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post #4831 of 7641
Did anybody else lose ABC 45 last night for a period of time? The HD channel would not come in at all, and the SD channel had a frozen picture... yet today everything is fine.
post #4832 of 7641
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Originally Posted by DJ24966 View Post

Did anybody else lose ABC 45 last night for a period of time? The HD channel would not come in at all, and the SD channel had a frozen picture... yet today everything is fine.
Atmospheric conditions are sometimes problematic in the summertime. But are you having antenna issues or cable problems? In Lexington, I would put up an antenna and get Charlotte and Greensboro channels OTA for free, then deal with the cable co. regarding the other channels.
post #4833 of 7641
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Atmospheric conditions are sometimes problematic in the summertime. But are you having antenna issues or cable problems? In Lexington, I would put up an antenna and get Charlotte and Greensboro channels OTA for free, then deal with the cable co. regarding the other channels.

I'm planning on moving my internet to Time Warner anyway so will probably switch everything over. All the channels are still working as of now, but PBS and those channels are starting to break up slightly.
post #4834 of 7641
I notice that you can watch news clips from 4 Carolina stations with a Roku. It's part of Nowhere TV

  • WTVD, 11, Raleigh - Up to date weather + other News ciips
  • WXII, 12, Winston Salem
  • WYFF, 4 , Greenville - Assume it is GVL, SC as I couldn't get it to work. Note says broken since 4/16
  • WSOC, 9, Charlotte - News clips& weather from yesterday. Only one to show commercials.

WSOC had the best resolution and 16:9. WTVD had the most current clips
post #4835 of 7641
I wish WSOC, WBTV, and some of the Charlotte stations would stream their news live online like WRAL in Raleigh. They do an excellent job with very good video quality.
post #4836 of 7641
WSOC does every day.....
post #4837 of 7641
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

WSOC does every day.....
I will check that out, but what I meant was that WRAL simulcasts their major TV newscasts live online. And it appears to be very good 16x9 HD pic quality.
post #4838 of 7641
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

I wish WSOC, WBTV, and some of the Charlotte stations would stream their news live online like WRAL in Raleigh. They do an excellent job with very good video quality.

WCCB Streams FOX news Rising live everyday.. smile.gif
post #4839 of 7641
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Originally Posted by bdfox18doe View Post

WCCB Streams FOX news Rising live everyday.. smile.gif
That's good to know, but wish you would stream the 10pm news live as well.
post #4840 of 7641
In Time. Just because someone want something does not mean it can nor will be done.It is not as simple as "flipping a switch"..
post #4841 of 7641
THANK YOU
post #4842 of 7641
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

Would this new translator affect reception around the southern end of Lake Norman? I've noticed that I've had more trouble maintaining a lock on 9 & 64. It's not so bad on 9, but 64 is approaching the unwatchable stage at times. Seems like this started a few weeks ago.

It seems that whatever was causing this problem, it's cleared up now. I've been receiving these stations again without issue without any change on my part for the last couple of days.

WBTV still seems to have it's flaky periods though. Tried to record both Big Bang Theory programs last Thursday night and both recordings died due to reception issues.
post #4843 of 7641
Last I heard as of a week ago, WBTV is operating at 80% power because one of their tubes is not functioning, and has not yet been repaired. But despite this reduction, I am still receiving their signal at 100% here in Greenville, SC. However atmospheric conditions in the summertime can sometimes affect signals, so hopefully they will eventually get the tube replaced and be back at full power.
post #4844 of 7641
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Last I heard as of a week ago, WBTV is operating at 80% power

TVFool shows that I am 37 miles from WBTV's tower and 1edge, but reception has been perfect, never a pixel out of place.

But, I still don't get diddly squat from WHKY's Charlotte tower, just 14 miles away LOS. Not a single blip for several months.

One strange thing I've noticed lately is that during evening rainstorms WXII (12-1 NBC and 12-2 ThisTV) consistently comes in at 70% to 80%, sharp, clear, and stable. That's from 91 miles and 2edge with my attic antenna. Then, a couple hours after the rains stops, WXII is gone. I wonder what phenomenon causes the correlation with rainfall.
post #4845 of 7641
It's just the nature of RF + weather. I'm 54ml from WHKY & even though It's out of the sweet spot for my antenna, I still pick it up 80 percent of the time.
post #4846 of 7641
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Originally Posted by Bordershy View Post

It's just the nature of RF + weather. I'm 54ml from WHKY & even though It's out of the sweet spot for my antenna, I still pick it up 80 percent of the time.

I am about 68 miles out from the transmitter. I can pick up WHKY, maybe 20% of the time. And of course, this would be night time viewing only. But the Dallas towers are about the same distance from my home. Yet, I can pick up all of those stations (including WMYT) 100% of the time. Why the difference? My guess is because the signal for WHKY (coming off Bakers Mtn) is not as high. And we all know height can play a big factor.
post #4847 of 7641
I am hearing that WCNC is not yet prepared to upgrade to high definition for the local news, which is disappointing as they are in the process of completely rebuilding their set. The entire studio was totally gutted as posted in a photo on their Facebook page. But hopefully the new look will be an improvement, and they will eventually get there. Although their 16x9 SD presentation does look better than others I've seen, and actually surprisingly good, considering, on my Samsung 1080p plasma. Which may explain why they are not quite yet ready to make the investment. Meanwhile, I've read that FX Group has a contract to build sets for Raycom stations, so that may mean something may soon be in the works for WBTV, but no confirmation on that.
post #4848 of 7641
I watch the news to see what is happening. I don't care one way or the other about HD newscasts. I really don't why it would matter.

