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post #6241 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by TimothyP
Baltimore County Comcast definitely offers package deals. I had Dish Network for years but switched about 6 months ago when a Comcast rep cold-called me and offered me a great package deal. For $84 per month I get digital cable, cable-modem internet, one HD-DVR (6208), one standard digital box, and a year of HBO, Starz, and Showtime HD. I suspect I got this deal only because they were trying to switch me from satellite to cable. Well, it worked! I also don't know how much the cost will go up in a year when the promotion ends but for now I'm happy.
anectdotal i know, but a friend in Balt. County with Comcast got the same deal, i think his went up to ~$120 after the first year
post #6242 of 8537
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Originally posted by baws22489
Thanks for the info on the Baltimore locals, will try tonight with a secondary zip code.
You might be able to manually enter the channels, I can do that on my HTL-HD's set up menu, it allowed them to show up on the guide also. Try punching in the channels directly just to see if you can get them in the first place.
post #6243 of 8537
As posted on this thread Adelphia in Loudoun, VA now offers HD+, HD Net, HD Net Movies, ESPN HD, iNHD1 & 2.

HD Net, HD Net Movies, ESPN HD all had problems with pixilation and intermittent sound. I had a scheduled appointment for today to have it looked at. I found out that is a area wide problem, any one have this problems also? Anyone at home right now that can confirm if it has been fixed?

They said they were working on it and hopefully by tomorrow it will be fixed. I hope so, looking forward to VA Tech vs. Maryland in HD on ESPN.

I'm happy with the last month of new HD programming from Adelphia, a little late but better than not at all.


I also spoke to CSR at Adelphia that stated DVR in the Loudoun Franchise #1668, wasn't sure when DVR would be available, probably not until next year.... ARGH! Any one hear or know anything other than that?
post #6244 of 8537
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Originally posted by mikepinkerton
Just wanted to chime in with my D* install experience. it was a "free" install subcontracted to a local installer (from circuit city) who sub contracted again to a freelance installer.

- he didn't seal the hole he drilled into my attic for the cable run so it leaked every time it rained. luckily replaced under warranty of the 1st subcontractor.
- i don't think he actually grounded my dish, or if he did, did it incorrectly. i discovered a nice ground loop when i bought my A51 amp.
- it was a 2room setup, so he wanted an extra $75 to run two extra cables from the dish into my attic (a total of 5 feet). He didn't even connect them to anything.
- he tried really really hard to upsell me a sat antenna for OTA. I declined.
- my dish ended up having a bad multiplexer (luckily also replaced under warranty) but when he came back to replace, he told me that i just couldn't get the C satellite from my location (even though A and B were fine, and C is between them). I had to argue with him to replace it. I think i actually said "Humor me". Surprise, surprise, replacing the dish fixed it.
- when we were done he pushed hard to get me to use his wife's housecleaning service. "No" didn't seem to be clear enough.

So you could say that I had some issues....but there was NO WAY I was going up on my roof to do this myself. For those of you brave enough to do it, be my guest. I myself don't have the stones.

For those interested, avoid Piero Conejo. If he shows up at your house to install anything, make up some excuse and get another installer.
-Mike
I installed mine on my deck and it got better signal than the one i had on my roof at my old house, can you try and do that? All you need is a site in the southern sky and you are gold.


Just my 2 cents.

Jeff
post #6245 of 8537
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Originally posted by leesweet
Um, comments on Adelphia HSI (high speed Internet...). I know you may not have a choice, but in order to keep your hopes realistic, you may want to take a look at the Adelphia HSI forum at www.broadbandreports.com (was/is www.dslreports.com). I have Verizon DSL and recently added Adelphia HSI to try it out (higher speed quoted, etc., cheaper price for 6 mos), and for backup. and was impressed for a bit, but the speed does/is crumbling.) Also, there are reports of the Premiere being *worse* for some. Go figure. See the forum there.

And now back to HDTV. :D
I agree,, my DSL is not as fast, plus i didn't feel like paying 80 bucks for their 4mbps service. 190K/s is fine for what I do.
post #6246 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by Lee11
As posted on this thread Adelphia in Loudoun, VA now offers HD+, HD Net, HD Net Movies, ESPN HD, iNHD1 & 2.

HD Net, HD Net Movies, ESPN HD all had problems with pixilation and intermittent sound. I had a scheduled appointment for today to have it looked at. I found out that is a area wide problem, any one have this problems also? Anyone at home right now that can confirm if it has been fixed?

They said they were working on it and hopefully by tomorrow it will be fixed. I hope so, looking forward to VA Tech vs. Maryland in HD on ESPN.

