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post #151 of 2904
Good luck! I have had Comcast for 3 months and everything has gone smooth so far. My CSR knew what she was doing when I ordered and the installation guy was very knowledgable in HDTV.

My only complaint is the fact that the "silver" package includes a digital cable box free of charge. Adding HDTV for $5 to get the Motorola box is more of an upgrade not an additional box. I said great I want a regular digital cable box for my bedroom tv to be the "free" one included and then pay $5 for the Motorola for the HDTV.... They want to charge an extra $10 a month for a regular digital box and won't give it to me as the "free" one.
post #152 of 2904
Today I purschased a hitachi 51s500 today and also ordered my comcast HDTV service. The CSR was really helpful and knew what she was talking about. I can't wait to get installed and have the ability to watch some of the programming. This theard is great lets keep it up on top. It's help me a lot with my discisions.
post #153 of 2904
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Originally posted by klaus9000

My only complaint is the fact that the "silver" package includes a digital cable box free of charge. Adding HDTV for $5 to get the Motorola box is more of an upgrade not an additional box. I said great I want a regular digital cable box for my bedroom tv to be the "free" one included and then pay $5 for the Motorola for the HDTV.... They want to charge an extra $10 a month for a regular digital box and won't give it to me as the "free" one.

Welcome to the world of cable.
post #154 of 2904
Christmas come early...

I now have WCCOD active - channel 113. I hope it is HD, but I haven't seen any HD content on it yet.

Starz HD and Cinemax HD are also now available. I switched from HBO to Starz, since HBO has few movies on during primetime, and we don't watch their myriad of series, which get replayed ad nauseum on HBO HD. So far Starz HD has only limited HD offerings - and LOTR last night was letterboxed on the HD channel - yeecchhhhhhh! I hope they are just working the bugs out, although I don't think we would switch back to HBO. Anybody know how Skinemax, er, Cinemax HD is?

Here's to hoping KSTP HD will be added soon!
post #155 of 2904
Yahoo!
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=340133

I have yet to verify the WCCO-D claim, but this is great news, especially for an NFL fan like myself.

** Edit **
Yes, it's true. Channel 113 is active, and just in time for today's Vikings' game in HD!
post #156 of 2904
The Vikings game is being broadcast today in HD on WCCOD. The added bonus is that they're sending a 5.1 signal. Hooray! However, the picture looks pretty grainy, and they seem to be having some camera focusing issues at times.

StarzHD looks great, although Comcast is still passing along a stereo signal only due to a contract problem with their vendor. I'm not holding my breath for them to get that problem fixed anytime soon. Does anyone know why they're broadcasting Lord of the Rings smaller than full size? Its aspect ratio is 2.35:1, so there should be black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, but there's no way there should also be bars on the left and right sides. What's up with that??
post #157 of 2904
StarzHD has been showing the extended edition of FOTR windowboxed for some reason not apparent to me. The theatrical edition of FOTR was shown in true HD. Interestingly, they have been showing Two Towers cropped for 16:9.

This am StarzHD showing of FOTR did have 5.1 sound. However, I did notice repeated audio dropouts - anybody else experience this? I'm wondering if I have a S/N problem.
post #158 of 2904
You know, I thought I had tuned in one time to FOTR and seen a 5.1 signal, but then every time after that, it was a 2.0 signal. Just like I thought the first time I checked it wasn't window-boxed. I thought I was just misremembering, but I guess I was right. And yes, the theatrical version was cropped for 16:9. I noticed that and wondered why they made that choice. So anyway, I must have been seeing the theatrical version the first time and then the extended versions the other times.

And yes, I certainly noticed audio dropouts but only once when I was tuned into the extended edition that was window-boxed. When I got a 5.1 signal from the theatrical version, the signal was strong and consistent. Each time I tuned into the extended version, I got a 2.0 signal. I think this is a Starz issue, since there website reflects that only some of their broadcasts of FOTR are sent in 5.1 (bummer!). Right now, Goldmember is being sent in 2.0 on Starz (and the online schedule reflects it should be in 5.1) but in 5.1 on StarzHD, so Comcast obviously worked out a better deal with their vendor for the HD channel. Great!

Here's a new question. The Starz website reflects that anyone who is subscribed to the Starz SuperPak now automatically gets their Movies OnDemand channel too, without any additional charge or special equipment required. I don't see this channel in the channel guide. Anyone know if Comcast is providing this to us yet?
post #159 of 2904
Audio dropouts seem to be inconsistent and sporadic. Austin Powers HD had no dropouts in 5.1. The Recruit on StarzHD in 5.1 (but shown 4:3 - boooooo!!) had repeated dropouts. I'm guessing it's a source (i.e. Starz) issue.

