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post #12991 of 13749
You mentioned Patrick McGoohan; sounds like the only show they are missing is The Prisoner...
post #12992 of 13749
Last time I checked, WTTG Fox 5 showed The Big Bang Theory at 7:30pm and The Simpsons was only a HALF HOUR show. Yet titantv.com, comcast, and verizon all say The Simpsons airs from 7 - 8pm. Huh?
post #12993 of 13749
Universal Sports (ch 4-3) gone? I noticed today that WRC only has two sub-channels now, and that Unversal Sports is no longer there. Is this permanent?

Al
post #12994 of 13749
I just answered my own question. Per Wikipedia, effective January 2012, Universal Sports is cable/satellite only. I wonder if WRC will replace the lost sub-channel with something else?

Al
post #12995 of 13749
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Originally Posted by al.rob View Post

I just answered my own question. Per Wikipedia, effective January 2012, Universal Sports is cable/satellite only.

Searching Columbia, MD (21045), it's not on Comcast or FiOS either. Oh well. I'm surprised RTN outlasted it after they lost the Universal shows. Go figure.

Maybe we'll get News Channel 8?
post #12996 of 13749
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Originally Posted by jgantert View Post

I'm surprised RTN outlasted it after they lost the Universal shows. Go figure.

Maybe we'll get News Channel 8?

Another news channel?? F*$^ that!

Hopefully RTN gets replaced with Me-TV.


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Originally Posted by al.rob View Post

I just answered my own question. Per Wikipedia, effective January 2012, Universal Sports is cable/satellite only. I wonder if WRC will replace the lost sub-channel with something else?

Al

Thanks for the heads up, I just found out after reading your message.
post #12997 of 13749
Since Comcast is the majority shareholder in NBC/Universal, I'm not surprised. The shows will end up on Comcast's sports networks, I'm sure. Pity, my GF was looking forward to watching gymnastics. Neither of us wishes to get cable-we both cancelled Comcast.
J
post #12998 of 13749
Thread Starter 
At about 2:45 PM today, I saw an ad on the SyFy channel saying that a new NBC Sports channel was launching today, so I went to the Comcast guide (Berwyn Heights - next to College Park), and it said that its channel 207, which had been WRC 4.3 was off the air. I then switched to my off-air tuner and got a test pattern on 4.3 (UHF channel 48), but a few minutes later, that signal was gone and a recscan of channels only found a 4.1 and a 4.2.
post #12999 of 13749
Unfortunately, the new NBC sports channel is just a rebranding of Versus. Name has changed in my Comcast guide.
post #13000 of 13749
I suspect Universal Sports HD probably won't get widespread carriage until the London Olympics this summer, though Comcast systems may add it quicker.
post #13001 of 13749
It looks like today NewsChannel 8 began their HD feed on Verizon FiOS. It is airing in a pillarbox format (i.e., 4:3 aspect ratio picture), but are using a 16:9 control bar.
post #13002 of 13749
NewsChannel 8 is offically in HD as of 8:00 p.m. tonight with Capital Insider. Looks very good and it's about time!
post #13003 of 13749
I live approx 30mi NW of Baltimore in 21158 at high elevation. Im using a CM4228 going to a CM7777 and then to power supply and out to TV.

I get 97/98 signal strength and am able to get 2,4,5,7,8,9,11,20,24,45,54,etc. but under no circumstances can I get even a sniff from 13 (WJZ). Paul Garnet (Engineering at JZ) suggested that I join the forum and post with the hope that someone else had encountered what I had.

Initially Paul thought an FM Trap would help (made sense since 107.7 FM is close to me) but the CM7777 has one (apparently on, there is no external switch). Ive tried multiple combinations (with/without preamp, skew, angle, etc) and consistently I get everything but JZ. We also thought the antenna might have issues with VHF but WBAL 11 comes in fine (Signal Strength 91).

