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post #151 of 15215
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Originally Posted by Jerry Gardner View Post

Here's how I'd go: I'd take 680S to the 84 West exit in Sunol to Niles Canyon Rd. Then follow the 84 west signs to the Dumbarton bridge and take that over the bay to Palo Alto.

This is what I was thinking. I wasn't sure though how Niles Canyon/city streets would be during the morning commute.
post #152 of 15215
what is 720 gonna show 2morrow at 7:30?? stars vs sharks or ucla vs oregon? i couldn't care less about hockey and love to watch pac10 bball. YES, i know ucla vs oregon isn't on hdsportsguide.com, but i saw the promos for the FSNHD telecast during the furd zag game. omg is it time to get a FSN+HD? one can only dream.
post #153 of 15215
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Originally Posted by fender4645 View Post

This is what I was thinking. I wasn't sure though how Niles Canyon/city streets would be during the morning commute.

680S over the Sunol grade is usually a parking lot between 7:00-9:00am. You can bypass all that by taking Niles Canyon.
post #154 of 15215
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Originally Posted by c3 View Post

The alternative is to take Dumbarton, but that will cost you a few extra dollars, and the route may be longer than via 237.

I wouldn't fancy doing the Dumbarton in that direction during the commute hours. I really wouldn't want to commute in that direction at all, the problem is a lot of people do.
post #155 of 15215
Thanks for the advice and list. I was reading some old posts and thought about signal strength since I'm splitting my signal up 3 times before it reaches my computer. It worked when I connected my Mac directly to the original line. I get the network channels and some others that I still have to figure out what they are. I guess Radio Shack signal boosters aren't that great. I'm going to get a Motorola one that someone else uses here.

One odd thing is that I thought HD was 16:9 widescreen. Yet all the networks except KCRA (Channel 3 NBC) are shown in 4:3. Is this right? I noticed the Audio menu has new Dolby Digital and Dolby Spanish audio selections. Does that mean I'm getting an HD signal? I assume it is since the Maglia unit only receives digital TV.


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Originally Posted by Derek87 View Post

i have the exact same setup as you, and i get lots of stuff including what you desire (i'm guessing). i don't have time to type the whole list, but you should get the following HD channels via QAM:

SOP 679, 555 mhz = 702
SOP 613, 747 MHZ = 703
SOP 597, 717 MHZ = 704
SOP 690, 555 MHZ = 705
SOP 687, 753 MHZ = 707
SOP 688, 709 MHZ = 709

at least, those are what i am getting Santa Clara in the clear on my Miglia unit. hopefully this helps and your numbers are similar. if not, i urge you to rescan and carefully go through each channel during prime time and have it display "normal size" to determine the HD ones in an obvious way. beyond using my numbers, i don't think there is any easy way to set up the box except in a labor intensive fashion (it took me a few hours to wade through all the music stations and stuff and figure out which stations to assign with the EPG guide...in the end, it all worked and it's been a nice PVR for me for my minimal TV watching usage. (i was using firewire before with my 6200 box, but when they upgraded the firmwire, i could no longer "tape" 702 and 705, so i went this route and it works well...plus i now have a "TV" in my home office room.
post #156 of 15215
for all of the channels i listed in the previous station, they always show in 16:9 even if show SD material (will have black bars), the other couple hundred stations show in 4:3.

i have no clue why yours aren't showing up as 16:9. what does it say when you show the details of the data (ie, "show data stream"): it should say 1080x1080 or 1280x720 for those local network HD channels. (as well as data rates O(15-20) Mbps) [again, this is true for KNTV-DT,KTVU-DT,KGO-DT,KQED-DT,KPIX-DT,KRON-DT...all of these stations are 1080i or 720p (KTVU, KRON, KGO).

BTW, even if the SOP numbers i listed before don't work for your locale, i had thought the frequencies should be the same unless you are in the 550 mhz regions...but that's a very uneducated guess.

