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post #8611 of 8808
Update on the TWC app. It works now, and it works great. In addition, my brother who lives in New York gave me access to his app, and now I can watch NY1 here in Los Angeles.
post #8612 of 8808
Does TWC still set the CC flags such that linux can't record basic cable channels?
post #8613 of 8808
Am I the only one on here who thinks that Time Warner Cable should move the HD channels to the 1000s on their L.A. area systems? On their systems in places like Ohio and the Carolinas, the HD channels are in the 1000s. This would really benefit the growing number of their subscribers who have HDTVs and HD boxes. On the Ohio and Carolina systems to "translate" the digital (channels 100 and above) SD channel number to the HD channel number, the subscriber just puts a "1" (one) in front of the SD channel number. If they were to do this in L.A. where, for example, TBS is on SD channel 103, the HD simulcast would be channel 1103. As for the local channels' HD feeds, for the ones outside of 2 through 13, they could correspond to their over-the-air virtual channel number, just with a "10" in front of it, regardless of the SD position, which varies by local lineup. For example, KCET HD could be on channel 1028, KPXN (ION) HD on 1030, KMEX (Univision) HD on 1034, etc. As for the Video On Demand Content, that could go in the 400s where the HD channels currently are, thus the HD and VOD channels would swap (and, in some cases, share) channel blocks. The numbering for VOD could be as follows: Primetime on Demand for the over-the-air networks: CBS On Demand could be on 402 in SD and 1402 in HD. NBC On Demand could be on SD 404, HD 1404. ABC On Demand could be on SD 407, HD 1407. Fox on Demand could be 411 SD, 1411 HD. You probably get the idea by now. This would also mean that the SD versions of NFL Network and NFL Redzone would have to move off of 1355 and 1356, respectively. They could move FearNet up one channel number from 280 to 281, and put NFLN on 279 and NFLRZ on 280 in SD. (Why they were not put in the mid-200s with the other sports channels in the first place is beyond me.) This would also mean moving TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes off of 1400 and 1481, respectively. They could go somewhere above Pac 12 National on 246 and ESPNU on 251. (Not sure why TWCSN and TWCD were put in the 1400s, either; instead of where I suggested above.)

This would also benefit TWC by enabling them to group all the HD channels by programming, but keeping them in their current packages. For example, all the sports channels will be together, as will all the news channels, premium movie channels, general-entertainment channels, etc. As it stands now, the HD channels are just a tangled mess, just inserted in there randomly.

Making this change, as I said above, will benefit both TWC and its subscribers.

How do the rest of you feel? Should the HD channels move to the 1000s or stay where they are?

*Note: VOD channels are only in the 1000s for those whose boxes run the Navigator software. Those of you with iGuide boxes have all the VOD content on channel 1, so the above hypothetical channel changes (other than the HD programming) might not apply to you.
post #8614 of 8808
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Originally Posted by Mastaclocksetta View Post

Am I the only one on here who thinks that Time Warner Cable should move the HD channels to the 1000s on their L.A. area systems? On their systems in places like Ohio and the Carolinas, the HD channels are in the 1000s. This would really benefit the growing number of their subscribers who have HDTVs and HD boxes. On the Ohio and Carolina systems to "translate" the digital (channels 100 and above) SD channel number to the HD channel number, the subscriber just puts a "1" (one) in front of the SD channel number. If they were to do this in L.A. where, for example, TBS is on SD channel 103, the HD simulcast would be channel 1103. As for the local channels' HD feeds, for the ones outside of 2 through 13, they could correspond to their over-the-air virtual channel number, just with a "10" in front of it, regardless of the SD position, which varies by local lineup. For example, KCET HD could be on channel 1028, KPXN (ION) HD on 1030, KMEX (Univision) HD on 1034, etc. As for the Video On Demand Content, that could go in the 400s where the HD channels currently are, thus the HD and VOD channels would swap (and, in some cases, share) channel blocks. The numbering for VOD could be as follows: Primetime on Demand for the over-the-air networks: CBS On Demand could be on 402 in SD and 1402 in HD. NBC On Demand could be on SD 404, HD 1404. ABC On Demand could be on SD 407, HD 1407. Fox on Demand could be 411 SD, 1411 HD. You probably get the idea by now. This would also mean that the SD versions of NFL Network and NFL Redzone would have to move off of 1355 and 1356, respectively. They could move FearNet up one channel number from 280 to 281, and put NFLN on 279 and NFLRZ on 280 in SD. (Why they were not put in the mid-200s with the other sports channels in the first place is beyond me.) This would also mean moving TWC SportsNet and TWC Deportes off of 1400 and 1481, respectively. They could go somewhere above Pac 12 National on 246 and ESPNU on 251. (Not sure why TWCSN and TWCD were put in the 1400s, either; instead of where I suggested above.)

