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post #601 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Addicted2HD4Now View Post

Do you guys actually get all the channels you mentioned? If so, !

Yes, all the channels we get are listed in the first post of this thread. We do get quite a bit of HD channels which is surprising for people who are familiar with Tele-Media's past.

Hopefully a couple more will be added with the aquisition by Comcast.
post #602 of 2757
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Originally Posted by harlenm View Post

Plus Fox, and ABC soon to come.

703 WFSB - CBS 3 HD
708 For future HD use.
730 WVIT - NBC 30 HD
750 HBO HD
751 Showtime HD
752 STARZ! HD
753 Cinemax HD
770 HD Net
771 HD Movies
772 ESPN HD
774 iNHD
775 iNHD2
776 Discovery HD
777 NFL Network HD
778 ESPN2 HD

We actually do already get Fox on 718, just waiting for ABC. Oh, and we also get PBS on 724. That list you got from Tele-Media's website is ancient, they seem to update their website maybe once a year or so.
post #603 of 2757
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Originally Posted by BillN96 View Post

Yes, all the channels we get are listed in the first post of this thread. We do get quite a bit of HD channels which is surprising for people who are familiar with Tele-Media's past.

Hopefully a couple more will be added with the aquisition by Comcast.

Sorry for the stupid question, I didn't think to look at the first page for the listing.

As for hoping for more when Comcast takes over, I wouldn't hold my breath. You already have more than we do except for ABC and WB.

We don't get either HD Net, NFL HD or ESPN2 HD. New Haven gets or is getting TNT HD, but haven't heard or seen anything about any other Comcast CT area having or getting it.
post #604 of 2757
I just spoke to Ray Cenicola because I was interested in finding out if there was any certainty as to when WABC-DT would be on Tele-Media. He said that they are currently waiting on a piece of equipment from a vendor, but once it is in they will get it up and running ASAP. He said they'd have a better idea of when it would be come next week.

He also mentioned something interesting, in that the new equipment that they've purchased for WNYW and WABC will not be used anymore in a few months, because Comcast is coming in and changing over Tele-Media's current way of delivering locals in HD. He says it has to do with a new way that Comcast is going to be transmitting HD locals throughout the state. I asked him if this, coupled with the re-trans renewal in December would mean we would lose WNYW and WABC, and get WTIC and WTNH instead, and he said it's very likely.

That's about it, but it was a very informative conversation.
post #605 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Addicted2HD4Now View Post

Sorry for the stupid question, I didn't think to look at the first page for the listing.

As for hoping for more when Comcast takes over, I wouldn't hold my breath. You already have more than we do except for ABC and WB.

We don't get either HD Net, NFL HD or ESPN2 HD. New Haven gets or is getting TNT HD, but haven't heard or seen anything about any other Comcast CT area having or getting it.

I've been told by some people near the situation that we would likely not lose any channels that we currently have that Comcast doesn't currently offer, i.e. ESPN2HD, NFLHD, but could only gain channels from Comcast taking over, i.e. NESN HD, YES HD, TNT HD.
post #606 of 2757
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Originally Posted by PaulieORF View Post

I've been told by some people near the situation that we would likely not lose any channels that we currently have that Comcast doesn't currently offer, i.e. ESPN2HD, NFLHD, but could only gain channels from Comcast taking over, i.e. NESN HD, YES HD, TNT HD.

I didn't mean to suggest that you'd lose anything, just that you wouldn't gain anything of any significance.

Do you know if the contracts that Comcast would then own would apply to all of CT or just to the Tele-media area they're taking over? What I mean is, is there any chance at all that the rest of Comcast CT areas would gain ESPN2, HD Net, HD Net Movies, NFL HD, etc. from the merger?

My contact at Comcast Executive Customer Care has stated many times that their HD is delivered on a state-wide platform and that it is/will be uniformly delivered. That would not be the case if the Tele-media area continues to receive those channels mentioned and the rest of the Comcast areas do not.
post #607 of 2757
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I am excited to here that Comcast is starting to make changes to Tele-Media. Do you think that since we get the analog channels to both local markets that we would keep WNYW (718) and WABC (707) and in addition get WTIC (706) and WTNH (708)? Since they already have the contracts and equipment in place you might as well just leave them up. (I know that is easy for me to say and that it probably won't happen but I can dream.) ABC would be really nice to have back.

