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post #1411 of 10058
My 8000HD DVR is set to be installed Thursday evening. I'm stoked about this since I've been waiting for what seems like forever for a HD capable DVR. Having been a former Directivo user, I was somewhat disappointed by the SD DVR, so I'm hoping this newer one is a bit improved--especially from a speed standpoint.

Now if only TWC would add WIS, ESPN-HD, and Fox...

post #1412 of 10058
My appointment is scheduled for Thursday between 5pm and 8pm. I hope the guy is early. 8 pm is pretty late to be having to make house calls. My biggest problem wiht the installation deal is, frequently the contract guys they hire to do stuff don't really know much outside of Step1: , Step 2, Step 3...
post #1413 of 10058
There is no way on earth one of their Tecs will be able to figure out my projectors inputs and selection. I cannot be here during the day, and my wife can barely turn all this stuff on.

Do they plan to have these available for folks to self-install in the future??

Thanks!!

-- Cain
post #1414 of 10058
My install is scheduled for...

I was feeling a bit left out because it seemed everybody on the TWC HD newsletter received an e-mail re the HD-DVR that I did not

It turns out that my ISP filtered the e-mail as junk mail. I have fixed that problem and suggest anyone missing some e-mail make sure the twc mail is not filtered.

Now, hopefully, I can post my install is scheduled for ...
post #1415 of 10058
Well you aren't they only one.
I was put on the "I want the HD DVR" list awhile ago and haven't gotten any e-mails about it yet. I'm getting all sorts of other stuff from TW in e-mail and snail mail though.
I realize they aren't being rolled out to everyone yet, so I will just have to live vicariously through all you other guys!

Gene
post #1416 of 10058
Cain,
I would just schedule the appointment and have your wife sign for it and have them leave it for you. The main reason for the installation is an organized means of distrobution, not extremely technical issues. If this box is signal sensitive you can address that later if it doesn't work.
post #1417 of 10058
Quote:


Originally posted by Gene S
Well you aren't they only one.
I was put on the "I want the HD DVR" list awhile ago and haven't gotten any e-mails about it yet. I'm getting all sorts of other stuff from TW in e-mail and snail mail though.
I realize they aren't being rolled out to everyone yet, so I will just have to live vicariously through all you other guys!

Gene

For those of you that are on the "waiting list", just email Diane per this post: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...46#post3194646

I'd heard nothing about the HD DVR either until I read through this thread and I emailed Diane today and got the install scheduled for Thursday evening. Good luck.
post #1418 of 10058
Thread Starter 
some thoughts:

Cain: I take it you can't work in one of the 5 to 8pm or Sat appointments right now. Nothing I have seen yet has mentioned anything about self-install. If the 8kHD box is like the 3250 output wise, perhaps you can arrange it so they can set it up in your theater but connected to a standard old TV via an analog output and forego the projector setup until you get home and can do it right. (a chair, an extension cord, and the coax for the box).

Derrick: glad you got the email thing worked out! I saw your name on the email and figured you got the word.

Gene: Send Diana another email at twcscnews@twcable.com. Be sure to include your phone number!

Tigers: glad you saw the thread and got on the list:


Now it is hurry up and wait time.
post #1419 of 10058
Great ideas guys !! I will do this..

Thanks!!

-- Cain
post #1420 of 10058
Looks like gamecock is the on one scheduled for today. Please post results once your box is up and running. Cain, I have been this.... for awhile
post #1421 of 10058
Thread Starter 
Got this from Shaun Bennett at SCETV:

"WRJA-D is the second station on our current build out queue. We are going to bring our Charleston station (WITV) up later this month and WRJA up in February. The tower has been reenforced and the antenna has been mounted. We have a few modifications to make with the equipment at the transmitter site, but expect a fairly smooth power up. When I get a firm date I will let you know."

[WRJA is SCETV's station in Sumter and their DT programming should be essentially the same as WRLK's (almost but not 100%). Besides the Sumter area coverage, their OTA digital broadcast will extend SCETV's signal more towards Florence/Myrtle Beach and other points east.]
post #1422 of 10058
SEHD

I see on Bruce's HD summary that this channel sometimes carries Fox Sports...is it too much to dream that they might carry the Fox Sportsouth airing of SEC-TV USC basketball games? It's doubtful that SEC-TV even shoots in HD, but a guy can dream, can't he? :-)
post #1423 of 10058
Well, I have major setup issues with the 8000HD. A second TW tech is coming out in a bit.

