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post #1291 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Demolition Man View Post

Just got a letter in the mail today from Comcast about the transition to digital. At the bottom it states May 3rd as when the "network enhancement" goes live.

My letter says July 12 here in St. Paul. Boo.
post #1292 of 2904
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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

Thanks for that, Ray.

No, no On-Demand with the DTAs. You see the call letters (i.e. KARE) of the channel you are on but I don't believe you see the program information. I only played with one of mine for a couple of minutes.

By the way, the installation of these DTAs is a breeze. The configuring the of the remote for your TV is VERY slick.

Thanks for the info B102.


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Originally Posted by Demolition Man View Post

Just got a letter in the mail today from Comcast about the transition to digital. At the bottom it states May 3rd as when the "network enhancement" goes live.

May 3rd? I'm jealous DM. Got my letter today too. My effective date is 07-19 in STPL.
post #1293 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Ray' View Post

Thanks for the info B102.




May 3rd? I'm jealous DM. Got my letter today too. My effective date is 07-19 in STPL.

Yah. my date is March 29. (St Croix). No mention of "World of More" in the letter. Perhaps because they have not publicised it here or maybe we are not getting 100 HD channels.
post #1294 of 2904
Just got my letter today as well. Has a June 7 effective date for Eagan. Oh, I got my cable bill in the mail today a well..... complete with an approx. $23 per month increase. OUCH
post #1295 of 2904
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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

By the way, the installation of these DTAs is a breeze. The configuring the of the remote for your TV is VERY slick.

Hey blitzen what sort of outputs do these boxes have? Composite? S-Video? Component? Thanks.
post #1296 of 2904
Just a RF modulator, and an IR output for it's little extender so that you can hide it and still be able to use it.
post #1297 of 2904
Received our letter today also. The NW suburbs much be last in the Twin Cities - the letter says August 23rd.

It was disappointing to see that only two converters are provided for free. I have two DVR's and three other TV's that are connected directly. Can any of these units be purchased? They can't be very expensive.
post #1298 of 2904
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Originally Posted by JBaumgart View Post

Received our letter today also. The NW suburbs much be last in the Twin Cities - the letter says August 23rd.

It was disappointing to see that only two converters are provided for free. I have two DVR's and three other TV's that are connected directly. Can any of these units be purchased? They can't be very expensive.

Nope, any additional DTA's will be about $1.99 a month.
post #1299 of 2904
Does anyone know if the DTAs will be capable of Wide Screen output or will they just be letterboxed WS?
Generally RF sucks for PQ so I'm assuming the quality feeding a DVDR will be relatively poor Too bad they didn't have S-video or at least composite, although I suppose Comcast knows exactly that they're doing.....they'd rather have one rent a real box or even better a DVR
post #1300 of 2904
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Originally Posted by Demolition Man View Post

Just got a letter in the mail today from Comcast about the transition to digital. At the bottom it states May 3rd as when the "network enhancement" goes live.

Aren't you in Coon Rapids? That would suggest a little more complexity in scheduling than the "east to west" bit in the newspaper article is suggesting.
post #1301 of 2904
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Originally Posted by JBaumgart View Post

Received our letter today also. The NW suburbs much be last in the Twin Cities - the letter says August 23rd.

Ouch. Which NW suburb? We should try to get a reasonable picture (maybe a post with them) of where is going when. . .
post #1302 of 2904
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Originally Posted by jrn23 View Post

Hey blitzen what sort of outputs do these boxes have? Composite? S-Video? Component? Thanks.

Coax only.

There's an RF etension cable for the remote so you can hide the box behind the TV or wherever you want it.


Just think of the DTAs as allowing you to keep your channels accessed by "(analog)cable-ready" TVs - nothing more.
post #1303 of 2904
Well, who knows what "network enhancement goes live" means?? Does that mean when the HD channels will be added and internet speeds will be bumped? Or is that when the first analogs get shut off?

Dates so far:

Blaine - May 3rd
Eagan - June 7th
NW Suburbs - August 23rd
St. Croix Falls - March 29th
St. Paul - July 12th
Golden Valley - August 24th
post #1304 of 2904
I recall DM working in Coon Rapids from the other board, but he may not live there. If "NW suburbs" means Quad Cities TV, that would be Andover, Anoka, Champlin, and Ramsey. We'll have to wait and see what JBaumgart says. It would be a little on the odd side for there to be that big a discrepancy (early May vs late August --3.5 months) for adjacent territories both in the St Paul system.
post #1305 of 2904
"North Suburbs", which includes me in Shoreview, appears to be Sept. 27 according to my letter.
post #1306 of 2904
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Originally Posted by JBaumgart View Post

Received our letter today also. The NW suburbs much be last in the Twin Cities - the letter says August 23rd.

It was disappointing to see that only two converters are provided for free. I have two DVR's and three other TV's that are connected directly. Can any of these units be purchased? They can't be very expensive.

