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SOWNY » Requesting opinions on Bell's Fibe TV » June 28, 2020 6:11 pm

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paterson1 wrote:

Good luck Tq345 whatever you decide to do. 
I have never had any problems with their internet service but my scenario is not the same as yours. I have had internet problems with Microsoft but never Fibe.  You will likely need to get a package with more bandwidth then what I am using, sounds like you have a busy household!  Explain your situation to the sales rep and they will advise you which would be best.

The PVR I have can handle four shows at one time for recording. I am not sure if it will keep recording a live show that runs overtime but to be safe I would just schedule the next show on grid to make sure it keeps recording if you think a program or live event may run overtime. It will record to the end of a live event if you are recording live, but something scheduled I am not sure.   Or just experiment with a live event you don't care about saving and if it goes overtime see if it still recorded to the end.

Hope this helps and you end up saving money, and get a good three year deal from them. Don't be afraid to ask for something extra, all they can say is no., But remember they want your business and often if they sense you are almost ready to take a package they will throw in something extra (Crave or Movie Channels) to get a new customer!

Again the big negatives that I have heard regarding Fibe would be their four digit channels, the physical line up of channels and where to find them will be different than what you are used to but they do bundle similar stations together (sports, kids, OTA networks etc.) Some people don't like Fibe's channel remote which is different than most others, I don't mind it but I have heard others that find it awkward.

 
Thanks Paterson1. I quess we'll take our chances on the bandwidth/speed question. The ability to record 4 shows at once is a big selling point. And recording the program following a live event seems like a decent compromise.  I've been spoiled as Shaw Direct allows you to add up

SOWNY » Requesting opinions on Bell's Fibe TV » June 28, 2020 7:05 am

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Thanks for the detailed responses folks. I really appreciate it. It certainly seems like Fibe TV has its pros and cons.
I'll try to respond to a few of your comments.
I'm really only considering changing to save some money. I was speaking to a Bell rep on another matter and when that was resolved they of course went into sales mode. And the bundling offer she suggested did seem appealing. Currently I have three different providers for TV, internet and cell phone. Service wise I'm very satisfied by all three. I have Bell for home phone and internet, I have Shaw Direct satellite for TV and Rogers for cell phone.
I had never considered it before, but I'm paying a HUGE monthly amount for all three.
I've always been very satisfied with Bell's home phone and internet service. For the few times I needed service I'm able to get through to a human on the phone quite quickly (no mean feat these days) and they've always resolved the issue on the phone or arranged a home service call within a day or so.
Shaw Direct offers excellent picture quality and a great PVR (admittedly I've been with them for over 20 years, so I've never used any other provider's PVR) it's expensive, but I do get all the channels they offer, except the international channels and the porn. It's tough to get them on the phone though.
And Rogers has treated me well over my 25 years with them. I've never had to pay for a new phone and I don't think I've ever had a service interruption.

After hearing all your good opinions I'm still not completely sold on Fibe. But I admit I'm leaning towards getting it if the price is right. I love the idea that the set top boxes are wireless and all the boxes can access the main box and its recordings.

To Paterson1 specifically, as a user maybe can answer the following questions:

I'm still concerned about reliability and whether we'll have enough bandwidth/speed to handle everything.  There are three people in the house and I can imagine a scenario with 2 or even three T

SOWNY » Requesting opinions on Bell's Fibe TV » June 27, 2020 5:47 am

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I know many board members have a terrible opinion about Bell, but I'll float this request anyway. I'm considering getting Fibe as my TV provider. I've gleaned a bit of info from Bell's website, but I'd like to hear from people who actually have experience using the service.
I'd love to hear the pros and cons from Fibe users.
Thanks in advance.

P.S.: RA, I realize this is a self serving discussion and if you feel it's out of bounds for Big Yeller feel free to delete this thread.

Cheers.

SOWNY » Ben Mulroney steps down as etalk anchor » June 26, 2020 4:47 pm

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Charlie wrote:

Tq345 wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

More political correctness running wild. 

Just two weeks after the group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A," the Dixie Chicks have decided to alter their famous moniker and will now be known only as "The Chicks." (And no, I'm not making that up.) 

 

I guess the next move will be to change the name of Dixie Road in Mississauga despite the fact that it was named after a Welsh doctor who settled in the area and has nothing to do with the Confederacy.

