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post #391 of 8561 Old 04-10-2007, 03:03 PM
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Anyone experiencing this problem?

Lately the DVR has been losing it's guide. Also when the program I am watching live is paused it says "To Be Announced" even though the guide is correct. This is EXTREMELY irritating to say the least, as I cannot pause and then record the show from the beginning if I start watching something late.
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A more detailed look at Comcast's Chicago experiment (apparently they will be keeping the basic analog tier alive for the box-less):

http://multichannel.com/article/CA6432144.html

Does anyone know if this strategy is being considered for this area?

I know this will be done soon in New Hampshire and I would assume that Boston, MA at the least would also be included. That isn't to say that say Manchester, NH gets done first and after that Boston, MA gets upgraded and so on. I do know that nearly all of New Hampshire will be upgraded with the bigger cities and towns first. My bet is this order below.

Boston, MA first.
Nashua, NH and surrounding area's next.
Once Derry is reached they will move into Manchester, NH. At that point it will move down the seacoast and Concord at the sametime. They tend to stick to a specific order and work their way down the path. That isn't to say that many cities and towns aren't done at the sametime as its hard to say. The only timeframe I've been given is sometime this year all of New Hampshire "will" be upgraded.
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It looks like an HBO free preview is happening this weekend in addition to the MLB Extra Innings showcase.

I found out about it today when I got home. Not much good when today is the last day for the free preview.
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I found out about it today when I got home. Not much good when today is the last day for the free preview.

Their willful decision not to allocate additional bandwidth for GAME 11 - GAME 14 for MLBEI is another example of their behind the curve mentality. The HBO message just stacks the deck...

Anyone else find it humorous that NBALP (606-609) is open? Do they truly think that GAME 11 - GAME 14 is on this tier?
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Will Comcast do here like they are in Chicago? The extra 220 Mhz of spectrum will be plenty of room for the new HD channels coming in late 2007 and 2008.
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Will Comcast do here like they are in Chicago? The extra 220 Mhz of spectrum will be plenty of room for the new HD channels coming in late 2007 and 2008.

See my last post above....post #329.
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I know this will be done soon in New Hampshire and I would assume that Boston, MA at the least would also be included. That isn't to say that say Manchester, NH gets done first and after that Boston, MA gets upgraded and so on. I do know that nearly all of New Hampshire will be upgraded with the bigger cities and towns first. My bet is this order below.

Boston, MA first.
Nashua, NH and surrounding area's next.
Once Derry is reached they will move into Manchester, NH. At that point it will move down the seacoast and Concord at the sametime. They tend to stick to a specific order and work their way down the path. That isn't to say that many cities and towns aren't done at the sametime as its hard to say. The only timeframe I've been given is sometime this year all of New Hampshire "will" be upgraded.

I believe that the time they do this could be a good time to do some channel remapping. Broadcast stations to their actual channel numbers (with HD locals down in the 2 channel area) Everything under 100 would be limited basic

101-120 could be the Family tier and 121-199 would be extended basic.

I try to encourage folks with just extended basic to get boxes and those with just limited basic to get Digital classic
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See my last post above....post #329.

try 392!
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nice 5.1 on tonights sox game
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Can somebody explain why no TVs have cable cards anymore???
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try 392!

Ooops....puts hands over eyes!
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Anyone have MLB package on Comcast I have a 50" samsung dlp and the picture quality of the MLB package is horrible....
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Speaking of freebies like free HBO shows, how does one find out about them?
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Can somebody explain why [few] TVs have cable cards anymore???

Because most people don't need them, and instead use STBs.
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Until the next generation of two-way cable cards are implemented, they have severe limitations
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Until the next generation of two-way cable cards are implemented, they have severe limitations

Yes but one of the advantages if you don't want On-Demand or a recorder is you can mount your plasma on the wall and have no boxes to run cables too which gives it a better look and the PQ is the best you can get IMHO.
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Until the next generation of two-way cable cards are implemented, they have severe limitations

Two-way or MCards will be in your home come july when host boxes start getting deployed.


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Yes but one of the advantages if you don't want On-Demand or a recorder is you can mount your plasma on the wall and have no boxes to run cables too which gives it a better look and the PQ is the best you can get IMHO.

In order for them to be offered, though, it has to be better-off for everyone involved: The service provider, the electronics equipment manufacturer, and the customer.
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Anyone have MLB package on Comcast I have a 50" samsung dlp and the picture quality of the MLB package is horrible....

