Minneapolis Comcast emergency!

Discussion in 'Season Pass Alerts' started by Rob Helmerichs, Sep 22, 2010.

  1. sieglinde

    sieglinde Active Member

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    When my cable company switched over, I ended up missing some TV shows. It is just part of the process.
     
  2. Rob Helmerichs

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    The nice thing about this switch is that when the switch is made, the existing channels will still be there. They're just adding new (HD) channels. (The analogs have already been replaced by digitals, mapped to the same numbers.) And the HD channels that are being moved will still have the old versions (i.e., there will be two channels for each). So there SHOULDN'T be any lost shows, unless something unusual happens. The worst that should happen is still getting SD versions of shows that will now have HD versions, which I can live with during the dust-settling period.
     
  3. billhelm

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    Yes, but they are moving most of the existing HD channels to other channel locations. So that could have an impact if the guide doesn't update right away.
     
  4. Rob Helmerichs

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    No, they're leaving the old versions in place. So there will be two of each, one in the old location and one in the new, at least for now (presumably, they will eventually free up the bandwidth by eliminating the old channels). The Guide Data will catch it no matter which channel it thinks it's on.
     
  5. jrmsp

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    After emailing WeCanHelp, I got a call from a pleasant and seemingly very knowledgeable lady at Comcast in St. Paul who told me the new HD channels would be in place on 12/16.
     
  6. billhelm

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    Oh, that's good. I didn't realize that.

    I don't think it takes up any more bandwidth though, I think they just map two channels to the same source.
     
  7. billhelm

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    In Minneapolis?
     
  8. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Their local office is in St Paul.
     
  9. billhelm

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    No, I meant is 12/16 is the Minneapolis switchover date?
     
  10. GBL

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    I just checked the actual channels I get:

    analog channels are gone (above 23).

    new digital HD channels in 8xx range are active!

    old digital HD channels in 4xx range still there.

    (south west area)

    and, youhoo, Comedy Central is now in HD (860)!!!
     
  11. ebf

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    Last night my +23 channels were still live on the analog side. Maybe they will be gone when i get home.
     
  12. Vect0r

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    Wouldn't there be a guide update to go along with this? I have never ventured into the 800+ rage, I just assumed they would all be in the 400s per usual. Is FX finally in HD? Too bad they add it just as soon as the Sons of Anarchy season just ended :( But I cant wait to get home and check!
     
  13. EJ

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    I live in Richfield and have been a 15 year Directv subscriber. I'm interested in getting a couple tivos and trying Comcast. I know opinions will likely be biased, but how is the HD quality, compared to OTA, for instance?
     
  14. Vect0r

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    HaZa! I have Comedy Central in HD on channel 860. I have to manually change to it as I have not gotten any guide update and currently the only 8xx channels I have listed are all "Searchlight On Demand".

    Please Help!! is there any work around that I can perform to get my guide to update so I can see all these pretty new channels?
     
  15. GBL

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    I live in the western suburbs; so you could try one of those zip codes, e.g. 55343 or 55344 or 55345 or 55346 or 55347.

    You have to redo guided setup.
     
  16. GBL

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    FXHD is on 830.
     
  17. Vect0r

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    I am giving this a try now. It's kind of odd, I am in Bloomington, but my mailing zip is technically Minneapolis. This wouldn't be the first time I've ran into issues with this. Will post results!


    GBL-Thank you Sir!! 55343 worked like a champ. I got all my new fancy HD channels, the guide is finishing updating as we speak. Between 4xx and 8xx and my premiums, I feel I will be satisfied for quite some time :D Thanks for the tip!
     
  18. Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

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    Heh...I grew up in 55343. It would be ironic if I had to pretend to live there again after 30+ years to get my new channels. :D
     
  19. GBL

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    I used to live downtown 20+ years ago - so we cancel each other out :D
     
  20. ebf

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    I checked and my TiVoHD with cable cards on the "Digital Preferred" tier and it *thinks* I get the 8xx channels (they are in the guide), but I only get the "channel not available" message when I try to tune to them (FXHD, 830, TCM, 832). The 4xx HD's are working still. And while many of the straight-from-the-wall analog channels are gone (TCM, 64, Cartoon, 42), now showing only the "you need to upgrade to digital" infomercial, others are still there (MSNBC, 62, HLN, 61) with the "urgent" message. I expect the remaining 23+ channels will go away in the new few weeks.

    I am in 55408. Why am I not getting the 8xx channels yet?!?

    edit: I checked the Comcast website and they are not yet listing the 8xx channels in my zip's "Digital Preferred" tier list.
     

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