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post #5101 of 7863
Sorry, I believe the hard drive size was 320
post #5102 of 7863
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Originally Posted by ttrue88 View Post

Sure, Samsung DVR is model SNTH3090. Lady that gave it to us said it was brand new.

Oh Boy!!!... with a 320!! TW doors will be knocked down now. First I hear they are available in Charlotte my 8300's black level issue will suddenly become a major problem in need of a replacement.
post #5103 of 7863
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Originally Posted by ttrue88 View Post

Sure, Samsung DVR is model SNTH3090. Lady that gave it to us said it was brand new.

Anyone on the sound issue?

You are going to have a lot more interest in the box. Maybe after we all rush out to get them, we will be able to help with the issues.

Which office did you go to?
post #5104 of 7863
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Originally Posted by DancingBear View Post

You are going to have a lot more interest in the box. Maybe after we all rush out to get them, we will be able to help with the issues.

yep, but i'll take a stab. it could be a box issue. we cant help with that right now. or it could be a signal issue, cableing, splitters. no one else has popped in to say they had the same problem so its probably not a system problem. if it continues call TW and have them roll a truck out.

now back to the box. is the guide 16x9? (assuming you have a widescreen TV).
post #5105 of 7863
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Originally Posted by DancingBear View Post

Which office did you go to?

I think he mentioned that he was up in Kannappolis.
post #5106 of 7863
I'm heading over to Pineville tomorrow to drop off a box at the TWC kiosk. I will see if they have that Samsung available.
post #5107 of 7863
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Originally Posted by ttrue88 View Post

Sure, Samsung DVR is model SNTH3090. Lady that gave it to us said it was brand new.

Anyone on the sound issue?



You sure it isn't SMT-H3090?
post #5108 of 7863
Did anyone have a chance to get the new Samsung box? If so, what office? Is it an upgrade?
post #5109 of 7863
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Originally Posted by supasexyp View Post

Did anyone have a chance to get the new Samsung box? If so, what office? Is it an upgrade?

http://www.samsung.com/us/system/con...090_080205.pdf

If it is then according to the above it does home networking (DLNA!!) and the harddrive can be up to 320GB.
post #5110 of 7863
just picked up one of the 2 they had at the statesville office. traded a spare 3250HD for it and kept the old 8300dvr. havent hooked it up yet. it is an SMT-H3090. it has a seagate pipeline HD 320 GB part number 9GC132-193. cable card installed. came with no booklets or cableing. she said the same remote worked with it also. the conections in back are the following. 1394, e-sata, spdif, s-vid, y,pb,pr. 2 vid out, 2 left rca, 2 right rca audio out, digital out, hdmi, usb, LAN. On the front it says Home Network.
thats all i know right now.
post #5111 of 7863
First time poster.

Take it for what it's worth, but I called up TW customer service to ask about these Samsung boxes, and she said they do indeed have Samsung DVR's available now. I don't know how knowledgeable she acutally is on the subject, and she may have just said that to appease me not actually knowing the answer.

She said it was against policy for her to give me the phone number of a local office/billing center (which is ridiculous), so I have no way of calling them and asking if they do have any in stock. I think I'll stop by one this afternoon and look into it. She did say that none of the local offices had sent any messages noting short supplies. Again, don't know how accurate that statement is.

If they do have some available this afternoon, I'll see if I can pick one up.
post #5112 of 7863
I just got back from the Pineville location and hooked up the new Samsung DVR.

I can't get ESPN HD or some other HD channels. It tells me to call TWC and order.

I called and the "tech support" lady told me to unplug the box and reboot. We tried twice and nothing changed.

She sounded like she's my mom's age and is clueless about technology. She told me to return it for another box.
post #5113 of 7863
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Originally Posted by rcase13 View Post


If it is then according to the above it does home networking (DLNA!!) and the harddrive can be up to 320GB.

That feature excites me. I have been wanting to get a small PC to use as a media center to stream music and videos from my home server. If this Samsung box supports UPNP, then that would allow me to do so without having to purchase a media center PC. Too bad I don't have a network jack at the location of my television. I guess I need to look into that powerline adapter that turns a power outlet into a LAN connection.
post #5114 of 7863
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Originally Posted by cratch View Post

I just got back from the Pineville location and hooked up the new Samsung DVR.

