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post #1591 of 4208
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Originally Posted by Hattrick View Post

This past fall AT&T changed out all of the switches in my neighborhood to bring U-Verse in for the spring as the VRAD is already inplace down the street. Here in Southern CT the market is dominated by COMCAST. My HD channel selection is terrible (10-12 channels two of which are local weather and traffic). My combined monthly (w/ internet access (medium speeds) and w/digital silver pkg (including 1 HD DVR, 1 non-HD STB, HBO and HD package) is now over $180 per month. ouch !!!!

I am thinking of switching to U-Verse for the following
1. More Live HD channels (I do not wnat HD on Demand)
2. Cost savings on a value basis, I just want more for my money.
3. Whole house DVR as I will be replacing the non-HD set with a new one this year.

I must admit the Comcat HD picture is nice on my pioneer plasma but I am willing to sacrafice some quality for better quantity and greater value.

Are all of the lesser picture quality arguements minor? Would switching be more like like trading a BMW for Lexus or trading it for a ford Focus?

If you're going from Comcast to U-Verse, you shouldn't notice much of a change at all. Currently, both are leaning pretty heavy on the ol' "compression button"...
post #1592 of 4208
I keep coming to this thread just hoping to hear that the quality has somewhat improved, so I can give Uverse a try instead of Comcast. But it's always the same - lackluster HD PQ, and STB audio issues and other bugs.

The HD PQ is most important to me with a 100" screen that we watch many network shows and live sports on. I was pretty ticked with Comcast but now they've added like 20 HD channels in the last month, so my selection will be equal if not a little less with Uverse. Cost will be about the same.

I think the main advantage/reason I would want to try Uverse is for the Whole Home DVR. I just got a flyer in the mail about it, and it says they're giving 3 STBs (all HD of course) for no charge again, so that's almost got me ready to make the switch. Ahh, decisions decisions...

I suppose it's probably worth trying for a couple months, getting the $200 rebate, and deciding what to do from there.
post #1593 of 4208
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Originally Posted by Hattrick View Post

This past fall AT&T changed out all of the switches in my neighborhood to bring U-Verse in for the spring as the VRAD is already inplace down the street. Here in Southern CT the market is dominated by COMCAST. My HD channel selection is terrible (10-12 channels two of which are local weather and traffic). My combined monthly (w/ internet access (medium speeds) and w/digital silver pkg (including 1 HD DVR, 1 non-HD STB, HBO and HD package) is now over $180 per month. ouch !!!!

I am thinking of switching to U-Verse for the following
1. More Live HD channels (I do not wnat HD on Demand)
2. Cost savings on a value basis, I just want more for my money.
3. Whole house DVR as I will be replacing the non-HD set with a new one this year.

I must admit the Comcat HD picture is nice on my pioneer plasma but I am willing to sacrafice some quality for better quantity and greater value.

Are all of the lesser picture quality arguements minor? Would switching be more like like trading a BMW for Lexus or trading it for a ford Focus?

Frankly, you are getting raped by Comcrap (as usual and I am not surprised). The small selection of HD channels is further not surprising. AT&T has a lot, while not all that I would like to see, of HD channels to choose from. I think the list of channels is the same nationwide just like DirecTV or Dish, and not dependent on the area like Comcraps is.

You will save a lot of money in my opinion. I am assuming you get 6Mbps down/1Mbps up from Comcrap for probably the same $42.95 as I could in my area if I had TV from them. Well, you can get the same exact speeds for $35 from AT&T. And it is a lot more stable and consistent than Comcrap. On the TV side, you will more than likely save quite a chunk of change there as well. You could get U300 with HD and two other receivers for ~$99/month. That will give you Showtime, TMC, Starz, and Encore with that package, so you could do without HBO unless there is just something on there that you HAVE to see. If you do without the HBO and do the two prices I mentioned, you will be at $134/month instead of your $180. Sounds pretty good, huh?

Whole house DVR is pretty fricken awesome! It will be even better when you can schedule recordings and actually delete them while using a remote box, but for now, its still great! Oh, and, as of right now, I have 6 hours of SD kids stuff, 4 hours of 24, 3 Dirty Jobs, a Mythbusters, a Knight Rider, an Old Christine, and like 4 other shows all in HD on my DVR and I still have 70% remaining on the hard drive! That is AMAZING in my opinion and they all still look pretty darned good when played back. I am thinking they changed their encoding to the hard drive or something. That just seems like way too much content to have on the box with the usage being that low.

