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post #10501 of 10855
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Originally Posted by kabin View Post

it's an Actiontec Model C1000A.


Thanks!
post #10502 of 10855
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Originally Posted by kingpcgeek View Post

From what I am reading in the PDF its the opposite, the DVR is the DLNA server, not a DLNA playback device. In the description of DLNA Premium Video that it is also what I am reading http://www.hometheater.com/content/stream-movies-dlna-premium-video-certification
Think about it, a cable company is not going to rent you a device that lets you play media you did not buy from them. Its not in their best interest.
Well, think about this: both DBS services lease DVRs that can receive, record, and play back content from OTA channels they both do and do not carry, and have for about a decade now. And it is also common for a vendor STB to have the ability to play media from Netflix or Vudu or Hulu or iTunes, and/or any number of download-on-demand channels, which kind of takes the legs out of that theory. They even integrate it seamlessly into their own UIs and program guides.

Customers today do not want to be limited in their choices, and would perceive vendors strictly offering only what they can sell them to be disenfranchising them; they will either get other content from them or do an end run around them and get it elsewhere, so providing these alternatives is absolutely in their self-interests, just like it is in the self-interests of musicians to allow iTunes and Amazon to sell their content, and to even give some of it away. It provides value to them as a service to be comprehensive. That said, cable does seem to be the obvious laggard in this paradigm shift.

And a playback device that can push content to client STBs is a server, by definition.
post #10503 of 10855
Thrilling update...51.4 is now "ShopTV". It is simulcasting 51.3 at this time. AntennaTV??? Anyone???
post #10504 of 10855
On Tuesday I returned from a 3.5 week visit to Mesa, where my daughter has Cox cable.

Damn, the macroblocking is horrible. Sure, it wasn't 100% of the time, but high bitrate needed scenes were really bad.

I'm glad that I do not pay for that.
post #10505 of 10855
The mascroblocking has nothing to do with the video being recorded and then played back later. I'm talking live viewing. Macroblocking of this nature would be common for all Cox viewers fed from the same channel mux encoders.

It sticks out like a sore thumb.

So yes, all Cox cable system viewers should be having the same issues.
post #10506 of 10855
I agree the macroblocking, has got bad over the last year or so, I was watching CBS NCIS: Los Angles last night and noticed it was very bad when Deeks was on the corner spinning the advertising sign, I have had an exceptional amount of noise also for several months, resulting in pixilation for a second or so, it is also obvious in the corrected and uncorrected error counts, but rarely on the locals.

The average bitrate for the HD MPEG2 channels is all over the place, ranging from 9Mbps to 20Mbps, CBS comes in around 12Mbps
Edited by Bryan_CoxPHX - 1/9/13 at 6:08pm
post #10507 of 10855
Cox AZ - Price Increases across the board, No Speed increase mentioned, No new Channels mentioned.
"At Cox Communications it's our priority to add value with more Internet speed year after year (WHERE, I dont see it), new features like readable voicemail, and additional On DEMAND programming. With increasing programming expenses and rising costs of doing business, we are making the following changes to our service rates effective with your next bill statement. All prices are listed per month unless otherwise noted and subject to franchise fees, taxes, and deposits. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future."

Prices for Cox TV and Advanced TV will be as follows:
Cox TV Essential will change from $60.79 to $63.99.
Advanced TV will change from $62.59 to $63.99.
Preferred TV will change from $69.59 to $73.99.
Super Mix will change from $69.59 to $70.99.
Premier TV will change from $80.59 to $83.99.
Ultimate TV will change from $122.58 to $125.99.
Advanced TV standard definition receivers will change from $6.99 to $8.50.

Plus Package fee will change from $10 to $5. (only decrease)
Variety Pak will change from $7.00 to $10.00.
Sports and Information Pak will change from $7.00 to $8.50.
Single premium channel rate will change from $14.99 to $15.00.
Two premium channels rate will change from $23.49 to $25.00
Three premium channel rate will change from $31.99 to $34.00.
Four premium channel rate will change from $39.49 to $42.00.

Internet:
Starter will change from $25.99 to $26.99.
Essential will change from $37.99 to $39.99.
Preferred will change from $53.99 to $55.99.
Premier will change from $64.99 to $67.99.
Ultimate will change from $94.99 to $99.99.

