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post #26041 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Berk32 View Post

I'm guessing 6.0.0_19

Mine was updated this morning. The menu seems to be MUCH faster. Other than that, I have no idea if anything was changed.
post #26042 of 26426
How do I find out what Version my box is using?
post #26043 of 26426
My Samsung SMT-H3272 was updated last night. It is now running version V6.0.5.3 (V2136). Only two changes I can see. You can now show subscribed channels only in the guide. You can also change the color of the guide.
post #26044 of 26426
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Originally Posted by JR_in_NYC View Post

My Samsung SMT-H3272 was updated last night. It is now running version V6.0.5.3 (V2136). Only two changes I can see. You can now show subscribed channels only in the guide. You can also change the color of the guide.

what are the new color schemes?
post #26045 of 26426
blue or yellow.
post #26046 of 26426
Hmmm, that 6.x update must be for Sammies, just got a new Cisco 8742HD and it's still running 5.2.0_9 (just re-loaded firmware yesterday, 1/31/13).

BTW, this box does seem nice, it IS much smaller, all black, and comes with a 500G drive!

But I DO have a question... obviously, I did do some playing around. Something seems to work much better than it has in the past (shocker), I'd like to confirm it. In the past, the Picture Size "Zoom" option seemed to always zoom the picture no matter from what source. NOW, it seems to ONLY do that when one gets black borders on all 4 sides (which I remember being called "window-boxed"). Leaving it in Zoom mode seems to have no effect on any HD channels, and any SD channels... only seeming to have effect when the image is window-boxed. Thus, it seems one can set it to Zoom and leave it that way!

Do I have this correct?
post #26047 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post

Hmmm, that 6.x update must be for Sammies, just got a new Cisco 8742HD and it's still running 5.2.0_9 (just re-loaded firmware yesterday, 1/31/13).

BTW, this box does seem nice, it IS much smaller, all black, and comes with a 500G drive!

But I DO have a question... obviously, I did do some playing around. Something seems to work much better than it has in the past (shocker), I'd like to confirm it. In the past, the Picture Size "Zoom" option seemed to always zoom the picture no matter from what source. NOW, it seems to ONLY do that when one gets black borders on all 4 sides (which I remember being called "window-boxed"). Leaving it in Zoom mode seems to have no effect on any HD channels, and any SD channels... only seeming to have effect when the image is window-boxed. Thus, it seems one can set it to Zoom and leave it that way!

Do I have this correct?
u mean letterboxed?
post #26048 of 26426
No... letter-boxed used to mean black bars top and bottom, a typical way to show a wide screen image in the 4:3 days (which are still very much with us). As I explained, black bars on all 4 sides, which we used to refer to as window-boxed. Not the same thing as letter-boxed. A zoom on an image displayed that way does NOT distort the image, nor cut off appreciable amount of the picture.
post #26049 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post

No... letter-boxed used to mean black bars top and bottom, a typical way to show a wide screen image in the 4:3 days (which are still very much with us). As I explained, black bars on all 4 sides, which we used to refer to as window-boxed. Not the same thing as letter-boxed. A zoom on an image displayed that way does NOT distort the image, nor cut off appreciable amount of the picture.

letterboxed sd 4:3 image = windowboxed
post #26050 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post

Hmmm, that 6.x update must be for Sammies, just got a new Cisco 8742HD and it's still running 5.2.0_9 (just re-loaded firmware yesterday, 1/31/13).

BTW, this box does seem nice, it IS much smaller, all black, and comes with a 500G drive!

But I DO have a question... obviously, I did do some playing around. Something seems to work much better than it has in the past (shocker), I'd like to confirm it. In the past, the Picture Size "Zoom" option seemed to always zoom the picture no matter from what source. NOW, it seems to ONLY do that when one gets black borders on all 4 sides (which I remember being called "window-boxed"). Leaving it in Zoom mode seems to have no effect on any HD channels, and any SD channels... only seeming to have effect when the image is window-boxed. Thus, it seems one can set it to Zoom and leave it that way!

Do I have this correct?

my samsung 3090 didn't get the update yet
post #26051 of 26426
Now there's a name I recall from "way back when," how HAVE you been?

So I was correct in calling 4 sides black bars windowboxed... a letter boxed image inside a 4:3 frame, resulting in bars on all 4 sides?

Question still remains, AFAIK, Zoom seems to only affect images with black bars on 4 sides... which is definitely NOT the way it used to be; so I'm just looking for confirmation. It's just a tad shocking that it appears the current software actually has SOME smarts! It still seems as if I can simply leave it set to Zoom as it appears to not affect even SD channels (i.e. I still get the sidebars)!

Having gone through the 8300, then a 8640, it seems the 8742 I just got is by far the best one. AND according to the diagnostics, 5.2.0_9 first hit in July 2012. Do the Sammies carry the same ODN version as the Ciscos?
post #26052 of 26426
I just tested it on my sammy 3090 (5.0.2.9) - when i set zoom on NY1 - it keeps all SD channels zoomed (i only have 480p active, not 480i) whether or not the picture is windowboxed
720p and 1080i are normal.