I can't get ESPN HD or some other HD channels. It tells me to call TWC and order.

I called and the "tech support" lady told me to unplug the box and reboot. We tried twice and nothing changed.

She sounded like she's my mom's age and is clueless about technology. She told me to return it for another box.

That pretty much SOP when a new box is placed on an account. Both times I have done that, certain channels remain unauthorized for an hour or so after connection. Also happenned when my original Pioneer unit was "upgraded" from Passport to MDN. Give it a little time for the full cycle of authorizations to go around.
post #5115 of 7863
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Originally Posted by cratch View Post

I called and the "tech support" lady told me to unplug the box and reboot. We tried twice and nothing changed.

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i've had channels not come in after a power outage. usually unplugging the power and the cable coax, letting it sit for about 10 min. then connecting the cable first then the power has solved the problem. the one time this didnt work i called support and they resent the info to my box. the box rebooted itself and everything was fine after that.
post #5116 of 7863
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Originally Posted by RobbK View Post

That feature excites me. I have been wanting to get a small PC to use as a media center to stream music and videos from my home server. If this Samsung box supports UPNP, then that would allow me to do so without having to purchase a media center PC. Too bad I don't have a network jack at the location of my television. I guess I need to look into that powerline adapter that turns a power outlet into a LAN connection.



Check out the popcorn hour, its a network media tank. All you need is the PCH box and a big USB drive and you are ready to roll..I couldn't live without mine..
post #5117 of 7863
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Originally Posted by sccofer View Post

..I couldn't live without mine..

Me too . Love my A110!!
post #5118 of 7863
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Originally Posted by sccofer View Post

Check out the popcorn hour, its a network media tank. All you need is the PCH box and a big USB drive and you are ready to roll..I couldn't live without mine..

Yeah, I've seen those. I already have the storage space, as I have about 1.5Tb of storage on my home server up in my office. I have looked at the popcorn hour, the apple TV, and a mac mini all as ways to stream the media from my server across my LAN to my TV. Just haven't made the jump as money is getting tight. I'm hoping this Samsung DVR will do just that, because then I won't have to buy anymore hardware

I stopped by the TW booth at Northlake Mall and they have the Samsung SMT-H3090 HD DVR in stock. I'm waiting on my wife to get home from work in just a few, and we're going to take our 8300HDC up there to swap it out.

After I get some time to play with it, I'll post some impressions and whether the UPNP works as I hope and will stream from my server that supports UPNP. As I said earlier, I'm new here, so if I can figure out how to photos, I may throw up some of those as well.
post #5119 of 7863
Do any of you guys picking up the Sammy box have a D-VHS player? I'd like to know if the 1394 port works on this model (been disabled on the SA boxes for a few years now). Also, the e-SATA port for drive expansion. Thanks.
post #5120 of 7863
anxiously awaiting your testing, as I have another TV I was thinking about purchasing a 2nd PCH for but if I could stream it to the DVR it would be most excellent. With all of the copyright concerns, etc I am not holding my breath though that TWC hasn't crippled the functionality...Hope not...
post #5121 of 7863
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Originally Posted by cratch View Post

I just got back from the Pineville location and hooked up the new Samsung DVR.

I can't get ESPN HD or some other HD channels. It tells me to call TWC and order.

I called and the "tech support" lady told me to unplug the box and reboot. We tried twice and nothing changed.

She sounded like she's my mom's age and is clueless about technology. She told me to return it for another box.

Glad for the heads up 'cause that's the TWC location near me. Give us an update, if you will, on the new box.

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by chuckf1 View Post

Glad for the heads up 'cause that's the TWC location near me. Give us an update, if you will, on the new box.

Good luck!

