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post #151 of 8545
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Originally Posted by Mysticeti View Post

Are non-premium Comcast Digital/HD channels broadcast as unencrypted "QAM". I'm wondering if a HDHomeRun would work for me? (I'm already a happy SageTV user).

I'm not sure if this is true everywhere, but in my area (Malden) all the locals are available in HD over unencrypted QAM. That's PBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, CW, and UPN. However, other channels like TNT HD and ESPN HD are encrypted, so you need a CableCard or a box to view them.
post #152 of 8545
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Originally Posted by ScoopsHD View Post

How bout this... ah nevermind, its not worth it. No matter what anyone says, if its contrary to what you want to hear you just won't accept it.

Comcast will do what is best for its bottom line. Their bottom line is affected by the happiness of the MAJORITY of their customers. So they will cater to the MAJORITY of their customers.

This thread has become an absolute waste of space. No one helps anyone anymore... its a giant bitchfest. I for one am done reading this thread.

Enjoy the Thread Crapping.

That came out of nowhere.
post #153 of 8545
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Originally Posted by Mysticeti View Post

I'm just starting to learn about HD.... Hopefully I'm not asking in the wrong place...

Are non-premium Comcast Digital/HD channels broadcast as unencrypted "QAM". I'm wondering if a HDHomeRun would work for me? (I'm already a happy SageTV user).

Thanks.

I live in southern NH, and have the HDHomeRun setup for all my unencrypted QAM channels under MythTV... works great. There are lots of success stories with other PVRs including Sage, MCE etc.

If it helps.. The HDHR thread on AVS is at http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=731457 and the vendor HDHR support forum at http://www.silicondust.com/forum
post #154 of 8545
When ESPN Classic goes digital only on 3/31/07, will Ch48 be used by another analog channel which is now around Ch.71 ; or will it remain vacant , and its 6MHz of bandwidth be used for digital signals , or will a top channel be moved down to 48, and its 6Mhz be freed up? I think that the highest analog channels are now from Chs 71-74 on most Boston area systems. (Ch.95-99 'midband )
post #155 of 8545
I forsee Verses moving down there.
post #156 of 8545
I just got a Samsung DLP, hooked up via HDMI to my Motorola DVR Comcast box. It worked fine for the first few days, and then suddenly, the 802+ channels (in HD) have black bars on the side when the TV mode is set to 16:9.

I went into the setup menus and, while I didn't change any settings, it suddenly started displaying the full picture again. Then later today it stopped, and I have black bars.

Any idea what's going on? It's quite frustrating!
post #157 of 8545
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Originally Posted by Lodef View Post

That came out of nowhere.

Maybe, but there is a good bit of merit in the outburst. Some folks are posting a very myopic perspective -- they don't like paying for service, and so they're trying to rationalize their feelings by trying to make the assertion that the company is charging more than they "should" based on that distorted perspective. There are really only two valid perspectives: (1) It's worth it and I'm paying it, or (2) It's not worth it and I'm not paying it. The perspective "It's not worth it, but I'm paying it," indicates irrationality, eh?

I have no idea what people think this thread should be. Personally, I think it should be for things like sharing information about which frequencies the in-the-clear digital channels are broadcast on, information about upcoming services, etc. I also see little logic in using the thread as a personal soap-box to assuage one's bad feelings about paying for something they don't feel is worth it.
post #158 of 8545
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Originally Posted by bicker1 View Post

Maybe, but there is a good bit of merit in the outburst. Some folks are posting a very myopic perspective -- they don't like paying for service, and so they're trying to rationalize their feelings by trying to make the assertion that the company is charging more than they "should" based on that distorted perspective. There are really only two valid perspectives: (1) It's worth it and I'm paying it, or (2) It's not worth it and I'm not paying it. The perspective "It's not worth it, but I'm paying it," indicates irrationality, eh?

I have no idea what people think this thread should be. Personally, I think it should be for things like sharing information about which frequencies the in-the-clear digital channels are broadcast on, information about upcoming services, etc. I also see little logic in using the thread as a personal soap-box to assuage one's bad feelings about paying for something they don't feel is worth it.

