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post #8701 of 8808
In passing, I mention that it appears "Turbo" Internet download speed has been increased by what looks like 10%, at least for me. This was not announced or publicized that I saw, and yet it appears to have happened.

Download speed for my "Turbo" option is now about 16.5Mbps, up from the 15.0Mbps previously. Upload speed is still 2Mbps.

Anybody else see similar??
post #8702 of 8808
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Originally Posted by DSperber View Post

In passing, I mention that it appears "Turbo" Internet download speed has been increased by what looks like 10%, at least for me. This was not announced or publicized that I saw, and yet it appears to have happened.

Download speed for my "Turbo" option is now about 16.5Mbps, up from the 15.0Mbps previously. Upload speed is still 2Mbps.

Anybody else see similar??
I think TWC did a speed bump last month or so for everyone. You should hang out in http://forums.timewarnercable.com/ and http://www.dslreports.com/forum/twc ... wink.gif
post #8703 of 8808
Well, a bit of research revealed that Turbo was changed a while back from 15/2 to 20/2. So I should have actually been getting 20/2, but wasn't. This has nothing to do with my observed general 10% speed increase, but I definitely had never been upgraded to 20/2 as I should have been.

I called tech support and after examining my account and interrogating my modem (Motorola SBG6580) they made whatever changes they needed to do to my account to get me to the new 20/2 speed I really should have been at.

After a modem power cycle, sure enough I'm now at 20/2. However once again it appears that the actual speed shown again seems to be 10% higher than even the 20/2 I'm entitled to (just as it was when I was still at 15/2). This isn't a temporary "turbo-boost", but is a continuously faster 10% over what Turbo is rated at.



Hey... I'm not complaining.
post #8704 of 8808
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Originally Posted by DSperber View Post

Well, a bit of research revealed that Turbo was changed a while back from 15/2 to 20/2. So I should have actually been getting 20/2, but wasn't. This has nothing to do with my observed general 10% speed increase, but I definitely had never been upgraded to 20/2 as I should have been.

I called tech support and after examining my account and interrogating my modem (Motorola SBG6580) they made whatever changes they needed to do to my account to get me to the new 20/2 speed I really should have been at.

After a modem power cycle, sure enough I'm now at 20/2. However once again it appears that the actual speed shown again seems to be 10% higher than even the 20/2 I'm entitled to (just as it was when I was still at 15/2). This isn't a temporary "turbo-boost", but is a continuously faster 10% over what Turbo is rated at.



Hey... I'm not complaining.
FYI, TWC got rid of Turboboost (confused with Knight Rider?) a few months ago. Isn't it called Powerboost? :P I hope you got credits for the the missing speeds for whenever time you didn't have it and were supposed to have it!
post #8705 of 8808
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Originally Posted by pacific2001 View Post

So in Santa Monica (90403) I noticed that channels 18, 29, 40 and others no longer show on my digital TV.  (I plug Time Warner Cable's coax directly into my digital-tuner-equipped TV).

I did a channel-learn hoping 40.1 to 40.5 would pop up, but it did not.

That's the switched digital video thing you're all talking about right?  This kind of really sucks ... 

Those are OTA broadcast channels KSCI, KDOC, and KTBN. My understanding is they went from analog to digital only and should be receivable using a Clear QAM tuner. The 3 therefore should not be encrypted. If that is the case, they would not be Switched Digital Video channels.
post #8706 of 8808
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Originally Posted by phildaant View Post

FYI, TWC got rid of Turboboost (confused with Knight Rider?) a few months ago. Isn't it called Powerboost?
You're absolutely correct... it's called Powerboost. I always confusedly call it "Turbo-Boost", but you're right.

I didn't know they'd discontinued it. Quite honestly I'd rather have the apparent permanent and continuous +10% increase over "rated" vs. the very short-lived benefit of Powerboost.

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:P I hope you got credits for the the missing speeds for whenever time you didn't have it and were supposed to have it!
Nah... forget it. Never really impacted anything I did very much.

Just the fact that I'm now at 20/2+ is satisfaction enough.
post #8707 of 8808
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Originally Posted by WackyPacks View Post

Those are OTA broadcast channels KSCI, KDOC, and KTBN. My understanding is they went from analog to digital only and should be receivable using a Clear QAM tuner. The 3 therefore should not be encrypted. If that is the case, they would not be Switched Digital Video channels.

Those OTA broadcast channels are now indeed encrypted.

