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post #3751 of 3877
I called Suddenlink because I am getting blocking on channel 61 (SyFy). They scheduled a service call because they think it may be a signal strength problem, I just had the digital boxes installed and everything was fine then. I checked them without the boxes and it had the same problem.
On the digital converter boxes the color gets brighter of and on all my channels, deal with that later.

So I asked when the transition will take place. I live in Cross Lanes so she was looking and she listed off a few areas (Reading aloud) Charleston, South Charleston, South Hills, Dunbar, and Siant Albans. Then asked my County which is Kanawha, looked some more and told me it would be July 14, and other Kanawha County is To Be Determined. Now I don't know if she finally found Cross Lanes or that is the date for the others she was reading aloud or both, but she said they would be calling people to inform them about the change. Don't know why they didn't do that earlier. As the original date she told was suppose to be June 9.

If you have recordings Scheduled on the current HD Channels on your DVR you will have to change them when the switch happens because the Channel numbers will change, unless its under channel 99 as they are the only ones to stay the same. Hope no ones going on vacation during the time they do actually change you might miss everything you scheduled to record.

In that Daily Mail article there was one good piece of info they do plan on adding more HD Channels before the end of the year after this soon change.
post #3752 of 3877
I called and asked them again when the digital transition would happen. The guy told me for the St. Albans area which includes Cross Lanes won't happen until November or December.


I just received a second notice about the switch in the mail. I will probably call again some time next week to see if they tell me something different as 3 weeks ago I was told 7/14.

That press release that said it wasn't going to happen in June said we will get more HD channels after the ones we get when the transition happens by the end of the year. If the transition is not going to happen until November or December I guess we will get more at once.

I was looking forward to these new HD channels mostly SyFy and USA as their summer shows had started and we would have been able to watch them all in HD if it happened on the original date, now if it takes that long they will be over. I was even looking forward to CW with it being Smallville's last year but now it looks like the whole first half of the season will be over before we get it in HD.

It shouldn't be taking this long.


Talked to a guy I know that works for Suddenlink. He said that October or November is when Suddenlinkis planning to do the transition, however he thinks it will take longer, and apparently the only reason is they have to make sure everybody has those digilinks boxes, and it didn't go to well with the area that actually got updated Elkview (i think), it was only about 5,000 customers in that area and they were getting a lot of calls about their TV's not working. I have gotten at least 2 things in the mail about it (got the first one just after I got the boxes) and Suddenlink has been running ads about it for at least a month. There is no reason that after 2 months of commercials and mail reminders that people shouldn't know about it and Suddenlink should just switch it. If people didn't do anything about it its their own fault they had been warned.
post #3753 of 3877
Saw in Friday's (7/9/10) edition of the Daily Mail that Suddenlink will begin distributing Tivo Premiere as its DVR. No indication as to whether there will be an automatic swap for those of us with the Scientific Atlanta DVR. I couldn't find the article in the online edition of the Daily Mail, but did find the following release:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/sud...k=MW_news_stmp
post #3754 of 3877
I hope they offer the 1 TB hard drive. That would provide 156 hours of HD recording, the 320 GB only has 46 hours of HD recordings and I would fill that up, the only reason I don't fill the current DVR is many of the shows I record we don't have the HD channel yet.
post #3755 of 3877
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Originally Posted by SGRSBSKIER View Post

I hope they offer the 1 TB hard drive. That would provide 156 hours of HD recording, the 320 GB only has 46 hours of HD recordings and I would fill that up, the only reason I don't fill the current DVR is many of the shows I record we don't have the HD channel yet.

You don't really think Suddenlink would go for the "top of line" do you?
post #3756 of 3877
My dad was at Suddenlink in the Town Center on Monday. He was told that the new HD channels would not be available until October.
post #3757 of 3877
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Originally Posted by Herdfanwv View Post

My dad was at Suddenlink in the Town Center on Monday. He was told that the new HD channels would not be available until October.

