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post #4501 of 4949
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Originally Posted by sgarringer View Post

I need to get a job doing IT for Raycom it seems. This is the first company in the history of businesses that apparently lets their IT department run the company.

Have a good time at Raycom... KWWL is owned by QNI. And it's a pretty big leap to think that just because our corporate IT department feels there are serious security flaws in a certain piece of software that could compromise our entire broadcast network, that they run the company. Why employ people to maintain and protect your network interests if you are just going to ignore what they sayor recommend? They are looking for other options out there and will work with us if we need to make something happen.

To put it another way, you want to cross the street in front of traffic and I, as as the guard you hired, says that is not a good idea and to use the bridged crosswalk that is further away instead. Telling me I don't run the road and to just figure out a way to stop the cars isn't always the best plan.
post #4502 of 4949
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Originally Posted by 4lids View Post

Have a good time at Raycom... KWWL is owned by QNI. And it's a pretty big leap to think that just because our corporate IT department feels there are serious security flaws in a certain piece of software that could compromise our entire broadcast network, that they run the company. Why employ people to maintain and protect your network interests if you are just going to ignore what they sayor recommend? They are looking for other options out there and will work with us if we need to make something happen.

To put it another way, you want to cross the street in front of traffic and I, as as the guard you hired, says that is not a good idea and to use the bridged crosswalk that is further away instead. Telling me I don't run the road and to just figure out a way to stop the cars isn't always the best plan.

I rewrote my entire post to take a different tone. If your security person really thinks Skype is insecure you should probably be hiring someone new. Skype is used by millions of people across the globe every day. It is used by governments, businesses, sales departments, technology departments, underground revolutionaries, and broadcast stations, among many users. The last known flaw was found in 2005. Anyway, whatever. I'm sure using a free service like Ustream is much more secure. It runs in Flash, and it's not like there has ever been an exploit written for Flash.
post #4503 of 4949
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Originally Posted by sgarringer View Post

I rewrote my entire post to take a different tone, which is equally passive-aggressive. If your security person really thinks Windows is insecure you should probably be hiring someone new, like me. Windows is used by millions of people across the globe every day. It is used by governments, businesses, sales departments, technology departments, underground revolutionaries, and broadcast stations, among many users. The last known flaw was found yesterday. Anyway, whatever. I'm sure using a free service like Open Office is much more secure. It runs in Linux, and it's not like there has ever been an exploit written for Linux.

FIFY. The argument remains just as flawed.

Security is a moving target, and nothing is 100% secure, ever. Period. Full stop.

If KWWL chooses to run things a certain way, that's their choice. Based on Jarret's posts, it's pretty clear that they ARE aware of the alternatives, HAVE explored them, and made a decision that fits THEIR business needs and risk profile.

If it had just been "well, this is free, so we're using it because we're too cheap to even build a desk to let our talent sit behind," it would be another matter entirely.
post #4504 of 4949
This is so far off topic that I deleted my post to prevent being "banned" from this board. My point was simply that if a doctor suggested that since your arm hurts you should amputate your leg, you'd probably question it. If an IT security professional suggests that running Skype can infect your entire corporate network but using a web site can't, perhaps you should question it. That you would insinuate that I am somehow trying to get myself a job is a bit insulting, frankly. I do this stuff for a living, and the users I support and the company I work for, thankfully, knows that to do their job users need the right tools. We don't ban software programs for imaginary security issues. Skype is banned where I work, not because it is insecure, but rather it is TOO secure (encrypted) and if someone was leaking company confidential, or other documents we would have no way of knowing or tracing it back to who did it. If that had been the reason given for blocking Skype, I'd understand. But saying "it's insecure and will infect all of our computers" sounds like the typical MCSE I've had to work with over the years.
post #4505 of 4949
Our IT department never said, nor have I that other sites are completely safe... but to say that Skype is without any flaws is amazing (or at least "too secure"). I don't pretend to know more than our IT guys who deal with this everyday for all 12 of our stations, and I trust them enough to do their jobs. They explained to me their concerns and it seemed pretty justified to me. Here is one excerpt that highlighted some issues:

One of security professionals' primary concerns about Skype are it's so easy for a Skype client to find a way around a secure firewall configuration. Skype does this by using ports 80 and 443, which are open in most firewalls to allow Web browsing. In addition, Skype may reroute traffic if the initial port assigned during the Skype installation isn't available. This makes blocking Skype at a firewall more difficult since the ports Skype uses can change as needed.

