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It's TODAY! Are you ready? (2.8M homes are not)

Discussion in 'Local Reception' started by Stuart Sweet, Jun 3, 2009.

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  1. Jun 9, 2009 #101 of 219
    sarhaynes

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    They claimed in the paper that it would cost them at least $10,000/month to keep the analog transmitter powered.
     
  2. Jun 9, 2009 #102 of 219
    xmguy

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    Dallas! :allthumbs I agree. On analog I got from time to time distant analog tv stations. That was fun. Digital is a bore as far as getting signal from far away.
     
  3. Jun 9, 2009 #103 of 219
    n3ntj

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    Yeah, TV DX-ing will be a bit different from now on with no analog.
     
  4. Jun 9, 2009 #104 of 219
    MercurialIN

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    I thought I was ready for the transition now I'm not so sure.

    I have Directv HD DVRs and an attic antenna (I know nothing about what kind of antenna or any particulars, it was professionally installed about seven years ago) I get OTA channels thru the HR20 & HR23 and the locally offered sub channels. Will I lose those on the 12th?

    Thanks for any help. Guess I don't understand this as much as I'd thought.
     
  5. Jun 9, 2009 #105 of 219
    slowmoe

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    For sell very cheap TV Analog Signal Meter. Get em while they last $5.95 ea. Call (123)555-4444 for details. Heck buy five & I will throw in a pair of rabbit ears. !rolling!rolling!rolling
     
  6. Jun 9, 2009 #106 of 219
    T_N_T

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    I cashed in one of my coupons and got a magnavox box and hooked it up to my tv via composite. I hooked up my discone antenna to it and the box is picking up everything except WNPT(PBS, which I can get but have to adjust the antenna but then lose WTVF) but that will change because they are going from UHF to VHF on Friday, I also have a hard time picking up WPGD(but they have a really weak signal and that is not going to change because they have already turned off analog). Almost all of my stations except for WSMV(which has an SD feed on .3) and IONTV are letterboxed because there is no alternative to the HD feed.
     
  7. HDTVFreak07

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    I've been ready since forever! It's about TIME!
     
  8. HDTVFreak07

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    NO! You will not lose them because you're receiving them already. You're completely digital.
     
  9. ziggy29

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    No. The HR20 (and I assume the AM21 with the HR23) already have ATSC tuners and only handle the signals that are already digital. You're ready to go.
     
  10. aa9vi

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    sort of... it all depends if Zap2it/Tribune Media gets the channel mappings correct in time for the transition since the AM21 and HR20 rely on this data. The H20 does not. How many want to bet there are foul ups with the mappings at least 3 weeks from now?
     
  11. ziggy29

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    Well, yeah -- I suspect that's true. I was speaking more in terms of being "DTV-ready," not so much when the brain-dead implementation of OTA in these boxes will be corrected and updated.

    I have only one station (local FOX) which is changing its signal frequency. I'm not expecting it to be working OTA on Saturday. I also get it through D*, so hopefully that "Plan B" would work until the channel guide issues are fixed.
     
  12. tnsprin

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    He probably is ready to go but:

    1) He may will have to rescan for the channels new frequency. I haven't seen the number nationwide but for many markets some or even all channels will change there DTV (ATSC) channels again.

    2) if his antenna is UHF only and any of his stations are going to change to VHF than he is not ready. He will need to add a vhf or a vhf/uhf antenna.
     
  13. RAD

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    Hopefully DirecTV does get the LRF changed when KTBC-DT moves back to ch 7 since I agree that the AM21/HR20's probably won't be working right away with the new assignment.

    Also, does anyone know if the channel mapping changes for the AM21/HR20's can be done on the fly or does a new software release need to be pushed to the STB's?
     
  14. Stuart Sweet

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    Channel mapping changes can be done on the fly, but you may need to redo antenna setup on the DVR to actually implement them.
     
  15. RAD

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    Thanks
     
  16. Lee L

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    You are probably right and while I was against the original delay from February at the time it might end up working to our advantage. While the Congress and FCC were not thinking about this, at least the networks are mostly reruns and they are the channels that are going to be fouled up the most by this remapping. If they had done it in Feb, during the middle of the season it would have really driven calls, even though some of the nets were doing reruns then, there was still a fair amount of new content. Hey, bureaucrats get something right for once, inadvertently. ;)
     
  17. tvjay

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    I can say that my boss (Chief Engineer at local CBS station) will be happy to stop paying the $7500/month electric bill for our analog transmitter. Add in our change from UHF to VHF and our total electric bill will go from approx. $13,000/month down to approx. $3000/month.
     
  18. scooper

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    Depends - if it is UPPER VHF that you're trying to get - you may find that your UHF antenna MAY (not guaranteed, of course) work. At least - I'm going to check it first - if it doesn't, I'll hook my VHF antenna back up. Watching the channel 11 analog off the UHF antenna at least gives me hope that it will work. I'll grant the reception wasn't as nice as on the VHF, but it may be possible.
     
  19. tvjay

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    Well if you have a signal meter and a good tuner it should be pretty easy. The other day I was watching several stations from Cleveland (95 miles line of sight) like they were my local stations. I was using a Channel Master 4228 with a 7777 30db amp connected to my Sony Bravia.
     
  20. DaveC56

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    After June 12th, will there be any digital broadcast on the VHF low band (i.e., channels 2-6)? Sorry, if this question has already been asked.

    Thanks,
    Dave
     
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