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post #61 of 592
didn't really think it would be but to my surprise it is. MUUUCH better guide now. Also, I had technicians come out and there was alot of water damage on the line coming into my house so they changed it out and all i can say is wow. This started the "MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL at my house" rave. Technology, what can I say.
post #62 of 592
From Multichannel News

Six months after dropping WE: Women's Entertainment from one of its cable systems, RCN Corp. said Tuesday that it reached a long-term distribution agreement with Rainbow Media Holdings LLC that restored WE, added Fuse and renewed regional sports networks in Boston, New York and San Francisco.

The sports channels in those markets are FSN New England; FSN New York, Madison Square Garden Network and FSN Bay Area.

Richard Ramlall, senior vice president of strategic and external affairs at RCN, said Fuse would be added in Boston and New York before the end of the year, adding that the sports-network agreements were renewals, at better rates and

with additional rights to add HD feeds of those channels.

WE rejoined the MSO's New York lineup last month, he said, after being dropped in April.

RCN has about 380,000 U.S. cable customers. Rainbow is a unit of Cablevision Systems Corp. My Take...

RCN will be adding Fox Sports NY HD and MSG HD in the future. RCN has already inked a deals to add TNT-HD and The Movie Channel HD, but no start date has been released. With these changes, RCN will only be missing Universal HD, ESPN2 HD, INHD, the soon the be launched Fox HD and National Geographic cable networks (a long wish list, but progress is being made).

In other news...

RCN has quietly launched a Spanish Tier in the 500s. Some stations are duplicates of others in the Digital Vision Tier, but I expect the duplication will end soon and their will be more holes in the Digital Vision Tier.
post #63 of 592
RCN installed a 6412 for me last night. These guys were totally clueless. 1) Not all boxes have DVI or HDMI connectors mine was component only. 2) They charged me $25 for a component cable which falls off of both the tuner and the TV.

All of my HDTV channels are closed captioned. They claim that my TV is adding the closed caption (Sony KDLV32XBR1) but I've been thru every option and can't find any indication that it is the TV. Has anyone else had this problem?

The 6412 interface is horrid, and as far as I can tell nearly all the options covered in the online manuals have been disabled.

any help appreciated

thanks
post #64 of 592
to answer my own questions... turn the cable box off and press menu, a screen with closed caption option will come up and that is how to disable. also, the RCN techs told me this box didnt have DVI, ofcourse I check and it has HDMI.... the 6412 III is a nice box, RCN might want to do a little research on their own equipment..
post #65 of 592
I upgraded from my RCN essentials package to the power package including HD earlier this week. I was given the Motorola DCT6200 box.

The installed connection was just a coaxial cable. I was receiving the HD channels in the 700 range, but I thought the bars on the side or above and below were caused by the fact that I did not have the proper connections. I have a Sony Bravia 16:9 HDTV. I went out and bought a HDMI-DVI connection from the converter box to my Sony HDTV. I also connected a standard RCA audio cable. However, on retrying the HD channels, I still get the bars.

A couple of questions:

1. Did I need to buy the new connections or will the picture quality be the same?

2. How can I get rid of the bars on the HD channels?

3. Sometimes I can't get the guide or menu to pop up. Am I doing something wrong?
post #66 of 592
no expert. but the bars are probably normal, not every broadcast is at the same resolution.

what remote do you have? SYNERGY V? make sure you do a "Mode" "Cable" ...

also make sure you're zoom mode on the bravia is set. if you're using the HDMI to the bravia when i go to the 700 range it takes 2-3 seconds for the TV to sync, but the picture is perfect. i think on the bravia hdmi is on input #6.

hope some of that helps, i have the same TV but different box from RCN.
post #67 of 592
orlimar -

If you are just getting the local channels (702, 704, 705, 711), then chances are very good that you just haven't seen HD programming yet. Those network affiliates typically only broadcast HD content during primetime (8 PM to 11 PM), big sporting events, and in late night (Letterman and Leno). PBS (713) is 1080i for all programming, but not necessarily promos.

All other times, the locals broadcast a 4x3 image inside the 16x9 screen. The black bars (aka Pillar Box) are generated at the channel (WCBS uses gray, but ESPNHD actually has a graphic in that area. You can't remove them if your TV is 16x9

My professional advice is to search out HD programming. TitanTV's listings flag programs broadcast in HD - except for Fox.
post #68 of 592
I just got RCN's HDTV service today and I have to say that I am really disappointed.

The picture is heavily pixelated during motion sequences and I can see interlacing artifacts a lot. They seem to convert all the 720p channels to 1080i. It doesn't hold a candle to the OTA HD I was getting with an ATI HDTV Wonder.