Yeah, it sucks. Even on a 42" plasma. But I get it anyway. I can watch it in the bedroom on a normal tube tv and it looks fine, and you can kind of get used to it on the nice tv.

Is it worth $160? Who knows. But the cable bill is already outrageous, so what the hell. And I like being able to watch all the Yankee games, among others.

And I am happy at the effort they've made to squeeze and many games as possible onto the 10 channels we do get, even though they were originally scheduled to be on game11-14.
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Is it just me or does NESN's HD coverage of the Sox leave a lot to be desired? It handles speed sequences very poorly, and everytime they go into or come out of a replay (when that graphic flies across the screen) there is a pick up delay, with bad pixellation.

I don't notice this on any other channel. And the 5.1 they added this year is pretty good, but inconsistent. And I've heard some crackling too.

Considering how much effort they put into promoting their HD coverage, you'd think it would be a little better. I thknk they've surpassed ESPN in terms of plastering 'HD' in as many places as possible, even on their SD broadcasts.
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I just got NESN about 6 weeks ago and at 1st was pretty happy but now I see all the things you are seeing and hearing as well. I know that D* has had problems with Boston local HD channels and was told they are working on it.

Are you watching on D*
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no, Comcast. They had some issues last year too, but it seems to have gotten worse instead of better.
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no, Comcast. They had some issues last year too, but it seems to have gotten worse instead of better.

I guess it is a NESN problem then if we are both seeing and hearing it
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Can somebody explain why no TVs have cable cards anymore???

There are a bunch of reasons CableCards haven't been successful:

1) No channel guide and no on-demand. Cable companies like the income stream from on-demand, so they want their customers to use STBs.

2) CableCards are flaky. Sometimes the install is very easy, but sometimes it's horrendous. You'd think you could just insert the card into your TV and it would work; how hard could that be? But when we had ours installed, it took about an hour for the tech to get it to work. Comcast thinks a CableCard install is a 20-minute job and pays their techs accordingly, so he was not a big fan of CableCards.

3) CableLabs has excessively harsh restrictions on CableCard implementations. This makes it expensive to engineer a compliant CableCard implementation, and also restricts its use in things like Media PCs and DVRs. If it were a more open system with less restrictive DRM, I could see a big market for CableCard DVRs; as of now, we're stuck with an $800 Tivo as our only choice.

4) I think the big picture here is that cable companies want to retain full control of their content. When generic set-top boxes come into the picture, they lose that control.
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I noticed the same thing recently! I didn't notice it as much on the road trip but the two home games have been bad. Baseball on espn in HD doesn't do this.

When Dice-K was warming up in front of the clubhouse, when they had a closeup shot there was bad pixelation following his arm. Kind of annoying, hope they fix it soon!
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Is it just me or does NESN's HD coverage of the Sox leave a lot to be desired? It handles speed sequences very poorly, and everytime they go into or come out of a replay (when that graphic flies across the screen) there is a pick up delay, with bad pixellation.

I don't notice this on any other channel. And the 5.1 they added this year is pretty good, but inconsistent. And I've heard some crackling too.

Considering how much effort they put into promoting their HD coverage, you'd think it would be a little better. I thknk they've surpassed ESPN in terms of plastering 'HD' in as many places as possible, even on their SD broadcasts.

I haven't seen the pixelation but I do have the crackling problem on that channel and a number of others thought it was something with my electric...

The picture is pretty bad but worth it I need my Yanks when I am stuck in beantown. Yes network in HD may drive me back to NY... Was gonna switch to D* but I was concerned about the picture quality...
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Can somebody explain why no TVs have cable cards anymore???

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About the NESN Red Sox broadcasts:

There are still problems with pixelation, yes, however at least they seem to have removed the SD cameras from the mix. Each year there have been improvements, I guess we expect more from NESN because the Red Sox are such a cash cow.

Those of you having issues with pixelation:

Do you have a DLP TV, or Plasma?

I've found the pixelation is much worse on '04-'05 DLP TV's that a lot of us have. Newer plasma's tend to handle it much better. And of course you won't notice it as much the further you are away from your TV.
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Is something going on with the audio at comcast. I have noticed lately that occassionally the audio will sound like it is in a barrel sort of hollow sounding. This will correct itself after a while. It may only be on the HD channels but I am not sure. I guess it could be my pre-processor or it could be the signal.
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