Well, I've had a few minutes with the box, and I really don't have too much to report that is very exciting. It still runs Navigator, so it functions and acts like the 8300HDC. It looks pretty nice being all black, and matches my A/V hardware pretty nicely. The best thing so far is that the processor can actually keep up with my remote presses. It actually reacts when I push up and down, and doesn't sit there for a few seconds before deciding to jump up 3 stations in the guide. It makes the user experience a bit more pleasing since the box does what I ask it to immediately.

The guide is now full screen. But, it looks like the stretched guide on the 8300HDC. I wish it had an additional time column instead of just stretching across the screen and slightly distorting the text.

I'm not sure if the UPNP or DLNA features are functional. I don't know if TWC has to add that into the Navigator interface. I cannot find any options in the menu's to do anything with it. I have not hooked up an ethernet cable yet because I don't have a jack nearby. But, I will try and take it upstairs to the office and take my 20" TV in there, hook up the LAN and see if I can get access to anything on my Home Server with UPNP. However, I am doubtful, unless hooking up an ethernet cable adds some extra menu items.
post #5123 of 7863
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Originally Posted by RobbK View Post

Well, I've had a few minutes with the box, and I really don't have too much to report that is very exciting. It still runs Navigator, so it functions and acts like the 8300HDC. It looks pretty nice being all black, and matches my A/V hardware pretty nicely. The best thing so far is that the processor can actually keep up with my remote presses. It actually reacts when I push up and down, and doesn't sit there for a few seconds before deciding to jump up 3 stations in the guide. It makes the user experience a bit more pleasing since the box does what I ask it to immediately.

The guide is now full screen. But, it looks like the stretched guide on the 8300HDC. I wish it had an additional time column instead of just stretching across the screen and slightly distorting the text.

I'm not sure if the UPNP or DLNA features are functional. I don't know if TWC has to add that into the Navigator interface. I cannot find any options in the menu's to do anything with it. I have not hooked up an ethernet cable yet because I don't have a jack nearby. But, I will try and take it upstairs to the office and take my 20" TV in there, hook up the LAN and see if I can get access to anything on my Home Server with UPNP. However, I am doubtful, unless hooking up an ethernet cable adds some extra menu items.

Thanks for the input. Sounds like that except for the increased recording storage space, at this time the Samsung isn't all that great, as compared to the 8300 HD-DVR.
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Originally Posted by chuckf1 View Post

Thanks for the input. Sounds like that except for the increased recording storage space, at this time the Samsung isn't all that great, as compared to the 8300 HD-DVR.

is it better/worse than the 8300? from my experience so far i wouldnt say it isnt better or worse. yep, the guide is stretched (thats a negative)but other than that its like a 8300 with a bigger drive (a big positive). i can live with the guide as a trade off for a bigger HD. but yes the guide could look better. but i'm glad the side bars are gone. could a lot been better than the 8300? yep, but it aint no worse. i'll take a bigger drive for the same monthly rental

heres a link to the navigator thread where i just posted some pics and if you scroll down a few posts you can see a vid clip i took.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post16192088
post #5125 of 7863
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Originally Posted by strutter View Post

is it better/worse than the 8300? from my experience so far i wouldnt say it isnt better or worse. yep, the guide is stretched (thats a negative)but other than that its like a 8300 with a bigger drive (a big positive). i can live with the guide as a trade off for a bigger HD. but yes the guide could look better. but i'm glad the side bars are gone. could a lot been better than the 8300? yep, but it aint no worse. i'll take a bigger drive for the same monthly rental

heres a link to the navigator thread where i just posted some pics and if you scroll down a few posts you can see a vid clip i took.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post16192088

Looking at the video, seems like the the interface is quite fast. Maybe when I've plowed through some of the shows/movies that I DVRed, a trip to Carolina Place Mall might be in my future.
post #5126 of 7863
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Originally Posted by strutter View Post

is it better/worse than the 8300? from my experience so far i wouldnt say it isnt better or worse. yep, the guide is stretched (thats a negative)but other than that its like a 8300 with a bigger drive (a big positive). i can live with the guide as a trade off for a bigger HD. but yes the guide could look better. but i'm glad the side bars are gone. could a lot been better than the 8300? yep, but it aint no worse. i'll take a bigger drive for the same monthly rental

heres a link to the navigator thread where i just posted some pics and if you scroll down a few posts you can see a vid clip i took.
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...8#post16192088

I generally agree with all of that. The bigger HD is definitely a huge plus. I browsed the diagnostic, and it had an approximation of 80 hours of SD recording. Does that sound right?

