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post #211 of 1737
I too had the same problem with Brighthouse over in St. Pete. When I called, I was told that they did an update last night and they no longer support HDMI or DVI. I'm going to be making some phone calls tomorrow. Not that it will do any good, but it will be fun to lash out at some people.
post #212 of 1737
Just a quick follow-up..The problem is due to a D/L that doesnt support HDMI...I dont know what what we got in exchange for losing HDMI support, but Ill never know..Went back to DTV..
post #213 of 1737
Watching FOX 13 NASCAR coverage that is suppose to be in HD but looks like I am getting an SD picture so far. This maybe weather realsted though.

Fox4 in Cape Coral is showing the HD picture
post #214 of 1737
Hello Everyone,
My wife and I are going to be moving to Oldsmar, FL (Tampa Bay), we are moving from Seattle, WA.

We are very big into HDTV and currently have HDTV with DVR via Comcast HD. We get all the locals (except UPN), ESPN HD, DISCOVERY HD, INHD1, INHD2 and the Prem Movie Channels.

I have looked at the Brighthouse and I'm shocked that they don't offer NBC in HD. I was wondering what are my options for HDTV and High Speed Internet in the area.

Thanks to everyone for your help!

SirChaos (Chase)
post #215 of 1737
Hello Everyone,
My wife and I are going to be moving to Oldsmar, FL (Tampa Bay), we are moving from Seattle, WA.

We are very big into HDTV and currently have HDTV with DVR via Comcast HD. We get all the locals (except UPN), ESPN HD, DISCOVERY HD, INHD1, INHD2 and the Prem Movie Channels.

I have looked at the Brighthouse and I'm shocked that they don't offer NBC in HD. I was wondering what are my options for HDTV and High Speed Internet in the area.

Thanks to everyone for your help!

SirChaos (Chase)
post #216 of 1737
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Originally posted by SirChaos
Hello Everyone,
My wife and I are going to be moving to Oldsmar, FL (Tampa Bay), we are moving from Seattle, WA.

We are very big into HDTV and currently have HDTV with DVR via Comcast HD. We get all the locals (except UPN), ESPN HD, DISCOVERY HD, INHD1, INHD2 and the Prem Movie Channels.

I have looked at the Brighthouse and I'm shocked that they don't offer NBC in HD. I was wondering what are my options for HDTV and High Speed Internet in the area.

Thanks to everyone for your help!

SirChaos (Chase)

There are a lot of complaints about Brighthouse HD, including no NBC. I use DirecTV Satelite and get my HD OTA. From what I've been told, the OTA HD is better quality than cable/ satelite.

DirecTV has announced that they are sending up several new satelites in 2005 for HD channels, including locals (Tampa is one of 3 markets getting HD locals). Probably won't see any of this until late 2005 or early 2006.

Verizon is in the process of laying fiber optic in the Tampa area for bundled services, includung HD TV and internet on fiber that runs into your house. No word on when it will be available, but probably early 2006.

Getting the HD signal for the major networks over the air is pretty easy here. Oldsmar is close enough to the brodcast towers to have a pretty easy time getting the signals (I get about 20 digital stations with my rooftop antenna).

This looks like a transition year to me for HD- in 12 months there should be some great options available, but in the meantime ya gotta tough it out a little!
post #217 of 1737
Anyone here from Brandon?

Any word when BHN will get cable cards restocked? Been 3 months now.
post #218 of 1737
I dont know about getting re-stocked, but I am the ONLY one who asked for one in Bradenton and was told they don;t have em yet...I am going back to DTV this weekend anyway...
post #219 of 1737
OMG, they called me like right after my post and said they got them in but it's only compatible with Panasonic TV's.
post #220 of 1737
I'm in the Brandon area and Brighthouse also told me that they didn't have the Cable Cards for Sony, Only Panasonic.

I have Brighthouse Digital and HD package via the set top box and was wondering if there are any OTA channels that I am missing. I don't have an OTA antenna so if I need to buy one any suggestions you might have would be great.

I also been thinking about going with Voom Satellite for my service and using OTA for my locals. The cost is about the same as BH but you get a lot more HD.
post #221 of 1737
I just moved to Hernando in Citrus county and I am looking for the names and Email addresses of the Chief Engineers and General Managers for the Tampa stations for ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.

If anybody can provide this information it would be graetly appppreciated.

Thanks
post #222 of 1737
Yesterday, WFLA, the Tampa NBC affiliate, finally went HD on BHN 608.
post #223 of 1737
Hey..........For all you Brighthouse customers...........I just noticed we now have NBC-HD........at least in Pinellas county. (channel 608).
post #224 of 1737
Would be nice if Comcast would do us down in Venice the same flavor.
post #225 of 1737
I had comcast in Philly before and went 3 years without CBS-HD.....now I had Brighthouse with no agreement with NBC......