That said: The WCNC newscast looks pretty good on my 46" LCD.
post #4849 of 7641
Most people watch the news to see what is happening, but the quality of presentation can influence the choice of channel. But because WCNC does a good job with widescreen SD, then perhaps the average viewer doesn't even notice. But WSOC seems to do the best job of conveying the idea that they most aggressively cover all of the "major breaking news." They will even tell you on the 6pm news that they first reported a story as breaking news yesterday, to remind you that you should have been watching Channel 9 in the first place. But I like their active and aggressive approach, whereas WCNC is a bit bland and lackluster. And WBTV seems to somewhat strike a middle ground, although they have become more like WSOC since Raycom took over from previous owners Lincoln and Jefferson-Pilot.
post #4850 of 7641
WCNC is expected to debut new set on 4pm news Monday, according to Mark Washburn in Saturday Charlotte Observer. But regretably will not yet be HD.
post #4851 of 7641
Looks like WMYT could put some kind of programming on 55.2 by now. If this Soul of the South is not going to materialize, it looks like they could at least pick up This TV which was dropped by WBTV. Or something.
post #4852 of 7641
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Looks like WMYT could put some kind of programming on 55.2 by now. If this Soul of the South is not going to materialize, it looks like they could at least pick up This TV which was dropped by WBTV. Or something.

Soul of South was to came on the air on 55.2 back at end of May but from what i have Google on the soul of south it look like it set for fall now.
post #4853 of 7641
I actually enjoy the Jimmy Swaggart camp meeting shows on 55.3. If you like southern style boogie woogie gospel and motivational preaching, then this channel is quite uplifting and entertaining. Jimmy Swaggart both preaches and sings, and he can still play that piano. Not so sure about Soul of the South, but will see what it has to offer when it finally appears. Hopefully better than Bounce.
post #4854 of 7641
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Looks like WMYT could put some kind of programming on 55.2 by now. If this Soul of the South is not going to materialize, it looks like they could at least pick up This TV which was dropped by WBTV. Or something.

Soul of South is coming in Late September

and THIS TV is coming soon to 46.4
post #4855 of 7641
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Originally Posted by LMckin View Post

THIS TV is coming soon to 46.4

If ThisTV does reappear in Charlotte, I'm curious how long it will then take ThisTV to update their website. They still show WBTV as an active carrier of ThisTV (and, on the main 3.1 sub-channel). If you read it on the internet, it has to be true, right!rolleyes.gif
post #4856 of 7641
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Originally Posted by A J View Post

If ThisTV does reappear in Charlotte, I'm curious how long it will then take ThisTV to update their website. They still show WBTV as an active carrier of ThisTV (and, on the main 3.1 sub-channel). If you read it on the internet, it has to be true, right!rolleyes.gif

And they still list WNEG TV 32 for GREENVILLE AND SPARTANBURG AREA on their website when WYFF 4 is the This TV affilate in Greenville Spartanburg area
post #4857 of 7641
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Originally Posted by LMckin View Post

Soul of South is coming in Late September
and THIS TV is coming soon to 46.4

Interesting. This puts 4 channels on 46 including one that is HD.

46.1 - main HD channel (CW)
46.2 - Antenna TV
46.3 - The Country Network
46.4 - ThisTV

They do transmit their subchannels at the lowest resolution of any channel in CLT so maybe this is how they can do it. Still, this is good news. It will be good to see ThisTV back on the air in Charlotte.
post #4858 of 7641
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Originally Posted by blackcat6 View Post

Interesting. This puts 4 channels on 46 including one that is HD.
46.1 - main HD channel (CW)
46.2 - Antenna TV
46.3 - The Country Network
46.4 - ThisTV
They do transmit their subchannels at the lowest resolution of any channel in CLT so maybe this is how they can do it. Still, this is good news. It will be good to see ThisTV back on the air in Charlotte.
Well I hope they do a good job of transmitting 4 channels in order to maintain good pic quality, including the main HD channel. I am a bit concerned about that. I know it has something to do with the type of encoders and bit rates and such. I know This TV looked good on WBTV, but when they added Bounce the quality declined a bit. I watched the Inspector Clouseau movie on WYFF 4.2 on Sat and it looked very good on This TV here.
post #4859 of 7641
By lower resolution I mean they transmit a smaller picture on their SD channels. 46.2 & 46.3 are 640x480. Most of the others are are 704x680 for example RTV, and WCCB sends a 720x480 picture 16;9 anamorphic (better than SD). If your receiver is handing these properly, and not all do, you can see the difference in the width of the picture on a wide screen display.

I didn't realize there was a difference until I moved completely to OTA and started looking at a DVR. MythTV will report the picture size, bit rates, decode rates, codecs, etc. I think my dish receiver made them all the same size. I'm pretty sure that cable re-encodes them to their lowest common denominator SD channel so you won't see any difference there either.
Edited by blackcat6 - 7/16/12 at 12:48pm
post #4860 of 7641
WCWG in Greensboro has 4 mutlicast channels and the HD one is fine. The 3 subs are noticeably worse than other subchannels in the area.
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