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post #271 of 10823
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Originally posted by Valuepac
i was told basic channels are 13.84 plus $5 for the hdtv. Also the only ch im looking for is cbs. Every other channel comes in at 100% on my OTA. Until someone comes out with a PVR i wont stick with any provider.


Valuepac- What town do you live in? I'm in Oswego and they told me $15 + $5. Are you sure that you can get just that service without any other comcast TV subscription? I never do believe the CSR's, they don't have a clue usually.
post #272 of 10823
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Originally posted by WishIdInventedTivo
kippjones, you have a HiPix PC don't you? Do you know if the HiPix card supports Comcast's 256QAM over cable? HD over cable is supposed to be available in my area now (Naperville).

The HiPix documentation does not mention 256QAM or 8VSB.

WIIT,
no, I do not have that. I use the Mits PM with the QAM tuner. I do not know if the HiPix supports QAM.
post #273 of 10823
Thanks. I'll post a message on the HiPix thread but I've never seen it discussed. Maybe if you are bored one afternoon and want to give it a try...
post #274 of 10823
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Originally posted by WishIdInventedTivo
kippjones, you have a HiPix PC don't you? Do you know if the HiPix card supports Comcast's 256QAM over cable? HD over cable is supposed to be available in my area now (Naperville).

The HiPix documentation does not mention 256QAM or 8VSB.


Is this the DTV-200? According to their web site that card only supports 8 VSB.
post #275 of 10823
Hey guys, how much are HD-HBO and HD-Showtime?
post #276 of 10823
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Originally posted by Lee K
Hey guys, how much are HD-HBO and HD-Showtime?

Technically, they're free - if you subscribe to a package that already has HBO or Showtime, you'll get the HD channel, too. If not, then your cost will be whatever upgrade is necessary to get those particular channels.

Oh yeah, plus $5/month for the DCT5100, assuming you don't already have it.
post #277 of 10823
What does everyone have the AUDIO COMPRESSION setting on the 5100 cable box set to?
post #278 of 10823
I have a question. I live in Naperville and I already have Directv which I really don't want to get rid of.
I want to be clear on this. Are you saying that I can get the local channels, CBS, ABC, NBC, in HD and JUST order those channels and the box? I called on this a while back and some lady said I needed the whole digital cable package and I didn't really want to pay for all that. I just want the basic channels but in HD. Some people were saying they were paying $8.36 plus $5 for the box. Is that right? no other charges?

Thx for your replies.
post #279 of 10823
Comcast does not post the package prices anywhere on their website. If you call customer service they will send you a pricesheet for your area.


FWIW
post #280 of 10823
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Originally posted by Dean Martin
I want to be clear on this. Are you saying that I can get the local channels, CBS, ABC, NBC, in HD and JUST order those channels and the box?

Toss in Fox and PBS as well...
post #281 of 10823
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Originally posted by Lee K
What does everyone have the AUDIO COMPRESSION setting on the 5100 cable box set to?

I'm fairly certain I have mine on Heavy.
post #282 of 10823
I just called about Lake in the Hills. I was told they plan on upgrading the area by September, but that this 'date' is not firm.
post #283 of 10823
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Originally posted by Dean Martin
I have a question. I live in Naperville and I already have Directv which I really don't want to get rid of.
I want to be clear on this. Are you saying that I can get the local channels, CBS, ABC, NBC, in HD and JUST order those channels and the box? I called on this a while back and some lady said I needed the whole digital cable package and I didn't really want to pay for all that. I just want the basic channels but in HD. Some people were saying they were paying $8.36 plus $5 for the box. Is that right? no other charges?

Thx for your replies.

Dean, they told me it is $29.99 for the install, $13.24 for their minimum service in Naperville which includes CBS-HD, NBC-HD, ABC-HD, and FOX (480p). The box, which is optional (I specifically asked what if I have a box that can decode 256QAM) is $5.00 per month.

BTW in case you haven't heard, FOX has told the FCC that half their programs will be in 720p HD as of the fall season. Guess they felt left out of all the HD announcements!

