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sandwidth

join:2004-10-22
Ontario, CA

We need a solution for HD throughout a house not boxes....

So I'm a pretty late adopter if I do say so. I only, this year, put my 2nd HD tv in my house. My kids still have old tube tv's and plug straight in from cable. As such I now have somewhere around a $150 monthly cable bill.(triple play & I don't even use the phone)

If I went full tilt and hooked up my kids rooms and maybe 1 in the garage, I'd eat another $30+ in fees for essentially the same thing I had years ago when I first split up my tap to each room directly into a tv. (Not to mention at about $80 back then)

Now, I can only assume that eventually SDTV will go away and who wants it anymore anyway? HD is here to stay and the new normal for tv. Even late adopters like myself. Yet while we didn't ask for it, we're required to pay more for it?

Why do we have to jump from direct-to-coax tv in the home to a bunch of boxes and/or DVR's everywhere to the tune of endless $$$$?

Can't we do better than that?


Suit Up

join:2003-07-21
Los Angeles, CA
The only way around paying for a cable box at every TV is to get a CableCard device. If your new HDTVs support DTCP-IP, you could buy a Silicon Dust HDHomerun Prime and they could view directly from that. Otherwise you'd have to set up a Windows Media Center box and use a Ceton Echo or Xbox 360 as an extender for the other TVs or get a TiVo and the TiVo Mini extenders for the other TVs.


MeInDallas

join:2001-08-17
Dallas, TX
reply to sandwidth
If you dont have HDTV's in the other rooms yet, just get the digital adapters. They are free for I think the first 2 years and then 99 cents a month after that.


sandwidth

join:2004-10-22
Ontario, CA
No need for digital adapters. TW has been pretty good (or lazy?) about not discontinuing much in the old analog channels.

The real problem lies in this conspiracy to push everyone to spend money on something that will eventually be the new bare minimum.....(as we possibly move to 4k in the next decade?).....by taking everyone from the previously VERY workable SDTV to HDTV and the resulting recurring costs.

Remember, digital programming is actually a BENEFIT to the providers. Analog cost them more bandwidth but between the new HD standard and whoever is responsible for the scrambling of upper (ESPN, etc) channels, we have a conspiracy against the subscriber forcing them to pay MONTHLY for stuff that used to be free.


MeInDallas

join:2001-08-17
Dallas, TX
Wait until TWC goes to IPTV starting the second half of this year. I still wanna know if we will be forced to use their equipment like Uverse users have to. I live in Dallas and I heard we are going to be one of the first to get it. If thats true or not I dont know. We were one of the first to get SDV and what a nightmare that was in the beginning.


motorola870

join:2008-12-07
Arlington, TX
kudos:4
said by MeInDallas:

Wait until TWC goes to IPTV starting the second half of this year. I still wanna know if we will be forced to use their equipment like Uverse users have to. I live in Dallas and I heard we are going to be one of the first to get it. If thats true or not I dont know. We were one of the first to get SDV and what a nightmare that was in the beginning.

TWC is not going to IPTV like your thinking they are moving the guide to cloud features for navigator boxes and the IP reference is wanting to get TV inside the house on any device which the new boxes will be able to convert QAM to IP for transmission so the new gateways will have wireless built in so your ipad or iphone can watch the TV channels off of the box

Also no North Texas was not one of the first to go SDV we were one of the last as Cisco areas were done first before Motorola areas and that is one of the reasons why TWC had to upgrade North Texas to 860MHz as they wanted to add more HD and did not want to remove analogs or was able to justify the costs of removing every single motorola box which would have taken months if not years.

Also I don't think that Los Angeles has DTAs yet as they were using SD boxes for people that needed them due to TWC LA removing several analogs last year.

Also TWC plans on realigning the channel lineup on iGuide and Navigator boxes to get rid of the SD/HD remaps and only offer SD on SD boxes and HD on HD/HD DVR boxes along with SD channels that do not have an HD version.


MeInDallas

join:2001-08-17
Dallas, TX
I'm guessing they will be keeping the whole SDV thing then. I was really hoping they would get rid of that


motorola870

join:2008-12-07
Arlington, TX
kudos:4
said by MeInDallas:

I'm guessing they will be keeping the whole SDV thing then. I was really hoping they would get rid of that

nope SDV is not going away and you wouldn't want the full IP anyway as it requires a DOCSIS modem and would require all boxes to be replaced and Cablecard devices would cease to work.


solution4u

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reply to sandwidth
»video2.timewarnercable.com/

stream to your pc or ipad

bikti

join:2010-10-26
Glendora, CA
reply to sandwidth
Hi Ontario
Glendora here ...
What i did was.... cut the cord. I have not had tv for over a year ... the only programs (14 per wk) that i watch are on the net
family time is so much nicer ....

luck to ya ..

Frank