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post #14311 of 14496
On a different subject, is KGO ever going to fix that blurring problem? Man, it looks bad when it does that.
post #14312 of 14496
Really, what cheap bastards. I had to switch to KABC feed.

Last night and this morning, the KGO-HD feed on MPEG4 had some ghosting/halo problems. No such problem on the Comcast feed or the KABC feed.

But yeah for sports, I have to watch KABC instead of KGO.
post #14313 of 14496
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Originally Posted by fender4645 View Post

I didn't have the time/patience to try and diagnose at the time.

This is the reason that PC tuner cards are a niche market, not that they can't/don't "keep up" with STB solutions.
post #14314 of 14496
Isn't Media Center Edition suppose to support CableCard and Direct TV at some point?

And supposedly, these must be prebuilt PCs to protect the DRM, not something which you can build yourself and install MCE.
post #14315 of 14496
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Isn't Media Center Edition suppose to support CableCard and Direct TV at some point?

And supposedly, these must be prebuilt PCs to protect the DRM, not something which you can build yourself and install MCE.


Yes and Yes.

And my homebuilt MCE machine is essentially a library of ripped DVDs, a photo album and mp3 jukebox. I'm about to rip out one of it's two WinTV cards so I can put in a controller card to bring the HDD count up to 7.
post #14316 of 14496
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Originally Posted by Barovelli View Post

And my homebuilt MCE machine is essentially a library of ripped DVDs, a photo album and mp3 jukebox. I'm about to rip out one of it's two WinTV cards so I can put in a controller card to bring the HDD count up to 7.

Sounds like you should try to convince your employer to replace the motorola boxes with your MCE setup and offer that to customers as the next generation STB
post #14317 of 14496
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post


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My best uneducated guess is that there is something with the Nvidia/hardware/software that's just not up to snuff preventing a clean image from being displayed.

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Also having a heck of a time with video stuttering with 1080i material with Sage, 720p is fine, but it doesn't have anything to do with the 2 hardware sources, it's something, again, with Sage and/or the playback software.

Anyway, assuming you'll be able to compare the Sage cable output to a direct cable output, I'm curious what your thoughts will be on the PQ, currently, I'm not all that happy with it. I'm very happy with how everything works with the setup, but it's missing that last, most important piece, how it looks on screen.

BTW, are you the same MikeSM that posts at Sage?


Yes, I am the same MikeSM at the Sage list.

It took a lot of time before I got a really good HD output on my Sony SXRD. This so far has been with MCE. I have a 7900GTO as my video card - overkill, but with Purevideo, it seems to work really well. And pretty quiet as well. It's connected to the display with HDMI, and at 1080p. I had all kinds of problems with my earlier rig, because of codecs and such, and found that my 6600GT wasn't fast enough to do 1080p natively.

I am a big fan of nvidia and purevideo, but boy what a PITA it was to get set right. Audio was actually more a problem than video, but with the new Realtek 882D on my motherboard, things are so much easier. MCE had a lot fewer options than Sage, but in some ways it was easier. With the right hardware, it seems to be easier.

Thanks,
Mike
post #14318 of 14496
What's the holdup in getting KBCW in HD? Some kind of spitting match between Comcast and Time Warner? My son wants Smallville and I do hate to watch anything in low def. Has Comcast ever suggested when this is going to happen? Heaven knows they could dump the waste of bandwidth that is the KRON HD loop in favor of something with actual programming . . . even if a lot of the programming is pretty weak.
post #14319 of 14496
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Originally Posted by Tom Koegel View Post

What's the holdup in getting KBCW in HD? Some kind of spitting match between Comcast and Time Warner? My son wants Smallville and I do hate to watch anything in low def. Has Comcast ever suggested when this is going to happen? Heaven knows they could dump the waste of bandwidth that is the KRON HD loop in favor of something with actual programming . . . even if a lot of the programming is pretty weak.

i too have avoided watching CW since i got my HD programming two years ago. recently i did add an indoor antenna with the sole purpose of getting CW. even though they only have 2 hours of HD programming a night, there are some gems in there; everyone hates chris, veronica mars, smallville, supernatural are all kinda neat to check out in HD. no 5.1 though??
post #14320 of 14496
It seems that for the last few weeks most of my HD seems to be very soft.

