Well the deadline is here and still no DTV. Dose anyone have any info as to when it will arrive? Here is what I know: WKBW[ABC] applied for extension and will probraly apply for the 2nd extension too. WIVB[CBS] expects mid-May to be brooadcasting. They also plan on HDTV at the same time; they will broadcast primetime only. WGRZ[NBC] never reply to e-mail. Hopefully tonight I will find some DTV on my nightly scan.
www.titantv.com gives a listing of avaiable stations in your area and there projeted live date. WIVB [CBS] is to come live May 9. PBS is Oct 1. Most stations are listed as "waiting for FCC permit" I just wish I knew what that meant.
At least the information is being updated. That gives me hope that something may happen eventually. John Merrill at WIVB told me a couple of weeks ago they were shooting for sometime in late May. Let's keep our fingers crossed!!
RIppolito: Don't get too excited just yet. As of this morning there is no broadcast signal. They are just testing at this point and no public announcement has been made, so it could be a little while. At least we know it's going to be a reality soon!
Sources say that they'll be "testing" through this week and will make an official announcement on the 6 o'clock news this Friday (on WIVB channel 4... or is that channel 39-03). Which brings me to another question. When the US goes completely digital will channel 4 become channel 39-03? Will channel 7 become channel 38-xx and so on and so on...................will Adelphia cable...wait a minute....never mind about Adelphia cable..........
Send email inquiries to [email protected]. He has been very good about answering my emails. They were on briefly this afternoon, but not this evening. From what I understand, there won't be any local HD for a while, just passthrough from CBS. By the way, my signal strength here in Tonawanda has been around 90% from an outdoor antenna. I don't know what your setup is, but with a large antenna with signal amplifier you just might be able to pull in a signal from as far as Rochester. It's a hit and miss proposition. With my setup, I can pick up a marginal signal from Rochester analog stations, sometimes better that others.Might be worth a try!
Looks like everything is a GO. All the info, including the schedule is up on the WIVB website. They are asking for feedback, so the test period must be over. Let's let them know how much we appreciate having HD!!
Ron: Yes, indeed, it did happen on time. They had a little ceremony on the 6PM news broadcast when they officially flipped the switch. Some of the original employees from 1948 when the station first went on the air were present. JAG looked absolutely fantastic. It's like watching a totally different program with all the detail and the 16X9 ratio. The Guardian didn't fare quite as well. There were numerous digital breakups and pixelization, and sometimes the sound and picture were not synchronized. I'm sure all these little problems will go away once they get the hang of what they are doing. Even the SD digital programming looks much better than it's analog counterpart. I don't know how old you are, but the way the shows are in HD and the commercials are in SD reminds me of the old days of early color tv when the commercials would switch to b&w. I guess that tells you how old I am!
I live in Mississauga (just West of Toronto) and I picked up WIVB with a Silver Sensor antenna and a RCA Directv HDTV receiver in my condo! I watched Touched by An Angel. It looked basically as good as the Rogers HDTV cable feed.
Good to hear, valpersaud. I cant pick it up with my HiPix and a bowtie, I'm going to have to make the trek to Johnny's store and buy another Silver Sensor (sold my last one when I couldnt pick up the CN tower test signal which makes me wonder if I'll get this one).
BTW is your condo facing Buffalo, or are you receiving it through the building?
Hi Kromkamp. My condo is facing almost exactly southwest (I know this because my Directv dish is pointing straight out the window with another building about 50ft in front of mine). I am not facing the lake (Buffalo). The antenna is simply sitting on the floor and my signal strength is about 82. If you know the area, I live near Dundas and Hurontario (Hwy 10) just south of Square One.
Additionally, when I first picked up the Silver Sensor antenna from The Next Big Thing, I was also planning to get the CN Tower signal, which I only managed twice with a perfect HDTV picture. The rest of the time it failed. I think it is because they change the type of signal broadcast as a part of their tests. Even now it just kinda blinks with intermittent picture and fine sound. I almost sold the Silver Sensor too but it's a good thing I kept it. The bowtie I had didn't work well.
The signal from Buffalo is perfect now. No problems! GOOD LUCK!