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post #9571 of 9937
Quote:
Originally Posted by RussB View Post

I got the same letter today. This is the second phase of the Network Upgrade where the Basic Cable Analog Channels are being removed. The first phase was the removal of the Expanded Basic Service Analog Channels. After the second phase is complete, Houston Comcast will be an all-digital platform.

I figured that was what was going on.
post #9572 of 9937
...so does this mean that after April 10th, the only way to get any cable programing (worth watching anyway) will be to have some sort of a box from Comcast? The days of plugging a TV directly to coax cable (even with an HDTV) are over?



Quote:
Originally Posted by RussB View Post

I got the same letter today. This is the second phase of the Network Upgrade where the Basic Cable Analog Channels are being removed. The first phase was the removal of the Expanded Basic Service Analog Channels. After the second phase is complete, Houston Comcast will be an all-digital platform.
post #9573 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jb4647 View Post

...so does this mean that after April 10th, the only way to get any cable programing (worth watching anyway) will be to have some sort of a box from Comcast? The days of plugging a TV directly to coax cable (even with an HDTV) are over?

That's probably not a hard date.

But yes, you will need at least a DTA. Two are provided free with your cable subscription.

https://digitalnow.comcast.com/About...al_Update.aspx
post #9574 of 9937
Has Comcast/Xfinity instituted SDV in our area yet?
If not, is there a planned roleout scheduled?
post #9575 of 9937
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Originally Posted by Jack Morris View Post

Has Comcast/Xfinity instituted SDV in our area yet?
If not, is there a planned roleout scheduled?

No and No

Comcast has backed away from SDV for now. They are getting bandwidth by removing the analog channels.
post #9576 of 9937
Quote:
Originally Posted by jb4647 View Post

...so does this mean that after April 10th, the only way to get any cable programing (worth watching anyway) will be to have some sort of a box from Comcast? The days of plugging a TV directly to coax cable (even with an HDTV) are over?

According to Comcast, if you have expanded basic/starter channels and a TV with a QAM tuner you need a DTA to view expanded basic/starter channels in digital format.

See the following links:

http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/He...dapter-to-hdtv

http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/He...ital-migration
post #9577 of 9937
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Originally Posted by CaptainVideoJW View Post

That's probably not a hard date.

But yes, you will need at least a DTA. Two are provided free with your cable subscription.

https://digitalnow.comcast.com/About...al_Update.aspx

We lost all unencoded QAM about a month ago and now everything/every channel requires a cable box to view.
post #9578 of 9937
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Originally Posted by Jack Morris View Post

We lost all unencoded QAM about a month ago and now everything/every channel requires a cable box to view.

I can get QAM with my Visio TV. There aren't many. They are in the 600 range. Have you rescanned your channels? Where do you live?
post #9579 of 9937
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Originally Posted by RobertWy View Post

I can get QAM with my Visio TV. There aren't many. They are in the 600 range. Have you rescanned your channels? Where do you live?

Just north of Houston.
Was using a Sony DHG-HDD500 for un-encoded reception of WGN and a few other channels. What are a few of the exact locations(608, 11.1, etc) of these unencoded channels as I'd rather not rescan if possible.
Thanks!
post #9580 of 9937
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Originally Posted by Jack Morris View Post

Just north of Houston.
Was using a Sony DHG-HDD500 for un-encoded reception of WGN and a few other channels. What are a few of the exact locations(608, 11.1, etc) of these unencoded channels as I'd rather not rescan if possible.
Thanks!

I can still get channel 54 without a DTV and the others in that range. Maybe I will lose them later. The HD channels are still the same here - 613.1 for Houston ABC13, for example.
post #9581 of 9937
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Originally Posted by RobertWy View Post

I can still get channel 54 without a DTV and the others in that range. Maybe I will lose them later. The HD channels are still the same here - 613.1 for Houston ABC13, for example.

When I tuned to 54, I used to get a Comcast screen telling me I needed a DTV box to get that channel but now I get a "no signal". Get nothing in 600+ range where I used to see local HD channels. Strangely, still get unencrypted locals such as 2.1, 11.1, 13.1, etc...
post #9582 of 9937
....extra $$ if you want to get full use of your HDTV and see the HD equivilant channels of what's available via basic/starter channels.

