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post #3031 of 15215
Mike,

I am all for getting rid of as many analog channels as possible. I didn't know that other areas didn't have TvGuide channel in basic. Only surprise to me was deletion of what I thought was a "main stream" channel...

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TvGuide channel since it doesn't exist in my area ..

hmm.. why would they remove a channel that does not save bw where it is most needed? Strange.
post #3032 of 15215
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Originally Posted by Mikef5 View Post

Mike,

Your joking right ?? No intention of being all digital by 2009 ???? I beg to differ, if Comcast could go all digital tomorrow they would do so, but they are a huge cable company that expands across this country and not some "Mom and Pop" cable company that were granted waivers because it would be a hardship or not cost effective for them. Comcast on the other hand is a totally different matter.

Take for instance the Bay Area for one example. This area was so neglected by the previous owners, TCI and AT&T, that they have to do almost a complete upgrade/rebuild to most of the systems here. Now do that in every State and every major area in those States that they bought out or took over and you can see it's a massive undertaking and to imply they have no intention of going all digital is disingenuous.

Comcast never said they have no intention of going all digital but that they would not be able to be all digital by that date because of how much work and coordination this would entail.

Laters,
Mikef5

I am completely serious. The FCC gave Verizon a waver on integrated STB's because of cablecard and their commitments to go all digital by the analog shut off date (it's easy for VZ because you need a STB with them and all customers have digital STB's). Comcast could have gotten a waiver if they committed that, but with 50% of subs on analog only, it'll be 5-7 yrs before they shut analog off, at least by most industry views.

If all TV's had cablecard in them, this could be faster, but since they don't, analog is going to be here a good long time.

That doesn't means they won't turn off more analog channels, but that's hard because of long term contracts with programmers that require analog carriage. But going ALL digital is not going to happen ANY time soon. believe me. Ask Mr J if you doubt me. :-)

Thanks,
Mike
post #3033 of 15215
Since I just recently learned where I live, San Jose Ca, the Comcast system is 860MHz. Recently they added duplicate version of San Jose City Government Channel on ch 97. Its seems to me its a complete waste of space when They already have same thing on ch 26.

Also Instead of utilizing the extra 70Mhz spectrum space between ch 125-135 for them to add new HD Channels like TBS HD, Comcast oddly decides to removed C-Span 2 including Cal Channel and TV Guide, to the digital tier. I am guesting since there are variety of different system through out bay area 550MHz, 750MHz, 860MHz and soon upgraded 1GHz that Comcast want to have uniformed Channel line up for their Bay Area Customers.
post #3034 of 15215
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Originally Posted by MikeSM View Post

I am completely serious. The FCC gave Verizon a waver on integrated STB's because of cablecard and their commitments to go all digital by the analog shut off date (it's easy for VZ because you need a STB with them and all customers have digital STB's). Comcast could have gotten a waiver if they committed that, but with 50% of subs on analog only, it'll be 5-7 yrs before they shut analog off, at least by most industry views.

If all TV's had cablecard in them, this could be faster, but since they don't, analog is going to be here a good long time.

That doesn't means they won't turn off more analog channels, but that's hard because of long term contracts with programmers that require analog carriage. But going ALL digital is not going to happen ANY time soon. believe me. Ask Mr J if you doubt me. :-)

Thanks,
Mike

Mike, you're preaching to the choir here. If it were up to me I'd dump analog yesterday but to imply that Comcast has no intention of going all digital is disingenuous, what is fact is they can't do it in that time frame not that they don't want to or have no plans to.

Again Verison doesn't have to carry analog channels so they already meet the all digital requirements.

Mike, I've work with Comcast ( I am not a Comcast employee ) for about 4 years now, I know what they can do and have a pretty good handle on what they plan to do, contracts aside the FCC still requires and hobbles the cable industry by requiring them to carry both analog and digital and to say the cable industry is to blame for this is just wrong and to sit there and count channels and lambaste Comcast for not adding more HD faster jacks my jaw. Put the entire industry on the same level field with the same requirements and tell me that wouldn't affect how much a provider can do.

