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Quality of local channels

aztec77j
04-06-2009, 02:35 PM
I moved 6 years ago from L.A. to Eastern Washington, and for the longest time I didn't tell dtv about my address change and watched all of my LA channels with no worries, but about a yr ago I moved into the HD world, and I read that DTV had to install the new dish because it was so much harder to install, so I figured oh well time to watch some good NW programing....

Anyway the local channels here are not offered in HD, and while that sucks the quality of these channels is just terrible! The sound sucks the picture quality is horrible, I mean you can watch say the E channel which is SD and it looks great compared to what we watch with our local Fox station, I kid you not it looks like you are watching something from the early 80's. Is there anything I can do to get better quality? Any suggestions on indoor antennas?
Thanks!

tumbleweed
04-08-2009, 09:11 AM
I moved 6 years ago from L.A. to Eastern Washington, and for the longest time I didn't tell dtv about my address change and watched all of my LA channels with no worries, but about a yr ago I moved into the HD world, and I read that DTV had to install the new dish because it was so much harder to install, so I figured oh well time to watch some good NW programing....

Anyway the local channels here are not offered in HD, and while that sucks the quality of these channels is just terrible! The sound sucks the picture quality is horrible, I mean you can watch say the E channel which is SD and it looks great compared to what we watch with our local Fox station, I kid you not it looks like you are watching something from the early 80's. Is there anything I can do to get better quality? Any suggestions on indoor antennas?

Thanks!


Welcome to the great Northwest. Unfortunately the local channels over the D* satellite are just as you describe, terrible. I live in Hermiston and there is a butte between my house and the transmitters which means I don't get them over the air at all. My friend who lives about 10 miles from here has a clear view of the hill where the transmitters are and gets good OTA HD on about three of them. If you think you have line of sight to the big hill South of Kennewick you could try a good antenna, it might work inside but an outdoor antenna would be better. What you would need is a high gain UHF only antenna, preferably one without an amplifier. If you have any neighbors who are not on cable try to find out what they use.

I've tried to find out why the local channels from D* are not better but the local channels blame D*, D* blames the local channels, and we get garbage to watch while they whine about each other.

I have written to the local channels a couple of times and requested wavers so I could subscribe to the network feeds from D*. But the local channels have become so arrogant they won't even bother to answer letters or emails about the subject.

rserkes
04-08-2009, 09:51 AM
I live halfway between Sequim and Port Angeles and get the Seattle stations. They come in just fine. ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX are in HD and look great. I just wish one of the two PBS stations would be in HD but not yet.

tumbleweed
04-08-2009, 01:07 PM
I live halfway between Sequim and Port Angeles and get the Seattle stations. They come in just fine. ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX are in HD and look great. I just wish one of the two PBS stations would be in HD but not yet.
If we could get stations from Seattle or Portland we would be well off. Unfortunately we get Kennewick and Yakima, in startling SD with extra noise.

aztec77j
04-23-2009, 03:45 PM
If we could get stations from Seattle or Portland we would be well off. Unfortunately we get Kennewick and Yakima, in startling SD with extra noise.

Yeah what is it with all of that static??? Thanks for the input, I live in Milton Freewater and right by the w.w. river in a valley I doubt I could get over the air feed, my t.v. does have a tuner so i am going to try an indoor antenna and see how it works. If only we could get the Seattle or Portland stations.... Well I guess I feel better knowing someone else feels my pain, and knows I'm not exagerating when I describe the quality of these stations.

tumbleweed
04-23-2009, 04:31 PM
Yeah what is it with all of that static??? Thanks for the input, I live in Milton Freewater and right by the w.w. river in a valley I doubt I could get over the air feed, my t.v. does have a tuner so i am going to try an indoor antenna and see how it works. If only we could get the Seattle or Portland stations.... Well I guess I feel better knowing someone else feels my pain, and knows I'm not exagerating when I describe the quality of these stations.

In my other post I suggested a high gain UHF antenna, that's wrong. What you need is a high gain VHF antenna. Don't know why we get such a noisy picture, I suspect it could be cleaned up if someone were willing to spend a few dollars on better equipment. Unfortunately unless you live in a big city you don't get much.