I can understand release an standard def DTA for standard def 4:3 TVs but over the next few years those are going to die out and be replaced with 16:9 HD TVs which have been the only one's available since 2007. Thus, I wonder if there are plans to come out with a HD DTA and will 2 of those per household be offered for free?

Without this option I could see it get very expensive to supply every HDTV in the house with either an HD DVR or an HD STB and the subscription rates that go with each.



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Originally Posted by RussB View Post

According to Comcast, if you have expanded basic/starter channels and a TV with a QAM tuner you need a DTA to view expanded basic/starter channels in digital format.

See the following links:

http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/He...dapter-to-hdtv

http://customer.comcast.com/Pages/He...ital-migration
post #9583 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jb4647 View Post

....extra $$ if you want to get full use of your HDTV and see the HD equivilant channels of what's available via basic/starter channels.

I can understand release an standard def DTA for standard def 4:3 TVs but over the next few years those are going to die out and be replaced with 16:9 HD TVs which have been the only one's available since 2007. Thus, I wonder if there are plans to come out with a HD DTA and will 2 of those per household be offered for free?

Without this option I could see it get very expensive to supply every HDTV in the house with either an HD DVR or an HD STB and the subscription rates that go with each.

The following posts are in the "Comcast Technology Topic" thread, whcih has a lot of good information about Comcast and what it is doing nationwide.

I think Comcast will offer an HD DTA for a low fee as soon as it can. I don't know if the FCC has approved it yet.

Comcast Tests Guide For DTAs, Preps HD Model

MSO Has Deployed 18 Million of Low-Cost Adapters to Date


By Todd Spangler -- Multichannel News, 4/22/2011 2:22:01 PM

Click the following link to go to a post with the story:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...7#post20350967


Motorola's High Definition Digital Transport Adapter (HD-DTA100u)

Click the following link to go to a post with the story:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post21112841


One more HD DTA - from Evolution:
Features & Benefits


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http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...4#post21120004
post #9584 of 9937
Comcast is just like every other scam. Draw you in with specials and then slowly take the freebies/specials away while reducing all your other previous options at the same time.

You used to be able to get BETTER HDTV from Comcast at a much lower cost... now you have monthly bills which have doubled just paying to watch the shows in HD you used to watch for free.
post #9585 of 9937
So TiVo is about to roll out Xfinity On Demand to its Premiere boxes.

San Francisco will be the first market to roll this out. I wonder how many years it will take for Comcast to make this available in Houston.
post #9586 of 9937
Did any one else think the CBS NCAA games looked terrible? The other networks showing the games looked fine but CBS had some weird alaising going on with the wood grain on the court. Like it was over compressed or something.
post #9587 of 9937
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Originally Posted by logman View Post

Did any one else think the CBS NCAA games looked terrible? The other networks showing the games looked fine but CBS had some weird alaising going on with the wood grain on the court. Like it was over compressed or something.

Yeah, I saw that too. It looked pretty bad.
post #9588 of 9937
I posted a story about Comcast's Xfinity Customer Centers (Click link below). There is one in Katy. That thread has a lot of good information.

POST LINK (Comcast Techknowledgy Topic):
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9#post21836659
post #9589 of 9937
I reposted two posts from Comcast's Ted Hodgins, Sr. Director, Video Product Development - Navigation, in Media & Entertainment, "New Guide for Scientific Atlanta Cable Boxes" blog. They are about Comcast's new guides for the SA/Cisco areas. (Click link below).

POST LINK (Comcast Techknowledgy Topic):
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...1#post21923501
post #9590 of 9937
In case anyone is still here.

Anyone having problems with their SA box HDMI cutting out on playback of recorded shows only? Live always works fine but on playback of recorded shows the TV keeps occasionally loses sync. On my Mits I get the blue screen and then it will get it back after a couple of seconds. Rewinding to the cutout point doesn't seem to recreate it. This has occasionally happened for a long time, but lately it is happening a lot more.

