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Originally Posted by keenan View Post
Curious... and how many HD channels do you folks have? National and local? I'm assuming SDV has not been implemented in your area, it was on the table here but subsequently scratched, the conventional wisdom now being that Comcast will just compress 4 HD channels per QAM, up from 3 per QAM currently. Speaking national feeds of course, locals, so far, are still 2 per QAM providing a full 19 mbps per station.
Don't know the exact number but I think it is about 120. Of that 9 are local and 2 RSNs.
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Comcast Brings ABC, Fox Shows To Free VOD

http://www.multichannel.com/article/...o_Free_VOD.php
post #11343 of 11976
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Originally Posted by Gt1racer View Post

i got WOM April 2010 and i still dont have MLB/NHL Game 2 HD

Ditto here in the 'burbs of Philadelphia. The first areas got WOM in fall of 2009, it finished up in 2010. Some SA/Cisco areas in South Jersey just got it this winter.

We don't even have GAMEHD or TEAMHD! Let alone the 2nd one!
post #11344 of 11976
I'm curious whether other people, particularly those in my area, have problems with their Versus feed being painfully bad. Tons of artifacts, some skipping, etc. I never had this problem on DirecTV, and of course, Comcast/NBC own Versus, so that is pretty sad. I am in Hammond, IN, near Chicago. Not sure how the service areas break down. Signal strength, as measured on my Tivo Premiere, seems fine, and no different from other channels that look fine.
post #11345 of 11976
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Originally Posted by ncfoster View Post
I'm curious whether other people, particularly those in my area, have problems with their Versus feed being painfully bad. Tons of artifacts, some skipping, etc. I never had this problem on DirecTV, and of course, Comcast/NBC own Versus, so that is pretty sad. I am in Hammond, IN, near Chicago. Not sure how the service areas break down. Signal strength, as measured on my Tivo Premiere, seems fine, and no different from other channels that look fine.
Is it happening all the time? I'm not sure if this has any bearing, but Versus is having to do back up feeds to take the place of hockey games in the blacked out areas.
post #11346 of 11976
I am getting Comcast next week and had Uverse for a while. With Uverse, I could record 3 HD channels at once, which was nice on certain nights when I have many shows on. How many HD channels can I record at one time with the Comcast DVR?
post #11347 of 11976
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Originally Posted by kevin79 View Post
I am getting Comcast next week and had Uverse for a while. With Uverse, I could record 3 HD channels at once, which was nice on certain nights when I have many shows on. How many HD channels can I record at one time with the Comcast DVR?
I am not aware of any DVR distributed by Comcast that will record more than 2 channels at the same time. You can watch something that has been previously recorded while 2 shows are recording, but that is the best you can do via a single box.
post #11348 of 11976
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Originally Posted by BSTNFAN

I am not aware of any DVR distributed by Comcast that will record more than 2 channels at the same time. You can watch something that has been previously recorded while 2 shows are recording, but that is the best you can do via a single box.
Just to clarify that, that's per DVR. You can get multiple DVRs if you want to record more channels at once.
post #11349 of 11976
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Originally Posted by ncfoster View Post
I'm curious whether other people, particularly those in my area, have problems with their Versus feed being painfully bad. Tons of artifacts, some skipping, etc. I never had this problem on DirecTV, and of course, Comcast/NBC own Versus, so that is pretty sad. I am in Hammond, IN, near Chicago. Not sure how the service areas break down. Signal strength, as measured on my Tivo Premiere, seems fine, and no different from other channels that look fine.
I watch Versus often and for me it looks good. I'm in Indianapolis though.
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You can't fast forward on FOX ON DEMAND, or is just me?
post #11351 of 11976
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Originally Posted by BSTNFAN View Post

I am not aware of any DVR distributed by Comcast that will record more than 2 channels at the same time. You can watch something that has been previously recorded while 2 shows are recording, but that is the best you can do via a single box.

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Originally Posted by Morac View Post

Just to clarify that, that's per DVR. You can get multiple DVRs if you want to record more channels at once.

Thanks guys. That sucks that you are limited unless you want to pay for more DVRs.
post #11352 of 11976
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Originally Posted by ncfoster View Post

I'm curious whether other people, particularly those in my area, have problems with their Versus feed being painfully bad. Tons of artifacts, some skipping, etc. I never had this problem on DirecTV, and of course, Comcast/NBC own Versus, so that is pretty sad. I am in Hammond, IN, near Chicago. Not sure how the service areas break down. Signal strength, as measured on my Tivo Premiere, seems fine, and no different from other channels that look fine.

Is "The World of More" complete in your area?

If not, VS is probably sharing a frequency with two other HD channels.
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I see Fox and ABC were added today, but not in HD. Not yet, anyway.
post #11354 of 11976
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Originally Posted by kaydigi View Post

You can't fast forward on FOX ON DEMAND, or is just me?

Both ABC and FOX requested that FF be disabled, but the 5 minute skip using the Page up/down buttons still works.
post #11355 of 11976
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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

Is "The World of More" complete in your area?

If not, VS is probably sharing a frequency with two other HD channels.

