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post #121 of 592
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Originally Posted by nmehta211 View Post

Simple and stupid question. My gf has basic RCN cable for her apartment. I bought her a plasma tv, but she doesn't want to upgrade to Digital unless she has to (budget is tight as a student).

She has the new Panasonic 42 Plasma with the qAM tuner, but it does not pick up any of the "700" range HD channels. In fact, she gets nothing above channel 90 but she does get all the expanded basic stuff like CNN/ESPN, etc.

Is there a setting that we are not configuring right? I have done several program scans on the Panny but it just says channel not available.

There should be a setting in the tuner to turn off analog and tune in to Digital (or ATSC/QAM). Rescan the channels and it should work.

BTW - you're one heckofa bf to buy her a plama (either that or you spend so much time there that you got sick of watching a tiny TV?)
post #122 of 592
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Originally Posted by muevelonyc View Post

There should be a setting in the tuner to turn off analog and tune in to Digital (or ATSC/QAM). Rescan the channels and it should work.

BTW - you're one heckofa bf to buy her a plama (either that or you spend so much time there that you got sick of watching a tiny TV?)

You figured it out...I was sick of watching a cheap RCA curved tube from 1988 with rabbit ears.

Did what you said, and it worked like a charm...my gf and I thank you!
post #123 of 592
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Originally Posted by nmehta211 View Post

You figured it out...I was sick of watching a cheap RCA curved tube from 1988 with rabbit ears.

Did what you said, and it worked like a charm...my gf and I thank you!

haha I knew it!

Enjoy it man!

If you have time, build her a computer and plug DVI and get gaming like my setup:

post #124 of 592
One of my complaints about the HD boxes that RCN provides is the lack of HDMI outputs on them. You can get an HDMI output on their Hi Def DVR's but not on their regular HD boxes. I refuse to pay them the extra money for a DVR for my bedroom set when I already have a HD DVR in my living room.

By the way, am I reading some of the earlier posts in this thread correctly where they are saying if I plug the coax cable directly into my Samsung LN-S3251D I can receive the HD channels and some pay for view channels without having to use a HD cable box?
post #125 of 592
yes. I just looked up the specs and it has the ATSC/QAM tuner. You can pick up all the free HD channels and some of the digital channels (but not all) without the box.
post #126 of 592
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Originally Posted by muevelonyc View Post

yes. I just looked up the specs and it has the ATSC/QAM tuner. You can pick up all the free HD channels and some of the digital channels (but not all) without the box.

Will the picture appear any better without the box? I know that OTA HD reception is definitely better than what you receive with the HD boxes as I have seen the difference on a friend's set.
post #127 of 592
the short answer, it depends. How were you connecting the box to your TV? if it's s-video, composite (the single yellow RCA cable), then yes you will see a better picture. If it's component you might see marginal (and very marginal) gain. Going to straight to the TV though you will sacrifice losing a lot of channels though. I can't get G4 (techtv), MTV2, Speed, etc. without the box. If you look on page 3 or 4, I posted the entire list. I'm still waiting for my building's co-op to renegotiate the cable contract (since they pay for my cable), since our contract is way old back when RCN was liberty cable analog. Since I wanted digital channels, but didn't want to pay for the box since the building's contract covers it, I'm using this method until I get the digital box. I really want G4 and speed channel though.

In the end, you're probably better off with the box. I'm using it as a temporary solution.
post #128 of 592
I have a DVI-HDMI connection from my box to the set.
post #129 of 592
then you won't notice a difference as DVI + sound = HDMI. The video will be identical.
post #130 of 592
Right now the only premium channels that I pay for is the HBO group. Will I be able to add any others if I use the coax cable?
post #131 of 592
Nope. You won't get that nor the other extra channels in digital vision's lineup. Please look on pages 3 & 4 of this thread to see what channels we found. Other than that, you'll HAVE to use the box as those channels are encrypted.
post #132 of 592
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Originally Posted by nmehta211 View Post

Simple and stupid question. My gf has basic RCN cable for her apartment. I bought her a plasma tv, but she doesn't want to upgrade to Digital unless she has to (budget is tight as a student).

She has the new Panasonic 42 Plasma with the qAM tuner, but it does not pick up any of the "700" range HD channels. In fact, she gets nothing above channel 90 but she does get all the expanded basic stuff like CNN/ESPN, etc.

Is there a setting that we are not configuring right? I have done several program scans on the Panny but it just says channel not available.

