[mythtv-users] Comcast just made things worse

Mike Perkins mikep at randomtraveller.org.uk
Tue May 11 10:51:23 UTC 2010

Josh Mastronarde wrote:
> Sacramento, CA has channel 9 (KVIE, PBS) and channel 10 (KOVR, ABC).  KVIE
> moved from channel 6; KOVR was always on channel 10 (both had temporary UHF
> assignments that we actually received easier).  I know there's some
> funkiness with the VHF channels, but I think 9 and 10 are truly "adjacent"?
> Their transmitters are within a couple miles of each other (one nice thing
> here is that all of the major stations are basically in the same direction)
> Both come in pretty well with $10 rabbit ears on our new Sony HDTV, but KVIE
> had some periodic watchability issues with the HDHomeRun until I installed a
> $30 closeout round VHF+UHF antenna in the attic; it's great now.
Score one for the UK system. /Every/ channel from /every/ provider is 
transmitted from the same location in each catchment area, so in principle one 
needs just a single receiving antenna pointed in the correct direction.

Doesn't half make setting up easier, and a load less junk on the roof.

Note. Originally all UK TV was Band I and III VHF (II is FM). Everything was 
migrated to UHF round about the move to 625 lines+colour (IIRC). So even though 
we might need slightly different configurations to cover the width and 
orientation of the UHF bands, we don't suffer the VHF/UHF mess you seem to have 
in the US.


Mike Perkins

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