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Ike: Which TV stations are you watching for hurricane coverage?


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  1. 1. Which TV stations are you watching for hurricane coverage? (Select all that apply)

    • 2 KPRC-TV (NBC - Local2)
      11
    • 11 KHOU (CBS - 11News)
      27
    • 13 KTRK (ABC - ABC13)
      24
    • 26 KRIV (Fox - Fox 26)
      5
    • 39 KIAH (CW - 39 News)
      0
    • 47 KTMD (Telemundo)
      0
    • 45 KXLN (Univision)
      1
    • The Weather Channel
      12
    • CNN
      9
    • CNN Headline News
      0
    • Fox News Channel
      7
    • MSNBC
      2


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11 has better Galveston video, 13 has better overall news on the storm. Poor Channel 2. I switch every so often to look at the eye candy, but then they start showing sticks they stuck in the ground to measure storm surge, and I have to switch back to 13.

Until today, I watched the Weather Channel a lot for the hurricane forecasting and tracking.

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I find it interesting how many people are watching the national channels. Of course, we have a lot of people outside the Houston broadcast area on HAIF, so that could explain it.

My mother called and said she was watching the storm on Fox News Channel. I told her to switch to CNN since it has access to video from KHOU, KTRK, KPRC, and KIAH and not just KRIV.

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I keep switching over to Weather Channel and Jim Cantore is nowhere to be found? WTF? My timing sucks. I have had to settle for ole' sweaty: Wayne Dolcefino. Good lord, this storm is huge, I want my tv reporter to be buff, tan and extra gay--not as wide as they are tall. Wayne, I know you are a nice italian boy just like Jim, but when that shiny golf shirt starts sticking to ya, ick.

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For the folks who are watching KHOU, every now and then, Gene Norman will encourage people to sign up for a service that will call you if a severe weather situation such as a tornado or flooding threatens your immediate area. What he doesn't tell you is that there is a $6.95 service fee for it. Kind of deceptive really, but I suppose $6.95 is cheap if it informs you to seek an interior room because of a tornado coming in.

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For the folks who are watching KHOU, every now and then, Gene Norman will encourage people to sign up for a service that will call you if a severe weather situation such as a tornado or flooding threatens your immediate area. What he doesn't tell you is that there is a $6.95 service fee for it. Kind of deceptive really, but I suppose $6.95 is cheap if it informs you to seek an interior room because of a tornado coming in.

Except that they already told us on 13 that due to a nightime storm, and hurricane spawned tornadoes coming in at around 10,000 feet, while radar is normally aimed at 25-30,000 feet, most tornadoes will hit before anyone knows they are there. Waste of $6.95.

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From what I have seen:

KHOU....best weather men (Gene and Doc) who explain the most clearly and give wind forecasts.

KTRK....best live footage from the field.

KPRC....too much fear mongering. YES this is a major storm and it will cause bad things to occur but right now is not the time to scare people who are already nervous at best and devastated at worst.

KRIV...pretty bad coverage...they use too many still pictures with someone on the phone to tell some story. It is supposed to be TV with moving pictures....not radio on the idiot box.

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Except that they already told us on 13 that due to a nightime storm, and hurricane spawned tornadoes coming in at around 10,000 feet, while radar is normally aimed at 25-30,000 feet, most tornadoes will hit before anyone knows they are there.

Yes and no. A TV station's radar will be aimed at 25-30,000 feet. But NWS radar sees almost everything, which is why it takes so long to update.

KRIV...pretty bad coverage...they use too many still pictures with someone on the phone to tell some story. It is supposed to be TV with moving pictures....not radio on the idiot box.

This is typical in breaking news situations for Fox. It's because it went for the helicopter instead of the sat truck. When your microwave mast is being blown all around by a hurricane, sometimes you can get a shot through the clouds to the satellite. Fox doesn't have this option.

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KTRK had their sports guy driving around town in a suburban or other SUV with what appeared to be a live feed. How are they beaming the signal back to the mother ship for broadcasting?

The picture quality was too good to be mobile broadband, but they couldn't have been using the conventional super tall mast live truck setup since they were broadcasting while blazing down 610 at 70 MPH.

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KTRK had their sports guy driving around town in a suburban or other SUV with what appeared to be a live feed. How are they beaming the signal back to the mother ship for broadcasting?

The picture quality was too good to be mobile broadband, but they couldn't have been using the conventional super tall mast live truck setup since they were broadcasting while blazing down 610 at 70 MPH.

There are a number of ways and a number of companies that sell equipment that will get the job done. Without seeing the video, it's hard to tell exactly which setup KTRK used. Basically there are four methods -- local cellular network, local microwave transmission (the rule of thumb in Houston is if you can see Chase or Williams Towers you can get on the air), satellite data, or satellite video.

With the advances in auto-tracking and omni-directional antennas in the last few years it could be any of them. I know it's counter intuitive to think that it could be cellular data, but if you throw enough money at Verizon or Sprint or whomever you can get at least 500kbps up and often much more. That's more than enough for live SD video.

Also, you don't always need to have the mast up to get a signal in. When I had crews out covering severe weather and there was lightning, the more ambitious ones would park under an underpass to protect themselves from the lightning and only raise the mast a foot or two to microwave the shot in.

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I've had streaming windows open for 2, 11, and 13 for about an hour and from a visual perspective (since I can't listen to all of them at once) 13 kind of blows. It's mostly talking heads and radar. Only occasionally do they have any video, live or tape. 2 seems to have the most video, but it's usually raw and doesn't show much.

2 makes you watch an ad before you can see the disaster. 13 and 11 have the streaming video ads turned off.