Is there a statue of him in the area?  Tear it down for good measure.
 

 
I'm not sure about a statue, but he did found the church and cemetery at the corner of Dundas and Cawthra. Ripping up the graveyard is always an option. 😁

SOWNY » Ben Mulroney steps down as etalk anchor » June 26, 2020 5:48 am

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RadioActive wrote:

More political correctness running wild. 

Just two weeks after the group Lady Antebellum announced they were changing their name to "Lady A," the Dixie Chicks have decided to alter their famous moniker and will now be known only as "The Chicks." (And no, I'm not making that up.) 

 

I guess the next move will be to change the name of Dixie Road in Mississauga despite the fact that it was named after a Welsh doctor who settled in the area and has nothing to do with the Confederacy.

SOWNY » Sum, sum, summatime...what are your fave Summer songs? » June 20, 2020 5:43 am

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Summer Breeze by Seals and Crofts
Summer in the City by The Lovin' Spoonful
Echo Beach by Martha and the Muffins
Walking on Sunshine by Katrina and the Waves
Summer Side of Life and Summertime Dream by Gordon Lightfoot
Nobody by Jerry Doucette (not a particularly summery song, but it resonates because I heard it on just about every radio station from Ontario to B.C. while on a cross country road trip during the summer of 1979)

Honourable mention (I don't think they got much airplay and likely weren't even released as singles)
Field Behind the Plow by Stan Rogers
Backstreets by Bruce Springsteen

SOWNY » Rush Drummer Neil Peart Gone At 67 » January 12, 2020 5:19 am

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Hockey Night In Canada had a nice tribute to Neil to kick off last night's broadcast. RIP Professor.

SOWNY » Remember when Molson's sponsored Hockey Night in Canada? » December 20, 2019 7:56 am

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the original hank wrote:

i also remember esso stations handing out their version of hockey cards (in the early 1970's) with every gas purchase, to be displayed in an official booklet. they were very popular (at least where we lived).

 
I still have my Esso Power Player album from 70/71. I'm proud to say it's complete with all the cards/stickers.

https://i.ibb.co/12nf85d/s-l500.jpg


This is a shot of the album I got from Ebay. My cover is decidedly more rough.

SOWNY » Enjoyable Christmas music » December 2, 2019 8:25 am

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Not your typical Christmas tune, but I love it.
Fairytale of New York by The Pogues.

https://youtu.be/j9jbdgZidu8

SOWNY » WUTV preempts Fox News Sunday for Trump Address - cuts away before end » October 28, 2019 8:23 am

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6079 Smith W wrote:

WUTV 29 covered the Trump Oval Office address uninterrupted (at first) this morning about the death of al-Baghdadi, but as 10:00 loomed cut out mid-sentence to run about 4 minutes of commercials followed by the regularly-scheduled Full Measure, not showing the end of the Q&A and never returning to Fox News Sunday.

The audience never got to hear Chris Wallace interview VP Mike Pence, who was sitting in the studio with him the whole time.

 

Less surprising is that CBS also dumped out of Trump's newser in order to return to CBS Sunday Morning. To be fair, by that time the "news" portion was over and Trump's bluster portion had begun.

SOWNY » Put A Sock On It Sportsnet! » October 16, 2019 2:49 am

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The influence of the Big Yella Board ... If I recall correctly, socks were in place for last night's show.

SOWNY » TSN4 has a movie on » August 14, 2019 2:45 am

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cash wrote:

Creed. The dog days of summer. 

I also noticed one afternoon recently where they ran a series of very odd "sporting" events like pizza tossing and lawn mower racing.


 

SOWNY » 60 Minutes [Tick,Tick,Tick] Delays Coming Soon » August 9, 2019 7:43 am

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RadioActive wrote:

I'm not a football fan and this is one of the reasons. Not only does 60 Minutes get delayed (ironically, sometimes more than 60 minutes) but every other show that follows is off schedule, too. It not only affects the time for DVRs but the ratings for the shows themselves, which get penalized for being late. How many people stay up until 11:30 on a Sunday night to catch a show still in progress?

It's the same thing on Fox, where The Simpsons and Family Guy get the identical treatment.

