or Connect
AVS › AVS Forum › HDTV › HDTV Programming › Charter HDTV
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Charter HDTV - Page 101

post #3001 of 3557
Other than Time Warner, the only other provider with those channels is Bright House. Not exactly sure what the exact arrangement is, but Time Warner has some sort of control on what Bright House carries. So you can say that it is actually nobody else. That would include Charter. By the way, I think KCAL had road games for about 35 years.
post #3002 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevin120 View Post

It would be nice to find out when the ellis county system will get the upgraded lineup is seems that Charter has almost finished the upgrades in the 75165, 75167 zip codes and the rest of the area still has the old distribution equipment on the poles almost like charter is taking a snails pace at upgrading that system to 860MHz and what is interesting this upgrade started around 2007 or so and still has not been finished
Umatter2Charter will the upgrades be complete in 75165 or 75167 by the end of Q1 2013 or Q4 2013 if at all?

Hi kevin120,

Unfortunately, there is not a timeframe in which Ellis County’s lineup (fed from our Waxahachie lineup) will be expanded. Sorry, I was hoping for better news. If have you any other questions, feel free to PM us anytime with some account info. We are always happy to help.

Thanks,
Abby
post #3003 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by Umatter2Charter View Post

Hi kevin120,
Unfortunately, there is not a timeframe in which Ellis County’s lineup (fed from our Waxahachie lineup) will be expanded. Sorry, I was hoping for better news. If have you any other questions, feel free to PM us anytime with some account info. We are always happy to help.
Thanks,
Abby

IT would be nice if Charter would at least get Waxahachie proper on the same page as the ennis hub off of the waxahachie headend. I know that the city of Waxahachie proper is probably 99% upgraded to 860MHz and capable of the lineup that Ennis Texas has. I think it would be smart to basically mirror the lineup of ennis in areas where there are nodes and all of the amps and the rest of the line gear are 860MHz.
post #3004 of 3557
What’s disappointing is I'm not seeing the same aggressive upgrades that we were seeing in other states.
post #3005 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by WackyPacks View Post

Other than Time Warner, the only other provider with those channels is Bright House. Not exactly sure what the exact arrangement is, but Time Warner has some sort of control on what Bright House carries. So you can say that it is actually nobody else. That would include Charter. By the way, I think KCAL had road games for about 35 years.

I was wondering if UMatter had any updates on the status of this? The season is upon us.
post #3006 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I was wondering if UMatter had any updates on the status of this? The season is upon us.

Good afternoon,

At this time we remain in negotiations with Time Warner and hope to reach an agreement soon. Should an agreement be reached we will notify our customers of the news.

If our team can help with anything in the future regarding a specific account concern, please feel free to send us a private message.

Thank you,

Steve
post #3007 of 3557
^^ Anything new?
post #3008 of 3557
What's happening with Charter's TIVO? Are there any plans for a dvr that competes with Directv or Dish? I currently use TIVO just to have the room and flexibility but the reason I ask is that in 4 or so months I'll no longer be saving money by staying with Charter. wink.gif
post #3009 of 3557
Charter killed the TiVo rollout and now plans for a cloud based DVR. You should consider an HTPC with cable card tuner. It's only $2/month for your whole house and looks a lot better than TiVo or satellite DVRs.
post #3010 of 3557
I knew it! No TIVO.

I have 4 TVs so I'm not so sure that an HTPC setup can make me happy. If I'm wrong then point me in the right direction. Also, my TIVOs are lifetime AND stupid Charter requires an adapter for cable cards. To make matters even worse, some of my favorite channels aren't even digital and only about 54 channels are in HD. Charter isn't going to upgrade us anytime soon- probably never will.
post #3011 of 3557
Almost all digital cable is switched now and requires the TA. SDV allows them to prvide more HD content. How does this make Charter stupid?
post #3012 of 3557
SDV is not providing me with 100 HD channels, they can't even provide me with all digital either. Too much aerial in town and around the head end. They'll sell before they upgrade it all.
No SDV, no adapter, no additional cost to Charter.
They dropped TIVO which gave people hope and now are going to start from scratch with a new system. It took them a year to "test" TIVO, they have a bad history with choosing equipment and they underestimate their customers.
Charter is stupid for a lot of reasons but those are a good start.
post #3013 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

I knew it! No TIVO.
I have 4 TVs so I'm not so sure that an HTPC setup can make me happy. If I'm wrong then point me in the right direction. Also, my TIVOs are lifetime AND stupid Charter requires an adapter for cable cards. To make matters even worse, some of my favorite channels aren't even digital and only about 54 channels are in HD. Charter isn't going to upgrade us anytime soon- probably never will.
That stinks. Charter recently went to 100 HD channels in my area and claims to do so in most markets by the end of the year. Hopefully your market will be one of them. If not, both satellite services are excellent and quite cheap the first 2 years at least. Ironically, Charter in my area has more HD than either satellite service I used to have, has better picture quality and is cheaper.