I don't know about anyone else but I have found this thread quite useful over the years and still do. Before David merged it into this new thread, the Boston-Comcast was one of the largest in the Local HDTV forum and that says a lot. I have commented many times about what this thread should be about and that is helping each other out and for the most part it still serves that purpose. Yes there are people who complain especially about cost but you will find that in almost every thread and forum and besides thats not what the majority of the post are about. There are also some good people here and ones with insider info like L Supreme and Avic who are generous enough to share some of that knowledge which I'm sure is appreciated by most of us. So I guess what I'm saying is it's really not as bad as some are making it out to be and would encourage all to keep contributing whether it's a positive or negative issue as long as it is related to the intended thread. We are all here with the opportunity to add to any discussion if we so choose, if it's a topic that is bothersome then move on to the next post and maybe you can help answer that particular persons question who will no doubt be very appreciative of your time like others have done for me since I started coming here. Sorry for the rant but felt I needed to respond.
post #159 of 8545
I'm thinking about getting an LCD HDTV but I would really like to be able to watch the Sox in HD if I were to get it. The problem is I'm at college in NH and obviously can't get an HD cable box. I do have Comcast cable here though and the channels seem to be exactly the same as at home in MA. Is there any chance of me being able to get NESN-HD with a QAM tuner? It sounds like it's probably encrypted since NESN-HD is going to be it's own channel instead of switching with INHD or whatever on channel 882, right? Did anyone get NESN-HD over QAM last year?
post #160 of 8545
Look, some of us here are sick and tired of being shafted by the raising cable rates, which are not in parallel with inflation. Do not get me wrong, I enjoy the services Comcast has had to offered, and has enjoyed them for many years, but had I had another option I would be using it. I am not the only one who shares that opinion. If people call that "thread crapping" or "bitchfest", so be it. I feel it is OK to voice these opinions in this thread, it is relatively harmless, and can be somewhat productive if channeled properly.

I've been a long time user of the forum, and there are Comcast representatives viewing these threads at times, and while they might not be participate on the forum, they have contacted individuals on a regular basis and helped fix/repair longtime problems. In my particular case I had problems with wiring in my building for almost 10yrs, and it took me discovering this forum and complaining for years of poor reception in this thread for someone locally at Comcast engineering to take note (right place, right time) and bring a crew over and resolve my problem. Local tech support did nothing.

So complaining on this forum can accomplish things, even if Comcast remains very quiet. I only wish there was more competition, it would motivate Comcast a little more.
post #161 of 8545
Thanks Afty,

Based on what you've mentioned it would follow that Discovery HD is encrypted, yes?

Cheers.
post #162 of 8545
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Originally Posted by paulr24 View Post

I'm thinking about getting an LCD HDTV but I would really like to be able to watch the Sox in HD if I were to get it. The problem is I'm at college in NH and obviously can't get an HD cable box. I do have Comcast cable here though and the channels seem to be exactly the same as at home in MA. Is there any chance of me being able to get NESN-HD with a QAM tuner? It sounds like it's probably encrypted since NESN-HD is going to be it's own channel instead of switching with INHD or whatever on channel 882, right? Did anyone get NESN-HD over QAM last year?

No you will need a box, NESN is not available over QAM but you will be able to get the locals in HD if thats any consolation. There also is no more 882 so that would not have made a difference anyways because that was encrypted as well.
post #163 of 8545
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Originally Posted by paulr24 View Post

I'm thinking about getting an LCD HDTV but I would really like to be able to watch the Sox in HD if I were to get it. The problem is I'm at college in NH and obviously can't get an HD cable box. I do have Comcast cable here though and the channels seem to be exactly the same as at home in MA. Is there any chance of me being able to get NESN-HD with a QAM tuner? It sounds like it's probably encrypted since NESN-HD is going to be it's own channel instead of switching with INHD or whatever on channel 882, right? Did anyone get NESN-HD over QAM last year?

Nope you need wither a box or cable card. The cabole card turns the QAM tuner into a virtual box. mapping NESN HD on channel 851.

Ask the college about a box.
post #164 of 8545
I'm not complaining much about any increases in costs.

My sister's Cox bill went up around $25 a month for the same services.

My net increases are only $3.70 (and that includes Digital phone) the legacy service.
post #165 of 8545
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

Nope you need wither a box or cable card. The cabole card turns the QAM tuner into a virtual box. mapping NESN HD on channel 851.

