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post #8251 of 9937
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Originally Posted by scum1 View Post

I rescanned and the 6xx channels showed back up. checked back about 30 minutes later and they were gone again

I've never seen this in the months I fouight with keeping the QAM channels. The channels would last about a week at some times, but never 30 minutes.
post #8252 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jqmn View Post

The new channels have indeed been rolled out here in our part of the woodlands. Apparently the new guide is supposed to be around February 15.

it's about time we got new channels. Are we missing any other major HD cable channels now? I can't think of any that I would actually watch, anyway. we even have two HD shopping channels now ... that is a waste of space IMO.
post #8253 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jasnmb View Post

it's about time we got new channels. Are we missing any other major HD cable channels now? I can't think of any that I would actually watch, anyway. we even have two HD shopping channels now ... that is a waste of space IMO.

Does it include Turner Classic Movies HD? How about HDNet Movies? I miss that channel. HDNet itself sucks.
post #8254 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jb4647 View Post

Does it include Turner Classic Movies HD? How about HDNet Movies? I miss that channel. HDNet itself sucks.

yes to TCM HD. no to HDNet movies.

Here's the full list of new HD channels:
http://blogs.chron.com/sportsmedia/2...o_comcast.html
post #8255 of 9937
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Originally Posted by RussB View Post

The last 3 paragraphs have some new information.

"28 new standard definition channels" WTF? Why don't they just rid of the standard defs and downconvert the widescreen HD picture for those folks that still have a standard def TV?

I like the way CNN & FoxNews got rid of the 4:3 version of their channels and just put out one widescreen image.
post #8256 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jasnmb View Post

yes to TCM HD. no to HDNet movies.

Here's the full list of new HD channels:
http://blogs.chron.com/sportsmedia/2...o_comcast.html

Woo Hoo TCM HD!

Boo lack of HDNet Movies!
post #8257 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jqmn View Post

The new channels have indeed been rolled out here in our part of the woodlands. Apparently the new guide is supposed to be around February 15.

How did you learn the new guide was supposed to be around February 15? (mail?, phone?, blog?, etc.?)

The last schedule time frame was March from Comcast's Ted Hodgins, Sr. Director, Video Product Development - Navigation, in Media & Entertainment, "New Guide for Scientific Atlanta Cable Boxes" blog:

http://blog.comcast.com/2010/05/new-...ble-boxes.html

I am wondering if the date was really moved up or if someone was still using an old date?

Someone asked Ted today about the time frame for Houston, so we will see if Ted answers that question.
post #8258 of 9937
I had to activate it and then do a channel scan on my tv. Now I have a bunch more channels(no HD). A lot of the channels are garbage like religious or Spanish) No offense just not something I will watch. I do have lifetime movie network, Hallmark, Id, Tru tv, bio, and some others. still have not figured it all out. Picture quality is lacking somewhat but my wife is really happy. I think I'll skip hooking up the other DTA for now. It says I should activate both at once but I wanted to see what it was all about before hooking up the second one.

I am enclosing an image of the entire package

post #8259 of 9937
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Originally Posted by scum1 View Post
I had to activate it and then do a channel scan on my tv. Now I have a bunch more channels(no HD). A lot of the channels are garbage like religious or Spanish) No offense just not something I will watch. I do have lifetime movie network, Hallmark, Id, Tru tv, bio, and some others. still have not figured it all out. Picture quality is lacking somewhat but my wife is really happy. I think I'll skip hooking up the other DTA for now. It says I should activate both at once but I wanted to see what it was all about before hooking up the second one.

I am enclosing an image of the entire package

I think the following will work.

If you have the DTA hooked to a HDTV with a QAM tuner, you can install a splitter and run one cable directly to the TV and the other to the DTA then to the TV. This would allow you to view the local broadcast channels in HD and any other unencrypted QAM channels using the cable that doesn't go through the DTA. Use the cable from the DTA to view the other channels in analog.
post #8260 of 9937
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Originally Posted by RussB View Post

How did you learn the new guide was supposed to be around February 15? (mail?, phone?, blog?, etc.?)

A friend called with DTA issues and while the support person had him scanning his channels he asked about the guide rollout. She said she didn't have any idea but would check. She went away for a bit and came back, clearly reading from something with that date. As you say, could be old stuff but when I spoke to the guys about the channel switch in our area a week or so ago the guy I talked to was right on the money with the date. Regardless of the exact date for the guide cutover, they are rolling on implementation and this is now all about execution.
post #8261 of 9937
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Originally Posted by RussB View Post

I think the following will work.

If you have the DTA hooked to a HDTV with a QAM tuner, you can install a splitter and run one cable directly to the TV and the other to the DTA then to the TV. This would allow you to view the local broadcast channels in HD and any other unencrypted QAM channels using the cable that doesn't go through the DTA. Use the cable from the DTA to view the other channels in analog.

Wouldn't he need a switch and not a splitter?

http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Go-4101.../ref=pd_cp_e_1
post #8262 of 9937
Yes I could but I think I'll just stick with the DTA for now. I have the locals in HD on my other tvs.

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Originally Posted by RussB View Post

I think the following will work.

