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post #1 of 295
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This is the Official thread for the Wichita Falls, TX / Lawton, OK DMA

Currently only KAUZ CBS 6-1 is broadcasting in HD (1080i/DD2.0)
post #2 of 295
I for one am not happy with NBC and fox stations. The digital picture does not seem to be as good as it was a few months ago and I personally would llike to watch the programming and especially like to watch Nascar racing in HD.

Last time I called the station they said they had no intention of broadcasting in HD wide screen, I know fox broadcasting is pushing all its stations to broadcast in HD 720, if they do not want to do this they should give us a waiver so we can pick up out of area stations. Also Dish network is cutting off out of state network even if you have had it for several years.




Bill
post #3 of 295
I too have noticed the upconverted signals from KFDX and KJTL to be of poor quality. It seems the fields get out of order during fast motion.

Anybody know the engineer there?

-Kevin
post #4 of 295
I'm very disappointed in KFDX and KJTL's decision to not go HD. The digital signal that they are sending is jittery and unwatchable.

---
Tammy
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HDNET TO BROADCAST GAMES 2-5 OF FIRST ROUND IN PLAYOFFS

For Immediate Release- April 23, 2005

DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks and HDNet announced today that fans will
be able to watch Games 2 through 5 of the Mavs vs. Rockets Round 1
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include NASCAR auto racing, National Hockey League and Major League
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major studios' theatrical releases - all uncut, unedited, and appearing
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Fans can contact their cable or satellite providers or visit www.hd.net
for more information. Comcast does not currently carry HDNet and HDNet
Movies, so Mavs Playoff games in HD are not available to Comcast
customers. Comcast customers are asked to call their local office and
let them know they want HDNet and the Mavs in HD.

MAVERICKS 2005 PLAYOFF HDNET SCHEDULE
(All Times Listed CT)
Game 2 Mon., April 25 - Rockets @ Mavs 8:30 p.m.
Game 3 Thurs., April 28 - Mavs @ Rockets 8:30
p.m.
Game 4 Sat., April 30 - Mavs @ Rockets 4:30 p.m.
Game 5 Mon., May 2 - Rockets @ Mavs, if necessary TBD
post #6 of 295
I consider this very good news as I can get a pretty good signal in the winter and a weak signal now. I am in Hollis, Ok, out of the normal broadcast area.

I emailed the engineering dept. at KSWO and asked about their power on digital, this is the response:

We are still on low power. . . . . Transmitting apx 13kw effective radiated power. We will increase our digital power to apx 138kw ERP in the near future. Thanks for your interest. Please call with questions



Joe



Joseph M. Bartnik

Regional Director of Engineering

KSWO TV-7

580.355.7000 fx: 580.357.3811

JBartnik@kswo.com
post #7 of 295
I notice this week that KFDX has finally fixed thier sound, now you can tell their stereo digital sound is more dynamic and my surround sound speakers work in the back for the first time, also on the new news set it looks like they have 16X9 monitors now in the studio, maybe they WILL go to HDTV it would be nice.

So now in Wichita Falls we have channel 3 digital, channel 6 HDTV, channel 7 HDTV channel 18 digital, and 35 going to digital in January we also have a new channel 48. I still have a hum in my speakers on channel 3 and I live in Iowa Park and I know several others who are having the same problem, weather you have an off air antennae or getting your signal from Dish network the hum is there.



Bill
post #8 of 295
Can anyone recommend a good OTA antenna? I have a 57" Sony with an intergrated digital tuner, and I can only receive KAUZ in HD right now. My dad (a former VOOM customer) receives all locals with excellent picture quality, but only KSWO and KAUZ actually broadcast in HD. He claims that KFDX broadcasts some programming in HD, but if so the quality isn't anything near what he receives on KSWO and KAUZ. Thanks!
post #9 of 295
Am I the only person that is having problems with Channel 18 Digital, it seems to be off the air, it has signal but no picture. Also if you would like to pick up the Dallas TV stations in the evenings and early morning, purchase a Channel Master 4248 antennae, it's UHF only, I can receive NBC and CBS in high definition almost every day of the week, you can also pick up CBS in Sherman, Tx. All the above stations broadcast in High definition.

Bill
post #10 of 295
Wow, that's amazing, Bill. Have you ever gotten Fox 4 from Dallas? (Not sure of the digital channel number.) I'd love to be able to watch the Cowboys games in real high-def instead of the inferior product Fox 18 is putting out.

BTW... Does anyone know what this channel 48 is? I just got a new TV and when I autoscanned, it picked up this 48. I've never seen it before and didn't even know it existed. The only thing I could find was that maybe it was a translator of a Channel 52 out of Oklahoma City...
post #11 of 295
Hey fellas, my brother just moved to Lawton and finally purchased a HDTV. I've ordered him a Winegard preamp and Channel Master rotator (going on a 20 foot mast in his backyard), and he'll probably go with the RS VU-190 XR, since he can get it locally.

Anyway, exactly what stations are broadcasting in HD? He's 34 miles from the towers in Witchita Falls and 84 miles from Oklahoma City (yeah, that's going to be a stretch, though I've pulled in a VHF station from 92 miles at my location perfectly).

Any help would be appreciated.
post #12 of 295
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Originally Posted by taz291819 View Post

Hey fellas, my brother just moved to Lawton and finally purchased a HDTV. I've ordered him a Winegard preamp and Channel Master rotator (going on a 20 foot mast in his backyard), and he'll probably go with the RS VU-190 XR, since he can get it locally.

