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Spicoli
06-09-2008, 12:04 PM
Good news - It looks like WISH (CBS) and WNDY (old UPN-don't know what the hell it is now) are FINALLY going to be broadcast in HD. :woohoo:

http://lintv.com/news/images/PDFs/news_releases/LIN%20TV%20and%20DIRECTV%20Announce%20Retrans%20Ag reement%20for%20HD%20Signals%20-%206-9-08.pdf

LIN TV and DIRECTV Announce Retrans Agreement for HD Signals
PROVIDENCE, RI/EL SEGUNDO, CA, June 9, 2008 – LIN TV Corp. (NYSE: TVL), a local television and digital media company, and DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, today announced they have entered into an agreement for the retransmission of LIN TV’s broadcast stations in both analog and high-definition. The deal covers television stations owned and/or operated by LIN TV in 15 markets.

The retransmission agreement includes: KRQE-TV, KASA-TV (Albuquerque); KXAN-TV, KNVA-TV and KBVO-TV (Austin); WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV (Buffalo); WDTN-TV (Dayton); WANE-TV (Ft. Wayne); WOOD-TV, WOTV-TV, WXSP-CA (Grand Rapids); WLUK-TV (Green Bay); WTNH-TV and WCTX-TV (Hartford-New Haven); WISH-TV and WNDY-TV (Indianapolis); WALA-TV and WBPG-TV (Mobile); WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV (Norfolk); WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV (Providence); WWLP-TV (Springfield) and WUPW-TV (Toledo).

“We are pleased with the outcome of our negotiations,” said Vincent L. Sadusky, president and chief executive officer of LIN TV Corp. “Our stations are leaders in their markets and we’ve made substantial investments to bring our viewers high definition digital programming. The agreement reflects fair value to both parties and is in the best interest of the consumer.”

“With this agreement, DIRECTV will continue to enhance its industry leading HD offer, enabling us to add more HD channels in existing DIRECTV HD local markets and set the stage for roll out of more HD local channels this fall,” said Dan Hartman, senior vice president, Programming, DIRECTV, Inc. “We’re extremely happy with this agreement that is both beneficial for our business and our customers.”

Kegboy
06-09-2008, 12:10 PM
That's good to hear. Now I could at least hypothetically move my parents over to HD. Of course, considering how hard it was for my dad to get used to a new computer, I don't know how he'd handle switching from Tivo to DirecTV's new DVR.

Twes
06-09-2008, 01:20 PM
Good news - It looks like WISH (CBS) and WNDY (old UPN-don't know what the hell it is now) are FINALLY going to be broadcast in HD. :woohoo:

http://lintv.com/news/images/PDFs/news_releases/LIN%20TV%20and%20DIRECTV%20Announce%20Retrans%20Ag reement%20for%20HD%20Signals%20-%206-9-08.pdf

LIN TV and DIRECTV Announce Retrans Agreement for HD Signals
PROVIDENCE, RI/EL SEGUNDO, CA, June 9, 2008 – LIN TV Corp. (NYSE: TVL), a local television and digital media company, and DIRECTV, Inc., the nation's leading satellite television service provider, today announced they have entered into an agreement for the retransmission of LIN TV’s broadcast stations in both analog and high-definition. The deal covers television stations owned and/or operated by LIN TV in 15 markets.

The retransmission agreement includes: KRQE-TV, KASA-TV (Albuquerque); KXAN-TV, KNVA-TV and KBVO-TV (Austin); WIVB-TV and WNLO-TV (Buffalo); WDTN-TV (Dayton); WANE-TV (Ft. Wayne); WOOD-TV, WOTV-TV, WXSP-CA (Grand Rapids); WLUK-TV (Green Bay); WTNH-TV and WCTX-TV (Hartford-New Haven); WISH-TV and WNDY-TV (Indianapolis); WALA-TV and WBPG-TV (Mobile); WAVY-TV and WVBT-TV (Norfolk); WPRI-TV and WNAC-TV (Providence); WWLP-TV (Springfield) and WUPW-TV (Toledo).

“We are pleased with the outcome of our negotiations,” said Vincent L. Sadusky, president and chief executive officer of LIN TV Corp. “Our stations are leaders in their markets and we’ve made substantial investments to bring our viewers high definition digital programming. The agreement reflects fair value to both parties and is in the best interest of the consumer.”

