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post #6541 of 6821 Old 11-20-2009, 04:47 AM
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johnboy, you might want to ease up on the coffee just a bit.

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I had that issue to years ago, BDCat. Luckily you found the culprit.
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Johnboy you missed 2 HD local channels.

18.437 ION
18.438 Spanish
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They were actually going to give it a try on low VHF. The experiment must have flopped... Did anybody catch their test? STA for ch. 3 is from September 9th:

https://licensing.fcc.gov/cgi-bin/ws...fac_num=167208

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WSBS LICENSING, INC. ('WSBS LICENSING'), THE PERMITTEE OF WSBS-CD, IS IN THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THE FACILITIES AUTHORIZED IN FCC FILE NO. BDCCDVL-20081209ACP, AND HAS ENCOUNTERED TECHNICAL PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH THE INTERACTION OF WSBS-CD'S AUTHORIZED ANTENNA AND TOWER. IN ORDER TO CONFIRM THE VIABILITY OF OPERATION OF WSBS-CD ON CHANNEL 3 ON AN ANTENNA OPTIMIZED FOR LOW-VHF TRANSMISSIONS, WSBS LICENSING PROPOSES TO OPERATE WSBS-CD TEMPORARILY USING THE FORMERLY-LICENSED MAIN ANTENNA FOR WPBT(TV), MIAMI, FLORIDA (FACILITY ID NO. 13456) ORIGINALLY TUNED TO CHANNEL 2. THE LICENSEE OF WPBT-DT HAS CONSENTED TO THIS TEMPORARY OPERATION.

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I think we can expect Comcast to shift around their QAM mappings over the next months as they settle on a new allocation of bandwidth.

There's really nothing that can be done about this; the ability to receive clear QAM is a bonus, not an actual service that comcast provides.

I myself no longer have cable but if I subscribe again I will likely just get a box, as it makes things a lot more convenient. I noticed they move much of the channels down into the former analog space, probably because these lower frequencies propagate better in the coax system.


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Ok, this is not perfect, but seems to be a whole lot more info than anyone else provided. A few comments. I recommend you all use . (dots) to refer to OTA and - (dash) to refer to QAM channels. Using them interchangably with both is confusing to me and maybe others.

Next, Comcast has shifted its QAM channels twice in three weeks. Some of these may be the same channel. I haven't taken the time to finish this so anyone who wants to contribute and post corrections / additions, I will try to check back and incorporate them.

Next, this applies to West Broward. I was in East Broward. One comcast customer still had 86-432 as NBC6HD So if you are on that system, the notes below will not apply.


QAM CH COMCAST CH DESCRIPTION CHANNEL NAME

LOCAL HD abstracted from below

46-433 CBS4 WFOR
46-440 PBS

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The channels are up!!!!!!
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452 Spike HD
453 Comedy Central HD
454 Fuse HD
455 WE TV HD
456 IFC HD
457 E! HD
458 Travel Channel HD
459 Lifetime HD
460 MGM HD
461 Style HD
462 G4 HD
463 TV One HD
464 Bio: The Biography Channel HD
465 Lifetime Movie Network HD
466 Planet Green HD
467 Encore HD
468 Hallmark Movie Channel HD
469 Fox Business Channel HD
470 CNBC HD
471 QVC HD
472 Big Ten Network HD
473 MTV HD
474 VH-1 HD
475 BET HD
476 CMT HD
477 NHL Network HD
478 NBA TV HD Sports
479 MLB Network HD
480 HBO 2 HD
481 HBO Signature HD
482 HBO Family HD
483 HBO Comedy HD
484 HBO Zone HD
485 HBO Latino HD
486 MoreMax HD
487 ActionMax HD
488 ThrillerMax HD
489 WMax HD
490 5 StarMax HD
491 Outermax HD
495 Starz Comedy HD
496 Starz Kids & Family HD
497 Starz Edge HD
501 - 503 iN DEMAND Pay-Per-View Pay-Per-View
509 iN DEMAND PPV HD High-Definition TV
515 The Movie Channel HD
516 The Movie Channel Xtra HD
517 Showtime 2 HD
518 Showtime Showcase HD
519 Showtime Extreme HD
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wait it gets better
380 The Weather Channel HD
381 Cartoon Network HD
382 Nickelodeon HD
383 ABC Family HD
384 Disney Channel HD
385 Disney XD HD
394 Tennis Channel HD
395 Turner Classic Movies HD
396 ESPN U HD
397 CNN Headline News HD
398 TruTV HD
399 MSNBC HD
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The channels are up!!!!!!

Would you care to share what area you are in?

They are certainly not up in my part of Plantation!

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yes i am in Davie Pine Island Ridge Area (33324 zip)
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Oh and BDcat weather channel in HD is 380
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438 WSBS-22 Mega TV HD
439 WGN HD
440 WPBT-2 HD (PBS Miami) High-Definition TV
441 WSCV-51 HD (Telemundo)
442 WLTV-23 HD (Univision) - Coming Soon!
443 WAMI-69 HD (Telefutura) - Coming Soon!
449 ESPNews HD

sorry i missed a couple
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Yup, I happened upon all the new HD channels last night too. Davie... 33328. I guess the Comcast digital migration of enhanced basic channels in Davie (and eventually to all of Broward) is paying off as BDCat told us about back in July. Now if Comcast would just go back to 2 channels per QAM instead of 3 and get the HD picture quality improved on some of the more-compressed HD channels (especially on ESPN/ESPN2 HD).. things will be really good.
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Thank you, ortegaj, for that information. Unfortunately my area has not even received a notice about going digital as yet!