Also, I never said that Comcast was going to drop the analog channels soon. People asked about what they had heard about Fremont dropping analog and I answered that, nothing more than that. I've been trying to get Comcast to drop analog since day one but due to contracts and the FFC requiring dual carriage it's not going to happen in my life time.

Laters,
Mikef5
post #3035 of 15215
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Originally Posted by Mikef5 View Post

Darn, Mike, you just don't get it do you ?? Comcast has to carry those analog channels, the FCC requires them to carry them past the analog drop dead date in 2009. Does any of the Sat company's have to carry BOTH analog and digital .... NO... Does this take up bandwidth that the cable company's could use to add more HD ..... YES.... bitch at the FCC and their myopic rulings and not the cable company's. Why don't we put everyone on an equal footing and require the Sat's carry BOTH the analog and digital channels. Don't you think that would be fair ??? Then we could see how much they can actually handle when they are hobbled by the same requirements.

You know it's fine and dandy that you sit in a fully upgraded area and get a lot of channels that some areas still don't get and you bitch at Comcast and want more. At least Comcast is trying to do the right thing and get ALL areas up to snuff so they can all get what you now get. If anyone has a right to bitch it's the 550 MHz areas so give it a rest. If you are that dissatisfied with Comcast bite the bullet and go with a Sat company, maybe they can meet your needs.

Laters,
Mikef5

Mike, Geez... Chill out... :-)

The FCC must carry mandate affects only about 15 channels tops. Not the 70+ channels we see here. The reason the rest of those channels are hard to move is because of the carriage agreements, not because of any FCC mandate. In fact, the FCC would LOVE to see MTV, VH1, etc... pushed into digital transport, because that means you could have an expanded basic product tier that didn't include those channels - closer to their view in terms of doing ala carte.

Once stuff is all digital, you can create all kinds of products. But because 50% of subs are still analog, the problem is that the programmers don't want to lose access to the analog only customers. And that's built into the contracts.

Ask Mr J if they will be down to FCC mandated only analog channels by feb. of 2009. I GUARANTEE he'll see they still have a very large analog tier at that date.

People would not be deploying SDV if turning off analog was easy. Or even a 1/3rd of analog.

But this is the way it is. And why the plant and not contracts affect how much HD Comcast delivers.

On the 550 Mhz markets, those are being rebuilt as 860 or 1 ghz plant. Once that is done, they'll have all this idle capacity that won't be carrying new HD channels just like my market. You can't do much to help the 550 Mhz systems now other than do a rebuild (because Comcast isn't going to move expanded basic analog channels to digital). But at least you have options for the extra spectrum in 860 Mhz markets. My point is why not use it?

Thanks,
Mike
post #3036 of 15215
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Originally Posted by siouxmoux View Post

Since I just recently learned where I live, San Jose Ca, the Comcast system is 860MHz. Recently they added duplicate version of San Jose City Government Channel on ch 97. Its seems to me its a complete waste of space when They already have same thing on ch 26.

Also Instead of utilizing the extra 70Mhz spectrum space between ch 125-135 for them to add new HD Channels like TBS HD, Comcast oddly decides to removed C-Span 2 including Cal Channel and TV Guide, to the digital tier. I am guesting since there are variety of different system through out bay area 550MHz, 750MHz, 860MHz and soon upgraded 1GHz that Comcast want to have uniformed Channel line up for their Bay Area Customers.

Those are virtual channels not actual channels, they don't use extra bandwidth the box just can tune to the same frequency on those virtual channels like if they were two different channels.

TBS-HD is being added Oct 3, this was announced just the other day and has nothing to do with the other channels moving.


