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My Local Fox is 1080i

Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by RedhawkSP, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. RedhawkSP

    RedhawkSP Cool Member

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    Why is my local Fox station broadcasting in 1080i? I live in Baton Rouge and just got HD service last week. I have my box set up to receive and send all formats and have it set to native. The first couple of days my local Fox was 720p, but since Sunday it has been 1080i. Is this only for Directv?
     
  2. hdfan1

    hdfan1 AllStar

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    Dayton had their locals added yesterday and I noticed the same thing on our ABC station. It is a 720p station but the Native settings have it as 1080i. I assume it just something setup wrong for the stations on the Directv end.
     
  3. ccsoftball7

    ccsoftball7 Godfather

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    Has your box defaulted after the software update? Check the resoutions being fed to the TV.
     
  4. Grentz

    Grentz New Member

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    OTA locals can be either 720p or 1080i (along with 480i/p) so maybe the station just changed their broadcast?
     
  5. jimmyv2000

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    tune to ESPN on channel 206 if its 720 then its your station
    Our local abc changed to 1080i a couple of months ago
     
  6. davring

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    All ABC produced programming is sent to its affiliates in 720P I'm surprised your station is broadcasting 1080i, there wouldn't be much benefit in doing so.
     
  7. RedhawkSP

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    All the other 720p stations are still 720p like ESPN, ABC, Fox News, Big 10 Network, etc, etc. Maybe our Fox affiliate decided to upconvert to 1080i.
     
  8. ncriley

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    I hadn't noticed on mine. I will check tonight and post in this thread what my Baton Rouge Fox stations is coming in at.

    I also have a QAM tuner with local FOX in HD so I can compare the 2 and we will know if it is the local station or DTV.
     
  9. chrisfowler99

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    Belo Corporation owns our local ABC station (KVUE) and they used to (I haven't checked lately) convert the signal to 1080i before broadcast OTA. I'm also not sure which signal DirecTV is broadcasting.

    My assuption was that Belo did it because they owned many stations, and most of them were 1080i, so they just used the same equipment, but really, I have no idea.
     
  10. jimmyv2000

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    Hearst owns our abc(WCVB) in boston and its 1080i both on D* and ota
    the manchester NH station(wmur) is 720P ota D* doesn't carry the digital version of this channel YET and this station is owned by Hearst also.
     
  11. VARTV

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    Who owns it? Our Belo ABC station does 1080i... :rolleyes:
     
  12. RedhawkSP

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    Did you get a chance to check last night? Last night it was still in 1080i.
     
  13. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    There are a few local stations of ABC and Fox that upconvert the 720p from the network to 1080i for broadcast because of either corporate policy or because 1080i is the only equipment they have (for example it's one company and one broadcast facility for both NBC and Fox so they only have 1080i equipment). You'll see this mostly only in small markets.
     
  14. Herdfan

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    I can see this for ABC, but not FOX. Fox uses the splicer system where the HD feed is automatically inserted into the local's feed and this equipment was provided by FOX. So unless the local has gone in and replaced some of the equipment, I can't see this on a FOX affiliate.
     
  15. d2001dstanley

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    Some local networks will choose to transmit in 1080i or 720p, regardless of the network's decision. For those that choose to go 1080i, it is probably in part for local sports and news in HD. Some stations prefer the 1080i format and others choose it because it matches a decision made within the company or on other company-owned network affiliates. Those who broadcast in 1080i don't necessarily have to upconvert the network signal, although many likely do. They can choose to offer the signal as a 720p feed, even if the station itself is native 1080i. Likewise, some stations prefer 720p due to either a company decision or a station decision. Those stations would have to downconvert the network signal to the 720p standard.

    In some instances, the network may offer both a 720p format signal and a 1080i format signal. CBS and NBC, who broadcast in 1080i as a network standard, would be likely to do this. Fox and ABC, having already decided to broadcast in 720p, have no real incentive to offer a 1080i signal and therefore produce their programming in 720p. As syndicated shows start to head to HD (The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, Jeopardy!, and Wheel of Fortune, among others), they have to choose whether to shoot it in 720p, or in 1080i and offer a downconverted feed to those stations who broadcast at 720p.
     
  16. bonscott87

    bonscott87 Cutting Edge: ECHELON '07

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    I agree. But there are a couple Fox affiliates out there that upconvert to 1080i at broadcast anyway. Their choice.
     
  17. Jeremy W

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    No. This would never happen, because it would be stupid and a complete waste of resources. The number of affiliates that don't match their network's HD format is very small, and the networks aren't going to go out of their way for them. There's no point.
     
  18. hdfan1

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    I double checked and the ABC station in Dayton (WKEF) is a 720p station OTA but Directv has it as 1080i station as the native format.
     
  19. Bob Coxner

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    I have a similar situation. KWKT-44 is a Fox station. When I tune it OTA it's the proper 720p. But when I tune it to DTV it shows native 1080i. The chief engineer is active on AVS Forum and he can't explain it. He did say he had reports from some of their sister stations that the same thing was happening to them. The only logical explanation is that DTV is upcoverting the 720p for whatever reason.
     
  20. Jeremy W

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    The most logical explanation is that whoever configured the encoder screwed up, and set it to 1080i instead of 720p.
     

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