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I know some cable and satellite companies give their users the option of receiving certain Digital channel such as 18-2, 18-3 etc. For those whose company does not have this option, have you found a workaround to where you are able to watch them and record them? The best I could do was connect a DTV box on the same TV where the DVR receiver was but I don't know how to go about recording things from there. Don't think it would be possible from what I can see unless you buy a TiVo or something. Ideas anyone?

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Unfortunately, TimeWarner Cable does not have certain digital channels available. Over time—based on 'popular demand' and the number of requests received—they've added certain digital channels to their cable lineup (such as 18.3, 18.5, 5.2, etc.,) but not all of them are available yet. I watch the Japanese channel, 18.2, and that has yet to be added to TimeWarner's lineup.

We have TimeWarner cable on our main television at home, but in order to watch the digital channels, I had to get rid of the cable box in my room and add a digital converter/antenna. I didn't mind, since it's not like I watched much TV other than what's on the digital channels anyway. I do know there is a way to have cable/satellite and digital TV on the same unit, and if I remember correctly, there may have been some posts about it (including how to record) elsewhere in the Tech Forum from when the digital conversion first took place. If you can't find it here, there may be some tips on Google. I remember trying to figure it out when the digital conversion first took place and I ended up confusing myself. LOL!
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GilM you might want to check these links:

http://www.mydish.com/support/setup-ota-module
http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/How-to-Add-Local-Channels-to-Your-DISH-Lineup.shtml

I've never used satellite, so I can't really provide more info on first hand use.
 
I wish TW cable box had something like this, so I can get rabbit ears to get 18.2 and record it to my current cable box+DVR unit. I haven't gotten rabbit ears since it seems like it's going to be too much hassle to switch back and forth from my cable box and rabbit ear signals back and forth, not to mention I'd have to buy a third party DVR or VCR to record the rabbit ear signals, should I go that route.



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That second link is very interesting, SuperRookie. Yes, if only we could do that with TimeWarner. At this point, the only solution is basically to wait for them to gradually add certain digital channels to their lineup—if they ever do. I still have hope for 18.2! That being said, I don't really watch much TV other than 18.2, but it would still be nice to have it on cable for more people to enjoy.
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Whoa, interesting article. Unfortunately, my DVR receiver doesn't have that OTA input in the back.

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I will try that splitter thing though. My main concern is being able to record the shows I get OTA since I can just set the DTV box in the same room as my receiver and switch inputs on the TV to watch those channels. Not a hassle for me but there's no guide and all that good stuff.

Time Warner seems to have more channels like MBC and SBS right? Can anyone confirm this?

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Time Warner seems to have more channels like MBC and SBS right? Can anyone confirm this?
Yes, I believe they do. Last time I checked, they also had KBS World. That being said, you may have to pay a monthly fee to subscribe to some (or all) of those channels.
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Yep, Time Warner carries the most of the Korean channels. But like Hiroshi66 said, they are subscription channels.

They have the local KXLA and KSCI/LA 18.1 channel.

MBC Digital, LA18.3 is free if you get the digital channels plan (most people have this).

KBS World requires the family plan for only $8/month extra. With this you get MNET, tvk1 and tvk2 also.

To get SBS International or MBC America alone, that requires $15/month each extra.

The difference between MBC America and Digital, LA18.3 is MBC AM gets the shows a few weeks to 2 months earlier, video quality I think might be higher also. I'd be more inclined to get those if more people in the forum had those channels, but as is, with SBS Int and MBC America being a few weeks ahead of the local channels (spoiler benchmark), then I couldn't post about those shows anyway. LOL It's a really complicated situation right now for us to come up with a solution to satisfy most viewers as far as spoiler standards go, given how varied the options have become, with each channel on a totally different schedule than another. Luckily KBS World is mostly close to KXLA, if that suddenly switched to being weeks to two months in advance of KXLA (like the MBC and SBS premium channels...), that would be a huge impact that would seriously divide, slow down the active threads.

If you want everything, that requires getting the Korean Bundle plan for $24/month extra - with that you'll get KBS World, MBC America, MBC Digital, SBS International, tvk 1/2, MNET.

Most of us in the forum have the family and regular digital channels plan, to get MBC Digital and KBS World.

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class blockquote SuperRookie wrote:

Yep, Time Warner carries the most of the Korean channels. But like Hiroshi66 said, they are subscription channels.

They have the local KXLA and KSCI/LA 18.1 channel.

MBC Digital, LA18.3 is free if you get the digital channels plan (most people have this).
KSCI/LA 18.1 is on Channel 18 on Time Warner, and KXLA (44.1) is on Channel 24 (at least in my area.) The digital channels plan sounds great but I wish they would just add 18.2 to it. It's a "digital channel" after all! LOL!
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Well that's not fair at all. I'm going to have to look into Time Warner now and see how much that korean bundle will cost me. It's a conspiracy man! Add to that they have the rights to air Lakers games as well. Totally not fair. emoticon emoticon

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If you'd like, you can call them and directly about what plan/package is best for you. Maybe you can get some of the channels you're interested for free, based on your particular plan. I know for sure I get one of the KBS channels for free, but there are a number of other Korean channels that I can get without any subscription.
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