The guide is the worst thing I have ever seen. I can't believe they call this HD. I mean honestly I find the picture on my regular analog TV (playing digital 480i) to be less annoying.

I mean I noticed that even OTA HDTV has quite a bit more artifacts than DVD due to the insane compression ratios they need to use with HD material but at least it was an overall improvement in picture compared to 480i or analog. But the way this is looking I'd say that it is actually a step backwards in watchability.

I don't know what to do. Am I stuck with this guide no matter what box I get? I think I need to call them, but I want to have realistic expectations.

BTW, they gave me a Motorola 5100 box.



P.S. On a brighter note, their 10mbps internet is awesome!
post #69 of 592
RCN tech told me they pass thru what they get. I don't think any cable company would convert 720p to 1080i. Get the Motorola 6412 box the 5100 is horrible.


Quote:
Originally Posted by sxr71 View Post

I just got RCN's HDTV service today and I have to say that I am really disappointed.

The picture is heavily pixelated during motion sequences and I can see interlacing artifacts a lot. They seem to convert all the 720p channels to 1080i. It doesn't hold a candle to the OTA HD I was getting with an ATI HDTV Wonder.

The guide is the worst thing I have ever seen. I can't believe they call this HD. I mean honestly I find the picture on my regular analog TV (playing digital 480i) to be less annoying.

I mean I noticed that even OTA HDTV has quite a bit more artifacts than DVD due to the insane compression ratios they need to use with HD material but at least it was an overall improvement in picture compared to 480i or analog. But the way this is looking I'd say that it is actually a step backwards in watchability.

I don't know what to do. Am I stuck with this guide no matter what box I get? I think I need to call them, but I want to have realistic expectations.

BTW, they gave me a Motorola 5100 box.



P.S. On a brighter note, their 10mbps internet is awesome!
post #70 of 592
fromCableWORLD

Quote:
January 09, 2006

RCN's Two-Step Digital Plan

Overbuilder RCN is on a mission to beat traditional cable operators in an all-digital race. RCN's strategy has two parts: All its systems will simulcast analog expanded basic channels in digital this year, and all channels will convert to digital next year.

At least three RCN markets--Chicago, New York and Boston--will

have full digital simulcast by the end of March. Chicago has already completed its digital conversion. RCN customers will receive new Motorola DCT-700 set-top boxes, able to handle simulcasting now and all-digital mode later. Chicago combined the simulcast premiere last Oct. 14 with launches of TNT and The Movie Channel's HD feeds, premium Q TV Network and HBO Latino (on the system's digital Latino tier). The conversion cost was less than $100,000, Chicago VP-GM Tom McKay says. The Chicago system had 77,359 basic customers when we profiled the system in November 2004. RCN recently instituted a nondisclosure policy on customer statistics.

--Simon Applebaum

my take...
This confirms some things that we've been seeing for the last few month (stations moving from sub-80 analog channels to the digital range; simulcast in the 900s). The bandwidth of a single analog channel can be better used by four or more digital channels. The DCT-700 box seems to support standard definition only.

The sad thing here is that within the next year or so, RCN cable customers will have to have a converter box or CableCard to receive almost every channel.
post #71 of 592
Ghost which market are you in RCN NYC?
post #72 of 592
I'm in the Manhattan Digital market. But cable companies *try* to keep the systems as uniform as possible, so I would expect this to happen in all the boroughs.
post #73 of 592
Latest Pres release

RCN Changes the Way it Packages & Bills Internet, Cable TV & Phone Services; 'New Digital Vision' to Provide Premium Channels Without Premium Prices


Hope this makes it cheaper, my package is beyond expensive
post #74 of 592
On the UWS I see RCN spray painted on both sides of the street, does anyone have any info on what is going on with this?
post #75 of 592
Utilities mark the street before and after they dig. Usually it's orange spray paint before a dig to indicate where to be careful when digging. Afterwards, it's yellow seals and they are usually there so linemen and installer know where the fiber optic lines are running.
post #76 of 592
DC market started receiving TMCHD any word on New York?
post #77 of 592
It has been this way (Orange) I think ,for 6 months
post #78 of 592
I'm on RCN Digital Fiber Manhattan.

Until the recent move of HD channels to the 700s, I was able to get the local channels into my Fusion HDTV card (without any cable box or cable card) as:
1200 - ABC HD
1201 - PBS HD
1210 - NBC HD
1220 - CBS HD
1211 - FOX HD

Now that the channel lineup changed, I did a rescan and I'm only able to get
1220 - CBS HD

It seems 1210 is now FSN and 1211 is MSG. 1200 & 1201 show up as encrypted.

