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post #2491 of 6660
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Originally Posted by wizzy420 View Post

All bets are we will have to wait until 2009 until the new rules take.W

Sorry . There is nothing happening in 2009 that mandates any action on the part of local cable providers. I believe all of our local broadcasters already meet the FCC digital broadcast requirement. Presumeably 2009 is the year they can shut off their analog transmitters. People will need digital to analog converters to continue using their NTSC televisions to receive digital OTA broadcasts. There is no existing or future law to force the locals to feed Cox their HD programming.
post #2492 of 6660
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Originally Posted by pdennant View Post

Please DO NOT call 628-6200: It is the line to the News department's Assignment Desk.

Well its in the phone book. Thats where I got that number. Its also the number given out when the main number is being answered by an answering machine.
post #2493 of 6660
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Originally Posted by pdennant View Post

Don't forget the WB (WTVZ) and UPN (WGNT).

Here is my standard, truthful answer for viewers who write in with this question:

As wizzy explained, compensation is a part of it. Other points of contention include carriage of minor channels (13.2 in WVEC's case), data services and programming guide information. HD is becoming more and more important as the gear drops in price, more programming becomes available and the percentage of viewers with HD gear increases. I expect to see more movement by both companies later in the year.

It's interesting to note that Comcast Richmond as taken the opposite direction by offering the four major nets (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX) and ALL of their "minor" channels.

It's my opinion that WHRO isn't paying COX anything. And WTKR's local ratings were/are in the toilet, they need to get every viewer possible. To my knowledge, initially WTKR wasn't paying COX. That could have changed since... If you're really waiting for COX, please don't hold your breath. With my antenna, I get 8 stations doing HD (WUND/2, WTKR/3, WAVY/10, WVEC/13, WHRO/15, WGNT/27, WTVZ/33, WVBT/43). All of them do 5.1 DD except WGNT...

Interestingly, WVEC-HD is on Charter in Suffolk. Could this mean WVEC/Belo is a little more lenient towards compensation than the others??? :-)

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Originally Posted by Digitude View Post

Sorry . There is nothing happening in 2009 that mandates any action on the part of local cable providers... There is no existing or future law to force the locals to feed Cox their HD programming.

100% correct.
post #2494 of 6660
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Digitude View Post

Antennaweb.org gives the heading for magnetic north and not True north. There is no correction factor for magnetic declination. Point your compass and aim. Just make sure you are not standing next to your heat pump, metal shed or other mechanical/metallic device.

Magnetic north in this area is 11 degrees to the west of true north. That is, on a compass, true north will be at 11 degrees.

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Originally Posted by obxdiver View Post

Well its in the phone book. Thats where I got that number. Its also the number given out when the main number is being answered by an answering machine.

No argument. Please DO NOT call 628-6200 for technical problems...the Master Control Operators who report to me ARE NOT answerable to viewers.
post #2495 of 6660
Slightly off topic , but UNC-TV's WUND/2 Edenton NC has been added to DISH's LIL for the Norfolk DMA. It was also to be on DirecTV's LIL but it has yet to be added...
post #2496 of 6660
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Originally Posted by pdennant View Post

Magnetic north in this area is 11 degrees to the west of true north. That is, on a compass, true north will be at 11 degrees.

No argument. Please DO NOT call 628-6200 for technical problems...the Master Control Operators who report to me ARE NOT answerable to viewers.

OK. I....will never call again. However, since that number is in the phone book, anybody could call it if they want to advise the station of some problems...just as I did.
post #2497 of 6660
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Originally Posted by pdennant View Post

No argument. Please DO NOT call 628-6200 for technical problems...the Master Control Operators who report to me ARE NOT answerable to viewers.

So is there a proper number to call? Who is answerable to viewers?

It would be nice to know some proper numbers that can be called if problems arise such as:

The local commercials are not timed right (read: way off) and are cutting significantly into programming. Happens every now and then.

The dolby digital problem (2.0 with no center - CSI Miami two weeks in a row, and ABC a couple weeks ago)


The hope being the problem being resolved quickly and hopefully by the time the program comes back from commericial. The major networks are not like cable, they don't re-run until the season is over, and most shows still can't stand on their own in Standard-Def and I will not watch them there.

Can you blame someone for calling whatever number is available/listed, nagging until he/she drives the person on the other end crazy enough that they get in touch with the right person about a problem? I mean when calling tech support, its the only way I know how to get transfered out of India, back into a call center in the US. (Well, that and describing how much I am enjoying the hamburger/steak I am currently eating while sitting on leather seats--ya know they're hindu... get it... cows are sacred... nevermind)
post #2498 of 6660
Question, all this talk of Cox, who's (as in stations) dealt with Verizon FIOS TV yet as far as Local Carrage? Are they more receptive than Cox?
post #2499 of 6660
It would be nice to know some proper numbers that can be called if problems arise such as:

Peter, what's your home phone number, just incase I have an outage in the middle of the night .
post #2500 of 6660
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Originally Posted by BlingBling420 View Post

Question, all this talk of Cox, who's (as in stations) dealt with Verizon FIOS TV yet as far as Local Carrage? Are they more receptive than Cox?

