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Brighthouse Tampa - SDV coming!

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by theaceman, Apr 17, 2009.

  1. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

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    On my bill they are giving me an $8.00 discount but the fees associated with my CC's and TA's add up to $16.45 for my two (2) TiVo's. I'm struggling with whether the language of the ruling (quoted above) means they should discount the cost of the TA and CC for my 2nd TiVo.
     
  2. scottopus

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    It's costing me $6.75 ($3.80 for the TA plus the $2.95 for the M-card) to receive HD programming. A normal BH customer who wants to view the same HD channels would need at least a BH HD receiver. I can't find the current price on their website (nothing like upfront pricing) but remember the monthly "rental" was around $9.95. So the $6.75 your paying is less than a normal BH customer who just wants to view the same HD channels that your able to record.

    I'm not thrilled about paying BH an additional $6.75 but it's better than paying them $10 just to view the channels or paying them even more for their POS DVR.
     
  3. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

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    I have a friend in Pinellas county who uses the BHN DVR send me his bill. They charge $9.95 for DVR Service and another $8.00 for an HD DVR. In his case he has two DVRs so he's charged $9.95 + $9.95 + $8.00 + $8.00 = $35.90. Equivalent service with TiVo would be $13.50 in fees from BHN plus whatever subscription fees are paid to TiVo. Assuming primary DVR at $19.95 and 2nd DVR at $14.95 would yield a total cost of $13.50 + $19.95 + $14.95 = $48.40 or only $12.50 more than BHN's crappy DVR.

    If you start factoring in the value of lifetime subscription's the breakeven point is pretty soon. Assuming a 36-month DVR lifespan and lifetime costing $500 on the first DVR and $400 on the 2nd DVR. $900 / 36 = $25 / month making the effective cost of going with TiVo ($13.50 + $25.00 = $38.50) or essentially the same as the generic DVR. Only advantage of staying the the crappy BHN DVR is free replacement if it breaks.
     
  4. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    I'm still getting 123 -- BBC -- and I presume I still get the others (most, I don't care about) with just my M-Card.

    How about the rest of you? Do you see this as stopping soon?

    M

     
  5. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

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    Anyone else experiencing a loss of channel 1219 (CNBCHD)? Both my boxes aren't receiving it. I rebooted one TA and still no 1219. I'm in the South Tampa area.
     
  6. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    I just checked and I get "channel not available"

    To be fair, I haven't a clue if I usually receive this channel on South Pinellas Tier, M-Card only, and no TA.
     
  7. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

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    CNBCHD is a Switched Digital Video (SDV) channel requiring a Tuning Adapter (TA).

    I'm curious... why haven't you added a TA to your setup? The reliability of the latest Cisco TA has improved with recent firmware updates to the Cisco box and the TiVo.
     
  8. Jul 2, 2011 #188 of 371
    megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    Hi Sbiller, Did you get 1219 back?

    A TA prevents MRV which is a requirement in our house. And, cannot see a benefit to having a TA even if we didn't do MRV. We'll miss BBC and IFC, Flix, and Sundance when they finally do the change, but for the occasional shows, it's not worth the tradeoff.
     
  9. Jul 4, 2011 #189 of 371
    sbiller

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    megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    Aha! Me too! Good site.

    Glad all is okay
    M
     
  11. windracer

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    I can't tune into BBC America HD (1278) with my TA tonight (123 works, though). All other SDV channels seem to be fine. Anyone else?
     
  12. megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    WR, without TA, I get 123, and "channel not available" on 1278.

    I just reviewed my bill, and I'm charged "08/05 - 09/04 CableCARD 2.95" for my M card.
     
  13. windracer

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    Yeah, apparently BBC (123) never got switched over to SDV like that letter back in May said it would. But I prefer recording Doctor Who from BBCA-HD (1278) and for some reason my one TA won't pick it up ("you may need a CableCARD decoder to receive this channel"). Strange.
     
  14. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

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    I had a similar problem on one of my daughters HD channels a while back. It was working on one TA and not working on the other. I ended up switching the TA's to see if the problem followed the problematic TA. It did not. I think it may have been a signal quality issue and tightening the connections corrected the problem. I've also found the the BHN forum on DSLReports is the best place to get support on this sort of issue. Also tweeting BrightHouseCare is another method to get support.
     
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    megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    Anyone having HDTV issues today? I think mine went out (S. Pinellas) around noon. Have been having problems with internet too. Storms' effect?
     
  16. Sep 6, 2011 #196 of 371
    sbiller

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    Major outage across their entire network. Check twitter or dslreports for more info.
     
  17. Sep 6, 2011 #197 of 371
    megory

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    Thanks! Could t get back on TiVo community cuz of computer problems too. GB iPhone !! It makes sense -- glad to know it's system not my new TV! Thanks again
     
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    sbiller

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    Internet has been up and down in Tampa. Its up and running now so I'm hoping they know what the problem is. TV is up and running now as well.
     
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    megory

    megory Advanced TiVoOligan

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    Still down here at 3 pm
     
  20. Sep 6, 2011 #200 of 371
    windracer

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    I noticed I lost my connection to my home server around 11:30am this morning, and about 30 minutes later we lost the cable modem at work. Everything seems to be back up now, though.

    Pretty long thread over on dlsreports ... looks like not everyone is back to normal quite yet.
     

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