Originally Posted by Lkr
At a local pizza place that I eat at frequently however, they have a nice TV with no HD service. I talked to the owner and he told me he was aware of it and was also upset because he had HD at home with D*. He said that Comcast installed it at the restaurant and told him this was HD. Well it was obviously the ESPN SD since it didn't show the ESPN HD logo, and it was stretched. I made sure the TV was connected via component, he handed me the remote, put it in 'Normal' in the Settings as well as 1080i, then found all of the HD channels in the 400 range. Now everytime I walk in its ESPN HD and the owner refers to me as the TV Guy. It is kinda funny and shows I have too much time on my hands and care way too much
Nice job!! Excellent work!
I had a similar incident just today, when I called up the "Daily Grill" in Sherman Oaks CA to speak to the general manager about the new HDTV's they'd installed over the bar as part of their recent major remodel. I'd been in there last week and was horrified to see them watching a basketball game in stretched-SD!
Anyway, he was very responsive and knew full well about what I was talking, as he himself has HD in his home from TWC (although he thought there was no such thing as a HD-DVR, which I enlightened him about and he will call TWC today). He said the bartenders knew what channels were "digital", and I mentioned to him that really they were actually ALL digital but that not all of them were HD, and that was the key difference.
He said they'd spent about $18,000 on the bar-area makeover including the new large flatscreens and TWC service, and I suggested they spend maybe an extra $5/month (if even necessary, since they don't actually need a DVR) to ensure that they had a proper HD-capable receiver. For all I know they might even already have such a receiver and are simply tuning to the wrong channels.
I suggested they check the receiver, check the cabling from receiver to TV's, and then if necessary call TWC to do whatever is needed to ensure that their $18,000 investment in TV hardware provides maximum enjoyment for the restaurant customers who were presumably the beneficiaries of this investment.
He understood perfectly what I was talking about, laughed mightily, and guaranteed me that the next time I come in if I didn't see HD content on the screens to call him again and he would comp my bill.
We all need to do our part to spread the word, and educate the general tech-savvyless public.