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Here's a brief summary of the OTA channels available in the Twin Cities, arranged by analog channel number (numbers less than 1000kw or directional are not full-powered unless otherwise noted):


KTCA (TPT2) - digital 34 - PBS HD 24x7 feed. 340kw directional.


WCCO (CBS) - digital 32 - fully HD compatible. 1000kw.


KSTP (ABC) - digital 50 - fully HD compatible. 1000kw.


KMSP (Fox) - digital 26 - fully HD compatible. 691kw (full power) directional.


KARE (NBC) -digital 35 - fully HD compatible. 1000kw.


KTCI (TPT17) - digital 16 - 5 PBS multicast. 50kw (full power).


KMWB (WB) - digital 22 - HD compatible. 20kw directional.


WFTC (UPN) - digital 21 - no HD. 1000kw (full powered) directional.


KPXM (Pax) - digital 40 - no HD. 1000kw (full powered) directional.


KSTC (Ind) - digital 44 - multicast analog 45 and HDNet. 205kw.




Local website devoted to Minneapolis/St.Paul HD programming/stations:
www.hdtvtwincities.com
 

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I live within 2 miles of the antenna in Shoreview. I am able to pick up all of the channels with a regular tv antenna (the more expensive indoor antennas are too strong). The picture comes in great for all of the channels; however, I get no sound on 5.1 or 5.2. Any thoughts? Sound is fine on all of the other channels. I would like to get this corrected before the Vikes game on Monday. Thanks in advance.
 

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The picture comes in great for all of the channels; however, I get no sound on 5.1 or 5.2. Any thoughts?

If you haven't tried it yet, a rescan of your channels might help. KSTP keeps monkeying with their PSIP information to try to resolve problems like the one you've mentioned. If nothing else works, contact Dick Rice at KSTP. He's really good at helping individuals with their problems.
 

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Thanks for the help. I actually had been rescanning, but it turns out that I had been rescanning and adding to current channels instead of completely rescanning. Everything is fine now, just in time for the Vikes!
 

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Thanks to the Twins game. Even though this game was already available on ESPN, the local ABC affiliate chose to preempt all of the regular programming in favor of the game. Can you tell I'm not a baseball fan? Lost is just about the only reason that I watch ABC to begin with, and now I've been forced to miss this week's episode. So far, I don't see any alternate showing listed for this episode. Does anyone have any idea if KSTP will air a re-showing of this within the next week so that I can make sure the Tivo is ready?


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Does anyone have any idea if KSTP will air a re-showing of this within the next week so that I can make sure the Tivo is ready?

I you want to see it in HD, rotsa ruck. So far KSTP has never shown a delayed HD broadcast in HD. They may not have the proper equipment, and I think they don't care.
 

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Why? Doesn't it say LOST was aired at it's normal time in HD?

Yes, I said that because he did not know it, and posted after it aired.
 

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Yep--that's the problem...I had no idea about this until I went to sit down at about 8:15 to watch the show (which should have recorded at 7pm). I have Lost set up on both my HD Tivo and my SD Tivo, but neither one picked up the channel change.


If anyone is willing to hook me up with a recorded copy (VHS or DVD), I'd happily pay all expenses. Please let me know.


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Yes, I said that because he did not know it, and posted after it aired.

Oh crap, that sucks. If it's any consolation, you can catch up on the LOST thread in Programming forum. Nothing in episode #3 came close to having the impact of this though:














 

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Nice! let's see what was I going to say? Oh yeah... here's the problem. Every week so far this year, MNF on my Sammy 151 OTA box in Rosemount comes in just fine, shows up 5.1 on my Yammie receiver, picture's great, no break-ups. However, the only dialog coming from my center channel is from the booth only. All the other dialog, cut-aways to the side line, interviews, etc. don't come out of the center channel. Is everyone else getting ALL the MNF dialog through their center channel (5.1 receiver) using the OTA signal ? Anyone ?
 

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I was looking at the Terk TV-36 that Crutchfield offers. Has anyone used this antenna for the OTA HD Channels? I live in Brooklyn Park and can mount it on my roof. Thanks.
 

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Hey Mac,


Don't waste your money on a Terk. A Radio Shack antenna will do the job just fine. I started out trying an in-door UHF with mixed results, then ended up with a regulat ol' roof-top from RS. Excellent reception and probably cost a total of 30 bucks.


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I use the UHF only outdoor antenna from Radio Shack and that thing works great ($22, don't have the part number handy). Pulls in every channel with signal to spare, I've never had a reception problem I can attribute to the antenna. That said, I'm in about the most ideal spot to receive the signals from Shorewood. Although I'm roughly 20 miles away, I can actually see the towers from my deck at night.


I've heard from multiple people that the Terk antennas are overpriced junk. Also be aware of anyone claiming their antenna is "HD enhanced" or any marketing crap like that. Digital is on UHF, plain and simple. An antenna that works for UHF will work for digital and HDTV.
 

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thanks guys, good to know. Do I only need the UHF? I thought there were a few channels on the VHF as well, or is that just in the future? Thanks again for the info.
 
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