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post #4801 of 4996
This is news to me. I haven't checked to see if these rates are available in Maine. If so, it is likely that the cable co. aren't advertising it.

Can Low-Cost Packages Save Cable TV?
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... many consumers would like to keep a basic cable TV service, particularly one that includes the local channels, but can not afford a sports/basic cable package that might cost around $60. ...

Time Warner Cable was the first to introduce the low-cost package concept, unveiling its $29.99 a month TV Essentials plan last September. Comcast later offered a $24.95 a month plan. Nether package includes ESPN.

Dana
post #4802 of 4996
An Aunt of mine in Mechanic Falls has such a basic package, locals only afaik. She's not HD. Alaska.
post #4803 of 4996
Interesting they're seemingly deciding to offer an "essentials" package ... which is what basic cable is!

Seems like a new name, with less channels, and higher price.

TWC $25 (roughly) basic cable gives 24 channels.
So now they're doing $29.99 and $34.95 essentials.

(In the tone of that one tv commercial with two guys toasting some beer brand): BRILLIANT !
post #4804 of 4996
TWC could give away channels and I wouldn't use them if they're encrypted.
post #4805 of 4996
Question, does WPFO have a 23-2, and if so, what is on it?

- Trip
post #4806 of 4996
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

Question, does WPFO have a 23-2

No, WFPO 23 is the only Portland station with no subchannels. All the others have XX.1 and XX.2 except for WCBB 10 which has 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3.

The site RabbitEars.Info gives you extensive information on any market in the US. The Portland DMA is number 72. Not only do you get a listing of channels, but also broadcast information and technical data.
post #4807 of 4996
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Originally Posted by jscudder View Post

No, WFPO 23 is the only Portland station with no subchannels. All the others have XX.1 and XX.2 except for WCBB 10 which has 10.1, 10.2 and 10.3.

Just checking. Heard a rumor.

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The site RabbitEars.Info gives you extensive information on any market in the US. The Portland DMA is number 72. Not only do you get a listing of channels, but also broadcast information and technical data.

I would know, I run it.

- Trip
post #4808 of 4996
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Originally Posted by Trip in VA View Post

Just checking. Heard a rumor.

That is interesting...any details on the rumor?
post #4809 of 4996
Posted Jan. 30, 2012. TWC wraps up digital conversion in central Maine.

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Time Warner Cable said it would wrap up its digital conversion in its central Maine market early Tuesday, when the remaining analog channels on its lineup are transitioned to the all-digital format in 17 communities, including Lewiston, Auburn and Norway.

The cable company said the conversion to an all-digital lineup means that customers in the affected communities will need a palm-sized digital adapter or digital set-top box in order to continue to receive their TV programming.

“The vast majority of our customers have already secured their digital adapters and are ready for the transition to all-digital,” said Paul S. Schonewolf, area vice president for Time Warner Cable of New England. “If they haven’t already done so, customers will need to pick up and install a digital adapter so they don’t miss any of their favorite shows like American Idol, NCIS or Parenthood.”

Time Warner said once consumers who subscribe to the basic cable package get the digital adapter, they will receive up to 14 additional channels, including C-SPAN2, EWTN and PBS World. Customers who receive Time Warner Cable’s Classic/Standard cable package will receive those channels plus CMT, TruTV, Oxygen, Travel and Speed.

Residential customers can get as many digital adapters as they need at no cost through December 2013. Beginning in January 2014, digital adapters will cost only 99 cents a month, per adapter.

Digital conversion communities for January 31:

Auburn

Bethel

Buckfield

Greenwood

Greene

Lewiston

Leeds

Lisbon

Newry

Norway

Paris

Sabattus

Turner

Wales

Waterford

West Paris

Woodstock
post #4810 of 4996
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Originally Posted by jscudder View Post

That is interesting...any details on the rumor?

If I thought the rumor was true, I would share. I thought it was false before I asked the question. I don't want to be responsible for spreading incorrect information if I can help it.

- Trip
post #4811 of 4996
Comcast in Brunswick launched 3 3d channels. They launched xf3d and ESPN3d. They also launched a ppv 3d channel. I don't have a 3d tv but it showed up on the channel guide. Just some info.

Chris
post #4812 of 4996
Comcast this morning launched me-tv on channel 175.
post #4813 of 4996
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Originally Posted by MisterEEE View Post

The two coax cables from the splitter should be reversed. The digital adapter outputs on VHF 3 or 4 and can be connected to the over the air coax input on the TV. The other cable that will allow you to tune the clear QAM should be connected to the cable tv coax input on the TV.