So far,
1) I can't get standard coax output if HD settings have been configured. The setup is the same buttons as the sa3250hd, but a little different. After pressing, you see sd-1 and hd-1. If you select sd-1, the component output doesn't work (well maybe 408i, but I can't tell since my TV can't handle). If you select hd-1, you see the setup wizard that lets you pick output formats your TV can handle. After this step, I can't see anything via the coax output.

2) DVI output doesn't appear to work.

I haven't had a chance to look at the DVR features yet, because I don't want to get used to it. I may need to stick with the sa3250hd.
post #1424 of 10058
Thread Starter 
Quote:


Originally posted by gamecock
Well, I have major setup issues with the 8000HD. A second TW tech is coming out in a bit.

So far,
1) I can't get standard coax output if HD settings have been configured. The setup is the same buttons as the sa3250hd, but a little different. After pressing, you see sd-1 and hd-1. If you select sd-1, the component output doesn't work (well maybe 408i, but I can't tell since my TV can't handle). If you select hd-1, you see the setup wizard that lets you pick output formats your TV can handle. After this step, I can't see anything via the coax output.

2) DVI output doesn't appear to work.

I haven't had a chance to look at the DVR features yet, because I don't want to get used to it. I may need to stick with the sa3250hd.

Workarounds:

1. Use a splitter before the box if you need a separate coax feed (get the TWC guy to install one; just make sure they check/tweak the signal strengh afterwards).

2. While your particular unit could be broken, I suspect that the DVI port is just not yet activated. For now, use the component output until the DVI is activated or go back to the 3250HD. I would not be suprised if the DVI is not yet activated; the 3250HD just it working and I imagine each box needs its own customized code. Could be the engineers just worked first on getting other features working right and in time will get the DVI port working as well.
post #1425 of 10058
Well, I got my 8000hd today as well. I just thought I would elaborate some on gamecock's post. I also get no picture through regular coax output. However, this is no issue with me because I do all of my viewing through component/DVI. I also found that with the 3250, I personally could not tell a difference between the different formats so I always just kept mine on 1080i--even on the regular channels. The weird thing is my tv is a samsung dlp and it is 720p, yet I can not get a picture with the 720p output from the cable box. However everything looks good to me in 1080i, so once again I have no complaints on this issue. The DVI is not functional on my box either. I am going to e-mail Diana about this. This was a bummer because everything looked so much better to me through DVI using the 3250 than it did through component. Hopefully it will be activated soon.

Now to the dvr functions. Well I have TIVO, so I am still getting used to how this works. I did record some hd content and it looks beautiful on playback, so 2 thumbs up here. The only thing I do not like, and again I am used to TIVO is that if you are recording a program you can not begin watching it from the beginning while it is still recording. I love to record football games and start watching the game from the beginning about 45 minutes into it. That allows me to skip the commercials and watch the game commercial free. Unless I just have not figured out how to do it yet, it looks as though you have to wait for the program to finish recording before you can start watching it with this dvr. Another thing I don't like is the search by title feature to find programs to record. You can only search for programs on a specific day---you can't just type in a name and expect it to search all of the program guide for the entire week. You have to specify the day. And then when searching it brings up all of the programs by a single letter. So if you want Andy Griffith, you have to go to A and then go through a ton of programs to find it. It would be nice if you could type out the name of the entire program and find it much quicker without having to scroll through a lot of stuff to get what you want.

Overall I am very happy though. I will probably still use my TIVO for regular prorams and use this for the high def recording. Like I mentioned the playback quality on high def programs is incredible.
If anyone already has a twc dvr and there is a way to begin watching a program you are currently recording from the beginning while it finishes recording please let me know.
post #1426 of 10058
The second tech. didn't come up with anything new.

It appears the DVI output is not enabled.
It appears if HD outputs are setup on the unit, the coax output and probably all SD outputs do not work.
I didn't get a chance to checkout audio restrictions (digitial/analog works Doug
when/where).

This seems to be a step back in terms of features. I have kept the sa8000hd, but have it setting on my desk. I will use the SA3250HD for now while I decided on how to incorporate the SA8000HD into my setup or return it.

Bruce, I did ask about the DVI support before I setup the appointment.