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Originally Posted by puffpuffin View Post

Thanks for the advice and list. I was reading some old posts and thought about signal strength since I'm splitting my signal up 3 times before it reaches my computer. It worked when I connected my Mac directly to the original line. I get the network channels and some others that I still have to figure out what they are. I guess Radio Shack signal boosters aren't that great. I'm going to get a Motorola one that someone else uses here.

One odd thing is that I thought HD was 16:9 widescreen. Yet all the networks except KCRA (Channel 3 NBC) are shown in 4:3. Is this right? I noticed the Audio menu has new Dolby Digital and Dolby Spanish audio selections. Does that mean I'm getting an HD signal? I assume it is since the Maglia unit only receives digital TV.
post #157 of 15215
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Originally Posted by puffpuffin View Post

One odd thing is that I thought HD was 16:9 widescreen. Yet all the networks except KCRA (Channel 3 NBC) are shown in 4:3. Is this right? I noticed the Audio menu has new Dolby Digital and Dolby Spanish audio selections. Does that mean I'm getting an HD signal? I assume it is since the Maglia unit only receives digital TV.

Wait a minute, KCRA is a Sacramento or Stockton area channel, NBC is KNTV in the Bay Area not KCRA, so I think you might be in the wrong forum area. I might be wrong but that's the station that my brother watches in Stockton

Laters,
Mikef5
post #158 of 15215
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Originally Posted by Mikef5 View Post

Keenan,

Did you hear that the launch of the new satellites for D*'s new HD is going to be delayed ?? Rocket blew up on the launch pad, not D*'s sat but a sat for an other country. This will prevent D* from launching all those promised HD channels. Someone said they saw Charlie Egan speeding away in a speed boat after the explosion ...

Laters,
Mikef5

I saw something about that but didn't read any of the details, probably was Charlie.
post #159 of 15215
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Originally Posted by mattack View Post

What channel is the NBC HD channel on in Sunnyvale on QAM?

I have a Tivo series 3 (no cablecards yet), and can't find NBC.. I found Fox, CBS, ABC (IIRC), and a few PBS stations. NBC would be nice, and though I realize it's not using the Tivo as meant to be used, I could actually see using manual programs for a very few things (I already did it for one PBS music show)... I may actually cringe and get cablecards..

(I know this probably sounds weird.. I'm one of the relatively few who got the series 3 *because* of the lifetime service transfer option, and do not actually have HDTV yet and am probably not likely to get it very very soon.. unless my TV dies.)

I'm not sure if you've found it yet, but I believe it's at 33-1, if my memory serves me correctly. I haven't checked in a while, but try looking there.
post #160 of 15215
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Originally Posted by MANNAXMAN View Post

I'm not sure if you've found it yet, but I believe it's at 33-1, if my memory serves me correctly. I haven't checked in a while, but try looking there.

It really depends on the loop you are in and how your tuner sees the PSIP data. In my loop and with my LG 4200a it's 33-1 but with my Sony tv it sees it at 11-1 but these seem to be the way most loops are seeing NBC-HD so these are good starting points to look at.

Laters,
Mikef5
post #161 of 15215
I haven't found it yet, and I had my Tivo S3 do a channel scan again during prime time, thinking maybe the QAM broadcast was off when I originally scanned.. didn't help.

I've gone through ALL of the channels it found and not found it.. Very strange, since as I originally asked, I've found the other stations.

I know, I should just shell out the dough for the cablecards.. But I don't wanna!! (no really, I probably *eventually* will.. but I'm getting a pretty decent analog signal.. it's more for playing around with it)
post #162 of 15215
The QAM clear channels on Tivo can show up on some random channel, not always what you expect. Sometimes you might be able to tune it w/ the psip channel, eg 11-1 etc (use the "skip-to-tick" for dash.) otherwise it's on something random (no channel mapping.)

Cablecards should only cost you $1.50 for Tivo (if you don't have existing STB), so just go for it already
post #163 of 15215
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Originally Posted by mattack View Post

I haven't found it yet, and I had my Tivo S3 do a channel scan again during prime time, thinking maybe the QAM broadcast was off when I originally scanned.. didn't help.

I've gone through ALL of the channels it found and not found it.. Very strange, since as I originally asked, I've found the other stations.

