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post #3421 of 3748
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Originally Posted by met_fan View Post

Okay, but how does that get around negotiating with the owners of local affiliates?


Well the other day when I received my nice lilttle card from TWC on rate increases and saw my 5.80 cent basic cable was going up to 6.40 I turned to my wife and said "thats its we need to cancel this"...now that this Northwest garbage has taken place and only our luck that Binghamton NY would have this issue, I guess I have to continue to fork over dollars to the almighty monolopy that is TWC!!!
post #3422 of 3748
I think the Northwest garbage will be resolved in a couple of weeks if not sooner. Of course, there's always OTA.
post #3423 of 3748
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Originally Posted by cusechamps2003 View Post


Well the other day when I received my nice lilttle card from TWC on rate increases and saw my 5.80 cent basic cable was going up to 6.40 I turned to my wife and said "thats its we need to cancel this"...now that this Northwest garbage has taken place and only our luck that Binghamton NY would have this issue, I guess I have to continue to fork over dollars to the almighty monolopy that is TWC!!!

Your basic cable rate is only $6.40? I'm no longer in the area and have a different cable co., but that's much lower than any basic rates from companies around me.
post #3424 of 3748
Well understand that basic is 1-8 and some qam stations.
post #3425 of 3748
I thought TWC's basic cable had channels 2-16 or so.
And of course the unencrypted QAM locals.
post #3426 of 3748
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Originally Posted by cusechamps2003 View Post

Well understand that basic is 1-8 and some qam stations.

Yeah...I'm talking networks, public access, C-span...that's about it. $15-$20/month
post #3427 of 3748
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Originally Posted by jdspencer View Post

I thought TWC's basic cable had channels 2-16 or so.
And of course the unencrypted QAM locals.

The last time I checked (about 6 months ago)....Basic cable in the elmira/horseheads area was channels 2-13 with NO QAM channels. In order to get the QAM channels you needed at least the standard cable (2-99) package. I'd have to go over to my in-laws to check again though.
post #3428 of 3748
In thought the FCC required that cable companies provide unencrypted QAM locals with the most basic package. But, then I haven't kept track too closely as TWC is not available at my house.

I think Binghamton TWC goes to ch16 as that's the YNN channel. I could be wrong.
post #3429 of 3748
WICZ has updated their website.
http://www.wicz.com/news2005/viewarticle.asp?a=16876
Typical corporate speak.
I agree that the previous DirecTV argument that Northwest was asking for 600% was a bit much. As $600 of say $0.02 is $0.12.

I hope that whatever DirecTV pays to locals should help them improve their services. Yeah, right!!!
post #3430 of 3748
For those interested, you might want to go to this link to send a form letter to your Congressional reps to complain about the current state of retrans deals. Just scroll down and enter your ZIP to get started.

http://dev.americantelevisionalliance.org/
post #3431 of 3748
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Originally Posted by brives81 View Post

The last time I checked (about 6 months ago)....Basic cable in the elmira/horseheads area was channels 2-13 with NO QAM channels. In order to get the QAM channels you needed at least the standard cable (2-99) package. I'd have to go over to my in-laws to check again though.

Are you sure a channel scan was actually done for ClearQAM?
post #3432 of 3748
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Originally Posted by bidger View Post

Are you sure a channel scan was actually done for ClearQAM?

Its possible that TWC is advertising basic cable as 2 -16 however I am not getting 2-16. I don't get channel 8 at all, I do pick up some others that are not listed such as the weather channel, sny (although snowy) and I get all the QAMs but in my living room they do not always come in (could be an issue with that setup). In any event I think it has to do with whatever cap they put on your lines. Since the locals have come in on DTV I haven't had to worry, but now I need to because FOX is not coming in currently which I get one analog and about 3 different qams of fox. Also to note it depends on your tuner of your TV if its strong you will get some channels coming throught the block.
post #3433 of 3748
Here's the channel lineup on the TWC web site sorted by package.
http://www.timewarnercable.com/north...ByPackage=true

It seems there are two levels of basic.
post #3434 of 3748
I think the level of "basic" or "lifeline" depends on the area you live in Greater Binghamton. I have family in the Town of Owego(Owego address), and they pay like $7/month, it's dirt cheap. They get channels 2-17. 18-22 are trapped out, yet they get 23(TWS) crystal clear, then 24(SNY) is snowy and that's it. Channels 98/99 are duplicates of My 8 and CW I think it was, and channel 122 is a radar loop. For $7 to get networks and a few channels like TBS, TV Land, TWS, CNN, is pretty good, since you would need an outdoor antenna setup to pull anything in OTA.

