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In this thread: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=481307 it was suggested that:



Does this still hold true? So If i was subscribed only to the Cable Internet service I can still receive DiscoveryHD and TNT-HD as a clear signal to be picked up by a QAM tuner? I really dont know much about this stuff, and appreciate any help. Thanks.

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try it out but I think you need to be at least subscibed to basic cable. I would guess they would put a notch filter on your line to block out the TV channel frequencies and only allow your cable modem to work.
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i only have time warner basic cable and the hd channels (local) come in for me although right now NBC and Fox for some reason are reporting poor signals.

Discovery and TNT HD aren't local broadcasts so those wouldn't really fit into what you quoted there..

oh man, im a dummy. you are right, ive totally been reading that sentence wrong. makes sense to me now.
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try it out but I think you need to be at least subscibed to basic cable. I would guess they would put a notch filter on your line to block out the TV channel frequencies and only allow your cable modem to work.

thanks, this is what i was thinking aswell, i think i will probably go ahead and keep basic cable.
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State OKs gain under new law
By Kathryn Balint, UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
April 28, 2007

The California Public Utilities Commission yesterday approved Cox Communications' request to provide cable TV in four areas of the city of San Diego that used to be Time Warner's exclusive purview.

Cox was the first cable company in the state to use a new law that initially was intended to allow telephone companies to more easily compete in the pay-TV market.

The San Diego areas where Cox can now add service are Stonebridge Estates, a Scripps Ranch neighborhood; Del Sur, a new housing development near Fairbanks Ranch; Qualcomm Stadium; and the University of San Diego campus.

After a 10-day notification period, Cox plans to begin selling cable service in Stonebridge Estates on May 8.

We really want to get our customers back, Cox spokeswoman Ceanne Guerra said.

Cox sold its service in Stonebridge until August, when City Attorney Michael Aguirre told the cable company it was violating the city's cable-TV franchise agreement as well as state law.

Since then, the state has enacted a law that eliminates the requirement that TV video providers obtain franchise agreements with each city or jurisdiction where they intend to offer the service. Instead, they can seek franchises from the state, streamlining the process.

Cox said it is waiving the $55 to $100 installation fees for its old customers in Stonebridge who want to return to Cox for cable service. All along, Cox has continued to offer high-speed Internet and telephone services in Stonebridge.

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I'm not getting NBC or FOX HD anymore consistently.
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I'm not getting NBC or FOX HD anymore consistently.

do you happen to have Time warner cable?

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do you happen to have Time warner cable?

http://hdtv.forsandiego.com/cgi-bin/show.cgi?2/5817

sure do, thanks i'll check that thread out. Pretty annoying I can't watch Heroes in HD lol.

Gracias, after reading that thread I just went in manually. If you're in the central san diego area like me and have time warner the channel for NBC HD is now 91-2. Fox HD is now 91-1.

Sorry if this was already posted.
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Hi,
Sorry if this phenomenon has been discussed already, but I recently moved back to San Diego from Phoenix and have a new Samsung LCD (LNT-4065F) which is awesome by the way, I did a channel search and I'm getting pay per view and/or someones On Demand purchases, I can see them rewinding and selecting things off the menu. also getting ESPN 2 HD off and on. So far I've watched Cars, Pursuit of Happiness, and Casino Royale for free! I have Cox service with an HD DVR so I rarely watch the TV's built in Digital tuner but I decided to see whats available on the QAM lineup. Anyone else?

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ESPN2-HD turned on today (June 1) on TWC-San Diego!! Channel 730.
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Hi,
Sorry if this phenomenon has been discussed already, but I recently moved back to San Diego from Phoenix and have a new Samsung LCD (LNT-4065F) which is awesome by the way, I did a channel search and I'm getting pay per view and/or someones On Demand purchases, I can see them rewinding and selecting things off the menu. also getting ESPN 2 HD off and on. So far I've watched Cars, Pursuit of Happiness, and Casino Royale for free! I have Cox service with an HD DVR so I rarely watch the TV's built in Digital tuner but I decided to see whats available on the QAM lineup. Anyone else?