 
I couldn't agree more RA. This is where timeshifting channels become essentials.  Any Sunday night US network shows I watch get recorded from Seattle. Even if the games go into overtime (do NFL regular season games go into overtime?  Never mind. I don't care. I hate football) the primetime schedule always rolls out on time.

SOWNY » So ... » August 3, 2019 5:30 am

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This may be off topic as it doesn't really apply to reporters, but I've got a real pet peeve about a phrase I hear over and over on informational shows where someone is demonstrating how to do something.
Whether it's home DIY, car repair or cooking...

"Now go ahead and ..."

I hear it constantly and it's drives me mad how redundant it is. No need to "go ahead" ... JUST DO IT! (He said fearing a Nike trademark infringement)

The worst culprit must be Bridget Lancaster from America's Test Kitchen and Cook's Country. In a seven minute segment she can use "go ahead and ..." up to 7, 8, even 10 times. Plus she'll even throw in various tenses: "go ahead" "gone ahead" "went ahead."

It's a verbal crutch that really gets under my skin.

And don't get me started on broadcasters who can't enunciate words ending in "ing."

I hear buildeen, walkeen, talkeen, fighteen, etc.

It's just sloppy.



Rant over.

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » July 11, 2019 5:14 am

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I too would like to welcome you back Maybo.
I really value your thoughtful contributions.
 

SOWNY » Is anyone else tired of the media frenzy over the Kawhi watch? » July 6, 2019 4:26 am

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Personally, I have a lot of respect for Kawai. They're no Bösendorfer or Steinway, but still quality instruments.

SOWNY » What Happens When You Hire An Uninformed Newscaster » July 3, 2019 4:33 am

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Glen Warren wrote:

May 2nd, 2011

Obama and Osama...





 



 

SOWNY » Spots that make you want to turn the radio UP » July 3, 2019 4:28 am

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I love this one for Cadbury's Dairy Milk. I see the ultra short version pop up as an ad on YouTube videos.
I could only find the long version to post here, but I think it's even sweeter. (no pun intended)



 

SOWNY » 20 in a row for Jeopardy's James Holtzhauer » May 5, 2019 4:40 am

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Dale Patterson wrote:

As a trivia buff, one of my long-time dreams has been to get on Jeopardy but I'd get slaughtered by these guys! Need to study my opera and Greek mythology more.

Me too Dale. I also have blind spot with science, especially the elements, and (God help me) The Bible.

 

SOWNY » Radio Station Runs Show Played Solely From 8-Track Tapes » December 9, 2018 1:12 pm

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Thanks for the info RA. Four years is a pretty short lifespan even for a tech product.  I wonder if there's a collector market. Sadly, I won't be cashing in if there is, as mine is long gone.

SOWNY » Radio Station Runs Show Played Solely From 8-Track Tapes » December 9, 2018 3:21 am

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Here's a long dead format some may remember: The Playtape. There were likely different models, but the one I had was a small portable player called the 1200. The tapes were similar to 8-tracks, but much smaller and slimmer.  I was only 10 or 12 when I got mine, and have no idea how I acquired it. And I only had three cartridges, a Louis Armstrong, a Tijuana Brass and an Everly Brothers. I'm an Everly fan to this day because of that tape. I don't know anyone else who had one, so I don't think it was very popular.

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f3/Playtape1200.jpg

SOWNY » 60 Minutes Fans » September 16, 2018 5:43 am

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RadioActive wrote:

Radiowiz wrote:

Does CHCH go ahead and air 60 minutes on time? Or do they also have to wait?
I've noticed sometimes CBS programming that airs on Global is on time. 

As far as I know, CHCH always delays 60 Minutes, until CBS shows it. I think that's because Channel 11 is easily receivable in Buffalo, and they have to protect WIVB.

What usually happens as football runs on and on and on and on is that they keep doing a newscast, repeating the same things over and over until the game finally, mercifully ends. 

This is one of my biggest pet peeves about sporting events on the Eye Network. They NEVER end on time. Not once. And CBS shows are always endlessly delayed. I happen to be a fan of Madame Secretary, but good luck guessing when it will be on. I feel bad for the folks at "God Friended Me," one of their bizarre new Sunday night shows. I'm guessing few will ever see it, if it starts one week at 8:43 PM and the next at 9:07.

