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post #151 of 18585
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Originally posted by LJCullen
OK -- got the idea and stayed with the 'high-end' cable I already had -- Gosh knows I have more un-used cables than one can shake a stick at. But I thank all for the info - and honestly it is was in keeping with what I thought I understood from friends et al.

Now another question:

I do have a high end receiver -- Pioneer Elite VSX-45TX. Since getting the Pace box I have noticed that if I set the sound volume on (this is just a means of explaining) sound level 20 --

If I switch to Digital input, the sound is at a considerable lower volume than the regular Analog Audio -- lets say in my example I would have to raise the sound level to 15 to achieve close to the same volume level.

I never experienced this before with the previous box -- am I missing something?

Its an annoyance factor more than a problem - and besides still trying to learn all this 'stuff"

Checked all my connections and inputs - and can't see what could have changed. The 5.1 surround from the regular channels is just more 'muted' - for lack of better terminology.

Well, first of all every time you change channels, you will find that there is a volume change (this was true of the old SA box as well). If I understand your post, you are using two cables (like you had to do with the SA box) one digital and one analogue. You don't need two cables. The digital cable will give its superior sound on all the analogue channels as well. BTW I have Elite VSX55TXi and VSX-53TX receivers with the Pace Boxes, so I do have some experience in the matter. Hope that helps.
post #152 of 18585
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Originally posted by DouglasR
Hello Forum...I will be moving from Fort Lauderdale to St. Cloud this summer. Just a quick question. In the Orlando area does the local cbs channel carry the Dolphin games and are they broadcast in HDTV?

Welcome to the forum. I'll give you a definite maybe. They have promised to move from the Jacksonville games to the Miami games, but who know if that will happen. There has been only one HD NFL game nationally on Sunday day (ESPN Sunday Night is HD, but is not yet carried by BHN), and of course Monday Night Football (even if it is on a Thursday) is in HD. In other words, if they thing the Miami game will be the best one it will be in HD otherwise it will not be. This may change as they add more HD remote units, but I have no idea when that will happen. Hope that answers your questions.
post #153 of 18585
ESPN has been added to VOOM's lineup with ESPN, ESPN-II, ESPNEWS, and ESPN-HD. VOOM is looking very good right now. HD channels of HBO, StarzHD,MaxHD,ShowtimeHD and soon TNTHD.

LooKs good.
post #154 of 18585
DirecTV has said they will be carrying 8 games a week in HD as part of their Sunday Ticket. This would seem to say that CBS will be up-ing the number of games this fall that will be in HD and increasing our chances of more Fins games in HD. I believe 4 of the Fins games will be Sunday/Monday night so they will be in HD.

With Fox going HD, it should be a good football season... They should start doing some sporting events starting early July.

I read that ESPN will be doing more HD when they move in to the new studio in July.
post #155 of 18585
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Originally posted by DouglasR
Hello Forum...I will be moving from Fort Lauderdale to St. Cloud this summer. Just a quick question. In the Orlando area does the local cbs channel carry the Dolphin games and are they broadcast in HDTV?

Don't get too excited, I too am a FINS fan and regret to inform you that KMG even missed playing playoff games 2 years ago, we had to goto a sports bar to view them.

You're best bet is to get an antenna in the air and fish around, you might find them out of Tampa or Ft Myers, it's what I've had to do and it's the most reliable.
post #156 of 18585
LouK

Thank you for the info - and yes, it helps a great deal -- always learning here !!

The Pace box gave me the additional capability of digital sound input on channels below 100 -- which the SA box did not.

All in all - I like the Pace box for some additional flexibility I got that was not present on SA box.
post #157 of 18585
Hey greg, any new updates on the HD DVR boxes?
post #158 of 18585
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Originally posted by mattfl
Hey greg, any new updates on the HD DVR boxes?