I'm not familiar with what you mean by "The World of More". Is that something to do with the Xfinity switch and/or eliminating analog cable?
post #11356 of 11976
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Originally Posted by ncfoster View Post

I'm not familiar with what you mean by "The World of More". Is that something to do with the Xfinity switch and/or eliminating analog cable?

Yes, it is the marketing term Comcast is using for the removal of most of the analogs and the addition of the numerous HD channels.
post #11357 of 11976
From TWC

We are working to get approval from Comcast's lab now. It has taken MUCH longer than anyone would have dreamed.
post #11358 of 11976
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Originally Posted by homcom View Post

Don't know the exact number but I think it is about 120. Of that 9 are local and 2 RSNs.

Are they still running any local analogs, or have they all been eliminated? We still have about 30 or so analogs which is a good sized chunk of bandwidth, figure around 180MHz worth. We have only 2 HBO channels(3 with Latino) now, and that's after the WoM conversion/rollout. Lost one(HBO Comedy) to an obscure small local station being added, both happened at the same anyhow.
post #11359 of 11976
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Are they still running any local analogs, or have they all been eliminated?

Yes, roughly 15-20 in each area.
post #11360 of 11976
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

Yes, roughly 15-20 in each area.

Okay, that may be the difference right there, the SF market is one of the most crowded(if not the most) in the nation so we have a lot of bandwidth chewed up by analog locals. It's also a salad bowl of ethnicity with I'm guessing somewhere in the neighborhood of 10-15(maybe more) foreign language stations alone. Very busy airwaves here and consequently, very busy cable systems.
post #11361 of 11976
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Originally Posted by blitzen102 View Post

Yes, it is the marketing term Comcast is using for the removal of most of the analogs and the addition of the numerous HD channels.

So it's the World of More with Less?
post #11362 of 11976
Less is more in this case.
post #11363 of 11976
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Originally Posted by earletp View Post

Both ABC and FOX requested that FF be disabled, but the 5 minute skip using the Page up/down buttons still works.

Ha, never knew about the Page Up.
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COMCAST HELPS CUSTOMERS GO DIGITAL WITH INTRODUCTION OF XFINITY IN CYPRESS AND JERSEY VILLAGE

Published 05/04/2011 - 12:35 p.m. CST

Company Announces Digital Network Enhancement; Delivering More HD, More Choice and Control, Faster Internet Speeds

HOUSTON, TX – Comcast announced in early 2011 that all customers throughout the Greater Houston area will soon receive enhanced digital technology -- including 42 new High Definition channels, 28 new Standard Definition channels, more than 3,000 HD On Demand choices, access to more than 25,000 On Demand titles, faster internet speeds and improved picture quality--at no additional cost. The new services are part of the company’s planned digital upgrade and launch of XFINITY services throughout the Houston region.

Comcast is currently upgrading its television delivery to an all digital distribution and Comcast customers in Cypress and Jersey Village will soon have access to new XFINITY services, beginning this month. The Houston region digital upgrade will take approximately one year and is scheduled to be completed by the first quarter of 2012.

“This is all about giving our customers more, more HD, more choice and more speed,” said Doug Guthrie, senior vice president for the Comcast Houston Region. “The digital upgrade and launch of XFINITY in Houston also sets the stage for even more innovative services in the near future.”

Comcast customers will benefit from the following new services:

-42 New HD Channels:New High Definition channels will be added to the new channel line-up bringing the total to more than 100 HD channels offered.
-28 New SD Channels: Over 28 new Standard Definition channels will be added to the new channel line-up thanks to new digital technology upgrade.
-25,000 New Video On Demand Choices:Comcast will expand its Video On Demand content to include up to 25,000 new digital video choices due to an increase in popularity of their VOD programming.
-3,000 New HD On Demand Choices: Comcast will expand its Video On Demand content to include 3,000 new digital video choices due to an increase in popularity of their VOD programming.
-Fancast XFINITY TV: This online service expands the video content by giving customers easy access to cable TV shows, movies and independently produced content.
-Increased Internet Speeds:Currently offer fastest Internet access speeds (50 Mbps) in Houston and the upgrade will enable faster speeds (up to 100 Mbps) in the near future.

In order to be able to offer XFINITY services, Comcast will move its standard/expanded basic channels to an all-digital format. The vast majority of Comcast customers already subscribe to a digital level of service and have a digital cable box in the home. These customers will receive all of the XFINITY services automatically and at no additional cost. For customers without a digital set top box, the company is providing free digital equipment for up to three TV’s (one interactive digital cable box and two digital adapters) for no additional cost. Current Digital Cable customers should also consider requesting free DTAs for additional sets in the home that are currently using an analog outlet without a box. Comcast will continue to offer limited basic, which includes all broadcast channels, in an analog format.

Comcast is making it simple to secure up to three free digital adapters by simply going online at www.comcast.com/digitalnow or by calling 1-877-634-4434. They are easy to install and directions are included. Customers may also stop by any service center and visit the digital adapter kiosk to place their request online or via phone. There is no shipping or handling charge. Additional adapters, after the initial three provided at no cost by the company, are $1.99 per month.


