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December 25, 2004 5:39:06 PM

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Hi all, Merry Christmas.

The family is still asleep so I was watching a Nova program I recorded on a
T-W Cable Digital Box, the 8000HD. I used channel 6 to record, which is an
analog. The picture is pretty fuzzy. So I looked through the program guide,
and came to discover that our public TV also puts out a digital broadcast,
and T-W does carry that on a higher number channel, in the 900s along with
HDTV programs. It was much sharper so in future I'll only watch and record
public TV using their digital broadcast. Seems to me that analog programs
just don't come out well on digital cable boxes. Whereas you with analog
cable TV broadcasts on an analog TV, you get a pretty good picture that
we've got used to over the years. In our area ABC and Public TV now have
digital broadcasts; NBC FOX and CBS are yet to come out with digital
broadcasts.

Do you find also that analog channels don't show that well on a digital
cable box?

One other thing: Until recently I had Dish's 811 HD receiver and using an
attic antenna, I could watch the Public TV's digital broadcast using that
receiver. The picture was sharper than what I see now through Cable. That's
the problem with Cable. There is so much convenience of having the entire
lineup in one box (we don't have local channels on Dish in our area) but the
picture is JUST NOT as good as with Dish. On the other hand, Showtime on
demand (they call it i-Control) is a great hit at our home. Can't get Sho HD
on demand, though...shucks.

Roger

p.s. If you reply, **please** don't backquote the entire message as it makes
it very tedious to read the reply.
Anonymous
December 27, 2004 6:59:18 PM

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Yes, even before I had an HDTV, I found that the analog channels looked a
lot better via analog cable -- i.e., right out of the cable into a "cable
ready" TV set -- than they did when run through one of the digital cable
box's channels. In other words, Fox News on Ch. 48 looked a lot better on
Ch. 48 via the cable and the TV tuner than it did on Channel 448 (or
whatever) via the cable, then the digital cable box, then the TV tuner.

Now that I have an HDTV, I am using a CableCard, so that I don't have to use
a cable box even for HD. And I have found, as others have, that one of the
unheralded advantages of the CableCard is that the SD channels, including
the analog channels, look much better than they did through a digital box.
As a Time-Warner tech said, "your $3000 TV set does a lot better job of
processing those signals than our $200 box does."

mack
austin


"Roger" <nospam@world.com> wrote in message
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> Hi all, Merry Christmas.
>
> The family is still asleep so I was watching a Nova program I recorded on
> a T-W Cable Digital Box, the 8000HD. I used channel 6 to record, which is
> an analog. The picture is pretty fuzzy. So I looked through the program
> guide, and came to discover that our public TV also puts out a digital
> broadcast, and T-W does carry that on a higher number channel, in the 900s
> along with HDTV programs. It was much sharper so in future I'll only watch
> and record public TV using their digital broadcast. Seems to me that
> analog programs just don't come out well on digital cable boxes. Whereas
> you with analog cable TV broadcasts on an analog TV, you get a pretty good
> picture that we've got used to over the years. In our area ABC and Public
> TV now have digital broadcasts; NBC FOX and CBS are yet to come out with
> digital broadcasts.
>
> Do you find also that analog channels don't show that well on a digital
> cable box?
>
> One other thing: Until recently I had Dish's 811 HD receiver and using an
> attic antenna, I could watch the Public TV's digital broadcast using that
> receiver. The picture was sharper than what I see now through Cable.
> That's the problem with Cable. There is so much convenience of having the
> entire lineup in one box (we don't have local channels on Dish in our
> area) but the picture is JUST NOT as good as with Dish. On the other hand,
> Showtime on demand (they call it i-Control) is a great hit at our home.
> Can't get Sho HD on demand, though...shucks.
>
> Roger
>
> p.s. If you reply, **please** don't backquote the entire message as it
> makes it very tedious to read the reply.
>
December 28, 2004 2:02:36 AM

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Hi, Mack, thanks for the reply. Ah, those new cable cards. I've been
wondering how they work. Though, I was at Best Buy yesterday and the guy
said that only the Mitsubishis come with Cable card capability.
Roger
Anonymous
December 28, 2004 8:23:32 AM

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"Roger" <nospam@world.com> wrote in message
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> Hi, Mack, thanks for the reply. Ah, those new cable cards. I've been
> wondering how they work. Though, I was at Best Buy yesterday and the guy
> said that only the Mitsubishis come with Cable card capability.
> Roger

Well, that's flat wrong. My CableCard TV is a Sony. A cursory Googling
comes up with Panasonics, Hitachi's & Toshiba's with CableCard. As far as I
know, all the TV manufacturers are producing new models with CableCard
capability.

mack
austin
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