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post #61 of 167
Hopefully when they work out all the kinks it'll officially roll out. the channel is gone on the guide now.
post #62 of 167
Yeah, noticed that tonight. If it doesn't come back I'll be pissed! Got me really excited last night.
post #63 of 167
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Originally Posted by milicz View Post

Yeah, noticed that tonight. If it doesn't come back I'll be pissed! Got me really excited last night.

If its not there permanently after the tease last night I'll be fuming mad.
post #64 of 167
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Originally Posted by ChiefSoxFan View Post

If its not there permanently after the tease last night I'll be fuming mad.

They are carrying it for sure. In fact it's on the cable system right now.

If you have a QAM tuner, you can tune to the channel. I'm watching ESPN2HD right now. I'm watching it through my dvico fusion and also LG LST-3410a
post #65 of 167
It's back and I'm watching ESPN2HD right now through my cable box.
post #66 of 167
I hope they add foodnetwork HD next. Comcast added that, HGTV and A&E HD in some markets.
post #67 of 167
I'm new to this thread and have been searching for a channel lineup for viewing HD channels directly through my Samsung LN-T4665f directly from the wall. I've been able to find a couple of channels but not all of them, especially Fox. Does anyone have a current list? Also, is it possible to see ESPN HD, Discovery HD, etc directly through the tv? Thanks in advance.
post #68 of 167
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Originally Posted by Vic3038 View Post

I'm new to this thread and have been searching for a channel lineup for viewing HD channels directly through my Samsung LN-T4665f directly from the wall. I've been able to find a couple of channels but not all of them, especially Fox. Does anyone have a current list? Also, is it possible to see ESPN HD, Discovery HD, etc directly through the tv? Thanks in advance.

I use a FusionHDTV5 tuner card on my PC with MythTV and just went through the time consuming (but rewarding) process of scanning for all unencrypted QAM channels. Similar to how it was in the NYC market, all channels under 100 (as they are labeled in RCN's lineup) plus HD networks are unencrypted, so you should be able to get these with any QAM tuner. Ordering their lowest level of service will suffice. You might even be able to just order Internet service with no cable TV and still see these channels since all of them are digital.

Unfortunately, no HD channels other than the networks (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The U, WB, PBS) are available unencrypted. ESPN2 HD was coming in for a few days but they seem to have just recently encrypted it.

If you have one of their Motorola HD or HD/DVR boxes, there is a relatively easy way to find out if a channel is encrypted or not.

1. Power on the converter and tune to the channel that you want to check.
2. Turn the converter off with the remote and hit the "OK" button within a few seconds. This should bring up a "DIAGNOSTICS" screen.
3. Using the cursor keys on the remote, go down to the "d06 CURRENT CHANNEL STATUS" menu and press the "OK" button on your remote.
4. A few lines down from the top, you should see something that says "TYPE: DIGITAL". If you see "ENC" on the far right side of that same line - you guessed it - the channel is encrypted.

This is how I was able to verify that I wasn't going crazy and that ESPN2 HD really did disappear from the unencrypted lineup overnight! Hope that helps you folks!

If you're a MythTV user and want a channels.conf file so you don't have to go through the painful process of a manual QAM channel scan, feel free to send me a PM!
post #69 of 167
OK, for those with Digital Cable Boxes, is ESPN2HD channel 542 showing up as ESPN2 in the program guide and not ESPN2HD? I'm having issues were when I record ESPN2HD it records the standard def ESPN2 channel because they're named the same in the guide. RCN tech support is clueless.
post #70 of 167
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Originally Posted by Draft1 View Post

Via the built-in tuner in my Sony 42A10, I receive the following channels through RCN:

103.2501 - WB
103.2502 - ABC
107.2601 - NBC
107.2602 - CBS
115.2701 - FOX
115.2702 - PBS / WTTWD

This list may or may not be complete. If anyone has a more complete list, please update.

Thanks,
Draft

I have a sony kd34-xs955 and my qam tuner and basic analog cable and cable internet from RCN. So I have no box, just the coaxial running to my tv.

I used to pick up all those channels listed in the quote plus the U! HD (for white sox home games), 134.3, it used to pickup TNT Hd (134.4? not sure I forget), and the hdnet channels... minus sound (making them useless)

The last 3 months I've lost my fox and pbs HD 115.2701,02.... I had hoped it would come back at my new apartment, but no luck... as a bear fan, I'll need fox hd for most bear games... anyone know what happened to fox hd and pbs hd? Running rabbit ears is a pain in the ass not to mention it looks like crap in an apartment!

EDIT: See next post.... yea!
post #71 of 167
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Originally Posted by speakonlynvowels View Post

Some changes:

FOX (720p): 81-2701
WTTW-D (720p): 81-2702
The U (720p): 134-3

THANK YOU!!!!!

I was wondering where my fox and pbs went, but I didnt even bother to look in the 80's because all hd cahnnels had previously been int he 100's for me... THANK YOU!!

