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post #3751 of 7246
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Originally Posted by gseeg View Post

Hi DubC, if you still have this and would like to sell, it I am very interested in taking it off your hands. I live in Corinth and work in Carrollton, so I'm in your general area, and would have no problem meeting somewhere convenient for you to buy it.

I have it in my car (Tahoe) right now. I am in Lewisville (work) during the day. Price was 69.99 + 8.25% tax = $75.76. If you want to pay cash you can just make it $75. Like I said, I have the receipt if you want to check.

I never even pulled the antenna out of the box. However, the box was already open when I bought it. I looked inside and didn't see anything missing. If there is then I will give you your money back and return the antenna myself.

The box is 41"x39" and 5.5" thick. Might be difficult to fit in a car.

I will be in the office today, tomorrow, and Friday. You can call me at the office if you want. (972) 459-5031

Name is Wes
post #3752 of 7246
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Originally Posted by DubC View Post

Check to see if your tv has a signal meter built into it. My Mits does. That could be one way to dial in 8.1 (would have to set to channel 9 though). Other than that you would just have to point the VHF portion toward Cedar Hill, which is southeast of us.

I tried two or three different indoor antennas and had no luck in our neighborhood. Ended up getting a Channel Master 3018 at Fry's (~$40). Haven't had any problems since.

I did a little tweaking and now have 8.1. Ch 4.1, 11.1 are perfect and if i watch 5.1 or 8.1, i have to play with it just a little as they cut out from time to time. There are some huge trees right outside the window so i know that doesnt help.
post #3753 of 7246
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Originally Posted by beowulf7 View Post

A few years? It can't be past 2009 when the FCC broadcast mandate takes effect.

Actually, it can be past 2009. All that has to happen at KDFW in 2009 is that they turn off their analog transmitter. They can continue broadcasting their news in standard definition as long as they want...as long as that standard definition newscast is transmitted digitally.

Remember: there is no HD mandate, only a digital one.
post #3754 of 7246
I was watching KERA-HD Wednesday night over-the-air (watching 'Seeing In The Dark' and 'American Masters: Orozco: Man of Fire' in HD -- 'Seeing In The Dark' was particularly cool). I noticed that all of the programs, including the local 'insert' elements, had static in the audio portion of the soundtrack. I had separately recorded the shows in standard-def from my cable signal, and the static was not present.

My biggest concern is that the static issue on the HD channel be checked and addressed before the first episode of "The War" airs on Sunday night -- I've e-mailed KERA about this, but I was curious if anyone else had experienced this, and if this was a longer-lived issue.
post #3755 of 7246
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Originally Posted by Thomas Desmond View Post

Actually, it can be past 2009. All that has to happen at KDFW in 2009 is that they turn off their analog transmitter. They can continue broadcasting their news in standard definition as long as they want...as long as that standard definition newscast is transmitted digitally.

Remember: there is no HD mandate, only a digital one.

Yes, you're right. It has me wondering "What's the point?" of requiring digital but not HD. For the most part, digital SD will still be as "bad" as traditional analog SD. It's like the "digital cable" many cable companies promote. When they're not HD, they look as bad as old school "analog cable".

In an unrelated note, I was reading the Oct. 2007 issue of "Home Theater" mag. Geoffrey Morrison was responding to letters to the editor. One guy asked about Verizon FiOS. From what I inferred reading it, the best to worst HD quality will be as follows:

fiber optic service, cable service, satellite service

Not coincidentally, that is the order from least compression to most compression. If you want to throw in antenna service, then that would be the best b/c it has the least compression.
post #3756 of 7246
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Originally Posted by chnky18 View Post

I did a little tweaking and now have 8.1. Ch 4.1, 11.1 are perfect and if i watch 5.1 or 8.1, i have to play with it just a little as they cut out from time to time. There are some huge trees right outside the window so i know that doesnt help.

