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raid98's Avatar raid98
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Hi boomerbubba, yes Time Warner Cable does have a HD package in El Paso. I have the Time Warner Cable HD package and can say its actually pretty nice. They offer two HD cable boxes, Scientific Atlantic Explorer Digital Cable boxes: 3250HD and 8000HD. The 8000HD box has DVR service which works even with HD, this is what I got and is extremely nice. The 3250HD works very nice but it does not have DVR.

The current HD channels in the El Paso TWC-HD package are:
HBO HD - East
HBO HD - West
Showtime HD - East
Showtime HD - West
KTSM HD - NBC
KDBC HD - CBS
Discovery HD
TNT HD
In Demand HD1
In Demand HD2
Fox Sports Network HD
HDNet
HDNet Movies
ESPN HD
KCOS HD - PBS

I wish they would add the rest of the local HD channels, though I think I heard that they will be doing that soon. Another nice feature I wish they would have is a OTA feature that would allow you to find your OTA channels with an antenna.

One bad note about Time Warner Cable is that a lot of their cable installers, don't know how to set up the HD receivers properly when they put them in peoples homes here in El Paso. The cable receivers have to be set up to work in 1080i or 720p when they are initially installed, otherwise they will only show programming in 480i. It happend to me twice, where the installer installed the receiver and left it on 480i only. I had to go to Scientific Atlantic's website to get an online manual for the 8000HD box to set up the box properly myself to work in 1080i.

But other than the installation-set up problem, TWC HD-DVR seems to be a good deal for me here in West Texas.
mkztg's Avatar mkztg
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boomerbubba,

TW does offer digital cable but think of it just like you would SAT. It is a digital signal but not always HD. I don't have cable but I have friends that do and from what they say it just gives you more channels, with the TW box of course. This thread is for local HDTV info and reception, to me that means OTA. There probably are threads about TW here.
jfe's Avatar jfe
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I am on the west side, by Franklin Hills, and all I receive is CBS.

I am using a Philips indoor antenna, should I get an external one?

I just installed my receiver, and the Steelers vs Jets game looked great


How are you guys pointing your antennas?
mkztg's Avatar mkztg
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jfe,

I had a big long reply for you but go to antennaweb (dot) org. It wouldn't let me post the URL and it deleted what I had typed. if you go there and put in your adress it will give you an azimuth to help point your antenna.

MKZTG
sf49ersnfl's Avatar sf49ersnfl
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The philips indoor is no good. Go with the silver sensor you can get one at sears.
jfe's Avatar jfe
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I will give the silver sensor a shot

Although both of them looks the same

CBS is gone for me, and Fox looks great.

Weird
Abaddon's Avatar Abaddon
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Anyone else out there have HD on TWC in El Paso?

I'm a new subscriber to HD and I am pretty happy with the available channel lineup. That being said, I am wondering if anyone has any information on when/if our local TWC will be picking up FOX and/or ABC. Also, anyone know why our FOXSN HD channel is always off the air?.

Anyway, hopefully this will get the ball rolling, and there are others of you out there!
Abaddon's Avatar Abaddon
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Quote:
This thread is for local HDTV info and reception, to me that means OTA. There probably are threads about TW here. [/b]

FYI, I've started a new thread (there was none) for TWC customers in El Paso. Please drop by!
danilope28's Avatar danilope28
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What is going on with ABC 7 and their HD feed? Everytime I tune into a show that is broadcast in HD all I get is the standard black bar feed with no HD. Are they forgetting to hit the "switch?" CBS 4 shows HD all the time for their prime time listings.

Any info?

Also, any word on when they will be broadcasting at full power?

thanks,
CPanther95's Avatar CPanther95
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For future reference, "HDTV" threads are for discussion of OTA and cable in the local area.

If you guys want separate threads, we can do that, but I'd make sure you have enough activity or both threads could just die on the vine.
mkztg's Avatar mkztg
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Fox HD OTA was down for a few days about a month ago but they are up right now. Check to make sure you don't need to fine tune your antenna azimuth, thats what I had to do to get all the networks in.

MKZTG


Abaddon said:

Anyone else out there have HD on TWC in El Paso?

I'm a new subscriber to HD and I am pretty happy with the available channel lineup. That being said, I am wondering if anyone has any information on when/if our local TWC will be picking up FOX and/or ABC. Also, anyone know why our FOXSN HD channel is always off the air?.

Anyway, hopefully this will get the ball rolling, and there are others of you out there!
mkztg's Avatar mkztg
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danilope28,

I have actually emailed KVIA and I can't get anyone to respond. I'm not sure if they just don't care or don't know how to fix it. A response would be nice though.

I am having audio problems with KTSM (NBC) is anyone else? The problem is, I will get a "blurb" of audio when I first change to the channel and then nothing. All the other channels are just fine.

MKZTG




danilope28 said:

ABC 7?
What is going on with ABC 7 and their HD feed? Everytime I tune into a show that is broadcast in HD all I get is the standard black bar feed with no HD. Are they forgetting to hit the "switch?" CBS 4 shows HD all the time for their prime time listings.

Any info?

Also, any word on when they will be broadcasting at full power?

thanks,
Abaddon's Avatar Abaddon
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Quote:
Originally posted by CPanther95
For future reference, "HDTV" threads are for discussion of OTA and cable in the local area.

