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2007-04-30 04:39 PM
foxfan Well, WCAX is the only CBS affiliate in the area, so it's not like viewers have the option of switching to another affiliate if the quality gets bad. Also, WCFE is probably paying them big bucks to have their feed carried, so it's "win-win" for WCAX. Unfortunately, we're stuck with what we've got, unlike Toronto viewers who can choose between Buffalo and Rochester, or Windsor viewers who can choose between Detroit and Toledo.
2007-04-30 04:03 PM
Kaphyr
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Videotron could easily take in WETK with the same antenna that they're getting CBS, NBC, and Fox from.
Yes, when WCFE went down (literally!), I was sure they would have switched to WETK but no. This is not a good decision because WETK is really better looking than WTVS. Ok, switching to Roger's feeds may be easier to do but they should have started with WETK from the beginning because the video bitrate is a bit better than WCFE.

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Just FYI, WCFE in SD is available again thanks to WCAX leasing them a digital subchannel. Unfortunately this means that the quality of CBS-HD will be slightly lower until WCFE is back on its own.
Hmm... A little bit more than "slightly" I'm afraid. The video bitrate went from 15.1 Mbps to 12 Mbps. There is no breakup visible but the picture is a lot more blurrier. The max bitrate for WCAX-HD is now set to 13 Mbps, the max bitrate bitrate for WCFE-SD is around 3.5 Mbps and the useless WCAX-2 (weather channel) has a max bitrate of 2.5 Mbps. The effective bitrate seems to be around 12 Mbps for WCAX-HD, 2.8 Mbps for WCFE-SD and 1.9 mbps for WCAX-2. At least, they should have removed the weather channel for the time WCFE-SD will be there.

I never understand why the USA OTA HD station has completely no understanding of the impact of a sub-station in their stream on the quality of the main HD channel.

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2007-04-30 01:21 PM
foxfan Lancla, it is WCFE (Mountain Lake) that is down, NOT WETK (Vermont Public Television).

Videotron could easily take in WETK with the same antenna that they're getting CBS, NBC, and Fox from.

WCFE was slightly better (non-static logo) but at least WETK is at 1080 (unlike WTVS which is 720p and compressed to death by all the subchannels).

Just FYI, WCFE in SD is available again thanks to WCAX leasing them a digital subchannel. Unfortunately this means that the quality of CBS-HD will be slightly lower until WCFE is back on its own.
2007-04-27 08:20 AM
yh1
Mountain Lake

There may or may not be a CRTC regulation in this case, but I do know that Mountain Lake receives more than 60% of its funding from this side of the border. Let's hope ML and Videotron patch things together correctly once they're back up.
2007-04-27 05:53 AM
mfabien I believe, Claude, that there's a CRTC rule which specifies that the cable company must arrange to link itself with the closest geographical US station (unless there are technical problems which renders that impossible).
2007-04-26 10:21 PM
lancla
PBS DETROIT : Should we ask to keep this feed ?

Is that possible, instead, that the PBS Detroit feed is far more superior than the one before - WETK with the fallen antenna ?

I would rather keep Detroit, because in the 4 we had since 2004 - Detroit, Spokane, Buffalo and finally Vermont, it seems that Detroit would be the best. If others members agree, we should send a common request to Videotron to keep this feed. Your opinion is welcome, even if different...
2007-04-22 12:49 PM
yh1
Audio stutter is gone

Previous post notwithstanding, audio problems are now gone. Yup. Must be my STB and receiver...
2007-04-21 11:59 AM
foxfan Why are they showing WTVS? Their signal is garbage (720 instead of 1080, overcompressed due to many subchannels).

Wouldn't it have been easier to just show WETK?
2007-04-20 06:45 AM
Kanakanak PBS signal is now from WTVS Detroit.
2007-04-19 11:29 AM
foxfan Now that Videotron can no longer get a signal from MountainLake (tower collapsed yesterday), have they replaced it with VPT?
2007-04-09 10:41 PM
Michael R.
might be gone

As of Sunday, April 8, I was not having audio break-up on PBS HD channel 650.
2007-04-02 11:22 AM
yh1
Not my imagination

I've been complaining about this for weeks. Tech visited recently, suggested my receiver setup might be at fault and then settled on telling me the "signal is too strong". Installed a pad on my cable connection. Makes NO SENSE. They have no clue (still waiting for an HDMI update for the Pace, etc.).
2007-03-29 05:50 PM
JohnInMontreal It has become especially unbearable in the last 2 days...

Also, for most of the day on Sunday (March 25) the SD feed was being shown on the HD channel...
2007-03-25 03:44 PM
themanfromvlad Me three.
2007-03-22 04:07 AM
fussy viewer Yes, I've noticed it occasionally. Picture breakup also on some programs.
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