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post #391 of 602
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Originally Posted by Jak15 View Post

Has anyone changed from Cable to Direct TV; if so, how is it?

I currently have TW but have been seriously considering a switch to Direct TV myself. I am eager to see the responses to your question.
post #392 of 602
I just found this spot of the forum, so allow me to contribute. Actually, it is just more of a question?

Recently I've noticed that the NBC HD signal I get from WOW (Gahanna) is really terrible. Lots of motion blur and ghosting. The picture seems very soft too. I don't recall it being this way when I watched it before. It is getting to the point that I almost don't want to watch it.

Any ideas or tips?
post #393 of 602
EWTO - The NBC HD Issue you are having is the same all of us in the Columbus region are having right now. Doesn't matter if you have WOW, Insight, TW, DirecTV, or Dish. NBC4 is apparently having issues, there's not much we can do about it other than complain to NBC4. Over the past few weeks we have noticed signal breaking up, macroblocking, switching over to SD then back to HD, missing audio streams, you name it. I thought originally it may have been a TW issue, but when i switched to my Antenna I have, it was doing the same thing.

we've had a big discussion about it at http://www.hdcolumbus.net and everyone is having the issue. I know TW gets their feed from NBC4 over fiber so it's definitely an issue at NBC4.
post #394 of 602
I too have noticed the Audio issues. I had/have on and off issues with center channel sound coming from two speakers and then it's fine, then it's bad, etc....

Thanks for the link to the hdbus site


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Originally Posted by csujjhoov View Post

EWTO - The NBC HD Issue you are having is the same all of us in the Columbus region are having right now. Doesn't matter if you have WOW, Insight, TW, DirecTV, or Dish. NBC4 is apparently having issues, there's not much we can do about it other than complain to NBC4. Over the past few weeks we have noticed signal breaking up, macroblocking, switching over to SD then back to HD, missing audio streams, you name it. I thought originally it may have been a TW issue, but when i switched to my Antenna I have, it was doing the same thing.

we've had a big discussion about it at http://www.hdcolumbus.net and everyone is having the issue. I know TW gets their feed from NBC4 over fiber so it's definitely an issue at NBC4.
post #395 of 602
Hi, I was wondering if someone wouldn't mind answering a few questions for me about Time Warner's HD offerings in Columbus. I apologize if these have been asked before, but I don't live in Columbus and I am trying to help out my in laws:

1. What is the Brand/Model number of the HD box TW uses here?

2. We had an audio guy tell us yesterday that most of the boxes are defective, and that it can take multiple trips out until you get a box that works. Can anyone confirm this?

3. Along the same lines, he claimed that this was because of faulty HDMI software, and therefore the HDMI has been disabled on the box. As a result, my father-in-law will be hooking up his new system as follows: component cable to receiver, HDMI from receiver to TV (his receiver supposedly will upcovert to 1080p). He has a new 1080p Panasonic Plasma, and I want to make sure we are taking full advantage of this TV. Does this sound like an OK setup based on the limitations of the TW box in columbus?

Thanks for the help in advance,
Brian
post #396 of 602
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Originally Posted by brezz View Post

Hi, I was wondering if someone wouldn't mind answering a few questions for me about Time Warner's HD offerings in Columbus. I apologize if these have been asked before, but I don't live in Columbus and I am trying to help out my in laws:

1. What is the Brand/Model number of the HD box TW uses here?

2. We had an audio guy tell us yesterday that most of the boxes are defective, and that it can take multiple trips out until you get a box that works. Can anyone confirm this?

3. Along the same lines, he claimed that this was because of faulty HDMI software, and therefore the HDMI has been disabled on the box. As a result, my father-in-law will be hooking up his new system as follows: component cable to receiver, HDMI from receiver to TV (his receiver supposedly will upcovert to 1080p). He has a new 1080p Panasonic Plasma, and I want to make sure we are taking full advantage of this TV. Does this sound like an OK setup based on the limitations of the TW box in columbus?