I know, I should just shell out the dough for the cablecards.. But I don't wanna!! (no really, I probably *eventually* will.. but I'm getting a pretty decent analog signal.. it's more for playing around with it)

FWIW I see NBC-HD on QAM in Sunnyvale at 33.1 on both my Aquos and Sony DVR. (Was at 11.1 many many months ago.)

Jim
post #164 of 15215
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Originally Posted by mattack View Post

I haven't found it yet, and I had my Tivo S3 do a channel scan again during prime time, thinking maybe the QAM broadcast was off when I originally scanned.. didn't help.

I've gone through ALL of the channels it found and not found it.. Very strange, since as I originally asked, I've found the other stations.

Comcast doesn't transmit proper PSIP in all areas. For example, in mine I get KNTV at 747Mhz. But pointing my analyzer at the transport stream, the PSIP pids are completely absent. The only way to get the info is via OOB and for that you need cablecards. Luckily my MPEG demuxer (and my TV too, for that matter) can glean the audio/video streams just based on the program number in the PAT/PMT. I don't have much experience with the S3, but looks like it has limitations.

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Originally Posted by mattack View Post

I know, I should just shell out the dough for the cablecards.. But I don't wanna!! (no really, I probably *eventually* will.. but I'm getting a pretty decent analog signal.. it's more for playing around with it)

What's the point of Tivo S3 if you are primarily going to be using it for analog?
post #165 of 15215
I had a 6412 which stopped functioning so I exchanged it yesterday for a 3416. When I hooked it up I got premium channels in the clear which I don't have on my account (I only have digital classic with nothing added but HD) But all the channels are out of order. I tried a reset to download software/firmware and nothing changed.

Now I am considering getting a second box that works 'normally' and keep this one as long as the premium channels last. (premium on-demand doesn't work) Below is a sample of what is going on. The first two columns are the channels according to the guide, next to that are what is actually showing.

Has this happened to anyone? What are the chances they will catch on to the extra services coming through?

440 NBAPC Fox Movie 506
536 SEDGW Cinemax Finalcut
555 HBOFW Encore Action
562 MAX-E FSC 401
566 AMAX ShopNBC
567 TMAX FCS Atlantic
578 SHOTw HBO-w 551
583 SHONe FCS Central
584 SHOFe FCS Pacific
702 KTVUD Fox News
703 DKNTV KTVUD (FOX) 702
704 KROND KTSF 26
705 KPIXD ABC Family
719 INHD INHD
720 FSNHD FSNHD
721 VSGLF Indieplex
722 DHDTV DHDTV
723 ESPND CBS-HD
724 ES2HD NBC-HD
725 tba INHD slate
726 TNTHD ESPNHD
727 UHD KQEDHD (PBS)
728 MHD KGOHD (ABC)
730 HBOHD HBOHD
734 S-HDw PBS Sprout
736 SHOHD KRON
915 MC HBO Latino
940 MC DIY 204
960 KQED Comcast Sportsnet
post #166 of 15215
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Originally Posted by robengel88 View Post

I had a 6412 which stopped functioning so I exchanged it yesterday for a 3416. When I hooked it up I got premium channels in the clear which I don't have on my account

PM me with the serial and I'll let you know exactly why . .

If the account does not update it in several days it should go dark on it's own.
post #167 of 15215
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Originally Posted by robengel88 View Post

Now I am considering getting a second box that works 'normally' and keep this one as long as the premium channels last.

The box is very likely to be "fixed" within a day or two.
post #168 of 15215
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Originally Posted by MANNAXMAN View Post

I'm not sure if you've found it yet, but I believe it's at 33-1, if my memory serves me correctly. I haven't checked in a while, but try looking there.

Thanks, it is there. I must have had a brain fart originally, and not actually flipped through all channels like I thought I did. I think I must have mentally skipped past the ones in the middle..

I already had 33-1, 33-2, and 33-3 in my lineup. Last night, 33-1 had NBC, 33-2 was blank, and 33-3 was local weather.

