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post #151 of 8481
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Originally Posted by jkhome View Post

Excellent, DVR, here I come (again). I am assuming they will keep the analogs available to everyone also?

Get at me about that DVR --->occasio.gee@gmail.com
post #152 of 8481
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Originally Posted by jkhome View Post

Excellent, DVR, here I come (again). I am assuming they will keep the analogs available to everyone also?

Yeah they're keeping analog as far as I know. It's my understanding when the release the digitals to the public that the DVRs will map the digitals to their correct channel number so that we don't have to learn new channels. Occasio, come on man, you have to know something about HD locals, don't you?
post #153 of 8481
Yeah I know its beyond me on the locals. Its a Lin & corporate issue.
post #154 of 8481
Sounds great about the new digital stations. In other good news that I didnt see on this thread, but only checked a few pages. Cox in our area is now using 6416 boxes, I had a bad 6412 and just took it back yesterday and got a 6416, bigger hard drive
post #155 of 8481
Oh my bad I thought we discussed that but it was another thread. 6416 has the 160 GB HD. The next industry step is probably the multi-room feature but there is definately nothing soon that I know of.
post #156 of 8481
If I'm breaking any rules by posting this, I apologize in advance. Just happen to be perusing Cox's site today looking for Cable Card info, and found this promotion....Showtime "Free for 6 months", after mail-in rebate!

Click here to read about the promotion and all the fine print.

As a side note, received a Cox post card type in the mail advertising a "free" HBO and HBO onDemand preview, 17 - 21 March.
post #157 of 8481
Naw you're not breaking any rules. This is a typical Showtime promotion, they do alot of rebates. Showtime's trying some new stuff. I got hooked on the mini series Sleeper Cell & the series Weeds. I think their new chief programmer is the guy who brought Sopranos, 6 feet under & a couple of others.
post #158 of 8481
My Moto 6200 menu looks different this morning, with more selection options. Did Cox send out a firmware update? And does this have anything to do with those test channel???

BTW, another q about the new DVRs; are the hard drives any quieter than the old original 6412?
post #159 of 8481
What looks different?
post #160 of 8481
The menu for one thing. Also the second unit wasn't refreshed and I couldn't get anything with it. This means I have to call Cox about it again. The fact that I have two units must have been dropped from their database. They are very friendly and get it done quickly, but the wait time until connect is always a problem.
post #161 of 8481
First thing I noticed was the color of fonts and background are different. When I hit "menu" (as in the setup menu), I first get a square pop up screen showing "movies" with a list of HBO/SHO/MAX etc. Hitting the button again gets into the regular menu.

Going to the audio selection, it looks like they have added a "loop through" option. But I may be wrong about this, just didn't notice it before. (I use this a lot to switch from DD to PCM, depends on whether I want surround sound to my HT receiver, or digital Music choice to my stereo DAC/Maggies.)
post #162 of 8481
Do you know what model you have because it sounds like you're just getting the update from like 6 months ago. Give me a call at 222-8050 after noon & I'll take a look @ your account. Just ask for Occasio.
post #163 of 8481
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Originally Posted by occasio View Post

Do you know what model you have because it sounds like you're just getting the update from like 6 months ago. Give me a call at 222-8050 after noon & I'll take a look @ your account. Just ask for Occasio.

LOL... Better late then never

If I can remember, I'll give you a call

Thanks, John
post #164 of 8481
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Originally Posted by jkhome View Post

First thing I noticed was the color of fonts and background are different. When I hit "menu" (as in the setup menu), I first get a square pop up screen showing "movies" with a list of HBO/SHO/MAX etc. Hitting the button again gets into the regular menu.

Going to the audio selection, it looks like they have added a "loop through" option. But I may be wrong about this, just didn't notice it before. (I use this a lot to switch from DD to PCM, depends on whether I want surround sound to my HT receiver, or digital Music choice to my stereo DAC/Maggies.)

