8000.

8000 fois sur le métier… vendredi dernier: service à la clientèle de vidéotron: un technicien passera samedi entre 7h30 et 12h00 vous portez votre enp. samedi 11h00: technicien téléphone pour m’informer qu’ils n’ont pas ça stock eux, d’autres nouvelles lundi. lundi 21h00: technicien téléphone: j’ai cancellé votre commande ce n’est pas nous qui livrons ça. mercredi 17h00: je retéléphone au service à la clientèle (oximoron?), on va m’envoyer ça par la poste, 2 jours de délais, impossible d’envoyer ça au bureau, le « système » le permet pas.

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  1. Ça veut donc dire que j’aurais le mien avant le tien… enfin, ce n’est pas le mien, mais celui que j’obtiendrai demain pour le tournage d’une chronique techno la semaine prochaine. Le démo était plutôt impressionnant mais je suis curieuse de voir si ça fonctionnera aussi bien une fois que l’appareil sortira des bureaux de Vidéotron. Tiens-nous au courant de tes périples avec le ENP!

  2. chère C.,

    Il est évident que je citais ici le technicien de vidéotron, j’aurais naturellement utilisé le mot « annulé »… 😛

    Naturellement, le facteur est passé vendredi (trace qu’il a sonné sur mon afficheur), donc, je recevrai l’avis de livraison lundi, et je pourrai aller chercher au bureau de poste mardi! Argggg…

    Dire qu’il y en avait ce matin au Archambault…

  3. Bonjour,

    J’aimerais savoir si vous pouvez acheter le ENP avec une télécommande UHF? genre pas infra rouge. J’aimerais pouvoir brancher le ENP sur deux TV, une au sous sol et l’autre au premier planché.

  4. Ça y est! Je vais ouvrir un site spécialisé en Explorer 8000. Premier lien sur Google

    Martin, il existe des télécommandes universelles UHF qui viennent avec un émetteur infrarouge (elles agissent comme relais). Je suis loin d’être un spécialiste, mais je pense bien que tu peux trouver ça ici: Remote Central.

  5. Merci cfd pour le lien,

    Pour les chanceux qui pourront évaluer le 8000 dans les prochains jours, voici quelques questions que ni videotron ou le rep de chez Breault & Martineau n’ont pu répondre:

    Le buffer du modele 5100 de Bell permet de reculer de 60 miniutes un poste (lorsque tu change de poste, le buffer se « reset ». Quel est le buffet de l’explorer 8000 (le site de ilico semble suggérer 8 secondes?

    J’aimerais utilisé le 8000 comme serveur (C’est d’ailleur le nom qu’il porte dans la doc de Scientific Atlanta.)et de pouvoir regarder un enregistrement sur un de mes deux téléviseurs dans la maison. Soit au sous-sol avec le cinéma maison ou au premier plancher ou les enfants ont accès a un petit téléviseur pres de la cuisine.

    Je prévois utiliser de 50 a 75% de la capacité du 8000 pour enregistrer les programmes pour enfants que nous ne pouvont regarder en direct. Parfois ils les regarderaient en haut et les week-end en famille au sous-sol. Le support technique de Vidéotron semblait me dire que ca serait possible, mais le service a la clientele me dit le contraire et que la politique et le service est de brancher seulement un téléviseur par explorer 8000 ?

    Voila.

  6. Bien honnêtement, le service à la clientèle n’a même pas idée de tout ce que peut faire l’Explorer 8000.

    Je vais laisser mon copain Christian te répondre pour le reste, puisqu’il est l’heureux utilisateur du enp depuis le premier jour de sa sortie! (comme quoi, il y a plus geek que moi!) 😉

  7. Salut vous autres!

    CFD avait bien raison, j’ai un ENP depuis la date de disponibilité ici à Québec. Quelle merveilleuse technologie! Enfin, un horaire télé comme je le veux et non comme celui que les réseaux me donnent.

    Le buffer du 8000 est d’une heure. Le 8 secondes est relié au recul que le bouton « Reprise » utilise. Je l’utilise surtout pour revenir en arrière lorsque j’ai « over-forwardé » une série de publicités lors de l’écoute.

