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post #7441 of 10823
Did anyone have problem recording Big Bang Theory and How I Met Your Mother Monday? I do have 3 programs scheduled from 7-8pm, the above, Chuck and Terminator. But the 2 CBS shows are of higher priority. They always recorded before... The only thing I can think of is that they were falsely marked as reruns or they didn't start on time and so the other 2 shows recorded instead, but that seems suspicious. I deleted Chuck now since it is being recorded on another box, but this is the first time I've seen this. Too bad the Motorola dvr doesn't have a history like Tivo which says why it wasn't recorded.
post #7442 of 10823
Phil,

My DCH3416 recorded them OK, but I have them set as a manually timed event from 6:59 to 8:31 PM Mondays on channel 189 (including "Two and a Half Men") rather than as individual programs.

Sometimes the DCH3416 does miss a scheduled event, and I can't pinpoint the circumstances.  Usually it disappears from the Scheduled Recordings area beforehand, and if I happen to be checking it and notice its absence, I reenter it.  But sometimes I haven't been there, and something just plain isn't recorded.  It's not the full-recording-space bug, since (1) that has other symptoms, which don't appear here, and (2) the event vanishes from Scheduled Recordings before the time comes.

I do encounter one problem with priorities: if the power is cycled or if (as happened Monday or Tuesday morning) the box reboots for any other reason and the guide is wiped out, as series recordings are repopulated, they revert to the default priorities, and I have to re-correct any situations where the default priorities should not apply.
post #7443 of 10823
My bill says that This TV (OTA 26.4) will be available on channel 246 starting November 18.
post #7444 of 10823
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Originally Posted by dattier View Post

Phil,

My DCH3416 recorded them OK, but I have them set as a manually timed event from 6:59 to 8:31 PM Mondays on channel 189 (including "Two and a Half Men") rather than as individual programs.

Sometimes the DCH3416 does miss a scheduled event, and I can't pinpoint the circumstances.* Usually it disappears from the Scheduled Recordings area beforehand, and if I happen to be checking it and notice its absence, I reenter it.* But sometimes I haven't been there, and something just plain isn't recorded.* It's not the full-recording-space bug, since (1) that has other symptoms, which don't appear here, and (2) the event vanishes from Scheduled Recordings before the time comes.

I do encounter one problem with priorities: if the power is cycled or if (as happened Monday or Tuesday morning) the box reboots for any other reason and the guide is wiped out, as series recordings are repopulated, they revert to the default priorities, and I have to re-correct any situations where the default priorities should not apply.

thanks, I checked the priorities afterwards and they were still correct. All were series recordings. oh well, I got to see them on my backup unit.
post #7445 of 10823
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Originally Posted by dattier View Post

Phil,

My DCH3416 recorded them OK, but I have them set as a manually timed event from 6:59 to 8:31 PM Mondays on channel 189 (including "Two and a Half Men") rather than as individual programs.

Sometimes the DCH3416 does miss a scheduled event, and I can't pinpoint the circumstances.* Usually it disappears from the Scheduled Recordings area beforehand, and if I happen to be checking it and notice its absence, I reenter it.* But sometimes I haven't been there, and something just plain isn't recorded.* It's not the full-recording-space bug, since (1) that has other symptoms, which don't appear here, and (2) the event vanishes from Scheduled Recordings before the time comes.

I do encounter one problem with priorities: if the power is cycled or if (as happened Monday or Tuesday morning) the box reboots for any other reason and the guide is wiped out, as series recordings are repopulated, they revert to the default priorities, and I have to re-correct any situations where the default priorities should not apply.

Wow, the more I hear about the Comcast DVRs, the more I love my TiVo...!
post #7446 of 10823
I had no problems recording How I Met Your Mother. It's set up as a series recording.

I have noticed issues where single recordings (where you hit Record on the guide or program info) will disappear from a current day, but show up in the list as recording 1 or 2 weeks later.
post #7447 of 10823
No problems for me recording the 2 good CBS shows, but Fringe didn't record for me.


tim
post #7448 of 10823
I'm new to the forum, but I have seen that many of you rely on your in set tuners to pick up HD signals from Comcast. Several channels disappeared from my set last week. All of the 108's and 116's are gone. The ABC and WGN HD signals have now reappeared in 2 places - the 79's and as virtual channels (7.1,9.1 etc....

