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post #11281 of 12114 Old 04-11-2011, 11:17 PM
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I know mo' channels equals mo' bettah, but those are some obscure offerings right there.

To paraphrase MST3K, "Wow, the suckiness really comes through with great clarity!"

there is not much left to add other than the obscure channels
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Philly already has 150 HD channels.

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STILL no BBCA in HD????
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STILL no BBCA in HD????

No HDNET for me either.
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there is not much left to add other than the obscure channels

Yeah, that was kind of my point. But I realize even obscure channels have their adherents. If there was an HD channel that showed nothing but sailing, I'd watch it.

As it stands, BBC America HD and HDNet are probably the two most desired offerings still missing from our lineup.
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there is not much left to add other than the obscure channels

The big advantage FIOS has over Comcast is all the HD channels for the premium networks. That is a lot of quality HD programming for Comcast to add.
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Comcast in my area carries multiple channels of the premiums in HD.

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I'd give my left nut for FSC and gol in our area.

You need FiOS then
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I'd give my right nut for Fios.

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Can someone in Philly chime in on if those new channels have been added yet or not?

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Anyone wanna help tell Comcast they are the worst company in America? Vote right now:

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Can someone in Philly chime in on if those new channels have been added yet or not?

Yes we got the 10 new channels added on Tuesday. However, they removed 11 of the west coast premiums.
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In Savannah, we were supposed to get a bunch of new HD channels today but didn't happen, but no surprise there.
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Is Comcast carrying The Cooking Channel HD (I assume there is an HD version) in any market?
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Is Comcast carrying The Cooking Channel HD (I assume there is an HD version) in any market?

We have it in Philadelphia on channel 1281.
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In Savannah its actually on OnDemand HD, but no real HD channel
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Noticed that Baltimore has it On Demand also, along with BBC America. World of More channels were added a year ago. We still have Limited Basic in analog.

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Anyone wanna help tell Comcast they are the worst company in America? Vote right now:

http://consumerist.com/2011/04/worst...s-comcast.html

Voting ends tomorrow morning.

Not really, I'm fairly happy with my service since switching from Dish/AT&T.
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Besides, as bad as Comcast can be at times, they can't hold a candle to BP!

On the other hand, the AMPMs usually have the cheapest gas in town.
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kind of amazing that Philly has gone from the red headed step child to favorite son in the past year or so in terms of HD channels.

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kind of amazing that Philly has gone from the red headed step child to favorite son in the past year or so in terms of HD channels.

Fios started expanding its footprint in the City of Philadelphia this year and suddenly we are the favorite son. I love the fact that competition in their home market has expedited the addition of all these channels. I just hope they can start rolling out all of these new channels in all the other markets soon.
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well, since Fios is no longer expanding, I'm not holding out any hope. Tons of markets have been through the migration for months, and no new channels. Oh wait, sorry..we got another 3d channel and some outdoor network. Part of me is glad to see that comcast finally has a deal for channels like gol and fsc hd, but I'm sure they will take their sweet old time getting them rolled out on any sort of scale. Unfortunate too, since the Euro seasons and cups will be winding down in the next 6 weeks or so. Also, I'm reallllllly looking forward to watching the US Gold Cup matches in the youtube quality that is fsc sd.

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Still don't have SpeedHD in western MA but I've got Home Shopping Network and CNBC in HD. How does that work?

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Still don't have SpeedHD in western MA but I've got Home Shopping Network and CNBC in HD. How does that work?

Home Shopping Network PAYS comcast for carriage. That is how that works !!!
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Besides, as bad as Comcast can be at times, they can't hold a candle to BP!

On the other hand, the AMPMs usually have the cheapest gas in town.


Comcast Loses to BP in 'Worst Company' Quarterfinals

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Comcast Loses to BP in 'Worst Company' Quarterfinals

http://www.multichannel.com/blog/BIT...rterfinals.php

Hopefully Comcast will learn a lesson from this feedback and deserve not to be nominated for the "award". If not as they say wait till next year!
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Hopefully Comcast will learn a lesson from this feedback and deserve not to be nominated for the "award". If not as they say wait till next year!