I just set them up with a new LCD TV this past weekend, and they got all the local networks via unencrypted QAM. Those remain the only channels "in the clear", along with the digital SD versions of the locals. They were having trouble with the digital phone last fall and had a tech come out and he found they did something wrong outside with the phone filter or something(after it worked fine for 2+ years). He fixed it/ran a new line so they have a nice strong signal for the clear QAM channels.
post #3435 of 3748
I helped my in-laws buy and setup a Sony 46EX500 HDTV today. They have TW and already had an HD DVR (not sure exact brand/model since I have D*, but it's silver). I got the HD channels in the 700-800s to come in, but I do have a few questions about the settings on the DVR:
  1. Is there a way to have the onscreen menus and guide be 16x9? I couldn't get it out of 4x3.
  2. Is there a way to customize the on screen guide to remove all the channels they either don't get (movie channels) or don't want (shopping channels) in the guide?
  3. Is there a way to program the remote so the red System power button in the upper right hand corner turns on both the DVR and TV? This button turned on their old TV like this, but the TW guy set it up for them and I couldn't figure out how to do it.
  4. Is there a way to program the remote so it controls the TV volume?
Thanks for the help.
post #3436 of 3748
1) In the System Settings there is the HDTV section,
Here is where you can change the TV Ratio etc.
2) Set up a Favorite Channels list.
3) & 4) When you go through the remote setup you can select what TV is being used. This will also allow volume changes.

And you know that more info can be found here.
http://www.dbstalk.com/forumdisplay.php?f=82
post #3437 of 3748
I know how to do all that on the D* HD DVR, I'm trying to figure out how to do it on my in-laws Time Warner HD DVR.

(You'd think it would be fairly easy but damned if I couldn't figure it out.)
post #3438 of 3748
Sorry, when I see HD DVR I assume DirecTV.

I wonder if the TWC DVR has anything like a remote setup screen in their menus?
post #3439 of 3748
Not that I found. The TW software is a real POS. And the sad part is that it's fairly new software.
post #3440 of 3748
So, you now know first hand what we've been reading on the other forums about TWC DVRs.

Maybe there's a TWC forum somewhere that could help.
post #3441 of 3748
As someone who has both D* and TWC, D*'s HD DVR kicks TWC's ass up and down, and sideways too. I had the silver DVR, but had some problems and switched it out for a Samsung HDDVR, which people told me to specifically as for. It has a larger hard drive and the on screen guide is in 16x9. From what I was told was that this was the only way to have it in 16x9.

As for the remote there are two different remotes that control the DVR's, a slimmer one that's been around for a while and the "fatter" one. Both can be programmed to control the tv, volume, etc. You still need to use the tv and CBL buttons to turn off the box and tv though, one button won't do both.
post #3442 of 3748
I've been using the Cisco 8640HDC with a 320GB hard drive since July when I upgraded from an 8240HDC with a 160GB drive. Upgraded a few weeks ago to multiroom DVR. The initial boxes they gave me were the Samsung H3272s HD DVRs with 500GB hard drives. I hated these boxes and two days later called up and requested they be swapped out for Cisco 8642HDCs and they did. The Samsung boxes stretch out the EPG and channel banners to fill a 16 x 9 screen where as the Ciscos do not. Problem is they're just that, stretched, these are not HD graphics and I think it looks pretty retarded. I couldn't stand it. I'd rather have a 4 x 3 EPG then stretched. Also to my discovery, somehow over 60GB of real world hard drive space is lost on Samsung DVRs. Both the H3272 and 8642HDC have 500GB hard drives, after everythings all said and done, according to the diagnostic screens the Samsung had 379GB available free space, the Cisco had 441GB.

