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post #12211 of 16057
OK. Thanks. Must be the signal quality of 9 on that channel. Do signals get weaker and stronger for anyone through comcast? I can't figure out if it is a problem with the cables/spliting in my house or if comcast messes with the signal strengths. BTW, im in greenwood.
post #12212 of 16057
Well I re-ran a scan this morning, and it did find 11 and 13. The signal strength is now 20. Enough to find it but not enough to watch. I can't figure out why different channels on cable have different signal strengths? Maybe Ill just toss all my cables and start over.
post #12213 of 16057
Just called Comcast and told them Fios was in my neighborhood (Kenmore) and asked them if they could give me a better deal to keep from switching. They offered me 16 Meg internet and 30 additional channels for $78 instead of the $118 I'm currently paying. Also got rid of that $5.10 additional outlet charge that showed up the last couple of months. Deal good for 12 months. Comcastic!
post #12214 of 16057
Guys
I know this is a bit OT for this thread but I'm hoping someone here can give me the answer I'm looking for.
We live in Redmond and disconnected our cable TV over the summer. I just called to reinstate and the CSR told me that on August 22 Comcast stopped analog broadcasting of all but the local channels. Is this true? I have a homebrew PVR with 2 capture cards, and if I can no longer just plug the cable into them I have a major headache of setting up 2 STBs and IR blasters and weeks of pain

Thanks for any knowledgeable replies - I trust the replies I'll get here way more than those from a CSR.
post #12215 of 16057
does any know if we might get tbs hd for the playoffs ?
post #12216 of 16057
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Originally Posted by postman View Post

Guys
I know this is a bit OT for this thread but I'm hoping someone here can give me the answer I'm looking for.
We live in Redmond and disconnected our cable TV over the summer. I just called to reinstate and the CSR told me that on August 22 Comcast stopped analog broadcasting of all but the local channels. Is this true? I have a homebrew PVR with 2 capture cards, and if I can no longer just plug the cable into them I have a major headache of setting up 2 STBs and IR blasters and weeks of pain

Thanks for any knowledgeable replies - I trust the replies I'll get here way more than those from a CSR.

I don't know about redmond but in Everett there is still analog service beyond the locals. Although it has been posted on this forum that plan is start phasing most of the analogs out starting next year...
post #12217 of 16057
Analogs are still available in Bellevue (including channels like ESPN and Speed). Where do they hire these misinformation specialists?
post #12218 of 16057
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Originally Posted by postman View Post

We live in Redmond and disconnected our cable TV over the summer. I just called to reinstate and the CSR told me that on August 22 Comcast stopped analog broadcasting of all but the local channels. Is this true? I have a homebrew PVR with 2 capture cards, and if I can no longer just plug the cable into them I have a major headache of setting up 2 STBs and IR blasters and weeks of pain

There's no information on the City of Redmond cable franchise site mentioning the phase-out of analog service. 83% of Redmond households are cable subscribers, according to the City.

It was odd that a Comcast rep described their company as engaged in "broadcasting". Using the very precise legal semantics Comcast itself uses in court proceedings asserting its immunity to certain types of regulation, Comcast itself is not a broadcaster and does not "broadcast" anything. Comcast content is "narrowcast" to its paying subscribers only via cable, rather than to the general public via OTA transmission.

The analog-to-digital cable migration is unrelated to the OTA Digital TV Transition. Redmond might be a test location for the planned analog-to-digital channel migration. This is why Comcast won't offer you "expanded basic" service. You probably could ask "limited cable service" tier (about $16/month) and receive some analog channels, but even in that service tier, some of these channels are being gradually "bumped up to digital".

