or Connect
AVS › AVS Forum › HDTV › Local HDTV Info and Reception › Raleigh, NC - HDTV
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Raleigh, NC - HDTV - Page 398

post #11911 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by nitdawg View Post

So I finally made the switch over to OTA, relinquishing the mighty basic cable package....

Good for you!

Quote:
Originally Posted by nitdawg View Post

Anyways, the TWC sales rep, ...

"Can I offer you 200 channels for only $30 more a month?"

To which you should have asked, "For how long, and what will the price be after that?"
post #11912 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by tommy122 View Post

I received a letter today from Time Warner stating that the "Start Over" feature would be available July 6. Well, it's not working at my house.

Got the same letter and sadly it is working at my house. It's pretty much useless to me since it's only on 10 channels and only the SD feeds of those channels. It's a pretty neat feature and works well but will never get used by me until they add it to some HD channels.

The 10 Channels it is currently on:
Boomerang, Biography, Fine Living, Fox Movie Channel, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Noggin, Showtime, TMC and Tru TV.

What's worse it's not even available on all the shows on those channels. Just selected shows. The letter does say that additional channels will be added in the coming months. We'll see what happens. I think they have had it for a year in Charlotte and haven't gotten anything good.
post #11913 of 15283
My son was watching Boomerang yesterday night and the channel was freezing for about 1-2 secs every 3-4 mins. Probably related to Start Over.
post #11914 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by fmoraes View Post

My son was watching Boomerang yesterday night and the channel was freezing for about 1-2 secs every 3-4 mins. Probably related to Start Over.

I was getting the same thing on Discovery HD last night. Really irritating. Hopefully a box reboot will help.
post #11915 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by HotTubJohnny View Post

I was getting the same thing on Discovery HD last night. Really irritating. Hopefully a box reboot will help.

Same thing happened to me yesterday on every channel that I tuned to. Doesn't seem to be happening today. I called TWC and scheduled a technician for Wednesday. If it doesn't start happening again today, I guess I will cancel.
post #11916 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by tarheelone View Post

Got the same letter and sadly it is working at my house. It's pretty much useless to me since it's only on 10 channels and only the SD feeds of those channels. It's a pretty neat feature and works well but will never get used by me until they add it to some HD channels.

The 10 Channels it is currently on:
Boomerang, Biography, Fine Living, Fox Movie Channel, Hallmark Channel, National Geographic, Noggin, Showtime, TMC and Tru TV.

What's worse it's not even available on all the shows on those channels. Just selected shows. The letter does say that additional channels will be added in the coming months. We'll see what happens. I think they have had it for a year in Charlotte and haven't gotten anything good.

I've only gotten it to work on one channel. Seems to be a pretty useless feature unless they eventually implement it on all channels including HD channels. Maybe then it might be somewhat handy but certainly not to the extent that TWC has hyped it.
post #11917 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by fmoraes View Post

My son was watching Boomerang yesterday night and the channel was freezing for about 1-2 secs every 3-4 mins. Probably related to Start Over.

Same thing on a handful of HD channels for me last night. I tried rebooting the box, but didn't help. Haven't tested it today though.
post #11918 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by nitdawg View Post

Nice! I can't wait for them to get started. Thanks.

As another Morrisville resident, I will be happy with this as well.

I only want Uverse for Internet. Right now, I can only get 3.0/384 DSL from ATT even though we have freaking Fiber running to the curb here.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Erik Garci View Post


By the way, the Digital Programming Tier is not included in the Digital Access package.

All this time, I thought TWC was the home of Free HD????
post #11919 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by Lee L View Post

As another Morrisville resident, I will be happy with this as well.

I only want Uverse for Internet. Right now, I can only get 3.0/384 DSL from ATT even though we have freaking Fiber running to the curb here.

I'm in Addison Park and I also just want internet (plus ESPN360) from ATT. Since my address barfs on their website, what are the speed/price packages offered with U-verse?
post #11920 of 15283
Here is a link to the general service tiers and prices for Internet. Looks like 1.5 meg for $25 ranging up to 18 meg for $65. Looks like the Upload ranges from 1 meg to 2 meg based on some looking. https://uversecentral1.att.com/uvp/home/explore .
post #11921 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by jspENC View Post

CW 22 news is NOT in HD. I saw it last night.

I just checked WLFL's Wikipedia page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLFL -- and found this:

"On April 21, 2008, WTVD became the third television station in the area to produce its newscasts in high definition and the WLFL broadcasts were included in the upgrade."

