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How much do you pay for your cable card?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by OdepiTy, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. stujac

    stujac Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    I have Comcast-Willow Grove. I have 2 cable cards and neither have a charge BUT...the 2nd tivo get's hit with a 2nd digital tier charge (9.95). My triple play just continues to go up; I'm at $165 now and will be at $180 if I can't cut another deal soon.
  2. jrtroo

    jrtroo Chill- its just TV

    Feb 4, 2008
    Most likely you also have a "customer equipment credit" as well for your two boxes.
  3. stujac

    stujac Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    I do.
  4. MrDell

    MrDell Member

    Jul 8, 2012
    Rhode Island
    On my most recent bill from Verizon Fios there was note that said the Cable Card rental fee will increase to $4.99 per month on August 1st. That is just another way for them to increase your rates when you are locked into a 2 year agreement. They do the same with their DVR's and converter boxes also. A bunch of bandits in my opinion!!
  5. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    Yeah been there done that, went nowhere. Others have filed complaints about their card billing practices too. I got a phone call and a nice official letter from one of their corporate reps (with the FCC cc'd) saying it was perfectly fine to charge me a full outlet charge for a card, and apologizing for the inconsistent billing by saying that they were working on fixing that.

    The bottom line with Comcast is that you'll have no idea what you're going to get charged for cards until you pick one up (if then). What they state on the rate sheet is often not applied, or they pick some other old Tivo code that works, that's why you see people posting that each card is $1.10, $1.50, full outlet charge (usually $7.45 after credit), or even free. And this happens even in the same billing area - my daughter's Tivo (that I gave her) has a $1.50 card, I have one at full outlet.

    Go figure.
  6. Thos19

    Thos19 Member

    Dec 31, 2002
    Rockland, MA
    $3.99 for one M-Card from Fios here in Rockland, MA.
  7. CraigK

    CraigK (unspecified)

    Jun 9, 2006
    North of...
    I have two CableCards (no Comcast box). No charge for the first card (included with my cable package) and no charge for the second card in a different TiVo (included with my Digital Additional Outlet fee which is $8.75)

    Also get $2.50 credit for each card (Customer-Owned Equipment).

    The CableCards themselves are not listed on my bill by name.
  8. George Cifranci

    George Cifranci Viva La Tivo!

    Jan 30, 2003
    I have 2 M-Card's from Time Warner Cable here in Columbus Ohio and they are charging me $5.00 a month total. So I assume $2.50 each.
  9. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    This is pretty much what I was gonna say; it seems to vary by market. And even then, it can be different. I am in the Atlanta market & at one point, I was basically getting charged their $9.95 "outlet fees" for each cable card and then a $2.50 equipment credit. This was for cables cards above 2 (the first one was free and the 2nd one was $1.50). I only got one additional cable card at this rate.

    However, I recently got a local rep who was able to somehow make my additional cable cards cost only $1.50/month. I then STILL got the $2.50 "equipment credit" for each card. I know, makes NO SENSE. I therefore then wound up getting additional cable cards. My last 4 bills have showed 6 cable cards (I had to get some S-cards for older Series 3 units). No "outlet fees" either. 5 of them are being charged a base rate of $1.50/month each ($7.50) and then a $12.50 "equipment credit" ($2.50 X 5) each month for all of them. So I guess technically Comcast is paying me to have their cable cards. I'll take it while I can.
  10. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002
    Net $7.45/mo ($9.95 ADO fee - $2.50 Customer Owned Equipment Credit) for each.

    The FCC apparently has absolutely no interest in actually enforcing their CableCARD regulations.
  11. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    There is no need to get S-Cards for an S3. All of mine have M-cards in them. The only reason one might wish to get S-Cards is if the company charges less for them.
  12. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

    Dec 3, 2000
    They still require 2 cards. The S3 units can't use one M-card for two streams, as originally expected.
  13. Bierboy

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Quad Sillies
    But there's still no reason to HAVE to use S-Cards...
  14. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    Well, technically I kind of am getting my S-cards cheaper (read below)

    Oh, but I actually do have a reason I HAVE to use S-cards.... Read on.... (LOL!!!)

