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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by adamwsh, Jun 24, 2011.
If I purchased a cablecard on ebay, could I successfully use it in my TivoHD on Fios?
No. Each cablecard is the property of the issuer (cable firm) and has unique electronic serial number known to the issuer. It will not function as it can't be paired - not legally and not ethically.
What does ethically or legally have to do with anything. Hell if who ever did not return the card, they were sure billed for the cost of it. So some it might be worth the $150 bill from the cable provider for the card.
Why would any one want to pay $150 for a cable card that his next provider would not put the serial number in their system or pair to maintain the channel mapping.
You *MIGHT* be able to use it for OTA guide "pairing". You likely won't be able to use it for premium channels (even if you pay for them) due to the pairing issue people are talking about.
I'd be vaguely interested in getting one just for the OTA channel guide issue..
The whole idea of cable cards was your cable company subscription authentication would not be in a cable-company owned set top, but would be reduced to a cable-company owned cable card that could be put into customer-owned equipment. They trust their own cards to enforce their authentication, but don't trust random hardware that comes from some unknown source.
I believe some providers used to sell them (Didn't Raj say he had to buy his?)
You shouldn't even be able to buy a CableCard on EBay (at least not in the USA) as they're the property of the cable franchise that rented it to the subscriber. If it's on Ebay, then it's probably stolen - and it will not work with your provider. Same goes for cable boxes and cable DVRs.
This... and "Unethical to buy a Cable Card"?
What a load of Hogwash.
You should all be ashamed of yourselves for propagating this kind
of baseless and slanderous BS.
So you're saying that the current eBay auction entitled
"Lot of 3000 - Motorola M-Card MediaCipher" are all stolen?
That's THREE THOUSAND.
Go Ahead. Call the Police if you don't believe that a Cable company
can sell off surplus assets. Better than going into a landfill.
Like it or not, those perfectly fine cable cards are now on the market
for any interested buyer.
Just an observation.
Almost 5 years here and THIS is what makes you finally come out and post your first post? LOL!
Must have some strong feelings on the issue.
That is all...carry on.
Don't be ridiculous. There's a huge difference between an electronics salvager selling a $21,999 bulk lot of used surplus CableCards (obviously targeting a commercial buyer or a cable provider or even a recycler), as compared to a private individual selling one CableCard on Ebay to an unsuspecting buyer (such as the OP) as if he can use it with any cable provider. I have seen countless posts on AVS and other forums over the years where people have bought Cable DVRs, Cable Boxes, and CableCards off Ebay and not a single one of em was able to get it to work on their cable system or get their cable provider to make it work on their system. They buy it, then they come to the forums and ask why it won't work.
Name one USA cable company that sells CableCards to the public or on Ebay.
Name one USA cable company that will allow you to use an Ebay-bought CableCard (or any CableCard not supplied by them) on their network.
In general I agree 100% with your post, but there are a few threads floating around TCF about users in small cable markets where the cable company insists the user buy the cableCARD for a decent chunk of change, so it is out there, but rare.
When the S3 first came out I lived in Rochester NH. The cable company was Metrocast and they made me buy my cable cards for $100 each. I have moved since and I think they rent them now but they certainly used to sell them.
If I sold the cards to another metrocast user I would think they would have had to let you use them. I doubt most cable companys would let you use them however.
Seems to me, cable companies have enough issues with their own cards, which they provide, much less trying to support some "unknown" piece of equipment, from who knows where.
So you have conveniently forgotten all about your own ridiculous post
and changed the subject completely.
Without missing a beat you've gone from accusing the
eBay sellers of THEFT (without a shred of proof) to a new
contention that it is not worth buying these cards because they
won't be authorized.
Well here's some more news for you, Inspector Lestrade.
Had you taken one moment to check the eBay listings,
you would have seen that the seller of the 3000 cards,
"lost-circuits" is ALSO offering INDIVIDUAL CARDS for $19.99
in an auction entitled "Motorola M-Card MediaCipher Multi Stream Cable Card"
Your contention is false.
Like I said: Hogwash and BS.
You are shocked ... shocked to find that there is imperfect posting going on at TCF!
This place is closed until further notice? Or could we just calm down a little bit and have some fun here, flawed as the playground may be.
One thing that's not clear to me is why go to the trouble and expense of buying a cable card on ebay? Sure, if you can get it to work on your cable network, and that's a really,really,really big IF, you'll eventually save money even if the payback period is several years, but with the monthly cost of a cable card from the cable company being fairly low ($1.50/month at Charter in Gwinnett,GA) why bother?
I'm reminded that it is actually Big Cable, and not any posters
that is the culprit here.
They are uncooperative and continue to place obstacles in the path of
TiVo causing years of extra work and a sub-par user experience!
I think I have read that there are only 2 brands of cards so it really should not be any extra work for a cable company to support a card from e bay as long as it is the same brand as they already use.
Let's try the first cable company in the U.S., Service Electric:
A little over 42 months before you break even, but it's certainly available.