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post #6961 of 7246
A bit of good news for DFW users of Windows Media Center. They have added several OTA channels to the program guide: KODF/26, K31GL, KLEG/44, the subchannels of KAZD/55 (before now, only 55.1 had listings), (Edit:) and Shop TV/68.4 (BFD). K31GL and KLEG had been on Zap2it but were omitted from the WMC guide until now. The others are new to both Zap2It and the WMC guide.

Unfortunately there are a lot of mistakes. The listings for 26.1 are for HOT-TV (correct) but are off by 1 hour. (The listings for 31.3 are correct.) Listings are shown for 26.2 (apparently Punch TV's schedule) even though that subchannel has been nothing but color bars for weeks. Listings for 44.2 are for SAB TV, which is actually 44.4, and the listings for 44.3 appear to be for the long-gone HumDesi Radio channel. The listings for 50.4 should also be identical to 31.3 but are for Almavision instead. WMC now shows a nonexistent 52 analog (with the same listings as 52.1 digital). The listings for 55.4 are for LATV instead of for Black Contemporary TV. Last but not least, the listings for 27.2 are still for Bounce instead of Movies!

Some of these errors can be fixed in WMC. At least, WMC users now have correct listings for 31.3 and 31.4. (About time.) So, assign the listings for 31.3 to show on 26.1 and 50.4, assign the listings for 26.3 to show on 28.3, assign the listings for 27.2 to show on 27.3, and assign the listings for 44.2 to show on 44.4. You should assign any remaining incorrect channels to show no listings, so WMC won't record shows that aren't actually on.
Edited by JHBrandt - 6/11/13 at 1:01pm
post #6962 of 7246
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Originally Posted by ed_in_tx View Post

Tried that. "Cannot execute query."

If you get that, refresh the page. It's a bug I have yet to work out.

- Trip
post #6963 of 7246
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Looks like the EPG on 27-2 is fixed.smile.gif

Yes was just looking at that. Goes out 24 hours.

Saw the EPG night before last and every movie was just titled "Movie." Big help. rolleyes.gif Has it been fixed again?
post #6964 of 7246
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Originally Posted by JHBrandt View Post

Saw the EPG night before last and every movie was just titled "Movie." Big help. rolleyes.gif Has it been fixed again?
Looking at it now, has movie titles only, no info, and ends Thursday 2 PM, 2 days.
post #6965 of 7246
Well, at least movie titles are an improvement over just saying "Movie." rolleyes.gif I hope they start putting in the descriptions soon.
post #6966 of 7246
WFAA's parent company Belo Corp. has agreed to be bought out by Gannett Company for $1.5 Billion.

More on the new from this article from the Dallas Morning News.
post #6967 of 7246
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The sale does not include A. H. Belo Corporation, which owns The Dallas Morning News and was spun off as a separate company in 2007.

So there are two Belo Corporations, and the one that owns the paper will remain independent confused.gif I guess that will avoid the need for an FCC waiver.
post #6968 of 7246
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Originally Posted by JHBrandt View Post

Well, at least movie titles are an improvement over just saying "Movie." rolleyes.gif I hope they start putting in the descriptions soon.

Checked it myself last night. The actual movie titles were there on 27.2, with the EPG for all KDFI subchannels going out a bit more than 1 1/2 days.

Here's the weird thing: for the first 24 hours there were no descriptions. After that point, though, there were descriptions!

Since I was using a DTVPal to check the guide, I'm thinking the missing descriptions may be a DTVPal bug. I'll try to compare the DTVPal with another receiver tonight.
post #6969 of 7246
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So there are two Belo Corporations, and the one that owns the paper will remain independent confused.gif I guess that will avoid the need for an FCC waiver.

