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post #3181 of 3297
How is Al Jazeera English free again? Pretty sure every channel comes with a subscription cost to the provider.
post #3182 of 3297
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Originally Posted by RIGuy29 View Post

How is Al Jazeera English free again? Pretty sure every channel comes with a subscription cost to the provider.

They don't charge for it...
post #3183 of 3297
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

They don't charge for it...

May want to check your facts again...
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Originally Posted by RIGuy29 View Post

How is Al Jazeera English free again? Pretty sure every channel comes with a subscription cost to the provider.
there are channels that cost providers $5 per month like ESPN, channels that cost $0.10 like VH1, channels that pay providers to be carried like HSN and QVC. Al Jazeera English is free over the air in the NYC area/western CT on local station WRNN and it's streamed online 24/7 for free at http://www.aljazeera.com/watch_now/ No cable provider will pay for content that is available for free streaming online. They have announced however that after the Current TV transaction closes they will shut down the free stream to build up the audience on that and maybe charge a fee. So maybe sir you should check your facts.
Edited by nyctveng - 1/14/13 at 9:50pm
post #3185 of 3297
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Originally Posted by RIGuy29 View Post

May want to check your facts again...

Most channels charge, but Al-Jazeera English is free.
post #3186 of 3297
Some also pay to get on, like QVC and HSN.
post #3187 of 3297
I have one STB for one TV, a multi stream cable card for my HTPC Tuner and a single stream card for the second TV. I do not need the STB or the second TV cable card and certainly not the two extra monthly outlet charges. If I turn in the STB and the single stream card, what does Comcast owe me? Two outlet charges and something for the STB? (My plan is Xfinity HD xf Preferred).
post #3188 of 3297
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Originally Posted by sgbroimp View Post

I have one STB for one TV, a multi stream cable card for my HTPC Tuner and a single stream card for the second TV. I do not need the STB or the second TV cable card and certainly not the two extra monthly outlet charges. If I turn in the STB and the single stream card, what does Comcast owe me? Two outlet charges and something for the STB? (My plan is Xfinity HD xf Preferred).

Looking at it the other way around, if you only have one M-stream CableCard (I'll be there in a week or three), all you pay is for the programming, and the CableCard is your one "free" box. You also won't pay the HD technology fee, as that is not a programming fee like it sounds, it's actually an equipment fee that's put on once per account (go figure), but not with CC. So basically all of the extra box and CableCard fees come off. If your box is an HD-DVR, you'd save about $17+$7/mo, or $24/mo.
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

Looking at it the other way around, if you only have one M-stream CableCard (I'll be there in a week or three), all you pay is for the programming, and the CableCard is your one "free" box. You also won't pay the HD technology fee, as that is not a programming fee like it sounds, it's actually an equipment fee that's put on once per account (go figure), but not with CC. So basically all of the extra box and CableCard fees come off. If your box is an HD-DVR, you'd save about $17+$7/mo, or $24/mo.

Thanks much! My box is an SA 4250 HD, not DVR. The monthly charges for the extra outlets "Digital Additional" as they call it" are $7.45 x 2 = $14.90 plus tax. I do not see something called an HD tech fee listed, only under Voice Services "franchise related cost" at $0.58, reg recovery fees and univ connectivity charges $$1.12 and $0.14 respectively. So I get the $14.90 (plus tax) taken off, then how much off for turning in the STB and CC?
post #3190 of 3297
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Originally Posted by sgbroimp View Post

Thanks much! My box is an SA 4250 HD, not DVR. The monthly charges for the extra outlets "Digital Additional" as they call it" are $7.45 x 2 = $14.90 plus tax. I do not see something called an HD tech fee listed, only under Voice Services "franchise related cost" at $0.58, reg recovery fees and univ connectivity charges $$1.12 and $0.14 respectively. So I get the $14.90 (plus tax) taken off, then how much off for turning in the STB and CC?

