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post #12451 of 12972
I've had DirecTV since 1996, and this morning was the first time I've ever had to go out and wipe snow off my dish to get my signal back. Kinda surprising since we didn't really get much snow. Also ripped a birds' nest out of the mounting bracket -- wonder how long THAT was there?
post #12452 of 12972
As of yesterday, 46-2 still had a signal, just no content. The Me-TV web site still lists the St. Louis affiliate as WRBU 46-2.
post #12453 of 12972
My DirecTV HD receiver has gone belly-up. It won't stay turned on. I don't need a DVR.

I can get an H21 for $99, H24 for $90 or H25 for $92.

Thanks!
post #12454 of 12972
Dan. You might want to ask for recommendations in the DirecTV thread. This is the StL over-the-air thread.
post #12455 of 12972
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Originally Posted by tootal2 View Post

Will me-tv be back or is it gone forever?

They are having technical issues and expect it to be back on the air this week.
post #12456 of 12972
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Originally Posted by Robert Simandl View Post

I've had DirecTV since 1996, and this morning was the first time I've ever had to go out and wipe snow off my dish to get my signal back. Kinda surprising since we didn't really get much snow. Also ripped a birds' nest out of the mounting bracket -- wonder how long THAT was there?

I had a similar experience with my Dish Network dish. Must have been the right combination of temperature and snow that made the slush pile up.
post #12457 of 12972
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Originally Posted by DrDon View Post

Dan. You might want to ask for recommendations in the DirecTV thread. This is the StL over-the-air thread.

I tend to ask questions of the people whose opinions I have been reading for quite some time. That gives me a basis for evaluating the worth of those opinions. I would never give as much credibility to the opinions of people, however nice they might be, who I have never heard of. Thanks anyway.
post #12458 of 12972
Really? We're not supposed to talk about D* with our local friends in this thread? It's a tradition!
post #12459 of 12972
I am happy to report that metv is back, but what happaned to RTV?

Channel 16 analog is gone, just snow. I believe without that there is no other way to get RTV in st. louis. Anyone know anything?
post #12460 of 12972
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Originally Posted by RaceTripper View Post

Really? We're not supposed to talk about D* with our local friends in this thread? It's a tradition!

Yes, as it should be.

There seems to be some confusion on my part regarding this topic. Being labeled as an OTA topic, my incorrect assumption was that other topics existed for St. Louis DBS and/or cable. In fact only one other St. Louis topic exists, and it's specifically for Charter.

So, going forward I'll re-label this one to cover both DBS & OTA by calling it 'St. Louis - HDTV'.

If there are other cableco's in the area they'll also be fair game for this topic.

If there is enough activity for OTA alone, a separate topic can be created in the future.

Sorry for the issue.
post #12461 of 12972
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

Yes, as it should be.

There seems to be some confusion on my part regarding this topic. Being labeled as an OTA topic, my incorrect assumption was that other topics existed for St. Louis DBS and/or cable. In fact only one other St. Louis topic exists, and it's specifically for Charter.

So, going forward I'll re-label this one to cover both DBS & OTA by calling it 'St. Louis - HDTV'.

If there are other cableco's in the area they'll also be fair game for this topic.

If there is enough activity for OTA alone, a separate topic can be created in the future.

Sorry for the issue.

That makes sense, based on the history of this thread. Thanks.
post #12462 of 12972
Problem #2

A number of readers of this topic have had issues with keeping track of the topic, as the redirects were taking them to another unrelated forum.

The problem started when I moved a post in this topic about streaming video services to another forum as a separate topic.

All that readers have to do is update their bookmark to the last post in this forum and it will work fine again.

Sorry for the issue.
post #12463 of 12972
This URL still (again) works fine to see the first post you have not read (or the last post you have read):

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...wpost&t=793006

If you keep a shortcut on your browser tool bar just paste that link in on the "Properties" screen.
post #12464 of 12972
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Originally Posted by mrjoelabs View Post

Channel 16 analog is gone, just snow.

They went digital a few weeks ago... broadcasting on channel 16 (485.000 MHz) with 16.1 carrying RTN programming. You'll probably need to have your TV rescan the channels.
post #12465 of 12972
Thank you so much! The signal is much more powerful now!
post #12466 of 12972
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Originally Posted by mrjoelabs View Post

Thank you so much! The signal is much more powerful now!

Probably not, but it is likely of better quality.
post #12467 of 12972
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Originally Posted by ProjectSHO89 View Post

Probably not, but it is likely of better quality.

Where do they transmit from? I live in Creve Coeur and NOTHING shows up after a scan.
post #12468 of 12972
I assume the herky-jerky picture on Downton Abbey on 9-1 is due to bit starving to accommodate 9-2,9-3 and 9-4. A 90 minute recording takes up 5.6gb on my DVR whereas a 60 minute HD recording on 4-1 takes up about 7gb. Is my assumption correct? If so, is there a fix that would allow them to keep the subchannels?
post #12469 of 12972
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Originally Posted by thilt View Post

I assume the herky-jerky picture on Downton Abbey on 9-1 is due to bit starving to accommodate 9-2,9-3 and 9-4. A 90 minute recording takes up 5.6gb on my DVR whereas a 60 minute HD recording on 4-1 takes up about 7gb. Is my assumption correct? If so, is there a fix that would allow them to keep the subchannels?