As far as the PQ is concerned, I don't think it is as bad as some people on here let on. Unless there is something in their area that is just killing the PQ, all qualities should be equal. It is definitely lower than DirecTV that I had before, but it is still definitely watchable.

Now, as far as the complaints, they are missing a few channels that I think they should have in HD like NASA TV HD, Cartoon Network HD, and a couple of others that I can't remember right now. On my system, for some reason I am not seeing ALL the FSN's in HD that I should be seeing. From the big list I am seeing of HD regional sports channels, I should be seeing the HD version of quite a number of channels like FSN Midwest HD, but for some reason I am not seeing them. That is a big thing to me as when baseball season comes around I am going to want to watch FSN Midwest in HD for the Cardinals games.

Speaking of watching those games, thats another downer. You pay for the "Sports Package", but you don't really get anything other than the same shows played at different times on the other channels it appears. DirecTV, for my zip code, will give me everything on FSN Midwest as my home market as well as the normal FSN Southwest. AT&T doesn't seem to do this and, even though you pay the extra money for the "Sports Package", AT&T will blackout any pro sports team on all the other channels like FSN Midwest that I should be able to get anyway. I understand blacking out games on all the other FSN's, but since DirecTV recognizes my zip code as sort of a tweener area and gives me FSN Midwest as another home market channel to go with FSN Southwest, AT&T should as well. NO ONE at AT&T seems to know if that will actually happen or not. They all seem to be completely clueless as far as sports stuff seems to go. If I can't get FSN Midwest in the clear for Cardinals games, I will be going back to DirecTV.

Anyway, theres some answers and a short rant from me. Hope it helps!
post #1594 of 4208
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Originally Posted by MarcSparks View Post

I keep coming to this thread just hoping to hear that the quality has somewhat improved, so I can give Uverse a try instead of Comcast. But it's always the same - lackluster HD PQ, and STB audio issues and other bugs.

The HD PQ is most important to me with a 100" screen that we watch many network shows and live sports on. I was pretty ticked with Comcast but now they've added like 20 HD channels in the last month, so my selection will be equal if not a little less with Uverse. Cost will be about the same.

I think the main advantage/reason I would want to try Uverse is for the Whole Home DVR. I just got a flyer in the mail about it, and it says they're giving 3 STBs (all HD of course) for no charge again, so that's almost got me ready to make the switch. Ahh, decisions decisions...

I suppose it's probably worth trying for a couple months, getting the $200 rebate, and deciding what to do from there.

You know, you can't believe everything you read. Just call them up and give them a shot. The worst case scenario is that you get rid of it after a little while and go back to Com-rape-the-customer-cast. It won't hurt anything and you shouldn't have to pay a dime for install.

Plus, you could probably get them to wire your whole house with Cat-5e for free. Just keep it a couple of months so they don't try to come back and charge you for all that work. The whole home dvr is awesome. Its way better than Comcrap's garbage (imho).

Anyway, give it a shot, you aren't under a contract or anything. Hell, you might find even more reasons to keep it or whatever. A person should never be tied down to one company and should always be able to try other services like U-Verse in the off chance it would be better for them. Dunno your Internet situation, but you might like U-Verses Internet better too (price and connectivity).
post #1595 of 4208
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Originally Posted by MarcSparks View Post

I keep coming to this thread just hoping to hear that the quality has somewhat improved, so I can give Uverse a try instead of Comcast. But it's always the same - lackluster HD PQ, and STB audio issues and other bugs.

The HD PQ is most important to me with a 100" screen that we watch many network shows and live sports on. I was pretty ticked with Comcast but now they've added like 20 HD channels in the last month, so my selection will be equal if not a little less with Uverse. Cost will be about the same.

I think the main advantage/reason I would want to try Uverse is for the Whole Home DVR. I just got a flyer in the mail about it, and it says they're giving 3 STBs (all HD of course) for no charge again, so that's almost got me ready to make the switch. Ahh, decisions decisions...

I suppose it's probably worth trying for a couple months, getting the $200 rebate, and deciding what to do from there.

I think it really is very location/infrastructure dependent. In my case my PQ is as good as I had with cable, I get 3x the HD stations a THDVR and have zero audio problems. Just give it a try and make up your own mind, for me I have no regrets switching.
post #1596 of 4208
AT&T Signs New Carriage Deal With Viacom

Spans HD networks, mobile content from MTV and BET

By Glen Dickson -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/15/2009 3:01:00 PM

Telco AT&T announced a new distribution deal with Viacom units MTV Networks and BET Networks which covers new high-definition and international channels, renewal for existing channels, advertising expenditures, and content for AT&T CruiseCast, a satellite-based in-car entertainment service that AT&T plans to launch this spring.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. As per the deal, seven new HD networks will be added to the AT&T’s U-verse TV Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) service later this year, including MTV HD, VH1 HD, CMT HD, BET HD, Nickelodeon HD, Comedy Central HD and Spike HD. The deal also renews carriage of the MTVN and BETN channels and VOD content featured on AT&T U-verse TV, and provides for carriage of new international channels, including MTV India, later this year.

