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post #10081 of 10822
Hello just a note did anybody was without comcast cable and internet service yesterday and today .
post #10082 of 10822
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Originally Posted by dryeye View Post
The last EAS happened while I was playing back a dvr'd program. Alert hit,playback stopped and I was dumped back to whatever channel the tuner was last on.
Yes, that's what happens at the end of an EAS interruption.  They also knock you out of watching On Demand programming.
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Interesting oddity was that after returning to my EAS interrupted dvr show the pause/FF/RW functions wouldn't work. I had to stop and restart the playback again to get functionality back. DCX3400 box.
That I don't see on the DCH3416.
post #10083 of 10822
Saw a post on Broadband reports that the city now has BBC America HD on 326. I WANT IT HERE!!!!
post #10084 of 10822
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

With all the tornado warnings and stuff last night, did anybody have the EAS trigger on their boxes? Here in Schaumburg, despite the sirens going off, nothing was triggered.

At least 2 times here in Elgin, IL
post #10085 of 10822
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

Saw a post on Broadband reports that the city now has BBC America HD on 326. I WANT IT HERE!!!!

Have you checked out Chicago area 2 lineup? Thay have BBC America, DIY, Cooking Channel, Nat Geo Wild, CSPAN, Reelz, Sprout and a few others all in HD. Seems like us in the 'burbs are being left out in the cold.
post #10086 of 10822
A couple rounds of HD channel adding ago, we also got them first.  But 294 through 298 came to the city almost two years after arriving in the suburbs.  Next time around we'll be the ones who are waiting.
post #10087 of 10822
Chicago is ahead right now because you dropped ALL of your analogs. By me, we only dropped most of the expanded basic's. That said, there are about 15 channels open, although I assume some may never be usable for various reasons.

I started checking the open channels, and now some are used here in Schaumburg. RF113 has moved to RF53, RF100 has moved to RF54. RF55 is also in use, but I don't have time now to see what moved there. It is a large number of encrypted channels, so probably another batch of SD's like the other 2. I may need to do a full scan as it's hard for me to test RF50 as 50-1 is PSIP'd for WPWR-HD.
post #10088 of 10822
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

Chicago is ahead right now because you dropped ALL of your analogs.

Three analog channels are still going here.  2, 17, and 70 loop a video about how to connect a DTA.
post #10089 of 10822
So you only have the 3? I still have 2-35, 70, 98. Basically, everything below 300MHz that wasn't already dropped for digital usage. But then, this is an 860MHz system. We have stuff all the way up to RF134 (855MHz). We still have Discovery (21), TCM (16), TBS (34), Food (25), VH1 (28), and AP (32) available in analog.

Also, MAJOR change in frequencies here in Schaumburg. Lots of rearrangement. I'm still trying to figure out what is what. Other than WGBO-HD/WSNS-HD, all were encrypted channels.
post #10090 of 10822
I finished rearranging my list. Interesting that there is now a nice 'hole' from RF100-RF106. This is between the channels set aside for OnDemand (87-94) and the modem downlinks (107-110). 95-97 are in the FM radio band so may never be used, although duplicates of CSPAN and CSPAN2 are defined to use RF95, but are dead. 98-99 are oddballs down at lower frequencies. Beyond the hole, 58, 69, 113, 127, and 128 are open. I hope they don't use 128 anytime soon. I use that for an RF modulator!!
post #10091 of 10822
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

Saw a post on Broadband reports that the city now has BBC America HD on 326.

Yay! Finally

Thanks for the update.
post #10092 of 10822
I picked up a set top box off of ebay hoping to be able to supply HD to my older "HD Ready" TV. It's a Digitallworld box model HSTND-3X02 that is supposed to receive clear QAM. I've had no luck trying to receive any signals at all over Comcast. I can receive over-the-air signals with it.

Has anyone had any experience with this box on Comcast? I'm on the Batavia feed.

Thanks,
post #10093 of 10822
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Originally Posted by illiniwek84 View Post

I picked up a set top box off of ebay hoping to be able to supply HD to my older "HD Ready" TV. It's a Digitallworld box model HSTND-3X02 that is supposed to receive clear QAM. I've had no luck trying to receive any signals at all over Comcast. I can receive over-the-air signals with it.

Has anyone had any experience with this box on Comcast? I'm on the Batavia feed.

I've never heard of that brand, and couldn't find info on that model number. Are you usre it's a CABLE tuner?

My guess is that it's a digital BROADCAST adapter that only supports 8VSB/ATSC. Cable uses QAM. Even if it worked, it would only give you ClearQAM (Limited Basic) at best. You need CableCard support to get anything higher.