Even if you opt for "limited" service, you may need a Comcast's low-end digital STBs (described on their price sheet as "limited cable service customer equipment" for $1/month) to view some of the "limited" channels unless you have a properly-functioning clear QAM decoder available on your TV/VCR/other tuning device. Comcast's $1/month STB only provides a 480p standard-def picture, though; Comcast will make you pay extra to receive the actual HD local stations as well as to receive an HD STB.
post #12219 of 16057
Thanks for all the info guys. Just to be clear, I was the one who used the term "analog broadcast" although the rep didn't correct me

I'm going to go ahead and order the Digital Starter package and hopefully I will be able to just hook up the cable to my old PVR and everythin will work. Thanks again for the quick replies!

D
post #12220 of 16057
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Originally Posted by postman View Post

Guys
I know this is a bit OT for this thread but I'm hoping someone here can give me the answer I'm looking for.
We live in Redmond and disconnected our cable TV over the summer. I just called to reinstate and the CSR told me that on August 22 Comcast stopped analog broadcasting of all but the local channels. Is this true? I have a homebrew PVR with 2 capture cards, and if I can no longer just plug the cable into them I have a major headache of setting up 2 STBs and IR blasters and weeks of pain

Thanks for any knowledgeable replies - I trust the replies I'll get here way more than those from a CSR.

I think the CSR didn't know what they were talking about or misunderstood your question. Analogs are still on cable and a VP assured me recently that they will be around for a long time (maybe until 2011). They do want to transition to "digital only" but they know they can't pull the rug out on a large chunk of their customer base. I think the misinformation is often used to up-sell the digital packages and it often works. If you don't want the Digital Starter then change your order to Basic Cable and save a bundle.
post #12221 of 16057
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Originally Posted by quarque View Post

I think the CSR didn't know what they were talking about or misunderstood your question. Analogs are still on cable and a VP assured me recently that they will be around for a long time (maybe until 2011). They do want to transition to "digital only" but they know they can't pull the rug out on a large chunk of their customer base. I think the misinformation is often used to up-sell the digital packages and it often works. If you don't want the Digital Starter then change your order to Basic Cable and save a bundle.

Per Comcast's price sheet:

Digital Starter is $55.75
Basic Cable is $54.18 (apparently NOT being offered to new subscribers in my area)
Limited Cable is $17.99 or less (price varies depending on locality).

I agree that Comcast sales agents might tend to emphasize Comcast's own analog-to-digital channel migration as a sales tool to "upsell" clients to a higher service tier. What used to be called "Expanded Basic" (75 channels) is now "Basic Cable", and the lowest level is now "Limited Cable" (39 channels).
post #12222 of 16057
Did anyone else have problems with their Tivo recording the Huskie game yesterday? Mine tried to use a channel around 440. The listing said the game was to be on that channel, but their was no signal to record. I happened to find the game on FSN further down the channels but missed the first half. Looks like the WSU game recorded OK.
post #12223 of 16057
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Originally Posted by bonnie_raitt View Post

Did anyone else have problems with their Tivo recording the Huskie game yesterday? Mine tried to use a channel around 440. The listing said the game was to be on that channel, but their was no signal to record. I happened to find the game on FSN further down the channels but missed the first half. Looks like the WSU game recorded OK.

Both games were on FSNW. Not sure if the Husky game was in HD (I was at a bar and the only had SD). I was home by the start of the Coug game, whcih I could not get in HD. Generally, when a FSNW is in HD, it is broadcast on channel 664.
post #12224 of 16057
I mentioned last week that Comcast offered me free 16 meg service as part of a package to keep me as a customer. They said all I had to do to get it was unplug my modem for 30 seconds. Well, I've tried it several times over this past weekend and I don't think anything has changed. This is what I am getting from DSLreports:

Speed Test #57080342 by dslreports.com
Run: 2008-09-08 12:49:45 EST
Download: 2513 (Kbps)
Upload: 256 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 306.8 down 31.3 up
Tested by server: 55 java
User: 2 @ dslreports.com
User's DNS: comcast.net

Can anyone who has 16 Meg service tell me what I should be seeing here? Should I call Comcast and complain? Thanks
post #12225 of 16057
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Originally Posted by drew00001 View Post

Both games were on FSNW. Not sure if the Husky game was in HD (I was at a bar and the only had SD). I was home by the start of the Coug game, whcih I could not get in HD. Generally, when a FSNW is in HD, it is broadcast on channel 664.