Thanks for the help in advance,
Brian

Brian,
TW uses four different HD boxes depenting on what they have available and what services you need. These three are:
Scientific Atlanta SA3250HD and 3100HD
Pioneer 3150
Scientific Atlanta SA8300HD or HDC

HDMI is NOT disabled on any box, I am actually using HDMI on my 8300HD perfectly, but use Optical Audio not the HDMI audio. You can set box to upconvert and it does a fairly good job. I have mine set to output in native resolution of the signal. ABC and FOX are 720P, NBC and CBS 1080I. Nobody broadcasts 1080P so it's not a big deal, all of the boxes support up to 1080I output.

No most of the boxes are not defective, some have their quirks especially the newer boxes with separable security (model numbers end in C) but TW is not the only company having issues with those.

Hope this helps.
post #397 of 602
I have the SA8300 and use the HDMI port as well, but I output everything in 1080i. Doing this allows the tv to switch channels very quickly, vs resolution changes that are slow. I have a tendency to surf . My panel is a 1080P panel, but the box does a good a job at up converting lower res signals.

Another question for the group: Does anyone get Uni-HD (780) for free with the other HD channels? Back when they turned on ESPN/ESPN2 HD in the variety package, I got this one as well, but TW still shows it in the premium gold package, and I don't have that.
post #398 of 602
I have Uni-HD but I subscribe to HD gold.

I dont mind the resolution changes keeping it in native. recently have been using my PS3 more to watch Blu-ray movies than watching TV, not much on.
post #399 of 602
Thanks for the help everyone!

Brian
post #400 of 602
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Originally Posted by bpc4 View Post

I have the SA8300 and use the HDMI port as well, but I output everything in 1080i. Doing this allows the tv to switch channels very quickly, vs resolution changes that are slow. I have a tendency to surf . My panel is a 1080P panel, but the box does a good a job at up converting lower res signals.

Another question for the group: Does anyone get Uni-HD (780) for free with the other HD channels? Back when they turned on ESPN/ESPN2 HD in the variety package, I got this one as well, but TW still shows it in the premium gold package, and I don't have that.

I get Uni HD for free on my cable box and I don't have anything beyond the basic HD package.
post #401 of 602
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Originally Posted by vman41 View Post

Time Warner now appears to supply PSIP data to give the the locals channels the same virtual channel numbers as the OTA signals. If I add the channel to my channel list, I can get WCHM by tuning to 4-1. Back-translating from the QAM channel shown on the diagnostic screen, I get.
  • 4-1 on cable channel 90-1
  • 4-2 on cable channel 90-2
  • 6-1 on cable channel 110-1
  • 6-2 on cable channel 110-2
  • 10-1 on cable channel 84-1
  • 28-1 on cable channel 110-3
  • 34-1 on cable channel 84-2
  • 34-2 on cable channel 84-3
  • 34-3 on cable channel 84-5
  • 53-1 on cable channel 90-3

Sorry for digging this up but I got sidetracked and never did get back to my original question, LOL!

Anyways, for those who missed it in the summer, I was asking what the channels were when I plugged cable wire directly into my TV, with NO cable box involved. This was before I got a HD cable box (as TWC was out of them at the time.)

For the heck of it, I was bored on this Christmas morning and decided to go back and redo my HDTV's auto-search for channels and see what came up in my area (Time Warner-Zanesville). Most were the same from what I saw before, and from what was listed above in the post I quoted, but here goes...

74.44 -- A community announcements bulletin board channel for West Lafayette (located 10 minutes east of Coshocton).
79.12 -- Channel telling you to buy NBA TV.
84.1 -- WBNS HD
84.2 -- WOSU HD
84.3 -- WOSU Ohio
84.5 -- WOSU Plus
85.7 -- Columbus Sports TV
90.1 -- WCMH HD
90.2 -- WCMH Weather Plus
90.3 -- WWHO HD
108.23 -- Music channel: Kids Only!
108.24 -- Music channel: Reggae
108.29 -- Music channel: Rap
108.35 -- Music channel: Lite Hits
110.1 -- WSYX HD
110.2 -- MyTV Columbus
110.3 -- WTTE HD
112.2 -- Universal HD
113.19 -- In Demand Promos (Mostly sports and X-rated shows)
114.12 -- ESPN2 HD

The major changes from before involved the Music Channels, because TWC recently tweaked those. But, I also saw that ESPN2 HD was there. ESPN HD isn't there, but ESPN2 HD is.

