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comcast setup

tstp
01-01-2008, 02:10 AM
Hi all,
Comcast (in florida) is coming out thursday to hook me up with a hd dvr.
I think the cs lady said the receiver is the explorer 8300hd or something like that.
I asked her what cables i need to have on-had before the tech came out and she said she didn't know.
Should I go out and buy HDMI cable before they come to the house or will the explorer come with them?
I'll be connecting it to a vizio vw37L
thanks and
Happy New Year

That Boy Eyght
01-01-2008, 02:41 AM
They gave me a hdmi cord when I replaced my old box, and they gave me components back when I first got my old box so just make sure they bring some cord with them. A little reminder never hurts.

bicker
01-01-2008, 06:55 AM
Some places provide HDMI cables, some places don't. I have both HDMI and component, and there isn't really a big enough difference in PQ to concern yourself over which you're using.

joekewl1971
01-01-2008, 01:17 PM
The first guy who installed my cable did a lousy job. Eventually when i had trouble with the on demand all that work was redone. I did not have hd back then. He gave me a long component cord with gold plated ends. Seems very nice. I held on to it and tried it out when the time came. Worked good. I do not think Comcast gives HDMI here. Costco has a great set of cables we got for an HDMI tv. There were plenty of extras. Your volume membership club might be different. That is the thing to keep in mind about cable. If you have it installed properly and you do not need to deal with any stupid people it is great. The actual service is worth it but the people leave a little to be desired. But i think thats how it is everywhere.

tstp
01-03-2008, 04:32 AM
They gave me a hdmi cord when I replaced my old box, and they gave me components back when I first got my old box so just make sure they bring some cord with them. A little reminder never hurts.

thanks for the info.
I got a hdmi to hdmi cable @ walmart. If comcast doesn't supply one at lest I'm ready. If they do, I can bring it back to the store.

They will be out today, I'm so looking foward to seeing what HDTV is all about.

tom

That Boy Eyght
01-04-2008, 01:56 AM
Let me know if they gave you one, cause I know around here they have plenty. I asked for the cord when I echanged my box and she opened a giant drawer full of them.

tstp
01-04-2008, 03:37 AM
Let me know if they gave you one, cause I know around here they have plenty. I asked for the cord when I echanged my box and she opened a giant drawer full of them.

The installer came today, he didn't have a hdmi cable.
He didn't even have the right cable box(s). Had to go back out and get a HD DVR.
He had no idea how to set up the cable box and hd tv.
He didn't even program the remotes. Told me the the comcast remotes don't control home theater systems.
I had to program the remotes for the living room and bed room systems.
Hopefully, I set the HD box/Vizio TV myself corretly. I'm going to spend some more time here and read as many posts on HD.

tom

jashur
01-04-2008, 09:55 AM
That's sucks. Weird the variability in service. my guy was a pro.

tstp
01-13-2008, 07:45 AM
Some places provide HDMI cables, some places don't. I have both HDMI and component, and there isn't really a big enough difference in PQ to concern yourself over which you're using.

another question?
What should I have my comcast box set to 1080i or 720p?
I have a Vizio VW37L TV

The 1080i is lit up on the front of the box.
Is 1080i clearer than 720p?

Someone told me if i watch action movies or sports I should have it set to 720p, is that true? He said see what the native resolution is.

Does it make a difference?

Does my TV do 720p? Should I just leave the cable box alone and not fiddle with it?
thanks
dazed and confused tom

bicker
01-13-2008, 08:41 AM
It is a 1080i disaply, so I'd select 1080i.

Generally 1080i is "clearer" and 720p handles action better.

Try it both ways and decide which you prefer yourself.

It is too inconvenient to switch back and forth, based on the native format of the source, so I wouldn't go that way.

That Boy Eyght
01-14-2008, 04:12 AM
The installer came today, he didn't have a hdmi cable.
He didn't even have the right cable box(s). Had to go back out and get a HD DVR.
He had no idea how to set up the cable box and hd tv.
He didn't even program the remotes. Told me the the comcast remotes don't control home theater systems.
I had to program the remotes for the living room and bed room systems.
Hopefully, I set the HD box/Vizio TV myself corretly. I'm going to spend some more time here and read as many posts on HD.

tom

Yeah that's some horrible service. Did you end up buying a cord yourself, or did you go to the office and ask for one?