As far as new Comcast HD channels, don't forget about the new Mets channel SportsNet NY which is Comcast owned and WB-HD which is on most Comcast systems in addition to NESN-HD, YES-HD, and TNT-HD.
post #608 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Addicted2HD4Now View Post

Do you know if the contracts that Comcast would then own would apply to all of CT or just to the Tele-media area they're taking over? What I mean is, is there any chance at all that the rest of Comcast CT areas would gain ESPN2, HD Net, HD Net Movies, NFL HD, etc. from the merger?

From the press releases and the people that we have talked to, those channels should be avalible to the rest of the state after the merger. The only issue will be if some of the older Comcast systems would be able to handle that many HD channels before they upgrade. Also, I would not expect these changes to happen overnight. Figure "sometime in 2006".
post #609 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Addicted2HD4Now View Post

I didn't mean to suggest that you'd lose anything, just that you wouldn't gain anything of any significance.

Do you know if the contracts that Comcast would then own would apply to all of CT or just to the Tele-media area they're taking over? What I mean is, is there any chance at all that the rest of Comcast CT areas would gain ESPN2, HD Net, HD Net Movies, NFL HD, etc. from the merger?

My contact at Comcast Executive Customer Care has stated many times that their HD is delivered on a state-wide platform and that it is/will be uniformly delivered. That would not be the case if the Tele-media area continues to receive those channels mentioned and the rest of the Comcast areas do not.

I have heard similar things to what Bill has heard. The reason why Comcast doesn't have the HDNets and ESPN2HD is monetary. Once the sale is final, Comcast will have a much larger customer base, thus making the addition of new channels less expensive. I believe what will happen is that the deals that Adelphia already has will remain in place until new deals for the entirety of the "New Comacst" and the old Comcast areas are worked out. And Bill also made an excellent point in that not all Comcast systems are on par with what Tele-Media has technology-wise, not to mention what other Cocmast systems have.
post #610 of 2757
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Originally Posted by BillN96 View Post

As far as new Comcast HD channels, don't forget about the new Mets channel SportsNet NY which is Comcast owned and WB-HD which is on most Comcast systems in addition to NESN-HD, YES-HD, and TNT-HD.

Bill,

Keep in mind that not all of CT has NESN. Everyone except for the Danbury system does, I believe. Danbury has YES HD instead. The rest of CT gets YES HD games when they're available and NESN isn't broadcasting in HD. It could be the reverse in your area since you're closer to NY, if you get NESN HD at all. Or maybe by next season everyone has both, who knows what will happen.

Again, TNT-HD isn't available to anyone on Comcast in CT at the moment except for New Haven who has it or is getting it soon.

Anyway, I guess we'll see what happens. I know the changes won't happen overnight, nothing ever does with Comcast. My area is 750 mhz currently, and with all the reconfiguring of the lineups and QAM 256 in place, I would guess we have room for more HD. But maybe not.

-Scott
post #611 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Addicted2HD4Now View Post

Bill,

Keep in mind that not all of CT has NESN. Everyone except for the Danbury system does, I believe. Danbury has YES HD instead. The rest of CT gets YES HD games when they're available and NESN isn't broadcasting in HD. It could be the reverse in your area since you're closer to NY, if you get NESN HD at all. Or maybe by next season everyone has both, who knows what will happen.

Again, TNT-HD isn't available to anyone on Comcast in CT at the moment except for New Haven who has it or is getting it soon.

Anyway, I guess we'll see what happens. I know the changes won't happen overnight, nothing ever does with Comcast. My area is 750 mhz currently, and with all the reconfiguring of the lineups and QAM 256 in place, I would guess we have room for more HD. But maybe not.

-Scott

I believe that the reason that the Comcast areas that get YES HD games only when NESN doesn't hav ea game is because of a lack of bandwidth. If you look around, you'll see that cable systems that have newer headends and more bandwidth (860mhz like Tele-Media) carry regional sports networks on dedicated channels. For example, Adelphia in Norwich has NESN HD on it's own channel, 773, as opposed to Comcast throughout CT where NESN HD broadcasts preempt INHD. Also, take a look at Cablevision in Litchfield where they get MSG HD, YES HD, and NESN HD, all on independent channels. I think that before next baseball season starts, you'll see Comcast give YES HD and NESN HD their own channels, depending on the bandwidth on each system.