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AT&T begins offering TV, Internet combo service in Encinitas, Carlsbad

By: BARBARA HENRY - Staff Writer

NORTH COUNTY -- Starting today, a local telephone company will enter the TV business using its phone lines.

AT&T is initially proposing to offer its customers in Carlsbad, Encinitas, Chula Vista and parts of San Diego the ability to purchase telephone service, high-speed Internet and hundreds of TV channels bundled together in one package. The service will later be expanded to other parts of the county, the company reported.

Verizon offers a similar service in Southwest Riverside County.

"This is basically television ... delivered over the Internet ... it's an enhanced phone network," Brian Brokowski, a company spokesman based in San Diego, said Friday.

The digital service, billed as "AT&T U-verse," expands the use of the phone company's existing fiber-optic phone lines so that the company can offer TV programming in addition to telephone and high-speed Internet, Brokowski said. The company has already begun offering the service in 20 communities nationally, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Ventura and Riverside County. It directly competes with services provided by cable TV providers.

With the new service, phone customers will be able to view more than 25 TV channels that use the new high-definition technology, as well as hundreds of regular TV channels, the phone company reports. Customers will even be able to use their phones to call up their TV recording device when they're away from home and order the device to record shows they're missing, Brokowski said.

And the cost? Well, a package that includes more than 100 TV channels -- local TV, the news channel CNN, Home & Garden, sports channel ESPN among others -- plus a slower-speed Internet service will set subscribers back $59 a month under the special introductory offers. A high-end package with 300 channels plus high-speed Internet will cost $114 a month. Right now, installation is tossed in for free in an effort to win subscribers, Brokowski said.

Whether folks will flock to this new service is unknown.

Last fall, Carlsbad resident Sid Schulman would have been eager to dump his current TV service provider -- Time Warner Cable. At that point, Time Warner had just taken over Adelphia Communications and the transition was a customer service nightmare because of equipment failures. These days, however, cable service is much improved, Schulman said.

"I would never change now," he said.

Carlsbad resident JoAnn Johnson, who also had problems last fall, isn't so sure. She receives both her TV and her phone service through the cable TV lines, and she's had problems lately with the phone service. If it gets worse, she might switch, she said.

She'd rather not, though --- it's too much trouble to change everything, she added.

Time Warner officials say they are keeping an eye on the new competitor in the local market.

"We've known that this was coming," said Marc Farrar, vice president for public affairs in Time Warner's San Diego office. "We're going to watch from a competitor status what the offers are and what the products are."

They've had experience with it when AT&T debuted the service in San Antonio, Texas, he added.

"It is very closely modeled on what cable companies have done for decades," he said. "The customer ultimately is going to decide which company offers the best" service packages.

Farrar said Time Warner's entry-level package, which costs $99, includes home phone service, cable with 150 channels and high-speed Internet.

The company has roughly 275,000 customers in San Diego County, he said.

Time Warner won't be the only one watching how well AT&T does. The city of Carlsbad has long had a rocky relationship with the local cable TV provider, and cable TV service gets the lowest rankings year after year in community satisfaction surveys the city conducts.

"The hope would be the competition would encourage providers to offer the best consumer service," Denise Vedder, Carlsbad's communications director, said Friday.

Whether it's telephone or cable lines, Carlsbad has a stake in how happy people are with their TV service. The city collects a rental fee for allowing the phone companies and the cable companies to use public right-of-ways to run their lines. That fee has been around $1 million a year in the past.

This isn't AT&T's first foray into the local TV market. The company already offers a phone/TV package that uses home satellite dish systems, and that system will remain in place, Brokowski said.

-- Contact staff writer Barbara Henry at (760) 901-4072 or bhenry@nctimes.com.

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Bravo!!! I can hardly wait for them to expand into East County. Competition is good.

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AT&T gets bundled up for TV-service battle

Cable, satellite responding to phone company's new offering
By Kathryn Balint
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER

June 4, 2007

Traditional telephone giant AT&T enters a new arena today when it extends its pay TV service to San Diego County and takes on the local cable and satellite companies.