A few other observations. One of my gripes about the 8300 was that the analog channels were SO much louder than the digital channels. On this new Samsung, all the channels appear to be the same volume. And it is the louder volume as well. I use to watch analog channels at a volume of about 10 on my TV, and digital channels at about 50. Now, they all sound good and loud at around 10, which is a big plus for me as well. No longer do I have to jump way up and way down in volume when changing channels.

I also tried connection to my LAN. I could never get the "Home Network" light on the front to illuminate. During the initial boot POST, it turns on for a second as a test. So, I know the light works. But, when hooking it up to my LAN, i got nothing. My router couldn't see it. So, I don't think the LAN is active.

I also hooked up an external hard drive to the firewire/1394 port, flipped the hard drive switch to on, and got nothing either. The drive didn't spin up nor did the drives light illuminate. It seems the firewire port is deactivated as well.

So, basically, the box really doesn't offer anything more than the 8300 at the moment, but the bigger HD and the faster processor are welcomed additions. I hope TW pushes out some software/firmware updates and gets some of the extra ports like the LAN and firewire ports activated. This would be very useful in streaming video and audio around the household.
post #5127 of 7863
^^^
does it seem to you that FF is faster? it does to me. on the 8300 i had perfect timing when FFing at 3x speed to push play just right for the 30sec jump back to be exactly where i wanted when coming back from a commercial. now the 2x speed seems faster than the 8300's 3x and 3x on the sammy is lightning fast.

and i too noticed i didnt have to turn the volume up as high.
post #5128 of 7863
I'm intrigued by both of your comments about the audio levels... when I had my Pioneer box it was just the opposite... the analogs were awfully low in level compared to the digitals. With my 8300HDC there was never any difference, although now I think we have everything on digital simulcast so there wouldn't be a difference anyway.... speaking of which, has anybody figured out if these even have analog tuners in the first place?

BTW, I've been watching my recordings since 5:15 this morning so I can go pick one up without losing anything, lol.
post #5129 of 7863
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Originally Posted by jcalabria View Post

I'm intrigued by both of your comments about the audio levels... when I had my Pioneer box it was just the opposite... the analogs were awfully low in level compared to the digitals. With my 8300HDC there was never any difference, although now I think we have everything on digital simulcast so there wouldn't be a difference anyway.... speaking of which, has anybody figured out if these even have analog tuners in the first place?

BTW, I've been watching my recordings since 5:15 this morning so I can go pick one up without losing anything, lol.

i cant say that i ever noticed a difference in audio levels from analog to digital. but with the new box i dont have to turn the volume up as high on the TV to get the audio levels i like. on the both boxes i keep the box volume maxed out and control the volume via TV. perhaps the max volume on the sammy is greater than the 8300. IDK
post #5130 of 7863
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Originally Posted by strutter View Post

i cant say that i ever noticed a difference in audio levels from analog to digital. but with the new box i dont have to turn the volume up as high on the TV to get the audio levels i like. on the both boxes i keep the box volume maxed out and control the volume via TV. perhaps the max volume on the sammy is greater than the 8300. IDK

OK... but that is what Robbk reported and I thought you were concurring. I have all my inputs matched with the trim controls in the receiver, so if I noticed a lower level from the 8300 I adjusted it and forgot about it months ago. But the Pioneer used to drive me nuts because the analogs were 10dB lower than the digitals.

If/when I swap out the 8300 for the 3090 I'll know if the levels are different but once I retrim the inputs at the receiver it won't matter again.

EDIT: I just checked my current receiver input trim settings... All of my digital sources (8300, Panny DVR, Panny Blu-ray & Sammy TV) are zeroed out... the only input that is adjusted is the internal tuner of the receiver, which was dropped 6dB to match the others. So, for me, the 8300 wasn't any lower in level than any of the other digital sources. They all match pretty well.
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