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post #2731 of 4173
I got my letter Saturday, in South Sac.
post #2732 of 4173
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Originally Posted by nightowl View Post

My first thought is that it's a good thing, it will consolidate FSN and CSN into a single channel most likely, so it's possibly one fewer analog channel and one less dedicated, part time HD channel.

Though if that happened, it would be weird for the same channel to show Kings games here and Warriors games in the Bay Area.
post #2733 of 4173
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Originally Posted by gmwedding View Post

Bananko:

Regarding the letter you received about new HD programming and other changes. What local area are you in? We are in Elk Grove and to my knowledge, have not yet seen any letter...It seems to me that these new HD channels could go live on March 21, since several messages also have been posted on the iGuide noting channel lineup changes scheduled for that day.

However, previous information I had received from Comcast indicated that new HD channels would not necessarily be rolled out simultaneously in all areas. It will be interesting to see if that proves to be true.

As I projected, Comcast Sacramento is adding fewer HD channels than we'd all like. I'm particularly disappointed that we will not be getting the ten I was told would be coming in 2007, including KMAX and/or KQCA.

We're in North Highlands.

Considering the messages my box recently received (particularly of the March 21 addition of ESPN Deportes on Channel 619), I'm cautiously optimistic that my area will get the new HD channels around then. After all, to my surprise, my area was among the first to receive the analog-to-digital conversion back in late December.

Hopefully we'll get even more new HD channels later or, as was reported earlier here, the switched video system will finally solve our HD problems.

Besides the Channel Lineup card on the back of The Letter missing ESPN Deportes (619) and FSN Bay Area HD (920), I've noticed some differences between some channels listed on the card that aren't marked as "repositions" and what's actually on those channels now. It seems like Sacramento Comcast is going to need to send out a more updated Channel Lineup card closer to mid March.
post #2734 of 4173
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Originally Posted by M Macht View Post

I live in Carmichael and got "The Letter" also.

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Originally Posted by Troy J B View Post

I live in Antelope and got the letter Saturday (2 of them actually).

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Originally Posted by spwace View Post

I got my letter Saturday, in South Sac.

Cool.
post #2735 of 4173
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Originally Posted by gmwedding View Post

Bananko:

Regarding the letter you received about new HD programming and other changes. What local area are you in? We are in Elk Grove and to my knowledge, have not yet seen any letter...It seems to me that these new HD channels could go live on March 21, since several messages also have been posted on the iGuide noting channel lineup changes scheduled for that day.

However, previous information I had received from Comcast indicated that new HD channels would not necessarily be rolled out simultaneously in all areas. It will be interesting to see if that proves to be true.

As I projected, Comcast Sacramento is adding fewer HD channels than we'd all like. I'm particularly disappointed that we will not be getting the ten I was told would be coming in 2007, including KMAX and/or KQCA.

I'm in Elk Grove and I received the letter at the end of the week.

Brandon
post #2736 of 4173
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Originally Posted by Bananko View Post

Though if that happened, it would be weird for the same channel to show Kings games here and Warriors games in the Bay Area.

Not really, before Comcast SportsNet, FSN also showed the Kings games.
post #2737 of 4173
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Originally Posted by gtree10 View Post

Not really, before Comcast SportsNet, FSN also showed the Kings games.

That must've been before my family and I moved here in August 2004, which in itself was probably before FSN Bay Area started broadcasting in HD, so to this day I've never gotten the chance to watch the Warriors on FSN Bay Area HD (even with the NBA League Pass I had to order the last few years just so I could watch FSN Bay Area Warriors games here at all).
post #2738 of 4173
I would think if Comcast bought FSN they would combine FSN, FSN+ and CSN into 2 full time channels, with maybe the Giants anchoring one and the A's anchoring the other.
post #2739 of 4173
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Originally Posted by forecheck View Post

I would think if Comcast bought FSN they would combine FSN, FSN+ and CSN into 2 full time channels, with maybe the Giants anchoring one and the A's anchoring the other.

That sounds pretty realistic, with the Giants and A's each broadcast on a separate channel, and with the Warriors/Kings and Sharks each broadcast on a separate channel. That way, each team can have more broadcasts and they can be broadcast at the same time as one another.
post #2740 of 4173
I have heard that with the basic cable $12.01 I should be able to pull HD channels with a QAM tuner. Can anyone verify this?
post #2741 of 4173
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Originally Posted by nate265 View Post

I have heard that with the basic cable $12.01 I should be able to pull HD channels with a QAM tuner. Can anyone verify this?