Also, I used to have Cartoon Network repeated on one of the digital channels, but it is no longer there (which isn't a big deal since it was a waste to see a regular channel on the digital channels.)

Finally, for the heck of it, I decided to turn off the cable input into my TV and use Antenna mode, with the cable still plugged in and see what came up. What happened is Channels 2-13 were normal. But Channels 14-22 were replaced by Channels 65-72 in that order. Channels 23 and beyond were static.

That's about all the damage I can do on that tonight. Hope someone finds it interesting.
post #402 of 602
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Originally Posted by glocks View Post

Today, I tried rescanning for HD channels on WOW via QAM w/ my Panny plasma. It still does not pick up the network HD channels (since the channel map was changed). However, when I briefly tried out my new Magnavox lcd via qam, I was able to pick up the network hd channels. This seems consistent w/ what others reported-- some tv's (e.g., at least this model by panasonic) have tuners that are able to find the network hd channels via QAM and others are not, since the new channel map was instituted on WOW a few months ago, now.... I found examples of both instances in my own house!

So, this is why I can't pick up the network HD channels from WOW on my Sharp Aquos?
post #403 of 602
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Originally Posted by overly under me View Post

So, this is why I can't pick up the network HD channels from WOW on my Sharp Aquos?

Just bought a 46" Sharp Aquos and was surprised it could not pick local OTA HD too! I've bought various antennas, cable splitters, digital tuners, and DVD recorders with built-in tuner this past week and will be testing them to see which one works the best at reception. My other TV is a Panny plasma bought about 3 yrs ago, and it is able to auto scan just about every HD channel available - without an antenna. And the plasma has way better picture quality than the LCD. I feel like going back to the stone ages using an antenna, which I was surprised people still used!

Also with the Sharp, I think you can only get cable or OTA, not both at the same time, which is annoying. Not sure if all the TV's now are like this? Sounds like the manufacturer's method of cost cutting.
post #404 of 602
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Originally Posted by street v View Post

Just bought a 46" Sharp Aquos and was surprised it could not pick local OTA HD too! I've bought various antennas, cable splitters, digital tuners, and DVD recorders with built-in tuner this past week and will be testing them to see which one works the best at reception. My other TV is a Panny plasma bought about 3 yrs ago, and it is able to auto scan just about every HD channel available - without an antenna. And the plasma has way better picture quality than the LCD. I feel like going back to the stone ages using an antenna, which I was surprised people still used!

Also with the Sharp, I think you can only get cable or OTA, not both at the same time, which is annoying. Not sure if all the TV's now are like this? Sounds like the manufacturer's method of cost cutting.


Just a follow up - After a re-scan with the cable hooked up straight to the coax on the bax of the Sharp Aquos, I did in fact receive the HD network channels from WOW. They were in the 200 range.
post #405 of 602
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Originally Posted by overly under me View Post

Just a follow up - After a re-scan with the cable hooked up straight to the coax on the bax of the Sharp Aquos, I did in fact receive the HD network channels from WOW. They were in the 200 range.

Lucky you. So you're able to get both HD programming and standard cable straight from the wall to your TV (no cable box), at the same time? For example, are you able to watch channel 4, then change to channel 4.1 with the TV switching automatically from SD to HD?

I have Insight cable, and I read somewhere that Sharp can not process Insight's signal or something like that. Not sure how true that is.