It is nice to have the major networks finally. (although I have not yet withnessed Brighthouse NBC-HD, most of this mornings broadcasts seemed upregulated low def, with stretched/cropped pictures so the top and bottom of the picture were a bit cut off when compared to the channel 8 low definition feed.)
post #226 of 1737
Hey that's funny, when I checked this board yesterday, I did not see any mention of NBC-HD, and so I left my post. Today, I see the post right before me said pretty much the same thing.......hmmmm.......I wonder why it did not see that yesterday when I checked. (the last post there was the one asking about the engineers.
post #227 of 1737
It was merged in - ftboomer started a new thread. (As was the previous post)
post #228 of 1737
Thanks........I thought I was losing it.
post #229 of 1737
Boy, this thread is dead.......I have been a member of local HD threads for years........but have only recently moved to the tampa area...........

Anyone know of any Tampa/Pinellas HD threads that are a bit busier?
post #230 of 1737
I would concur with what NCPanther said eariler about posting links to other boards; the Tampa area is kind of an "early adopter" of HD; now going to be one of the 30 markets w/ HD locals from D*, for example; and thus will be one of the markets getting Mpeg4 first. I really like to be able to find out news, info, etc from AVS, where typically their is early news on everything HD related. The other forum mentioned doesn't seem to have much traffic anyway.

My big mystery regarding Tampa HD is the WB...are they EVER going to go to a full power signal fulltime, like all the other networks, or what? I can't set my HD TiVo for seasons pass, etc to the HD channel cuz it's powered down most of the time (I live in Lutz).
post #231 of 1737
Overnight we got 632 WMORH, channel32 in HD. Kind of odd since they don't have any HD programming. Maybe this means that UPN & WB are close behind.
post #232 of 1737
As an amateur rocket scientist I figured that moving from SD to HD television would be child's play, relatively speaking. Not so... After diligently(?) trying to understand the ins and outs --- I am forced to admit that I am more confused now than when I first started looking into HDTV.

It started out okay. After researching different HDTV sets I tentatively decided that the Hitachi 55HDT51 would be a wise choice for me. Since I already have two DirecTiVo (Philips DSR600) DVRs, the Hughes HD10-250 seemed like an obvious choice, kinda?

New equipment cost: about $7,000.00

Then I heard that DirecTV customers in Sarasota can't get the network's in HD (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX) via satelite... The network feeds are broadcast by satelite --- but for some reason I am not allowed to receive them??? Not sure why, something about Owned & Operated...

Now I guess that DirecTV will soon (mid-year 2005) offer the network channels in the TampaBay area via their two newest Ka band satelites using Mpeg4 compression. Naturally that will require new/different equipment.

This was about the time my constant headaches began to get really severe...

I live in Sarasota, near Tuttle and Proctor. The roof-top antenna I long-ago installed to get SD signals from Tampa never worked well, maybe because my neighbor's huge pine trees block its path? Ergo, what sort of luck could I seriously hope to have receiving OTA HD signals using a new HD antenna? Slim to none?

So, what's up Doc? Should I just wait patiently for a few more months and hope that I can get the local network feeds from DirecTV's new birds? Or, maybe I should just switch over to Comcast? But, I have also heard that Comcast doesn't offer NBC-HD and that the picture quality from Comcast is not the greatest...

As much as I would love to get HDTV, selling my house and moving to New York City really isn't an option.

Maybe I am just missing the point? Anyone have any comments? Have I got the wrong info?

Thanks...
post #233 of 1737
Hi Techno,

I feel your pain!

I'm a DIRECTV subscriber and I recently had one of those typical unsatisfying conversations that you have with Customer Service Representatives. The conversation went something like this:

Larry:

I'm a subscriber in Sarasota, Florida as I understand it Sarasota is part of the Tampa market. Is that correct?

DIRECTV Customer Rep:

Yes sir, that's correct.

Larry:

And I just found out that FOX-HD is available in the Tampa market. Is that correct?

DIRECTV Customer Rep:

Yes sir, that's correct.

Larry:

Then why can't I receive it?

DIRECTV Customer Rep:

You're not eligible.

This was about the time my constant headaches began to get really severe...

Sorry I can't add any more other than confirming your plight.

I'm an early adopter of HDTV, so maybe my advice is not relavent to you, but I of course I would go ahead and get the HDTV and HD tuner and starting enjoying satellite high definition programming. As you know the HD TiVo is fairly expensive, but when it works its wonderful.

The reason I say that is because many folks, including myself, have experienced problems with it. I'm on my third replacement unit, which knock wood, is still working. As a veteran TiVo person you know how addictive it can be.

