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"Lee Michaels" wrote:

If you have never played the game, your comments are understandable; however, watching todays touring pros "do their thing" is a display of totally remarkable talent enhanced by endless hours of practice.
Lew
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only gets paid if he plays well enough to place. Can a baseball, football, soccer, basketball, or hockey player say that? A golfer normally gets no help from team mates. He is 100% responsible for his score.
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"Leon" wrote:

It's 23 minutes program, 7 minutes commercial per 30 minutes on the clock; however, what I find a much larger PITA is what the networks do with their 23 minutes.
It goes something like this:
1) Summarize what we just told you. 2) Tell you what we are going to tell you. 3) Tell you what we told you we were going to tell you. 4) Summarize what we just told you. 5) Tell you a commercial is coming and they will return after it.
Basic outline of a speech, it hasn't changed in years.
If you are lucky, #5, which is the new material, might reach 10-12 minutes per 30 minute segment.
A communication rate of about 30%-35% is a total waste of my time.
Don't get me wrong, in times of emergency, broadcasting does a fantastic job.
OTOH, the product they try to sell to pay the bills is not a very good product IMHO.
I'm not about to invest resources in equipment nor my time to use it in order to create something that my make it to mediocre status.
As the old saying goes, a sows ear does not a silk purse make.
Lew
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Lew Hodgett wrote:
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Well, that's close. However, that is not really the product. *You* are the product that they deliver to the advertisers to pay the bills. The product you cite above is really the bait to deliver you to the advertisers.
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LOL
I hate those celebrity magazine shows.
AND the local news does that.
World Coming To A END! Listen to details on Friday's late night news.
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That's more or less my filter as well. The cool thing about TiVo is you can mine what's left. I got interested in Clint Eastwood as a director, so set TiVo to record any movie he directed. At this point, I've seen them all, so I cancelled that.
I have it set up to record the local news, but just keep one show. So I can watch it when I want, but don't get a backlog. Our local PBS does a lot of good shows late at night. I can see them with no loss of sleep.
Don't forget the value of skipping commercials. You can watch a one hour show in 40 minutes.
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Douglas Johnson wrote:

You watch Red Green too? :-)
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There is plenty worth saving to watch at a later time, you just have to look at every hour of broadcast 24/7 for the next 2 weeks. Or let the DVR do that for you. I mean you invest in a new LCD to watch TV you might as well make the most of your investment and find stuff worth watching.

If you are confined to what is currently being broadcast, you do get a lot of crap. If you use a DVR to seek and record the type shows you would watch you will probably find much more to watch. You just don't realize how much you would probably enjoy until you have a DVR locate and record. You send a little time setting it up telling it what you want to watch, who you want to watch, what kind of programming you want to watch and a few days later you have a line up of recordings. And it continues to do this until you tell it to change or stop. And you watch the programming when you "want" to sit down and watch TV.
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wrote:

That is about when we got out first TiVO also, the first DirecTV DVR's were 2 tuner TiVo's
And then we switched to HD and the new DirecTV DVR's were no longer TiVo units and the reliability went out the door. Almost 4 years later they have made enough software upgrades to the DVR that it is tolerable.
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Leon wrote:

the new one hooked up to my broadband router using powerline ethernet connectors. Gives you access to "Demand" over the internet which gives another recording path other than the 2 tuners. Some of the demand programming from DirecTV is now in 1080p format. You can also play slide shows, movies and audio from your PC. I put the TVersity Windoze media server app on the OverLords PC which has all our audio/picture/video data on it. To go with my 46" 1080p Mitsubishi LCD, a 5.1 sound system is a must. The speakers that come in these new HDTV sets are unbearably bad.
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We went through 5 replacement DirecTV HD DVR's before they decided that it was the software. The Tivo unit to this day still works like a charm, It is bullet proof. Some time this year DirecTV is suppose to offer an new Tivo HF DVR. Uverse is probably going to get my business before that happens.
Gives you access to "Demand" over the internet which gives

I tried it once in the beginning but have not gone back to look at what's out there.
You can also play

Yeah, I have been using 5.1 since about ummmmmm 1994 IIRC. That said however I have a Sony Bavia and it has remarkably good speakers. I have no idea where the bass comes from as the speakers openings behind the grill appear to be 2" x 6". But still it is cool to hear some one enter on the right side of the room and then see him appear on the right side of the screen. Or hear a helicopter approaching from the rear speakers and finally appear at the top of the screen and going away from you.
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Ever notice how there's nothing worth watching on several hours of the day, but some hours there's 3-4 decent shows? The nothing worth watching seems to coincide with the time I'm ready for supper, too.
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"Puckdropper" <puckdropper(at)yahoo(dot)com> wrote in message

Yeah I have noticed that, rairely is there anything worth watching before 7:00pm CTS

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On Thu, 23 Apr 2009 22:43:25 -0500, "Leon"

When the Uverse guy comes they are going to want to switch you to VOIP phone instead of your land-line. I think the unlimited LD package is $30. It doesn't really affect your Internet and TV package price from Uverse but does affect the initial rebate by $50 I think. Some people don't want VOIP for various reasons but that's where the most savings are....at least in this area.

You'll be able to record 4 feeds 2 in HD and 2 in SD. That's the normal initial bandwidth when they move into an area. Plus you can record or watch recordings from any of your set top boxes.
Mike O.
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Mike O. wrote:

I think you have that backwards - they currently only claim two simultaneous HD channels (whether recording or watching, it doesn't matter). However, you may not even get THAT. The first thing the tech did when he came to install U-Verse was to check the signal quality, and he immediately said it was very borderline and that I'd only be able to get ONE HD channel at any given time; apparently, my house is at the very fringe of the distance limit from the box where the signal originates. At the time I thought "No problem, I only have one HD TV and no immediate plans to get another", but it didn't take long at all to discover that my wife likes to record EVERYTHING, and while she's got an HD show recording I have to watch my 52" LCD in standard definition...
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On Fri, 24 Apr 2009 21:32:26 -0500, Steve Turner

Didn't I say 2 in HD and 2 in SD..??
Here they claim you can get 4 simultaneous channels but only 2 in HD and the other 2 in SD. The service guy also claimed that the number feeds will increase over time as the network is developed in a specific area. In a nearby larger market (KC) where this guy normally works he said that some areas there have up to 6 simultaneous channels.
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Mike O. wrote:

Well By Golly Gee, I guess you did! Sorry about that, I don't read so good sometimes. :-)
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Scott Lurndal wrote:

I'm not familiar with the set up for digital TV but I was a TELCO data transmission specialist for quite a few years.
With DOV/DUV (data over voice/data under voice) the S/N ratio seldom cause problems with the data, unless the noise was severe, while it would greatly impact the modulated analog signals. Phase jitter on the other hand would wipe out the data with little impact on the analog.
The same help true for the Async data using 2024, 2028 and 2029 modems.
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Morris Dovey wrote:

The following web site allows you to input your zip code (the only information REQUIRED), indicate if there are obstructions in your area and tell the calculator what type of structure the building is and the site will provide a chart of the stations in your area and what type of antenna is required for each station.
http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx
also see:
http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/consumerfacts/dtvantennas.html
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