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Cox Cable Cards

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

  1. wierdo

    wierdo New Member

    Apr 7, 2002
    Excellent. Thanks for putting a good word in for us. Hopefully the SDV dongle won't end up being vaporware, so we can put the unpleasantness related to SDV behind us. :)

    Even if it does take longer than expected to appear and Cox gets around to widely deploying SDV, I'm much happier getting the channels while I can and losing them when it's a technical requirement, rather than being shafted for months in advance by some administrative decision.
  2. Testpattern

    Testpattern Testpattern

    Dec 5, 2006
    Thanks for the feedback.

    Ice storm fallout still presents problems around here. I'm currently waiting to have more trees removed as a result of the damage. Not seen one like this before... maybe global warming will keep these from happening down the road... :)

    Thanks again...
  3. 24k Kate

    24k Kate New Member

    Mar 15, 2007
    Well...As of 9am April 10th, the missing Cox HD channels (Discovery, TLC, HGTV, Food, Animal and a bunch of others) here in Norfolk, VA have reappeared. I wonder if they will still be there tonight....
  4. jfranklin

    jfranklin CSR, Cox Hampton Rds

    Oct 2, 2006
    Something good should come from global warming. I know my summer time electric bill isn't liking it too much. With all the weird weather around lately I'm worried about this years hurricane season here. My area good off without much of an issue when Isabel came through in 2003, and we're over due for a rough one.

    That's what I kept telling the supervisors and anyone else that would listen.
  5. ScottEllsworth

    ScottEllsworth New Member

    Jul 16, 2004
    In OC, many of the missing channels showed up during the nine hours my new TiVo was functioning. Pretty darn cool - HistHD!

    From what the cable guy was saying, it looks like they were actually supposed to light up on the 15th.

  6. miadlor

    miadlor New Member

    Sep 4, 2003
    Cox officially added those chans and at this point "now" going to update cable cards with future HD channels when they are available.
  7. Breadfan

    Breadfan New Member

    Jan 7, 2008
    Cox still hasn't added them in Fort Smith, Arkansas.
  8. moyekj

    moyekj New Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    Until SDV deploys in your area and they start taking some away...
  9. Rolow

    Rolow New Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    So after this post I took note of my SUB Expire Time April 13th. Sure enought I got up this morning and the fix would not work. So I did a hard reboot and called cox to have them send a hit and all my channels came back immediately.
    I had to do the same thing last month but never noticed the sub expire time in the menu before. So at least now I know when I going to have to call cox my ne SUB Expire Time is May 13th. I have not had to have my CC replace since December 29th I can live with the calls to cox csr but having to set aside 4 hours for a truck roll is ridicules.
  10. lofar

    lofar New Member

    Mar 21, 2008
    I have been considering buying a Tivo HD for quite a while now and ditching the cox DVR's that I have now but reading some of this thread has me worried a little bit. Are these problems related to only the Tivo Series 3 or are they also on the series 2 HD models?

    I'd also like to add a comment on the whole Cox DVR thing, since I've had two for about two years now. Many have said they want to ditch their tivo and go cox dvr, well let me tell you it may not be a better decision. I have gone through about six or more Cox, Scientific Atlanta DVR's. They all have the same problems. They will periodically erase all scheduled recordings for no reason. HD recordings very often play back with choppy/broken sound to the point where it's not even watchable. Other times, erased recordings will come back from the dead and play in place of another recording that you recently recorded. It will also randomly split up your recordings, usually I end up having recordings that are about 55 minutes long and then a second recording that is 5 minutes long with the rest of the show. So while with the Cox DVR you may get all your channels good luck getting it to reliably record and play back anything. Cox gives me the same run-around bull they give you having me switch out the cable boxes every time and then blaming the problem on my inside wiring, I wouldn't be surprised if they started blaming it on sunspots.

    I think all the Tivo problems, and all the Cox DVR problems lie in the piece of crap Scientific Atlanta junk equipment they keep using. Cox needs to dump Scientific Atlanta.

