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post #1081 of 10824
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Originally posted by timmo
In Chicago they just recently took away all of the analog pay channels (HBO, Showtime, Encore, Starz, etc.). Now you can only get them on the digital channels. Must be using the extra bandwidth for VOD? I wish that would start soon... Sux about taking away the pay channels on analog, cause I can't view them on my one tv without a cable box! Oh well...the sacrifices we gotta make to get better services...

I am in Birmingham and have Charter. If you don't already have it, you will love the On Demand channels. I get HBO, Showtime and Cinemax OD at no extra cost. I can watch programming from those three channels at any time, pause, rewind, fast forward, etc. They save partially watched programs so you can pick up where you left off.

It is definitely a cool feature.
post #1082 of 10824
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Originally posted by openhouse
Yeah and CBS-2 News did a story on today, that people were complaining about it.

And the news anchor said that most of them were pirating the Cable signal anyway

That pirating statement is incorrect. The news report at 10:00 talked about consumer notification, which apparently was done on the February bill. It also explained that the Comcast customers were offered free set top boxes.

Apparently most people missed the notification and were surprised when the change took place.

Here is a link to the story.

http://cbs2chicago.com/topstories/lo...089175506.html

Mike K.
post #1083 of 10824
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Originally posted by mikek747
That pirating statement is incorrect. The news report at 10:00 talked about consumer notification, which apparently was done on the February bill. It also explained that the Comcast customers were offered free set top boxes.

Apparently most people missed the notification and were surprised when the change took place.


Mike K.

I take it you didn't watch the 4:30 Newscast ?
Edit : Go and on the website look at the Video clip of the story, and right by end of the story the News anchor mentions it
post #1084 of 10824
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Originally posted by openhouse
I take it you didn't watch the 4:30 Newscast ?
Edit : Go and on the website look at the Video clip of the story, and right by end of the story the News anchor mentions it

I reviewed the clip from the 4:30 newscast. The term used was "some" of the people were pirating the newscast. The story given at 10:00 did not mention the piracy issue. However, and we are probably just talking about semantics, "some" is very different than "most", which is what you said in your original post. Your post seems to go in the direction that the reason for the change was piracy, where in fact it was a system upgrade. Most of the consumer complaints could have been avoided if they were paying attention.

Mike
post #1085 of 10824
I just noticed that TV One is up and running on channel 172; I thought this was supposed to go live at the same time WGN-DT goes live on channel 192.

Not that I'm complaining, mind you... as long as WGN is up on April 1 as promised.
post #1086 of 10824
I am hoping they add NBA-TV a day early as well. I want to watch Kings-Spurs tomorrow. Too bad the game is not in HD, that way I could watch it on INHD.
post #1087 of 10824
FSugino, I was just talking to a tech guy at Comcast and he told me that they soft launched VOD in parts of Schaumburg and Streamwood yesterday. I guess they did it by the account numbers (my accoun number didn't fall under the soft launch, I was away by 10 numbers or something like that). Did you get it?

I guess they are looking at sometimes in June for a full launch.
post #1088 of 10824
maybe with tv one on early we'll see wgn-DT on a day early too
post #1089 of 10824
I noticed TVOne (what is it)?

Also, which channels are VOD suppose to show up on? A quick look didn't show anything unsual for me.

Tom
post #1090 of 10824
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Originally posted by STayfair
I noticed TVOne (what is it)?

Also, which channels are VOD suppose to show up on? A quick look didn't show anything unsual for me.

Tom

VOD will change the look of your menu quite a bit. You should be a It is not on any particular channel number (although I think that by going to channel 1 you go to VOD menu).
post #1091 of 10824
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Originally posted by vj9999
FSugino, I was just talking to a tech guy at Comcast and he told me that they soft launched VOD in parts of Schaumburg and Streamwood yesterday. I guess they did it by the account numbers (my accoun number didn't fall under the soft launch, I was away by 10 numbers or something like that). Did you get it?

No, the only change that I can see is the addition of TV One. I don't see anything that looks like VOD in the menus or channel listing.
post #1092 of 10824
yeah got tv one here in northbrook but nothing else seems to have changed, seems like an odd channel number assinment to me seeing as how its grouped with HD channels
post #1093 of 10824
Here in Aurora Comcast. I saw WGNHD show up as Channel 192 in the guide and nav. However, no programming on it...the prompt says "Please wait..the channel will be available soon" (or something like it)

Looks like they are going to fulfill the promise
post #1094 of 10824
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Originally posted by STayfair
I noticed TVOne (what is it)?
Tom

Can someone please elaborate on this channel?

Is in not an HD channel even though it's placed near ESPN-HD?
post #1095 of 10824
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Originally posted by SamR.
Can someone please elaborate on this channel?

