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post #1 of 646
Thread Starter 
This is the official discussion thread for the Harlingen/Weslaco/Brownsville/Mcallen, TX DMA

Currently the only HD channel available OTA is ABC 5-1.
post #2 of 646
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
Playoff Series in high-definition on HDNet in Texas.

"There's nothing more exciting than playoff time, especially when you
have a match-up featuring two Texas teams," said Mavs owner Mark Cuban.
"HDNet and the Mavs want to give viewers at home an experience that is
almost as good as being there."

Co-founded by Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, HDNet provides
viewers with exciting and topical news, sports, music and entertainment
programming. The network features up to 20 hours of original
programming each week, all produced in the highest quality 1080i HDTV
format - more original high-definition programming than any other
network.

HDNet news and entertainment includes original series "HDNet World
Report," "Face 2 Face with Roy Firestone," "Art Mann Presents," "HDNet
Concert Series," and "True Music," as well as every episode of the
acclaimed Warner Bros. series "Smallville." Live sports productions
include NASCAR auto racing, National Hockey League and Major League
Soccer games.

HDNet Movies, the company's second network, shows a wide selection of
major studios' theatrical releases - all uncut, unedited, and appearing
in their original aspect ratio. The network also features movies
produced and finished in true 1080i high-definition, including movies
premiering day and date with their theatrical releases.

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 #3 of 646
How many digital channels will I get in McAllen, TX. How is the reception and signal strengths in McAllen as the main towers are in weslaco and harlingen. Any recemmendations on the type of antenna???
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Anybody???
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Visiting Hooters in McAllen this past weekend. They had a lot of nice plasmas for the NCAA Tournament but none of the broadcasts were in HD. Does the local CBS station not broadcast in HD yet or did Hooters just drop the ball?
post #6 of 646
In our market (as of 5/29/06) the following major networks are broadcasting in HD:
ABC
NBC
CBS

Although you can't get these stations in HD through your SAT provider yet, you can get them with an antenna in your home. I live in Harlingen and I am using an HD - indoor antenna I purchased at Circuit City. I am having no problem pulling all local channels ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, UPN, Spanish Channels. . . .

However, because our Fox station (or pathetic excuse for one) does not broadcast in HD, we can't receive anything on Fox (i.e. NFL, NASCAR, 24, Prison Break...) in HD. Call them at 956-687-4848 to tell them how unsatisfied you are. Be polite, but get your point across. The bottom line is that our area is in a top 100 media market in the U.S., we should have FOX available in HD. We are only one of 8 or 9 stations in the top 100 markets who don't have FOX available in HD. Got to love the Rio Grande Valley.

Finally, getting an affiliate waiver will not help. I was granted a waiver to get another Fox affiliate's signal beamed to me. I chose NYC's station. However, FCC rules prevent an HD out of market signal from getting sent to you. So, even though you could get an out of market fox station, you couldn't get it in HD.
post #7 of 646
From what I gather, Hooters just dropped the ball.
post #8 of 646
Hey Guys...

I'm new to OTA HD.. quick question.

I seem to have NBC in HD ( I haven't seen an HD signal yet.. I think it's just the programming ) on 23.1

I have CBS in HD (4.1)

But, I can't seem to get Channel 5/ABC in... at all. Is it channel 5.1? If not, what is it?

Also, I thought that KMBH/PBS was in HD as well.. I don't seem to have a HD signal from them.

I'm mostly interested in Channel 5...

Help?
post #9 of 646
Thread Starter 
Bump to avoid archiving.
post #10 of 646
Anything new on HD channels avail OTA here in RG Valley? I'm debating installing an OTA receiver.
post #11 of 646
Just talked to our Fox station and they are hoping to have an HD signal up for the Rio Grande Valley w/ in the next 6 weeks. This will mean that we can get all our major networks in HD w/ at OTA antenna. YES!!!

For updates, call them at 956-687-4848
post #12 of 646
so far
cbs 4.1 abc 5.1 nbc 23.1 telemundo 40.1 tbn 34 univision 48.1 pbs 60.1 or 38.1

7 XHAB Televisa Noreste VallevisiĆ³n
30 TDT/HDTV

14 XHOR azteca 7
33 TDT/HDTV

9 XERV televisa 2
19 TDT/HDTV

12 XHREY azteca 13
36 TDT/HDTV

mexicoradiotv com / listtama .htm for high definition mexican stations in our area
post #13 of 646
Quote:
Originally Posted by snoppy218 View Post

so far
cbs 31 abc 13 nbc 24 telemundo 20 tbn 34 univision 49 pbs 38

low power digital companions
krzg-ca,ksti-lp,kvtf-lp all asked for 22
kbdf-lp 27
kjst-lp and ktfv-ca asked for 26
kftn-ca and kxiv-ca asked for 45
so no construction permits for digital low power stations

digital mexican stations
xhab-30 televisa local
xerv-19 televisa xew
xhmta-51/xhrey-36 azteca 13
xhor-33 azteca 7


what do you mean by this???

