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Official Comcast CableCard Thread!

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

  1. We Tigers

    We Tigers New Member

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    Did the last tech leave the cablecard? If so, you might be able to get it done over the phone. If not, I'd just talk with the tech on Thursday and make sure he passes that along to the folks on the other side.

    And ruinah--I expect it's the case nationally as well, so worth a shot.
     
  2. evanj76

    evanj76 New Member

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    Yep, I still have the card. The only problem is I never seem to get anyone on the phone that knows what they are doing.
     
  3. lexsar

    lexsar Member

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    Same here in Howard County MD. Reran guided setup and now all is fine...
     
  4. a68oliver

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    I have a 12 month promotional digital package in Indiana and did not have this problem setting up my cablecards. However, I did have a problem with them trying to bill me for a different package than the one I had been offered.
     
  5. ruinah

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    well the tech came out while I wasn't here, luckily the wife is home and he was here a total of 30 minutes and it's all fxed. The tech did nothing but call into his dispatch and they took a look, saw a problem, called into cablecard support, and guess what? It wasn't ACTIVATED! This is what I told them about 1,000 times Saturday. Took only about 5 minutes and then I got every channel I should have. I now have all my premium channels tuning finally. The guy gave me his name and number and said he normally does mostly Internet troubleshooting but can do cablecards too. (this guy called me after the tech left to see if it was ok and working to my satisfaciton).
     
  6. Dantax

    Dantax New Member

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    Does anyone know if a Tivo HD along with a cable card will pick up all of the channels in digital?

    My first experience with the Comcast digital boxes had the expanded basic channels in analog with only the channels that were part of the digital package coming through in digital. After a while everything came through in digital which allowed for a much nicer picture in most cases. Since my Comcast DVR died on me I'd be happy to jump on a Tivo if it'll tune everything in digital with the proper channel mapping.
     
  7. Gregor

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    That's the way mine worked when I had Comcast with cable cards. It really depends on the system. Some are set up that way, some are not.
     
  8. dswallow

    dswallow Save the ModeratŠ¾r TCF Club

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    Just call your local office and ask if they digitally simulcast the analog channels. Or post the cable system you're inquiring about and perhaps someone who also is on the same system can answer.
     
  9. Fahtas1

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    I called Ocean county comcast to install cablecards into my parents hdtivo and was told there are no cablecards and I was put on a list. Do I believe them?
     
  10. ruinah

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    I thought the cable company was required to have them at this point. I'd call shenanigans and get a new CSR and ask the same question. If not, ask for a manager and see what they say.
     
  11. HuntWorks

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    I have a Series3 with Comcast as the provider. About 2 months ago I had the HD channels added to the account and it took 4 online chats to get a support rep to figure out how to get the HD channels working. Today I decided to add HBO (via chat) and it worked instantly. Great - or so I thought - until I discovered that the rest of the HD channels are now not working. I can't get anyone at Comcast to get the HD channels working again and they're wanting to roll a truck to replace the cards!

    I'm positive that the rep that added HBO had to have done something that caused the loss of the HD channels. How can I get someone at Comcast to fix it without sending a truck?
     
  12. Sep 2, 2008 #5652 of 9367
    RhoXS

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    Yesterday we purchased a new Tivo HD DVR. Today I think I upgraded my south Florida cable service to include digital and HD channels. It is truly incredible how poorly and inconsistently trained the Comcast sales personnel are, at least in the Palm Beach Gardens call center. I was really hoping all the negative comments about Comcast in the various threads here were from a minority of disgruntled customers. I sincerely apologize. It is almost impossible to have any degree of confidence that what is discussed either is or will be reality.

    -The first person I spoke never heard of s-cards or m-cards.
    -The second person I spoke to stated a single m-card is available. This person also stated that two S-cards would incur a charge of approximately $2 per month for the second card.
    -The third person I spoke to said M-cards were not available and I would require two s-cards at $6.95 EACH per month for a total of $13.90. He was adamant that he was correct and even put me on hold for a few minutes while he checked with someone else.
    -The fourth person I spoke to said a single M-card is available and is included in the $6.95 fee for HD service. For a number of reasons this person impressed me as being both smart and knowledgeable so I placed an order for the package that includes everything and the HD channels.

    The installer is due on Friday. I have zero confidence he will arrive with a single M-card.
     
  13. Sep 3, 2008 #5653 of 9367
    legaleye3000

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    QUESTION FROM NOOBIE:

    I have basic and expanded and want to get HD from Comcast in South Florida (Broward). I have Series 2 and am looking to upgrade to Tivo HD with a "M" card.

    Do I just need a "M" card? I know the reps know nothing ,etc... Is that all I ask for? I heard two "S" cards do the same thing, but its just an extra cost to have two cards when I can have one.

    Will the "M" card allow me to record two channels, whether HD or SD, at the same time?

    THANKS!
     
  14. Sep 3, 2008 #5654 of 9367
    Gregor

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    Yes. The M card will let you record 2 channels at the same time.
     