How close are you to the Cedar Hill towers?
post #3757 of 7246
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Originally Posted by beowulf7 View Post

Yes, you're right. It has me wondering "What's the point?" of requiring digital but not HD. For the most part, digital SD will still be as "bad" as traditional analog SD.

It allows TV's to be built with type of tuner instead of two (NTSC, ATSC).
post #3758 of 7246
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Originally Posted by 5 is # 1 View Post

How close are you to the Cedar Hill towers?

according to tvfool.com, between 22-25 miles.
post #3759 of 7246
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Originally Posted by chnky18 View Post

according to tvfool.com, between 22-25 miles.

I use a Winegard HDP-269 amplifier. It is designed to boost the signal without raising the noise level for antennas close to the source (I'm in Forney about 30 miles away). I have another still sealed in the box, if you want it, send a message to me. It solved my inability to get KERA 13, when all the other stations were fine. Here is some independent observations...

http://www.highdefforum.com/search.php?searchid=926187
post #3760 of 7246
anyone getting kind of muffled sound from TXA 21-1. All the other OTA stations come through perfectly for me, just wondering if anyone else is having this issue. By the way, TXA starts HD tomorrow
post #3761 of 7246
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Originally Posted by beowulf7 View Post

It has me wondering "What's the point?" of requiring digital but not HD.

The point is so the goverment can get the cash from auctioning off the analog spectrum.
post #3762 of 7246
KTVT Channel 11 was supposed to go HD for news this morning. I did not see anything on HD this morning.
post #3763 of 7246
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Originally Posted by dugpa View Post

The point is so the goverment can get the cash from auctioning off the analog spectrum.

I heard from a coworker that the gov.'t will charge for both spectrums, which will hopefully encourage broadcasters to ween off analog and adopt digital only. In the end, we (collective customers) can make the broadcasters make the transition faster by only watching those shows and channel that transmit in HD.
post #3764 of 7246
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Originally Posted by Tonedeaf View Post

KTVT Channel 11 was supposed to go HD for news this morning. I did not see anything on HD this morning.

It started at 1600. Their debut far exceeded that of KXAS's and was about on par with WFAA's. Still some bugs to work out. I can't figure out why they start with HD before they're 100% ready. The weather maps/graphics are all zoomed/cropped and not in HD. This is the same approach KXAS took.

The set and anchors looked great and much of the field footage was widescreen, although not HD.
post #3765 of 7246
Are you listening to all this ch.4?
post #3766 of 7246
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Originally Posted by 5 is # 1 View Post

Are you listening to all this ch.4?

no $hit !!!!!!!! I strongly agree!!!!! Like i said numerous times, fox 4 and cw 33needs to get their head out of their A$$ and pronto!!!!
post #3767 of 7246
A coworker who just recently got an 52" LCD HDTV and DirecTV HD service says NBC news has the best looking hi-def. What do you think?

He also said DirecTV has no clue on how to install satellite dishes. He said the installer didn't even ground the dish! And he had to go up on the roof to clean up the wires. He called that installer (20-something y/o kid) back out to show him how to do his job.
post #3768 of 7246
Just to let others know, I received an e-mail from Crutchfield that they're selling the CM 4228 and 7777 as a set, which gives a $25 discount. It's automatically applied - no coupon code is needed. The promotion/deal ends 11/30/07. When I put it in the shopping cart, it was ~$136 shipped. I didn't buy it since I don't think I need the 7777 pre-amp; I just want the 4228 antenna.
post #3769 of 7246
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Originally Posted by beowulf7 View Post

A coworker who just recently got an 52" LCD HDTV and DirecTV HD service says NBC news has the best looking hi-def. What do you think?

I think NBC's is the worst. I haven't looked in a week, but they had some serious problems. In addition to the technical problems they had mixing SD and HD, they had a serious lighting problem in the studio. I'm not a lighting expert, but it appears that the direction of the lighting and the colors are very wrong. The on-air news staff just don't look healthy.

