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Old 11-21-02, 10:18 AM
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HDTV service available via AT&T cable in Seattle, WA area...

Not very well advertised information here, and it's not even on the AT&T web site, but AT&T cable customers in the Seattle, WA (King County) area can get HDTV broadcasts.

There is a $4.80 monthly fee for the HDTV converter, but no additional costs, though if you don't have it already you have to upgrade to digital cable.

Right now the only signals available are HBO and Showtime, though more broadcasts will be added soon.

I have my installation set for Saturday (11.23.02) and will know more then.
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Old 11-22-02, 04:15 PM
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excellent news. hope they come to portland soon. though, i thought there was some issue with bandwidth over cable since there are so many channels available?
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Old 11-22-02, 05:51 PM
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excellent news. hope they come to portland soon. though, i thought there was some issue with bandwidth over cable since there are so many channels available?
I'll gladly give up any number of the shopping or religious channels they provide if they'll bring HD to NH....
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Old 11-25-02, 02:12 PM
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waskydiver,

So, how is it? Worth it? Which box is it? Does it have all the normal stuff like component and optical outputs?

Did you have digital cable service before? I just have basic cable (local channels plus Discovery) for about $13/month. How much is your total bill now?

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Old 11-25-02, 02:24 PM
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Let's see...

The picture is fantastic. However, right now, the only channels that have HD broadcast is Showtime and HBO. Other channels are supposed to be being added.

The video output is via component.

Now, a real down side is having a 4:3 TV. That means that I have to use seperate inputs for the standard signal and the HD signal. So, whenever I switch to a HD channel, I have to change the video source. There is a passthrough on the HD converter that allows standard signals to be sent through the same video source, however all 4:3 signals that are sent through the HD converter are cropped on all sides on my 4:3 TV.

Using seperate video sources allows me to watch standard broadcasts in full screen. However, there doesn't seem to be anything I can do to keep the 4:3 HD signal from cropping on all sides. Will be calling the cable company to find out for sure.

Also, I was told that I did not need to have a seperate dolby 5.1 converter as into already included in the digital cable converter. Since the audio output is just 2 RCA jacks, I don't think this is the case. There is another box available I think I need to get to get the 5.1 audio signal. (Another $5)

I did not have digital cable before. All told, it took my monthly bill up to about $60 a month. But, I really do like the digital cable, and the HD converter is only $4.80 a month.

Overall, it's definately new technology for the cable company and there are still some glitches to be worked out. Many people at AT&T are giving different answers about different things. For example, the guy installing it said that if a station broadcasts in HDTV, then I will receive it in HDTV. I do not believe this is true since it will require the cable company to setup a seperate channel for the broadcast, and I have seen no such channel.

(BTW, if anyone has any experience with the 4:3 signals, any advice would be appreciated.)
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Old 11-25-02, 02:40 PM
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waskydiver,

Thanks for the input. Keep us posted about the 4:3 issue and about getting a box with 5.1 output.

Has anyone mentioned to you a timeframe for more HD channels? I'll probably be waiting for at least the major networks to be included.

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Old 11-25-02, 02:50 PM
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They mentioned March '03 for starting to get more programming.

I am thinking about looking into getting an attenna to receive locally broadcast HDTV signals. But, I don't know if the converter will support it. Also, don't think I want to do that until I get the 4:3 issue solved.
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Old 11-25-02, 05:54 PM
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Is it available in "the boonies"? I live in Buckley. Would love to have it but cant even get broadband internet here.
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Old 11-25-02, 05:57 PM
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You'd have to give AT&T a call... you can get the number from their website:

http://www.att.com
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Old 03-31-03, 02:37 PM
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waskydiver,

so, pushing April '03, have they added any more channels? and what about your 4:3 and 5.1 issues?

Garrett

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Old 04-01-03, 01:21 AM
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Hi,

No new channels; 4:3 and 5.1 issues not resolved.

Basically, it's a waste of $5 a month, since there is never anything I want to watch on HBO/Showtime anyway.
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Old 04-01-03, 01:54 AM
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Thanks for the update. That's too bad that things aren't moving forward. One would think that the cable companies would be more on the ball with HD content. Oh well. Keep us posted.

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