Last night, I hooked up an external Samsung HDTV tuner with an antenna attached to it. The tuner is connected to an HDMI input on the Sharp. The tuner picked up all the local HD stations with great strength. But in order to watch the HD, I have to switch to that HDMI input. And if I want to watch regular cable, I have to switch back to the TV input.
post #406 of 602
Yes, I'm able to watch both SD and HD through the cable hooked up directly to the TV. I tune to channel 04 for the NBC SD feed and channel 203 for the NBC HD feed. But I only get the local network HD channels without the STB. I can't get TNTHD or ESPNHD or any of the digital channels such as DIY, G4 etc.
post #407 of 602
Looking at job postings from Sinclair's web site. E.g.:

http://jobs.sbgnet.com/sbghire/JobMa...iew&jobID=3777

Excerpts:

Newscast Director
JOB CODE: COL01178
Location: WSYX and WTTE Columbus, OH

WSYX/WTTE, ABC/FOX affiliate with major commitment to news is looking for a Main Show Director. As we move into full High Definition we're looking for a leader with your production team as well as a partner with the newscast producers. Technical Directing and knowledge of audio, studio cameras, character generator and lighting are a must; experience with a Snell and Wilcox Kahuna HD Switcher is a plus. If you are dedicated to directing fast-paced newscasts with multiple live shots in an HD environment, this is the job for you. Some directing of other special programming is required and ability to work a flexible schedule is essential. A minimum of 3 years directing experience required.
post #408 of 602
Over the weekend I hooked up 15-1892 from radio shack since its on sale and get 4.1 6.1 10.1 28.1 34.1 53.1 all with about 95% signal. The antenna lets you remotely adjust for each channel for better reception if need be. This made watching football in HD this past weekend real nice. I used a 2 into 1 splitter so I can hook up cable and the antenna, the bright ppl at Radio shack and BB told me you can't do that you need an A/B switch. Um yea ok sure. All I have to do is turn off the antenna or cable box which ever one I'm not using.
post #409 of 602
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Originally Posted by engineer760 View Post

Looking at job postings from Sinclair's web site. E.g.:

http://jobs.sbgnet.com/sbghire/JobMa...iew&jobID=3777

Excerpts:

Newscast Director
JOB CODE: COL01178
Location: WSYX and WTTE Columbus, OH

WSYX/WTTE, ABC/FOX affiliate with major commitment to news is looking for a Main Show Director. As we move into full High Definition we're looking for a leader with your production team as well as a partner with the newscast producers. Technical Directing and knowledge of audio, studio cameras, character generator and lighting are a must; experience with a Snell and Wilcox Kahuna HD Switcher is a plus. If you are dedicated to directing fast-paced newscasts with multiple live shots in an HD environment, this is the job for you. Some directing of other special programming is required and ability to work a flexible schedule is essential. A minimum of 3 years directing experience required.

The HD Columbus boards were discussing WCMH's HD broadcasts, and got on the topic of how Sinclair broadcasting is the last to go HD with local news in the Columbus market. The rumor is it's only going to be 420p widescreen. Whether that's true or not, we shall see.
post #410 of 602
I sent a PM to moderator CPanther95 and requested that Zanesville be added to the title of this thread. I gave him the detailed reasoning, but the long story short version is all we have here is WHIZ (NBC), which is basically a non-factor when it comes to HD discussions anyway, and if it did anything, it would merely duplicate WCMH.

As it is, we pretty much rely on Columbus for the major networks and HD channels anyway, so it only makes sense to make this a dual-city thread (which will be 99 percent Columbus discussion anyway), much like the Dayton-Lima thread. But for the rare time WHIZ has any kind of news, there'd be a place to discuss it.
post #411 of 602
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Originally Posted by IDGBZ View Post

Over the weekend I hooked up 15-1892 from radio shack since its on sale and get 4.1 6.1 10.1 28.1 34.1 53.1 all with about 95% signal. The antenna lets you remotely adjust for each channel for better reception if need be. This made watching football in HD this past weekend real nice. I used a 2 into 1 splitter so I can hook up cable and the antenna, the bright ppl at Radio shack and BB told me you can't do that you need an A/B switch. Um yea ok sure. All I have to do is turn off the antenna or cable box which ever one I'm not using.