As far as NESN being offered or not, it is offered on every cable system in the Boston broadcast territory, with the exception of the Waterbury-Naugatuck area. This is because Adelphia doesn't have a big customer base in New England, and adding NESN here would cost a lot. But now that we will be part of Comcast, I've been told that they will almost surely add it. As a matter of fact, the director of Marketing for the Northeast Region of Adelphia has told me that when he meets with the Comcast people, the first thing he's going to tell them they need to do is add NESN. Afterall, the way it will work out is it will cost every CT Comcast subscriber half a penny more a month for Comcast to add NESN in the Waterbury and Naugatuck Valley area.

Like you said, we'll have to wait and see what happens. No one knows exactly when it will all start, or in what order.
post #612 of 2757
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Originally Posted by BillN96 View Post

I am excited to here that Comcast is starting to make changes to Tele-Media. Do you think that since we get the analog channels to both local markets that we would keep WNYW (718) and WABC (707) and in addition get WTIC (706) and WTNH (708)? Since they already have the contracts and equipment in place you might as well just leave them up. (I know that is easy for me to say and that it probably won't happen but I can dream.) ABC would be really nice to have back.

As far as new Comcast HD channels, don't forget about the new Mets channel SportsNet NY which is Comcast owned and WB-HD which is on most Comcast systems in addition to NESN-HD, YES-HD, and TNT-HD.

Sorry Bill, I forgot to respond to this one.

There is small chance that we'll still have WABC-DT and WNYW-DT when Comcast comes in, and there is an even smaller chance that we'll still have them around after Comcast gets in here. However, I do believe it's feasible to think that once they either switch to MPEG-4, or get rid of all analog channels, that we'll see not only all of our CT locals in HD, but all of the NY locals (at least ones that Comcast will have access to) in HD as well because there will be so much bandwidth avaialable. But I don't see that happening for quite some time. Although good news on this front would be that I hear that Comcast is pushing to have all its systems on an All Digital Simulcast by the end of next year.
post #613 of 2757
Can somebody PM me when the apparent buyout by Comcast occurs? I'd like to keep the first post of this thread up-to-date with current info (as it is now) - however after the buyout, I'd like this thread to become the Hartford, CT - Comcast thread which means the first post will need to include info for both the existing Comcast areas and the areas that were previously Telemedia - assuming they don't standardize equipment and programming (for your sake, let's hope not).

BillN96 - can you handle that? PM me if you want an additional post or 2 added to the beginning of the thread that you can edit - if you need them.
post #614 of 2757
Paulie,
Got word from CPTV they are going to try to get the national PBS-HD feed going in the
evenings this week, could be tonight !
They also said they are only going th have the last girls basketball game in HD, I
think it's the senior game.
post #615 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Cable70 View Post

Paulie,
Got word from CPTV they are going to try to get the national PBS-HD feed going in the
evenings this week, could be tonight !
They also said they are only going th have the last girls basketball game in HD, I
think it's the senior game.

That's great to hear. Do you know if this evening thing is a short-term thing, or is it permanent? Do they ever plan on broadcasting the PBS-HD feed 24x7 like WGBH in Boston dose? Thanks!
post #616 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Cable70 View Post

Got word from CPTV they are going to try to get the national PBS-HD feed going in the evenings this week, could be tonight !
They also said they are only going th have the last girls basketball game in HD, I
think it's the senior game.

This is good news. Thank you Cable70. I was not very optimistic that this was going to get done any time soon because of all the rain and high winds. Also, Harriet gave us a "might" on HD for the Senior Game but it sounds like the engineers are a little more optimistic. Sounds good to me.

CPTV finally broadcasting HD and we should find out about when the equipment will be arriving to start broadcasting WABC in HD this week. The high definition ball keeps on rolling at Tele-Media.
post #617 of 2757
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Originally Posted by PaulieORF View Post

That's great to hear. Do you know if this evening thing is a short-term thing, or is it permanent? Do they ever plan on broadcasting the PBS-HD feed 24x7 like WGBH in Boston dose? Thanks!

I did ask that same question and they said no to multicasting like WGBH, they are
trying to make 1 broadcast similar to what they have now but full time HD. So the
switching from CPTV to PBS-HD sounded permanent.
I used WGBH as an example since I use that SD digi feed now for a different channel on the system and switched to WGBH-HD temp. so I would have an HD feed on the system instead of a duplicate full time SD CPTV feed.
post #618 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Cable70 View Post

I did ask that same question and they said no to multicasting like WGBH, they are
trying to make 1 broadcast similar to what they have now but full time HD. So the
switching from CPTV to PBS-HD sounded permanent.
I used WGBH as an example since I use that SD digi feed now for a different channel on the system and switched to WGBH-HD temp. so I would have an HD feed on the system instead of a duplicate full time SD CPTV feed.

