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post #151 of 13749
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Originally Posted by tonyd79 View Post

I also wrote to him about the DVD part of his article being wrong. But the rest of it was pretty good, especially for a mainstream publication. I complimented him on his article overall.

Also, if you read what he says, only SOME of the 100 emails were critical. Not all.

I thought his comments on not being able to play SD DVD's was especially harmful given that in my mind and the limited amount of HD programming, DVD playback is one of the best uses for an HDTV. It's not HDTV but with a good display, a good player, and proper calibration, it's close.

I also thought that his comment about only 6 percent of programming is HD. That's true if one looks at all the channels but that channel total includes many channels that many of us never watch. I have about 50 channels on my favorites list which brings the percentage up to 25.
post #152 of 13749
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Originally Posted by STANLEY02 View Post

I've had the same problem over the last couple weeks with the audio on FOX 45-1 & 5-1. I noticed it on 45 and switched over to 5 and the same thing was happening. I think it has only happened on the national TV shows and not the local shows.

I've also noticed that problem and I'm watching OTA. The audio for the show would seem too low and then it would go back to normal for the commercials.
post #153 of 13749
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Originally Posted by robertforsyth View Post

besides the news headlines in the lower left, what is not weather?

Well, the lower 1/3 of the screen is all "news". The right upper 1/3 has a current temp in a city, while the lower half of that right 1/3 is all an Ad. Relegating the radar to about 1/4 of the screen, which most of us want to see.
post #154 of 13749
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Originally Posted by subwoofer View Post

I know I've posted this question before but I want to get a fresh answer:

What website do you use to know what HD content is available on TV? I use: http://www.engadgethd.com/2007/01/28...nuary-28-2007/

I don't...I use the Comcast Guide and if I see anything I like, I either watch it or DVR it.
post #155 of 13749
I was curious where the imaginary line is drawn between DC locals and Balt locals for DirecTV. I have lived south of DC and now North of Baltimore and in each case have only gotten one or the other. However if you live in someplace on 95/295 corridor in between can you get both? Also is it the same on Dish and the cables?
post #156 of 13749
Mark:

I am not the original poster. I had the same audio problem with D's HD feed of American Idol on channel 45 Wednesday night. I have the HR 20-700 also.

Scott

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Originally Posted by markbulla View Post

Out of curiosity, are you watching on DirecTV also?

Mark
post #157 of 13749
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Originally Posted by hoyty View Post

I was curious where the imaginary line is drawn between DC locals and Balt locals for DirecTV. I have lived south of DC and now North of Baltimore and in each case have only gotten one or the other. However if you live in someplace on 95/295 corridor in between can you get both? Also is it the same on Dish and the cables?

Not in Laurel - depending on which county you live in, Dish will either give you DC or Baltimore, but not both.

Mark
post #158 of 13749
Hello Hoyty..Do you have D* where you live? If so, how has your experience been with them? Currently i live in Columbia, but will be moving to Parkville in a few months,and already purchased the D* HR-20 HD DVR. I'm just waiting to move before I hook everything up.
Right now I have Comcast and get all the DC and Baltimore locals, but only the Baltimore locals in HD
post #159 of 13749
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Originally Posted by Ladd View Post

Any local HD PBS/MPT station showing Live at the Met "The Magic Flute" tonight (repeat from last Saturday) in 5.1 audio? WETA had stereo the first time ...

WETA still has no DD 5.1 encoder, but WMPT does. I watch all PBS HD music programs on Maryland Public TV. The DD 5.1 makes a big difference.
post #160 of 13749
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Originally Posted by HDDAVID View Post

Hello Hoyty..Do you have D* where you live? If so, how has your experience been with them? Currently i live in Columbia, but will be moving to Parkville in a few months,and already purchased the D* HR-20 HD DVR. I'm just waiting to move before I hook everything up.
Right now I have Comcast and get all the DC and Baltimore locals, but only the Baltimore locals in HD

Yep I have D* currently. Moved to Parkville almost 2 years ago and been working without issue. I have older 3 LNB dish and don't get HD locals over dish. I am able to get everything except 22 well with my roof antenna.
post #161 of 13749
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Originally Posted by buri View Post

Hi folks, back again.

I originally posted my OTA woes a few days back (post #10, page 1) Based on the advice I got, I swapped out the Terk for the Channel Master 4221. Analog quality improved immediately (7 and 9 look exactly like what I get out of normal cable service), but I still receive no digital signal at any orientation/elevation.