If you are just getting analog channels, you will still get stuff like CNN/ESPN, but no HD. One thing to note about RCN is that there is a free HDTV Tier that is included in their $20 digital vision package along with all premium movie channels (except HBO). That was the one thing that sold me over TWC. All those channels on TWC would cost you significantly more.

I don't have too much experience with the QAM tuners, but you may want to check whether there is a setting that you have to activate to make it scan the QAM channels. I remember some older analog tuners had a separate setting to scan broadcast channels vs. CATV channels.
post #133 of 592
note RCN just swapped the 118 public access channel space with the channels that used to be where CNN were.
post #134 of 592
Well finally! After all these years we finally got HDTV!! RCN arrived this past Weds. and hooked up a Motorola DCT 6200 cable box.
I originally thought that we would be getting a Motorola DCT 5000 series box with just analog component outputs. However this newer box has a DVI output which I hooked up to my BenQ 8720 HDMI input.
At first there was no picture and I thought "Great, I'll have to use the component outputs instead." However just as I was going to change the input on the BenQ the screen flashed and there was a picture!
It was not that good looking at all on my Dalite "Model C" HCMW 110" screen. Of course it was just an SD channel we were looking at.
The RCN cable guy said to change the channel to the "700's" where all the RCN HD channels are.
I think one of the first things we saw was Finding Nemo in HD. Well that was pretty impressive looking my wife and I both agreed.
However we were both dismayed at the *VERY* variable quality of the pictures on various HD movie channels. Some looked good while some looked quite poor even worse than some non HD channels. What we didn't see was any HD content that really blew us away!
Early in the evening I decided to put on Men In Black Superbit Edition on the BenQ. The picture looked quite nice on the screen. In the middle of the movie
I decided just for the heck of it to check out some HD offerings on cable.
Well when I got to the YESHD network at first it said "Off Air" then the picture flashed on the screen and went "Fullscreen" and there was a Yankees game being played.
OMG!!! The picture from YESHD broadcasting a live Yankees game was AMAZING!!!
Here was a HD picture that was truly blow away! Very sharp, clear, very colorful & punchy needless to say my wife and I were extremely impressed!!!
Basically the picture looked like a giant plasma tv! I wish all HD content could be that good.
After we stopped shaking our heads over how good the picture was for the Yankees game we went back to the Men In Black DVD. What a difference!
What was at first a nice. colorful, contrasty image now looked pale and washed out by comparison.
BTW - I thought it was very interesting that the day we finally get HDTV into our home Tivo announces Series 3!
post #135 of 592
Nice! I wish my building would hurry up and finish the renegotiation.
post #136 of 592
anyone hear about the new guide software that is supposed to update in the next few days?

all DVR content is going to be wiped out!
post #137 of 592
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Originally Posted by bassx88 View Post

anyone hear about the new guide software that is supposed to update in the next few days?

all DVR content is going to be wiped out!

huh? What do you mean?
post #138 of 592
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huh? What do you mean?

rcn(dot)com/guide (Sorry, I'm on hyperlink probation)

I got a digital message on my box saying the update was going to happen sometime from 9/25-9/29
post #139 of 592
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Originally Posted by bassx88 View Post

anyone hear about the new guide software that is supposed to update in the next few days?

all DVR content is going to be wiped out!

looks like my update hit today. my box has gone wack. keeps resetting itself :/
post #140 of 592
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Originally Posted by aaronwald View Post

looks like my update hit today. my box has gone wack. keeps resetting itself :/

now it seems to reboot every hour or so. then spend an hour downloading something. and ofcourse the guide doesnt work.

RCN has out done themselves this time.
post #141 of 592
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looks like my update hit today. my box has gone wack. keeps resetting itself :/

Mine hit around the same time. I noticed it Friday morning, so I assume it happened Thursday night. Luckily, I haven't been having problems with it. Anybody else have any feedback on the new software? There are some definite pros and cons, but overall I think it's better.

One thing I like is when you are fast-forwarding and hit play, it actually starts playing a few seconds back from where you stopped it. Unfortunately, it looks like we no longer have any settings for slow forward and rewind.

The Series Recording setup has more options. You can set it up to only pick up first run shows from a specific channel at a specific time. I was always having trouble with The Daily Show and Colbert Report because they replayed several times a day and sometimes the listing still called it New.

