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Santa Cruz gets an expanded HD lineup May 2.

Monterey has most of the cable networks - the ABCBSNCB networks soon.
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The Monterey area Garden Road Comcast office confirms that May 2 is the rollout date for KGO-DT, KION-DT and KBSW-DT. These new HD channels will join the existing KCBA-DT channel on the approx. Limited Basic tier. This will enable Monterey, Carmel, Pacfic Grove and Seaside HD-Ready set owners to get 'with the program' so to speak.

For those that are paying for Digital Classic (at approx. $10/month over Expanded Basic tier) the HD ready set owners here will also see INHD1, INHD2 and ESPNHD. Again with the installation of Comcasts HD set-top-box at $5/month or a Cable Card.

The office reps also said that the HD DVR is expected to be available here in the summer because "of some more network buildout work that remains". That sounds lame to me. They also claim that PBS is a possibility in near future.

They also stated that the latest digital rebuild in Monterey area get us to a 850 MHz system... So they say.

This gets Comcast to 11 HD channels... The only problem is that I have to drive down to Garden Road to get this info. The Morgan Hill Reps seem to be in the dark regarding HD. The info I get from them is consistently wrong.
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That is great news. Thanks wheaton.
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I rescanned and got:

RF 28-2 KCBA (FOX)
RF 28-3 KION (CBS)
RF 90-1 KSBW (NBC)

Does anyone get any other HD channel? If so, at what RF channel?

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Does anybody know if Comcast got the new HD channels working on May 2... and if so what channels are they?
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I don't know abou Monterey, but in Santa Cruz it did.
I get
NBC x 2,
CBS,
ABC,
PBS

I'm very happy.
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ABC in HD! Can someone please let me know if this is going on in Monterey?

This just after I took Echostar up on their VOOM offer.
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No ABC, No PBS. Not yet at least.

FOX, NBC, CBS INHD, ESPN, HBO, Show, etc.
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Many thanks to everyone at Comcast Monterey that contributed in getting the "system" updated to 850Mhz and the local network affiliates channels digital feed on-line. HD, HD-PVR's and VOD will do more to recapture DBS viewers than money wasted on disparaging "dish" with TV advertisements.

The picture quality is excellent... now we need ABC and KQED-PBS.
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So, can I get an update on what HD stations Comcast Santa Cruz has? I know they've been mentioned, but I'm wondering what's available now. Comcast website is useless.

Oh, and what about the cable box? what type of outputs does it have? hdmi? do they offer an hd dvr yet?

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Website looks accurate to me:

ESPN HD - Channel 723
INHD - Channel 719
INHD2 - Channel 720
Fox Sports Network Bay Area - Click for schedule of games
KGO (ABC) - Channel 707
KNTV (NBC) - Channel 703
KPIX (CBS) - Channel 705
KRON4 HD featuring HDNet- Channel 704
Discovery HD Theater - 722
KQED (PBS) - Channel 709

HDTV Premium movie channels*
HBO - Channel 730
Showtime - Channel 736
Cinemax - Channel 732
Starz! - Channel 734

Dual Tuner HD DVR is available. DCT6412, has DVI and the rest of the normal outputs.
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i see some people on this thread in santa cruz getting kgo-dt?!

i tried to enter 707 but it won't come in. i just got comcast dtv last week.
when i hit up the website it doesn't list it either.

i really need monday night football!!!


thanks for any help.
i live in ben lomond, if that helps.
thanks.
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Website looks accurate to me:

ESPN HD - Channel 723
INHD - Channel 719
INHD2 - Channel 720
Fox Sports Network Bay Area - Click for schedule of games
KGO (ABC) - Channel 707
KNTV (NBC) - Channel 703
KPIX (CBS) - Channel 705
KRON4 HD featuring HDNet- Channel 704
Discovery HD Theater - 722
KQED (PBS) - Channel 709

HDTV Premium movie channels*
HBO - Channel 730
Showtime - Channel 736
Cinemax - Channel 732
Starz! - Channel 734

Dual Tuner HD DVR is available. DCT6412, has DVI and the rest of the normal outputs.


HMM, I just ordered and they said an HD-DVR isn't available. I have a hd cable box on the way. Can you confirm that you're in Santa Cruz and you have a HD-DVR, with all those channels?

thanks
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My digital TV saga begins with my purchase of a Samsung SIR TS-160 HD receiver off eBay. I bought it to see what digital TV was all about and was hoping to be able to receive the San Francisco area digital TV signals despite being told by all the "experts" that digital reception from San Francisco was not possible in this area because of the distance and intervening terrain.

When I got the receiver, I hooked it up to my existing Winegard Chromstar 8200 rooftop antenna with a Winegard preamp. I had always been able to receive good reception of the San Francisco analog signals so I thought I had a good chance at getting the digitals.

