Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Blue Springs, MO
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Most of the delays with On Demand coming to comcast's kansas city area were due to where the equipment was coming from. Comcast in it's infinite wisdom, chose to move the equipment from another service area in the Chicago area... a few of those pieces came in... then comcast decided to buy the rest of the equipment new... when i say comcast decided, i mean regional/corporate. It seemed every month the plan changed... then they decided to not put it in the budget for FY2005... they were going to wait till FY2006... hince the delay up to this point... i can say, first hand, that the equipment has been installed, and is operational to the extent that the guy loading it is doing so now. It will take till March, at a minimum, to load all the content Comcast has available. However, they will not need to wait for all the content to be loaded for it to be rolled out and made public. My understanding is that at least the premium channel content (HBO,Showtime,Starz,Cinemax) must be fully loaded before the system can be made available. I have played with the initial setup at the Independence office, and i can say first hand, that there is going to be -tons- of stuff in there. It does not look like there will be any HD content at least yet. Testing to 'friendlies' (comcast employees) has not begun yet but if other things (like the trainer getting OnDemand on the digital boxes in his room) are any indication, that should begin in a week or 2. i would guess that it would be at least 2 to 3 weeks from the start of that testing before it would be made public, but that is if there aren't any hang-ups during testing. I know someone who is still employed by comcast so i'll let you all know when that begins...
also, CDV - Comcast Digital Voice - is going to be coming here pretty soon too... maybe March - April when testing beings for that... i'll forward what i know when i do.
Addition - The Phase 3 6412s are coming in to the local area, i have one, but currently DVR and HD box availablity have been flakie... so call ahead to find out if there are any in the front office...
Another Addition - On the Missouri side, the KCPT HD feed is on 221... i thought it should be the same over on the Kansas side... are we sure that the HD-KCPT is 220 in Olathe?