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post #3961 of 4208
I have a older Sony (non LCD) that has surround sound. If I use the HDMI cable, I have no sound unless I take the receiver off surround sound. However, if I use component cables for the connection, surround works just fine on the receiver.
post #3962 of 4208
I don't get any sound with the HDMI connected to the TV and on the surround setting. If I used component cables for the video, the reciever wouldn't pass the signal through when it's on standby.
post #3963 of 4208

Try connecting HDMI to the TV and then the optical to the AV receiver.  Should work fine.  Also be sure to enable digital audio in the Uverse receiver setup, the installer may not have enabled that.

post #3964 of 4208
I think I went optical from TV to receiver also....works fine
post #3965 of 4208
I have HDMI sent from the AT&T u-verse box to the HDTV and then have optical sent from the HDTV to the A/V receiver and never had any problems
post #3966 of 4208
Back in November of 2011, shortly after I started with U-verse I asked about the slow motion and frame by frame advaance features. Here we are 14 months later and they still aren't available.

At that time Harley_Dude said AT&T was "at the mercy" of Microsoft for having updates developed. Isn't Microsoft being paid by AT&T to develop updates? Can't they just tell Microsoft to develop a new feature and do it by a certain time??
post #3967 of 4208
ATT is not the only IPTV provider using the Microsoft Mediaroom platform. The following are a list of others using the platform http://www.microsoft.com/mediaroom/get/
post #3968 of 4208
Thread Starter 
AT&T Hits U-Verse Users With New Fees, Rate Hikes

New $2 U-Verse Fee to Begin February 1

by Karl Bode Friday 15-Feb-2013

On the heels of new rate hikes, AT&T is informing U-Verse users that they'll also be seeing several new fees on their broadband and TV bills. Several users have told me they received no advance notice of these fees whatsoever -- they simply appeared on user bills (AT&T tells me users were notified of the price hikes in November and December). Those new fees including a "Broadcast TV Surcharge" of $2 starting in February, and an expanding $3 "High Speed Internet Equipment Fee" for some users.

According to the AT&T U-Verse website, the fee "is to recover a portion of the amount local broadcasters charge AT&T to carry their channels." DirecTV recently started charging users a $3 "Regional Sports Fee" to offset the costs of local sports programming. AT&T's website makes no mention of whether this fee is to address sports programming, or programming hikes in general -- though it continues the long-standing industry tradition of craftily imposing below the line fees to jack up user bills while keeping the advertised price the same.

Another fee being complained about by users in our forums is a $3-$6 High Speed Internet Equipment Fee. The company has charged the fee for some time for users who don't own their hardware, but it still seems intermittently applied and inconsistently waived, resulting in users (including those who thought they bought their hardware) being surprised when it shows up.

"If you are not currently paying a monthly high speed Internet equipment fee for the Wi-Fi-enabled Residential Gateway, a $2 monthly fee will begin with the January 27 billing statements," an AT&T notice informs users.

The AT&T website also outlines a slew of new price hikes to various TV channels and services that went into effect last month. You might (or might not) recall that when AT&T was lobbying state lawmakers to gut regulations and consumer protections governing local TV franchises, one of their core promises in exchange for greased regulatory wheels -- was that their entry into the TV market would dramatically lower TV prices. How's that working out?

http://www.dslreports.com/shownews/ATT-Hits-UVerse-Users-With-New-Fees-Rate-Hikes-123160
post #3969 of 4208
Old news. This was announced in September/October last year. Just did not make the news rounds until the first of the year, since no one pays attention. Also if you missed, it, Satellite & CATV carriers also raised their rates.
post #3970 of 4208
OK,
I need some help here guys and I trust you to give me an honest answer more than I trust AT&T.

I'm about to get uverse, along with an HBO deal for 3 months (only reason I am doing this is Game of Thrones). I notice there is a $10 up-charge for HD. I assume if I don't pay it all the basic channels are SD (480i or whatever) - I don't plan to watch that much. Will HBO be available in HD, or will it also be down-sampled to pudding? I've been 3 years with only streaming and OTA, so as I said only HBO is of particular interest.
post #3971 of 4208
NONE of the channels - including HBO - will be in HD then. When you sign up, they DO sometimes waive the HD fee for some months, as (another) promo pricing; ask them about doing that
post #3972 of 4208
Last year I bing "Xbox 360 U-verse disc" and found .iso of it, which I burn to a DVD+rw. It loaded and install the u-verse software perfectly, but needed to be provision by AT&T. I was told by AT&T that U-verse on Xbox is no longer being offer to customer and there would be a $99 charge for the kit plus a truck roll charge to install. So I gave up.



This morning there was a power surge that fried the DVR. So I live chat online with technical support to create a ticket to receive a new DVR. After the ticket was sent they ask is there anything else. I asked them if it was possible to provision my Xbox 360 since I need something watch. Less than 5 minutes had U-verse up and running on the 360.



So anyone out there that want to use there 360 as a set-box keep trying, someone will approve it.
post #3973 of 4208
Good stuff. Thanks carolcityboyz. HERE's the iso.
post #3974 of 4208
Do they still charge the monthly fee to use the Xbox?