In addition, five MTVN and BETN channels will be part of the AT&T CruiseCast in-car entertainment service when it launches later this spring. The Ku-band-satellite based AT&T CruiseCast service, which was shown at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show, transmits video programming to a compact, low-profile antenna for use on cars, trucks and SUVs. The CruiseCast system, including antenna and receiver, is expected to cost $1299, with monthly service for 22 video channels and 20 radio channels costing $27.95 a month.

“This strategic deal brings more content to our customers in new and better ways, while supporting Viacom with increased distribution and advertising revenue,” said Dan York, executive vice president of content, AT&T Services Inc, in a statement.

“This deal reaffirms our companies’ long-standing relationship, expanding the reach of our services to bring more content to more consumers across AT&T services,” added Denise Denson, Executive Vice President, Content Distribution & Marketing, MTVN.

http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6630020.html
post #1597 of 4208
They need to hurry up and get Tennis Channel!
post #1598 of 4208
I think the top tier HD package went away. I now have Universal HD, Smithsonian HD, and MGM HD and I haven't made any changes to my package.
post #1599 of 4208
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Originally Posted by AuroraProject View Post

I think the top tier HD package went away. I now have Universal HD, Smithsonian HD, and MGM HD and I haven't made any changes to my package.

LOL, guess they didn't even tell the employees whats going on. And you never got the message on your screen saying that everyone gets all the HD channels up until the 18th. Including the movie channels.
post #1600 of 4208
Still looking for an answer to my question back on page 53......

"I heard from someone that traditional fax machines do not work properly for inbound faxes when connected to a U-verse digital phone line. True or false? If true, is there any workaround?"

It seems to me there is no technical reason a fax machine should not work with U-verse's voice service, but I'd just like to make sure as this would be a non-starter for me if it were true.
post #1601 of 4208
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Originally Posted by Ex-EE View Post

Still looking for an answer to my question back on page 53......

"I heard from someone that traditional fax machines do not work properly for inbound faxes when connected to a U-verse digital phone line. True or false? If true, is there any workaround?"

It seems to me there is no technical reason a fax machine should not work with U-verse's voice service, but I'd just like to make sure as this would be a non-starter for me if it were true.

You may have better luck finding an answer at AT&Ts Uverse forum for voice

http://utalk.att.com/utalk/?category.id=voice
post #1602 of 4208
I'm able to send and receive faxes (with a Brother all-in-one inkjet), even though I'm not using an in-line digital filter that AT&T recommends (this link indicates one can be provided with a self-install kit). In case the above link doesn't work, search 'fax' in the search field here. I remember seeing another page that had a list of fax machines that were incompatible, but can't find it right now.
post #1603 of 4208
I just order U-Verse since I am tired of TW and the problems I've been having with the Internet for the past three months. I'm also interested to see how much better (hopefully) the HD channels look.

One of the things I found strange is that the in the literature the rep gave me, the regional FSN channels appear to only be available by ordering the Sport Tier. However, when I look online at the https://uma.att.com/uma/RetrieveChan...E&FORMAT=POPUPchannel lineup, the regional FSN channels appear in each of the packages.

Service will be installed on 1/30/09!
post #1604 of 4208
Just got it installed today. He drilled in Cat 5 line. TV looks crappy, overscanned on my HDTV. I didn't ask for HD service because I plan to cancel the TV portion.

Elite speeds are 5700/930. Not bad. I'm paying over double for Comcast for 5000/320 from the same speed test sites.

As soon as I hooked up, it took me to a AT&T/Yahoo page where I created my att.net account.

Is that my main page for billing, services and support info?

For instance, I searched for additional services that I thought came with Uverse:

1) Newsgroups. I got some hits back but I have to see if there's info about their newgroup feeds info.

2) Don't they include free access to AT&T hotspots? How do you log in?
post #1605 of 4208
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Just got it installed today. He drilled in Cat 5 line. TV looks crappy, overscanned on my HDTV. I didn't ask for HD service because I plan to cancel the TV portion.

If you don't mind me asking, what does overscanning mean? So, the HD pq is not good?
post #1606 of 4208
Image doesn't fit the screen. It cuts off the bottom scrawl.