I actually got around to trying this today (after the usual cable input shuffle to get something onto the big screen) and cannot the signal from the wall and that from the Digital Cable Adapter to merge gracefully onto channel 3/4.

Using two splitters, one from the wall and one from the DCA ... I tried to recreate that setup, basically dedicating one splitter to merge the signal to the big screen HDTV.

Disconnected cable coax from wall to HDTV.
Deleted the analog channels from the HDTV.
Partial rescan of analog channels on HDTV with just the DCA attached on 3.
Channel 3 shows clearly.
Nothing else works (no passthrough of the Clear QAM 70+)
Attached the cable line to the splitter that feeds to the HDTV and I get a scrambled mess on 3 (or 4) because TWC pushes that "get your signal back" banner on regular cable.

Anybody know what I could possibly do or attach inline to eliminate analog cable on that one leg? So that it would be analog from the DCA and digital from the wall?

Note that all our TVs have only one cable coax input, as far as I recall.
post #4814 of 4996
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Originally Posted by icerabbit View Post

I actually got around to trying this today (after the usual cable input shuffle to get something onto the big screen) and cannot the signal from the wall and that from the Digital Cable Adapter to merge gracefully onto channel 3/4.

Using two splitters, one from the wall and one from the DCA ... I tried to recreate that setup, basically dedicating one splitter to merge the signal to the big screen HDTV.

Disconnected cable coax from wall to HDTV.
Deleted the analog channels from the HDTV.
Partial rescan of analog channels on HDTV with just the DCA attached on 3.
Channel 3 shows clearly.
Nothing else works (no passthrough of the Clear QAM 70+)
Attached the cable line to the splitter that feeds to the HDTV and I get a scrambled mess on 3 (or 4) because TWC pushes that "get your signal back" banner on regular cable.

Anybody know what I could possibly do or attach inline to eliminate analog cable on that one leg? So that it would be analog from the DCA and digital from the wall?

Note that all our TVs have only one cable coax input, as far as I recall.

your going to need to get an A/B switch a quality 2-way splitter and put the splitter at the line coming from the wall and put that cable in the input on the spliter and hook up a cable on one output to the dta and one out put to the a/b switch and then hook another cable from the DTA to the switch and and a cable from the output on the switch to your tv. Yeah that is complicated!

I personally have line coming in -> two splitter -> one leg goes to a three way amp and the other a direct line to my cable modem and then - from the 3 or 4 way amp I have 3 output and the output in my room has a three way splitter which one output goes to my SAMSUNG HDTV and the other goes to my DCX3400 so that I can do picture in picture through my TV.
post #4815 of 4996
Thanks Kevin.

I'll just break down and do the switch setup then at some point. No biggie & not confusing to me. I've wired plenty of A/V stuff since I was kid and have a couple cable amps & various quality splitters handy. Just a tad sad to have to tear stuff apart and have to go back to those switch days.

Anyway. I had thought to understand that it was possible to "merge" (for lack of a better word) the two coax signals onto one cable, but for that I would clearly need some kind of filter in-line to block the obsolete analog from TWC carrying the "get the adapter" messages.
post #4816 of 4996
One thing I observer last week, is that there are a bunch of channels > 100 on the Digital Cable Adapter.

122 speed, 156 wmtw, 165 news 8, 166 wecsh weather, 180 mpbn, 181 pbs plus, 182 pbs create, 183 pbs world, 195 rttv, 292-296 shopzea, 1999 ontwc

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Have any of you had technical issues with your Digital Cable Adapter(s)?

I am only using one so far, on secondary smaller tv, but it seems somewhat of an ongoing issue where some channels are not available and show the black "service interruption ... call" screen. I don't think it is a wire line issue as the box is probably within 10 feet of wire of the service entrance to the house.

I typically haven't worried about it and just watched something on the primary TV in Clear QAM.

But, we were missing channel 4 tonight and enjoy a laugh with two and a half men while using the big screen as a computer display ... so I decided to call TWC. Btw: channel 4 has been fine for weeks.

The tech support line said that there was no outage or other network issue and that the digital cable adapter had to be reset & re-authorized onto the network ... which would also reset the channels we're allowed to receive.