However, as sma notes, it will happen eventually to all of Broward and then I am sure Miami-Dade as well!

Oh yes, what a great selection of HD channels!

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WOW!! All those new HD channels! I may actually consider going back to cable when my Dish Network commitment is up.
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My mom who lives in Plantation (zip code 33324) does not have any of the new channels yet.
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Just checked my guide and I don't have those channels either! Lucky

BTW i'm in Coconut Creek/Margate area 33063.
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Just checked my guide and I don't have those channels either! Lucky

BTW i'm in Coconut Creek/Margate area 33063.

Since Davie was the first area to go all digital they are also the first area to get the additional channels. The new channels usually follow a month or two or three after going all digital.

I called Comcast yesterday to ask about Plantation and I was told there is no date set for my area!

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it does make sense that it would start in my part of Davie, as about four months ago, they had all people with analog cable to come to a meeting and get 2 free boxes, I guess freeing up the necessary space, I am also in an apartment building.
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if you want to see the channel lineup use the address 9400 live oak place and pick any apartment up to 409 and zip code 33324. You can see the channel lineup.
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Thanks for the info ortegaj. How does the PQ look? Are there any changes in the guide interface? Any change to On Demand? do you have High Speed Internet with Comcast also? Has that sped up?
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No change to On Demand or the guide (some HD channels on the guide are still left blank even though the channel is there such as ESPNnews which does not say the name or programming), The internet has been significantly faster for about a month now. What is PQ?
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No change to On Demand or the guide (some HD channels on the guide are still left blank even though the channel is there such as ESPNnews which does not say the name or programming), The internet has been significantly faster for about a month now. What is PQ?

PQ is picture quality.
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Has anyone experienced AT&T U-Verse yet? It just became available in my area, and I'm curious as to how it is.

Comments on PQ, HD channel selection, installation, technical apspects, etc. are all welcome.
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Has anyone experienced AT&T U-Verse yet? It just became available in my area, and I'm curious as to how it is.

Comments on PQ, HD channel selection, installation, technical apspects, etc. are all welcome.

I have been using it for a year now:

HDPQ < Cable but for me it is still very good, others have complained, you will need to evaluate for yourself
SDPQ > Cable
Channel Selection is very good they have a lot of HD channels, VOD
see http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=#post15464035
Internet service > DSL
I am not using the phone service
Price < Cable

Overall I like the service the DVR is nice and works well in my home, note that there are some technical limitations. If you are within 3000' of the VRAD you should get 2HD/2SD streams, if farther you may get 1HD/3SD. You are limited to a total of (4) video streams right now but you can record 4 and watch 4 recordings at once. Also two TVs watching the same channel only count as a single stream.

AT&T is heading toward VDSL2 which will allow 3HD/2SD streams and 2HD/2SD out to 5000'. If they get this in place and can make a bit of improvement to their HD PQ the service would be perfect.

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large
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The picture quality is dependent upon the channel, some look downright terrible such as spike tv or surprisingly strong ex. ESPNnews
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Are you watching HD programming on Spike? Try to catch The Ultimate Fighter. Some of the stuff might be stretched SD posing as HD.
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I have been using it for a year now:

HDPQ < Cable but for me it is still very good, others have complained, you will need to evaluate for yourself
SDPQ > Cable
Channel Selection is very good they have a lot of HD channels, VOD
see http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=#post15464035
Internet service > DSL
I am not using the phone service
Price < Cable

Overall I like the service the DVR is nice and works well in my home, note that there are some technical limitations. If you are within 3000' of the VRAD you should get 2HD/2SD streams, if farther you may get 1HD/3SD. You are limited to a total of (4) video streams right now but you can record 4 and watch 4 recordings at once. Also two TVs watching the same channel only count as a single stream.

AT&T is heading toward VDSL2 which will allow 3HD/2SD streams and 2HD/2SD out to 5000'. If they get this in place and can make a bit of improvement to their HD PQ the service would be perfect.

Thanks for the detailed response. Very interesting, to say the least.

Is there any way to find out how far I am from the VRAD? I've seen BellSouth/AT&T trucks working in the area, but I have no idea what they've been doing.
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Thanks for the detailed response. Very interesting, to say the least.

Is there any way to find out how far I am from the VRAD? I've seen BellSouth/AT&T trucks working in the area, but I have no idea what they've been doing.

Not really since the copper lines are not necessarily a straight line run from the VRAD. Really can't tell until they come out and run the test.

The problem with the gene pool is that there is no lifeguard and the shallow end is much too large
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I do know, however, that nothing's been disturbed for at least a mile in any direction from my home. So I'm assuming that they ran something to a point further away, then they connect that to the existing phone lines. Good guess or bad guess?
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