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Do you have a 6402? This is the older analog/digital no DVR box.


I'm in Tucker on the Stn Mtn headend, and my System 2 has no audio droputs with any other channel than 874.

No, I have a 6412 with optical out to my stereo receiver and L/R RCA plugs to the TV speakers. Getting dropouts on both TV speakers and the stereo receiver 5.1 sound.


I used to be on the Stone Mountain headend but the last Comcast work order said that I was on the North Fulton headend. I am inside I-285 in Sandy Springs.
 

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I've been reading this thread for weeks now and I am less than 2 weeks away from getting a 60" Sony. So, I am mentally preparing to upgrade my cable service.


I live in Acworth (Vinings headend?) and I am currently on the "Digital Starter" plan. I will be upgrading to "Digital Basic" and getting an HD DVR like HomieG suggested .


1) Now, WHICH CABLE BOX? Seems like I should ask for the Motorola 3412 or 3416, since the 64xx has so many reported problems?


2) Does Comcast supply the HDMI cable or do I have to buy one?
 

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Now, WHICH CABLE BOX? Seems like I should ask for the Motorola 3412 or 3416, since the 64xx has so many reported problems?

It does appear that the 34xx series are a lot better than the 64xx series. I don't think Comcast is still supplying the 64xx series in this area, but I don't know that as a fact. In any event, requesting a 3412 or 3416 would probably be a good idea. The xx12 has a 120GB drive, and the xx16 has a 160GB drive. The 3412 will record about 20 hours of HD, and the 3416 will record about 26 hours of HD. Both will record a whole lot more SD than the HD capacity.

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Does Comcast supply the HDMI cable or do I have to buy one?

In my case they did not supply the HDMI cable, but did supply a set of component video/audio cables. HDMI cables at a good price can be found at www.monoprice.com . I usually get extra's from them, and also consider a Toslink optical audio cable if you plan to run that directly to your audio system. Many HDTV's do not have Dolby Digital decoders in them, hence they don't pass Dolby Digital audio to an external audio system when using HDMI from the cable box to the HDTV.
 

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Anyone know what's up with FSNS-HD (848) which still shows "Off Air" in the guide and PBS-HD (816) which doesn't even officially exist and shows as "To Be Announced"?


Is this consistent with what others see?
 

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Well I have had a 50" HDTV for 3 years now but it didn't have a NTSC/QAM turner. I just bought another one for the basement and it does have a QAM tuner. So I figured I would just plug it into the Comcast cable and see what I get after a scan. ( I only have basic service since I have Directv ) I was surprised in the amount of channels I get. I knew I would get the local HD channels but I didn't think I would get more then that.


Be careful when scanning with kids around , one adult channel comes in great. Glad my 8 year old wasn't in the room.


I also noticed at certain times and certain channels OnDemand movies come in. I have found them on about 5 different channels. How does the Ondemand stuff come in? Does that mean someone around me requested it so I'm picking up the stream?
 

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None of the p0rn is unencrypted, so what you were seeing was on-demand (which is all unencrypted). I leave all of the on-demand channels in, just so I can see what my neighbors are watching.
 

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Well the porn has been on 24/7 for the last week unlike the ondemand that comes and goes, thats why I was wondering. So is that how I see OnDemand, its because my neighbors request it? Thats pretty cool.
 

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I guess I should rephrase what I said... 'to the best of my knowledge and experience none of the p0rn is unencrypted'. If it's on 24x7 then you may have found some, or one of your neighbor is a huge pervert.



With Comcast, you never know, they have some channels encrypted that shouldn't be, so it wouldn't be a stretch that they would send unencrypted that shouldn't be.
 

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It does appear that the 34xx series are a lot better than the 64xx series. I don't think Comcast is still supplying the 64xx series in this area, but I don't know that as a fact. In any event, requesting a 3412 or 3416 would probably be a good idea. The xx12 has a 120GB drive, and the xx16 has a 160GB drive. The 3412 will record about 20 hours of HD, and the 3416 will record about 26 hours of HD. Both will record a whole lot more SD than the HD capacity.

My experience that HD is 8-9 GB per hour. Therefore a 120 could hold up to 13 hours. Currently my 3412 has the 6 hours of 874's Tin Man. The box reports 32% full. I just captured some of one program and ran it thru VideoReDo. It reports 12.25 Mbps rather than 17-18 Mbps that I get with ESPNHD, etc.
 

