I think turning off all the analog signals has the advantage that Comcast can now offer more channels--especially in HD. BBC America HD and Fox Soccer Channel HD are probably the most likely requested channels, in my humble opinion.
Hopefully the PQ improves on the HD channels with all the analogs bein shut off.
So far haven't noticed any real difference here. All our TV's are on HD STBs though. I have noticed about once a week some of the basic cable channels go black during the overnight hours. It's probably when they do network maintenance as it usually coincides on nights with EAS testing. May be moving some frequencies/channels around, etc.
Rory, what channel numbers do they come in on where you are?
I am in Sacramento, South Land Park, and subscribe to digital economy. So I am only supposed to get C-SPAN 1. Which used to be at 95. Did it move to a different channel number? It still does not show on my box's program guide screen, which seems to show all the channels which exist, whether or not I subscribe to them.
C-SPAN 1 and 2 returned to my guide and became accessible via my cable box and via my other set's cablecard yesterday. I still don't know why, in my area (south land park in Sacramento) they were gone for a few days. Back just in time to watch the House and Senate votes on spending cuts/debt limit increase legislation.
Glad to hear that they are back for you. I watch the C-SPAN channels a lot and find them invaluable for knowing what is going on unfiltered by the news media. I lost about half of the channels including all local TV stations for a day and a half three days ago and could get no help from Comcast except that they knew about the problem. This only affected my little DTA box. The bigger converter I have on another set continued to work the entire time. The DTA box continued to receive all C-SPAN channels the entire time.
At least Comcast knew about it in your case, Rory. In my case the chat agent (on line on the internet) didn't have a clue. Comcast later sent a signal to my box which reset all the custom settings, including guide colors and the entire "favorites" list. And that had no effect on the missing channels.
The problem in my case was that the automated message indicated that they knew about "a problem" in my area but I had no idea if they were referring to the problem I was having or something else entirely.
I get "no signal" on 95 and 97 where C-SPAN used to be. Not a word on the internet about this outage. Does anyone know what happened?
The odd thing is I still can get 95 via clear QAM (but not through the box or through a cable card). And 95 and 97 are not even listed in the box's program guide!
At least you didn't miss anything important (that may or may have not been blocked from you viewing), right? I mean, it's not like the public has been witheld any of our viewing rights. Well, there's always the alt nws chnl in an emrgncy.
Have had the dcx3400 series DVR with a 500gb for around a year or so(cant remember exactly) here in Roseville. However none of the local offices could even get it(most of what they get is old recycled equipment) so instead how I got it was by Calling up Comcast over the phone and specifically requested one to be shipped to me. As I recall it came brand new in a box inside Xfinity branded packaging and even came with the Motorola manual
As of 7am in Antelope not getting that message yet, the channels are still active. You had said your notice was for July 9th, I wonder when in the past month they actually pulled them? Or what the situation is in the rest of Sacramento County? Eg they might be doing it neighborhood by neighborhood?
I was just reading a comcast forum post, about a notice for Aug 3rd(unclear what state/area the poster was from), but analog was still active. Got a follow to that thread saying on Aug 8th/9th (overnight) they were finally turned off.
hrm actually Roseville might still be a separate system from Sacramento Country. Haven't checked in awhile but our channel line ups used to be a bit different. I guess that could explain why your still getting analogs.
In our case I'm guessing they might have actually pulled them on August 9th as the press tribune announcement stated.
It's for some outlying areas like Grass Valley, but it seems like those are the 12 channels Comcast is adding consistently to areas, since there is also a PR about some areas around Santa Barbara getting the same twelve. So I would imagine we'll be getting them as soon as the transitions are complete. Really happy to see BBC America HD in that list, 'bout time!
Fox Soccer HD
Investigation Discovery HD
History International HD
BBC America HD
Game Show Network HD
The Hub HD
National Geographic Wild HD
I received these in El Doraldo County today. Some nice additions to the the lineup. The weird thing is they still haven't removed the analog channels with the message screens to call Comcast, so we had enough bandwidth here to add these channels a long time ago. I question some of the channel placement of some of these channels. They placed random channels in between the HD movie channels.
I hope Comcast can correct this soon with a channel reorganization because I prefer to have channels in groups of similar channels. With this addition I only have two more HD channels I really want, HDNET and FliX.