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post #121 of 611
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Originally posted by mica618
I just tried to order the voom and they still require you to have a landline telephone or they wont install it. I only use a cell phone at my home because i get unlimited minutes across the U.S. for $39.00 a month and a basic landline phone package is almost $35.00 here. Voom says they need the phoneline for the inital download. I would have liked to have it but im not putting in a phone just for voom.
I'm running into the exact same problem.

I wonder if it would be possible to take just the receiver to somewhere that has a phone line, plug it in, let it send what it needs to send, then bring it back home and (hopefully) it would work.

The only other idea I could think of is to find a device that connects to a GSM cell phone that gives you a standard RJ45 outlet that you could connect the receiver to so it could dial and send data occasionally.

I REALLY don't want to get land-based phone service just for a satellite receiver, particularly considering how sleazy the local phone company is.
post #122 of 611
Just borrow you neighbors phone line for that hour or two. Buy a 100 foot cord and run to your home. Then offer the neighbor a once a month HD viewing night......:')
post #123 of 611
That idea just might work, at least to get the initial up/download done. What I'm worried about though is if the receiver needs to dial out at any other times. If it did, I'd be in trouble since the receiver would never be connected to a phone line again. I know you need a phone line to order pay-per-view, but that wouldn't be a problem since I'd never order any.
post #124 of 611
my understanding is they only need the phone line for the initial hookup. I have had the directv phone line unplugged for close to a year now with no issues. Voom should be the same...Hopefully I will find out if they do show up for their scheduled appt tomorrow...they were out of STB's for monday's install and they cancelled....
post #125 of 611
My Panny 42PX20U only supports 1080i (not 720p). Currently I have Comcast cable with a Mot 5100 box that converts all HD content to 1080i.
Does anybody know if the ZOOM receiver will do the same (convert all HD content to 1080i)?
post #126 of 611
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Originally posted by Walter L.

Does anybody know if the ZOOM receiver will do the same (convert all HD content to 1080i)?
Yes it does. You can select auto, 480, 720 or 1080.

Bill
post #127 of 611
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Originally posted by Mr. Biggles
Yes it does. You can select auto, 480, 720 or 1080.

Bill
Thanks for the info. One more question: what's the meaning of "auto"?
post #128 of 611
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Originally posted by keithaxis
my understanding is they only need the phone line for the initial hookup. I have had the directv phone line unplugged for close to a year now with no issues. Voom should be the same...Hopefully I will find out if they do show up for their scheduled appt tomorrow...they were out of STB's for monday's install and they cancelled....
I had DISH and never had it connected to a phone line, but the person I talked to at VOOM made it sound like the phone line was important.

If anyone has had luck (or no luck) with VOOM being disconnected from the phone line, I'd like to hear about it.
post #129 of 611
My friend had his installed Saturday. I checked it out Sunday and on his box when he changes channels it takes about six seconds to change. Is this normal or does he have a problem?

Second when checking signal strength for OTA the strength meter changes constanly from high to low. My directv meter seems more stable. Is this normal for VOOM?

Thanks for the help.
post #130 of 611
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Originally posted by Walter L.
Thanks for the info. One more question: what's the meaning of "auto"?
Means it will select the output based on the signal it recieves. Eg. SD material would be output as 480. This is standard fare for all the 'modern' sat STB's. Your looking for 1080i all the time...so, it will do that for you.


Bill
post #131 of 611
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. Biggles
Means it will select the output based on the signal it recieves. Eg. SD material would be output as 480. This is standard fare for all the 'modern' sat STB's. Your looking for 1080i all the time...so, it will do that for you.


Bill
Ideally, I would like the receiver to convert ONLY 720p content to 1080i and let my display handle 480i natively (like my current cable box does) . If I understand you correctly, if I select 1080i it will not only convert 720p to 1080i but all SD (480i) content as well. Is that true?
post #132 of 611
I'm trying to get my local Sears to honor some of the deals that other Sears are doing. So far, little luck.
post #133 of 611
Quote:
Originally posted by Walter L.
If I understand you correctly, if I select 1080i it will not only convert 720p to 1080i but all SD (480i) content as well. Is that true?
Correct. Everything converted to 1080i. You always have the option to toggle to what you want.

For more Voom info a good source can be found here. Go to the Voom forum.

Bill
post #134 of 611
Is it possible to build a PC-based PVR that records the output of the VOOM STB in HD?
post #135 of 611
no
post #136 of 611
Socd


That is normal for a 6 second delay for now. They are working on improving it .....maybe that they are more concerned in adding more HD channels.....HD Bravo today 501 and ESPN soon.......


