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post #3631 of 3984
As of 2/1/11 the price for the "Talk N' Surf" Package is $87.95 a month. You then of course have to add in all the taxes and fees to that base price.
post #3632 of 3984
Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know. My reason for asking is that I'm thinking of going with Dish network. Several reasons; 1 - I believe I may be able to take a receiver with me when I'm gone on an RV trip. (I know I'll need another antenna) 2 - I think I saw that Dish offers Ch. 12 Binghamton for the Utica "local" CBS channel. That interests us as Buffalo Bills fans as Ch. 12 isn't subject to the black out rules as Ch. 5 Syracuse is. Perhaps that's why Dish offers Ch. 12 over Ch. 5, as a selling point.
post #3633 of 3984
Keep in mind that you may be able to negotiate a promo price. That is the normal price based on the current rate sheet. It always pays to call and see what they can do. I've been paying the promotional "All The Best" rate for like 5 years. It's kind of the one thing keeping me with Time Warner. I just haven't found a cost effective alternative yet.
post #3634 of 3984
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Originally Posted by kq2n View Post

I think I saw that Dish offers Ch. 12 Binghamton for the Utica "local" CBS channel. That interests us as Buffalo Bills fans as Ch. 12 isn't subject to the black out rules as Ch. 5 Syracuse is. Perhaps that's why Dish offers Ch. 12 over Ch. 5, as a selling point.

Just as an FYI, channel 12 in Binghamton showed quite a few Jets games instead of Bills games this past season. With the Jets getting better (and the Bills not) and with Jets training camp in nearby Cortland, there are getting to be more and more Jets fans in Binghamton and thus channel 12 may end up showing more Jets than Bills. Plus channel 12 will always show the 2 Giants games that end up on CBS, so that could also push 2 Bills games off of channel 12.

Actually channel 5 out of Syracuse is better since Syracuse is a secondary market for the Bills and have to show all the Bills road games and all home games not blacked out, whereas channel 12 doesn't have to show any Bills games if they didn't want to.
post #3635 of 3984
just noticed that directv has a new feature which allows you to watch videos from youtube on your tv from a dvr.

go to advanced search and enter a band name/description. tab to the end of the list that comes up and select the description that says youtube. the directv dvr would need to be connected to the internet to receive this option.
post #3636 of 3984
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Originally Posted by Rick0725 View Post

just noticed that directv has a new feature which allows you to watch videos from youtube on your tv from a dvr.

go to advanced search and enter a band name/description. tab to the end of the list that comes up and select the description that says youtube. the directv dvr would need to be connected to the internet to receive this option.

Wow, my Viera enabled TV could that 3 years ago. D* needs to concentrate on getting back in the HD game. They seem pre-occupied with adding VOD and PPV content while they still miss some core HD channels. On the flip side: They should also look at a reduced cost package like Dish (America) has as many people are "cord cutting" or looking to trim their packages to a more basic level. I wish Time Warner would offer some alternate options as well. It seems like they only have the All or Nothing package now.

Alot of people I talk to are looking to supplement a Netflix subscribtion with a base cable package, but no one besides Dish really has any options for that.
post #3637 of 3984
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Originally Posted by kq2n View Post

Thanks, that's exactly what I wanted to know. My reason for asking is that I'm thinking of going with Dish network. Several reasons; 1 - I believe I may be able to take a receiver with me when I'm gone on an RV trip. (I know I'll need another antenna) 2 - I think I saw that Dish offers Ch. 12 Binghamton for the Utica "local" CBS channel. That interests us as Buffalo Bills fans as Ch. 12 isn't subject to the black out rules as Ch. 5 Syracuse is. Perhaps that's why Dish offers Ch. 12 over Ch. 5, as a selling point.

Actual online listed price for Utica is $84.85 (less $9.95 if you want the 10 vs 15 Mbps) but for only $15 more you get the Digital Cable package also. TWC has a pick and choose package configurer(?) online for comparison purposes but as Ben says for the best prices you need to call.

Re traveling there is good news and bad. Dish dropped the landline phone requirement so it shouldn't matter. Even when it did I traveled with DirectTv in the mid 90's with no problem as they only required the line when ordering PPV. Bad news is the with local channels and HD added I've heard that the footprint your receiver is set for may be limited geographically. Best to find a DISH users group and get their input.

If you go Dish it may be wise to sign up with JK out of Rome. Same pricing but with local long term rep instead of generic Dish techs. Others here may have some insight on their service.

Keep us informed on what package you get.
post #3638 of 3984
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Originally Posted by kpk01 View Post

Re traveling there is good news and bad. Dish dropped the landline phone requirement so it shouldn't matter. Even when it did I traveled with DirectTv in the mid 90's with no problem as they only required the line when ordering PPV. Bad news is the with local channels and HD added I've heard that the footprint your receiver is set for may be limited geographically. Best to find a DISH users group and get their input.