Yep I've been watching BLC and AHC on the NYSE for a couple of years, which proves once again I cannot predict the future! I never bought, just sat and watched BLC (the broadcast part) in the past year go from $5 to today's $13.. eek.gif
post #6970 of 7246
Gannett does not have an outstanding reputation for preserving the high quality standards at legacy stations it operates. Unlike Belo which had a stronger concern for higher standards of journalism and community service. In Wash, DC, Gannett fired all of the veteran anchors at WUSA-9 and replaced them with younger faces. The former WUSA anchors subsequently moved over to WJLA-7. And in Greensboro, NC, WFMY-2 is not the station it used to be either. So I would be concerned at what the future may hold for WFAA as well, as it is nationally known as an outstanding heritage station. But in Charlotte, Belo operates the 3rd rated NBC affiliate which has not yet upgraded to HD local news. So possibly Gannett may breathe new energy into that station. But at least Gannett won't be turning the Belo newspapers into another USA Today, as the papers are not a part of the deal.
post #6971 of 7246
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Oh, by the way; the KitzTech amp is working OK now so I took the AntennaCraft preamp down off the mast today. I can use the AntennaCraft for my in-laws' guest bedroom TV setup, which I noticed needed a little help from a preamp the last time my wife & I visited. The weakest signals broke up a bit but were mostly watchable with the coax connected directly to the TV, but started to fall off the cliff when routed through a surge protector and/or an old VCR/DVD combo. Setting the gain control to minimum (20 dB) should be fine: they have an attic mounted CM-4228 antenna over 40 miles from the towers, so there's not much chance of overload.

Just a quick follow-up: I finally got the chance to install the AntennaCraft preamp at my in-laws last weekend, and it worked best with the gain at maximum. I won't go into much detail because they don't live in the DFW area (they're between OKC and Tulsa in Stroud, OK), but I'll just say that not only are the OKC stations coming in fine, but also several Tulsa stations, even though the antenna is pointed directly away from Tulsa. Nice because one of the Tulsa stations carries Retro TV (no OKC stations do).

So the AntennaCraft 10G212 does a decent job. It just wasn't quite right for my situation in Garland.
post #6972 of 7246
I need some help in regards to getting a rotor for my antenna. I came across some money and I decided that maybe it's time to get a rotor..... That and a landscaper ripped one of the guy wire masts that held my southeast guy wire out of the ground which in turn requires me to take the entire mast down and hook brand new guy wires up, so that made me think about getting a collar ring and a rotor for my 3 year old antenna. I found an AntennaCraft TDP-2 rotor on SolidSignal which seems to do the trick for me. http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?mc=03&p=TDP2&d=Antennacraft-by-RadioShack-TDP2-TVFM-TV-Antenna-Rotator-(TDP2)&c=Antenna%20Rotators&sku=4029340007 But the problem is, I don't know where to get the proper rotor wire for it. And I don't want to get the Channel Master 9521 since I have heard bad things about that rotor. Plus, I don't even know where to get collar rings because I think RadioShack discontinued them. If anyone has this rotor and has tips for me, please help me out. Thanks! And I am also looking into getting an amplifier to pick up Wichita Falls and other distant stations.
Edited by nukeboy67 - 8/2/13 at 4:20pm
post #6973 of 7246
SolidSignal shows 3 conductor rotor cable in different lengths. Channel Master CM9554 Antenna Rotor Wire. Give them a call. $18 for 100 ft ain't bad. Or you could go to Texas Towers in Plano and get some 6 conductor rotor cable (smallest number they list) and just use 3 of the 6 conductors, or parallel 3 pairs.