I'm happy with the last month of new HD programming from Adelphia, a little late but better than not at all.


I also spoke to CSR at Adelphia that stated DVR in the Loudoun Franchise #1668, wasn't sure when DVR would be available, probably not until next year.... ARGH! Any one hear or know anything other than that?
I'll be honest D* blows away adelphia HDNET and HDMOVIES. As soon as D* adds those two sats for HD Locals i'm dumping Adelphia because the picture isn't that great compared to the sat.
post #6247 of 8537
Lee -

The Adelphia issue with ESPN and the HDnet/HDMovies combo has been experienced by a few of us on here. Definitely a consistent issue. No word on the DVR.
post #6248 of 8537
Can I fix the overscan that is making the Fox5-DT logo to low for me by adjusting the screen size or is that not the right thing to do?
post #6249 of 8537
I finally got sick of Adelphia and I have scheduled a D* and OTA antenna install tomorrow.

I'm tired of....

1. The Horrible Analog picture, and I do mean horrible
2. No NFL Network
3. Promises of ESPNHD and Discovery HD since June
4. No chance for FoxHD living in a Sinclair market
5. No PBS
6. Cost of $20/month more for comparable service
post #6250 of 8537
HDNET, HDMovies and ESPNHD are fine for me on Loudoun Adelphia now...anyone else?
post #6251 of 8537
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by f44
Can I fix the overscan that is making the Fox5-DT logo to low for me by adjusting the screen size or is that not the right thing to do?
Yes, try to manipulate the screen until the picture looks good. Make sure to note the orignal settings before making changes, so if you need to fall back to them, you can. I had to do this with my Plasma before it was 100% viewable.
post #6252 of 8537
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Originally posted by CycloneGT
At 40 miles you should not have that much of a problem receiving channels. I take it that you do not have a rotator? Sometimes even small adjustments can bring in stations. I know that Fox5 is actually at full power, but I think that they want to move to a taller antenna.
I tweaked the signal last night and got Fox and NBC to come in around a signal strength of 60. But this also dropped CBS and ABC down from 80 to 60. Do you think a signal of 60 is reliable enough to make season passes around or should I move the antenna back to make CBS around 80 before I record CSI Miami?

Also, this AM I was able to get the Baltimore locals but last night I couldn't.

Thanks again for all of the help.
post #6253 of 8537
Has anyone recently noticed a change in the DD5.1 sound for WMAR-DT? It seems as if everything except the dialog has now moved to the rear channel speakers whenever there's a DD5.1 broadcast on their station. I haven't noticed any difference in the DD5.1 sound of my other stations including Fox and HBO.
post #6254 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by baws22489
I tweaked the signal last night and got Fox and NBC to come in around a signal strength of 60. But this also dropped CBS and ABC down from 80 to 60. Do you think a signal of 60 is reliable enough to make season passes around or should I move the antenna back to make CBS around 80 before I record CSI Miami?

Also, this AM I was able to get the Baltimore locals but last night I couldn't.

Thanks again for all of the help.
Get another antenna and join them together. This is what I had to do with both my Squareshooters. I could get all the stations in with one antenna except WRC. WHen I would get WRC in I would lose a couple of other stations. SO I got another SqS and joined them together and use the 2nd SqS to get WRC. It had been fine since Spring until all the leaves fell off the tree a couple of weeks ago. I had to reaim the 2nd SqS again to get WRC. I'm gettinga great signal on it now, around 77 but lower than the 83 I had with the leaves on the tree. The real test will come when it rains. When the leaves were on the tree, the rain never affected my WRC reception, but the first time I reaimed it the rain caused problems. I spent an hour trying to find the right position to maximize my signal, when I reaimed it again. Hopefully when it rains later this week my signal will stay solid. UNfortunately I'll probably have to reaim it again for WRC when the leaves grow again. At least he other stations are unaffected by the foilage. Those stay consistant no matter where I point the second SqS. Even though I'm joining all frequencies from both antennas.
post #6255 of 8537
How did you join the antennas? Did you just use a regular splitter?
post #6256 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by Pyrr
I'll be honest D* blows away adelphia HDNET and HDMOVIES. As soon as D* adds those two sats for HD Locals i'm dumping Adelphia because the picture isn't that great compared to the sat.
Is there any word on when D* will be getting local HD stations or is this just wishfull thinking.
post #6257 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by carltonrice
Has anyone recently noticed a change in the DD5.1 sound for WMAR-DT?
I haven't yet watched last night's LOST. I'll post a report after I have a chance to see it.
post #6258 of 8537
Thread Starter 
I watched Lost on WMAR last night. I didn't notice any issues with the audio.

