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Official Time Warner Cable Thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by tunnelengineer, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. cableguy763

    cableguy763 New Member

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    These are the HD channels you can't get in Austin:
    1639 Fox Sports HD
    1660 A&E HD
    1664 Music HD
    1675 Cinemax HD
    1684 Starz HD

    These are the HD you do get:
    1501 579 KTBCDT
    1511 573 KVUEDT
    1521 585 KXANDT
    1531 573 KEYEDT
    1541 579 KLRUDT
    1542 579 KLRUDT2
    1617 387 DHD
    1635 597 ESPNHD
    1654 615 TNTHD
    1656 615 UHD
    1670 603 HBOHD
    1678 603 SHOWHD
    1687 597 INHD
    1692 609 HDNET
    1693 609 HDNETMV
     
  2. gascantx

    gascantx New Member

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    Excellent. This the exact inforamation I was looking for!

    Thank you!!!
     
  3. Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

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    Sherman...
    My understanding is that pairing matches up the cards with the TiVo so that they can be seen by the cable company. You can get some channels (I presume the unencrypted ones) at that point, but the cards need to be authorized to get all channels. I don't think everyone at the cable company understands that as when I call to tell them I am not getting most channels they say the cards are paired and everything looks good on their end, but the cards say they are not authorized. They need to "hit" the cards with an authorization signal to get them to work. It can take several attempts before the cards are successfully authorized.
     
  4. pmiranda

    pmiranda New Member

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    I think it'd be accurate to say you can't get new HD content on any TiVo in some markets. The new HD channels on satellite are MPEG4, new HD channels on cable in my town are SDV. The only channel I'm really bummed about going SDV is SPEED, which looked 5X better on my S3 than on either the TW DVR or my S1. There might be a few shows I wish I got on A&E HD, but so far, I'm not missing any compelling content. Hopefully there will be an upgrade path a few years down the road for an S4 or TW will get pressured (via Comcast) to license TiVo software to make their DVRs not suck.
     
  5. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    Time Warner Los Angeles here. Last weekend I turned on my S3 and got a message that a new channel was added to my lineup: MTV HD. It looks great and I'm happy to have it.

    Hopefully more new channels (especially in HD!) will keep arriving, and hopefully they won't be SDV. :)
     
  6. cambist

    cambist New Member

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    Time Warner Austin. It appears this is a hotbed of misinformation and confused technicians.

    I was getting the QAM channels with basic cable and this past Sunday I lost Fox channel 1501 and two of the PBS channels on Tivo. I checked the signal and was getting 98% signal. I hooked up the cable straight to my TV which also has a QAM decoder and couldn't get Fox channel 1501. I called and explained. I was told someone would come out and check it out because they couldn't do anything from there.

    I had to go to work, but my girlfriend is going to be home and I figure there's nothing useful going to likely be done the first visit anyway. So, two hung over looking 24 year olds come out and poke around for an hour and fix nothing. They call a supervisor when my girlfriend yells at them about their inferior DVR and poor service. He says she needs a cable box to receive that channel.

    I called when I got home and explained to the person on the phone what happened. She then said I needed a cable box to get the channels I was talking about. I said there was no way I was required to get a cable box to receive basic cable channels and explained that I had explicitly asked when I turned in the horrible sa8300hd at the duval/mopac service center. She said she'd have to call a supervisor.

    5 minutes later she's back on the phone and apologizes saying I am supposed to get the channels (that I know the FCC requires them to carry) if my TV can receive them.

    So, now I get a senior technician to come out Saturday and explain to me personally why I've lost a channel on two different QAM capable devices and I'm not letting that guy go home until he explains it or finds an QAM HDTV where it actually works.... Should be fun.
     
  7. cableguy763

    cableguy763 New Member

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    Cambist- If you have ANY problems PM me and I will get the problems fixed.
     
  8. krbuck

    krbuck New Member

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    I want to be sure I understand the Austin situation. My wife and I were thinking of replacing our old S1 with an S3, but if its limited in that it will not accomodate any new channels, I probably need to wait or look at Dish's Vip622.