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AT&T's U-verse operates much like cable TV service and can cost less, depending on the options.
The company's U-verse service, which it touts as cheaper than comparable cable or satellite TV, is part of the company's $6.5 billion effort to create a hybrid network of fast fiber-optic cable and conventional copper wires to deliver TV programming to homes.

Currently, 400,000 U.S. households buy TV service from phone companies. But if U-verse is a success, AT&T plans to offer it in most of the places it has telephone service. U-verse was launched in San Antonio last year. San Diego will be its 21st market.

AT&T plans to offer U-verse service to 18 million homes in California and 12 other states by the end of next year.

The telecommunications industry is going through another major transformation, said Jeff Kagan, an Atlanta-based telecom analyst. This new wave of competition is going to put the old phone company and the local cable company in head-to-head competition.

With the addition of U-verse, AT&T now offers what the industry calls a quadruple play - a discounted bundle of TV, Internet, cell phone and wired phone services.

Cox Communications, San Diego County's largest cable TV provider, began selling a quadruple-play bundle almost four months ago when it offered Pivot cell phone service through Sprint. Time Warner Cable plans to offer the Pivot service in the county in the fall.

Yesterday, we did business with both (phone and TV) companies, Kagan said. Tomorrow, we're going to choose to say goodbye to one or the other. Most customers are going to choose a bundle. They'll buy telephone, television, Internet and wireless service all from one company.

AT&T declined to identify specific neighborhoods in San Diego County where it will introduce U-verse.

Company representatives were marketing the service this past weekend in the high-income areas of Eastlake in Chula Vista, northern Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo and Point Loma. The company demonstrated the service at a home in Hillcrest on Friday. A notice required by the state also lists Carlsbad, Encinitas and the unincorporated areas of the county among the launch communities.

The service will be available only in select areas of launch communities. More information can be found at a section of AT&T's Web site - uverse.att.com/sandiego - by plugging in a specific address.

AT&T and Verizon are the first major phone companies in the United States to use what's known as Internet protocol TV technology. While cable TV sends hundreds of channels to every subscriber on the network, Internet TV technology transmits only the channel each customer has selected to watch. This allows AT&T to use its copper wires - originally for phone calls - to transmit video the last mile to customers' homes.

The digital technology holds the promise of one day allowing viewers to interact with programming, by watching a ball game from different angles or maybe clicking on an item and buying it.

AT&T, Verizon and other phone companies have jumped into pay TV not only to compete directly in the TV market but also to help stem defections by phone and Internet customers.

Since the telephone industry was deregulated in 1996, the cable industry has been stealing phone customers from old-line telephone companies. Cox Communications, for instance, built its traditional telephone network in its service areas in San Diego County. Time Warner offers voice-over-Internet protocol to customers.

AT&T has signed up 30,000 U-verse subscribers overall, said Mike Paxton, a cable analyst for In-Stat in Scottsdale, Ariz.

U-verse operates much like cable TV service and at this point can cost less, depending on the options and bundled services a customer buys.

It doesn't offer anything substantially different or new from digital cable or digital satellite, Paxton said. That said, they are offering some very competitive prices.

For example, AT&T's U-family package offers 81 channels of digital television with two set-top boxes and one digital video recorder for $44 a month. That compares with Cox Communications' digital gateway service with 70 channels, two set-top boxes and one digital video recorder priced at $77 a month.

But for customers who opt for a bundle of services, there is less of a price difference among AT&T and the cable companies. Comparisons between cable and AT&T's U-verse service are difficult because each offers features the other doesn't:

The U-verse service is limited to four television channels streaming into a home at one time. That means a household that is watching four TV shows at once on separate TVs cannot record a different program or tune into a different show on a fifth television. Cable service does not limit the number of channels streaming into a household.

The U-verse service allows only one high-definition channel to be watched or recorded at a time. Cable service does not limit the number of high-definition channels that can be viewed or recorded at once.

Time Warner and Cox also show Padres games, which have been a popular draw for their cable TV services.

U-verse offers special features, including faster channel changing than digital cable TV and the ability to record up to four programs at once. In addition, Internet customers can program their digital video recorders from the Web.

Kagan, the analyst, predicted that competition from AT&T is going to drive down prices for pay TV. Cable prices have dropped in markets where AT&T has rolled out its service, he said.

