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post #3541 of 3748
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Originally Posted by sustorm View Post

I was wondering how they got their locals, I have a QAM tuner and get all the locals in HD but it seems like sometimes they pixelate and drop signal specially in the weather we have had lately, they dont get them with an antenna do they?

They do actually, probably because it works most of the time and is cheaper than running a direct line from the station. Same here in Wayne County, PA, lots of signal breakup during storms on Adams.
post #3542 of 3748
thanks for the heads up, i will keep that in mind. I am not using a cable box with them and our non-QAM/HD channels have a lot of static, is that on their end or mine? Would it improve with a box?
post #3543 of 3748
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Originally Posted by sustorm View Post
thanks for the heads up, i will keep that in mind. I am not using a cable box with them and our non-QAM/HD channels have a lot of static, is that on their end or mine? Would it improve with a box?
Adams does not have digital channels mapped aside analog channels, so no a box would not fix static. They are playing their cards very carefully with a transition to an all digital cable TV platform -- I am being told such a transition would *hopefully* be complete by mid to late 2012 by various management staff at the company. If the static is really bad on the upper 70s channels, that may affect local channels as they are routed on channels 81-83.
post #3544 of 3748
Thanks for the information, now i know spending 12/month wont solve the static! There is a little static from the 50's thru the 70's. I cant comlain because its better than nothing :-)
post #3545 of 3748
Elmira locals testing placeholders up on DirecTV.
http://www.dbstalk.com/showthread.php?t=193074
post #3546 of 3748
Are they live yet?
post #3547 of 3748
It seems that DirecTV has lost the Binghamton POP for the locals as all of them are off.
post #3548 of 3748
Any word on Elmira? Some neighbors have gotten a letter from DIRECTV saying
Elmira locals were on..
post #3549 of 3748
Ok I called,,Elmira locals coming soon.. I have a round dish, the girl said all
I needed was a new dish and my currant receivers would work.
Didn't even try to sell me HD..
post #3550 of 3748
Anyone know if Time Warner Cable Sports is available in the clear with QAM? I get the local channels that way as I'm just a RR subscriber.
post #3551 of 3748
I believe the only clear QAM on TWC are the local OTA channels.
post #3552 of 3748
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Originally Posted by Indiana627 View Post

Anyone know if Time Warner Cable Sports is available in the clear with QAM? I get the local channels that way as I'm just a RR subscriber.

The last time I scanned the clear QAM channels all I could receive were the locals, and if I can remember a couple of odd sd channels, mostly the locals.
post #3553 of 3748
Looked at the lineup, TWC sports in the standard tier(same as CNN,ESPN, etc). So it's like any other channel in that tier, and pretty sure won't ever be "in the clear" If they moved it to lifeline it might be, but pretty sure they want to keep a channel like that exclusive to cable and force you to have a cable package to get it.
post #3554 of 3748
Well with the Calder Cup over, it doesn't really matter. TW can keep it to themselves. Thanks for checking.
post #3555 of 3748
I know we've had a lot of bad thunderstorms this year, but the amount of times I've lost DirecTV service in the past couple months is getting a little ridiculous.
post #3556 of 3748
How often have you had outages and most importantly for how long?

Also, what are your signals strengths on all satellites and transponders? Having the highest values possible will alleviate loss of signal length of time.

I have seen some outages but, I wouldn't say it is ridiculously often.
Of course, this all depends on when you've trying to watch.
post #3557 of 3748
I'd say we've lost programming about four to five times already. Signal strengths are good, but it doesn't matter when the storm is so bad. To be fair the longest we've lost it for is just over an hour, but it seems to happen when we're trying to DVR something.
post #3558 of 3748
You mention that your signal strengths are good. Exactly what are the values? I haven't had an outage last as long as an hour, usually a few minutes to maybe about 15.

The 99 and 103 sats are more susceptible to signal reduction.

The timing of storms is a problem.
post #3559 of 3748
I bit on a TWC special last Thurs. for TV and RR for $79/mo. for 12 months and an upgrade to Turbo until 2012. Install was yesterday. I was astounded when I called the local office and there was a prompt on the automated menu about outages of HD channels. I thought it was a temporary thing, but I was shocked at the number of channels labeled "Unavailable , Try Later" when I was channel surfing yesterday and today.

So local TWC customers, is this a frequent, ongoing situation? I'm going to suspend DirecTV at the end of my billing cycle later this month, but for a company that makes a big deal about rain fade on sats...well, I've never seen outages like that in my 13+ years with DirecTV.
post #3560 of 3748
Bidger....I have only had this problem a couple of times in the 8 years that I've subscribed to TWC/RR. Most times, a hard reboot of the box has taken care of it. Unplug it for 30 sec. then let it boot back up. And any outage that I've had (in Horseheads) has only lasted a short time (< 1 hour)

One great thing about TWC when you have a problem, is that they will send out certified TWC techs and they are very knowledgeable. I've had them come in and replace almost ALL of the coax in my house, brand new splitters, and all new compression fittings. All of my services have been working flawlessly for quite some time. And service calls and those replacements come without a charge.

