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post #391 of 11764
Just wanted to add that I did nothing and WXYZ is coming in great. I am using Satellite (DirecTV) and should add that the quality is better, more reliable and cost less than Comcast. That's why I put up with all the nonsense

Ken
post #392 of 11764
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Originally posted by UMDMatt
I hear you on the monopoly, I actually called WOW and they said they were available in my zip but not in my neighborhood.

So I hit the Livonia cable commission meeting tonight. It's always the first Thursday of the month at city hall, unless there's an exception due to holiday or otherwise.

Anyway I asked about WB/UPN/ABC. They gave me the broadcast engineer's phone number for ABC. Some of the people didn't even know what WB/UPN were, so I had to explain "channel 20, channel 50". They said they've contacted UPN once in the past, and had never-yet tried WB. At least it's a shove in the right direction. At a minimum they should offer the same channels on cable that are available OTA.

If anybody else wants to come in the future, it would be nice. We need a Livonia HDTV lobby. Unless people complain, they assume that they're doing a good job. They were shocked to hear my statement that the low number of complaints (and their horrible Q4 subscription rates) stem from people jumping to satellite rather than getting their problems resolved.
post #393 of 11764
Woo Hoo, I am getting the Comcast DVR next Wednesday, I am going to use it until E* and D* get their act together with the upgrade to MPEG 4. ( I am not dropping E* by the way ), I am very excited, now I can watch Smallville in HD OTA on my 811, then record Lost at the same time on the 6412.
post #394 of 11764
Anyone hear anything about WOW adding any more HD channels? WOW is never discussed on main boards, is it only local in MI?

Anyway, I'm drooling for more HD, ESPN2, TNT, INHD, INHD2, etc.
post #395 of 11764
Anyone having any problems with WXYZ? Trying to watch the football game and getting no reception at all from the digital feed. Getting a good, shiny analog signal (whoopee), but nothing digital-wise. All other locals coming in just fine. Rooftop antenna, Voom box. Anyone?
post #396 of 11764
Nevermind. Just saw a post in the programming thread that said it's up and running in HD and DD 2.0. Guess it's just me. Crap.
post #397 of 11764
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Originally posted by joeyoravec

I posted my BrightHouse findings earlier in this thread. Over cable I get unencrypted QAM for: FOX, NBC, CBS, PBS, and TNT which work fine, and ABC which is broken. They're missing WB, UPN, and I couldn't find Discovery (might be encrypted, or maybe I missed it).

....

Please post your experience after the install! Maybe it works better with their hardware. Also let us know what channels you receive.


Ok, had the CableCard install on Friday. It was the Tech's first, and it went without a hitch. Digital Variety Pack, HBO, and Showtime are active. The HD channels I pull in are:
HBO, Show, ABC, NBC, FOX, CBS, PBS, TNT, Discovery...forgot if I get WB or UPN. Discovery HD is channel 280 so perhaps you missed it. It is not part of the HD Pak from Brighthouse so I'm thinking it's unscrambled (like TNT).

PQ seems good, haven't done too many a/b comparisons to OTA yet. Channel changes also seem reasonable, obviously slower for digitals and HD channels but not bad. PQ on the different varieties of HBO and Showtime is suprisingly good too, even in a Wide Zoom mode. Overall, I'm pretty happy with it. It is not great enough however, for me to pay $55 a month or whatever it is for basic digital cable. Once my three months of digital cable are up, I'll still be heading back to go ol' analog and my unscrambled HD channels.
post #398 of 11764
I live just SW of downtown Oxford, MI in extreme northern Oakland county. That puts me about 23-26 miles from the transmitters in Southfield. So far I have tried three indoor antennas with varying degrees of success.

1) Terk HDTVi Antenna Pro (unamplified - almost useless)

2) Phillips amplified antenna (amplified - pretty good)

3) Jensen TV930 - amplified with a 45 db gain spec.

The Jensen is definitely the best but it's not perfect. I'm getting ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and UPN all at about 60% signal with a LG LST-3510 Tuner/DVD combo unit.

Any tips on antenna placement or suggestions on a different antenna that might have a bit higher gain?
post #399 of 11764
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Originally posted by petefoss
I live just SW of downtown Oxford, MI in extreme northern Oakland
Any tips on antenna placement or suggestions on a different antenna that might have a bit higher gain?