This is vague enough to be interpreted either way, but seems intended to leave the impression that WLFL broadcasts the news in HD.
post #11922 of 15283
If WLFL is doing it's broadcast of WTVD's news at 10 in HD, then it's in 4:3 HD, if not upconverted SD.
post #11923 of 15283
I'm having a new home built this year and I am looking for advice on coax wiring. My walk through with the electrician is in two weeks, this is where I tell him where I want my cable/ethernet/phone/power outlets/speaker/etc mounted. In case my home builder's hired electrician is not well versed in this stuff, I want to be prepared. If he knows what he's doing, I just want to make sure we're on the same page.

If possible I'd like my coax wiring to support both cable TV/broadband internet services as well as OTA DTV.

1. Is this possible to do simultaneously over the same coax wiring or would cable tv and internet services interfere with the OTA antenna frequencies?

2. I'd like to have an attic mounted antenna. Does this mean I just need an additional coax outlet installed in the attic or is there more to it than that?

Long story short, I'd like every TV in the house (about 3 or 4 TVs) to have the option of either plugging into the coax outlet and pick up OTA TV or be connected to a digital cable set top box.

Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.
post #11924 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by Syzygy View Post

I just checked WLFL's Wikipedia page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLFL -- and found this:

"On April 21, 2008, WTVD became the third television station in the area to produce its newscasts in high definition and the WLFL broadcasts were included in the upgrade."

This is vague enough to be interpreted either way, but seems intended to leave the impression that WLFL broadcasts the news in HD.

The huge problem with Wikipedia is that pretty much anyone can post anything, and if no one else corrects it then it stays there.

All you have to do is watch the 10pm news and see that WLFL is not showing WTVD's HD feed. Haven't heard if they plan on doing so or not... but they definitely aren't thus far.
post #11925 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by donnied4rko View Post

I'm having a new home built this year and I am looking for advice on coax wiring. My walk through with the electrician is in two weeks, this is where I tell him where I want my cable/ethernet/phone/power outlets/speaker/etc mounted. In case my home builder's hired electrician is not well versed in this stuff, I want to be prepared. If he knows what he's doing, I just want to make sure we're on the same page.

If possible I'd like my coax wiring to support both cable TV/broadband internet services as well as OTA DTV.

1. Is this possible to do simultaneously over the same coax wiring or would cable tv and internet services interfere with the OTA antenna frequencies?

I don't believe so. Will you have a central hub where RG6/Cat5(e)/coax branch out from? This seems to be the trend. I just went through this process...you can get a single sized wall plate with 2xCoax and 1xCat5 connections. You will need separate coax lines running to the terminals if you want a centralized antenna and cable box at the same site. Telephone and internet can be interchanged on the Cat5 terminals.

Quote:


2. I'd like to have an attic mounted antenna. Does this mean I just need an additional coax outlet installed in the attic or is there more to it than that?

Yes, have a coax run from your attic to your distribution hub. Make sure you but a 110 outlet up there as well for powered amplification/distribution. You will also have another line coming in from outside the house (cable/internet).

Quote:


Long story short, I'd like every TV in the house (about 3 or 4 TVs) to have the option of either plugging into the coax outlet and pick up OTA TV or be connected to a digital cable set top box.

Well, if its and either or and not both, then you only need a single coax run to each terminal and switch it at your hub.

Quote:


Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

Have fun!
post #11926 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by Syzygy View Post

I just checked WLFL's Wikipedia page -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WLFL -- and found this:

"On April 21, 2008, WTVD became the third television station in the area to produce its newscasts in high definition and the WLFL broadcasts were included in the upgrade."

This is vague enough to be interpreted either way, but seems intended to leave the impression that WLFL broadcasts the news in HD.

Either way, as stated above, the statement is just incorrect.
post #11927 of 15283
Thread Starter 
donnied4rko,
I think nitdawg took care of your main questions.
A couple additional items.
1 - I would see if it is possible to install a conduit run between your wiring closet or wiring box on the main floor and the attic. That would make any future changes VERY easy.

2 - Be sure to have an outlet in or very near your main wiring box. Nitdawg mentioned reasons to have some outlets in the attic where you might put your antenna in case you need to amp the signal or put on a rotator.