The 116's have not reappeared despite two digital searches and my painstaking searching with the channel set feature. I need WTTW digital and CBS digital. When I called my friends at Comcast, the response I received was "We are changing our offerings, and only our digital subscribers will be getting these anymore." It seems odd that they are singling out those channels while WLS and WMAQ come in without a problem. Any thoughts?
post #7449 of 10823
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Originally Posted by Rich1958 View Post

I'm new to the forum, but I have seen that many of you rely on your in set tuners to pick up HD signals from Comcast. Several channels disappeared from my set last week. All of the 108's and 116's are gone. The ABC and WGN HD signals have now reappeared in 2 places - the 79's and as virtual channels (7.1,9.1 etc....

The 116's have not reappeared despite two digital searches and my painstaking searching with the channel set feature. I need WTTW digital and CBS digital. When I called my friends at Comcast, the response I received was "We are changing our offerings, and only our digital subscribers will be getting these anymore." It seems odd that they are singling out those channels while WLS and WMAQ come in without a problem. Any thoughts?

It is not uncommon for Comcast to shuffle the QAM channels. Sometimes it can take a little while for them to sort everything out and get the locals unencrypted.
post #7450 of 10823
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Originally Posted by Rich1958 View Post

All of the 108's and 116's are gone. The ABC and WGN HD signals have now reappeared in 2 places - the 79's and as virtual channels (7.1,9.1 etc....)

They aren't gone; they're just properly translated to their virtual channels now, and you found them at 7-1 and 9-1.  (I have a personal preference for using hyphens in QAM channel numbers and decimal points in ATSC channel numbers.)

The ones in the 79's and 80's, if your area is like mine, are in SD.  I get WLS HD on 7-1 and WGN HD on 9-1, though they're really around 115 or 116; WLS SD (a digital SD feed of channel 7.1's fare, not of channel 7.2, which is on 7-2) comes in on 79-4 and WGN SD on 80-13 and those are probably their real QAM locations.
post #7451 of 10823
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Originally Posted by Paul Brazis View Post

Wow, the more I hear about the Comcast DVRs, the more I love my TiVo...!

Paul, you mean, the more you hear about Motorola DVRs.  This is their doing, not Comcast's.
post #7452 of 10823
Good news Chicago Comcast customers! I have spoken to Rosalind, a customer service rep today & she informed that Cartoon Network HD & Entertainment (E!) HD will be launched on November 4th.
post #7453 of 10823
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Originally Posted by dattier View Post

Paul, you mean, the more you hear about Motorola DVRs.* This is their doing, not Comcast's.

I stand corrected. That and the poor performance of my Motorola box (it's the SD type). Surprising since my TiVo Series 2 DVR has performed flawlessly for almost 5 years now. I am not proud of my former employer....

But Comcast could look into Motorola competitors, then again Motorola has a commanding share (for now) of the set top market.
post #7454 of 10823
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Originally Posted by memnoch View Post

for anyone that has the Sony DVR and just Comcast cable service -- no OTA, what channel are you using for TV Guide data that is reliable?

Host Chan 1:0-2
VBI Chan 1:2-1
No cable card, but as you can see, I am getting VBI on CBS-HD (don't ask me how that works over QAM, but I guess they worked it out).
post #7455 of 10823
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Originally Posted by memnoch View Post

hello. for anyone that has the Sony DVR and just Comcast cable service -- no OTA, what channel are you using for TV Guide data that is reliable? i think 94 (WTTW) has VBI but it does not stick as host. Will analog 2 (CBS) work? How about digital 189 (CBS-HD)? thank you.
i am using a cablecard, btw.

If you have a cablecard, channel 189 works great.
post #7456 of 10823
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Originally Posted by PhillyC View Post

If you have a cablecard, channel 189 works great.

thanks for all the replies. is there anything special i need to do to force it to use 189? would i need a firmware update? thanks again!
post #7457 of 10823
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Originally Posted by memnoch View Post

thanks for all the replies. is there anything special i need to do to force it to use 189? would i need a firmware update? thanks again!

The firmware is not a factor. Go over to the Sony DVR thread. The very first post has been updated with a link to Spiff's FAQ that contains all the information you need.

