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Cox Cable Cards

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jcaudle, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. Sep 12, 2006 #1 of 2181
    jcaudle

    jcaudle Member

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    Just talked to cox cable here in fairfax, Va. The cable cards cost 8.95 per month each because they charge a digital gateway charge just like they do for each set....so its like getting 2 set top boxes. No system 3 for me. I will stay with D* and get the HR20
     
  2. Sep 12, 2006 #2 of 2181
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    In most cases the first CableCARD is included in the plan as long as you forego the cable box. So really it's only an extra $8.95. Although that is still pretty high. Maybe what you should do is wait a few months until your cable company starts getting multi-stream CableCARDs. The TiVo only requires one of those, so you'd be able to get dual tuners without any extra charge.

    Dan
     
  3. Sep 12, 2006 #3 of 2181
    cap

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    Really?
    Cox here in Omaha only charges $1.99 per card.

    Why would cox be different in different areas?
     
  4. Sep 12, 2006 #4 of 2181
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    From what I've seen reported Comcast is all over the map on pricing too.

    Charter charges a flat $1.50 per card with no outlet fee. The only hitch is they charge a $32 installation fee, but that's a one time fee so if you get one CableCARD or four it's the same charge.

    Dan
     
  5. Sep 12, 2006 #5 of 2181
    DrDravenStone

    DrDravenStone New Member

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    Just called Cox in Phoenix...
    2.00 per card (multi streams not available yet he says).
    Must roll truck for install 49.95 for one card, 64.95 for two cards, one device.

    (Don't have 1000 bucks to drop on an S3 though.)
     
  6. Sep 12, 2006 #6 of 2181
    dt_dc

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    Cox Fairfax charges $1.99 per card ...

    However, their "Digital Gateway" is "required" for each CableCard ... that's $6.95 for the first outlet and $5.95 for each additional one. The "Digital Gateway" is also required for HBO and other encrypted digital programming too so ... ... it depends on how you look at things (whether that additional fee is part of the "card" or part of the "programming").
     
  7. Sep 12, 2006 #7 of 2181
    Oxford

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    Just talked to TWC in suburban Cleveland, OH who has taken over Adelphia's customers. First CableCARD is $1.75 and second one is $4.75. Seems odd to me. Install is $25.00 for one or both at same time. Lead time for appointment they said about one week. I didn't ask about multi-stream since I didn't know what they were. I will call back and find out.
     
  8. Sep 12, 2006 #8 of 2181
    dt_dc

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    Oh ... and yes ... they (Cox Fairfax) consider each CableCard as an "outlet" even though they're plugged into the same box.
     
  9. Sep 12, 2006 #9 of 2181
    dkroboth

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    Ouch. That's my "cable" company, too. I'm glad I'm moving to LA in October. Unfortunately, since it's sounds like a major PITA to get cable card, it looks like I'm going to wait until we move to get a Series 3. Since we are buying a house out in LA, I think I might have to evaluate my home purchase decision on the supportability of the Series 3 by the local cable company. It's that crazy? You betch.
     
  10. Sep 12, 2006 #10 of 2181
    dt_dc

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    Then again ... Cox Fairfax doesn't charge for an "HD Package" like D*. You get the HD versions of channels without an extra charge.

    All MVPDs have their own ways to stick "fine print" pricing in there ... as always ... figure out the complete cost for various providers / packages and make your comparison from there. Don't ever make a comparison based on the cost of one part of the package ...
     
  11. Sep 12, 2006 #11 of 2181
    dt_dc

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    Well ... I put "required" in quotes for a reason. Technically, you could probably challange some parts of Cox's pricing structures ... and ... at the very least get them to give you a pretty good discount to shut up (worked for me on another "Digital Gateway" / DVR / HD pricing / tiering / hardware issue). Know who to write to and how to write it and ... I found Cox's pricing surprisingly "flexible". :rolleyes:

    But I'm switching to FiOS TV tommorrow so ... I'll have to leave the Cox battles for someone else (it's also a PITA to deal with).
     
  12. Sep 12, 2006 #12 of 2181
    JPinAZ

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    I called last week & was told there was no additional charges for installing more than one card.
     
  13. Sep 12, 2006 #13 of 2181
    aztivo

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    I just scheduled my install for thursday evening here in PHX and the truck roll is only 34.95. The 2.00 is corect though
    I just hope to have my box I ordered it this morning at 5am AZ time
     
  14. Sep 12, 2006 #14 of 2181
    ah30k

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    My TiVo CSR said the units wouldn't be shipping until Thu so overnight wouldn't be delivered until Fri. Maybe if you go with BB or CC you can pick it up by Thu afternoon.
     
  15. Sep 12, 2006 #15 of 2181
    aztivo

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    well this would suck, but i am hoping that this is just some csr mis-information as my order says it is being fulfilled by High Definiton entertainmetn
     
  16. Sep 12, 2006 #16 of 2181
    DrDravenStone

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    So it appears even the PHX market is all over the map. $35 is (almost) reasonable for sticking two cards in a slot and making a phone call to rattle off some serial numbers... Particularly if the traffic is bad on the way to your house.

    I'm almost glad I can't afford one of these yet so I don't have to be annoyed by Cox for something new. Almost.
     
  17. Sep 12, 2006 #17 of 2181
    boywaja

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    ugh, I wish i'd known that this morning.

    Cox has implies there is only the nominal cable card fee around $2 plus the onerous truck-roll fee.
     
  18. Sep 13, 2006 #18 of 2181
    ehardman

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    Any more Cox experiences?
     
  19. Sep 14, 2006 #19 of 2181
    timmetro69

    timmetro69 Vegas Baby

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    I called and scheduled a cable card install through Cox Las Vegas on Tuesday right after I ordered my S3. The rep was a little confused at first when I requested two, and she actually started to say that she'd only put one on the order but the tech "should" have two with him. I said I'd be much more comfortable if the order specifically stated two cards, which she eventually did without much issue.

    The cost per card is $1.99/month, and the install/truck roll charge is $30/card. In the end, I actually save about six dollars a month after you take away the $10/month for my current 8300HD DVR (which sucks).

    My install is scheduled for Saturday afternoon. Hopefully my S3 arrives on Friday as expected.
     
  20. Sep 14, 2006 #20 of 2181
    Blackbag

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    timmetro69, Do you have any idea who you talked to? I live in Vegas too, and I called on Wednesday. They had no idea what I was talking about, and insisted that the cable cards wouldn't work in a tivo. They transferred be back and forth between Sales and Tech. They finally just said when you get the tivo, come in and we'll give you the cards to install yourself.

    This morning I went in to the office on Rancho and lady was just as confused. She eventually set up an install on Tuesday from 3-5, but said it would cost $60 to install and $7.50/month for each card. I think they just make these prices up on the spot. I'm seriously considering canceling my install and waiting until they figure out what the hell they are doing.
     

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