FYI...I'm using a Cisco 8640HD DVR box...which has twice the Hard disk space as the Scientific Atlanta 8300 (DVR service @ TWC is 10.95/month so why not get more bang for your buck if you can). And for RR I have a Motorola Surfboard modem and can consistently get 16-18 Mbps down and I think I'm capped at 2-3 Mbps up (using www.speedtest.net). Can't beat that internet service!

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Originally Posted by bidger View Post
I bit on a TWC special last Thurs. for TV and RR for $79/mo. for 12 months and an upgrade to Turbo until 2012. Install was yesterday. I was astounded when I called the local office and there was a prompt on the automated menu about outages of HD channels. I thought it was a temporary thing, but I was shocked at the number of channels labeled "Unavailable , Try Later" when I was channel surfing yesterday and today.

So local TWC customers, is this a frequent, ongoing situation? I'm going to suspend DirecTV at the end of my billing cycle later this month, but for a company that makes a big deal about rain fade on sats...well, I've never seen outages like that in my 13+ years with DirecTV.
post #3561 of 3748
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Originally Posted by bidger View Post

I bit on a TWC special last Thurs. for TV and RR for $79/mo. for 12 months and an upgrade to Turbo until 2012. Install was yesterday. I was astounded when I called the local office and there was a prompt on the automated menu about outages of HD channels. I thought it was a temporary thing, but I was shocked at the number of channels labeled when I was channel surfing yesterday and today.

So local TWC customers, is this a frequent, ongoing situation? I'm going to suspend DirecTV at the end of my billing cycle later this month, but for a company that makes a big deal about rain fade on sats...well, I've never seen outages like that in my 13+ years with DirecTV.

The HD outages come and go. Things will be fine for a few days/weeks then you'll get that "Unavailable , Try Later" message on several channels. I guess the good thing is that all of the HD channels also have a SD version so if there is something you want to watch you can fall back to SD channel. I set my DVR to record both feeds and then I'll delete the SD recording if the HD feed was available and recorded. I have to say that on average, I'll lose the HD feed once every 10 days or so.
What I really find aggravating is the inability to block channels from the guide. I don't particularly appreciate the kids being able to read the x-rated program description of "Buffy Does the Teen Next Door" on TWC pay per view adult channels. When I had Dish, I could block out all of the channels I didn't want/watch and you needed a PIN code to get to them in the guide. With TWC, you can set up the code but it's only for watching the channel and not for reading the program description.
post #3562 of 3748
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Originally Posted by brives81 View Post

Bidger....I have only had this problem a couple of times in the 8 years that I've subscribed to TWC/RR. Most times, a hard reboot of the box has taken care of it. Unplug it for 30 sec. then let it boot back up. And any outage that I've had (in Horseheads) has only lasted a short time (< 1 hour)

I would imagine a reboot would help re-establish communication between the box and the headend.

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Originally Posted by brives81 View Post

One great thing about TWC when you have a problem, is that they will send out certified TWC techs and they are very knowledgeable. I've had them come in and replace almost ALL of the coax in my house, brand new splitters, and all new compression fittings. All of my services have been working flawlessly for quite some time. And service calls and those replacements come without a charge.

The same tech who did my RR install did my digital cable install and was very efficient and knowledgeable.

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Originally Posted by brives81 View Post

FYI...I'm using a Cisco 8640HD DVR box...which has twice the Hard disk space as the Scientific Atlanta 8300 (DVR service @ TWC is 10.95/month so why not get more bang for your buck if you can).

I have a TiVo HD that I've been using for antenna, so I requested a cable card and tuning adapter to be brought for the install. They scrounged up a cable card, but no adapter. They next day UPS one to me today, but I couldn't get it to function, so I'll have to get someone to come out.

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Originally Posted by brives81 View Post

And for RR I have a Motorola Surfboard modem and can consistently get 16-18 Mbps down and I think I'm capped at 2-3 Mbps up (using www.speedtest.net). Can't beat that internet service!

I have a SB901 modem with wireless G capability. The bolded part is what I can't deny. I waited for someone to compete for broadband in this area, but as far as contenders it's been a no show.

