Originally Posted by lexviewer
Has anyone heard any updates on when Insight is going to complete its conversion to all digital?
I've not seen or heard anything official. The only info I've seen on the issue is within the Insight topic on the dslreports forum where someone said a friend who used to work for Insight said the magic date was September 27th. I reckon we'll see soon enough, since that's just around the corner.
I sure do wish they would get on with it. I'm waiting to complete my retrofit within my house. I was able to successfully connect a DTA to my Tivo series-1 recorder and rerun the Guided setup. I picked up an IR cable from eBay that directly connects to the DTA allowing the Tivo to change channels directly. It's working great, and the picture quality has been better than ever before. I'm curious when they do drop the Analogs, if there will be another channel reorganization occurring on the DTAs? Currently the DTA mirrors the current Analog channel arrangement, with a handful of duplicated channels in the three digit digital tier (all of the three digit digital channels are not included at the moment).
I also currently have three cable cards, two in a Series-3 Tivo, and 1 in my flat screen TV. As the Insight DTA wave arrived, my HD channels above 900 on these cable cards are seeing tons of interference (massive pixellation beakups occurring)... and it's strange... sometimes only on the odd numbered channels, where the even numbered channels work perfectly. I'm seeing almost complete loss of HD channels at the lower end of the channel spectrum closer to 900. I'm curious if there is some overlap or close frequencies for this HD tier, and the DTA frequencies... possibly getting squeezed while the Analogs channels are still on? I'm not watching too much TV at the moment, so I'm just dealing with it at the moment... I'll file a complaint with Insight if it's still there when the Analog shutoff occurs.
I also have a couple of digital modulators I use to re-broadcast within the house for my two TIVO recorders (one on channel 122 and the other on channel 124). These are mixed back into my whole house feed using a combiner. I've disconnected these at the moment, in case they might be the cause of my HD interference... however, the interference is still there with this modulation feed disconnected. Hopefully there will be a "hole" in the frequency spectrum so that I can continue this again within my house once everything settles down... this is a major disruption to my house setup, I sure do hope there are some benefits down the road to this Insight "upgrade".
Does anyone know what HD channels will be coming? Insight has been very quite on this whole front. Must not be too exciting, otherwise you'd think the marketing folks would be milking this for all it's worth to attract new or keep older customers.
And more on topic for this forum... I have a student who is up "high" in one of the dorm towers at UK. Insight put the DTA's in the UK dorms for this school year. It stinks that the DTA has a Channel 3/4 RF output only. My student has a flatscreen with a single Antenna input and ATSC tuner. Currently, there is a small UHF loop antenna hooked up to that Antenna input... that gets all four Lexington stations, 3 different sets of KET stations... and the ION station from Morehead. It's really nice to be that high up in that tower! In order to use the Insight DTA, I had to break out an old VCR and set it up to receive only Channel-4, and then use the composite video output from the VCR to feed one of the composite inputs to the flat screen. Sure would have been nice to include a composite and set of stereo audio jacks on that DTA. What's interesting, is my student and roommate hardly ever watch the Insight cable in the dorm... They instead use the OTA antenna, Netflix, and other Internet mechanisms to watch TV content instead... Perhaps the days for the cable company are numbered indeed... at least for the next generation of consumers in the age group of my student.