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Letter from Comcast RE: SDV

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by jtmal0723, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. Oct 4, 2008 #1 of 152
    jtmal0723

    jtmal0723 New Member

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    I just received a letter today from Comcast regarding Switched Digital Video and getting an adapter, which reads:

    Has anyone else received a letter like this, whether from Comcast or not? It does give a list, that varies by area, of what channels would be affected too... It looks like I'm going down to a payment center on Monday to get an adapter and tell about my experiences installing it. Should be interesting!
     
  2. Oct 4, 2008 #2 of 152
    debtoine

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    What state are you in? I'll have to ask my friends who have Comcast if they've received a similar letter (where we are, it's Cablevision).

    I do hope Cablevision follows Comcast's lead and gives them to us at no additional cost as well.

    deb
     
  3. Oct 4, 2008 #3 of 152
    jtmal0723

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    I'm in the Comcast of Garden State area, which is around Cherry Hill, NJ
     
  4. Oct 4, 2008 #4 of 152
    pin87a

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    I received the same letter from Comcast (South Jersey / Cherry Hill / Scientific Atlanta area) this morning.
    Came here expecting to see some horror stories involving the 'Tuning Adapters', but was surprised to see none. I guess we are some of the first guinea pigs in this experiment? Uh oh.. Considering how hard it was for Comcast to even get my TiVo working in the first place I can't imagine this is going to go smoothly :p
     
  5. Oct 4, 2008 #5 of 152
    jtmal0723

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    We shall see how simple this is, I have an idea how it may work, but I'm unsure myself.
     
  6. Oct 4, 2008 #6 of 152
    Jimbo713

    Jimbo713 CreaTiVoty!

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    Great! Time Warner could be next (fingers crossed)!
     
  7. Oct 4, 2008 #7 of 152
    rainwater

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    I like the fact that you can pick it up, thus not requiring a truck roll.
     
  8. Oct 4, 2008 #8 of 152
    ajayabb

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    Just received my letter today here in Moorestown. I will try to pick 2 up next week...
     
  9. Oct 4, 2008 #9 of 152
    TriBruin

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    I am just happy to see that Comcast (and hopefully other cable companies) are not hiding the SDV Tuner and actively promoting it.
     
  10. Oct 4, 2008 #10 of 152
    morac

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    Cherry Hill is one of 2 (3?) SDV test areas. My guess is that they are expanding the test to the entire "Comcast of Garden State" system (Cisco).

    I'm in the Burlington System (Motorola) so no SDV for me most likely (for now).
     
  11. Oct 4, 2008 #11 of 152
    mikeyts

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    They're probably sending that letter out to every CableCARD sub. Why would they "hide" the Tuning Adapter? Distributing it helps them retain TiVo-addicted subs, and to sell them services which they offer primarily as switched broadcasts.
     
  12. Oct 4, 2008 #12 of 152
    jayfest

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    I also live in South Jersey and got this letter today. I immediately called Comcast and I have a guy coming to my house this Monday (free) to check on the Multi-Stream cable card I have in my TiVo HD. In the meantime, I still seem to be getting signals on my HD from the 100 or so channels the letter said I might lose. I suppose I could have installed this tuning adapter myself, but if they're offering a free service call so promptly, I'll take it.
     
  13. Oct 4, 2008 #13 of 152
    TriBruin

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    After all support cable companies gave to install Cablecards in S3s at the beginning, call me cynical.
     
  14. Oct 5, 2008 #14 of 152
    ZeoTiVo

    ZeoTiVo I can't explain

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    Times change and business gets tighter.
    What used to be competitors now become loose partners against even more dangerous competitor - eg satellite companies.
     
  15. Oct 5, 2008 #15 of 152
    mikeyts

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    The entire "Tuning Adapter Initiative", which has required over a year from conception to deliver (pretty high pace for this industry) is designed to help assuage complaints to the FCC by CableCARD-using subs and to fight off the NCTA's "Digital Cable Ready Plus" proposal. If they made it difficult to get, or charged anything more than a nominal fee, the effort would seem disingenuous.
     
  16. Oct 5, 2008 #16 of 152
    husky55

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    Any idea if CT is Cisco or Motorola system? All Comcast STB in CT are Motorola, but I don't think Cisco makes STB.

    I did not receive any letter from Comcast.
     
  17. Oct 5, 2008 #17 of 152
    dylanemcgregor

    dylanemcgregor Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    Cisco bought Scientific Atlantic a while back.
     
  18. Oct 5, 2008 #18 of 152
    bohbot16

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    Danbury uses Scientific Atlanta (Cisco) STBs
     
  19. Oct 5, 2008 #19 of 152
    timstack8969

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    So I'm asuming that if you can pick up your tuning adapter on October 6th they will start using SDV on October 6th??? Does this go for Barrington, NJ?
     
  20. Oct 5, 2008 #20 of 152
    jtmal0723

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    saying they're available starting the 6th doesn't mean they're going to immediately flip the switch on that day.
     

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