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post #1621 of 2004
Nope. Communicomm Cable. In Claiborne County.

www.communicomm.com
post #1622 of 2004
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Originally Posted by CardassianVol View Post

It will be good to see as long as the quality is ok. I moved to Middle Tennessee in November and now I am back in Knoxville. I tried to get DirecTV installed yesterday, but there was only a poor line of sight, so Comcast is rolling out this morning. I am anxious to see what is offered now.

Well, my story had a happy ending. Comcast wouldn't install their stuff without a supervisor here because my landlord totally remodeled this house and wanted things done a certain way. They said they would call my landlord and arrange a time that everyone could be here. A week later, I called them and they saw the note in their system, but they had never scheduled or even attempted to schedule an installation date. I told them to cancel the entire thing.

I decided to give DirecTV another try after talking with my landlord and I came to understand that the first DirecTV installer was either lying, lazy or totally misunderstood the location and method needed to install the dish. The second try worked out much better and I get a perfect line of sight with signals in the 90s on all satellites. It is amazing how much more smoothly things go when you watch people like a hawk instead of holding a baby and sitting on the couch waiting for bad news.

I definitely agree with MRM4 that there is not really a contest between Comcast and DirecTV as far as picture quality goes. Certain channels, like ESPN networks and Turner networks look great on Comcast because they allot them more bandwidth than most other channels, but if you go off into 3 per QAM land where you have Food Network, Spike, SyFy and quite a few others, Comcast just plain isn't as good. I'd still rate Comcast quality above Dish Network though. I had Xfinity on the Nashville system and Comcast in Knoxville last year, and they looked exactly the same to me. Nashville actually has Sportsouth HD though. I can't believe Knoxville hasn't added it yet... Not my problem though.

I am VERY happy with DirecTV! My only minor complaint is that basically every other provider has passed them in HD channel count if you go by what is available nationally. Comcast did it by sacrificing quality and cramming more channels into the same bandwidth and Dish did it by sacrificing quality (there are no full resolution 1080i channels on Dish and they use lower bitrates than D*) and making regional sports channels part time HD. There is no perfect provider I suppose...
post #1623 of 2004
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Originally Posted by CardassianVol View Post

There is no perfect provider I suppose...

You got that right. That's why I tell people to go with whichever one provides them with what they want. There are a few HD channels I'd like to see DirecTV add, but it's nothing that causes me to loose sleep. And I'd rather have what I have (which is more than enough) than having a bunch of HD channels I'll never watch that have poor PQ.

Speaking of poor PQ, it seems WVLT seems to be getting worse as the weeks go by.
post #1624 of 2004
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Originally Posted by MRM4 View Post

Here is some big news. WBIR will be taking over WTNZ's news and will eventually expand it to one hour. It will also soon be going to HD.

http://www.wbir.com/news/article/159...D-to-newscasts

WBIR just started doing the 10:00pm News on WTNZ FOX 43 tonight. It is currently in SD and still 30 mins.
post #1625 of 2004
And still an awful SD picture. WBIR announced over the weekend the switch to HD was coming soon, no time table.
post #1626 of 2004
Previously, WBIR said HD would begin on 28 March.
post #1627 of 2004
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Originally Posted by wvvolfan View Post

WBIR just started doing the 10:00pm News on WTNZ FOX 43 tonight. It is currently in SD and still 30 mins.

Maybe rename it to Fox 4:3.
post #1628 of 2004
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Originally Posted by Rachael Bellomy View Post
Previously, WBIR said HD would begin on 28 March.
Actually, they never set a date that soon. The release only said they started WTNZ news in March. It will expand to an hour when the HD transition is complete. That will be around May sweeps, which was their goal. They are using the WTNZ revenue to make the upgrade.
post #1629 of 2004
Just noticed this on WBIR's Facebook Page
post #1630 of 2004
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Originally Posted by BRice16 View Post

Actually, they never set a date that soon. The release only said they started WTNZ news in March. It will expand to an hour when the HD transition is complete. That will be around May sweeps, which was their goal. They are using the WTNZ revenue to make the upgrade.

They said 28 March on their very news-cast some weeks back. They may not have meant what they said, but they said HD.
post #1631 of 2004
The way it was worded, it almost sounded like HD would start when WBIR took over the news on 43. But I found the original story and it does not say HD would be in place when they started the news on 43.

Quote:
The switch to HD newscasts on both stations is expected to happen when the expanded and additional newscasts launch on Fox 43.
http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story...storyid=159150
post #1632 of 2004
Is anyone seeing W11DI-D on the air? It's licensed to Pigeon Forge but has its transmitter on Greentop such that it might make it into some areas of Knoxville.

If you do see it, what's it airing?

- Trip
post #1633 of 2004
Here's my scenario:

I have 2 VIP 612 DVR's with a OTA winegard antenna connected to them. For a year, all has been well with recording OTA
until about 4 months ago

when both receivers started doing the following:

I program to record my OTA PBS channel (15-01 WKOP Knoxville TN) or my other OTA PBS channel (02-01 WETP Sneedville TN) and at the time specified the red record light comes on.

If I go to the guide and view the listing it will show the record icon, However the program doesn't show up in "My Recordings".

This problem is the same on both receivers, and it started at the same time.

I presented this scenario to Dish Technical Support, and they sent me a new VIP 612 to see if it fixed the problem.