It is hard to believe that the only reason for not doing this earlier is because users aren't prepared for it with equipment upgrades. Throw the switch! Users will quickly get the new equipment. As SGRSBSKIER wrote, if they haven't done it my now, they won't do it before October or November, or whenever.
post #3758 of 3877
Just called Suddenlink about missing the 7/15 update to the Anime Free section of VOD channel 996. They can't help.


In the recording it said if you are calling from the Charleston area on July 20 they are switching to the digital line-up. The person said it would be about 5,000 customers and Cross Lanes isn't one of them and probably won't be for at least a month because they will wait to see how many of the people that had the transition weren't prepared and need boxes.
post #3759 of 3877
When they throw the switch for my area I will be ready. I live in Kanawha City and we'll see if anything happens on the 20th.
post #3760 of 3877
No new channels in my area today. I will just have to wait until Suddenlink decides to make the transition in Kanawha City. It will be a long wait until October or November.
post #3761 of 3877
The guy I know at Suddenlink didn't even know about it until I told him. No new channels in Cross Lanes either. I wonder what part of Charleston was switched.

The Charleston System has 70k+ subscribers and they are now at 10k (5k in June and now 5k this month). I belive the Charleston system would include everyone that has the channels 2-79,97, and 99 and the digitals starting at 100 with the 26 available HD channels (Broadcast, Premium, Plus, and Basic), I doubt Sissonville is included as they have a different channel line-up and no HD. They did say Kanawha county would be switched first, which Teays Valley, Milton and Wayne are in Putnam but are included on the imagine.suddenlink.com website with Saint Albans, Nitro, and Cross Lanes. Dunbar, South Charleston, and Kanawha City and the already switched Elkview is the Charleston line-up. So I guess I probably have to wait for Charleston, South Charleston, and Dunbar before I have a chance to be switched.

At the rate of 5k a month it will be another year before all of them are switched. Maybe this switch will go better and they will increase the number of subscribers the next time.
post #3762 of 3877
A friend of my Dad's lives in South Hills in Charleston, and received a letter from Suddenlink saying that he would get the new channels on either the 21st or 22nd. (I can't remember which day.) I'll keep you guys posted.
post #3763 of 3877
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Originally Posted by Herdfanwv View Post

A friend of my Dad's lives in South Hills in Charleston, and received a letter from Suddenlink saying that he would get the new channels on either the 21st or 22nd. (I can't remember which day.) I'll keep you guys posted.

Suddenlink threw the switch. Major changes to the channel line-up and new HD stations yesterday in the Smith Road area of Charleston. I didn't have time last night to fully explore the line-up or the changes, and the storms made most stations spudder and freeze, but some upgrade switch was thrown.
post #3764 of 3877
A co-worker of mine said Friday that the new channels had shown up on his box but he was unable to access them. He lives on west Washington St. Perhaps this indicates a speedup in the transition. Still no sign of the new channels in Kan. City as of Saturday afternoon. Late Saturday I did receive a letter from Suddenlink concerning changes to our lineup but no date was given as to when these changes would take place.
post #3765 of 3877
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Originally Posted by loyalwvu View Post

Suddenlink threw the switch. Major changes to the channel line-up and new HD stations yesterday in the Smith Road area of Charleston. I didn't have time last night to fully explore the line-up or the changes, and the storms made most stations spudder and freeze, but some upgrade switch was thrown.

I live in this area, but I have not received the upgrade.
post #3766 of 3877
I happened to run into A Suddenlink tech who was out in the field. I asked when the new HD channels would arrive and he said that they were being activated on a node-by-node basis. Supposedly, whenever a node hits 80% adoption of digital, they will activate the new channels.

Who knows if he actually knew what he was talking about.
post #3767 of 3877
How large is a "node?"
post #3768 of 3877
Just called and asked them about the TIVO boxes if they would be available later this year, they didn't know anything about it.

They also now have a new section on the recorded phone answer specifically for the digital transition I believe you press number 9 on the phone. So I asked when Cross Lanes would be switched and they told me November 9.