The antenna is connected to a Sony Bravia KDL-46V25L1. Its specs include:
ATSC (8VSB terrestrial) -- ATSC compliant 8VSB

afiggatt was kind enough to come out this afternoon with an HD tuner and I was able to immediately pick up quite a few channels without any issues. Apparently the ATSC tuner in the new TV is defective, so I'll be contacting Sony next to see what my repair options are.

Regards,
BU
post #162 of 13749
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That's the only one I'd recommend, too, and the only one I ever use.

It is Tribune Media Services' official listings site, and is where all my TiVos (including the S3 HD TiVo, keeping thi post on topic) get their guide info, and it rocks!
post #163 of 13749
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Originally Posted by hoyty View Post

I was curious where the imaginary line is drawn between DC locals and Balt locals for DirecTV. I have lived south of DC and now North of Baltimore and in each case have only gotten one or the other. However if you live in someplace on 95/295 corridor in between can you get both? Also is it the same on Dish and the cables?

The Patuxent is the boundary. The water absorbs the signals!
post #164 of 13749
fmsjr's attempts at humor notwithstanding, the Patuxent is mostly the line. Howard County and Anne Arundel are Baltimore markets. PG County and Montgomery are DC markets. DirecTV follows those lines for the most part (if not totally).
post #165 of 13749
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Originally Posted by dneily View Post

WETA still has no DD 5.1 encoder, but WMPT does. I watch all PBS HD music programs on Maryland Public TV. The DD 5.1 makes a big difference.

I just spent 20 minutes on the MPT site and couldn't find any show on any MPT station that listed a show as being 5.1 audio. Lots of HD shows, many listed as "stereo" but nothing more than that.

Could you point me to a station or show that broadcasts in 5.1 so I can look it up?
post #166 of 13749
Does anybody else have problems getting a strong signal from WBAL? Even after the channel came back online recently, I I geting occasional signal drops for a couple seconds, I get a much better signal from WRC in DC currently, and I am in northern baltimore (parkville). just seems odd that the station 6 miles away comes in far poorer then the one 40 miles away.
post #167 of 13749
I'm trying to figure out QAM tunings to the unscrambled channels via comcast baltimore city. Does anyone have this list or know where i can find it?

I have CBS - 91-13
espn - 128-2
and espn2 - 128-1


anyone have a full listing?

tia
post #168 of 13749
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Originally Posted by Ladd View Post

I just spent 20 minutes on the MPT site and couldn't find any show on any MPT station that listed a show as being 5.1 audio. Lots of HD shows, many listed as "stereo" but nothing more than that.

Could you point me to a station or show that broadcasts in 5.1 so I can look it up?

Sounds more like a problem with MPT's website than with their broadcastsing. You'll just have to watch MPT and wait for the DD5.1 indicator on your receiver to light up.
post #169 of 13749
Thanks Hoyty for the reply. I've had Comcast for the past 5 years with no problems(believe it or not) and signing up for D* is going to be a leap of faith for me. Guess I'm most concerned about interuptions in service during bad weather(like I've seen on before). Also I bought the new HD-DVR and I've heard and read its somewhat buggy.
Sun Ra, I agree with your comments about WBAL and Parkville reception.
post #170 of 13749
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Originally Posted by Sun Ra View Post

Does anybody else have problems getting a strong signal from WBAL? Even after the channel came back online recently, I I geting occasional signal drops for a couple seconds, I get a much better signal from WRC in DC currently, and I am in northern baltimore (parkville). just seems odd that the station 6 miles away comes in far poorer then the one 40 miles away.

I don't have any problems with WBAL (that I have noticed). However I am curious what your antenna setup is? I have an 8-bay channel master on the roof and I can't really get any DC channels. I found this interesting since I could get Baltimore stations when I used to live in Alexandria.
post #171 of 13749
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Originally Posted by HDDAVID View Post

Thanks Hoyty for the reply. I've had Comcast for the past 5 years with no problems(believe it or not) and signing up for D* is going to be a leap of faith for me. Guess I'm most concerned about interuptions in service during bad weather(like I've seen on before). Also I bought the new HD-DVR and I've heard and read its somewhat buggy.
Sun Ra, I agree with your comments about WBAL and Parkville reception.

With a properly mounted dish and no trees you shouldn't have problems with D*. I have only had an hour or two total over 6 years of D* use with bad reception due to weather. If you want any information on the HR20 check out dbstalk.com.
post #172 of 13749
Quick question for you Comcast subscribers out there.

Can comcast provide digital cable boxes with component outputs even though you don't subscribe to there HD service? The reason I'm asking is because I use an antenna and my QAM tuner to get HD channels, but watch regular cable through the cable box. The highest output it has is S-Video. Its decent, but will a box with component outputs look better?