Same here - August 23rd for Brooklyn Park.
post #1307 of 2904
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Originally Posted by georule View Post

Aren't you in Coon Rapids? That would suggest a little more complexity in scheduling than the "east to west" bit in the newspaper article is suggesting.

Blaine actually.
post #1308 of 2904
Take this for what it's worth... I spoke to someone from that Comcast cares email when i wanted to drop down to a promotional deal... he said Minneapolis will not be getting the World of More because we are on the old Timewarner lines... what that means I do not know.

He also made it sound like we'll have to deal with the POS menu/guide system as well.

Sounds to me like if you are in MN and subscribe to comcast... St Paul is where you want to be.
post #1309 of 2904
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Originally Posted by wookiemofo View Post

Take this for what it's worth... I spoke to someone from that Comcast cares email when i wanted to drop down to a promotional deal... he said Minneapolis will not be getting the World of More because we are on the old Timewarner lines...

That likely means that there is no schedule for the Minneapolis (Cisco) people because they are still testing the Cisco-compatible DTAs.
post #1310 of 2904
Wow, we in Roseville are getting jobbed. September 27th here. Considering we're the meat in the east to west, St. Paul to Minneapolis sandwich, that's kinda garbage.
post #1311 of 2904
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

I suppose Comcast knows exactly that they're doing.....they'd rather have one rent a real box or even better a DVR

I'm not so sure. According to a flier I got from Direct TV, cable(I know it's not specifically Comcast but...) has lost 1,306,000 subscribers. If they want me to pay to rent more boxes to get what I'm currently getting, I'll be thinking real hard about switching services.

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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

Coax only.

There's an RF etension cable for the remote so you can hide the box behind the TV or wherever you want it.

Just think of the DTAs as allowing you to keep your channels accessed by "(analog)cable-ready" TVs - nothing more.

But today, without a box, I'm able to get the analogs thru my NTSC tuner and the HD Locals thru my QAM tuner, all with the coax running to my only Ant/Cable input. With this new DTA my only coax input is used up getting the SD digitals converted to analog. I end up losing my HD channels unless this thing has pass-thru capability.
post #1312 of 2904
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Originally Posted by georule View Post

Ouch. Which NW suburb? We should try to get a reasonable picture (maybe a post with them) of where is going when. . .

I'm in Plymouth, which is part of their "NW suburbs area".

I am disappointed that I will have to RENT yet another box to receive for what amounts to basic cable, for TV's that I just occasionally use. Right now they work for channels below 100. These new mandatory converters should be made available for purchase. My total cable bill, including internet and phone, is already over $220 per month!
post #1313 of 2904
The date listed on a letter in Burnsville is the same as Eagan's: June 7.
post #1314 of 2904
I don't know why you guys keep waiting on comcrap for there crappy hd quality - I had DTV hooked up in the fall - watching out of market nuggets game in hd right now (yes I have league pass) Good luck getting that in HD from comcrap - PQ on the out of market channels will crush any national comcrap channel here in the metro. As soon as I had dtv hooked up, you could notice a considerable difference right away.

Comcast should have been completing this LAST YEAR if not sooner, now they are saying end of this year? What a joke

Also D12 had a healthy launch and should be live shortly. Seriously guys don't waste your time for there crappy service. The reason they get away with it is because people stay with them. If you guys start dropping they might get there ass in gear.

Was my comcast service reliable? Yes it was and sure there were advantages to it over dish but bottom line they are worlds behind.
post #1315 of 2904
You are going to need to change your NW suburbs theory.

I Live in Ramsey (Quad Cities) and my letter also states May 3rd for completion.
post #1316 of 2904
Just ordered my 2 DTAs. Here's their installation guide video:
http://digitalnow.comcast.com/DTAPlayer.aspx
post #1317 of 2904
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Originally Posted by DaveMN View Post

Just ordered my 2 DTAs. Here's their installation guide video:
http://digitalnow.comcast.com/DTAPlayer.aspx

That's funny they have a video - What a tricky install it is
post #1318 of 2904
I agree. DirecTV/Dish have better picture quality and more HD channels in this market than Comcast.
post #1319 of 2904
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Originally Posted by etoop View Post

You are going to need to change your NW suburbs theory.

I Live in Ramsey (Quad Cities) and my letter also states May 3rd for completion.

Based on conversations I had with QCTV last year about their limitations to have separate guide info for their local government channels independently (i.e. they couldn't), I've got to believe that means Andover, Anoka, and Champlin are also May 3rd.
post #1320 of 2904
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Originally Posted by jrn23 View Post

But today, without a box, I'm able to get the analogs thru my NTSC tuner and the HD Locals thru my QAM tuner, all with the coax running to my only Ant/Cable input. With this new DTA my only coax input is used up getting the SD digitals converted to analog. I end up losing my HD channels unless this thing has pass-thru capability.

Yep, that is a pain. You'll need an A/B switch.

My two digital TVs have two coax inputs.
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