Be aware that some units (like mine) easily accept the change to a digital host, but some do not. Or maybe it depends on what area you are in.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...55#post5593255
post #7458 of 10823
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Originally Posted by donn35 View Post

Good news Chicago Comcast customers! I have spoken to Rosalind, a customer service rep today & she informed that Cartoon Network HD & Entertainment (E!) HD will be launched on November 4th.

sweet
post #7459 of 10823
Anyone know the local (not the general comcast number 1-866-594-1234) phone number to the comcast center on 655 Wise Rd. in Schaumburg, IL.

Thanks
post #7460 of 10823
Does anyone understand what will happen after the digital tv transition? Comcast says that nothing is needed for analog tvs that are connected to cable. I assume they also are saying you don't need any type of set top box either right?

So what I don't understand is for some local station like NBC; after the transition date they will only broadcast OTA on 5.1 right and not on ch 5? So what will I see on a cable ready tv (no QAM) without a set top box? Will they still tune to ch 5 analog channel or will ch 5 now be the equivalent of what gets broadcast on 5.1 (HD QAM channel)? Will all shows appear in 16:9 format if that's how they are broadcast on HD?

And I assume if I currently have cable going into a dvd-recorder that uses TVGOS, I will no longer get guide information and would have to program everything using manual recording?
post #7461 of 10823
My guess is they'll downconvert HD to SD for analog broadcast. Whether it's letterboxed, trimmed to 4:3, or otherwise mangled, I don't know. It will probably depend on possible agreements. Also, I think many of the local channels feed directly to various cable companies. They don't use antennas to pick up an OTA signal. They may still feed an SD signal generated internally.
post #7462 of 10823
What I understood -- however, the rep who told me knew where I live and may have given me a city-specific answer that might not apply in the suburbs -- is that Comcast will drop analog cable roughly around the time of the transition for full-power OTA stations, and that you'll need either a QAM tuner or a rented-from-Comcast STB or a cable card to watch a Comcast cable TV signal.
post #7463 of 10823
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Originally Posted by dattier View Post

Comcast will drop analog cable roughly around the time of the transition for full-power OTA stations, and that you'll need either a QAM tuner or a rented-from-Comcast STB or a cable card to watch a Comcast cable TV signal.

It may indeed be location specific. Here in Downers Grove, I have been told just the opposite: Comcast will continue to make the local channels (but maybe not all their subchannels) plus the local government feed available in clear analog so no STB will be required. Local channels are also on the cable in clear QAM digital signals. Over time the non-local programming will migrate to digital, scrambled or not.

Note that even with the clear QAM digital signals, they don't always put the complete PSIP information into the stream. Some channels can be tuned by their virtual channel number, some you have to hunt for.

I think there's an FCC ruling that they need to provide the analog versions of local broadcast channels UNTIL they switch to 100% digital service. I don't live in Chicago, but I understand that is their plan in the city.

They have three motives for going all digital: (1) reallocating bandwidth to carry more programming, (2) gaining a la carte control of what you receive on a set-by-set basis, and (3) adding STB rental revenue.
post #7464 of 10823
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Originally Posted by b_scott View Post

sweet









The following channels were added on November 4th for the city of Chicago:

Cartoon Network-channel 226
Lifetime Movie Network-channel 229
Entertainment (E!)-channel 262
post #7465 of 10823
Comcast Chicago HD Stations

Channels slated for addition on Nov. 4 confirmed and in bold. Channels listed in italics are available only in the city of Chicago (those of us in the 'burbs will have to pay the same but miss out ).

01 - 169 NFL Network
02 - 171 AMC
03 - 173 ESPN
04 - 174 MOJO (gone Dec. 1; changes to Versus effective Dec. 8)
05 - 175 History
06 - 176 TLC
07 - 177 Sci-Fi
08 - 179 HGTV
09 - 181 Food Network
10 - 183 WCIU (Independent)
11 - 184 WPWR (My Network)
12 - 185 Showtime
13 - 186 HBO
14 - 187 WLS (ABC)
15 - 188 WMAQ (NBC)
16 - 189 WBBM (CBS)
17 - 190 WFLD (Fox)
18 - 191 WTTW (PBS)
19 - 192 WGN (CW)
20 - 195 Cinemax
21 - 196 Starz
22 - 197 Disney
23 - 198 ABC Family
24 - 199 Versus/Golf (changes to Golf full-time effective Dec. 8)
25 - 200 Comcast SportsNet
26 - 203 ESPN2
27 - 204 TNT
28 - 205 HD Theater
29 - 206 National Geographic
30 - 207 Universal
31 - 208 A&E
32 - 209 Palladia
33 - 212 Science
34 - 216 CNN
35 - 218 Discovery Channel
36 - 219 TBS
37 - 221 USA
38 - 224 Animal Planet
39 - 226 Cartoon Network
40 - 227 Hallmark Movie Channel
41 - 229 Lifetime Movie
42 - 231 ESPNews
43 - 234 NHL Network
44 - 235 NBA TV
45 - 237 Speed

