So you got your converter box. Maybe you even upgraded your antenna.
Then the DTV switch came. What channels did you lose?
Me? Just CBS. No big loss. :) I'm not sure if all the new wacky
foreign-language channels make up for it. I live on a hill top 20
miles from the transmission towers. Others must be in lousy shape.
All of them, for the most part.
Interestingly enough, the morning after _the_big_switch_ a rescan found
all three networks plus the PBS that had disappeared after
_witching_day_1_ so all seemed well. That was roughly 8-9AM, played for
a few minutes switching back and forth and turned it off.
At 6-ish PM for local news/weather, nada/zip/nothing except the one
network that had also made the earlier switch that had been receiving
well. It was barely strong enough to lock w/ a lot of drop out and
audio near useless.
Been that way since...no weather to foul up the antenna, so I've no real
clue as to why seemed ok initially and then went away. Neither,
apparently, do the stations who have received similar complaints I
gather from quite a sizable number.
40-60 mile range, flat country...
I didn't lose any,gained several,along with subchannels.
One subchannel is worthwhile,all older movies,and fewer commercials.
I'm using a homemade coathanger wire quad bowtie from plans on Make TV.Cost
$5,has excellent signal levels,even indoors in a stucco/mesh building.
Some stations had troubles during the switchoff;
Local Ch.2(NBC) was unwatchable for the first several hours,but cleared up
once they fixed something.
I built the same one just for the heck of it since I have cable. I wanted to
see what was available if the cable was out (it has been known to happen.
I got the major networks and a couple of indies. I did not get any PBS
stations. Most of the stations I did get are 40-50 miles away. Nice flat
I posted the first time on "transition" day. I just tried again and get two
PBS stations along with 3 or 4 substations for each.
I am just south of Sarasota so I get most stations from Tampa/St.Pete and
Surprisingly, or not, I picked up two analog stations. One is Hispanic and
the other religious. Both are snowy and obviously are in the category of
low power stations that did not need to go digital.
Is anyone receiving more channels with quality content, or just more
infomercials, more Reverend Ike types looking for money, more canned
inexpensive to produce/buy useless content from major networks to fill
in sub channels when they found out what they promised was too expensive
for the bean counters?
In the NYC metro area with the exception of PBS stations, I'm seeing sub
channels populated with sub par programming by WNBC (because it is cheap
to buy), infomercials 24x7, more preachers begging for money in
different languages on each sub channel, Mindless non stop Anime
cartoons 24x7, WOR and WNYW xmitting each others stations in SD on sub
channels, poor quality NYC traffic cams with terrible audio.
What I'd like to see is local content shows (NYC stations think nothing
out side the 5 boroughs is worthwhile unless it's an ax murder), real
local weather coverage rather than mass marketed regional weather, shows
that take advantage of local talent and activities would be a good start.
I don't need another bamboo steamer, thanks. Please no more political
left or right talking heads.
I get one subchannel that I watch a lot;18.2(WKCF sub).
It's "This Network",and they run older movies and it seems,fewer commercial
Only problem is,they don't keep the electronic program guide up to date,and
it's hard to find out what's on and when.
If I remember,I check Titan TV online.
(but can't print anything from it,because they only like IE)
LXTV and NY non stop is a poor substitute for the originally announced
Meaningless canned light fare meant to take up bandwidth for a low cost.
Do they have anything on 4-2 that doesn't rerun the same day within a 4
hour time frame?
I have better sources for bars with good shagging than NY non stop,
NYC-TV wasn't bad until they started having money problems and went into
a rerun spiral.
You got that right
No.. more like cause and effect.. send a camera crew or use freelance
footage of weather damage thru out the coverage area, rather than
keeping it choked down to within 45 minutes drive time into Manhattan.
The viewers not only come from the boroughs but 70 air miles away from
ESB.. eastern LI, the southern edge of Sullivan county, eastern edge of
TV newscasts are all about quantity rather than quality. If they can get
10 stories covered in 10 minutes with less than 60 percent wrong and
less than 4 technical failures it's a good show. No details, told to go
to their website for further information.. go there and try to wade thru
the kaos they call a web site and rarely ever find what you were looking
for. Use a sub channel to give us the details with time taken for
accuracy. Trained, educated, experienced newscasters that know how to
present a story replaced with know nothing pretty boys and girls fresh
off the street.. and the lack of knowledge of the region and
misinformation conveyed shows in the broadcasts.. but hey they work
cheap. Wrong video clips played at wrong time, bad mikes, out of control
robo cameras, wrong story at wrong time. We are talking about network
flagship stations.. not some college or high school A/V class.
I've learnt a few things such as how to fold a fitted sheet and I love
TMI. It's hilarious. (TMI is the one with the 3 girls talking mainly
about dating and etiquette, like can you wear white to a wedding if
you're not the bride.)
Apparently they're coming back for a new season. I was talking to one
of their workers just yesterday.
Yeah, I got some new channels, too. That is a good thing, because I
cannot bring myself to pay for TV (or parking).
You must live very close to the transmission towers. I had to install
a huge antenna 10 ft. above my roof. The attic antenna wasn't cutting
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