The Consumerist starts out with 32 companies are so in the competition which are usually the big ones such as Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Comcast. Still the fact that Comcast nearly had 40% of the votes while losing (let alone making it that far) should speak volumes to Comcast in regards to how people think about them.

I don't fault people for voting for BP however. They certainly have their blame in what happened in the Gulf. For me however I voted for Comcast for a number of reasons such as poor customer service, multiple outage/service issues, the NBC buyout, ballot stuffing on The Consumerist contest by telling employees to vote for the competitor.

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Hopefully Comcast will learn a lesson from this feedback and deserve not to be nominated for the "award". If not as they say wait till next year!

I doubt that Comcast "will learn a lesson from this". If one can believe Wikipedia, Comcast has been a finalist for this dubious distinction for the last 4 years, "winning" in 2010.
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I doubt that Comcast "will learn a lesson from this". If one can believe Wikipedia, Comcast has been a finalist for this dubious distinction for the last 4 years, "winning" in 2010.

One can only hope. Otherwise Comcast can only hope for a disaster caused by another corporation.
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Comcast Tests Guide For DTAs, Preps HD Model

MSO Has Deployed 18 Million of Low-Cost Adapters to Date

By Todd Spangler -- Multichannel News, 4/22/2011 2:22:01 PM

Comcast is looking to extend its digital transport adapters -- low-cost devices for converting digital TV for viewing on older analog televisions -- in at least two new directions: The MSO plans to roll out an HD version of the DTAs and is even testing a way to deliver program-guide info to them.

The nation's biggest cable operator has distributed more than 18 million DTAs to customers to date as part of a $1 billion multiyear project to eliminate analog cable channels, a conversion that was about 75% complete at the end of 2010.

Standard Comcast DTAThe DTA initiative, which has the internal code name "Project Cavalry," lets Comcast eliminate 35 to 50 analog channels in its expanded basic lineups. That reclaims as much as 300 MHz or more of spectrum, which the operator is using to provide more video-on-demand, more HD channels and faster Internet speeds. In fact, Comcast's marketing program for customers about the project is called "World of More."

"All of this means we're delivering better products to our customers, more high-def and foreign language programming, up to 25,000 on-demand choices, better guides, improved DVR functionality, more interactivity, as well as higher speeds for our high-speed Internet customers," Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said on the operator's February earnings call.

Comcast is now looking to use the DTA as a relatively inexpensive way to deliver HD programming to customers who don't want a DVR or other advanced features.

The HD models will be "universal" DTAs, meaning they will work with Motorola and Cisco Systems conditional access systems, Comcast senior director of corporate communications Jenni Moyer said. The HD uDTAs would include radio-frequency remotes (which don't require line-of-sight as infrared remotes do) and would have an HDMI output.

Comcast hasn't disclosed when it plans to begin deploying the HD uDTAs, nor has it identified the supplier, Moyer said. But she noted that the Federal Communications Commission last October revised its CableCard rules to allow operators to deploy one-way HD DTA devices that have integrated security functions.

Among other operators, Cable One has deployed HD DTAs manufactured by Digital Multimedia Technology that use integrated security from Nagravision in Dyersburg, Tenn., Light Reading has reported.

On another track, Comcast is testing out an electronic guide, code-named "Atom," which would provide access to program listing info comparable to what is available through conventional digital set-top boxes, Moyer said. The guide info would be delivered in the same way the DTAs' firmware is updated. Currently, the SD adapters -- sourced from Cisco Systems, Motorola, Pace and Technicolor -- provide only channel name and number.

Comcast won't disclose exactly what it pays for the DTAs, but the SD versions are under $50 apiece, less than half the cost of conventional digital set-tops. They're also smaller, measuring roughly 3 by 5 inches or less.

Meanwhile, while Comcast has suggested its iPad app could be used to change channels on a DTA by "force tuning" them, currently that functionality is not supported because the DTAs don't have an out-of-band tuner, Moyer said.

In comments filed with the FCC last year on the CableCard issue, Comcast said making the Xfinity TV app able to change channels on the DTAs would "require significant new standardization and development work. But even assuming that the Xfinity remote control application could be developed for the DTA, that would not make the DTA an interactive device."

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