That never made sense to me, considering the Xbox is your property.
post #3975 of 4208
No monthly fee, I'll actually be saving $7 every month. Plus the 360 was just collecting dust might as well put it to some use.
post #3976 of 4208
Disney Junior is now live on 306 and 1306.
post #3977 of 4208
Damn my butt hurts from AT&T. 3 HD receivers 1 Wireless receiver 6mb internet. It is $175 a month... That's INSANE!!!!!!! I might have to switch to COX
post #3978 of 4208
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Originally Posted by blueyzfr6 View Post

Damn my butt hurts from AT&T. 3 HD receivers 1 Wireless receiver 6mb internet. It is $175 a month... That's INSANE!!!!!!! I might have to switch to COX
You think that Cox is going to be any cheaper? Only if you sign into a 2yr contract. You can have my bill for the U-450, 24/3 Internet, 2 stb's a dvr for around $225 a month if you want.
post #3979 of 4208
My latest U-verse bill for U-400 (which they no longer offer but since I got it when they first came to Indy, I'm grandfathered in), one HD DVR, 3 HD set-top boxes, internet, and home phone with unlimited local and long distance had climbed to $240 including all taxes. I'm switching to Comcast/Xfinity in a couple of weeks and will be paying $151 plus tax for everything I have now including all of the premium movie channels (which were included in the U-400 package) except Cinemax. Also, since Comcast/Xfinity doesn't have a whole-house DVR like U-verse, they will give me two HD DVRs for two of my four TVs and regular HD set-top boxes on the other two. The price is locked in for one year, and then I'm sure the cost will skyrocket. Then, it will be time to switch again.
post #3980 of 4208
BoilerJim, I personally will never return to Comcast in my lifetime. In those famous words of Charleston Heston "They will have to pry it (UVerse) out of my cold dead hands."
Edited by gregzoll - 4/10/13 at 8:24pm
post #3981 of 4208
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BoilerJim, I personally will never return to Comcast in my lifetime. In those famous words of Charleston Heston "They will hace to pry it (UVerse) out of my cold dead hands."
Don't get me wrong, I love U-verse. However, I hate the price and I also hate that they are the only service I know of who dumped the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel and never got them back. My wife never forgave them for that.
post #3982 of 4208
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Originally Posted by gregzoll View Post

BoilerJim, I personally will never return to Comcast in my lifetime. In those famous words of Charleston Heston "They will hace to pry it (UVerse) out of my cold dead hands."
Don't get me wrong, I love U-verse. However, I hate the price and I also hate that they are the only service I know of who dumped the Hallmark Channel and the Hallmark Movie Channel and never got them back. My wife never forgave them for that.
The hallmark stuff is mostly duplicated on other channels, or on sub's you can pull OTA. As for the price, you can get retentions to lower your bill, by agreeing to a 6, 12, 24 month contract.
post #3983 of 4208

Key to Uverse savings, even if you don't want to call and get a deal, is to drop back a package or two and within a week you'll have an offer on your online account to upgrade for X amount off per month and an upfront gift card.  Same for Internet speed.

 

For example, if you want 18 meg down as your speed.  Once your current promotion runs out go online and drop down to 12.  Within a week you'll have an offer to upgrade to 18 with $5 off a month for 6 months (so it'll be the same price as 12).  Do the upgrade, get the free speed.  6 months later drop back down to 12, rinse and repeat.

 

Same for TV packages.  When I had a TV package I had U350, once my promotion ran out I dropped to U200.  A week later I had an offer to upgrade to U350 for $15 off a month for 6 months with a $50 giftcard up front cash back.  6 months later rinse and repeat.

 

Or maybe even better drop TV all together.  Within a couple weeks you'll have them begging to have you back offering you $30 off a month and a $200-250 gift card up front.  

 

There are many deals to be had, even without calling and begging for one.

post #3984 of 4208
U-verse recently became available in my neighborhood so I thought I'd give it a try for one year, per the perks they were offering. When the system WORKS, it's much better (equipment offerings and HD versatility) than cable but since it was installed four weeks ago I've had more sporadic outages than I ever saw in approximately 18 years of cable (Time-Warner and Bright House). I'm already tired of calling and having more service trips. If this doesn't improve, it will be cancelled in 11 months.
post #3985 of 4208
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Originally Posted by goldrich View Post

U-verse recently became available in my neighborhood so I thought I'd give it a try for one year, per the perks they were offering. When the system WORKS, it's much better (equipment offerings and HD versatility) than cable but since it was installed four weeks ago I've had more sporadic outages than I ever saw in approximately 18 years of cable (Time-Warner and Bright House). I'm already tired of calling and having more service trips. If this doesn't improve, it will be cancelled in 11 months.
We've had U-verse since December, 2007 and never had a problem until recently. We had a repairman come out and he said we had the wrong Gateway (modem) for our neighborhood and was surprised we hadn't had problems before now. He replaced our silver-colored Gateway with a new black one (the Elite) that's about 2/3 the size of the old one. Now, the service is working perfectly again.

