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Would love to get comments from users of Time Warner HDTV feeds via cable in the Minneapolis area. Channels received, quality, opinions on set top boxes, experiences with the PVR with HDTV.

Also, if anybody is experimenting with QAM capable digital cards like the Dvico with Time Warner cable in Minneapolis I'd like to hear from you.

So far I've got PBS working with QAM over Time Warner cable, and occasionally Fox works with some fiddling (but not consistently).
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Can you summarize in your first post the current TWC HD offerings in the Minneapolis area for future easy reference?
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The following stations are supposed to be available:

KTCI; PBS 16 (17.1-.5)
WFTC; UPN 21 (21.1)
KMWB; WB 22 (23.1)
KMSP; FOX 26 (9.1)
WCCO; CBS 32 (4.1)
KTCA; PBS 34 (2.1)
KPXM; 40 (41.1-.4); PAX
KARE; NBC 3 (11.1)
KSTC; INDEPENDENT 44 (45.1-.2)
KSTP; ABC 50 (5.1-.2)
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OK, using QAM 256 on my DVICO card I found the following signals on Time Warner in Minneapolis:

Channel 104--multiple PBS regular digital; plus Fox HDTV and UPN regular digital

Channel 111--PBS HDTV plus ABC HDTV

Channel 112-CBS and NBC, HDTV

The Dvico has problems with the channel 112 signals, and crashes often when accessing these signals.

There are also some channels promoting HBO and Showtime.
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Anyone have exp. with a OTA tuner with QAM and TWC? I am thinking of getting an OTA reciever for one of my monitors and would like to use QAM to pulldown channels since I have service to another monitor in the house.

TIA
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I'm not sure if anyone has mentioned this yet, but in 6 months Time Warner Cable will cease to exist in Minnesota, and Comcast will be the only cable offering in the entire state. I am not looking forward to this, because I have used both services and prefer TWC. Time Warner also has more HD channels it seems, so I feel this will be a bad thing. I live in an apartment that doesn't allow satellite so now I'm stuck with Comcast.


Any other Minnesotans upset about this?

My current entertainment setup:
Toshiba 14" TV, Pioneer Elite VSX-55TXi A/V Receiver, Sega Dreamcast, Microsoft Xbox 360
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I'm not from Minnesota, but my first reaction on reading your post is that this probably won't be an isolated incident.
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I wouldn't say that Comcast will be the only cable operator in the entire state. Comcast is only buying out (System swap as part of the Adelphia buyout deal) TWC in the Minneapolis area. Other cable operators will still operate in other parts of Minnesota, such as Charter, Insight, Mediacom, Midcontinent, CableOne, etc.
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Alright, it's not the entire state, but controlling both Minneapolis and St. Paul is still a big chunk of the MN population. Up until now, only people in St. Paul and Golden Valley (not sure why Golden Valley since it is part of Minneapolis) had Comcast, and now it's anybody who lives in the Twin Cities.

All I can say is I can't wait for Verizon FIOS to come to Minneapolis.
Not only is Comcast more expensive for Cable, but they charge more for Broadband internet because they charge you a "modem rental" fee (as well as other hidden fees) whereas TWC does not.

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I think that the Comcast purchase of TWC is no longer happenning. There was some kind of twist on the deal.
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By the way, I have an explorer 8300 in addition to the pc card. My family loves the Tivo like DVR in the 8300. The unit will capture hdtv. Every so often the stored recordings display pixelation, but overall the unit is good.

In general, I like the TWC hdtv service. Never thought I 'd say something positive about TWC, but my picture quality has recently been pretty good in the last few months.
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