He reset the adapter remotely and said to wait 45 min to an hour for the missing channels to re-appear. Of course doing so also took out channel 3 & 5. No 3 4 5 7 23 24 ... now for close to 50 min post call.
post #4817 of 4996
10 hours later, still no # 3 4 5 ...
As I suspected stuff doesn't auto-magically re-appear after 45-60 min.
So I'll put in another phone call, I guess ...
post #4818 of 4996
The fight against Clear-QAM encryption may finally get some traction with some tech sites reporting on Boxee's complaint

http://gigaom.com/video/boxee-fcc-clear-qam/
post #4819 of 4996
An AP story here reports that nationally, Comcast lost fewer customers in its 4th quarter of last year than in the past five years! Why you may ask? Comcast says more TV channels and better service are responsible! No kidding!!

Gee. If you give customers more for their money and are more responsive to their requests, they might stick around? WOW. What a concept!

We have no way of knowing specifically what is happening with Comcast in the Brunswick area. But, based on significant improvement in the number of HD TV channels offered, new TV STBs plus the addition of phone and broadband internet service - all of which work very well at my location - Comcast has come a long way once it decided to fully adopt the orphan SusCom 11 community MSO into the Comcast Xfinity network.

Dana
post #4820 of 4996
In looking through this thread, the last time I noticed a mention of a problem with lip/audio sync was in 2008. Unfortunately I have a big problem with it at this time.

I live in Thomaston and have Time Warner Cable (via Augusta) including TW HD channels. When I began to notice the problem in the HD channels, I had TW come out and take a look. While the service man could easily see the problem, he did not have a solution for it. He called back to the local office (Rockland) and was told that the problem arises because of the way some of the HD channels get to TW. (I have no technical knowledge of this point but am just repeating what he told me.) He said that some of the HD channels come in a group to TW via Channel 18 and then are upconverted by TW into HD quality and that the problem is that the sync issue is due to the way TW gets the channels in the first place.

He said they are trying to work out the issues but don't know when that will happen.

Is anyone else having this issue (particularly with TW Augusta)...and perhaps more importantly are there people with TW Augusta who are NOT having the problem?

Last night's Academy Awards broadcast on ABC (Channel 708 for me) was particularly bad...the sync problem occured throughout the program as well as on commericals, both network and local.
post #4821 of 4996
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Originally Posted by maineiac13 View Post

In looking through this thread, the last time I noticed a mention of a problem with lip/audio sync was in 2008. Unfortunately I have a big problem with it at this time.

I live in Thomaston and have Time Warner Cable (via Augusta) including TW HD channels. When I began to notice the problem in the HD channels, I had TW come out and take a look. While the service man could easily see the problem, he did not have a solution for it. He called back to the local office (Rockland) and was told that the problem arises because of the way some of the HD channels get to TW. (I have no technical knowledge of this point but am just repeating what he told me.) He said that some of the HD channels come in a group to TW via Channel 18 and then are upconverted by TW into HD quality and that the problem is that the sync issue is due to the way TW gets the channels in the first place.

He said they are trying to work out the issues but don't know when that will happen.

Is anyone else having this issue (particularly with TW Augusta)...and perhaps more importantly are there people with TW Augusta who are NOT having the problem?

Last night's Academy Awards broadcast on ABC (Channel 708 for me) was particularly bad...the sync problem occured throughout the program as well as on commericals, both network and local.

I am on TWC Augusta and have only seen very brief and very occasional occurences of sync problems. Very rare.

From reading the Forum for years, the problem can be anywhere in the system from the set back to the source and relates to the difference in time that it takes to process video and video. Most of the problems are probably at the converter / tv set location if it is a constant issue.

Your cablebox can be instructed to send a 480i picture to the set or 480p, 720p and 1080i. New sets in the last couple of years can convert the signal received to 1080p. If the box is set to send 480 the tv set has to upconvert a long way to get to 1080p. I ASSUME (don't know, no expert), it might take an extra second to do this.

You might check the twc box to see what level signal is being sent to the tv.
"The User Settings menu can be accessed with your remote control by powering OFF the DCX3200 set top and then pressing the MENU key on the remote control within 2 seconds."

If you don't have this particular converter box, check TWC's website for your make and model. I was suspicious of this little DCX3200 because it was so much smaller than its predecessor, but it has been just fine for more than a year, now.

There are other settings available on the user settings menu and you might want to look them over. The TW installer left the wrong aspect setting on my box and I had to change it.
post #4822 of 4996
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Originally Posted by Stan54 View Post

I am on TWC Augusta and have only seen very brief and very occasional occurences of sync problems. Very rare.

