I find your observation about the 480i widescreen turning into 480p 4:3 on TWC very interesting. I have a few questions:...
Sidenote: Looks like TWC has done some processing on it, as the OTA signal is 480i (16x9) and fills up the whole screen. The Cable signal looks like 480p (4x3), doesn't fill up the whole screen horizontally, and I can see some Vertical Blanking artifacts at the top
of the screen. Stick to the OTA signal I guess.
-I have no idea if they have it in digital or analog. I haven't tried tuningIs the signal being distributed as digital on TWC?
Are you using an SA/CISCO HD box?
If yes, is the box connected to the HDTV using HDMI with the box format configured for Auto DVI?
Must be different firmware in the box vs Rogers, cause the menus seem different than what ur describing. In any event i did play around with the resolution settings on an HD signal, following this box's menus, then flip to WNGS, and nothing I did with the resolution settings made any difference with the resolution of WNGS. Still the same 4x3 480p with VBI artifacts at the top. So I don't think the box is doing anything to it.- Tune an HD channel
- press Settings twice
- Go to Seticture Format
- go to Fixed and Select
- press Exit
I think TWC may be using their own application on the box not the standard SA version. The 480p HDMI output is still confusing - analog or SD digital is interlaced so the conversion to progressive must be happening in the box.Still the same 4x3 480p with VBI artifacts at the top. So I don't think the box is doing anything to it.
Bottom line, the OTA signal is way better on the eyes...
I would think it's based on info from the FCC database.The coverage map shows the signal booming
We are fumbling through various FCC apps. You'd have to be a lawyer, judge and jury to make sense of what is currently being requested and what is the current reality. There are many things apps, pending, approvals, etc on FCC's table regarding WNGS apps. What I posted is showing exactly what WNGS is currently operating by. Nothing has changed since the lite up in May. They are still only at 15.5 watts ERP and they are directional to avoid conflict within their contour area. There are apps that may be approved and will be used some time in the future, but they are currently operating under a modified licence approval that was issued to Daystar to go digital prior to the transfer of ownership. WNGS has stated that nothing will change or be considered until the Canadian transition is complete.
Some thoughts from WNGS-TV
The post that said our hands were tied regarding reaching across the border was right. In order to go digital, we had to protect Canada from interference on our freq. Because of this we had to limit our signal.
We would love to be in Canada with our programming. Perhaps if there was enough of a demand we could get Rogers cable to carry us.
We originally were approved for the WKBW tower but the rent on that tower would have been in the hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Outrageous. Our present tower though gives us enough height to see everything to the north. As I said, that's not what determines how far we reach.
At some point in the future after we get settled, we would consider asking for permission to extend our reach. That would probably be after Canada finishes with it's digital transition.
As for our programming, we will have THIS TV on 67-2 for the foreseeable future. Daystar by contract, will be on 67-3 for some time as well. 67-1 will carry THIS TV as well but if we decide to change programming or add local content, it will be on 67-1. THIS TV on 67-2 would be un-affected by any changes on our main channel.
As the only station in WNY that is now locally owned, we would like to connect to our area (including Canada) in ways that the large corporate owners cannot. We will be up on cable and sat services in the area in the next month. (FCC requires 30 days public notice by providers before they add us) Because we just closed on the station it will take us that month or so to settle in and get everything stable.
I welcome thoughts and comments and will try to give updates as we progress.