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WGTV-DT is now un-encrypted on QAM channel 5-808 on the Comcast (Vinings head end). The SD version of WGTV is still on QAM channel 80-205 too.


Now that WPBA-DT is starting to carry some HD material again (i.e., the PBS News Hour), will that local HD broadcast channel be also available on Comcast? Some people say it has shown up on some boxes as channel "816". I'm hoping they carry it on a clear QAM channel sometime in the near future. The SD version of WPBA is on the QAM channel 80-212 in the clear.
 

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WGTV-DT is now un-encrypted on QAM channel 5-808 on the Comcast (Vinings head end). The SD version of WGTV is still on QAM channel 80-205 too.


Now that WPBA-DT is starting to carry some HD material again (i.e., the PBS News Hour), will that local HD broadcast channel be also available on Comcast? Some people say it has shown up on some boxes as channel "816". I'm hoping they carry it on a clear QAM channel sometime in the near future. The SD version of WPBA is on the QAM channel 80-212 in the clear.

Thanks that's what I was looking for. Ill try them tonight.
 

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I picked up a couple of Motorola DCH3416 boxes from the local Comcast office. Silly me, I didn't check to see that they were the for the Stone Mountain headend which I'm off of. Turns out they were Vinings boxes. I found out when I called Comcast to have them activated. The Comcast CSR said to call in the morning and engineering could help me convert them. I'm not really convinced that they'll be able to do this. I'm not really sure what the difference between a Stone Mountain box and Vining STB is for sure, but I'm speculating that it might be the frequency used in communication from the STB back to the headend. Have any of you heard of this converting process, and if so is it something I can do myself? Maybe a hidden menu option or something?




ThanksJosh
 

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I picked up a couple of Motorola DCH3416 boxes from the local Comcast office. Silly me, I didn't check to see that they were the for the Stone Mountain headend which I'm off of. Turns out they were Vinings boxes. I found out when I called Comcast to have them activated. The Comcast CSR said to call in the morning and engineering could help me convert them. I'm not really convinced that they'll be able to do this. I'm not really sure what the difference between a Stone Mountain box and Vining STB is for sure, but I'm speculating that it might be the frequency used in communication from the STB back to the headend. Have any of you heard of this converting process, and if so is it something I can do myself? Maybe a hidden menu option or something?




ThanksJosh

Comcast has always told me that they have to come out and install the DVR. How do you accomplish this?
 

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I have my set connected to Comcast in Atlanta and when viewing HD channels (over QAM), all of the HD channels show:


DTV Cable

(channel number)


res..(ie: 1080i..780p, etc) 16:9, 4x3..

English

sound (ie: Dolby Digital)



On the right it says


No Title

No Detailed Information


I can't program a channel name since supposedly digital channels supply the name and program information, but I can't get any information to show up.


I believe Comcast is required by the FCC to provide this information for local channels.


Do any of you receiving channels over QAM receive the channel information? (channel name, program name and description)


thanks.
 

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Does anyone know what might have happened to ABC and FOX on Comcast using QAM? I was watching the Rose Parade this morning in HD on ABC (98-3) and it disappeared around noon. FOX (98-804) is gone, too. In fact, when I do a channel scan 98 doesn't show up at all anymore (not even as encrypted channels).


I hope this is temporary because my STB isn't coming until Thursday and I want to watch the Sugar Bowl in HD tonight.
 

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...Do any of you receiving channels over QAM receive the channel information? (channel name, program name and description)thanks.

I do not.
 

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Noticed that Comcast now has channels 808 and 816 as GPTV since they both say so on the bugs. Both are the DTV channel.


Presumably at some point soon they'll put WPBA (analog Channel 30, but the DTV version), on 816.


Btw, the other evening I did notice a true HD program on WPBA using my OTA antenna.
 

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Does anyone know what might have happened to ABC and FOX on Comcast using QAM? I was watching the Rose Parade this morning in HD on ABC (98-3) and it disappeared around noon. FOX (98-804) is gone, too. In fact, when I do a channel scan 98 doesn't show up at all anymore (not even as encrypted channels).


I hope this is temporary because my STB isn't coming until Thursday and I want to watch the Sugar Bowl in HD tonight.


Just checked. 98-804 and 98-3 are working OK here on the southside. Do you have them back now?
 
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