Ive spend days (weeks even) trying to figure this out. Id like not to invest any more $ in a new antenna but try to make what I have work. Any suggestions are appreciated!!

undisclosed97@hotmail.com
post #13004 of 13749
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Originally Posted by mdviewer25 View Post

Last time I checked, WTTG Fox 5 showed The Big Bang Theory at 7:30pm and The Simpsons was only a HALF HOUR show. Yet titantv.com, comcast, and verizon all say The Simpsons airs from 7 - 8pm. Huh?

issue corrected as of 1/2/11
post #13005 of 13749
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Originally Posted by wjzwontcomein View Post

. . . . but under no circumstances can I get even a sniff from 13 (WJZ)

The 4228 is primarily a UHF antenna, & any VHF reception is purely incidental. It can work well at times, but performance on VHF is unpredictable. I recommend augmenting the 4228 with one of these 3 VHF antennas for the most consitent reliability.

Very Good
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You could also try pre-filtering FM with a Radio Shack FM trap connected before the mast mounted pre amp. The FM trap inside the 7777 may not be providing enough attenuation if 107.7 is too strong.

Another thought is to try raising/lowering the antenna in 6 inch increments. It may be sitting in a dead spot for 13.
post #13006 of 13749
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Originally Posted by wjzwontcomein View Post

I live approx 30mi NW of Baltimore in 21158 at high elevation. Im using a CM4228 going to a CM7777 and then to power supply and out to TV.

I get 97/98 signal strength and am able to get 2,4,5,7,8,9,11,20,24,45,54,etc. but under no circumstances can I get even a sniff from 13 (WJZ). Paul Garnet (Engineering at JZ) suggested that I join the forum and post with the hope that someone else had encountered what I had.

Initially Paul thought an FM Trap would help (made sense since 107.7 FM is close to me) but the CM7777 has one (apparently on, there is no external switch). Ive tried multiple combinations (with/without preamp, skew, angle, etc) and consistently I get everything but JZ. We also thought the antenna might have issues with VHF but WBAL 11 comes in fine (Signal Strength 91).

Ive spend days (weeks even) trying to figure this out. Id like not to invest any more $ in a new antenna but try to make what I have work. Any suggestions are appreciated!!

undisclosed97@hotmail.com

The CM7777 has a switchable FM trap, but I believe you have to open the preamp up to get to it.
post #13007 of 13749
Thanks for the suggestions. Ive now inserted an FM trap before the CM7777 and tried adjusting the antenna to different heights. Same result. WBAL 11 (90 Signal Strength), WJZ, also VHF, same transmitter location, 0 Signal Strength.
post #13008 of 13749
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Originally Posted by wjzwontcomein View Post

Same result. WBAL 11 (90 Signal Strength), WJZ, also VHF, same transmitter location, 0 Signal Strength.

Unfortunately it's hard to predict VHF performance with the 4228 from one channel to the next.

I have a 4228 in Falls Church, VA that surpisingly picks up 11 & 13 well with just an FM trap & no amplifier. The location has good elevation & the antenna is only 10 feet off the ground.
post #13009 of 13749
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Originally Posted by wjzwontcomein View Post

Thanks for the suggestions. Ive now inserted an FM trap before the CM7777 and tried adjusting the antenna to different heights. Same result. WBAL 11 (90 Signal Strength), WJZ, also VHF, same transmitter location, 0 Signal Strength.

I have a CM4228 and WJZ and WBAL are both very stable in Laurel, MD. I can't pick them up at all with indoor UHF or VHF antennas, but the CM4228 on the roof gets them fine (which is sometimes handy for Ravens games). Although I am closer to the DC towers, Baltimore has always come in stronger for me than DC, but when I rotate toward DC, the CM4228 also has no trouble with WJLA or WUSA.
post #13010 of 13749
Can someone explain to me why my channels keep switching? I have both ATSC and QAM thru FIOS. I record TV using Mindows Media Center. My NBC 4 channel keeps getting switched for one of the weather sub channels, and ABC 7 gets switched for MPT. What the hell is going on?
post #13011 of 13749
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Originally Posted by huesmann View Post

Can someone explain to me why my channels keep switching?