Actually......I have one of the older Motorola DCT2224 (non HD/non DVR units) and I hadn't noticed it before now since I very seldom watch that TV anymore....but I'm seeing the same "new" features you're describing.....so yes it does look like some boxes were updated.....however, I'm not seeing those changes on my DCT6412 Phase III box....
post #165 of 8481
OK here's the deal. The big update was for parental controls. It did different things depending on your model as well. Digitals with optical have different options than without for instance. Nothing happened to the DVR's because they run different software all together.

I'll let you guys know as soon as I hear anything about the 800's going hot for the public.
post #166 of 8481
Well, it looks like my LG is going in for service (Good thing i got CC extended warranty) My TV Guide and VCR+ screens are total digital garbage and i cannot do timer recordings. Unplugging doesnt seem to help. Anyone know what faces me in service purgatory? ** 4.51 software**
post #167 of 8481
Last night at 9:25pm, both my DVRs stopped recording their shows: CSI, Beauty & the Geek, and My Name is Earl.

There was some sort of "This is a Test" banner on the screen. The recordings did NOT pick back up, so all three shows were a complete loss for me.

Anyone else have this happen? If it was just one DVR, I would have assumed it was a box malfunction, but both? It has to be a Cox problem...

A) Why would they run a "Test" in prime time?
B) Why dont they ensure that the DVRs keep recording even though there is a "Test", or at least start recording after the "Test" is completed?

Anyone else see this on their DVRs last night?
post #168 of 8481
No DVR here, but that does seem like around the time we had the EBS test, which temporarily knocks over to another channel (1?)
post #169 of 8481
COX was running an EAS Monthly test. The cable EAS takes control of the box and switches to a predetermine channel (channel 1) . You will notice that the word "EAS" flashes on the front of box where the time and channel usally are doing the test. My guess is the DVR stopped because of loss of video for a couple of frames...most DVR, TIVO etc. stop when they lose sync......On the second point, the monthly test for Hampton Roads is not until next Wednesday, March 8. I can tell you what they were running, I can't tell you why they were running at that time period.
post #170 of 8481
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Originally Posted by shugazer9 View Post

Well, it looks like my LG is going in for service (Good thing i got CC extended warranty) My TV Guide and VCR+ screens are total digital garbage and i cannot do timer recordings. Unplugging doesnt seem to help. Anyone know what faces me in service purgatory? ** 4.51 software**

Shu- sorry about that. My demo is still plugging along happily. Not to worry, I'm sure they will just send it off for another reconditioned box. I think I'd be worried if CC had technicians chasing trons in the back room or something. Are you off the air now for HD? Hey...I thought I got the last 3410A in Tidewater but my brother found one buried on the back of a shelf at CC in Newport News two weeks ago.
post #171 of 8481
I hope i will be able to get a working box back. It was great to be able to record the Olympics in HD, fast-forward through all the ice dancing etc... I just got hooked up again with Cox, so its nice to have a nice selection of HD to watch. Now if only Cox could get all the HD locals- I wouldnt need the 3410.
post #172 of 8481
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Originally Posted by shugazer9 View Post

I hope i will be able to get a working box back. It was great to be able to record the Olympics in HD, fast-forward through all the ice dancing etc... I just got hooked up again with Cox, so its nice to have a nice selection of HD to watch. Now if only Cox could get all the HD locals- I wouldnt need the 3410.

With Cox moving locals and other to the digital tier at least you'll be able to get and record it in 480p soon. Not HD but a real improvement.
post #173 of 8481
Any information on what COX is doing running Test Channels from 802 to 875....WTKR is on 803....no other channels are active.....
post #174 of 8481
Anyone notice that WTKR and all their digital subchannels are now available on COX?