    Cependant, il faut savoir que tout le système du 8000 est basé sur le télé-horaire. Donc, si vous écoutez le même canal depuis 45 minutes mais que l’émission en course n’est débutée que depuis 20 minutes, vous ne pouvez reculer que de 20 minutes.

    Pour ce qui est de brancher plusieurs téléviseurs sur le même ENP, je ne pourrais répondre puisque je n’ai pas essayé (pas de besoin pour le moment). J’ai un Explorer 2000 sur la télé du sous-sol et les deux modèles ont des ports FireWire qui pourraient éventuellement servir à ça, j’imagine.

    Le 8000 de Vidéotron a encore quelques défauts qui seront corrigés bientôt, selon le tech de niveau 2 à qui j’ai parlé. Le plus important bogue actuellement est la programmation des émissions régulières. Comme l’information provenant du télé-horaire est la même pour tous les épisodes (même heure, même canal, même description), l’émission du lundi sera enregistrée alors que celle du mardi et des autres jours ne le sera pas (l’ENP pense que ce sont des rediffusions). Pour contourner le problème, ils ajouteront une vérification du code VCR+ de l’émission, qui diffère d’une journée à l’autre. Je pourrai donc enfin programmer La Revanche des Nerdz convenablement d’ici quelques jours!

    Pour le reste, l’appareil fonctionne généralement très bien. Quand on a goûté à ça pendant quelques jours, on n’est plus capables de retourner aux cassettes VHS. Impossible. Attention Martine!

    Si vous avez d’autres questions, n’hésitez pas. Je suis là!

  8. Vous devriez tous lire cet article j’inclus l’adresse pour ceux qui peuvent lire l’anglais. Vous trouverez ceci fort interresant surtout si le système de Vidéotron Illico Explorer 8000 vous interesses. Un pensez-y bien pour les précurceurs et essayeurs d’un si nouveau système. Vous risquez peut-être d’en faire les frais. J’admets que je trouve le concept des plus prometterus et interressants, mais pas encore assez aux points selon un usager testeur des milieux de la Télé interactive.

    J’attends vos commentaires avant de formuler et de prendre une décision finale.

    Essayer ce hyper-liens:

    http://groups.google.com/groups?dq=&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&threadm=bGEi9.337248%24kp.1062232%40rwcrnsc52.ops.asp.att.net&prev=/groups%3Fdq%3D%26num%3D25%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26ie%3DUTF-8%26group%3Dalt.cable-tv%26start%3D325

    J’essaie d’inclure le transcript importants:

    «««Cable companies have been concerned for sometime about the growing level of
    competition they face from small satellite dish providers DirecTV and DISH.
    These national competitors have begun incorporating personal digital video
    recording technology into some of their receivers, allowing customers to
    digitally record, pause, and review programming. Some cable subscribers
    have clamored for this type of feature as well and have invested in Tivo and
    Replay units to accomplish this.

    Now, cable operators are primed to respond to customer requests with the
    introduction of digital video recorder cable boxes like the newly released
    Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000. Equipped with a hard drive and all the
    technology necessary to receive digital and on demand programming, the
    Explorer 8000 attempts to deliver a one-box solution to existing cable
    subscribers contemplating a switch to satellite or investing in a standalone
    Tivo or Replay unit.

    Larger than most cable boxes, the Explorer barely squeezes into equipment
    stacks, and like some of its predecessors, it’s best placed atop other
    equipment, because it generates considerable heat.

    The 8000 series can be custom configured by cable operators with different
    size hard drives. Time Warner of Rochester, NY (one of Time Warner’s test
    markets) deployed Explorer 8000’s with the Maxtor 4D080H4, a value line 80
    gig 5400rpm hard drive, capable of storing from 30-40 hours of programming,
    depending on whether the recorded channel was on an analog or digital tier.
    The unit makes almost no noise.

    The 8000 integrates the digital video recorder with the critically-panned
    Scientific Atlanta standard interactive program guide (the one that starts
    with programming lists two hours in the future) and assigns a pseudo-channel
    on the digital tier for viewers to view and access their recorded
    programming. Users can also manually configure recording times for the
    unit.