RCN Tech Support claims they're still sending the channels down in the clear and I should be able to pick them up (although they only support receiving them from a cable box and don't know the channel/subchannel lineup).

Is anyone using a PC HDTV card or a TV with a digital HD tuner that receives RCN HD without a cable box or cablecard? If so, can you tell me what channels you're receving and on which stations?

I can switch my card to OTA, but OTA is pretty spotty compared to cable from my apartment. I'd like to know if my card is the problem or if RCN broke compatibility without a cable box in the upgrade.

Thanks
post #79 of 592
i can get fox-abc-nbc-pbs around 1300 1310
post #80 of 592
First post for me here....I'm in Queens.
I just got my Cablecard installed today into my Panny plasma. Works great. No more STB is great.
Just subscribing to the basic HDTV service. I get the local SD channels on 900-913.
post #81 of 592
Does anyone use the motorola 6412 Ver3 ? I am haing a problem with the sound. every couple of minutes i am getting a digi fart or pop sound. sort of like when a cd has the gap in between songs, where it goes in and out for a sec. Does anyone have advice on how to fix it? I have it cabled with an HDMI, as well as a toslink audio for reciever hookup(which has no sound problem) and an additional set of rca cables for the tv as well. the sound has issues on both the HDMI sound and the RCA sound into the TV.
post #82 of 592
from BusinessWire

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 31, 2006--RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI), a leading provider of triple play cable, high-speed internet and phone services, today announced a multi-year agreement with the YES Network, the most-watched regional sports network in the country for the past three years.

As part of the agreement, RCN will continue to carry the YES Network and begin high-definition telecasts of all Yankees and Nets games on RCN's Channel 734 in the New York market. RCN's high-definition coverage begins April 11th with the Yankees' opening game. In April 2007, the YES Network will expand its high-definition programs into a 24-hour channel that will be carried by RCN.

Great news for sports fans. That just leaves SNY, MSG-HD, ESPN2-HD and FoxSportsHD (such as it is) to round out the sports coverage.
post #83 of 592
from MultiChannel News

SportsNet New York joined RCN Corp.'s programming lineup Saturday.

The regional sports network -- which launched March 16 and will carry up to 125 New York Mets regular-season Major League Baseball games -- will be on channel 33 on RCN systems in the New York market.

SNY is a partnership between Mets-owned Sterling Entertainment Enterprises, Time Warner Inc. and Comcast Corp.

In addition to the Mets, the RSN will feature more than 230 hours of programming related to the National Football League's New York Jets.

No mention of HD games. SNY is already available on channel 33, but the cable boxes don't seem to have the channel information yet.
post #84 of 592
sportnetNY HD is on the channel lineup at 735
post #85 of 592
I just called to order the HD Tier because of the Yankees home opener tomorrow, but checked channel 734 and it did not register, just stayed on the same channel I was on, and if I go to 733 and click the channel up button it goes to channel 902 (does not register channel 735, SNY either).

Is there a problem with my box (motorola 6412 III)? Or is YES-HD not going to be broadcast until tomorrow?

Short version: Has anyone been able to get 734, YES-HD to come in yet?

I'm in manhattan. Thanks!
post #86 of 592
I checked my box a few hours ago and did not see 734 or 735. I didn't have time to reboot my cable box, but I'll try that tonight.

YES Network only produces home games in HD, so the feed may only be online at game time.
post #87 of 592
I too do not have the channels in the lineup yet. But.. I check the updated channel lineup at rcn.com and it now lists 734 as YESHD (starting tomorrow) and 735 sportsnetNY HD

734 YES HD HDTV
735 SportsNet NY HD HDTV
post #88 of 592
does RCN serve queens? I ask because my landlord is fed up with TWC. Also do they have broadband internet?
post #89 of 592
I tried to watch the home opener today on YES HD and the channel acted the same as it had last night ... click the channel and the box doesn't register and just stays on the same channel. I have a technician coming tomorrow - but I have a feeling there's nothing he's going to be able to do since this is not an issue with my box or setup but it seems everyones. Was anyone able to get YESHD today???

Powerful: Check on RCN.com it asks you to plug in your address and it tells you if they serve your neighborhood - it also has details about their internet and telephone services.

EDIT: 734, YESHD now registers on my box but the Channel "should be available shortly." Seems as though things are moving in the right direction.
post #90 of 592
I just got off the phone with RCN and a memo went around the company this morning that stated that though they were told that YesHD and SNY HD would be on air as of Tuesday the fact of the matter is that neither are up because of a necessity to update equipment.

YESHD will be up as of tomorrow, the 14th and SNYHD may take up to a few weeks - according to RCN.

EDIT: The issue is now resolved. YESHD is coming in crystal clear - looks phenomenal.
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