I'm not sure why this is such a big deal to you... it is just our policy. Nothing personal against you (or about this job thing you keep talking about). Eventually we'll probably use something more commercial to handle this task and it will be a moot point.
post #4506 of 4949
My apologies if I offended anyone that wasn't my intent.
post #4507 of 4949
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Originally Posted by 4lids View Post

So places don't allow for microwave or SNG, or those trucks are tied up, and this allows for more live coverage. Also, I'm sure the quality is going to get better and better as the technology and bandwidth availablity increase.

As far as the audio, we are still adjusting to automation and life without an audio operator. The entire newcast is being run by one person (there is a producer in the room too to assist with the show, but nothing technical). 90% of the work now is before the show with the coding, instead of the old way where 90% of the work was during the show. If someone in news codes something wrong and the director doesn't catch it right away, you will have those issues. A big issue is that we set levels before each show with mics and servers, but sometimes levels will differ once we get into a show. It will get better and better as we get more comfortable (only one month in).

It's been awhile since last visited so my comments may be quite old.....
I saw KWWL went HD in the studio, that is good! Several lost their
jobs with automation, that is bad! Robotic cameras? There is a funny
Youtube about robotic cameras going nuts including moving forward into
a set and pushing it out of view with the talent!

I have seen ads for tech people at KGAN but they always want "work for free"
interns. KCRG had a few openings but I doubt they were paying
more than $10/hour so that would not help those from KWWL looking for
work and have moving expenses. My thoughts and prayers to them.

You can't always get a line of site or even satellite uplink path booked. So
getting an internet piece is better than nothing, but I'd rather see a still of
the reporter and higher quality audio and wait for the next newscast for
recorded video or the web piece the following day.

I'd say all locals are doing the best they can and they may not hear it often,
so I'll start.....Thanks for what you do!
post #4508 of 4949
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Originally Posted by rcourtney View Post

i'd say all locals are doing the best they can and they may not hear it often, so i'll start.....thanks for what you do!

+1
post #4509 of 4949
Good Morning, Jarrett.

Glad I missed the whole previous discussion.

Just a quick question - is there a chance your levels could be off on your HD news? Just got back into town after a long weekend, and both last night's (Monday the 31st) and Tuesday morning's shows looked light. Almost like you were broadcasting (or encoding? I don't know - sry) at PC levels, instead of video levels. At least, fwiw, that's the effect I was seeing on two of my sets, regardless of how it was achieved.

It was especially noticeable on Eileen's weather segment this morning - maybe something as simple as a camera issue?

Not a big deal - but your broadcast is usually so good that something like this stands out; if it isn't you, maybe I need to talk to CFU - maybe the fiber to their end or their switching is off.

Thanks. Hope you had a good weekend.
post #4510 of 4949
I'm not sure what you mean exactly by PC levels... washed out? The cutins this morning looking great, so I'm not sure. I'll check out the CFU stuff when I get home tonight. I know there have been some issues on the analog side with CFU, but not the digital. Are you watching with one of their boxes or via QAM on your set? That may be the culprit too.
post #4511 of 4949
This might have been posted before, if so please disregard.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZJdh...ayer_embedded/

Gotta say, I'm laughing my butt off. "I don't care about those people... I just care about my criminal minds!"
post #4512 of 4949
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Originally Posted by 4lids View Post

I'm not sure what you mean exactly by PC levels... washed out? The cutins this morning looking great, so I'm not sure. I'll check out the CFU stuff when I get home tonight. I know there have been some issues on the analog side with CFU, but not the digital. Are you watching with one of their boxes or via QAM on your set? That may be the culprit too.