    The box is targeted to customers who want the convenience of digital video
    recording without upfront equipment costs. The box is provided on a
    month-by-month rental basis. In the Rochester test market, the rate is
    $9.95 per month in addition to the standard monthly $5.60 digital equipment
    fee (and a .35 cent per month fee for the remote control). Time Warner
    points out that competitors like Tivo make you purchase the equipment and
    still pay a fee of up to $9.95 per month for the program guide (which is
    also a way for these companies to recoup added costs).

    Among the major benefits of the Explorer 8000 is its graceful integration
    with digital cable service. Recording most cable programming that requires
    a cable box with external equipment (a VCR or DVR) requires consumers to
    jump through hoops in setting up the equipment to interact properly and keep
    their fingers crossed. Since the Explorer 8000 is a one box solution, no
    extra steps are required to configure the box.

    Also, the Explorer 8000 contains two tuners capable of recording two cable
    channels at the same time, which is unique in the field of current
    generation recorders. It incorporates a software-based picture-in-picture
    feature so that users can review programming on two channels even if their
    television did not come with this feature (or P-in-P became irrelevent with
    the addition of a cable box that outputted all programming on a single
    channel).

    Programming the Explorer 8000 is generally done by accessing the standard
    Scientific Atlanta-provided program guide. Users can scan for programming
    for up to seven days in advance by channel, program theme, date, time or
    title. Simply highlight the desired program, hit a key and the 8000 will
    bring up a menu asking if you want to record this program once or each time
    it airs and how long you wish to save the program. Users access recorded
    programs from a list. Once viewing, the user can stop the program and it
    will remember where it left off, even if selecting another program.

    The unit is also capable of pausing live television, and users can store
    programming in a one-hour buffer for accessing upon return. Spend 10-15
    minutes in pause mode and chances are one can skip through the commercials
    during the remainder of the program.

    The unit’s firmware can be updated by the cable operator as needed without
    user intervention, but will usually shut the box off and make it
    inaccessible until the update is complete and the program guide is reloaded.

    Complete technical information about the 8000 can be accessed by pressing
    and holding the SELECT key (there are two intersecting grooves on the button
    indicating a « + » sign) on the unit itself until the mail light indicator
    begins flashing, then press the INFO button. More than 20 pages of
    diagnostic information are available, but users can’t change any of the
    data, and much of it is very cryptic.

    The Explorer 8000 is now largely deployed by Time Warner and Cox Cable in
    test markets at this time, and for good reason. Both cable conglomerates
    are resting their hopes on the widespread deployment of Explorer 8000’s in
    the coming months to try and reduce the number of subscribers defecting from
    cable for competing services. Scientific Atlanta touts the Explorer 8000 as
    a complete solution ready for widespread deployment today, but frankly, it’s
    anything but ready.

    I have been testing the Explorer 8000 at my location in Rochester for nearly
    a month. I have given the unit a major workout and ran through menu
    entries, filled the drive to capacity, watched several software upgrades,
    and recorded more than 100 hours of programming. My overall impression of
    the Explorer 8000 is that it is a product in beta level testing and is not
    at all ready for widespread national deployment. Several serious flaws and
    unit failures have been noticed during my testing, and after collecting
    impressions from more than a dozen other local users, these flaws are quite
    common and seriously affect the unit’s stability and a consumer’s impression
    of it and the company providing it. Here come the negatives:

    The 8000 is a poor cousin to the far more mature Tivo and Replay recorder
    lines. Ergonomics, intuitive design, and uniformity in menu structure are
    all top notch with Tivo and Replay, but elude Scientific Atlanta’s 8000.
    Its current menu structure is not uniform and almost appears to be a patch
    over Scientific-Atlanta’s older 2000 line. For example, the use of the
    existing Scientific Atlanta program guide was a very poor choice. Its guide
    is notorious for insisting that viewers must not be interested in learning
    about what is on at the moment they access it, but rather what is on two
    hours from now. Inevitably, that means scrolling backwards to the current
    time and then scrolling through sometimes enormous programming lists to
    determine what is on, where. The 8000’s responsiveness is far more sluggish
    than the 2000 line, which means users occasionally must wait up to five
    seconds for a key press to be registered by the unit. Its key press buffer
    makes it easy to overshoot menu selections, and scroll times can be much
    slower.