    Are we pretty much stuck with this list in Austin?
     
  9. cableguy763

    cableguy763 New Member

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    From what I understand, any new HD channel that TWC Austin broadcasts will be SDV. I am not in the position to say this definitely, but say ESPN2 comes soon I can't tell you where in the spectrum it broadcasts until we do it. You have to understand that TWC is in direct competition with D* and their "150 repetitive channels of HD". TWC is suing D* for making false statements in their commercials about HD offerings. So, to answer your questions in too long a reply, all new HD channels will be SDV, just a well educated guess.
     
  10. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    Yikes, if that happens in L.A... I'm dropping Time Warner and selling my S3, that's fo' sho'.
     
  11. cableguy763

    cableguy763 New Member

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    And go to what? Compressed HD with sat? 4 to 6 OTA channels? You have to admit, TWC is grabbing the bull by the horns and trying to win the HD battle.
     
  12. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    If you try to win the "HD battle" that way, you will lose the cablecard class-action lawsuit later.
     
  13. Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    Yes, I would rather have Dish (with the VIP622) or DirecTV (with the HR20) if that became the case. TWC's cable boxes are abominations.

    If TWC wants to roll out SDV, then they'd need to come up with a better cable box DVR too to work with it. Yes, lots of HD is nice, but at what expense? If everything else about the TV watching experience (and that includes setting up season passes, time shifting, and managing my recordings) is uncomfortable and inelegant, I'd rather have *less* HD. And I'd just be annoyed if there were channels I was interested in watching but I couldn't access them because I had an S3 TiVo. Because you know I wouldn't be given any kind of pro-rated refund... TWC would just "solve" the problem by insisting I accept their crappy set top box.

    Compressed HD with sat, with even a slightly better DVR (and hence, overall TV watching experience) is a compromise I'd be willing to make in that case.
     
  14. DeathRider

    DeathRider New Member

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    The D* commercials I see say "150 HD channel capacity", not that they actually have 150 HD channels.
     
  15. davecramer74

    davecramer74 New Member

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    have You even seen dish network? my cousins got it, it looks just as good as my comcast cable. And im all digital in my area. There is zero difference between the 2. he's got a 50 inch panasonic and the hd looks frigging great. I even tried switching to dish, but had no line of sight. Directv is another story. I ran it side by side with my cable, and ya, it looked like crap.
     
  16. davecramer74

    davecramer74 New Member

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    They are going to have 80 or so 24/7 HD channels. The rest of these 150 are their sports ppv (nfl sunday ticket, mlb extra innings)
     
  17. pilott

    pilott New Member

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    I received a list somewhat like this from a tech the other day. I am also most certainly not getting ALL channels under 78 (most notably 23 31 32). I think the tech said just the opposite (that I wouldn't get any of them under 78).
     
  18. malvarez

    malvarez New Member

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    I received this list when I first got my cable cards for my Series 3. I checked all the HD and 700's, and I can confirm that the TIVO can't get them. What a bummer. All of those movie channels can not be recorded. But what is really annoying is the HD movie channels that can't be received or recorded. :mad:
     
  19. krbuck

    krbuck New Member

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    Argh. This is really a deal-breaker for me. Its especially tough to swallow since I'm a big Tivo fan. I'm really just to the point where I want to time-shift HD and though my S1 with lifetime service is still chugging along, its getting pretty long in the tooth, and I'm watching more and more time-shifted shows in SD when I should be watching them in HD.

    The Vip622 is looking like the only other alternative - if only the S3 could record all current and forthcoming HD channels from TW cable!!! What a shame. :(
     
  20. asills

    asills New Member

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    Well, I got all my information ready (model number) and got prepared to yell at someone. I said I needed to order two cable cards and they happily told me it was $11 to install and $2.95 a month for each and then asked if I needed anything else (after asking a few times how my day was going).

    Let's see if the install goes as smooth; I'll post an update when it's all done.
     

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