If you have the DTA hooked to a HDTV with a QAM tuner, you can install a splitter and run one cable directly to the TV and the other to the DTA then to the TV. This would allow you to view the local broadcast channels in HD and any other unencrypted QAM channels using the cable that doesn't go through the DTA. Use the cable from the DTA to view the other channels in analog.
post #8263 of 9937
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Originally Posted by RobertWy View Post

Wouldn't he need a switch and not a splitter?

If the DTAs have other outputs, then you could split the cable to the TV and the DTA, then run a composite video line from the DTA to the TV for instance.

Edit: From the manual, it looks like there are no other outputs. So, if the TV doesn't have two coax inputs, then yes, you'd need a switch.
post #8264 of 9937
There's an RF in, and RF out. No other options.
post #8265 of 9937
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Originally Posted by RobertWy View Post

Wouldn't he need a switch and not a splitter?

http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Go-4101.../ref=pd_cp_e_1

A splitter would be needed and depending on the TV inputs a switch may be needed. Since it is a HDTV, there is probably only one coax input.
post #8266 of 9937
Anyone here have a TV or DVR which depends on TVGOS (TV Guide) for its guide data and program listings?

I recently got signed up with Comcast and although happy so far, cannot seem to get my cablecard DVR to update its listings off the Comcast channel which carries the TVGOS data.

As far as HD channels, got em all including HBO-HD and am very happy with what I see except for some occasional brief pixelations. I do notice that when I tuned in an HD channel which had never been tuned in on that unit, it sometimes took a very long time before I got an image.
post #8267 of 9937
Doesn't look like boilermaker23 ever got a response to the same question, but that was almost 2 years ago. Hopefully someone will know the current status of TVGOS in HOU.
post #8268 of 9937
Anyone in the League City area seeing pixelation on HGTVHD?
post #8269 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

Doesn't look like boilermaker23 ever got a response to the same question, but that was almost 2 years ago. Hopefully someone will know the current status of TVGOS in HOU.

Well, I've been working on the unit all day long now, with the help of some expert HDGHDD500/TVGOS guys, and it doesn't look good.

According to tests we ran, on both CBS 11 and CBS 611, Comcast is stripping the TVGOS data so our DVRs can not set the right time nor download the TV Guide listings and grid.

I am peeved to say the least and will have to make a decision on day 29 as to whether or not to keep comcast or take advantage of their satisfaction guarantee. Right now, I am NOT satisfied. If they are not willing to let the TVGOS data come through to my cablecard DVR, then they need to give me a SA8300HD to use until they do so.
post #8270 of 9937
Just got off the phone with Comcast and they said that they are not stripping any signal but the TVGOS issue is a problem all over the country and is the fault of the CBS affiliates who are not broadcasting the TVGOS signal dependably.

So, looks like I need to call KHOU on monday and talk to them?
post #8271 of 9937
TVGOS is not working in my local Comcast market but I'm quite sure others are reporting success with Comcast in their market
The problem with TVGOS is no one wants to take responsibility Comcast blames CBS, CBS blames Rovi and Rovi just doesn't seem to care
If Rovi did care, they'd have a easy way for customers to contact them and report local problems. Lack of customer support is one of the main reasons I switched to a Tivo with lifetime service a while back. Tivo(guide service provided by Tribune) actually takes notice when customers notify them of problems, of course they better or 10s of 1000s of people may cancel their monthly service and they'd be out of business.
I wish you luck with your TVGOS problems, I can still use my DVDRs without TVGOS but without TVGOS I believe your Sony is kind of a boat anchor
post #8272 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jjeff View Post

TVGOS is not working in my local Comcast market but I'm quite sure others are reporting success with Comcast in their market
The problem with TVGOS is no one wants to take responsibility Comcast blames CBS, CBS blames Rovi and Rovi just doesn't seem to care
If Rovi did care, they'd have a easy way for customers to contact them and report local problems. Lack of customer support is one of the main reasons I switched to a Tivo with lifetime service a while back. Tivo(guide service provided by Tribune) actually takes notice when customers notify them of problems, of course they better or 10s of 1000s of people may cancel their monthly service and they'd be out of business.
I wish you luck with your TVGOS problems, I can still use my DVDRs without TVGOS but without TVGOS I believe your Sony is kind of a boat anchor

Well, not quite... I can still use it as a free digital box and still can record programs, it is just that all recordings are titled Unknown and I'd have to highlight each one to see what channel, date and time each show was recorded in order to try and figure out what I previously recorded.
My wife has been doing that on her RePlayTV units for years and is the price you pay for free I guess?
post #8273 of 9937
The following posts are from Comcast's Ted Hodgins, Sr. Director, Video Product Development - Navigation, in Media & Entertainment, "New Guide for Scientific Atlanta Cable Boxes" blog:

http://blog.comcast.com/2010/05/new-...ble-boxes.html

Note: Ted is still saying Houston is scheduled to get the new guide in March, see underlined section.

