If my digital cable provider doesn't offer HD local channels, can I pick them up by antenna?

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  1. Kyle Postler

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    Will i be able to pick up the HD local channels up with a antenna?
     
  2. BruceSpielbauer

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    Maybe (see below).
     
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    >>> Will i be able to pick up the HD local channels up with a antenna?
     
  4. Kyle Postler

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    Thankz man, ya i called my cable company(Time warner) and they said that i would get a HD reciever if i get digital. Then i asked him if the local channels by me are in HD and he said no so i asked when they would be and he said he had no clue. Could this guy just know nothin?

    I will look at those site you listed right now and see.


    EDIT: So is there away to tell if i can get HD on an antenna before i buy all that stuff?
     
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    Look at Bruce's first link to AntennaWeb.org. You'll be asked some info on where you live (zip code), and it'll be able to tell you what type of antenna you'll need to pull in closest HDTV channels being broadcasted near you.
     
  6. Kyle Postler

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    ok this is what i get when i put my address in...



    * yellow KERO-DT 10 ABC Bakersfield CA Now Live 55°
    * yellow KGET-DT 25 NBC Bakersfield CA Under Review 50°
    * yellow KBAK-DT 33 CBS Bakersfield CA Jun 1 2003 55°
    * yellow KPXF-DT 48 PAX Porterville CA Now Live 357°
    * yellow KUVI-DT 55 UPN Bakersfield CA Now Live 49°
    green KJOI-LP 33 IND Bakersfield CA 192°
    * green KNXT-DT 49 REL Visalia CA May 1 2003 357°
    lt green KGET 17 NBC Bakersfield CA 49°
    lt green KUVI 45 UPN Bakersfield CA 49°
    * blue KNSO-DT 5 TEL Merced CA May 1 2003 336°
    * blue KAIL-DT 7 UPN Fresno CA Now Live 336°
    blue K65EY 19 PBS Bakersfield CA 55°
    * blue KFTV-DT 20 UNI Hanford CA Now Live 336°
    blue KERO 23 ABC Bakersfield CA 55°
    * blue KMPH-DT 28 FOX Visalia CA Now Live 352°
    blue KBAK 29 CBS Bakersfield CA 55°
    blue KBFK-LP 36 HSN Bakersfield CA 49°
    blue KABE-CA 39 UNI Bakersfield CA 55°
    blue KNXT 49 REL Visalia CA 357°
    blue KBTF-CA 52 TFA Bakersfield CA 49°
    blue K55CN 55 TBN Bakersfield CA 50°
    blue KBFX-LP 58 FOX Bakersfield CA 55°
    blue KPXF 61 PAX Porterville CA 357°
    blue K67FS 67 PBS Bakersfield CA 62°
    violet KEYT 3 ABC Santa Barbara CA 209°
    violet KTFB-CA 4 TFA Bakersfield CA 49°
    violet KMPH 26 FOX Fresno CA 352°
    violet KNXT-LP 57 REL Maricopa, Etc CA 226°


    So do the now live ones mean they come in HD?

    So the yellow one would probably be the best one to get.
     
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    Stupid Question time. Anyone know if the local Channels in NY are broadcast in HD on cablevision systems? Wodnering if it's worth the extra $10's and if it'll clear up any of the 'diagonal lines' and fuzzy pictures that basic cable seems to give me. These issues persist on some TV sets, and not others last time I checked..

    Take a look at the pic below in my sig for an example in the upper right hand corner.
     
  8. Kyle Postler

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    So no one can tell me if this says i get HD channels?



