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Official Comcast CableCard Thread!

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

  1. JonS

    JonS New Member

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    I can't wait for Verizon to roll out here. Anything that gives Comcast a bit of competition is helpful.
     
  2. bicker

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    I didn't see any significant change in Comcast over the years, going back before competition from RCN, and then continuing for a year or two after they had competition from FiOS. It seems to me that the competition they had, from the start, from DirecTV and Dish Network, effected practically all the change that was ever forthcoming from competition in the marketplace.
     
  3. beeman65

    beeman65 New Member

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    This is Comcast related, so I will post this here..

    I have Comcast Basic Cable with a RNG HD box. I also receive OTA HD channels on my HD LCD TV. By the end of this year, my area will be all digital. I am thinking of getting a Tivo HD in the next couple months. What is the best course of action I should take? I am only interested in having Local HD channels. Do I need a CableCARD?

    I last had a Tivo before the Series 3's were widespread, so I am reading up on all the changes and technology.

    Thanks.
     
  4. bicker

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    YMMV but for most people I believe that the answer is "Yes": The TiVo HD is, at best, frustrating to many, if you're using it to receive digital cable, regardless of the level of service.
     
  5. schwinn

    schwinn New Member

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    As bicker stated above, yes, you should have cable-cards if you plan to stick with the cable-company's feed of HD channels. Simply put, this is because there is no way to remap the channels on the Tivo for the QAM-HD signals that you can get... so the Tivo's functionality will be lost without cable cards.

    You mentioned OTA... but I'm not sure if you mean you are receiving OTA via antenna, or you're getting these channels via the cable feed (ie, QAM). The reason I mention this - you can get OTA on the TivoHD as well... in which case you wouldn't need cable cards.
     
  6. bicker

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    ... or need cable, for that matter.
     
  7. beeman65

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    I receive OTA channels via the cable feed. I do not have an antenna hooked up. If I cancel HD service with Comcast and turn in the RNG box, I assume the channels go away and I would need to get an antenna to get the local HD channels?
     
  8. drhankz

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    Yes Channels GO AWAY.

    Yes you would need an Antenna.

    I would try the Antenna Route to make sure you get
    good Reception before Cancelling Comcast.
     
  9. landshark21

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    Will the TiVo HD XL support Caller ID on Comcast?
     
  10. cjv2

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    Nope, don't believe so.
     
  11. joe_gjx

    joe_gjx New Member

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    Comcast installed an M-card in my Tivo HD last week. It receives all basic channels fine. The tech told me it would take a few hours before I would get the premium channels because their system was backed up with requests.

    It's now about a week later, and still no premium channels. I called Comcast and they tried to wake up the card remotely, but no success. So they're sending out a tech tomorrow.

    Is this common? Is the cause likely a bad card, incorrectly installed card, or just that Comcast doesn't know what they're doing?
     
  12. pl1

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    Sounds like it is not paired properly. The tech will come, call in and read off the numbers. Or, replace the card and blame it on the card.
     
  13. cjv2

    cjv2 New Member

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    The latter. Your card is probably not properly paired. Reading through this article from TiVo may help you understand it a little better.

    When the tech gets there, DON'T LET HIM LEAVE UNTIL THE PROBLEM IS RESOLVED. Took me over 2 bloody years to get this straight because of that "it will come up in awhile, there is a system delay, I have to go, if it doesn't work call them back" routine.

    Just thinking about it makes me mad. RARRR. :)
     
  14. drhankz

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    If the Tech can't get the person on the phone to enter the pairing
    info - then NO ONE has control of the situation. It only takes a few
    minutes - LESS than 10 - Make the Tech get it done. Don't let him
    leave until it is working, as OTHERS have also said.
     
  15. scooterboy

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    Here's what you do. Park your vehicle on the street. After the tech parks in your driveway, pull your vehicle in behind his. Don't move your vehicle until all your channels work. :)
     
  16. drhankz

    drhankz New Member

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    That is a GOOD Hi-Tech Solution - Maybe TiVo should add that to their CableCard FAQ section :) :up:
     
  17. ChiTownMac

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    Hi, back in december we discussed the issue with the Tivo and Sony TV issues. I said i was going to install it thru my onkyo receiver to see if it solves the issue.. and i'm happy to say.. YES!!! If the receiver is on and all goes thru it and then to TV, it works percectly.. but if I turn off receiver and it just passes thru it, the same issues happen. So the Tivo/Sony HDMI handshake has issues, but since i had already purchased the receiver, i'm fine having it go thru it anyways.

    Hope this helps..
    Alex:up:
     
  18. gscaife

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    Call 1-800-COMCAST (1-800-266-2278), 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week. Choose the "Upgrade service" option (Option 3, I believe). I have spoken with 3 or 4 CSR's their and have had a very pleasant experience. Have the info from the MMI screens ready, tell the CSR you just installed a cable card in your DVR and you need them to activate it.

    I have 2 TiVo HD DVR's with 2 Motorola single-stream cards in each. Never could get a multi-stream to work in either one (I just purchased BOTH of the S3HD direct from Tivo upgrading from S2's.)

    I had issues with getting the first one to work with the multi-stream card (it would not allow me to access the 2 tuners, only one tuner worked). The CSR said she had experienced several issues with the Motorola multi-streams having the same issue so I should go pickup 2 single-stream cards. Did that, inserted 1 single stream card and called the number above. Within minutes I had HD!! I then inserted the second card and it configured automatically. Awesome.

    So, I set up the 2nd Tivo and neither card presents me with an MMI screen. Guess I'll trek over to the local comcast office and get another 2 tomorrow. I'll keep you posted on my progress.
     
  19. ghuido

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    I'm going to ask this question and please don't flame ... :)

    I saw a lot of post on SDV on a lot of other forums and tuner boxes. Are TIVO HD using Comcast M-Cards impacted by this? If there is a link someone can post to help me read up that would be great. Just wanted to see what impacts we could have on the Comcast side. Probably catching up to this a little late.

    Sorry if this has been discussed before at length ...
     
  20. bicker

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