Let me know if you order the service, how long it takes to get installed and how well it works. For the time being I am sitting tight. I just cancelled my Comcast digital phone service and am waiting them to agree to release my phone number back to Ameritech. I know from dealing with Comcast that making any kind of change will probably mess this up.
post #284 of 10823
I'd check your dates on the HD broadcast by Fox. The information I read said the Fall 2004 season.

Mike K.
post #285 of 10823
There was some mention that Fox may do HD by this fall. Maybe.
post #286 of 10823
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Dean, they told me it is $29.99 for the install, $13.24 for their minimum service in Naperville which includes CBS-HD, NBC-HD, ABC-HD, and FOX (480i). The box, which is optional (I specifically asked what if I have a box that can decode 256QAM) is $5.00 per month.

Thx for the reply. I don't know if on top of already paying for Satellite I wan't to pay $18.24 more a month really just to get CBS. I mean, even in my attic I can get my antenna to get ABC, NBC, etc. And if what Kipp says, the cable is not as good as OTA I may as well try for a better OTA signal anyway. In the mean time I can wait for Wide Open West to offer HD because I already have their Internet service and I really don't feel like bringing yet another service into the house.
I knew getting HD would have some obstacles but my God man, this is insane. I already invested in 3 boxes a DIRECTIVO and new dish so I definitely want to keep Directv. Besides I really enjoy HDNET.

Also I have an E86 HD box. I don't suppose that would work right?
post #287 of 10823
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Originally posted by Lee K
What does everyone have the AUDIO COMPRESSION setting on the 5100 cable box set to?

Mine is set to heavy.
post #288 of 10823
Comcast had an open house for AV retailers yesterday and stated that they hoped to have Discovery, ESPN and HDNET (which they were using for their displays) available in the not too distant future. Of course, no one will say how distant "not too distant" is.
post #289 of 10823
I stand corrected - the president of FOX pleged to the chief of the FCC media bureau that at least 50% of their prime-time schedule will be broadcast in HDTV by the Fall of 2004. Hopefully some sooner, but a significant development in any event.
post #290 of 10823
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Originally posted by Dean Martin
I have a question. I live in Naperville and I already have Directv which I really don't want to get rid of.
I want to be clear on this. Are you saying that I can get the local channels, CBS, ABC, NBC, in HD and JUST order those channels and the box? I called on this a while back and some lady said I needed the whole digital cable package and I didn't really want to pay for all that. I just want the basic channels but in HD. Some people were saying they were paying $8.36 plus $5 for the box. Is that right? no other charges?

Thx for your replies.

Hello Dean- The price differs for where you live, but I was given a $15 a month + $5 for the HD Box for all locals including HD. As far as HBO & Showtime, I believe you have to subscribe to that entire package ($16 a month each for me) and then you'll get the additional HD channel.
post #291 of 10823
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Originally posted by WishIdInventedTivo
Dean, they told me it is $29.99 for the install, $13.24 for their minimum service in Naperville which includes CBS-HD, NBC-HD, ABC-HD, and FOX (480p). The box, which is optional (I specifically asked what if I have a box that can decode 256QAM) is $5.00 per month.

BTW in case you haven't heard, FOX has told the FCC that half their programs will be in 720p HD as of the fall season. Guess they felt left out of all the HD announcements!

Does that mean the local Fox issue with the HD decoder and no 480p will go away? And if so, do you when?
post #292 of 10823
The other thing is, my directv is already connected to my only HD input and I honestly don't want to keep switching or buy an expensive switching device either.
What a quandry. I don't want to get rid of Directv and there are so many other minor issues. I still may attempt a better antenna hookup.

My other option is to get an internet package, since I already have Wide open west cable internet and then get Cable with it. This way I can get the local HD channels AND get G4 the video game channel too.
post #293 of 10823
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Originally posted by drossn
I also have an AT&T Tivo Series 2, which I used to have connected to the DCT2024 via composite video and using serial control. Since the 5100 lacks serial control - I also didn't want the Tivo to prevent me from using the 5100 for HD viewing - I moved my Tivo off to regular analog cable.

So I just read through this whole thread and now can't wait to get Comcast HD when I move into my new place in Lakeview and get the new TV. Big thanks to everyone for sharing their experiences.