Yes, I'm curious also.
post #159 of 18585
Decisions, decisions.
I currently subscribe to DirecTV and am anxiously waiting for broad availability of the recently released HDTivo (HR10-250). Today DirecTV successfully launched another satellite which should free up some bandwidth for more HD.
However, before I sink $1k into the DirecTivo, I would love to hear more about Brighthouse's plan for a PVR. If they offered an HD PVR with a home networking option (and picked up ESPN HD) I'd switch. They are out there:

Scientific Atlanta 8300, new DVR software
http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/st...2163406&EDATE=

Comcast to offer Moxi Media Center
http://www.siliconvalley.com/mld/sil...ey/8521855.htm

Anyone else out there in a similar situation? Comments?
Greg, you are another major plus in the column of switching to cable. I really appreciate your candid input on this forum. Care to comment?
I can't hold out much longer! The clock is ticking. . .
post #160 of 18585
Greg is most likely attending the NCTA convention in New Orleans.

http://www.thenationalshow.com/

Did anyone receive the firewire enabled SA3250 which was originally due on April 1st?
post #161 of 18585
Here's the near term schedule for the HD-One Movies on WB18

Star Trek II-The Wrath of Khan - May 5/8 @ 8p & 5/22 @ 12n
Star Trek III-The Search for Spock - June 5/19 @ 8p & 5/20 @ 12n
Raider of the Lost Ark - July 7/10 @ 8p & 7/18 @ 12n

Now if we only had recorders ....
post #162 of 18585
I got the call from BHN tonight arranging for the delivery of the SA3250 in the morning. I will be testing the Pioneer software by recording HD via fire-wire into my Apple computer.
post #163 of 18585
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Originally posted by Barry928
I got the call from BHN tonight arranging for the delivery of the SA3250 in the morning. I will be testing the Pioneer software by recording HD via fire-wire into my Apple computer.

Woohoo!!!

Here comes the mass exodus to HD-PVR's! Keep us posted on how it works and when it's gonna be released to the public.

Great news!

Fred Forlano
post #164 of 18585
I'm afraid I didn't make it to NCTA this year -- too busy putting fires out around here. I do have a job other than talking to you guys :-).

HD-DVR -- My few years of experience in this business (3.5?) quickly educated me on one thing -- a press release is a far cry from having a deployable product. The networked HD-DVR from SA is at least a year from being deployable (anybody remember the 4th quarter 2003 promises for the standard HD-DVR?).

I expect I'll have some news in the next week or so regarding the launch date of the non-networked HD-DVR (S/A 8000HD). If you PM'ed me, you're on the list.
post #165 of 18585
Ideally to satisfy our insatiable appetites for the perfect setup...

We'd have the Explorer® 8300 Multi-Room DVR and the Explorer 8000HD put together so we could access hi-def recorded content in any room, any time, and then be able to archive it to disk via firewire -- or even better, wirelessly via High-Speed 2.4GHz (802.11g) to a networked drive!!

It's coming... only a matter of time...

I can only imagine what TV will be like when our grandkids are 50.

-Zampa
post #166 of 18585
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Originally posted by Zampa


I can only imagine what TV will be like when our grandkids are 50.


I am trying to imagine what tv will be like 5 years from now.

If the DVR reaches saturation among the masses and everyone skips the commercials then the advertising based business model breaks down for the tv broadcaster. Will all the broadcast and cable channels then switch to a HBO type of business where the consumer just pays monthly for the channels he/she desires?

The only programming I can see that would not be affected by the DVR is live sports and news.
post #167 of 18585
I hope this is not out-of-line for this forum. I searched and did not see any prohibition of "for sale" items. I am sure someone will let me know if it is. In any case, it's somewhat of a "public service" message since I am selling mine at cost and they are hard to get at any price.

I have a DISH (Echostar) 921 HD DVR that I am replacing with a DirecTV system. My plan is to list it on eBay, but I would prefer to sell it to someone locally.

This unit has worked very well for me. It has no problems other than software immaturity issues that are being aggressively addressed by Echostar. I am changing to DirecTV for programming reasons.

I am not trying to get a premium price; only looking to get back my costs, $1070.

Please PM me, or send an email to: CAL77@DogT.com
post #168 of 18585
Greg - thanks for the update.
Out on the main forum there is a thread that has placed TNT-HD on a TWC system - any info on if you guys have signed / pretty close to close a deal?

Thanks!
post #169 of 18585
Originally posted by Barry928:
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If the DVR reaches saturation among the masses and everyone skips the commercials then the advertising based business model breaks down for the tv broadcaster. Will all the broadcast and cable channels then switch to a HBO type of business where the consumer just pays monthly for the channels he/she desires?