I did not see the event so I cannot comment on the herky-jerky nature. However, the bit-starving is most obvious whenever there is much motion or detail. In those circumstances, the image tends to macro-block badly and break into mosaic patterns when viewed close up. Any hope of any picture sharpness or detail is lost.
post #12470 of 12972
DirecTV fees are going up 4%. Made me realize I never watch anything in the HD Extra pack, so I canceled that. Net result is my bill will be $1.99 lower after the new rates are in effect. Right now I have a $10/mon. discount. When that expires D* will either have to renew it or I will finally cancel the whole thing and just deal with streaming (which I think is still fraught with problems.).
post #12471 of 12972
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Originally Posted by moman19 View Post

Where do they transmit from? I live in Creve Coeur and NOTHING shows up after a scan.

About halfway up channel 11's tower which is in in Resurrection Cemetery, between Watson, Heege, and McKenzie.
post #12472 of 12972
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Originally Posted by RaceTripper View Post

When that expires D* will either have to renew it or I will finally cancel the whole thing and just deal with streaming (which I think is still fraught with problems.).

I agree on all your thoughts, I am with Dish and feel the same way, to much money for not much viewing. The issue with streaming now is the isp's are implementing bandwidth caps, Charter, ATT, and starting in Feb. Centurylink. Most are ~250 gigs which a person can burn through quickly streaming along with everyday usage.
post #12473 of 12972
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Originally Posted by ProjectSHO89 View Post

About halfway up channel 11's tower which is in in Resurrection Cemetery, between Watson, Heege, and McKenzie.

That's odd, because I pick up 11 fine and dandy but not a trace of 16.
post #12474 of 12972
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Originally Posted by Robert Simandl View Post

That's odd, because I pick up 11 fine and dandy but not a trace of 16.

Ditto. Plus, my rooftop antenna is pointed in the right direction. I must assume they are using very low power. I wonder what their predicted coverage looks like. Could it be inside the I-270 loop?
post #12475 of 12972
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Originally Posted by Robert Simandl View Post

That's odd, because I pick up 11 fine and dandy but not a trace of 16.

16.1 comes in fine in Troy, IL using a $25 radio shack antenna mounted in the attic.
post #12476 of 12972
Is it possible that they use a directional antenna aiming towards the east? If I can pick up channels 24 and 47 I don't see how I'm getting a big fat zero with 16 in West County.
post #12477 of 12972
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Originally Posted by moman19 View Post

Is it possible that they use a directional antenna aiming towards the east? If I can pick up channels 24 and 47 I don't see how I'm getting a big fat zero with 16 in West County.

Pattern: http://www.rabbitears.info/oddsanden...ion=205&erp=15

Coverage: http://www.rabbitears.info/contour.p...=1478335&map=Y

- Trip
post #12478 of 12972
You have some great tools there, Trip. Thanks for the info. I fall well inside the red circle so something else must be going on because I don't get even see a blip on any digital receiver when I scan. Even with my E* DVR, which allows me to manually check signal strength by punching in a channel number, shows nada.
post #12479 of 12972
As of yesterday at 3:30 PM, channel 16's signal was present on my spectrum analyzer when tested in Eureka.
post #12480 of 12972
Anyone keeping an eye on the new equipment Dish announced at CES? Pricing and release date still not announced, but the forum over at satelliteguys.us is hinting for a 2-1 release date with promos for new and current subscribers. Take that with a grain of salt until official. (Info below is from the same forum mentioned above.)

From user Digitalblue:
Here's a list of what I posted on Audioholics in response to a comparison to the HR34. Some of these features are available on the 722, but most are not ...

Where to start, the Hopper has...
* A 2TB HD (The HR34 only has a 1TB HD)
* EHD support
* PrimeTime Anytime - very cool feature that records all primetime programming from ABC, NBC, CBS & FOX using only ONE tuner. Programming is cached for 8 days and can be saved as needed. Primetime Anytime recordings do not impact user recording space.
* With Primetime Anytime enabled you can record up to 6 HD shows simultaneously during "primetime."
* Full DVR functionality which means the ability to manipulate live programming from any location, not just the main location.
* The ability to pause live TV in one room and pick it up in another. Press pause in the living room and press play in the bedroom. Nice when the women demand that you come to dinner!
* Supports optional Sling adapter which has no associated monthly service fee and will be $29.99 as of 2/1/2012 (no rebate).
* Blockbuster @Home support which now includes over 10,000 streaming titles to any connected television. This is in addition to DISH Cinema and traditional PPV and VOD services.
* The ability to "stack" Hoppers giving users 6 tuners as opposed to 3. When stacked, all locations automatically "see" one system, one DVR library, one "set timer" process, and the ability to select any tuner from any location seamlessly.
* USB OTA tuner support (confirmed sans an implementation process)
* Zoned music with over 70 channels of SiriusXM. DISH is moving all SiriusXM stations to channel 99 using an expandable/collapsible guide feature. All channels will display album art etc.
* Apps and games including social media apps like Facebook, etc.
* 750 Mhz Broadcom processor which is lightning fast. More than twice the processing power of the HR34.
* The Hopper utilizes "Joeys" at the remote location. A Joey is slightly larger than your hand and can be easily slipped behind a wall mounted TV. A single Hopper supports 3 Joeys. So a single Hopper can support up to 4 HDTVs just like the HR34.
* Since the Hopper utilizes the MoCA standard all Joeys can be installed using standard cable splitters and RG6 or RG59 cable meaning you can "light-up" every outlet in your home and move your TV & Joeys at will.
* Bluetooth support for things like wireless headphones (NICE!).
* Zigbee remote technology. Meaning the Hopper and Joeys can be stored out-of-sight and out-of-mind. No more IR remotes!

I've also heard that the Hopper will have apps for HBO GO and Max GO, but that's not confirmed.
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