All Time Warner Cable customers will need digital equipment in order to view the impacted channels. If you already have a set-top box or CableCARD™ you won’t need any new equipment. If you do not have a digital device, you’ll need to order a set-top box, CableCARD™ or, as an alternative, you can request a digital adapter. The DTA is free for now, but they will start charging 99 cents per month for them in 2015.

The broadcast channels moved from analog to digital cannot be received by a clear QAM receiver. This is in line with new FCC regulations that allow cable companies to encrypt all channels. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57533637-38/fcc-allows-cable-operators-to-encrypt-basic-cable-tv-signals/

Time Warner is doing this market by market on its way to discontinuing all analog service by 2016. Look forward to having to use a TWC supplied box of some sort in a few years. Just like you have to use a box supplied by Dish or DirecTV now of days. TWC doesn't want to roll a truck to cut off service, they'll just deauthorize the box.

http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/support/faqs/faqs-tv/digitalcon/i-received-notice-that-several-analog-channels.html
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Originally Posted by WackyPacks View Post

No SDV? That would be almost all the new channels added the last couple of years. Any chance that a tuning adapter added to the DTA will help get SDV channels?

Nope, there is no USB port on the DTA to accept channel maps from a tuning adapter. Other than the cost, I don't know why SDV capability wasn't built into the DTA in the first place.
Edited by SPDICKEY - 10/13/13 at 4:15pm
post #8708 of 8808
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Originally Posted by SPDICKEY View Post

Those OTA broadcast channels are now indeed encrypted.

All Time Warner Cable customers will need digital equipment in order to view the impacted channels. If you already have a set-top box or CableCARD™ you won’t need any new equipment. If you do not have a digital device, you’ll need to order a set-top box, CableCARD™ or, as an alternative, you can request a digital adapter. The DTA is free for now, but they will start charging 99 cents per month for them in 2015.

The broadcast channels moved from analog to digital cannot be received by a clear QAM receiver. This is in line with new FCC regulations that allow cable companies to encrypt all channels. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57533637-38/fcc-allows-cable-operators-to-encrypt-basic-cable-tv-signals/

Time Warner is doing this market by market on its way to discontinuing all analog service by 2016. Look forward to having to use a TWC supplied box of some sort in a few years. Just like you have to use a box supplied by Dish or DirecTV now of days. TWC doesn't want to roll a truck to cut off service, they'll just deauthorize the box.

http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/residential-home/support/faqs/faqs-tv/digitalcon/i-received-notice-that-several-analog-channels.html
Nope, there is no USB port on the DTA to accept channel maps from a tuning adapter. Other than the cost, I don't know why SDV capability wasn't built into the DTA in the first place.

actually they should be still available in clear QAM! that only applies to systems with 0 analogs otherwise they should still be available and likely they have just been moved to another frequency as they were already unencrypted on QAM channels.
post #8709 of 8808
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Originally Posted by DSperber View Post

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Originally Posted by phildaant View Post

FYI, TWC got rid of Turboboost (confused with Knight Rider?) a few months ago. Isn't it called Powerboost?
You're absolutely correct... it's called Powerboost. I always confusedly call it "Turbo-Boost", but you're right.

I didn't know they'd discontinued it. Quite honestly I'd rather have the apparent permanent and continuous +10% increase over "rated" vs. the very short-lived benefit of Powerboost.

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:P I hope you got credits for the the missing speeds for whenever time you didn't have it and were supposed to have it!
Nah... forget it. Never really impacted anything I did very much.

Just the fact that I'm now at 20/2+ is satisfaction enough.
Hehe, too much Knight Rider for you I bet (also a fan of the original (19)80s version!). I agree on the extra speed boasts that aren't temporarily.
post #8710 of 8808
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Originally Posted by kevin120 View Post

actually they should be still available in clear QAM! that only applies to systems with 0 analogs otherwise they should still be available and likely they have just been moved to another frequency as they were already unencrypted on QAM channels.

Since October 8, 2013 in Los Angeles the broadcast channels moved from analog to digital are not in "clear QAM." A digital adapter (DTA), cable card equipped device or set-top box is required to receive these encrypted channels.


You can see a copy of the notice TWC sent out to its subscribers at http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2013/13-1224_rpt_ita_9-13-13.pdf
Note that it correctly states you "require digital cable ready equipment" to receive the moved broadcast channels, (and I can attest to the fact since I can no longer get these broadcast channels with a clear QAM tuner).

