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Official Comcast CableCard Thread!

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by amjustice, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. mhargr03

    mhargr03 New Member

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    Mine definitely did not say anything other than 'Card Inserted' in green, as I recall, when looking at the CableCard screen showing the two slots. It definitely did not say 'S-Card' or 'M-Card' even though I had 2 M-cards inserted. Hope that helps.
     
  2. dswallow

    dswallow Save the Moderatоr TCF Club

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    Possibly or probably, depending on if your cable system is properly encrypting and controlling access to channels. The cards are authorized based on information that's generated when the card is inserted in a new slot; if you move a card to a different slot (and the device is powered on and recognizes the move), it needs to be reauthorized, even if you move it back to the original slot.

    There is a level of security that does allow an activated card to be freely moved around to different devices; though that seems to be used only when the cable systems are first getting things configured and tested... at some point they'll usually move into a more secure mode and you'll experience troubles.
     
  3. mhargr03

    mhargr03 New Member

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    Kind of in the same vein as above...will I experience any troubles with the CableCards if I have to unplug and move my TiVo? I won't have to call Comcast back and re-pair will I?
     
  4. dswallow

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    No, you can freely unplug your receiver. You can even freely remove the CableCARDs and reinstall them... as long as they go back in the same slots they came from, and no other CableCARD had been inserted into the slots in the interim.
     
  5. silypuddy

    silypuddy New Member

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    Well the tivo kept telling us the card was bad so I guess we have to believe it. :rolleyes:

    The interesting thing is the installer just shoved both cards in at once. He didn't even want to look at the tivo directions.
     
  6. silypuddy

    silypuddy New Member

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    Need some help here.

    Cable guy left and it appeared that everything was working fine.

    Now I'm not getting all my channels on CC1. I'm getting the message PowerKey Status Not Ready: Waiting for EMMs.

    I think I need to call comcast on this, but what do I need to ask them to do?
     
  7. chadism

    chadism New Member

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    For all the Comcast Fresno folks, I have not seen a post from any of you yet so here's my experience...

    8 appointments (2 cancelled) over a 2 week period
    10 different cable cards

    Tivo HD finally functioning with dual tuners. Nice.

    There is only 1 technician in Fresno right now that knows how to set this unit up. The first 6 visits were from Prince Telecom which is contracted from Fresno. Their best tech does not know how to set up the Tivo HD. I literally had parties of technicians in my house on the phone with Comcast dispatch and Tivo simultaneously. The one man that knows....Eddie. When you call to order your cable card install, insist that the install be done by Comcast in-house technician - Eddie, and save the headaches for other issues.

    Comcast office in Fresno will not give you cable cards, I tried several times.

    Good luck to all of you.
     
  8. WeBoat

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    First of all, if ANYONE has a tivoHD and lives in Lee County FL, please PM if they are working fine.

    Over the last 4 weeks, Comcast has been here 4 times; I've talked to a "supervisor" on his cell phone 16 times; I've seen emails from the supervisor to other people at comcast at least 5 times.

    Here is the issue: I've got a TivoHD; Two Motorola cards. I get all channels fine EXCEPT 5 HD channels. These re ESPN 1 and 2, Mojo, AEHD, and something else. I get HBO, showtime, and the local HD channels just fine.

    I've sent the supervisor emails on everything I can find here. They are just doing NOTHING about it. It's like I get promises every 3 or 4 days that they are working on it, then nothing. I'm getting the distinct feeling they just don't care if they Tivo works or not, or that they are purposefully doing something to make sure that it doesn't get all the HD channels.

    Any ideas or other avenues I should try?
     
  9. jrm01

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    Have you called Tivo support and tried to get their cablecard support people on a 3-way with Comcast?
     
  10. WeBoat

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    Yea twice. Too many pointing the fingers and comcast just says everything is right in the computer and it "should" work. Then I get an email from someone at comcast saying it could be "billing codes" and then nothing. Comcast says it's Tivo's issue, Tivo says it's comcast. Most people at comcast say it "could" be comcast's fault.
     