Laters,
Mikef5
post #3037 of 15215
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Originally Posted by Mikef5 View Post

Mike, you're preaching to the choir here. If it were up to me I'd dump analog yesterday but to imply that Comcast has no intention of going all digital is disingenuous, what is fact is they can't do it in that time frame not that they don't want to or have no plans to.

Again Verison doesn't have to carry analog channels so they already meet the all digital requirements.

Mike, I've work with Comcast ( I am not a Comcast employee ) for about 4 years now, I know what they can do and have a pretty good handle on what they plan to do, contracts aside the FCC still requires and hobbles the cable industry by requiring them to carry both analog and digital and to say the cable industry is to blame for this is just wrong and to sit there and count channels and lambaste Comcast for not adding more HD faster jacks my jaw. Put the entire industry on the same level field with the same requirements and tell me that wouldn't affect how much a provider can do.

Also, I never said that Comcast was going to drop the analog channels soon. People asked about what they had heard about Fremont dropping analog and I answered that, nothing more than that. I've been trying to get Comcast to drop analog since day one but due to contracts and the FFC requiring dual carriage it's not going to happen in my life time.

Laters,
Mikef5

I've worked with comcast before too. In general I think they are a great company. These guys are way better than TCI and AT&T ever was.

My point wasn't that Comcast was incompetent or evil - they aren't. My point is that because of the nature of the cable plant and how it's used, they will be a permanent last place provider of HD programming compared to the DBS guys, and maybe even U-verse (though I don't think that counts since it doesn't work very well). That's all.

Thanks,
Mike
post #3038 of 15215
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Originally Posted by MikeSM View Post

Mike, Geez... Chill out... :-)

The FCC must carry mandate affects only about 15 channels tops. Not the 70+ channels we see here. The reason the rest of those channels are hard to move is because of the carriage agreements, not because of any FCC mandate. In fact, the FCC would LOVE to see MTV, VH1, etc... pushed into digital transport, because that means you could have an expanded basic product tier that didn't include those channels - closer to their view in terms of doing ala carte.

Once stuff is all digital, you can create all kinds of products. But because 50% of subs are still analog, the problem is that the programmers don't want to lose access to the analog only customers. And that's built into the contracts.

Ask Mr J if they will be down to FCC mandated only analog channels by feb. of 2009. I GUARANTEE he'll see they still have a very large analog tier at that date.

People would not be deploying SDV if turning off analog was easy. Or even a 1/3rd of analog.

But this is the way it is. And why the plant and not contracts affect how much HD Comcast delivers.

On the 550 Mhz markets, those are being rebuilt at as 860 or 1 ghz plant. Once that is done, they'll have all this idle capacity that won't be carrying new HD channels just like my market. You can't do much to help the 550 Mhz systems now other than do a rebuild (because Comcast isn't going to move expanded basic analog channels to digital). But at least you have options for the extra spectrum in 860 Mhz markets. My point is why not use it?

Thanks,
Mike

You're right I do need to chill but I'm just tired of the channel counting and thinking that makes it all better. How many channels can you watch in a day ??? Let's get good quality channels that have some content on them and get off the "I've got more than you bandwagon" and while we're at it let's not blast company's for something beyond their control.

The 550 MHz areas are being built out to 1 GHz but that's not my point, the point is they should be bitching not someone in an fully upgraded area. Comcast does make use of that "extra" bandwidth and Comcast is adding new HD channels but not fast enough for some, I would prefer that they do it right and put channels on that I will in fact watch or has content to them and not fluff like the Weather Channel in HD, I get that on my local station.

My main point is if you want more from Comcast work within the system and give me some positive input that I can relay to them. I am all for getting more for this area but continual blasting a company isn't going to help to achieve that goal. I'm in a 550 MHz area and I still work within the system to help get things moving and in a positive way. It's just sometimes my jaw gets jacked

Laters,
Mikef5
post #3039 of 15215
I should stated that the San Jose City Government Channel on both analog ch 26 and ch 97. My DCT - 700 and DCT 3612 don't receive this peg channel ch 97 only on ch 26. I remember during from the San Jose vs. Comcast Franchise Agreement battle. The city Wanted to add another five additional PEG channels. CH 97 could be place holder for those additional PEG channels.