This would also benefit TWC by enabling them to group all the HD channels by programming, but keeping them in their current packages. For example, all the sports channels will be together, as will all the news channels, premium movie channels, general-entertainment channels, etc. As it stands now, the HD channels are just a tangled mess, just inserted in there randomly.

Making this change, as I said above, will benefit both TWC and its subscribers.

How do the rest of you feel? Should the HD channels move to the 1000s or stay where they are?

*Note: VOD channels are only in the 1000s for those whose boxes run the Navigator software. Those of you with iGuide boxes have all the VOD content on channel 1, so the above hypothetical channel changes (other than the HD programming) might not apply to you.

I contacted TWC about this, and the person who responded basically said that HD channels in the 1000s will happen nationwide. (There are, however, still some TWC systems around the country that basically need to be upgraded to modern standards; TWC's legacy systems in Kentucky, for example [which were there before TWC's purchase of Insight], only have a little more than 50 HD channels. Also, here in northeast Ohio, there are even systems that are analog only [no digital channels at 100 and above]; in Harrison County, Ohio, in the towns of Hopedale, Leesville, Jewett, and Scio; and in Ottawa County, Ohio, in the Lake Erie island town of Put-in-Bay.)
post #8615 of 8808
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Originally Posted by IndieRockSteve View Post

Does TWC still set the CC flags such that linux can't record basic cable channels?


Linux can only record clearQAM. Everything else is set at copy once.

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post #8617 of 8808
Found this article about Time Warner Cable realigning channels in its Syracuse market. One of the biggest highlights (for me, anyway) is that the HD channels will no longer be separated from the SD channels. In other words, those with HD equipment will automatically see the HD version of a channel, if its HD feed is carried. So those with HD boxes will no longer be able to tune to SD channels if they have an available HD simulcast. That will make things easier for subscribers, not having to memorize separate channel numbers for SD or HD programming. The reason I bring it up here is because I hope this comes to L.A. if all goes well in Syracuse.

http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/05/time_warner_cable_channel_lineup_changes_genre.html

or

http://www.multichannel.com/distribution/time-warner-cable-test-genre-based-lineup-syracuse/143357
post #8618 of 8808
Looking for information on the latest software/firmware versions currently running on Motorola equipment currently running on DCH*/DCX* boxes being provided by TWC/LA.

It's been reported that Comcast has recently pushed out software/firmware upgrades that appear to provide significant improvements to some long-standing issues (in particular as regards offloading recordings from Motorola box to PC/DVHS via firewire). I haven't heard anything about similar firmware/software upgrades from TWC/LA on this thread, and since I gave back my own DVRs to TWC several years ago I have no way of determining for myself.

So can users of DCH3416 and DCX34xx/DCX35xx equipment provided by TWC/LA please report what the latest software/firmware is that currently shows on your DVR's. For your reference, the Comcast users in the San Francisco area have reported that their DCX3400 now shows:

Firmware: 24.37
S/W Ver: 80.48 - a30.1210.r-27
Model: ASTB-0x0804

Same software/firmware versions reported for Comcast in the Seattle area on a
DCX3400-M.