Thanks!
post #173 of 13749
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Originally Posted by Ladd View Post

I just spent 20 minutes on the MPT site and couldn't find any show on any MPT station that listed a show as being 5.1 audio. Lots of HD shows, many listed as "stereo" but nothing more than that.

Could you point me to a station or show that broadcasts in 5.1 so I can look it up?

MPT always broadcasts Soundstage in DD 5.1 every Thursday at 10:00 p.m.
post #174 of 13749
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Originally Posted by knnirs View Post

No, you should plug the paper clip into the center terminal of the cable connector with the other end free in the air. This is a very weak antenna, but if it shows a weak signal you know the receiver is functioning.

I actually got pretty much the same channels, 26 and 50, with the paper clip as I did with the GE Optima and the Silver Sensor. Do you think I should try a UHF loop atenna or an attenuator, or should I just give up on those OTA HD Superbowl dreams?
post #175 of 13749
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Originally Posted by bornyank1 View Post

I actually got pretty much the same channels, 26 and 50, with the paper clip as I did with the GE Optima and the Silver Sensor. Do you think I should try a UHF loop atenna or an attenuator, or should I just give up on those OTA HD Superbowl dreams?

The test with the paper clip indicates your problem is not likely to be from overloading. Therefore, don't use an attenuator. You need to find a way to obtain a stronger signal.
post #176 of 13749
Thread Starter 
Did you try looking at channel 14 analog? It comes off the same tower as 48 NBC digital. Move your antenna around until 14 analog looks as clear as you can make it, and then try 48 digital again with the antenna in that position.
post #177 of 13749
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Originally Posted by bornyank1 View Post

I actually got pretty much the same channels, 26 and 50, with the paper clip as I did with the GE Optima and the Silver Sensor. Do you think I should try a UHF loop atenna or an attenuator, or should I just give up on those OTA HD Superbowl dreams?

I think your problem is that you are on the wrong side of a steel frame and concrete building which is blocking the direct signals from the towers. IIRC, you have a directional UHF antenna - aim it out the window at the flat face of buildings in the opposite direction of the broadcast stations to see if you can pick up a reflection of the signals. I would also try putting a basic non-amplified UHF loop antenna with a 75 Ohm connection in the window to see what analog and digital stations it picks up. Radio Shack, Best Buy, Circuit City, and other stores should have one.
post #178 of 13749
Anyone have any idea when Verizon Fios is actually gonna start offering service in Montgomery County? I know they got the County Council approval last fall....AFTER Verizon sused the county..lol. And I remember them mentioning that it will start this year...but when???

I'm waiting to see if their initial offering is worth it for me to jump from D*. Thanks for any answers.
post #179 of 13749
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Originally Posted by Dizzy View Post

Anyone have any idea when Verizon Fios is actually gonna start offering service in Montgomery County? I know they got the County Council approval last fall....AFTER Verizon sused the county..lol. And I remember them mentioning that it will start this year...but when???

I'm waiting to see if their initial offering is worth it for me to jump from D*. Thanks for any answers.

Verizon started installing FiOS TV in parts of MoCo, including Bethesda, in December.

You may be able to get TV service now, depending on which central office you're connected to. Go to the FIOS website at http://www22.verizon.com/content/fiostv
Enter your phone number and it will tell you if TV service is available. The website lists the various packages and prices.

If service is available, and you want to place an order, I suggest you do it by phone rather than on the website. There have been some scheduling mix-ups with the website ordering system lately. You may also be able to find out about special offers, haggle for a better deal, etc.
post #180 of 13749
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Originally Posted by philo77 View Post

You may be able to get TV service now, depending on which central office you're connected to. Go to the FIOS website at http://www22.verizon.com/content/fiostv
Enter your phone number and it will tell you if TV service is available. The website lists the various packages and prices.

If service is available, and you want to place an order, I suggest you do it by phone rather than on the website. There have been some scheduling mix-ups with the website ordering system lately. You may also be able to find out about special offers, haggle for a better deal, etc.

I plugged my phone number into this website and for the first time, it indicates that FiOS TV is available to me. I live in Prince George's County just outside of the Laurel city limit. I don't know if I'm ready to ditch my DirecTV for it just yet, but it's interesting that the website says it's available here. I would have expected a phone call or a mailing from VZ to get my business, but maybe that will come soon.

I see the price for the basic 200 channel service is $43 a month. What does the HD service and DVR add to that price? How much are the movie channels in HD?
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