SA8300
post #9591 of 9937
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Originally Posted by Kabuto View Post

In case anyone is still here.

Anyone having problems with their SA box HDMI cutting out on playback of recorded shows only? Live always works fine but on playback of recorded shows the TV keeps occasionally loses sync. On my Mits I get the blue screen and then it will get it back after a couple of seconds. Rewinding to the cutout point doesn't seem to recreate it. This has occasionally happened for a long time, but lately it is happening a lot more.

SA8300

I have a new problem that is similar. This has only starting happening in the last few months. I am using SD and occassionally the playback will freeze. When it starts again there is missing dialog. Sometimes this is just for a fraction of a second and at other times it is for a longer period of time. During the longer periods of time, the picture will go black and there will be no audio. Also, I have seen this on the quarter screen window when I am in the menu system after deleting a recorded show that I just watched.
post #9592 of 9937
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kabuto View Post

In case anyone is still here.

Anyone having problems with their SA box HDMI cutting out on playback of recorded shows only? Live always works fine but on playback of recorded shows the TV keeps occasionally loses sync. On my Mits I get the blue screen and then it will get it back after a couple of seconds. Rewinding to the cutout point doesn't seem to recreate it. This has occasionally happened for a long time, but lately it is happening a lot more.

SA8300

This is a signature you might see if a hard drive were starting to degrade. That doesn't mean it's what your problem is, but I saw similar behavior in the months leading up to my external drive faliure, and it got worse over time. In my case, I had an additional symptom of certain recorded programs showing up in the list but not playing back when I selected them...but that was with the old guide software, too.
post #9593 of 9937
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Originally Posted by jruhnke View Post

This is a signature you might see if a hard drive were starting to degrade. That doesn't mean it's what your problem is, but I saw similar behavior in the months leading up to my external drive faliure, and it got worse over time. In my case, I had an additional symptom of certain recorded programs showing up in the list but not playing back when I selected them...but that was with the old guide software, too.

I'd tend to lean towards something like this instead of HDMI cable. The HDMI cables don't tend to be intermittent, and if they are intermittent it would not be likely that watching the show live, then watching it again from recording, which should be a bit exact copy would generate a different result over the HDMI cable. Something else inside the DVR would be the culprit and the most likely item would be the HDD.

One thing to check would be to see if it does it more frequently when doing a playback while two programs are being recorded.

I'd swap it out, or better yet, get a TiVo Premiere and a cable card, it'll pay for itself even w/ a lifetime subscription fee over the life of the box. I've got 2 TiVo HD boxes and love them and they've paid for themselves in about 3yrs and I've had them for 5 yrs now. That and I've got about 400Hrs of HD storage between them.
post #9594 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.

They explain the plans for Houston to get On-Screen Guide 2.0

Quote:


Ted when will Comcast launch the 2.0 new guide? i have the new RNG 200N in Houston? The Guide is very beautiful.

Brandon | May 15, 2012 10:56 AM

http://blog.comcast.com/2010/05/new-...#comment-48519

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@Brandon, we have a meeting in Houston at the end of the month to go over our proposed schedule and additional details with the local Comcast management team. We have had great success in our launched areas.

The plan is to get On-Screen Guide 2.0 http://www.xfinity.com/onscreenguide2
available to our Houston customers this year just as we have been able to do in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Tennessee, parts of Louisiana and now Minnesota (and soon New Mexico and Texas).

I will have a better date for your area after our meeting with the Comcast Houston team.

The plan we are following has been to introduce On-Screen Guide 2.0 with AnyRoom DVR initially and then also eventually include all of the RNG devices (RNG 100, 150 and 200) after a certain date in deployed markets later this year.

We do understandably have a controlled deployment plan for the early stages of this guide deployment so we can monitor customer and business metrics, install times, and the overall impact to our customers and to the business.

Even though you already have a Cisco RNG 200N now, getting the new On-Screen Guide 2.0 initially is a factor of getting a Cisco RNG box after a certain calendar date in each market.

