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post #61 of 8481
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Originally Posted by Digitude View Post

Oh boy! More Law and Order reruns. Can't wait. Cox already has a L&O HD channel; Universal HD. I've never watched Buffy. Maybe I'll start.


Yep...sometimes TNT will have a good movie on. Also they televise some of the races and basketball games too. I really want Cox to get the remaining local channels in HD.
post #62 of 8481
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Originally Posted by jimmykce View Post

Yep...sometimes TNT will have a good movie on. Also they televise some of the races and basketball games too. I really want Cox to get the remaining local channels in HD.

Don't hold your breath there. Hasn't happened in two years. May never happen at all. Regardless of what Cox reps tell you I doubt there are even any ongoing negotiations.
post #63 of 8481
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Originally Posted by Digitude View Post

Don't hold your breath there. Hasn't happened in two years. May never happen at all. Regardless of what Cox reps tell you I doubt there are even any ongoing negotiations.


I agree with you. We all have been waiting over two years for ALL LOCALS. Cox doesn't want to air all the local subchannels and this is the sticking point.
post #64 of 8481
Watched Truman Show tonight on TNTHD- lots of pixellation. Was worse last night. Liked the Hi-Def commercials, though.
post #65 of 8481
Thread Starter 
If you don't have the Cox Service Plan for your internal cables, you will be charged $49.95 for any service call. Accroding to what I was told the only thing Cox covers at the house is the cable receiver and the wiring that they supply (ex: s-video, component.etc).
post #66 of 8481
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Originally Posted by shugazer9 View Post

Watched Truman Show tonight on TNTHD- lots of pixellation. Was worse last night. Liked the Hi-Def commercials, though.

I noticed this too, but I think its the TNTHD transmission. Because when I had satellite I experienced the same problem with TNTHD
post #67 of 8481
Thread Starter 
When is Cox going to add more HD channels?? In another two years? I want locals HD. FOXHD, NBCHD, and ABCHD. Alaos would like to see ESPN2HD.
post #68 of 8481
Okay, I'm new to the HDTV market in Hampton Roads with Cox. Today I've been looking around. I'm reading about antennas for HDTV for local channels. The price appears to be reasonable. Does anyone have an HDTV antenna for locals? Is it worth it?
post #69 of 8481
We almost all have antennas for locals, only way to get all of them.
post #70 of 8481
Okay,
It looks like I'll go in that direction. Any wisdom on which antenna to get?
post #71 of 8481
Please pardon the interruption. I wanted to ask some locals a question about DVD recorders and thought this was the best place to come.

I have been following the DVD recorder forum for months and have found that many are experiencing problems associated with the TV Guide On Screen (TVGOS) system on the newer units. Some simply do not reliably dowload listings or sporadically miss recordings. At least to some extent, I suspect it has to do with how reliably the listing information is transmitted by local stations or cable companies.

At the moment, I have Cox analog cable. Are there any Cox customers out there with a dvd recorder with the TVGOS system? Do you get listings regularly and reliably through Cox? What is your take on the TVGOS system? Have you missed any recordings for any reason other than human error? What model recorder do you have?

Any information you can offer would be helpful. Many thanks.

BTW, I use a UHF Yagi from Radio Shack ($25) on my roof (chimney mount) that works well for me for HD channel reception. I am relatively close to the towers and my reception, since moving to the roof, has been pretty strong and reliable.
post #72 of 8481
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Originally Posted by scottland7 View Post

Are there any Cox customers out there with a dvd recorder with the TVGOS system? Do you get listings regularly and reliably through Cox? What is your take on the TVGOS system? Have you missed any recordings for any reason other than human error? What model recorder do you have?

A couple of weeks ago I picked up an LG plasma set with TVGOS and a built-in DVR. Overall I would give TVGOS pretty decent marks, but there are a couple of issues. There is a possibility that the issues are specific to this particular LG plasma implementation, but I doubt it. I'm actually in the process of exchanging e-mail with someone from TV Guide/Gemstar about these issues now, but so far there hasn't been any resolution.