What cable provider do you have? Do you not get these feeds through them?
post #412 of 602
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Originally Posted by overly under me View Post

What cable provider do you have? Do you not get these feeds through them?

I have basic with Insight and don't get any HD with the set up I have.
post #413 of 602
I have Insight in Pickerington. It's the only cable company available in this area. I'm not really happy so far. I just picked up a Samsung LNT4071 a couple nights ago. I stopped by the Insight office on Livingston and picked up a brand new, never-used Motorola DCH6416 HDDVR box. The HD channels come in nicely. The standard channels are grainy as hell. I've been on the phone the past two nights with Insight techs but they don't have a clue apparently. I have a tech coming out tomorrow to see if it's possibly a signal issue. Have any of you experienced this issue with the standard channels?
post #414 of 602
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Originally Posted by smarzec View Post

I have Insight in Pickerington. It's the only cable company available in this area. I'm not really happy so far. I just picked up a Samsung LNT4071 a couple nights ago. I stopped by the Insight office on Livingston and picked up a brand new, never-used Motorola DCH6416 HDDVR box. The HD channels come in nicely. The standard channels are grainy as hell. I've been on the phone the past two nights with Insight techs but they don't have a clue apparently. I have a tech coming out tomorrow to see if it's possibly a signal issue. Have any of you experienced this issue with the standard channels?

This is just the way it is right now. SD channels on most HDTVs look this way.
post #415 of 602
I know this is a basic question, but I'm wondering about the process one needs to go through when moving to HDTV. I have Time Warner cable and will be replacing my 27" crt with a 1080p HDTV in a few days. I currently have a Pioneer "Voyager" cable box. Is it normal to just take in this box to the Olentangy River Road office and ask for a new box for HDTV? Do they provide a HDMI cable? Anything else I should know?

Thanks for your help.
post #416 of 602
Yes, you can walk in with the box. I did everything via phone first, then walked in so it was real quick, but you can do it at the counter. They do not supply HDMI cables, at least when I did it a year ago. They took the stance that Component is the supported method, but I use HDMI with no real issues. They do supply a component cable.

Decide if you want the DVR or not, as it is a different box. Good luck.
post #417 of 602
Thanks for the very fast response! I was able to pick up my TV today from the shipping center and on the way back I stopped by the TW office and exchanged the old cable box for the new. The lady there asked if I was going to be using an HDMI cable, but the cable I ordered still hasn't arrived, so she gave me component cables. Sounded like they expect most people to use HDMI, even though they don't supply them.

Thanks again for your timely response.
post #418 of 602
Interesting that WOW now offers the local HD channels via QAM in the standard 201-208 range, same as they have appeared via a cable box, as Overly Under Me noted (sorry for not responding to your inquiry, earlier-- I only occasionally check back in here). In the past, when I have received them, they have been "sub-channels", e.g., 76-201 or whatever. Hopefully, this standardization means that WOW won't be changing the mapping again for the local HD channels...

On the down side, it looks like the add'l HD channels are no longer available via QAM-- e.g., usually, I was able to get at least some of the digital basic package channels such as A&EHD, Fox Sports Regional channels, etc. -- but it looks like WOW was just playing around w/ the mapping/strategies for them over the past year or so. I was particularly excited when they added ESPNHD & TNTHD to the digital basic and/or value package, but was disappointed that I couldn't get them on the panny I have hooked up via QAM...
post #419 of 602
I just got the HD box on Thursday and not noticed anything wrong yet with picture quality. My question is that HD Showcase on Demand just disappeared. For me it would have been on Channel 795. Also when will we get getting Discovery, History, and TLC in HD?
post #420 of 602
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Originally Posted by Jarrod_38 View Post

I just got the HD box on Thursday and not noticed anything wrong yet with picture quality. My question is that HD Showcase on Demand just disappeared. For me it would have been on Channel 795. Also when will we get getting Discovery, History, and TLC in HD?

You're going to need to tell us who your cable provider is. I'm having a very hard time understanding your post.
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