“With this agreement, DIRECTV will continue to enhance its industry leading HD offer, enabling us to add more HD channels in existing DIRECTV HD local markets and set the stage for roll out of more HD local channels this fall,” said Dan Hartman, senior vice president, Programming, DIRECTV, Inc. “We’re extremely happy with this agreement that is both beneficial for our business and our customers.”

Yesssssssssss.

Bring on the pigskin.

grace
06-09-2008, 02:52 PM
That's good to hear. Now I could at least hypothetically move my parents over to HD. Of course, considering how hard it was for my dad to get used to a new computer, I don't know how he'd handle switching from Tivo to DirecTV's new DVR.

I'm about ready to throw my TiVo out the window so if you want to start with me first then you can tell dad "Jeez if she can figure it out so can you."

Bball
06-09-2008, 03:45 PM
Finally!

I'd like to add tho- If Directv would've continued to offer OTA tuners in their new HD receivers/DVRs then this would've been much less of an issue for me.

And the fact is- I STILL would like to have an OTA tuner integrated into the Directv HD DVR system. I know one has been talked about but it's mostly been vaporware during the time I was following it (and watching release dates come and go). Maybe it's finally out now but with college bball and the NFL wrapped up I haven't worried about the OTA tuner as much.


-Bball

MagicRat
06-10-2008, 08:48 PM
I'm about ready to throw my TiVo out the window so if you want to start with me first then you can tell dad "Jeez if she can figure it out so can you."

What could cause you to want to throw a TiVo out the window?

grace
06-11-2008, 08:49 AM
What could cause you to want to throw a TiVo out the window?

After recording a show if I stop watching it more times than not TiVo goes back to the beginning and not where I stopped watching. It didn't used to do that.

Kegboy
06-11-2008, 10:01 AM
It should be noted, she's got that crappy DirecTV Tivo that they don't support or update.

Spicoli
06-11-2008, 10:31 AM
CBS is up and running as of today......

And I just literally threw in the trash 2 directv tivos. Oops.

Twes
06-11-2008, 11:12 AM
Did you have to reset your receivers?

I'll look for that tonight.

Spicoli
06-11-2008, 11:25 AM
I've got two HR21-700s, I didn't reset unless they did it automatically.

Not like there's anything worth watching until football season on that channel anyway though...

Twes
06-11-2008, 11:30 AM
I've got two HR21-700s, I didn't reset unless they did it automatically.

Not like there's anything worth watching until football season on that channel anyway though...

Exactly.

I've got 2 HR21's as well.

Spicoli
06-11-2008, 11:38 AM
Should be good to go

Are you sure you're not my alternate personality?

My head aches

Twes
06-11-2008, 11:43 AM
Should be good to go

Are you sure you're not my alternate personality?

My head aches

I've NEVER been sure of that (not being).

Do you want me to take an Imitrex?

Spicoli
06-11-2008, 11:48 AM
Whatever makes the voices quiet down.

That's what you take.

Gyron
06-11-2008, 11:48 AM
Just drive a 3" galvanized nail through your ear canal. I find that helps relieve the drifters of their head aches.......Actually all of their aches.

Make sure its galvanized though, you don't want any rusting.

Twes
06-11-2008, 11:50 AM
Whatever makes the voices quiet down.

That's what you take.


I take what I have.

Imitrex, Excedrine, Vicodin. :D

Twes
06-11-2008, 11:53 AM
Just drive a 3" galvanized nail through your ear canal. I find that helps relieve the drifters of their head aches.......Actually all of their aches.

Make sure its galvanized though, you don't want any rusting.


WHAT?

I TRIED IT.

I CAN'T HEAR YOU. WHY ARE YOU WHISPERING.

Gyron
06-11-2008, 11:57 AM
You didn't use big enough nail, better go with a 6 inch yard spike.

Gyron
06-11-2008, 01:03 PM
Speaking of nails in head......

http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2008-06-11-nail-survivor_N.htm

<TABLE id=topTools cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>Nail-in-skull survivor: 'It never really hurt'</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — George Chandler says he didn't know a 2½-inch nail was driven into his skull until his buddy spotted it stuck through his cap.
Chandler said he felt only a sting.
"It never did really what you call hurt," the Shawnee man said Wednesday on NBC's "Today."
Chandler said his friend Phil Kern was using a nail gun to mount lattice on Chandler's deck when a hose on the powerful tool became caught.
Chandler said he stood up just as Kern tried to free the gun and it discharged. At first, they couldn't locate the nail. But then Kern saw it, he ordered Chandler to sit down while he called 911.