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I set it to record the Cowboys-Eagles game. It gave me a popup that said, "You are recording a live sporting event, would you like to extend the recording time?"
post #142 of 592
what your guide works? my new favorite show is 'no data available.' maybe for the next release they'll send me a tv guide subscription


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Originally Posted by bassx88 View Post

Mine hit around the same time. I noticed it Friday morning, so I assume it happened Thursday night. Luckily, I haven't been having problems with it. Anybody else have any feedback on the new software? There are some definite pros and cons, but overall I think it's better.

One thing I like is when you are fast-forwarding and hit play, it actually starts playing a few seconds back from where you stopped it. Unfortunately, it looks like we no longer have any settings for slow forward and rewind.

The Series Recording setup has more options. You can set it up to only pick up first run shows from a specific channel at a specific time. I was always having trouble with The Daily Show and Colbert Report because they replayed several times a day and sometimes the listing still called it New.

I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when I set it to record the Cowboys-Eagles game. It gave me a popup that said, "You are recording a live sporting event, would you like to extend the recording time?"
post #143 of 592
yes, it does...

Did you maybe interrupt the download? I would suggest giving the box a hard reboot (unplug power for a minute or so and reconnect) Otherwise you can call up customer service and have them send your box a refresh signal.
post #144 of 592
I just got RCN internet. Seems like all the RCN analog channel are scrambled, not like time warner...
post #145 of 592
This may be a silly question and I apologize but when I was checking the RCN website, it stated that you needed component video connection (Y Pb Pr) cables to set use the HDTV. I was under the impression that I would be using the HDMI port on my new projector.

Does RCN not support HDMI input?

Also, I will be getting RCN HDTV service shortly, is thre anything I should be aware of before hand? Anything to look out for? A certain box to request? I'd like to get the service with a DVR.

Thanks a lot,

Steve
post #146 of 592
the dreamteam from RCN sold me component video cables when they installed my HDTV... ofcourse the cable didnt fit and kept falling off, which was good, cause i turned the box around and found the HDMI port... i have a motorola DCT6412 III box... they also left the closed captioning on and told me 'thats how HDTV worked'....

on the upside my guide now works but the DVR is totally hosed....



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Originally Posted by b166er View Post

This may be a silly question and I apologize but when I was checking the RCN website, it stated that you needed component video connection (Y Pb Pr) cables to set use the HDTV. I was under the impression that I would be using the HDMI port on my new projector.

Does RCN not support HDMI input?

Also, I will be getting RCN HDTV service shortly, is thre anything I should be aware of before hand? Anything to look out for? A certain box to request? I'd like to get the service with a DVR.

Thanks a lot,

Steve
post #147 of 592
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Originally Posted by aaronwald View Post

the dreamteam from RCN sold me component video cables when they installed my HDTV... ofcourse the cable didnt fit and kept falling off, which was good, cause i turned the box around and found the HDMI port... i have a motorola DCT6412 III box... they also left the closed captioning on and told me 'thats how HDTV worked'....

on the upside my guide now works but the DVR is totally hosed....

Sounds like they give a lot of trouble. I've read this forum and seen that many people have reception problems. So the box should have an HDMI port and I can use it if I want?

Steve
post #148 of 592
I'm in San Francisco using RCN, but I thought I would share how I was able to get my 6416 STB to perform the useful 30 second skip forward. The box is always capable of performing the 30 second advance, but the remote isn't. I bought a One for All' model 9910 Universal Remote from Amazon for $30. This remote is a bargain at this price because it also includes a small adapter that gives the remote RF capability; meaning you don't need to point the remote at the Motorola box.
To program the 30 second commercial skip:

Press and hold SET until the screen reads CODE SET.
Scroll down to KEY MOVER, hit SELECT.
The screen will read FROM MODE
Press the device button (CBL) the code is coming from
The screen will read FROM KEY
Press SET once (don't hold it)
The screen will read SYNT
Enter the 3 digit code (in this case 173 for skip), then press SELECT
The screen will read TO MODE
Press the device button (CBL)
The screen will read TO KEY
Press the button to assign this function to (I chose SLEEP)
The screen will read SUCCESS and then press EXIT

I also needed to perform an IR LEARN function on the remote to move the LIST key and the SELECT key to the 9910. These are explained in the9910's manual.
post #149 of 592
While not officially announced, TNT-HD is now on channel 714.
post #150 of 592
any idea what that corresponds to in freqency? I don't want to blow away my current scans
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