One issue is that TVGOS won't show more than one program stream for each digital OTA station. In the case of our own WVBT-DT we run FOX-WVBT programming on 43-1 while 43-2 carries WAVY Weather Station. The EPG only shows the 43-1 entry. I can manually change that particular entry in the guide to 43-2 to enable me to switch to the TV to that channel from the EPG, but even after the next download the guide still shows the program listing information for 43-1. For WAVY and WHRO the TVGOS defaulted initially to 10-2 and 15-2 as defaults. Those can be changed in the setup, but the 15-2 program information will still show up for the 15-1 line.

Another issue is that there are some missing Cox Hampton Roads channels. Here's the whole list of missing channels that I've found so far, although there may be more:

Ch. 107 - WHRO U
Ch. 108 - WHRO (PBS) Kids
Ch. 222 - Tennis Channel
Ch. 224 - NFL TV
Ch. 227 - WAVY Weather Station
Ch. 761 - Universal HD
Ch. 796 - iN HD 2


The downloads seem pretty reliable so far, although I did have one incident where the TVGOS re-initialized itself when I powered on the set one morning causing me to lose some of the channel sorting customizations I had done. I'm not sure if that was due to a problem with the LG set, a result of making to many setup changes at once, or perhaps a conflict between a download and an overnight recording I had scheduled. That was a few days ago and so far it hasn't happened again since. Although they say that the download is done overnight I've noticed that some "no data" fields that were present when I left for work in the morning were somehow filled in by the time I got home that night, so it seems like some daytime downloading must be happening too.
post #73 of 8481
The local TVGOS download is also missing LNC 5 from the Cox channel lineup. I guess they aren't playing favorites.
post #74 of 8481
Thanks for your reply, Les.

It seems that most of your missing channels are from the Cox digital tier. Except for LNC 5, I don't think any of the missing channels you listed are included in the Cox analog lineup which is what I have at this point.

The negative feedback I have read about on the DVD recorder forum has to do with listings sometimes disappearing or downloads being erratic and inconsistent. the most significant concern was a number of folks using the Toshiba rd-xs34 mentioning it would periodically miss a scheduled recording, which is completely unacceptable to me. I am all for moving up to DVD recording, but not at the risk of actually having missed recordings on some of my shows. Just trying to figure out whether this problem is across brands with the TVGOS since it is fairly new.

Anyone else out there using one of the new DVD recorders with TV Guide On Screen (TVGOS) who can weigh in on its reliability?

Thanks.

Scott
post #75 of 8481
I have the Sony RDR-HX900. I tried to download the schedule a few times with no luck. Just get a DVR from Cox and you wont need it.
post #76 of 8481
I've thought about a DVR, but I hate the idea of paying monthly fees. With a recorder, I buy it and it's mine AND I can burn DVDs to play in other recorders, transfer old VHS/camcorder tapes to DVD, etc. Two different applications.

I think you have to leave most recorders in standby mode and not turn them on at all until that 24 hr. period is over. Did that not work in your case? I have not been able to get an answer from Cox or WHRO whether Cox actually transmits the TVGOS data. That is why I ask.

Thanks.
post #77 of 8481
It is available via cable or OTA. The recorder can be used in conjunction with the cable box. I have used my DVD recorder with the Cox non-DVR HD box with good results. It involves highlighting the program on the Cox box and setting a timer recording on the recorder. The TVGuide is more trouble than it's worth.
post #78 of 8481
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Originally Posted by TallyW View Post

Okay,
It looks like I'll go in that direction. Any wisdom on which antenna to get?

I got a UHF antenna at Radio Shack for $24. Works great. Why are you looking for antenna recommendations at the cable forum?
post #79 of 8481
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Originally Posted by shugazer9 View Post

It is available via cable or OTA. The recorder can be used in conjunction with the cable box. I have used my DVD recorder with the Cox non-DVR HD box with good results. It involves highlighting the program on the Cox box and setting a timer recording on the recorder. The TVGuide is more trouble than it's worth.

What model recorder are you using?
post #80 of 8481
check post #75
post #81 of 8481
Hey all, have a few questions.

1. What is the difference between the 6200 and 6412? Minus the DVR of course, I could care less. I have PC's for that. I heard they fixed the guide and faster tuning of channels. I added a Motorola amp to my coax line, which helped bring in channels faster, but some of my lower SD channels like 2/10 still have bad PQ.