PEG channels converted from analog to digital are distributed in clear QAM.
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Please note the new digital equipment requirements for the following programmers:

Channels KTBN-TBN (Ch. 17). KSCHND (Ch. 18). KXlA-IND {Ch.19}. KVMD-IND (Ch. 23). KJlA-lATV {Ch. 28}.
KDOC-IND {Ch. 29}. KPXN-ION {Ch. 3D}. KILM-FilmOn (Ch. 32) require digital cable ready equipment
such as:

• A TWC-supplied digital set-top box
• A TWC·supplied Digital Adapter
• A CableCARDrn·equipped Unidiredional Digital Cable Product (UDCP)

PEG Channels require digital equipment such as:

• A TWC·supplied digital set-top box
• A TWC-supplied Digital Adapter
• A CableCARD equipped UDCP
• A digital television (or other device) equipped with a QAM tuner (a 'ClearQAM- device)



Edited by SPDICKEY - 10/19/13 at 2:37pm
post #8711 of 8808

Correct me if I'm wrong, but these channels are still available over the air, right?  I should be able to pickup KTBN, for instance, OTA with a digital antenna and digital tuner in Los Angeles, right?

 

I'm not trying to stiff the cable company ... I'd rather try the legal free route first, if it's available.

post #8712 of 8808
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Originally Posted by pacific2001 View Post

Correct me if I'm wrong, but these channels are still available over the air, right?  I should be able to pickup KTBN, for instance, OTA with a digital antenna and digital tuner in Los Angeles, right?

I'm not trying to stiff the cable company ... I'd rather try the legal free route first, if it's available.
Yep. Look up any online TV guides and select antenna, and you will see their channels. Use http://www.tvfool.com/ for your location if you need details on its distance, what you can get, etc.
post #8713 of 8808
Yeah, most of those are OTA, from what I can tell. You don't need a "digital" antenna, just a VHF/UHF and a digital (ATSC) tuner.

Most will come from Mt. Wilson.
post #8714 of 8808
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Originally Posted by Tulpa View Post

Yeah, most of those are OTA, from what I can tell. You don't need a "digital" antenna, just a VHF/UHF and a digital (ATSC) tuner.

Most will come from Mt. Wilson.

For more information about using an antenna to receive over-the-air digital broadcasts, you might want to visit AntennaWeb.org
post #8715 of 8808
I just picked up 4 Digital Transport Adapters today and I installed them all. They're all working fine on my SDTVs but now my 4 HD Cable Boxes aren't working anymore. They're having CableCard Validation issues.
post #8716 of 8808
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Originally Posted by SPDICKEY View Post

Since October 8, 2013 in Los Angeles the broadcast channels moved from analog to digital are not in "clear QAM." A digital adapter (DTA), cable card equipped device or set-top box is required to receive these encrypted channels.


You can see a copy of the notice TWC sent out to its subscribers at http://clkrep.lacity.org/onlinedocs/2013/13-1224_rpt_ita_9-13-13.pdf
Note that it correctly states you "require digital cable ready equipment" to receive the moved broadcast channels, (and I can attest to the fact since I can no longer get these broadcast channels with a clear QAM tuner).

PEG channels converted from analog to digital are distributed in clear QAM.

In 90024, I'm still getting the recently-digitalized local channels in clear QAM, on the same numbers as over the air (except for KXLA, which I believe is somewhere in the 90s, but in the clear [hopefully they'll eventually map it to its over-the-air virtual channel 44.1]). I get KSCI on 18.1, along with the other 18.x subchannels available in the 600s with a box. I am getting TBN on 40.1 (which just recently appeared, it's still duplicated on 135.xxx for some reason--don't remember the minor channel number right now). I get KDOC in HD on 56.1 (with the SD version somewhere in the 100s, in the clear). I get KJLA on 57.1. But KVMD for some strange reason maps to 63.1, same virtual channel as KBEH. When I browse these two channels, I first get the label KBEH, followed by KVMD SD, but the number doesn't change. KVMD used to map to 31.1, its over-the-air virtual channel. (Wonder what happened there?) I get KILM on 64.1 (which still is labeled as its previous callsign KHIZ, which it hasn't had for more than a year).
Edited by Mastaclocksetta - 10/27/13 at 12:26pm
post #8717 of 8808
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Originally Posted by CaCHooKa Man View Post

I just picked up 4 Digital Transport Adapters today and I installed them all. They're all working fine on my SDTVs but now my 4 HD Cable Boxes aren't working anymore. They're having CableCard Validation issues.

Had the same problem with my cable card TiVo after TWC added the DT to my account.

Seems that the usual phone/office reps put the DT in the wrong spot in your account.