An emergency room doctor tried unsuccessfully to remove the nail with a pair of pliers.
"He looked at me and said, 'I need a claw hammer,"' Chandler recalled. "I thought, 'Ah, he's just teasing."'
So the doctor borrowed a claw hammer from a worker to finish the job and sent Chandler home with a few stitches.
"He got a screwdriver at the same time, and he took the screwdriver and pried the nail up a little bit and got the claw hammer," Chandler said.

Spicoli
06-11-2008, 01:10 PM
Speaking of nails in head......

http://www.usatoday.com/news/offbeat/2008-06-11-nail-survivor_N.htm

<TABLE id=topTools cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>Nail-in-skull survivor: 'It never really hurt'</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — George Chandler says he didn't know a 2½-inch nail was driven into his skull until his buddy spotted it stuck through his cap.
Chandler said he felt only a sting.
"It never did really what you call hurt," the Shawnee man said Wednesday on NBC's "Today."
Chandler said his friend Phil Kern was using a nail gun to mount lattice on Chandler's deck when a hose on the powerful tool became caught.
Chandler said he stood up just as Kern tried to free the gun and it discharged. At first, they couldn't locate the nail. But then Kern saw it, he ordered Chandler to sit down while he called 911.

An emergency room doctor tried unsuccessfully to remove the nail with a pair of pliers.
"He looked at me and said, 'I need a claw hammer,"' Chandler recalled. "I thought, 'Ah, he's just teasing."'
So the doctor borrowed a claw hammer from a worker to finish the job and sent Chandler home with a few stitches.
"He got a screwdriver at the same time, and he took the screwdriver and pried the nail up a little bit and got the claw hammer," Chandler said.

Are they sure it wasn't the guy from Happy Gilmore?

http://www.richardkiel.com/happygilmore3.jpg

Bball
06-11-2008, 02:17 PM
Don't forget if you're using a custom/favorites list for your guide that the new channel won't show up unless you change to All channels or add it to your 'favorites'.

-Bball

Twes
06-11-2008, 02:21 PM
Are they sure it wasn't the guy from Happy Gilmore?

http://www.richardkiel.com/happygilmore3.jpg

Isn't that the guy who got kicked in the nuts [SPOILER ] in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Twes
06-11-2008, 02:22 PM
Don't forget if you're using a custom/favorites list for your guide that the new channel won't show up unless you change to All channels or add it to your 'favorites'.

-Bball

Excellent tip Bball.

That would be just the kind of thing I'd grind away trying to figure out

Spicoli
06-11-2008, 04:08 PM
Yeah I think mine is always set to all channels anyway since the "Channels I get" list is total crap.

Twes
06-11-2008, 06:22 PM
Yeah I think mine is always set to all channels anyway since the "Channels I get" list is total crap.


I created a custom one to get rid of all the garbage channels on mine.

I just confirmed... thumbs up on channel 8 HD.

Bball
06-11-2008, 06:23 PM
So... now what about WTTV-DT?

...Altho I have to admit without IU or the Pacers I don't worry as much about TTV4 HD.

Altho I get the regular OTA ch 4 just fine, I cannot receive the digital signal. :(

-Bball

Twes
06-11-2008, 06:33 PM
So... now what about WTTV-DT?

...Altho I have to admit without IU or the Pacers I don't worry as much about TTV4 HD.

Altho I get the regular OTA ch 4 just fine, I cannot receive the digital signal. :(

-Bball

I couldn't tell you a single program on there since the Pacers dropped off.

Does it matter? :D

duke dynamite
06-11-2008, 10:41 PM
Thank goodness!

When we switched to DirecTV back in February, I was promised WISH in HD. But obviously not. I was hoping this would be done before the Colts start the season.

YAY FOR DIRECTV!

duke dynamite
06-11-2008, 10:44 PM
I've got two HR21-700s, I didn't reset unless they did it automatically.

Not like there's anything worth watching until football season on that channel anyway though...
How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory re-runs, dude.

:P

Spicoli
06-12-2008, 09:30 AM
Little known secret before we actually got the CBS-HD feed....

You could go to the Sports Mix channel (something like 104), and if CBS was showing up on there, you could select it and you would miraculously get the HD feed of the program.

It only worked going through the sports mix channel however.

Sucks I didn't figure it out until after March Madness since all CBS has in HD sports-related is golf.

