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post #151 of 171 Old 07-01-2010, 11:37 PM
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They're definitely broadcasting in 720P -- only primetime programming at this point.

Ok, I give up. Checked out 'So You Think You Can Dance' last night and a bit of 'Glee', tonight. I may be a total idiot, but neither of those was in HD.
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smitbret -- I'm in Blackfoot and definitely getting HD. The TV info screen also reports 720P. Are you receiving FOX from a translator?
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smitbret -- I'm in Blackfoot and definitely getting HD. The TV info screen also reports 720P. Are you receiving FOX from a translator?

That could actually be a possibility since the antenna is actually pointing more west than east. I think I'll play with the antenna tonight. Does anyone know if there's a translator I could be picking up, pointing northwest from the area of the Westwood Mall in Pocatello?
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Nice surprise to see Fox in HD Monday night!

smitbret, here is a listing of all the broadcast towers within 60 miles of Pocatello: http://www.rabbitears.info/search.ph...=&lon=&height= Fox is only broadcast from it's main tower in your area.
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So when is dish network going to put fox hd in their lineup of locals?
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Good question... I have OTA and cableone. Probably take a bit of time to switch over their feed from SD to HD. Also, doesn't dish assign channel numbers based on SD and HD signal? If so, it'll take them some time to adjust their channel numbers as well.
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Nice surprise to see Fox in HD Monday night!

smitbret, here is a listing of all the broadcast towers within 60 miles of Pocatello: http://www.rabbitears.info/search.ph...=&lon=&height= Fox is only broadcast from it's main tower in your area.

Geez, is there anything you DON't know? Thanks for the link.
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I can officially confirm that KFXP is broadcasting OTA all FOX network programming in 720p HD (16:9 when delivered from the network in 16:9). Dish has picked up the HD feed as well. This is good news for network sports programming.

No syndicated programming (judge shows, comedies, game shows during non-prime time) will be broadcast in 16:9 HD as they are recorded from the syndicators in 4:3.

KXTF(FOX in Twin) is not being broadcast in HD 16:9, nor will it be in the foreseeable future (the struggle continues).

No further upgrades will be forthcoming in the near future.
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FROM LOCALNEWS8.COM:
Local News 8 Turns On HD Translator In Driggs:

Viewers who watch Local News 8 in the Driggs-Victor area are now able to pick up a new High Definition signal.

Over the weekend, engineers have turned on the new digital translator, located just outside the city limits of Driggs.

The new HD signal went online Sunday, but the signal strength is still being tested.

A new location for the translator was necessary when Grand Targhee and KIFI management could not come to an agreement on keeping the current translator operating.

The old analog translator, Channel 5 located on the Grand Targhee Resort, was turned off on Monday. The agreement to transmit from the resort and KIFI ended on July 31.

Viewers now will need a digital receiver, either with an HD Ready TV or a converter box to get the signal over the air. Viewers may also have to redirect their antennas to the south side of Driggs to receive the new signal.

With the digital upgrade, viewers will now be able to watch ABC shows in High Definition and receive KIFI's subchannels of 8.2 - Telemundo, 8.3 CW Network, and 8.4 Local News 8 Now.

Engineers tell us they will still be working on the translator over the next couple of weeks to ensure the signal strength meets the desired standard. Viewers may see their video digitize because of the testing.

KIFI is the first station to broadcast a digital signal in the Teton Valley, Idaho area.
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I'm still on my quest for better tv reception for college football season. So, here's my current situation.....

The stations I care about receiving (in order):

KIDK (CBS)
KIFI (ABC)
KPVI (NBC)
KFXP (FOX)
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KISU (PBS)

Mostly I just want good reception for college football season, hence, the order of preference. I don't care if I can receive anything else. I will be DVRing multiple games in conjunction with my Dish while I am at work all day on Saturday, so rotating the antenna is out of the question. Also, the significant other doesn't want a huge antenna sticking out somewhere if it can be avoided and I must say that I agree with her.

I've been using a roof mounted RCA ANT751. It's a smaller, yagi antenna about 3 feet long and 3 feet wide. I have been amazed by how well it picks things up for it's size, but I still get drop outs during any kind of bad weather from KIDK and occasionally KFXP. I can rotate the antenna where I can get a pretty good combination of KIFI/KPVI/(KIDK or KFKX), but never all four with any degree of stability. In fact, KIDK is just difficult in general. From my location it is about a 75 degree difference between the transmission towers.

Yesterday, I installed a larger Antennacraft HBU22 that is supposed to be built specifically for channels 7-69. It's twice as large as the ANT751, but I'm getting barely any better reception on any channels (according to my Dish Receiver) and I am still getting occasional dropouts on KIDK. I have thought about doing a homebrew antenna, but just haven't had the time to dig in to a project like that.

The antenna lead is diplexed with the Dish and comes in the house on about 75 feet of RG-6 cable. How much signal loss am I getting from diplexing? Having two leads into the house is about the last thing I want to do, but not out of the question. I've been using a pre-amp/distribution amp combo that I bought from Radio Shack with mixed results and nothing satisfactory. The pre-amp won't work without the distribution amp being connected.

Aside from any general tips, the questions I have are:

1 - If I were to install a better pre-amp, what could I reasonably expect to see as far as real world results?

