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Old 11-10-2014, 05:13 PM
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Sadly they aren't much of surprises, the increases are getting pretty regular.
I'm not sure if I'd go with a main antenna or individual for each TV.
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Old 11-10-2014, 09:03 PM
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Isnt it sad???

The prices keep increasing BUT THE QUALITY EITHER STAYS THE SAME OR GETS WORSE!!
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Old 11-11-2014, 02:45 AM
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I Like the mini box, my bedroom tv does not have a cable box, now with the mini i'll get more channel's plus a guide....win/win for me!
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Like buying a car

I just finished my annual, now semi annual price event with Cox. I have decided to keep my bill under a set price for TV and internet, so we go back and forth to get to that price. After some discussion, from somewhere, they find a special offer for this or that. Two years ago it cost me channels 150 and up. This time it was a deal and the loss of my recorder. I won't give up HD.
Since all of my recording was network TV and I have an antenna, I bought a usb tuner and now record on my laptop using windows media center. So that keeps me happy.
Probably internet burns me the most. About $42 for 5 MBPS. My phone company, Frontier, has a phone/internet package for $50 a month at 6 MBPS. I know Frontier has had large transition problems but I may look at them in a few months.
We may be coming to the mini box only, depending how high the channels go.
Venting yes. The Cox experience is getting tiring.

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Curious for those with the mini-boxes. I have 2. On the upstairs TV it works fine. But on my 42" Panasonic plasma in the living room when I turn it on the screen is purple until I unplug and replug the HDMI cable in the mini-box. I've tried different HDMI ports on the TV and get the same result. Even tried a different box from the Cox store. The ports on the TV work fine with an HTPC and a Chromecast so I know the TV is fine.

Only thing I haven't tried yet is to use one of my own HDMI cables (just thought of it).
Has this happened to anyone else?
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Curious for those with the mini-boxes. I have 2. On the upstairs TV it works fine. But on my 42" Panasonic plasma in the living room when I turn it on the screen is purple until I unplug and replug the HDMI cable in the mini-box. I've tried different HDMI ports on the TV and get the same result. Even tried a different box from the Cox store. The ports on the TV work fine with an HTPC and a Chromecast so I know the TV is fine.

Only thing I haven't tried yet is to use one of my own HDMI cables (just thought of it).
Has this happened to anyone else?
Sounds like a handshake issue, your plasma is older?, I have a mini in my bedroom hooked to a 7 yr old lcd Sanyo without issue's, I have a 2006ish 50" panny plasma in the basement, could test it on that.

Also I noticed we have a minibox at work in Manchester area, they recently have new channels like premium's and CMT, which we don't have here in the Enfield area
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Cox Moved IndieHD and RetroHD?

Meriden Area: I've just noticed that Channel 1277 (RetroHD) and 1278 (IndieHD) are gone from my Tivo series3 model HD. Has Cox changed frequency (beyond the Tivo HD range) or gone to mpeg4?

The liability for Cox in changing things is it makes you take a look at what you'e getting & what you're paying rather than just continuing to pay the bill out of habit; Cox should just take the money and not rock the boat.

I would have said those were two of my favorite channels, yet as I've tried to remember how recently they disappeared, it could have been months, many months. Prior to that they were going in and out and requiring a Tuning Adapter reboot so it had become frustrating. Other than maybe two other channels, I don't watch much Cox at all any more as I get decent OTA local reception and the picture is much better than Cox's version of them. Plus some services like Netflix.

I know I'll take a little hit on my Cox Cable Internet price when I cancel the TV service but maybe I can reduce the level a notch on that.

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Meriden Area: I've just noticed that Channel 1277 (RetroHD) and 1278 (IndiHD) are gone from my Tivo series3 model HD. Has Cox changed frequency (beyond the Tivo HD range) or gone to mpeg4?
Those two have required H.264/1GHz tuners for quite some time. They may/may not also be SDV now.
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Meriden Area: I've just noticed that Channel 1277 (RetroHD) and 1278 (IndieHD) are gone from my Tivo series3 model HD. Has Cox changed frequency (beyond the Tivo HD range) or gone to mpeg4?
It's time for that TiVo Roamio upgrade
The Upgrade will also get you Cox OnDemand (on a Premiere or Roamio) in the near future:
Cox Nears VOD Launch on Retail TiVo Boxes

RetroPlex and IndiePlex have been MPEG4/H.264 since launch in Arizona. Cox AZ has also moved all the MPEG4/H.264 to SDV and below 860MHz. Most Cox markets do follow the same, or very similar, channel formats

Below is the complete list of Contour HD channles (MPEG4/H.264) for your area. Expect most new future HD channel additions to also be MPEG4/H.264.
Here is the link to your channels line-up, every channel with a triangle following it is MPEG4/H.264.
http://media.cox.com/support/print_m...cl_meriden.pdf

