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#1 02-14-2005 3:01:06 PM

andyross
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Chicago area

I'll create this one for Chicago area users...

  First message is that I heard FW9.15 will be rolled out around Feb 16th, 2005.


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#2 02-14-2005 10:57:39 PM

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Re: Chicago area

I  am in Chicago too - can't wait for 9.15 - although I have not had nearly the number of problems others have reported.

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#3 02-16-2005 11:12:24 AM

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Re: Chicago area

Does the new 9.15 FW include the new I-Guide?

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#4 02-16-2005 4:57:01 PM

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Re: Chicago area

No. It's just the low-level support of the DCT-6412 itself. Sort of like updating drivers on your computer. It seems to be mainly for MPEG encoding problems with analog channels, and other related video issues.


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#5 02-18-2005 10:54:21 AM

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Re: Chicago area

I checked this morning (2/18) and I still have the 9.12 FW ........

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#6 02-21-2005 11:52:02 AM

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Re: Chicago area

Just upgraded from the 6208 to the 6412 on Saturday.  I still have v9.12. I was sort of hoping the vod would be enabled, but it wasn't.  After a few recordings, all is working well so far.

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#7 02-21-2005 12:56:47 PM

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Re: Chicago area

pete wrote:

I was sort of hoping the vod would be enabled, but it wasn't.

Is the VOD not working a software problem ?

The reason I ask is that my VOD is not working also, haven't called them yet ... because afraid  that   Comcast would come out and just switch out the box and right now everything else is working great and after they come out who know's if that would  hold true.

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#8 02-21-2005 12:59:36 PM

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Re: Chicago area

Provided VOD is available in your area, VOD not working is generally a problem of routing your connection through one or more devices that cannot pass signals back to Comcast. VOD is like watching video on real player - there has to be two way communication.  Common are splitters and VCRs.  Your cable connection should not be routed through anything (ie: VCR) prior to going into the 6412.

I understand that VOD is not available in all areas.  Is this still true?

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#9 02-21-2005 1:33:00 PM

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Re: Chicago area

VOD is still not available in all areas.  I heard from a couple people in neighboring towns that their VOD became active just lately. I was hoping mine would too.  I'll just keep waiting until I hear of others near my house becoming active.

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#10 02-21-2005 1:42:27 PM

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Re: Chicago area

But if you don't have VOD, what excuse did they give for raising their rates in their annual "Here's Why We're Raising Your Rates Again" letter? lol

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#11 02-21-2005 1:49:10 PM

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Re: Chicago area

Frank wrote:

I understand that VOD is not available in all areas.  Is this still true?

Yes. Some local systems do not support the required bandwidth.

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#12 02-24-2005 11:02:22 AM

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Re: Chicago area

Last night I recorded CSI NY.  When I went back to watch the recording, about 5-10 minutes into the show, the screen went green for several seconds (no flashing, just bright green).  I skipped over the green and didn't see any other problems.  I did rewind and the green is in the recording, not some onetime event.  I'm hoping others in the Chicago area saw something similar in the broadcast and it wasn't my new box. I've read about the green flashes that people have experienced in the past and I don't think this is the same thing.

Anybody else experience anything similar?

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#13 02-24-2005 4:33:57 PM

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Re: Chicago area

I read in the newspaper that OnDemand is now available in Northbrook, Palatine, and several other N and NW suburbs.

  If you have a Comcast cable modem, Comcast has finally upped the speed to 4M down/384K up. You need to power-cycle your modem so it gets the new configuration.

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#14 02-24-2005 4:36:33 PM

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Re: Chicago area

pete wrote:

Last night I recorded CSI NY.  When I went back to watch the recording, about 5-10 minutes into the show, the screen went green for several seconds (no flashing, just bright green).  I skipped over the green and didn't see any other problems.  I did rewind and the green is in the recording, not some onetime event.  I'm hoping others in the Chicago area saw something similar in the broadcast and it wasn't my new box. I've read about the green flashes that people have experienced in the past and I don't think this is the same thing.

Anybody else experience anything similar?

The 'green flash' issue should only affect analog channels, and usually only if both tuners are tuned to analog channels. It's possible it was a glitch in the show itself if you were recording the HD channel.


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#15 02-24-2005 4:41:27 PM

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Re: Chicago area

andyross wrote:

The 'green flash' issue should only affect analog channels, and usually only if both tuners are tuned to analog channels. It's possible it was a glitch in the show itself if you were recording the HD channel.

Exactly.  I was looking for a little confirmation that somebody else had seen the green (on an hd channel).

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#16 03-06-2005 3:03:33 PM

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Re: Chicago area

..has anyone heard when we will receive new compression in chicagoland?....the analog and digital channels are so soft looking right now....

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#17 03-06-2005 3:09:38 PM

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Re: Chicago area

..oops..forgot...thanx andy for starting this thread...saw ya on another high-falutin forum and it's good to see ya here!

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#18 04-05-2005 12:42:28 PM

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Re: Chicago area

I'm in Chicago too and got my 6412 installed on April 2nd.  I checked the setup page and I still have the 9.12 firmware.  Do you know if it has been sent down to us yet or if I missed the rollout time, if I'll get it later?  Also, do you guys know when we are supposed to be getting the digital simulcast for the lower 99  analog channels.  My signal levels are good, but they look really pathetic on my HDTV.   

Thanks.

-David

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#19 04-05-2005 4:19:29 PM

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Re: Chicago area

So far, no 9.15 in the Chicago area. In fact, I haven't heard of any new areas for a few weeks. I wonder if they halted the rollout for now. I've also heard of a 9.17 in a few areas.

  I don't think there is a fixed date for the beginning of Digital Simulcast. It'll probably vary from area to area, depending on the amount of available bandwidth.


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#20 04-25-2005 4:29:07 PM

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Re: Chicago area

TNT-HD seems to be available in most areas. Check channel 204.


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#21 04-28-2005 8:30:40 PM

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Re: Chicago area

Thanks Andy! I didn't get a message light on this one. Thanks Comcast:(
I was watching The playoffs on tnt channel 44! When did the Chicago area get 204?

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#22 04-29-2005 2:20:26 PM

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Re: Chicago area

Thanks for the info Andy

I checked it and I have TNT-HD

Must of got turned on within the last few days

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#23 04-30-2005 7:58:08 AM

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Re: Chicago area

Very few people, if any, have getten messages about new/dropped/changed channels. I never got one when CSN-HD was added on 200, or when the digital TCM was dropped (I still have an analog version, though), or when IC became AZN, and other name changes. The last message was a few weeks ago, and it was just an ad for their digital phone service. The last REAL message was about them dropping several PPV channels.


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#24 05-02-2005 8:50:33 PM

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Re: Chicago area

They always send us new channel messages. Thats why I was surprised to hear about 204. Thanks for the heads up.

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#25 05-03-2005 6:36:31 PM

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Re: Chicago area

We got our message about TNT-HD a week after the fact.  BTW: We did get a message aimed at MSU students to return their cable boxes.  I assume they leave them in their dorms/apartments.


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