    Additionally, while searching by program, the 8000 incorporates every
    channel into the list, and if your system offers Music Choice and several
    dozen PPV channels, you’ll be holding the button for a long time. Looking
    for Star Trek? You can only select program titles based on the first
    letter, so if you scroll forward, you’ll find Star Trek only after seeing
    Shallow Hal on the lineup more than 50 times, spread across several airings
    on several PPV channels. Scrolling backwards works as well, but PPV and
    Music Choice program entries will slow you down every time. Unfortunately,
    the guide frequently omits programming from its title list even if it shows
    up on the « by channel » listing, especially if the program is less than 30
    minutes (Space Ghost: Coast to Coast was a recent example).

    The 8000 is only capable of storing a week’s worth of program listings on
    today’s large digital-tier cable systems, and there is no way to program the
    equivalent of a « Season Pass » a-la Tivo to record every instance of a
    program, regardless of channel, until further notice. The 8000 can only
    record programming it sees at that moment in its program guide. Users must
    regularly re-program it. Further, since the data provided by Scientific
    Atlanta’s guide is not updated as often as some web-based program guides
    (and that of its competitors), incorrect information often creeps into the
    guide. A recent example was Oxygen’s on-again, off-again schedule change
    for the Sunday Night Sex Show, which airs daily at midnight ET. A plan to
    move the show back an hour was made, then pulled back. Web based guides
    kept up with the program changes – the 8000 did not. Now the 11pm ET show
    time is back on, but not for the 8000’s program guide… at least not yet.

    Programming the unit is tedious at best with the included program guide and
    its annoying nuances and sluggish responsiveness.

    Scientific Atlanta has been squashing bugs with the Explorer 8000, and
    firmware updates have been coming fast and furious from the company since
    the product was introduced locally. During the first week of use, the 8000
    crashed repeatedly (it unceremoniously shuts off and goes dead until it
    polls the cable company servers for new software/program guide information).
    A software update reduced the frequency of crashes. The menu system has
    also been a work in progress, as the 8000 had several obvious flaws in menu
    design (trapped in an endless loop menu, the inability to escape a menu
    while recording a program without cancelling the recording, unintuitive use
    of the color-coded « A, » « B, » and « C » keys on the remote, and highlighting
    menu bars in colors that left the user wondering which item was selected.)
    One major irritant fixed in the last software update is the unit exiting the
    program guide after selecting a program to record instead of returning to
    the menu guide where the user left off to select additional programs for
    recording.

    The latest software update as of writing was released to us on September
    4th – PVT OS v6.0.2sp (115) – FLASH v1.80.37a6s9 (0) – SARA v1.80.37a6.
    While it corrects some interface flaws, it does nothing to correct the
    Explorer 8000’s killer bugs which have resulted in more than a few users
    dumping the unit altogether for a Tivo or Replay:

    Fatal Bug #1 – By far the worst bug of all with the 8000 is its inability to
    consistently record selected programming. After a week of use, I found the
    unit began to simply refuse to record certain programs, despite repeated
    scheduling using both the program guide method and the manual recording
    method. I chose a daily program as an example, the aforementioned Sunday
    Night Sex Show on Oxygen. It uniquely airs seven days a week at the same
    time. The unit capably recorded the program during the first week or two,
    and then subsequently refused to consistently record it any longer, no
    matter what. Even efforts to manually start recording with the remote
    control’s RECORD button failed to kick the unit into record mode. Even some
    cable employees are having this problem.

    No software upgrade has yet addressed this problem, and it occurs randomly
    with a range of programming. It has been reported as the single major
    reason why consumers are returning the 8000 to the cable company. If you
    thought VCR’s were unreliable, the 8000 is far, far worse. There is no
    solution for this problem at this time.

