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post #3151 of 3282
Does Anyone know the model of digital cable box or convertor comcast is using in the Durham area for basic cable?
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Originally Posted by m20man View Post

Does Anyone know the model of digital cable box or convertor comcast is using in the Durham area for basic cable?

A DTA. The box most people would get (HD-DVR) is a DCX-3400M.
post #3153 of 3282
I can confirm that here in Madison, on the Branford system, Comcast's xfinity VOD is now supported on TiVo Premiere boxes. There are reports of other areas in the state also having had this turned on.
post #3154 of 3282
Can someone in the Middletown system please let me know if they support mulit-room DVR yet? Also, is the selection of HD decent? Thanks!
post #3155 of 3282
Wow I'll have to check out if Xfinity VOD on my Tivo Elite is available when I get home. I'm on the Seymour system though.
post #3156 of 3282
Nope not available yet. There is a signup on tivo.com to get an email notification when available in your area. Guess I'll have to wait :P
post #3157 of 3282
Well New London / Groton region finally got the >1,000 channel numbers and more HD channels. I can't believe it actually came and I'm considering canceling completely the TV from Comcast. Some questions:

1) If you cancel cable TV but keep cable internet do they still pass ClearQAM NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox? (can anyone verify for this region?) Or it's nothing and you need to pray an antenna picks up Hartford OTA feeds?

2) Going the opposite direction. If I keep cable TV has anyone gotten a cable card? Do you get one free (no monthly lease/rental fee) from Comcast? I'm thinking a HD HomeRun Prime 3CC looks like a great solution and giving them back the 8 yr old SA8300HD box (worst thing is storage space and My Recording listings not having "folders" for TV Series. Ten months of HD DVR rental fees from Comcast pays for the HDHomeRun Prime!

3) Does anyone know if the Groton/New London area uses Switched digital Video (SDV)? The HD HomeRun Prime needs an additional SDV adapter if so but I think you get that from Comcast for free possibly.

Lastly a statement:
I know they started handing out the ____ 200 boxes (I think they are Cisco) but heard they have bugs/issues and if a SA8300HD is working just stay with it! That's a sad statement if true (heard it from a Comcast contracted installer) as Comcast is still only giving out outdated (I mean REALLY outdated!) hardware with no current level features.
Edited by Beaker1024 - 8/15/12 at 9:25am
post #3158 of 3282
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Originally Posted by Beaker1024 View Post

Well New London / Groton region finally got the >1,000 channel numbers and more HD channels. I can't believe it actually came and I'm considering canceling completely the TV from Comcast. Some questions:
1) If you cancel cable TV but keep cable internet do they still pass ClearQAM NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox? (can anyone verify for this region?) Or it's nothing and you need to pray an antenna picks up Hartford OTA feeds?
2) Going the opposite direction. If I keep cable TV has anyone gotten a cable card? Do you get one free (no monthly lease/rental fee) from Comcast? I'm thinking a HD HomeRun Prime 3CC looks like a great solution and giving them back the 8 yr old SA8300HD box (worst thing is storage space and My Recording listings not having "folders" for TV Series. Ten months of HD DVR rental fees from Comcast pays for the HDHomeRun Prime!
3) Does anyone know if the Groton/New London area uses Switched digital Video (SDV)? The HD HomeRun Prime needs an additional SDV adapter if so but I think you get that from Comcast for free possibly.
Lastly a statement:
I know they started handing out the ____ 200 boxes (I think they are Cisco) but heard they have bugs/issues and if a SA8300HD is working just stay with it! That's a sad statement if true (heard it from a Comcast contracted installer) as Comcast is still only giving out outdated (I mean REALLY outdated!) hardware with no current level features.

You might get the locals, but you're not supposed to. Basic cable plus cable internet is about the same price as just internet, so you may as well do that. That's a good compromise between having full cable and not having cable at all. I think they do ClearQAM, but I haven't tried it in a while, so I'm not sure. My one TV that doesn't have a box has a DTA, but I haven't turned it on in months.

You can definitely get a cable card. That's federal law.

Comcast doesn't use SDV AFAIK. They triple-channel their QAMs, split nodes, and upgrade to 860mhz, but they don't do SDV. They don't believe in it as of now.

I think the SA gear is even worse than the Moto, and the Moto is pretty bad. If you're getting cable, build your own DVR, and if you're not going to do that, get DirecTV or DISH.
post #3159 of 3282
Thanks BiggAW!

