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cable/tivo bill

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jimlau, Feb 9, 2014.

  1. Feb 9, 2014 #1 of 14
    jimlau

    jimlau New Member

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    I am confused. I pay $68 for cable, and my big cable box is free. so getting a tivo would really increase my bill, $68 plus tivo plus a cable card?
     
  2. Feb 9, 2014 #2 of 14
    HomeUser

    HomeUser Active Member

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    If you return the Cable Co's Box you should receive credit for the Cable Card.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2014 #3 of 14
    jadziedzic

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    If the cable box is bundled with your cable plan you should get a "customer-owned equipment credit" if you return the cableco's box and replace it with a TiVo. Likewise, the first CableCARD should be minimal cost (i.e., free). That will knock down the monthly cost, but TiVo will probably not save a lot if you go with a monthly service plan on the TiVo - paying for lifetime service is more cost effective if you can swing the cost.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2014 #4 of 14
    tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    A cable box is not equivalent to a TiVo. You should at least be comparing how much your cable company would charge you to rent their DVR.
     
  5. Feb 9, 2014 #5 of 14
    jimlau

    jimlau New Member

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    ok, so it's an even swap, cable box and cable card. is 1 advantage with TiVo that I can watch/tape 2 different channels from the 1 cable input? currently I need a second box to get 2 channels.
     
  6. Feb 9, 2014 #6 of 14
    atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

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    All HD TiVos have 2 or more tuners, the current Roamio models come in 4 tuner & 6 tuner versions. The older Premiere models come in 2 tuner & 4 tuner versions and all of the even older Series 3/TiVo HD models are dual tuner models.
     
  7. Feb 9, 2014 #7 of 14
    lgnad

    lgnad Pantless Mofo

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    One of many advantages.

    2 or 4 tuner models with the Premiere generation of Tivos,

    4 or 6 tuner models with the Roamios
     
  8. Feb 9, 2014 #8 of 14
    jimlau

    jimlau New Member

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    problem with series 3 is I don't think they get on-demand from Comcast.
     
  9. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    Plus S3s and at least some S4s can also get OTA channels, some of which your cable co might not carry.
     
  10. SullyND

    SullyND L:45-21 TCF Club

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    Premieres and Roamios can only get on-demand in certain areas with Comcast.
     
  11. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    Only in certain areas and only when it feels like working, at least on the system I'm on.

    With Comcast, you get, IIRC a $2.75/mo credit for not using their equipment. Not great, but it's something. That's on top of not having to pay for DVR fees per month, which are $17 or $18/mo IIRC.
     
  12. t1voproof

    t1voproof Member

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    I have one cablecard and receive a $2.50/mo credit from Comcast.
     
  13. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    Yup, I just checked mine is $2.50. Their bills have to be the most difficult things to read. The way they do credits and charges is incredible. They must have a whole team of accountants just trying to figure out how to make the bills as hard as humanly possible to actually read!
     
  14. Bigg

    Bigg Active Member

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    Although they seem to have also confused themselves, and they didn't increase the price for months 12-24 of my online deal. I'm not going to complain!
     

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