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post #991 of 16093 Old 10-30-2003, 10:27 AM
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This could still be a possible reason...from Skyreport.com

So Far, Sats Survive Intense Solar Activity
A very powerful geomagnetic storm generated by a solar flare hit earth early Wednesday, threatening power outages, possibly disrupting airlines communications and creating the possibility of damage for satellites.

As of press time, there were no problems reported with satellites serving North America, including DBS satellites.

DirecTV's Robert Mercer said the company - in nine years of operation - has never experienced signal outage due to solar flares. "Our controllers continuously monitored the health of the satellites during the course of the solar storm and did not detect any problems or anomalies," he said.

Experts pointed out that satellites have been built to withstand potentially damaging events in space, including geomagnetic storms.

However, in Asia, Japan's space agency said the Kodama communications satellite malfunctioned after being hit by recent solar events, and was temporarily shut down to weather the storm.

The latest solar storm was rated a G5 - the highest intensity on a scale gauging space weather - by scientists with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, Colo.
So Far, Sats Survive Intense Solar Activity

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um who called who a moron here I really am thinking I missed something??

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Originally posted by biz_qwik
That's it.....Comcast can blow me.

I don't even watch network TV at all. Endless Commercials and laugh tracks are for total morons. Therefore local HD channels are nice to have but no where near as special.

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indeed.

Well, I guess I'm a moron--who knew! Of course, I don't give a rat's ass about the NBA or basketball in general, so what the hell do I know, eh?

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Endless Commercials and laugh tracks are for total morons.

I am with you on NBA TV, guy. 40 NBA games in HD, plus 60 more in SD, would be a major plus.

As to the Endless Commercials, did you hear Comcast is coming out with the 6208 HD DVR (probably in the next 2 to 3 months in your area)?

Of course, the DVR won't eliminate the laugh tracks.

The usefulness of the term "moron" has been greatly lessened by overuse. IMHO, its use should be reserved for truly appropriate instances of moron-like behavior, such as "Any jury member that really believed OJ was innocent is a moron."
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Originally posted by Andy Anderson
indeed.

Well, I guess I'm a moron--who knew! Of course, I don't give a rat's ass about the NBA or basketball in general, so what the hell do I know, eh?

Maybe he's related to this guy:

http://www.theonion.com/onion3604/do...elevision.html

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Ok....take it easy here peeps. I'm not trying to call my felow HD freaks Morons. Touchy, Touchy....?

You guys are great! I am much more informed thanks to all of you.

It's just a personal opinion I have. I honestly have totally stopped watching the networks for almost 5 years and have found nothing worth my time. The hype over god awful reality shows for example is way to much for me to handle even seeing commercials for them. Tells alot of society today I feel. To each they're own.......just not in my home that's it.

In hindsight, I think I was kinda talking out loud trying to justify switching to D* and what I'd miss....like you guys care about my problems.....my bad.

I'm a huge basketball fan and that's my must see TV. I had the channel for 2 years and LOVED it till Comcast took it away. NBATV is an awesome channel I'm sorry. It offers the most informative b-ball related programming to date. Many bios shows, classic games and also happens to be the definiative guide for those that choose to order the NBA package. (which Comcast carries) In game reports and a scoreboard that show running scores and times and what channel it's on are fantastic. I feel like I'm talking to nobody but oh well. Imagine for example......24/7 American Idol..or Survivor.....or whatever your program of choice is.

Weather you care for sports or basketball I don't care. All I'm looking for is an educated reply that can help me figure out what the poitics are that are stopping Comcast from picking it up. I'm actually very curious. It may be the NBA's fault, I don't know. What happened in the Time Warner deal that they worked it out? Why are they blacking out INHD? Just thought this would be the place where someone may know something.

Dang.....I didn't know I was in such a minority it appears. Discovery channel is ten fold over say NBC IMHO. But I guess I should check out the hot new Whoopi or Scrubs this week!!!! Hmmm maybe I should watch people eating molded squid guts for an hour...decisions....decisions.