If anyone finds espn hd via a qam tuner, please share the channel, it as well as espn2 hd are the only channles i would like to have in addition to the current ones available
post #72 of 167
I'm thinking about switching from Comcast to RCN

1) Am I nuts?
2) How is the HD quality/Customer Service
3) Do they support cablecards?
post #73 of 167
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Originally Posted by crcostel View Post

I'm thinking about switching from Comcast to RCN

1) Am I nuts?
2) How is the HD quality/Customer Service
3) Do they support cablecards?

1-no, if you value money.... $20 a month for internet vs. $45 is kinda a big deal
2-I use my TV's QAM tuner to pickup the local hd feeds... CBS is the best, nbc is average, abc is average, fox is poor, pbs is excellent, wgn is ok, tends to pixelate often
3-not sure, never bothered to ask since i just have analog cable and pick up digital channels with my qam tuner
post #74 of 167
Location: 60616; 2.5 miles from downtown
HDTV: Samsung LN-T3242H

I receive all OTA digital channels except for WBBM-DT. However, I receive no local digital channels through RCN with my built in QAM Tuner. Any advice? (desperately in need of WBBM-DT)
post #75 of 167
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Originally Posted by PapaBear85 View Post

Location: 60616; 2.5 miles from downtown
HDTV: Samsung LN-T3242H

I receive all OTA digital channels except for WBBM-DT. However, I receive no local digital channels through RCN with my built in QAM Tuner. Any advice? (desperately in need of WBBM-DT)

That's funny, because I'm also in 60616 and I get about 95% or higher signal OTA for WBBM-DT. Thankfully I have a mostly unobstructed north facing window where I have my rabbit ears, though I don't have an unobstructed view of the Hancock tower where the antenna is.

In any case, I have RCN cable and on my JVC LT-32E478 HDTV with QAM tuner, I pick up WBBM-DT on 107.2602 (TV calls it 107-2).

Are you picking up the digital basic cable channels (non-HD) with your QAM tuner?
post #76 of 167
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Originally Posted by aclight View Post

That's funny, because I'm also in 60616 and I get about 95% or higher signal OTA for WBBM-DT. Thankfully I have a mostly unobstructed north facing window where I have my rabbit ears, though I don't have an unobstructed view of the Hancock tower where the antenna is.

In any case, I have RCN cable and on my JVC LT-32E478 HDTV with QAM tuner, I pick up WBBM-DT on 107.2602 (TV calls it 107-2).

Are you picking up the digital basic cable channels (non-HD) with your QAM tuner?

I receive all digital basic channels thru the QAM tuner. I'm not lucky enuff to have a window facing the north. Mine faces the west. I had the local HD channels for like a day or two thru QAM, but I'm nt getting them anymore. Is there anyway to strengthen the QAM signal?
post #77 of 167
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Originally Posted by PapaBear85 View Post

I receive all digital basic channels thru the QAM tuner. I'm not lucky enuff to have a window facing the north. Mine faces the west. I had the local HD channels for like a day or two thru QAM, but I'm nt getting them anymore. Is there anyway to strengthen the QAM signal?

You could try passing your cable signal through an amplifier, but if you're getting good signals for your basic cable digital channels I wouldn't expect that an amplifier would help you get HD QAM channels.

It seems like practically every housing unit in 60616 has a balcony (or at least the part I'm in), so if by chance you have one you could potentially put an antenna outside on your balcony and that might improve your reception. Of course, you've probably already thought of that if it would apply

If you're in a condo building, does your building provide a separate antenna feed? I once lived in an older condo building where there was both cable and an antenna feed. I don't think I ever used the antenna feed, but as I recall it was somehow transmitted on the same wire as the cable TV. I'm not sure how that worked though.

I'm guessing that you're trying to view the local HD channels from your RCN cable without paying RCN extra for the HD package. But if you're actually paying extra for the HD signals and not getting them, then you should definitely complain.

Sorry I can't be of much help, but I'm not sure there's much you can do (and I've only been using HD for a few weeks myself, so don't have a lot of experience).

Good luck
post #78 of 167
My apt has no balcony or porch to help stabilize an outdoor antennae. I guess I'm outta luck for now . . .
post #79 of 167
Anyone here have an idea on how I could access WBBM-DT through RCN?
post #80 of 167
RCN has big ten network channel 548!
post #81 of 167
Is anybody else getting Big Ten network using QAM on channel 115-5301. I also noticed RCN opened Showtime HD on 118-3801 for the weekend but it is still open.
post #82 of 167
TBSHD Channel 549, the Cubs in the Playoffs in HD! RCN has now beat out Comcast on the BigTen Network and now this.
post #83 of 167
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Originally Posted by Memo2099 View Post

Is anybody else getting Big Ten network using QAM on channel 115-5301. I also noticed RCN opened Showtime HD on 118-3801 for the weekend but it is still open.

What tuner do you use? I get it on 115-301

They encrypted SHOHD again. Whenever it is free preview for the premiums, they unencrypt the channel so it is in the clear.

