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post #91 of 13749
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Originally Posted by bornyank1 View Post

Should I just wrap it around the prong of the coax cable?

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.
post #92 of 13749
Last night, I watched the Magic Flute on 26-1-- great visuals, but the sound was decidedly subpar. I was listening to on B&W DM601 speakers in stereo mode, and I found it to be muffled, lacking dynamic range. and not at all engaging. I was curious as to the (lack of ) plot, so the subtitles helped me through. I was getting the odd audio dropout, but it seemed to lack any engaging qualities whatsoever-- quite unlike my CD collection.

Does WETA starve the audio stream for bits? Do I need a better antenna?
post #93 of 13749
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Originally Posted by jerwin View Post

Does WETA starve the audio stream for bits? Do I need a better antenna?

WETA starves its video stream. I don't know if they do that with the audio stream, but they might.

The way digital TV works, a "better" antenna won't improve the sound.
post #94 of 13749
What's on 7.3?

(drum roll)
post #95 of 13749
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Originally Posted by SJKurtzke View Post

What's on 7.3?

(drum roll)


Who's on First????


Its called LocalPoint. I'll let the content speak for itself. It is very out-of-the box thinking, 100% local, and I believe a really, really local alternative for television.

And no, I don't own a chunk, I just created the technology.
post #96 of 13749
What's the LocalPoint web address (if any)?

Anyway, I'm glad that 7-3 is online, whatever it is. I guess I'll have to check it out. And if it were sports content, I think we'd know by now.

Edit: By the way, I've made my general update to the OTA list, except for the link to the LocalPoint website. If there is none, I'm done for now. What are everybody's thoughts on it? Is it easier to navigate than the old list?
post #97 of 13749
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Originally Posted by afiggatt View Post

The bad PSIP info may have messed up the channel settings. If entering channel 59 or 59.1 does not work, you may need to do a rescan in case the receiver is now messed up on where to tune to WBAL-DT.

Good news! I just checked WBAL's PSIP info, and there were no errors. I'm getting it fine in my office now. Last time I checked (lunch time) there were still issues, but now it's OK.

Mark

Added: OK, I posted too soon... I was checking something else, and it turns out that they aren't sending program guide info currently...
post #98 of 13749
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Originally Posted by robertforsyth View Post

Who's on First????


Its called LocalPoint. I'll let the content speak for itself. It is very out-of-the box thinking, 100% local, and I believe a really, really local alternative for television.

And no, I don't own a chunk, I just created the technology.

How long does it take Comcast, FiOS etc to add these stations to their line-ups? Are the considered "have to carry" under the law?

Thanks for keeping us updated.
post #99 of 13749
Well, that 7.3 material is certainly different. For now, I'd say it's a better alternative to the weather ch.
post #100 of 13749
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Originally Posted by mikemikeb View Post

What's the LocalPoint web address (if any)?

http://www.localpointtv.com
post #101 of 13749
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Originally Posted by biker19 View Post

Well, that 7.3 material is certainly different. For now, I'd say it's a better alternative to the weather ch.

Take a snap shot for us non-OTA people. Is it using the wxbug stuff?

Jeff
post #102 of 13749
Thanks, yekim54. I've updated the list to reflect Local Point's website and make a couple of other slight improvements. Until any new developments occur, the list has been completed.

My list is equally comprehensive and easier to use than CycloneGT's list.

Improvements over the standard:

1. Easier to spot station call letters / links to their websites
2. Baltimore and Washington stations are separated into their own lists.
3. Notations on which stations will move to the VHF band in 2009
4. Notations on which stations broadcast at lower power
5. Recognizes WFDC as a Univision affiliate and not the former Telefutura affiliation
6. More links to subchannels' websites
7. No redundant numbers. For example, no notation of "6" referring to WTTG. Also, "007-02" on CycloneGT's list is labeled in mine as "7-2", etc.
8. No redundant notations of affiliation in subchannels (7-2 isn't labeled as ABC like 7-1)
9. Local Point is noted and linked
10. More colorful

Any constructive criticism to either of our lists is appreciated.
post #103 of 13749
My list goes to 11.
post #104 of 13749
I'm seriously considering having an ISF calibration done to my Toshiba 57h84 rptv. Has anyone used any of the following:

http://www.homecentric.com/video.htm
http://www.infinitesightandsound.com...ication__q.php
http://displaycalibrationonline.com/

TIA
post #105 of 13749
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Originally Posted by mikemikeb View Post

My list is equally comprehensive and easier to use than CycloneGT's list.

Any constructive criticism to either of our lists is appreciated.

Is "my goodness gracious, what is your problem?" considered constructive?

That first sentence comes off as unbelievably snotty. "Comprehensive and easier to use" is our decision, not yours.

Stop already!
post #106 of 13749
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Originally Posted by mikemikeb View Post

2. Baltimore and Washington stations are separated into their own lists.

Hey! What do you mean Annapolis is a "Baltimore area" station! We're ANNAPOLIS!
post #107 of 13749
Well, PG County folks...I was able to successfully submit an order for FIOS TV tonight via the website. Gave me a 2/7 install date.

Just a heads up, only central offices that are currently equipped for TV will be able to offer the service at this point.

Tony
post #108 of 13749
I've been watching Local Point occasionally tonight. Yeah, it's different than what I've seen before, to the point of culture shock. It reminds me of MHz, actually, with more of a local perspective.

