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Clarification, do I NEED a cablecard?

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by pppingme, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. Thinkdiff

    Thinkdiff New Member

    Oct 13, 2003
    ClearQAM channels are only available after you do a "Channel Scan" in the TiVo settings menu. They will show up and you can watch them, but as pointed out earlier, no guide data and the channel numbers can change at random on the digital channels.
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    Really? This is what you said earlier:
    While that is one of the functions of the CableCARD, it is not its only function.

    No, your interpretation was based on the mistaken assumption that you knew all of the functions of a CableCARD.

    Well, pardon me all to hell for not leading you by the hand and just answering the question. (Do I need a CableCARD?) After all, you actually knew what a CableCARD does.:rolleyes:

    As far as who first made an attack. You attacked every other poster (except the one who gave you a "valuable answer") in this thread when you said that all of the other answers seemed to be guesses based on the assumption that you had encrypted channels or some other issue.
  3. pppingme

    pppingme New Member

    Apr 21, 2012
    Someone else gave a better answer, I thanked them, it wasn't you, now get over it.
  4. jjd_87

    jjd_87 Member

    Jan 31, 2011
    To sum it up yes. If not your Tivo wont pick up any channels once your area goes digital. The channels your watching now are analog channels.
  5. TZR916

    TZR916 New Member

    Mar 18, 2012
    When I got my Elite a few weeks ago I tried without cablecard on comcast all digital area. I already get clear qam local HD on two Tv's & PC tuner in the house. When I went through setup & scanned channels on the Tivo, it found everything but I was not able see any digital channel. I could punch the number in but all I would get is black screen and error message. I could only see like CH2-23 analog.

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