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Cable Co. announces move to all digital... and I own a few STDT. Now what?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by tough joe, Jan 30, 2013.

  1. tough joe

    tough joe New Member

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    honestly, i need 6 tuners. seems like i'll be going to 10 tuners by the time im done, 2 elites at 4 tuners each and the tivo hd with 2 tuners. i work from 6pm to 2 am. so everything i want to watch must be recorded. no choice. but salary is great, so no complaints. it will be pricey, but then again they should hold most of their value for a few years.

    the 1 crt tv has series 2. the other 2 hdtv's use the 2nd series 2 and the tivo hd.

    one question, will i need 2 cablecards for the tivo hd? there are two slots... so im guessing i need 2 cablecards - (1 for each tuner in the tivohd?) so im guessing i'll need 2 cablecards for each premier as well ? m card, s card, does it matter? if i get 2 m cards, does that alleviate my need to 2 scards in the tiviohd? is it the same in the premiers?
     
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    No, the model of TiVo HD you have is the same one I have. While it will work with 2 s-cards, it only needs one m-card, which is all the cable companies are supposed to issue unless s-cards are specifically requested. An m-card can support up to 6 streams so you only need one for each Premiere as well, which is a good thing since they only have one CableCARD slot.
     
  3. tough joe

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    but im still only limited to 2 tuners on the tivohd, even if i have 2 m-cards installed?
     
  4. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Correct. CableCARDs are not tuners.
     
  5. tough joe

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    Thanks so much for everything lpwcomp.. you've been a rockstar here. :):up: i may be back with another ? or 2. lol
     
  6. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Active Member

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    Atlantic...
    Since you said you have money to spend on this, would building a computer to do all of this be possible? Maybe some of the people who post on here could come up with a suggestion on how that might work.
     
  7. ajwees41

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    no they don't cable companies can charge for the cable cards. There is no FCC rule unless it's part of a package.
     
  8. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Got some serious post lag there. You might wanna have that checked out.:cool:
     
  9. tough joe

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    Not interested in a pc-dvr option. It wont be user friendly with other users in the household. Thanks anyway.
     
  10. tough joe

    tough joe New Member

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    Just got my first cablecard for the TivoHD - and it was not free. In fact, they said I could not just get a $2 cablecard, I needed to get the "digital pack" for $12.95 which includes the $2 cablecard. So here I am... paying more for something I did not want or need. Also just ordered the Premier 4xl. Will set that up next week when its delivered.
     
  11. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

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    why would they give you credit for providing your own box?
     
  12. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    Because of this:
     
  13. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

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    not all companies offer package deals
     
  14. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    Exactly how is that relevant? You asked a question, I answered.
     
  15. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

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    Because not all companies offer hardware in the package deal like you mentioned, so the OP might not get the 1st CC free. and others might see the post and argue with the cable company for a free CC when they don't have a package deal like comcast does.
     
  16. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    This has nothing to do with whether or not the CableCARD is free, which I never implied that it would or should be, except from Comcast. The "customer owned equipment credit" is a totally separate issue. Unless you have specific data indicating otherwise, I will continue to assume that most if not all cable providers include at least one box of some kind in any of their digital packages.
     
  17. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

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    http://ww2.cox.com/residential/omaha/tv/pricing.cox?campcode=gn_r_tv_pricing

    Cox does not offer package that includes hardware pricing nor give a customer owned credit.
     
  18. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    John's...
    I stand (or sit) corrected. However, it still does not negate my answer to your question as to "why" "they" (a cable company) would give someone a customer owned equipment credit. BTW, I would be thrilled if Comcast charges were like those of Cox. While Comcast does not charge me specifically for the CableCARDs, they do charge me $9.95/mo - $2.50/mo for each "additional digital outlet". The most recent such charge was added the day I picked up the card even though I didn't actually activate it until more than a month later.
     
  19. tough joe

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    unless i lost my mind, the new digital does not allow me to control the quality of recording? no more best, high, medium, basic etc... ? what is the default?
     
  20. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    There is no default for recording of digital sources. It records whatever the cable company/local broadcaster sends.
     

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