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post #61 of 429
Has anyone noticed that WHLT now has a digital schedule showing on channel 22-1. It suddenly appeared on my directv receiver's channel guide a few days ago. The bad news though is there has been no signal thus far. Does anyone know if they are in the process of putting in a digital transmitter?

Also of interest, I received an e-mail from the station engineer at WXXV saying they are in the process of putting in a more powerful digital transmitter to be in operation around the end of march.
post #62 of 429
That is CBS22? It would be nice to be able to pick them up here on the Coast too if possible. Keep us updated when it goes live.
post #63 of 429
I currently have DirecTV and I have Comcast for local channels 2-13(not digital) in the Petal area. I am wanting to get an HDTV and take full advantage of it. I need some advice.

I think I understand that I could upgrade my DirecTV service to the HD receiver and I would need an antenna to receive local channels in HD. If I have a good antenna and can pick up some local HD channels will they be digital? That confuses me about how good the signal would be. Or do I need to do away with DTV and go with Comcast Digital with HD and local channels?
post #64 of 429
Hi,
With a good roof-top antenna that is capable of receiving digital broadcasts, you should be able to get local digital and HD programming. I live in the North Forrest area, pretty close to Sanford. I have a Winegard HD-8200 antenna with an amp and rotor which allows me to receive analog and digital transmissions from WLOX, analog transmissions from WXXV, and digital/HD transmissions from MS ETV. The high def broadcasts on ETV(Channel 19.2) are of spectacularly good quality. You can also receive high def proramming from WDAM on Channel 7.1 and two other digital channels(music & weather) from WDAM on Channels 7.2 and 7.3. Like you I subscribe to DirecTV, so I get all my pay programming thru them. The antenna I have is pricey, but I've had this set-up for a year now, and I think it's paying for itself by now. Hope this helps you out.
Joe K
post #65 of 429
Thanks for the reply. So I could keep DirecTV and just get a good outdoor antenna for HD local channels? I know it's minor, but would I still need to pay Comcast $6 a month for analog local channels 2-13? Or with that type antenna can I pick up all local stations in either SD or HD?
post #66 of 429
The right antenna should allow you to pick up all local network affiliates' analog and digital signals. You would need a rotor to position your antenna to optimize your reception for particular stations. Whoever installs your antenna could help you program your antenna to accomplish this. I don't think you would need to continue your Comcast subscription if you chose to have an antenna installed. The only network affiliate that I don't receive well with my antenna is the CW affiliate out of Magee. The picture I can get is watchable but snowy. All the others(NBC, CBS, ETV, FOX, ABC) are good. You might want to talk with one of the electronics dealers in the area. I got mine thru H&H on Hwy 98.
Joe K
post #67 of 429
That clears it up for me. Thanks so much. From speaking with DirecTV yesterday they have plans to have over 100 HD channels later this year so I would like to stay with them.
post #68 of 429
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Originally Posted by cripstaruny View Post

That clears it up for me. Thanks so much. From speaking with DirecTV yesterday they have plans to have over 100 HD channels later this year so I would like to stay with them.

I read that as well. But let me tell you from experience, the quantity of the HD channels is not important, it's the quality.

Dish HD gave me 20 something HD channels...I rarely watched them. The content was awful and was very repetitive. There were only 2 or 3 HD channels I watched on a semi-regular basis, HD News, Travel Channel and Discovery HD.

I would like to take the time to repeat a favorite saying of mine with regards to HD...garbage in, garbage out. If the show is 30 years old, just because it's in HD does not make it more appealing than SD. I learned that from the Kung-Fu channel, which I was so hyped up to experience with Dish. What a disappointment.