For the DCH3416 in San Francisco, the new versions are:

Firmware: 16.90
S/W Ver: 80.48 - a30.1210.r-27
Model: ASTB-0x02c0 (This used to say DCT on the old version)


Thanks.
post #8619 of 8808
Last night I rebooted my Cisco HD DVR on TWC Orange County California.
All of a sudden, the fast forward adjustment option is gone.
Last week (and for many months before), that option allowed me to determine how far back the playback resumed when I pressed the PLAY button after going FAST FORWARD.

Any info?
post #8620 of 8808
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Originally Posted by unclekirk View Post

Last night I rebooted my Cisco HD DVR on TWC Orange County California.
All of a sudden, the fast forward adjustment option is gone.
Last week (and for many months before), that option allowed me to determine how far back the playback resumed when I pressed the PLAY button after going FAST FORWARD.

Any info?
TWC updated to the next version of the DVR software last week in LA region and took the compensation ability out. Some say to save memory space, some say to get out of TiVo royalties (my favorite), some say just because it confused many people. I will be complaining this week (knew it was coming) so please complain too. Those in other areas of the country got the update month+ ago and complaining has not helped. I am trying to use the possible alternative - hit play, then replay right after (I see it is 10 seconds of jump back). Older machines (MDN versions) might work with hitting the replay while it is fast forwarding to do both at once (not my ODN Samsung).

/Dan
post #8621 of 8808
confused.gif What, no comments on the CBS channels blackout? Not that I watch them much. Now back to the real topic ......

Time for a mini Poll - if allowed by the site rules.

I'm wondering if a STB changeout is worth it, but I don't know if newer technology non-DVR boxes are available in my area (South Bay - original TWC / Paragon). My SA 4250HDC has been pretty stable of late but it is a) not slow but not snappy either, and b) occasionally unstable after a period of guide non-use (scroll doesn't stop without pressing Exit button).

Just discovered this page that apparently lists all STBs that TWC has deployed:
http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/support/faqs/faqs-equipment-and-instruction-manuals.html
Some models may be newer and locally compatible. smile.gif

Please post what make and model non-DVR box that you have and how 'well' it is working for you.
TIA!
post #8622 of 8808
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Originally Posted by DiveFan View Post

confused.gif What, no comments on the CBS channels blackout? Not that I watch them much.

Yeah, it's surprising it has come to this. Big corp. drama.

Luckily for me the only thing I seem to watch on CBS is 60 Minutes and it's been all reruns so far.

I did manage to record Cars 2 on the 402 channel (now with Starz kids being funneled to it). Haven't watched it yet.

It's worrisome for the future regarding what other channels we my lose temporarily or permanently. If this blackout continues for a long time I wonder if TWC will prorate us a small credit for the lack of that service/channel? Yeah, good luck on that !
post #8623 of 8808
I wonder if Chuck Lorre will speak out on it. TWC and CBS are being petulant.
post #8624 of 8808
So it looks like channel 409 (9) KCAL is affected too. It's off the air.

Forgot it's a CBS owned station.
post #8625 of 8808
I just did a rescan with a couple of my HD TVs and their clear QAM tuners. I'm now no longer getting 2-1 4-1 5-1 7-1 11-1 and 13-1 in their HD versions. Zip code 90272 on the TWC West Los Angeles line-up.

Anyone else having this problem. I still get the HDs through my cable card equipped TiVo.
post #8626 of 8808
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Originally Posted by SPDICKEY View Post

I just did a rescan with a couple of my HD TVs and their clear QAM tuners. I'm now no longer getting 2-1 4-1 5-1 7-1 11-1 and 13-1 in their HD versions. Zip code 90272 on the TWC West Los Angeles line-up.

