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post #2881 of 14496
So what was up with KPIXD last night? During the CSI:NY slot it kept saying "Channel will be available shortly" except it never did come back on. I believe it was still out at newstime.
post #2882 of 14496
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Originally posted by Brian Conrad
So what was up with KPIXD last night? During the CSI:NY slot it kept saying "Channel will be available shortly" except it never did come back on. I believe it was still out at newstime.

See these postings starting here,

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...92#post4675392
San Francisco, CA - OTA - AVS Forum
post #2883 of 14496
Quote:


Originally posted by Brian Conrad
So what was up with KPIXD last night? During the CSI:NY slot it kept saying "Channel will be available shortly" except it never did come back on. I believe it was still out at newstime.

I had the same experience. My cable (TV and internet) had been intermitently down quite a bit during the day yesterday. Not sure if those two events were related.
post #2884 of 14496
What is the minimum package required to get all the HDTV channels?
Meaning at least INHD1/2, HDSE, and ESPN.
Is it "Digital Classic" ?
post #2885 of 14496
walk,
Yes, I have DCT5100, Digital Classic and basic analog and costs a little over $30/mo.
post #2886 of 14496
It depends on your location what the minimum subscription is to get the channels you state. In the end, digital classic is what's required. But there are some locations in the bay area, where Those are obtained, using the 6200 box, with only basic analog or extended basic analog subscription. this is because the full encryption has not kicked in in all areas.

Note that the locals should always be unencrypted, so basic analog plus the box rental, or owner owned QAM tuner, will get you that.

Best,
jeff
post #2887 of 14496
Does anyone here split the line coming out of the cable jack in the wall between the STB and a cable modem? Would I risk signal degradation on my TV and/or slower internet speeds?
post #2888 of 14496
Quote:


Originally posted by platypus
Does anyone here split the line coming out of the cable jack in the wall between the STB and a cable modem? Would I risk signal degradation on my TV and/or slower internet speeds?

That was the way my cable modem was connected by the installer and it worked fine... YMMV. I no longer have the cable internet since it was too expensive and DSL works well where I am.

Is anyone else experiencing short outages on ESPN-HD?
post #2889 of 14496
Hi, I am located in Fairfield/Suisun area. Im right between SF and Sac. I have the Comcast HD package, and until now, we still do not get the local HD channels. Vallejo, which is just ten minutes away gets the local HD channels. I was just wondering if anyone in my area or anyone who might have any info as to when my area would get the locals in HD. It sucks cause I know Im paying the same amount as my friend in Vallejo but he gets the local channels in HD. Any info would be great. Thanks.
post #2890 of 14496
Neo57, you have a PM..
post #2891 of 14496
Re "Is anyone else experiencing short outages on ESPN-HD?"

It happened throughout the Virginia Tech - Maryland football game last night. Other hd channels seemed fine.
post #2892 of 14496
Quote:


Originally posted by platypus
Does anyone here split the line coming out of the cable jack in the wall between the STB and a cable modem? Would I risk signal degradation on my TV and/or slower internet speeds?

No, fine here, but make sure you use 1Ghz splitters.

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Originally posted by hiker
walk,
Yes, I have DCT5100, Digital Classic and basic analog and costs a little over $30/mo.

Um, what? Are you sure?

I'm paying $42/month alone for "basic" cable...
Digital classic is $9.95 or $51.95, plus the $5 for HDTV equals $57.
How do you get that for $30?
post #2893 of 14496
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Originally posted by walk
I'm paying $42/month alone for "basic" cable...
Digital classic is $9.95 or $51.95, plus the $5 for HDTV equals $57.
How do you get that for $30?

Walk,
I think you have "Standard" Cable not "Basic"

Standard is Channels 1-80
Basic is just 1-32 (no espn, FSN, MTV etc..)

Basic is ~$16..you add Classic for $10, HD Box for $5 and you are around $30 (+tax etc...)
post #2894 of 14496
I don't know about anyone else but I've had it with comcast. I'm tired of waiting, it's been 12 months since they ran the DVR is coming ad. I'm out of here. Project lightspeed can't come fast enough.

DCTDictator,

I have been very patient with comcast but I have had enough. Perhaps you can forward the level of frustration people are having with the pace of change in the Bay Area.
post #2895 of 14496
Ah yes, that is "expanded basic". But when I tried just "basic" they put a trap on my line and it KILLED my HSI speeds. Also I didn't get FSN which I NEEEEED for my SF Giants, in the summer anyway... :/

If you have digital do they still put the trap on? Would I get ESPN-HD even if I don't get the analog versions?
post #2896 of 14496
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Originally posted by walk
If you have digital do they still put the trap on?

Yes, I think so, but I didn't realize it caused any degradation in speed.
Quote:


Originally posted by walk
Would I get ESPN-HD even if I don't get the analog versions?

Yes, I do.