Still to me Its a complete waste of Bandwidth and Comcast should only add these peg channels to their digital classic tier.
post #3040 of 15215
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Originally Posted by siouxmoux View Post

I should stated that the San Jose City Government Channel on both analog ch 26 and ch 97. My DCT - 700 and DCT 3612 don't receive this peg channel ch 97 only on ch 26. I remember during from the San Jose vs. Comcast Franchise Agreement battle. The city Wanted to add another five additional PEG channels. CH 97 could be place holder for those additional PEG channels.

Still to me Its a complete waste of Bandwidth and Comcast should only add these peg channels to their digital classic tier.

Well, you answered your own question, the city wanted to add those channels and I assume you mean your franchise board. They required that Comcast put those channels there by contract so you need to get a hold of your franchise board and get them to alter the contract with Comcast. In my area, the franchise board got Comcast to built a complete tv studio for their community tv network so adding stuff to a contract is easy to do if a company wants to do business with that city.

Laters,
Mikef5
post #3041 of 15215
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Originally Posted by Mikef5 View Post

You're right I do need to chill but I'm just tired of the channel counting and thinking that makes it all better. How many channels can you watch in a day ??? Let's get good quality channels that have some content on them and get off the "I've got more than you bandwagon" and while we're at it let's not blast company's for something beyond their control.

The 550 MHz areas are being built out to 1 GHz but that's not my point, the point is they should be bitching not someone in an fully upgraded area. Comcast does make use of that "extra" bandwidth and Comcast is adding new HD channels but not fast enough for some, I would prefer that they do it right and put channels on that I will in fact watch or has content to them and not fluff like the Weather Channel in HD, I get that on my local station.

My main point is if you want more from Comcast work within the system and give me some positive input that I can relay to them. I am all for getting more for this area but continual blasting a company isn't going to help to achieve that goal. I'm in a 550 MHz area and I still work within the system to help get things moving and in a positive way. It's just sometimes my jaw gets jacked

Laters,
Mikef5

Mike, I'm not trying to get Comcast to do something different other than maybe putting additional HD channels in the 110 mhz that 860 areas have. My point is don't expect Comcast to be able to compete.

You said in the past:" All company's deal in "spin" , that includes Comcast and this is just another example of spin. I think we need to concentrate more on what is delivered and not what is promised. I can say with some certainty that just about every channel ( that has substance to it ) will be carried by Comcast sooner or later." The plant will not be able to accomplish this task, unless you believe there is only 1 or 2 channels of substance that are needed.

You also said at one point that Comcast will carry the HD channels when the contracts are done. The Houston market's memo indicates there are contracts done for carriage of a bunch of channels, but I don't think these channels will be here in the same time frame because of plant issues.

Mike, regardless of what you think about "more is better", for a customer, more really is better. Even if I only view one program a week on USA-HD, to me, that makes that channel valuable to me. The problem isn't that Comcast won't carry these new channels, the point is that Comcast CAN'T carry all these new channels.

That is a problem.

Thanks,
Mike
post #3042 of 15215
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Originally Posted by MikeSM View Post

Mike, I'm not trying to get Comcast to do something different other than maybe putting additional HD channels in the 110 mhz that 860 areas have. My point is don't expect Comcast to be able to compete.

You said in the past:" All company's deal in "spin" , that includes Comcast and this is just another example of spin. I think we need to concentrate more on what is delivered and not what is promised. I can say with some certainty that just about every channel ( that has substance to it ) will be carried by Comcast sooner or later." The plant will not be able to accomplish this task, unless you believe there is only 1 or 2 channels of substance that are needed.