I could only see the top half of the 9 PM legal ID. The bottom half was blocked by the video. Also, at times there were four scrolling banners on the screen at once. It was difficult to read them all simultaneously.

7-2 and 7-3 both are now pretty low-motion. Of course, stat mux would be the best option to increase HD bandwidth when needed, but that money was spent building Local Point. However, 7-3's, and especially 7-2's, bandwidth could be lowered toward 2.25 mbps video, and 7-1's bandwidth could be set in the 14-14.3 mbps video range (and the more the better). Yeah, that comes from the same guy who once suggested 30 fps 720p, but I'm sure others would support me this time, at least on this.
post #109 of 13749
I noticed some changes to the unencrypted QAM channels. While I didn't have time to check them all out, here's what I could find quickly:

103.1 NBC HD
116.1 CBS HD
116.2 FOX HD
117.10 DISCOVERY HD THEATER

ABC and PBS are still MIA. Anyone seem them?
post #110 of 13749
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Originally Posted by mikemikeb View Post

I've been watching Local Point occasionally tonight. Yeah, it's different than what I've seen before, to the point of culture shock. It reminds me of MHz, actually, with more of a local perspective.

I could only see the top half of the 9 PM legal ID. The bottom half was blocked by the video. Also, at times there were four scrolling banners on the screen at once. It was difficult to read them all simultaneously.

7-2 and 7-3 both are now pretty low-motion. Of course, stat mux would be the best option to increase HD bandwidth when needed, but that money was spent building Local Point. However, 7-3's, and especially 7-2's, bandwidth could be lowered toward 2.25 mbps video, and 7-1's bandwidth could be set in the 14-14.3 mbps video range (and the more the better). Yeah, that comes from the same guy who once suggested 30 fps 720p, but I'm sure others would support me this time, at least on this.

The next step is to purchase and install NetVX from Harris and replace our 10 year old Flexicoder. This will allow for dynamic bitrate shifting and MUCH BETTER encoders on the input side. The cash outlay is steep ($200K), but I the owner convinced that we need this to ensure the PQ on 7-1 is the best we can provide.

I can then pull back a little on WeatherNow an LP at night and increase them during the day. Harris can actually get (2) 720P HD streams and (1) SD stream to work in NetVX, although I ain't seen it yet.
post #111 of 13749
Thanks Robert for your innovation with 7.3 and for keeping us up to date here. Just watched for a little bit yesterday and it is definitely something different. My first comment is that it's always a good thing to see Allison Starling get more air, she's quite easy on the eyes. Substantively, the key will be to keep the information fresh and up to date. It would be a complete waste of bandwidth if the information presented was "yesterday's news." Keep up the good work.
post #112 of 13749
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Originally Posted by mikemikeb View Post

However, 7-3's, and especially 7-2's, bandwidth could be lowered toward 2.25 mbps video, and 7-1's bandwidth could be set in the 14-14.3 mbps video range (and the more the better).

Someday I sincerely hope there will be a concerted effort to improve HD PQ because of economic pressure. Until then, pressure will be in the opposite direction, the WOW factor will just be a fond memory, and HD Lite will reign supreme!
post #113 of 13749
I agree!


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Originally Posted by jacindc View Post

Is "my goodness gracious, what is your problem?" considered constructive?

That first sentence comes off as unbelievably snotty. "Comprehensive and easier to use" is our decision, not yours.

Stop already!
post #114 of 13749
An Update on AA county local Fios.

I was able to order the cheapest local Fios package with the HD-DVR box. After the install, I have all local HD channels for both Baltimore and Washington, as well as all of the On demand content for the channels not included in the local package. It is a great deal for people who are only interested in HD content.
post #115 of 13749
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Originally Posted by blambert View Post

An Update on AA county local Fios.

I was able to order the cheapest local Fios package with the HD-DVR box. After the install, I have all local HD channels for both Baltimore and Washington, as well as all of the On demand content for the channels not included in the local package. It is a great deal for people who are only interested in HD content.

Yeah, for folks that watch mainly network material (but don't want to deal with OTA) an HD DVR+local service at $26+tax/mo is a decent deal. Any "extra" clear QAM chs?
post #116 of 13749
Will Local point always been a "short story" format, or will they cover local events live? A lot of potential here. I agree that its "out of the box" thinking.
post #117 of 13749
Any chance you can make WeatherNow all Weather?
post #118 of 13749
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Originally Posted by JoeInNVa View Post

Any chance you can make WeatherNow all Weather?

besides the news headlines in the lower left, what is not weather?
post #119 of 13749
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Originally Posted by CycloneGT View Post

Will Local point always been a "short story" format, or will they cover local events live? A lot of potential here. I agree that its "out of the box" thinking.


LP will never be 'an always - something'. It will evolve. What you see now is just the VERY TIP of the iceberg I have barrelling down the hill towards the viewers. The technology is so different from traditional broadcasting, it allows us to get creative with the content.

I will continue to post more as we roll out features, for certain reasons, I have to keep those close to the vest.
post #120 of 13749
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Originally Posted by robertforsyth View Post

LP will never be 'an always - something'. It will evolve. What you see now is just the VERY TIP of the iceberg I have barrelling down the hill towards the viewers. The technology is so different from traditional broadcasting, it allows us to get creative with the content.

I will continue to post more as we roll out features, for certain reasons, I have to keep those close to the vest.

Someone asked, but I didn't see a response yet. Is this on Comcast?
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