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My HR20 was just installed tis morning after a very long wait, and I have a question about the channel numbers for my local channels. I live in the NY market, and my local networks are channel 2 (cbs), 4 (nbc), 5 (fox) and 7 (abc). Those channels are all SD channels. My HD locals are 80, 82, 84, and 86. Now for some reason, channel 2 is listed in my guide twice, as is channel 4, 5 and 7. Is there any reason for this? It is very annoying to flip channels, since I start and channel 2, and when I change the channel using the up button I just change it to my other channel 2. I have to push it again to get to channel 4 and so on. Is this normal? I could understand if the OTA was connected, but I don't know what to make of it.
 

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My HR20 was just installed tis morning after a very long wait, and I have a question about the channel numbers for my local channels. I live in the NY market, and my local networks are channel 2 (cbs), 4 (nbc), 5 (fox) and 7 (abc). Those channels are all SD channels. My HD locals are 80, 82, 84, and 86. Now for some reason, channel 2 is listed in my guide twice, as is channel 4, 5 and 7. Is there any reason for this? It is very annoying to flip channels, since I start and channel 2, and when I change the channel using the up button I just change it to my other channel 2. I have to push it again to get to channel 4 and so on. Is this normal? I could understand if the OTA was connected, but I don't know what to make of it.
Obviously the local HD channels are not broadcasting HD program at this moment, so tonight you'll notice that the programs will be.

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The extra 2 - 4 - 7 etc. are the HD mpeg4 locals. Those in the 80's are mpeg2.
Thank you. That makes sense. Is the quality better on one rather than the other? Does one take up ,ore space than the other when recording?

Any idea where the local channels will be listed when the OTA is turned on?
 

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The 80's feeds are distant-networks feeds for those who can't get locals, as well as MPEG2/HD locals for the NY market (implemented to serve a big bunch of customers with HD content before local HD channels were added nationwide).

In the Nashville market, the channels marked "NA2","NA4", "NA5", etc. are all SD locals. The ones marked with station call letters (WKRN, WSMV, WTVF, etc.) are all HD locals. When I just tune directly using the remote with 2, 4, 5 or whatever, it defaults to the HD local, which I appreciate.
 

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Thank you. That makes sense. Is the quality better on one rather than the other? Does one take up ,ore space than the other when recording?

Any idea where the local channels will be listed when the OTA is turned on?
The mpeg4 (alt 2,4,7 etc) take up less space. Approx. 50hrs on a full drive as compared to 30hrs on mpeg2.

In LA, the mpeg4's are not as reliable (at least for me) as far as recording yet. The goal is that you should not see a difference as they want all HD to be mpeg4 in the not too distant future.
 

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Thank you. That makes sense. Is the quality better on one rather than the other? Does one take up ,ore space than the other when recording?

Any idea where the local channels will be listed when the OTA is turned on?[/QUOTE]

When OTA is activated your local HD OTA channels will be (2-1,4-1,7-1 ect)!
 
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