4 TV's isn't a problem with HTPC, but will require a big investment up front (2 quad tuner Ceton InfiniTV's at $200 a pop, plus 3 or 4 extenders at $100-$180 each depending on what you get, plus wired ethernet in all rooms or Moca over coax and possibly a new PC if you don't have one already). HTPC with cable was very limited and klunky not long ago, and I wouldn't touch it either. But now it works beautifully and can be made seamless to the end user, i.e., the user can't tell a PC is running the show. You use regular IR remotes, and the response and interface is very good. It's also fairly efficient since you can set your PC to sleep when not in use. It will automatically wake for all recording and viewing sessions. I thought HTPC would be a pain as well, but it turned out to be quite easy and reliable once I got everything set up properly. You could cut back on the tuners depending on how many simultaneous live viewers and recordings you expect. I use a single 4-tuner Ceton for my 6 clients since only 2 or 3 are ever watching simultaneously (3 TV's with extenders and 3 computers in my case).

That said, it's a shame to let that lifetime Tivo go to waste. The adapters are free and give you every channel. I'd try to go that route first. You have to use adapters if you go the PC route as well. As Sammy2 said, if cable companies don't use the adapters, there's no way they'd have enough bandwidth for all the HD they carry in most areas today. In case you don't know how they work, all they do is ask that the channel you just tuned gets put in the stream to your neighborhood. Your Tivo handles 100% of the video. So you're not losing anything but a little space and gaining a lot of channels and picture quality. So the adapter is a good thing.
post #3014 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by mdavej View Post

That stinks. Charter recently went to 100 HD channels in my area and claims to do so in most markets by the end of the year. Hopefully your market will be one of them. If not, both satellite services are excellent and quite cheap the first 2 years at least. Ironically, Charter in my area has more HD than either satellite service I used to have, has better picture quality and is cheaper.
4 TV's isn't a problem with HTPC, but will require a big investment up front (2 quad tuner Ceton InfiniTV's at $200 a pop, plus 3 or 4 extenders at $100-$180 each depending on what you get, plus wired ethernet in all rooms or Moca over coax and possibly a new PC if you don't have one already). HTPC with cable was very limited and klunky not long ago, and I wouldn't touch it either. But now it works beautifully and can be made seamless to the end user, i.e., the user can't tell a PC is running the show. You use regular IR remotes, and the response and interface is very good. It's also fairly efficient since you can set your PC to sleep when not in use. It will automatically wake for all recording and viewing sessions. I thought HTPC would be a pain as well, but it turned out to be quite easy and reliable once I got everything set up properly. You could cut back on the tuners depending on how many simultaneous live viewers and recordings you expect. I use a single 4-tuner Ceton for my 6 clients since only 2 or 3 are ever watching simultaneously (3 TV's with extenders and 3 computers in my case).
That said, it's a shame to let that lifetime Tivo go to waste. The adapters are free and give you every channel. I'd try to go that route first. You have to use adapters if you go the PC route as well. As Sammy2 said, if cable companies don't use the adapters, there's no way they'd have enough bandwidth for all the HD they carry in most areas today. In case you don't know how they work, all they do is ask that the channel you just tuned gets put in the stream to your neighborhood. Your Tivo handles 100% of the video. So you're not losing anything but a little space and gaining a lot of channels and picture quality. So the adapter is a good thing.

Thank you for your thoughtful post. I'll look into it. The good thing about TIVOs is that they pretty much hold their value, I can sell and get my money back. The TIVOs cost more than the system you posted. I hope you don't mind if I follow you and contact you in the future if I need advice or help? Don't worry, I'm not tech dumb or anything (please I mean no insult to anyone with that phrase).

I think I have a fairly good understanding of SDV and it provides problems for TIVOs since it won't talk with them. I believe that's why we cannot get On Demand. I also worked in the cable industry many moons ago and I know how they make decisions. IMO, Charter is refusing to not only jump into the future but they're refusing to even keep up. If Directv and Dish ever get more satellites up, Charter's going to be hurting as their penetration numbers drop. Investing in the future is a worthwhile expense and no market should be too small.
Edited by sheshechic - 10/24/12 at 6:51pm
post #3015 of 3557
There's very active discussion on using HTPC for CableCARD use in the HTPC section of avsforum. It is true you loose on demand with SDV cableCARD like TiVo and HTPC but at least with HTPC anyhow you can have your own on demand library.
post #3016 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

SDV is not providing me with 100 HD channels, they can't even provide me with all digital either. Too much aerial in town and around the head end. They'll sell before they upgrade it all.
No SDV, no adapter, no additional cost to Charter.
They dropped TIVO which gave people hope and now are going to start from scratch with a new system. It took them a year to "test" TIVO, they have a bad history with choosing equipment and they underestimate their customers.
Charter is stupid for a lot of reasons but those are a good start.

sheshechic Norfolk is already upgraded to 860MHz all charter needs to do is flip on SDV or remove all of the analogs to upgrade your area to 100 HD channels. 860MHz is a very modern cable plant design. My system with TWC is 860MHz and there are still old magnavox housings from the 1980's on the poles in some areas here but they contain 860MHz motorola amplifier guts.
post #3017 of 3557
Charter is the first one to panic and signs on for Time Warner SportsNet.
post #3018 of 3557
I just moved and I am now a Charter subscriber. I would like to make a formal request for Fox Soccer channel HD, it looks terrible in standard def.
Please make note Charter! Thank you!
post #3019 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by booray020 View Post

I just moved and I am now a Charter subscriber. I would like to make a formal request for Fox Soccer channel HD, it looks terrible in standard def.
Please make note Charter! Thank you!