Now I'm only curious if the digital versions of KTEH/KCSM are there too, but if not, I don't really care at the moment.
post #169 of 15215
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Originally Posted by dlou99 View Post

What's the point of Tivo S3 if you are primarily going to be using it for analog?

That's a valid question.

*Currently*, I intend to use it for analog, but at some point, I'm sure I'll have an HDTV, and want to be able to record in HD.

The lifetime transfer option was ABSOLUTELY what got me to buy now rather than later. (Based upon the others on tivocommunity, I am FAR from the only one.) I would FAR rather pay a ton of money now, to avoid paying a monthly fee later. In other words, with the demise of lifetime subscriptions as a standard option, I would be unlikely to get another Tivo.

Things like switched digital video are certainly somewhat worrisome for the future, but basically, I'm "gambling" now that my S3 + lifetime will (1) be useful in the meantime, and (2) be useful for more HD in the future.
post #170 of 15215
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Originally Posted by mattack View Post

*Currently*, I intend to use it for analog, but at some point, I'm sure I'll have an HDTV, and want to be able to record in HD.

I bought my first S3 before having a HDTV, and the quality was much much better than the analog channels. $1.50/month for CableCards is well worth the price.
post #171 of 15215
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Originally Posted by mattack View Post

Thanks, it is there. I must have had a brain fart originally, and not actually flipped through all channels like I thought I did. I think I must have mentally skipped past the ones in the middle..

I already had 33-1, 33-2, and 33-3 in my lineup. Last night, 33-1 had NBC, 33-2 was blank, and 33-3 was local weather.

Now I'm only curious if the digital versions of KTEH/KCSM are there too, but if not, I don't really care at the moment.

The reason 33-2 probably went blank is because that's ESPN-HD which is an encrypted channel. Would be nice if it was in the clear but not likely to happen

Laters,
Mikef5
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post #173 of 15215
Whoa, that design is very striking, a lot better than the current one.
post #174 of 15215
I use Comcast in Cupertino and I have a mythtv setup with a digital tuner. I was able to successfully find the frequencies for ~50 of the ADS (Analog-Digital Simulcast) channels, but there are a few more that I am looking for. My Motoroloa DCT-6200 STB isn't capable to tuning the ADS channels, so I am hoping that someone else out there can use their STB to provide me the frequency for the following ADS channels:

37 - TNT (Turner Network TV)
41 - Turner Broadcasting Sytems
42 - USA
43 - MTV
45 - Spike TV
46 - Lifetime
47 - A&E
48 - Bravo
64 - E! Entertainment Television
68 - Sci-Fi Channel

Or perhaps there is someone out there that has already found these and has an appropraite "channels.conf" config file you can share Either way, any help is appreciated.

Marc
post #175 of 15215
All those channels are likely to be encrypted.

The freq.s will vary according to location, that's why a master list isn't generally kept around here....

That said, the 6200 IS capable of tuning in ADS channels (digitally). Mine does, and started doing so after I added a 3412 (all-digital, DVR box).
post #176 of 15215
Does anyone know what Comcast charges for a 2nd TiVo S3? That would be 2 CableCARDs in the first S3 ($1.50 for the 2nd CC). The cost of the 2 CCs in the second S3 is what I'm interested in.

There might even be 2 answers, what they theoretically charge, and what they actually charge.
post #177 of 15215
Should be the standard outlet fee + $1.50.
post #178 of 15215
Hmm, something seems off to me. For your 2nd piece of equipment you pay the same price regardless of whether you provide your own equipment, in this case $600+ out of your own pocket? It is clear the "outlet fee" is just subsidizing Comcast STB rental and they are just playing a shell game renaming the fee so really I think they should waive that fee when you provide your own equipment.

I'm just thinking out loud, not criticizing your response (I know you are just the messenger)
post #179 of 15215
I have two and I pay $1.50 for each S3.
post #180 of 15215
On the latest price sheet(effective January 1st, 2007) it lists under equipment:

CableCARD (TiVo Series 3-2nd Card)...........$1.50

zalusky, are you paying an Additional Outlet Fee?
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