I'm not sure any cities/towns are talking to Verizon (FiOS) yet in our area BUT if they are, Verizon is more than happy to compensate local broadcasters. I suspect that ALL the local DTVs will be on their channel line-up...
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by BlingBling420 View Post

So is there a proper number to call? Who is answerable to viewers?

It would be nice to know some proper numbers that can be called if problems arise...

I am answerable to viewers. My contact information is contained in the first post of this thread. Call or write any time.

If what you want is a telephone number so that you can call in and kvetch every time there is a small, medium or large problem with the transmission of the program you are watching, forget about it. In the thirty five years I've been in this business, including a number of years as a Master Control Operator, that has never been offered. I will not be reversing that trend.

The last thing I need for the MCOs is a group of viewers who are not happy with the product, still think that television stations are staffed 24/7 by engineers with hot solder irons waiting to tear into misbehaving circuits and don't care what circumstances are involved...they want it fixed now. Sorry, this business has changed a lot. In spite of the fact that we - the station managers and engineers - have tried to convey this to the subscribers of this forum thread for years, it apparently hasn't made an impact.

I have strived to bring the best H/DTV service to WVEC-DT viewers that I am capable of given the technical and business constraints that exist at this company. I will continue to do so. I will apologize in advance if that is not good enough for any of you who subscribe to this thread.
post #2502 of 6660
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Originally Posted by pdennant View Post

I am answerable to viewers. My contact information is contained in the first post of this thread. Call or write any time.

If what you want is a telephone number so that you can call in and kvetch every time there is a small, medium or large problem with the transmission of the program you are watching, forget about it. In the thirty five years I've been in this business, including a number of years as a Master Control Operator, that has never been offered. I will not be reversing that trend.

The last thing I need for the MCOs is a group of viewers who are not happy with the product, still think that television stations are staffed 24/7 by engineers with hot solder irons waiting to tear into misbehaving circuits and don't care what circumstances are involved...they want it fixed now. Sorry, this business has changed a lot. In spite of the fact that we - the station managers and engineers - have tried to convey this to the subscribers of this forum thread for years, it apparently hasn't made an impact.

I have strived to bring the best H/DTV service to WVEC-DT viewers that I am capable of given the technical and business constraints that exist at this company. I will continue to do so. I will apologize in advance if that is not good enough for any of you who subscribe to this thread.

Peter please don't think that all of us share the same mindset as some on the forum. I had 35 years in industrial environment. Electrical, Instrument, distributed process control, co-generation and high pressure boiler control and operation. Not quite the same as broadcasting but just as technical. Some of your viewers are not unlike some of my production co-workers. Nothing was suppossed to break, it could be fixed in one-minute and they wanted my home phone number.

WVEC has been and still is in my opinion a well run and managed business. You sir are a big part of that.
post #2503 of 6660
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Originally Posted by VARTV View Post

No complaints about my ChannelMaster 4228...

Same here. I have my 4228 in the attic, hanging from the rafters. I have at least 90% on signal strength on all local channels with the exception of the 2 test channels (17 & 45) where I get a stable signal in the 60's.
I, however, cant seem to get WUND (2-1) as VARTV can.

The CM 4228 has gone up in price at CAIN in Norfolk, and DOMES is asking nearly 2x the retail price. Check Solid Signal's web site for the right price.
post #2504 of 6660
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Originally Posted by pdennant View Post

Please DO NOT call 628-6200 for technical problems...the Master Control Operators who report to me ARE NOT answerable to viewers.



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Originally Posted by pdennant View Post

I am answerable to viewers. My contact information is contained in the first post of this thread. Call or write any time.

I did not think to look there first when we lost audio. Sorry about that.
post #2505 of 6660
Looks like this thread continues to be the best place to air a problem.

Drew

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Originally Posted by pdennant View Post

I am answerable to viewers. My contact information is contained in the first post of this thread. Call or write any time.

If what you want is a telephone number so that you can call in and kvetch every time there is a small, medium or large problem with the transmission of the program you are watching, forget about it. In the thirty five years I've been in this business, including a number of years as a Master Control Operator, that has never been offered. I will not be reversing that trend.

The last thing I need for the MCOs is a group of viewers who are not happy with the product, still think that television stations are staffed 24/7 by engineers with hot solder irons waiting to tear into misbehaving circuits and don't care what circumstances are involved...they want it fixed now. Sorry, this business has changed a lot. In spite of the fact that we - the station managers and engineers - have tried to convey this to the subscribers of this forum thread for years, it apparently hasn't made an impact.

I have strived to bring the best H/DTV service to WVEC-DT viewers that I am capable of given the technical and business constraints that exist at this company. I will continue to do so. I will apologize in advance if that is not good enough for any of you who subscribe to this thread.
post #2506 of 6660
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Originally Posted by HILLTOP SAILOR View Post

Looks like this thread continues to be the best place to air a problem.