How about the roof? When mounted to the side of your chimney you hardly notice it.
post #400 of 11764
If you do a search in the HDTV hardware section for silver sensor, you may find what you are looking for. It doesn't look like much but when I was looking for an indoor antenna for my gf I recall this one being hyped by many people. I haven't installed it for my gf yet so I don't have any first hand results to pass along at this time.
post #401 of 11764
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Originally posted by petefoss
I live just SW of downtown Oxford, MI in extreme northern Oakland county. That puts me about 23-26 miles from the transmitters in Southfield. So far I have tried three indoor antennas with varying degrees of success.

1) Terk HDTVi Antenna Pro (unamplified - almost useless)

2) Phillips amplified antenna (amplified - pretty good)

3) Jensen TV930 - amplified with a 45 db gain spec.


A bit off topic, but what is it about Terk that uninformed people will invariably pick one up? I can't recall ever seeing an ad for them, sure they are in all the stores but so are a half dozen other antennas...
post #402 of 11764
It's the only one Best Buy had when I was buying the Tuner/DVD box.
post #403 of 11764
I live in Madison Heights and boy am I so glad with OTA HDTV reception on my Sony 55KDF655 HDTV! And am simply using cheapo rabbit ears! I connect this TV to an Okyo 6.1 HT system via optical and most HD programming are decoded as Dolby Digital /EX (5.1 or 6.1). And I have no drops at all!

The season premier of 24 on Fox was just amazing! ABC's Lost and the new season of Alias - Wow! With abundace of OTA HD content - who needs cable/satellite HD? Now it is just a matter of finding time to watch these HD goodies - anyone already doing recordings of OTA HD programs? Can someone recommend a HDTV recorder of sorts?
post #404 of 11764
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Originally posted by igme
Can someone recommend a HDTV recorder of sorts?

Find recommendations and warnings in this forum (which I'm sure you've found already). Not too many choices available, especially if you want to archive HD, and if you don't want cable or DSS.
post #405 of 11764
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Originally posted by igme
With abundace of OTA HD content - who needs cable/satellite HD?

I would agree with that -- but only if we were only considering prime time programming. Unless you get fired up about an HD soap opera, daytime tv gives you just about nothing in HD. God bless Voom and those exclusives - not to mention Universal HD. But my second choice, after Voom, would indeed be nothing at all -- just DVD's and prime time network shows.
post #406 of 11764
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Originally posted by igme
With abundace of OTA HD content - who needs cable/satellite HD?

Wait til rerun season-summer time-I go through about 3-4 DVD's a week ( thats when I love having Netflix, right now movies sit in my box for a couple of weeks til I can get to them because of new shows, I have had Troy in the box now for a week and I really wanted to see it but HD comes first ).



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Originally posted by igme
Now it is just a matter of finding time to watch these HD goodies - anyone already doing recordings of OTA HD programs? Can someone recommend a HDTV recorder of sorts?

I think that RCA makes one for OTA only, but you have to have Firewire to make it record.Or bite the bullet and get Comcast's DVR with their service ( I did ) even through I get everything OTA I needed a DVR ( and then you will get ESPN-HD for if the Pistons get far in the Play-Offs ( ESPN has the East , TNT has the West) , it was great watching them win it on my 9-foot screen )
post #407 of 11764
Does anyone ever listen to 950 AM?

In one of their promo's they have taged themselves as High Definition Radio?

What are they talking about?

I personally thing they are not a good station and thier local news content a waste of time. But this notion that they are HD radio is absurd.
post #408 of 11764
The little I've read about HD Radio is that it makes AM sound like FM and FM sound like a CD. It requires an upgrade to a radio that supports HD. I found this link for stations licensed to broadcast in HD and those that actually are:

HD Radio in Michigan
post #409 of 11764
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Originally posted by Dawgdaes
Does anyone ever listen to 950 AM?

In one of their promo's they have taged themselves as High Definition Radio?

What are they talking about?

I personally thing they are not a good station and thier local news content a waste of time. But this notion that they are HD radio is absurd.

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about HD Radio:

http://www.ibiquity.com/hdradio/
post #410 of 11764
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Originally posted by Dawgdaes
Does anyone ever listen to 950 AM?

In one of their promo's they have taged themselves as High Definition Radio?

What are they talking about?

I personally thing they are not a good station and thier local news content a waste of time. But this notion that they are HD radio is absurd.

Those two links provided are useful. Just in brief, HD radio, is basically digital radio. In essence, the broadcast is encoded digital signal, analogous to satellite TV (or HD TV broadcast TV for that matter). You must have radio capable of decoding.