I just don't understand why they don't want to transmit the PBS-HD broadcast all the time. The whole evenings only thing is very weird.
post #619 of 2757
From what I got from them they only want to run the 1 stream in the broadcast
to run it at the full boat 18mgbts.
And they are looking in to a fiber interconnect to the cable headends but I don't
see that being feesable.
The should look into fiber from hartford to the Bozrah 53&45 transmitter to replace
the micowave feed.
The national PBSHD has some great programing and I hope they keep it at
least that way.
This is much better than full time CPTV in my book!...lol
Every once in a great while I can get the Boston stations at my house but
that isn't very reliable .
WBSE in RI only transmits at 50kW so no chance of getting then so I hope
they at least keep the evenings !
post #620 of 2757
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Originally Posted by Cable70 View Post

From what I got from them they only want to run the 1 stream in the broadcast
to run it at the full boat 18mgbts.
And they are looking in to a fiber interconnect to the cable headends but I don't
see that being feesable.
The should look into fiber from hartford to the Bozrah 53&45 transmitter to replace
the micowave feed.
The national PBSHD has some great programing and I hope they keep it at
least that way.
This is much better than full time CPTV in my book!...lol
Every once in a great while I can get the Boston stations at my house but
that isn't very reliable .
WBSE in RI only transmits at 50kW so no chance of getting then so I hope
they at least keep the evenings !

Do you know if this applies only to WEDN, or will it also apply to WEDH (whenever they get up and running) ?

I just don't understand why they wouldn't broadcast HDTV content all the time. I mean, why can't they boadcast PBS-HD all the time, with an exception for when CPTV is doing a local HD program such as a Women Huskies game?

I hope that when WEDH-DT goes live they will do like WGBH does.
post #621 of 2757
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Originally Posted by PaulieORF View Post

I mean, why can't they boadcast PBS-HD all the time, with an exception for when CPTV is doing a local HD program such as a Women Huskies game?

Exactly. I think that would be the best solution for the HD channel. To show HD content.
post #622 of 2757
All the programing for WEDH including DT is microwaved from hartford and the analog 24
and 53 are identical so it will probably be the same.
For them to run PBS-HD full time they would have to run 2 streams cause there are laws
for minimal amounts of programing such as childrens educational programing that have to
be met.
CPTV during the days do that for them, I would much rather them stay on 24 hrs instead of
signing off at midnight. That bothers me more than the CPTV kids.
The PBS-HD programing during the day looks to me like it is a bunch of repeats anyways.
When I luanched the first round of HD's at Adelphia Norwich we put on WGBH-HD cause they were the only HD except that LIN TV station WTNH. It was nothing but scenery from around the US all day. Was cool to watch for a while !
They were talking about it all being HD even CPTV, not upconverted.
This years ball games aren't going to be HD except for the last senior game from what
he told me, I don't know about next year.
post #623 of 2757
CPTV HD, 724 on Tele-Media, is broadcasting PBS-HD this morning! Let's see how long this lasts.
post #624 of 2757
Yea I see that , you have an audio/video separation?
post #625 of 2757
I'll have to check it out in a bit.
post #626 of 2757
Don't worry I had to reboot my receiver wich I hate doing cause it recieves 4 HD channels
and they all go out on the system.
It didn't like the shift they did I guess.
Thanks anyways Paul !!!!!!
post #627 of 2757
They are doing some testing, CPTV is back on.
post #628 of 2757
Thread Starter 
I tuned in at 6:50pm and PBS-HD in is on the air. I would like to see the program guide be updated to show the PBS-HD schedule when it is on. I am looking forward to the next SoundStage: Dave Matthews Band on Nov 24th.
post #629 of 2757
My guide wasn't updated with the HD info till about a month ago so maby soon.
post #630 of 2757
Adelphia was preparing to launch VoIP telephone service this quarter, including the Tele-Media service area. Because of the impending sale to Comcast and Time Warner, they have scrapped the project. But, if you were looking forward to that service, it should be launched for us sometime next year, as Comcast is having a nation-wide rollout of the service shortly.
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