46 - 256 Big Ten Network
47 - 261 Planet Green
48 - 262 Entertainment (E!)
49 - 263 Encore
50 - 264 Fox Business Network
51 - 265 Fox News Channel
52 - 266 CNBC
53 - 267 FX
54 - 269 Biography
55 - 270 Weather Channel
56 - 278 Bravo
57 - 279 Fuse
58 - 280 Independent Film Channel (IFC)
59 - 281 WE
60 - 282 QVC
61 - 283 Toon Disney
62 - 284 MGM

63 - 285 To Be Announced (coming Dec. 9, local origination, maybe Comcast SportsNet PLUS?)
post #7466 of 10823
I read on another thread that Comast is starting to give out 2 free DTA's to digital customers in Portland, OR, to help smooth the digital transition. Any word of a similar thing here in Chicago?
post #7467 of 10823
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Originally Posted by donn35 View Post

The following [HD] channels were added on November 4th for the city of Chicago:

Cartoon Network-channel 226
Lifetime Movie Network-channel 229
Entertainment (E!)-channel 262

And I've been meaning to post that myself to confirm that they are a reality here.  Thanks, Donn.

All three are at 1080i.

Also, WOCK on channel 599 (QAM 54-8, at least in Chicago Area 2) is just a placeholder now with a still card that Azteca America is now on channel 598 (QAM 54-11 in Chicago Area 2).  (Over the air, WOCK-CA on VHF13 now carries CV instead of Azteca America, while WLFM-LP on VHF6 and WCHU-LP on UHF61 carry Azteca America instead of MTV Tr3s.)  WOCK itself doesn't seem to be available from Comcast at present.  Since WOCH isn't either, I'm not expecting WOCK to be again, but channel 599 is still reserved for it.
post #7468 of 10823
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Originally Posted by dattier View Post

Also, WOCK on channel 599 (QAM 54-8, at least in Chicago Area 2) is just a placeholder now with a still card that Azteca America is now on channel 598 (QAM 54-11 in Chicago Area 2).* (Over the air, WOCK-CA on VHF13 now carries CV instead of Azteca America, while WLFM-LP on VHF6 and WCHU-LP on UHF61 carry Azteca America instead of MTV Tr3s.)* WOCK itself doesn't seem to be available from Comcast at present.* Since WOCH isn't either, I'm not expecting WOCK to be again, but channel 599 is still reserved for it.

Here in Schaumburg, WOCK (just the placeholder card) and Azteca are on 29-8 and 29-11.

Waiting for them to add WCIU 26.4. They did fix the PSIP so that FBT is now 26-6 (was 26-4).
post #7469 of 10823
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Originally Posted by andyross63 View Post

Here in Schaumburg, WOCK (just the placeholder card) and Azteca are on 29-8 and 29-11.

I figured it would vary from region to region, and in fact it's a surprise that the minor portions match up.
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Waiting for them to add WCIU 26.4. They did fix the PSIP so that FBT is now 26-6 (was 26-4).

Since it's not promised to appear on digital cable channel 246 (not 264; would have been cute if they put it on 264) until November 18, I'm not hoping to see it by QAM before then.
post #7470 of 10823
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Originally Posted by dattier View Post

My bill says that This TV (OTA 26.4) will be available on channel 246 starting November 18.







Hey dattier, This TV will not be the only HD channel added on
November 18th. I just spoke with Rose, a Comcast service representative, and she told me that the following channels will be added for the city of Chicago:

This TV-channel 246
Starz Kids & Family-channel 257
Starz Comedy-channel 258
Starz Edge-channel 259
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