In the past decade, cable companies nationwide have boosted prices 93 percent, according to a December report by the Federal Communications Commission. Prices are 17 percent lower, on average, in markets with cable competition, the report said.

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association disputes the FCC report, saying it is out of date and does not reflect the current state of competition.

The association says bundled video, Internet and phone services with cable companies cost 23 percent less than they did 10 years ago. It also says competitors are raising prices faster than cable providers.

Paxton, of In-Stat market research firm, said AT&T's lower prices are not necessarily enough of an incentive for customers to change TV providers.

In San Antonio, cable provider Time Warner has seen no net loss in subscribers, said Marc Farrar, Time Warner's vice president of public affairs in San Diego.

Since the launch of AT&T's cable service, Time Warner continues to see more and more subscribers, he said.

Cable companies are firmly entrenched in the pay-TV market with 69 million of the 111.3 million U.S. households with television, according to In-Stat. Until now, their biggest competition has been satellite TV, which is in 30 million homes.

In many communities nationwide, only a single cable company offers cable TV service.

Until recently, that was often true in California. But AT&T was a strong lobbying force in passing legislation that now allows telephone companies and cable providers to obtain franchises from the state instead of from communities.

Kagan estimates that, ultimately, the telephone companies and cable companies will end up with about the same share of the pay-TV market: 40 percent.

Both sides are gearing up for this big battle, he said.

Kathryn Balint: (619) 293-2848; kathryn.balint@uniontrib.com

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TWC finally added ESPN2HD, too bad the Champions League final is over.
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Is there any known issue with KNSD NBC in HD, especially through Dish?

I'm trying to watch the golf tournament. I can get it in SD, but the HD channel shows "off air" in the guide. When I switch to the HD channel I just get a black screen with Dish banner. I did the usual troubleshooting. The dish alignment and switch are fine. I've also rebooted, checked for the latest sw, etc. I got through 2 levels of Dish tech support before being told they would sumbit a problem report and to wait 2 days.

According to hdtvmagazine.com, KNSD is only broadcasting with 370 kW and is farther away from me than CBS and ABC (1 MW, I can pull these in) so I can't check OTA.
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Is there any known issue with KNSD NBC in HD, especially through Dish?

I'm trying to watch the golf tournament. I can get it in SD, but the HD channel shows "off air" in the guide. When I switch to the HD channel I just get a black screen with Dish banner. I did the usual troubleshooting. The dish alignment and switch are fine. I've also rebooted, checked for the latest sw, etc. I got through 2 levels of Dish tech support before being told they would sumbit a problem report and to wait 2 days.

According to hdtvmagazine.com, KNSD is only broadcasting with 370 kW and is farther away from me than CBS and ABC (1 MW, I can pull these in) so I can't check OTA.

KNSD-DT is suffering from transmitter problems--apparently what Dish is "watching":
http://hdtv.forsandiego.com/messages...tml?1182062713
FWIW, HD on cable is unaffected....
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KNSD-DT is suffering from transmitter problems--apparently what Dish is "watching":
http://hdtv.forsandiego.com/messages...tml?1182062713
FWIW, HD on cable is unaffected....

Thanks for the info and link.

I'm real glad that I wasted at least 30 minutes in online chat with Dish troubleshooting the problem. I got an e-mail from them today explaining the problem with KNSD. They're going to get an earful from me.
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Just got 3 HDTV's, 2 Pioneer plasma, 1 Sharp LCD and needed Time Warner to hook me up to a HD source for cable TV. Simple Right ?........Not so fast

TW has at least 3 ( maybe more ) different kinds of HD boxes. The Scientific Atlanta 8300 box has digital recording functions, along with several different kinds of connections on the back of the box including HDMI connections. They charge 10$ more per month for this style box. I had it connected and running without any trouble.

The other 2 boxes were a Pioneer brand without recording and without HDMI connections, only component type connections ( Red, Green, Blue for video and Red / White audio )

What good is having HDMI tv when the box connected does not have the same feature to connect ?

I took the Pioneer boxes back to TW for exchange ( Monday ) after I called them and they said they had another kind for me that included HDMI without the digital recording. Just come in and make the swap.....OK......LONG line at the TW office with everyone holding some kind of TW equipment under their arm.