Thanks in advance to whomever actually has any info.......b

Sonoma.....I've definatly been excited for the 6208's. Thanks for the head up.

Ianken..guess that explains my 57" HDTV, 300+ DVD's and basing my life around certain HD broadcasts then. ..... Funny article.
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I agree with you on the blackout. Thats total BS. Are they going to black out all the random NBA games on the network channels? I really don't see a difference. If INHD bought the rights to show the game then comcast should show it. Blacking out promised content is crap.


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Comcast is not the one deciding to black it out. The NBA could let Comcast viewers see the HD game on InHD, but NBA wants Comcast to carry the NBA TV SD channel before it will let Comcast viewers see NBA HD on InHD.

It's totally up to the NBA as to whether tomorrow's game is blacked out or not. NBA could say, let's give him this one for free (along with the free preview of League Pass that runs through Monday).

NBA and Comcast are still negotiating and I don't think Comcast wants to be left in the dust behind D*, E*, TWC, Cox and Cablevision, so I would anticipate a deal but maybe not for another month or two. But who knows, they could be faxing the final version of the contract as we speak...
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Makes total sense Sonoma. I guess Comcast would have no quams about showing HD ball for free......in fact I bet they'd love too.

Great.....now you got me on the fence again with the free preview comment. What a tease you iz. The INHD ball commercial bit last night killed me.

P.s. - Was great seeing that Alaska was 2:35:1 last night! Nice job INHD. Looked great as well.
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INHDs seemed OK last night after being intermittant for several days.

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But I guess I should check out the hot new Whoopi or Scrubs this week!!!! Hmmm maybe I should watch people eating molded squid guts for an hour...decisions....decisions.

Maybe not Whoopi or squid eating, but you definitely should be watching Scrubs! Only morons don't watch Scrubs! They don't use a laugh track either. Sterile high five!

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Maybe not Whoopi or squid eating, but you definitely should be watching Scrubs! Only morons don't watch Scrubs! They don't use a laugh track either. Sterile high five!

Don't usually watch Scrubs, but a hilarious quote from last night's episode:

"If they took all the porn off the internet, there would only be one website left, and that website would say, "Bring back the porn."

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I'm not usually a fan of sitcoms, but I find Scrubs to be quite clever. I appreciate the sarcastic humor and I especially like the fact that there isn't a laugh track. I don't need to be prompted to laugh, I'm pretty good at figuring out what's funny on my own!

Now how we got onto this when Comcast doesn't carry KING5 and even if they did, Scrubs isn't in HD...
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Hey Sonoma, just curious... What brings you over to the Seattle area thread?
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Are the HD NBA game reruns on INHD going to be blacked out or will they be allowed to air?
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Any airing will be blacked out.

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biz_qwik, you're not alone. I'm pretty sure I wouldn't even have a TV if it weren't for sports. The other stuff is just made-up fluff, IMO.
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I really have to give Comcast credit for the effort they are putting into promoting their HD service. While Dish and DirecTV seem to treat their HD offerings as a secret, Comcast has put regular HD ads in the Seattle Times, on radio and inserts into their bills.
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Now if Comcast could only get KING-DT and KIRO-DT and others in their line-up ...

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Now if Comcast could only get KING-DT and KIRO-DT and others in their line-up ...

They need to get WB, UPN and Fox also. WB has quite a few HDTV shows. UPN just got Startrek Enterprise. Fox is gearing up for HDTV next year. Comcast is falling behind on this.
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Fox (480p) IS available in certain markets....the upgrades to the Washington area will allow these channels to be avail when possible....

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Now if Comcast could only get KING-DT and KIRO-DT and others in their line-up ...

I kept hearing that this would happen by the end of October... I guess I put too much faith in unsubstantiated rumors. There have been newspaper articles stating that agreements were either made or very close that lead me to believe these rumors.

BTW its interesting that Canada cable gets Seattle channels in HD before Seattle cable customers:


http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...2003,+04:04+PM

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Comcast promises for HD channels should not be believed any more. Maybe they should say nothing until each channel is already available.