Telephone:
Cox Digital Telephone Essential will change from $19.99 to $21.99.
Voice Mail will change from $7.99 to $8.99.
To comply with federal regulatory guidelines for the Access Recovery Charge, the FCC Access Charge will increase by $0.12. Toll Restriction will change from $2.75 to $1.49.
Simply 5 Long Distance will change from $3.99 to $4.95.
For information on other telephone rate changes, please visit Cox.com
post #10508 of 10855
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Originally Posted by Bryan_CoxPHX View Post

Cox AZ - Price Increases across the board, No Speed increase mentioned, No new Channels mentioned.
"At Cox Communications it's our priority to add value with more Internet speed year after year (WHERE, I dont see it), new features like readable voicemail, and additional On DEMAND programming. With increasing programming expenses and rising costs of doing business, we are making the following changes to our service rates effective with your next bill statement. All prices are listed per month unless otherwise noted and subject to franchise fees, taxes, and deposits. We appreciate your business and look forward to serving you in the future."

Prices for Cox TV and Advanced TV will be as follows:
Cox TV Essential will change from $60.79 to $63.99.
Advanced TV will change from $62.59 to $63.99.
Preferred TV will change from $69.59 to $73.99.
Super Mix will change from $69.59 to $70.99.
Premier TV will change from $80.59 to $83.99.
Ultimate TV will change from $122.58 to $125.99.
Advanced TV standard definition receivers will change from $6.99 to $8.50.

Plus Package fee will change from $10 to $5. (only decrease)
Variety Pak will change from $7.00 to $10.00.
Sports and Information Pak will change from $7.00 to $8.50.
Single premium channel rate will change from $14.99 to $15.00.
Two premium channels rate will change from $23.49 to $25.00
Three premium channel rate will change from $31.99 to $34.00.
Four premium channel rate will change from $39.49 to $42.00.

Internet:
Starter will change from $25.99 to $26.99.
Essential will change from $37.99 to $39.99.
Preferred will change from $53.99 to $55.99.
Premier will change from $64.99 to $67.99.
Ultimate will change from $94.99 to $99.99.

Telephone:
Cox Digital Telephone Essential will change from $19.99 to $21.99.
Voice Mail will change from $7.99 to $8.99.
To comply with federal regulatory guidelines for the Access Recovery Charge, the FCC Access Charge will increase by $0.12. Toll Restriction will change from $2.75 to $1.49.
Simply 5 Long Distance will change from $3.99 to $4.95.
For information on other telephone rate changes, please visit Cox.com

I am so glad that I upgraded to a business account so my price is locked for 3-years.
post #10509 of 10855
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Originally Posted by Bryan_CoxPHX View Post

Cox AZ - Price Increases across the board, No Speed increase mentioned, No new Channels mentioned.

Prices for Cox TV and Advanced TV will be as follows:
Ultimate TV will change from $122.58 to $125.99.

I don't see that this is offered in AZ. I see it in Orange County.


Advanced TV Ultimate is the complete TV experience. Get hundreds of channels including four TV Paks – the Movie Pak, Sports & Information Pak, Bonus Pak and the Variety Pak and your choice of three different premium channels – HBO, Showtime, Cinemax or Starz. Plus, DVR service is included at no additional charge.
post #10510 of 10855
It would be worth it to call and get a Price-Lock Agreement before the new rates take effect:
If you want to downgrade any "Core" service, make sure you do it prior to agreeing to the Price-Lock. Only "Core" services are Price-Locked, not Package subs, addons, premium channels, or hardware costs.

Core Services are:
  • Internet Tier
  • Cox TV Starter
  • Cox TV Essential
  • Cox Advanced TV
  • Basic Phone Service - $13.18

24 Month Price Lock Guarantee – Arizona
http://ww2.cox.com/aboutus/arizona/policies/price-lock-24-q411.cox
Early Termination Fee is prorated at $2/mo up to a max of $48

12 Month Price Lock Guarantee – Arizona
http://ww2.cox.com/aboutus/arizona/policies/price-lock-12-q212.cox
Early Termination Fee is prorated at $10/mo up to a max of $120
post #10511 of 10855
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Originally Posted by kingpcgeek View Post

I don't see that this is offered in AZ. I see it in Orange County.


Advanced TV Ultimate is the complete TV experience. Get hundreds of channels including four TV Paks – the Movie Pak, Sports & Information Pak, Bonus Pak and the Variety Pak and your choice of three different premium channels – HBO, Showtime, Cinemax or Starz. Plus, DVR service is included at no additional charge.

It was listed in the News section of my bill today.
post #10512 of 10855
For those of you with DIRECTV, the following new HD channels are in test mode and should be added within the next two weeks:

204 - Headline News HD
232 - Cooking Channel HD
253 - Lifetime Movie Network HD
271 - H2 HD
285 - Investigation Discovery HD
304 - TV Land HD
541 - Encore Action HD
559 - Independant Film Channel HD
post #10513 of 10855
Anything new airing on either 22.x or 25.x, such as Punch TV?
post #10514 of 10855
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Originally Posted by rdvegas View Post

Anything new airing on either 22.x or 25.x, such as Punch TV?