TBH, I haven't really played with it that much so there might be some zooming options.
post #1607 of 4208
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Just got it installed today. He drilled in Cat 5 line. TV looks crappy, overscanned on my HDTV. I didn't ask for HD service because I plan to cancel the TV portion.

Elite speeds are 5700/930. Not bad. I'm paying over double for Comcast for 5000/320 from the same speed test sites.

As soon as I hooked up, it took me to a AT&T/Yahoo page where I created my att.net account.

Is that my main page for billing, services and support info?

For instance, I searched for additional services that I thought came with Uverse:

1) Newsgroups. I got some hits back but I have to see if there's info about their newgroup feeds info.

2) Don't they include free access to AT&T hotspots? How do you log in?

The site for billing and service info is www.uversecentral.att.com

Not sure about newsgroups. To use the free wifi hotspots simply go to one, and open a browser, when it asks for a user name and password use your att email address and password that was setup when you had the service installed.
post #1608 of 4208
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Originally Posted by steveken View Post

LOL, guess they didn't even tell the employees whats going on. And you never got the message on your screen saying that everyone gets all the HD channels up until the 18th. Including the movie channels.

Yeah, they never tell us anything, for a communications company we are sorely lacking in that department.
post #1609 of 4208
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Image doesn't fit the screen. It cuts off the bottom scrawl.

TBH, I haven't really played with it that much so there might be some zooming options.

You are the ONLY person I have ever heard of to complain about that problem. On the bottom right corner of your remote you will find a zoom/enter button. Push that a few times to put it back to normal. And I can't see not getting the HD portion regardless or whether you are keeping it or not. Its like renting a Corvette but never taking the thing out of 1st gear. *shakes head*
post #1610 of 4208
I switched from Comcast to at&t U-verse about six months ago. I would never go back. U-verse is the best service I have had. A few of my friends and neighbors who have Dish and Direct TV have tested out my U-verse and are switching over as well. I live in Vacaville, CA; west of Sacramento and East of San Francisco. This was installed in a condo.

Here is my personal opinion on the service:

Pros:
  • Quick channel changing; very short if any delay between channels.
  • PIP when surfing for a channel.
  • Tells you how long a program has been on, and how long is left.
  • Great picture quality; The HD looks great. SD is SD, so you are not going to get anything amazing out of that.
  • Wireless internet is built into the box, so if you do not have a special type of network set up then you can use just use the one built in. If you want a N series router or want to use your currnet router you can, just plug it in like you would cable or DSL.
  • Access to you DVR from the internet. You can schedule, delete, record, cancel any thing you would from the box itself. This comes in handy if you are at work or on vacation and forgot to set something to record.
  • Whole house DVR. You can watch anything that is on the DVR from any TV in your house.
  • The box comes with a HDMI port, unlike Comcast. I have not used it yet, so I have no comment on the quality of the picture through HDMI.
  • Free professional installation.
  • I have the second fastest internet connection that was avail in my area, I believe it is somewhere around 6mps. My Comcast was running around 10mps and I cannot notice a distance after switching. I do quite a bit of Xbox Live gaming and have not noticed any lag after switching.
  • Cheaper than Comcast, who had a monopoly for quite a while in my area until at&t came around.
  • Free use of at&t hotspots, just log in with your mail e-mail and password.
  • No contract.

Cons:
  • Only two HD steams at one time, I was told that this is supposed to increase in the future. And I believe them, they told me about the whole house DVR and that happened a month after the install.
  • If you reset or unplug the system it takes about 2-4 minutes to boot back up.
  • On demand movie selection is not that great, but this is a pretty new service so hopefully they will increase their selection in the future.

Something to consider:
  • There are multiple ways for them to install the service. It can be set up through the houses Cat-5 cable, phone line, and cable line. So just there are many options as to where you can have it installed in your house. I also believe that this means some installs will have a better connection than others; depending on the age and quality of your houses or condos installed wiring. So talk to the installer when he comes so you get the best install and quality connection possible.
  • I have never had a problem with my service. But my friends who live in the same condo complex had a lot of problems. Their box kept freezing up and they would have to be reset. at&t came out and replaced thier box twice and the problem was still there. This could be a problem with the wiring in the condo complex though.
Hope this info helps anyone out that wants info about U-verse!
post #1611 of 4208
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Just got it installed today. He drilled in Cat 5 line. TV looks crappy, overscanned on my HDTV. I didn't ask for HD service because I plan to cancel the TV portion.