Bigten and TBS HD's are both unencrypted for now. the motorola stb is saying temporarily offline but my tuner is picking it up.

It would suck for comcast customers if they don't get the cubs game in HD by tommorow. I guess it is showing up in their guides.
post #84 of 167
what is the QAM channel for the tbs HD channel? and is that big ten channel in hd also? I found the non hd version on my analog, ch 99, last saturday... but i figured that was just a one time deal since ch 99 is usually used for broadcasting white sox games once in a while
post #85 of 167
My tuner is a bit weird

TBSHD is on 115-205 for my LG 3510a and I guess my tuner drops the first number in the subchannel. 115-301.
post #86 of 167
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Originally Posted by spongyfungy View Post

My tuner is a bit weird

TBSHD is on 115-205 for my LG 3510a and I guess my tuner drops the first number in the subchannel. 115-301.

I ended up finding it under 115-1 on my panasonic, also, note I found the Big Ten network HD as 115-2
post #87 of 167
Big Ten network 2 and 3 are added. 3 different Big Ten Network alt channels in HD

Michigan vs. Eastern Michigan in SD
Michigan State vs. Northwestern in HD
Indiana vs. Minnesota in HD.
post #88 of 167
I currently get cable internet and analog basic cable (no STB) from RCN.... I'm wondering if I cancel my analog cable service,, won't I still be getting the digital channels over my line because I will be keeping the cable modem?

Basically, I'm thinking my TV will still be able to pick-up and decode the digital channels (as it does now with the QAM tuner) if I keep my internet... anyone have any success trying this?
post #89 of 167
I live in 60605. Anyway we can get an updated channel list together, I get:

Fox = 81-1
WTTWD = 81-2
ABC = 103-1
WGN = 103-2
NBC = 107-1
CBS = 107-2
HDNet (Mute) = 109-1
HDNET (mute) = 109-2
Big10 = 115-1
TBSHD = 115=2

Lost ESPN2HD a few months ago! Any additions?
post #90 of 167
Yesterday, I switched from Comcast to RCN. (just became available in my area) Comcast only uses clear-qam for the regular broadcast channels, so imagine my joy when I found just about every basic channel available on clear-QAM. Now I don't need a stupid box just to watch basic channels like f/x or sci-fi.

I went through the pain of mapping every clear-qam channel last night.... so I thought I'd share - here's what I got:

81-2701 FOX-HD
81-2702 PBS-HD
85-4309
85-4807 ABCWeather
85-5201 ?
85-5202 WYIN56
85-5204 Big10-SD
85-5205 Big10-SD
86-4401 AnimalPlanet
86-4402 Lifetime
86-4403 TCM
86-4404 FMC
86-4407 A&E
86-4408 HGTV
86-4410 ?
86-4412 NBCWeather
87-4203 WeatherChannel
87-4204 FoxNews
87-4206 Discovery
87-4207 Disney
87-4302 USA
87-4305 Travel
87-4308 ESPNNews
87-4606 CNBC
88.4202 ABCFamily
88-4201 CSPAN2
88-4205 CourtTV
88-4208 Nickelodeon
88-4209 Food Network
88-4303 F/X
88-4304 Galavision
88-4306 EWTN
91-4501 MSNBC
91-4502 VH1
91-4503 MTV
91-4504 Comcast Sportsnet
91-4505 We
91-4507 Cartoon Network
91-4801 ESPN
91-4802 ESPN2
92-4301 AMC
92-4601 ESPN Classic
92-4602 Oxygen
92-4603 History
92-4604 TVLand
92-4605 SCI-FI
92-4608 TVGuide
92-4609 TVGuide
92-4707 SpikeTV
93-4601 TBS
93-4702 TNT
93-4703 CNN
93-4704 CNN news
93-4705 E!
93-4706 FoxSoccer
93-4708 Bravo
93-4709 Comedy
94-4506 SpeedTV
94-4508 SOAPnet
94-4509 TLC
94-4701 BET
94-4803 CSPAN
101-xxx VOD
102-xxx NHL ondemand
103-2501 CW-HD
103-2502 ABC-HD
107-2601 NBC-HD
107-2602 CBS-HD
109-2 HDNet (mute)
109-3 HDNetMV (mute)
115-205 TBS-HD
115-5301 BigTen-HD
116-4901 DiscFamilia
120-3212 LMN
123-4001 QVC
123-4002 HSN
123-4003 Telemundo
123-4004 NBC-SD
123-4005 WCIU-SD
123-4006 ABC-SD
123-4007 My50-SD
123-4008 CW-SD
123-4009 Univision
124-4101 WTTW-SD
124-4102 FOX-SD
124-4103 ION
124-4104 MeTV-SD
124-4105 WXFT 60
124-4106 WiseTV
124-4107 CBS-SD
124-4109 WJYS-62
127-xxx music choice
130-xxx public access
134-1 TNT-HD
134-3 WCIU-HD
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