111 - Main WTKR channel (Digital - SD)
112 - WTKR Sub channel (Digital - SD)
113 - WTKR Sub channel (Digital - SD)
114 - WTKR Sub channel (Digital - SD)
703 - WTKR HD

Does this mean that COX may now get the other locals in HD? I read that carriage of sub-channels was a major sticking point with WAVY and WVBT...
post #175 of 8481
I can't say this with any authority but those subs will be dropped after the tournament. It's just a temp setup for March Madness. 90% of the time there isn't anything of substance on the sub channels, but it goes to show that Cox is willing to do special carriage when there is a reason to. Still no word on the other locals.
post #176 of 8481
111-114 will go away after March 26...
post #177 of 8481
by Ted Hearn

Multichannel News

March 22, 2006



Washington -- Cox Communications Inc. president Patrick Esser, barely three months into his new job, has his cable company focused on the needs of so-called Echo Boomers, the children of Baby Boomers aged 15-25 who would rather have a computer than a TV and an iPod rather than a radio.



Needless to say, these are our future VIP customers, Esser said in a speech here to the Media Institute, an industry-funded First Amendment organization.



Echo Boomers -- also called Millennials -- represent a seismic shift in media-consumption habits and patterns, said Esser, who rattled off a number of statistics to make his point.



Within a few years, Echo Boomers will take over 25% of household purchasing budgets, spending money on mobile phones, game consoles and PCs, he added.



They want network devices and they want portable content, Esser said. Echo Boomers love their PCs so much so that research shows they would choose a PC over a TV.



While 10% of U.S. households have dropped their landline phones, 30% of Echo Boomers are expected to become cord-cutters, he added.



Consumption trends of Echo Boomers will have spillover effects, Esser said, adding, Echo Boomers will clearly drive change in media consumption and, like no generation that has ever gone before them, they will take their Baby Boomer parents right along with them.



Cox, based in Atlanta, has 6.3 million video, 3 million high-speed-data and 1.5 million phone subscribers. Esser took the reins Jan. 1 from James Robbins, who retired after a long tenure with company.



By 2010, Esser predicted that Cox would offer a total digital simulcast of its analog programming services, that 75% of Cox homes will have at least one digital set-top box and that 70% of digital homes will have at least one digital-video recorder.



In four years, Esser expects that 65% of Cox subscribers will have an HDTV package that will include at least 50 HD channels and a vast array of HD on-demand services.



However, he would not predict when Cox would be able to reclaim its entire analog bandwidth.



In the past year, Cox's DVR penetration more than doubled, reaching 665,000 subscribers. Research, Esser said, shows that DVR households spend 40% of their time watching recorded content.



Remember that factoid," he added.
post #178 of 8481
Does anyone know what on earth is going on at WHRO-DT? The OTA version (15-1) is transmitting its normal HD/ED programming from PBS-HD without problems. At the same time Ch 715 on Cox is showing an entirely different PBS-HD stream of programs, that are not in the Cox program guide. This stream has audio problems: major hiccups every few seconds. The Cox guide is listing what is going out OTA on 15-1. Both HD program streams are water-marked as coming from WHRO-HD. This has been going on for several days now. What gives?
post #179 of 8481
Well, I WAS getting CBS and PBS HD locals "in the clear"...as of tonight 80-1 through 80-5 are scrambled. Might I say, WTF?

I like how there are no official channel listings for true channel mappings when using a QAM tuner. (Of course I was surprised the local HDs were "in the clear" anyway with Cox)

I would get a box with them but why should I have to pay to use equipment that eventually will save THEM bandwidth on their own lines.

If all the analogs go digital, and they don't keep what would currently be "Extended Basic" in-the-clear, that would be stupid. QAM is a method of putting digital into an otherwise analog system, so you could still manage people with "limited basic" with frequency traps as usual. Requiring a cablecard for "premium" tiers and "a la carte", addressable, channel allocation.

I heard when d*tv got the locals back in the day, people cancelled in droves. One such Cox customer service center had to rent a U-Haul to hold all the return boxes. When FIOS arrives, I forsee another such migration. FIOS appearantly will carry ALL HD locals from day one.
post #180 of 8481
Bling Bling that truck was rented b/c our normal truck which is the same size was broke. There are always a truck load of equipment because so many people won't ditch those horrible analog receivers.

Where'd you get the info about FIOS having ALL locals because according to the propoganda I have seen in the past on Belo & Lin's websites & in the news they just don't agree with retransmission.

Does anyone know any areas where either of these company have retransmission of HDTV?
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