3- If the house is large and/or you want sufficient wireless coverage consider a run dedicated for wireless broadcast unit to a location on the 2nd or 3rd floor or attic. Sometimes, like in my case, a wiring closet is on the 1st floor and located between a bunch of HVAC items and wireless reception is not all that I desire. So a CAT5 run to a location near power where you will setup a Wi-Fi hub might be a point of consideration.

A couple other thoughts somewhat on topic.
1 - Don't neglect coax runs to locations such as the garage and back-porch. Those are tons cheaper and easier to do in the build phase.

2 - For Ethernet - Don't neglect somewhat overlooked areas to wire like near your TV or entertainment systems for game systems such as the XBOX360 and PS3 type hookups. Sure wireless works but at this stage you can get a wired connection there and put in a hub and have options for a HTPC and game systems in the future.

3 - Having done the wiring (low and high voltage) for my own house I decided against ANY phone wiring. Just a thought but I knew that I was done with landlines and went with a VOIP type solution. I put my efforts towards Ethernet, coax and speaker wiring. Just a thought.

Enjoy the build process. This stuff is easy compared to wall-color, carpets, house color...etc.
post #11928 of 15283
WildBill and Nitdawg, thanks for the helpful info!
post #11929 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by WildBill View Post

donnied4rko,
I think nitdawg took care of your main questions.
A couple additional items.
1 - I would see if it is possible to install a conduit run between your wiring closet or wiring box on the main floor and the attic. That would make any future changes VERY easy.

Great idea. If you have a crawl space, you should have one underneath, which can also help with future runs on the first floor/outside

Quote:
2 - Be sure to have an outlet in or very near your main wiring box. Nitdawg mentioned reasons to have some outlets in the attic where you might put your antenna in case you need to amp the signal or put on a rotator.

I have a 110V outlet in my connection box (use it to power wireless router and cable modem) and I had them put another outlet in the closet itself so I could power my printer and NAS. With that said, think about possible TV wall mounts to plan for 110V and cable/audio runs, although putting in a 110 isn't too bad usually after the fact.

If you have the $ (it was $150 for my family room and bonus room) the prewiring for 5.1 speakers. Even if you don't have a setup, it is so worth it for when you are ready.


Quote:
3- If the house is large and/or you want sufficient wireless coverage consider a run dedicated for wireless broadcast unit to a location on the 2nd or 3rd floor or attic. Sometimes, like in my case, a wiring closet is on the 1st floor and located between a bunch of HVAC items and wireless reception is not all that I desire. So a CAT5 run to a location near power where you will setup a Wi-Fi hub might be a point of consideration.

Great tip...very dependent on what's around, my 1st floor jobby gets it done just fine since all my HVAC is in the attic
Quote:
A couple other thoughts somewhat on topic.
1 - Don't neglect coax runs to locations such as the garage and back-porch. Those are tons cheaper and easier to do in the build phase.

Garage is key...poker night or Sunday football frying up some wings...never would have thought of it if the builder didn't mention it.

Quote:
2 - For Ethernet - Don't neglect somewhat overlooked areas to wire like near your TV or entertainment systems for game systems such as the XBOX360 and PS3 type hookups. Sure wireless works but at this stage you can get a wired connection there and put in a hub and have options for a HTPC and game systems in the future.

This is what I had them put wherever I had coax, I had Cat5e:


Quote:
3 - Having done the wiring (low and high voltage) for my own house I decided against ANY phone wiring. Just a thought but I knew that I was done with landlines and went with a VOIP type solution. I put my efforts towards Ethernet, coax and speaker wiring. Just a thought.

With my setup, I have a telephone distributor (which I don't use) and router at my switch which allows me to send either phone or internet to any of the Cat5e jacks...no need for traditional phone wiring since it is backwards compatible.

Quote:
Enjoy the build process. This stuff is easy compared to wall-color, carpets, house color...etc.

Amen!
post #11930 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by donnied4rko View Post

I'm having a new home built this year and I am looking for advice on coax wiring. My walk through with the electrician is in two weeks, this is where I tell him where I want my cable/ethernet/phone/power outlets/speaker/etc mounted. In case my home builder's hired electrician is not well versed in this stuff, I want to be prepared. If he knows what he's doing, I just want to make sure we're on the same page.

If possible I'd like my coax wiring to support both cable TV/broadband internet services as well as OTA DTV.

1. Is this possible to do simultaneously over the same coax wiring or would cable tv and internet services interfere with the OTA antenna frequencies?

