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post #511 of 592
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Originally Posted by ghostman View Post

Great job? MSG HD comes online the day after the Rangers and Devils get eliminated from the playoffs. MSG's main programming (Rangers, Devils, Islanders, and Knicks) all just went into their off season. They don't have any baseball. What is the real point of having MSG in the Spring and Summer months. I'm usually an RCN champion, but I'm really disappointed by the timing of this one.

least we finally get the channel so although the current sports seasons may have ended all future seasons will be worth the wait...gotta look on the bright side...better to have it now rather then never
post #512 of 592
in my building we have a choice between RCN, Time Warner and in a few months FIOS...I know FIOS is far and away the best in terms of HD picture quality but how does RCN fare vs Time Warner...is one clearly better then the other in terms of HD PQ?...does Time Warner compress their signals/rateshape worse then RCN?...which offers the better set top HD DVR box (in terms of hard drive space, ease of use etc)?

I currently have RCN but with all the price increases I'm debating wheter or not to switch back to TWC...can anyone share any opinions/comparisons
post #513 of 592
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Originally Posted by CopRock View Post

****Had to move this here since a Mod felt the need to flex his internet muscle and lock out the conversation before any replies were posted, though conversation is in regards to my cable company its one that could have been anwered by others outside the RCN world, but no one was given the chance to reply [maybe the post took up too much bandwith ....*****
[You'd think a mod would move it before locking it as well]

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I'm reffering specifically to NBC and the CW on RCN-ny standard def boxes [4/11 on the box or 20.4-20.11 thru a QAM tuner] before the start of the year these two stations have the majority of their primetime shows letterboxed, but now it appears that RCN has taken it upon itself to zoom in to a 4:3 image and have ruined most of the shows -[faces cut off, people talking to the edge of the tv, huge heads on the screen *LOL* ..etc]

NBC seems to be the worst and it appears that RCN just takes the HD feed and zooms into it incorrectly and you can tell when a show begins the local "4NewYork" badge is almost entirely cutoff since its at the very lower left of the 16:9 screen.... NBC places its peacock badging more to the right of left the screen....

To make sure I had my parents, who have TimeWarnerCable and record Law and Order, Smallville and other programs on those two networks and they were letterboxed and looked as 'nice' as before... ABC/CBS have never shown any letterboxed programs during primetime to my knowledge but local ABC shows LOST letterboxed in late night repeats ...go figure... and so far it appears that FOX's shows have been left alone ....

I tried explaining this to an RCN rep and I might as well have been talking to a pile of soot... and was could'nt get transferred to an engineer who might have gotten what I was trrying to say... I wonder if there is a way to contact/email an RCN engineer directly and ask why RCN took it upon itself to do this....

[[and before you ask yes I do have an HD box... but record from an SD box to DVD in the bedroom for other shows that record off the living room HD box]]

update... out of curiosity I checked on the airings of the Last Templar on NBC.. OTA [analog signal] & TWC= letterboxed / RCN=zoomed in

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Wow... RCN-ny really does'nt know what they are doing, as of yesterday on their basic 4:3 tier ABC is being shown anamorphically ... ie: they took the 16:9 image and squished it into the 4:3 aspect....
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post #514 of 592
This is a huge problem, and I DID speak to an engineer and had to educate him about the coding supposedly used on shows to tell how the feed is to be distributed, e.g. 4:3, letterbox, pillarbox, or zoom.

I'll just let you haggle with them about it; here's their numbers...bug the heck out of them. RCN-NYC only.

Pete 718-305-9042 (boss)
Dan is supertech, 212-842-7733, dmalloy@rcn.net

I've emailed Dan several articles and researched posts on the subject several months ago.

Good luck!
post #515 of 592
...and the fact that NOTHING has been done in months is really despicable... If I wasn't locked onto RCN for two years I might switch to TWC [would never do Verizon because I record from QAM DVD recorders]

For me its not that big of a deal since I do have a HD box as well where I record the imporatant stuff, but I think of the older people in my apartment complex [Stuvesant Town] who may not have a voice..

The fact that a 'supertech' would not notice something like this or allow what goes on with NBC is really sad...

I'll give em a shot...
post #516 of 592
Most of the locals participated in a readyness test this morning for the changeover next month and it appears RCN is not ready for it on NJN and a couple of the Spanish channels. They went to the test pattern screen warning.
post #517 of 592
What happened to all the Cinemax channels in RCN's HD lineup?
I had a blank screen last night for all of them!
post #518 of 592
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Originally Posted by NYC Guy View Post

What happened to all the Cinemax channels in RCN's HD lineup?
I had a blank screen last night for all of them!

