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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by amjustice, Sep 14, 2006.
I just had my Comcast cablecard install today, so I thought I would post a review of my experience!
I have had a Series 3 up and running since they first came out over a year ago, and I recently purchased a Tivo HD for one of our bedrooms. I called last week to set up the appointment, and was told:
A) they would come on Friday 12/14
B) M-cards were out of stock, so they would bring 2 S-cards
Well they ended up resheduling my appointment to today (12/10) without me asking, and then the tech showed up with an M-card (both pleasant surprises). The install went pretty smoothly. The longest pole in the tent was waiting for the tech support people on the phone. Once he got through to the advanced tech support office, he read off 3 of the pairing numbers (CC ID, Host ID, Data). Something went wrong and the guy on the other end of the phone apologized and said they would have to start from "scratch". So the tech read off 4 numbers this time (the original 3 plus the unit address #). this time he seemed happy, and he told us we should be all set. We went to the "test channels" menu and after a couple of minutes, channels started tuning properly. We checked the pay channels, and everything seemed cool. I then completed the guided setup and tested a bunch of channels with Live TV, and everything seems to be fine! All-in-all, it took about an hour to run a new cable into the bedroom and get the whole thing set up and working. About half that time was spent on hold waiting to talk to the Comcast people.
I'd have to give Comcast a big thumbs up! They seem to have their act together here in the Boston area.
If they only installed a single M-card in your Series 3 Tivo, you'll soon realize they don't have their act together as much as you thought!
You now have only one working tuner (because the Series 3 can only use an M-card as an S-card)!
You may want to read the post a little more closely; it was installed in a TiVo HD; the previously installed receiver was a Series 3.
Jeez - you have the Patriots, the Red Sox, and now competent Comcast installers?! It's just not fair . . .
Background info: Had Comcast extended basic cable with my HDTV and received all my network channels in HD. Then decided to get TIVO HD and was informed that I need the CableCards to get the HD programming. Got a CableCard and it was working well and everything, biggest difference was my network HD channels are now 104, 105 etc. I was also now paying a dollar more for their Digital Starter Package. Last week my buddy informed me that Comcast added new HD channels and that all HD channels (USA HD, ESPN HD) were now part of the Digital Starter Package. I didnt see them so I called Comcast and they send the signal to my card and now have them.
Issue: I now have the channels except two. Im suppose to have TNTHD and NGHD which only shows a black screen when I tune to them. All the other HD channels work around them but those two channels. Ive called Comcast numerous times and theyve repaired and initialized my card many times. Ive also returned and received a new M-card. They say now they are going to send a tech out to help me. What the heck is the tech going to do? Are there any ideas why this isnt working? I think its Comcasts end not my end. I have all the channels around them but the TNT and NGHD. Any ideas? Whats the tech going to do besides restart my TIVO and reinstall the cards. Any ideas? The only thing I can think of is that they forgot to add TNTHD and NGHD into the Digital Starter Package so when they send the signal for Digital Starter its not including TNTHD.
And the Celtics aren't looking too shabby either.
Actually, in the first Tivo HD, I had to get a TiVo tech on the phone to do a conference call to get it working. I only had the MISSING PROGRAM REKEY on the second S-CARD, and I think it was getting that message because they didn't have the correct Host ID for that card. They actually asked for the Host ID for that slot when they sent it the hit that fixed it. The S-Card in slot one worked from the beginning.
The second HDTivo I used an M-Card, and it never got the MISSING PROGRAM REKEY error. It wouldn't show anything on the status screen and would never finish acquiring the channels when I did a channel test. It was fixed because there was a higher level tech on the other end of the Comcast guys phone who knew how to configure the card. The normal CSRs that I got by calling the Comcast phone # couldn't get it working.
I'm glad I'm stopping at two Tivo, I know there are several of you what it's been a nightmare getting it working, but I don't want to do it again...unless they are going to keep charging me this much for the cards. I'll swap the 2 S for an M if they do.
Well, I'm scheduled for a Comcast tech to come out Wednesday. I hope this guy knows more than the first guy. I'll probably have him do the conference call thing with TiVo if things aren't going to well. I'm not sure why it's so difficult for some of us to get these things installed correctly - I would think there would be some standard step-by-step procedure for Comcast to follow.
This will probably be my experience in a few days. I have Comcast scheduled for Friday to install (hopefully) an M-card in my THD. With my previous luck with Comcast in Atlanta, I typically have to call them and get them to come out at least 3 times to get anything resolved.