Ask the college about a box.


So if I were to buy an HD box online or something (I'm pretty sure my school doesn't have them available), I would be able to watch NESN HD and ESPN HD, even though I can't pay for the HD service? I thought you had to pay extra for the HD service. Also I found this information about Cable Cards:
Cable Card - Usually provided by your local service provider. Card enables the "cable card ready" TV to view unencrypted cable channels without the use of a set top box.

So that means that I still wouldn't get NESN HD because it's encrypted right?
post #166 of 8545
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Originally Posted by paulr24 View Post

So if I were to buy an HD box online or something (I'm pretty sure my school doesn't have them available), I would be able to watch NESN HD and ESPN HD, even though I can't pay for the HD service? I thought you had to pay extra for the HD service. Also I found this information about Cable Cards:
Cable Card - Usually provided by your local service provider. Card enables the "cable card ready" TV to view unencrypted cable channels without the use of a set top box.

So that means that I still wouldn't get NESN HD because it's encrypted right?

Cable cards decrypt encrypted channels you subscribe to and map them to the same channel designation as a box.
you CAN NOT BUY boxes only lease then .(as of now)

HD locals are unencrypted and would come in on a QAM tuner - somewhere.

As the school about a box. If they say no box then NO NESN HD for you.
post #167 of 8545
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Originally Posted by paulr24 View Post

So if I were to buy an HD box online or something (I'm pretty sure my school doesn't have them available), I would be able to watch NESN HD and ESPN HD, even though I can't pay for the HD service? I thought you had to pay extra for the HD service. Also I found this information about Cable Cards:
Cable Card - Usually provided by your local service provider. Card enables the "cable card ready" TV to view unencrypted cable channels without the use of a set top box.

So that means that I still wouldn't get NESN HD because it's encrypted right?

You would need to have one of the Digital tiers to get NESN HD & ESPN YD and if your living in a dorm this might not be possible. I would bypass the college and call the local Comcast office who would probably be better at having an answer for you. My own guess is if it is part of your tuition that you receive the cable service then you will only get what the school agreeded to with Comcast and you will probably not be able to receive any encrypted channels thru their system.
post #168 of 8545
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Originally Posted by Mysticeti View Post

Thanks Afty,

Based on what you've mentioned it would follow that Discovery HD is encrypted, yes?

Cheers.

That's correct. You'll need a box or a CableCard to receive it.
post #169 of 8545
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

Look, some of us here are sick and tired of being shafted by the raising cable rates, which are not in parallel with inflation.

Regardless of whether or not that is true, it is irrelevant. Nothing is going to come of bitching about that here. Do you want to know what HD channels Comcast offers in my area? I can help you with that. Do you want to know which firmware version my DVR is at? I can help you with that. There is nothing anyone in this thread can do to help you with your financial concerns. That's really the point I believe ScoopsHD was making.

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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

If people call that "thread crapping" or "bitchfest", so be it. I feel it is OK to voice these opinions in this thread

And don't get me wrong: I agree. If you want to fill the thread with that sort of thing, go ahead. I just don't think it makes any sense to do so, and it definitely degrades the signal-to-noise ratio in the thread.

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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

I've been a long time user of the forum, and there are Comcast representatives viewing these threads at times

At best, it is the Comcast folks who are least able to do anything about pricing... it's probably mostly Comcast techs, CSRs, and such. They're as much at the mercy of pricing as we customers are. The people responsible for pricing, if they're doing their jobs correctly (and I believe they are) are keeping their eyes on normalized sources of data, not Internet forums.
post #170 of 8545
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Originally Posted by DaveFi View Post

Look, some of us here are sick and tired of being shafted by the raising cable rates, which are not in parallel with inflation. Do not get me wrong, I enjoy the services Comcast has had to offered, and has enjoyed them for many years, but had I had another option I would be using it. I am not the only one who shares that opinion. If people call that "thread crapping" or "bitchfest", so be it. I feel it is OK to voice these opinions in this thread, it is relatively harmless, and can be somewhat productive if channeled properly.