That's weird. What system are you on. Groton is telling me that you have to have HD Technology at $10/mo if you have an HD box. Are you Triple Play by chance? There are several fees that don't apply for Triple Play, but they whack us peons with Double Play with. biggrin.gif
post #3191 of 3297
Yep, I am triple play, voice, internet and TV. Nice to know there are some benefits. Tomorrow I pull the card and the box, ugly thing I won't miss.
post #3192 of 3297
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Yep, I am triple play, voice, internet and TV. Nice to know there are some benefits. Tomorrow I pull the card and the box, ugly thing I won't miss.

Yeah, my MCE machine is up and running, so I am looking forward to returning their POS box. Two shows left on it that I'll either watch by the end of the week or just delete. A household renting all their equipment can easily rack up $30/mo or more in equipment fees. The triple-play discounts are another way to push people up into triple-play and bump up their subscriber numbers.
post #3193 of 3297
Turned in one card and the STB. Confirmed I will save 2 x $7.45 plus taxes. Asked if I get a "own equipment" discount on the one device I now have that takes their service (with the M card) and the guy said "No", it is our equipment (the card, I guess he meant) that makes your equipment work." I believe, like most Comcast staffers, that he is wrong and so if I don't see the $2.50 off on the next bill, I am going to holler at em.
post #3194 of 3297
Keep in mind that your bill may not change much. My limited basic service here in New Britain will go up a pre-tax $1.90 on February's bill. I only have limited basic since New Britain is between all the sites in this market (Avon, Farmington, Hamden and Montville). I don't own the house I'm living in so a roof antenna wouldn't be an option. The only signals I would reliably get with an indoor antenna are the Farmington ones (20, 24, 30 and 61) and MAYBE channel 3 from Avon (I almost never get channel 18 from there). WCTX from Hamden was in about 2/3 of the time with an indoor antenna. Only a now-gone RCA "batwing" antenna would give me WTNH from Hamden. nothing else will give me them, despite many of those indoor antennas being better on VHF. Strange! tongue.gif
post #3195 of 3297
Is Comcast re-compressing the locals? PBS looks like someone yak'ed on it the macroblocking is so bad? I just realized I could cobble together an indoor antenna and an old ATSC USB stick to try it with WEDN if I get around to it...
post #3196 of 3297
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Originally Posted by sgbroimp View Post

Turned in one card and the STB. Confirmed I will save 2 x $7.45 plus taxes. Asked if I get a "own equipment" discount on the one device I now have that takes their service (with the M card) and the guy said "No", it is our equipment (the card, I guess he meant) that makes your equipment work." I believe, like most Comcast staffers, that he is wrong and so if I don't see the $2.50 off on the next bill, I am going to holler at em.

Got my bill. $2.50 discount right there, so they did fine on that. 2 devices plus $2.50 comes to over $17, plus tax. Over a year not chump change for sure.
post #3197 of 3297
I'm pretty pissed. I found out today that Branford, CT has about 110 HD's, while Groton only has about 70. Is Groton an 860mhz system? Although the count of HD's is basically irrelevant, in that extra 40 or so channels is ESPNU HD, which is a major channel that's missing from Groton, even as we've gotten a lot of junk channels.
post #3198 of 3297
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I'm pretty pissed. I found out today that Branford, CT has about 110 HD's, while Groton only has about 70. Is Groton an 860mhz system? Although the count of HD's is basically irrelevant, in that extra 40 or so channels is ESPNU HD, which is a major channel that's missing from Groton, even as we've gotten a lot of junk channels.

supposedly Groton is a 650MHz system according to the FCC COALS database which would explain the 50 HD channel difference Branford is a 1GHz system while Groton tops out at 651MHz and Branford can go all the way to 861MHz.
post #3199 of 3297
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supposedly Groton is a 650MHz system according to the FCC COALS database which would explain the 50 HD channel difference Branford is a 1GHz system while Groton tops out at 651MHz and Branford can go all the way to 861MHz.