Hi, newbie here. Glad I found this forum! Just upgraded to a THD and when I call Comcast, they have no idea what "cards" I'm talking about. I ask for a higher up, and still no one has a clue what M cards or S cards are. I get so frustrated, that I hang up and hope when I call back I'll get someone who knows, but no luck yet. Gotta love Comcast.
Just ask them for 2 CableCARDs (and to bring 4 or 5 so they aren't stuck if one is a dud). Then when the installer arrives use your acute sense of the alphabet to see if it's an S or an M card by reading the big letter printed on top of it, and if it's an M card, just have them install one.
Very good experience with Comcast cable card install for new HD unit in Chicago. Tech came with M Card as requested when scheduled. Tivo unit detected card as soon as installed. Took about 10 minutes to get to dispatcher to record card info. Another 10 minutes to download channel information. After testing the channels the tech left. Total tech time less than an hour. After rerunning the guided setup all channels available on both tunners. Tech said this was his first Tivo cable card install. It was also the first Tivo cable card for the dipatcher he called into. She was a trainee. Tech said cable card usually went well with a strong signal which I had. Tech was impressed with the Tivo especialy the signal strength meters. Overall rate this as an A+.
From my experience if you get people who don't know what they are doing they will follow instructions and take care in inputting the info. If you get an "expert" he'll want to do it his way and quickly, and will then mess it up.
Of course there is also the third group, who don't know what they are doing and don't care, just want to get out quickly.
As much as I hate Comcast, I have one point on which I must disagree. About 10 months ago I got Comcast to agree to set the CCI on all channels to 0x00 except where specifically requested by the provider. The only channel in the latter group was Encore Movieplex. Since then all has been right with the world.
In the mean time, I got the name of a local engineer who has encouraged me to contact him rather than the 800 number. Recently A&E HD and Fox Reality were added with CCI=0x02. (Frankly, I didn't notice until I saw protected Tivo suggestions.) An email or two later and it was fixed.
While I'm sure jrm01 is correct, generally, the same as good companies will hire the occasional idiot, Comcast will hire the occasional bright light.
The quality-control of the installers and customer service is just all over the map. My experience as a new customer with a single Tivo HD and an additional digital box was and is almost comical. It's SO bad. I'm not jumping up and down mad about it. I just expect it. But I don't let them get away with it.
Nobody knows the difference between an M and S card. Almost EVERY aspect of my install was a comedy. I doubt I'll stay with them past the 12 month discount period. It's too bad. Cable has so many benefits and potential, but they just refuse to change their ways.
I will say, I've had some GREAT customer service reps. But I've had to talk to about 2 dozen of them, so my experience is probably far from normal.
In Seattle, we got 4 new HD channels last Thursday. Originally, the channel names were not listed, but I filled out Tivo's on-line form, and such were added. Now, we do NOT have the schedule data for these new channels. No one seems to know how to fix this on the AVSForum for Seattle Comcast. Accordingly, I would appreciate any suggestions. Thank you.
Here's a weird one. We lost power last night about 10:00PM. I'm on a UPS, so, I just shut down the UPS and went to bed. Woke up this morning, the power was back on, and I fired up my two TiVo's. Three of the four cableCARDs came up SUBSCRIBED and VALIDATED. The fourth came up VALIDATED but not SUBSCRIBED. Of course I was cursing as this meant another truck roll. But, I decided to reboot and that fixed it. It all seems SO FRAGILE, doesn't it?
Well they brought one to my house today -- but it left with the tech as they couldn't get it to pair -- they said they couldn't see anything on the office end.
Tommorrow they're coming back for my FIFTH appointment (only 2 techs have actually showed up due to a "shortage" of cable cards, so I do have one card working).
Is there a list of things i should get them to try? I've briefly hunted through the threads but haven't found a list of how things should go.
Today we got a data and host number -- and the only error i could see was on one of the screens -- "wrong card state" -- the person the tech was on the phone with was no help and just told him we needed a new card.
Today a Comcast supervisor came by - he was very knowledgeable and had set up TiVo HDs before. He brought an M-card; several hits couldn't get all the channels back, and in the end it took a call to Comcast HQ to get them. Unfortunately I don't know what exactly they did, but I get the feeling it had to do with some setting they had dictating which channels were available to me. The regular person on the other end of his phone couldn't do it, and he was connected to someone else within Comcast. Now everything works perfectly.