As for the meter signal even if it shows only 25 they still get reception and and great picture as well.....even SD channels look better than D* My meter reading is 50 on Voom and 93 on D*.....Voom picture is the greatest move I have made......Cant wait for the new DVR later this summer from Voom with 4 tuners 2 for satilite and 2 for OTA inwhich can be slaved to other tvs up to 4 per reciever.....


I just want more HD = Vooom :p
post #137 of 611
I had issue with delay and lockups and missing 5 local channels.
Voom sent out a Senior Voom trained tech. Together we did 4 hours of trial and error. WE DISCOVERED THAT IF YOU RUN 2 separate (ditch the multiplexers) COAX LINES ONE FOR OTA & 1 FOR SAT THAT LOCKUPS & DELAY ARE GREATLY REDUCED. Insist on 2 cables as coax is cheap.

I am also getting each and every local channel now too. I have discovered that if you use the guide to scroll thru the channels then select one to goto the one you want to watch its as fast as a cable box.
post #138 of 611
It takes 2.5-4 seconds for my channel changes. If it is taking 6 I would say something is wrong with the box, or the signal getting to the box.

And I consdier 2.5 too long to wait.
post #139 of 611
getting voom installed on wednesday! can't wait!
post #140 of 611
Eleven days since they came for the equipment, still no refund from Voom yet.

Cable company coming today to install their version of HD. Free premium channels for a month, of which I'll keep one. Total cost is $34.00 per month. Roughly 2 years of free programing if I pay with the Voom refund.

windoor
post #141 of 611
That's nice. My local cable company costs with only 6 HD channels would far exceed my monthly Voom bill.
post #142 of 611
The cost to get all 7 HD channels on D* is the same as 30+ HD
channels on Voom and better PQ to boot. If Voom picks up HDNet
and ESPNHD then D* will become a memory.
My biggest gripe with Voom is probably their user interface.
post #143 of 611
For those that aren't aware, there is a current Voom deal at Sears if you purchase the receiver. It breaks down like this:

$399.99 for the 1st receiver, $199.99 for each additional (instead of $499.99 from Voom)
Free Va va va voom programming through the end of May
Free Plus Pack once you start paying for programming if you get Basic
MBG through the end of June

Your local Sears will probably be compeltely clueless about this promotion. So what you do is go in and buy the Sears Voom certificate for $49.99. Give it 24 hours, then call Voom CSR. Tell them you want the Sears $399.99 deal and you have your certificate. They will set you up. If you wonder why you'd want to purchase, here's how my numbers break down:

$600 for 2 recievers
-$170 saved in programming fees for April and May
-$40 saved in equipment lease for April and May

So by the time I pay my first bill, my cost of ownership for the 2 boxes is $390. Every month I own instead of rent, I save myself $20. Say the PVR comes out in September and I want to upgrade to it. I'll have saved another $80 by that point. That brings my TCO on the boxes down to almost $300. If they give me at least $300 credit towards a PVR, I've broken even.

-MP
post #144 of 611
madpoet, thanks for the breakdown. I have to take something back to Sears tonight so I'll look into this deal. About 90% sure I'll go with Voom once they add ESPN. Is it $49.99 for the certificate, plus $399.99 for the first box? The free Plus Pack would save you an additional $14.99 a month.
post #145 of 611
No, it's $49.99 for the certificate which gets subtracted out of the $399.99 for the box. So after you buy the certificate, you pay aother $350 to Voom on installation. Yes, the free Plus Pack saves you if you are just getting the basic. I want the whole thing though, so it doesn't matter as much to me :).

Like I said, don't be surprised if Sears knows nothing about this. Their sales reps are woefully uninformed about Voom.
post #146 of 611
Thanks for the quick reply. That's what I was thinking about the $49.99. All I need is HBO, so I would of spent another $14.90 a month. If I did my math correct, when you add up all the savings I could have recouped my money on one box in 9 months.
post #147 of 611
Just got off the phone w/CSR and she said that $39.96 will go up to $49 after March.
post #148 of 611
Only for people who won't catch the deal they have now. I believe the deal will be kept at 39.90 for the rest of the year for those that pull the trigger now.
post #149 of 611
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Originally posted by kdre
Only for people who won't catch the deal they have now. I believe the deal will be kept at 39.90 for the rest of the year for those that pull the trigger now.
Yeah. That's exactly what they told me when I ordered.
post #150 of 611
I just got off the phone with Voom and asked them about the Sears deal. They gave me the same information that madpoet outlined, except the free plus pack expired as of yesterday.
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