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post #2761 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Windows 7 works great.. If you know how to use it. I've been using it for two years now. It is a vast improvement over XP which was a vast improvement over 2000.
Windows Media Center just works for a DVR.. and with plug-ins makes for great video library playback too. My HTPC is really nice and it is all run using Windows 7 Professional as the backend with Media Center combined with Media Browser as the front end.
It works so well that I haven't used my Blu-ray player in over a year now.

Windows 7 is my gaming rig it works ok but id take Windows 2000 over it anyday XP was not a vast improvement over 2000 i am a computer tech have been since 2005 and i know from experence and as a professional the XP IS slower than Windows 2000 less stable than 2000 and far more problematic Windows 2000 today is pretty much immune to viruses due to its a outdated OS if it wasnt due to lack of Game support for Windows 2000 id still be using it. I went to Linux in 2005 its been my primary OS since 2009 and id take it over any windows any day i HATE windows media center what you can do with it and what i WANT to beable to do with it you cant do
Edited by LeoTheLion89 - 7/6/12 at 7:42pm
post #2762 of 3557
I'm enjoying Charter using Meda Center right now without paying DVR fees or TiVo EPG fees.

What do you want to do with it that you can't do?
post #2763 of 3557
I am curious to see how charter is going to be able to offer HDTV in the Waxahachie TX headend areas such as Red Oak, Palmer, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Rocket, etc. I see that they have done some improvements such as update the nodes in Waxahachie to modern nodes and have slowly been replacing line amps with newer ones capable of having a modern lineup and have advanced services such as digital phone. Umatter2charter is Charter actually going around and doing system upgrades and replacing old equipment throughout that system to be able to add HD channels by the end of the year? Or are they going to do an all digital upgrade and drop the analogs and add HDTV that way? Also is SDV, VOD, DOCSIS 3.0 and digital phone planned for the 75165 zip code? I noticed that in the last week or so that charter has added in these areas:

Hallmark
Hallmark movie channel
post #2764 of 3557
Hi kevin120,

I'll be happy to see what I can find out for you.

Thanks,
Abby
post #2765 of 3557
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Originally Posted by kevin120 View Post

I am curious to see how charter is going to be able to offer HDTV in the Waxahachie TX headend areas such as Red Oak, Palmer, Waxahachie, Midlothian, Rocket, etc. I see that they have done some improvements such as update the nodes in Waxahachie to modern nodes and have slowly been replacing line amps with newer ones capable of having a modern lineup and have advanced services such as digital phone. Umatter2charter is Charter actually going around and doing system upgrades and replacing old equipment throughout that system to be able to add HD channels by the end of the year? Or are they going to do an all digital upgrade and drop the analogs and add HDTV that way? Also is SDV, VOD, DOCSIS 3.0 and digital phone planned for the 75165 zip code? I noticed that in the last week or so that charter has added in these areas:
Hallmark
Hallmark movie channel


I'm curious about in Duncanville, 75137 zip also. I figured the best bet here is to go all digital. We have some HDTV, but lack many channels that are non hd that other areas offer.
post #2766 of 3557
ve52001 your system is actually well of all they have to do is install SDV and add VOD, DOCSIS 3.0, and digital phone to the system. It might take replacing the Nodes in your area but at least your system is rated at 750MHz which is a plus! Waxahachie is running on a 450MHz optimized lineup with 450MHz and 550MHz amps mixed in with 860MHz CCOR amps a lot of the amps in town have been upgraded to the CCOR amps but the outer areas are still on 450MHz amps and a few 550MHz amps here and there also they have been doing some work for sure as they went in and replaced the aging 550MHz fiber nodes in Waxahachie that were put in by a previous cable company with brand new Aurora nodes that support DOCSIS 3.0 as the older nodes had to be replaced due to something about the return lasers not supporting multiple DOCSIS upstreams. Have you seen the Waxahachie lineup? It only goes up to channel 61 on the analogs and they have all of the QAMs down below channel 61. I read that Waxahachie had an upgrade in the early 90s that was done wrong as they only upgraded parts of the system to handle a 450MHz lineup while part of the system was already 450MHz so you had parts of the system running 550MHz nodes and amps plus areas that were 450MHz with no nodes so now they are going to have to go in and make everything CCOR to bring the entire system to one bandwidth that is completely usable. Parts of the system could go all digital on 550MHz but that would leave out the outskirts and even some parts of town that still have 450MHz Scientific Atlanta amps. The reason why they upgraded the system the way they did was because the cable company that did the upgrade back in 94' bought the two cable systems that served Waxahachie and one was 330MHz while the other was 450MHz and theyt wanted everyone on the 450MHz so they went a head and installed 550MHz gear which was available at the time from Antec. The system to this day only has Analog cable, Digital cable, and H.S.I, 30Mbps tier. I would assume that they are running a QAM64 upstream in the areas with nodes to provide a 4 Mbps upstream connection.
post #2767 of 3557
Wow, yeah there is need for serious upgrading there. We just lack a lot of channels that they get in Ft. Worth and wonder why.
post #2768 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I am willing to bet that this will be reliant on the Copy Flag set on the particular channel and/or content recorded.
If it is Copy Freely then yes you can watch it on all TiVo's. If it is Copy Once then you can only watch it on the TiVo it was recorded on unless the TiVo f/w supports using a second TiVo as an "extender" of the first.
This is my thoughts on this and may in no way represent what actually does happen with the scenario you are questioning.