    * yellow KERO-DT 10 ABC Bakersfield CA Now Live 55°
    * yellow KGET-DT 25 NBC Bakersfield CA Under Review 50°
    * yellow KBAK-DT 33 CBS Bakersfield CA Jun 1 2003 55°
    * yellow KPXF-DT 48 PAX Porterville CA Now Live 357°
    * yellow KUVI-DT 55 UPN Bakersfield CA Now Live 49°
    green KJOI-LP 33 IND Bakersfield CA 192°
    * green KNXT-DT 49 REL Visalia CA May 1 2003 357°
    lt green KGET 17 NBC Bakersfield CA 49°
    lt green KUVI 45 UPN Bakersfield CA 49°
    * blue KNSO-DT 5 TEL Merced CA May 1 2003 336°
    * blue KAIL-DT 7 UPN Fresno CA Now Live 336°
    blue K65EY 19 PBS Bakersfield CA 55°
    * blue KFTV-DT 20 UNI Hanford CA Now Live 336°
    blue KERO 23 ABC Bakersfield CA 55°
    * blue KMPH-DT 28 FOX Visalia CA Now Live 352°
    blue KBAK 29 CBS Bakersfield CA 55°
    blue KBFK-LP 36 HSN Bakersfield CA 49°
    blue KABE-CA 39 UNI Bakersfield CA 55°
    blue KNXT 49 REL Visalia CA 357°
    blue KBTF-CA 52 TFA Bakersfield CA 49°
    blue K55CN 55 TBN Bakersfield CA 50°
    blue KBFX-LP 58 FOX Bakersfield CA 55°
    blue KPXF 61 PAX Porterville CA 357°
    blue K67FS 67 PBS Bakersfield CA 62°
    violet KEYT 3 ABC Santa Barbara CA 209°
    violet KTFB-CA 4 TFA Bakersfield CA 49°
    violet KMPH 26 FOX Fresno CA 352°
    violet KNXT-LP 57 REL Maricopa, Etc CA 226°
     
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    Kyle,

    The "-DT" at the end of the call letters denotes "Digital" - i.e. - HDTV. So with a Yellow-coded antenna you can pick up ABC, NBC, CBS, PAX and UPN in HiDef. Then, the only major network left, FOX, is down the list in blue, KMPH-DT. So you will need a much better antenna if you also want to get Fox in HiDef.

    Also, take note that your ABC affiliate, KERO-DT, is broadcasting HiDef on channel 10 - VHF. That means you will need an antenna that works for both VHF and UHF to get all the HDTV channels.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Neil,

    I recently got IO from Cablevision. I asked about HDTV when I ordered (late December/early January) and they didn't know what I was talking about. I see MSG, Fox Sports, HBO, and Showtime all have HD channels when scanning the channels. I found a listing about HDTV on their website and called a different number and now I am supposed to get a different cable box that will allow me to watch HD on my television set. (I will believe it when I see it).

    I also asked about the networks and they said they are planning on expanding the HD service, but didn't say when.
    Hopefully soon...

    John
     
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    I'm interested in this as well.... I have DISH Network and a Panasonic 53WX42 HDTV...

    I'm not really ready to shell out $600-700 for a new DISH Network HD receiver and new dish, but if I can get the OTA stuff for $300-400, I might be interested...

    Here is the "yellow" list for my area:

    * yellow KTUL-DT 10 ABC Tulsa OK May 1 2003 113°
    * yellow KOKI-DT 22 FOX Tulsa OK Now Live 106°
    * yellow KOED-DT 38 PBS Tulsa OK May 1 2003 107°
    * yellow KTFO-DT 42 UPN Tulsa OK Now Live 106°
    * yellow KOTV-DT 55 CBS Tulsa OK Now Live 107°
    * yellow KJRH-DT 56 NBC Tulsa OK Now Live 107°

    So if I understood everything above correctly, it looks like I can get OTA HD signals from my Fox, CBS, NBC and UPN affiliates (KOKI, KOTV, KJRH, KTFO) and ABC and PBS (KTUL) will come on line May 1.

    Is this correct?

    So I will need an HD antenna and a stand-alone HD receiver and that's it?

    Does the fact that my local affiliates are broadcasting in digital guarantee that they are broadcasting the individual networks' HD programming, or should I call the local stations to make sure?

    Thanks for the help!
     
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    UPN has no programming in HD, it's all upconvert. Supposedly they may broadcast an ep of Enterprise in HD as a test in May according to my local affiliate
     

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