Huskies were on 664 (HD) & 30 (sd). The Tivo guide does not show the FSNW HD programs that appear on MOJO (664). Not sure why tivo thought the game was on 440 for you - perhaps you have a keyword (in a tivo seach) that triggered the program on 440.

Either way that penelty on Locker was a joke. That ref completely blew what was an otherwise great game that should have been decided in OT. That TD celebration didn't have an ounce of malice / unsportsmanlike conduct in it. That ref needs to put the rulebook to better use.
post #12226 of 16057
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonnie_raitt View Post

I mentioned last week that Comcast offered me free 16 meg service as part of a package to keep me as a customer. They said all I had to do to get it was unplug my modem for 30 seconds. Well, I've tried it several times over this past weekend and I don't think anything has changed. This is what I am getting from DSLreports:

Speed Test #57080342 by dslreports.com
Run: 2008-09-08 12:49:45 EST
Download: 2513 (Kbps)
Upload: 256 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 306.8 down 31.3 up
Tested by server: 55 java
User: 2 @ dslreports.com
User's DNS: comcast.net

Can anyone who has 16 Meg service tell me what I should be seeing here? Should I call Comcast and complain? Thanks

I actually get close to the adverteised rates (usually 10-13 Mbps down, 1-2Mbps Up). Do you have a router connected to your modem? Does it have any speed restrictions or QoS settings? I had to modify my QoS settings on my router to get those rates.
post #12227 of 16057
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonnie_raitt View Post

I mentioned last week that Comcast offered me free 16 meg service as part of a package to keep me as a customer. They said all I had to do to get it was unplug my modem for 30 seconds. Well, I've tried it several times over this past weekend and I don't think anything has changed. This is what I am getting from DSLreports:

Speed Test #57080342 by dslreports.com
Run: 2008-09-08 12:49:45 EST
Download: 2513 (Kbps)
Upload: 256 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 306.8 down 31.3 up
Tested by server: 55 java
User: 2 @ dslreports.com
User's DNS: comcast.net

Can anyone who has 16 Meg service tell me what I should be seeing here? Should I call Comcast and complain? Thanks

Try www.speakeasy.net/speedtest. I had a similar issue with Comcast, and they told me this is the site they use.
post #12228 of 16057
I've been getting very good speeds from Blast. I've seen sustained download speeds *above* 16mbps. I haven't recently tried the Speakeasy or DSLReports tests, but I downloaded a ~510MB file at an average of 16.875 mbps recently. Upload was just barely above 2mbps for a similarly sized file at the same time. I trust testing with a large file (big enough to overcome SpeedBoost) more than I trust any of those speed test sites. I can try one tonight when I get home if I remember, though.

(BTW, you're sure the dslreports numbers are Kbps and not KBps, right? Because 2513 KBps would be 20104kbps, which is well above 16mbps...)
post #12229 of 16057
Quote:
Originally Posted by bonnie_raitt View Post

I mentioned last week that Comcast offered me free 16 meg service as part of a package to keep me as a customer. They said all I had to do to get it was unplug my modem for 30 seconds. Well, I've tried it several times over this past weekend and I don't think anything has changed.
...

Check your modem log file to see what level the modem is provisioned for. For example, logging onto my Motorola 5120 with http://192.168.100.1/logs.htm I see that my modem has is provisioned as d11_m_sb5120_silver_c01.cm -- which indicates 6mbps.
post #12230 of 16057
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Originally Posted by seatacboy View Post

Per Comcast's price sheet:

Digital Starter is $55.75
Basic Cable is $54.18 (apparently NOT being offered to new subscribers in my area)
Limited Cable is $17.99 or less (price varies depending on locality).

