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post #5491 of 6610
Hello fellow enthusiasts,
This is my first post as I just stumbled upon this site today for the first time. Seems to be a lot of good info, and people here. I am a long time cable subscriber, and I am tired of paying more and more and getting less and less from TWC. I want them out of my life, and pocket, for good. Problem is I am addicted to their Guide and DVR functionality. I consider myself somewhat of a techie, so I think I should be able to get something going with a little help from other people like you. Could someone please point me in the right direction for a good jumping off point to get this done? What I am looking for is a way to get my local HD channels, some sort of "guide" functionality, and the ability to DVR the programming. I also like to watch a few shows on HBO, but I guess I can live without that if it means getting rid of TWC. I live in Xenia in a new neighborhood where all the trees are small so no interception problems there. I am currently watching a Flat panel LCD which has the ability to display 1080p resolution, if that helps. I am computer savvy as I do that sort of thing for a living, so hit me with the tech, I can take it.
Thanks for the help,

PS mods/admins, if this is posted in the wrong section please let me know.
post #5492 of 6610
You're probably better off posting in a different thread since your main question isn't strictly limited to this region. If you're looking for an out of the box solution to your problem, I would suggest a TiVo. If you're looking for a home brew solution, check out MythTV, BeyondTV, SageTV just to name a few HTPC front-ends.

You may want to check out the HTPC Forum:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=26
post #5493 of 6610
Quote:
Originally Posted by DownWtwc View Post

Hello fellow enthusiasts,
This is my first post as I just stumbled upon this site today for the first time. Seems to be a lot of good info, and people here. I am a long time cable subscriber, and I am tired of paying more and more and getting less and less from TWC. I want them out of my life, and pocket, for good. Problem is I am addicted to their Guide and DVR functionality. I consider myself somewhat of a techie, so I think I should be able to get something going with a little help from other people like you. Could someone please point me in the right direction for a good jumping off point to get this done? What I am looking for is a way to get my local HD channels, some sort of "guide" functionality, and the ability to DVR the programming. I also like to watch a few shows on HBO, but I guess I can live without that if it means getting rid of TWC. I live in Xenia in a new neighborhood where all the trees are small so no interception problems there. I am currently watching a Flat panel LCD which has the ability to display 1080p resolution, if that helps. I am computer savvy as I do that sort of thing for a living, so hit me with the tech, I can take it.
Thanks for the help,

PS mods/admins, if this is posted in the wrong section please let me know.

If local HDs over satellite is important to you, right now your only option is DirecTV. However if you don't mind getting your locals via antenna, Dish Network offers, in most people's opinions, the superior DVR software with their boxes. All their HD DVRs have an OTA tuner built in so it's seamless with the software. The only downfall is you can only DVR one network show at a time in HD.

I switched a little over a year ago and the wife and I both preferred dish networks software over TWC instantly.

I'm in Beavercreek Township, and have no issues with OTA reception with an antenna in my attic, so right now Dish Network is the better option for me.
post #5494 of 6610
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Originally Posted by DownWtwc View Post

Problem is I am addicted to their Guide and DVR functionality.

What else have you tried or seen in use ?
post #5495 of 6610
thank you terryfoster and browerjs for the suggestions, I will check that stuff out.

hall, nothing, this is my first attempt at freedom from TWC.
post #5496 of 6610
I had DirecTV a long time ago and I know their guide has changed a lot since, but I've never played with it in-depth. I did have TW a few years ago, before their Mystro/Navigator software fiasco, when they used Passport, and it was nice. I switched to Dish and their guide/DVR software is definitely a step up, IMO. You can "try" Dish's equipment at every Radio Shack I've been into recently. They have Dish's top-of-the-line HD-DVR up and running and not restricted or locked down in any way.
post #5497 of 6610
[quote=terryfoster;14856931]You're probably better off posting in a different thread since your main question isn't strictly limited to this region. If you're looking for an out of the box solution to your problem, I would suggest a TiVo. If you're looking for a home brew solution, check out MythTV, BeyondTV, SageTV just to name a few HTPC front-ends.