Is this a recent issue, say like around the time of the 1.9 software update (about 1.5-2 months ago)?
post #13012 of 13749
I just noticed during the Saints vs Lions playoff game that WBAL finally seems to have gone from 2.0 to 5.1 Dolby Digital sound. Not sure when it actually happened, as I usually watch WRC from DC due to the long history of WBAL only having 2.0 sound. Welcome to 10 years ago, WBAL!
post #13013 of 13749
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Originally Posted by Digital Rules View Post

Is this a recent issue, say like around the time of the 1.9 software update (about 1.5-2 months ago)?

Not sure. All I know is it's happened at least twice before, plus sometime this past week (Sunday or Monday, I think).

ETA: what is this software update you speak of?
post #13014 of 13749
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Originally Posted by huesmann View Post

what is this software update you speak of?

Verizon rolled out a software update about 1.5 months ago. The most noticeable change is the larger blue banner at the bottom of the picture.

We are also having issues with picture freezing in the morning since the update. It only affects the local fiber fed channels & I think there's a bug in the software. A co-worker in Fairfax is also having the problem. After about 30 seconds, the channel automatically changes to a random active channel.

Verizon has not found the problem as we have each replaced converter boxes & re-initiated them, but still have the problem 3-5 times each morning.

Hope this helps!!
post #13015 of 13749
Recently purchased a Denon AVR that has the Audyssey EQ Pro capability I'd like to use, but don't want to buy the pro calibration kit for $550 if I'm only going to use once or twice. I'm looking for like minded people in the DC metro area that would want to group together to purchase the kit and share. You'd still need to purchase the licence ($150) for your specific AVR, but we could share the cost burden of the kit. If we get 10 people, then it gets the total cost down to $205 each vice $700. If interested, please PM me.

If by chance someone in DC area already bought a kit and would be willing to rent it to me, I be grateful.

Regards,
Mike
post #13016 of 13749
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Originally Posted by mdviewer25 View Post

Last time I checked, WTTG Fox 5 showed The Big Bang Theory at 7:30pm and The Simpsons was only a HALF HOUR show. Yet titantv.com, comcast, and verizon all say The Simpsons airs from 7 - 8pm. Huh?

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Originally Posted by mdviewer25 View Post

issue corrected as of 1/2/11

issue back as of 1/11/12. What kind of guide information is WTTG sending out? I'm thinking its a problem on their end.
post #13017 of 13749
I have some Panny DVD recorders that use TVGOS channel guides to simplify recording programming. It seems that Cox Fairfax is no longer transmitting data on the guide channel (CBS) for TVGOS - Wanted to check here to see if anyone else is seeing the same problem with any of their TVGOS enabled receivers to eliminate the possibility that it is a problem with my setup. Thanks.
post #13018 of 13749
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Originally Posted by vferrari View Post

I have some Panny DVD recorders that use TVGOS channel guides to simplify recording programming. It seems that Cox Fairfax is no longer transmitting data on the guide channel (CBS) for TVGOS - Wanted to check here to see if anyone else is seeing the same problem with any of their TVGOS enabled receivers to eliminate the possibility that it is a problem with my setup. Thanks.

I can't speak to Cox's TVGOS transmission, but in I'm in Montgomery County watching OTA broadcast-only TV and TVGOS has been a mess for several weeks. Initially, only some of the grid populated, then TVGOS added more channels to the grid and again only some of the listings populated. Finally, earlier this week, the entire grid was filled in with programming. As of 1:00 a.m. or so last night and continuing this morning, each square in the grid says "no listing." It's hopeless to try to call or email Rovi. Maybe someone here has some answers?
post #13019 of 13749
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Originally Posted by Iggier View Post

I can't speak to Cox's TVGOS transmission, but in I'm in Montgomery County watching OTA broadcast-only TV and TVGOS has been a mess for several weeks. Initially, only some of the grid populated, then TVGOS added more channels to the grid and again only some of the listings populated. Finally, earlier this week, the entire grid was filled in with programming. As of 1:00 a.m. or so last night and continuing this morning, each square in the grid says "no listing." It's hopeless to try to call or email Rovi. Maybe someone here has some answers?

Thanks for the info Iggier, could be the death rattle of TVGOS rather than than a cable carrier issue then. It's definitely gone here in No VA.
post #13020 of 13749
No sound out of my rears on FIOS 505 WTTG for the Saints Niners game. WTH
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