It required a call to the cable card center (open M-F) to get someone who knows how to do it right, takes just a few minutes once you get through. Call Cable Card Activation at 866-606-5889 or try 877-309-5863 only if you can't get through. This office isn't as good as the first one. The usual customer no-service number reps don't have a clue when this happens, and tries to roll a truck to fix, which is a waste of your time and theirs.
post #8718 of 8808
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Originally Posted by Mastaclocksetta View Post

In 90024, I'm still getting the recently-digitalized local channels in clear QAM, on the same numbers as over the air (except for KXLA, which I believe is somewhere in the 90s, but in the clear [hopefully they'll eventually map it to its over-the-air virtual channel 44.1]). I get KSCI on 18.1, along with the other 18.x subchannels available in the 600s with a box. I am getting TBN on 40.1 (which just recently appeared, it's still duplicated on 135.xxx for some reason--don't remember the minor channel number right now). I get KDOC in HD on 56.1 (with the SD version somewhere in the 100s, in the clear). I get KJLA on 57.1. But KVMD for some strange reason maps to 63.1, same virtual channel as KBEH. When I browse these two channels, I first get the label KBEH, followed by KVMD SD, but the number doesn't change. KVMD used to map to 31.1, its over-the-air virtual channel. (Wonder what happened there?) I get KILM on 64.1 (which still is labeled as its previous callsign KHIZ, which it hasn't had for more than a year).

The recently digitized over the air channels are:

Channels KTBN-TBN (Ch. 17). KSCHND (Ch. 18). KXlA-IND {Ch.19}. KVMD-IND (Ch. 23). KJlA-lATV {Ch. 28}.
KDOC-IND {Ch. 29}. KPXN-ION {Ch. 3D}. KILM-FilmOn (Ch. 32) which require digital cable ready equipment according
to TWC's official announcement. Count on TWC to mislead people into additional equipment they may not want.

Just did another scan when even the remaining analog stations started coming in fuzzy like a low signal level. After scan they were back clear and the "lost channels" popped up with their digital equivalents as you described.

One good thing about the DTA is the addition of scrambled HD channels on the formerly boxless TV. Now if I only could get the volume control to work on it. The on-screen display shows the volume changing, but the output from the HDMI connector stays constant.
Edited by SPDICKEY - 10/27/13 at 5:44pm
post #8719 of 8808
Wow! No new posts here in over a month! I think I'll (hopefully) break the silence by linking to an L.A. Times article stating that this Friday (12/6), Al Jazeera America will be added in SD on channel 227 (currently unused), and in HD on channel 445 (where Livewell HD, still available OTA on channel 7.2, used to be; remember that?). Couldn't think of any other way to end the new-post drought here.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-time-warner-cable-al-jazeera-20131203,0,4862860.story#axzz2mSkoZM7v


In related news, according to the Programming Legal Notices page on Time Warner Cable's website, Ovation will be returning to Time Warner Cable's channel lineup in January. You may recall that this channel was dropped about a year ago due to alleged lack of viewership among subscribers. As a bonus, Ovation will be carried in both SD and HD this time around. Prior to the channel's removal, it was only carried in SD.

http://www.timewarnercable.com/en/about-us/legal/regulatory-notices/programming-legal-notices/west-los-angeles.html
post #8720 of 8808
I'll ask a question that probably won't have a solution>

Anyone know how to turn off the 'Enhanced' feature that was added some months ago? It's REALLY annoying. When flipping programs (recorded or live), it pops up the 'Press SEL for Enhanced' onscreen tab, and basically locks out any fast forward, reverse, etc (most all functions)....unless I press 'exit' first, or wait.

I NEVER use this stupid feature and it annoys me daily.

Question #2> Anyone know if TWC perhaps switched back to the remotes you could hack to skip forward? I think it's been about a year (at least) since I got the remote that was unhackable. It seems all my remotes (universals too) wear out quickly (skip buttons of course), but if I'm gonna pay rent on TWC's remote, I would need to use it, and I would only use it if I can hack in the skip forward function---then I can just swap them (@TWC) when they wear out. But if they're still unhackable, I guess I should just return the one TWC remote i have...

Moto DCX3400 box.
post #8721 of 8808
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Originally Posted by fleaman View Post

Question #2> Anyone know if TWC perhaps switched back to the remotes you could hack to skip forward? I think it's been about a year (at least) since I got the remote that was unhackable. It seems all my remotes (universals too) wear out quickly (skip buttons of course), but if I'm gonna pay rent on TWC's remote, I would need to use it, and I would only use it if I can hack in the skip forward function---then I can just swap them (@TWC) when they wear out. But if they're still unhackable, I guess I should just return the one TWC remote i have...
Solve your own problem with a $15 purchase of the original Atlas 5-device 1056B01 remote ("big black") which DOES have programmability, to implement the skip forward and other customizations.