You may want to check out the HTPC Forum:
...QUOTE]

I have looked at a few of these hardware/software solutions before, it was just a while ago so I kind of forgot.

I have a Desktop running Windows XP, and two laptops, one running Xp and a MAC running OS 10.

I would like to convert the Desktop to run some flavor of LINUX and leave the laptops running what they are running.

I also have 3 tv's, one in the office where the Desktop is located, one in a bedroom, and one in the living room. Ideally I would like to get into some hardware config, that would allow me to connect the antenna to the Desktop, have an output for the office tv directly from the PC, and then get some sort of "boxes" to sit by the other two tv's networked to the Desktop to allow playback from it to them.
post #5498 of 6610
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Originally Posted by hall View Post

I had DirecTV a long time ago and I know their guide has changed a lot since, but I've never played with it in-depth. I did have TW a few years ago, before their Mystro/Navigator software fiasco, when they used Passport, and it was nice. I switched to Dish and their guide/DVR software is definitely a step up, IMO. You can "try" Dish's equipment at every Radio Shack I've been into recently. They have Dish's top-of-the-line HD-DVR up and running and not restricted or locked down in any way.

OK cool, maybe I will swing by there on my way home today and check out what they have to offer. I think I can get some sort of service via, AT&T from them. Anything but TWC at this point sounds good.
post #5499 of 6610
You'll be happy with both Dish and DirecTV over TWC. TWC is a terrible company.

Dish has the better hardware and software, as has been mentioned multiple times on this thread.

DirecTV has better picture quality, from my eyes (and others who I know have switched from TWC, to Dish, to DirecTV).

You really can't go wrong with anybody outside of TWC.
post #5500 of 6610
Dish and AT&T are ending their partnership/relationship soon. Maybe the end of the year... It will be AT&T and DirecTV in the near future. If the DirecTV is anything like the Dish one, you only save $3-4/month by "bundling".
post #5501 of 6610
DownWtwc,

Are you trying to get rid of pay TV completely, or just switch from Time Warner to another provider? Two years ago I dropped Time Warner and built my own HD DVR using free OTA HD. So right now, other than the initial investment to mount the antenna and build the DVR, I don't pay anything for TV. I think right now I've got about 30 hours of TV recorded and waiting for me to view (and I can record over 100 hours of HD).

If you're interested in this, I would be glad to help. For this option you can buy a TiVo which will be a great out of the box solution, but will cost quite a bit up front and you'll have a $14 a month or whatever the listing fee is. Since you seem to be leaning toward building something, I would suggest running BeyondTV on WindowsXP. Don't waste your time on any other solution. I have tried them all... MythTV, SageTV, etc. etc. are all nice in theory but all have major problems. BeyondTV just works.

Let me know if I can help further.
post #5502 of 6610
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Originally Posted by jimp2244 View Post

For this option you can buy a TiVo which will be a great out of the box solution, but will cost quite a bit up front and you'll have a $14 a month or whatever the listing fee is. Since you seem to be leaning toward building something, I would suggest running BeyondTV on WindowsXP.

I have a hard time believing you can buy a new computer that has the necessary equipment for less than $700 (20hr TiVoHD w/Lifetime service), so the cost argument seems a bit wrong.
post #5503 of 6610
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Originally Posted by terryfoster View Post

I have a hard time believing you can buy a new computer that has the necessary equipment for less than $700 (20hr TiVoHD w/Lifetime service), so the cost argument seems a bit wrong.

I didn't mean to suggest that TiVo is a bad option... just pointing out all of the aspects. I would actually recommend TiVo to anyone who wants something that will "just work."

BTW my DVR cost me about $500-600 and that includes the lifetime listings from BeyondTV. I also used a very high-end $200 case... Probably can build one cheaper today than I did two years ago as well.
post #5504 of 6610
I would love to have free TV. I am thinking in the long run this will be the way to go if possible. I mostly only watch local HD channels, and 1 weekly show on HBO (wife likes the True Blood show, but I can wait for it to come out on disk and rent it later...)