On a side note, we had considered switching to Comcast/Infinity, but U-verse made us an offer we couldn't refuse, so we are staying with them and are very happy with our decision.
post #3986 of 4208
I've had Uverse for almost a year now. HD quality is way worse than DirecTV/Dish, and even Comcast. Major microblocking and artifacting, and HD just doesn't look HD. I had a tech come out during the Olympics which looked awful, and he agreed but said nothing could be done. I can't switch to satellite due to line of sight/apt management issues, and I refuse to go back to Comcast. So I'm stuck with Uverse til I move. That's fine, I've accepted that, it's all good.


Today I got an email saying "You will be receiving a shipment with upgraded equipment in the next few days". Phone message said it would be replacing the 3800 Gateway, I believe (I was just waking up). Any chance this will improve the HD PQ... maybe boost the 6-7Mpbs HD stream or switch to a better encoder?
post #3987 of 4208
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Originally Posted by edgeh2o View Post

I've had Uverse for almost a year now. HD quality is way worse than DirecTV/Dish, and even Comcast. Major microblocking and artifacting, and HD just doesn't look HD. I had a tech come out during the Olympics which looked awful, and he agreed but said nothing could be done. I can't switch to satellite due to line of sight/apt management issues, and I refuse to go back to Comcast. So I'm stuck with Uverse til I move. That's fine, I've accepted that, it's all good.


Today I got an email saying "You will be receiving a shipment with upgraded equipment in the next few days". Phone message said it would be replacing the 3800 Gateway, I believe (I was just waking up). Any chance this will improve the HD PQ... maybe boost the 6-7Mpbs HD stream or switch to a better encoder?
They will probably replace the silver 3800 gateway with the black 3801 (elite) gateway like they did for me.
post #3988 of 4208
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Originally Posted by edgeh2o View Post

I've had Uverse for almost a year now. HD quality is way worse than DirecTV/Dish, and even Comcast. Major microblocking and artifacting, and HD just doesn't look HD. I had a tech come out during the Olympics which looked awful, and he agreed but said nothing could be done. I can't switch to satellite due to line of sight/apt management issues, and I refuse to go back to Comcast. So I'm stuck with Uverse til I move. That's fine, I've accepted that, it's all good.


Today I got an email saying "You will be receiving a shipment with upgraded equipment in the next few days". Phone message said it would be replacing the 3800 Gateway, I believe (I was just waking up). Any chance this will improve the HD PQ... maybe boost the 6-7Mpbs HD stream or switch to a better encoder?
The RG has nothing to do with the output for PQ at the Set top box or dvr at the TV. I have the newer wireless stb for our two bedrooms, and the IPN7500 DVR for our living room. Changing the two set top boxes, really made no difference in Picture Quality, but when we changed out the dvr two years ago, it did correct the problems with surround drop-outs, but in turn made it havoc with hdmi between the dvr & our 2007 Panny plasma. Ended up using component between the dvr & Plasma, until we got the Denon 1612 that we have, and now able to use hdmi again.

As for the streams, it will be 5-7meg from the VHO to your box, unless it is like how Rocklahoma was, where Mark Cuban pressed the providers like ATT to allow a higher stream around 12-14meg during the live broadcast. We though may see that again this weekend with the Nola Jazzfest, but will need users in various markets to post back what they are seeing in UVR when tuned to Axs.

I know that last night during the tape delayed broadcast for Stagecoach Fest in Indio, Cali, it was 5.3meg for both the re-run of Saturday, and the Sunday portions.
post #3989 of 4208
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

They will probably replace the silver 3800 gateway with the black 3801 (elite) gateway like they did for me.

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Originally Posted by gregzoll View Post

The RG has nothing to do with the output for PQ at the Set top box or dvr at the TV. I have the newer wireless stb for our two bedrooms, and the IPN7500 DVR for our living room. Changing the two set top boxes, really made no difference in Picture Quality, but when we changed out the dvr two years ago, it did correct the problems with surround drop-outs, but in turn made it havoc with hdmi between the dvr & our 2007 Panny plasma. Ended up using component between the dvr & Plasma, until we got the Denon 1612 that we have, and now able to use hdmi again.

As for the streams, it will be 5-7meg from the VHO to your box, unless it is like how Rocklahoma was, where Mark Cuban pressed the providers like ATT to allow a higher stream around 12-14meg during the live broadcast. We though may see that again this weekend with the Nola Jazzfest, but will need users in various markets to post back what they are seeing in UVR when tuned to Axs.

I know that last night during the tape delayed broadcast for Stagecoach Fest in Indio, Cali, it was 5.3meg for both the re-run of Saturday, and the Sunday portions.

Ahhh alright thanks guys.

Good for Mark Cuban, he's great on Shark Tank lol.

I'd love to stick with Uverse as the customer service and on-screen guide is great. Any idea if they will ever increase the stream bandwidth? I'd so love to be able to have higher bandwidth in exchange for less simultaneous streams.
post #3990 of 4208
Maybe within the next five years, when the transcoders get updated for 4k.
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