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Comcast DTA unboxing

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by rv65, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Dec 3, 2008 #1 of 308
    rv65

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    http://picasaweb.google.com/virgegx/ComcastDTAUnboxing

    Some areas are going all digital and are using DTA's. Just a basic box that has no composite input which would have added very little and had better PQ. This DTA does have IR support for older Series 2 models. Now your IR enabled Series 2 can still record those digital channels. DT models can only record a 2nd limited basic channel since limited basic is the only analog tier under this new measure. Just a basic little box that might just work on the older Tivo models.
     
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    TolloNodre

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    Cool stuff!

    Thanks for sharing...
     
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    MickeS

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    So this DTA is just a stripped down cable box?
     
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    classicsat

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    It seems to me it is a QAM tuner that can map to channel numbers, and possibly has an EPG. It apparently cannot decrypt encrypted channels, or use any 2-way services.

    I am going to add, it cannot be used directly with a Series 2 DT, since it has no A/V out.
     
  5. Dec 4, 2008 #5 of 308
    fallingwater

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    A S2DT can receive a STB signal via Ch. 3.
     
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    rv65

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    Moto has one as well.
     
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    rv65

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    The DTA doesn't have an EPG.
     
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    gfilicetti

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    EPG == Extended Programming Guide ??

    I guess this box would allow my TVs that are connected straight to the coax to go beyond channel 99, yeah?

    That would be worth it to me, but kind of sucks if it doesn't have a guide.

    Anyone know if this is available in NH?

    G
     
  9. Dec 5, 2008 #9 of 308
    djwilso

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    From my understanding, EPG = Electronic Programming Guide
     
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    rv65

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    The DTA can only get Digital starter but it does go over ch. 100. Philly, SF, and Seattle are next in the DTA rollout. Portland is the first market for it. It also uses the same channel numbers as the boxes.,
     
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    gfilicetti

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    Here in New England, I've seen some other kind of little STB that kind of looks like this DTA thing....

    Both my neighbour and my tenants have it... it seems to be what you get if you want digital cable, but don't want HD or DVR service. So instead of getting the bulky Moto box, they give you this little thing.

    I've seen the EPG on it and it uses pretty much the same remote as the moto...

    Any idea what that thing is called?
     
  12. Dec 5, 2008 #12 of 308
    rv65

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    Motorola DCT700 is the box you are describing.
     
  13. Dec 6, 2008 #13 of 308
    classicsat

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    For manual use though.

    For full control, the STB needs to connect to the A/V input on the Series 2 DT DVR.

    And yes, EPG means Electronic Program Guide.
     
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    fallingwater

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    rv65

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    They could upgrade to an HD box to use with their S1/S2 or a Tivo HD.
     
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    ah30k

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    QZ1

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    Do you have an ETA on Philly getting DTAs?
    I live in the suburbs, but I assume it would be for the whole metro area.
     
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    rv65

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    I got the philly information from Pace off of another forum. They will deploy them when they start reclaiming the analogs.
     
  20. Dec 8, 2008 #20 of 308
    QZ1

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    Interesting that in a Moto area they will be using Pace DTAs.

    What forum?
    I read AVS regularly, and there has been no info. I have seen.

    Well, of course, but the question remains when? ;)
    How much notice do they give until Analog is reclaimed?
     

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