BTW, I have D* also and at this point I have Comcast just for the HD networks and InHD/InHD2.
post #2897 of 14496
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Originally posted by walk


If you have digital do they still put the trap on? Would I get ESPN-HD even if I don't get the analog versions?

Yes you do, but I remember that the trap caused the borderline channels to come in really bad, I think they were MTV or something in that area..
post #2898 of 14496
DCTDictator,

A quick question. Is VDO and it's software required for the DVR's to be used ??
From what I've been able to garner is that the two are dependent on each other and without the VDO system software you can't use the DVR's. Which brings me to the 2% club again ( you had to know I'd bring this up ) We do not have VDO and it looks like we won't for a couple of years so.........??? Are we getting them or not ???
I really hate to put you on the spot, you have been upfront with all you posts and are the only reason I've stayed as long as I have but it's getting really old seeing all the upgrades being run out to other areas and ours and other less than 2%er's getting nothing except promises of maybe sometime in the future you to can get all these things. Promises are just not cutting it any more.

Laters,
Mikef5
post #2899 of 14496
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Originally posted by Mikef5
DCTDictator,

A quick question. Is VDO and it's software required for the DVR's to be used ??
From what I've been able to garner is that the two are dependent on each other and without the VDO system software you can't use the DVR's. Which brings me to the 2% club again ( you had to know I'd bring this up ) We do not have VDO and it looks like we won't for a couple of years so.........??? Are we getting them or not ???
I really hate to put you on the spot, you have been upfront with all you posts and are the only reason I've stayed as long as I have but it's getting really old seeing all the upgrades being run out to other areas and ours and other less than 2%er's getting nothing except promises of maybe sometime in the future you to can get all these things. Promises are just not cutting it any more.

Laters,
Mikef5

Just an urban ledgend. The DVRs all load the new iGuide (check www.comcast.com/newguide for a preview) which is not the latest (A23??) version, but it functions. Even my 6208 in a NAS system that will not see VOD until Q1 '05 functions okily dokily.

VOD is currently operating on the old TVGuide.

IMHO, These two simular but different services should be launched about 4 or 5 months apart. VOD is a very important project, with tons more support structure built at the system than DVRs with nothing more than to DVRs than different set top to buy. The Company appears to not want the two services to confuse the customer or take away from each other.

I'm already hearing non technical employees calling the 6412 a 'VOD Box'.

Hang on, it will be good.
post #2900 of 14496
DCTDictator,

Thanks for the response and the ray of hope. Like I said you are the reason I've stayed this long, to bad there is not more like you in the Comcast system. So maybe we will get a present for my birthday yet.

Laters,
Mikef5
post #2901 of 14496
Thread Starter 
DCTDictator,

I want to make sure you are aware of a particular thread; it's the "Official Comcast 6412 / iGuide Thread". It's a valuable resource since users from all over the country are discussing the positives, negatives, problems, bugs, fixes, hacks, etc. of the 6412 with iGuide.

Remote hacks (not that you would approve ) have been a vibrant subject of recent discussion.

The overall impression I get from the thread is that 6412 w/ iGuide users are very pleased with the product although they are finding some bugs that will need to be fixed.

Here is a link to the thread:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=464986
post #2902 of 14496
I live in Moraga and would like to pick up two DVR's on the 30th. Do I need to call in advance or can I just bring in the two boxes I currently have and swap them. One last thing, what is the address for the local warehouse to swap them. I believe there is one in Pleasant Hill or Walnut Creek.

Thanks,

Kris
post #2903 of 14496
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Originally posted by KGD_007
I live in Moraga and would like to pick up two DVR's on the 30th. Do I need to call in advance or can I just bring in the two boxes I currently have and swap them. One last thing, what is the address for the local warehouse to swap them. I believe there is one in Pleasant Hill or Walnut Creek.

Kris-

There's a local office on Contra Costa Blvd in Pleasant Hill. I'm not sure of the address but if you get off on Contra Costa Blvd and go North (past downtown Pleasant Hill) it's about 2 miles up on the right -- right where there's a sign for Outback and Chevy's. You should be able to swap your boxes there however there may be a limit of one per customer initially.

DCT, is there any word in your neck of the woods about limiting the number of boxes a customer can initially get?
post #2904 of 14496
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Originally posted by fender4645
DCT, is there any word in your neck of the woods about limiting the number of boxes a customer can initially get?

No official word, but there have been locally imposed limits in the past during short supply periods.

To me, I look at it as revenue. $20 is $20 whether it's 2 dvrs at one customer or 1 each at two customers. Though you don't want to tick off customer #3 telling him/her that there are no more to sell, thereby breaking the camel's back and losing them to DBS.
post #2905 of 14496
DCT:

Will the 6412s be available in Livermore?
post #2906 of 14496
Thanks for the quick reply. Can't believe this might actually happen. It has been really tough living somewhere with absolutely no chance of OTA reception of HD. Now if only Comcast will get Fox before the superbowl. I am going to be really ticked if I have to start up with DirecTV again just to get this for my annual Superbowl party. My monthly bill to Comcast is over $150 per month without any PPV, so I hope they are listening that they need figure out a way to get the basic HD channels up and going.