Perhaps DirecTV will do a better job with their HD lineup than Dish is, if so I will definitely give them a go!
post #69 of 429
Another thing to keep in mind here is that both DISH & DirecTV do not broadcast in full bandwidth HDTV. Your OTA PQ on HD content is typically going to be visibly better than via satellite. That's not to say satellite is bad by any means, more like the difference between hot apple pie and hot apple pie with vanilla ice cream on top. Both are good, just different

There are vast threads in these forums on HD OTA vs. satellite if you want to understand all of the technical jargon behind the arguments.
post #70 of 429
WHLT CBS-22 has a really bad analog signal here, both OTA (even at only maybe 15-miles out) and via Comcast cable. It really was disappointing to have to watch the SuperBowl on that. I wonder if they will ever get on-the-air with any sort of digital signal.
post #71 of 429
Regarding WHLT chan 22 going digital, I have not been able to get the station engineer to return my call. Last year I e-mailed WJTV station Mgr. on this issue and was told they (WHLT) would go digital when the Govt. mandates it in 2009.
post #72 of 429
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Originally Posted by rrkelly2000 View Post

Also of interest, I received an e-mail from the station engineer at WXXV saying they are in the process of putting in a more powerful digital transmitter to be in operation around the end of march.

hi-

Anyone know if WXXV has gone to full digital power? I am in Bay St. Louis-Waveland area and have no signal on 25-1 (DTV 48), although 80-85% signal for WLOX and 65-70% for WMAH. Admittedly I'm using the back side of a CM4228 for the Biloxi/Gulfport channels (orientation towards New Orleans), but am a bit surprised with no signal at all from WXXV. Wondering if I should combine feeds with a CM4221 pointing N-NE or wait a bit longer for WXXV's new digital transmitter?

thanks
post #73 of 429
I have not been able to pick up XXV for a several weeks it not a few months now. I don't know why b/c it used to come in fine. I've been relying on WVUE 8 for my fox programing.

I'm in Long Beach and also have a 4228 and have had trouble getting WLOX lately too. Of course I'm using a DirecTV-Tivo which doesn't have the best tuner for OTA.
post #74 of 429
I live about 12 miles from the WLOX and WXXV towers. 13.1, 13.2, 13.3 all come in good for WLOX. 25.1 shows on my menu (DirecTV reciever); however, I haven't been able to receive a signal. Word around the campfire, with a gentleman who shares tower for his wireless internet company, is that the gentlemen who were suppose to install the new HD transmitter are suppose to be back to finish this week. However, with the rain (not complaining, we need it), I doubt they have worked on it this week. So, maybe we'll see the come on air soon.

By the way, I haven't attempted trying to get OTA broadcasts from Hattiesburg, Mobile or NOLA. What kind of an antenna should I get and what should I expect as far as reception. (I'm located about 12 miles west of McHenry (as the crow flies).)
post #75 of 429
I finally got WXXV a few weeks ago and the on/off last week. Now I know why. I'm in Long Beach.

I really don't think you'll have much luck getting H'burg from McHenry due to the low power signal from there. I'd like to know if you do though.

I'm using both a 4228 and 4221 antenna. One for New Orleans and the other for local.
post #76 of 429
I did a rescan on my Tv tonight, locking channel 16 digitals out of Jackson, but my antenna is still pointed south, never got this one before, must be the weather.
still have not been able to get a lock on wxxv 25 digitals though.
Do any of You know if they are at full power yet.(wxxv)
post #77 of 429
Hello everyone. I am new to all of this, so I have some questions. I just bought a Vizio XV32. I have Directv and $6 comcast basic lineup. Ever since the hurricane, however, we have been getting an extended lineup form comcast. When I plugged in my Vizio, we got some new channels that I assume are HD ones. 3-1 is wlox HD, 4-1 is wlox weather thing, 5-1 is the nbc weather. I realize I have no external antenna, so I assume the internal one in the TV is picking them up. I am watching the TV on the "cable" setting. Why are the channel numbers different than all the sites and listings for HD things? And how come it doesn't pick up WDAM in HD when it is closer than the ABC station? (I live inside Hattiesburg city limits) I assume eventually I will have to get a roof antenna to get all my stations I want, but I don't understand what is going on at all at this point. Thanks for any help you can give me.
post #78 of 429
Anyone else having problems with WDAM? I have an antenna connected to a Haup WinTV HVR 1600 with Vista Media Center. It shows a fantastic signal, but when I go to watch it, I don't get anything. Any ideas what is happening? I'm picking up WLOX and can see it just fine.
post #79 of 429
For any in the H-burg area who are not already aware, WXXV-25.1 has their new transmitter up and running. They apparently don't turn their power up until late afternoon because that's when you can get it up here. Happy viewing!!! Hope they turn up the power when the Saints are on this fall.
post #80 of 429
Tried it tonight, still nothing.
post #81 of 429
I'm getting 25.1 FOX now here in Jones County
looks great
post #82 of 429
Is this a digital signal? I'm getting WLOX and WMAH as perfectly as always and WXXV's antenna is supposed to be right between them (according to antennaweb.org).