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Originally Posted by WSR35 View Post

If you don't mind me asking, what does overscanning mean? So, the HD pq is not good?


Notice he did not get HD.
post #1612 of 4208
Anyone else with a Mac able to use ESPN360?

My Safari browser hangs trying to download their plugin.

That is one benefit of Uverse over Comcast, access to ESPN360.
post #1613 of 4208
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Originally Posted by SeldomSeen31 View Post

HD picture quality for me is roughly the same as it was with TW. Not great, certainly not as good as OTA, but reasonable and about on par to what I had before.

I switched from Comcast in the Bay Area (CA) and noticed a significant improvement in artifacting, macroblocking, and picture quality over Comcast's horrible triple-packed HD channels. The HD quality is on par with the few channels that Comcast still carries double-packed, but to me is still an improvement because of picture/audio dropouts and artifacting that I was experiencing with Comcast.

At first, I found the picture a little "softer" than Comcast on my 720p LCD as opposed to my 1080p plasma, but switching the Uverse box to 1080i from 720p made a noticeable difference.

The only thing that is actually worse is that Uverse lacks HD on Demand for its subscription and movie services (except for paid rentals). This is somewhat disappointing, but I've been told that AT&T is working on getting content rights for HD on Demand.
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I have also noticed a significant amount of audio synching issues. It only seems to be on a few channels. No amount of channel changing seems to resolve it.

Have you checked your receiver's audio delay options? I have had no problem with audio syncing on any program. You might have a slow component somewhere that is causing the misalignment. Checking this thread and others, this does not appear to be a common complaint (except for some specific programs that appear to have been messed up at the source).
post #1614 of 4208
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

That is one benefit of Uverse over Comcast, access to ESPN360.

Agreed. Huge advantage locally over TWC too.
post #1615 of 4208
Im looking at the uverse online signup-- i see the promos they have are the 303030 which now gives $19 off per month and a $50 cash back OR a $200 cash back PLUS a $25 gift card with a code-- It says the code is either emailed or mailed to prospective customers-- I didnt get it... Does anyone have the code that they can PM me or post? Im looking at getting the u200 with hd, elite internet, and unlimited voice...
post #1616 of 4208
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Anyone else with a Mac able to use ESPN360?

My Safari browser hangs trying to download their plugin.

That is one benefit of Uverse over Comcast, access to ESPN360.

Works fine for me on my MacBook Pro, OS X 10.5.6 with Safari 3.2.1.
post #1617 of 4208
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Originally Posted by AuroraProject View Post

Works fine for me on my MacBook Pro, OS X 10.5.6 with Safari 3.2.1.

Hmm, maybe I have too many tabs open or need a reboot. It wouldn't work with Firefox either except it was a different error.

I wanted to check out soccer games. But guess what, I'm getting FSC even though I'm only suppose to have U100. In fact, looks like all the premium channels are on too.

I better double-check my package, even though the installer pointed out on the channel list card that the U100 package I have only goes up to half way down the second column.
post #1618 of 4208
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Hmm, maybe I have too many tabs open or need a reboot. It wouldn't work with Firefox either except it was a different error.

I wanted to check out soccer games. But guess what, I'm getting FSC even though I'm only suppose to have U100. In fact, looks like all the premium channels are on too.

I better double-check my package, even though the installer pointed out on the channel list card that the U100 package I have only goes up to half way down the second column.

There is currently a free preview of all channels, ending today.
post #1619 of 4208
im not that impressed. the channel lineup is good, but the hd quality isnt the greatest.

also, where im at i can only get 1 hd feed and 3 sd feeds. fortunately, at&t is giving me a discount to accommodate for this, but it still sucks.

on that note, im also not a big fan of the dvr. no one-button access to my 'favorites' channel guide, and lack of configuration options for recording programs. in particular, 'lie to me' is scheduled to be recorded from 9:03 to 10:06 tonight, but bc i cant specify recording to stop at 10pm instead, i cant also record 'damages' on fx from 10-11. not sure if tivo or other dvrs have a work-around for this, but it still sucks.

also, the local hd stations look to be heavily compressed. just got the service on friday, so l'll have to wait and see how prime time network hd content looks. *crosses fingers*
post #1620 of 4208
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Originally Posted by wco81 View Post

Image doesn't fit the screen. It cuts off the bottom scrawl.

TBH, I haven't really played with it that much so there might be some zooming options.

Either your STB resolution is not configured correctly and make sure the zoom feature is on Normal (press the # key on your Uverse remote until it says Normal.) Also make sure your TV isn't zooming either.
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