The box has always allowed for separate setting for different outputs resolutions i think
post #26053 of 26426
So maybe this is a hardware thing... just tested it again... on SD channels NOT showing a widescreen image (i.e. sidebars), no zoom, on ones that do, image fills the screen. Disable Zoom, black bars 4 sides. All HD channels are not zoomed. And I see they now have an "AutoTune" so if I go to channel 1, I get the HD NY1 feed, sme for other cable channels.

I have output resolution set to only 720p (old flat screen I have, its 1366 x 768 I think).

Might want to think about a 8742...

Oh wait, curious why you only have 480p active? I ONLY have 720p active and everything seems to work like I'd expect it to work.
post #26054 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post

So maybe this is a hardware thing... just tested it again... on SD channels NOT showing a widescreen image (i.e. sidebars), no zoom, on ones that do, image fills the screen. Disable Zoom, black bars 4 sides. All HD channels are not zoomed. And I see they now have an "AutoTune" so if I go to channel 1, I get the HD NY1 feed, sme for other cable channels.

I have output resolution set to only 720p (old flat screen I have, its 1366 x 768 I think).

Might want to think about a 8742...

Oh wait, curious why you only have 480p active? I ONLY have 720p active and everything seems to work like I'd expect it to work.

Auto-HD was turned on in the last software update a few months ago (i usually keep it off)

And i prefer to let my tv convert instead of the cable box.
post #26055 of 26426
I certainly understand the sentiment, but if the cable box it set to output 480p, the image has already been down-rezzed when it gets to the TV, right?

The other curious thing I forgot to mention is that this Zoom function I was speaking of is found under the "High Definition" section of settings... yet it's only visible effect happens in SD images.
post #26056 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Riverside_Guy View Post

I certainly understand the sentiment, but if the cable box it set to output 480p, the image has already been down-rezzed when it gets to the TV, right?

The other curious thing I forgot to mention is that this Zoom function I was speaking of is found under the "High Definition" section of settings... yet it's only visible effect happens in SD images.

i have 480p 720p and 1080i on....

you don't have to pick only one
post #26057 of 26426
Ah, I see,
post #26058 of 26426
February 6, 2013

The previously announced change concerning Nuvo TV has been postponed.

On or about March 8, 2013 we will cease carriage of TBN.

On or about March 18, 2013 TV Guide Network will be rebranded as TVGN.
post #26059 of 26426
Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Mount Vernon

February 20, 2013

Time Warner Cable’s agreements with programmers and broadcasters to carry their services and stations routinely expire from time to time. We are usually able to obtain renewals or extensions of such agreements, but in order to comply with applicable regulations, we must inform you when an agreement is about to expire. The following agreements are due to expire soon, and we may be required to cease carriage of one or more of these services/stations in the near future:

AAJ, Africa Channel, Africa Channel HD, Azteca America, Chinese Channel, Chinese Cinema, CNC World, COZI TV, E!, E! HD, Ecuavisa, Encore, Encore HD, Encore Action, Encore Drama, Encore Love, Encore Suspense, Encore Family, Encore Westerns, GOL TV, GOL TV HD, IFC, IFC HD, Jus Punjabi, KBN, LATV, Lifetime, Lifetime HD, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Movie Network HD, Lifetime Real Women, Media Korea TV (MKTV), Music Choice, News 12, NHL Center Ice, NHL Network, NHL Network HD, Polski Radio, Smithsonian HD, STARZ!, STARZ! HD, Starz Cinema, Starz Comedy, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge, Starz Edge HD, Starz in Black, Starz Kids and Family, Starz Kids and Family HD, Style Network, Style Network HD, Supercanal, Telemicro International, The Bangladesh Channel, Trinity Broadcasting Systems, TV Polonia, WE, WE HD and Youtoo TV.

In addition, from time to time we make certain changes in the services that we offer in order to better serve our customers. The following changes are planned:

You may downgrade or terminate service without charge at any time. Further, if carriage of a premium service is discontinued and you have incurred installation, upgrade or other one-time charges relating to such premium service within six months prior to the date of the change, you may elect to downgrade or terminate service within 30 days and obtain a rebate of any such charge.
post #26060 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Brian Casen View Post

Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, Mount Vernon

February 20, 2013

Time Warner Cable’s agreements with programmers and broadcasters to carry their services and stations routinely expire from time to time. We are usually able to obtain renewals or extensions of such agreements, but in order to comply with applicable regulations, we must inform you when an agreement is about to expire. The following agreements are due to expire soon, and we may be required to cease carriage of one or more of these services/stations in the near future:

AAJ, Africa Channel, Africa Channel HD, Azteca America, Chinese Channel, Chinese Cinema, CNC World, COZI TV, E!, E! HD, Ecuavisa, Encore, Encore HD, Encore Action, Encore Drama, Encore Love, Encore Suspense, Encore Family, Encore Westerns, GOL TV, GOL TV HD, IFC, IFC HD, Jus Punjabi, KBN, LATV, Lifetime, Lifetime HD, Lifetime Movie Network, Lifetime Movie Network HD, Lifetime Real Women, Media Korea TV (MKTV), Music Choice, News 12, NHL Center Ice, NHL Network, NHL Network HD, Polski Radio, Smithsonian HD, STARZ!, STARZ! HD, Starz Cinema, Starz Comedy, Starz Comedy HD, Starz Edge, Starz Edge HD, Starz in Black, Starz Kids and Family, Starz Kids and Family HD, Style Network, Style Network HD, Supercanal, Telemicro International, The Bangladesh Channel, Trinity Broadcasting Systems, TV Polonia, WE, WE HD and Youtoo TV.