Last night I watched NCIS on KPIX 5 (first time) and the pic was well, average. I have Comcast and the 6412 S3 box. It's not just KPIX. Most of the locals look soft. I have made no connection or TV adjustment settings.

Any one else notice this?

Matt
post #14321 of 14496
Have you been to the optometrist lately?
post #14322 of 14496
Quick question for those of us with the TiVo S3 and CableCards - I vaguely remember that at some point Comcast, or an outside firm contracted by Comcast, was going to call us up to "pair" the CableCards with our TiVo host. Should this have happened by now? I haven't had such a call, and my TiVo continues to work... just curious I guess.
post #14323 of 14496
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Originally Posted by Poochie View Post

Quick question for those of us with the TiVo S3 and CableCards - I vaguely remember that at some point Comcast, or an outside firm contracted by Comcast, was going to call us up to "pair" the CableCards with our TiVo host. Should this have happened by now? I haven't had such a call, and my TiVo continues to work... just curious I guess.

It should be happening soon, their deadline is Feb. You could give them a call at this direct number 866-612-0584. I have the number because for some reason the computer system would not take my numbers and we went back and forth about 4 times before it worked.
post #14324 of 14496
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Originally Posted by Menzo View Post

Is anyone else having a problem with their favorites starting yesterday?

No HD channels will now show up in my favorites list, and when I try to create a new favorites list, it won't even select!

And it's not like the HD channels just got whiped from the list - they're still on the favorites list, they just don't show.

Comcast says this is the first they've heard of it.

Same problem here. Last night the HD channels disappeared from the guide listing entirely, but I tuned to 702 and they they showed up again. I'll try pulling the plug tonight.
post #14325 of 14496
I'm in Fremont and am experiencing severe distortion, pixelization, and a freezing picture on all channels. This is happening on both hi-def sets in my house. Anyone else seeing this?

No "King of Queens" for me tonight.
post #14326 of 14496
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Originally Posted by Rando235 View Post

I'm in Fremont and am experiencing severe distortion, pixelization, and a freezing picture on all channels. This is happening on both hi-def sets in my house. Anyone else seeing this?

No "King of Queens" for me tonight.

I'm seeing something similar. On my TV the Irish seem to be getting their butts kicked -- I hope it's just my TV and not a widespread problem.
post #14327 of 14496
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Originally Posted by fender4645 View Post

I'm seeing something similar. On my TV the Irish seem to be getting their butts kicked -- I hope it's just my TV and not a widespread problem.

Alas, as ND class of 1983, I sadly must report that the distortion appears to extend up to Mill Valley too. It looked so bad that it appeared that the Irish just lost their ninth bowl game in a row. The distortion was not sufficient, unfortunately, to make Charlie Weis look thin . . .
post #14328 of 14496
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Originally Posted by twnpks05 View Post

It seems that for the last few weeks most of my HD seems to be very soft.

Last night I watched NCIS on KPIX 5 (first time) and the pic was well, average. I have Comcast and the 6412 S3 box. It's not just KPIX. Most of the locals look soft. I have made no connection or TV adjustment settings.

Any one else notice this?

Matt

Not only does HD look "soft", but all my SD channels that have now been converted to ADS have mpeg artifacts, and dropouts. Seems like PQ that was always a highpoint for COMCAST is slipping. But when I go direct from cable to QAM tuner the PQ is better (minus the known problems like ABCHD and TNTHD focus/defocus, etc.

On another note I tried to get a phone number to call to find out when AT&T U-Verse would be available in my area. Web site says NOT NOW, but anybody know how to find out WHEN?
post #14329 of 14496
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Originally Posted by RBurks View Post

Not only does HD look "soft", but all my SD channels that have now been converted to ADS have mpeg artifacts, and dropouts. Seems like PQ that was always a highpoint for COMCAST is slipping. But when I go direct from cable to QAM tuner the PQ is better (minus the known problems like ABCHD and TNTHD focus/defocus, etc.