I don't know what the hold up really is, but we have had promises for nearly 2 years now (it started with AT&T Cable before Comcast came on the scene here). Good thing for me that I have great OTA HD reception, but I have friends who were waiting patiently for cable. But patiently ran out many months ago. Comcast's big advertising campaign for HDTV is misleading to folks who don't realize the whole story.

For me personally, there is no reason (except Mariners games next season) to pursue Comcast for HDTV unless they ACTUALLY offer more HDTV than is available via OTA and DirecTV HD. This Comcast habit of "stringing customers along" with unfulfilled promises is getting VERY OLD! I feel sorry for those folks who have no other viable alternative unless they are willing to subscribe to ExpressVu satellite service to get Seattle channels in HD.

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Comcast promises for HD channels should not be believed any more. Maybe they should say nothing until each channel is already available.

I don't know what the hold up really is, but we have had promises for nearly 2 years now (it started with AT&T Cable before Comcast came on the scene here). Good thing for me that I have great OTA HD reception, but I have friends who were waiting patiently for cable. But patiently ran out many months ago. Comcast's big advertising campaign for HDTV is misleading to folks who don't realize the whole story.

For me personally, there is no reason (except Mariners games next season) to pursue Comcast for HDTV unless they ACTUALLY offer more HDTV than is available via OTA and DirecTV HD. This Comcast habit of "stringing customers along" with unfulfilled promises is getting VERY OLD! I feel sorry for those folks who have no other viable alternative unless they are willing to subscribe to ExpressVu satellite service to get Seattle channels in HD.

I can understand why you would be frustrated with their pace of progress, but how is their advertising campaign misleading? Also, they do offer InHD and InHD2 which aren't available OTA or via satellite. I personally don't find much value in those channels yet, but they are cable exclusive.
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I liken the current state of affairs regarding the lack of HD availability to high speed INTERNET cable service. It wasn't available until two? years ago in my neighborhood and I was forced to to DSL (IDSL to be specific which is only 144kb). I now have cable INTERNET and I will NEVER EVER go back to DSL. I remember how impatient and upset I was that I could not get cable INTERNET although other areas could get it.

That said, I believe that we are in a similar situation with HD. We all want all available HD content now. A year from now, I believe Comcast will have completed the HD deals and the sorry state of affairs we are in now will be a distant memory. I am one of the fortunate ones in that I can get FOX. CBS, KING, KCTS and KOMO OTA so I don't feel as much pain as many others do. However, I cannot get UPN, Discovery etc. in HD. I look forward to the day I can take down my OTA antenna.
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Also, they do offer InHD and InHD2 which aren't available OTA or via satellite. I personally don't find much value in those channels yet, but they are cable exclusive.

Actually, I find them quite enjoyable. It's cool to see some of the older movies I really like (Full Metal Jacket, Romancing the Stone, etc.) being shown in HD. Also, some of the documentaries are quite good such as the one on an Endeavor shuttle mission the Over xxx series. The channels are eclectic in their showings, much the way I wish KCTS had gone with their HD offerings.
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I agree James...the space shuttle footage had my captivated for 30-mins.Great stuff, but still second tier none the less.
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Comcast promises for HD channels should not be believed any more. Maybe they should say nothing until each channel is already available.

I too am frustrated. However, I have not seen any promises other than the "more on the way."

The cable industry is in somewhat of a turmoil now. Regulations on HD must carry are still not ironed out. They are still grappling with the new must-carry PSIP agreement which if fully implmented renders their own guide redundant for DTV feeds. Add in the cable "plug and play" OpenCable push and they are moving to do a lot fo stuff in a short amount of time.

I'm willing to cut them some slack. There are cool things coming down the pipe enabled by the OpenCable POD/CableCard stuff that the DBS folks will not be able to match. For the first time in decades cable will be cool again. I'm willing to wait for that.
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As a followup - my picture on INHD & INHD2 seems to be quite stable once again. No more dropouts & pixelization. The recent solar storms are also quiet today - hmmm......
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