Good morning,

First of all welcome to the Charter family! I can certainly understand the need for Fox Soccer in HD, and you can submit your own request here:

http://www.charter.com/channelrequest

Thanks,

Jeremy
post #3020 of 3557
Any update on PAC 12 Network for 91105?
post #3021 of 3557
Any update on activating external hard drives on the Moto DCH6416 or has this been shelved? Would help make a decision as to whether to stick with Charter's DVRs or move to HTPCs.
post #3022 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by WackyPacks View Post

Charter is the first one to panic and signs on for Time Warner SportsNet.

Umatter2Charter, I have a couple follow up questions:

Is there a fee increase for this?

Will my CableCARD be properly paired?

What channel will I find these on?

Thanks in advance.
Edited by Sammy2 - 10/29/12 at 10:03am
post #3023 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by tahoejoe View Post

Any update on activating external hard drives on the Moto DCH6416 or has this been shelved? Would help make a decision as to whether to stick with Charter's DVRs or move to HTPCs.

I'd do the latter but that is just me.. 18 to 24 months of those STB and DVR rental fees and it is paid for.
Edited by Sammy2 - 10/29/12 at 10:04am
post #3024 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Umatter2Charter, I have a couple follow up questions:
Is there a fee increase for this?
Will my CableCARD be properly paired?
What channel will I find these on?
Thanks in advance.

Thanks for your question.

Time Warner Cable SportsNet and Time Warner Cable Deportes will be available in most Charter Southern California communities in both Standard Definition 215 (SD) and High Definition 787 (HD). The channel tier location has yet to be determined but should be available before the launch date. Upon launch of the channel, it should automatically be available if you currently subscribe to the tier it is located in. If our team can help with any account specific issues or concerns, please send us a private message with the name, address, and telephone number for your account and we will assist.

Thank you,

Steve
post #3025 of 3557
I already subscribe to the sports tier and expanded basic along with the premium HD's.. this is under the old scheme, not the new scheme.
post #3026 of 3557
.. So is it included in that or not?
post #3027 of 3557
Hi Sammy2,

They will be in Expanded Basic Digital Only, so you will have no problem getting the channels on your CableCARD once they launch. If you have any other questions just let us know.

Thanks,
Abby
post #3028 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by Umatter2Charter View Post

Hi Sammy2,
They will be in Expanded Basic Digital Only, so you will have no problem getting the channels on your CableCARD once they launch. If you have any other questions just let us know.
Thanks,
Abby

And which of the new packages is it under because I might switch in December when my current promo expires if I can keep my current internet light as it is all I need.
post #3029 of 3557
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

And which of the new packages is it under because I might switch in December when my current promo expires if I can keep my current internet light as it is all I need.

Expanded Basic is a part of all the new packages: charter.com/tvpackages
post #3030 of 3557
Umatter,
My 24 mo. price guarantee ended and I was told that Charter did not offer that anymore and that I would be in a different pricing structure, I am Gold and bundle phone and internet and my bill is going up because Charter now bundles a sports package, which I do not care about, and Epix, which I may never use, and ups the speed on internet to 30Megs. I can understand price increases but why am I being made to pay for something i'll probably never use? The difference is not small. My bill is going up by about $20-$25 a month, I don't know exactly because I haven't received a non pro-rated bill yet. What was $175-181 is going to $205-210.
Additionally I was told that my current modem would not be able to handle the increase in speed, a Motorola Surfboard that was purchased not two years ago and that Charter was mailing me a new one that would, supposedly for free. I did two speedtests from two different sites and got anywhere from 21 to 30 Mbps with the old one. I am reluctant to use the newer one for fear that, at the least, there will be no difference, or most, that I will be charged a monthly rental. I bought my first modem for $200 back in 1999 since break even was less than two years and now would be even less.

I guess my questions are why the need to add channels that cannot be removed unless I downgrade to Silver and lose half of my other premiums and raise my bill to boot. What was extra (Epix) is now being forced upon me as well as Sports. I am sure I am playing plenty for all those ESPN's I don't watch either so having a sports package for "free" does not make me a happy consumer.
And, will that new Cisco modem really make that much difference? And are you going to start charging me a rental fee?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: HDTV Programming
AVS › AVS Forum › HDTV › HDTV Programming › Charter HDTV