Originally posted by Neo57
Hello everyone. I have been reading posts in this site for the past month and finally registered. I apologize if this question has already been asked, but I am a newbie. I just had my hd stb installed this Sat. I live in Suisun, Ca. between Sacramento and San Francisco. I am able to receive ESPNHD, INHD1&2, HBOHD, SHOWHD. But for some reason I do not have ABCHD, NBCHD, FOXHD, PBSHD, or Discovery Channel in HD. The CSR said that I should have those too and that it might take a day or so for it to kick in. Does anyone know why this is. My services are expanded SD, Digital Silver+ 1 Premium(HBO) and the HD stb. Any help would be great. Everyone in here seems to know what they are talking about, so thanks for any input in advance.
First, your getting Showtime HD is a bonus, since you don't subscribe to the Showtime standard definition channels. So Showtime HD will disappear at some point for you, it's just a matter of when. (Comcast apparently is not scrambling Showtime HD in your area at the moment.)
Second, you will not get Discovery Channel HD. Anyone who told you would get it with Comcast was dead wrong. Comcast does not have a contract to carry Discovery Channel HD anywhere.
Third, there is no Fox HD until, at the very earliest, July. Fox does not do HD but it is ramping up to start in the summer/fall, with the first HD transmission likely to be the MLB All-Star Game. Currently, some Fox programs and sports are transmitted in "Fox widescreen" which is 16:9 but not HD.
Fourth, it would be nice to get the Fox widescreen programs until the HD comes on line, but you will not see Fox widescreen on Comcast. The local Fox station is refusing to provide its digital signal to Comcast. Hopefully this will change before the All-Star game, but the refusal has been going on for a long time. See the discussion in this thread and other threads.
As a caveat, I am assuming you are in the Bay Area market, versus the Sacramento market. Are your analog locals from the Bay Area, Sacramento or both?
Assuming you get Bay Area local channels only, you should get ABC, NBC, CBS and PBS in HD. Channels 184, 185, 186 and 188, respectively.
What happens when you tune to these channel numbers? Does it say "Not Authorized" or "One Moment Please" or something else?
If your Comcast system is still being rebuilt up to 750 Mhz or 860 Mhz, you may not get all the HD channels. But I would be surprised if they didn't give you any locals in HD. How long has HD been available from Comcast in your area?
Fifth, in most parts of the Bay Area, Comcast added Cinemax HD (199) and Starz HD (200) around March 15th. Again, if they aren't scrambled in your area, you might get these channels as a temporary added bonus.