Any stations in your area turn off analog today?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by TexasGrillChef, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. lafos

    lafos Well-Known Member

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    There was an article published in the local paper that some 20 or so markets were forced to keep analog service running as it would cause hardship in the community. It didn't say what the criteria were, but I'd guess that with a tough local economy, and a lot of OTA users, they figured that the digital conversion would hurt until they can get more coupons into the federal program.
     
  2. ToddNeedsTiVo

    ToddNeedsTiVo Shampoo is not toxic

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    I lost my guide data for my newly-relocated NBC affiliate.
     
  3. jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

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    Supposedly if 1 or 2 of the major networks in a local market requested the change it was granted. If all four requested it, they were all denied so that no preference need be made, and the local market would not be analog-dark for major network programming.
     
  4. jfstx

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  5. kb7oeb

    kb7oeb Member

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    From another thread:
    I called in my two missing stations today (independent and ion), now I'm really glad the transition moved to summer when there is nothing on anyway.
     
  6. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    In my area, KFMB (CBS), KGTV (ABC) and KSWB (Fox) turned off their analog transmissions last night. KGTV switched from UHF 25 to VHF 10 (their original analog allocation) and KFMB switched from VHF 7 to VHF 8 (they'd switched to VHF some months ago because their "temporary" UHF allocation for DTV was needed by Qualcomm for MediaFlo).

    XETV (CW) said that they'd switch last night but didn't; they broadcast out of Tijuana and belong to a Mexican media conglomerate and aren't planning to turn off their analog transmitter any time soon, but will switch to some Spanish-language Mexican product in June (Televisa, I think; Mexico has a plan to gradually phase in DTV which will end in 2022). KNSD (NBC) is the only area O&O and will switch in June; KPBS will wait until their fund drive is over in April; KUSI, an independent, will switch in June.
     
  7. JimboG

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    Mike,

    I called Tivo back on February 3, 2009 in an attempt to get guide data for Universal Sports (39.3), UCSD TV (analog low power channel 35) and the digital simulcast of Azteca America (10.15).

    Since then, Tivo and/or Tribune have failed to update the RF channel for our local ABC and CBS station, thus resulting in a loss of guide data for these two major networks as well. Right now I do not have guide data for 4 out of 9 English language channels or subchannels that I can receive.:(

    I hope Tribune is able to correct this problem quickly. They should have been planning for all 1800 full power TV stations to broadcast only digital by February 18, with many stations on new digital channels. The fact that only 1/3 of these channels actually shut off analog means that there was less work for Tribune yesterday, not more. Unbelievable!
     
  8. jrm01

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    I decided to watch the Public Service Announcement that was looping on our analog FOX station now that it is shut off. Real interesting.

    It said, if you are watching this program right now it means that your TV is connected to an antenna and it does not have a digital tuner (paraphrasing), or your digital converter is not functioning properly.

    What hogwash. It could also mean that I have a digital TV (which I do), but I have tuned to the analog channel instead of the digital channel. There is never a mention of that possibility!
     
  9. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    Join the club! Although I have a slightly different problem, I've been wrestling with TiVo and Tribune over guide data for several weeks. Twelve new HD channels were added to TWC's lineup in December and a few weeks later, none of them had been added to TiVo's lineup. After 3 or 4 letters to Zap2It's support e-mail address (with no results) and four sessions on the phone with TiVo support, seven of those twelve channels have been added, a few at a time (the rest are FX HD, ABC Family HD, Hallmark Movies HD and MLB HD--if I can get them to add FX HD, I'll give up on the rest).

    Something's broken in the lineup repair process, either on TiVo's end or Tribune's or both. Perhaps they've trimmed staff in response to the economy a little too much.
     
  10. Dancar

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    It means they assume that anyone who wanted to watch Fox programming and was cabable of it would be doing so instead of watching the stupid PSA :D
     
  11. kiko

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    We lost all most all analog on Jan 15, 2009 here in Hawai'i, there are still some low power stations on some islands still doing analog.

    Don't miss analog at all, now if Tribune could fix the guide data.....
     
  12. ggersch

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    My local PBS channel (TPT St. Paul) didn't go full digital, but they changed their existing digital channel lineups. Comcast got the changes correct, but Tivo didn't. (Issues with what is now OTA 2-2 vs. HD on Comcast.)

    I called Tivo Support to report the problem, but I'm not sure the tech understood. (I'll admit it's not easy to explain.)

    Is there a better way to submit channel lineup and guide data fix requests to Tivo? If I can just send a link to the TPT website, the issue becomes really obvious. But, it appears that there is no online problem submission at Tivo.com. Anybody know any other ways?
     
  13. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

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    How do you figure that? A wholesale conversion means every channel needs to move. Having 1/3 of the channels move and the others not means they have to do at least 33% more work, and have to try to accurately figure out which ones are moving and which ones are not. Indee, if anything I suspect they were prepared for an automated conversion, just "flipping the switch", as it were, but now they have to implement a fully manual process to move each one individually.
     
  14. wmcbrine

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

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    There used to be a form, but the bastards took it away. My success rate with it was middling, anyway. You could try reporting it to Zap2It.com -- changes made there will propagate to TiVo. I have maybe a 50% success rate with that approach. On the less important channels, I've just given up. :(
     
  15. kb7oeb

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    Has anyone had their lineups updated for digital moves on 2/17 yet?
     
  16. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    Tribune updated the lineup as if one of my digital channels did move when it did not move at all. So they broke my lineup that was already working.
     
  17. kaszeta

    kaszeta $nullstring TCF Club

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    Most of my "locals" turned off. Although since they are 100 miles away, I wasn't getting a usable signal anyways...
     

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