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HD Locals: Tri Cities, TN-VA

Discussion in 'HD Locals' started by Doug Brott, Sep 17, 2008.

  1. Doug Brott

    Doug Brott Lifetime Achiever DBSTalk Club

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  2. JLester

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    Guide shows several other channels in this DMA as HD, but they are not (yet?).

    Jason
     
  3. vfr781rider

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    I got notification last week via a post card that my HD DNS was going to be cut off in December since we now have HD locals. Reckon they'll do that even if all the stations aren't carried in HD yet?
     
  4. uga009

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    Any ETA on when Fox 39 WEMT, NBC 5 WCYB, or ABC WKPT will be broadcast in HD?

    A network technician told me 3-4 weeks, but that was 3-4 weeks ago:eek2:

    Would like to be able to catch the Super Bowl, NCAA BCS Bowl games, and 24 in HD !

    Any inside information would be greatly information... helps when planning football parties !!! :D

    Thanks for the info...
     
  5. Lanthom

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    I've been wondering the same thing. It does seem kind of odd that the guide has the little HD logo next to programs that are actually showing in SD because D* is not transmitting the HD version of that channel.
     
  6. LameLefty

    LameLefty I used to be a rocket scientist

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    That's most likely your local's fault for not providing Directv an HD feed at their HD pickup location. I have had that happen in Nashville, but not in a real long while. Usually that indicates problems with the local's own HD signal or in the way they are providing it to Direcv. If your receiver is tuned to the station call letters channel on your receiver, it's CAPABLE of being HD. But Directv does not originate any of those signals.
     
  7. Lanthom

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    That's what is so weird. NBC actally says NBC not the call letters but the shows have the HD symbol next to them. Its something weird with Tri-Cities who if you look at the list doesn't even show as having HD locals available. It's such a weird situation, almost like we don't exist :)
     
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    vfr781rider

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  9. tonypitt

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    I gather from the posts here that some of you were able to get distant networks activated for HD channels. I'd love to be able to see the SuperBowl in HD. I submitted a DNS request via the DirecTV web site over 3 weeks ago and it still shows the status of the request as "pending".

    Those of you that have DNS, how long did that process take? Anyone have any insight on expediting this? (Where I am located, a non-satellite antenna is not an option.)
     
  10. vfr781rider

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    I've had DNS since before we had locals available. Back in those days, it was a lot easier. All networks approved my request except for NBC, so I've had the other 3 for maybe 5 years. I contacted WCYB directly a couple of times with pictures and additional requests and they still would not budge. They're a bunch of jerks as far as I'm concerned. Fortunately, the HD signal we get from them is fine (I'm out near Butler). The SD signal had quite a few sparklies and some double imaging.

    I filed another request for NBC waivers through the DirecTV site a couple of months ago just to see if maybe I'd get lucky. Nope. It took just over a month before the status changed from pending to rejected.

    Since the Superbowl is on NBC, I can guarantee you that you will not get waivers for that network. What you may get now from the other networks I don't know, but since HD from DirecTV is emminent, I'd say near zero. The good news is the HD for all networks should be up and running in plenty of time for the game, at least with the news we know of now.

    Good luck!
     
  11. BSGman

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    Anybody catch that the descriptions in the guide changed for WCYB, WKPT, WEMT, CYB-WB last night? Does this means the others are finally joining WJHL going HD?
     
  12. tonypitt

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    How did the guide change? I'm not noticing anything different.

    I continue to hope that HD is coming soon...
     
  13. BSGman

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    Go in to edit the channel list in one of your favorite settings. There are still 2 of WCYB, WKPT, CW, WAPK but the 1st listings now have different codes out by them. They're the same codes the single WJHL one has that is HD.
     
  14. vfr781rider

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    I did notice the audio sync was terrible on Two and a Half Men last night. Really, REALLY bad.
     
  15. tonypitt

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    I wonder if the January 16 date you cited previously has any significance. I'm really tired of watching shows that could be in HD on low quality SD. Wish we had a better idea of if/when this is going to be transitioned.
     
  16. BSGman

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    I hope so. I even notice Sunday night while flipping around channels that Blue Ridge PBS had an HD logo on it, but it wasn't an HD signal yet. If we just get the major ones (WCYB, WKPT & WEMT) would be great. Does Charter or BVU carry CW or WAPK in HD? Are they even available in HD broadcast?
     
  17. BSGman

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  18. tonypitt

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    Wow. Thanks for bring that to my/our attention BSGman. I don't know what good it will do, but I plan to email DirecTV right now. The page you noted is dated today, so this seems like it may be a "new" thing. (?)

    When I lived in Florida I recall a similar situation involving a cable company. The local TV station went to rather significant measures (crawls during shows, commercials, etc.) to let people know what the situation was. I surprised these stations are not doing something similiar.
     
  19. cparay@gmail.com

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    What can we do. I have a waiver on the HD, get my network from 390 and up. Will the plug be pulled on that on jan 16
     
  20. tonypitt

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    In case people don't see the reply to a message a posted about this in another subforum here, Satelliteracer has indicated that this matter has been settled. We won't be losing service. I'm guessing that this was ironed out just recently.

    Hopefully HD was a part of the negotiation and we'll be getting that sometime soon.
     

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