From reading the Forum for years, the problem can be anywhere in the system from the set back to the source and relates to the difference in time that it takes to process video and video. Most of the problems are probably at the converter / tv set location if it is a constant issue.

Your cablebox can be instructed to send a 480i picture to the set or 480p, 720p and 1080i. New sets in the last couple of years can convert the signal received to 1080p. If the box is set to send 480 the tv set has to upconvert a long way to get to 1080p. I ASSUME (don't know, no expert), it might take an extra second to do this.

You might check the twc box to see what level signal is being sent to the tv.
"The User Settings menu can be accessed with your remote control by powering OFF the DCX3200 set top and then pressing the MENU key on the remote control within 2 seconds."

If you don't have this particular converter box, check TWC's website for your make and model. I was suspicious of this little DCX3200 because it was so much smaller than its predecessor, but it has been just fine for more than a year, now.

There are other settings available on the user settings menu and you might want to look them over. The TW installer left the wrong aspect setting on my box and I had to change it.

Thanks for the suggestions...That was the first thing the TW guy checked on and it is at 1080i. Also, I went back and switched through the various audio options on the cable box...auto/pass through/L-PCM....but no change in results. The worst station seems to be 768 (Weather Channel HD). Another station where it is usually very noticeable is MPBN (712). CNNHD (760) will sometimes be bad and sometimes not.
post #4823 of 4996
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Originally Posted by maineiac13 View Post

Thanks for the suggestions...That was the first thing the TW guy checked on and it is at 1080i. Also, I went back and switched through the various audio options on the cable box...auto/pass through/L-PCM....but no change in results. The worst station seems to be 768 (Weather Channel HD). Another station where it is usually very noticeable is MPBN (712). CNNHD (760) will sometimes be bad and sometimes not.

Are you using the tv set's speakers or routing off into separate audio epuipment?
post #4824 of 4996
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Originally Posted by Stan54 View Post

Are you using the tv set's speakers or routing off into separate audio epuipment?

I get the same results with both the internal and external speakers.
post #4825 of 4996
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Originally Posted by maineiac13 View Post

I get the same results with both the internal and external speakers.

Ok. Cable direct to cablebox and HDMI direct to tv is the way to diagnose the problem.
post #4826 of 4996
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Originally Posted by Stan54 View Post

Ok. Cable direct to cablebox and HDMI direct to tv is the way to diagnose the problem.

Not sure I understand you. Yes, my cable goes direct to my cable box and I then connect the cable box via HDMI directly to my tv.
post #4827 of 4996
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Originally Posted by maineiac13 View Post

Not sure I understand you. Yes, my cable goes direct to my cable box and I then connect the cable box via HDMI directly to my tv.

That's exactly what I said and what I meant. Some people do all kinds of things with their connections and, then, wonder what the problem is.

Unfortunately, I don't have a solution, but if the problem is constant, you will surely want to resolve it. If possible, check with your neighbors to see if they experience the same thing. After that, try the set manufacturer's customer service. Also, someone on AVS should have suggestions. Sync used to be a fairly frequent issue, but sees to be less common, now.
post #4828 of 4996
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Originally Posted by maineiac13 View Post

Not sure I understand you. Yes, my cable goes direct to my cable box and I then connect the cable box via HDMI directly to my tv.

There are probably some channels "in the clear" like MPBN, so try a direct connection, bypassing the box, to your tv. You will need to do an automatic search. Then shift back to the box.

When you get the sync problem with the box, shift the cable to direct to the tv and see if it still there. At least you will be able to isolate the problem to either the box or the direct signal.

All this is predicated to having some non-scrambled channels, which should be there.
post #4829 of 4996
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Originally Posted by beekeeper View Post

There are probably some channels "in the clear" like MPBN, so try a direct connection, bypassing the box, to your tv. You will need to do an automatic search. Then shift back to the box.

When you get the sync problem with the box, shift the cable to direct to the tv and see if it still there. At least you will be able to isolate the problem to either the box or the direct signal.

All this is predicated to having some non-scrambled channels, which should be there.

There are plenty of unscrambled channels. His problem will be in finding an unscrambled channel that matches the offending channel from the box. The only unscrambled HD channels are local broadcast stations.
post #4830 of 4996
Does anyone know if TWC has the HD version of the adapter, yet? Last year, their website said they would make it available by the end of that year.
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