said by Satch:It is not a bandwidth issue at least 50-60% of the Texas systems run at 860MHz while the rest are 750MHz that usually are over-driving the system to 771MHz or 783MHz. one of the reasons some of the Texas systems look so desperate is because they still have motorola boxes in conjunction with Scientific Atlanta and Samsung boxes on the same system and those systems are using dual encryption mediacypher for motorola and powerkey for the cisco/Samsung boxes. said by juilinsandar:
I'd like to see HBO, Cinemax and Starz On Demand channels with HD content. For the extra cost for the premium channels, it's a shame that only Showtime's VOD has any HD content at all and even then, not enough.
How much longer before all channels in the lineup are HD only?
We have several Showtime Channels in HD. Texas may be "Behind the Eight-Ball, with channel ads because of bandwidth issues. I can't recall now what their capacity is at this time.
Bandwidth problems is also why some TWC customers were outraged that they could not get NFL Network. I heard that in some cases, TWC brought in special equipment to allow the addition of the channel, while the nodes are worked on to make it permanent.
In some markets, TWC is moving to an all-digital only transition. All HD only may be a ways away, because many of the legacy boxes, still only have the smaller hard drives, and customers sometimes will record an HD channel to conserve drive space. An Auto HD setting that can be manually turned on/off has been rolled out in some markets. But only a handful of channels are Auto HD at this time if you have the setting. The analog stations take up a lot of bandwidth, so the plan is to begin the transition of moving analog stations to digital to allow more HD channels. This is beginning now in some markets and will be on-going.
But there are a couple of areas, I think some sections of Tennessee is one of them, where the spacial structure is so old, they can't do new channels without a complete system overhaul. Meaning, that where you live in relation to your system capacity, makes a big difference in what you get.