No changes in the past month. Channel 22.2 is still color bars and 22.5 is still AlmaVision. I misspoke in an earlier reply: it wasn't 22.5 that was color bars last month; it was 22.6, but that's gone back to Cubana.
post #10515 of 10855
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Originally Posted by dhett View Post

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Originally Posted by rdvegas View Post

Anything new airing on either 22.x or 25.x, such as Punch TV?
No changes in the past month. Channel 22.2 is still color bars and 22.5 is still AlmaVision. I misspoke in an earlier reply: it wasn't 22.5 that was color bars last month; it was 22.6, but that's gone back to Cubana.

Whoops - shoulda checked the other Mako station before posting, but I can't get it from my house, due to terrain blockage from South Mountain and interference from co-channel KMSB 11.x Tucson..

K25DM did add Punch TV on 25.2; Cubana remains on 25.1.
post #10516 of 10855
Next up on one of the Mako stations could be, or perhaps will be, PEACE TV. Mako has added that network in some of their other markets.
post #10517 of 10855
Just wondering what my choices are for broadband in the area of 44th and McDowell?

Sounds like it a choice of two worse and worser

Cox and Century link

Anyone know the best way to get a good deal on new service?

TIA
post #10518 of 10855
Any Promo you get from Cox will be a limited time offer 3, 6 or 12 months
Current Internet Offers
http://ww2.cox.com/residential/arizona/shop.cox

Essential (Up to 3 Mbps)
$19.99/mo. for 6 months

Preferred (Up to 15 Mbps)
$29.99/mo. for 6 months

Ultimate (Up to 50 Mbps)
$74.99/mo. for 6 months and FREE Pro Install

Cox is raising rates Feb 1st, Rumor has it Cox is also increasing speeds. The Preferred Tier is the best value IMO.

Regular pricing is as follows:
Internet:
Starter will change from $25.99 to $26.99.
Essential will change from $37.99 to $39.99.
Preferred will change from $53.99 to $55.99. - Current Speed 15/3 Mbps, Rumored to be going to 25/5Mbps - Current Cap 200GB/mo
Premier will change from $64.99 to $67.99. - Current Speed 25/5 Mbps, Rumored to be going to 50/10 Mbps - Current Cap 250GB/mo
Ultimate will change from $94.99 to $99.99. - Current Speed 55/4 Mbps, Rumored to be going to 150/20 Mbps - Current Cap 400GB/mo
post #10519 of 10855
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Originally Posted by TheRatPatrol View Post

For those of you with DIRECTV, the following new HD channels are in test mode and should be added within the next two weeks:

204 - Headline News HD
232 - Cooking Channel HD
253 - Lifetime Movie Network HD
271 - H2 HD
285 - Investigation Discovery HD
304 - TV Land HD
541 - Encore Action HD
559 - Independant Film Channel HD
Three of the eight went live this morning, the other 5 should go live next week. (hopefully)

LMN
ID
TV Land
post #10520 of 10855
From Dave Zatz: New Cox/Cisco Guide Shows Promise; Little Magic
http://www.zatznotfunny.com/2013-01/new-coxcisco-guide-shows-promise-reveals-kinks/#

"Cox says it will launch a new IP video gateway – six tuners, 2TB of storage – from Cisco in the first quarter of this year, and presumably that will facilitate the transfer of content between TV STB and mobile devices."

Cisco Explorer 9800 Multi-Screen Gateway Series - 6 Tuner DVR
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/video/ps11488/ps12334/ps12291/9800_multi-screen.pdf
post #10521 of 10855
Fox is planning to partner with Weigel to launch a digital subchannel movie network this spring. Called Movies!, it's set to launch on 17 Fox O&Os nationwide, including Phoenix. No specific date has been given and I don't know whether it will be on KSAZ or KUTP. I'd be inclined to think the latter, but the article mentions "D2 space"; I'm not sure whether that refers specifically to a .2 subchannel, or a secondary subchannel in general. Films are to be edited only for inappropriate content and presented in 16x9 format; I'm guessing letterboxed into a 4x3 space.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/491563-Fox_O_Os_Weigel_Launch_Movies_Digi_Net.php
post #10522 of 10855
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Originally Posted by dhett View Post

Films are to be edited only for inappropriate content and presented in 16x9 format; I'm guessing letterboxed into a 4x3 space.

No reason why it can't be 16:9 anamorphic, just like DVDs.
post #10523 of 10855
There may be a reason. There is no obvious technical reason; subs have been done in 16:9. I think Ch 7 does that, don't they? But they may find a reason why not to do this in real 16:9.

