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post #3031 of 16093 Old 06-18-2004, 03:58 PM
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Originally posted by miatasm
You are kidding right????? Starz is the worst for HD content......

Well, I don't know. I guess it's all a matter of opinion.
You're right that there's too much SD content on Starz, but that will improve. Almost all of their first run stuff is HD now and most of the older movies are as well.
Anyway - I was just meaning to say that, in my humble opinion, I think Starz has more good first-run movies than Showtime. If I was going to pick two premiums to subscribe to, Starz and HBO would be my picks.
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post #3032 of 16093 Old 06-18-2004, 04:32 PM
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Your are right........its just something that irritated me from the beginning and whenever I see a movie in SD I rant some more about them not doing it right.......

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This morning's message, instead of promoting wrestling, tells us that Discovery HD will appear on 663 July 1.
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Yes, I was expecting wrestling or a high speed internet ad! Good news indeed!

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Wow... the Comcast CSR didn't lie or exagerated!

Now, let's hope he was also right about CBS! (knock on wood!)

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Yes, I was expecting wrestling or a high speed internet ad!...

Me too, so I ignored it for half a day. I can't remember the last time I got useful information from a message.

I am really looking forward to Discovery HD! This was the channel I was waiting for!

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Will this be an unencrypted channel, I wonder?
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I believe it should be a part of the standard HD package so I'm assuming, no....but the members that have it already can tell you by using their diagnostics......"current channel status" on the first line you will see "enc" for encrypted or "clr" for in the clear.....

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Comcast announced that later this summer they will also be adding more than 70 hours of monthly ON DEMAND programs from Discovery Networks at no extra charge to Digital Cable Customers.

I know Comcast has taken criticism on this board for being slow to add new HD channels. However, just to be fair, consider that virtually every other distributor passes along some kind of incremental charge for Discovery HD Theater - and we're not having to pay anything extra. Comcast has done a good thing here, negotiating hard for their subscribers.
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I must admit that I was only going to try out Comcast Digital Cable with HD for a little while until either Voom started caring FSN but I must say that I have been very happy so far. Now with Discovery HD being added and who knows what else will be added, I may just end of staying with Comcast. Now if they would just add CBS, TNT and Biography.
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From NBC's Olympics coverage website:

"For the first time by a U.S. broadcaster at a Summer Olympics, NBC will provide high definition coverage. NBC's separate, unique HDTV coverage on NBC's digital affiliates, presented by Sony Electronics Inc., will provide HDTV coverage on delay of six sports from the only main Olympic venues provided in high definition by the Olympic host broadcaster. Those sports include swimming, diving, gymnastics, track and field, medal rounds of basketball and the men's soccer gold medal final. The HDTV coverage will total 399 hours and is a completely different production from the standard definition broadcast on the network. NBC has 124 HDTV affiliates with the potential to cover 86 percent of the country."

This sounds like they plan to separate the NBC SD & HD broadcasting during the Olympics, rather than having the HD channel (i.e., 105) mirror the output on the SD channel (5).
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I'll bet KING won't go for that. They may have to bring up a seperate channel to feed it to since KING will lose all their advertising dollars.
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I'll bet KING won't go for that. They may have to bring up a seperate channel to feed it to since KING will lose all their advertising dollars.

Actually, I'll bet they are quite happy about it, as they can sell their airtime twice, - one set of commercials on each channel.
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We are paying extra for HD. When comcast first came out with their HD service up until Jan of this year, there was no extra 550ish charge for the box. This is their service charge for their HD channels hidden in a box rental charge. What should be really interesting is when open cable comes and you can buy your own box, if they will raise the rate for people that dont rent a box. I just hope the open cable boxes end up having a better pic on analog sd stations then the pos ones we have now.

There also is no excuse for not having CBS for how much money comcast is pulling in. If they really wanted to get it badly then they would already have it. Im also expecting another increase sometime in the next 6 months to cover VOD service, probably as a year end rate increase.

Still its the only service with HD locals so we are kinda stuck.(without OTA)
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There also is no excuse for not having CBS for how much money comcast is pulling in. If they really wanted to get it badly then they would already have it. Im also expecting another increase sometime in the next 6 months to cover VOD service, probably as a year end rate increase.

I have no idea what's in the negotiations of getting KIRO, but you cannot seriously be suggesting a cable company should just give in to whatever a station wants. If they did that you'd be paying $100 a month for limited basic.

As to your other point, I believe there are tuners you can buy that will pull in the HD channels (at least the locals). The Fusion PC card would be one.
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I have no idea what's in the negotiations of getting KIRO, but you cannot seriously be suggesting a cable company should just give in to whatever a station wants. If they did that you'd be paying $100 a month for limited basic.

Indeed. The feud between Comcast and Cox is well documented. I don't blame Comcast for sticking to their guns. KIRO/Cox did the exact same thing to Mellinium Cable. The funny thing is that Cox has nothing to gain by this, as they don't serve any customers here. They either charge Comcast a fee in line with the other stations or they get nothing. Right now they are getting nothing. How does that serve their business and shareholders?

