10.4 is coming (PBS Kids)

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  • #26310
    nosignalallnoise
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    “I never could understand why OPB dedicated their 1080p .1 channel to children’s programming most of the day during the week.”

    Tradition, or “TWWADI* (pron. ‘twaddy’) syndrome”.

    * That’s the Way We’ve Always Done It.

    #26323
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    Great to hear the news. Three in HD on a channel. It will be interesting to see how good/bad they look. Of course the 4th channel running radio doesn’t need much.

    #26434
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    Early this morning (23rd), I see a crawler across the bottom of the sceen stating that the OPB lineup is changing. Both OPB & OPB+ will be in HD and PBS Kids will be available. It did not say what time. I just scanned at 2 AM, no change here on the coast as yet. Maybe 6 AM?

    #26436
    msndrspdx
    Participant

    As of about an hour ago, Comcast had not yet opened up Ch. 311 for PBS Kids. I was also thinking that OPB would get the new setup installed overnight so everything would be ready to go this morning, and that Comcast would be ready to take PBSK and OPB+’s new HD signal sometime overnight.

    PBS Kids also has a website and an app, and I assume that their new 24/7 feed would be available thru those sources this morning. Both app and website also have on demand video and games as well.

    #26437
    msndrspdx
    Participant

    Comcast Ch. 310 is now showing OPB+ in full HD. Looks and sounds great, but no Ch. 311 for PBS Kids yet. I’m surprised that OPB didn’t post an advisory to viewers on its Facebook page yesterday. They also should have one advising that the new setup is in place.

    Other than being in HD, OPB+ appears to be running usual prigramming this morning. OPB+ logo is up on air and the usual set of promos and IDs are running during the breaks. No crawl or promo for PBS Kids yet.

    #26438
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    Out here on the North Coast, I found 10.1 OPB, 10.2 OPB+, and 10.3 PBS Kids with the no Radio, so a quick re-scan, I now have all 4 channels. They look very good too. I was surprised how good the pq is running 3(!) HD signals. Even the pq on 10.4 Radio, is not bad. The CE at KGW-8 said, they had no plans to add a 4th channel because they are currently using all of their bandwidth. KOIN running 1080i may feel the same way, but if KOPB can run 3 HD signals comfortably, then I would think any could run 4 channels. Especially if some were in only SD. I think the only diginet out there was does broadcast in HD, is METV and KATU is running METV in HD. KATU plans a 4th sometime this year, KPTV? I have no idea, both both run only 720p.

    #26439
    jr_tech
    Participant

    Interesting… Right now OTA in Portland -1 and -2 are 1080i and -3 and -4 are 480i. Oddly, 10-3 is running compressed width in 4:3 aspect ratio.

    #26441
    washnotore
    Participant

    This is a short summary. Of what my TSReader Lite is reporting back. All PSIP information is current.

    10-1 OPB (1080i around 6.00 Mpbs)
    MPEG Video: Bitrate 24.000 Mbps Resolution 1920 x 1080i
    MPEG Video: Framerate 29.97 fps Aspect Ratio 16:9 Chroma Format 4:2:0

    10-2 OPB Plus (1080i around 6.00 Mbps)
    MPEG Video: Bitrate 24.000 Mbps Resolution 1920 x 1080i
    MPEG Video: Framerate 29.97 fps Aspect Ratio 16:9 Chroma Format 4:2:0

    10-3 OPB Kids (480i Not in HD only SD around 1.75 Mbps)
    MPEG Video: Bitrate 15.000 Mbps Resolution 720 x 480i
    MPEG Video: Framerate 29.97 fps Aspect Ratio 4:3 Chroma Format 4:2:0

    10-4 OPB FM Radio (480i around 1.50 Mbps in SD)
    MPEG Video: Bitrate 15.000 Mbps Resolution 704 x 480i
    MPEG Video: Framerate 29.97 fps Aspect Ratio 16:9 Chroma Format 4:2:0

    On cable Comcast Channel 310 looks like an HD channel now. BTW Comcast channel 26 in Vancouver which carries KCTS is also displayed this way.

    Channel 311 is not live yet. But should be shortly.

    There are several TV stations across the nation that are using two high def and two standard def streams. So this is the first time it being used here.

    #26442
    jr_tech
    Participant

    “There are several TV stations across the nation that are using two high def and two standard def streams. So this is the first time it being used here.”

    How about KEVE 36, which uses 2 720i streams and 2 480i streams?

    #26443
    Scott Young
    Participant

    It should be remembered that the state of the art in ATSC encoders at the TV stations has advanced a LOT since the early days of DTV. At KOIN way back when we used to shut off 6.2 and 6.3 whenever we ran sports, and still when the CBS animated graphics would fly in and out we’d pixelate all over the place. Now they’re running two 480i subchannels and the main 1080i channel does fine.

    #26469
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    Now with 16 OTA channels here, the choice is sure a lot better that is used to be.

    #26472
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    Yes, I did check the 4 OPB channels on another TV set where it gives me the info
    10.1 1080i
    10.2 1080i
    10.3 480i
    10.4 480i

    Strange they aren’t running PBS Kids in Wide screen though.

    #26473
    Jeffrey Kopp
    Participant

    Not all TVs can display 480i in widescreen. I have one that doesn’t.

    #26477
    mwdxer1
    Participant

    How do you manage to watch a channel like METV then? Aren’t they Wide screen?
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    #26478
    washnotore
    Participant

    Comcast Channel 311 is now live with PBS Kids.

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