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Old 01-06-2009, 03:05 PM   #1
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I know, search and learn, but I can't find what I want to know. I have comcast and have been happy despite the sometimes garbled channels, etc. The internet bandwith is really good. Recently my friends have been switching to U-verse and are happy. They all have 1 HD tv and I have 3. I have everything that comcast offers for packages, 3 DVRs, and no limitations...Until I started comparing the HD channels. It seems that U-verse has MANY more! I had a discussion with a comcast rep last night and asked if they were going to add any in the future and she replied "No, that they had more HD offerings than U-verse" and I was basically an idiot. So, I'm thinking of switching. Now the questions...

Is there a lineup comparision between U-verse and Comcast for the Houston market?

I understand the 4 stream limitation(2HD/2SD), however can I watch HD that has been recorded on the DVR on several tvs and still have 2 streams being watched/recorded?

I have some old cable in the house. Should I run some Cat-5 in prep for the U-verse install?

Does anyone know when the 18/1.5 internet will be available in Houston?

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Old 01-06-2009, 03:16 PM   #2
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Comcast counts all of the HD video on demand programs as to how they come up with that statement. I know what you mean about the HD channels as far as the "standard" cable HD channels goes, U-verse has many more. Check the stickies for channel lineups. It is hard to make a comparison and keep it current which would be required to not spread mis-information, so the best thing is to do your own based on current information.

Yes running cat5 cable is recomended. Old coax may not be a problem, but there can be splitters hidden in walls that can be. Normally U-verse will install whatever is necessary for the number of rooms you order though. I don't know about the 18mbps availability.
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Old 01-06-2009, 06:55 PM   #3
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I know, search and learn, but I can't find what I want to know. I have comcast and have been happy despite the sometimes garbled channels, etc. The internet bandwith is really good. Recently my friends have been switching to U-verse and are happy. They all have 1 HD tv and I have 3. I have everything that comcast offers for packages, 3 DVRs, and no limitations...Until I started comparing the HD channels. It seems that U-verse has MANY more! I had a discussion with a comcast rep last night and asked if they were going to add any in the future and she replied "No, that they had more HD offerings than U-verse" and I was basically an idiot. So, I'm thinking of switching. Now the questions...

Is there a lineup comparision between U-verse and Comcast for the Houston market?

I understand the 4 stream limitation(2HD/2SD), however can I watch HD that has been recorded on the DVR on several tvs and still have 2 streams being watched/recorded?

I have some old cable in the house. Should I run some Cat-5 in prep for the U-verse install?

Does anyone know when the 18/1.5 internet will be available in Houston?

Thanks!
Bill
Uverse destroys Comcrap. Recorded shows do not count against the streams. So when you watch recorded shows, they do not impact the 2H/2S stream limit. I am sure this will be improved soon too.
Just got it last Dec 21, and I am very happy.
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Old 01-10-2009, 06:00 PM   #4
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As far as the programming Uverse is Tops.. but it is important that you understand the Stream Management situation.. 2HD/2SD means you can have 2 HD TVs on and 2 SD TVs on at the same time. OR 1HD TV on recording 1 HD stream and 2SD TVs on. OR Recording 2 HD streams and able to watch 2 other TVs in SD.

While this is doesnt seem too bad it may be a severe limiter when you have 2 or more HD TVs..
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there is a "limitation" on the recorded streams too. If you go to vies the system options you will see your DVR streams too, mine right now show 2HD/2SD, which means I have "eight" streams in my home, so to answer your question if you are watching two live HD and you have two more HD sets YES you can watch two more HD on those sets as long as it is recorded content.
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Old 01-12-2009, 08:44 PM   #6
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Dre Please explain .. what do you mean by eight?

2 HD streams being recorded 2 hd streams 2 hd

2 sd streams recorded 2sd streams 2 sd

plus 1 tv watching recorded hd 1 hd

plus 1 tv watching recorded hd 1 hd

plus 1 tv watching recorded sd 1 sd

plus 1 tv watching recorded sd 1 sd

total 8 streams?


Thats a bit of an unusual circumstance...
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The four stream limit (5 SD streams in rare instances) applies only to the service from the VRAD to the house. As far as I know there is no limit to streams within the house (number of TV watching recorded content) other than the number of boxes U-verse allows per house. I think the limit for the number of boxes is currently 4.
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Options>Settings>System Info>System Resources

You will then see ?HD/?SD for live
and ?HD/?SD for recorded


Rary did a pretty good job laying it out
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