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post #1981 of 2004
Isn't this already being done? I was going to pose this question last night. I have not been able to receive any of their channels through my TV. I only have it because I could get it and my internet cheaper than just their internet service. That isn't the case now, so I may cancel their limited service.
post #1982 of 2004
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Originally Posted by MRM4 View Post

Isn't this already being done? I was going to pose this question last night. I have not been able to receive any of their channels through my TV. I only have it because I could get it and my internet cheaper than just their internet service. That isn't the case now, so I may cancel their limited service.

It could very well be I was just posting that as it was in the latest bill, I haven't personally checked. Nashville market has 2/25/14 listed as there date for limited basic encryption, Chattanooga market was encrypted on 1/7/14 and I am not sure about Memphis market.
Edited by wvvolfan - 1/17/14 at 2:50pm
post #1983 of 2004
It seems as if the encryption has already taken place. One, I can no longer receive anything through my TV tuner. Two, I received one of those little boxes from Comcast yesterday (didn't know it was coming). The only reason I have anything with Comcast is because it used to be cheaper to get internet with the limited TV plan. Now, that is not the case. With them requiring everyone to have one of these little boxes, I will be dropping the limited service since it's now up to $21.95 and I think there is another charge for their little box. If I have internet without any TV service, I only pay $13 more a month. That will save me at least $9 a month and I don't have to fool with their little box.
post #1984 of 2004
A day after I received their little box, I get a letter in the mail saying why they're sending me the little box. The letter states the encryption will actually begin on March 4, though I suspect most people are already seeing that.
post #1985 of 2004
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Originally Posted by MRM4 View Post

The only reason I have anything with Comcast is because it used to be cheaper to get internet with the limited TV plan. Now, that is not the case. With them requiring everyone to have one of these little boxes, I will be dropping the limited service since it's now up to $21.95 and I think there is another charge for their little box. If I have internet without any TV service, I only pay $13 more a month. That will save me at least $9 a month and I don't have to fool with their little box.

Not sure if you have checked it out to compare what your currently paying but you might look into that Internet Plus Double Play that includes the Performance internet, Limited Basic, Streampix VOD, HBO/HBO Go and digital SD set top box for $69.95; I mean that may be more or about what your currently paying with a few extras thrown in. When you try canceling the limited basic you currently have the Retention department might even offer you that package; I know for new customers its offered at $39.99 for 12 months. They also offer this same bundle for $13 more ($82.95 regular price) if you want Blast! 50 Mbps internet instead of Performance.

Just thought I would throw that out there anyway...
Edited by wvvolfan - 2/20/14 at 1:53pm
post #1986 of 2004
Finally cut the cord last month. The biggest thing I missed was pausing live TV. But I just got my CM DVR+ yesterday!

I live in the Cedar Bluff area of Knoxville and can not pull in 54. The kids would love Qubo and my wife would probably like Ion Life. I saw on another site that they have a very low power transmitter north of Knoxville but might be eventually moving to Sharps Ridge. Hopefully sooner rather than later!

Right now we're doing pretty good sans cable. We purposely planned doing this after football season ended so we have over half a year to get into the groove before being tempted to go back to cable because of sports!
post #1987 of 2004
I forgot to post it a while back as I think it happened early January but did anyone else notice WVLT 8.1 CBS went back to 1080i? MyVLT is still 720p. I have to admit since they upgraded encoders the picture quality has been A LOT better.

MRM4, I see you noticed improved picture quality back in early November according to post #1974 you made back then.
post #1988 of 2004
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Originally Posted by wvvolfan View Post

I forgot to post it a while back as I think it happened early January but did anyone else notice WVLT 8.1 CBS went back to 1080i? MyVLT is still 720p. I have to admit since they upgraded encoders the picture quality has been A LOT better.

MRM4, I see you noticed improved picture quality back in early November according to post #1974 you made back then.

Yes, their picture quality has greatly improved. My new box doesn't display the resolution for channels, but I wondered as much.
post #1989 of 2004
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Originally Posted by wvvolfan View Post

Not sure if you have checked it out to compare what your currently paying but you might look into that Internet Plus Double Play that includes the Performance internet, Limited Basic, Streampix VOD, HBO/HBO Go and digital SD set top box for $69.95; I mean that may be more or about what your currently paying with a few extras thrown in. When you try canceling the limited basic you currently have the Retention department might even offer you that package; I know for new customers its offered at $39.99 for 12 months. They also offer this same bundle for $13 more ($82.95 regular price) if you want Blast! 50 Mbps internet instead of Performance.