I forgot to post on this subject... Cinemax has been REMOVED from all tiers even if you are locked onto a two year contract like I am and is now only available as an add on for $8.95 ... I did'nt have time to discuss this with the RCN rep since I was at work and called for another reason the only reason she gave me for the change is "that RCN and the management of Cinemax had some sort of dissagreement over the pricing structure" or words to that effect.... These changes went to effect on the 20th of may...

Now if RCN has problems with Cinemax thats their problem, and does this mean than RCN has now the right to remove more premium channels from a particular tier

Rcn did this before with HDnet and other HD channels and wanted another $8.95 to reinstate those channels... I'm going to talk on other forums and see if its even legally right for them to pull a premium channel when the customer would get socked with charges if they pulled out the contract [ie: if you moved]
post #519 of 592
if u have qam dvd recorder u would love verizon since you can get 50 music choice channel, 50 mtv urge music channel and local in hd and non hd for over 150 qam channel.

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Originally Posted by CopRock View Post

...and the fact that NOTHING has been done in months is really despicable... If I wasn't locked onto RCN for two years I might switch to TWC [would never do Verizon because I record from QAM DVD recorders]

For me its not that big of a deal since I do have a HD box as well where I record the imporatant stuff, but I think of the older people in my apartment complex [Stuvesant Town] who may not have a voice..

The fact that a 'supertech' would not notice something like this or allow what goes on with NBC is really sad...

I'll give em a shot...
post #520 of 592
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Originally Posted by supersuper View Post

if u have qam dvd recorder u would love verizon since you can get 50 music choice channel, 50 mtv urge music channel and local in hd and non hd for over 150 qam channel.

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I thought Verizon was all about Fiber Optics right up to the home.... is it a regular coaxial cable which can be split off as needed or is there a seperate Verizon Cable service?
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post #521 of 592
RCN has added NBA TV HD on channel 697.

And as an after thought, LiveWell HD was added to channel 618 a few weeks ago.

I expect at least one more addition before Monday (RCN's upgrade announcement indicated we would be getting Spike TV HD and Palladia HD - both are no shows so far) and if we are lucky, we'll get MSNBC HD when it launches June 29.
post #522 of 592
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Originally Posted by CopRock View Post

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I thought Verizon was all about Fiber Optics right up to the home.... is it a regular coaxial cable which can be split off as needed or is there a seperate Verizon Cable service?
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Verizon Fios does indeed run a fiber optic cable right into your home. But once inside your home, the fiber optic cable hooks up to an optical network terminal (ONT) box in your garage or closet, and from there on the signal is carried on coax, Cat5 or twister pair cables for TV, internet and telephone service. See their installation video.

So, assuming Verizon uses unencrypted QAM to transmit some of the cable/music programming over coax between the ONT and your STB, it makes sense that you could hook it up to a QAM DVD recorder. But I don't have Fios, so I don't know the details.
post #523 of 592
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Originally Posted by ghostman View Post

RCN has added NBA TV HD on channel 697.

And as an after thought, LiveWell HD was added to channel 618 a few weeks ago.

I expect at least one more addition before Monday (RCN's upgrade announcement indicated we would be getting Spike TV HD and Palladia HD - both are no shows so far) and if we are lucky, we'll get MSNBC HD when it launches June 29.

Ghostman, where are you located? I am in Manhattan and do not see ch.697.
post #524 of 592
Has anyone who had CINEMAX before as part of their service, now find thats it been removed without any explanation?


And to get it back, they demand you pay almost $9 a month now?
post #525 of 592
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Originally Posted by mets18 View Post

Ghostman, where are you located? I am in Manhattan and do not see ch.697.

Mets 18,

I'm in Lower Manhattan and today I'm getting NBA TV HD via my HD Tivo (cable card), but not through RCN's DVR. Maybe I just have to reboot? Not sure, but it will show up eventually.

Strange, RCN doesn't mention it anywhere on the website, no press release, not in the channel lineup, nothing. But hell, Fios was trumpeting their contract with NBA TV months ago, and they won't get it until next fall. We get it now with no fanfare. Kind of makes up for the never-ending delayed launch of MSG HD and MSG+ HD (just in time for the summer and after the hoops and hockey seasons)!

Now we just need inDemand to start airing more than one HD game a night - fat chance. I think I'm going to have to switch to Directv for that.
post #526 of 592
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Originally Posted by CopRock View Post

Has anyone who had CINEMAX before as part of their service, now find thats it been removed without any explanation?


And to get it back, they demand you pay almost $9 a month now?