(sry for delay - been busy. will now understand when you don't have time to reply.)

Yes - PC levels - washed out, or at least, overly bright. You're right - it was worst on my hd set that is only connected via analog - its HD, but so old that there is no QAM and in the morning, I'm to lazy to turn on the box. But I thought I was seeing a similar thing on my Sony with Cable card.

Either way, its good now. Thanks again.
post #4513 of 4949
CFU adding new HD channels July 1:

Haven't seen anything on cfu.net webspace - July 1st analog HBO (+HBO2,3) goes away, as does HD Net and HD Net Movies.
Com Central HD will be added on 451 and Palladia (formerly known as MTVH) will be added to HD Essentials.

*Likely* additions later this year (in HD)are:
Hallmark
TCM
Spike
CMT
VH1
MSNBC
post #4514 of 4949
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Originally Posted by n0cf (Chris) View Post

CFU adding new HD channels July 1:

Haven't seen anything on cfu.net webspace - July 1st analog HBO (+HBO2,3) goes away, as does HD Net and HD Net Movies.
Com Central HD will be added on 451 and Palladia (formerly known as MTVH) will be added to HD Essentials.

*Likely* additions later this year (in HD)are:
Hallmark
TCM
Spike
CMT
VH1
MSNBC

Do you know why HD Net and HD Net Movies are being dropped?

I would think that they are pretty popular channels among HD subscribers and I was not aware that they planned to drop them until I read your post today, I knew about the analog HBO channels when they announced it a few weeks ago..

thnx
post #4515 of 4949
Mediacom dropped HDNet and HDNet Movies last month. I found posts on the net saying that Time Warner and Bright House dropped them last summer.

I always find the data table on the National HD Channel Lineups thread to be very interesting. You can see five of the top service providers no longer the HDNet channels.

A Google search finds a few more smaller providers have also recently dropped those channels: US Cable, RCN Cable, and Midcontinent Communications.
post #4516 of 4949
no more HBO analog on CFU? then could they at least spring for the bandwidth to give us more HBO-HD? I'd trade having all 5 HBOs in HD for your entire "rumoured" list of "likely" additions. What you have there is just enough to make me think (again) about DTV.

blech.

I'd even take Encore HD (does such an animal even exist?)

HDNet was good for the Sunday strip of concerts - otherwise not a big loss to me, anyway.
post #4517 of 4949
The CFU official that wrote me in May "...that same date, and removing HD Net and HD Net movies, due to changes in the distribution terms, disappointment with the programming and the fact that HD net is changing its content substantially, repositioning itself as more of an adult content network."

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Originally Posted by Slainet View Post

Do you know why HD Net and HD Net Movies are being dropped?
thnx
post #4518 of 4949
I'd be happy with some additional HD HBO offerings, since all 7 of the offerings are available in HD (and I think available to all cable/sat providers, they just need the bandwidth and head-end equip.)

Hopefully CFU's fiber-to-the-premise (yea! the board approved the $ for the upgrade, and the contractors are going to do this faster than the original 3-5 year RFQ asked for) will bring that along with mucho better data service:
http://www.cfu.net/cybernet/fttp.aspx

As for concerts - I'd just like for IPTV to keep their transmitters (heck, even one of them - since I get 4 of them OTA) on for Austin City Limits. Really? Of all the PBS shows to *not* carry...

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Originally Posted by flyingvee View Post

no more HBO analog on CFU? then could they at least spring for the bandwidth to give us more HBO-HD? I'd trade having all 5 HBOs in HD for your entire "rumoured" list of "likely" additions. What you have there is just enough to make me think (again) about DTV.

blech.

I'd even take Encore HD (does such an animal even exist?)