The new receiver acted exactly the same,

has this happened to anyone in Knoxville with these 2 PBS stationsl?

thanks
post #1634 of 2004
I have the same problem. I have two 612 DVR's and neither one will correctly record the WKOP OTA signal. Unfortunately the SAT feed is SD. WKOP will record correctly with my media PC on good 'ol windows Vista in HD so there is nothing obviously broken there.

Calling Dish tech support did nothing helpful. One of the 612's has since been replaced because of a dead hard drive. Same symptoms with the different (not new) box.

Posting to a Dish technical forum didn't bring any usable responses.

This started about December at about the time an update was pushed. (This is the update that puts pop up commercials at the bottom of the channel guide screen. BTW, those can be turned off.)

The other locals record okay via the OTA antenna.

Time to contact WKOP and ask if anything DRM has happened?
post #1635 of 2004
That issue sounds like it might be specific to Dish Network receivers. My DirecTV receiver records and plays back WKOP OTA just fine.
post #1636 of 2004
It has to be a combination of unique (although not necessarily in error) settings at WKOP and the software inside the VIP612 box since the other OTAs record okay. Dish customer service is actually pretty good; however, these one off problems may never be addressed.
post #1637 of 2004
PatrickT,
I have contacted the chief engineer at WKOP by email and he promptly responded that, to his knowledge, WKOP is not broadcasting any type signal that would interfere with recording on a Dish receiver. He also said that he personally has Dish and that he was going to hook up an OTA antenna, to see if he could duplicate my problem. That was before you responded and I found out that I am not alone in being unable to record PBS OTA.
Dish's advanced tech support has stayed in contact with me for the last couple of months trying to solve this problem. He agrees that it must be the software they downloaded back in November, but they have recently downloaded a newer version to 612's but this didn't solve the problem either.

He even sent me a free wireless adapter to hook up to the 612 so it could upload data to the Dish Engineers. At this time, still no fix from them.
post #1638 of 2004
If you would, please keep me in the loop for anything Dish may come up with. I didn't think WKOP was doing anything incorrectly; however, they are unique in being the only station with two sub-channels that I might record (for instance).
post #1639 of 2004
I'll be glad to keep you in the loop.

What's curious is that my 612's won't record PBS channel 2 from Sneedville either. Don't know exactly what this means.......have any ideas?

Also I was wondering if anyone who has a different model Dish DVR (other than a VIP612) is having this problem in Knoxville.
post #1640 of 2004
The feed to the transmitter at Sneedville is the same as the feed to channel 15 (WKOP) in Knoxville. They mostly serve different geographic areas.
post #1641 of 2004
that makes sense
post #1642 of 2004
Any word on new multicast channels in Knoxville? I would like to see Antenna TV and theCOOLTV added to this market. WBXX is not doing any multicasting. WMAK has room for more channels instead of two feeds of RTV.
post #1643 of 2004
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Originally Posted by onslowtn View Post
Any word on new multicast channels in Knoxville? I would like to see Antenna TV and theCOOLTV added to this market. WBXX is not doing any multicasting. WMAK has room for more channels instead of two feeds of RTV.
WBXX is now owned by Lockwood Broadcasting, so I doubt they'll multicast. And in all honesty, most don't want a station to multicast, as it degrades the HD.
post #1644 of 2004
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Originally Posted by taz291819 View Post

WBXX is now owned by Lockwood Broadcasting, so I doubt they'll multicast. And in all honesty, most don't want a station to multicast, as it degrades the HD.

Most broadcasters, or most viewers?
post #1645 of 2004
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Originally Posted by rdvegas View Post

Most broadcasters, or most viewers?

Most people that care about the quality of an HD broadcast.
post #1646 of 2004
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Originally Posted by DaverJ View Post

Most people that care about the quality of an HD broadcast.

No matter how much bandwidth is allocated to an HD signal, there will always be those who will complain that the visual quality just isn't good enough. If the industry adopted Meg4 technology tomorrow, some would complain that it should have been Meg8. There's no pleasin' everyone.
post #1647 of 2004
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Originally Posted by rdvegas View Post

No matter how much bandwidth is allocated to an HD signal, there will always be those who will complain that the visual quality just isn't good enough. If the industry adopted Meg4 technology tomorrow, some would complain that it should have been Meg8. There's no pleasin' everyone.

Comcast in Knoxville has allotted so little bandwidth to most of the HD channels that lost dialog is the main problem. They appear to provide enough bandwidth for the big sports channels, the ESPN's.... Wanna watch MSNBC or CNN HD, you will miss words... I'm plotting an exit from Crumcast.
post #1648 of 2004
I have been with DirecTV for almost 3 years. My only connection to Comcast is internet and carrying the limited channels to get my internet cheaper. But I can get a number of their digital channels.

With the storms last night, I was either losing the signal or the power would flicker and cause my receiver to reboot. When that would happen, I would switch over to cable and watch on 10-1. I have never seen this before. But when a tornado warning was issued by the emergency broadcasting system, my channel would automatically be changed to another channel carrying the EBS message. If I was watching the analog channel on 9, it wouldn't do that. Only on the digital channels would this happen. It became very annoying after a while. How long has Comcast been doing this?
post #1649 of 2004
Comcast has been switching their rental boxes to the "EAS" channel for many years. It would screw up whatever was recording at that time.

I wasn't aware that they were also switching the clear QAM channels. I don't notice it now that I have Dish and OTA antenna.
post #1650 of 2004
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Originally Posted by PatrickT View Post

Comcast has been switching their rental boxes to the "EAS" channel for many years. It would screw up whatever was recording at that time.

That happens on Comcast w/ TiVo too.
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