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Considering roamio basic.

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by 2004raptor, Apr 22, 2014.

  1. L David Matheny

    L David Matheny Active Member

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    I think he's saying that the Discovery Bar essentially is advertising. I tend to agree, although I find it inoffensive, and I too have found interesting things there occasionally.

    I generally find ads that are presented in parallel with desired content (off to the side or whatever) to be tolerable, since I can give each ad the amount of attention it deserves, which is usually none. But ads which are presented sequentially before or during video content are intolerable to me. I will never pay for any service that would force me to watch such ads.
     
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    While I agree with the advice not to call the number presented to you on the TiVo CableCARD activation screen, which is actually just the local Comcast customer support line, I would recommend calling 877-405-2298.
     
  3. mattack

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    Well, it _essentially_ is advertising, but ALSO sometimes has _real_ advertising, e.g. the Bounty or whatever towel ad that also shows up in the other menu ads.

    Also, I turned off most of the things in the Discovery Bar pref, so get only pointless things there.. (I think I turned one or two items back on to get slightly less pointless things there, but for me
    they're still overall pointless..) E.g. showing me suggestions or items already in my Now Playing seems kind of pointless, but for some reason bugs me less than a bunch of random shows I'm not likely to be interested in anyway.. (so-and-so ON CHANNEL 419 NOW)
     
  4. ToastyZ71

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    Nope. They're still clueless.
     
  5. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    Dropped by Comcast local office today and grabbed a cable card. Now just have to wait until the roamio arrives.

    Thanks for the tips toasty and lpw. I'll try the numbers and hopefully have a smooth setup.
     
  6. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    They weren't when I called them this week.
     
  7. ToastyZ71

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    I'll say you got lucky. I was stuck in non-pairing hell with too many phone calls to count. I also found it beneficial that the guy I spoke to at the national repair center works 2nd shift hours (mountain time) which helped since it was hard for me to call during the day
     
  8. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    Tracking shows it should be here Tuesday.

    Getting a bit ahead if myself but his does comcast in demand work through TiVo? Is there an option built into the interface?

    Also, does the roamio and harmony one play nice together? I seem to remember there was a way to program the 30 second forward skip to my only s2. I'll definitely want that on the roamio.
     
  9. ToastyZ71

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    It will work with Comcast OnDemand when it's rolled out to your area.

    The 30 second skip is already in the Harmony database for Roamio, so you're covered there. I'm very close to getting the Standby discrete code in and added to the database as well.
     
  10. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    thanks.

    btw what is the model # for the basic in the harmony database? I'm wanting to add before it arrives.
     
  11. ToastyZ71

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    Tcd846500
     
  12. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    Thanks
     
  13. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    TiVo arrived. So, I did as you said but when I finished everything seems to be working. I never had to call anyone. Is that OK?
     
  14. tarheelblue32

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    On Comcast, you won't have to call and pair the card unless you receive premium channels like HBO or Showtime. If you don't get any premium channels, then don't bother going through the pairing process with them over the phone, as it tends to be a pain in the ass.
     
  15. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    OK. I was afraid it was a fluke that everything worked so smooth and that it would crap out at some point.
    Thanks.
     
  16. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

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    Or you want On Demand.
     
  17. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    Ok. I called and left a message at the number above. Kids like on demand.
     
  18. mattack

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    Though I sure thought some other channels besides premium channels needed the card to be paired too.. Oh yeah, if you're in a package that has e.g. Nat Geo Wild. I don't get that one (anymore, I did at my old house). I think you'd just get the cablecard activation screen on an un-paired card, but with a paired card, it gives you the "you do not receive this channel" message.

    Also, sure, I only have a few data points, but in the past, the Cable Card hotline (1 877 405 2298) was FAR more helpful than the regular 1800 COMCAST number.
     
  19. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    I'll try them later today. I never did get a call back from the # toasty listed.
     
  20. 2004raptor

    2004raptor time to emancipate

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    Ok, on a whim I tried the 2298 # while I was at work. I was hoping they would know the info of the cable card but the lady didn't. She said I'll need to remove the cable card, reinsert it, write the #'s down that appear on the screen, and then call them.

    I'll try to do this as soon as I get home. Is there any chance any of that is in the TiVo? I'm guessing not. It's just going to be a pain to get the TiVo out of where it's at and access the card slot.
     

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