My how the mighty have fallen. Pummeled by Netflix and OnDemand, Blockbuster’s sales and locations have almost completely vanished. In some ways this is not an improvement, however, as their large stores offered a large variety of titles to take home immediately. While Netflix has a superior collection, it takes a few days to get their DVD delivery. RedBox’s and Blockbuster’s kiosks have a limited selection. OnDemand by TWC, Netflix streaming, and Amazon Prime offer instant services, but their selections are extremely limited.
Perhaps consumers are finding themselves in a temporary rut, but I, for one, will miss Blockbuster’s stores. As Blockbuster fades, the classic old Raleigh gem, North American Video, still stands strong in Cameron Village. Anyone remember when they charged ~$120 for an initiation fee? Those were the days!
ESPN’s Saturday morning franchise, College Gameday, will air live from the PNC Arena tomorrow (Sat) from 9am to Noon. The show features talking heads Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Jalen Rose, and host Rece Davis covering the world of College Basketball. The show airs live in front of the home crowd of what is typically the weekend’s most anticipated matchup.
The show will air at 10am on ESPNU (TWC 1502) for an hour, then will flip over to ESPN at 11am (Who is the advertising wiz who came up with that one?). Then the crew will be on the air again at 6pm for the State/Carolina pre-game.
The PNC Arena’s East (Wade Ave) doors open to fans at 9am, however
Once a member of the infamous “BBC” line that got the Carolina Hurricanes to the 2002 Stanley Cup Finals, Bates Battaglia
In the late fall Time Warner Cable subscribers received a letter informing them of the digital migration of channels like C-SPAN, CMT, OWN, etc. The letter notes that starting around December 4, customers would only be able to tune the channels mentioned using a digital set-top box. While confusing and possibly irritating, this trend isn’t over.
Back in 2007
The classic method of delivering a cable signal, “analog”, is like a series of wide-load trucks barreling down the highway. Digital signals are like motorcycles on the highway, so many more of these signals, or channels, are able to fit in the existing network. Customers want more channels, so instead of going through the costly process of digging up the city again, cable companies are converting channels over to the digital method of transmission and shutting off the old analog signals.
The problem with the cable digital transition, is that digital signals need to be received with special equipment. Hearing your neighbor lean out the window yelling,”Hey YO”, doesn’t require equipment, but to receive their telephone call, one has to have compatible equipment on his or her end to receive the neighbor’s call. Our old TVs could only receive these analog shouts, but needed a digital cable tuner to receive the other channels. Newer TVs have a digital tuner only in them, so they can receive digital signals (that aren’t encrypted).
So Time Warner Cable is, rightfully, in the process of converting its cable signal from analog to digital, and in the process is carrying one of each version of the most popular channels. That’s hogging a lot of bandwidth! The letter we received is simply notifying us of the next wave of channels that will be taken off of the analog package of signals. Eventually all of the analog channels will be shut off, requiring every TV to have a digital tuner to receive the signal. This will allow companies to offer faster internet and more HD channels without radical infrastructure improvements.
What’s this CableCARD thing they mention?
Because some people in the 90s were fed up with the cable companies’ crappy cable boxes and numerous remote controls, the cable companies agreed on a standard key that could be inserted into the customer’s own equipment, allowing the customer to get all of the digital signals on his or her equipment. The CableCARD dream was for all TVs to have a slot where the key, the CableCARD, could be inserted, unlocking all of the channels and allowing the user to use the TV’s remote control to see the guide data and all of the channels. Unfortunately the cable companies’ agreement was simply to placate congress, and the companies did everything they could to make the CableCARD concept fail in the marketplace. They discouraged TV manufacturers from implementing the technology and they changed their own technology to make CableCARD incompatible with all offered channels and any on-demand items. CableCARD is still a great option though, allowing superior DVRs like Windows Media Center and Tivo to exist.
What about watching WRAL on 5.1, not with a box?
Ahh encryption. To circumvent piracy cable companies started encrypting their signals, which requires even more specialized equipment to receive and decode the signals. Time Warner’s boxes and DVRs do all of this behind the scenes work for the customer. Currently all channels above 99 are encrypted, and require a Time Warner box or CableCARD to decode the signal, not just receive it. Until October, however, federal law stipulated that cable companies could not encrypt signals that were also available over-the-air, ie in the public domain. This meant that cable companies had to provide channels like WRAL, WTVD, PBS, etc to all customer TV sets without requiring special equipment (“in the clear”). This allowed customers who don’t want a Time Warner cable box to scan the channels and get HD signals for WRAL on 5.1, for example, instead of just watching the SD signal on channel 3.
Not anymore. On October 12, 2012,
I’m just going with U-Verse or satellite
We certainly have options these days, which is great, but Time Warner Cable remains the only option that currently doesn’t require a settop box at every TV, allowing customers to tune programming with the TV’s integrated tuner. My prediction, however is that supplier’s logic will trump market demand and we will all have to have a converter box on every TV regardless of provider.