Really looking at keeping digital Comcast TV but handing them back their STB DVR. Very disappointing they didn't get anything better then the already outdated Cisco 200 from our SA8300HDs.

Definitely giving them back the STB and going SD HDHomeRun Prime 3CC. Only issue with that setup is if they have the copy-once flag on for a channel a recorded *.wtv file won't play on a different TV (via different PC MCE or extender). Anyone know how many of Comcast's channels have the copy right flags, etc (I assume premiums do and I don't get those anyways) in this area?

I believe they can't do that for the major networks you can get OTA.
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You can stream copy once to extenders but not copy to a laptop or something.

Cablecard is the best way to go, but you get more tuners for the money with the Ceton Cards. That's probably what I'm going to do when I move down to the area. I'm not thrilled about Waterford having Metrocast, they have a mediocre HD lineup, slow Internet, and lack a lot of the online features of Comcast, but I guess that's another topic for another thread.
post #3161 of 3282
BiggAW - I'm not thinking of "streaming" per say (using same PC as recorded to stream). I have a WHS2011 that Win7 MCE archives automatically the recorded tv files to. Then you can open any Win7 MCE (different PCs) and play the recorded show. Atleast that's how it worked back with analog Comcast feed of channels. I'm thinking the copy right flag recordings can't be shown on different PCs from a central file archive.

Best would be to have the cenral storage be the recording pc and stream from that one every time. But I'm not into hacking around WHS as I like it's stability more than this TV show issue is worth.
post #3162 of 3282
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Originally Posted by Beaker1024 View Post

BiggAW - I'm not thinking of "streaming" per say (using same PC as recorded to stream). I have a WHS2011 that Win7 MCE archives automatically the recorded tv files to. Then you can open any Win7 MCE (different PCs) and play the recorded show. Atleast that's how it worked back with analog Comcast feed of channels. I'm thinking the copy right flag recordings can't be shown on different PCs from a central file archive.
Best would be to have the cenral storage be the recording pc and stream from that one every time. But I'm not into hacking around WHS as I like it's stability more than this TV show issue is worth.

If the channel has a copy flag, that interpretation is correct. I know that HBO is protected on pretty much every system, and locally usually or always aren't, BUT different systems have different policies on the cable channels.

What I ask, is why? The WHS system seems like an overcomplicated kludge, when the whole idea of Media Center is that, unlike TiVo in it's current implementation, you have one, single, 24/7 box that has tuners, hard drive(s) or a raid array, all of the processing power, and acts as a center server and the end user experience on the main TV, with extenders on secondary TVs having access to the identical content and live streaming in one seamless installation.
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Here in Clinton I am seeing a major signal collapse. Was getting decent HD, but lately mushy picture quality without HD's sharprness and strangely very dark. Am seeing this on two different sets so not the TV. Anyone surmise what's up here? A bunch of new so called HD channels were added in June and all was pretty good for a while, now this.
post #3164 of 3282
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Originally Posted by sgbroimp View Post

Here in Clinton I am seeing a major signal collapse. Was getting decent HD, but lately mushy picture quality without HD's sharprness and strangely very dark. Am seeing this on two different sets so not the TV. Anyone surmise what's up here? A bunch of new so called HD channels were added in June and all was pretty good for a while, now this.

What are you using to connect to the TV? HD is all digital, so it's either 100% or 0%.
post #3165 of 3282
I have one TV with HD STB and TV with one cable card, both fine until recently and no changes on my part. Of course it is all digital, but I am suspicious if they compress the signal enough to get bandwidth, you get a pq that is so soft as to be not recognizable as HD. Just wondered if anyone else is seeing this before I call Comcast.
post #3166 of 3282
I now feel like a complete idiot. The sets were inadventantly set to "cinema" picture setting, which makes everything look like an old movie. Resetting to "custom", my normal setting, fixed the issue. Sorry to waste your time!
post #3167 of 3282
Something I've noticed with WVIT-TV on Comcast, possibly over-the-air as well:

The QAM Tuner on my 24" Toshiba LED still tunes WVIT-TV 30-3, even though Universal Sports has been off that channel since New Years' Day. Any idea if WVIT-TV plans to put something back in that spot?
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Originally Posted by sgbroimp View Post

I now feel like a complete idiot. The sets were inadventantly set to "cinema" picture setting, which makes everything look like an old movie. Resetting to "custom", my normal setting, fixed the issue. Sorry to waste your time!

