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post #151 of 10855
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post #152 of 10855
Just wanted to say thanks to someone in this thread (I'm too lazy to go back and look up who) on information about being able to get the Fox affiliate. I have both the local and LA feed now, so if I miss something, I can just watch it later.
post #153 of 10855
Deftones17,

I went back in this thread, but I don't see the reference on how to get the LA FOX affiliate. Do you have DirectTV or are you picking it up using an OTA antennae? I'd love to have the LA channel, too!

Jon
post #154 of 10855
Lombana,

I have a Infocus 4805 (which is also available from a popular wholesale retailer this week at a discount) setup in my apt. Making a screen/mount was a trivial task and I will be more than happy to give you a demo and/or help you with setup/installation.

The same goes for anyone else in the Phoenix area as well. I am a self appointed front projector evangelist FYI I am in Chandler (Kyrene/Chandler Blvd)
post #155 of 10855
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Originally posted by Soundmaster10.2
Jon,

You can get FOX-HD from LA because we live in O&O (Owned and Operated Market). Just give DirecTV a call and tell them to transfer you to the HD distant locals eligibility department and they should be able to take care of you.

Yeah, that's exactly what I did. I didn't know what department to speak to. At first I spole to this CSR and she told me it would cost an extra $2.25 a month for it, but that she couldn't add it. So she transferred me to another CSR that didn't say anything about price, and added it w/o any issue.
post #156 of 10855
I live in South Scottsdale, about 21 miles from the antenna farm at south mountain. I have a channel master 4248 oriented at 185 degrees on my roof. It seems to pick up everything with a very strong signal, but not the local CBS high definition station. I have about a 100 foot cable run, and I'm running the antenna signal through diplexers at both ends with one of my directv lines from the multiswitch.

Anyone else have problems with CBS and have any suggestions what I might try? I can't understand why I would get the other stations so easily but not this one. Thanks in advance.
post #157 of 10855
Well, that's 2 nights in a row. Video trails audio by about a half second. I thought it might be my set, but no other station seems to have this issue. I think a receiver reboot at 61 might be in order. Anyone else notice this?
post #158 of 10855
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Originally posted by lark
...Anyone else have problems with CBS and have any suggestions what I might try? I can't understand why I would get the other stations so easily but not this one...

KPHO has been low power, but they recently added equipment that should enable them to go high power. Not sure they have yet, however. You might want to give their chief a call and see if he can verify if and when.
post #159 of 10855
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Originally posted by Soundmaster10.2
Here is what Jim sent me:

You hit the nail on the head! The WB is making another attempt at 5.1 and that is causing the audio issues. My staff was working on it the night before last and though they had the lip sync issue solved. I'll talk to them and see where we are on this.

Yeah, they seemed to be working on it while I was trying to watch the Gilmore Girls. My surround rec kept switching from DD 5.1 to DD 2.0. I could tell they were trying to work on it, but it was so annoying! I wish they wouldn't do it while I'm trying to watch the Gilmore Girls.
post #160 of 10855
Hi there, been reading these messages for over a month now. I recentely purchased a park model situated at Goodliferv on the corner of main and las vistas in Mesa.
the rv has an outside antenna for OTA, i called my renter last nite, and he told me the OTA signal is as good as the satellite signal.All the network signals are crystal clear video, the OTA signal is on a 14 inch analog tv.I will be purchasing a LCD tv in around the 17inch to 20 inch range, depends on size of tv. My question is , would i be better off to purchase the lcd with the hdtv tuner on board, or to purchase a seperate tuner? the 2 that i am aware of is the USdigital, and the Samsung. the city that i live in here in manitoba, has no digital signal, so i have to wait till 06 to watch the super bowl in High Def. Manicanuck
post #161 of 10855
I moved into a new house in North Phoenix recently and haven't had time to install my OTA for the local HD channels. For the past few weeks, I've been getting Fox W (HD Fox channel out of LA) on my D* feed. Can anyone tell me whether or not that channel will carry the Superbowl for the Phoenix area? I just want to make sure it's not going to be blacked out or unavailable for some reason. If it is, I'll probably spend tomorrow installing the OTA.

Thanks in advance!
post #162 of 10855
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Originally posted by JakeNM
...I've been getting Fox W (HD Fox channel out of LA) on my D* feed. Can anyone tell me whether or not that channel will carry the Superbowl for the Phoenix area? I just want to make sure it's not going to be blacked out or unavailable for some reason....

I can't say for sure, but my sneaking feeling is that FOX wants as many eyeballs as possible for SB, especially on KTTV, which they own and operate. Blackouts are normally only due to league restrictions to protect regional games in local markets. Since the SB has no competition (football-wise) I can't imagine any blackout. FOX may even ask for a temporary unlock on any encrypted feeds so that more folks can see the game, in situations where they can make that happen.
post #163 of 10855
Anyone have Recpetion issues with the Superbowl yesterday?

Audio dropouts? Video Breakups?