I still have one question though. A few people mentioned, similar to above, that they are splitting off HD and analog feeds. I don't quite understand that. I thought the Comcast package was digital cable with a few HD channels also. Where is the analog cable feed? Is it possible to get just analog service from them and the HD channels? Sorry if this is a newbie question, but any help is appreciated. Thanks.
post #294 of 10823
Analog feed is the signal that doesn't require special equipment. I.E. A typical "cable ready" TV will be able to decode these channels fine without a "box" up to say about channel 100, depending on what your local cable company provides.

An old TV that isn't cable ready will be able to decode them to say, about channel 40 or 50 I think, after which the channel/frequency assignments begin to fall outside of it's tuning range.

The HD channels (CBS-HD, NBC-HD, etc.... but NOT "premium" channels like SHO-HD, HBO-HD, etc.) would be decodable without a special box as well, so long as your TV can decode 256QAM which is the format used. Comcast will rent you a Motorola DTC5100 for $5.00/month, however, if your TV doesn't have the appropriate built-in tuner or you don't otherwise have a box that can decode 256QAM.

This all assumes the cable company doesn't have any filters that block a particular range of channel frequencies. It is not uncommon that if all you have is the basic package a cable company will put a filter on the cable before it enters your house to block all channels above a certain number.

A "digital" package as described by a cable company, is yet another source of signal over the same cable, but it is fully encoded. You must rent a decoder box from your cable company which they then activate for you to receive the service. Whether the signal integrity and therefore picture quality is any better, is debatable. But this is what most cable companies force you into if you have any premium channels like HBO, SHO, etc. as well as maybe ESPN, Golf, etc. if not included in the basic packages. Personally I think it's just a way to a) force you into rental of equipment and b) give you an opportunity to purchase pay-per-view stuff.

Internet service rides on the same cable at yet another set of frequencies and requires appropriate equipment to access.

Comcast also offers telephone service over the same cable. I currently have it but am switching back to Ameritech. My wife told me Comcast called today asking if they ever burried my cable. Yes, after 6 months of phone calls they finally burried my cable about 3 months ago, by hand, because their machine was broken. Ameritech is waiting for Comcast to release my phone numbers back so they can provide service again.
post #295 of 10823
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Originally posted by WishIdInventedTivo
An old TV that isn't cable ready will be able to decode them to say, about channel 40 or 50 I think, after which the channel/frequency assignments begin to fall outside of it's tuning range.

I think it would tune 2-13 only (VHF), but who still has a TV that old?
post #296 of 10823
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Originally posted by Todd76
I think it would tune 2-13 only (VHF), but who still has a TV that old?

I am pretty sure the cable channels go from the VHF band, to the UHF band, to what one might call an "upper" UHF band and then to what one might call a "super" UHF band. I know in the earlier days of cable TV, but after it had maybe been around for about 10 years, I had worked with some older "cable ready" TVs that could not all tune all of the cable channels. I remember looking at the various manuals where they explained how cable channel numering worked and some of the TVs could receive the highest numbered channels while others were more limited (but could receive a certain number of UHF channels.)

Until recently I had a 20 year old Sony TV that could tune the cable channels up to a point.

Of course we are talking strickly analog channels here, not the digitally encoded ones that require a box from your cable company.

I read recently that the cable industry is trying to standardize on a solution that will provide for built-in tuner capability that replaces the boxes they supply. This way you wouldn't need an external box to tune HBO, SHO, PPV, etc. I am all for that, and imagine the cable companies would still charge you as if you had a box but would just "authorize" your built-in TV CATV tuner, but they wouldn't need to supply you a box. It really amazes me that it's taken 30 years for this. Said solution is supposed to include D/HDTV as well.
post #297 of 10823
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Originally posted by Todd76
I think it would tune 2-13 only (VHF), but who still has a TV that old?

You are correct Todd76. You can see this by hooking up the cable directly to the RF input of the TV and set the tuner to normal instead of cable. You will only get up to channel 13, 14 is where the cable band begins.

Mike K.
post #298 of 10823
thanks a bunch for the info. Much appreciated.
post #299 of 10823
Any word on Discovery HD or HDNet for us through Comcast?

I would kill for these two channels.
post #300 of 10823
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Originally posted by Lee K
Any word on Discovery HD or HDNet for us through Comcast?

I would kill for these two channels.



I second that!!! Comcast.....????
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