Or, $11 on eBay gets you the identical item.

Don't frustrate yourself any further. Just solve the problem.
post #8722 of 8808
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Originally Posted by DSperber View Post

Solve your own problem with a $15 purchase of the original Atlas 5-device 1056B01 remote ("big black") which DOES have programmability, to implement the skip forward and other customizations.

Or, $11 on eBay gets you the identical item.

Don't frustrate yourself any further. Just solve the problem.

Yes, but as I mentioned, I seem to wear them out quickly, especially the skip buttons.

If TWC reverted back to a skip fw remote, or one that was hackable, I can just swap them with TWC at no charge when they start acting up.

I want to avoid buying remotes, even cheap ones, every 6-12 months, etc,
post #8723 of 8808
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Originally Posted by fleaman View Post

Quote:
Originally Posted by DSperber View Post

Solve your own problem with a $15 purchase of the original Atlas 5-device 1056B01 remote ("big black") which DOES have programmability, to implement the skip forward and other customizations.

Or, $11 on eBay gets you the identical item.

Don't frustrate yourself any further. Just solve the problem.

Yes, but as I mentioned, I seem to wear them out quickly, especially the skip buttons.

If TWC reverted back to a skip fw remote, or one that was hackable, I can just swap them with TWC at no charge when they start acting up.

I want to avoid buying remotes, even cheap ones, every 6-12 months, etc,
I am pretty sure TWC and other companies did this on purpose to force viewers to watch commercials, let people not hack their RCs, etc. frown.gif

TWC gave another 1056B03 RC with the new Motorola Cable HD box DCH 3200/3380/000. [sighs]
Edited by phildaant - 12/4/13 at 12:04pm
post #8724 of 8808
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Originally Posted by phildaant View Post

I am pretty sure TWC and other companies did this on purpose to force viewers to watch commercials, let people not hack their RCs, etc. frown.gif

Yeah, I know.

Luckily I had a universal remote that had the skip fw programmed before I returned the older TWC remote (hacked) that I programmed it from. It wasn't until I got home that I found out the newer TWC remotes weren't hackable.

But I've worn out my univ remotes (not cheap ones mad.gif), and even after taking them apart and cleaning the contacts--it was a temporary solution, they seemed to be 'worn'.

What I can't imagine is new TWC customers (within the last year?) that have no way of skipping forward 15-30 seconds. Don't other Sat DVR boxes allow this---on their remote? Why would one stick with TWC when they handicap customers like this?
post #8725 of 8808
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Originally Posted by fleaman View Post

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Originally Posted by phildaant View Post

I am pretty sure TWC and other companies did this on purpose to force viewers to watch commercials, let people not hack their RCs, etc. frown.gif

Yeah, I know.

Luckily I had a universal remote that had the skip fw programmed before I returned the older TWC remote (hacked) that I programmed it from. It wasn't until I got home that I found out the newer TWC remotes weren't hackable.

But I've worn out my univ remotes (not cheap ones mad.gif), and even after taking them apart and cleaning the contacts--it was a temporary solution, they seemed to be 'worn'.

What I can't imagine is new TWC customers (within the last year?) that have no way of skipping forward 15-30 seconds. Don't other Sat DVR boxes allow this---on their remote? Why would one stick with TWC when they handicap customers like this?
Yeah, it sucks. frown.gif My parents had one of these unhackable TWC's RCs since summer of last year when they got TWC services with a Motorola DVR. I assume this RC came out years before that. One can still use fast forward (FF), but that sucks. Obviously, TWC's OnDemand can't be FF at all! frown.gif
post #8726 of 8808
Masta, that is one of the most useful posts I have seen. THANK YOU!
post #8727 of 8808
I mean, specifically, the post with the URLs for the new channel updates.
post #8728 of 8808
I noticed this morning that my cable box (I am in Huntington Beach) has new software. I now can choose SD or HD program guide.
Also, DVR compensation is back on the settings, but I have not tested it yet.
post #8729 of 8808
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Originally Posted by unclekirk View Post

I noticed this morning that my cable box (I am in Huntington Beach) has new software. I now can choose SD or HD program guide.
Also, DVR compensation is back on the settings, but I have not tested it yet.

What model DVR do you have?
post #8730 of 8808
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Originally Posted by fleaman View Post

What model DVR do you have?

Señor Flea, I have a Cisco Explorer 8642HDC.
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