I have the hardware/software knowledge as I am a systems administrator (windows and UNIX) by trade. I like Bill gates about as much as TWC so I thought I would try to do it on a LINUX platform to get rid of that "wolf" along with TWC, but I have heard now from several people that BeyondTV works a lot better than any other of the "do it yourself" solutions out there. SO I guess I can live with Windows if I have to. Could I run it on my XP box now and possibly run it on a MAC later?

I don’t think I will have to build an entirely new box for this, my Desktop I have now is big enough, I think, to pull off running BeyondTV. I will research this today, and when I know enough to ask intelligent questions I will get back to you guys.

Thank you guys so much for all of the help, and the quick responses too. Looks like I stumbled into just the place I needed to be…
post #5505 of 6610
Whoever has contacts at channel 16 send them my thanks for fixing the Tv Guide issue as all is well on my Elite...................

Thanks PBS 16!

John
post #5506 of 6610
777 Palladia HD
773 Disney Channel HD
770 Discovery Channel HD
774 ABC Family HD
771 TLC HD
769 ESPNU HD
776 FOX News HD
772 Hallmark Movie Channel HD
775 CNN HD

Coming in December: Animal Planet HD, ESPNEWS HD, The Weather Channel HD, Science Channel HD, and more.

My Oct bill mentions rate increases for Nov.
post #5507 of 6610
Are you saying you are now getting the 9 you have listed? We've got none of those.
post #5508 of 6610
The 9 listed are for November. The Cinci thread mentioned Nov 9th.
post #5509 of 6610
I hope they get added in my area too. I'd love to have a few of those channels in HD.
post #5510 of 6610
I would just love to have my NBC back (especially in HD). I don't like having to switch over to OTA.

GET IT TOGETHER LIN AND TWC!!!
post #5511 of 6610
How quickly this story is no longer "news"
post #5512 of 6610
How many HD channels does TWC have now?
post #5513 of 6610
This is all I get right now:

FOX (WRGT)
CBS (WHIO)
ABC (WKEF)
AE
History
TBS
Food Network
HGTV
Discovery HD Theater
TNT
NatGEO
Mojo
Universal
HDNet
HDMovies
ESPN
ESPN2
FSN

(I guess there's also MyTV and PBS)
post #5514 of 6610
Directv is adding the Dayton local channels in HD tomorrow (10/22). According to the guide they will be adding WDTN (NBC), WKEF (ABC), WHIO (CBS) and WRGT (FOX) in HD. PBS and CW will remain in SD on Directv.
post #5515 of 6610
Something strange is happening on Directv right now in the Dayton area. WHIO has been replaced by WHIO's Weather Now station. This may have something to do with the upgrade tomorrow but this is strange
post #5516 of 6610
Not sure what the problem was but WHIO is back on Directv
post #5517 of 6610
The HD channels looked good this morning on D*. I checked out Today and GMA and both looked the same as OTA.
post #5518 of 6610
The only problem I saw with the locals in HD on D* this morning was WHIO. On WHIO the audio and video were badly out of sync. The audio seemed to be several seconds in front of the video. I am not sure if this is still going on but was a problem when I was watching early this morning.
post #5519 of 6610
I came home from work and WHIO HD on DirecTV was mostly fixed. The audio may be a frame or so off, but the choppy/jumping picture issue is fixed.
post #5520 of 6610
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gindie View Post

Thanks for everybody who replied to my TW question, but I have some additional questions. Keep in mind that they have the new Mystro software.

How do I tell it to do different actions for different types of programs? When I press "Settings" on the remote and choose "Aspect Ratio", I only get 3 choices Normal, Zoom, and Stretch. I don't know how to say "If the program is 16:9, do nothing. Or, if the program is 4:3, then..."

I FINALLY found what I was looking for. I had overlooked the "DISPLAY" selection box along the bottom of the "Settings" screen. It provided all the options that I needed.
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