channels i can get in hd
4.1
5.1
23.1
channels i get digital
4.2
4.3
5.2
48.1
48.2
48.3
48.4
post #14 of 646
i listed the channel frequencies and not the actual channels like kgbt operates on channel frequency 31 but shown as 4.1.you cant have two different stations operate on the same channel frequency like an analog and digital .
post #15 of 646
Quote:
Originally Posted by joepa722 View Post

In our market (as of 5/29/06) the following major networks are broadcasting in HD:
ABC
NBC
CBS

Although you can't get these stations in HD through your SAT provider yet, you can get them with an antenna in your home. I live in Harlingen and I am using an HD - indoor antenna I purchased at Circuit City. I am having no problem pulling all local channels ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, UPN, Spanish Channels. . . .

However, because our Fox station (or pathetic excuse for one) does not broadcast in HD, we can't receive anything on Fox (i.e. NFL, NASCAR, 24, Prison Break...) in HD. Call them at 956-687-4848 to tell them how unsatisfied you are. Be polite, but get your point across. The bottom line is that our area is in a top 100 media market in the U.S., we should have FOX available in HD. We are only one of 8 or 9 stations in the top 100 markets who don't have FOX available in HD. Got to love the Rio Grande Valley.

Finally, getting an affiliate waiver will not help. I was granted a waiver to get another Fox affiliate's signal beamed to me. I chose NYC's station. However, FCC rules prevent an HD out of market signal from getting sent to you. So, even though you could get an out of market fox station, you couldn't get it in HD.

do you mind sharing which antenna it was you purchased?
post #16 of 646
anybody noticed NBC is not HDTV anymore in the Harlingen Area
post #17 of 646
Quote:
Originally Posted by archiloco View Post

anybody noticed NBC is not HDTV anymore in the Harlingen Area

I noticed just recently. Have you called the station to see why? I'm going to try today to see what they say.
post #18 of 646
no i have not, did you have any luck calling The NBC Station?
post #19 of 646
I called NBC. Apparently something broke on their antenna. The gentleman I spoke with said it should be back up in a few days. I wonder if this was related to the black flashing I was seeing in a few programs before it went down.
post #20 of 646
Does anyone know when Fox is going to start transmitting in HD? I noticed they are transmitting a digital signal. Thanks
post #21 of 646
thanks, but it has been a few weeks, well hopefully it will be back by the time heroes is back.
post #22 of 646
Hi everyone

It looks like u guys really know HDTV. I live in Mercedes and i wanted to know which was the indoor antenna that you guys were using and getting such great results.

Thanks
post #23 of 646
Heroes and Friday Night Lights. I check everyday only to be dissappointed.
post #24 of 646
NBC is rocking HD again.
post #25 of 646
HD
post #26 of 646
Quote:
Originally Posted by 13th shadow View Post

NBC is rocking HD again.

but with a weird screeching sound? am i the only one?
post #27 of 646
Quote:
Originally Posted by archiloco View Post

but with a weird screeching sound? am i the only one?

I barely got that noise last night. Has your tv, or anyone's, been able to "smart" zoom 23 since it came back. My tv can't anymore. If the show is 4:3 it stays that way no matter what viewing mode I use. Can't KVEO do anything right?
post #28 of 646
I also had that same screeching sound. At the time I was using SageTV. I since switched to MCE2005 & the sound stopped. Don't know if that had anything to do with it.
post #29 of 646
Howdy, I'm from McAllen and just got a HD tuner card(Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1600) and was wondering what would be a good indoor antenna. The one I have now only pulls in one station, KGBT-DT.
post #30 of 646
Hi Stillhouse,

I live in North McAllen & I receive:

ABC
CBS
NBC
Fox

I cannot receive our PBS station though. Get good signal just no picture or sound. I have tried two indoor antennas with good success.

The first antenna I bought was:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=family

This is strictly a indoor antenna only. I got great signal strength on CBS, NBC & Fox. ABC was weak but had no breakup or pixel problems.

The second antenna I tried was the:

http://www.radioshack.com/product/in...entPage=family

This is a indoor or a outdoor antenna. I get full signal strength on all channels. Still can't get PBS but maybe in the future. I highly recommend the second antenna. I still have the first antenna. These antennas were purchased at Radioshack.

I hope this post helps you. Let me know if I can be of anymore help.

I am running 2 Hauppauge WinTV HVR-1600s with Windows MCE2005.

Phil
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