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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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    Sorry I didnt notice your post until i came on to research something. I know it's 3 months later but... Here's your answer.

    I ended up paying $760 each for 2 new tivo XL4 premiers with lifetime service. (You can probably pay less now) Trust me when I say this - once you get HD channels, you REALLY need all the space you can get to save the shows. Get the largest drives you can. I'm about a month away from having to get a usb drive and set up pytivo for storage holding.

    The Mecum auto auctions in HD are taking up 20 hours of hd video space alone.

    I had a problem with the DTA a few weeks ago where they were causing the 2 xl4's to lock up. So I disconnected them completely. If you are in Coral Springs (Advanced Cable), you do not need dta's with tivo HDs or Premiers.

    The biggest problem was setting up the cable cards. You'll go through phone techs over and over until you get one who cares about fixing your problem. If you are going to pick up the cable cards, try to go there during the week. The weekend warehouse is closed. If it doesnt work, your out of luck until Monday.

    As for the package you get, they'll give you a discount for several months for you to try everything. Take advantage of it. The new channels are good. Try them out before you decide. If you have flat screen tv's that measure 35 inches or larger - get the HD package too. Your price may vary but I think they gave me everything (except pay channels) for half-off for several months.

    Good luck. With the cable cards, sometimes it feels like Russian Roulette. But be persistant.
     
  2. kherr

    kherr Member

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    I paid attention to the Charter forum at DSL Reports web site and had a pro install for my 2 Tivos. One thing should be noted that the 2nd tech that showed up said that less than 1% of installs are cablecards so not everyone is up to speed.

    The first tech couldn’t even wire the tuning adapter correctly so he didn’t even have a chance when he called to have the hardware (Tivo, cablecard, tuning adapter) paired. He spent over 4 hours fumbling around, and another tech showed up to make sure he was doing it “right”.

    Well the next evening “The Pro from Dover” came over. He put a meter on the outlet and promptly:

    Installed a new drop
    Replaced the 8 way splitter in the basement with an amp
    Cleaned up the rats nest of cabling the previous installer left

    He then said that now he could start the install. Hooking up the wire is easy; getting the tech at the headend to pair it correctly is hard. All total he was on the phone for a long time. He got one working and called it quits at 8 PM when the tech at the headend went home. He said that her replacement didn’t have a clue and would be futile. The next day he called and asked if the 2nd was working and told him it was the same as how he left it. He said to give it 30 minutes and try it again as he was going to have them pair it again to see what happens. 45 minutes later he called to see if it worked, and it did. This guy was a contractor and put much more into it then any Charter tech would have …..

    Price: $20
    Result: Priceless …..
     
  3. tough joe

    tough joe New Member

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    Yes and unfortunately, many, not all or a majority for that matter, but many csr's tried to get me to get the cable company's own dvr for $10 per month. But once the system, cable cards and tivos, is set up, everything is golden. Im still pissed off at the cable company for moving to all digital - this has cost me around $1700, and there was no need. The choice to move to "all digital" is not mandatory, even though many of the workers say otherwise (lack of education or out right fraud). Its just another way to suck more $$ out of us.
     
  4. kherr

    kherr Member

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    The reason for the migration, at least what I've seen talked about anyway, is that they want to free up some bandwidth to add more HD and more HSI. Another is to get more freeloaders off the system because of not only $$$ lost, but they tend to have stuff that causes interference for the people that pay.

    In the end it's that pesky word called "PROGRESS !!". It also gets people to get rid of a perfectly good crt for a flat panel ........
     

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