Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Fooled Me, DTV

I was SO sure that I had the solution... thought that tonight I'd be posting "How to get Channel Six back on your digital TV" - but that was not to be! The two 'foolproof' techniques guaranteed to coax a signal out of 6 failed quite miserably. At least one set in my house picks up WRGB, and that will just have to do. My neighbor has the exact same TV as me in his living room, but he's got cable. When he saw my ota picture, he thought he had a defective unit! I brought a pair of rabbit ears over, he unhooked the cable, and the rest is history. He's also happy to have his home phone back on a reliable land line (last summer he was always bitchin' that his cable was out so the phone was too and the family was unhappy!) I know the land line will be gone one day. Too bad. The old Bell system rarely failed: even when power was out, the phone worked. With cellular, that's not the case.

Channel 6 viewers are SO frustrated! I've heard people say that they believe the station is in cahoots with the cable company on this. I asked one fellow WHY he would think such a thing. He recalled a WRGB Digital TV announcement featuring a "big shot" that ended with a screenful of the CBS 6 and Time-Warner logos. (Should the plural be "logi"---nah, just kidding!) I think what he and others probably saw was one of those announcements where 6 is fighting with one of the satellite providers...yes...it would be quite easy for the viewing brain to remember nothing but the end where the two logos flash by...

One of the commenters on WRGB's DTV forum speaks for ALL local viewers:
"I lost 6.1 and 6.2 over the weekend. I'm REALLY disappointed. We invested a substantial amount of money, between the converter box and an "upgraded" antenna - by far not the cheapest one. We had no problems prior to June 12 receiving WRGB.

I called and was told to tune in 23 as well as I could and then try WRGB again - well I got 23 up to 60-70s on the signal meter and still NOTHING on WRGB. What a huge disappointment!

I really don't have the money to invest in an even more expensive antenna right now and I refuse to get cable. I live in the City of Albany. I guess WRGB doesn't really care about its viewers in our area!"
Yeah, same here. 23 comes in razor sharp. 6 is nowhere (except on my living room set, which I have discovered has a tuner far more sensitive than most!)

And forget the "rescan instructions" on the 6 forum. They don't work.

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