You should be able to get all of the local HD channels only, no cable network HD. Every once in a while something slips past the engineers for a little while, but not very long.

So, yes, you can get HD channels with a QAM tuner. You can get more, however, with an antenna.
post #2742 of 4173
what happened to the qam channels? they switched over to the channel numbers that they should be at with .1 (ie. channel 3 = 3.1), except for fox and kmax...i don't have those channels in hd at all. i wonder what they're doing.
post #2743 of 4173
I discovered that we did receive the "new HD channels letter" in Elk Grove after all. My neighbor, another Comcast customer, told me he got it last week and then my sigificant other finally told me we received one a week ago, but she threw it away without reading it closely or showing it to me.

On another note, Comcast Sacramento's usually inferior, standard definition digital channels (2-99) looked pretty good last night -- after weeks of medicore picture quality. Since the ADS conversion on all channels became active a few weeks ago (if you have a replacement Motorola DCT-64xx series cable box or DVR encoded to receive this), the picture quality on most digital SD channels has been compromised by heavy MPEG compression.

In our Elk Grove area, we typically see SD characterized by fuzzy pictures, heavy MPEG pixelization, clayface, color banding and motion problems, distracting compression artifacts around type and graphics, visible electronic noise, and reduced dynamic range in grayscale and color scenes, even with a high-quality plasma HD display! When sitting eight- to ten-feet away from 40- or 50-inch displays, you easily can see visible MPEG-2 tiling on most Comcast digital SD channels. Worse (in Elk Grove at least), the SD picture quality seems to vary from day-to-day and even hour-to-hour as neighbors come online near the end of each day.

Last evening's change for the better was sudden, inexplicable, and similar to a short-term inprovement I've noticed twice before, so, I am not yet even "cautiously optomistic" that a permanent improvement is in the offing. However, since I am a frequent critic of Comcast Sacramento's less-than-professional cable TV services, it is only fair to note such improvements.
post #2744 of 4173
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Originally Posted by cphaatn View Post

what happened to the qam channels? they switched over to the channel numbers that they should be at with .1 (ie. channel 3 = 3.1), except for fox and kmax...i don't have those channels in hd at all. i wonder what they're doing.

Me too, I had to do a full channel scan in order to see where the new channels ended up and I noticed that some HD channels had labels assigned to them (kinda cool), but I've yet to see where ABC and FOX ended up.

any ideas?
post #2745 of 4173
Here's a SacBee article on the 2009 analog cutoff and the upcoming Comcast programming changes:

http://www.sacbee.com/103/story/130647.html
post #2746 of 4173
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Originally Posted by gtree10 View Post

Here's a SacBee article on the 2009 analog cutoff and the upcoming Comcast programming changes:

http://www.sacbee.com/103/story/130647.html

It's interesting that you just posted that, since for some reason I was thinking about that February 17, 2009 analog cutoff date earlier today.

Once all the analog signals are gone for good, how many HD channels will be able to receive?
post #2747 of 4173
It seems we'll have all those new channels SD and HD channels on March 22nd because of the transition of the TV Guide Channel, C-SPAN 2, the Weather Channel and MSNBC to Digital-only. But we're still going to have one less HD channel then surrounding cities have (Channel 904 KQCA-HD).

Which other channel from the Limited Basic package or the the Standard Cable package would you be willing to transition to Digital-only to get Channel 904?
post #2748 of 4173
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Originally Posted by lopexo View Post

Me too, I had to do a full channel scan in order to see where the new channels ended up and I noticed that some HD channels had labels assigned to them (kinda cool), but I've yet to see where ABC and FOX ended up.

any ideas?


What receiver are you using to get the clear QAM HD channels? I have two receivers and one (Samsung DTB-H260F) shows the channel mapping changes but will no longer tune KXTV, KTXL, or their subchannels. The other (LG LST-4200A) still shows the channels as the actual RF channels and still tunes KXTV and KTXL as before.

I have talked to the guy at Comcast that made the channel mapping changes and he is looking into the problem to see if there is anything wrong on their end. I hope that this is not a firmware problem in the receivers!
post #2749 of 4173
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Originally Posted by R. Boyce View Post

What receiver are you using to get the clear QAM HD channels? I have two receivers and one (Samsung DTB-H260F) shows the channel mapping changes but will no longer tune KXTV, KTXL, or their subchannels. The other (LG LST-4200A) still shows the channels as the actual RF channels and still tunes KXTV and KTXL as before.