I just talked to Diana and she just confirmed the DVI output will not be available until March.
post #1427 of 10058
foz32,

I just found out that DVI is not supported until March.
I didn't have any problem with 720p and my Sammy DLP.
Can you confirm analog and digital audio works on all channels (well, a standard cable, a digital channel, and a HDTV channel) at the same time?
post #1428 of 10058
Thread Starter 
I was asked to post this:

I have just discovered that the software upgrades necessary to implement the DVI output on the HD DVR (SA 8000HD) will not be implemented until March.

I apologize for any miscommunication on this issue and regret any inconvenience that may have resulted.

Diana Smith
Director of Marketing for Video Services
Time Warner Cable South Carolina
post #1429 of 10058
Thread Starter 
gamecock: Diana said she was given info that the DVI worked; as we know now that proved to be a bit premature. Did you get a splitter installed so you have anothe coax (perhaps for PIP/POP)?

foz32: thanks for the update on the HD-DVR! . On the SD 8000DVR the workaround for watching that what you are recording is to tell it to play and then do a fast Rewind and go to the beginning. Not elegant but it works. You might get kicked out at the end when it stops recording (cannot verfify that detail but will ask the wife later; she does that all the time).
post #1430 of 10058
gamecock: all of my audio works fine. Even on programs that you record, the playback is in dolby digital. It is really neat to be able to record things in surround sound.
post #1431 of 10058
Thanks for the posts, guys!

I now know I'll need to split the coax and send one of them into the TV directly and one into the new HD DVR box. This is no problem because my cable is already split with one going into the 3100HD and the other into the 8000DVR. Now, I'll just send the one cable into the TV instead of the 3100HD.

Can't wait to timeshift HD!
post #1432 of 10058
Quote:


Originally posted by bdenman
foz32: thanks for the update on the HD-DVR! . On the SD 8000DVR the workaround for watching that what you are recording is to tell it to play and then do a fast Rewind and go to the beginning. Not elegant but it works. You might get kicked out at the end when it stops recording (cannot verfify that detail but will ask the wife later; she does that all the time).

I can verify this:

We watch a lot of our reality programming (survivor, Joe Millionaire, Bachelor, etc) pre-recorded so as to skip the commercials. We often start watching the show 30 minutes in, just as described above. It WILL kick you out when the show finishes recording and immediately take you to the ending. This can be terrible if the show has a grand finale (or the final score of a game) because all of the suspense is gone. So, my advice is to make sure you start watching it in time to make it to the end (by skipping through the commercials) before it finishes, or begin watching it after it's finished recording.

I was hoping that the new DVR had better functionality in this area, but it sounds like I was hoping for too much.
post #1433 of 10058
Can you guys speak to the timeliness of the techs? Were they really late?
post #1434 of 10058
Quote:


Originally posted by IrmoGamecoq
SEHD

I see on Bruce's HD summary that this channel sometimes carries Fox Sports...is it too much to dream that they might carry the Fox Sportsouth airing of SEC-TV USC basketball games? It's doubtful that SEC-TV even shoots in HD, but a guy can dream, can't he? :-)

No college basketball. Just a few Carolina Hurricane hockey games. I asked Diana about it at the beginning of the week, and she said that the programming available was lacking for this region and that it wasn't going to added for awhile. Fox Sportsnet HD is a entirely seperate channel than the special events channel.

http://www.foxsports.com/content/view?contentId=1528343
post #1435 of 10058
Quote:


Originally posted by kevinivey
No college basketball. Just a few Carolina Hurricane hockey games. I asked Diana about it at the beginning of the week, and she said that the programming available was lacking for this region and that it wasn't going to added for awhile.

http://www.foxsports.com/content/view?contentId=1528343

Oh well, dreams dashed once again. Thanks for the info.

As for TWC techs being late, they've always been pretty timely with me in the past. They've also called beforehand to make sure I was home...I guess they're doing the same with you guys?
post #1436 of 10058
chummel... my appointment was 8-10 and they got here about 9:30. Took them all of 5 minutes to do the switch out
post #1437 of 10058
Foz32, thanks for the info. I was hoping I could get outa here around 7pm while having a 5-8pm appointment. Oh Well.
post #1438 of 10058
Will some please verify that the 8000HD being distributed has the larger 160 gb hardrive. Thanks
post #1439 of 10058
Thread Starter 
You get the baby one Kevin?
post #1440 of 10058
Of course wouldn't have it any other way. For anyone who doesn't know there is a very extensive pdf. on the 8000HD on the Scienctific Atlanta website (65 pages).
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