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aknbad23's Avatar aknbad23 07:38 PM 11-01-2010
Whats the latest Comcast HD DVR?
I have the 8300HD from 2-3 years ago. Is there an updated one?

Tom Thomas's Avatar Tom Thomas 11:22 AM 11-02-2010
I just got mine about a month ago, same 8300HD
miklk1973's Avatar miklk1973 12:17 PM 11-13-2010
I just fired my 8300HD that I had for 6 years. I refused to exchange for the one with a larger drive when those came out because they were quite a bit slower than the one I had.

It did the job.

I now use a Tivo Premiere with a Cable Card.
I am considering a Moxie with 2 Mates after the first of the year for my living room and the mates for TVs in my Kitchen and Office.

If the Mates work well I may add a 3rd and then I would not be renting any equipment from Comcast and would have HD and my full line up on all TVs.
JasonU2's Avatar JasonU2 05:53 PM 11-22-2010
Anyone having an issue with the DTV HD locals tonight? All the local HD stations are breaking up tonight. Bripping, audio & picture dropouts/freezes, etc. I thought it was my signal levels, but they look normal. My one SD receiver seems unaffected.
JasonU2's Avatar JasonU2 07:09 AM 11-23-2010
Well, it seemed to solve itself somewhere around 9:30.
Gary*w*'s Avatar Gary*w* 08:33 AM 11-23-2010
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Anyone having an issue with the DTV HD locals tonight? All the local HD stations are breaking up tonight. Bripping, audio & picture dropouts/freezes, etc. I thought it was my signal levels, but they look normal. My one SD receiver seems unaffected.

yeah, mine were acting funky too. I was getting ready to watch Chuck last night and noticed the breakup during wheel of fortune. It was a D* issue cause I switched to the OTA channel and it was fine.
JasonU2's Avatar JasonU2 05:01 PM 11-23-2010
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yeah, mine were acting funky too. I was getting ready to watch Chuck last night and noticed the breakup during wheel of fortune. It was a D* issue cause I switched to the OTA channel and it was fine.

I re-enabled SD duplicates on my receiver since I don't have OTA setup on my main TV. Took some getting used to - I barely ever watch anything on the SD receiver anymore. I guess I've gotten spoiled.

I've noticed the same kind of audio/video 'bripping' on WLMT HD (but only really on HD broadcasts) for some time on DTV. Does anyone know if this is a WLMT or DTV issue?
wiggo's Avatar wiggo 05:08 PM 11-23-2010
I have an HR20 upstairs in my office and use it to duplicate my living room HR24 recordings OTA. So I just stopped the HR24 and chose the HR20 recording off the list. This multiroom feature is awesome
mx6bfast's Avatar mx6bfast 07:57 PM 11-24-2010
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I re-enabled SD duplicates on my receiver since I don't have OTA setup on my main TV. Took some getting used to - I barely ever watch anything on the SD receiver anymore. I guess I've gotten spoiled.

I've noticed the same kind of audio/video 'bripping' on WLMT HD (but only really on HD broadcasts) for some time on DTV. Does anyone know if this is a WLMT or DTV issue?

I always used the OTA channels and never saw the bripping issues that would usually happen on WHBQ and WLMT. It is a D* issue.
gonk's Avatar gonk 06:55 PM 11-27-2010
My Explorer 8300's hard drive died a month or two ago, and the replacement is a newer model that has been a piece of junk almost from the get-go. Playback of recorded HD content is very choppy, particularly audio. In some cases, audio goes away entirely. Pausing and resuming tends to bring it back, although it sometimes comes back choppy. It seems to be related to the box itself. Anybody else run across this behavior? If replacing the box will help, I'll do it. If it's a fault with the box's firmware, I'm probably heading to Uverse.
miklk1973's Avatar miklk1973 07:25 PM 11-30-2010
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I've been lurking here for a year and a half when I bought my WS-48515 : 48" CRT
I have the 8300 HD DVR & a Cablecard for backup or when 2 things are recording

I was glad we got Smallville in HD again on WLMT... hopefully they get 5.1 working soon....
I noticed PQ didn't fair too well during the intro and in the high action scenes with lots of motion but overall it wasn't the worst I've seen.