The copy flag will not matter when talking about TiVo Premiere to TiVo Premiere streaming. Since Charter is deploying Premieres, if you have a Premiere, it will support streaming. The real issue is if you are able to put them on your same TiVo.com account. Otherwise, streaming or copying isn't possible. AFAIK, RCN lets you do this and this will give both TiVos the same MAK and allow transfers/streaming.
post #2769 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I'm enjoying Charter using Meda Center right now without paying DVR fees or TiVo EPG fees.
What do you want to do with it that you can't do?

im dont have to pay TiVo fees either it works as a DVR just as i wanted it too ive had TV Tuner cards but never had luck recording with them if it recorded at all there was no picture or sound, Picture no sound, Green picture no sound or black picture no sound
post #2770 of 3557
IDK what to say as I haven't had any problems recording.. If you're happy with recording ClearQAM analog signals on your DVR that is all that matters.

What TV Tuner card were you using to record CableTV when this occured?
post #2771 of 3557
I'm very pleased with the new HD channels being added this Friday in Loudon County, TN. If WGNHD and ESPNUHD were included, I don't think I would ever watch SD again. It's kinda funny that down here in SEC Land that one of the SEC Network channels ESPNU is not in HD, but BTN is. Go Vols!
post #2772 of 3557
We weren't supposed to get the new HD additions until Friday but we got them today so I'm happy. As far as the SEC Network I can't get in the broadcast versions because Charter doesn't carry either of the 2 OTA channels closest to me nor can I get them in via OTA because of the way these 2 stations decided to set up their antennas. Either lower power than they are allowed, lower on the antenna tower or using a directional antenna or a combination of these things.
post #2773 of 3557
I, too, am very happy with the volume of HD additions we've received...but some of the choices are a bit curious. Deep in SEC country it seems strange that we got Big Ten Network in HD before getting CSS and CBS Sports Network in HD -- both of which carry a lot of SEC content. In reality there are probably only a handful of HD channels I'm really missing now. Including the above 2, we need ESPN News HD, DIY HD, BBC America HD and maybe REELZ HD.
post #2774 of 3557
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Originally Posted by TBarclay View Post

I, too, am very happy with the volume of HD additions we've received...but some of the choices are a bit curious. Deep in SEC country it seems strange that we got Big Ten Network in HD before getting CSS and CBS Sports Network in HD -- both of which carry a lot of SEC content. In reality there are probably only a handful of HD channels I'm really missing now. Including the above 2, we need ESPN News HD, DIY HD, BBC America HD and maybe REELZ HD.

We have CSS in HD. Nothing seems to be on it most of the time though. We got BBC America, DIY and Reelz in HD added but since they are on Digital Plus and we don't subscribe to that, we don't get them in.,
post #2775 of 3557
Umatter Group:

What's the status of activating external hard drives on Moto DVRs? If still unknown, does Charter offer other DVRs, other than Moto, in Smyrna, GA (30080) that do allow connection of an external hard drive for more recording space? Lastly, assuming I get "no" on the first two questions, what is the largest internal hard drive available on a DVR offered in Smyrna, GA? The two we've had for a couple years are small and always full.
post #2776 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Blue View Post

Umatter Group:
What's the status of activating external hard drives on Moto DVRs? If still unknown, does Charter offer other DVRs, other than Moto, in Smyrna, GA (30080) that do allow connection of an external hard drive for more recording space? Lastly, assuming I get "no" on the first two questions, what is the largest internal hard drive available on a DVR offered in Smyrna, GA? The two we've had for a couple years are small and always full.

