Channel repack has begun, and it's not good!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by TeamPace, Jul 2, 2018.

  1. osu1991

    osu1991 Well-Known Member

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    Tulsa OTA is fixed now. Service connection and rescanned, now those channels are working with guide data. Light TV is still 3 hrs off but, everything else is correct again.
     
  2. chuvak

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    I had to connect to the TiVo service and let it reload the data. I had to unselect the "new" channels and go back to the "old" in Channel Settings afterwards.
     
  3. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    An FYI for Utah people, at least those who get their channels from the main transmitter on the Oquirrh mountains west of SLC.
    The new transmitter they put in for the repack is bad.
    They will be switching back to the old antenna Wednesday 9-19 while they try to figure out what is wrong with the new one.
    So, all the channels that changed frequencies a couple weekends ago, will be moving back to their old frequencies, at least for a couple days.
    Hoping they get it figured out before the new season starts next week.

    I'm sure TiVo/Rovi has no idea this is happening, let alone how to make it work.
     
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  4. adavidw

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    I thought there must be a problem. I remember reading they were operating at half power in prep for the work, but once the transmitters were switched for the repack we were supposed to see full strength again. Instead, I've noticed worse signal strength since the repack.

    Glad there's a likely explanation for what I was seeing.
     
  5. phox_mulder

    phox_mulder I get paid 2watch TV

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    And it looks like they didn't have to switch back to the old antenna.
    Don't know if they found and fixed the problem with the new one, or they are waiting for parts or a better time to fix it.

    Stay tuned.
     
  6. mmf01

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    Not an OTA user, but skimming through this, I though this might help everyone. Apologies if this link was already posted.

    Want to know when you’ll be dealing with this “repack” madness? Go to the NAB link, select your market (DMA) from the top left, hit search.
    Each callsign for the market will appear. Some will have a transition phase number which correlates to timing of testing and actual switch over implementation.

    Searchable Clearinghouse | National Association of Broadcasters

    If I can find this, TiVo surely can as well. Instead of being proactive, they are simply being reactive and outsourcing product operations to their users, who must complain in order to get things corrected. Complete BS if you ask me.

    All of this is scheduled to continue until July of 2020 as rollout is staggered across national markets. I can see this also screwing up cable channel mapping for guide data too.
     
  7. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    The phases show a testing start date and a phase completion date but that wouldn't tell you when in that 2 month period that a particular station would switch. To be safe, TiVo could use this information and switch on the last day of the phase completion but that wouldn't help for stations that switch earlier than that date. Ideally they would contact each station that's transferring in that phase and try and confirm an actual transition date. Looks like about 82 stations in the current phase.

    TRANSITION PHASES
    Testing Begins - Phase Completion

    Phase 1
    September 14, 2018 - November 30, 2018

    Scott
     
  8. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

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    I don't receive any OTA channels but I have a Premiere configured for OTA. My DMA is there. In my lineup I have Philly, NY, and some NJ and DE. TiVo is really optimistic. :)
     
  9. Lurker1

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  10. Mr Tony

    Mr Tony formerly known as "unclehonkey"

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    So I see Tivo decided to change a stations RF station 6 MONTHS EARLY!!

    KSTC Minneapolis is moving from RF45 to RF30 next April (phase 3) and Tivo already changed it to 30

    Ticket opened.
     
  11. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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  12. Mikeguy

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    You people are never happy. TiVo does it late, and you complain. TiVo does it early, and you complain again.
     
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  13. tenthplanet

    tenthplanet Well-Known Member

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    True dat
     
  14. Anotherpyr

    Anotherpyr Active Member

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    TiVo gets it right and you still ... no wait. When has TiVo gotten it right again? :)
     
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  15. Mr Tony

    Mr Tony formerly known as "unclehonkey"

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    I can understand if the station was to move say last week and due to the weather they had to wait a week (there have been some examples recently of that) but to move it 6 months early? What was Tivo thinking?
     
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  16. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

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    Well, OK, sometimes it takes 2 or 3 attempts. ;) (I'm thinking when TiVo updates its software and earlier features get broken . . . and then it takes TiVo months and 2 or sometimes 3 attempts to fix them).
     
  17. Mr Tony

    Mr Tony formerly known as "unclehonkey"

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    Yay Tivo fixed it on Tuesday night after a force update. Less than 2 days. Impressive
     
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  18. Mr Tony

    Mr Tony formerly known as "unclehonkey"

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    I'll also give Tivo some credit too as 9 days ago one of our low powered stations decided instead of moving to their new channel (they were on 43 moving supposedly to 20) they dropped all the 3ABN stations they had on 33 (which they also own) and moved everything from 43 to 33. Only took Tivo 5 days to switch the programming on 33 to the **mostly** correct lineup (They dropped QVC & QVC+ when they moved and replaced with CBN News and 3ABN. Those still show QVC & QVC+).
     
  19. gor88

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    Wow, looks like I am going to have to nurse the recordings for WDBD, Jackson, MS FOX 40, after they flip from actual channel 40 to 14. We also have WLOO My35 flipping from actual 41 to 36 the same morning, 11/30/2018. I am figuring that it will take up to roughly two weeks afterwards for Rovi to update the actual frequencies. Once this flip is done, though, the Jackson, MS DMA is good going forward (until another subchannel is added on one of the existing stations).
     
  20. gor88

    gor88 Proud Cord Cutter

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    The repack happened this morning in Jackson, MS. I have reported it to TiVo, will see how long it takes to get the actual channels updated in the TiVo database.
     

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