You also said at one point that Comcast will carry the HD channels when the contracts are done. The Houston market's memo indicates there are contracts done for carriage of a bunch of channels, but I don't think these channels will be here in the same time frame because of plant issues.

Mike, regardless of what you think about "more is better", for a customer, more really is better. Even if I only view one program a week on USA-HD, to me, that makes that channel valuable to me. The problem isn't that Comcast won't carry these new channels, the point is that Comcast CAN'T carry all these new channels.

That is a problem.

Thanks,
Mike

Enough, I learned along time ago not to beat my head against a brick wall on a lost cause. Believe what you want.

Laters,
Mikef5
post #3043 of 15215
Problem with most city's franchise board. 90% of all complains off on deaf ears. City of San Jose just added another additional franchise tax of $1.32 for Peg access support. On top of the $5.12 franchise fee base on My monthly bill 143.92. This is one Price Hike You can't blame on Comcast.
post #3044 of 15215
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Originally Posted by Mikef5 View Post

Fremont Not Dropping All Analog Channels

For those that were concerned about the dropping of all analog channels in Fremont,
I asked Mr. J. for clarification and here is what really is happening....

________________________________________________

WE ARE NOT DROPPING ALL analog channels in Fremont, or anywhere else for
that matter.

We are moving CSPAN 2 to digital tier on 10/2/07, launching CSPAN 3 on
Digital that same day....and, wait for it...using the CSPAN bandwidth to
launch TBS HD on 10/3 and preparing the way for the other HD channels
later in the month.

The phone calls are being made to encourage customers with out set-top
boxes to get them if they want to continue to see CSPAN2/CSPAN3.

We will be moving a couple of other channels in October, including Cal
Channel and TV Guide, to the digital tier...and, wait for it...so we can
launch another HD channel in December and another one in January
(contracts permitting). We will do similar outreach efforts, including
calls to customers, each time we make one of these changes.
_________________________________________________________

So it's just moving some analog channels to digital and freeing up bandwidth
so they can add some new HD channels

Laters,
Mikef5

Can you ask Mr. J if this move will allow 550 areas to get TBS-HD as well? Or any other HD for that matter? I got a message on my S3 about a lineup change, 65-CSPAN2 moving to 109. Currently it's still on 65, but there is a slot in the guide for 109, just a grey screen.

Now, the TiVo guide will list all sorts of channels that are not actually received in a given area, so I don't know whether CSPAN2 moving to 109 will actually be available up here or not, if it was, it would seem to indicate that there would be room for something to be added.

(If that doesn't make sense, I apologize, I just spent the whole day in the City talking to lawyers and I have a blazing headache as a result. )
post #3045 of 15215
Comcast in San Jose ca just added NHL Network on ch 419 but right now all that is this channel is test pattern.
post #3046 of 15215
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Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Can you ask Mr. J if this move will allow 550 areas to get TBS-HD as well? Or any other HD for that matter? I got a message on my S3 about a lineup change, 65-CSPAN2 moving to 109. Currently it's still on 65, but there is a slot in the guide for 109, just a grey screen.

Now, the TiVo guide will list all sorts of channels that are not actually received in a given area, so I don't know whether CSPAN2 moving to 109 will actually be available up here or not, if it was, it would seem to indicate that there would be room for something to be added.

(If that doesn't make sense, I apologize, I just spent the whole day in the City talking to lawyers and I have a blazing headache as a result. )

Jim,

I'll give Mr. J. a shout tomorrow about whether or not the 550 MHz areas are going to be getting TBS-HD or not, I'm curious about that myself. I know in my area it's channel 69 (AZN) that's moving to the digital tier and the way I found that out was by reading the local newspaper ( Milpitas Post ).
I know it's hard to believe but I learned to read this new media called "newspaper". I think it might be a fad but it might catch on

I know what you mean about headaches....

Laters,
Mikef5
post #3047 of 15215
Is DTV cable High Def channel?

I just have the basic comcast cable here in San Francisco. I recently bought a HDTV and today I noticed that when I go backward from channel 2 I get these channel....