I wish it was earlier thats about when the CW starts to air repeats so we only get half the season for HD, at least the shows on SyFy and USA are in HD on the On Demand Channel when its added right, they miss a show here and there, like last weeks Burn Notice isn't there.
post #3769 of 3877
I just got a notice in the mail, stating that my transition date is September 28. I'm on the west side hill of Charleston.
post #3770 of 3877
I now have 45 HD channels on Suddenlink. They are all active and in the 200 series of channels.
post #3771 of 3877
^^^^
What part of town do you live in? Was that just activated today?
post #3772 of 3877
I am still waiting in Fort Hill.
post #3773 of 3877
Still nothing on Bridge Rd (Turley area)
post #3774 of 3877
Hopefully we hear more about this over the next couple of days and hope that the HD channel will be added with the upgrade.

http://suddenlinkfyi.com/

Suddenlink to Offer NFL Network, NFL RedZone
Suddenlink will offer NFL Network and NFL RedZone as part of the agreement that NFL Network reached with the National Cable Television Cooperative, of which Suddenlink is a member.

Suddenlink has already started to launch these channels in certain areas and expects substantially all of the launches to be completed by or well before the first Sunday of the NFL regular season, Sept. 12.
post #3775 of 3877
It would have been nice if they offered it durring the preseason.


Suddenlink has a new website, doesn't work. Can't find my channel linup there are no channels on the list.

Now you need an actual street adress to get your channel linup, can't just put in a zip code anymore, so can't find out any other areas line-ups unless you know an actual adress.
post #3776 of 3877
For anybody interested, WSYX is coming in loud and clear on UHF Channel 48 as of about noon today. VHF 13.2 is carrying a blank message telling people to re-scan.

The geek in me wonders if fringe reception of WOWK will improve once WSYX VHF 13 goes dark.
post #3777 of 3877
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Originally Posted by Herdfanwv View Post

^^^^
What part of town do you live in? Was that just activated today?

No. The Suddenlink HD channels have been on for at least 10 days before I made the post on August 20th. I just got around to counting the stations. I live just off Smith Rd in Charleston, at Hunter's Ridge.
post #3778 of 3877
I live just off of Smith Road and still no new channels. The updates are very sporadic.
post #3779 of 3877
Suddenlink has changed their VOD set up. There are now many stations that do the same as the couple.

Instead of 996 having all channels A-Z there are separate channels (in the 1000's) for A-C etc. and they don't even have all of them you have to go to another to find the IFC Free Movies, IFC Free is in the I section but not their Free Movies. I don't mind them being separated on different channels as long as they still kept a channel that had all of them available in A-Z format instead of it sending you to another channel, it now takes much longer.

They have basically cut the Anime Free section it only gives you the first episode of the series that appear on the Subscription channel, so its pointless. They changed the Anime subscription line-up from other shows and episodes gradually to what was being offered in the free section after like 3 years with no warning so I got through half of some shows and missed like the final 4 episodes of some.

If they were going to stop it they should have kept adding the shows that had already started until they finished their run. The Anime Subscription channel now has the stuff that's free on some other Cable companies systems like Time Warner.

SyFy and USA HD on Demand isn't always updated the 3 Scripted shows on SyFy (Warehouse 13, Eureka, and Haven) recently one of them usually doesn't get the episode for the week, its suppose to be up before the next days prime time and sometimes its been more than 3 days, its the same with USA's 5 Scripted shows (White Collar, Covert Affairs, Psych, Burn Notice, and Royal Pains) one is usually missed and one added really late, and its never the same show 2 weeks in a row.

If they are going to take so long to add those HD channels to my area (November when everyone was suppose to be in June). They could at least make sure the HD on Demand is Updated and in its timely manner.

They did finally get the channel line up on the new website.
post #3780 of 3877
NFL network was added today to the Charleston area. Channel 320. I was told that both the HD channel of NFL Network and NFL RedZone will be after the digital conversion happens in your area.

The digital conversion hasn't happened in my neighborhood yet and CSR said the computer was reading To Be Determined. So I am still "Patiently" waiting. ;-)
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