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CableOne and HD TiVo

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by whyt, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. whyt

    whyt New Member

    Jun 10, 2009
    I live in Boise, Idaho and have CableOne basic service. I got a new HD TiVo box for Christmas. CableOne tells me that, sure, I can use TiVo with Cableone, but besides having to rent a cable card for $3 a month, I MUST subscribe to their DVR service in order to receive HD. They tell me they used to sell HD capability and DVR capability separately, but "people didn't want that" and now you can only get HD if you ditch TiVo and subscribe to their DVR service for a bundled price of $23.50 a month. Does this sound true to you guys?
  2. tiassa

    tiassa Me --Avatar

    Jul 2, 2008
    Ask them what the cost would be if you had an HD TV that uses Cable Cards, ask them if they would charge you for a DVR in that case.

    Also it might be (if all they are all analog cable) that you can get everything you want without a Cable card. Try hooking the THD up to your cable and see what you get.
  3. darius98277

    darius98277 New Member

    Nov 27, 2009
    I live in Caldwell and just upgraded from a series 2 to a HDXL TIVO. I just have standard (basic) cable and I just hooked uo the TIVO to the cable.

    I do wish that TIVo would recogmise the QAM channels. I can get HD TV for the networks on out tv's but the TIVO will not work on those channels. (89.455. 89.460, 89.465, 100.485, and 90.475.)
  4. CrispyCritter

    CrispyCritter Purple Ribbon Wearer

    Feb 28, 2001
    No, that's not reasonable at all, and would not be acceptable for the big cable systems.

    You can also try telling them that all you want is the cable card - that may give you HD by itself. All this may be a misunderstanding by either the rep or the franchise as to their billing practices (they don't have anything labeled HD in their billing except their DVR service), so they insist on billing you for that even though it's not needed.

    As has been said, charging you for DVR service when you don't have their DVR and just need a cable card is something the FCC wouldn't like. You should eventually win your fight by going to the FCC if needed.
  5. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    I have extended basic from CableOne in Boise. I just plug the coax cable into the back of my TivoHD, and it records all the analog cable channels fine (and they are all auto-detected via guided setup). For HD content, I only have OTA - a cheap external antenna hooked up via coax cable too. I live about 5 miles west of the capitol building, and I get 18 or 19 digital channels over the air with a $10 antenna. There is one HD CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, PBS, and CW channel, all the rest of the digital OTA channels are SD.

    Are you sure it was actually the DVR service you must subscribe too and not just an upgrade to their digital package? I thought you must upgrade from analog-only basic or extended basic to the CableOne digital package to receive any HD content or premium channels like HBO or Showtime. Hence, the large price increase isn't for the DVR, it is for their digital service which probably happens to include a DVR, some extra channels, etc.

    Anyway, if you give it a shot, report back with your results. :)
  6. justen_m

    justen_m Cheesehead

    Jan 14, 2004
    Boise, ID
    You can. I've got my extended basic, analog-only, CableOne coax cable split and fed into my TivoHD and S2DT and both work fine, albeit in SD. The TivoHD has another coax input for an external antenna, which picks up OTA HD for the networks. I don't have any cablecards.

    For HD from CableOne, you must upgrade to digital.

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