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Bart Tichelman's Avatar Bart Tichelman
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Arghhh...

I called the number jdp provided, selected menu items for > cable, > moves/add/changes. Talked to CSR (Cathy) who said to call back later as the system is not set up yet to accept orders.
SteveOwens's Avatar SteveOwens
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jdp_atl and jadedmonkey28 -

What department and who are you guys talking to? Repair and move don't have a clue ("later this month was the response").

Steve
Skipm's Avatar Skipm
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I've called that number twice this morning, selected service and repair, spoke to two different CSR's and both of them said they were not taking orders yet but they would take my name and number and call me back when they had more information.

Did you guys go through sales or service and repair?

-Skip
greggz's Avatar greggz
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OK, here is the skinny. If you pick moves/changes your call is routed to a 3rd party customer service center. They don't have a clue.

Pick SALES from menu. They do have a clue, and I now have an appointment for tomorrow (Tuesday) between 11am and 2pm.
DDisney's Avatar DDisney
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Gregg,

What local channels are supposed to be available in HD initially?
jdp_atl's Avatar jdp_atl
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I went through repair; I believe it's option #3 when you call 678-545-7372. I didn't say anything about HDTV. I just asked to set up an appointment to trade out my standard STB for a DCT-5100. As soon as I said that, the CSR told me there was a $29 charge for the "HDTV box" that would be on my next bill.

There didn't seem to be any problems, so I didn't get the name of the CSR I was talking to. I do, however, have a confirmation number for my appointment. I'll be annoyed if they tell me HDTV's been pushed off again.

My suggestion would be to try back again and if they tell you that they're not taking orders yet, get a supervisor to assist you.

jdp
Bart Tichelman's Avatar Bart Tichelman
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Thx Gregg.

I'm set up for Thursday morning (I could have done tomorrow or Wednesday, but I am out of town).

She told me that they now have HBO East/West, Showtime East/West and local CBS. Other locals and ESPN-HD to follow with no dates yet.
SteveOwens's Avatar SteveOwens
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greggz - thanks for the tip to call sales. I'm set for Wednesday 11 AM - 2PM. Works out great since the NCAAs start on Thursday!

$29.50 installation charge for "the technician that is experienced installing high definition equipment do the installation for me."

Steve
dwester42a's Avatar dwester42a
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Looks like Comcast kinda getting their act together... Just place my order for Wednesday. Guess I'll be sticking next to my phone in case the "HD coordinator" calls(whatever that means).

CSR said that they have nbc, cbs, fox, showtime and hbo in hdtv(which confirms the guide). now off to hunt the net for the manual for the new box.
SteveOwens's Avatar SteveOwens
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Here are some links to the info on the Motorola box Comcast is using..

Motorola DCT-5100 (Comcast, AT&T)
http://gicout60.gic.gi.com/customer_...5012-001-a.pdf
http://broadband.motorola.com/catalo...ts/DCT5100.pdf
lcaamano's Avatar lcaamano
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No luck here. I can't get any operator that knows about it. Tried all three, sales, repair, and change and two numbers, 678 545 7372 and
678 545 2455.

lcaamano's Avatar lcaamano
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Got it. Took me ten calls to get the CSR in Decatur.

Set up for Wednesday. She mentioned that the $29 charge is for "the kit with the wires" and there's an additional $15 charge for the technician.

I said that was not the info I had but whatever ...

I expect an "eventful" and entertaining installation.

If you're calling today, first ask for the location of the CSR. If it's not in the Atlanta area, e.g., Ontario, Niagara Falls, etc. just say thanks, hang up and call again until you get somebody in the Atlanta area. It doesn't matter if it's sales, repair, or change, it just has to be Atlanta.

Good luck.
ji9988's Avatar ji9988
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It took 6 calls but finally got setup. I used jdp_atl's suggestion and asked to order a 5100 box.
ChrisATL's Avatar ChrisATL
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Got mine setup for Thursday afternoon. First call did it, but she didn't seem to know, had to check to see if it was available, and kept having to put me on hold to find out more, but looks like it's a go.

She only mentioned the $29.95 install charge, nothing extra.

Went through the above number and chose sales by the way.
steve5097's Avatar steve5097
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For those of you about to get a 5100:
If you have a cable modem, make sure it works before the install guy leaves. In Boston, there was a problem the first few days. See the Boston Comcast thread for more info.
lcaamano's Avatar lcaamano
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5100 FAQ
Skipm's Avatar Skipm
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Finally!! It only took 6 phone calls but I have an appointment and confirmation number. The first 5 calls I asked to be upgraded to HDTV service and everytime they had to put me on hold only to come back and tell me it wasn't available yet. The 6th time I called service and repair and asked to swap out my digital cable box for a DCT-5100 and she immediately asked me if I had an HDTV and how many boxes I wanted. What the heck kind of sense does that make?

Anyway, I don't think it makes a difference which number you call, just ask for a DCT-5100, do not in no uncertain terms ask for HDTV.

