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post #5551 of 7658
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Originally Posted by A J View Post

I noticed last night (and confirmed this morning) that Charlotte's TVGOS program listings end at 4:00 AM on Wednesday, 2/27/13. This is the first time I've ever had less than a full week's program guide on my CM-7000PAL DVR.

Bummer! I was hoping that Charlotte would wait until the April 1st deadline to pull the plug on TVGOS. Dropping down to PSIP will be like going from a Chevy to a Yugo.
Unfortunately that will dramatically decrease the functionality of the CM-7000PAL DVR. And Channel Master is no longer apparently offering support for this Dish Network designed unit. It has been replaced by the newer CM-7400 version, which will allow you to purchase an extended program guide. But this new model runs hot and has a problematic tuner. The best replacement choice may be a TiVo, which has a good tuner and a very nice menu interface that very nicely combines cable and OTA antenna channels in one box. But it is somewhat pricey unless you purchase on sale and use a $100 off coupon code for the lifetime subscription. Or you could look into the possibility of designing your own HTPC system, which could be more affordable.
post #5552 of 7658
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I was hoping that Charlotte would wait until the April 1st deadline to pull the plug on TVGOS.

WSOC-TV had a contract until April 1....Rovi stopped sending data on Feb 19. They requested the equipment back on Feb 20th....This was Rovi call, not WSOC-TV.
post #5553 of 7658
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

WSOC-TV had a contract until April 1....Rovi stopped sending data on Feb 19. They requested the equipment back on Feb 20th....This was Rovi call, not WSOC-TV.

WSOC is providing 3 days of PSIP program guide (Thank You!), as do WTVI and WAXN. UNC-TV seems to have 2 days PSIP. Unfortunately, the other Charlotte stations seem to only provide 12 hours, or so. Maybe now that TVGOS is dead, more stations will upgrade to longer duration PSIP, at least 3 days worth. My CM-7000PAL DVR functions perfectly with PSIP when it is available.

Jeez, if a lowly independent station like WAXN can broadcast 72 hours of program guide, why can't everybody?!!
post #5554 of 7658
I'll look into / consider that..It's not quite that simple as our system provides PSIP for 6 other stations in addition to WCCB.

And I have a couple of analog TVGOS inserters if anyone wants to try and hack them.. biggrin.gif
post #5555 of 7658
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Originally Posted by bdfox18doe View Post

I'll look into / consider that..

Thanks for checking into that, Bob. If 2 or 3 days of PSIP isn't practical to implement at this time, just going to 24 hours of program guide would be a big help.
post #5556 of 7658
I now have DTvPal at home that someone gave me the other day to look at.

Btw. some may not be aware.. there are apple apps for the HDHomerun Tuners to view on iPhone-ipad. And I just got an AverMedia Homefree AV Plus for $65 to play with too.
Edited by bdfox18doe - 2/25/13 at 11:23am
post #5557 of 7658
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Btw. some may not be aware.. there are apple apps for the HDHomerun Tuners to view on iPhone-ipad. .....
There is an Android client for it too. It's really nice for antenna pointing. Just display the SQ meter on the phone and move the antenna accordingly. Certainly better than the old days of screaming down to someone watching the picture on the TV. "is that it !!!".., "no you turned it too far !!!" smile.gif

If I had one of those DTVpals, I'd try to hack the embedded linux OS on it to see if I could write to the DB (if it uses one) that holds the guide info. It would be interesting to see if one of the common grabber scripts could overwrite it with more complete data.
post #5558 of 7658
Still reading about possible UHF repacking by the FCC. Supposedly UHF spectrum may be cut off at RF35. So in Charlotte, that means that WJZY and WMYT may be forced to relocate, as RF47 and RF39 will no longer be available. If this change indeed occurs. So where will they be allowed to move? What UHF channels will be available? And it does not appear as if HiVHF will be available, as those channels are already occupied by neighboring markets in Asheville/Greenville/Spartanburg and Columbia. And RF11 already used by WTVI. If they are forced to LowVHF, then hopefully the FCC will allow higher power levels to overcome noise and interference. One good thing, WJZY does have that very tall 2000ft tower, but they have not yet top mounted their digital antenna as they are allegedly awaiting the repacking issue to be resolved. And should be interesting to see how this plays out when FOX takes over. And will other Clt channels likely be affected by the possible FCC reassignment?
post #5559 of 7658
If, IF the cutoff is 35...WAXN, WJZY, WMYT and WUNG will all have to move.
post #5560 of 7658
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

If, IF the cutoff is 35...WAXN, WJZY, WMYT and WUNG will all have to move.
Forgot about those. But I suppose WSOC could broadcast both 9 and 64 on RF34 with 2 HD signals. Would depend upon quality of encoders and mutiplexing ability to maintain good pic quality. But maybe they could find another channel for WAXN. Will be interesting to see how this FCC repacking works out, but I would rather them just leave things as they are.
post #5561 of 7658
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

If, IF the cutoff is 35...WAXN, WJZY, WMYT and WUNG will all have to move.