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Originally Posted by minnow101 View Post

The HD outages come and go. Things will be fine for a few days/weeks then you'll get that "Unavailable , Try Later" message on several channels. I guess the good thing is that all of the HD channels also have a SD version so if there is something you want to watch you can fall back to SD channel. I set my DVR to record both feeds and then I'll delete the SD recording if the HD feed was available and recorded. I have to say that on average, I'll lose the HD feed once every 10 days or so.
What I really find aggravating is the inability to block channels from the guide. I don't particularly appreciate the kids being able to read the x-rated program description of "Buffy Does the Teen Next Door" on TWC pay per view adult channels. When I had Dish, I could block out all of the channels I didn't want/watch and you needed a PIN code to get to them in the guide. With TWC, you can set up the code but it's only for watching the channel and not for reading the program description.

I have a Scientific-Atlanta box, it's free so I can't complain, but I didn't like the fact that I can't take channels out of the guide that I don't receive or I just want to filter out.

Thanks for the feedback guys. We'll see how this shakes out.
post #3563 of 3748
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Originally Posted by bidger View Post

I have a SB901 modem with wireless G capability. The bolded part is what I can't deny. I waited for someone to compete for broadband in this area, but as far as contenders it's been a no show.

I think I have the 501 model because I wanted to control my own wireless network ( I won't let anyone touch any of my computers or network setup other than me). I also needed a router with gigabit ports to run my NAS hard drive for streaming video and file storge. I have a simultaneous dual band Wireless G/N router.

BTW...we've met in person once when you worked at a certain electronics retailer that is no longer open. I'm a little surprised to see you make the switch to TWC. I've been following your posts for the last 5 years now and you're a die hard DTV customer. I hope it all works out for you!
post #3564 of 3748
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Originally Posted by brives81 View Post

BTW...we've met in person once when you worked at a certain electronics retailer that is no longer open. I'm a little surprised to see you make the switch to TWC. I've been following your posts for the last 5 years now and you're a die hard DTV customer. I hope it all works out for you!

Cool, thanks for sharing that.

It was probably late 2007 or 2008 when we talked about TWC. At the time they didn't have an awful lot as far as HD and I was picking up CBS and FOX in HD out of NYC with DirecTV, my sticking point when a TWC rep paid a visit in the Spring of 2006. My previous dealings with TWC left a sour taste in my mouth, but times change. One could make the argument that since deploying Switched Digital Video, TWC has done a much better job of adding HD than DirecTV. After having Roadrunner installed, I just couldn't envision going back to DSL. When DirecTV canceled the tuner card for Windows Media Center, my personal fave DVR, it was a setback as far as I was concerned. You now have both the Ceton and the soon-to-be-released Silicon Dust HD Homerun Prime Cable Card-capable devices for W7 MC integration. I tried to follow the DirecTV "Nomad" thread @ DBSTalk, but I gave up. Even if they do come up with something, there's still the issue of quality HSI solution. Fact is I felt that when I had RR installed, it was only a matter of time before I at least gave TWC a spin.

Speaking of which, I found a TWC Cable Card support # on TCF and, after switching out a faulty RF cable that shipped with the tuning adapter, I now have all the non-OnDemand HD channels on the HD TiVo. And the reboot suggested for the SA box worked. I'm still evaluating the difference between DirecTV and TWC HD. So far I don't see huge difference on the cable-specific HD channels (ESPN-HD, A&E-HD, etc.), but the fact that WYDC stretches SD content makes me want to wretch. Certainly not TWCs fault. I still like DirecTV, but they need to come up with, or partner with another company, that gives them a viable HSI solution.

Thanks again for the assistance.
post #3565 of 3748
Anyone heard anything about when DTV locals for Elmira area are supposed to go live?
post #3566 of 3748
The Excel spreadsheet provided by DBSTalk member GCT still shows "Service Due 2011".
post #3567 of 3748
I wonder if securing a deal with WYDC (FOX) is the hold up.
post #3568 of 3748
I just got DTV installed last week.

ABC, CBS, and ABC are now available on DTV. FOX still is not, the tech that did my install said most likely November. Time Warner apparently wasn't allowing them access saying they had full rights to its broadcasts. The FCC had to step in and force TW to allow others access to them, so now DTV is going through setting up their end for it.

For most people in the Elmira/Horseheads/Corning area if you keep Road Runner for internet you'll be able to pick up the true locals, WYDC, WETM, etc through the QAM tuner in your TV. Time Warner doesn't configure the traps to block these, at least from the people I have talked to.
post #3569 of 3748
If you plan to keep RR do something along these lines when you cancel your cale. Ask the TW rep what the monthly charge for RR will be, they'll tell you $54.95, then say I heard there's currently a $35/month promotion can I get that. They'll tell you that once they put the trap on the line at your house they can modify the montlhy RR price.
post #3570 of 3748
Anyone know when WBNG will be upgrading their studio cameras? Right now their SD newscasts look absolutely horrible on an HDTV. Can't they at least install higher definition SD cameras? Heck, Ch 34 newscasts look better.
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