I was searching for something on my TV in Google and found my own post. This was my first post on here actually. 5 years later I still have the TV and a much older 60' in my living room that both are set to be updated.

I just fired the 8300hd and went with a Tivo Premiere and an m-card for the Mits.

They 60 is set to be retired soon and replaced with a Mits. 73" DLP. It will get a Moxi DVR w/M-card. The Moxi will drive 2 other TV in my home via 2 Moxi Mate boxes. 1 of those TVs is OTA only via a DTV box. The other is just analog cable which seems to be getting a channel taken away every time i turn the TV on. I wish I could get the TV for Christmas but I have to think of other people first.

The new set up will mean the only hardware i will be paying Comcast for it 2 M-Cards.
Rthoreau's Avatar Rthoreau 06:49 AM 12-04-2010
Anyone check the PQ lately on Comcast? With a Tivo HD I get massive blocking and audio drop outs. Checked my connection seems fine but think Comcast is low balling bandwidth for the HD channels. At the moment I can not get HD channel 13 anyone have suggestions I would love to get this resolved.

I live in Hernando and OTA is pretty much out of the question so I really do not have any options without loosing my Tivo with cable card. Anyone point me to Comcast policy regarding HD locals or am I SOL.

Rthoreau
Trip in VA's Avatar Trip in VA 10:50 PM 12-12-2010
Anyone seeing WWTW-DT 34 on the air? If so, what's on it?

- Trip
miklk1973's Avatar miklk1973 09:42 AM 12-13-2010
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Anyone seeing WWTW-DT 34 on the air? If so, what's on it?

- Trip

Religious much the same fair as WTWV 23-1. Not a simulcast though.
miklk1973's Avatar miklk1973 05:00 PM 12-14-2010
I'm also getting W50EA-D with 3 SD religious channels and 2 audio only stations.
and I see a signal on 33 which is WFBI-LD 33 but it's too low to decode for me.
I have the same issue with W46EF-D 46.
I am able to get WPGF-LD 17 which comes out of the same antenna as the previous 2.


Here is a current list of OTA signals with the actual RF Channel.

WMC-TV 05 34.5 kW 308. m
WHBQ-TV 13 95. kW 308. m
WPGF-LD 17 15. kW 0. m (182. m) (WTWV tower)
WTWV 23 1000. kW 261. m
WPTY-TV 25 1000. kW 340. m
WREG-TV 28 906. kW 313. m
WKNO 29 835. kW 320.2m
WLMT 31 871. kW 340. m
WFBI-LD 33 15. kW 0. m (181. m) (WTWV tower)
WWTW 34 20. kW 239. m (from the WIVG-FM tower at Arkabutla)
WBUY-TV 41 500. kW 122. m (tower is between Collierville & Byhalia)
(pndng app for the WPTY/WLMT tower at 1000kw)
W46EF-D 46 15. kW 0. m (181. m) (WTWV tower)
KVTJ-DT 48 780. kW 297. m (tower is between Trumann & Marked Tree)
W50EA-D 50 15. kW 0. m (344. m) (from the WPTY/WLMT tower)
WPXX-TV 51 1000. kW 298. m
hdtvluvr's Avatar hdtvluvr 06:32 PM 12-14-2010
Does anyone have a list of channels and their number from Comcast if one was to simply connect the cable to the back of their TV? They differ than the channel numbers on a cable box.
PatrickGSR94's Avatar PatrickGSR94 08:18 PM 12-21-2010
So what's this I hear about WMC-TV may not be available on DirecTV after Dec 31??? That will royally suck if that happens.
Gary*w*'s Avatar Gary*w* 07:48 AM 12-22-2010
you should still be able to get WMC-TV over the air if you have an OTA capable receiver or the AM-21 add on
PatrickGSR94's Avatar PatrickGSR94 01:36 PM 01-02-2011
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you should still be able to get WMC-TV over the air if you have an OTA capable receiver or the AM-21 add on

We do have a DTV tuner box, but we wouldn't have been able to record programming on our DVR.