Anyway it will be sorted out eventually, either by the parties involved or by the feds.
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American Chopper coming in HD? Good deal.

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American Chopper coming in HD? Good deal.

If it's filmed in HD - I second that, but my suspicion is that it's filmed in SD, which will be upconverted to HD. But who knows.

Let's hope I'm wrong.....
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On Demand is a big yawn as far as I'm concerned. It might be nice if you didn't have a Tivo, but it's nothing I use much. I've played with it a bit but the only thing I found that I wanted to watch was the free Heart concert, which was of really poor quality (and thus not worth watching).

I'm catching up with "Band of Brothers" with OnDemand VOD. I lent my DVDs to a friend and they are still gone. Anyway, I find the quality of both the audio and video to be quite good. Better than the usual 480i digital cable fare, and better than any of the analog feeds. No artifacting that I can see (on my 92" screen) but the image lacks the detail of DVD while being superior to anything broadcast short of HD or my BUD.
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If it's filmed in HD - I second that, but my suspicion is that it's filmed in SD, which will be upconverted to HD. But who knows.

Let's hope I'm wrong.....

According to this, it's HD:
http://www.tvtechnology.com/features...ter_cars.shtml

"A production crew from Moody Street of Boston is shooting 'American Chopper' with Panasonic's AJ-HDC27F, a variable frame-rate DVCPRO HD camcorder that's also compatible with PAL and other international formats. (Pilgrim's analog shows are aired worldwide.) The camera can convert both 1080i and 720p to 1080p/24, serving as a 'universal master' from which 25 fps PAL and other TV formats can be derived."
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Cool - I was wrong, which is good for a change

Only problem now is that I'm never around to watch the show live, so I have to Tivo it off the SD channels......
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I know this has been mentiined before, but IMO it bears repeating.

Comcast, you better watch out. Check this out:

Standard HD Package Channel Line-Up
504 KOMO- ABC
505 KING - NBC
507 KIRO- CBS
510 KTWB - WB
511 KSTW - UPN
512 KBTC - PBS
513 KCPQ - FOX
540 Showtime - free to subscriber of Showtime
541 HBO- free to subscriber of HBO
542 Starz! - free to subscriber of Starz!
543 Cinemax - free to subscriber of Cinemax

HDTV Receiver Pricing
Customers with digital service $6.95
Customers with analog service $9.95

This is the offering from Click! (Tacomas alternative to Comcast). Notice that they already have CBS and UPN.

And (this was news to me) they are EXPANDING! This summer they are moving into University Place and Fircrest. Lakewood to follow after that (I'm in Lakewood!). In addition, several other HD offerings and also has broadband support. Ain't competition great!
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So when is Click expanding to King County?
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So when is Click expanding to King County?

Ummm.... (Sheepishly) Never. Its supplied and operated by Tacoma Power. You need to move. There's plenty of room for you in Pierce County
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I just got VOD in Auburn. Like the fact I can put on something like the "Black Hawk Down" episode from The History Channel. I'll probably use this more than I thought, and hope more content comes down the pipe.

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Indeed. The feud between Comcast and Cox is well documented. I don't blame Comcast for sticking to their guns. KIRO/Cox did the exact same thing to Mellinium Cable. The funny thing is that Cox has nothing to gain by this, as they don't serve any customers here. They either charge Comcast a fee in line with the other stations or they get nothing. Right now they are getting nothing. How does that serve their business and shareholders?

Anyway it will be sorted out eventually, either by the parties involved or by the feds.

Agreed. Our Cox-owned Fox affiliate (KTVU) and its digital signal are caught up in the negotiations between Cox corporate and Comcast corporate.

I don't think the feds will ever become involved, however. What will ultimately lead to a solution is the expiration of the analog contract(s) between Cox and Comcast for KIRO, KTVU, etc.

When the analog contracts expire, I am convinced that Comcast will not sign a new contract unless Cox agrees to digital (including HD) retransmission along with the analog. At that point, a huge battle might ensue, with the analog signals being pulled from Comcast's lineup temporarily until a resolution is reached.
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Click appears to be missing KCTS HD, INHD, INHD2, DISCHD, and ESPN HD.

It only has CBS to crow about, but I'll take the five over the one.
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Click appears to be missing KCTS HD, INHD, INHD2, DISCHD, and ESPN HD

Hmmm... Missed the KCTS HD. I don't watch sports so ESPN is not a big deal to me but I know thats a big deal to many of you. INHD and INHD2 are only offered by the cable company. Didn't know Comcast was offering DISCHD. What channel is it on.?

All that aside, I'm not sure I would switch to Click! The main point is, here is come serious competition for Comcast which in the end benefits all of us. (At least I think it does)
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Discovery HD will be on 663 starting July 1. Really looking forward to that.

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Thanks Malcolm. I was unaware of that! I'm looking forward to that also.
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