Charter Spectrum MPEG-4 transition

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  1. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    There is a forum thread over on DSLReports that says Charter has begun its MPEG-4 transition in Dallas and LA. The Comcast MPEG-4 transition was a little bumpy, so I'm just curious if anyone in those Charter markets is now receiving MPEG-4 channels on their TiVo and if the transition went smoothly for you.

    Charter has started a mpeg4 simulcast - Charter Spectrum | DSLReports Forums
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Still MPEG-2 here. I wouldn't mind seeing them transition to H.264 though as it means they could free up some bandwidth and offer higher internet speeds.
     
  3. tarheelblue32

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    The DSL forum thread says that they are simulcasting HD channels in MPEG-2 on SDV and the HD MPEG-4 channels are the linear versions. I really hope they do this with all the HD channels I care about so I no longer need a Tuning Adapter to view them. My TA has been acting up lately and it's a real pain in the butt.
     
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    Oh how I'd love to dump the TAs! Were all the problems resolved when Comcast went to MPEG-4?

    I'm close to Los Angeles so I'll keep an eye out.
     
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    Comcast never used TAs
     
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    I was referring to recording problems.
     
  7. Dan203

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    I think there were some playback and trick play issues initially, due to some of the encoding parameters that Comcast used. But TiVo fixed those in later software updates. So hopefully the Comcast people were the Guinea pigs on that and we'll get a smoother transition.
     
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    Agreed. For some reason since the update, we're having some problems on the Premiere XL4 keeping the TA channels connected. The Bolt upstairs is fine. Hoping when we get the transition to "All Digital" here in Erie in October, that I can toss the TA's. (Toss back to the Spectrum folks of course...)

    Do you have a link handy to that thread? If not, I can probably find it. Thanks.
     
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  11. Bryshaw

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    What does this mean? If i have a tivo does that mean its SDV or is that Linear?
     
  12. mdavej

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    On Tivo, if you unplug your tuning adapter and can watch the selected channel, it's linear. If you can't, then it's SDV. If you don't have a tuning adapter and can receive every channel, then you have no SDV at all.

    Is there any evidence this supposed transition ever moved beyond 6 channels in 2 markets?
     
  13. Bryshaw

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    That's the thing. I've been hearing conflicting reports. But I'm in los Angeles and people say it's changed here so idk what's going on. So if linear is only getting mpeg4 then should I try and bypass the TA and check on my TiVo again or does it not matter if the TA is part of the line or not?
     
  14. Dan203

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    Just unplug the USB from the TA to the TiVo. If you still get all the channels you need then it's unnecessary.

    Here we don't have MPEG-4 but all of the SDV channels are SD, and I only watch HD, so I have no use for the TAs. Two of mine have been broken for years and I haven't bothered to exchange them because we don't watch any of the SDV channels.
     
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  15. tarheelblue32

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    Not that I'm aware of. Still no MPEG-4 in my market. If Charter does start an MPEG-4 transition, hopefully some people will report it here on the forums as they notice it happening.
     

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