BTW, what is the issue with KSTP/ABC and Comcast? Why can't they get together and provide us HD?
post #160 of 2904
I called Comcast yesterday to ask about the Starz OnDemand channel. The rep of course didn't know anything about that channel and couldn't give me a definitive answer, but she guessed that Comcast has to get their own Video OnDemand going first. She also had no idea what's up with the Starz/Starz Theater/Encore 5.1 (all non-HD) contract renegotiations with their vendor to get a 5.1 signal.

While on the phone, I also requested (once again) that they work harder to add PBS, ABC and Discovery to their HD lineup. I had thought that negotiations with Discovery were under way and had been in progress for quite some time, but the rep knew nothing about that. She knew nothing about PBS or ABC as yet. All I can say is that when people call to request new services, they log them into a database, and then they use the sheer numbers to help determine what to work on next. So . . . that means we have to keep calling. The good news is that she knew they had been working hard to get a sports network that would carry Minnesota games. Can't remember what she said it's called . . . maybe Victory Sports Network??
post #161 of 2904
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Originally posted by cielo
The Vikings game is being broadcast today in HD on WCCOD. The added bonus is that they're sending a 5.1 signal. Hooray! However, the picture looks pretty grainy, and they seem to be having some camera focusing issues at times.

StarzHD looks great, although Comcast is still passing along a stereo signal only due to a contract problem with their vendor. I'm not holding my breath for them to get that problem fixed anytime soon. Does anyone know why they're broadcasting Lord of the Rings smaller than full size? Its aspect ratio is 2.35:1, so there should be black bars on the top and bottom of the screen, but there's no way there should also be bars on the left and right sides. What's up with that??


Excuse my ignorance, but am I to understand from the above posts that we can now get CBS in HD via Comcast HDTV service on channel 113?

I hope that is correct, because the Super Bowl is on CBS on Feb 1st and I was bummed that we wouldn't see it in HDTV!

That would be soooooo cool!
post #162 of 2904
That's right, Markito! Now the last major network left is ABC.
post #163 of 2904
Whoo hoo!!!

I wanted to check when I posted late last night, but didn't feel like firing up the projector just to check for a few seconds.

Thanks for confirming that cielo.

Now if we could just get: ABC, PBS, Discovery, etc.
post #164 of 2904
When I last called in to ask (again) for all those channels, they said they were working on an agreement with Victory Sports. I'm told that channel would carry a lot of Minnesota sports so it would be a great addition. The rep still didn't know anything about ABC, PBS or Discovery.
post #165 of 2904
So I just checked and I can get 113 on my Moto 5100 and quickly added it to the other HD channels on my Comcast remote so that I can just rotate through all the HD channels by pressing "Fav".

But, 113 isn't listed in the "Channel Guide" on my ReplayTV unit. Not even in "Add or Remove Channels". Anyone know how I can get it on there?
Obviously this is minor compared to getting the actual HD channel on the 5100, but I'd also like to access it via my ReplayTV.
post #166 of 2904
Unless I am mistaken, ReplayTV does not currently support recording of DTV or HDTV signals.

ReplayTV - DTV and HDTV
post #167 of 2904
It would be greatly appreciated if anyone who receives HDTV via analog cable/HD box would post their experiences. I would prefer if this confirmation were to come from someone located in the Mpls/STP area using Comcast. Thank you.
post #168 of 2904
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Originally posted by The Wingnut
It would be greatly appreciated if anyone who receives HDTV via analog cable/HD box would post their experiences. I would prefer if this confirmation were to come from someone located in the Mpls/STP area using Comcast. Thank you.

If you scan the earlier posts in this thread, I believe you will find what you are looking for. A number of us posted our experiences when HD first became available in the Twin Cities last fall.
post #169 of 2904
Thanks for the tip, DaveMN. I read every post starting on page one to no avail. The official statement from Comcast is that HDTV is available with their digital packages.

The same basic question was asked by mrblonde on 12-03-03. He received several responses in the affirmative, however these were from klaus9000 and berg0449 who both "thought" it is possible to receive HDTV with just analog basic cable service and the Moto5100. But both of these kind responders had digital cable service themselves, not analog. The most definitive response was from sonomasearcher, but he/she is in California, not the Twin Cities.

In closing, I wish to thank all of you "early adopters" who eagerly jumped on the bandwagon as soom as Comcast rolled out HDTV. All of us who stand back to watch until the dust settles should appreciate and learn from your efforts.
post #170 of 2904
I suppose I should post an update for you.

I was able to order the standard cable and the $5 hdtv package, WITHOUT having to order the digital cable package. At first the rep said I couldn't do it, but then they checked with "someone else" and they said it was possible. So I know have the DCT-6200 Moto box in order to get the HD channels.