Basically, NEVER buy cable boxes or tuners on eBay or other scam sites. They are either stolen, for a different market, or misrepresented.
post #10094 of 10822
Anyone notice that WLS's SD feed audio sounds overmodulated? This is both the analog and digital (ClearQAM, DTA, or box). The HD is fine. Makes it a bit hard to understand at times with the bedroom TV, which doesn't have an HD box.
post #10095 of 10822
... but at least their SD feed has audio and video synched.  Their HD feed (same with OTA, not Comcast's fault) has a noticeable lag between the audio and the video.
post #10096 of 10822
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

Anyone notice that WLS's SD feed audio sounds overmodulated? This is both the analog and digital (ClearQAM, DTA, or box). The HD is fine. Makes it a bit hard to understand at times with the bedroom TV, which doesn't have an HD box.

Tuesday's 10pm HD audio was bad as well
post #10097 of 10822
Has anyone lost their ClearQAM near St. Charles?

Went to re-scan my TV, and all of a sudden I lost all the local HD channels. 2-1, 5-1,2,3, 7-1,2,3, 9-1,2, 11-1,2,3,4, 26-1,2,3etc., 32-1, 50-1.

I can get 38-1 no problem.

I also have an issue with the higher channels with the converter box (MeTV, PBS subchannels). The converter box gives a "signal will return shortly" error for those channels. The Universal Sports channel is a pixelated mess.


**EDIT**

I found the problem. Seems one (or both) of my splitters is causing some filtering. Straight from the wall, I get everything.

Here is what I have: Cable TV wall -> 2 way splitter, one cable to Converter Box, cable from converter box to AB switch and one directly to A-B selector switch -> AB selector switch -> TV.

Do I need to change anything to prevent this filtering?
post #10098 of 10822
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Originally Posted by aparch View Post

Has anyone lost their ClearQAM near St. Charles?

Went to re-scan my TV, and all of a sudden I lost all the local HD channels. 2-1, 5-1,2,3, 7-1,2,3, 9-1,2, 11-1,2,3,4, 26-1,2,3etc., 32-1, 50-1.

I can get 38-1 no problem.

I also have an issue with the higher channels with the converter box (MeTV, PBS subchannels). The converter box gives a "signal will return shortly" error for those channels. The Universal Sports channel is a pixelated mess.


**EDIT**

I found the problem. Seems one (or both) of my splitters is causing some filtering. Straight from the wall, I get everything.

Here is what I have: Cable TV wall -> 2 way splitter, one cable to Converter Box, cable from converter box to AB switch and one directly to A-B selector switch -> AB selector switch -> TV.

Do I need to change anything to prevent this filtering?

cable boxes do not pass through the QAM channels it only out puts analog channel 3 or 4 for viewing on a CRT TV or coax input on the TV the coax out is not passthrough for what you want.
post #10099 of 10822
Does anyone know of any offices with the Motorola DCX3200 STBs? I had to swap the Pace RNG110 due to issues and all they would give me was an ancient Moto DCT6200.

The swap resolved the issue, but this box from 2003 has some issues of its own. Finally got a customer service person to understand the problem and they are telling me to swap with a DCX3200.

In spite of what they told me, I know one can't call the offices to find out what they have (and the customer service person was wishy-washy on if a different office would do a swap, but I know my closest office doesn't have any)

Thanks
post #10100 of 10822
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Originally Posted by rec630 View Post

Does anyone know of any offices with the Motorola DCX3200 STBs? I had to swap the Pace RNG110 due to issues and all they would give me was an ancient Moto DCT6200.

The swap resolved the issue, but this box from 2003 has some issues of its own. Finally got a customer service person to understand the problem and they are telling me to swap with a DCX3200.

In spite of what they told me, I know one can't call the offices to find out what they have (and the customer service person was wishy-washy on if a different office would do a swap, but I know my closest office doesn't have any)

Thanks

I woould think that the Elmhurst office might have them since they are one of the larger offices and they down the street from the warehouse/garage where the techs come from.
post #10101 of 10822
Hello new channel 133 afrch
post #10102 of 10822
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Originally Posted by anthony ippolito View Post

Hello new channel 133 afrch

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Africa_Channel

Not on the DTA, so probably part of Preferred.
post #10103 of 10822
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Originally Posted by Spiderman865 View Post

I would think that the Elmhurst office might have them since they are one of the larger offices and they down the street from the warehouse/garage where the techs come from.

That doesn't give me much hope. Elmhurst originally gave me the RNG110 when forced to move to a STB and I must have got lucky with that. They gave me the DCT6200 on swap and said that was it. They get RNG110s on rare occasions, but my problem with those doesn't seem to be unique from reading AVS and Comcast forums.