As for the remotes, yes the Volume button can be used to control the TV, I have mine set to control the volume on my A/V Receiver. And yes the Master Power can be used to turn on/off both the TV and cable box, you DO NOT need to press each button, one button press will take care of it all. I have mine set do to that as well as powering on and off my A/V Receiver. It's all fairly easy to set up.
post #3443 of 3748
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Originally Posted by Steve Mehs View Post

As for the remotes, yes the Volume button can be used to control the TV, I have mine set to control the volume on my A/V Receiver. And yes the Master Power can be used to turn on/off both the TV and cable box, you DO NOT need to press each button, one button press will take care of it all. I have mine set do to that as well as powering on and off my A/V Receiver. It's all fairly easy to set up.

How did you get it to control both the tv and box with one button?
post #3444 of 3748
I've only ever used Atlas remotes from Time Warner. I have the backlit Atlas remote currently. It you also have an Atlas remote check out page 19 in the manual on setting the Master Power. For any volume button programming check out the section on Global Volume Control.

http://www.timewarnercable.com/media...ocap_m1056.pdf
post #3445 of 3748
Yes my in laws have the black Atlas remote. Thanks for the link. I'll read through it and try to set it up the next time I'm over there.
post #3446 of 3748
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Originally Posted by Steve Mehs View Post

I've only ever used Atlas remotes from Time Warner. I have the backlit Atlas remote currently. It you also have an Atlas remote check out page 19 in the manual on setting the Master Power. For any volume button programming check out the section on Global Volume Control.

http://www.timewarnercable.com/media...ocap_m1056.pdf

Oh ok, I have the other remote. Thanks though.
post #3447 of 3748
Quote:
Originally Posted by Steve Mehs View Post

I've only ever used Atlas remotes from Time Warner. I have the backlit Atlas remote currently. It you also have an Atlas remote check out page 19 in the manual on setting the Master Power. For any volume button programming check out the section on Global Volume Control.

http://www.timewarnercable.com/media...ocap_m1056.pdf

OK, just read through page 19 about master power and page 16 about global volume. I must say very confusing (or maybe it's because I'm not at my in laws with the remote in my hand). Going to print these sections out and take with me next time. Do I need to enter a Sony manufacture code at any point during this? I found them on page 71.

EDIT: Nevermind, found it on page 10. I knew it had to be there somewhere!
post #3448 of 3748
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Originally Posted by minnow101 View Post

I think there's a wireless service avaialble in Binghamton and some surrounding towns:

http://elmirawireless.com/

However I don't have any experience with it nor know anyone who has it so I can't tell how how fast or slow the service is. You can just keep the Roadrunner service but I'm guessing that your overall bill will go up between what you'll pay Direct and what the internet svc. is from TWC. I think standalone RR is $50. But for the first year or so it could be less as Direct will discount your satellite service as a new subscriber. I used to have Dish for TV, TWC for internet and Frontier for our land-line phone and then took TWC up on their 3 in 1 service and saved a considerable amount as they too had a special pricing thing going. That was four years ago and of course now the introductory pricing has long disappeared, but I call them once a year and threaten to go back to satellite and they will give me a much better rate.

Binghamton Wireless http://binghamtonwireless.com/highspeedinternet.htm is offering 1MB Down/1MB Up Internet access for $29.99 per month.

Jim
post #3449 of 3748
Anyone have details regarding the recently announced Time Warner SignatureHome service?

Received an email from them last night, claiming new DVRs with 150Hrs of HD recording capacity with multi-room function, along with updated 'wide-band' cable modems that could provide up to 50MB/s download speeds. Also something about WiFi service built into the cable modem and how they could configure everything for you, PCs, game systems, etc. (Not that I'd want them to.)

Of course no real details when you follow the link in the email.

EDIT:

Did some more checking, seems like its more a grab for more money. There are new DVR equipment and new cable modems, but from other areas of the country, sounds like they want to charge $190/month and you have to get all three services (TV, Internet, Phone) and cannot do it a la cart.

DVRs are Cisco 8642 with 512GB harddrives
Cable modems: Motorola SURFboard SBG6580 which features DOCSIS 3.0 and a built-in 4-port hub and WiFi (B/G/N)
post #3450 of 3748
Received this from Jeff Horn of WICZ after asking for an update.

"Northwest Broadcasting has made another offer to DIRECTV. Negotiations are ongoing between the CEO's of both companies. We are hopeful an agreement can be reached soon."
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