Nothing huge, just found it a bit irritating to the point people were telling me to chande the channel.

I may need to move my OTA once again to boost the signal strength.

HD over all quality for me yesterday was nothing that special. I blame FOX of course.
post #164 of 10855
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Originally posted by PhdWho
Anyone have Recpetion issues with the Superbowl yesterday?

Audio dropouts? Video Breakups?

Nothing huge, just found it a bit irritating to the point people were telling me to chande the channel.

I may need to move my OTA once again to boost the signal strength.

HD over all quality for me yesterday was nothing that special. I blame FOX of course.

I am no football fan, but I did check out a little of the game just to see how great it looked in HD on my front projector system, which was awesome. The little bit of the game I watched I did see the problems you described, but since it was raining here at the time, I just figured it was the weather. I am located near 63rd. Ave. and Peoria.

Don
post #165 of 10855
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Originally posted by starscomeout
I am no football fan, but I did check out a little of the game just to see how great it looked in HD on my front projector system, which was awesome. The little bit of the game I watched I did see the problems you described, but since it was raining here at the time, I just figured it was the weather. I am located near 63rd. Ave. and Peoria.

Don

I was just checking in here to see if I was the only one that thought there were "issues" with the presentation. My new front projector looks great courtesy of an AVIA setup, however the game looked like crap, even my wife said that the HD commecials looked better than the game itself.

* The camera ops were not focused more than half of the time, it seems to me that someone needs to delelop a laser rangefinger auto focus system for the benefit of HD telecasts.

* The graphics which typically are the clearest and best looking portion of any HD telecast were fuzzy and not clear. I was to the point that I broke out a sharpness calibration chart from AVIA and did a re-tune during a commercial to make sure that my system was setup.

Bottom line, a network that took until this year to switch to 720p due to a founder (Rubert Muroock) that stated, "American's can't tell the difference between a 480 and 720 picture and won't care" needs a revamp of the operators and techs to get a super high profile event like this to shine.

I can only hope that FOX can get it together for the Daytona 500, but then I've never seen an on-board HD camera in a racecar and wouldn't expect to see one now, so most of the 500 will basically be in SD.

As for dropouts and audio issues, I had the same problem with both my Voom system and my Sony HD200 boxes both fed off the same Vinegard OTA, this was a network issue of some sorts.

Miguel in Higley
post #166 of 10855
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Originally posted by PhdWho
Anyone have Recpetion issues with the Superbowl yesterday?

Audio dropouts? Video Breakups?

Nothing huge, just found it a bit irritating to the point people were telling me to chande the channel.

I may need to move my OTA once again to boost the signal strength.

HD over all quality for me yesterday was nothing that special. I blame FOX of course.

Yes, I did and it was annoying. Fox's brand of hd was better than what they have done before but nothing close to CBS or ABC/ESPN.
post #167 of 10855
Well that's good, NOT REALLY, that other folks were having some issues.

I know I'm not in the boat alone.

NASCAR, I thought some of the HD from NASCAR last year was outstanding.

Most of it was ABC or TNT(VOOM). The ABC, OTA, was really good.
They did not have HD cameras in the Cars last year, and I doubt they will this year. But who knows.

It will be interesting to see how FOX handles it though, I just don't expect any WOW factor coming out of FOX.
post #168 of 10855
I just found this thread and I am glad I did. I am struggling on HD OTA reception ever since I bought my Mitsubishi HDTV last January. I live in North Scottsdale just west of Scottsdale Airpark near Kierland. I had a pretty big multi-element (VHF/UHF) RadioShack antenna in my 2nd story attic for 10 years. The antenna cannot pull in all HD stations. If 15 is in, 10 will be out. If 45 is in, 61 will be lost. Thanks to you all, now I found the alignment info on the antennaweb. Allow me to ask a few dumb questions.

1. What is the best (most effective) antenna to buy on the market? Any recommendation from someone live nearby me?

2. When aligning the antenna to South Mountain, does it matter which end pointing at South Mountain? UHF element is in the rear and VHF is in the front. Right now, my antenna is pointing away from South Mountain (UHF is in the south end).

3. I read some posts saying that with Cox internet and a HDTV with QAM tuner, it is possible to get 'free' local HD channels through the Cox cable (?). I do have Cox cable internet and A Mitsubishi HDTV with QAM tuner. How to tap into the Cox cable to feed my HDTV? Just a simple split before the cable feed into the cable modem?

Thanks for your helpful info.
post #169 of 10855
hschen,
I helped a friend in Carefree install his HD TIVO last week and had good results using an old combination antenna that he had used in the past.
We added a Channel Master preamplifier which gives consistent results in the 80's on the TIVO signal meter.
Suggestions:
1. Keep the present antenna but add a quality preamp. Upgrade the antenna if results aren't as desired.
2. Point the small end at South Mountain.
3. Don't know.
post #170 of 10855
Hschen, by having your antenna in the attic you are reducing the effectiveness of the antenna so if you want to keep it up there going with a preamp as Water1 suggested may help but you never know.