I've wondered the same thing. I think it's pretty much a given that PVRs will 'reach a saturation among the masses' -- And soon!
If the consumer has to foot the bill for broadcasting (ala carte pricing) it will wipe out all but a handful of channels.
I can see a LOT more product placements in programming coming. Joey Tribiani (sp?) munching on some Doritos and washing it down with a Coke, company logos electronically added on the 50 yard line on a football telecast, and 'Spiderman 2' ads painted on the on deck circles at MLB games, etc. . .
Can this be enough revenue to keep the current commercial television model in tact?
post #170 of 18585
For those who care, Adelphia turned on HDNet and HDNet movies 2 days ago. PQ is stunning, but I get SDE on high action scenes, more than likely a bandwidth issue.
post #171 of 18585
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Originally posted by mezzmor
For those who care, Adelphia turned on HDNet and HDNet movies 2 days ago. PQ is stunning, but I get SDE on high action scenes, more than likely a bandwidth issue.

Send a message to viewer@hd.net. HDNet is quite particular about how Cable and Satellite providers present their signal. They may be able to put some "heat" on Adelphia to get them to improve.
post #172 of 18585
I just got the new TIVO HD system from DirecTV. I used rabbit ears last night and was able to pick up OTA easily. I am looking for suggestions of what type of long term antenna I should buy ... preferably something I can put in the attic.

I live in the Conway area if that matters.
post #173 of 18585
I am in Tuscawilla with a Channel Master StealthTenna 3010 (no amplifier) in my attic feeding an HR10-250 with solid signals on all the Christmas stations. If you want, I can give you the DirecTivo's OTA signal strength numbers tonight.
post #174 of 18585
Barry,

You raise several good points about DVR's. I just completed a lengthy marketing research project on DVR's for a customer behavior class at UCF and found out several things.

The ability to skip commercials was identified by 75% of survey respondents as a feature they would like to have.

The largest area of growth is going to be in integrated DVR's such as those provided by DirecTV, Dish Network and local cable operators such as Bright House.

Penetration is still very low (Bright House only has DVR's in about 3.7% of its customers homes in the Florida market).

Skipping commercials is going to increase in concern as more people have these devices and advertisers start to feel the affects.

My prediction: Just as radio has survived TV, advertisers will survive the DVR. They will begin to target users in better ways, and in ways that will probably make you more likely to buy their products.

In case you did not know it, TiVo has been recording every single thing you watch down to how many times you replay a scene or what commercials you watch and which ones you skip. This information is VERY valuable to advertisers, and is likely to result in targeted ad placement based on your demographic. If you have a TiVo now you know that main menu an ad that looks like another menu selection, and if you have one I bet you have clicked on it! As they get better, those ad's will be targeted to what the household tends to buy. Believe me they will adapt, and I bet they will have better market penetration and more precise results than they have now.

My ultimate prediction is that as DVR's become so cheap for providers they are going to push them into homes for free because they want to collect information on their subscribers to sell to advertisers, or so they can sell ad space.

If you're curious to see my research my presentation is at http://www.petershipp.com/class/DVR_presREV2.ppt
post #175 of 18585
Thread Starter 
OrlEngr,

I live in the Conway area and have a RS VU-75X antenna in my attic connected to the HR10-250 (Thank you CC.com!). I can get all the locals with no problems. Well, except for the PSIP problems but that isn't the fault of the antenna.

avN
post #176 of 18585
Until now, I was recording with a DISH 921; with all it's OTA problems, I haven't bothered to look into PSIP problems. So far, with my HR10-250, I haven't seen any local recording issues. What should I be looking for?
post #177 of 18585
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Originally posted by CAL7
Until now, I was recording with a DISH 921; with all it's OTA problems, I haven't bothered to look into PSIP problems. So far, with my HR10-250, I haven't seen any local recording issues. What should I be looking for?

See this post and this reply.

The local UPN channel can't or won't send correct PSIP data. The problem is not limited to the HD-TiVo. It also occurred with my old Sony HD-200.
post #178 of 18585
Hi, I'm new to this thread as I'm moving out of S. Florida up to the C. Florida area. I'll be moving to the Spruce Creek CC community (Belleview) and need info on how people in that areas are picking up OTA signals. I'm spoiled coming from Delray Beach. I can pick up both Miami and WPB stations with a Silver Sensor on top of my wall unit. Any help on what works to get a stable signal would be greatly appreciated.
post #179 of 18585
Peter,

I'd just like to add that Bright House Networks absolutely does NOT collect any usage information off of our DVR's.
post #180 of 18585
Thread Starter 
... at least not yet ...


Peter seems to make a compelling case that you will sooner or later even if you don't realize it now. Basically, BH will have to collect this data or be at a competitive disadvantage. Am I interpreting that correctly Peter?

BTW, I believe the TiVo usage information is collected or stored in such a way that it cannot be tracked back to an individual user.
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