I'm aware CBS doesn't care because sports makes far more money in ad time than anything else they could show. But it plays havoc with DVR owners and you're constantly forced to tape six other shows you don't want, so you won't miss the ending of the one you do. Can't wait till February, when it's all over. (Of course, then there's golf or something else to run long, and it starts all over again...) 

I know this suggestion doesn't cover the over-the-air viewers, but don't most cable and satellite companies offer time shifting with west coast viewing/recording options? I know mine does and as a Family Guy fan I always set my DVR to record Fox's west coast feed during football season.  I don't think I've ever missed an episode.

 

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: The Oddities of TV » August 5, 2018 5:37 am

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Radiowiz wrote:

Tq345 wrote:

RadioActive wrote:

It's amazing that with all the TV stuff above, it's the Red Barn that seems to be getting all the attention!

There's still an old Red Barn standing on Dundas St. E. in Mississauga between Dixie Rd. and the 427.
I remember it being a Red Barn hamburger joint as a kid, but it's been a Mr. Sub for decades.

Are you sure it's still a Mr. Sub? Mr. Sub has been sold to the MTY group. It is to my understanding that they intend to close several Mr sub locations, replacing them with food court locations and/or staying open, but merging with Countrystyle.
(Coffee time hinted that this is a good idea when they introduced new Coffee time locations with a Capt'n'sub location inside.)

I hope that Red barn is still standing...whatever it's being used for today.

I'm pretty sure it's still a Mr. Sub. It's been a while since I was by (weeks rather than months) but the old barn was still there then.  Also checked the website and it looks like it's still there. Apparently they open at 11 a.m. today if you're in the area and hankering for an assorted with extra mustard.
 

SOWNY » Friday Flashback: The Oddities of TV » August 4, 2018 5:51 am

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RadioActive wrote:

It's amazing that with all the TV stuff above, it's the Red Barn that seems to be getting all the attention!

There's still an old Red Barn standing on Dundas St. E. in Mississauga between Dixie Rd. and the 427.
I remember it being a Red Barn hamburger joint as a kid, but it's been a Mr. Sub for decades.

SOWNY » 1460 CJOY Guelph » June 15, 2018 5:59 am

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You can ad our own Peter The K to the alumni list.  Oh ... and you can add me too.
Also I must mention Neill Clemens, long time morning newscaster. He retired last year after nearly 45 years at CJOY.
Amazing longevity ... and he's a great guy to boot.
 

SOWNY » 43-Year CJOY Veteran Calling It Quits On Friday » June 14, 2017 7:15 am

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I too crossed paths with Neill (or Newt as we called him) as well as Paul "Oz" Osborne and Peter The K at CJOY/CKLA in the 80's.  All great guys and great talents.  I was always amazed at Newt's constitution -- up at the crack of stupid every day and seeming to exist on caffeine and nicotine.  He always sounded great with classic newscaster pipes. And he was the only person I've ever seen who would take a drag from his smoke during a newscast (while playing a carted clip of course).
Congratulations Newt.  You deserve a long and relaxing retirement.
 

SOWNY » Inevitable Rain Songs On Radio News » May 5, 2017 7:22 am

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I wish It would Rain -- The Temptations
Crying In The Rain -- The Everly Brothers
No Rain -- Blind Melon

p.s.:  does Love Reign O'er Me by The Who count?

SOWNY » Dan Shulman » April 9, 2016 7:23 am

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I agree completely that Dan is a great addition to the team.  I also like Buck and Tabby.  But I felt last night the three-in-a-booth concept was a bit "noisy" with all three trying to make their points. They'll likely get into a good flow soon enough, but I think the two-voice team is a bit more effective.  But then again, I can put up with some "noise" if that's what it takes to have Dan back.
 

SOWNY » The Queen's English... » March 7, 2016 9:09 am

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Good gravy, this thread gets me going. 
I agree with all the points so far, especially the fewer/less situation.  It's basic grammar.
Also the lack of proper sentence structure drives me mad.  Broadcasters seem to be just speaking in headlines.
And while the dropping of the g, turning words like working into workin' gets under my skin, I go bananas when I hear so-called professional broadcasters drop the g and replace it with "een" as in come-een an go-een and work-een.

And don't make the argument that it's the evolution of the language.  It's just wrong.

Now all you kids -- get off my lawn!!!
And where's that bag of Werther's Original?

 

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