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post #1 of 9937
Thread Starter 
Since it seems many questions related to TWC (now Comcast) in Houston are divided into many threads, let's try to compile a summary here.

As far as info related, the current HD channel line up is (after the Comcast switch)

HD channel locations are:

290 HDNet
291 HDNet Movies
292 ESPN
293 ESPN2
294 Golf/Versus
295 TNT
296 MHD
297 Universal HD
298 Mojo HD
301 Discovery
302 FSN

305 KHCW CW
308 HUHT PBS
309 KRIV Fox
311 KHOU CBS
312 KPRC NBC
313 KTRK ABC

415 StarzHD
419 Cinemax HD
460 HBO HD
470 Showtime HD

- I have the Moto 6200 box. Any info about the DVR box availability would be great.

Update: As of the end of 8/30/2004, the DVR box is available. TWC Houston offers both the SA8000HD and SA8000.

Update: SA8300HD is now available at TWC Houston. I swapped my 8000 to a 8300.

Updated to match new channel lineup after Comcast switch.
post #2 of 9937
Awesome. I just found 298 and 299 yesterday and now I find out we have HDNET too. Can't wait to get home. Any info in the DVR box availability would be great. It's killing me that I don't have one with my HD and consequently we don't watch as much HD as we'd like. Instead, we end up using our PVR with the Dish Network. My brother-in-law has the HD DVR in Austin and loves it. He's only had it a few weeks and I haven't seen it yet. I should see it in about a month.
post #3 of 9937
Thread Starter 
Now any news about the HD DVR box in Houston??
post #4 of 9937
Blah. The're saying 30-45 days. They did offer to put a note on file to call as soon as available.

Also TWC Houston will be airing the Fox Sports Southwest HD Astros games on channel 299 in place of InHD2 programming. You can go to http://www.foxsports.com/named/HD for the latest list of games.
post #5 of 9937
How do you get the 6200 box? Would it be an improvement over the 5100 box? Are the new 6208 boxes going to DVR HDTV? I was under the impression that they wouldn't. I went to my local TWC store and asked if I could trade in my 5100 box for the newer one, and the lady looked at me funny, then said that the new DVR box wouldn't be available until June or so. I didn't realize that there was a newer box than the 5100 already available.
post #6 of 9937
As of April 1 they must offer you the 6200 w/ firewire and it is available since I have one. I don't think the firmware had been updated to allow firewire yet, but you can get the receiver.

The 6208 HD DVR is a 6200 with a hard drive and some updated software.
post #7 of 9937
Quote:


Originally posted by khaled12


- I have the Moto 6200 box. Any info on the 6208 DVR box availability would be great.


khaled12,

I also live in Houston and have the mot 6200 box.

Do your firewire ports work? Mine do not.

Also, what firmware verison do you have on the box?

my box states that the firmware version is 05.40


Thanks!!
post #8 of 9937
Thread Starter 
I have not tested the firewire port since my TV does not support it. However, the DVI port is not working on the 6200 box yet. My firmware version is 5.xx (5.39 IIRC). I think they enabled both the firewire and DVI in version 7.07.
post #9 of 9937
I agree, i think v7.07 is the key.

Also, I just talked to a tech manager at TWhouston, he told me that the only boxes with enabled firewire are scientific alanta model. He also said that "they will not be not be further updating the mot boxes"

Since i requested a 1394 box on apr 2, they are now going to schedule/bring me the scientific atlanta box.

i'll keep you all informed.
post #10 of 9937
WOW, please do keep us updated. If true, this would be a MAJOR change in direction for TWC Houston that currently has ALL Moto equipment. The SA boxes use different head end equipment as well. Would mean TWC Houston is switching over to what Austin and other Texas cities have.

Quite a change indeed. Not sure if this is good or bad or just misinformation. We will see...
post #11 of 9937
got another call back from the TW tech manager, now the plain 1394 & DVI box MAY be a mot box. He claims he got it confused with the DVR box which will be a SA.

I should be getting a working replacement soon, I have no clue what it is going to be.

It is clear they TWHouston is not on the ball.
post #12 of 9937
I'm upgrading to HDTV this coming Fri. I've read in previous posts where Dolby Digital audio is obtainable by connecting a coaxial cable from the rear of the converter box to a DD source. I couldn't locate a coaxial input on the current box I have. Is it this simple to connect?
post #13 of 9937
Z-M@n,

Some of the older Moto 2000 boxes did not have the digital coax connection. The newer HDTV boxes should have it.
post #14 of 9937
The MOT HD boxes have both a coaxial SPDIF and and OPTICAL SPDIF. For me, they both work GREAT!, all channels have audio even if it isn't DD-5.1.