    Normally, I would agree, but at the time, my local Comcast office had absolutely no M-cards in stock to hand out to me. I realize this is a RARE occasion & probably the ONLY reason to have S-cards for a TiVo these days. Trust me, I TRIED to even get M-cards for my two Series 3 (OLED) units, but they didn't have them to hand out. Therefore, I just decided to get 4 S-cards they did have in stock since the rep was only charging me $1.50 for each. I can handle that for now.

    I have even been back to my local Comcast office 3 times to try and trade some of the S-cards I have for M-cards and for some unknown reason, all they had each time were STILL S-cards. Someone here suggested I call Comcast to have them mail M-cards to me & I am sure this is an easy solution to get them, but quite frankly I am afraid to talk to someone directly at Comcast in fear of them looking over my bill more closely and then possibly correcting something with it after seeing charges of only a $1.50 for the cable cards (& $2.50 equipment credits). Then putting back about 4 "outlet fee" charges instead. Therefore, resulting in my bill going through the roof.
    No, for now I'll just stick with the S-cards being billed at a $1.50/month for each of them. I can handle this. Again, I realize this is an unusual situation & probably the only reason to have S-cards. Not the norm for most out there, but then again, Comcast has an unusual billing dept. and practices anyway so nothing surprises me.
  15. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Well-Known Member

    May 6, 2002

    As long as they are working, there is absolutely no reason for you to swap out your S3(OLED) s-cards for m-cards. You need 2 for each whatever they are and I seem to recall some people reporting problems using m-cards in single stream mode, but that may not be the case. I've never had anything but m-cards and never more than one installed in any particular TiVo, which really isn't saying much in my case since I only have one TiVo (a THD) with 2 slots. I would be thrilled with the $.50/mo net per TiVo you are paying vs. the $7.45/mo net per TiVo I am paying.
  16. overFEDEXed

    overFEDEXed Member

    Nov 11, 2002
    Cox Cable Middle Georgia;

    $1.99 per card, $5 for first Additional Outlet Fee, $4 for 2nd AOF and beyond.

    I changed to an Digital Economy package, which is cheap, and the fees seemed to have vanished. Only $6 a month for three CC's now.
  17. aindik

    aindik Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2002
    $9.95 per outlet, minus $2.70 for bringing your own equipment. $9.95 charge is waived on the first outlet with most packages.

    So I paid base package price plus $19.90 minus $8.10 when I had three outlets, all TiVos. Now I have two outlets and I pay base package plus $9.95 minus $5.40.

    Comcast Philly.
  18. gayste

    gayste Love TiVo!

    Feb 27, 2002
    Alexandria, VA
    In NoVa now with 1 m-card and it's free. I think one is free but I used to have 4 (with 2 series 2's). At some point I complained that that they were all in the same house/room and since they did not offer an m-card at that point why was I paying for the other 3, so they just made them all free. :)
  19. jazzy01

    jazzy01 New Member

    Apr 11, 2007
    Northern AZ
    I pay $2.95/mo for one M-card in my Premiere4 w/CableOne here in AZ.
  20. Jed1

    Jed1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2013
    Frackville, PA.
    My circumstances is a bit unusual as I own my two cards. I got my first card back in 2004 which went into my RCA DLP. My cable company had only one card that they had for show and since I was the first person to try one they gave it to me for free. This was a Motorola S Card. I moved this card into a 8G Kuro in 2008 and then bought the second card for $125 in 2008 for my other 8G Kuro. This one was a Motorola M Card.
    Last year one family member bought out the family member that owned my division and I ended up with two new Motorola M Cards as the transition from the old headend to the new one did not go well. This Thursday one M Card will go into my first TiVo as Rovi ended the data for TV Guide On Screen that is embedded in my two Kuros. I think I will wait to see if TiVo releases the 6 tuner DVR this fall and will put the other M Card in that TiVo.

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