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I finally got all of the OTA's for Peoria/Bloominton locked in this week. I'm now getting WHOI, WEEK, WMBD, WYZZ, WTVP, and WAOE (all on one Channel Master Stealth Antenna using the VOOM receiver). Anyway, my question is why aren't WHOI and WMBD passing along any of the HD content.


I know Fox as a company won't be producing HD content until this fall, but does anyone know if WYZZ plans on carrying it? It's a little upsetting. I've gone to all the trouble of getting the antenna working finally and now these guys are too cheap/lazy to pass along the national HD feeds. What gives?


I know there is a Central Illinois thread already, but it seems mostly devoted to Champaign and Springfield. I'd like to specifically have a thread about the Peoria/Bloomington Illinois area.


*** EDITED - Made this a Peoria/Bloomington Thread since old Central Illinois thread is now labled Champaign, IL ***
 

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OK, I'll answer part since nobody else has.


WMBD is owned by Nexstar, the second or third largest

non-network station owner. This company prides itself on making

money by buying stations cheap and running them on the tightest

possible budget, doing as litttle as possible to spend money on

improvements. Apparently they are successful, or at least

as successful as possible with their large debt load. These are mostly

mid-market stations.


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I finally got all of the OTA's for Peoria/Bloominton locked in this week. I'm now getting WHOI, WEEK, WMBD, WYZZ, WTVP, and WAOE (all on one Channel Master Stealth Antenna using the VOOM receiver). Anyway, my question is why aren't WHOI and WMBD passing along any of the HD content.


I know Fox as a company won't be producing HD content until this fall, but does anyone know if WYZZ plans on carrying it? It's a little upsetting. I've gone to all the trouble of getting the antenna working finally and now these guys are too cheap/lazy to pass along the national HD feeds. What gives?


I know there is a Central Illinois thread already, but it seems mostly devoted to Champaign and Springfield. I'd like to specifically have a thread about the Peoria/Bloomington Illinois area.

Did VOOM set up the antenna or did you have the Channel Master before you added VOOM?


I'm in B/N also and have been looking to get into HD either with Insight cable (PVR as part of their package) or VOOM. Only negative I've picked up on VOOM is that their local reception antenna is pretty bad. Knowing that picking up locals requires some pull in our area, I have been looking for someone else who has been successful.
 

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VOOM came out and installed the antenna. Before, I had Dish Network and I was using one of those crappy clip-on Terk antennas.


The first VOOM installer came out and put up the antenna and the satellite, but he was kind of an idiot. However, the 2nd Guy that came out two days ago to adjust everything was awesome. He cleaned up the 1st Guy's installation and then positioned the antenna so I get all of the local channels in now.


I'm getting all the locals on a supposedly crappy antenna. If you are in the Central Illinois area and you sign up for VOOM. Adant Wireless will probably be doing the install. Request a guy named Steve. He was really nice and eager to make things right. He didn't know a ton about the really technical stuff, but he was enthusiastic and worked with me until I was happy.
 

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Where are you? I assume you live 10 feet from the WYZZ tower? ;-)


Also, the NBA games (don't really care about em) on WHOI have looked great for me. I assumed it was HD?


And yes, WMBD sucks.
 

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There's no way those games on WHOI are in HD. At least not the ones I'm seeing. They look like absolute ass. Here are my distances from the towers.


WYZZ-DT 43.1 FOX BLOOMINGTON IL 120° 17.0 miles

WTVP-DT 47.3 PBS PEORIA IL 211° 11.1 miles

WMBD-DT 30.1 CBS PEORIA IL 204° 9.9 miles

WEEK-DT 57.1 NBC PEORIA IL 206° 10.5 miles

WHOI-DT 19.1 ABC CREVE COEUR IL 220° 10.2 miles

WAOE-DT 39.1 UPN PEORIA IL 188° 8.8 miles
 

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Yeah I get em all except 43.1 and I'm closer to their tower than you.