HDNet was good for the Sunday strip of concerts - otherwise not a big loss to me, anyway.
post #4519 of 4949
Does anyone watch Mythbusters in HD on CFU? On Mediacom, there are always audio and video glitches on Discovery HD (and also Animal Planet HD). It's not my house and on another forum it is confirmed that this happens to Mediacom customers living hundreds of miles away from each, so it would appear to be Mediacom's distribution of those channels?
post #4520 of 4949
ivorygate, I get these symptoms off and on with Mediacom on several channels. I always figured it is because of the aging Mediacom infrastructure and that they oversubscribe their capacity.
post #4521 of 4949
The thing is, for me anyway, it doesn't happen on say USA, TNT, TBS, FX or WGN, the other HD stations I regularly record things from. Just Discovery HD and Animal Planet HD. Well, I guess I did notice a few glitches on Comedy Central HD last week, but since we've only had that station in HD here for a couple weeks, it is too soon for me to say it happens as often as it does on Discovery and Animal Planet.
It is almost to the point where I think I'm going to just have to go back to recording Mythbusters on analog. Sad.
post #4522 of 4949
I have sometimes (but not always) been able to get some improvement by doing a cold restart on the Mediacom set top box. This only works if you completely unplug the unit, not just power off through the remote. After the reboot, you might not get the channel guide and on-demand listings for a while. Incidentally, Mediacom uses several boxes. They have replaced mine a few times. The current one is Moto. DCX3200 and seems to be better than some of the others they have given me.
post #4523 of 4949
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Originally Posted by al-db View Post

I have sometimes (but not always) been able to get some improvement by doing a cold restart on the Mediacom set top box. This only works if you completely unplug the unit, not just power off through the remote. After the reboot, you might not get the channel guide and on-demand listings for a while. Incidentally, Mediacom uses several boxes. They have replaced mine a few times. The current one is Moto. DCX3200 and seems to be better than some of the others they have given me.

I have a TiVo S3. However, I do know folks on CFU with a moto box and they have told me of problems with specific channels that were corrected by doing a power reset. Although, in one case, I'm told the problem didn't completely disappear, it just didn't do it as often as it was before the power reset. In these cases, it sure seems to be a problem with the moto DVRs themselves.

However, on the other hand, once one is able to find individuals in different cities and even states with different wiring in their homes and some using completely different DVR products and yet they all have the same station quality issues, as is appears the case specifically with Discovery HD on Mediacom, it seems fair to conclude that the video/audio stream errors are being introduced before being sent out to our houses.
post #4524 of 4949
Were you one of the people suffering from the issue on DSLreports.com? Did you confirm that the problems are happening at the other locations at the same points in the broadcast? Do you know what channel (QAM assignment/frequency) these channels are carried on? I'm wondering if they're higher frequencies that are attenuated more than the other channels. I was suffering from that issue with Mediacom previously, where some channels would pixelate and others not; the breaking-up ones were up past 700MHz, where as the higher quality ones were lower in the 500's if I remember. I had them come out and they found that the signal to my house was low on the top end causing the problems. Not saying this is what you're having but it is worth a shot. Maybe they assign these channels higher QAM assignments in many places for some reason?

I believe you can find the frequencies in the diagnostics page for your Tivo S3.
post #4525 of 4949
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Originally Posted by sgarringer View Post

Maybe they assign these channels higher QAM assignments in many places for some reason?

I had actually gone through and figured out the frequencies for the HD channels a few weeks ago. Discovery and Animal planet are in the lower frequencies and I have no problem with USA HD which is up at 723.

Channel Station Frequency
825 WGNHD 153
830 ESPNHD 717
831 ESPN2HD 717
832 CSNCHD 729
834 BIGIAHD 573
835 TNTHD 591
836 TBSHD 153
837 CNNHD 597
838 USAHD 723
839 SYFYHD 711
840 UHD 705
841 HDT 699
842 DSCHD 567
843 TLCHD 567
844 APLHD 567
847 AETVHD 711
848 HSTRYHD 711
850 SMTHHD 753
851 MGMHD 753
856 FNCHD 723
857 HGTVD 591
858 FOODHD 591
860 FXHD 597
861 SPEEDHD 597
863 LIFEHD 723
870 SPIKEHD 321
871 CCHD 321
872 MTVHD 327
873 VH1HD 327
875 CMTVHD 327
877 NIKHD 321
880 HBOHD 699
885 STZHD 699
890 SHOWHD 705
892 TMCHD 705
post #4526 of 4949
Thanks for the list ivorygate. What is the deal with channels 840 (UHD), 850 (SMTHHD) and 851 (MGMHD)? They come up as "Not Authorized" for me? Are they part of a premium package? I have subscriptions to HBO & Starz, but not Showtime.
post #4527 of 4949
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Originally Posted by al-db View Post

