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Cable company went all digital now no guide?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by kelleyseiler, Apr 5, 2012.

  1. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    I tried that once, it didn't work. The OTA port is expecting ATSC the canle port is expecting QAM. They use similar frequencies, but are different modualtion technologies.

    Your only options are the two you layed out.

    Dan
     
  2. hasservision

    hasservision TiVo Tinkerer

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    Good to know Dan203. Thanks for the input.
    Guess I could always invest in a better antenna, or build the DIY one I've seen online that's apparently pretty good. Only problem is I live in a place that's blocked by hills along the ocean, and the OTA tower is not in the line of sight from them. That, and I'm in an apartment building so I can't have an outdoor antenna.
    It's too bad there's no way to manually assign a channel profile/guide info to a specific channel in Tivo. That way I could just tell the Tivo what channel identity is of the signal it's receiving.
     
  3. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Is your apartment complex going to supply you with a box now that all the channels went digital? Or was this some sort of under the table type thing? If it was a legit agreement and they supply you with a box you might be able to trade that in with the cable company for a CableCARD instead.

    Dan
     
  4. xirian

    xirian New Member

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    Are you renting from someone who has a spare unit in their house or an apartment complex? My sister had cable through her complex and wanted a dvr so she had a separate account in her name that only charged her for the dvr, she didn't need to pay for a full account.
     
  5. hasservision

    hasservision TiVo Tinkerer

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    I live in a multi-unit apartment complex. I know the Comcast guy is here a lot, so other renters apparently have their own personal accounts. I have cable because the apt manager told me I would receive basic cable in my unit even if I didn't subscribe. So it must be an under-the-table sort of deal, or perhaps the techs don't bother filtering each units cable? Don't really know...
     
  6. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    I lived in one HOA housing complex where basic cable (Cox San Diego North) was included in the maintenance fees. When you're negotiating basic service for 50 homes you probably get a substantial discount. We added services on top of that and didn't get charged for the basic.
     
  7. hasservision

    hasservision TiVo Tinkerer

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    Interesting! I guess I should just call and ask Comcast... although I thoroughly detest them.
     
  8. philw1776

    philw1776 Active Member

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    Tried that. Comcast on Cape Cod will not allow me to add anything to my condo Basic cable since I have a HDTV. They don't want my money. I have a home in FL with Brighthouse with HOA Basic. Brighthouse is very happy to take my $ for additional services. Comcast is pathetic.
     
  9. hasservision

    hasservision TiVo Tinkerer

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    Yeah, they are... I really hate dealing with them. Maybe I'll just get Hulu Plus.
    But I know there has to be a programmer out there who could a program or addition to Tivo that would allow you to assign your own channels... don't you think? Now, would Tivo go along with that? Probably not..
     

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