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post #1 of 270 Old 07-22-2005, 05:25 PM - Thread Starter
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FYI Millenium is now Broadstripe

I looked around and only saw a comcast and ota thread for Seattle, so I decided to start this one on my own since I'm stuck with this joke of a cable company.

Here's the current lineup. (Full lineup here: http://www.broadstripe.com/lineup/Seattle_Lineup_NW.pdf)


HIGH DEFINITION
704 KOMO/ABC - HD
707 KIRO/CBS - HD
708 KING Weather Plus- SD
709 KCTS HD
710 KCTS - SD
711 KCTS V-Me
712 KCTS Create - SD
713 KCPQ/FOX - HD
722 KMYQ - HD
724 Retro TV
727 Lifetime Movie Network HD
731 TNT HD
736 HGTV - HD
737 Fox Sports NW HD
745 ESPN - HD
753 A&E HD
754 History HD
755 Food TV - HD
760 TBS HD

PREMIUM HD
714 Showtime HD

ENHANCED DIGITAL TIER
705 KING/NBC - HD
706 KONG - HD
740 HD Net
741 HD Movies
742 National Geographic HD
746 Discovery - HD


See this thread for info on how to fix the "mute problem" when you turn on your DVR while it's recording.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...&&#post5327687

-WJ

UPDATE: new QAM channel list (thanks to PhillipHoff)

84.3 - K5 Weather
86.1 - KIRO7 (CBS)
86.2 - KOMO4 (ABC)
88.4 - Hallmark Movies
88.6 to 88.52 - Various music channels
89.1 - myQ^2
89.2 - Q13 FOX
90.1 - KCTS
90.2 - KCTS
90.3 - KCTSHD
104.5 - FSC
104.8 - CSTV

UPDATE 6/12/08: These need to be updated again, but I have a DVR box now and haven't scanned QAM in a long time. Volunteers?

-WJ
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MDM does list it's HD package on it's website( refers you to call MDM), plus includes the HD channels on it channel guide:
http://www.mdm.net/images/nwlineups/Seattle.pdf

Granted right now that it's only the local channels, but many in it's Seattle service area live in apartments and can't install antennas.
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The biggest issue, IMHO, is I don't believe they offer an HD DVR.
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HD DVR? You are expecting an DVR from a company that can't even manage to broadcast half of their analog channels in stereo? I enjoy watching Battlestar Galactica on Sci-Fi but if I want decent sound I have to record it from a friends cable system or from a dish! I am utterly amazed they offer any HD at all. It must be because some law requires them too. Millennium Digital Media is a joke of a cable system in the seattle area...
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I will have to agree that they are a joke. I had their HD service for a few month before I moved. It was not working most of the time. We were without a couple HD local stations for about 5 days in June. Most of the time the signal was breaking up.
Analog are the worst quality.

When I moved I looked for building with Comcast only. IMHO it should be illegal for buildings to make deals with either cable company. Comcast has lines all over Seattle yet most apt buildings have MDM only.

Also MDM has an exclusivity agreement to service the "Central District" (where most people are below poverty, yet they don't offer "Basic Cable". The cheapest option is $40 a month and because they are not big enough, they are not required to offer basic service...... Go figure...
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When I moved I looked for building with Comcast only. IMHO it should be illegal for buildings to make deals with either cable company. Comcast has lines all over Seattle yet most apt buildings have MDM only.

A lot of that is due to the fact that either ATTBI or it's predicessor (I don't remember the name) was a PITA to deal with for apartment owners. That might change if Comcast is better.
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Charles, I don't know where you saw the info on their website, I found FAQs and such that clearly stated that HDTV was a "new technology" that required you to buy a new tv and they were still evaluating it.

Interesting that it *is* in the channel lineups though. I didn't think to look there. They really ought to update their website.

Also, of note, they don't carry all the locals. Specificaly they are missing PBS which sucks for anyone with a clear QAM and TVGOS combonation.

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Also, of note, they don't carry all the locals. Specificaly they are missing PBS which sucks for anyone with a clear QAM and TVGOS combonation.

-WJ

Comcast doesn't carry all the locals yet either (UPN). They only started carrying KIRO within the past year, and I'm fairly certain they don't carry all the PBS subchannels.
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Millennium Digital Media is a joke of a cable system in the seattle area...

I've been "working" with MDM for 2+ years trying to get them to upgrade their HD lineup. I am convinced MDM will not make it as a cable company. Through email and phone, all I get from MDM is lies. They told me two summers ago that HD was coming, yet others have been told that MDM will essentially "never" go HD due to cost.

Unfortunately, my apartment building has an exclusive agreement with MDM, why I have no idea. I've tried talking to my apartment management with no success. Looks like I am stuck with MDM. I will not give MDM a single penny until they decide to enter the 21st century. Since they only offer the OTA channels in HD anyway, it's a no brainer for me to just use a DTV set top box and avoid ridiculous monthly bills.

But yes, MDM is a joke of a cable company at this point. I don't see this changing anytime soon. MDM has promised to contact me when they offer a comprehensive HD package...I'm not holding my breath.
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BTW, I am so happy to see this thread started. Let's bash MDM until they get with the program.
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Unfortunately, my apartment building has an exclusive agreement with MDM, why I have no idea.