In addition, from time to time we make certain changes in the services that we offer in order to better serve our customers. The following changes are planned:

You may downgrade or terminate service without charge at any time. Further, if carriage of a premium service is discontinued and you have incurred installation, upgrade or other one-time charges relating to such premium service within six months prior to the date of the change, you may elect to downgrade or terminate service within 30 days and obtain a rebate of any such charge.

you do realize there's nothing there... right?
post #26061 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Berk32 View Post

you do realize there's nothing there... right?

No I don't realize that. The last two paragraphs are saying TWC will be getting rid of some premium services.
post #26062 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Brian Casen View Post

No I don't realize that. The last two paragraphs are saying TWC will be getting rid of some premium services.
No mention of channels being dropped. Best to leave the TWC legal notice postings to Berk32, he's always on top of it when theres something relevant.
post #26063 of 26426
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Originally Posted by Brian Casen View Post

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Originally Posted by Berk32 View Post

you do realize there's nothing there... right?

No I don't realize that. The last two paragraphs are saying TWC will be getting rid of some premium services.


...

That's the standard legal BS in every update
post #26064 of 26426
Since the thread is otherwise asleep....

A quick note to mention that the TWC app for Roku has been released. Tried it out the other day, and it's great. Not sure if channel lineup is identical to regular TWC boxes, but but for all intents and purposes the Roku now shows all your channels, including HBO, Cinemax, etc. HD quality.

So instead of paying your monthly set-top box fees, you could just get a Roku for $49-$99. (I got the Roku XS for $59 refurbished, the new Roku 3 is currently $90 at J&R).

An additional benefit is that the Roku box is tiny, and can be placed out of sight (remote is RF not IR). Can be moved room to room in 2 seconds.

Disadvantages: No regular program guide; you get an alphabetical list of channels, and as you go through the list the app's guide will show what's on now, and what's on next for each channel. No DVR, obviously. No PPW. No On Demand (except what you get through the also-great HBO Go app).

Ideal for rooms where you occasionally want to watch TV, but don't need or want a full setup.
post #26065 of 26426
I agree. I added this to one of my kids rooms that doesn't have a cable line. Totally does the trick. For all the bells and whistles you still want a real DVR cable box, but for a third or fourth room, this was great.
post #26066 of 26426
Great idea/review.. thanks for sharing.
post #26067 of 26426
HELP, getting a lot of recording failures on my sammy!

I have the Samsung SMT-H3270. Problem was occasional, now getting worse. As an example, I set the box to record Golden Boy last night in HD. When I go to play it, nothing happens --- black screen. All the stats on the recording look fine. If I try fast forward, it will immediately go to end of recording, asking the typical, save, delete or restart. If I restart, same thing happens, ie., nothing. I had also set the box to record a program an hour before and that was fine. it's an intermittent problem but is becoming more frequent, and of course it happens on programs that are not offered on onDemand. Anyone else have this problem? Or some insight? Thanks!
post #26068 of 26426
is anyone else getting a black screen on trutv?? trying to watch ncaa tournament and black screen last 2 days.
post #26069 of 26426
I also have a Sammy (mine is a 3272), and have also experienced the same kind of blank recordings that you have, though it actually seems to be getting less frequent in my case. I've had a different problem that's been more frequent: when I finish watching a recording, the DVR doesn't go back to a "live" channel, but shows a blank screen. Then, if I try to rewind to fix this, it will sometimes spontaneously reboot. In general, my Sammy is buggy and slow to respond to commands, but I've been reluctant to trade it in, as the 3272 has a huge capacity compared to other TWC DVRs.
post #26070 of 26426
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Originally Posted by ILW View Post

I also have a Sammy (mine is a 3272), and have also experienced the same kind of blank recordings that you have, though it actually seems to be getting less frequent in my case. I've had a different problem that's been more frequent: when I finish watching a recording, the DVR doesn't go back to a "live" channel, but shows a blank screen. Then, if I try to rewind to fix this, it will sometimes spontaneously reboot. In general, my Sammy is buggy and slow to respond to commands, but I've been reluctant to trade it in, as the 3272 has a huge capacity compared to other TWC DVRs.

Yes, I too have been reluctant to give up the larger capacity. I think I'm going to experiment and record only SD versions of progams, to see if the problem is isolated to HD recordings. I figure I have to do the debugging, becaus Time Warner is clueless.
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