Dish Network uses spotbeams much like Directv does for local service. As you suggested, leaving the geographic "area" will likely result in the loss of signal for local channels. It all depends on if you are within the footprint of the spotbeam for the reception of the signal.
post #3639 of 3984
Thanks for the input regarding my thinking of going DISH. The thought of being able to use it in the RV was a big plus, looks like that might not be true now. Need to look further into it. Again, thanks all.
post #3640 of 3984
Time Warner will add TruTV HD for the Syracuse game this week.

http://www.twcableuntangled.com/2011...gh-definition/
post #3641 of 3984
Also note that D* added TruTV HD just for the tournament on channel 246-1. All they're showing is the BB games on that channel, and then once TruTV is done with their portion of the games, the HD version will be removed, but it is supposedly going to be made permanent later this year.
post #3642 of 3984
http://www.uticaod.com/topstories/x4...Utica-and-Rome

UTICA Local television news broadcasts likely be will be coming to the region's ABC, FOX and MyNetworkTV stations by September.

Nextstar Broadcasting Group Inc. is committing $1 million for new equipment and the hiring of 12 employees to carry out the broadcasts, which will offer local stories, breaking news, sports and weather, said Stephen Merren, Nextstar vice president and general manager.

Merren made the announcement at a FOX 25th anniversary event Thursday night at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre that was attended by roughly 150 people.

We have a chance to build something from the ground up that is very relevant, Merren said. I've had an awful lot of folks ask me when we're going to offer competitive news in the market.

Nextstar owns WFXV and WPNY the local FOX and MyNetworkTV stations, respectively and provides services through an outsourcing agreement to WUTR, which is licensed to Mission Broadcasting.

WUTR featured a local news broadcast from 1970 to 2003, but then-owner Clear Channel Television Northeast shut it down because of budgetary concerns, Merren said.

Nonetheless, Merren expressed confidence the region could support more local news broadcasts

I've got the resources of a large company behind me, and we'll put on a quality newscast, said Merren, who served as vice president and general manager of WKTV from 1992 to 2004.

Currently, WKTV has the only broadcast focused solely on Utica and Rome, while YNN also covers news in Central New York.

The new broadcasts will include a 6 p.m. broadcast on WUTR and a rebroadcast of that news at 7 p.m. on WPNY. New broadcasts will be carried out at 10 p.m. on FOX and 11 p.m. on WUTR. The broadcasts will be 30 or 35 minutes long.

There will be two separate news teams, one for WUTR and one for FOX, Merren said. The FOX news will seek out a younger audience and be a little more fast-paced, he said.

In addition to the television broadcasts, Merren said there will be an emphasis on social media applications. The website covering all three stations is cnyhomepage.com.

One local official at the Thursday event welcomed the news.

Any additional media outlet is a positive for this region, Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said. Spreading information and news to the community is very important.
post #3643 of 3984
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Originally Posted by smiles233 View Post

http://www.uticaod.com/topstories/x4...Utica-and-Rome

UTICA — Local television news broadcasts likely be will be coming to the region’s ABC, FOX and MyNetworkTV stations by September.

Nextstar Broadcasting Group Inc. is committing $1 million for new equipment and the hiring of 12 employees to carry out the broadcasts, which will offer local stories, breaking news, sports and weather, said Stephen Merren, Nextstar vice president and general manager.

Merren made the announcement at a FOX 25th anniversary event Thursday night at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre that was attended by roughly 150 people.

“We have a chance to build something from the ground up that is very relevant,” Merren said. “I’ve had an awful lot of folks ask me when we’re going to offer competitive news in the market.”

Nextstar owns WFXV and WPNY — the local FOX and MyNetworkTV stations, respectively — and provides services through an outsourcing agreement to WUTR, which is licensed to Mission Broadcasting.

WUTR featured a local news broadcast from 1970 to 2003, but then-owner Clear Channel Television Northeast shut it down because of budgetary concerns, Merren said.

Nonetheless, Merren expressed confidence the region could support more local news broadcasts

“I’ve got the resources of a large company behind me, and we’ll put on a quality newscast,” said Merren, who served as vice president and general manager of WKTV from 1992 to 2004.

Currently, WKTV has the only broadcast focused solely on Utica and Rome, while YNN also covers news in Central New York.

The new broadcasts will include a 6 p.m. broadcast on WUTR and a rebroadcast of that news at 7 p.m. on WPNY. New broadcasts will be carried out at 10 p.m. on FOX and 11 p.m. on WUTR. The broadcasts will be 30 or 35 minutes long.

There will be two separate news teams, one for WUTR and one for FOX, Merren said. The FOX news will seek out a younger audience and be a “little more fast-paced,” he said.

In addition to the television broadcasts, Merren said there will be an emphasis on social media applications. The website covering all three stations is cnyhomepage.com.

One local official at the Thursday event welcomed the news.

“Any additional media outlet is a positive for this region,” Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente said. “Spreading information and news to the community is very important.”