Really looking forward to being able to watch network HD programming when I want to. I have seemed to miss most of the programs I want to watch and have been unwill to tape and watch them in SD.

DCT is has been great having some reliable insight into what is going on. I have a couple friends that work with Comcast in the Bay Area, but they always seem to be a couple days behind you.

Thanks,

Kris
post #2907 of 14496
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Originally posted by KGD_007
Now if only Comcast will get Fox before the superbowl. I am going to be really ticked if I have to start up with DirecTV again just to get this for my annual Superbowl party.

Don't count on the Super Bowl being an incentive for Comcast and/or Cox to come to an agreement. We had the same issue with last year's Super Bowl and Comcast/Sinclair. Needless to say...there was no HD Super Bowl on Comcast Sacramento, nor is CBS up and running here yet.
post #2908 of 14496
Thread Starter 
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Originally posted by nightowl
Don't count on the Super Bowl being an incentive for Comcast and/or Cox to come to an agreement. We had the same issue with last year's Super Bowl and Comcast/Sinclair. Needless to say...there was no HD Super Bowl on Comcast Sacramento, nor is CBS up and running here yet.

Agreed. Comcast most likely won't have KTVU-DT (Fox HD) until after 10/1/2005. That is the date by which KTVU's owner (Cox) has to elect "retransmission consent" or "must carry" for KTVU's analog signal for the upcoming three-year contract/retransmission period (1/1/2006 to 12/31/2008). At that point, assuming Cox chooses "retransmission consent", negotiations will get serious because Comcast won't agree to deliver KTVU analog without also being able to deliver KTVU digital in HD (specifically, in 720p).

The same date and rules (per the FCC) apply to every channel out there.

If you really want Fox HD (for the Super Bowl or otherwise) but don't want to spend a lot, try a cheap OTA box (second hand, open box or some other deal) and if you can't get KTVU, point your antenna to Sacramento and try to get KTXL's digital signal.

That's what I do here. Can't get KTVU-DT over the air worth a damn, but KTXL-DT from Sacto comes in clear as a bell. And it's kind of satisfying, because I'm watching KTXL's advertisers (KTXL does have a deal with Comcast for Sacramento area systems) and not KTVU's advertisers when I'm watching Fox.

DirecTV probably will require a year's contract, plus you have to buy an HD box (unless you get someone to loan you an older one they're not using). As I understand it, Dish does not require a year contract and will lease equipment-- but doesn't have Fox HD.

Plus with DirecTV, you'll have to get a fake service address, outside of KTVU's territory (either in a white area or an O&O area). That, or pursue the waiver process-- which takes a while so you better start now if that's your plan. Also, the waiver process may not work-- what if KTVU sends someone to your house and he says he can get KTVU just fine with his testing equipment! (If that happens, you are responsible for the cost of the test; if the test goes your way, KTVU pays.)

And, for the slightly more adventurous, there is Canadian DBS. I don't know much about that in terms of contracts, equipment, etc. You do have to have a Canadian service address, but that's not too hard to get (kinda like the DirecTV service address).
post #2909 of 14496
Kris-

Regarding what Sonoma said about OTA, the odds of you getting it in Moraga are pretty much slim to none -- both Sutro and Sacto stations. Moraga is nothing but a series of small valleys in the East Bay hills however these hills are small enough to not allow line-of-sight to any of the transmitters, even if you live on top of a hill. The Skyline Ridge blocks all transmissions to Sutro and Mt. Diablo will block anything trying to get to Sacto. I guess there's a slim chance that you could point an antenna north-east (following the pattern of where Highway 4 goes) however I'd say there are very few homes that would even have a chance at that. I personally live in between two 100-150 ft. hills and I'm lucky if I can even get an FM radio signal. The upside, of course, is that my iPod's FM transmitter works quite well out here.
post #2910 of 14496
Don't want to take this thread off topic, but it was my understanding that DTV had an agreement with Fox for the Bay Area, and a waiver was not needed. I haven't followed the DTV threads for a while, might have the check them out again.

I still have two HD DTV boxes and the dish. I switched to Comcast about a year ago because that was the only way to get network HD. I think DTV now has CBS, NBC and Fox in the Bay Area. All I would have to do is call to have the account reactived as everything is still hooked up and ready to go. I might check into what type of service commitment I will need.

I am happy with the setup I have now with Comcast and don't want to switch back to DTV again. However, as they continue to get more local networks in HD, I may be temped. I guess the other option for the superbowl is to borrow a friends HD box for the day and just hook it up to my dish.

I really can't wait until all of the providers can broadcast all of the network HD feeds in the major markets, so we can have a few more options for providers.

I guess the final option would be to put up a 750' antenna, but I imagine I may need a special permit for that. The neighbors might not be up for that either.

Kris
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