CopRock,

Yeah, I'm getting a "To subscribe to Cinemax...please call..." message on all my previously included Cinemax channels. I have a one-year agreement with what I thought included all the premiums and movie channels. I don't see how they can retroactively change their agreements, but who knows. Looks like we need a lawyer or knowledgeable consumer advocate to look into this.
post #527 of 592
I did notice that more Showtime was added to the showtime tier... Showtime family,NEXT and Women...
Just have to wait until my contract with RCN is done, I might try FiOS next...
post #528 of 592
I was thinking about buying the HD recorder MOXI but it doesn't work with switched video. Does anyone know if RCN is using switched video for their HD?

http://www.moxi.com
post #529 of 592
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Originally Posted by FLAPIANO View Post

I was thinking about buying the HD recorder MOXI but it doesn't work with switched video. Does anyone know if RCN is using switched video for their HD?

http://www.moxi.com

Thankfully RCN is not using switched video. All channels are assigned to consistent frequencies and sub-frequencies. To get more than the locals, you'll need to rent a CableCard from RCN.
post #530 of 592
Thanks. I'm sick of having to erase my HD shows because of the lack of Hard drive space. It would be nice if RCN upgraded their DVR's.
post #531 of 592
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Originally Posted by FLAPIANO View Post

Thanks. I'm sick of having to erase my HD shows because of the lack of Hard drive space. It would be nice if RCN upgraded their DVR's.

.... or at least allowed the use of external hard drives on their boxes.
post #532 of 592
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Originally Posted by CopRock View Post

.... or at least allowed the use of external hard drives on their boxes.

I'm a new RCN customer in Long Island City, Queens. I previously had TWC service in Manhattan. I've noticed that the RCN DVR does not store as much content as the TWC box.

If it is correct that we are unable to attach external hard drives to our boxes, is there any other work around to increase storage space?

Thanks
post #533 of 592
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Originally Posted by kcieslicki View Post

I'm a new RCN customer in Long Island City, Queens. I previously had TWC service in Manhattan. I've noticed that the RCN DVR does not store as much content as the TWC box.

If it is correct that we are unable to attach external hard drives to our boxes, is there any other work around to increase storage space?

Thanks

no eSATA capabilities on the current boxes...RCN has a new HD DVR box, the DCX3400 which is not yet available in the NY market (but should be soon)...it has 250GB of storage compared to the 160GB of current boxes
post #534 of 592
RCN selects TiVo as its primary DVR platform

RCN: Tru2way Can Wait

I never liked the DVRs that RCN used, so I'm glad they are going to offer true TiVos. There are still many unanswered questions (mostly about this "Next Generation TiVo" that they'll be using).
post #535 of 592
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Originally Posted by ghostman View Post

RCN selects TiVo as its primary DVR platform

RCN: Tru2way Can Wait

I never liked the DVRs that RCN used, so I'm glad they are going to offer true TiVos. There are still many unanswered questions (mostly about this "Next Generation TiVo" that they'll be using).

that is some really good news...$3-$5 extra a month sounds pretty cheap as well for a Tivo...I TB of storage also sounds really nice...hope they roll this out soon
post #536 of 592
How do people find the HD quality on RCN? I can switch between TWC & RCN in my building. TWC has been full of headaches: constant reboots, pixilation and audio drops. Right now I'm not in any kind of long-term contract and I'd prefer to stay out of one, especially if FIOS is coming.
post #537 of 592
On my way to work a few weeks ago I passed by the local RCN office and saw that they had some new model STBs sitting next to the usual Moto DCH-3416 DVRs. I was in a hurry so I didn't ask what the new STB model was.

Does anyone have one of these new STBs? Anyone can confirm if firewire capture works with it?
post #538 of 592
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Originally Posted by Adamman100 View Post

How do people find the HD quality on RCN? I can switch between TWC & RCN in my building. TWC has been full of headaches: constant reboots, pixilation and audio drops. Right now I'm not in any kind of long-term contract and I'd prefer to stay out of one, especially if FIOS is coming.

I record mostly HD shows on the PC using QAM and have been quite happy with the quality of the HD signals. I don't have any of the issues you experience with TWC.
post #539 of 592
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Originally Posted by gazebo View Post

On my way to work a few weeks ago I passed by the local RCN office and saw that they had some new model STBs sitting next to the usual Moto DCH-3416 DVRs. I was in a hurry so I didn't ask what the new STB model was.

Does anyone have one of these new STBs? Anyone can confirm if firewire capture works with it?

I don't have one, so I can't comment about their functionality.

It sounds like all the Motorola DVRs are going to be end-of-lifed by RCN in the next 3-6 months. RCN has signed TiVo as their new DVR vendor and they are supposed to start distributing the new boxes in Q1 2010.

Personally, I wouldn't trade a Motorola for a Motorola when the TiVo is just around the corner.
post #540 of 592
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Originally Posted by ghostman View Post

Personally, I wouldn't trade a Motorola for a Motorola when the TiVo is just around the corner.

In what ways is a TiVo superior to a Motorola?
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