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post #511 of 4996
sagecounsel: FYI, from what I gleen from the SA8000HD-Time Warner thread, where there's plenty of discussion about the 8300HD, it will archive successfully to either VCR or DVD.
post #512 of 4996
Thanks for the info, mainemojo. I was looking at my old 8000HD manual with the DVI port and got confused.
post #513 of 4996
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Originally posted by zkolkin
I was looking at my old 8000HD manual with the DVI port and got confused.

You're not the only one who has been confused. When I first called TWMaine to see if they had activated DVI on the 8000HD, and they told me they were replacing it with the 8300HD, the tech support people I spoke to didn't know the 8300HD was HDMI, either. They told me that about half the customers who got the 8300HD had been the returning it because "the DVI didn't work," and they gave me a month's free use of the 8300HD because they couldn't guarantee it would work. I had to enlighten them about the difference between HDMI and DVI, and I suspect many of the people who had been returning the box were doing so because they didn't know the difference, or understand the compatibility, either. I wonder if TWMaine is any wiser by now ...
post #514 of 4996
I live in Lewiston and Adelphia is currently only offering the WCSH and PBS channels. WMTW and WGME are only available OTA. Now that Adelphia has released a dual tuner DVR, it would be nice if these channels were also available on Adelphia. Does anyone have any idea if these channels will ever be added in the not to distant future? I realize that carriage agreements must be signed but it's been months since Adelphia started offering HD and you would think that the 3 major networks would be a priority. Adelphia as usual has not been any help in answering these questions.
post #515 of 4996
Hi everyone! This is sort of off topic, but I wanted to get some of the other Maine people's views if possible. I currently have a projector (epson home 10+) and I have time warner's HD box.

I am thinking about dropping TW and going with Direct tv. My understanding is, if I do this I will need a hd converter box and an antenna to get high def locals, and if I want to get hd direct tv (hbo, espn, etc..) I will need a high def reciever. Does anyone know if this is right, and further, if Direct tv makes a high def box that will do both of these things, or if I need to buy both items seperately? Thanks for any help you all can give. If you don't want me to hijack the thread a pm would be great.

Thanks!
post #516 of 4996
Unlike HD digital cable boxes, HD satellite receivers (VOOM, DishNet, and DirecTV) all have built-in ATSC tuners. Even without a DirecTV subscription, you can use an HD DirecTV reciever to pull in OTA digital television with an antenna.

Joe
post #517 of 4996
I have what is hopefully a reliable update. I ran into a TW employee who said a memo had been circulated stating that Fox HD was to be added next and would be on line for the Superbowl.

If anyone has inside sources and can get confirmation, that would be great.
post #518 of 4996
How does the Direct tv hd reciever compare to non-direct tv hd converters. The direct tv unit sells for about $300 I believe.
post #519 of 4996
Too general a question. You'll have to look at the features of specific models. Look for thinks like DVI/HDMI outputs, zooming functions and video format conversion (720p to 1080i, etc). Specifically, you can use the DirecTV HD receiver to get both OTA digital television and HD DirecTV content. With a standard HD set top box, you will only get over the air digital television.

Joe
post #520 of 4996
Thanks Joe, I guess what I was really asking was is $300 a lot more expensive than the stand alone units are? As long as the picture is good I don't really care about the extras all that much. In the end I just have to decide if it's worth it to dump Time warner and go with dtv or not.
post #521 of 4996
You'll have to look around. My Simon lists tuners as low as $175. But you will need a seperate receiver for DirecTV or Digital cable. You'll want to be fairly certain that you can receive the OTA digital signals at your location (TitanTV has a nice antenna selector that will help you).

Joe
post #522 of 4996
Once again, thanks Joe. I'm trying to justify to myself if I should leave time warner for direct tv. From what I can find out, it looks like I won't be able to get any of the high def locals from direct tv, so I will have to hope that I can get them with an antenna in Gorham. As opposed to staying with TW and getting everything but 13 and fox?? If only direct tv would offer all the locals in high definition.
post #523 of 4996
Unfortunately there is little chance they will do that in the foreseeable future. It would take too much bandwidth for them to broadcast every local channel twice. They still don't have the bandwidth to put up every local analog station yet (Bangor stations, for instance).

This is the big advantage that cable has over satellite.

Joe
post #524 of 4996
Quote:
Originally posted by BL
I have what is hopefully a reliable update. I ran into a TW employee who said a memo had been circulated stating that Fox HD was to be added next and would be on line for the Superbowl.

If anyone has inside sources and can get confirmation, that would be great.

Don't know about TW, but Fox HD is up and running on DirecTV. If you have a local waiver and the HD package you are all set.
post #525 of 4996
Quote:


Originally posted by BL
I have what is hopefully a reliable update. I ran into a TW employee who said a memo had been circulated stating that Fox HD was to be added next and would be on line for the Superbowl.

If anyone has inside sources and can get confirmation, that would be great.

Where would TW get there HD Fox feed from? Fox 23 doesn't have the ability to broadcast a digital signal yet.
post #526 of 4996
capsfan - you're going to have to go through some past posts on this thread for the gory details, but in a nutshell fox23 may be providing the HD feed to TWC even though they won't be able to broadcast OTA. Its pretty unorthadox, but it seems closer to happening. HUGE win for TWC if it does, IMO.
post #527 of 4996
Quote:


Originally posted by jkurlanski
capsfan - you're going to have to go through some past posts on this thread for the gory details, but in a nutshell fox23 may be providing the HD feed to TWC even though they won't be able to broadcast OTA. Its pretty unorthadox, but it seems closer to happening. HUGE win for TWC if it does, IMO.