I agree that Comcast sales agents might tend to emphasize Comcast's own analog-to-digital channel migration as a sales tool to "upsell" clients to a higher service tier. What used to be called "Expanded Basic" (75 channels) is now "Basic Cable", and the lowest level is now "Limited Cable" (39 channels).

Thanks for clarifying - I meant to say Limited Cable but forgot the terminolgy.

On another note:
Tivo HD XL DVR now available for $599
150 hours of HD recording
$399 for lifetime service

https://www3.tivo.com/store/boxdetai...&boxsku=R65800
post #12231 of 16057
to mirror KCTS 9 SD

I also discovered that at least one future recording I had on my HD Tivo set for ch 108 was removed from the ToDo list, so fyi

Here's more info I just found on the KCTS.org web site...

http://www.kcts9.org/tvschedule/HDmoving

As part of our transition to all-digital broadcasting in February 2009, we're moving our high-definition channel from 9.5 (108 on Comcast cable) to 9.1 (Comcast 109) in Western Washington on Monday, September 8. ...
post #12232 of 16057
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Originally Posted by brente View Post

to mirror KCTS 9 SD

I also discovered that at least one future recording I had on my HD Tivo set for ch 108 was removed from the ToDo list, so fyi

Here's more info I just found on the KCTS.org web site...

http://www.kcts9.org/tvschedule/HDmoving

As part of our transition to all-digital broadcasting in February 2009, we're moving our high-definition channel from 9.5 (108 on Comcast cable) to 9.1 (Comcast 109) in Western Washington on Monday, September 8. ...

Good info... it appears to be in affect on my QAM tuner and 9.5 is gone. A channel I watch and record fairly regularly so thanks!
post #12233 of 16057
Yes, all my 108 Season Passes are now moot.
post #12234 of 16057
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Originally Posted by drew00001 View Post

Try www.speakeasy.net/speedtest. I had a similar issue with Comcast, and they told me this is the site they use.

I prefer www.speedtest.net although I do get similar results with speakeasy

post #12235 of 16057
Is this Seattle Comcast High Speed forum now? Actually I don't give a damm about it as I'm moving too Fios soon.
post #12236 of 16057
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Originally Posted by PeggyD View Post

I prefer www.speedtest.net although I do get similar results with speakeasy

Did you notice that speedtest is using speakeasy for their Seattle test?
post #12237 of 16057
Did anyone else notice that today, Ellen Degeneres was in HD but Oprah was not. Both are now being broadcast in HD. What gives?

Art
post #12238 of 16057
Quote:
Originally Posted by brente View Post

to mirror KCTS 9 SD

I also discovered that at least one future recording I had on my HD Tivo set for ch 108 was removed from the ToDo list, so fyi

Here's more info I just found on the KCTS.org web site...

http://www.kcts9.org/tvschedule/HDmoving

As part of our transition to all-digital broadcasting in February 2009, we're moving our high-definition channel from 9.5 (108 on Comcast cable) to 9.1 (Comcast 109) in Western Washington on Monday, September 8. ...

Anyone got any idea why they did this? And, with no notice at all??? 108 was one of my favorite channels. Nice to get 2 chances to record or view some shows there.
post #12239 of 16057
I would expect it is to match the other local TV HD simulcasts, where the HD channel is an increment of 100 from the SD channel:

4 & 104
5 & 105
6 & 106
etc...
post #12240 of 16057
Up until now, KCTS-HD and KCTS-analog did not broadcast the same programming schedule. OTA, the low-def simulcast of the analog channel got the ".1" slot on the OTA broadcast, while the HD signal got one of the sub-channels.

As KCTS says on its web site, analog is disappearing, so they're getting ready for that by broadcasting only one schedule from now on - the HD and analog programming schedule will be identical from now on. Going forward the HD signal gets the ".1" slot on the OTA broadcast and there is no low-def simulcast of the analog signal on any subchannels. And in just a few months, the analog signal disappears altogether.
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