This technology is just at its birth. Local radio and national radio companies (i.e., Clear Channel, Infinity) are looking at this technology as a means to respond to satellite radio. It allows them to deliver better quality signal . Also, they can offer multiple "stations" on the same frequency.
post #411 of 11764
BrightHouse 2-tuner DVR software update?

I've had the two tuner HD DVR for probably close to 6 months but they haven't updated the software to use the second tuner. Has anyone talked to BH to see when they're going to send us the update?

-Matt
post #412 of 11764
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Originally posted by Scooter70
BrightHouse 2-tuner DVR software update?

I've had the two tuner HD DVR for probably close to 6 months but they haven't updated the software to use the second tuner. Has anyone talked to BH to see when they're going to send us the update?

-Matt

When I swaped a single tuner for the dual tuner (6412) back in early Nov 04 the rep at the desk said they were having trouble with the firmware. I asked for a timeframe and was told "months." It's frustrating since Comcast is releasing this same exact box all over the country. They somehow have been able to figure it out.
I think to get a straight answer would require a visit to the cable commission meeting. joeyoravec is looking for people to attend with him. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...25#post4937925 I have attended a few in the past. If I can I will go to the Feb. meeting to ask about the dual tuner. You show in your profile that you live in Farmington but you can attend the Livonia meeting since all BH cities have the same services. The more people the better. I also want to ask why they charge an extra $6 to watch HBO, SHO, MAX, etc. on Demand on top of the monthly subscription to those channels. Comcast doesn't charge extra for this.
post #413 of 11764
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Originally posted by wilkinsjme
When I swaped a single tuner for the dual tuner (6412) back in early Nov 04 the rep at the desk said they were having trouble with the firmware. I asked for a timeframe and was told "months." It's frustrating since Comcast is releasing this same exact box all over the country. They somehow have been able to figure it out.
I think to get a straight answer would require a visit to the cable commission meeting. joeyoravec is looking for people to attend with him. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...25#post4937925 I have attended a few in the past. If I can I will go to the Feb. meeting to ask about the dual tuner. You show in your profile that you live in Farmington but you can attend the Livonia meeting since all BH cities have the same services. The more people the better. I also want to ask why they charge an extra $6 to watch HBO, SHO, MAX, etc. on Demand on top of the monthly subscription to those channels. Comcast doesn't charge extra for this.

I probably got mine the same week you did. Please report back if you get any answers.
Thanks,
Matt
post #414 of 11764
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Originally posted by tbb1226
Can anyone confirm by experience that WDIV-DT is transmitting DD5.1 with their network programming? I have read that they have the capability, and that NBC was sending 5.1 with their programs, but I've never seen DD indicated on my AVR, or heard any discrete rear sound effects from WDIV on any program.

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Originally posted by MJburt
They did the first couple nights it was broadcast but it was all screwed up - no sound, wrong sound, etc.

Does anyone know if this is a national NBC problem, or just the local broadcaster's screw-up? If the 5.1 audio track is being produced, I'd like to experience it for the few NBC shows that I watch.

I'd like to direct my questions/complaints to the most culpable individuals.
post #415 of 11764
WWJ DT 44 OTA as of 1:30 pm just showing the color bar test patterns.
Any one know whats going on?
Hope they get it fixed in time for todays NFL game.
post #416 of 11764
WWJ DT-44 video is working but no audio. The basketball game looks like SD stretched to fit the screen. Weird.
post #417 of 11764
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Originally posted by stagisland
WWJ DT-44 video is working but no audio. The basketball game looks like SD stretched to fit the screen. Weird.

I'd call it more than weird -- I'd go with awful, unwatchable...
I actually switched my tv to the analog version of WWJ to watch the State game.

I didn't tune in earlier so I didn't see the test pattern thing. Maybe they're having some sort of technical issue? I hope so. If this was an actual decision made by someone thinking this is way the digital station should be broadcast, we're in trouble! I tried to call (248-350-5050) to complain, but apparently these aren't regular business hours -- and the answering machine is full (with complaints, perhaps?). So I sent them an e-mail complaint through their website (www.wwjtv.com). So at least they'll know one person changed the channel due to the stretch-o-vision.
post #418 of 11764
WWJ DT still in stretch mode.
I tried calling earlier also, voice mail full.
Hope they can get this fixed before the game starts.
post #419 of 11764
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by stagisland
WWJ DT still in stretch mode.
I tried calling earlier also, voice mail full.
Hope they can get this fixed before the game starts.

They didn't make it, unfortunately... it's still stretched as the game broadcast begins.

Wait a minute, I think the HD signal is coming through!
post #420 of 11764
Sweet. Game looks good.
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