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Official Comcast CableCard Thread!

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

  1. bizzy

    bizzy New Member

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  2. wdpower

    wdpower New Member

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    Well, I'm up and running, window was from 8-11, the tech sowed up at five past nine. Left about nine forty, got my HD HBO, and channels up into the 800's. I did notice that I have SciFiHD and I think the other was home and garden HD, but neither would tune. How do I find out if Comcast in West Palm, FL uses SDV? I would like to see how Stargate Atlantis looks in HD-Geek.

    -Bill
     
  3. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    you don't get SciFi or HGTV with standard or digital starter, in HD.
     
  4. wdpower

    wdpower New Member

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    I signed for additional channels, I get a crap load plus HBO for 15 $. I called Comcast and they said to give it a couple of hours that the tuner/cards may not have all the programing yet. I'll recheck when i get home and call tomorrow if there's an issue. The girl on the phone said they were not using SDV.

    BTW, the ones I was missing was the lower 400's of the HD, Discovery, USA, Lifetime, SciFi.

    -Bill
     
  5. a68oliver

    a68oliver Member

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    I am on a Comcast (formerly Insight) system fed from Anderson, IN. They have announced new channels effective May 1. I didn't subscribe to any digital package with Insight. However, I had cablecards so I could get the guide data for my local HD channels and that also allowed me to get the digital Music Choice channels.

    About April 1, I noticed I was now receiving additional digital channels on cablecard 0, but not on cablecard 1. I called Comcast and they sent two hits to cablecard 1 and nothing happened. I wasn't too worried about it so I didn't do anything. I still don't understand why only one cablecard received the additional channels.

    I recently called to ask what digital package I would be migrated to as of May 1. It appears that my account didn't show ANY digital package at all. So I asked to be placed on the Digital Preferred package. That seemed to cover the channels cablecard 0 was receiving. It was also eligible for an introductory 12 month rate of about $10/month. This is a savings of about $5/month. The moment the CSR pressed the button, she asked me to check my TV. I instantly had access to the new package on both cablecards.

    Then, later in the day, a funny thing happened. I noticed my S3 was pending a restart and I assumed I had received the 9.3a software. I forced a reset to install the upgrade. It seemed to go off without a hitch.

    Then later I noticed extreme breakup, macroblocking, and audio dropouts on one channel. I thought it might be related to the 3:1 mux issue also being discussed. However, it didn't involve HD channels. Further testing revealed that every digital channel was messed up when tuned with one of the two cablecards. So I knew it wasn't a signal related issue.

    I tried the universal fix for all things computer related and rebooted the Tivo. That fixed it and all seems to be well.

    I just wanted to report it here in case others have any similar issues.
     
  6. kwbdc

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    I have the digital starter and SciFi HD comes with it.
     
  7. wdpower

    wdpower New Member

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    Called comcast. there sending out another hit to my card to see if I can get it up and running. Again I asked about SDV and she had no clue what it was.
     
  8. vutng103

    vutng103 New Member

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    WOOO HOOO!!! 4 days ago I received 6 new HD channels and configured my TiVo to get them working. Just yesterday, TiVo updated their channel listings and now all show listings are populated. You may need to add the new channels in your "Channel List" settings. Below are the Stations and its channels. Hope this helps you out:

    SciFi HD - Channel 736
    Food HD - Channel 747
    Anim HD - Channel 751
    TLC HD - Channel 752
    CNN HD - Channel 759
    AMC HD - Channel 769
     
  9. btwyx

    btwyx Substantive Member

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    Those popped up on my TiVo this morning, fully working with guide data.
     
  10. kwbdc

    kwbdc New Member

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    I got these channels as well:

    660 UHD
    661 MHDTV
    662 TNTHD
    663 HDT
    664 MOJO
    665 GOLFFVS
    667 APLHD
    668 DSCHD
    669 TLCHD
    670 AETV
    671 HSTR
    672 USAHD
    673 NGCHD
    674 HGTVD
    675 FOOD
    676 SCIFI
     
  11. b_scott

    b_scott TiVo Fan

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    well that's not fair..... i'm in Chicago, i don't know if that matters.
     
  12. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Not in my area. Only the local HD stations are available with the digital starter.
     
  13. kwbdc

    kwbdc New Member

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    That's strange. It's standard here in Seattle.
     
  14. rick123

    rick123 Member

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    I should have our first Tivo HD tomorrow.

    Anyone know if Comcast in Southern NH gives out Cablecards at their local offices? Can I do a self install or will I need a truck to come out? Do I need just one multi-stream card or 2 singles?

    Also, general question someone who sees this post may know answer to. I already have Comcast HD service (use a comcast cablebox with built in DVR). The Tivo HD is for a second hdtv we are getting. If I hook up the Tivo HD to the new tv, plug the cable from the wall to the back of the Tivo HD, will I get the HD channels without a cablecard? I guess what I'm asking is do I need a cablecard? We don't get any premium sevices (no HBO, etc), but do have the expanded digital (or something like that).

    Hoping I can get an understanding of the issue locally before I call to get specifics.

    Thanks,
     
  15. slim1erc

    slim1erc New Member

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    Not sure about the self-install (it was a no for me in SE Mass), but if you don't get a cable card, you will only be able to get broadcast stations in HD (e.g., in the Boston area - WCVB, WHDH, WBZ, WLVI, etc).
     
  16. ajny

    ajny New Member

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    Also, the TV guide listings for these local HDTV stations will not be available without the cable card.
     
  17. slim1erc

    slim1erc New Member

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    You only need one multi-stream for the new Tivo HD but be careful. When I scheduled my appointment, I told them I needed one multi-stream. The rep told me "no problem". When the installer arrived, he only brought one single stream and claimed he had never heard of a multi-stream card. I had to reschedule because they don't keep extra cards on hand - what a mess...:(
     
  18. rick123

    rick123 Member

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    Thanks for the info!
     
  19. runamonk

    runamonk New Member

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    Okay so I called comcast ( my local office, not the 800 number ) and asked about the cable cards. I did this on monday morning last week. The person I spoke too knew exactly what I wanted, understood I only needed a MCard and she wrote it on the order. She asked if I would be returning my DVR and I said no, not right away since I wanted to test out the tivo and make sure it works correctly and doesn't have any issues with the cable card installation, I would hate to miss a bunch of shows.

    So the appointment was yesterday, I had already run the tivo unit for a day and a half and rebooted it several times and connected it to up tivo and tested it out with recording and such. All worked great!

    The installer was here promptly at noon yesterday to install the cards. He brought 8 M-Cards with him and had me select one haha. Stuff the card in, detected. Called Comcast they activated and sent the signal. Everything so far has gone off without a hitch.

    Maybe I'm just lucky or most of the installers in this area have had good training but he did a great job and all is working fine today. All HD channels are coming through and looking great just as with my cable box. All my season passes have been created (except for shows that aren't on the air right now).

    TiVo has to my favorite purchase so far haha. :)
     
  20. jschaffe

    jschaffe New Member

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    I've been fighting with Comcast for a couple of months over an increase in the 2nd same-outlet CableCard monthly rate from $1.50 to $5.00.

    A month ago the phone rep reversed the changes, and today I opened my next bill to find a "Change of Service" fee. So I called, explained the situation, and was told that indeed the new rate was $5.00. After complaining for a while I did a Google search and found this page:

    http://www.comcast.com/customers/faq/FaqDetails.ashx?Id=2651

    I expect it to be changed, so I took an image of it:

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    Please let me know if the pricing on the live site changes!

    Anyone else getting bilked for their second CableCard?

    Jeff
     

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