The digital adapter is a one-way device that lets Comcast replicate the analog experience for expanded basic customers by giving them access to the digitized versions of basic and expanded basic channels. The adapter is a very small device (measuring approximately 4” x 4” x 1.5”) that easily plugs into any television set and uses a new Comcast-provided remote control to navigate through the channel lineup.


“For those analog only customers who will be transitioning to our enhanced offerings, this will be an incredibly simple process,” added Guthrie. “Customers will only need an adapter to make the switch – they will not need to change the level of service they have in order to get these channels.”

http://www.thecypresstimes.com/artic..._VILLAGE/44612
post #11365 of 11976
If anyone tries to claim that the presence of D*, Uverse, Dish et al means that cable has to *compete* with other home entertainment providers, John Malone says it ain't so. There is no more greedy and rapacious cable mogul than John Malone.
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post #11367 of 11976
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Originally Posted by HiDefLife View Post
If anyone tries to claim that the presence of D*, Uverse, Dish et al means that cable has to *compete* with other home entertainment providers, John Malone says it ain't so.
In your zeal to bash Malone, you misrepresented the article & what he said.

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Talking to Wall Street analysts about the growing number of consumers who buy high-speed Internet services from cable companies, Malone said that "cable is pretty much a monopoly now" in broadband.
Internet. Not video. And he's right. Other than pockets of FiOS and U-verse, there is no real competition to cable for Internet service. I no longer count DSL as competition in the Internet bandwidth market.

Having said that, Malone doesn't own much in US cableco's anymore, although he still is in Starz and QVC. What he is really in, is land, as in the largest landowner in the US.

By the way, what does this have to do with Comcast?
post #11368 of 11976
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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

In your zeal to bash Malone, you misrepresented the article & what he said...

Internet. Not video. And he's right. Other than pockets of FiOS and U-verse, there is no real competition to cable for Internet service. I no longer count DSL as competition in the Internet bandwidth market.

"Malone says consumers won't cut the cord with cable even as services including Netflix offer movies and TV shows over the Web."
Malone knows, as you should, that digital delivery of information to homes is the only business of cable companies. Saying this is video and that is Internet is a distinction without a difference. Malone does it only in a vain attempt to avoid any further government interference in his many interests. Why parrot his line?

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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

Having said that, Malone doesn't own much in US cableco's anymore, although he still is in Starz and QVC. What he is really in, is land, as in the largest landowner in the US.

No one, perhaps even including John Malone, knows just what the totality of his business interests are, except that he loathes government and taxes, and does all he can to avoid them using shell companies and any other quasi legal dodges his army of lawyers can come up with. For example, the deal in which he sold TCI to AT&T which then unloaded it on Comcast was structured so that he paid no tax at all on his enormous profit. Old news, maybe, but I recall you referring to TCI as a "mess" that poor old Comcast had to clean up. Which apparently took about ten years. That's ridiculous.

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Originally Posted by Ken H View Post

By the way, what does this have to do with Comcast?

The short answer: Malone controls Comcast through shell companies, and as he makes plain in the Deadline piece, is extremely annoyed that anyone presumes to regulate his pipes and thereby reduce his ill-gotten gains. Perhaps now you understand?

Billionaire Shell Game: How Cable Baron John Malone and Assorted Corporate Titans Invented a Future Nobody Wanted, L. J. Davis (Doubleday, 1998, ISBN 978-0385479271)

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped...John_C._Malone
post #11369 of 11976
Pacquiao-Mosley in live HD PPV? Almost every UFC/Boxing live fight I've wanted to watch with my friends end up having to go over to my brother's house across the street and chip in to order the fight on DirecTV. It would be nice if we could watch it here for a change.
post #11370 of 11976
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Originally Posted by HiDefLife View Post

"Malone says consumers won't cut the cord with cable even as services including Netflix offer movies and TV shows over the Web."
Malone knows, as you should, that digital delivery of information to homes is the only business of cable companies. Saying this is video and that is Internet is a distinction without a difference. Malone does it only in a vain attempt to avoid any further government interference in his many interests. Why parrot his line?



No one, perhaps even including John Malone, knows just what the totality of his business interests are, except that he loathes government and taxes, and does all he can to avoid them using shell companies and any other quasi legal dodges his army of lawyers can come up with. For example, the deal in which he sold TCI to AT&T which then unloaded it on Comcast was structured so that he paid no tax at all on his enormous profit. Old news, maybe, but I recall you referring to TCI as a "mess" that poor old Comcast had to clean up. Which apparently took about ten years. That's ridiculous.



The short answer: Malone controls Comcast through shell companies, and as he makes plain in the Deadline piece, is extremely annoyed that anyone presumes to regulate his pipes and thereby reduce his ill-gotten gains. Perhaps now you understand?

Billionaire Shell Game: How Cable Baron John Malone and Assorted Corporate Titans Invented a Future Nobody Wanted, L. J. Davis (Doubleday, 1998, ISBN 978-0385479271)

https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikiped...John_C._Malone

Too many inaccuracies to get to right now, but I'll get back soon.
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