The companies press hard to get these agreements.
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BTW, I am so happy to see this thread started. Let's bash MDM until they get with the program.

Indeed! I happen to live in a condo building and as a homeowner, I'm hoping to be able to see the contract and hopefully work with our board to get it changed to comcast (the only other choice in belltown).
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Indeed! I happen to live in a condo building and as a homeowner, I'm hoping to be able to see the contract and hopefully work with our board to get it changed to comcast (the only other choice in belltown).


good luck, most of these contracts are for 10 years. Unfortuntely for me, I came to my building 3 years into it...
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Does anyone have a CableCard rented through Millennium? What's your experience with it?

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cool a Millenium forum...

I got this from them...they are actually listening to their customers,,,I have the Moto HD DVR - cool thing. i missed it from Comcast...anyway enjoy

message from Millenium Digital:

We are pleased to announce we now have DVR's available. The fee is an additional $9.95/monthly for this product, however there is a 50% discount off this rate for the first 3 months of service due to a delay in activating the feature to record a channel and view a different channel at the same time. This feature will be fully functional in 3 months. You may exchange your current HD receiver at our Bellevue Office, or make an appointment to send out a technician. There will not be any additional install or activation fee's to make this change.

We will also be launching a new HD package in September 2005. This package will run for $9.95/monthly, and include the HD channels of: ESPN, Discovery, HD Net, HD Net Movies, Turner Classic Movies, and Hallmark Movie Channel. We will notify you once this package becomes available.

Please let us know if you any questions or concerns. We appreciate your feedback, and thank you for contacting MDM.

~The Staff at Millennium Digital Media
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I have the DVR as well.

Mine keeps rebooting randomly when I switch channels. I hope that gets fixed when they enable the dual tuners.
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good luck, most of these contracts are for 10 years. Unfortuntely for me, I came to my building 3 years into it...

I don't think there is a standard. It just depends on how stupid the owner is.
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I've been "working" with MDM for 2+ years trying to get them to upgrade their HD lineup. I am convinced MDM will not make it as a cable company. Through email and phone, all I get from MDM is lies. They told me two summers ago that HD was coming, yet others have been told that MDM will essentially "never" go HD due to cost. .

MDM already has HD on Capitol Hill.
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well, more HD channels are coming next month...that's for certain...as long as they have ESPNHD and HDnet/movies....I'll be ok - and maybe a starz hd channel too

~J

let's keep this thread goin yall
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anyone know when we are getting the other hi-def channels?
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i called cust. serv and they didnt know about anything...jeez they are so stupid!
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the HD channels showed up last night...don't know why they call some of the channels like TMC & Hallmark HD channels...we also have PBS HD....I will call to get these channels ASAP..

ESPNHD
HDnet
HDmovies
DiscoveryHD
PBSHD
TMC & Hallmark(not sure these all HD)

let me know if you find anything else out guys
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Anyone know if all these channels enrypted or are some available via clear QAM? I assume at least PBS is in the clear. I'll try to scan tonight after work, but if anyone knows the channels off hand, please post.
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So I found a couple of clear QAM channels.

104-8 was showing cstv (college sports) but it was SD (well it was 4:3 anyway).
104-5 was FSC (Fox soccer channel) which was also SD
90-3 is KCTS (I think the equiv of 9-1 OTA)
90-1 is KCTSDT (9-3 or 9-5? anyone know?)

Anyway all the other new channels look like they are encrypted, so I'll have to get that cable card or STB one of these days. (I need ESPNHD for my football fix.)
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the HD channels showed up last night...don't know why they call some of the channels like TMC & Hallmark HD channels...we also have PBS HD....I will call to get these channels ASAP..

ESPNHD
HDnet
HDmovies
DiscoveryHD
PBSHD
TMC & Hallmark(not sure these all HD)

let me know if you find anything else out guys

Got a flier...

Checked their site...

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So I talked to MDM today. To even get HD channels, it's going to cost you big bucks. You must sign up for digital cable in order to get the HD channels ($54/month). The HD channels ($9.95/month), the HD STB ($9.95/month or $19.95/month for HD-DVR)...

After taxes, it either 90 bucks or 100 bucks per month depending on if you want DVR. Not to mention the one time "activation fees" or "install fees."

Another thing, MDM doesn't haggle. At least they woundn't with me. And for some reason, they physically have to come hook up the cable if you get this HD stuff. (Like I want some guy fiddling with my setup )

Anyway should be hooked up next Wednesday. Ultimately, I don't see myself paying 100 bucks a month long term though for such a limited HD package. Hopefully they add some more HD channels, including UPN.
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yea, it begins to cost close to 100 bux a month....

I justify it by saying I have an expensive HD set that I need to use...

yup, again...it cost some, but not as much as Comcast
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So whats the deal...anyone here getting HDNet, HDNetMovies, ESPNHD, etc... on MDM yet?

How do they look?

BTW, anyone know if the MDM dvr boxes they use are HDCP compliant on the DVI?
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well the dhtv channels look nice...very good...esp. Bikini vacations on HdNet..hahah
i use component cbls - so I don't know about the DVI...

i've seen yesterdays ESPN Giants game...nice...I think 100 bucks a month is worth it plus the DVR <---that's a godsend...
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So is the second tuner activated on your box yet? I can't see laying down this much cash per month until they at least get that fixed.
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