If you're talking about the guy rings that go on a telescoping push-up mast, Texas Towers might have those too.
post #6974 of 7246
Ok, I will try and call SolidSignal and Texas Towers on Monday when I know everyone is open. But for now, my important task is to get new guy wires and a post into the ground before a strong southeast wind kicks up. My antenna is vulnerable right now because it's got more force going one way than another.
post #6975 of 7246
KODF/26.2 and KHPK/28.4 have replaced the short-lived Punch TV with a new network: Soul of the South TV. And I saw KPXD has added a new 68.5 and titled it QVC, so I'd guess Ion affiliates will be QVC's new home. That means QVC will probably be gone from KHPK/28.2 and KJJM/34.3 for good, but they haven't relabeled those channels yet.
post #6976 of 7246
I live in the South Garland area and was wondering what kind of ota antenna to purchase in order to pickup channels like Movies, 27.2 and Thistv 33.3 or Metv 47.4. I live in an apt near Zion and IH-30 and I would prefer an indoor antenna but I may be able to hook a small external one up to the railing of my balcony. Would I even be able to pull any of these in? I tried a Radio Shack one that looked like a small picture frame but could only get a channel or two. Thanks for any help.
By the way, trees could be a factor if I hook one up to my balcony railing.
post #6977 of 7246
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Originally Posted by mdanderson View Post

I live in the South Garland area and was wondering what kind of ota antenna to purchase in order to pickup channels like Movies, 27.2 and Thistv 33.3 or Metv 47.4. I live in an apt near Zion and IH-30 and I would prefer an indoor antenna but I may be able to hook a small external one up to the railing of my balcony....
By the way, trees could be a factor if I hook one up to my balcony railing.
From your balcony do you have a clear view to the southwest? Or any buildings in the way? Trees aren't as much of an obstacle as buildings, or being on the east or north side trying to receive broadcasts from Cedar Hill.
post #6978 of 7246
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From your balcony do you have a clear view to the southwest? Or any buildings in the way? Trees aren't as much of an obstacle as buildings, or being on the east or north side trying to receive broadcasts from Cedar Hill.

Thanks for the reply. I do have a good size tree looking west and a building looking south. Any antenna suggestions? Is anyone in my area able to pickup the stations I mentioned in my OP? I am about 15ft from the ground. Thanks again.
post #6979 of 7246
The Cedar Hill antennas are more west than south from your location, so the building to your south shouldn't be a problem. The tree shouldn't be too much trouble either (the stations you're asking about are strong), but it may cause dropouts on windy days.

I PM'ed you with my antenna suggestions, but here's a "last resort" suggestion if you get too many wind dropouts and nothing else works: a ClearStream 4. That's a pretty big antenna, and you'd have to rig up a stand for your balcony. It's also UHF-only, so it probably won't get WFAA on channel 8. But it's very directional, which should give good immunity from multipath and wind dropouts.
post #6980 of 7246
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Originally Posted by JHBrandt View Post

The Cedar Hill antennas are more west than south from your location, so the building to your south shouldn't be a problem. The tree shouldn't be too much trouble either (the stations you're asking about are strong), but it may cause dropouts on windy days.

I PM'ed you with my antenna suggestions, but here's a "last resort" suggestion if you get too many wind dropouts and nothing else works: a ClearStream 4. That's a pretty big antenna, and you'd have to rig up a stand for your balcony. It's also UHF-only, so it probably won't get WFAA on channel 8. But it's very directional, which should give good immunity from multipath and wind dropouts.

Thanks. Years ago, I had a Directv dish with a Winegard OTA attached to it and it worked rather well.
post #6981 of 7246
Well I got my Terk HDTVi today and I am very pleased with the performance of this antenna. I am getting well over 40 channels and the quality is quite good overall. I am getting all the channels I mentioned previously but I am not getting 5.1(NBC) or 8.1(ABC). That is ok for now because I have TWC but if I end up dropping cable then I will have to figure out how to get those 2 channels. Thank you to JHBrandt and ed_in_tx for your help and antenna suggestions.
Edited by mdanderson - 8/12/13 at 10:35pm
post #6982 of 7246
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Originally Posted by mdanderson View Post

Well I got my Terk HDTVi today and I am very pleased with the performance of this antenna. I am getting well over 40 channels and the quality is quite good overall. I am getting all the channels I mentioned previously but I am not getting 5.1(NBC) or 8.1(ABC).

I have used a HDTVi. 8.1 is a VHF-Hi station which requires adjusting the rabbit ears. I experimented with my rabbit ears and found I could receive RF7 to RF13 by extending each ear to 22 inches then tilting both ears up until the tip-to-tip distance is 37.5 inches.

