Is anyone else's ABCHD on Cox screwed up during Alias. I getting a widescreen picture squished into a 4X3 picture size? Also I'm not getting 5.1 sound like I should be. Does anyone know if this is ABC's problem or Cox's problem?
COX retransmits whatever is given to them onto a QAM carrier. They do not have the capability or equipment to change, modify or alter the broadcasters signal in any way. What you see on cable is what you would see OTA barring any signal loss issues like mountains being in the way
I sent Cox an email asking if they would be ordering any of these. They sent me back a response (which I deleted already, sorry) that basically said they always strive to provide the best equipment for their customers, blah, blah, blah...
This could go a few ways... I heard they were almost out of the 5000 original 3100HD boxes, so they could buy more (new or old??) - OR - They are still waiting for Pioneer to release their HDPVR box this year and will shift back to Pioneer (heard whoever actually releases them gets a hefty contract from COX). Alternatively, the market share of boxes is being shifted back to the consumer. Best Buy and Circuit City are selling HD Digital cable boxes in several COX markets, including Oklahoma City and Phoenix. They may forgo the expenditure ($2.5 MIL last year[5000*500]) and let the retail market purchase their own equipment. Current sales of digital cable boxes go for around $500. We will have to wait and see.
Looks like NBC is testing the HD signal. Once it is established we will get NBC HD OTA and then it's feed to COX on 733. It would be interesting if NBCSHIVA or another local worker would mention upcoming testing times (3:00 AM?)even if they are low power tests.
It's been heard CBS will have an SD digital signal real soon. Following ABC and NBC, as well as FOX, WB, UPN and all the other local stations with digital non-HD signals. Once CBS is on board, it's just a few steps away from seeing an all (or nearly all) digital cable lineup available. The NBCD on 123 is a good test for this argument. At my house, they (analog vs digital)look virtually identical, but older homes with poor wiring, different parts of the valley (strong ingress from OTA signal) and multiple amped long runs (older fringe areas - i.e. towards boulder city) suffer the worst. Those with poor analog reception could benefit from "digital to the box" quality. Since analog will still be available, "digital" subs could have the entire lineup mapped over the analog numbers if analog is completely covered over. The downside is that it would a eat a LOT of bandwidth, perhaps limiting future new HD channels until some or most of the analog channels are removed. It would be a toss up that HD may lose - Deliver all digital content to 500,000 customers or deliver a new HD channel to 5000.
Once again it is all speculation, and based on rumors, whispers and news bites, but it's usually close.