Anyone else having this problem. I still get the HDs through my cable card equipped TiVo.

TWC Eagle Rock here, as of an hour ago I see the same (except that 2.1 is a thing... it just is not CBS)
I have not tried to look and see if it is just the mapping that is screwed up or not.
post #8627 of 8808
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Originally Posted by Ovalmarc View Post

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Originally Posted by SPDICKEY View Post

I just did a rescan with a couple of my HD TVs and their clear QAM tuners. I'm now no longer getting 2-1 4-1 5-1 7-1 11-1 and 13-1 in their HD versions. Zip code 90272 on the TWC West Los Angeles line-up.

Anyone else having this problem. I still get the HDs through my cable card equipped TiVo.

TWC Eagle Rock here, as of an hour ago I see the same (except that 2.1 is a thing... it just is not CBS)
I have not tried to look and see if it is just the mapping that is screwed up or not.
Didn't FCC allow clear QAM to be encrypted a few months ago? See http://www.fcc.gov/guides/cable-system-encryption ...
Edited by phildaant - 8/20/13 at 1:04pm
post #8628 of 8808
If that is what they have done, this and doubling the charge for cable modem rental (sneaky, dirty jerks) may be the straw that breaks my back. I am looking at other providers right now.
post #8629 of 8808
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Originally Posted by Ovalmarc View Post

If that is what they have done, this and doubling the charge for cable modem rental (sneaky, dirty jerks) may be the straw that breaks my back. I am looking at other providers right now.
I don't think it is just TWC.
post #8630 of 8808
For the moment, for me, only the mapping is buggered. I still have the channels, trusty silicondust pointed me to the frequencies.
Edited by Ovalmarc - 8/20/13 at 9:21pm
post #8631 of 8808
TWC Giving Out Free Antennas in Areas Without CBS -- http://www.twcconversations.com/antenna/ from http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28590232-TV-TWC-Giving-Out-Free-Antennas-in-Areas-Without-CBS in TWC's local offices and Best Buy's stores in cities that have no CBS stations.
post #8632 of 8808
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Originally Posted by phildaant View Post

TWC Giving Out Free Antennas in Areas Without CBS -- http://www.twcconversations.com/antenna/ from http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r28590232-TV-TWC-Giving-Out-Free-Antennas-in-Areas-Without-CBS in TWC's local offices and Best Buy's stores in cities that have no CBS stations.
I picked up a free antenna Friday, from the Torrance, CA office, then went to Best Buy and bought a $30 RCA Omnidirectional Analog/Digital antenna, discounted $20 as a TWC customer in the blacked-out area, which end up costing me $10. TWC has to realize most of their customers have more than one TV.
post #8633 of 8808
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Originally Posted by regulator8 View Post

I picked up a free antenna Friday, from the Torrance, CA office, then went to Best Buy and bought a $30 RCA Omnidirectional Analog/Digital antenna, discounted $20 as a TWC customer in the blacked-out area, which end up costing me $10. TWC has to realize most of their customers have more than one TV.
sure some people have 10 TVs. Very easy to get more than 1 free antenna but it's suppose to be one per household. If everyone went out and got multiple antennas there will be people that can't get any cause Best Buy runs out.
post #8634 of 8808
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Originally Posted by nyctveng View Post

sure some people have 10 TVs. Very easy to get more than 1 free antenna but it's suppose to be one per household. If everyone went out and got multiple antennas there will be people that can't get any cause Best Buy runs out.
I didn't see any info on TWC site stating you couldn't get an antenna from their office and one from Best Buy. As I understood it customers could get one from the TWC office and one from Best Buy, which I did. Furthermore, I would think Best Buy, being in business to sale electronics, would estimate what the demand would be and stock accordingly.
post #8635 of 8808
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Originally Posted by regulator8 View Post