Anyway, exactly what stations are broadcasting in HD? He's 34 miles from the towers in Witchita Falls and 84 miles from Oklahoma City (yeah, that's going to be a stretch, though I've pulled in a VHF station from 92 miles at my location perfectly).

Any help would be appreciated.

KSWO-DT channel 11 ABC Lawton
KJTL-DT channel 15 FOX WICHITA FALLS
KFDX-DT channel 28 NBC WICHITA FALLS
KAUZ-DT channel 22 CBS WICHITA FALLS

All are at low power except KSWO I can get KSWO always and KJTL sometimes
here in altus the other 2 only when the weather is just right
post #13 of 295
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Originally Posted by smitzinok View Post

KSWO-DT channel 11 ABC Lawton
KJTL-DT channel 15 FOX WICHITA FALLS
KFDX-DT channel 28 NBC WICHITA FALLS
KAUZ-DT channel 22 CBS WICHITA FALLS

All are at low power except KSWO I can get KSWO always and KJTL sometimes
here in altus the other 2 only when the weather is just right

So KJTL-DT is indeed broadcasting in HD, or just digitally? I've read various posts about this, some say HD, some say SD stretch (don't know how they could get those confused).

Anyway, he didn't go with the Radioshack antenna, I ordered him a Channel Master CM3671, so I doubt he'll have any problems.
post #14 of 295
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Originally Posted by taz291819 View Post

So KJTL-DT is indeed broadcasting in HD, or just digitally? I've read various posts about this, some say HD, some say SD stretch (don't know how they could get those confused).

Anyway, he didn't go with the Radioshack antenna, I ordered him a Channel Master CM3671, so I doubt he'll have any problems.

As far as I can tell only KSWO and KAUZ are HD
I e-mailed the other 2 about some HD info , but never got a reply
post #15 of 295
post #16 of 295
I live on a military post. Already have a Dish 1000 installed for my DP622. Dish doesn't broadcast HD locals. Can't put an antenna in the attic. Tried the indoor antennaes and nothing worked. Any recommendations for something that can hook up to the Satellite Dish w/o creating an antenna farm in the backyard so I can pull down the HD locals?
post #17 of 295
A "Square Shooter" will install to a Dish mount. Other people have had pretty good luck with them.
post #18 of 295
Hello fellow TWC customers, the following is info gathered from emails to TWC Executive Fred Dressler. These are his quotes.

Future HD channel update

ESPN2-HD - hopeful to have espn2hd in time for baseball.
STARZ-HD - End of the year at the earliest
CINEMAX-HD - is almost done
TMC-HD - is done
Wealth TV-HD - are not in the works
Outdoor Channel 2-HD - are not in the works
MHD (MTV) - will take many months to conclude.
National Geographic-HD - No Word
Food Network-HD - Scripps has not yet made us a proposal.
HGTV-HD - Scripps has not yet made us a proposal.
post #19 of 295
Does anyone have any info on the Fox affiliate regarding HD?
post #20 of 295
Altus Cable One has added FOX KJTL-DT and NBC KFDX-DT to their lineup.
I don't think either of them is HD yet, but the digital picture is better.
Cable one now has:
KSWO-DT ABC
KAUZ-DT CBS
KJTL-DT FOX
KFDX-DT NBC
TNT-HD
Universal HD
ESPN HD
HBO HD
Showtime HD
The Movie Channel HD
post #21 of 295
Today is March 28, is anybody having trouble with Channel 6 CBS, HD signal? I'm having trouble keeping it locked in.


Thank you,



Bill
post #22 of 295
Bill,

My CBS via Time Warner is fine. I just finished watching The Unit as a matter of fact. I have noticed that my Dad (former VOOM subscriber) will have problems with his CBS OTA reception when I don't.
post #23 of 295
Just FYI, my brother called the Fox affiliate, and was told by the GM that they plan on going HD in 2007. That sucks.
post #24 of 295
Time Warner Cable Has added Starz-HD & Cinemax-HD in Austin & San Antonio, ask them about your area receiving these channels.

http://www.timewarnercable.com/sanan...g/updates.html
post #25 of 295
KSWO channel 7 (digital 11) will be testing at High Power (138KW erp) starting Friday night 30 June 06. If all goes well the higher power will be kept up all weekend. Sunday Night I was showing appx. 60-70 percent on my signal meter. I am appx. 75 miles from the tower with a 40 foot tower, hi-gain hi-vhf antenna and channel master pre-amp.
post #26 of 295
Thats good news about KSWO. With the problems that KAUZ has been having maybe its time to start watching the ABC shows.
post #27 of 295
epauladams can you pick up KAUZ ch 6.1
post #28 of 295
No other Wichita Falls/Lawton digital is coming in. KSWO is at about 65% after 7:30 PM and in the morning hours. KSWO is also looking into adding 7-4 this weekend so if you are watching watch for dropouts ect.
post #29 of 295
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Originally Posted by epauladams View Post

No other Wichita Falls/Lawton digital is coming in. KSWO is at about 65% after 7:30 PM and in the morning hours. KSWO is also looking into adding 7-4 this weekend so if you are watching watch for dropouts ect.

I have lost 7.1-7.3. I guess they are working on it now. As for 6.1, it's been a no show since March. I talked with Tony Guess at KAUZ and he said he had dropped it to 720p to see if that resolved the issue, and it did not change anything. He also said that when he did that all the TWC boxes lost the channel.
post #30 of 295
KSWO was supposed to be down for a while this afternoon to change a cable. Maybe back up tonight with 4 channels instead of 3.
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