, 25 drops to about 60%, which is right on the edge of dropping out all the time. If there is any weather, forget it - no WEHT.
post #619 of 750
I've got my antenna - remember, it's just a Terk HDTVi, mounted in my attic - aimed between all of the stations. Since I split the thing to all of the TVs in the house, WEHT is the weakest (with WNIN a close second), but the others are still in the 80s to 90s. I don't get any dropouts, however, which leads me to believe the Sanyo brick in the Magnavox DTV converters I bought must be pretty darn good. Are you in a position where you could try one of those??
post #620 of 750
Yeah, I could try the converter, but kind of defeats the purpose since it down-converts the HD to SD. I can keep the signal better if I go directly to the TV, but again, sort of defeats the purpose, as the DISH VIP722 allows me to record OTA HD.

Where did you get your Magnavox DTV converter?

Thanks...
post #621 of 750
That is true, PT ...

I got my Mag (the TB100MW9) at Wal-Mart, although K-Mart is now selling the TB100MG9, which has the analog pass-through. With the coupon, it was $9.87 at WM, and the MG9 is $9.99 with coupon at K-Mart. I'm getting my parents' coupons, so I think I'll spend the extra 12 cents to get the analog passthrough capability, even though it's only really going to be useful until February.
post #622 of 750
Anybody else's Digital WTVW (Fox Channel 7) over the air out tonight? I get zero signal, and usually get in the 90's.
post #623 of 750
Mine was, and so was WNIN.
post #624 of 750
Just an update...

Talked with the engineers at WTVW and they did some sort of "re-start" yesterday. When it came back on line the signal is off the assigned frequency by some margin. Some tuners will find it, some won't - Mine won't. They are trying to fix this today. He said he has to get in on before "Idol" or will have all kinds of headaches! :-)
post #625 of 750
I didn't notice anything unusual with WTVW, PT. Of course, I'm not big on Idol. I think I had it on KET during that time slot watching the Democrat Senate candidates ... it was much more entertaining ... LOL ...

Just to let everyone know, I picked up one of the "new" Magnavox TB100MG9 boxes at K-Mart on Monday night. It is similar to the MW9, but seems to be a little friendlier. No standby light (so it's "bedroom friendly"), no power switch on the side to get "bumped" accidentally, and it has the analog pass-through, although it's a multi-step process to use it. For 12 cents more than the MW9, it's worth it. And it's gray, not black, although that makes the button labels harder to read on the remote.
post #626 of 750
OK, I said I didn't notice anything unusual with 'TVW, but this afternoon, WHOA! Somebody turned on the widescreen ... and it doesn't work; the pic's all stretched out! Anyone know who I can call to turn that mess off??? I'm not about to deal with their crappy website.
post #627 of 750
OK, guys, I emailed the GM at WTVW last week after posting that their picture was "stretched" horizontally after their restart, or whatever it was.

He didn't even dignify my question with a reply.

So, today I emailed Pam Miller, the PD, and she replied that she wasn't aware of any problem. She did forward my message to Dan Jordan, who is the CE. He took the time to explain that Nexstar only has given them the $$ to run one digital channel, whereas WFIE and WEHT have three each. This statement of Dan's (posted verbatim) really caught my eye:

"Since the FOX network takes over during prime time and sporting events we have no control of their 16:9 aspect ratio. So in order for us to remain constant on all cable and satellite companies I have to send them a constant 16:9 aspect ratio or when we switch to FOX everything would be out of proportion every time."

I realize Nexstar has a bad rep (well earned, evidently) for being a hard-a$$ on budgets, but don't WFIE and WEHT have someone who switches their settings back and forth as needed?

He did say he was hopeful Nexstar would allow him to add a subchannel next year that he can run in 4:3. He said that would eliminate an inconvenience to those of us watching OTA. It sure would! With my Magnavoxes, I have to go through a multi-step process to switch from zoom to fullscreen mode just so I can watch Fox. Oh well, I guess I can live with it. Maybe I'll eventually get a TV again that just requires me to press one button to change the ratio.
post #628 of 750
not real sure here but are you talking about fox 7 stretches their NON hd stuff like local news?
I yelled about that to DAn but it was nex decison.Now on Plus dan told me way way back we do NOT have to worry a real HD show coming on and them NOT throwing the switch like wfie or weht cause FOX 7 is done automaticly thats good.

SO many many time I had to call station say tell enf Network is sending usa HD show please throw that switch

I dont like stretched non hd but thast FOX 7 nothing we can do.

Trido
post #629 of 750
My solution to Fox 7 stretched picture is simple. I change to another channel.
post #630 of 750
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Originally Posted by trido View Post

not real sure here but are you talking about fox 7 stretches their NON hd stuff like local news?

EXACTLY! It's annoying as hell. They're the only station I have to use fullscreen mode for if I want to see the people as God intended, instead of looking like they're standing in front of a funhouse mirror.

EDIT: Did anyone notice that things were back to "normal" today? Normally, I regularly watch 7 during the week only for the first half-hour of People's Court before I turn over to 25 for the news at 4:30, and it was as it should be. I found that quite interesting. As I type this edit, Scrubs is on (it's a little past 11PM) and it's all good.
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