Just thought I would throw that out there anyway...

I will probably pass on that. I looked at what was available on Streampix and it doesn't have much more than what's on Netflix, aside from the newest network shows.
post #1990 of 2004
What's the deal with WVLT's transmitter being out? When will they have it fixed?

It's odd people with Comcast, DirecTV, and some Dish customers can still get WVLT, but everyone else can't get it.
post #1991 of 2004
Here is the latest update from their Facebook page, I cant get it with WOW or my Antenna:

WVLT OUTAGE UPDATE: We hope to have it up and running by this afternoon Wednesday, March 12th. We have flown a crew in to install a part that will hopefully fix our transmission problems
post #1992 of 2004
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Originally Posted by MRM4 View Post

It's odd people with Comcast, DirecTV, and some Dish customers can still get WVLT, but everyone else can't get it.

Comcast receives the locals via fiber. In the past though DirecTV, Dish received them via OTA (according to what there engineer had said), however since this problem they may have had a fiber link setup due to the transmitter outage. I wouldn't be surprised though if DirecTV didn't already have both available, they like to have redundancy backup.

I'm assuming the other providers Charter, U-Verse, TDS all had fiber backups? Or were they out? I didn't see any reports for these providers. Apparently WOW didn't though since they were still out...

Not sure why only some Dish customers were out, unless they only had SD or only HD etc. I know Dish operates two arcs Eastern (our HD locals are located on this satellite) and Western (our locals are only in SD on this satellite) so maybe one was having trouble but the other wasn't? Not really sure...
Edited by wvvolfan - 3/12/14 at 10:58am
post #1993 of 2004
Looks like Comcast has followed through on their plan to encrypt the local stations previously available via clear qam.
post #1994 of 2004
One clear qam channel is available with a repeating video feed telling viewers "We recently encrypted our limited basic TV service in your area which will provide customers with more easy and convenient self-service options."

I don't like that they did this of course, but what I hate is the self-serving lie about how this is better for customers rather than admitting this is all only better for Comcast.
post #1995 of 2004
I can speak to TDS re:the WVLT thing. They were just out the whole time. Clearly no fiber link to WVLT.
post #1996 of 2004
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Originally Posted by DVDivo Tim View Post

I can speak to TDS re:the WVLT thing. They were just out the whole time. Clearly no fiber link to WVLT.

Thanks for confirming, and isn't that kind of ironic for TDS to not have a fiber link considering there TV service is a fiber optic based product... rolleyes.gif
post #1997 of 2004
Haha, true. I think that thought crossed my mind as I typed my post.

Oh, and one more point. The TDS channel that you have in your HD list is not The Weather Channel. It's a channel that has weather information.
post #1998 of 2004
Anyone else having issues with 6.1 and 6.2? They went dark for me Saturday afternoon (in the middle of the UT basketball game, at that!), and I haven't gotten them back since. I get no signal at all.

No other issues for me now that WVLT and PBS are back online.

Anyone know what's gong on?
post #1999 of 2004
I'm getting channel 6 just fine this Monday morn.
post #2000 of 2004
WATE-TV 6.1 & 6.2 working good here no issues...
post #2001 of 2004
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Originally Posted by JThree View Post

Looks like Comcast has followed through on their plan to encrypt the local stations previously available via clear qam.

Ever notice how Comcast will definitely follow through with these types of plans right on the scheduled date [if not earlier], especially when it benefits Comcast. Other planned upgrades, new HD channels, faster speeds etc. seemed to always get pushed back on the dates etc.
post #2002 of 2004
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Originally Posted by wvvolfan View Post

Ever notice how Comcast will definitely follow through with these types of plans right on the scheduled date [if not earlier], especially when it benefits Comcast. Other planned upgrades, new HD channels, faster speeds etc. seemed to always get pushed back on the dates etc.

I dropped their limited service a couple of weeks ago. Just have Internet. It made my skin crawl to be in their center on Asheville Hwy. to return that tiny box.
post #2003 of 2004
RIP Bobby Denton.
post #2004 of 2004
R.I.P.
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