1087 POP HD (formerly TVGN)

1127 ESPN Goal Line/Buzzer BeaterHD

1150 DIY Network HD
1151 Cooking Channel HD

1202 HBO Signature HD
1203 HBO (W) HD
1204 HBO2 (W) HD
1205 HBO Family HD
1206 HBO Zone HD

1222 ActionMAX HD
1223 Thriller MAX HD
1224 5 StarMAX HD
1230 Cinemax (W) HD

1242 SHOWTIME SHOWCASE HD
1243 SHOWTIME EXTREME E HD
1250 Showtime (W) HD

1262 TMC (W) HD
1277 RetroPlex HD
1278 IndiePlex HD

1279 STARZ (W) HD
1282 STARZ in Black HD
1283 STARZ Kids & Family HD
1285 STARZ Comedy HD

1286 ENCORE Classic HD
1289 ENCORE Suspense HD

1480 MLB Network StrikeZone HD
1483 NFL RedZone HD
1484 World Fishing Network HD
1485 Outside HD
1486 Universal Sports HD
1487 Outdoor HD
1488 Sportsman HD
1489 Big 10 HD
1490 PAC 12 HD
1492 Longhorn HD

1900 MC Play HD

TiVo Bolt, Roamio Pro, Premiere XL4, Premiere 2TB-WD20EURS, TiVo Mini
Win7 WMC SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime, Cisco Tuning Adapter Status Troubleshooting

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So, it's been a while since anyone's posted. Are you all still Cox customers for cable/internet/phone? Here's the experience I've had over the past week:

I noticed over the past few weeks or so that my main "whole home dvr" box (which I believe they have since renamed to Contour Record 6 or something like that) has been turning off on it's own, and having to reset it just about every other day. Well, last Wednesday, it finally completely died, it would not get out of "boot" mode when being reset. It died taking all my saved programs with it, most of which I had planned to watch after working 19 straight days when I had a few days off. Upon calling Tech Support (what a nightmare as they treat everyone like they're either children or elderly who are not tech savvy), the determined I needed a new box and the tech would be out the next day. Let it be noted the support person said I could exchange the box at my local office, to which I had to inform her that I could not as it was a whole home dvr box, to which she stated it didn't matter. It's actually scary that I'm informing the so-called tech expert on how their programming/equipment set up works.

So, while I had them on the phone, I decided just on a whim to check on my bill. Now, truth be told, I'm usually one of those people they rely on to never check their bill and just blindly pay every month, which I have been doing for the most part for the past 16 years I've had their services. I know, shame on me. Well, I would have had a nice surprise once I went online in October to pay the bill as the supposed "bundle" I've had for the past year (I'm assuming) ran out on 9/14, increasing my bill over $70 to a monthly total of $255 a month. I was livid that A) they don't give any notice that your bundle is expiring and your services will be increasing, and B) the CSR really couldn't seem to care less. So, at that point, I told her to cancel my television and telephone services and I'd only keep internet. Again, she didn't even try to retain my services by offering me discounts or transferring me to the "loyalty department". So after dropping the television portion, my bill for the month was reduced to $66/mo, just for internet. FYI, they forced me to get a landline phone last year with the bundle I had as they claimed it would lower my bill. I couldn't even tell you what that landline phone number was, and the only calls I would get were spamming robocalls and telemarketers. I returned the phone modem to the local office and went to Best Buy and bought my own new DOCSIS 3.0 Netgear modem for $80.

I decided to call the next day to speak to the people in the loyalty dept to see, just out of curiosity, what they can do to reduce the television bill. The rep I spoke to ran some numbers, and after coming up with returning the second cable box, dropping "variety" pack, the television portion of the bill would be 106.50 (Advanced tv/Countour package/Sports & Info pack), making the bill including the internet $136.50/month with a bundle discount of $35.00

I do like having the HD channels, and the ability to DVR shows and not be held to streaming services if I was to drop the cable portion. I am able to pull in 22 channels with my HD OTA antenna (in reality about 17 as I'd never watch the Spanish channels). I'm not sure how to record onto a laptop as others have mentioned here, would probably go that route if I was able to learn. What has everyone else done? Still hanging with Cox?

Sorry for the long read, just letting everyone know my recent experience and they can cut your bill if you're persistent, don't let them take advantage of you!

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Dropped COX TV

I dropped COX's TV services (was paying $140/month) and now am using OTA Antenna + Roku + PLEX.. Also signed up for Netflix for $9.99/month. Kept COX internet for web/email/streaming so my bill is now $66/mo for preferred speed. Also occasionally sign up for SlingTV for ESPN, TNT, AMC, HGTV, etc.. when there is a show(s) we watch in season for $20/month. Never had COX phone service but I also dropped my landline and bought an OBI VOIP adapter so now I have "free" phone service (not really free since it needs internet).

Very happy with my choices. I get all the major networks in 1080i HD with my antenna for "free" - ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW, PBS, etc...
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