Is there the dire possibility that a channel needing to move - those above 35 as you suggest - would be moved to low VHF? Below channel 7? Regardless, I am not looking forward to how my OTA reception will respond to this re-packing. Of course, the government's goal is to help us biggrin.gif

Eric
post #5562 of 7658
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Originally Posted by eacalhoun View Post

Is there the dire possibility that a channel needing to move - those above 35 as you suggest - would be moved to low VHF? Below channel 7? Regardless, I am not looking forward to how my OTA reception will respond to this re-packing. Of course, the government's goal is to help us biggrin.gif

Eric
As I said, if they are forced to LowVHF, then I hope they are allowed higher power levels to overcome noise and interference. And to reach the same coverage area as a full power UHF. But it appears as if WCNC, WBTV, and WCCB may be safe, with WSOC just squeeking by. If RF35 is the cut off.
post #5563 of 7658
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Originally Posted by eacalhoun View Post

Is there the dire possibility that a channel needing to move - those above 35 as you suggest - would be moved to low VHF? Below channel 7? Regardless, I am not looking forward to how my OTA reception will respond to this re-packing. Of course, the government's goal is to help us biggrin.gif

Eric

Yea, it ticks me off every time I think about this whole repacking thing. Does the FCC even remember what their original mission statement was rolleyes.gif
post #5564 of 7658
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Originally Posted by eacalhoun View Post

Is there the dire possibility that a channel needing to move - those above 35 as you suggest - would be moved to low VHF? Below channel 7? Regardless, I am not looking forward to how my OTA reception will respond to this re-packing. Of course, the government's goal is to help us biggrin.gif

Eric

Yea, it ticks me off every time I think about this whole repacking thing. Does the FCC even remember what their original mission statement was rolleyes.gif

 

Congress sets the rules for what regulations the FCC is allowed to impose, and the courts have also set limits on what the FCC can do. The FCC has been weakened a lot because the political philosophy in the U.S. has shifted in favor of low regulation and not worrying about consumers or the general public. People call it the free market at work, but it looks an awful lot like powerful lobbyists for the pay TV industry and the wireless telecommunications industry getting their way.

 

Apparently the National Association of Broadcasters no longer has much clout in lobbying..

post #5565 of 7658
Something has hit me.
There might be something good for WCCB while most everything does not look good.
I used to find myself flipping off WCCB when a promo for a certain show came up. I have not seen such promos recently.
The show is called something like "Idle American".
There is a committee of clowns who evidently have some Idle American pulled off the streets for the purpose of being ridiculed.
Not very professional clowns, though. They don't seem to have their makeup registered, as it changes from time to time.
I don't understand the show, I guess, but I'm glad its out of mind.
Edited by difuse - 2/27/13 at 3:39pm
post #5566 of 7658
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Originally Posted by difuse View Post

Something has hit me.
There might be something good for WCCB while most everything does not look goof.
I used to find myself flipping off WCCB when a promo for a certain show came up. I have not seen such promos recently.
The show is called something like "Idle American".
There is a committee of clowns who evidently have some Idle American pulled off the streets for the purpose of being ridiculed.
Not very professional clowns, though. They don't seem to have their makeup registered, as it changes from time to time.
I don't understand the show, I guess, but I'm glad its out of mind.

Sarcasm? Sorry, I'm confused. confused.gif
post #5567 of 7658
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Originally Posted by eacalhoun View Post

Sarcasm? Sorry, I'm confused. confused.gif
Nah, just looking for a silver lining.
post #5568 of 7658
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Originally Posted by difuse View Post

...

The show is called something like "Idle American".
There is a committee of clowns who evidently have some Idle American pulled off the streets for the purpose of being ridiculed.
Not very professional clowns, though. ...
I don't understand the show, I guess, but I'm glad its out of mind.

 

I have to agree with you on that, difuse.

Talent competitions have a venerable heritage on TV (dating back to Ted Mack and the Amateur Hour), but the idea of mocking the contestants is not cool.

 

At least on "The Gong Show" the contestants knew that it was all for laughs.

 

Now, when is broadcast TV going to bring back variety shows?

post #5569 of 7658
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Originally Posted by veedon View Post

Congress sets the rules for what regulations the FCC is allowed to impose, and the courts have also set limits on what the FCC can do. The FCC has been weakened a lot because the political philosophy in the U.S. has shifted in favor of low regulation and not worrying about consumers or the general public. People call it the free market at work, but it looks an awful lot like powerful lobbyists for the pay TV industry and the wireless telecommunications industry getting their way.

Apparently the National Association of Broadcasters no longer has much clout in lobbying..