WHOA. That would explain a few things. If you just account for the HD, you end up at around 750, maybe we have tighter split nodes, fewer DOCSIS channels, or less VOD or something. 860mhz- 40HD's @ 2mhz/HD = 780mhz, figure a few are more than 2mhz. That would also explain why TVC has about the same HD lineup, but also has a full analog lineup (they must be and 860 system). I'm really hoping Comcast either upgrades us to 860mhz or TVC goes all digital and just knocks the HD lineup out of the park. Groton seems to be the last to get EVERYTHING, I'm almost wondering if it's a political move to be all "I told you so FCC" about having a publicly owned broadband network and cable overbuilder in town, even though free market logic would suggest that Groton would be first in line after areas overbuilt by FIOS and RCN.

What's even weirder is that I have 8 DOCSIS channels bonded, and the internet is still flakey. Hopefully after the speed upgrades settle themselves out, things will get better.
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Also, Branford was upgraded last summer from a 650 system to an 860 system.
post #3201 of 3297
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

WHOA. That would explain a few things. If you just account for the HD, you end up at around 750, maybe we have tighter split nodes, fewer DOCSIS channels, or less VOD or something. 860mhz- 40HD's @ 2mhz/HD = 780mhz, figure a few are more than 2mhz. That would also explain why TVC has about the same HD lineup, but also has a full analog lineup (they must be and 860 system). I'm really hoping Comcast either upgrades us to 860mhz or TVC goes all digital and just knocks the HD lineup out of the park. Groton seems to be the last to get EVERYTHING, I'm almost wondering if it's a political move to be all "I told you so FCC" about having a publicly owned broadband network and cable overbuilder in town, even though free market logic would suggest that Groton would be first in line after areas overbuilt by FIOS and RCN.

What's even weirder is that I have 8 DOCSIS channels bonded, and the internet is still flakey. Hopefully after the speed upgrades settle themselves out, things will get better.

your math does not add up this is how you calculate it right 70/3*6= 140MHz used for the 650MHz system if you count for HD only at 3 HD channels per QAM carrier.
post #3202 of 3297
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Originally Posted by kevin120 View Post

your math does not add up this is how you calculate it right 70/3*6= 140MHz used for the 650MHz system if you count for HD only at 3 HD channels per QAM carrier.

You're using the wrong numbers. We HAVE 70 HD's. What I was calculating was how many HD's you have to subtract from Branford's 110HD's to get Groton's 70 HD's, which is about 40 HD's. 860mhz - 40HD's = ~780mhz. There is more going on, either more VOD, DOCSIS, or SD to account for the rest.
post #3203 of 3297
Also, any news if/when Comcast is going to upgrade Groton to an 860mhz system? I've kind of given up hope on them at this point, I'm hoping that TVC's new owners come in, upgrade the network (i.e. kill analog) and whoop Comcast's @$$.
post #3204 of 3297
I was watching basketball last night, so I was watching CBS for part of the time, and WHOA the local feeds are a mess. It looks like they are compressing the snot out of them. This is on the Groton, CT system. Luckily, TBS, which would be nationally triple channeled, looked a lot better, and the main game I wanted to see (FGCU/Florida) was on that.
post #3205 of 3297
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Originally Posted by BiggAW View Post

Also, Branford was upgraded last summer from a 650 system to an 860 system.
What is Clinton? 650 right???? Gobs of compression here. Typical DVD, let alone BluRay blows it away.
post #3206 of 3297
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Originally Posted by sgbroimp View Post

What is Clinton? 650 right???? Gobs of compression here. Typical DVD, let alone BluRay blows it away.

Not sure if it has been upgraded or not. I thought they were upgrading all systems to 860, but they seem to have stopped doing that for some reason. Comcast is maddening sometimes.
post #3207 of 3297
....sometimes?????? Yep, and Titanic was a little leaky on its maiden voyage.
post #3208 of 3297
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Originally Posted by sgbroimp View Post

....sometimes?????? Yep, and Titanic was a little leaky on its maiden voyage.

Alright, I'll give you often. That's probably more accurate. smile.gif
post #3209 of 3297
Any updated info on what systems are 860 vs. not upgraded? Branford is now 860, while Groton is 650. Still waiting on our upgrade here.
post #3210 of 3297
So what's up with this encrypting basic channels notice we just got? How does this affect my connection to my HTPC tuner card? Are they now going to encrypt everything that comes over the wire? I haven't called them yet but thought folks here are smarter than they are wink.gif
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