You're right about the MPEG4 conversion, but most people believe that DIRECTV will provide a replacement for our current MPEG2 devices, especially the expensive HD TiVos, for little or no charge.

With regard to your over-the-air reception, I have an indoor antenna that I use for HDTV. My receptions is not very good, but I find that I have better luck receiving Ft. Myers stations than Tampa. Assuming you don't have tree behind you, you might be better off turning the antenna 180 degrees and giving it a try.

I have a love-hate relationship with DIRECTV, but for now I would recommend trying HD with DIRECTV. After all you can always switch to an other provider if you have to.

Good luck.

Larry
post #234 of 1737
Techo:
I'm also in Sarasota and, as with Larry, an early adopter as well. I also have the HD Tivo and think its fabulous. Forget trying to get CBS out of Holiday but, despite your neighbors trees, you may be surprised, with your outdoor antenna, that you might actually be able to receive ABC and FOX fairly well. You might even be able to get Ft. Myers NBC (digital 15) off the back of your antenna. Give it a whirl.

Hopefully, since we're in the first group, when the new sats go up and are working, all will work out with DirecTV as well, and they'll do what they need to do to upgrade eqt. in order to be capatible with MPEG4, and we'll have HD locals from Tampa.

Good luck,
post #235 of 1737
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Originally posted by LarryChanin
I have a love-hate relationship with DIRECTV, but for now I would recommend trying HD with DIRECTV. After all you can always switch to an other provider if you have to.

Quote:


Originally posted by Ron Tobin
Forget trying to get CBS out of Holiday but, despite your neighbors trees, you may be surprised, with your outdoor antenna, that you might actually be able to receive ABC and FOX fairly well. You might even be able to get Ft. Myers NBC (digital 15) off the back of your antenna. Give it a whirl.

Hopefully, since we're in the first group, when the new sats go up and are working, all will work out with DirecTV as well, and they'll do what they need to do to upgrade eqt. in order to be capatible with MPEG4, and we'll have HD locals from Tampa.Good luck,

Thanks very much Larry & Ron, you have both helped reduce my confusion --- I think.

I am now leaning towards simply ending my Hate/Love relationship with DirecTV and going solely with Comcast instead. Then, I won't have to spend a thousand dollars for the DirecTV HD DVR and I will actually get CBS and ABC in HD from Comcast right now and not have to wait until sometime later this year. (Less money and more programming?)

I used to subscribe to D* Sunday Ticket and March Madness but stopped those last year, so DirecTV really doesn't have a big hook for me anymore. Too bad the Feds won't just allow DirecTV to pass the NY & west coast network's HD feeds to anyone who is willing to pay for them. I'm sure that if it was up to DirecTV they would do that. The guvmint sure is hindering things to the max? Guess someone has to look out for those special interest groups...

If later (when the mpeg4 is a reality) I should decide to opt for the "new" HD service from DirecTV I can simply switch back to DirecTV for HD. Won't even have to bother with upgrading equipment... Should be interesting to see what sort of DVR they go with after the new birds are on line. (Not TiVo anymore? )

Maybe I will even get lucky and be able to pull in NBC and FOX from OTA. Thanks for the info! OTA is definitely worth a try... I'll probably just replace my old SD antenna/rotor that I have on my roof now with a good directional HD antenna. (Time to begin researching antennas...)
post #236 of 1737
*chirp, chirp*
post #237 of 1737
I live in Bradenton and am trying to finish my HT. Do you find the rain fade a problem here on the West Coast of Florida? Channel Master and I assume others make a larger dish, approx 30x36, with three LNB's for DirecTV. Does it work as advertised? Is it needed?
post #238 of 1737
Hi,

I live in Sarasota. When we moved down here we took advantage of the professional dish installation for $25 offered by DIRECTV. However, I was concerned about possible rain fade issues and asked the installer whether they offered an optional upgrade to the Channel Master dish. They didn't so I went with the standard oval triple LNB dish.

To answer your question, yes in violent thunder storms coming from the South there will be a short interval of rain fade. I'm guessing, but I'd stay they generally go away after about 10 minutes.

To me the large dish is not needed, unless, of course, you're in the middle of a Super Bowl party.

Larry
post #239 of 1737
I live in Brandon, and was wondering if u guys knew if any channels from brighthouse are unencrypted, and if so, which channels they are.
post #240 of 1737
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Originally posted by bsteezy
I live in Brandon, and was wondering if u guys knew if any channels from brighthouse are unencrypted, and if so, which channels they are.

Can't help you on Brighthouse, but for those who have Comcast (Sarasota), the unencryted HD ones are ABC, CBS, FOX and PBS. Everything else in HD in encrypted.

Hopefully someone can chime in and give you the status of Brighthouse.
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