I have talked to the guy at Comcast that made the channel mapping changes and he is looking into the problem to see if there is anything wrong on their end. I hope that this is not a firmware problem in the receivers!


i'm using the qam tuner built in from my tv (panasonic th-42px60u). the channels that i don't get in the clear are FOX, ABC & WB.
post #2750 of 4173
Last week's giddiness over the news that we're finally getting new SD and HD channels in a few weeks has given way to the realization that it's still going to be almost three full weeks before those channels finally arrive.
post #2751 of 4173
I feel for you. Think of it this way: before there were rumors of a tunnel, and now the tunnel been found and you can see the light at the end.
post #2752 of 4173
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Originally Posted by Garrett Adams View Post

I feel for you. Think of it this way: before there were rumors of a tunnel, and now the tunnel been found and you can see the light at the end.

I just hope that the light at the end of the tunnel doesn't up being a train.

Thank you for the kind words, though. I guess it's just that this is the first weekend in a while that I've had some significant free time and the lack of those long-awaited new channels is really hitting hard.
post #2753 of 4173
Anyone else having problems with Cinemax-HD?
post #2754 of 4173
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Originally Posted by gtree10 View Post

Anyone else having problems with Cinemax-HD?

I wish I knew.

The only Premium HD channels I have right now are Showtime-HD (with the digital package I've had for a while) and HBO-HD (I recently took advantage of the recent offer for six months of free service when I picked up the free self-install kit for the barely used small TV in the small bedroom).

Hopefully I'll be able to add Cinemax-HD and Starz!-HD to my lineup soon.
post #2755 of 4173
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Originally Posted by Bananko View Post

While that would be really cool for me from an HD viewing standpoint, I'd feel bad for Sacramento fans if they lost the Kings. But I'm not sure if the Kings are still thinking about a possible move to Las Vegas or not... maybe a Kings fan here could answer that one?

Tonight's Warriors-Bulls game from Oakland on ESPN-HD was very poignant for me. Besides the Warriors winning in overtime, it was the first Warriors game not played against Sacramento (thus without the Kings' TV announcers) that I was able to watch in HD all season. The only other time I'll be able to watch a non-Kings announced Warriors game in HD this season will be on March 29th against the Phoenix Suns if Sacramento Comcast gets TNT-HD by then.

Considering that ESPN-HD broadcasts in 720p resolution, I can only imagine all those Fox Sports Net Bay Area HD Warriors games broadcast in 1080i resolution that I've been missing.

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Originally Posted by Bananko View Post

Now I really hope that we get TNT-HD by no later than March 22nd.

However, I'll still never be able to watch Warriors games on Fox Sports Net Bay Area HD here, though I realize that it's because of NBA territorial rights rules rather than because of Comcast.

According to my onscreen guide, there'll be two Warriors games in HD this week, one today (Warriors vs. Wizards in Washington) and one this Friday (Clippers vs. Warriors in Oakland), both games on Channel 919.

If the onscreen isn't simply pulling my leg and assuming that we get our added HD channels on March 21 or 22 as expected, then I'll have three non-Kings announced Warriors HD games to look forward to for the remainder of the NBA season.
post #2756 of 4173
I searched around for a Stockton/Comcast thread and only found this Sacramento one. My mother recently bought a plasma with a QAM tuner and I helped her search for the analog and digital channels. In the little time I was there, I could only find a couple of HD channels, but I left in the afternoon before the 'real' HD shows began to show.

Is there a list of the ABC-HD, FOX-HD, CBS-HD, and NBC-HD QAM channels in the Stockton area? Is it the same as for Sacramento?

Much appreciated for any help.
post #2757 of 4173
Did the channels you found match the Sacramento list? If they did it would seem that they are the same. If not, you are on your own.
post #2758 of 4173
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Originally Posted by Rory Boyce View Post

Did the channels you found match the Sacramento list? If they did it would seem that they are the same. If not, you are on your own.

Unfortunately, I'm back in Santa Clara and don't remember the channel numbers or even the local stations as I'm not familiar with the Stockton area. I guess best I can do is have my mother enter the Sacramento channels and see what happens. If any of you Stockton folks know, please post. thanks.
post #2759 of 4173
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Originally Posted by karlw2000 View Post

Unfortunately, I'm back in Santa Clara

Absolutely nothing unfortunate about that!
post #2760 of 4173
Hey I'm kind of new to this. I have Comcast cable in Stockton and I have a couple of HD channels like NBC 3.3, ABC 10.1, CBS 13.2. I swear I had FOX HD on channel 80.2 yesterday. But, now its gone. Can anyone help me or know if it's coming back?
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