I got to the desk finally and the lady told me they were out of the kind of box described to me over the phone. She gave me the SA8300 box on the condition that I would return it as soon as the box I needed came in ( about a week she said ).....OK....

Took the SA 8300 box home, connected it, called the phone # provided to activate the cable box and signal. The recorder message said " Your box is active"....I turned on the TV...and you guessed it....blank....

Double checked my connections and a message appeared on the TV about needing a subscription service to call TW..........I called..........turns out the box was NOT active, they had to activate it from a different spot....OK....annoying....but OK.....

Next day ( Tuesday ) TW calls me to say I had until today to return the loaner SA8300 boxes without being charged extra. The box I went in for were there now ( 24 hours later, not 7 days like they said )....Now I'm getting grouchy....back to TW and the long line at Disneyland experience...

I exchanged again the SA8300 boxes for the replacement PACE cable box with HDMI and took it home. I got it connected up.....called the #....message said I was active. Turned on the TV...........message said incompatible video source and no picture displayed....double check HDMI connections...OK....call for tech support...

Turns out the cable box was not active again, they had to re-start it from downtown.

I didn't watch TV after that....I read a book instead....

PS : Time Warner tech support told me on the phone they don't support the HDMI functions, only the component cable connections
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TWC finally added ESPN2HD, too bad the Champions League final is over.

True, but College World Series has been on for the last week or so!
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Thanks for the discussion in this thread, guys. My dad lives in Oceanside, CA and is having "issues" with Cox scrambling HD channels, thus requiring him to subscribe to their HD service. He's got a new Vizio 42" LCD HDTV so he should be able to use the built-in tuner to get the local HD stations, at least. I'll check out the hdtv.forsandiego.com forum and see if we can get some answers there.

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Thanks for the discussion in this thread, guys. My dad lives in Oceanside, CA and is having "issues" with Cox scrambling HD channels, thus requiring him to subscribe to their HD service. He's got a new Vizio 42" LCD HDTV so he should be able to use the built-in tuner to get the local HD stations, at least. I'll check out the hdtv.forsandiego.com forum and see if we can get some answers there.

Peace...

Your father should be able to any and all digital services in the basic tier using the buit-in QAM tuner in his new television. The core basic tier has to include all rebroadcast for local television, including the DTV channels--I use a TiVo Series 3 with CableCARDs, but I tested local DTV reception by both my television and the TiVo sans CableCARD before I got installation.

By FCC regulations, Cox and other cable providers are allowed to scramble or encrypt everything outside of the core basic tier, to prevent pay cable theft. If your father wants anything more he's going to have to take an STB or a CableCARD (if his television is equiped for that).

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I started A Thread on Mexican HDTV so go there if you want and tell us about your experience with The Mexican channels.
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I am going to be in San Diego on Sunday, and am looking for recommendations on a good sports bar to watch the Sunday Night Football game in HD. I will be in the Convention Center area, but could go into the Gaslamp or Horton Plaza areas.
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Suggest you might try one of the "Trophy's" restaurants. I think there is one downtown. Or Seau's restaurant.

I don't know how friendly it will be to a Seattle fan?!?!

We are going to be at the game. Season ticket holder from 1987.

hdtv.forsandiego.com has more traffic

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Thanks. I see there are still tickets available on Ticketmaster. I hope the game isn't going to be blacked out in San Diego?
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Sorry, I am not sure. http://www.hdsportsguide.com/ shows it is on NBC. That is channel KNSD 7/39. You could contact them to see if it will be aired locally.

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http://www.nbcsandiego.com/tvlistings/index.html shows it on the schedule for 8/12 Sunday at 5 PM.

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The word is that all the Charger games are sold out. Completely. Not even scattered singles available. Not sure if this also applies to the pre-season games as well.

If so, then we San Diego fans will have the pleasure (if they're good)/pain (if not) of watching them on TV in a minimum of 20 games this year (4 preseason, 16 regular season). Most likely, the huge majority (if not all) will be in HD.

Of course, that means some other potentially good matchups will be blacked out here.
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