Is in not an HD channel even though it's placed near ESPN-HD?

I believe it is similar to BET (Black Entertainment Television). It is not an HD channel. Like you, I find their channel placement curious at best. They are mixing digital channels and HD channels, 182, and 183, for instance falling in between INHD and Showtime HD.

I wish they would assign numbers that are more like the original channel numbers. I think WGN-DT should be on 199. Better yet, I wish they could do channel mapping like the OTA recieivers do, 2-1, 5-1, 7-1 etc, instead of putting them off in a whole different area. This would simplify things for everyone.

Mike.
post #1096 of 10824
It's up on the Aurora area system, but it's choppy. Once in a while, the video will freeze momentarily, and then quickly jump to where it's supposed to be. Happens enough to be annoying.

When viewed through composite, the picture is extremely jumpy. This doesn't matter, since I won't ever watch it this way, but none of the other hd channels act like this.

I do watch composite through a TiVo, but I don't think that has anything to do with it. Anybody else seeing this?
post #1097 of 10824
no wgn up in northbrook yet, hopefully it will show up tomorrow so i can check the quality and see if there is any choppiness over here
post #1098 of 10824
no WGN-DT here yet either... hopefully I'll have a nice suprise in the morning though.
post #1099 of 10824
Not on here in Laporte. In northwest indiana tvone is up though. WHat a crappy channel. They could of at least gave us bet.
post #1100 of 10824
No WGN-DT in Buffalo Grove yet. I'll be calling them by 8:30 if I don't have it.
post #1101 of 10824
WGNHD is up here in Gurnee!

b
post #1102 of 10824
WGN-DT up and running here in Warrenville. Started Wednesday (31st). Bring on the CUBS!!!!!
post #1103 of 10824
I didn't have WGN-HD yet around 5AM this morning when I left for work. NBA TV was there on channel 439, but I was getting not authorized message!? I believe I should have it with my digital silver, and that extra $5 package for all the sports channels (plus I subscribe to NBA league pass). Myabe it is just a temporary thing since they always have issues when they first launch new channels. I'll call them and have them reauthorize my box.
post #1104 of 10824
WGN-DT is on in Streamwood.

Andy
post #1105 of 10824
Ok now over here in Rolling Meadows we have the channel selectable -- but are getting the "This channel will be available shortly" message.

Hope it comes on sometime this afternoon so I can catch some of the channels HD programming later tonight. (yes I know its only like one show)

On a side note, I still have the old 5100 box... anyone know of any differences between that and the new 6200? There are tons of things about this box that bother the heck outta me. For instance trying to type in channels -- there is always a delay after every key press and very often it doesn't even get half of my commands, causing me to switch to the wrong channel a couple times before I get it right. It's heinously frustrating. Also, channel changes are extremely slow. What can I say, I HATE the thing really! Also a couple of the "lines" that makes up the numbers on the display are "burned out" and don't show up, causing me to think it's 9 o' clock when it's really 8 and so on.

So I guess that would be somewhat of an excuse for a new box anyways. Would it be worth the upgrade in my case?
post #1106 of 10824
Well, I am in Palatine, and still only have firmware 5.03 and the 5100 box (I got HDTV in Sept.). I have my Sony 34XBR910 just waiting to get a DVI input to it, but still no updates. Meanwhile, I have to constantly juggle 3 sets of components (5100, Xbox, DVD player) between 2 sets of inputs on the TV.

Who at Comcast should I call to se about getting some stuff updated? Tech Support? I rather not talk to the bonehead customer service people if I don't have to.

Ideally, I'd like a 6208 delivered, with DVI and Firewire all activated. But for some reason I doubt that'll happen anytime soon. So I'd settle for a 6200 with both activated.

Thanks all.
Brian
post #1107 of 10824
WGN-HD on ch. 192 was up and working fine in Wheeling this morning. I forgot to check NBA TV (we don't have the sports package, so I don't know if we would even get it), and we also have had TV One since Tuesday.

I am really looking forward to the Cubs in HD and the WB shows in HD.

And is it just me or does it seem like WLS changed their stretching/cropping scheme for WLS-HD on Ch. 187? It seems I can see a little bit more on the top and bottom, but it still seems cropped a little.


tim
post #1108 of 10824
Buffalo Grove still has "should be available shortly"
post #1109 of 10824
WGNHD was up in Aurora on 31 Dec. As for PQ - Not great, some audio drops. Most of the programming, as expected, was 4:3 except for WB shows (I only watched Smallville). Friends re-run looked better here than on NBC-HD; or maybe a first-time-seen reaction.

Good job comca$t for the lineup. PQ/ service/ price may be debatable.
post #1110 of 10824
WGN-DT is up and running in Schaumburg.

NBATV is now listed as channel 439, but no program is currently running - I have a blank screen.
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