But no matter, Raycom came to an agreement through 2014. I'm sure the advertisers and potential lost advertisement viewing helped that along.
PatrickGSR94's Avatar PatrickGSR94 08:06 PM 01-04-2011
Now I just read that DirecTV rejected Raycom's offer. Great.
Gary*w*'s Avatar Gary*w* 07:04 AM 01-05-2011
The HR20 series D* DVR's have OTA capability built in and you can record to the DVR. You can do the same with the AM21 add on tuner for the other DVR's. They will integrate the OTA info right in to the D* guide and allow you to record.

Might be worth looking into.
Gary*w*'s Avatar Gary*w* 08:00 AM 01-28-2011
Did anyone notice problems with FOX13 last night during "Bones"? I was watching via DirecTV's sat feed. It seemed like there was a commercial break where the screen went black for like 20-30 seconds & then came back to the show like normal. Later the screen went black for a couple seconds during a scene where Booth was interviewing an old sniper pal of his.
Wondering if it was just me, DirecTV, or channel 13?
mollerup's Avatar mollerup 01:51 PM 01-29-2011
Does ABC 24 broadcast in 5.1?
Whenever I switch to ABC it goes into Dobly Pro-Logic surround, even though the D*TV info states it is Dolby Digital. This does not happen on other networks and they show up as Dobly D on my receiver.
DTV Dave's Avatar DTV Dave 10:10 AM 02-01-2011
It was Fox 13. A power supply in a switcher that feeds the SD distribution went out, and that killed the local breaks as well as the SD feed to the cable and satellite systems. The one that happened in the middle of the show was probably someone patching around the failed switcher.
Afroteddy's Avatar Afroteddy 08:40 PM 02-07-2011
Can someone explain the new free(mandatory) basic cable boxes that Comcast are giving out? It seem as if they are doing away with analog cable and that these boxes are now becoming a requirement even if you have a digital tv. Is this a new way of exploiting more control over us and eventually charging more money?
mcrutland's Avatar mcrutland 09:17 PM 02-08-2011
Is WPTY getting ready for an HD newscasts? With the way some of the news shots have looked lately, I would say so.
ScottPo's Avatar ScottPo 09:15 AM 02-09-2011
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Can someone explain the new free(mandatory) basic cable boxes that Comcast are giving out? It seem as if they are doing away with analog cable and that these boxes are now becoming a requirement even if you have a digital tv. Is this a new way of exploiting more control over us and eventually charging more money?
I believe it's actually a way of freeing up massive amounts of bandwidth for better use. They can get MANY SD digital channels in the same space as a single analog channel, or 2-3 HD channels. Once complete, they'll have the room to catch up with satellite and U-verse on HD channels (I think they call it "World of More".)

You need the digital adapter because most channels will be encrypted (or a Cablecard, if your TV supports one.)
Trip in VA's Avatar Trip in VA 09:18 AM 02-09-2011
Come now, no need to argue; why can't it be both?

- Trip
Afroteddy's Avatar Afroteddy 09:39 PM 02-09-2011
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I believe it's actually a way of freeing up massive amounts of bandwidth for better use. They can get MANY SD digital channels in the same space as a single analog channel, or 2-3 HD channels. Once complete, they'll have the room to catch up with satellite and U-verse on HD channels (I think they call it "World of More".)

You need the digital adapter because most channels will be encrypted (or a Cablecard, if your TV supports one.)

I've done alot of reading since I first posted and I see that this conversion started years ago in some places. Memphis is just getting its turn. My problem with this is the encrypting needs for basic cable. Those of us with digital tvs and QAM tv tuners for our PCs are screwed. They can convert to digital and offer these DTA boxes for folks still stuck in old school land but basic cable should be free flowing and unencrypted.
ScottPo's Avatar ScottPo 07:44 AM 02-11-2011
I can see why they want to encrypt, since they sell the "basic" cable in tiers and need to turn the tiers on and off; my biggest beef is that I'll have to jump through hoops, with splitters and A/B switches, or rent another box from Comcast to keep watching HD versions of LOCAL channels. The DTA's don't pass HD. Since I'd have to rent TWO more HD boxes to do what I do now, that puts them on par or even more expensive than Directv and Uverse, so I'm trying to decide whether to switch. The buggy, crappy DVR's that have been aggravating me for a long time may be the deciding factor.
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