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Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by mrgreeneyes, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. mrgreeneyes

    mrgreeneyes New Member

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    I have Charter Cable..Thinking of getting Tivo and replacing my cable dvr box..What is required for Tivo to work right..
     
  2. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    For digital cable, you will need a cablecard for the Tivo.
    If Charter uses switched digital video (SDV), you will also need a tuning adapter.
     
  3. Teeps

    Teeps Active Member

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    Both, of which you can self install; no waiting, no truck roll.
     
  4. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    If you get an original Series 3, the TCD648250, then you will need an "S" or "M" card for each tuner.

    The two later S3s, the HD and HD XL, and the current models, the various Series 4s, can all use a single M card.
     
  5. mrgreeneyes

    mrgreeneyes New Member

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    Sorry its taken so long to say thank you..Do I need to sign up for their services to??
     
  6. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    Who? TiVo's?

    No you don't HAVE to, unless you want to be able to record TV and use the other features.

    A Tivo without a subscription is nothing more than a simple TV tuner.
     
  7. unitron

    unitron Active Member

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    TiVo offers a service which is a combination of a license to use their software, which they wrote, which works in conjuction with a Linux based operating system, and the guide data.

    The hardware is what you need to be able to use that service if you elect to pay for that service.

    That the hardware may have some very limited capabilities without the subscription is not really relevant one way or the other.

    TiVos have always been relatively inexpensive for the hardware involved at the time the particular model came out, the idea being that TiVo, Inc. would make their money from the subscriptions without which the hardware is of very limited use.
     

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