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On/Off Topic Chit-Chat / Charter Internet Reviews?
Thursday Nov 11, 2010, 07:29:07 PM
Quote from: Tom Snyder;56562What does it go up to after 6 months?

$54.99 after 6 months.  You can lock in 8MB at $29.99 for 24 months and pay the difference (currently $10) for the higher package.  Still a good deal IMO since I'm paying $38/mo with AT&T for 6MB DSL.
On/Off Topic Chit-Chat / Charter Internet Reviews?
Wednesday Nov 10, 2010, 11:34:47 PM
Does anyone have Charter for Internet?  They are currently running a special on their 16MB service for 39.99/month for 6 months.  Paying AT&T 38.00 for 6MB DSL currently and wouldn't mind the speed boost.  How has their service been?  I plan on picking up a Motorola Surfboard 5101 online to save the $5/month rental fee.
Latest News / DirecTV┬╣s decision to drop G4
Tuesday Nov 02, 2010, 03:59:33 PM

Something to nibble on... Click on the station callsign, then tech data and screencaps.  Look at the allotted bandwidth per station/subchannel.

WTMJ 4.1: 12.15Mbps
WITI 6.1:  14.55Mbps
WMVS 10.1:  7.8Mbps
WISN 12.1:  17.45Mbps constant
WVTV 18.1:  17.8Mbps constant
WCGV 24.1:  17.8Mbps constant
WDJT 58.1:      9.45Mbps

WBBM 2.1:  16.15Mbps (Chicago CBS)

Are you still going to tell us bandwidth doesn't affect picture quality?
Quote from: SRW1000;56258There simply isn't enough bandwidth for an HD football game along with three SD channels.


LIES!!!  We all know that is from you and I having faulty equipment with terrible connections. :rolleyes:
Quote from: WPXE ION;56263When the wind blows you will see break ups. Go out and shake the antenna and see what happens.:wave:

Quote2. I've got a Channel Master mounted on a 30' mast

I can't move the antenna mast.  I haven't had a single breakup even during the 50MPH winds we had recently.  Nice try... :p  My D* dish is also mounted on there (obviously after the pic was taken).
Quote from: jjallou;56247Um......ABC (WISN Channel 12) doesn't have any subs. Their HD looks good but the local stuff is soft.

Since FOX (the network) uses a MPEG2 Splicer system all affiliates get a 15Mbs signal that the local station can't mess with. So adding the sub didn't change the 6.1 bitrate or alter the picture.

I will agree that 58.1 & 4.1 do look like crap though. You can now also add 10.1 to that statement as well. 720p at 10Mbs what's up with that?

Whoops. Didn't mean to include ABC in that statement. The rest stands though.
Quote from: WPXE ION;56244I must say I see many posts bashing the broadcasters here about bandwidth and pixelation. I watch TV off air at home, no cable or satellite. I NEVER see any issues with pixelation or drop outs. So most likely the issues are at your end or with your provider that you are paying $100/month for service. Here are a couple things to check/consider:

1. Check your connections.
2. Get the antenna up as high as you can. Dont place it behind the TV and blame the broadcaster for pixelation. Placing the antenna near anything electrical is a mistake.
3. How old is your TV or STB? If you have an older chipset it will not work as efficiently as a newer chipset.

See Ya!!!!

1.  My connections are water tight
2.  I've got a Channel Master mounted on a 30' mast pointed at the antenna farm.  I can turn my antenna and pick up almost all the Madison stations, and most of the Green Bay stations (though those tend to breakup more often).
3.  My main TV is 6 years old.  My spare is 3.  The picture looks better on the 6 year old TV (DLP vs LCD).

NBC, ABC, and CBS are by far the worst picture I have on my set.  FOX is pretty good but looks bad at times as well.  CW and MyTV look outstanding.  Do you see a trend here?  The stations that look atrocious all have subchannels.  Watching NFL Sunday Ticket confirms a crystal clear picture being broadcast and that's being compressed to hell from D*.  The uncompressed signal OTA looks awful.  

Don't have Sunday Ticket?  Watch the Packers game on CBS WDJT this Sunday.  Watch the highlights later that day on the NFL Network or ESPN and then HONESTLY tell me you don't notice a difference.  :rolleyes:
Quote from: Xizer;56236You can't take the heat get out of the kitchen. What's someone who can't handle a few curse words on an Internet message board doing running a TV station? :confused:

Agreed.  Plus we all know that they are too busy trying to come up with the "next great thing" to further diminish the limited bandwidth and degrade our picture quality.
Milwaukee HDTV Equipment / DirectTV HD Hardware Upgrade
Thursday Jul 22, 2010, 06:05:27 PM
Quote from: Nels Harvey;55889If Dish can do that, why can't DirecTV?

They can.

The OP needs new equipment (not from circa 2000) to do it.  I have the HR-20 and the HR-22 HD DVR's.  The HR-20 has an OTA input, the HR-22 needs the OTA adapter box.  Both of my boxes are hooked up to my gigabit Ethernet network, which gives me 2 HD DVRs recording 4 HD stations viewable anywhere in the house.  I have not paid a dime for any of my equipment.

OP, I suggest you call D* again and ask to speak to the retention department because you are thinking about canceling your service.  I guarantee you will get your receivers swapped out and the OTA adapter for free by signing a 2 year contract.  Also ask for the free HD package for 24 months by signing up for auto bill pay.  That's $240 in your pocket and one less bill per month you have to deal with.

As for wireless cards, pay for the whole house DVR install ($100) unless you have a complete home network.  The wireless cards themselves will cost more than this and not function near as well as D* installed setup.
On/Off Topic Chit-Chat / Are you ready for 4K?
Monday Jul 12, 2010, 05:31:46 PM
Bad source of content.  Flash doesn't support GPU acceleration yet, so you're relying on pure CPU processing power.
Milwaukee HDTV Programming / Free HD Access - DIRECTV
Wednesday Jun 09, 2010, 08:30:36 PM
Will adding this extend your contract?  When do they typically deduct from your checking account? (2-3 days before due date or what)?
Still no BBC America or G4?? :bang::bang:
I watched the game at a friends house instead of my normal TV.  His 52" Samsung DLP via TWC looked a little soft but pretty decent until the confetti at the end.  My TV has been calibrated and his has not.  It's amazing how much of a difference it makes.
Quote from: bschlafer;54733
Come on guys.  You can do better.  Give your viewers a reason to choose OTA over cable and sat.

I'd be more concerned about loosing viewership to Netflix, torrents, online providers, and other on-demand sources.  It's so easy and quick now to download a torrent or from iTunes and just stream it to your media center.  I don't have to fast forward through commercials and can watch them over and over.