Dish Network and digital signals

kingchuck69

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Oct 11, 2008
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Here in Grand Rapids, it appears that Dish Network is now using the digital/HDTV signals for their local channels. What's sad about this is that I have an eight-year-old TV and I sure as hell ain't going out to buy an HDTV... At least not yet.

So, why am I fuming? Simple: Dish Network is clipping off the left and right sides of the screen. When I was watching SNL last weekend, they showed it in full-screen, and it was like the old Benny Hill [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwyma-6bb38"]"Who's Afraid of Virgin Wool"[/ame] sketch where they showed a Cinemascope movie formatted for TV.

As a matter of fact, when there was a wind advisory, the warning was on the right side of the screen and it read "Wind Adv" and the map showing which counties were affected was cut off.

So, are any more of you having this problem, too?
 

jef

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Oct 12, 2008
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Not for me, I'm still on boring SD TV here, but I do get annoyed at the crappy over-compression they do on the Detroit locals most of the time. I've been a Dish sub. for about 10 years now, and have been getting a bit more annoyed this year than I have at any time in the past. Not sre if Charlie is asleep at the wheel, pre-occupied with all the business restructuring, or what, but I'm starting to wonder how much longer before I give DirecTV or Uverse a shot.
 
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I dont think so

Not for me, I'm still on boring SD TV here, but I do get annoyed at the crappy over-compression they do on the Detroit locals most of the time. I've been a Dish sub. for about 10 years now, and have been getting a bit more annoyed this year than I have at any time in the past. Not sre if Charlie is asleep at the wheel, pre-occupied with all the business restructuring, or what, but I'm starting to wonder how much longer before I give DirecTV or Uverse a shot.
Dont think that is any less compressed ,its worse,maybe you should try cable instead or Fios.
 

jef

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Dont think that is any less compressed ,its worse,maybe you should try cable instead or Fios.
Heh, I'd rather stick needles in my eyes :eek: Comcast is the cable alternative, and I'll deal with Dish anyday over those clowns. No Fios, although Uverse might be here some day. Maybe by next spring?

May also just suck it up and toss up an antenna since I live a bit outside of the broadcast tower range for easy reception.