As far as getting hd locals from Cox for free, I tried connecting the cable to the built in tuner in my tv and I couldn't get anything. I don't have Cox cable so that may have something to do with it, but it doesn't matter to me since I get the local hd station OTA.
post #171 of 10855
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Originally posted by water1
hschen,
I helped a friend in Carefree install his HD TIVO last week and had good results using an old combination antenna that he had used in the past.
We added a Channel Master preamplifier which gives consistent results in the 80's on the TIVO signal meter.
Suggestions:
1. Keep the present antenna but add a quality preamp. Upgrade the antenna if results aren't as desired.
2. Point the small end at South Mountain.
3. Don't know.

Thanks, Water 1 and AFH. a few more questions if I may.

I use a RadioShack amp with FM trap right at the antenna to feed down. I don't recall its amplification. Where to buy Channel Master?

The small end? You mean the UHF end? UHF is like the fish tail. VHF is like fish bones.

I only have Cox internet, no cable TV. I guess those people who get HD out of their Cox cable line must be either they subscribe to basic cable or Cox forgot to turn the TV signal off. I was trying to get an easy way out so I don't have to deal with antenna in the attic.
post #172 of 10855
The Channel Master and Winegard amps are generally considered better quality than the RS amps but YMMV.
There should be an ad block at the top of the page for Solid Signal. They offer a wide range of amps and antennas. They have a page you can fill in and they will recommend an antenna.
By small end I was referring to the shortest elements. The UHF are shorter, the VHF are longer.
post #173 of 10855
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Originally posted by DoubleDAZ
hschen,

Yes, you should be able to split the cable and connect it to your HDTV to get local HD channels for no added cost. Just be aware that depending on how your home is wired, splitting the cable may cause the signal to degrade too much for both the internet and HDTV on the same cable. Be sure to get a quality 1GHz or better splitter, not one of the cheap ones.

Also, when you scan for digital channels, you will probably get a lot more than just the locals you are looking for, some folks have reported there are quite a few "junk" channels that are also not encrypted. It may take some time to delete those that you don't want.

Thanks, DoubleDAZ. Do you have to subscribe to Cox basic cable? Or the signal simply is available with cable internet.
post #174 of 10855
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Originally posted by Soundmaster10.2
You do not have to sub to basic cable.

All you have to do is rescan when you connect the cable wire to the tuner?
post #175 of 10855
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Originally posted by Soundmaster10.2
You do not have to sub to basic cable.

Wow. Really? If that works, I don't need to fight with my antenna in the attic anymore. It sounds too good to be true.
post #176 of 10855
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Originally posted by Soundmaster10.2
I only have Cox for internet and I get all of their analog channels. I have not tried to get the HD channels but I know other people that have on the other forum with no problems. Good luck!

Great, Soundmaster, how do you split the cable internet and cable TV? Do you use a spliter amp? Where do you split the cable, inside the house or at the outside box? Thanks a lot.
post #177 of 10855
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Originally posted by Soundmaster10.2
The guy that did my install was great. He put in all new coax from their box to my computer. The old coax was from the 70's and needed to be replaced. The installer gave me a splitter (nothing special, just a standard splitter) and he cut customer lengths of coax from the splitter to the cable modem and another to my TV. I do not think you will need an amp but I do not know how many splits you have in your house coming off the main line. I have just the one feed going to my cable modem and no where else in my house. Good luck and keep us updated on how everything comes out for you.

Thanks, Soundmaster. I will explore it. Hope I am lucky as you. Will report my finding later.
post #178 of 10855
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Originally posted by DoubleDAZ
Just to clarify, basic cable is included with internet service, hence no added charge for local HD channels...

I wish that were a clarification...I have COX internet and they trapped the cable channels out, so I doubt it is included. Not that I want or care bout their channels. Older installs may have it simply because they were not smart enough to trap it out at first.
post #179 of 10855
I have DirecTV for service, OTA locals via Winguard. I have COX internet and COX phone. I am GLAD COX trapped the video. They have great internet and great phone service. Their cable service from what I have seen from the neighbors is just poor quality.

As one of my favorite sayings, "You'll never pry my dish from my dead-dying fingers!"
post #180 of 10855
I am a happy man. I tried my cable for internet with my analog TV last night. I DO have all the analog cable channels (2-99) as well as internet. I also have Cox digital phone service. I now pretty sure Cox internet does come with analog cable channels for free. My son in Tucson used to have internet and phone service from Cox. When disconnecting his phone service, Cox told him they will give him basic cable for free. I did not believe it's true. Now I know basic cable is and has been included in every internet package which Cox simply won't tell you for some reasons. I really don't care much about the analog cable. What I want is the local HD channels some of you guys said are buried in the cable feed. But first I need to split the cable to feed my HDTV. 1GHz spliter? Where to get them? Is it powered? Last night, when I ran the cable first to TV ant-in and connect cable modem to TV's ant-out, the internet didn't work.
Thanks for your help and info.
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