I’m pulling the plug and going with AppleTV
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Netflix, Hulu, Roku, Boxee, etc are all trying to figure this out. Currently these companies offer equipment that users plug into the internet and to their TV. While these boxes do use the internet provider’s pipes, they pull their content from sources other than Time Warner Cable. Unfortunately they don’t currently provide the content most users want. Live sports, live news, the latest movies, and the most popular TV shows are difficult to find through these services, and will continue to be as long as cable and satellite providers hold on to content for dear life. Eventually these challengers will win, and companies like Time Warner Cable will continue to thrive as metered internet providers, as will as internet-based video providers. The concept of a live stream that offers shows at certain times will be a thing of the past, and local TV stations will have no role other than as local news agencies. However that day is still a long, long time coming.
If you are interested in sports, pulling the plug will definitely leave you very disappointed. The content offered outside of the mainstream providers is still too scant for most people. These alternative companies are definitely on to something, but the current model of delivering video content to customers is here to stay for quite a while longer.
After 10 seasons the run is over for CSI: Miami. On Sunday CBS announced that the show would not be renewed. So, it is the end of an era for
What’s next for Procter? Probably a lot of time with her 1-year old daughter. Apparently the news of the show’s cancellation wasn’t known to the cast before it was made public. So, many phone calls will likely take place with her manager over the next few weeks. Procter took to
To have driven recklessly in high heels and tight pants for 10 years has been more fun than I can say. To know that y’all have had fun with me makes me so happy. There are many things and many people that I will miss with this change but I know there is also beauty in the Impermanence of things. I want to send a big squeeze to all of you: full of love, appreciation and thanks.
Incidentally, the last time I talked to Emily I asked her how much of the show is actually filmed in Miami. Incredulous, she replied, “None.” Of course the scene bumps are filmed in Miami, but every scene with the talent is all Hollywood. It’s actually still surprising, however, because there are many scenes shot in marinas, in front of Miami -looking highrises, and the like that are on completely flat ground with nearly Floridian vegetation.
However if there is one thing that will stick with people about this show, it is the corny Carusso one liners:
On Tuesday, April 24, “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” will tape their show from UNC. The show’s primary guest will by President Obama. Ticketing information is not available yet.
- 12:40 – NCSU/San Diego St. (TruTV)
- 2:10 – UVA/FLA (TNT)
- 2:45 – FSU/St. Bonaventure (CBS)
- 4:10 – UNC/(Lamar/Vermont) (TBS)
- 7:15 – Duke/Lehigh (CBS)
Time Warner Cable in Raleigh carries these networks on the following channels:
- CBS (1105, 3, 105)
- TBS (1302, 34, 302)
- TNT (1301, 26, 301)
- TruTV (1313, 44, 313)
As usual, gogoraleigh has all of the materials you need for catching the action.
The printable schedules are inverted for optimal black & white printing. They are an outstanding layout of game times. Read left-to-right, the games are in chronological order. Read top-to-bottom, most columns are venue-consistent. Television network assignments are also shown.
Finally, all of the games can be easily added to your Android phone, iPhone, Outlook, Google Calendars and more! Simply visit gogoraleigh’s Calendars tab, and use the links provided in the “2012 NCAA Tourament” line.
Tomorrow morning (Monday) the Broughton Band will take another long-awaited step into the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, CA. The Golden Regiment first marched this parade in 2008 and ever since rumors have floated about the actual retirement date of the band’s director, Jeff Richardson (“JR”). It was this second shot for which JR held out, and it was completely worth the wait, according to JR. After becoming active in the hosting process of the parade in recent years, the band was invited to not only return to the parade, but to march in the parade’s coveted final band slot. JR’s retirement is for real, this time, however, as his replacement will take the reins on February 1..
The parade will be aired from 11am to 1pm. While NBC is the more prominent network covering the event, HGTV (TWC Channels 1350 and 350) blows NBC’s coverage away year after year. Not only is their commentary about the craft of each float superb, they also show the marching bands for more then 5 seconds each.
Take a look at the Broughton Band during their first pass of the Raleigh Christmas Parade six weeks ago:
With the bowl season in full swing, it can be difficult to keep up with the voluminous offering of bowl games. Never fear! gogoRaleigh has your ticket with a Google Calendar of all bowl games. The events include time, bowl name, and TV listing, so you can quickly plan your viewing this week. Have fun!
WRAL welcomed new sports reporter Mandy Mitchell this week. This is from her story about, well, I have no idea what she said. There were plenty of distractions from the work she was hired to do. Check
Tomorrow (June 16) Time Warner Cable will add Blue Highways to its lineup. The network features “grassroots television for regular folk” and brings shows such as Woodsongs, America’s Backroads, Cookin’ Outdoors, and Mule Training.
Changes will also come to WTVD’s family QAM assignment. In order to get WTVD, WTVD HD, WTVD Live Well HD D2, and WTVD Accuweather D3 on a device other than a cable box, one will need to rescan the channels in order to receive these channels.
On Monday, June 20, TWC is adding Tennis Channel HD (1542),
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