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What to do about locals in HD?

Discussion in 'ViP612/622/722/722K DVR Support Forum' started by nneptune, Mar 6, 2007.

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  1. nneptune

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    All of my local channels broadcast in HD...however, they only broadcast SD over DISH. I'm too far away from a tower to get OTA reception.
    Should I call each local part of the networks and ask them what's up, or wait until they decide to feed DISH the HD portion of their broadcasts?
    How have others handled it?
    Thanks....and I LOVE my 622, flaws and all..:grin:
     
  2. ChuckA

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    I think it is Dish that decides when it wants to pick up your local channels. It is activating HD Locals based on the market size so when they decide to activate your market area is up to them. I'm not sure there is anything you can do to influence it.

    I think the only thing you can do, except wait, is to install a bigger/taller OTA antenna.
     
  3. Mr.72

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    Maybe you just don't have the right antenna, maybe you are not aiming it in the right direction, etc. For the most part I think all-purpose UHF/VHF antennas are not really ideal for all situations. They are built to pick up every station in the country but you may only really have four or five stations to try and get, which could happen with a much better, more targeted antenna.

    Exactly what channels (frequencies, UHF/VHF channel numbers) are you trying to get? Do you know the direction (azimuth)?
     
  4. Bill R

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    One of the best places to go to find out how far the digital stations are from you and what type of antenna you might need is http://www.antennaweb.org
     
  5. heisman

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    Check with your cable company. For $12 a month, Comcast offers locals in HD (plus a bunch of other channels) in most areas. Other than that, you just need the right antenna to get them for free.
     
  6. nneptune

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    Honestly, I'm not big on watching the networks anyway.
    It just would be great to receive them in HD.
    It's truly not worth my $$ to go out and get a bigger antenna.
    Thanks for the advice, though.
    I appreciate your time.
     
  7. Mr.72

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    if it's UHF channels, the "right antenna" is probably not a "bigger antenna". On the contrary, you can pick up UHF very effectively with rather small antennas. The "big" antennas are mostly big for VHF. That's why I asked if you knew the UHF/VHF channel assignments. Check antennaweb.org, look for the channels ending in "-DT" and note whether UHF or VHF and the channel assignment.
     
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