My last box, GI (non-hd), did not have working a SPDIF. I've also heard some older (non-hd) boxes only worked with DD-5.1 streams
post #15 of 9937
Thanks for the info! I'll keep my eye out for the coax input on the HD box.
post #16 of 9937
This thread is all well and good IF you have cable or satellite. How about us poor folks in Houston who can't afford those cause they spent too much on the TV and box? Is anyone talking about OTA on this thread or is there another thread somewhere?
post #17 of 9937
Tom,

The title of this thread should make it obvious
post #18 of 9937
Well... 'scuse me for not knowing what TWC stands for...I ASSume that is Time Warner Cable (which doesn't have anything very far South of I-10).
post #19 of 9937
Quote:


Originally posted by James Thorne
WOW, please do keep us updated. If true, this would be a MAJOR change in direction for TWC Houston that currently has ALL Moto equipment. The SA boxes use different head end equipment as well. Would mean TWC Houston is switching over to what Austin and other Texas cities have.

Quite a change indeed. Not sure if this is good or bad or just misinformation. We will see...

James,

finally got a box with working firewire, it is a mot 6200, aparently the tech guy got it confused with the SA PVR that they have in Beta......
post #20 of 9937
I have the Moto 6200. What is it you plan to use the firewire connection for?

Also, I have been told on several occasions the the Moto 6208 or 6212 were the PVRs to be used in Houston. The SA boxes are being tested/used in Austin and other texas cities but Houston has a different head end plant based on Motorola equipment and have been told repeatedly the two are not compatible. Perhaps someting is changing?

Anyway, hope they get an HD PVR out soon!

James
post #21 of 9937
Quote:


Originally posted by James Thorne
I have the Moto 6200. What is it you plan to use the firewire connection for?

Also, I have been told on several occasions the the Moto 6208 or 6212 were the PVRs to be used in Houston. The SA boxes are being tested/used in Austin and other texas cities but Houston has a different head end plant based on Motorola equipment and have been told repeatedly the two are not compatible. Perhaps someting is changing?

Anyway, hope they get an HD PVR out soon!

James


I'd like to use the firewire for recording direct to a pc, but so far no luck.

What I was told about the SA could be bogus. After the past few weeks, I've come to the conclusion that only a select few know what is going on. Unfortunately, I dont have there contact info.
post #22 of 9937
My wife and I will be moving to Houston in late May and I was hoping to upgrade to HD TWC upon arrival. Before I move, I had some questions I was hoping you guys might be able to answer:

1. Without any of the premium channels and with a cable internet connection, how much will this run me per month?

2. How much should I expect to spend to get everything hooked up in two rooms (assuming each room already has a cable outlet)?

3. How much does TWC charge for the set-top box rental?

Thanks in advance!
post #23 of 9937
Hello jagz,

Welcome to Houston. I will try to answer your questions.

1. I believe that I currently subscribe to the exact same package you want (cable modem/connection ~$45/month, digital basic 42/mo). Total with fees added in is approximately $99/mo - one hdtv capable digital cable box included.

2. A one time installation will vary quite a bit. They are usually running promotions that might make it free, but the worst case scenario should be no more than $50.


3. Each HDTV Converter (digital cable + hdtv tuner) costs $7/month.

Hope this helps.

- BigFoot_Lives
post #24 of 9937
Thanks Bigfoot...
Does your package include HD channels? And if so, how much extra on top of the digital cable did that run you?

Thanks again!

Chris
post #25 of 9937
No problem jagz,

I believe the standard hd channels are included with the rental of the HD capable box (the premiums, HBO-HD, Showtime-HD, etc. are included with their respective subscriptions). Our current non premium HD lineup is below:

Ch. 314 - ??? <---- I don't know this affiliation, any help?
Ch. 313 - ABC
Ch. 312 - NBC
Ch. 311 - CBS
Ch. 309 - Fox
Ch. 308 - PBS
Ch. 301 - Discovery
Ch. 299 - InHD2
Ch. 298 - InHD1

- BigFoot_Lives
post #26 of 9937
channel 314 is ABC's simulcast station. Not in HD. Just a few programs they repeat over and over again.

As said, the channels listed above are part of the digital package. That comes with a box which costs $1 more per month to rent than the regular digital box (so $7/mo vs. $6/mo). We also have HDnet and HDmovies (290 & 291) which is an extra $3/mo. Not a bad lineup.
post #27 of 9937
how is HDnet and HDmovies?
worth the extra $3/month?

the TWC HD package seems very reasonable given the variety of non-premium HD channels included. has anyone bought their set-top box as opposed to renting?

thanks again for all the answers, guys.
post #28 of 9937
Since we now have an official TWC Houston HD thread, I would like to jump in and ask whether anyone else is trying the PC route? I've got round 2 coming up with the new Fusion 3 QAM card, since round 1 (ADTV) failed, but I'd like to know if anyone else has tried to bypass the converter box/DVR issue directly?

Later,
Bill
post #29 of 9937
Upgraded to HD yesterday. My digital & HD channels are unwatchable. PQ freezes and have pixel distortment. I called TWC and was told it was due to yesterday's T-Storm.

Anyone else experiencing this problem? Or, do I have a defected HD Box?

Thanks in advance.
post #30 of 9937
I'm in the Galleria area and my reception was unaffected by the storm.
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