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Some of this is old news, but here's the word I've gotten from going straight to the sources:


I received emails from all of the above stating that Comcast will be carrying WSMV (NBC) and WNPT (PBS) as soon as they are ready, and that both of those affiliates will be passing through their network's HD feeds as HD.


As far as exact timelines, all I could get was that WSMV should be ready in about a month or so, and WNPT will make their May deadline. The main thing I'm happy about is that Comcast will be carrying these channels.


I've recieved no replies from our FOX/WB/UPN affiliate, and Comcast doesn't have anything firm from them either.
 

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Thanks for the update, looks like I need to get my VHF antenna plan worked out for NBC.


Not surprised you didn't hear anyhting from Sinclair, it is pretty well known they are worthless and if we have then in HD by 2010 I would be shocked.
 

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I tried to watch the BBall game on CBS HD today at 1:00 and my signal OTA was crap. In frustration, I then and there decided this OTA stuff was for the birds.


So at 1:05 I called Comcast asked for the HD department, by 1:15 I was out the door to Metro Center to get a new box, and back home by 2:00. For only $4.50/month I get a box and HD locals, and I only had limited basic service not full service since I am a DirecTivo customer.


So if I figure out a way to get Tivo like functions someway else I may go back to Comcast fully and forget all this satellite mess. Does anyone remember someone posting that Comcast may do PVR type stuff soon?
 

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It's very likely that set-top boxes that are cable compatible and include pvr's will be on the market soon. Sony announced them, and I'm sure that other vendors will follow.
 

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The cost is nothing if you already subscribe to digital cable i.e. the $15 covers digital service and box rental. If you do not want digital service, you can get the box rental for $4.50, which is probably what you are already paying for the rental of the analog box you may have. So I am betting for many people there is no additional cost for HDTV.
 

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I already had digital cable so there was no additional charge. If you call Comcast they will connect you to an HDTV specialist. They make you (at least they did me) call before you can pick up the boxes. They want to make sure that you know that you have to provide the component cables.
 

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Just in case anyone was wondering, I did talk to the engineer at Fox and he says Fox 17 will be going full power with EDTV in March. UPN and WB will also go to high signal levels starting then also.


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Any word on if WB & UPN will be HD?
 

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You guys are delivering more good news every day. I wish now that I had not wasted all that life threatening activities on my roof to get OTA going. Now with Comcast for basically nothing extra, I am getting 2 channels, in January we will get NBC, in March we get Faux, and in March I would bet ESPN will be added to Comcast, and then WB sooner or later.


I can't believe I am saying this but if cable had a replacement for my Tivo, i would dump satellite completely and move to cable.
 

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nothing was said about WB and UPN being HD, but I am guessing that probably won't be, since they are only supposed to be brought to half power when fox goes to full power.


...patrick
 
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