2 - What antenna/antenna-preamp combos are people using with good success?
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I've got dish net and noticed in the last week while watching the new season shows on channel 8 HD that the audio is terrible.
I have been watching with the surround on and it really makes the problem much worse.
Has anyone else noticed the audio and is it there on the over the air feed also?
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The only thing I have noticed about Ch 8's volume is that it is slighly louder then all the other OTA channels I receive. But I am currently no longer able to record on my Dish TV DVR any programming from channels 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, and 8.4. I even sent the station's chief engineer the following in an email:

"Dear Mr. Lee,

About two months ago, my DISH Tv DVR developed an issue whenever I attempt to record a program on channels 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 and 8.4. When I then try to view the recorded program, the receiver immediately skips to the end of the program that I have recorded, no matter how long of a recording it is. The same thing happens when I "'pause" live TV on these channels. I unpause the program and instead of resuming the viewing from the pause point, I am instead taken back to live TV.

At first I thought the problem was with my DVR. I did all the usual stuff like resetting my receiver, checking my channel 8 signal strength (100% where I live) etc. to no avail. All other local OTA channels work and record just fine.

Then I noticed a thread on DBSTALK.COM that discussed this issue. The fellow writing I beleive is an engineer at a TV station somewhere in California. Anyway here is what he said to a person having a similar problem with a Direct TV DVR:

"Possibly there is a specific issue with that channel. If there is a PSIP setup glitch with how the presentation time stamp is coded, that could confuse the receiver into thinking it is at the end when it isn't. General playback may be OK, because it may survive without the PST, and the frames may fall naturally simply because of the order they arrive in, but when you jump around non-linearly with the remote, it may need to rely on the PST to keep its bearings as to where it is in the program and so gets confused (thinks it is at the end when it isn't, so puts up the "keep/delete" dialog; DVRs usually have some sort of "K/D" routine that they use, otherwise the program would just freeze on the last frame, and it usually is keyed by the latest PST or decode time stamp in the program; IOW, if there appears to be no PST/DST later than the previous one decoded, it assumes it is at the end, but if it just can't find a later PST or DST that really is there, it will assume it is at the end when it may really not be)."

"Excessive PCR jitter can also cause this. If the station has this issue it may not even realize it unless they monitor it with a stream analyzer. Everything else will seem fine, but odd little issues related to PTS and DTS may manifest just on certain STBs."

I am writing you to ask if perhaps the above scenario is plausible ...could there be a PSIP or Excessive PCR jitter problem at your station?

Thank you for any assistance or advise you could provide in this matter."

There has been no response. This is the 2nd time I've ask the fine people at KIFI a question....and the 2nd time my question has gone un-answered.

Is anyone else having this same problem? I should note that I receive my local programing though an outdoor antenna, and not from DishTV (Yes I'm to cheap to pay $5.95/mo for something I can get free!)
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I talked to my friend at channel 8 ...They know about the audio issue, and DVR problem and they think it's somewhere in their new HD playout system (allows them to play syndicated programs and commercials in HD) could be a bad card.

As for why they haven't gotten back to you on the email, could be because their team has been busy this month installing and fixing digital translators, in Wyoming, and Salmon
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KIFI engineering has a very poor track record with email and voice mail. At the present, they have answered zero out of four emails sent. They also do not respond to telephone messages. In my experience, KIFI has the absolute worst consumer support of any engineering department in eastern Idaho. I've given up contacting them and don't hesitate to air their poor customer support.
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I emailed KIFI about the audio problem i am having with the rear channels. When I tried to get their contact info on the mobile site I found that they had no contact info on it, but they did have an add at the bottom for a website that advertised free mobile games. When I went to the site it had links to porn images and videos.
I emailed them about the audio and threw in a short note about the link. They called me the next day with all sorts of questions about the add, but he had absolutely no idea about the rest of my email and said it was probably Dish Network's problem and I still haven't heard from them.
So I guess they only answer if they think they are jadvertising porn
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Looks like they finally fixed the DVR problem. I can record channel 8 once again. Yeah!
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I was having the same DVR problem with channel 8 OTA (not from the Dish feed, however). A new receiver solved the problem for me.
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Does anyone live near Twin Falls, Idaho? Ever hear of The Auction Barn? I recently won an auction for a RS1 projector and they are screwing me around saying that they cant ship it with the screen because its too big. Can anyone help with a local pick up? I would be more then happy to compensate via PayPal. Thanks! email me at [email protected] if interested!
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Am I reading that KIDK put a transponder up on Howard Mountain? Just wondering if anyone can confirm before I hit the roof and do some antenna turning.
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I would not be shocked to hear that, ever since KIDK essentially went out of business and moved in with KIFI. Channel 8 has a transmitter on Howard so it would make sense, but isn't KXPI already broadcasting there? Is KXPI acting like a digital translator for KIDK? I live in IF, so I'm not sure of the Poky broadcasting.

Up here, KXPI is just on a digital sub of KIDK.
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Am I reading that KIDK put a transponder up on Howard Mountain? Just wondering if anyone can confirm before I hit the roof and do some antenna turning.

According to tvfool, IF has three chances at KIDK: real ch 34 from Pocatello, ch real 36 from East Butte, and real ch 38 from near Rexburg. With my attic mounted antenna, I can get ch 34 and 36 clearly. Ch 38 is blocked by my chimney but receivable up on the roof.

Smitbret, according to tvfool on-line maps, the KXPI tower is up on Howard Mountain. Give it a try! Hopefully it resolves some of your football video issues...

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