-Skip
srayan's Avatar srayan
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Thanks to all who made regular contributions on this forum. Got my HD box scheduled for this weekend on the 1st try. Took a while but hope it's worth it. I'm tired of having to rely on antenna reception.
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Well Just called in this afternoon, went through Sales and got and appointment setup for Tuesday 11-2, im still a little nervous to see if they actually show, but i will be posting on here as soon I get my box (or not) to let you all know how im doing.
Thanks for the #'s and all the info guys!
Holein1GA
Skipm's Avatar Skipm
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All of you guys that have appointments today between 11am and 2pm have to stop watching TV long enough to report back to the rest of us as to how the appointment went and what we can expect.

We want details!

-Skip
starguy's Avatar starguy
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Called this morning. Got an extremely helpful and knowledgeable CSR at the 1-800 number. Used the change service selection on the phone list. Appointmet is set for next week due to my schedule. Didn't mention the set up fee. Thanks for posting the user manual link and the 5100 FAQ.
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Well, I'm HD-enabled in Lawrenceville. Tech got here at noon and everything took only 15 mins or so. I could've done it myself, but I left it to the "professional". I don't have time to play w/ anything because I gotta go back to work. I'll fill you in later.
lcaamano's Avatar lcaamano
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Sheeeeet!!! Finally!!! jdp, now we can I say I nailed the prediction!
greggz's Avatar greggz
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Its not going well with my install.

The tech has been here for over 2 hours. I am getting the normal channels and the regular HBO's, but NONE of the HD channels are coming in. They all say "Please wait, should be available shortly." They've tried 2 boxes so far. Tech is out at the street right now fiddling with something. I swear this is just an order entry issue and not a "hardware" issue, but they keep treating as such. Grrrrrr.
jdp_atl's Avatar jdp_atl
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Quote:


Originally posted by lcaamano
Sheeeeet!!! Finally!!! jdp, now we can I say I nailed the prediction!

Almost to the day! Are you sure you didn't have some kind of inside information?
lcaamano's Avatar lcaamano
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Quote:


Originally posted by greggz
Its not going well with my install.

The tech has been here for over 2 hours. I am getting the normal channels and the regular HBO's, but NONE of the HD channels are coming in. They all say "Please wait, should be available shortly." They've tried 2 boxes so far. Tech is out at the street right now fiddling with something. I swear this is just an order entry issue and not a "hardware" issue, but they keep treating as such. Grrrrrr.

Sorry to hear that Greg. It's the luck of the draw I guess, which would
explain why I had to make 10 calls to get what several other people
got with one call. I hope I'm done with my bad luck though.

Please let us kwow how it gets solved ... and perhaps we'll learn from
it and be ready for it.
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SpaceCowboy,

Please post as soon as you get home to verify it is working. My parents have ordered Comcast HDTV service and so have my sister and brother-in-law. Everytime they come visit me in South Carolina, they get even more impatient with the slow roll out there in ATL after being spoiled for several years with the HD content here on Time Warner Cable.

Thanks!
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Alright, I am pretty pissed off because I phone yesterday and they say that I need to be home from 11-2 on Tuesday (Today, and I do remember the customer service rep saying "Tommorrow"). We I finally phoned them back after waiting home all day and they say "Oh, well I think they ment next tuesday". They cant even fess up to there ****** mistakes, what a crap ass service they have going on! Anyhow I will post when i get the F@ckin box from these stupid Comcast J@ack@ss's
greggz's Avatar greggz
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4.5 hours later, two techs, a re-seated amplifier block at the street, a removed noise filter, a new run of RG-11 to my house, a new grounding block, and all new compression fittings on all the cables in the chain.... AND I'VE GOT HDTV!

There are 6 channels:

804 is Fox 5. The picture is sharper, but so far its been a 4:3 original aspect ratio (OAR) picture stretched to 16:9. Kind of annoying. Usually my TV lets me compensate for this, but on this signal it will not. Its almost like Fox is stretching the picture before its broadcast.

806 is WXIA 11 (NBC). Nice sharp picture! So far all off the stuff I've seen has been 4:3 aspect, but its got the black bars on the side so it looks right.

809 is WGCL (CBS). The picture looks soft and everything broadcast so far has been 4:3 aspect with the black bars on the side.

880 and 881 are HBO East and West. Nice sharp picture. Very happy with what I've seen on HBO so far. Some stuff has been 4:3 OAR with black bars, and some stuff has been 16:9 OAR.

890 and 891 are Showtime. I do not subscribe so I cant report on these channels.

Looking forward to tonight when I can watch some prime time TV shows on the networks. So far all I've really been able to see are crappy talk shows and game shows. Also, I hope they hurry up and add ABC, PBS, and ESPN to the linup.

Best of luck to the rest of you scheduled for tomorrow and going forward. If it doesn't work right away, your installer has got a LONG day ahead of him trying to isolate the weak link in the chain.
greggz's Avatar greggz
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I should also mention, and this has been discussed on other 5100 threads, there is a huge volume difference between the HDTV channels and the analog channels. You have to really turn up the volume on the HDTV channels. Of course this means that you blast yourself back out of the chair when you start flicking around.

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