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New Locals in HD?


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#1 OFFLINE   sjniedz

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 08:56 PM

D* announced in August that Rhode Island, along with other states would get HD locals in September. I now can see they changed that date to "FALL 2006". Has anyone heard anything on when it is coming? Per D* I can't order the HR-20 until MGEP 4 stations are in my area. My luck it will be December and they won't be able to sent a tech on my roof because of the snow. Thanks for reading.

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#2 OFFLINE   CTuser

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 05:55 PM

You can always buy the receiver through Best Buy, D* will bring a dish out when they install.

#3 OFFLINE   Mark L

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 01:07 AM

Don't get all excited for HD Locals. I've had them for over a couple months now and am disappointed. I for one hate MPEG-4. I didn't find out until recently that HD Locals are all compressed MPEG-4 signals. The problem I'm having is not getting Dolby Digital through my ABC HD local. I know I get it in this area (Sacramento, Ca- affiliate) because I've picked it up through my OTA antenna many times. Also I don't get FOX HD local because DirecTV claims they don't offer the channel (meaning my KTXL Sacramento affiliate) :mad: . I don't know who to believe. I've gone through 4 antennas and none seem to pick up FOX HD without constant 'glitching'. When I called to complain to DirecTV about not getting FOX HD, they said quote: "I want to assure you, we here at DirecTV are very good friends with FOX" :lol:

I've sent waiver requests numerous times for channel 89 (Los Angeles FOX HD local) and everytime I've got denied. So basically I have no way of getting FOX HD local here. I'm especially pissed cause I'm missing the MLB playoffs. Let me tell you from experience that MPEG-2 is much more superior than MPEG-4. I do get channels 81 (Los Angeles CBS HD local) and 83 (Los Angeles NBC local) and they are much better quality (since they're MPEG-2) than my MPEG-4 driven locals.

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Posted 24 October 2006 - 10:31 AM

Don't get all excited for HD Locals. I've had them for over a couple months now and am disappointed. I for one hate MPEG-4. I didn't find out until recently that HD Locals are all compressed MPEG-4 signals. The problem I'm having is not getting Dolby Digital through my ABC HD local. I know I get it in this area (Sacramento, Ca- affiliate) because I've picked it up through my OTA antenna many times. Also I don't get FOX HD local because DirecTV claims they don't offer the channel (meaning my KTXL Sacramento affiliate) :mad: . I don't know who to believe. I've gone through 4 antennas and none seem to pick up FOX HD without constant 'glitching'. When I called to complain to DirecTV about not getting FOX HD, they said quote: "I want to assure you, we here at DirecTV are very good friends with FOX" :lol:

I've sent waiver requests numerous times for channel 89 (Los Angeles FOX HD local) and everytime I've got denied. So basically I have no way of getting FOX HD local here. I'm especially pissed cause I'm missing the MLB playoffs. Let me tell you from experience that MPEG-2 is much more superior than MPEG-4. I do get channels 81 (Los Angeles CBS HD local) and 83 (Los Angeles NBC local) and they are much better quality (since they're MPEG-2) than my MPEG-4 driven locals.


Logan2575,

KXTV-TV (News 10 in Sacramento) IS transmitting DD for all of the mentioned shows in the original post. I imagine the problem you're having is related to the receiver you're using or the relationship between your DTV receiver and your home theatre receiver.

FOX 40 in Sacramento is one button push away from launching their HD signal on DTV (MPEG-4). This is NOT a rumor; it's from the horse’s mouth. The uplink already exists, it's tied up in legal but I've been told to expect to see it in time for 24 and American Idol (late 2006 / early 2007).

Hope this helps.
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