DTV Cable
93-1
93-2
93-3
93-4
and some channel called MoviePlex.

They seem to be a few of the basic channel that we all get but they seem much more clearer.

I have never seen these channel before in my life and where did they come from?
post #3048 of 15215
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Originally Posted by MikeSM View Post

I am completely serious. The FCC gave Verizon a waver on integrated STB's because of cablecard and their commitments to go all digital by the analog shut off date (it's easy for VZ because you need a STB with them and all customers have digital STB's).

I thought for Verizon FIOS, the ONT box was configured to support analog for basic tier stuff?
post #3049 of 15215
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Originally Posted by sfhub View Post

I thought for Verizon FIOS, the ONT box was configured to support analog for basic tier stuff?

They do it that way now, but they committed to taking everyone to full digital by 2/2009. They just turn on all basic channels with Clear QAM of course, instead of giving everyone STB's, though pretty much everyone I know with FIOS has STB's for all sets.

Thanks,
mike
post #3050 of 15215
Quote:
Originally Posted by keenan View Post

Can you ask Mr. J if this move will allow 550 areas to get TBS-HD as well? Or any other HD for that matter? I got a message on my S3 about a lineup change, 65-CSPAN2 moving to 109. Currently it's still on 65, but there is a slot in the guide for 109, just a grey screen.

Now, the TiVo guide will list all sorts of channels that are not actually received in a given area, so I don't know whether CSPAN2 moving to 109 will actually be available up here or not, if it was, it would seem to indicate that there would be room for something to be added.

(If that doesn't make sense, I apologize, I just spent the whole day in the City talking to lawyers and I have a blazing headache as a result. )

Jim,

I got an email from Mr. J. and it says that the 550 MHz areas will not be getting TBS-HD at this time.... I know it's not what you wanted to hear and neither did I but that's the way it is for now and I'm not going to sugar coat it either. I am disappointed that it won't be added to my area either, I would've like to see the playoffs even though the Giants are out of the running.

Laters,
Mikef5
post #3051 of 15215
So, with the 20+ HD channels DTV got, and more are coming, I'm againg tempted going with the Sat companies.
Right now I'm paying $170 to Comcast for Cable (preferred plus Showtime) and HSI. Up until last month I was paying $210 for all the premium channels. The good thing is that my wife's work pays HSI so I don't have to worry if I have to pay more for HSI.

Two weeks ago I checked the website for dishnetwork and I didn't like any the options. So didn't do any research there anymore. Today I tried the website for DirecTV and my options there look a little bit more good. For less than $100 I can get all the channels, plus 2 DVRs, HBO and Showtime, and all of their HD channels. Of course I need to pay around $200 at the beginning for all the equipment.
I'm going to check the threads for Dish and DTV but right now I would like to know the opinion of people like me, that's been using Comcast and moved to any of the Sat, I know there are lot of you here.
post #3052 of 15215
rsra13,
There's another thread to discuss DBS here.
post #3053 of 15215
A little hope for you 550Mhz'ers out there. I'm in the Hayward Hills (550MHz) and my Comcast has been acting funny durring the day, probably due to upgrades, so I purchased a $50 OTA antenna incase my channels go out while watching TV. It's a small indoor DB2 antenna, but have in mind that I can see Sutro Tower through my living room window - that's where the antenna is placed.

