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Time Warner Cuts to New Lineup Today

Well today is the day that Time Warner Cable will start to roll out their new channel lineup in the Charlotte, NC area.  My house sits right in the first wave.  I checked this morning before I left for the day job and the old line-up was still working. I thought they would have done the cut over in the middle of the night but it looks like they have not.  Unfortunately I do not have a cable box to verify so I will have to rely on other family members to see if their lineup has changed.

I also checked Zap2It’s website and it looks like they are ready too.  I have been wondering if they would be ready on time and how they were planning on handling the update.  It looks like they have just created an entirely new Time Warner Cable Digital lineup for my area instead of updating the existing one.  So I will need to run the TV setup and choose the new lineup and I should be good to go.  Then Zap2It can just phase out the old lineup over time.

I guess we will see what happens when I get home.

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Preparing for Windows 7 Launch Party

My Windows 7 Launch Party kit arrived last Wednesday.  Ever since then I have been preparing for the move to a clean install of the retail version of Windows 7 Ultimate.

I performed my clean install on Friday and I was up and running in no time.  Redoing all of my guide customizations and adding my series recordings back was a pain.  I wish there was an easy way to export / import this information.  Luckily it did not take long anyway.  I just went into recorded TV and selected record series from the information page of one of the completed recordings.  This turned out to be a great way to ensure that I did not forget to re-set a series to record.

I’ll be back later this week with pictures of the kit and details on the party plans.

Hands-On Videos: TV and Guide Setup

Here are the first in a series of videos that I have planned.  The focus of this series is on TV Setup and Guide customizations in Windows 7 Media Center.

TV Tuner Setup: Setup of 2 Cable Card tuners and 2 Clear QAM tuners.

TV Setup

Merge channels:  Merge the same channel from multiple tuners that show in the guide as different channels.

Merge Channels

Add missing QAM channels:  Add channels that were not picked up in the scan for Clear QAM channels.

Add Missing Channel

Add channel logos:  One of the best and simplest updates that everyone should do.

Add Guide Logos

Remove channels: There is no need to keep channels in the guide if you never watch them or do not get them.

Remove Channels

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