Drew

WVEC is in SD right now... Booo...
post #2507 of 6660
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Originally Posted by VARTV View Post

WVEC is in SD right now... Booo...

Screen went hay wire over here ...snaps, pops, black screen...then boom SD and 4x3.
After 1st commercial, came bach in HD.
Thanks to whoever fixed it. I did not call anyone
post #2508 of 6660
Picked up a 4228 at Cain today, including the 50' of cable it was a good deal.
post #2509 of 6660
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Originally Posted by BlingBling420 View Post

So is there a proper number to call? Who is answerable to viewers?

Broadcasters are funded by advertisers...not viewers.
post #2510 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Digitude View Post

Broadcasters are funded by advertisers...not viewers.


You have it backwards....Where do you think advertisers get their advertising dollars? The Viewers.
post #2511 of 6660
Anyone having problems with audio on ABC tonight? I am not getting any center channel--good signal strength. Thanks.
post #2512 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Nigel2468 View Post

Anyone having problems with audio on ABC tonight? I am not getting any center channel--good signal strength. Thanks.

First of all Welcome to the thread. Its always nice to see new people show up.
You are right. The Rose Bowl is coming in as a 5.1 bitstream, but only have audio from left/right mains. This is the same audio senario that GMA has and many other broadcast on WVEC-DT. It has been mentioned numerous times here, but it seems to still happen. Peter from WVEC talks about installing some new hardware in the near future to solve some of these minor problems.
We should be only getting a DD 2.0 stream, then we would have center channel audio. This is because this is not a true 5.1 broadcast.
post #2513 of 6660
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Originally Posted by obxdiver View Post

You are right. The Rose Bowl is coming in as a 5.1 bitstream, but only have audio from left/right mains. This is the same audio senario that GMA has and many other broadcast on WVEC-DT. It has been mentioned numerous times here, but it seems to still happen. Peter from WVEC talks about installing some new hardware in the near future to solve some of these minor problems.
We should be only getting a DD 2.0 stream, then we would have center channel audio. This is because this is not a true 5.1 broadcast.

Thanks Steve--so is it a local problem, or a problem with the national feed?
post #2514 of 6660
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Originally Posted by Nigel2468 View Post

Thanks Steve--so is it a local problem, or a problem with the national feed?

This I can't answer for sure. I see that the comercials are switching over to DD 2.0, and I get center channel audio for commercials. When the game comes back on, I switch to DD 5.1, and loose center channel.
The announcers are still heard from the left/rights. Other times, we have have no dialog audio from the center or left/right mains making the broadcast unwatchable.
post #2515 of 6660
Noticed tonight while watching WHRO HD (15-1) had a slight lip sync problem. Just enough to for things to not seem right.
post #2516 of 6660
Noticed recently that 15-3 is off the air. Is this a permanent situation to improve bandwidth allocation or is there another reason?
post #2517 of 6660
Vurbano, you're gonna love this... http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories...696&ran=155568

snippet of article...

USDTV has tested its service for the past year in Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, N.M., and Las Vegas and launched its first commercial business in the Dallas area in November. Hampton Roads is its first market on the East Coast.

This is sort of a hardworking, family-values-strong community, and we really felt like the value of USDTV would be a great match for the Hampton Roads area, Lindsley said.

He declined to name the broadcast stations that would provide their transmission towers and equipment for service in Hampton Roads.

One of the company's investor partners, Lin Television Corp., owns local NBC affiliate WAVY and local Fox station WVBT. The company prefers to develop agreements with four to six stations in each market so it has enough bandwidth for all the channels it wants to offer, Lindsley said.


Hmmm... OK... Four to six. WAVY, WVBT and who else? Could LIN TV use it's two low-powered digital channels (WKTD/17, WNLO/45) too??
post #2518 of 6660
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Originally Posted by VARTV View Post

Vurbano, you're gonna love this... http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories...696&ran=155568

See my prediction from November '04. Signed: Nostradigitude

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...tv#post4700400

Stand by to downrez!
post #2519 of 6660
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Originally Posted by VARTV View Post

Vurbano, you're gonna love this... http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories...696&ran=155568

snippet of article...

[i]USDTV has tested its service for the past year in Salt Lake City, Albuquerque, N.M., and Las Vegas and launched its first commercial business in the Dallas area in November. Hampton Roads is its first market on the East Coast.

Oh no. I hope no one signs up for this garbage!
post #2520 of 6660
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Originally Posted by VARTV View Post

Vurbano, you're gonna love this... http://home.hamptonroads.com/stories...696&ran=155568

snippet of article...

Hmmm... OK... Four to six. WAVY, WVBT and who else? Could LIN TV use it's two low-powered digital channels (WKTD/17, WNLO/45) too??

Ah... This is all brought to you by LIN TV... I'm curious if LIN's digital low-powered TV's have anything to do with this. If you look on the USDTV/Norfolk website, the coverage area is limited... Is this due to the USDTV signals coming from WKTD-CD/17 and WNLO-CD/45??

USDTV Norfolk
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