  15. Sep 5, 2008 #5655 of 9367
    lexsar

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    I just purchased a TivoHD. I called Comcast to schedule a tech to come out and install a CableCard; hopefully a multi-stream or at worst 2 single-stream cards. The Comcast CSR that I spoke with said I could not get a CableCard with my "Triple Play" discounted service. He said that the CableCards have no ability to be associated with a "Triple Play" discount that I would have an increase of the cable portion of my bill from a discounted ~$52/month to over $72. He also wouldn't let me speak, kept interrupting me and talking over me. When I did get a word in edgewise and said that the Comcast website states in the FAQ that the first CableCard is free and additional CableCards are $2.05 per month, he informed me that this is his profession and that he knows what the rates are. I asked to speak to a supervisor. He refused and he said again that this is his profession and that he knows what the rates are. This is when I said good-bye. I don't believe that I've ever been treated this way by ANY "Customer Service Representative". Up until now I've been pretty satisfied with Comcast. I've had Comcast service for 20+ years.

    I called right back and spoke to a second Comcast CSR who said I could absolutely get a CableCard with the Triple Play. I asked how much it would be and she said $6.95/mo. I pointed out that Comcast's website FAQ says that the first CableCard is free and additional CableCards are $2.05 per month. She said that is an "online" price and suggested that I order it online. I've been searching the Comcast.com site and I cannot seem to locate where I would order a CableCard online.

    I believe that I'm already paying an extra $6.95 or so per month for HD. Am I to understand that they want to charge me an additional $6.95 for the Cablecard?
     
  16. Sep 5, 2008 #5656 of 9367
    jlb

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    Absolutely amazes me how crap Comcast is. I think they purposefully give all of their CSRs 0 info so that we as customers get so annoyed that we just end up getting their cable box instead. LOL!

    Makes me glad I just have lifeline service at $10/mo.

    BTW, since you just bought your TiVoHD, just yesterday they announced the new TiVoHD XL, which comes with a 1TB stock drive. That will give ~150 hours of HD whereas the HD model, without another drive or the expander drive, only gives you ~ 20 hours of HD. It is listing at $599 (IIRC), which may be more than you want to spend, but you might want to consider it if the higher cost is not a big thing for you. If you do consider swapping machines, I would try and do it before your installer arrives. You multiply the pain ten fold if they come, install the cards in the HD, then have to move them to another machine.
     
  17. Sep 5, 2008 #5657 of 9367
    lexsar

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    The TivoHD I purchased was a refurb @$150, couldn't pass that up...
     
  18. Sep 5, 2008 #5658 of 9367
    jmpage2

    jmpage2 New Member

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    The $6.95 charge is an HD outlet or HD programming charge and you will be charged this for every outlet in your home that has HD service either through cable card or an HD converter box. Apparently any kind of "premium" HD service (even just Discover HD, NatGeo HD, etc) qualifies as a premium service and results in this up charge.

    If you did not have premium HD service then I suspect you would get the CC for free.

    I fought this fee for months and finally gave up. At least in the market that I am in, there's no getting out of paying this fee.

    Personally I find the whole thing rather disgusting. Analog signals are getting turned off next year and everything is going HD, yet Comcast manages to make delivery of HD services a premium and gets to charge extra for it.
     
  19. Sep 5, 2008 #5659 of 9367
    RhoXS

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    JLB, thanks for the suggestion but $600 is much more than we want to spend. In fact, I would not have purchased it at all if I was not able to get at the $200 price from Best Buy (see post in another thread). Once we get a feel how limited the 160 GB drive is, I intend to replace it with a 500 to 1 TB drive. My wife is the overwhelmingly primary user so I have to see how quickly Oprah, the View, Helen, etc. eat up drive space.
     
  20. Sep 5, 2008 #5660 of 9367
    RhoXS

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    Wow, Comcast was just here, and, in spite of my worst fears everything worked out great.

    Here are the facts with respect to Comcast in south Florida (Stuart area):

    -They do indeed provide M-cards. The installers (two of them) arrived with four cards. Two M-cards (the second was a backup if the first one did not work) and two S-Cards (as a backup to the M-cards). The first m-card worked fine.

    -I do indeed receive the music channels through the Tivo HD DVR

    The installers first checked signal strength both at the pedestal outside the house and directly at the outlet by the TIVO. They also checked the coax connectors and, very embarrassingly for me, found one that I did a sloppy job installing. They appeared to know exactly what they were doing.

    Apparently the Tivo HD DVR needs an exceptionally strong signal to reliably process HD material. Initially some of the 400 series channels were either not being received or displayed some significant pixelation. After much troubleshooting we replaced the distribution amplifier I had installed in my attic with a unit Comcast provided. My old unit was a Channel Vision unit with the same performance specs but it was apparently malfunctioning as the new amp solved the problem.

    In summary, my worst fears were not realized and I am very pleased with the installation.
     

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