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post #661 of 26426
pop, this is the TWC thread, not OTA.
post #662 of 26426
I just realized it. Thx
post #663 of 26426
I helped a friend connect TWC's Pioneer HDTV STB to a 50" Panny plasma via component cables. Is there a way to let the plasma do the stretching of 4:3 content rather than the STB? Would I need to set the STB to 480i to do this? Do I then have to switch back to 720p for HD content? Will HD content look better if I set the STB to 720P or 1080i on this plasma that doesn't have 1080 resolution?

TWC claimed that they haven't installed the software that supports the DVI output on the Pioneer STB. Is this true?

Thanks for your help.
post #664 of 26426
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Originally posted by kai_hankinson
I helped a friend connect TWC's Pioneer HDTV STB to a 50" Panny plasma via component cables. Is there a way to let the plasma do the stretching of 4:3 content rather than the STB? Would I need to set the STB to 480i to do this? Do I then have to switch back to 720p for HD content? Will HD content look better if I set the STB to 720P or 1080i on this plasma that doesn't have 1080 resolution?

TWC claimed that they haven't installed the software that supports the DVI output on the Pioneer STB. Is this true?

Thanks for your help.

Nobody could answer your stretch-mode questions without knowing what the capabilities of your friend's HDTV are. My own HDTV (not a Panny), for example, does not allow any stretch-modes for signals received via component or DVI; it does, though, if a parallel S-Video connection is made. As a general matter, it's probably best to have the STB output a signal that matches the TV's native resolution, which, in your friend's case, appears to be 720p. You don't have to chose between 480i and 720p or 1080p -- the Pio box can be configured to output any one, two or three of those.

The answer to your DVI question depends upon where your friend lives. This is the TWC New York City thread; you appear to be from NJ. The Pio box's original DVI firmware supported some but not many DVI-equipped TVs. A firmware patch to broaden support has very recently been implemented in some TWC jurisdictions, including NYC. See this thread and this one, too. Very few people, though, seem to think that the Pio box delivers a better picture via DVI, compared to component. On my own set, it is vastly inferior.
post #665 of 26426
BTW - I brought my Pio HD box to a friend's apartment yesterday for the game. It worked perfectly.
post #666 of 26426
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Originally posted by dkan24
BTW - I brought my Pio HD box to a friend's apartment yesterday for the game. It worked perfectly.


Damm... if I would have known this would work... i would have brought my 3510HD box to my buddy's place. He has an SA8100 and man was the audio and video dropping rather frequently. It even dropped for like 4 seconds... during the last extra point attempt when Carolina took the lead for the last time. Talk about bad timing!
post #667 of 26426
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Originally posted by DjPiLL
Damm... if I would have known this would work... i would have brought my 3510HD box to my buddy's place. He has an SA8100 and man was the audio and video dropping rather frequently. It even dropped for like 4 seconds... during the last extra point attempt when Carolina took the lead for the last time. Talk about bad timing!

I remember a glitch on that play- my 3510HD exhibited some blockiness and a sound drop out, but kept on going.

The 8100's really suck-TWC should retire them and offer free exchanges to the 3510s! ( Like that would ever happen!!)
post #668 of 26426
I wonder if TWC is going to get more agressive with adding new HD channels now that RCN just announced CBS-HD.

I mean... they ran WB-11 HD for a few weeks at one point... why not just add that station? My fiancee would definitely be pleased since most of her favorite shows are on that channel.
post #669 of 26426
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Originally posted by DjPiLL
I mean... they ran WB-11 HD for a few weeks at one point... why not just add that station? My fiancee would definitely be pleased since most of her favorite shows are on that channel.

TWC claims a lack of bandwidth precludes any more HD service at this time--though they did just free up several PPV channels.
post #670 of 26426
I've seen a bunch of posts about INHD and INHD2. Does TWC offer these channels right now and if so where are they ? Is INHD channel 708 (which of course I don't have).

Thanks for the help.... Jim.
post #671 of 26426
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Originally posted by jheart
I've seen a bunch of posts about INHD and INHD2. Does TWC offer these channels right now and if so where are they ? Is INHD channel 708 (which of course I don't have).

Thanks for the help.... Jim.

Search the thread. There are a number of posts explaining that because TWCNYC is "out of available bandwidth" they are not able to add INHD or HDNet at this time.
post #672 of 26426
Well I was all set to switch to RCN... but now im not sure. I checked out HDnet's website and frankly their programming is kinda weak... with the exception of the hockey games twice a week.

