We’re in HD

Well, our 40″ LCD TV (a Sony KDL-40V2500) arrived yesterday afternoon! I’ve got it basically set up, though I want to redo the cables, including using HDMI from the TiVo Series 3 into the receiver (a Pioneer VSX-82TXS); right now I’m using component cables and relying on the receiver to upconvert from component to HDMI, which I’m using to connect the receiver to the TV.

The quality is excellent on HD content and not too bad for SD content. I’ve also hooked my G4 15″ PowerBook up to the TV via a DVI to HDMI cable and I can display my Mac desktop in 1080i, nice and sharp, though the fonts are small unless you’re pretty close. No big deal as the main reason for hooking the PowerBook up to the TV is to watch HD material (like NBC’s Heroes, which I found pretty good Xvid files for) full-screen in DivX Player. The TiVo Series 3 screens look really nice on this TV too as they are displayed in 720p.

I’ll probably post a bit more about the TV later, after I’ve gotten a chance to play with it a bit more.

CableCARD redux

So last time I posted, one card was working and the other wasn’t. I called Comcast again and they had me take the faulty card out, reboot the TiVo, and reinsert the card. Then they sent an initialization signal to the card and a few minutes later, it started working. Crossing my fingers and hoping it continues to work.

Two CableCARDs – NOT

Looks like I spoke too soon. I could’ve sworn that we had each of the two tuners on a different HBO channel while the cable guy was here. Well, a few hours later, I could get tuner 2 to work with regular network channels but not with any premium channels. This is an improvement over the previous situation, but it’s still not right. Looks like I’m going to have to give Comcast another call…

Two CableCARDs

The Comcast guy just came by and swapped out our non-working CableCARD. He was probably here less than 10 minutes and now we have two working tuners that have access to all our channels. This is great! No more futzing around with the VCR when there are two things on.

1 out of 2 CableCARDs working

Comcast came out on Tuesday and they seemed to be fairly puzzled by CableCARDs. After 3 or 4 calls to the office, the technician got one of our CableCARDs activated. The other one is still not working, even after a call to Comcast. I’m going to need to keep calling them until I get a rep who is actually familiar with CableCARDs.