Xesdeeni
post #3770 of 7246
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Originally Posted by Xesdeeni View Post

I think NBC's is the worst. I haven't looked in a week, but they had some serious problems. In addition to the technical problems they had mixing SD and HD, they had a serious lighting problem in the studio. I'm not a lighting expert, but it appears that the direction of the lighting and the colors are very wrong. The on-air news staff just don't look healthy.

Xesdeeni

I'm wondering if he isn't talking more about the NBC national news, rather than local.....dunno.

Randy
post #3771 of 7246
well i got a chance to see cbs 11 in hd and i am excited that we finally have a station worthy to stand up against the mighty WFAA!!! all jokes aside ktvt does look pretty awesome. now got to watch txa 21 in hd.
post #3772 of 7246
Did CW OTA show "Reaper" in HD or SD?
post #3773 of 7246
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Originally Posted by ttskyline2001 View Post

well i got a chance to see cbs 11 in hd and i am excited that we finally have a station worthy to stand up against the mighty WFAA!!! all jokes aside ktvt does look pretty awesome. now got to watch txa 21 in hd.

Their set looks great but their weather graphics are expanded SD. Look at the numbers on the 7 day forcast...
WFAA did it right from the start!
post #3774 of 7246
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Originally Posted by IFLYSWA View Post

I'm wondering if he isn't talking more about the NBC national news, rather than local.....dunno.

Local: KXAS.

Xesdeeni
post #3775 of 7246
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Originally Posted by Xesdeeni View Post

I think NBC's is the worst. I haven't looked in a week, but they had some serious problems. In addition to the technical problems they had mixing SD and HD, they had a serious lighting problem in the studio. I'm not a lighting expert, but it appears that the direction of the lighting and the colors are very wrong. The on-air news staff just don't look healthy.

Xesdeeni

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Originally Posted by IFLYSWA View Post

I'm wondering if he isn't talking more about the NBC national news, rather than local.....dunno.

Randy

My coworker mentioned the local Dallas NBC news. He said it looked great on his just-subscribed DirecTV w/ local HD service. I'm just reporting what he said since I don't have HD ... yet! I finally got the HDTV, I just need the HD service. I hope I get around to buying and installing the CM 4228 antenna before the football season passes me by.
post #3776 of 7246
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Originally Posted by beowulf7 View Post

My coworker mentioned the local Dallas NBC news. He said it looked great on his just-subscribed DirecTV w/ local HD service. I'm just reporting what he said since I don't have HD ... yet! I finally got the HDTV, I just need the HD service. I hope I get around to buying and installing the CM 4228 antenna before the football season passes me by.

Maybe I should take another look. That's not what I thought at first look....

Xesdeeni
post #3777 of 7246
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Originally Posted by Xesdeeni View Post

Maybe I should take another look. That's not what I thought at first look....

Xesdeeni

Based on what I've read here (I'm out of town), I couldn't believe it, either...that's why I thought he (the co-worker) might have been talking about the NBC news instead of local. Apparently not, though...

Randy
post #3778 of 7246
Well guys I have a question. I recently bought a 42 lcd w/hdtv tuner. I did the auto program with my basic standard analog cable and i get the standard channels plus TNTHD, discoveyHD, playboy (no sound), hdnet(nosound), mojo(no sound), and all the local hd channels(abc,cbs,nbc,etc). does anyone know how to get the sound on those three channels with no sound. I'm in dallas,tx and am usin TWcable.
post #3779 of 7246
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Originally Posted by Xesdeeni View Post

Maybe I should take another look. That's not what I thought at first look....

Xesdeeni

Maybe his DirecTV service is doing something funky (i.e. over compressing) w/ hi-def from other local channels?

He also admitted his bias in favor of the Dallas NBC news people, so that might also have something to do with it.
post #3780 of 7246
DirecTV finally added to their HD line up...but where are the 100 promised channels?
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