Here is a list of free digital and HD channels I am recieving:

2.1 Fox HD
4.1 KRON Digital SD
4.2 KRON HD
5.1 CBS HD
7.1 ABC HD
7.2 ABC Digital SD
7.3 ABC Weather Digital SD
9.1 PBS HD
9.2 PBS Encore Digital SD
9.3 PBS World Digital SD
9.4 PBS Life Digital SD
9.5 PBS Kids Digital SD
11.1 NBC HD
11.2 NBC Weather Digital SD
20.1 WB HD
20.2 Azteca (Spanish) Digital SD
32.1 KMTP Digital SD
32.2 KMTP Digital SD
32.3 KMTP Digital SD
32.5 KMTP Digital SD
38.1 Gems TV (Home Shopping) Digital SD
43.1 PBS Digital SD
43.2 PBS Digital SD
43.3 PBS (Jazz TV?) Digital SD
44.1 CW HD
65.1 ION Digital SD
65.2 ION Digital SD
65.3 ION Digital SD
65.4 Worship Digital SD
66.1 Telefuturea Digital SD
66.2 Univision Digital SD
68.1 TLN Digital SD

note:
-all Sutro Tower Channels get 9/10 reception from where I'm at (25 miles, line of sight)
-I'm not sure if the digital channels switch between SD and HD throughout the day
-I couldn't find HDNET (4.2?) but atleast I have 3 more HD channels that Comcast wasn't giving me: WB HD, CW HD, and KRON HD.
post #3054 of 15215
Quote:
Originally Posted by rsra13 View Post

So, with the 20+ HD channels DTV got, and more are coming, I'm againg tempted going with the Sat companies.
Right now I'm paying $170 to Comcast for Cable (preferred plus Showtime) and HSI. Up until last month I was paying $210 for all the premium channels. The good thing is that my wife's work pays HSI so I don't have to worry if I have to pay more for HSI.

Two weeks ago I checked the website for dishnetwork and I didn't like any the options. So didn't do any research there anymore. Today I tried the website for DirecTV and my options there look a little bit more good. For less than $100 I can get all the channels, plus 2 DVRs, HBO and Showtime, and all of their HD channels. Of course I need to pay around $200 at the beginning for all the equipment.
I'm going to check the threads for Dish and DTV but right now I would like to know the opinion of people like me, that's been using Comcast and moved to any of the Sat, I know there are lot of you here.

Let's just say there are a LOT of deals on D* available. A little searching or bargaining on the phone should net you all that gear without paying the $200. Heck BB gives you $300 off a TV if you buy DirecTV with it, and no charge for the DVR.

Thanks,
Mike
post #3055 of 15215
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Originally Posted by rxp19 View Post

A little hope for you 550Mhz'ers out there. I'm in the Hayward Hills (550MHz) and my Comcast has been acting funny durring the day, probably due to upgrades, so I purchased a $50 OTA antenna incase my channels go out while watching TV. It's a small indoor DB2 antenna, but have in mind that I can see Sutro Tower through my living room window - that's where the antenna is placed.

I live in the same area, and I've also experienced my cable acting funny as well. I saw at least 4 comcast trucks and vans in this area.
I can't wait!
Hopefully I'm not getting my hopes up to quickly!
post #3056 of 15215
Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeSM View Post

Let's just say there are a LOT of deals on D* available. A little searching or bargaining on the phone should net you all that gear without paying the $200. Heck BB gives you $300 off a TV if you buy DirecTV with it, and no charge for the DVR.

Thanks,
Mike

Thanks for the tip! I'll check Best Buy.
post #3057 of 15215
so i got my new TiVoHD installed with a M-card... weeeeeeee the interface is damn nice. is the guide supposed to be more sluggish than the motos? anyway, the tech said i couldn't keep the m-card w/o power for more than 8 hours (??) otherwise i'll need them to send a new one?? i haven't yet upgraded my hard drive yet. can i do this (unplugging the unit, opening it, putting a bigger drive) without having the tech come out again?
post #3058 of 15215
Not that anyone else is likely watching this, but is the HD broadcast of the Giants Dodgers game on 2-1 mediocre for others too?
post #3059 of 15215
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Originally Posted by old64mb View Post

Not that anyone else is likely watching this, but is the HD broadcast of the Giants Dodgers game on 2-1 mediocre for others too?

Looks great here.
post #3060 of 15215
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Originally Posted by walk View Post

Looks great here.

great here too
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