Nanookz, DirectTV is not expected to begin carrying HDTV local channels until late 2005 at the earliest. Even then the DC market might not be one of them until 2006. But all DirectTV HDTV recievers have a ATSC tuner built in, so you can get HDTV locals using a regular over the air antenna that way.
post #6259 of 8537
[quote]Originally posted by DWPerrone
[b]I finally got sick of Adelphia and I have scheduled a D* and OTA antenna install tomorrow.

I totally agree with you on the horrible analog picture from adelphia. Interesting fact: I get a better picture via cable directly into my TV vs. through their cable box. Still not a very good picture but better.

I have gotten into the habit of calling Adelphia and complaining about the picture, then a I get a few $$ refund. I do that a few times a month to lessen the blow.... would rather have the better picture though.

In my area they do offer ESPNHD and FOX, but NFL, Discovery HD and PBS would be nice. I at least get PBS OTA.
post #6260 of 8537
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Originally posted by jimmyk36
How did you join the antennas? Did you just use a regular splitter?
I used this Mast-Mounted 75 Ohm
Antenna Joiner
model 0538. After the anttenas are joined/coupled it goes into my Winegard mast-mounted 28db preamp.
post #6261 of 8537
I had bought the HD D*tivo and set it up. I was using an antenna that was sitting on top of my tv buy the signals for most of the channels kept jumping all over the place. I tried the radio shack powered antenna and the terk non powerd. So I took it back. I have my tv in the basement which was probably the problem. I would like to put an antenna in the attic but my wife isn't real keen on the idea of the wiring. I'm hoping to try it again but with a standard HD reciever so that I don't have deal with D* if it doesn't work.

What does a low end HD reciever cost?
post #6262 of 8537
My attic antenna was $80, from Best Buy and it works great

I had the same problem you had with TV in the basement. I was also under a no-wire seen directive from my wife. So, I got a friend of mine who more handy than I and we ran a cable down a shaft in the middle of the house. Most houses have a place it could be done. It may seem like a daunting task, but it was a lot easier and cleaner than I thought. Once I had the cable in the basement I tucked it under the base board, or you can pull the carpet up and hide it underneath. It was definitely worth the effort.
post #6263 of 8537
Glad to say Adelphia in Loudoun has fixed the problem with HD Net, HD Net Movies and ESPH HD. They look great last night.
post #6264 of 8537
mmm, i'm convinces now that the Redskin game this Sunday for Cox Cable subscribers will NOT be HD on Fox channel 705. CheckHD.com still hasnt said it will be and so far they have always been 100% right for me.

This would be 2 weeks in a row, what the hell.
post #6265 of 8537
Thread Starter 
DirectTV Sunday Ticket shows the Skins/Eagles game to be in HDTV. Thats a very good bet that FOX will have the game in HD.

I think that you are safe.
post #6266 of 8537
As a D* Sunday Ticket subscriber I get an e-mail every week telling me the games that will be in HD for the upcoming Sunday. The Redskins/Eagles will be one of the HD games. More here: http://www.directvsports.com/Package...cket/Schedule/
post #6267 of 8537
There is a link somewhere on the AVS to a Fox site that says all Fox Redskins games will be in HD due to the return of Joe Gibbs. Must have seemed like a good idea at the time...
post #6268 of 8537
Quote:
Originally posted by Chuck Mullen
Must have seemed like a good idea at the time...
:p LOL

I am a Skins fan ...

But I can laugh.
post #6269 of 8537
Cable Install note:
I had Adelphia install HSI (4Mbps .... YIPEE!!, better than DSL), and HDTV cable channels (had to get bronze pak to receive HDTV). This install is in addition to my Dish Net 921 setup.

The guy came 30min EARLY!! He seemed to understand what was needed right away!! He took very little time to run a new cable line. Also, he had to install a new switch box since Dish used it!! Overall a great job.

I now have ADDED NBC HD (WRC) as well as Starz HD, InHD, & InHD2 to my Dish channels. Adelphis does offer HDNet, HDMovies, & ESPNHD also in same HD tier.

I got the SA Explorer 8000 HD DVR. It seems to work well. It actually can record TWO shows at once!!!! Menus are slower than 921. So far SD PQ is worse with cable (ex. CNN HN), but I plan to use cable ONLY for added HD & winter local channel school closings!!

Anyone know if there is a button sequence to allow skip FORWARD on this box???
post #6270 of 8537
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Originally posted by dt_dc
:p LOL

I am a Skins fan ...

But I can laugh.
I thought the same thing........especially how some folks treated JG's return as the 2nd coming...........
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