rrKelly2000 or Covack, what kind of antenna setup are you using to receive WXXV? Football season is fast approaching!
post #83 of 429
I have a CM 4228 bowtie with a CM 0064 preamp
Its about 35 ft. high
I hope you can get it, I'm waiting to watch them Saints myself
post #84 of 429
Thanks, Covack. I've got this one in my attic. Like I said, it picks up WLOX fine but not a thing from WXXV.

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

Do I just need more/better antenna?
post #85 of 429
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Originally Posted by SinistrV6 View Post

Thanks, Covack. I've got this one in my attic. Like I said, it picks up WLOX fine but not a thing frindex.

Do I just need more/better antenna?

I have a cheap Radio Shack UHF antenna in my attic on a rotor and find WXXV to be approx. 34 degrees sw of WLOX. I live out near Petal High School, if that helps. What is really odd is that I have another HD set working with a Phillips indoor amplified antenna I bought at Walmart that picks up WDAM, WLOX, WXXV and WMAH often without being rotated. This antenna is not foolproof. Right now at 3pm friday I'm getting a signal of 80%- 90% on WDAM, 60%-70% on WXXV, 50%-60% on WLOX (with dropouts) and 35%-50% on WMAH (no picture on WMAH). Hope this helps.
post #86 of 429
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Originally Posted by Stallion[DuClaw] View Post

Anyone else having problems with WDAM? I have an antenna connected to a Haup WinTV HVR 1600 with Vista Media Center. It shows a fantastic signal, but when I go to watch it, I don't get anything. Any ideas what is happening? I'm picking up WLOX and can see it just fine.

So does anyone have a clue why this might be a problem for me?
post #87 of 429
DuClaw,
Can You change between HD and SD, If so I would try wdam on SD and see if it will come in. Also You might try rebooting Your computer if You haven't already. It also might be a software issue, new drivers for the tv card may need to updated.

Were You able to view it earlier, or Has it never worked.
I hope You get it working
post #88 of 429
Just moved to Hattiesburg, and I'm trying to get my TV situation worked out for the football season. I currently have DirecTV and live in an apartment, so I can't install an outdoor antenna. What are my options here? I've heard about the basic local channels from Comcast - are there any HD channels included in this? Should I be able to pick up any HD channels with an indoor antenna? I tried once before with a $20 Wal-Mart antenna, and couldn't get any. Was my antenna at fault?
post #89 of 429
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Originally Posted by Covack View Post

DuClaw,
Can You change between HD and SD, If so I would try wdam on SD and see if it will come in. Also You might try rebooting Your computer if You haven't already. It also might be a software issue, new drivers for the tv card may need to updated.

Were You able to view it earlier, or Has it never worked.
I hope You get it working

My antenna is a Terk digital only. I have never been able to get wdam on my vista box, but I have been able to via my Dish box. I don't use my dish box because it doesn't have the guide for the locals. Vista shows me getting a great signal, it just is blank when I try to see it.
post #90 of 429
I've got THIS ANTENNA and it's supposed to be UHF-Only. However, I'm picking up WLOX (Biloxi) in UHF and VHF, and WEAR (Pensacola) in VHF. At least that's what Antennaweb.org says they are.

I still can't get WXXV. It's supposed to be UHF. Sent the engineer over there an e-mail earlier, haven't heard back yet.

Here's the question (finally). Should I only be able to receive DIGITAL signals? How can I set up to receive ANALOG signals?

Any help would be appreciated. Saints playing tonight....
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