    Anyways, so I'm on the edge here wondering if I should purchase two tivo HD or just stick with my crappy cox equipment. Sounds like neither one of them is a good choice.
  11. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Active Member

    May 7, 2006
    lofar good luck finding a Series 2HD there are Series 3 or Tivo HD.
  12. lofar

    lofar New Member

    Mar 21, 2008
    Sorry that's what I meant.. the Tivo HD.. I was under the impression that the Tivo HD is really just a series 2 with HD added. Trying to sort out my confusion between Tivo HD and the series 3 which has HD as well.
  13. Shawn95GT

    Shawn95GT Tivo, in HD!

    Oct 7, 2005
    FWIW, My Series 3 with two S cards has been relatively flawless since the install. I've had my S3 that has cablecards runing pretty much since Tivo brought the S3 to market. I've had to restart due to a cablecard acting up 3-4 times ever.

    It seems that the Tivo HDs have the bulk of the problems.
  14. SDRR

    SDRR New Member

    Dec 26, 2003
    My Tivo HD with a SA M-card is having similar issues. (I'm with Cox in San Diego)

    I've been losing all channels BUT the local HD channels every couple of days and I had to reboot to get them back.

    But I just got update 9.3a, and now even a reboot won't get them back. I don't get the usual "Acquiring Channel Lineup" screen.

    I'm going to ask Cox to reset them...

    Anyone have this sort of problem with 9.3a?
  15. hddude55

    hddude55 New Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Oh man, this is sick! I had the same experience today and I too received 9.3 witihin the last day. It was bad enough having to reboot every couple days to get my channels back, but now for the first time a reboot won't work. Maybe there is something about the 9.3 "upgrade" that means we will now have to have Cox roll a truck every time we lose channels. Swell.

    It's about time to put this series3 piece of crap on Ebay, and I don't care if it's SA's fault or Cox's fault or TiVo's fault. This problem should have been researched and solved months ago.
  16. craigo

    craigo Broncos Fan

    Apr 6, 2004
    I finally had enough of the dropped channels issues and went back to the S-cards for my S3. So far, I've only seen 2 SD channels that I watch every once in a while, FF every couple of minutes. It's really not a big deal since most of my viewing is on HD channels. No more dropped channels. I am almost, once again, a happy Tivo owner. :D
  17. hddude55

    hddude55 New Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Do you even have 9.3? Until you have 9.3 for a few weeks I wouldn't feel too safe. It appears something about 9.3 has taken a bad problem and made it into an unbearable one, unless you think rolling a Cox truck every week is realistic. I shouldn't be surprised that this has happened. 9.3 was rolled out before the missing channels problem was even fully understood, much less resolved.
  18. craigo

    craigo Broncos Fan

    Apr 6, 2004
    Yes, I have 9.3. I've never experienced dropped channels with the Scards. The only issue I've had with them is the FF every couple of minutes on certain SD channels. I switched over to the Mcard and the FF problems went away, but of course, the dropped channels started happening. After a few months, I just got sick and tired of rebooting or having Cox come out. Now, back with the Scards and it really isn't that bad. No dropped channels and only a few SD channels FF/Skip. Still not ideal, but I'll take it for now.

  19. hddude55

    hddude55 New Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    OK I'll try to have the cablecard1 replaced today with an Scard, assuming the tech has one on the truck -- and that's a huge assumption. However, I have had Scards and Mcards and had the problem has occurred before with either combination, but maybe the latest Scards have newer programming. Its worth a try anyway. Thanks.
  20. terrab

    terrab New Member

    Apr 20, 2008
    I'm new to this thread but I am done with Tivo not resolving their issues but still having no problem charging me every month. I have a series 3 with a M-stream card and I am in the Phoenix area. Tivo is worthless. I have to reboot at least once a day. I have tried the single stream cards and they just cause everything to be audio/video desynched. The M-stream card at least gets me content but only for a limited time. Cox blames Tivo and Tivo blames Cox. According to Tivo they "may" be putting out a dongle of some sort to resovle the issue, but i think that is a lot of crap.

    I don't see Tivo fixing this issue any time soon and I will be switching over to Cox DVR instead. I really think that we need to get a class action suit going against tivo. They sell a product that does not perform as advertised and do nothing to resolve it. I am several months in to trying to resolve this and there is no fix in sight.

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