WOW...I felt the same way. I am using QAM on a smaller LCD TV so I wasn't sure if I would comment, but the PQ was much sharper than from the Comcast HD box on a 50" plasma. I was flipping channels awhile back when "Finding Nemo" came on ABC. I ran down to my QAM LCD TV and couldn't believe how much better it looked so I watched it there instead.
post #14330 of 14496
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Originally Posted by Rando235 View Post

I'm in Fremont and am experiencing severe distortion, pixelization, and a freezing picture on all channels. This is happening on both hi-def sets in my house. Anyone else seeing this?

No "King of Queens" for me tonight.

I only saw it on Friday Night Lights, but it was really bad. As bad as the pixelization was, the choppy audio was even worse since you couldn't follow the dialogue.
post #14331 of 14496
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Originally Posted by Rando235 View Post

I'm in Fremont and am experiencing severe distortion, pixelization, and a freezing picture on all channels. This is happening on both hi-def sets in my house. Anyone else seeing this?

I'm in Benicia, and on Tuesday night, I had pretty much a total dropout (no audio, and pretty much random images on video) of KGO-HD during the ABC news at 5:30 (which, I assume, was in HD), but everything was fine when KGO's own news (in SD) started at 6:00.

-- Don
post #14332 of 14496
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Originally Posted by Derek87 View Post

i've done this before and no, there is not other charge for the box. the $5 gets you the box and you'd get Fox,NBC,KRON,CBS,ABC, and KQED in hi-def.

a very good deal.

(i'm now doing this + $9.95 for Digital classic which gets me the addition HD channels of FSNHD, ESPN, ESPN2, INHD, Discovery Home Theater, TNT, MTV, UHD for a grand total of around $32 in Santa clara)

Let me get this straight. I can downgrade to Limited Basic, plus Digital Classic for only $9.95 more? (Plus, I assume, another $10 for the HD DVR?) and all I will lose are the old "B" analog channels? (Maybe less, depending on their filter)

This sounds like a very smart way to go, from a value standpoint. But, I thought the Digital Classic tier was much more expensive. I also thought it required the Expanded Basic package.
post #14333 of 14496
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Originally Posted by garypen View Post

This sounds like a very smart way to go, from a value standpoint. But, I thought the Digital Classic tier was much more expensive. I also thought it required the Expanded Basic package.

Whether you can get digital classic without expanded basic is YMMV. My local Comcast office said no, but two different phone reps said yes.
post #14334 of 14496
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Originally Posted by garypen View Post

Let me get this straight. I can downgrade to Limited Basic, plus Digital Classic for only $9.95 more? (Plus, I assume, another $10 for the HD DVR?) and all I will lose are the old "B" analog channels? (Maybe less, depending on their filter)

This sounds like a very smart way to go, from a value standpoint. But, I thought the Digital Classic tier was much more expensive. I also thought it required the Expanded Basic package.

To get the Comcast DVR Expanded Basic is required.
post #14335 of 14496
That's too bad. I need the DVR. I couldn't imagine TV without it. So, I guess I'll be keeping Expanded Basic.

Also, I originally thought that Digital Classic tier price of $9.95 seemed low. But, looking at my bill, I see that the Digital Silver package that I have, which includes Digital Classic, Digital Plus, and HBO is $30. So, the $9.95 for Classic seems about right.
post #14336 of 14496
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Originally Posted by garypen View Post

That's too bad. I need the DVR. I couldn't imagine TV without it. So, I guess I'll be keeping Expanded Basic.

Alternatively, the expanded basic monthly fees can be used to get a TiVo S3.
post #14337 of 14496
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Originally Posted by c3 View Post

Alternatively, the expanded basic monthly fees can be used to get a TiVo S3.

Is Comcast still charging for the cablecards?
post #14338 of 14496
$1.50 for two CableCards.
post #14339 of 14496
Really? That's great. What happened to $6.95 each? It makes the S3 a viable alternative.
post #14340 of 14496
Really? That's great. What happened to $6.95 each? It makes the S3 a viable alternative. OTOH, they charge like $12.95/month or something, right?
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