I will say that I did not watch WHOI/NBA last night (sunday), as I'm not a fan, but when I have stumbled across the games they've looked great.
 

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I did get an email back from one of the engineers at WYZZ, and they said they plan on broadcasting HD stuff this fall. He was pretty sure, they'd have it up and running within two months.
 

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I emailed them at the end of February with regard to their HD programming and overall signal strength/tower height. I was told all would be well by the end of March.


Yes, March. If I'm not mistaken, today is the 15th of June.


If I have a point it's that they had no problem telling me a lie so I'd leave them alone. Hoepfully they were telling you the truth.
 

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Yeah, that would be nice. This fall does make sense considering the huge push for HD that Fox is going to make nationally. I think they are going to carry up to 6 HD Football games a week. There will be some pissed off Bears fans if they aren't carrying those games.
 

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If not have you tried to tune into 55-1 (44-1). I know someone in North Peoria who gets it and I get it in Morton so that may be an option.
 

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Right now, I'm using VOOM so I can only tune the Peoria/Bloomington locals that are programmed into my EPG. But in about two weeks, I should have the ability to scan for outside channels once the next version of software is pushed down to the boxes. I'll give that a try.
 

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I had Voom from Jan to May. I had so many problems I had to dump them. I used my own antenna that I picked up from RadioShack that works great with my built in tuner but Voom only had mapped channels. I got two with voom WTVPHD and WHOIDT. Just before I left voom, they did up date the mappings and I got the rest. PQ was fine via Voom or Builtin tuner.


Im in North Normal and I get with Built-in HD tuner on Mitsu a WS-55513


WYZZ-DT 43.01 - NO HD

WHOI-DT 19.01 - Have seen some HD

WAOE-DT 59.39 - NO HD

WEEK-DT 57.01 - Some HD

WTVP-DT 46.01 - NO HD

WMBD-DT 31.01 - NO HD - comes in most of the time

WTVP-HD 46.04 - HD


44 shows on my list but no picture comes in. I had Superior Satellite come to put up a bigger antenna to see if I could get Springfeild but no go. I just got the same channels I get with my RS antenna. I don't think Im going to give my money to insight for the S&it selection of HD.


FYI I believe the WYZZ tower is in Carlock.


Any suggestion on getting more channels would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I'm located in north Peoria, and I will be buying an HD tv soon. The question is should I buy a tv with an integrated tuner or without? If I go with the integrated tuner, will I be able to pick up OTA HD with an indoor antenna? The tv will be located in my basement. I really don't want to go with an outdoor antenna.


If I can get local HD with an integrated tuner and indoor antenna, I'll go with the integrated tuner set. If I can't, I may as well buy the tv without the integrated tuner and get my HD with a STB through Insight.


I'm new to HD so if anybody can point me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.
 

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I'm not sure you are going to get much using an indoor antenna in your basement. That's asking for quite a bit.
 

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Do you have an attic? Try an outdoor/attic antenna. If not, I have heard the wingrad SquareShooter is not bad. In normal, I tried a Silver Sensor in my basement and could only pickup one channel
 

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Thanks for the responses. I was trying to avoid the hassle of finding a way to get the antenna run upstairs. I have a two-story and I'm not sure how to get the wire run all the way from the basement to the attic area above the 2nd floor. Guess I either find a way to run the antenna to the attic or go with Insight.
 

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As I posted in the Champaign thread, it looks like WYZZ is still giving the same 30 - 60 day until HD programming starts excuse. I'm not holding my breath for HD from them this NFL season.
 

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If it is more appropriate to combine with the Champaign (Springfield-Decatur) DMA thread let me know. There is no thread for the Peoria DMA, but if there is a lot of overlap, or just not enough activity to support it's own thread, I'll combine them.
 

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Am I correct in assuming that you cannot get any NFL games in HD by an OTA receiver on WYZZ, WHOI or WMBD?


If I cannot get any NFL games in HD OTA on these stations, I'm going to hold off buying a receiver and antenna for a while.
 
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