Oh well, doesn't make a difference now.

Spicoli
06-12-2008, 09:32 AM
How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory re-runs, dude.

:P


I've heard HIMYM was a good show. I generally don't watch much outside sports and history channel crap. The exceptions recently have been The Office, Lost, 24, Sopranos, and Deadwood.

I may have to give HIMYM a chance now...

Twes
06-12-2008, 09:43 AM
Little known secret before we actually got the CBS-HD feed....

You could go to the Sports Mix channel (something like 104), and if CBS was showing up on there, you could select it and you would miraculously get the HD feed of the program.

It only worked going through the sports mix channel however.

Sucks I didn't figure it out until after March Madness since all CBS has in HD sports-related is golf.

Oh well, doesn't make a difference now.

SOmething else I didn't know until a guy at work told me. You can get crystal clear HD on plain ordinary rabbit ears.

I hooked them up and did the channel search and bam, I could get all three networks.

Of course they lead you to believe you have to buy special HD antennas.

*******s.

duke dynamite
06-12-2008, 02:07 PM
I've heard HIMYM was a good show. I generally don't watch much outside sports and history channel crap. The exceptions recently have been The Office, Lost, 24, Sopranos, and Deadwood.

I may have to give HIMYM a chance now...
Before this past fall, I never watched network television. Then FOX made that Terminator show. Watched that. Then I decided to give The Office a try, loved it. I am a big fan of the band Barenaked Ladies, and I heard they were doing a theme song for a new show on CBS, so I just wanted to watch the show for the theme, I loved the show, which was The Big Bang Theory.

Since I am at work on Monday evenings, I just leave the TV on whatever channel I was watching, and HIMYM came on and it became an instant hit.

Network TV isn't that bad if you just watch it on Monday and Thursday evenings.

Also Try:

My Name Is Earl

duke dynamite
06-12-2008, 02:08 PM
SOmething else I didn't know until a guy at work told me. You can get crystal clear HD on plain ordinary rabbit ears.

I hooked them up and did the channel search and bam, I could get all three networks.

Of course they lead you to believe you have to buy special HD antennas.

*******s.
Of course, all you needed is a TV that has a digital tuner built-in to it.

Bball
06-12-2008, 02:55 PM
SOmething else I didn't know until a guy at work told me. You can get crystal clear HD on plain ordinary rabbit ears.


...As long as you are in range of the TV transmitters/antennas.

Also, pay attention to UHF and VHF. If the stations you want to get broadcast on the VHF band then getting a UHF ant will be next to pointless... or vice versa. Most of the digital broadcasts are on the UHF band altho IIRC WISH TV uses ch 9 (VHF) for their digital broadcast.

-Bball

Twes
06-12-2008, 03:04 PM
I live in an area historically where it was very difficult to get low def signal for the networks on monster antenna let alone rabbit ears.

I was shocked when I was able to pull in the high def channels on that thing.

The only reason I was messing with it was for the basketball tournament.

Bball
06-12-2008, 04:18 PM
I live in an area historically where it was very difficult to get low def signal for the networks on monster antenna let alone rabbit ears.

I was shocked when I was able to pull in the high def channels on that thing.

The only reason I was messing with it was for the basketball tournament.


Keep in mind that HD is a digital transmission. IOW- All or nothing. You won't get a snowy HD picture. You either lock on and it's great or you can't get a lock so it's nothing or a picture that breaks up in digital blocks (tiling, pixelation, etc). As long as the signal strength is good enough for a lock, you'll get a crystal clear picture. There will never be snow (even if the signal is weak and you keep losing a lock on the channel)... There will never be snow unless you are watching a show with a scene in the snow I should say! ;)

-Bball

Twes
06-12-2008, 04:36 PM
Keep in mind that HD is a digital transmission. IOW- All or nothing. You won't get a snowy HD picture. You either lock on and it's great or you can't get a lock so it's nothing or a picture that breaks up in digital blocks (tiling, pixelation, etc). As long as the signal strength is good enough for a lock, you'll get a crystal clear picture. There will never be snow (even if the signal is weak and you keep losing a lock on the channel)... There will never be snow unless you are watching a show with a scene in the snow I should say! ;)

-Bball

Right. Exactly.

That is why I have trouble understanding some of the outrageous HDMI cable prices.

It's a digital signal. You either have it or you don't. I bought heavy reasonably priced cables from monoprice after buying some fairly expensive garbage from wal mart and returning it.