ESPN-HD seemed weak as well since they only show one game in HD every FEW days. Is this really the case?
post #673 of 26426
Here is a link to ESPN's HD schedule. Seems college basketball has most of it, not sure what they will have once it's over.

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tvl...ory?id=1635015
post #674 of 26426
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Originally posted by DjPiLL
Well I was all set to switch to RCN... but now im not sure. I checked out HDnet's website and frankly their programming is kinda weak... with the exception of the hockey games twice a week.

ESPN-HD seemed weak as well since they only show one game in HD every FEW days. Is this really the case?

I'd tend to agree with your conclusions about both sources. ESPN's HD coverage is rare. The 2 HDNets, like Discovery, repeat a lot, but IMO in total add some nice variety--mostly the wow-effect 1080i videotaped variety--to the main networks plus the premiums (mostly telecined HD, as with HDNet Movies). -- John
post #675 of 26426
What stations is Time Warner Cable offering in HD at this time? I am very interested
post #676 of 26426
Right now what I am getting is HBO, Showtime, CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, Discovery, and PBS and I think a second PBS ? Channel 714.
post #677 of 26426
Is there a daily or weekly schedule of all HDTV programs on TWC in NYC published somewhere on the Internet -- or in printed form like a HDTV Guide (weekly)? That would be very useful.

If not, what is the easiest way to get such a schedule? I imagine one would need to go to the websites of all the HD stations?
post #678 of 26426
You can try www.titantv.com to set up a customized HD schedule.
post #679 of 26426
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Originally posted by jheart
Right now what I am getting is HBO, Showtime, CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, Discovery, and PBS and I think a second PBS ? Channel 714.

714 (Channel 13 Kids) is not HD, though it is digital, as is 750, the digital transmission of WNJN Channel 50, the New Jersey PBS outlet.

And I don't think Fox is really HD yet either.
post #680 of 26426
Yes I was wondering if FOX was actually HD because their football games did not look as good as CBS. Although, some of the camera angles on the FOX NFL games were very clear almost HD ( I guess it was just digital)
post #681 of 26426
I think Fox is 480p, which is 2/3 of 720p.
post #682 of 26426
But some of FOX primetime shows are HD. "24" is broadcast in HD.
post #683 of 26426
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Originally posted by rgrossman
714 (Channel 13 Kids) is not HD, though it is digital, as is 750, the digital transmission of WNJN Channel 50, the New Jersey PBS outlet.

And I don't think Fox is really HD yet either.


Fox-HD is 480p.... so its not true Hi-Def... just widescreen,
post #684 of 26426
Fox channel 705 is broadcast as 480i on TWC-NYC, not even 480p.
post #685 of 26426
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Originally posted by jheart
But some of FOX primetime shows are HD. "24" is broadcast in HD.

No, it's not. It's "FOX Digital Widescreen" or some nonsense like that. It is NOT HD.

Fox will begin transmitting HD in the fall.
post #686 of 26426
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Originally posted by jergans
...Fox will begin transmitting HD in the fall.

Yes they will and I believe 720p will be the format...But will there be enough bandwidth available for TWC-NYC to deliver it???
post #687 of 26426
Oh no! It's that word again

BANDWIDTH!!! AAAYYYYYYEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

(that Howard Dean screech)
post #688 of 26426
If bandwidth (sorry) is the problem then why can't they remove a bunch of the crappy channels that no one ever watches and add some HD channels like ESPN and INHD ???
post #689 of 26426
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Originally posted by jheart
If bandwidth (sorry) is the problem then why can't they remove a bunch of the crappy channels that no one ever watches and add some HD channels like ESPN and INHD ???

Believe it or not, someone watches every single channel out there sometimes. What's crappy to you is someone else's favorite. Or is some politician's idea of "public service." People generally complain much more about losing something they had versus not getting something they want.

At this point the number of people with HDTV's is still a small fraction of TWC-NYC's subscribers. People really don't know what they're missing. (And you would not believe how many people buy one of these sets and think they're watching HD while still watching SD!!) There's just not enough of us who want more HD service for TWC to alienate a possibly larger group of subscribers.

Of course, if (when) TWC-NYC starts charging extra for HD service, the situation changes greatly.
post #690 of 26426
I just purchased a new HD set and set up an appoinment with Time Warner to install the Pioneer HD Box. MY question is Does Time Warner supply a DVI Cable or must I purchase one. Is the picture that much better with DVI
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