Hi Blue,

Here is the latest update:

We anticipate that we should be able to make this capability available late third or early fourth quarter but certainly by the end of the year. External hard drives can already be used in our Cisco markets and for TiVo customers in Texas.

In regards to your other questions, we do not offer anything other than Moto DVRs in your market, but I have reached out to local to see if we have anything with a larger hard drive that we could get you. I will reply via PM once I hear back to gather some of your private account information.

Thanks!
Abby
post #2777 of 3557
OK, here's more reason to add CSS HD to all Georgia Charter systems. The University of Georgia's third football game this Fall will be exclusively on CSS!
post #2778 of 3557
UMatter, is there an update about Charter customers being able to use the Watch ESPN app? Or if not the Watch ESPN app, wasn't there talk about Charter creating their own app for watchign ESPN content online or on Ipads etc? Where's that at?
post #2779 of 3557
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Originally Posted by TBarclay View Post

OK, here's more reason to add CSS HD to all Georgia Charter systems. The University of Georgia's third football game this Fall will be exclusively on CSS!

Good Afternoon,

We appreciate the feedback and have submitted a channel request that will be taken into consideration for future additions!

Thanks,

Dylan
post #2780 of 3557
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Originally Posted by mtu_huskies View Post

UMatter, is there an update about Charter customers being able to use the Watch ESPN app? Or if not the Watch ESPN app, wasn't there talk about Charter creating their own app for watchign ESPN content online or on Ipads etc? Where's that at?

Good Afternoon,

We are very interested in offering WatchESPN to our customers, although I can’t promise a timeframe yet. We will be happy to post updates as they become available but there are none at this time.

Thanks,

Dylan
post #2781 of 3557
Umatter2Charter,

Any word on if/when BBCA HD will be added in the 29615 market?

Thanks
post #2782 of 3557
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Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

Umatter2Charter,
Any word on if/when BBCA HD will be added in the 29615 market?
Thanks

Good Afternoon,

I am not showing any upcoming additions for that zip. frown.gif Please continue to check http://www.charter.com/futuretv for any upcoming additions.

Thanks,

Dylan
post #2783 of 3557
Why does the Emergency Broadcast System need to be tested several times a week and then several times a day on top of it? I'm really getting tired of it.

23434
post #2784 of 3557
Yeah. And when there is a weather alert there's no way to make it go away.
post #2785 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Yeah. And when there is a weather alert there's no way to make it go away.

I live in Suffolk, VA and there have been watches and tornadoes around us and we have never had the broadcast system announce it on the tv. I wonder why.
post #2786 of 3557
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

Why does the Emergency Broadcast System need to be tested several times a week and then several times a day on top of it? I'm really getting tired of it.
23434

Over testing doesn't just tick people off, it makes them get use to it so that if there is an emergency the alarm won't have the same impact. Bad...bad...bad Charter.
post #2787 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Yeah. And when there is a weather alert there's no way to make it go away.

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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

I live in Suffolk, VA and there have been watches and tornadoes around us and we have never had the broadcast system announce it on the tv. I wonder why.

I should be clear that this is with a PC CableCARD tuner but was wondering if the STB's that Charter provides does this same thing?
post #2788 of 3557
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

Why does the Emergency Broadcast System need to be tested several times a week and then several times a day on top of it? I'm really getting tired of it.
23434

Good Afternoon,

Sorry for the interruptions frown.gif The tests do go out multiple times a week but it should not be happening multiple times per day. We would have to have the headend check it out. Does it happen more some days than others? Please log the times you see them over the next 24 hours and let me know when it is occurring and we can look into it further.

More info on the EAS system can be found here which should also help explain the system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Alert_System

Thanks,

Dylan
post #2789 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I should be clear that this is with a PC CableCARD tuner but was wondering if the STB's that Charter provides does this same thing?

If you mean that you cannot change the channel until it's done broadcasting, then yes.
post #2790 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Umatter2Charter View Post

Good Afternoon,
Sorry for the interruptions frown.gif The tests do go out multiple times a week but it should not be happening multiple times per day. We would have to have the headend check it out. Does it happen more some days than others? Please log the times you see them over the next 24 hours and let me know when it is occurring and we can look into it further.
More info on the EAS system can be found here which should also help explain the system: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emergency_Alert_System
Thanks,
Dylan

I thought that might be the case. I'll keep a log for a week and then let you know what I have. Yesterday it broadcast at least twice. Last week it broadcast on at least 3 different days and at least one day it broadcast 3 times. I'm up late so I catch the late broadcast too.
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