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  1. JeremyFr

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    Updated 3/2/04

    Well good news for those of us who live in Western Washington. Comcast is keeping up on there promise to bring HDTV to market and in doing this has launched several new channels in the past few days.

    For those who are unaware They now have launched KING/KONG/KCPQ/KTWB in the last week.

    This brings the current lineup to be as follows

    CHL 104 - KOMO HD Feed 1080i
    CHL 105 - KING HD Feed 1080i
    CHL 106 - KONG HD Feed 1080i
    CHL 108 - KCTS HD feed from 5pm - 12am 1080i
    CHL 109 - KCTS ED digital Simulcast 480p
    CHL 110 - KTWB HD Feed 1080i
    CHL 112 - KCTS Learns ED channel 480p
    CHL 113 - KCPQ HD Feed 480p Widescreen (720p fall of 2004)
    CHL 119 - KCTS Kids ED 480p
    CHL 173 - ESPN HD feed 1080i
    CHL 532 - STARZ West HD Feed 1080i
    CHL 549 - HBO West HD feed 1080i
    CHL 563 - Cinemax West HD feed 1080i
    CHL 574 - Showtime West HD feed 1080i
    CHL 664 - INHD1 1080i
    CHL 665 - INHD2 1080i

    UPDATE!!
    Launching 4/1
    NBA TV
    DIY Network
    Starz Kids

    I realize these 3 aren't HD However now that they will have NBA tv the HD games on INHD1 will no longer (as of 4/1) be blacked out.
    UPDATE!!

    Have a good one guys.
     
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    The new ESPN-HD channel is gorgeous, I actually watched a few minutes of a sporting event last night, it was so lovely. The HD PBS channel is underwhelming to my eyes, quite blurry and noisy. Hopefully it'll improve...
     
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    Steve which PBS channel were you watching out of curiosity, the only true "HD" feed of the 4 is 108 the other 3 are SD 480p signals so they will of course be not as good. Just wondering. I have yet to check out 108 since I'm already home when it goes on the air at 5pm and dont have an HD set yet.

    Al if you're correct then thats more than I've heard unfortunately they keep most of us in the dark about things and as everyone else find out when Steve says so or about a week before launch. I guess they dont want us giving people dates in case of equipemnt problems etc oh well have a good one all.
     
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    I was watching channel 108, I don't remember the channel name, something like KCTSD. It looked slightly better than the other three channels, but still far inferior to ESPN-HD. Granted, that was only one program sampled from each channel, so hopefully KCTS will have better-looking programming soon.
     
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    It has been confirmed KOMO launchs on 8/28 it will be channel 104!

    Heres some info I recieved at work

    KOMO Programming:
    •KOMO HD will be run 24 hours a day on Digital Cable channel 104.
    •KOMO HD will feature a mix of originally produced HD content and up-converted programming in a 1080i HDTV format.
    •The originally produced HD content will include Monday Night Football, Alias, KOMO News, Northwest Afternoon, Dragnet, The Practice, NYPD Blue, 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, Life With Bonnie, According to Jim, Less Than Perfect, My Wife and Kids, George Lopez as well as upcoming new fall shows Threat Matrix, Karen Sisco and I’m with Her. To learn more about ABC shows, go to www.komo4.com or www.abc.com
     
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    Thanks for all the updates Jeremy!!! [​IMG]

    I'll be in Germany until around 15 SEP, but I can't wait to get home to finally see some HD from Comcast...especially ESPN HD and KOMO 4 (Jennifer Garner in ALIAS [​IMG] ) !

    As soon as CBS and Fox are added (hopefully soon!) I'll be selling my OTA Zenith HD Box !
     
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    Steve,

    I got my HD box this weekend and as for KCTS I watched Over Canada last night and it looked great, with ESPN HD I've noticed most of the material is just stretched 480i signal though the Phillies game last night was being shot in actual 1080i rez. Other than that I'm quite happy with the new box and cant wait for KOMO and whatever else will be coming soon. I'll keep updating this as I get info.

    One last thing to mention is we now have the DCT-5100's with the DVI output on them as i got one yesterday.
     
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    we dont touch the signal so it may be a typo I'll check and find out.
     
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    Well I've had my 5100 for a couple days now and all I have to say is WOW!

    I'm addicted to KCTS HD the "Over" shows look absolutely amazing as well as soundstage. I've watched quite a few movies and also caught bits of the Mariners and Phillie game this last Sunday and it all looks amazing.

    Being that I only have a Standard TV I didn't think it would make a difference but it even blows my DVD player out of the water I cant wait to get an HD-Set.
     
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    One other thing to answer the 720p/1080i ABC question I believe the DCT 5100 will upconvert to 1080i as without the 4:3 override turned on displays all channels at 1080i so I dont think it switchs to 720p output etc I'm going to ask around and try to contact Motorola as well, so it wouldn't be upconverted from us but the box would do so its self unless you went into the settings menu and switched it to 720p for its output. I'll keep ya posted with my findings.
     
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    Ok a few updates here.....

    ABC will be upconverted to 1080i, Also I can't give official word on this but we will probably be launching INHD in the very near future, if you want more details you can go to www.inhd.com.

    also as for the HBO crop's complaints I think that its the studios, I've watched 4 movies this week all in 2.35:1, The 5th Element, Mission Impossible, Judge Dredd, & Monsters Ball. So honestly it would seem to me that the studio's are choosing to crop or not crop there movies for HDTV presentation.
     
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    Well its official INHD1 & INHD2 launch on chls 664 & 665 on Oct. 1st!! both 24 hours a day 1080i content with current contracts for MLB, CSTV (College Sports Television) as well as movies concerts and other variety content.
     
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    GREAT NEWS JEREMY! Thanks for all the updates!

    Now, the rest of the locals [​IMG]

    How is KOMO 4 HD looking? I'll be back at home in about 10-11 days....
     
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    The HD looks great on KOMO, I caught part of the Monday Night Football on Monday and catch what shows I can on my days off and it looks pretty good. There have been complaints of Audio Sync problems on the HD content and according to KOMO its coming from ABC and they are currently working with ABC to track it down and fix it.
     

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