Merry Christmas From Channel 4, Sort Of
My Christmas present from Washington's NBC affiliate (WRC-4) was an HD signal.
Channel 4 has been broadcasting its over-the-air signal in high-definition for some time now, but I -- and others around the Washington area -- could not receive it. Until today, apparently.
At my house in Northeast D.C., I have a plasma HDTV that has its own HD tuner built-in. Which is a good thing, because when I signed up for DirecTV last year, the satellite TV company's tuner box could not receive local stations' HD signals. Which meant that all the HD programming put out by CBS, NBC, ABC and Fox looked just like non-HD signals on my HDTV. Worse, even. That's the dirty secret of HDTVs: Non-HD programming looks worse on an HDTV than on regular TV because the resolution on HDTV is so much better. Too good for non-HD signals.
To use the built-in HD tuner in my TV, I installed a small antenna outside my house. (Pretty funny, right? In this digital age, we're still using rabbit ears.) It was able to pull in the HD signals from Channel 9 (so I could see CBS's "CSI:" in HD), Channel 7 (ABC's "Lost") and Channl 5 (Fox's NFL games). But not from Channel 4.
Because of this, I had stopped trying to watch NBC's Sunday night football because it looked too dark and muddy. (I think the pre-game set with Bob Costas and the other talent is too dark, anyway. On non-HD, it was almost unwatchable.)
But today, when I flipped on the Eagles-Cowboys game on Channel 4, just on a lark, I clicked up one channel on my remote control to Channel 4-1, one of WRC's HD side-channels.
I don't know if Channel 4 amped up its signal or if the reception is a function of the yucky weather outside -- Whoops! Signal just blipped out for a second -- and it's Christmas, which means I'm not going to call Channel 4 and ask and there's probably no one there who can answer the question, but I'll get to the bottom of this later in the week. DCRTV.com reported that WRC news is debuting its digital look right about now, so maybe this is related.
For now, I'm just enjoying. (Uh-oh: Rain picked up, HD signal pixillating, breaking up. Okay, now it's back. I'd say it's good 85 percent of the time. Just enough to keep me from flipping to another channel. But if it starts raining harder, I could be forced to start looking for "It's a Wonderful Life.")
Get This Widget >>
Please email us to report offensive comments.
Posted by: swanni | December 25, 2006 8:40 PM
Posted by: TK | December 25, 2006 9:34 PM
Posted by: Tacitus | December 31, 2006 11:31 AM
The comments to this entry are closed.