HD Locals: Harrisburg, PA

Discussion in 'HD Locals' started by Doug Brott, Aug 27, 2008.

  1. Sep 13, 2009 #81 of 209
    BDP

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    I agree with every single word you have said. I thought after the digital switch our locals would not have to go to SD when they had a storm warning or logo. No such dice on any channel. And then like you said, someone there is forgetting to flip us back to HD and often during primetime we get to watch ugly SD on our HD channels.

    I know I am the only one this affects, but if I am getting pixelation and audio dropouts regularly like every 15 minutes on NBC, should I have someone come look at that from service? NBC has been that way for me since I signed onto DTV last year. My guess is that I'm not getting a good signal on that transponder or something? Any way I can check? It's pretty bad. And no one else here in the forum seems to have problems with WGAL 8.

    At least I know I am not the only one with lip sync issues on Fox 43 today. I hope they get enough complaints to fix it today.

    As for Comcast Sportsnet and now Versus, I guess Comcast just wants to keep them in their pocket like DTV does with Sunday Ticket so Comcast can lure Philly market customers back in. I know my Dad hates his DTV since he can't see Phillies or Flyers games anymore, and I don't blame him. It's terrible. I'm not sure if it's DTV being unreasonable or Comcast with the price. My guess is that Comcast is asking a LOT for those two channels and DTV refuses to be bullied. With Phillies and Flyers on DTV it would be the ultimate Philly sports offering.

    The way it is now if FIOS comes around, who I believe does carry Comcast And Versus, I would sign. I'm just wondering if the price to FIOS for those channels was a lot less than the price to DTV.
     
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    n3ntj

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    Comcrap won't give D* their CSN signal.

    I've also seen the pixilation on 8 and 43. It's 10:37pm and just got 771 on ch. 8. No weather issues and 93% signal on 103s Xponder 15.

    Most local stations don't have the equipment to pass 16:9 HD programming when the station takes local control.
     
  3. Sep 13, 2009 #83 of 209
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    Why is there no urgency to get that equipment? WPMT must have the equipment because they don't go SD for a scroller so why wouldn't WGAL or WHP get that equipment. The answer will probably be that they can't afford it. Well then, they should be required to get it. The 4 NYC networks don't go SD for scrollers.
     
  4. Sep 13, 2009 #84 of 209
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    I'd take Comcast network over the scrolling SD fix anyday...But I fear you are right, that Comcast will just set the price for their own channels so high that DTV can never afford it, at least, not in a way it makes good business sense. Should be illegal really. I could see if you could only get CSN Philly on Comcast but if FIOS has it, and other local cable companies have it (my Dad's private lake cable company had it even), why can they somehow price DTV out of it? I just don't get it.
     
  5. Sep 14, 2009 #85 of 209
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    With regard to the Harrisburg DMA .... I wish they'd open up the Neighboring Local Channels that they are providing to the 172xx portion of this DMA to the rest of the DMA (I'm in 173xx). 172xx Harrisburg DMA customers get soooooooo many more locals than we do in 173xx.

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  6. Sep 14, 2009 #86 of 209
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    Really? What extra channels do they get in 172xx? I'm in 170xx...
     
  7. Sep 14, 2009 #87 of 209
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    They get a bunch of DC channels, including:

    WRC 4 - NBC
    WTTG 5 - FOX
    WJLA 7 - ABC
    WUSA 9 - CBS
    WDCA 20
    WMPT 22 - PBS
    WETA 26 - PBS
    WDCW 50

    And almost all of these come in HD.

    We get 4 HD locals in 173xx. People in 172xx get around 10 because of the neighboring local additions.
     
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  9. Sep 14, 2009 #89 of 209
    BDP

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    Wow, that is NICE! Yeah 172xx is Shippensburg area south of here I guess, I used to live there years back. That's a nice lineup for sure.

    I'd love to have a HD CW local too.
     
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    I live in 170xx and I have ch. 50 (WDCW) from DC in my guide although every show is blacked out. Not sure how just that one shows up. I bet someone screwed that one up.
     
  12. Sep 25, 2009 #92 of 209
    n3ntj

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    I just got this email from WITF about the carriage of WITF-HD on D*:

    "Thank you for your email. There is an agreement in place with DirecTV that should allow public broadcasters to have their HD channel carried on the DirectTV system. We are working with APTS and PBS to lobby for WITF carriage. Unfortunately, we do not have an ETA."

    I guess that means to keep bugging D* and WITF for carriage of WITF-HD on D*.
     
  13. Sep 25, 2009 #93 of 209
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    I also have channel 50 but blackouts. Very frustrating. Is that an HD WB? Would love an HD WB. Lost that when I switched from cable.

    Still having awful audio dropouts on WGAL HD. Makes watching prime time shows like The Office a real pain. It's been doing this for as long as I have had the service now, 8 months and counting. Anyone else?
     
  14. Sep 26, 2009 #94 of 209
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    I've also noticed some of the audio problems on WGAL lately.

    Ch. 50 is an SD CW affiliate from DC.
     
  15. Sep 27, 2009 #95 of 209
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    Have you guys experienced some major pixilation issues today and tonite on WGAL? I've been monitoring WGAL OTA 8-1 on one tuner and D* supplied WGAL on the other tuner. The OTA feed is perfectly clean. Other channels I try are ok, too.
     
  16. Sep 29, 2009 #96 of 209
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    BTW... I did a complete reset of my HR20-700's OTA setup and started from scratch setting up my local (Harrisburg) and secondary (Philly) OTA stations. This didn't fix the WYBE 35.x problems.
     
  17. Oct 18, 2009 #97 of 209
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    Is anyone just seeing a black screen on WGAL this afternoon? The other local HD channels are fine.
     
  18. Jan 26, 2010 #98 of 209
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    Anyone else noticing problems with both 27 and 43?

    27 has been pixelating pretty bad 4 to 5 times during an hour long show and 43 has had lip sync issues. 43 was pretty bad during 24 last night.
     
  19. Jan 26, 2010 #99 of 209
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    Confirmed both issues here in Enola. Really terrible. I could barely watch House and 24 last night and when I checked 43 at lunch it was still off even after a receiver reboot.

    27 also has been pixelating terrible now along with 8, making 3 of the 4 locals all pretty awful in quality lately. 27 has been bad to the point of missing a good 5 or 6 seconds of a show about 5 or 6 times per half hour.

    Not sure what to do, I have heard calls to DTV about this usually fall on deaf ears?
     
  20. Feb 6, 2010 #100 of 209
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    BDP stated: (27 also has been pixelating terrible now along with 8, making 3 of the 4 locals all pretty awful in quality lately. 27 has been bad to the point of missing a good 5 or 6 seconds of a show about 5 or 6 times per half hour.)

    I have to agree with BDP. Channel 27 is really bad lately. Where is n3ntj when we need him. <grin>
     

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