After that, the current plan is to arrange to change the on-screen guide on the existing RNG set tops in the On-Screen Guide 2.0 deployed markets. That will require some advance, direct and wide customer communication.

Ted Hodgins replied to comment from Brandon | May 15, 2012 12:07

http://blog.comcast.com/2010/05/new-...#comment-48521
post #9595 of 9937
Is there any trick to getting an SA 8300 (or whatever we get in Houston) to remount the shows on an external hard drive that it doesn't seem to be able to load the shows on?

Background: had to move the DVR, so everthing was powered down, and resetup. It took a couple of tries to get it to see the shows on the external, but it did.

Now that its back in the HT rack, it just doesn't want to play the shows. I realize it keeps the listing of the shows on the internal drive, but it shows 16% used and just shows a blank screen on 2/3s of the shows.

So is there a particular power down / power up sequence? The drive has NOT been attached to anything but the current DVR.

TIA! As its gonna be a sad day if I've lost 2/3s of my shows as there is quite a few series I had abunch of episodes to watch.

Steve
post #9596 of 9937
If you don't get an answer in this thread, you can try the following thread.
8300HD and External SATA - It Works!! thread:
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...2#post22017622

Quote:
Originally Posted by highgrovemanor View Post

Is there any trick to getting an SA 8300 (or whatever we get in Houston) to remount the shows on an external hard drive that it doesn't seem to be able to load the shows on?

Background: had to move the DVR, so everthing was powered down, and resetup. It took a couple of tries to get it to see the shows on the external, but it did.

Now that its back in the HT rack, it just doesn't want to play the shows. I realize it keeps the listing of the shows on the internal drive, but it shows 16% used and just shows a blank screen on 2/3s of the shows.

So is there a particular power down / power up sequence? The drive has NOT been attached to anything but the current DVR.

TIA! As its gonna be a sad day if I've lost 2/3s of my shows as there is quite a few series I had abunch of episodes to watch.

Steve
post #9597 of 9937
Thanks RussB. I just hate the appearance of popping the question, but searching these 300 page forums posts just doesn't do it. There NEEDS TO BE an app for that.
post #9598 of 9937
Just wondering if it's my service only or a widespread issue . . .

I live in Greatwood (59 @ 99) and for the past couple of weeks several of my favorite HD channels are not coming in, or are VERY pixelated.

Posting now @ work, but as I recall . . . 657, 662, 679 come to mind as being unwatchable.

Anyone else?
post #9599 of 9937
I live in Greatwood as well. I haven't noticed any pixelation issues, but I can't say I watch those channels much. I'll have to remember too look.

Have they replaced your cable since they went 100% digital (requiring the DTA boxes) several months ago? I was having some issues recently, and even though they had pulled a new cable about 3yrs ago (I had pixelation issues on several channels then.) They needed to pull another one (orange cable.) I didn't look at it to closely but it's supposed to be better jacketed to prevent damage from expansion/contraction of ground and water getting inside the jacket.
post #9600 of 9937
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Originally Posted by c1courtney View Post

I live in Greatwood as well. I haven't noticed any pixelation issues, but I can't say I watch those channels much. I'll have to remember too look.

Have they replaced your cable since they went 100% digital (requiring the DTA boxes) several months ago? I was having some issues recently, and even though they had pulled a new cable about 3yrs ago (I had pixelation issues on several channels then.) They needed to pull another one (orange cable.) I didn't look at it to closely but it's supposed to be better jacketed to prevent damage from expansion/contraction of ground and water getting inside the jacket.

Thanks for your reply, it should be most helpful.

Update on my cable issues - 657 was ALMOST watchable last night, but 662 and 679 were junk.

I've been having cable quality issues ever since I moved into the Brooks Mill section. We started out in the Wood Creek section in 2000, then moved into Charleston Estates in 2005, then we divorced and I bought in Brooks Mill in 2008. I really like Greatwood (obviously), and my daughter has done very well at Campbell Elementary.

Anyway, we always had pretty good cable reception / service until my last move. No new cable has ever been pulled since I've lived here, so it certainly sounds like it's time.

Once again, I appreciate the heads-up!
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