I've been a long time user of the forum, and there are Comcast representatives viewing these threads at times, and while they might not be participate on the forum, they have contacted individuals on a regular basis and helped fix/repair longtime problems. In my particular case I had problems with wiring in my building for almost 10yrs, and it took me discovering this forum and complaining for years of poor reception in this thread for someone locally at Comcast engineering to take note (right place, right time) and bring a crew over and resolve my problem. Local tech support did nothing.

So complaining on this forum can accomplish things, even if Comcast remains very quiet. I only wish there was more competition, it would motivate Comcast a little more.


Mostly agreed.

Non-informative thread-crapping doesn't serve a purpose. Pointless flailing will get nothing accomplished except increasing a user's post count. Comcast isn't listening, so anyone considering posting a thread-crap might as well save their breath.

However, bitching about service, pricing, packages can serve a purpose. Suppose someone is considering their alternatives for TV service. They're looking for opinions about what level of service they'll get, and what they can expect for their money. They can compare the relative merits and/or bitches concerning Comcast (versus DirecTV, say) and make an informed decision based on the bitches of those who post such things here.
post #171 of 8545
I tried to access my recordings on my DVR tonight and I get nothing but a blank screen. Did this happen to anyone else? I am going to try a reboot and see if I can get them back but I find this very strange since it has never happened before.
post #172 of 8545
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Originally Posted by Lodef View Post

I tried to access my recordings on my DVR tonight and I get nothing but a blank screen. Did this happen to anyone else? I am going to try a reboot and see if I can get them back but I find this very strange since it has never happened before.

Looks like a software push from TV Guide screwed up the menu.

Powercycling should help for at least a while. You should still be able to get to the DVR recordings through the Quick Menu. I can't imagine this will last too long.
post #173 of 8545
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Originally Posted by chr31ter View Post

Looks like a software push from TV Guide screwed up the menu.

Powercycling should help for at least a while. You should still be able to get to the DVR recordings through the Quick Menu. I can't imagine this will last too long.

This happened to me as well, no recording on my dvr menu unless I go through the main menu.

-Ken
post #174 of 8545
After I rebooted, all is working fine again.
post #175 of 8545
I find it troubling that the term "reboot" ever has to be used in conjunction with a home entertainment system, but I guess the fact that it's a "home entertainment system" rather than just a "stereo" or "TV" should have been some clue that BSODs are coming to a TV set near you.
post #176 of 8545
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

Cable cards decrypt encrypted channels you subscribe to and map them to the same channel designation as a box.
you CAN NOT BUY boxes only lease then .(as of now)

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-DCP50.../dp/B00008ZPJN
If you want to buy a cable box legitimately you can, they're just a bit heavy, literally. If you look at this cable box you might find it is quite impressive...and last I checked it used the same firmware as the DCT2xxx series settop so chances are your cable company supports it. As I mentioned previously, you should really do some research before you make statements that are erroneous. Someone might just value your lesser informed opinion and then make a decision they didn't really want to make. Even worse, they might pass along the misinformation.
post #177 of 8545
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Originally Posted by Motortree View Post

http://www.amazon.com/Motorola-DCP50.../dp/B00008ZPJN
If you want to buy a cable box legitimately you can, they're just a bit heavy, literally. If you look at this cable box you might find it is quite impressive...and last I checked it used the same firmware as the DCT2xxx series settop so chances are your cable company supports it. As I mentioned previously, you should really do some research before you make statements that are erroneous. Someone might just value your lesser informed opinion and then make a decision they didn't really want to make. Even worse, they might pass along the misinformation.

but will comcast authorize it?
post #178 of 8545
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Originally Posted by chitchatjf View Post

but will comcast authorize it?

Yes, but its a long process to authorize.
post #179 of 8545
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Originally Posted by Lodef View Post

I tried to access my recordings on my DVR tonight and I get nothing but a blank screen. Did this happen to anyone else? I am going to try a reboot and see if I can get them back but I find this very strange since it has never happened before.

This has happened to me twice now in the past two days. Rebooting fixed things, but I was surprised that it happened twice to begin with.
post #180 of 8545
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Originally Posted by L Supreme View Post

Yes, but its a long process to authorize.

What do you mean by "long process"? My understanding is that Comcast in the US won't authorize private boxes. They offer CableCard technology for customers who want to own their own boxes.
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