The most likely reason would be that folks still complain when things are letterboxed on their 4:3 TVs, and since it will be a while before this is carried on cable or DBS it targets a lot of old square bedroom TVs that only get OTA signals. This is the same reason why a lot of SD channels are centercut versions of the 16:9 HD channel rather than letterboxed versions, although that is starting to go away, thankfully. It is unlikely that they would letterbox it for the above reason; if they are claiming 16:9 that probably indicates true 16:9 for a 16:9 set, and they can set the AFD code that will automatically center-cut that for older SD sets using a converter box. Not sure why they haven't done that for 10.2, however, which means what really happens might be anybody's guess at this point.

There is no reason at all to do it anamorphically, and broadcast tends to avoid unsquare pixels anyway, so expect a full 16:9 or 4:3 raster (anamorphic is typically only done to accomodate a production or delivery chain that at some point in that chain can not support a full 16:9 raster).

I hope they do not opt for 4:3, because that may make the difference between whether I or others embrace this or not. 4:3 also carries with it a false perception that the PQ is not that great, because people associate 4:3 with the delivered quality of analog. But digital SD can be pretty good; it would just be perceived as better in 16:9.

My inside source tells me that KSAZ is on board; preparations will begin in March, from what I hear. I think they will probably brand it as 10.3 to avoid the confusion of 10.2 available on KUTP (and there is a situation where they could have gone 16:9, but opted not to).

It will be on KSAZ and will not be on KUTP. KUTP has no room for another sub, as 10.2 is actually a sub of 45.1 (don't ask) and Bounce is also a sub of 45.1, and 10.1 actually has no sub currently. FOX has been reserving the bandwidth by sending a conservative bandwidth for the FOX network all along (FOX is unique among the big 5 in that they compress at the network level, deliver as compressed ASI, and do not locally re-encode--they simply pass the FOX signal through the local MPEG splicer), and this will be the sole sub, so I would not expect any quality hits to 10.1, such as those seen on 5.1, especially during March Madness.

The FCC has enacted a "use it or lose it" policy as far as assigned local bandwidth, and this is probably in the interests of preserving that allocation rather than as a profit center for them.

This is from the same company as MeTV, so I imagine it will be the very same movies from that very same library, just shown at different times.
Edited by TomCat - 2/9/13 at 6:14pm
post #10524 of 10855
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Originally Posted by renegade44 View Post

Just wondering what my choices are for broadband in the area of 44th and McDowell?

Sounds like it a choice of two worse and worser

Cox and Century link

Anyone know the best way to get a good deal on new service?

TIA
Like you, I am moving in around that area (well, not exactly sure just yet but am looking in that vicinity) and only seem to be finding Cox as my only real provider. No way I am going with CLink.
post #10525 of 10855
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Originally Posted by SiousBark View Post

Like you, I am moving in around that area (well, not exactly sure just yet but am looking in that vicinity) and only seem to be finding Cox as my only real provider. No way I am going with CLink.
They are not cheap but both offer good service and may be good choices. Cox might be the way to go depending on whether you also want cable but I can't get Cox and C-Link DSL is good too. With C-link it depends on how old the phone wires are in your area as to what speed you can get thought. A lot of older areas are limited to just 1.5Mb. I'm paying $60/mo for 20Mb DSL on C-Link and very happy with the service. It goes up to 40Mb if you want to pay more but then again I couldn't get any kind of internet service before except wi-fi at McDonalds so 20Mb on C-Link looks great. I had to wait until they ran fiber near my house in order to connect but the speed consistently measures 18Mb and never seems to slow down. That's fast enough to actually watch two movies in HD on Netflix at the same time.
post #10526 of 10855
For those who just love the home shopping experience, Mako Communications has just given Phoenix a third OTA home shopping channel. QVC has replaced the color bars on channel 22.2 tonight. HSN remains on 7.3 and JTV on 58.1.
post #10527 of 10855
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Originally Posted by dhett View Post

For those who just love the home shopping experience, Mako Communications has just given Phoenix a third OTA home shopping channel. QVC has replaced the color bars on channel 22.2 tonight. HSN remains on 7.3 and JTV on 58.1.

I've never purchased anything from a shopping channel, and probably never will. However, while flipping through the channels I have paused to view some interesting product sales pitches, mostly on HSN.
post #10528 of 10855
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Originally Posted by dhett View Post

For those who just love the home shopping experience, Mako Communications has just given Phoenix a third OTA home shopping channel. QVC has replaced the color bars on channel 22.2 tonight. HSN remains on 7.3 and JTV on 58.1.
Are they in HD?
post #10529 of 10855
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Originally Posted by TheRatPatrol View Post

Are they in HD?

Only if "HD" stands for "Hunting Dollars"! smile.gif
post #10530 of 10855
Even though the QVC bug reads "QVC HD", the channel broadcasts 480i with 16:9 aspect ratio within a 4:3 window.

In other news, Cubana de Television and Punch TV are gone from K25DM, replaced by QVC on channel 25.2 (there is no longer a channel identifying as 25.1).
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