If you guys want separate threads, we can do that, but I'd make sure you have enough activity or both threads could just die on the vine.

I started the thread under the assumption that it was S.O.P. to do so. What you say makes perfect sense, and I don't think the volume is great enough to need or support separate threads either.
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Well, the silver sensor didn't work too well for me

I had to buy a huge Terk TV55 antenna, and that does seem to work
raid98's Avatar raid98
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Quote:


Originally posted by Abaddon
Anyone else out there have HD on TWC in El Paso?

I'm a new subscriber to HD and I am pretty happy with the available channel lineup. That being said, I am wondering if anyone has any information on when/if our local TWC will be picking up FOX and/or ABC. Also, anyone know why our FOXSN HD channel is always off the air?.

Anyway, hopefully this will get the ball rolling, and there are others of you out there!

FOXSN HD does show games and programming in HD..but I've only seen them do Houston Astros baseball games and a couple other shows back in the summer, an HD show sometimes comes out once in a while..but mainly it's just an all black-screen channel.

As for FOXHD 14 or ABCHD 7, I'm not sure when they'll add these two channels? Hopefully they will add them soon because that would make the HD package a lot better.
raid98's Avatar raid98
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Quote:


Originally posted by jfe
Well, the silver sensor didn't work too well for me

I had to buy a huge Terk TV55 antenna, and that does seem to work

You actually got the Terk TV55 to work for you? Thats awesome, I heard that many people have problems with that antenna picking up stations..but thats good that you got that one to work for you.
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Originally posted by raid98 FOXSN HD does show games and programming in HD..but I've only seen them do Houston Astros baseball games and a couple other shows back in the summer, an HD show sometimes comes out once in a while..but mainly it's just an all black-screen channel.

Yeah, I was assuming it wasn't working, but there just isn't much scheduled. If anyone is interested I managed to track down their schedule, and it has a grand total of two games, one pre-game, and one southwest sports report for the entire months of January and February. Not TWC's fault, but still disappointing. The schedule can be found here: http://msn.foxsports.com/name/HD#FSSouthwest.
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As for FOXHD 14 or ABCHD 7, I'm not sure when they'll add these two channels? Hopefully they will add them soon because that would make the HD package a lot better.

Yeah, I am hoping they add them soon too. I am considering buying OTA capability, but I don't have an ATSC tuner, so it isn't as simple as just buying a cheap indoor antenna. If I had any idea what the ETA was for FOX and ABC it would help me decide either way.

Still, after browsing the HDTV programming forum, I have to say that TWC here is a pretty good deal.
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It took me a moment to notice last night that TWC has added KFOX-DT to it's lineup as channel 1304! I managed to catch a bit of American Idol in HD and it looked great. Woo hoo!
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Is it just my antenna or is kfox dt ota down. This is very bad because the super bowl is in just a few days
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Originally posted by sf49ersnfl
Is it just my antenna or is kfox dt ota down. This is very bad because the super bowl is in just a few days

I am in LC and the same thing has happened to me. I haven't checked it today, but last night around 9pm the signal was gone.

-daniel


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i also live in las cruces and lets just hope they can fix it in the next few days because i really dont wanna watch the super bowl in sd. Also did anyone contact kfox via email they usually respond quickly
mkztg's Avatar mkztg
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I live in El Paso and I checked tonight - no signal. I did email them just to make sure they were aware it was down. I hope they get it back up in time for the Super Bowl. I don't have cable TV and I want to watch the game in HD too.
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Originally posted by mkztg
I live in El Paso and I checked tonight - no signal. I did email them just to make sure they were aware it was down. I hope they get it back up in time for the Super Bowl. I don't have cable TV and I want to watch the game in HD too.

Cable wouldn't help - cable gets is signal from the OTA broadcast, after all. I just checked and the signal is still out to lunch.

I'd be very surprised if they didn't get the signal back up for the Super Bowl, but wouldn't that be a rotten surprise?
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i wonder if this has anything to do with them adding their signal to time warner and comcast (possibly before super bowl) in las cruces this week. They could also be upgrading the tower as I have heard something about this possibly for more bandwidth or something like that
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Originally posted by sf49ersnfl
i wonder if this has anything to do with them adding their signal to time warner and comcast (possibly before super bowl) in las cruces this week. They could also be upgrading the tower as I have heard something about this possibly for more bandwidth or something like that

AFAIK TWC adding the signal just means TWC picks up the OTA signal and rebroadcasts it over cable (same for Comcast). If that is indeed the case, it should mean that the Fox station doesn't have to do anything different at all.

They could definitely be upgrading hardware of some kind. If so, I hope it goes quickly...
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kfox is back on man that was a scare. Comcast is now broadcasting kfox dt on channel 113
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I'm not sure exactly how long KTSM has been out, I have been away for awhile. Anyone else not getting a signal? I am about to email KTSM and find out whats up.

---mkztg
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raid98's Avatar raid98
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Anybody else hear that KVIA has upgraded their HDTV antenna to a high powered antenna? Soon KVIA will be able to be seen easily by Las Cruces and other nearby areas. I also saw that hopefully the antenna will be fully up and running later this month..KVIA is the hardest channel for me to get right now in El Paso..it has tons of dropouts at my location, so this is good news for a lot of us that can't get KVIA very well right now.
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yes kvia is the weakest signal i live in las cruces and couldn't get any signal whatsoever do you know when they plan to go full power?

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