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I live in the houston area and was wondering if we were getting the new guide? I have a SA3250HD box since our service center can't keep the new ones with HDMI in stock I'm still waiting on that phone call I can't call them because the number listed is always the automated one and not local to the call center (sneaky comcast). Why are you still using equipment manufactured in 2004? The Old SA guide looks like it was made in the 90's. My other box is a tivo premire great guide no one demand.

Gregory Chandler | January 27, 2011 12:34 PM

http://blog.comcast.com/2010/05/new-...#comment-36956

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Hello Mr. Chandler and thanks for being a Comcast customer.

All of our Scientific Atlanta (SA) customers are currently scheduled to get the new on-screen guide on a rolling schedule from February through May 2011. Once we get closer to the date for your area you will get some notification directly from your local Comcast office and I will also post that information here.

We have been working with the Comcast Houston team and are scheduled to deliver this improved guide experience to our customers there in March. These schedules are dynamic and subject to change.

This on-screen program guide is phase one of coordinated multi-phase feature enhancements scheduled for our SA customers.

I have asked that someone on the local team reach out to you directly to obtain a cable box with an HDMI port for you.

We continue to use existing cable boxes and hardware that works well. The SA 3250 is a good cable box and it continues to work well to meet our customer's needs. That makes good business sense and keeps our costs and subsequently our customer's costs down.

Most of the issues with the current SA guide are software related, not hardware related. The new guide software will work quite well on your existing SA or Cisco cable box.

Thanks for your patience, we will get this new guide to you soon.

Ted Hodgins replied to comment from Gregory Chandler | February 1, 2011 5:01 PM

http://blog.comcast.com/2010/05/new-...#comment-37008

Note: Mid-February is when the new guide rollout will resume for some areas, see underlined section below, but Houston is scheduled for March, see underlined section above.

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Ted,
You said that you would inform us when certain areas get closer to the release of the new guide. I'm in the Murrysville, PA area (blairsville/latrobe/indiana digital) which was supposed to role out November 18th. Bottom line, can you at least give us the areas that will get the update in February? I think it would be a good faith gesture, considering we've waiting so patiently. I'd like to stop searching for blogs and forums every day to get my information from Comcast because it seems "no one knows". Thanks!

Greg | January 26, 2011 10:16 PM

http://blog.comcast.com/2010/05/new-...#comment-36950

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Hello Greg and thanks for visiting Comcast Voices.

All of our Scientific Atlanta (SA) customers are currently scheduled to get the new on-screen guide on a rolling schedule from February through May 2011. Once we get closer to the date for your area you will get some notification directly from your local Comcast office and I will also post that information here.

Your area of Pennsylvania is currently targeted to get the new on-screen guide in March. These schedules are dynamic and subject to change.

This on-screen program guide is phase one of coordinated multi-phase feature enhancements scheduled for our SA customers.

Additional sites will start to get the new guide starting in mid-February. I plan to announce the February locations here by the end of this week.

Thanks for your patience, we will get this new guide to you soon.

Ted Hodgins replied to comment from Greg | January 31, 2011 12:44 PM

http://blog.comcast.com/2010/05/new-...#comment-36994
post #8274 of 9937
I'm curious what these MDU Camera Channels are.
LL
post #8275 of 9937
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Originally Posted by CaptainVideoJW View Post

I'm curious what these MDU Camera Channels are.

They're reserved for apartment complexes that want to splice in their security cameras. I don't know anyone here who has that, but a friend in Toronto can call up her building's front door camera on her TV.
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That's cool. I wonder what MDU stands for?
post #8277 of 9937
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Originally Posted by CaptainVideoJW View Post

That's cool. I wonder what MDU stands for?

Multiple dwelling unit?
post #8278 of 9937
Anyone have a "TV Guide On Screen" (TVGOS) component (HDTV, DVR, etc) which is actually WORKING on Comcast Houston???
Anyone?
post #8279 of 9937
Wow Thank you for posting all the information about Comcast/Xfinity in HOUSTON!

I've been dying to get that APP to work.... even went hunting around for xfinity boxes! haha. Drove out to katy and 290 store....

ended up with a brand new RNG200 with XFINITY tag instead of comcast tag, hoping it will work.

still same old tv guide....

So in order for the APP to work, will we have to plug the DVR into a router?

I can't wait for MARCH then!


Houston (westheimer/bw8 are)
post #8280 of 9937
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Originally Posted by chinh
Wow Thank you for posting all the information about Comcast/Xfinity in HOUSTON!

I've been dying to get that APP to work.... even went hunting around for xfinity boxes! haha. Drove out to katy and 290 store....

ended up with a brand new RNG200 with XFINITY tag instead of comcast tag, hoping it will work.

still same old tv guide....

So in order for the APP to work, will we have to plug the DVR into a router?

I can't wait for MARCH then!

Houston (westheimer/bw8 are)
No, there will be a new guide (iGuide a25) sometime soon. It will not support features like remote scheduling with the Xfinity App. Supposedly a later update (a 28 ) will enable advanced features. As for how long you'll have to wait until you can schedule recordings from your iPhone is anyones guess. It could be a year or more.

So, it has nothing to do with connecting your DVR to a router. It's a matter of waiting for compatible software. Good luck waiting. I've pretty much given up hope. If and when it happens it happens.
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