This was not to be the case. I was only able to receive the six local digital channels, KSBW-8, KNTV-11, KCBA-35, KCAH-25, KION-46 and the local Univision channel 67 which was 31 digital. One time I did receive digital channels 7 and 38 from SF but this was just a fluke due to favorable atmospheric conditions and was not reliable.

After much research on the internet, I decided to try another antenna which had been favorably reviewed and was described as the highest gain UHF antenna available, the XG-91 from antennasdirect.com. I also bought a new preamp, the Channel Master 7777.

What a difference! After installing the new antenna, I am now able to get all the digital stations in the Monterey and San Francisco bay areas. A list of the channels and comments follow:

2.1 - KTVU - Fox San Francisco - HD Broadcasts Dolby Digital (DD) most of the time
4.1 - KRON - Ind. San Francisco - SD; No Dolby Digital
4.2 - HD-NET - Full-time HD content - No Dolby Digital
5.1 - KPIX - CBS San Francisco - Dolby Digital on some primetime shows
7.1 - KGO - ABC San Francisco - " " " " " "
7.2 - KGO - Reruns of prior shows (mostly news)
7.3 - KGO - AccuWeather - Full-time weather channel
8.1 - KSBW - NBC - Salinas - No Dolby Digital
8.2 - KSBW - WeatherPlus - Full-time weather channel
9.1 - KQED - PBS - HD only after 8PM; off-air during the day; DD on some shows
9.2 - KQED - PBS - Encore channel shows reruns, No DD
9.3 - KQED - PBS - World channel shows news and documentaries
9.4 - KQED - PBS - Life channel - Cooking and home improvment; off-air after 8PM
9.5 - KQED - PBS - Kids channed - Cartoons and children's shows
11.1 - KNTV - NBC - San Francisco - DD on some primetime shows
11.2 - KNTV - WeatherPlus - Full-time weather channel
14.1 - KDTV - Univision - San Francisco - Spanish programming; No DD
20.1 - KBWB - WB - San Francisco
25.1 - KCAH - PBS - Watsonville - Simulcast of KTEH-54; No DD
26.1 - KTSF - San Francisco - Asian programming; No DD
31.1 - KSMS - Univision Monterey - Spanish programming
31.2 - KCU - Telefutura Salinas - Spanish programming
32.1 - KMTP - Ind. San Francisco -
35.1 - KCBA - Fox Salinas - DD on some primetime programs
36.1 - KICU - Ind. San Jose - No DD
38.1 - KCNS - Ind. San Francisco - Shopping channel
43.1 - KCSM - PBS San Mateo - Weak signal; rarely comes in
43.2 - KCSM - Jazz TV - San Mateo - " " " " "
44.1 - KBHK - UPN San Francisco - No DD
46.1 - KION - CBS Monterey - No DD
48.1 - KSTS - Telemundo San Jose - Spanish programming
65.1 - KKPX - PAX San Francisco - No DD
65.2 - KKPX - PAX East
65.3 - Worship Channel - Religious programming
65.4 - Faith Channel - Religious programming
66.1 - KFSF - Telefutura San Francisco - Spanish programming
66.2 - Simulcast of KDTV - Univision - Spanish programming
68.1 - KTLN - Novato - Religous programming; most distant digital channel I receive

Reception of the San Francisco digital channels is possible in our area but I don't know of anyone else in the Monterey area that has done it. Maybe my story will inspire others to try.
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HMM, I just ordered and they said an HD-DVR isn't available. I have a hd cable box on the way. Can you confirm that you're in Santa Cruz and you have a HD-DVR, with all those channels?

thanks
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I know in a very personal way.I can tell you exactly how many are in stock, if you wanted.

Go to the service center downtown or Scotts Valley. They have them.
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I know in a very personal way.I can tell you exactly how many are in stock, if you wanted.

Go to the service center downtown or Scotts Valley. They have them.


really? why'd the lady tell me they're not offering dvr? weird.
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Reception of the San Francisco digital channels is possible in our area but I don't know of anyone else in the Monterey area that has done it. Maybe my story will inspire others to try.

Depends on the location. New Monterey and parts of PG can get good off air reception. I used to get 2, 4, & 5 on a rabbit ear when I lived on Eardley.
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Website looks accurate to me:

ESPN HD - Channel 723
INHD - Channel 719
INHD2 - Channel 720
Fox Sports Network Bay Area - Click for schedule of games
KGO (ABC) - Channel 707
KNTV (NBC) - Channel 703
KPIX (CBS) - Channel 705
KRON4 HD featuring HDNet- Channel 704
Discovery HD Theater - 722
KQED (PBS) - Channel 709

HDTV Premium movie channels*
HBO - Channel 730
Showtime - Channel 736
Cinemax - Channel 732
Starz! - Channel 734

Dual Tuner HD DVR is available. DCT6412, has DVI and the rest of the normal outputs.