5.1 is a UHF station so you may have to move and rotate the antenna around while monitoring the signal quality display. Aim for the highest quality. You may have to try many positions to find one that gets all the stations you want.
post #6983 of 7246
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Originally Posted by retiredengineer View Post

I have used a HDTVi. 8.1 is a VHF-Hi station which requires adjusting the rabbit ears. I experimented with my rabbit ears and found I could receive RF7 to RF13 by extending each ear to 22 inches then tilting both ears up until the tip-to-tip distance is 37.5 inches.

5.1 is a UHF station so you may have to move and rotate the antenna around while monitoring the signal quality display. Aim for the highest quality. You may have to try many positions to find one that gets all the stations you want.

Thank you for the suggestions. I really have not moved the antenna around much so I will give that a try as well as adjusting the rabbit ears. Thanks again.


Update: I raised the rabbit ears and moved the antenna just slightly and I now get all the local channels with good quality. I ran the channel tuner again and I now get over 60 channels but half of them are in Spanish. Thanks for the tips.
Edited by mdanderson - 8/14/13 at 10:49pm
post #6984 of 7246
Has something happened to KXAS 5's PSIP program information? All I am seeing now is "No Information Available". They had been providing program information several days out.
post #6985 of 7246
I noticed that last night also. I thought my converter box had gone haywire until I realized it was happening on everything else.

Anyone have an engineering contact at KXAS? They may not even know their EPG isn't getting broadcast anymore.

BTW, Tuesday's storms seemingly wreaked havoc on some of Mako's LP stations. KHPK/28 seemed to be completely off the air last night, and K31GL (Retro TV et al.) was too weak to watch, with pixelation & audio dropouts on every subchannel. (OTOH, KODF/26 was coming in better than ever.)
post #6986 of 7246
http://www.nbcdfw.com/send-feedback/

I just sent them a message about it. Attention: Engineering

EDIT: Looks like it's working today, program guide info goes out to Monday.
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Edited by ed_in_tx - 8/16/13 at 7:46am
post #6987 of 7246
Religious LP station KHFD/51 has been showing a slide on subchannel 51.3 that they'll be making some changes on Sept. 1 and "you may need to rescan." I think they're going to move from RF 51 to RF 26, a move I had expected them to hold off from making until the last minute since their new signal will cover significantly less of the metroplex.

Not a huge deal for me because I only use them as a test signal, but many of their viewers will have to find another source of religious/inspirational programming. (Of course, in DFW there's plenty of that to choose from.)
Edited by JHBrandt - 8/19/13 at 7:46am
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I think Ion's relationship with Airbox may be coming to an end. The last time I did a channel scan (with a box that incorrectly adds the encrypted Airbox channels, even though of course it can't play them), all that was left on KPXD were the NFL Network, Starz!, and the main Airbox channel. I suspect that's why Ion affiliates like KPXD now have bandwidth to spare for the pay-to-play QVC network.
post #6989 of 7246
In Houston, from what I hear they're still running the full compliment of Air Box stuff, and have stuck Shop and QVC on their LPTV signal there.

- Trip
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That's interesting. Apparently Ion varies what they do depending on what options they have in a particular city.

Ion doesn't have an LP signal in DFW. (They could probably lease bandwidth from Mako but I suspect that's too expensive. QVC was on a couple of Mako stations for a short while but didn't last.) I guess in DFW they dropped all but the most popular Airbox services to squeeze Shop & QVC in.

Edit: Trip & others have suggested that Airbox is only being offered in Houston, which would explain why they kept all the Airbox subchannels going there. But it does make one wonder why they broadcast any Airbox subchannels in other cities. Perhaps in case someone moves from Houston to Dallas, but if they only get a couple of the channels, I still don't think they're going to be very happy confused.gif
Edited by JHBrandt - 9/1/13 at 6:59pm
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