HDTV in Seattle

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Home Theater SPOT! and Dan Kurts. It is still way too hard to get high definition TV. But, I finally can watch it (albeit from my Dad’s house) thanks to Dan Kurts over in Seattle and the good folks over at the Hometheaterspot.com.
Amazingly difficult to get it to work. We are back to the old days of antennas and reflections. Just because it is digital doesn’t mean the signal is clean. If there are leaves in the way, it gets into the way of UHF.
Other strange thing is the channel number strategy. Who every heard of numbers like 4-1, 5-1, 9-1, 9-3 as so on. Here’s a quote from the official “National Association of Broadcasters”:http://www.nab.org/Newsroom/issues/digitaltv/DTVStations.asp. Basically, they allow subchannels, so PBS in Seattle has is VHF channel 9 and for HDTV, it is 9-1 by default but can also be 9-2, 9-3, 9-4 and so on. Yikes, explain that to my mom, but I understand the idea, they have a bunch of UHF stations (the last column in the table below), but didn’t want to have people remember new channel numbers, so they created a mapping back to the old VHF numbers, since channel 4 is ABC in most major markets for example. I understand, but yikes, how confusing:
| Station | Network | Tune To | UHF Channel |
| KTWB-TV | WB |22.n | 25 |
| KSTW | UPN | 11.n | 36 |
| KCTS-TV | PBS | 9.n | 41 |
| KBTC-TV | PBS | 28.n | 27 |
| KWPX | PAX | 33.n | 32 |
| KWOG | IND | 51.n | 50 |
| KING-TV | NBC | 5.n | 48 |
| KONG-TV | IND | 16.n | 31 |
| KIRO-TV | CBS | 7.n | 39 |
| KCPQ | FOX | 13.n | 18 |
| KOMO-TV | ABC | 4.n | 38 |

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