I couldnt have said it better myself.
post #5570 of 7658
Pioneer Christian broadcaster Jim Bakker returned to Heritage USA this past week for a series of broadcasts from the old PTL studios and the Upper Room prayer site. In this Restoration meeting he was reunited with former PTL partners including Rick Joyner who now operates Morningstar Ministies at the new Heritage International. The New Jim Bakker Show originates now from Branson, MO and is carried on WGGS-16 in Greenville-Spartanburg and also in the Greensboro market. Perhaps a Charlotte subchannel could decide to carry the new program in the former hometown market of the Jim and Tammy Show. I believe Channel 36 was the original flagship station during the Ted Turner days, then the show moved for many years to WCCB Channel 18. And WCCB will soon be in need of new programming ...
post #5571 of 7658
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

Pioneer Christian broadcaster Jim Bakker returned to Heritage USA this past week for a series of broadcasts from the old PTL studios and the Upper Room prayer site. In this Restoration meeting he was reunited with former PTL partners including Rick Joyner who now operates Morningstar Ministies at the new Heritage International. The New Jim Bakker Show originates now from Branson, MO and is carried on WGGS-16 in Greenville-Spartanburg and also in the Greensboro market. Perhaps a Charlotte subchannel could decide to carry the new program in the former hometown market of the Jim and Tammy Show. I believe Channel 36 was the original flagship station during the Ted Turner days, then the show moved for many years to WCCB Channel 18. And WCCB will soon be in need of new programming ...

What a bunch of con artists those TV preachers are!

post #5572 of 7658
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Originally Posted by veedon View Post

What a bunch of con artists those TV preachers are!


+1
post #5573 of 7658
Jim Bakker has acknowledged past mistakes and is now preaching a message of Hope, Forgiveness, and Restoration. And while I do enjoy good Southern Gospel music, I do not endorse a fraudulent scam. So it can be debated that the Bill Gaither business model is more financially feasible and fiscally responsible. Selling a gospel music product rather than relying upon and often begging for donations to support a lavish lifestyle. But a Channel 9 Investigation recently exposed a Charlotte con artist preacher selling supernatural salvation but you must send him the money right away or you will not be blessed. Shameful indeed. And good reporting by WSOC.
post #5574 of 7658
WSOC did an Investgative Reports this weekend about another TV preacher (or something like that) who says he is in Hawaii, but actually lives in a milion dollar condo here in CLT. They found 100s of thousands of dollars in cars that belonged to him at the condo. They couldn't get him to come on air, or even find him, but apparently he convinces enough people to send him money, so that he can live quite well off.

I never had anything against the Bakkers, but I wouldn't want to see Jim to TV here again in CLT. For one thing, it would never be like it was when he was on the air with Tammy.
post #5575 of 7658
Yes there will never be another Tammy Faye. And the new Jim Bakker Show is not the same without her. But back in the day Jim was like the Walt Disney or Johnny Carson of Christian television, with Hollywood style televsion productions that rivaled the major networks. The musicians and orchestra were excellent, and production quality was first rate. And featured entertainers were Howard and Vestal Goodman, Doug Oldham, and Bob and Jeannie Johnson. Despite the fiscal irregularities, there was a sincere ministry there, and I enjoyed the show. It was sad the way it all ended, but mistakes were made. Now new ministries have emerged at Heritage USA and Branson, MO, but on a smaller scale. Although I always wished Paul and Jan Crouch had taken over PTL for TBN rather than Jerry Falwell. Would have been a better fit.
post #5576 of 7658
And I did see the 9 Investigation about the fraudulent preacher living in Charlotte who is now soliciting thousands of dollars in donations for "supernatural salvation." Definitely a scam and a con artist there.
post #5577 of 7658
WBTV is now Live Streaming its newscasts on wbtv.com. Looks good in native resolution as long as you don't stretch into full screen. Glad to see them joining WRAL which has set the top video quality standard for live streaming newscasts. Hopefully WSOC will be next as I barely grab onto their OTA signal and sometimes suffer dropouts. Will Eyewitness News be streaming live in the forseable future? I hope so.
post #5578 of 7658
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Originally Posted by tylerSC View Post

WBTV is now Live Streaming its newscasts on wbtv.com.

I watched about 15 minutes and they did not stream commercials. They displayed "We'll be back shortly" with audio muted during every commercial break. I would guess that is temporary until they contract with advertisers for the ads to be streamed in addition to OTA.

The PQ is not too great. As you said, it is OK in the default small window. Expanded full screen on even a 19" monitor, it is pretty bad.
post #5579 of 7658
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Hopefully WSOC will be next as I barely grab onto their OTA signal and sometimes suffer dropouts. Will Eyewitness News be streaming live in the forseable future? I hope so.

WSOC has been streaming its newscast for over two years.....
post #5580 of 7658
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Originally Posted by Theo1080 View Post

WSOC has been streaming its newscast for over two years.....
My apology I had no idea. This is very good to know and will allow me to watch the news on days like today when the translator signal keeps dropping out. And hopefully sometime in the future you can upgrade the video quality like WRAL which is very good. But not complaining as I do appreciate what you are offering now. But the promo dept should do a better job of informing viewers that live streaming is available. All I hear is the weather apps and and iphone and Android capabilities. Did not realize the newscasts were streamed live on wsoctv.com.
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