2. Is the PQ on the 6412 better or worse than the 6200 (SD/HD)?

3. Where can you go to find the firmware version on the 6200? Menu just gives you the basic setup, nothing more.

Thanks!
post #82 of 8481
Hampton Roads:

It looks like Comcast is getting ready to come here and save us from Cox! All of a sudden, we've been noticing Comcast commercials in our area. That usually happens before an official release.

We just hooked up our LG DVD player/HD tuner and (not knowing what to expect) were pleasantly surprised to see all of the new channels, but greatly dissapointed to see no local HD channels. I had people over to watch the game in HD in the HT but let them down. Guess I'll have to get an antenna. I'll remember that Cox.
post #83 of 8481
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Originally Posted by flyNAVY View Post

Hampton Roads:

It looks like Comcast is getting ready to come here and save us from Cox! All of a sudden, we've been noticing Comcast commercials in our area. That usually happens before an official release.

We just hooked up our LG DVD player/HD tuner and (not knowing what to expect) were pleasantly surprised to see all of the new channels, but greatly dissapointed to see no local HD channels. I had people over to watch the game in HD in the HT but let them down. Guess I'll have to get an antenna. I'll remember that Cox.


You've been here since July with 160 posts and didn't know what HD to expect on Cox? Better stick to the Tomcats

What type of commercials are you seeing on what channels? I doubt Cox is parting with what used to be it's largest cluster any time soon. There also would be many franchise agreements to be transferred(very PUBLIC) even before Comcast could begin affecting local management/decisions. As Comcast is the largest MSO out there you are either seeing national commercials OR Cox has joined a local ad sales endeavor with Comcast/Others, very popular.
post #84 of 8481
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Originally Posted by bfoster View Post

You've been here since July with 160 posts and didn't know what HD to expect on Cox? Better stick to the Tomcats

Dudes like you crack me up. And waste my time.

We just signed up with Cox several months ago, just purchased an HD tuner last week. But somehow we should have known what digital channels were available...right? Sheesh.
post #85 of 8481
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Originally Posted by flyNAVY View Post

We just signed up with Cox several months ago, just purchased an HD tuner last week.

At the risk of wasting more of your time....how (or why) did you select a service from Cox without knowing what they offered? Or did you just get an HDTV and didn't care until now?
post #86 of 8481
Tsk Tsk
post #87 of 8481
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Originally Posted by Digitude View Post

At the risk of wasting more of your time....how (or why) did you select a service from Cox without knowing what they offered? Or did you just get an HDTV and didn't care until now?

We just have the basic $9 package knowing that's all we wanted to have so you can see why plugging in our new HD tuner (hooked up to an HD projector) and finding all these new digital channels was a welcome surprise. I expected only to get HD channels via antenna.

Hope that helps someone.
post #88 of 8481
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Originally Posted by flyNAVY View Post

Hampton Roads: I had people over to watch the game in HD in the HT but let them down. Guess I'll have to get an antenna. I'll remember that Cox.





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Originally Posted by flyNAVY View Post

I expected only to get HD channels via antenna.

So you knew you needed an antenna, invited guests over to see an HD game without said antenna and let them down. You subscribe to the lowest level Cable package, and then blame this whole thing on Cox?

Your double-speak is wasting my time

Your guests probably thought the same thing yesterday
post #89 of 8481
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Originally Posted by bfoster View Post

So you knew you needed an antenna, invited guests over to see an HD game without said antenna and let them down. You subscribe to the lowest level Cable package, and then blame this whole thing on Cox?

Your double-speak is wasting my time

Your guests probably thought the same thing yesterday

Great feedback bfoster. I'm sure your replies are always this helpful.

I guess every forum's gotta have a bfoster.
post #90 of 8481
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Originally Posted by flyNAVY View Post

Hampton Roads:

It looks like Comcast is getting ready to come here and save us from Cox! All of a sudden, we've been noticing Comcast commercials in our area. That usually happens before an official release.

We just hooked up our LG DVD player/HD tuner and (not knowing what to expect) were pleasantly surprised to see all of the new channels, but greatly dissapointed to see no local HD channels. I had people over to watch the game in HD in the HT but let them down. Guess I'll have to get an antenna. I'll remember that Cox.


And what exactly was your question?
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