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If I switch cable providers, will my season pass auto update?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by emkorial, Jun 27, 2012.

  1. emkorial

    emkorial New Member

    Jan 7, 2009
    I'm ditching FIOS and moving to Comcast next week. I've read mixed reports on whether or not the Season Pass will auto update. Anyone care to share thier experiences?
  2. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    Mine had no issue when I switched from Comcast to FiOS. The Season Passes switched to recording from the new channel numbers. Although if I looked at the SPs it would still show the old channel numbers from Comcast. So I eventually re-entered my SPs to reflect the new channel numbers to make it less confusing for me.
  3. blackngold75

    blackngold75 Member

    Mar 9, 2010
    When I moved from FiOS to Comcast my season passes did pick up the new channel numbers. However, I don't recall if they picked up the HD versions of the channels or not. You'll probably want to check your passes to confirm all is well. I ended up re-creating many of mine.
  4. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    I wouldn't be surprised if the SP transferring algorithms did something like wishlists do -- pick the lowest numbered channel that qualifies.. and since the SD channels are typically (always?) lower #ed than the HD ones, if the SD channels are enabled, people who prefer the HD recordings are bummed.. (So just turning off SD channels is one solution, though I guess you would do that AFTER the SP transferral has already happened...)
  5. Jul 1, 2012 #5 of 14

    alansh New Member

    Jan 3, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    I think the season passes are linked to the channel names, like "DSCHD" (Discovery HD) rather than the channel numbers.
  6. Jul 2, 2012 #6 of 14

    tiassa Me --Avatar

    Jul 2, 2008
    I think that is the case as well, which leads to issues if the two cable systems don't use the same names for the channels, like "DSCHD" vs "DISCHD". So once you have made the cutover it is definitely worth checking to see if your SPs have made the change.
  7. Jul 3, 2012 #7 of 14

    ybtrue Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Central Florida
    I moved from one Comcast market to another (60 miles difference). I had to redo all of my local channel season passes because the channel names were different. The others worked just fine.
  8. Jul 5, 2012 #8 of 14

    Stormspace Electrocuted by TiVo

    Apr 13, 2004
    Hartsville, SC
    Once a year I've been taking my TiVo to the beach. Each time I rerun guided setup to change the location and cable provider and the season passes work just fine in the new location.
  9. Jul 5, 2012 #9 of 14

    Philmatic Member

    Sep 17, 2003
    Depends, if you are in the same Market, you *should* be fine.

    But if you are moving to a different market it's iffy... I recently switched from Comcast in Northern California to Cox in Southern California and it picked up most of the cable channels without trouble because they use the same call sign (CCHD in Comcast is CCHD in Cox), but local OTA channels break because the call sign is completely different, and they should be as they are different channels.

    Regardless of your situation, I would definitely double check them after you set up the new provider and CableCard authorization. If the channel updated and the call sign is the same, you should be fine.
  10. lrhorer

    lrhorer Active Member

    Aug 31, 2003
    Have you taught it to surf, yet? :D:D
  11. Stormspace

    Stormspace Electrocuted by TiVo

    Apr 13, 2004
    Hartsville, SC
    Once I figure out how to properly apply sunscreen to it I'm planning to. ;)
  12. peterkronenberg

    peterkronenberg New Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Sterling, VA
    I'm switching from Comcast to FIOS in a few days. I just called Tivo and they told me that I would definitely have to redo my Season Passes. That it goes by the number, not the name of the channel. So I'm glad to read the comments here that that doesn't seem to be the case. I hope so. I don't want to have to re-enter 100 season passes.
    I'm in Northern Virginia, if that makes a difference.
  13. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    When I moved within a market, the season passes worked on a new provider. When I moved from Texas to Kentucky, the local channel passes had to be redone, but the cable channel passes continued to work just fine.
  14. bshrock

    bshrock Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    When I switched providers most of the season passes followed the move to the new channel number. A few of the season passes that were on HD channels ended up on the SD channel so some tweaking will be needed.

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