I saw this listing the other day when I was checking out TitanTV, however, this is what I'm getting here in the Pleasure Point/East Side of Santa Cruz:

702 - Fox
705 - NBC
706 - CBS
709 - KQED
722 - Discovery
723 - ESPN
730 - HBO

I really hope we get ABC in place by the time football season starts.
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They have many dvr's.
I got mine in the santa cruz location (near tony and alba's on soquel).

I get that smaller list of HD stations listed in the previous post.
I hope KGO gets added soon.

I called around about it and it actually sounds like the city of Santa Cruz somehow mandates what channels are picked up by comcast. Oddly, we may need to call some county offices to figure out why. That should be quick and efficient.

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I hooked up a new plasma with a built in QAM tuner for a friend in Scotts Valley a few weeks ago and they recieved KGO-dt. They got the hd and sd digital channels along with the analog one. they also recieved KNTV-dt and the weather station. Comcast came a couple of days later and installed a cablecard and they no longer recieve them.
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Hello,

Thanks all for helpful information in this forum. I will be moving to santa cruz next month and thought the move would be a good time to go digital. So I will be getting a digital dvr at some point (hd, i suppose). I'm a little confused about the discussions of what channels people can "get". I know the air-broadcasts are going to be variable, but what is the deal with cable? I understand Comcast is the provider for the area. So if I have my own digital box, what is the cable service that I need to order when I move to the area?

1) nothing ordered - does digital cable or HD cable just "leak through"
2) very basic analog cable
3) extended basic cable
4) digital cable
5) digital cable + HD (is this a service you are paying for or just the rental of the HD decoder)?

So the question is, I have a digital/HD box -- which package do I order? If I order digital cable, do I have to use their supplied box or can I use my own and still get the same channels? Do I have to order digital cable at all, or will some channels just come through anyway? What about HD?

Thanks in advance...I'm just starting to learn all this on my own. My plan is to get there and try stuff out, but if someone has a good setup strategy already, that would be great.
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So the question is, I have a digital/HD box --

What kind of digital box do you have that you own?
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I'm unsure as to what I should get -- I will either be going with a computer based pvr (the Elgato EyeTV 500 DTV/HDTV option for mac) or Motorola DCT6412 Dual-Tuner HD-DVR. They will essentially serve the same function of being able to receive digital tv or HDTV over cable (or air in the case of the eyetv). If I were to then subscribe to digital cable, the cable company will be trying to shove their digital box on me, but I want to use my own dvr. Will comcast encrypt such that you have to use their tuner?
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I'm unsure as to what I should get -- I will either be going with a computer based pvr (the Elgato EyeTV 500 DTV/HDTV option for mac) or Motorola DCT6412 Dual-Tuner HD-DVR. They will essentially serve the same function of being able to receive digital tv or HDTV over cable (or air in the case of the eyetv). If I were to then subscribe to digital cable, the cable company will be trying to shove their digital box on me, but I want to use my own dvr. Will comcast encrypt such that you have to use their tuner?

The computer based PVR setup will only grab 'in the clear' content. No HBO or other such subscription channels, unless they have one that has CableCard to authorize it.

Have not heard of any customer owned Motorola 6412s being authorized.
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I saw this listing the other day when I was checking out TitanTV, however, this is what I'm getting here in the Pleasure Point/East Side of Santa Cruz:

702 - Fox
705 - NBC
706 - CBS
709 - KQED
722 - Discovery
723 - ESPN
730 - HBO

I really hope we get ABC in place by the time football season starts.

Same here. I have to see my Raiders take on the Patsies in HD! Although I doubt it will be here by next week.

Barovelli, any word on when ABC-HD might arrive?
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i was told by abc and comcast that it's up to our county offices to approve kgo hd for santa cruz.

it sounds odd, but i haven't been able to find out much.
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FWIW, and YMMV, I was in the Scotts Valley head end office yesterday paying my bill and inquired about the ABC feed. I was told that they were still waiting for the fiber ring build out (?) before we'd see it here. No dates or further detail were disseminated....
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fiber ring buildouts on the thermalthrottle to boost sigma values over 225RQMs are never quick.
bummer.
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well, my computer hdtv receiver gets the fox,cbs,nbc dtv/hdtv channels. it also gets espn hd, but not discovery hd. any word on how/why that is? does comcast santa cruz (based in scotts valley?) encrypt disc but not espn? or is my signal reception at fault?

also, there are a bunch of music channels. at the bottom of the list, i see two named channels: "kgo hdtv" and "kgo news ch" but neither one actually gets any feed. is this abc in the works? or do other people already get abc and somehow my receiver doesn't?

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You guys can call me crazy but i swear to god KGO and KNTV is up on the system, at least in scotts valley. Im sure we will not get ABC until comcast is able to insert local adds in to the their hd channel
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