Haha, no problem. I've definitely done dumber things!
post #3169 of 3282
I live in the West End of Hartford and am trying to get an ABC station using an indoor antenna. I have tried 2 different indoor antennas so far, and nothing has worked. Any advice?
post #3170 of 3282
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Originally Posted by dreamflowerla View Post

I live in the West End of Hartford and am trying to get an ABC station using an indoor antenna. I have tried 2 different indoor antennas so far, and nothing has worked. Any advice?

Well, you probably need a better VHF antenna to pick up WTNH at like what 30 miles away?
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confused.gif Did Comcast yank TBS-HD for those of us without converters? I'm in New Britain and both of my sets lost this channel today. I'm getting it in SD only now. I didn't make any changes to my channel memory until a rescan in the last half hour. mad.gif
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No TBS HD anymore here in Windsor either. Must be part of their digital upgrade which according to an ad in the paper is supposed to happen on 10/16. Looks like all or most of the HD channels will be going above channel 1000....
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Originally Posted by cheneyp View Post

No TBS HD anymore here in Windsor either. Must be part of their digital upgrade which according to an ad in the paper is supposed to happen on 10/16. Looks like all or most of the HD channels will be going above channel 1000....
I really don't like using four digit numbers. They don't have 1,000 channels, so they should stick to three digits. As these cable companies move towards requiring us to have a box for every tv, it would be nice if they just did all HD boxes. They could ditch any duplicate SD channels and just have people set their boxes to SD if needed. That would open up bandwidth and allow for less compression and/or more channels.
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Originally Posted by Feddie View Post

I really don't like using four digit numbers. They don't have 1,000 channels, so they should stick to three digits. As these cable companies move towards requiring us to have a box for every tv, it would be nice if they just did all HD boxes. They could ditch any duplicate SD channels and just have people set their boxes to SD if needed. That would open up bandwidth and allow for less compression and/or more channels.

Agree and I have a further issue in that I have 3 Sony DVRs with CableCards that will tune above 1000 but cannot record anything above 1000. Since most everything I record is HD, that will be a big problem...
post #3175 of 3282
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Originally Posted by Feddie View Post

I really don't like using four digit numbers. They don't have 1,000 channels, so they should stick to three digits. As these cable companies move towards requiring us to have a box for every tv, it would be nice if they just did all HD boxes. They could ditch any duplicate SD channels and just have people set their boxes to SD if needed. That would open up bandwidth and allow for less compression and/or more channels.

DISH does that with locals on Eastern Arc, but it was an HD-only system from the get-go (launched around 2008 as a full arc).

Although in an ideal world, I agree, for Comcast, the equipment upgrades would be huge for a smallish return, given how you can pack 10+ SDs per QAM. I hope that they are compressing the snot out of the SD channels that have HD versions, however, as the people who still have SD boxes don't care about quality anyways. A lot of the carriage deals require the SD version as well, so that gains would be even more limited.

If they need more bandwidth, splitting nodes, moving to 1ghz systems with D3 channels in the 860-1000mhz range, or implementing SDV would give them a lot more capacity than eliminating SD channels.
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Vernon system has moved most of the HD channel to the 1000s today.
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Too bad they didn't bother to inform TiVo about the change. None of my HD programs recorded on Tuesday and the ToDo List still had the to-be-recorded shows listed under the old channel numbers. I hope a manual re-scan will fix it.
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For some reason both of my TVs here with Comcast in New Britain needed a rescan on October 16th. Neither of them use a converter. Alas, all of my existing channels came back. Still no TBS in HD. Just QVC, The Weather Channel (national feed) and the locals.

What was odd here was a notice which showed on QAM channel 26-10. A light blue screen with white letters, informing others that HD channels had just moved or something.

Lastly, I see that WVIT-TV 30-3 is also the old Weather Plus service. Is that WVIT-TV filling the old Universal Sports spot for the time being?
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Here in Madison, on the Branford system, Comcast seems to have added 10 new HD channels with no notice. Only two of them have guide data on my TiVos so far, but these are all now live:

1116 BLOOMHD
1225 BBC AMERICA HD
1262 NGWILDH
1265 SMITHSONIAN HD
1334 OXYGEN HD
1368 GALAVISION HD
1505 SPROUT HD
1511 HUB HD
1650 NESNP HD
1715 FOX SOCCER HD
post #3180 of 3282
2/3 of the stuff they are adding is garbage and yet they can't carry the HD version of ESPNU. rolleyes.gif Or Al Jazeera English. They already licence ESPNU and Al Jazeera is free. Get with the program Comcast.
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