I didn't see any info on TWC site stating you couldn't get an antenna from their office and one from Best Buy. As I understood it customers could get one from the TWC office and one from Best Buy, which I did. Furthermore, I would think Best Buy, being in business to sale electronics, would estimate what the demand would be and stock accordingly.
Your previous statement of that "TWC has to realize most of their customers have more than 1 tv" is a clear indication you're aware that one antenna per customer. Policy is clearly stated on the site as "Important information:
Antenna offer limited to current Time Warner Cable customers. Antennas may not work in all areas due to line of sight and distance from broadcast transmitters, and require a TV set with digital tuner or digital over-the-air converter to tune channels.  Limited quantity available; customers responsible for installation of antenna; limit 1 per customer while supplies last." This antenna giveaway was put together in a very short time frame so you can't expect Best Buy to have boatloads of antennas in stock as normally these are hardly items flying off shelves. Lucky for Best Buy since they are the only ones benefitting from all of this. Too bad there will always be people that abuse the system.
post #8636 of 8808
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Originally Posted by nyctveng View Post

Your previous statement of that "TWC has to realize most of their customers have more than 1 tv" is a clear indication you're aware that one antenna per customer. Policy is clearly stated on the site as "Important information:
Antenna offer limited to current Time Warner Cable customers. Antennas may not work in all areas due to line of sight and distance from broadcast transmitters, and require a TV set with digital tuner or digital over-the-air converter to tune channels.  Limited quantity available; customers responsible for installation of antenna; limit 1 per customer while supplies last." This antenna giveaway was put together in a very short time frame so you can't expect Best Buy to have boatloads of antennas in stock as normally these are hardly items flying off shelves. Lucky for Best Buy since they are the only ones benefitting from all of this. Too bad there will always be people that abuse the system.
I have no intentions on getting into a pissing contest with you. Here is a copy and paste from TWC site:
"Time Warner Cable has a limited quantity of basic indoor antennas available to pick up, for free, for customers at our TWC retail locations in Dallas-Ft. Worth, Los Angeles/Desert Cities, New York City, plus Milwaukee and Green Bay in Wisconsin. In addition, we have partnered with Best Buy in those cities to provide $20 toward the purchase of any in-stock broadcast antenna at select Best Buy store locations."
You characterization of me is an opinion and you are certainly entitled to your opinion but I will not accept your opinion as fact because my actions were not an abuse of any system, as you seem to think. Your lack of understanding of what TWC means when they state "In addition, etc." rests with you and not with me.
Here's TWC site for those who want clarity: http://twcconversations.com/antenna/
post #8637 of 8808
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Originally Posted by regulator8 View Post

TWC has to realize most of their customers have more than one TV.

It's pretty generous to offer a free antenna and a $20 rebate. They state upfront they have limited quantities.
post #8638 of 8808
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Originally Posted by Tulpa View Post

It's pretty generous to offer a free antenna and a $20 rebate. They state upfront they have limited quantities.
The limited quantities were at TWC offices. There were not statement of Best Buy having limited quantities. At Best Buy you could buy a $20 antenna or a $200 antenna and get a $20 discount, not a rebate.
post #8639 of 8808
Rebate, discount, it's $20 back in your pocket either way. And I never said Best Buy had limited quantities. They = TWC.

And my statement stands. It's generous of them to provide an alternative solution for what will be a temporary situation. They don't need to outfit every single TV in a household with antennas, seeing as they are, you know, a cable company.
post #8640 of 8808
Nobody at Best Buy could have predicted that TWC was going to offer a $20 discount on antennas. So it is likely that whatever the subscribers are buying with the coupon is just taking away from Best Buy's normal stock. Not that I care if this is true or or not. Usually, these promotions are just for show anyway. Probably only a small percentage of subscribers will even bother getting the antenna.

Now to my question. The antennas at Best Buy seem pricey to me, so maybe I should just pick one up at TWC's office instead. What model antenna are they giving out at the TWC office? Is it better than the free model(s) at Best Buy?
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