The HD is phenomenal by the way.
post #171 of 2904
Thank you for your response, mrblonde. I simply wished for positive confirmation of the issue. I hope that you continue to enjoy the High Def and the Super Bowl (if you are interested.)
post #172 of 2904
Yes I am looking forward to the Super Bowl. I'm glad it's on CBS instead of Fox. CBS football in HD is way better than Fox. Don't know why Fox can't even do 5.1 sound?
post #173 of 2904
I just called an ordered HDTV from Comcast. I only have the $8.71 basic cable option (it made my cable modem around $15 or so cheaper for being a subscriber, net gain of $6) and I have DirecTV (I hate digital cable's over-compression). I am being charged $10/month instead of the $5/month that you are charged if you have digital cable. $10/month works for me tho. Also it appears the DCT5100 they are sending has a built in DOCSIS cable modem (the guy from comcast thinks it will work, we'll see), which means I might be able to get rid of the $3/month cable modem I am already leasing from them, and net increase is $7/month.

I can't wait till it arrives on Saturday! Hopefully I'll have my new TV hooked up for it

Brian
post #174 of 2904
Quote:


I'm glad it's on CBS instead of Fox. CBS football in HD is way better than Fox.

That's because Fox doesn't have "HD" - it's only 480p. I'm sure it's discussed many places, but here's one place (scroll down a bit):

HDTV Twin Cities

Still significantly better than the SD channel, but a far cry from 1080i HD!
post #175 of 2904
To slightly change the topic, does anyone have any idea:

1) When the HD cable boxes with DVR capability will be introduced in the Twin Cities?

2) What box will be used- the Motorola 6208?
post #176 of 2904
Quote:


When the HD cable boxes with DVR capability will be introduced in the Twin Cities?

If you have Time Warner, they already have been! (but I have Comcast...)
post #177 of 2904
Hi guys, just found this thread and I've read through all the posts - great information here.

I just had the HDTV box installed a few days ago, connected to a relatively basic Sony 32 inch plasma set in the bedroom. The Sony I think can be called "ED" as its display is 852 x 1024. I used a DVI cable for the box, and the lone set of component inputs on the TV to connect a DVD player. Everything works and overall I am very happy with it. The only issue in my case is that the signal I think could be a bit stronger. We have a total of 5 TV's connected, plus broadband, and despite having an amplifier (or two?)the split signal may be a bit weak. I think I will have them out once again to look at the whole system, as it's been added to (jury-rigged) by many installers over the years. It certainly had the HDTV installer scratching his head.

Anyway, I have two immediate questions that maybe someone here could help me with:

1. On the three network HDTV channels, 112-114, most programs that are not originally broadcast in HDTV have black bars on the sides. The installer said that this is due to the local stations upconverting the signal, and when this is the case there is no way to eliminate the black bars. Does everyone else here experience this? Ideally I would like to be able to stretch the picture to fill the 16 x 9 screen, as I am concerned about burn-in of the plasma screen. On regular SD channels the Sony gives you several options for filling the screen, but apparently (?) this cannot be done with the upconverted HD signal.

2. On my Sony universal remote there is no Motorola cable box number code, and I am wondering if anyone else here who owns a Sony might know what number might work with the 5100 box. I tried a few other numbers listed for other cable box manufacturers and one of them gave me limited compatibility, but most functions still don't work. The Motorola remote seems OK too, but I had gotten used to the Sony remote, which also controls the DVD player.

3. Does anyone know if there is a 5100 owners manual available for downloading from anywhere on the web? What the installer leaves you with isn't of much value, and I'd like to see the actual manual if it's available.

Thanks - Joel.
post #178 of 2904
post #179 of 2904
Hi Joel and welcome to this thread!

Yes, it is normal to have black side bars on all the HD channels when they are not broadcasting a true HD signal. The exception is ESPN-HD, which automatically stretches its non-HD content to fit the screen. I use the "zoom" option on my Mitsubishi TV to fill the screen, although it's not a normal "stretch" or "standard" stretch like are also available with 480 broadcasts.

Regarding your remote, I would call Sony customer service to ask them. I did that with Mitsubishi because there was no code for the Motorola box listed in my TV manual, and they were able to give me a code that worked. Good luck!
post #180 of 2904
Dave and cielo,

Thanks for your replies. Having the manual will really help me get the most out of the box - am printing it as I type this! Have also bookmarket the FAQ site which looks very informative also.

Will try the zooming option on channels 112-114, but I don't think the Sony will allow it. When I tried the "Wide Mode" button a message to this effect appeared on the screen. On SD stations this button would give you various stretch and zoom options for filling the screen. I guess as more programs are broadcast in true HD, this will become less and less of an issue. Until then I think I will be safer watching the analog stations (4,5, and 11).

I do have a REAL big screen (70 inch) Sony LCD projection TV on order, which will go in the family room, and with its built in tuner I'm anxious to see what stations it will bring in using standard cable plus an OTA antenna. Also with the LCD screen burn-in will not be an issue.
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