2. I'd like to have an attic mounted antenna. Does this mean I just need an additional coax outlet installed in the attic or is there more to it than that?

Long story short, I'd like every TV in the house (about 3 or 4 TVs) to have the option of either plugging into the coax outlet and pick up OTA TV or be connected to a digital cable set top box.

Any advice or tips would be greatly appreciated.

I would run a coax to the out side of the roof to be ready to accomodate dish or direct tv satilight. Also run the coax to a place to mount a roof top antenna if you really need a stronger signal. If you do a run to the out side make sure to tape up & seal the end of the coax. If the end of the coax is exposed to humidity it deteriate the foam in a year or 2 thus the coax will weaken a very strong signal.
post #11931 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by WildBill View Post

...
2 - For Ethernet - Don't neglect somewhat overlooked areas to wire like near your TV or entertainment systems for game systems such as the XBOX360 and PS3 type hookups....

You might also want to put an Ethernet connection along with power up to the attic where your OTA antenna will be. That might be a good place to put something like an HDHomerun tuner, but I guess it could be near the distribution hub space too.
post #11932 of 15283
I have TWC broadcast (formerly basic) cable in Cary.

Sometime after Monday nite the signal for all my digital channels dropped so low that my Panny TH-50PX600U can't pick them up. The analog channels are still there and my internet connection is OK. Also, my SD DVR (Philips 3576) can still bring in all but Fox (50-1).

I wondered if anyone else might be having similar problems?

I tried to get TWC to address the problem but got the same tired run around about "no HD on broadcast tier". I asked to speak to a supervisor, got put on hold for five minutes, and was then dropped into a voice mail box. I left a message asking for a call back but, surprise, surprise, there has been no response.

I thought that the broadcast tier on cable was required to carry the local broadcast HD channels. Am I mistaken?

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to address this issue.

Perhaps there is a forum for TWC problems?

Will
Vonage since February 2005
post #11933 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by SingleBbl View Post

I thought that the broadcast tier on cable was required to carry the local broadcast HD channels.

Yes, a broadcast HD channel must be carried on the lowest tier (or else it must not be carried on any tier), according to FCC Rule 47CFR76.901.
Quote:
Originally Posted by SingleBbl View Post

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to address this issue.

I suggest that you simply tell the reps that some channels have suddenly become too weak to receive reliably, without mentioning HD. If they send a technician to meet with you, it will probably be easier to explain the situation in detail.
post #11934 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by SingleBbl View Post

I have TWC broadcast (formerly basic) cable in Cary.

Sometime after Monday nite the signal for all my digital channels dropped so low that my Panny TH-50PX600U can't pick them up. The analog channels are still there and my internet connection is OK. Also, my SD DVR (Philips 3576) can still bring in all but Fox (50-1).

I wondered if anyone else might be having similar problems?

I tried to get TWC to address the problem but got the same tired run around about "no HD on broadcast tier". I asked to speak to a supervisor, got put on hold for five minutes, and was then dropped into a voice mail box. I left a message asking for a call back but, surprise, surprise, there has been no response.

I thought that the broadcast tier on cable was required to carry the local broadcast HD channels. Am I mistaken?

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to address this issue.

Perhaps there is a forum for TWC problems?

Will
Vonage since February 2005

Did you rescan your channels? I know they have reassigned QAM channels now and then.
post #11935 of 15283
To the folks doing their own wiring, don't wire Cat 3- put in Extra Cat 5 instead.

in my house, the phone lines are Cat 5 anyway. I have Vonage, and just fed the output of the Vonage box (albeit a Cat 3 cable) into the Vonage box, and voila, dialtone all over the house. I did the same thing you did (boy was the builder mad! but he gave his ok). The wiring company wanted $95 per drop - basically saved $2500 by doing it myself.

Just use good quality wire (I used RG6, but my brother got on me because it wasn't Quad Shield), and it is better to run one too many wires than one too few.
post #11936 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbwhite99 View Post

To the folks doing their own wiring, don't wire Cat 3- put in Extra Cat 5 instead.

in my house, the phone lines are Cat 5 anyway. I have Vonage, and just fed the output of the Vonage box (albeit a Cat 3 cable) into the Vonage box, and voila, dialtone all over the house. I did the same thing you did (boy was the builder mad! but he gave his ok). The wiring company wanted $95 per drop - basically saved $2500 by doing it myself.