A search of offices show that many seem to have been shut down in the last year so it's farther to get to other locations. I went to Lisle and they had nothing different either.
post #10104 of 10822
Anyone here have a Pace RNG110 STB that you are using with your own personal recording device e.g. a DVDR? I don't think a VCR will help answer the question as I haven't seen those check the digital recording flags.

Are you able to record without problem? The RNG110 that I originally had inserted false do not record flags in the output stream, even when going through composite output connections. In my case it was only on certain channels, but I've read cases of others getting all channels blocked from erroneous flags.

The common factor was a RNG110 and the issue was resolved for them with a swap (usually to a DCX3200 or DCX3200/RNG150 which is what support is suggesting to me). Since I cant find any DCX3200's locally I'd like to find if others are using the RNG110's successfully with their own devices (e.g. I have a DVDR w/ HDD) as perhaps it was an early run that had problems and I see they have some newer models that include an RF output now.

If you have one that you are using to record, is it the version with or without the RF output?

They gave me a DCT6200 as replacement which I am trying to swap (it has some of its own limitations due to only having 16MG memory-it's 8 years old), If I can find another RNG110, not sure whether I'll get the same old problem again.

(yes I have looked into stabilizers, but I shouldn't have to use one if I get a STB that works)
post #10105 of 10822
You can always say you have a 3D Tv, they will give you a DCX then.
post #10106 of 10822
Info on my latest bill -Comcast Romeoville head-end:

CHANNEL CHANGES --- EFFECTIVE 8/24/11
The following channels will no longer be offered on
the Comcast lineup: ActionMAX HD, 5StarMAX HD,
HBO Comedy HD, Showtime Showcase HD, Showtime
Extreme HD and where available, MoreMAX HD and
HBO Family HD.
New HD channels will be added to Digital Preferred:
BBC America HD (chl 326), The Hub HD (chl 242),
DIY HD (chl 249), Cooking Channel HD (chl 250) and
Nat Geo Wild (chl 251).
International premium service Rai Italia (Italian)
will move from chl 679 to chl 681.

Effective August 9, 2011:
Jewelry TV will move from
channel 129 to channel 57. Jewelry TV will also continue
to be available on channel 159. There is no change to
the service level for this channel or to your price as a
result of this channel number change.
post #10107 of 10822
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Originally Posted by Spiderman865 View Post
Info on my latest bill -Comcast Romeoville head-end:

CHANNEL CHANGES --- EFFECTIVE 8/24/11
The following channels will no longer be offered on
the Comcast lineup: ActionMAX HD, 5StarMAX HD,
HBO Comedy HD, Showtime Showcase HD, Showtime
Extreme HD and where available, MoreMAX HD and
HBO Family HD.
New HD channels will be added to Digital Preferred:
BBC America HD (chl 326), The Hub HD (chl 242),
DIY HD (chl 249), Cooking Channel HD (chl 250) and
Nat Geo Wild (chl 251).
International premium service Rai Italia (Italian)
will move from chl 679 to chl 681.


Effective August 9, 2011:
Jewelry TV will move from
channel 129 to channel 57. Jewelry TV will also continue
to be available on channel 159. There is no change to
the service level for this channel or to your price as a
result of this channel number change.
So they are taking away all of these Premium HD channels. That makes no sense. I wonder if this is a trend for all of the Chicagoland areas? If so I am getting rid of all of my premuim movie channels if it takes affect in Arlington Heights
post #10108 of 10822
Quote:
Originally Posted by Spiderman865 View Post

Info on my latest bill -Comcast Romeoville head-end:

CHANNEL CHANGES --- EFFECTIVE 8/24/11
The following channels will no longer be offered on
the Comcast lineup: ActionMAX HD, 5StarMAX HD,
HBO Comedy HD, Showtime Showcase HD, Showtime
Extreme HD and where available, MoreMAX HD and
HBO Family HD.
New HD channels will be added to Digital Preferred:
BBC America HD (chl 326), The Hub HD (chl 242),
DIY HD (chl 249), Cooking Channel HD (chl 250) and
Nat Geo Wild (chl 251).
International premium service Rai Italia (Italian)
will move from chl 679 to chl 681.

Effective August 9, 2011:
Jewelry TV will move from
channel 129 to channel 57. Jewelry TV will also continue
to be available on channel 159. There is no change to
the service level for this channel or to your price as a
result of this channel number change.

Here in Oswego we only got the Effective August 9 part on our bill. It makes zero sense to remove those premium HD channels and, if they do, I'll really consider dropping a few of them.
post #10109 of 10822
I guess their thinking is "you can get it on demand" which is true, but taking away channels for the sake of adding new ones is a poor decision.
post #10110 of 10822
Maybe when they move HD Channels to 1000's they will add them back.
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