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I rode out the storm at my apartment in the 18th st and TC Jester area. KTRK was my primary source for hurricane coverage. Afterwards headed down to Corpus to stay with family and now watching KHOU's coverage on TXCN (Im likin' me some Lucy Noland by the way.. shes made my list of hot news chicks). Hey does anyone know if the power is back in my area? Trying to decided whether or not to head back in the morning. Thanks.

I'll see your Vanessa and raise you a Daniella.

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Is Daniella still at KPRC? I haven't seen her lately.

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I was in a wedding up in Bar Harbor, ME this weekend. I was glued to CNN and the Weather Channel at the Harborside Hotel and spent most of friday night texting my family members (mom, two sisters, bro-in-law, niece nephew, 5 dogs, 2 cats, and 2 birds) who were riding out the storm in the Memorial area. They lost power right around midnight and said the noises (wind and random transformer explosions) and the darkness were the worst parts.

I got back tonight and found out that local 11 (CBS) is running on DirectTV channel 361. I've been watching it for hours now since it seems that national news media has moved on and seems more interested in talking about Ike in Indiana.

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Does anyone know when the local networks will go back to their regular programming?

I fashioned a TV antenna out of speaker wire which works pretty well for channel 13, and Im considering going out and buying a better over the air antenna, but I dont want to waste the money if all I get to watch is 24/7 Ike coverage.

Well, at least you're watching TV which means you have power. I got power back last night while sleeping. The power trucks rolled through, as well as a Ch 13 van just before dark last night. Everyone in the hood went outside cheering.

Question: Come Feb. '09 how will we pick up digital signals with 'rabbit ears'? I've got two digital TVs and neither will work. I don't recall any sort of manual antenna coming with them.

While out of power, I tuned to KRBE which was streaming KHOU. Greg Hurst's voice gets on your nerves after a while, but I still think he's hot.

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Well, at least you're watching TV which means you have power. I got power back last night while sleeping. The power trucks rolled through, as well as a Ch 13 van just before dark last night. Everyone in the hood went outside cheering.

Question: Come Feb. '09 how will we pick up digital signals with 'rabbit ears'? I've got two digital TVs and neither will work. I don't recall any sort of manual antenna coming with them.

While out of power, I tuned to KRBE which was streaming KHOU. Greg Hurst's voice gets on your nerves after a while, but I still think he's hot.

Actually, my speaker wire antenna is picking up the HD broadcast. So as long as you have a digital tuner and a regular antenna, you will be fine...

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Question: Come Feb. '09 how will we pick up digital signals with 'rabbit ears'? I've got two digital TVs and neither will work. I don't recall any sort of manual antenna coming with them.

You can pick up digital signals with rabbit ears no problem as long as you have a tuner capable of decoding the signal. My HDTV doesn't have a built in digital tuner so I have an external tuner for it in the form of an HD Tivo.

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You can pick up digital signals with rabbit ears no problem as long as you have a tuner capable of decoding the signal. My HDTV doesn't have a built in digital tuner so I have an external tuner for it in the form of an HD Tivo.

Urgh, I'll try to remember what I was typing. I got kicked.

I think they are both digital and HD, but I'll check that tomorrow. I used a portable TV about 6" with an antenna built in to get me by.

I have to tell y'all about this Power On Board thing I got from Sam's. It's about the same size as a boombox. You can charge it from the house or the car. It will jump start a car, fill up a flat tire, blow up an air mattress, deflate an air mattress, charge a cell phone and it actually has an DC/AC converter, so you can run low wattage electrical things (two plugs). Seems like it overheated while running that little TV. A fan would activate and it would start blinking. It had no problem with things such as lamps, etc.

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I rode out the storm at my apartment in the 18th st and TC Jester area. KTRK was my primary source for hurricane coverage. Afterwards headed down to Corpus to stay with family and now watching KHOU's coverage on TXCN (Im likin' me some Lucy Noland by the way.. shes made my list of hot news chicks). Hey does anyone know if the power is back in my area? Trying to decided whether or not to head back in the morning. Thanks.

Is Daniella still at KPRC? I haven't seen her lately.

Not bad. For some reason, i like the way Sally McDonald looks. She has a natural look and is cute.

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Here in southern New Mexico, KHOU-TV went National and had it's own channel on Direct TV. It was channel 361 right between Fox News and the Weather Channel. We enjoyed the local coverage because it had better depth than any of the 24/7 news channels. We rarely watch anything on our local TV Stations except about 1/2 hour of news, otherwise it is CNN, Foxnews, MSNBC. Since we had power all through the hurricane coverage, it was great to have so many stations covering the event.

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i only have 2 choices 11 and 13 as comcast still has no service. and i chose 11. tonight 13 drove me crazy. the first 30 minutes of the 10 PM news was art rascon wondering around bolivar. went back to 11 (someone else put it on 13).

now i wish i had ordered my uverse earlier. i was waiting to get back from a one week trip before i switched. it doesn't make sense for comcast to not have service for those who have electricity.

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I rode out the storm at my apartment in the 18th st and TC Jester area. KTRK was my primary source for hurricane coverage. Afterwards headed down to Corpus to stay with family and now watching KHOU's coverage on TXCN (Im likin' me some Lucy Noland by the way.. shes made my list of hot news chicks). Hey does anyone know if the power is back in my area? Trying to decided whether or not to head back in the morning. Thanks.

Is Daniella still at KPRC? I haven't seen her lately.

Just turn on Channel 2, she's looking very good, with that plain clean look, she's been their go to person for the past three days. She's in a yellow raincoat this morning at 45th and Seawall. Hang in there girl, all this will payoff for you.

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