Just use good quality wire (I used RG6, but my brother got on me because it wasn't Quad Shield), and it is better to run one too many wires than one too few.

Exactly, there is no need for traditional phone wiring since you can send a phone signal over Cat5/Cat5e/Cat6...after a lot of DIY at my first house, it has been a blessing to get what I wanted in a new house
post #11937 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by SingleBbl View Post

I have TWC broadcast (formerly basic) cable in Cary.

Sometime after Monday nite the signal for all my digital channels dropped so low that my Panny TH-50PX600U can't pick them up. The analog channels are still there and my internet connection is OK. Also, my SD DVR (Philips 3576) can still bring in all but Fox (50-1).

I wondered if anyone else might be having similar problems?

I tried to get TWC to address the problem but got the same tired run around about "no HD on broadcast tier". I asked to speak to a supervisor, got put on hold for five minutes, and was then dropped into a voice mail box. I left a message asking for a call back but, surprise, surprise, there has been no response.

I thought that the broadcast tier on cable was required to carry the local broadcast HD channels. Am I mistaken?

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to address this issue.

Perhaps there is a forum for TWC problems?

Will
Vonage since February 2005

These people simply don't care as long as they get their monthly check. Don't pay them until you get your channels. When they contact you, (and they will) tell them you are not getting what you would normally pay for.

An antenna would quickly put an end to your headache.
post #11938 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by jspENC View Post

These people simply don't care as long as they get their monthly check. Don't pay them until you get your channels. When they contact you, (and they will) tell them you are not getting what you would normally pay for.

An antenna would quickly put an end to your headache.

Make sure its not a tuner issue. I don't see how they could selectively turn off QAM signals at your house without causing an uproar everywhere as they would be breaking the law:

http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...C-07-170A1.pdf
post #11939 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by SingleBbl View Post

I have TWC broadcast (formerly basic) cable in Cary.

Sometime after Monday nite the signal for all my digital channels dropped so low that my Panny TH-50PX600U can't pick them up. The analog channels are still there and my internet connection is OK. Also, my SD DVR (Philips 3576) can still bring in all but Fox (50-1).

I wondered if anyone else might be having similar problems?

I tried to get TWC to address the problem but got the same tired run around about "no HD on broadcast tier". I asked to speak to a supervisor, got put on hold for five minutes, and was then dropped into a voice mail box. I left a message asking for a call back but, surprise, surprise, there has been no response.

I thought that the broadcast tier on cable was required to carry the local broadcast HD channels. Am I mistaken?

I would appreciate any suggestions on how to address this issue.

Perhaps there is a forum for TWC problems?

Will
Vonage since February 2005


Will,
Same thing happened to me 2 days ago. No more broadcast HD channels via TWC. So here is the interesting thing, they are lost on my TH-42PX60U - have re-scanned multiple times - still doesn't find them. But on my Samsung 50" Plasma, they just moved - e.g. 5-1 is 85-2, 4-2 is 90-2, etc. I will be calling TWC on my way home tonight. Wife is complaining royally - will be hooking up antenna to Panny for viewing tonight.

Cheap
post #11940 of 15283
Quote:
Originally Posted by cheapdad00 View Post

Will,
Same thing happened to me 2 days ago. No more broadcast HD channels via TWC. So here is the interesting thing, they are lost on my TH-42PX60U - have re-scanned multiple times - still doesn't find them. But on my Samsung 50" Plasma, they just moved - e.g. 5-1 is 85-2, 4-2 is 90-2, etc. I will be calling TWC on my way home tonight. Wife is complaining royally - will be hooking up antenna to Panny for viewing tonight.

Cheap

This happens when they change the physical address of the QAM channel. Channel 4-2 has never physically been 4-2. I think the problem is with PSIP data not being included, since I think its the PSIP data that tells your QAM tuner "make me the channel 4-2" even though I'm really 90-2. Or maybe not all the PSIP data is being send, if that's even possible (I know virtual channel data is more than just PSIP and PSIP is more than just channel mapping).

I think the legality is muddy on whether or not TWC has to provide this info, they could change QAM frequencies every day and still say they provide those channels, it would just make your DVR attempts FUBAR as well as require more scanning.

The first post in this thread links out to a frequently updated mapping http://home.roadrunner.com/~res18h39/channels.htm.

Go go antenna!
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Local HDTV Info and Reception
AVS › AVS Forum › HDTV › Local HDTV Info and Reception › Raleigh, NC - HDTV