Wow!! That would be huge for TW customers! Being an Adelphia customer, I won't hold my breath that anything like that could happen for us. Kudos to TW if they manage to do that for their customers.

I can't complain about Adelphia too much as they have come through with a large amount of HD channels thus far: NBC, ABC, PBS, HBO, SHO, STARZ, MAX, HDNET, HDNET Movies, ESPN, NESN, INHD, INHD2, Disc. HD, and NFL network. I just wish I could get CBS and FOX.
post #528 of 4996
In reply to BL, here's the news.

DIRECTV to Offer FOX HD Programming

"LOS ANGELES, December 22: DIRECTV and the Fox Television Station Group have reached an agreement to bring FOX's high-definition programming-including the Super Bowl on February 6-to the satellite platform's subscribers in 26 markets." These are O&O markets which does not include Portland.

Also, in reply to mphinne2 who said "If only direct tv would offer all the locals in high definition" it is possible that it will happen in 2005 when it launches two new satellites. "The first two of these satellites, Spaceway 1 and Spaceway 2, will launch in 2005 with programming being offered to consumers by the middle of the year. These satellites will have the capacity for more than 500 local HD channels...." Two more satellites will launch in 2007. Let's hope the Portland-Auburn market is served by the first two!

Dana
post #529 of 4996
I'm on Adelphia - Augusta and I am also interested to know when Adelphia will pick up channels 8 and 13, not to mention Fox. Unfortunately, Adelphia won't talk. Possibly, we could squeeze it out of the stations. In my area, they might have to wait until the stations go to full power. Channel 8 told me a month or so ago that they would go to full power early in the next year. Channel 13 wouldn't say.

Of course Adelphia still has to have carriage agreements.
post #530 of 4996
Just to make sure I have exhausted all my options. I live in Gorham, and I get an A signal strength on all my channels. Therefore the only way I can get hd locals is OTA with an antenna, or if D* starts offfering them, or if I have TW cable.

Even though fox isn't offering the locals in HD, I can't get an exception to get the national feeds for HD right??

Merry Christmas everyone!
post #531 of 4996
Well, you won't automatically qualify for the Fox HD feed, however you can request a waiver through directv. You could ask the station directly whether they will grant it.

Joe
post #532 of 4996
My friend in Maine, just e-mailed with a message that he got from his (high ranking) contact at TWC of Maine. It said that if Fox23 still wasn't ready by the Superbowl, then TWC would try to provide a national FOX HD feed (like is available on DirecTV) from NYC, just for the SuperBowl with Fox23's permission. This is interesting, as I have really never heard of this before. He also said that he wishes that TWC would offer some more HD channels, like Cinemax-HD, NESN-HD and others. He really wants NESN-HD the most, but his contact couldn't find anything about those channels being added.
post #533 of 4996
This just in (From friend in Maine): "I was looking thru the channels at lunch time today on HD cable. I knew WPFO (Fox 23) in HD was going to pop up soon, after I had been told it was coming soon by my contact at TWC. Well it appears "HWPFO" is up in "engineering/test mode" on channel 507, which now appears and has guide data. It did have a picture for a few moments, but that is now gone as of 1PM EST. Channel 611 (Test9) also had the feed, as they test it out on two channels for some reason before it is offically on. I hope I will be able to view Fox HD for the very first time tonight, we will see."
post #534 of 4996
...which now appears and has guide data. It did have a picture for a few moments, but that is now gone as of 1PM EST....


It seems that the guide is wrong and that there will be only a couple of hours of feed during primetime. The guide info will be removed until Fox goes to a 24 hr feed. Whenever *that* will be!
post #535 of 4996
He also said in that message that the guide data appears to be correct.
post #536 of 4996
This just in as of 8PM: "The OC is up on channel 507 in HD!! The Fox logo is really cut off, don't know what that is about. No its not overscan, I'm missing the "ox" off the screen on both HDTV's. The feed includes 5.1 DD, even on SD commercials. (??)"
post #537 of 4996
Certainly is on, but it looks pretty grainy to me for HD. I'm thinking it is some sort of mis-cue (zoomed?) at the station and that's why we're only getting the top of the "F" and 1/4 of the "O" and none of the "X" in the fox bug. But hey, its the first time out! Gotta give 'em props for doing this!
post #538 of 4996
Well, I just did an AVS forum search on the OC and it turns out "grainy" is the norm. It's shot on 16mm film so it gets that inherient look to it.
post #539 of 4996
Here in Portland, Maine, as of this evening, our local FOX affiliate is passing an HD feed to the local Time Warner cable company. Not so odd on its own, but here's the catch: The local (WPFO) doesn't have a digital broadcast assignment for over the air transmission.
The current owners bought the station after the first round of station assignments and are currently locked out by the FCC from getting an assignment. None-the-less, they have gone ahead with equipment installation and are now providing the HD feed to Time Warner Cable. Just a few weeks shy of the Super Bowl...whew. Our first FOX HD is The OC, which looks pretty grainy to me, but based on other OC posts, that seems to be the norm.
So is this Cable Co, local affiliate arrangement a first? Or is this old news?
post #540 of 4996
I believe the Albany, NY Fox affiliate is only available on Time Warner Cable there.
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