WISH-DT has been on the air, serving Central Indiana with freedigital & high definition programming since December of1998! WISH-DT has viewers all over Central Indiana, fromnorth of Muncie to Bloomington. The WISH-DT signal reacheseverywhere that the regular WISH-TV 8 analog signal does. What doyou need to receive it? You need an antenna, a HDTV withdigital tuner or an analog convertor box. The analogconvertor box will recieve our digital signal and convert it to ananalog signal that older TVs can use.
TV antennas that work fine for regular analog TV receptionwill work fine for DT. It does NOT have to say digital or HDfor the antenna to work well, even though most of them are marketedthat way these days. As has always been true, the furtheraway from the TV transmitting tower you are, the bigger the antennayou need, and possibly more gain, from an amplifier. TheWISH-TV tower is located on the northwest side of Indianapolis.
Plain old familiar rabbit ears may be all you need for adistance of 10 miles, or even more, from our tower. Up to 25miles or more, you'll want at least a modest antenna in your attic,or on the roof somewhere. After more than 25 miles or so fromour tower, you may need an amplifier as well as a betterantenna. There are some antennas on the market these daysthat look very different than the antennas of old, and are muchmore pleasing to the eye, especially if you find you need to mountit outdoors. Compare performance of models you like.
One very important factor is to make sure that the antennacan receive both VHF (channels 13 and lower), and UHF(channels 14 and higher). Some HD stations, WISH-HD included,broadcast over VHF channels. Even more stations will do so in thefuture.
Try to resist the urge to overdo it. It's possible tohave too much gain, especially if you have an amplifier. Overloaded amplifiers create distortion, causing worse reception,not better. Also, use a good quality cable to run from the antennato the TV. If an existing cable is more than a few years old, thinkabout replacing it, especially if it's run outside anywhere.
Very, very important: be careful installing antennas,not only because you don't want to fall off a roof, but you alsodon't want to come in contact with any power lines. Followall safety precautions in the instructions.
Cable or Satellite:
You have nothing to worry about. Your cable or satellitecompany is already recieving our digital signal and downconvertingot analog for you.
HD-ready TV set or monitor:
Most HD TVs or monitors come in the new "widescreen" look,though some are in the more traditional, closer-to-squareformat. To be thought of as an HD set, it will have aresolution of 1280x720, or more. The first number (1280 inthis example) is the number of "pixels," or dots, going across thescreen horizontally. The second number is the number of linesrunning vertically.
Various broadcasters use different formats to send their HDshows, but all are either 1280 x 720p, or 1920 x 1080i. YourHD set will display only 1 format, but it or the tuner will takecare of translating formats for you.
What are the "i" and "p?" They are short for"interlace" and "progressive." Without getting reallytechnical, both have their strengths and weaknesses. Just buythe very best picture that you can afford, knowing that the set ortuner will take care of translating into the format you need.
Some TV sets have an HD tuner built in. This isespically true for TV purchased in the last year. For any ofthose, make sure that the tuner says that it will receive an ATSCsignal. You can also recieve WISH-DT through your cable orsatellite provider.
If you have a separate device for your HD tuner, make surethat you connect it to your HD set with the best available type ofconnection. Your first choice should be either an HDMI or DVIconnection. Those both keep the signal digital, and pristine. Nextchoice would be component, which uses 3 coaxial cables, all of thesame length (as short as possible!). Those are the only 2methods that will really allow you to experience the full beauty ofHD.
If you do not have a HD-Tuner and analog converter box willallow you to recieve our digital signal, although not in ahigh-definition format.
Tips on Tuning:
WISH-DT is actually transmitted over TV channel 8.1. The thing we tell people is that they should connect a regular TVto the antenna system they want to use for WISH-DT. (Maybeeven drag a little portable set in from the kitchen for this test!)If you're getting a good, clean, crisp signal on WISH-TV 8, that'sthe single best clue that you'll be able to get a great signal onWISH-DT, over channel 8.1.
Most people have the best luck in having the HD tuner do anautomatic search for channels. Occasionally that does notwork as well as it should. You can also try to manually tunein channel 9. That's where WISH-DT is broadcast. Oncethe tuner finds us, it will tell you that it has found us, and giveyou the opportunity to add channels 8-1, 8-2, and 8-3 to yourremembered channels. 8-1 is WISH-HD. 8-2 is LWS, yourLocal Weather Station, and 8-3 is full-time WISH-TV Doppler Radar.
Much of the audio on CBS shows is Dolby Digital 5.1 surroundsound. Even if you don't have a Home Theatre audio system, even the2-channel audio is fuller-fidelity, less compressed, more dynamic,more natural sound than analog TV.
Enjoy the incredible pictures and rich audio sound onWISH-DT!
If you have any questions please call (317) 923-8888.
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