    Fatal Bug #2 – Record Stops When It Drops. A newly discovered bug is the
    unit’s random decision to begin recording a selected program… and never
    stop. It will continue to record the selected channel until the drive
    becomes full, and has been known to then corrupt the drive to the point
    where all of your previously recorded programs are zapped in the process.
    The only solution to this is to keep an eye on the box, watch for the Record
    light being stuck on, then yank the plug from the wall. When the box
    resets, visit the recorded programs list, identify the last program
    recorded, and without attempting to view it, delete it from the list. If
    you attempt to view it, it can lock your box up to the point of having to
    pull the plug again.

    Fatal Bug #3 – One subscriber attempting to use the feature of off-loading
    programming from the 8000 to a standard VCR using the video and audio
    outputs discovered they where not functional. Customer service reportedly
    told the customer this feature was not enabled and might be sometime in the
    future. This despite standard marketing material promoting the fact
    subscribers could archive programming from the 8000 onto another video
    source using the supplied outputs. Note I have not yet tried to do this
    myself, so I don’t know for certain if this is a widespread issue.

    Now for many other annoyances of the 8000:

    – When watching a program, if you previously had two programs set to record
    at overlapping times, a warning box appears on your screen two minutes prior
    to the recording time alerting you it needs both included tuners to handle
    recording of both shows (so get off the channel you are watching and do
    something else! :-). Unfortunately, the unit will not consistently record
    both shows if that warning box appears, even if you turn the box off, as it
    appears a software bug has prevented the 8000 from always learning that you
    have freed up the second tuner for recording use.

    – Recording PPV programming can be a nightmare with the 8000. You must
    first order the event to record and then program the 8000 to record it. The
    unit will not record the program if you reverse the process, and in any
    case, considering Fatal Bug #1, I wouldn’t guarantee it would record it
    anyway.

    – Program descriptions provided by the program guide are not transferred to
    the 8000’s recorded program list. Record Monk consistently and you’ll
    probably need to start each one to figure out which episode is which.

    – There is no indication of the amount of disk storage used or remaining.
    The unit does not handle a nearly full hard drive well at all. Video
    glitches begin to occur as the drive nears capacity, and recordings will
    unceremoniously stop mid-point. Your only warning comes when attempting to
    program a new show, when « disk space is low » finally appears on screen.

    – Programming such as Monk, Law & Order, NYPD Blue and others that appear on
    multiple channels are not consistently recorded when programming to record
    every instance of a program that the interactive program guide knows about.
    Instead, you must program the unit to record every instance of a program
    seperately for each channel.

    – While recording digital tier programming, any video artifacting occuring
    (the ‘raining screen of pixels’ effect, or the screen freezing) either
    because of satellite reception problems, or signal weakness or ingress from
    a leaky cable plant, is not handled well by the 8000. It will freeze the
    screen for up to 15 seconds, lose sync information (you hear the audio out
    of sync with the video), or degrade the recording for up to a minute after
    each occurence.

    – The unit can become confused and take up to 30 seconds to return to the
    DVR menu when a program reaches its conclusion.

    – The more the unit stores and does, the slower the unit will respond to
    user commands and inputs.

    Obviously, the Explorer 8000 continues to be a work in progress, and its
    many serious flaws absolutely must be corrected before this box is widely
    deployed. I suspect it will never approach the graphical quality and user
    interface of the Tivo and Replay, which are single purpose units, but it
    must do better than what is out there today. Cable companies and Scientific
    Atlanta are working towards incorporating some features into the 8000 that
    are standard with its competitors (« Season Pass » being the most important),
    and they have to if this box will succeed.

    AT&T Cable has spent more efforts on exploring the incorporation of Tivo
    into its cable boxes, which may be telling for the nation’s largest cable
    operator (especially with the Comcast merger). But #2 Time Warner and
    several other players like Cox are resting a lot of hope and money on the
    Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8000, and screwing it up will only make
    subscribers direct even more wrath at local cable operators.

    I will report on future upgrades and news about the 8000 as it happens from
    here in the Rochester, New York test market.»»»

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