Thanks for the list ivorygate. What is the deal with channels 840 (UHD), 850 (SMTHHD) and 851 (MGMHD)? They come up as "Not Authorized" for me? Are they part of a premium package? I have subscriptions to HBO & Starz, but not Showtime.

Those three stations, and only those three, are part of the "HD Tier" which costs an extra $7 per month. It used to include HDNet and HDNet movies, but as discussed not too long ago, they dropped those two stations and replaced them with Smithsonian and MGM at the end of April.
post #4528 of 4949
Does anyone know why IMON keeps changing their Free HD channels around? It seems I have to search every couple of weeks to find the locals channels.

Does anyone know the current list for the Free IMON HD Channels? Thanks!
post #4529 of 4949
IMON HD Channels. Is the list they have on their web site out of date?

801 Discovery HD
802 CBS HD1
803 HDNet
804 HDNet Movies
807 NBC HD
808 FOX HD
809 ABC HD
812 PBS HD1
817 QVC HD
818 WGN HD
823 Food HD
825 HGTV HD
829 ESPN HD
830 ESPN2 HD
834 Disney HD
838 Speed HD
842 Big Ten Network HD
844 Comcast SportsNet HD
846 NFL Network HD
847 Comcast SportsNet Plus HD
850 HBO HD2
857 TNT HD
860 Showtime HD2
861 Cinemax HD
863 A&E HD
866 TBS HD
886 History HD
888 Fox Business Network HD
891 National Geographic HD
post #4530 of 4949
I hadn't rescanned and inventoried ImOn and knew some things had changed. It turns out that a majority of channels have shifted QAM channels since earlier this year. Here is a current line up as of this evening ... hopefully not too many mistakes. Note that there are five new HD channels not yet listed on the ImOn site that I've been receiving on my set-top-box that are also clear-QAM.

QAM STB
KGAN-HD (CBS) 109.1 802 1080i
KWWL-HD 109.3 807 1080i
KFXA-HD (FOX) 48.1 808 720p
KCRG-HD (ABC) 83.5 809 720p
IPTV-HD (PBS) 92.1 812 1080i
KGAN 109.2 702 480i
RTV (KWWL sub) 109.4 707 480i
KFXA 48.2 708 480i
KCRG 9.2 110.6 709 480i
IPTV 92.2 713 480i
EWTN 48.4 141 480i
QVC-HD 94.4 817 1080i
HGTV-HD 39.1 825 1080i
Food-HD 40.11 823 1080i
Travel-HD 40.5 824 1080i
Speed-HD 41.21 838 720p
Nat Geo-HD 49.5 891 720p
ESPN2-HD 49.6 830 720p
Discovery-HD 75.1 801 1080i
Cartoon/[adult swim]-HD 75.5 836 1080i
WGN-HD 78.2 818 1080i
ESPN-HD 78.3 829 720p
Outdoor-HD 80.1 848 1080i
TNT-HD 81.28 857 1080i
truTV-HD 82.2 872 1080i
TBS-HD 82.32 866 1080i
FOX Business HD 84.1 888 720p
ComcastSportsNet-HD 88.1 844 1080i
FX-HD 88.3 856 1080i
NFL-HD 89.2 846 1080i
HDNet 92.3 803 1080i
Fox News-HD 93.7 887 1080i
BigTen-HD 94.5 842 720p
HDNet Movies 110.7 804 1080i
Disney-HD 122.1 834 720p
History-HD 122.2 886 720p
A&E-HD 123.3 863 720p
ComcastSportsNetPlus-HD 847
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