Originally Posted by westelmirahd
TW HD channels are still freezing at my home in Elmira. Did it last night during American Idol on Big Fox briefly, and this morning at 8AM I tried to watch the today show and Conan O'Brien was still on my screen on channel 700 from the night before! He was standing there frozen. TW is clueless. Anybody else experiencing this? Any fix or info I should give to TW to help them fix? (Other than switching to sat. ha ha... very tempting!)
Ok .... first of all we have to start from the beginning. Channels 700 WETM and 702 WYDC are local feeds. Both channels freeze on me as well at times, but there are legitimate reason for this and most of them have nothing at all to do with Time Warner.
WETM is not yet at full power for their Digital/HD feed and won't be full power until the digital switch deadline. Their current HD feed is broadcast over the same frequency as analog channel 2. Others can correct me if I'm wrong, but that is the information that antennaweb.org gives me. Because of this, there are frequent quality issues with the signal (breaking up, pixelation, etc.). Once the digital switch happens, they will go full power and move the channels to frequency 18. This should clear up most of their problems.
WYDC is not a full blown broadcast station either like WETM or WENY. They just repeat the signal that they get from somewhere else. Again, others can correct me if I'm wrong about any of this. The HD content that they do broadcast looks great, but yes it does skip every now and then. Their non-hd content skips as well. During Seinfeld, for example, the channel skipped so I switched to the regular station on channel 13 and the video was moving, but there was no audio. After a few seconds the audio kicked back in and when I went back to 702 everything was fine. I really think that it's WYDC's issue and not TW's and I'm not sure what can be done about it. Also remember that WYDC is relatively new with the digital/HD thing. They just went on air the week of the superbowl. They too have to deal with the digital switch, so I have a feeling that things will get much better for them after 2/09. They are a very small FOX affiliate compared to others around the country, I give them credit for having an HD feed at all.
As for all the other non-local HD channels through Time Warner, none of them have ever skipped on me. TNT, HDNET, TBS, MHD, etc. have been rock solid. I have subscribed to TW's HD tier since 9/2006 and haven't had any problem with the HD channels except for the lack of channels. This has recently improved greatly with the addition of almost 20 or so new channels.
While switching to satellite is a solution, I personly like staying with cable. With sat. you need to have all TV's hooked to a box in order to get any of the HD content. With cable, if you're TV has a QAM tuner, I am able to pick up the local HD feeds that way without a box. I'm not sure if you can do this with sat. or not. Also, while sat. may offer more HD channels, I have read that you end up getting worse quality channels due to compression. Since TW's instituted SDV, this shouldn't be as big of a problem. While TW has been behind the curve as far as quantity goes, I feel they are catching up and not losing the quality while doing so.
I'm curious to know if any other channels (other than WETM and WYDC) have skipped on you?