  11. jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

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    When this happens it almost always is a billing code in the Comcast system. Their billing system, based on a series of codes, authorizes the channels that you are permitted to view, and sets them up for each "oulet". When a CSR then sends an authorization hit to the cablecards he actually is sending it to an outlet (which is correlated to a cable card). How many outlets do you see on your bill from Comcast? If you have their STB also on the account it will show up as an outlet also. The outlets in their system are labled A, B, C, etc. I have seen a similar problem fixed by reassigning the outlet sequence in their system to put the cablecards as A & B.

    real mess.
    Good luck.
     
  12. WeBoat

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    Thanks jrm, I forwarded that on to comcast.
     
  13. ManOfSteele

    ManOfSteele New Member

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    I am currently a Directv customer and have two dual tuner DTivos hooked to my Samsung DLP. Both TiVos have been upgraded to 157 hours, so I have lots of space for recording SD shows. It's a great setup, but I'm considering making the plunge to HD and it seems Comcast is the way to go. If I want to create the same kind of setup I currently have with my DTivos, I assume I will need two Series 3 tuners and four cable cards?
     
  14. dswallow

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    You would need two Series 3 or TiVo HD receivers.

    Each would need 2 single-stream CableCARD's (the TiVo HD unit can also use one multi-stream CableCARD instead of 2 single-stream cards).
     
  15. mike_camden

    mike_camden New Member

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    I had a similar issue (you can find some of my posts in this thread from about 3 weeks ago). it turned out to be billing codes with mine. i couldn't get ANYONE at Comcast to acknowledge that until I finally found someone savy who fixed it immediately. There was a whole lot of bad mouthing by comcast employees towards Tivo, which was very disappointing, especially when it turned out to be a problem with their own coding.
     
  16. cr33p

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    What package do you subscribe too? I recently had almost the exact same problem as you. I was subscribed to a Digital Starter package, recieved all my local HD and for some reason was able to get DTHD. In addition I could tune both TNTHD and ESPNHD but with no audio. No one at Comcast could figure out why, looking at the channel lineup on Comcast's web site it led me to believe that I should be recieving those two channels and also a few others including AETV MOJO etc etc. Well come to find out that web lineup is outdated and based on some Digital Classic package they used to offer and now dont, the only way for me to recieve these additional channels was to go up a lever to the "Preffered" package, so out of some miracle I now have that package and my cable bill went down by almost 15 bux a month for an entire year. Not sure if that helps but thought Id fill ya in.
     
  17. WeBoat

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    I subscribe to just about everything, if not everything. I have the comcast DVR on two other tv's and they get these channels just fine. It's just the TivoHD that doesn't get them. I was planning on getting 2 more HD's when/if this is resolved.
     
  18. stream

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    Got a TiVo HD yesterday, called Comcast, got an appointment for 10 AM - 2 PM today to install CableCARD. Tech arrives at 10:15. Requested M-CARD, which the tech had brought. He said he'd done 4 or 5 TiVo HD CC installs, inserted Motorola M-CARD and called in info, and 10 minutes later I'm up and running! Feeling it was too good to be true (after reading the horror stories about CC installs) I didn't let him leave until I tested many channels on both tuners, and the tech leaves at 10:45.

    And so far, after a few hours of viewing live and recorded content, no pixelation/macroblocking. Keeping fingers crossed.

    Assuming all goes well for next few weeks, I can't wait to return the Comcast HD DVR.
     
  19. jrm01

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    I know this sounds crazy, but I have heard of this problem being solved by changing the sequence of the outlets on your accunt. In other words, if the two set top boxes are A & B and cablecards are C & D, have them move the cablecards to A & B. It makes no sense, and they will probably laugh at you and say your crazy, but I know that in one other case when they did this, and re-authorized the cards the missing channels showed up.
     
  20. lickwid

    lickwid New Member

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    Hopefully someone can answer this for me.

    I had an appointment today to install my Cablecards into my TivoHD. What is Comcast's policy regarding them showing up late? The original appointment was for 1-3pm PST. It's 3:10 right now. Should I call Comcast now?
     

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