This is great news! Finally a fully local alternative to WKTV. If Merren really wants to shake things up and slap WKTV around, he should look at doing the news in HD.

http://cnyhomepage.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=52216
post #3644 of 3984
I see WSTM is going to show the Yankees game on Tuesday night April 12. That's fine with me since I'm a Yankees fan, but my wife is upset since they are preempting The Biggest Loser. Being new here, is this something WSTM does every season? I'm used to some Yankees games being on the local My Network affiliate.

Also, will they ever show the preempted Biggest Loser? Thanks.
post #3645 of 3984
maybe they will re run it on sat night
post #3646 of 3984
was there an update pushed the other day on TW?
my box powered up to channel 1, ever since then my guide and what not are slow as hell, have hard booted a couple times.

not to mention the copious amount of 'channel not available' past week or two...
post #3647 of 3984
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Originally Posted by hikouka View Post

was there an update pushed the other day on TW?
my box powered up to channel 1, ever since then my guide and what not are slow as hell, have hard booted a couple times.

not to mention the copious amount of 'channel not available' past week or two...

I'll check, but I have not noticed any difference in performance. It's still as slow as it's always been. I did notice the boot to default channel as you did, but mine was a few days ago and at that time it was still 4.0.2_4.
post #3648 of 3984
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Originally Posted by Indiana627 View Post

I see WSTM is going to show the Yankees game on Tuesday night April 12. That's fine with me since I'm a Yankees fan, but my wife is upset since they are preempting The Biggest Loser. Being new here, is this something WSTM does every season? I'm used to some Yankees games being on the local My Network affiliate.

Also, will they ever show the preempted Biggest Loser? Thanks.

The Yankees games do conflict with popular NBC and CW shows. In those cases, the pre-empted show(s) get recorded for playback at a later time, often at 8pm Saturday on WSTQ "CW6".
post #3649 of 3984
Thanks for the info.
post #3650 of 3984
New network coming! Anyone know which channel will carry it?
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110406/...v/us_bounce_tv
post #3651 of 3984
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Originally Posted by MrTV3 View Post

The Yankees games do conflict with popular NBC and CW shows. In those cases, the pre-empted show(s) get recorded for playback at a later time, often at 8pm Saturday on WSTQ "CW6".

Another suggestion, if you are a Cable subscriber and live in an area in which this is possible, is to try another NBC affiliate. I live in Oneida, we receive WSTM of Syracuse and WKTV of Utica. WKTV is airing the NBC primetime programming tonight, however the channel is not available in HD here (we get WSTM HD). I hope this helps (if it's possible, some areas I know don't have 2 affiliates of 1 network, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for you)
post #3652 of 3984
This year i left time warner phone and got nettalk voip. Its decent. its like majicjack but it does not require a computer on all the time . It plugs into your router. i also went with netflix and cable basic tv. i wish time warner offered more tv packages instead of just basic or digital.
post #3653 of 3984
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Originally Posted by smiles233
This year i left time warner phone and got nettalk voip. Its decent. its like majicjack but it does not require a computer on all the time . It plugs into your router. i also went with netflix and cable basic tv. i wish time warner offered more tv packages instead of just basic or digital.
Agreed. I would cut a lot of channels if TWC offered a range of packages similar to Dish. However, as it stands it would still cost more for less in my house with sat.
post #3654 of 3984
Anyone know what's happening with WSTM OTA? I thought it was the storm last night, but I'm still seeing pixelation this morning with a signal strength of 71-73.
post #3655 of 3984
Well, I asked them on twitter & the problem has been fixed

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Originally Posted by Sasafrass452 View Post

Anyone know what's happening with WSTM OTA? I thought it was the storm last night, but I'm still seeing pixelation this morning with a signal strength of 71-73.
post #3656 of 3984
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Originally Posted by Sasafrass452 View Post

Anyone know what's happening with WSTM OTA? I thought it was the storm last night, but I'm still seeing pixelation this morning with a signal strength of 71-73.

The microwave STL needed a reset. We got quite a few calls, e-mails, and as noted in the previous message, one tweet.

By the way, you can reach me the quickest by emailing mrtv3@cnycentral.com
post #3657 of 3984
Did we get a software update for TW cable boxes recently in Syracuse? I came back from vacation and the interface seems a little different. Also, my wife is having playback issues this afternoon (black screen on recorded shows).
post #3658 of 3984
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Originally Posted by drdec View Post
Did we get a software update for TW cable boxes recently in Syracuse? I came back from vacation and the interface seems a little different. Also, my wife is having playback issues this afternoon (black screen on recorded shows).
Yes, I talked about it in the Navigator thread HERE.

It appears to be a minor update with some enhancements. Try a hard reboot to see if your playback issues go away. I haven't had any playback issues yet, but I have had to do reboots before when updates were downloaded.
post #3659 of 3984
I noticed the weather is no longer shown on ch 3.3(OTA). Is this a permanent change? What's going to happen to WTVH?
post #3660 of 3984
Could always check WTVH's website. http://www.cnycentral.com/news/story.aspx?id=615156

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