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Official Comcast CableCard Thread!

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

  1. drhankz

    drhankz New Member

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    Don't BET on it.

    Getting the Cable Card only gets you to the NEXT STEP.

    PAIRING
     
  2. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    So close,...
    If what you're calling is the cable card pairing hot line then what they're refusing to do is their job. That's the only reason they're there, to pair cable cards.

    Must be nice to get a check for NOT doing your job...
     
  3. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    So close,...
    The voice of hope...
     
  4. morac

    morac Cat God

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    Technically it's the activation line, as they also activate cable boxes. I agree though that they're either intentionally not doing their job or not qualified to do their job. Either way they shouldn't be there.
     
  5. hoosincharlotte

    hoosincharlotte New Member

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    Got the card, called and got the card activated from the 877 number, took all of 6 minutes to get a picture after the card firmware updated. So far, so good on getting the tivo up and running!
     
  6. todd_j_derr

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    Argh - well between an hour going out to comcast's office to pick up the card plus probably at least that long talking to 3 different techs, and still no luck, a truck roll isn't sounding so bad anymore. This is pretty ridiculous.
     
  7. todd_j_derr

    todd_j_derr Member

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    This morning i got a call from Comcast at 10am saying that "engineering has fixed the problem"... not quite, but it was closer. last night I was getting OOB messages but "Con: No" and no channel list. This morning, I was happy to see "Con: Yes" but still no channel list even after waiting ~30 min. So, one more call to support and they sent another signal and lo and behold it's finally working.
     
  8. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    Good to hear, it makes you wonder why that "engineer" guy isn't answering the phones. It's like out of 100 employees they have one person that knows what they're doing but customers can speak to him. We get the other 99...
     
  9. Meiners95

    Meiners95 New Member

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    Researching and looking to purchase a premier. I have 2 series 2 devices and so am a bit ignorant of the latest. I want to understand how many cable card slots are on the box. I have seen several references to two cards for two tuner recording, but it appears as though there os only one slot on the premier. Am I missing something?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  10. Atomic Taco

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    The Premiere has one slot. It can record two channels, provided you get an M-Card. Comcast doesn't have many S-Cards left.
    The Premiere Elite has one slot and can record four channels with one M-Card.

    The two channels/two slots have to do with the Series 3 and HD boxes. If you're only considering a Premiere, I won't expand any further--it gets quite confusing.

    There are some nice hi-res product shots here if you're ever in question about ports.
     
  11. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Part of the FCC regulation that went into effect on Aug. 8 is a requirement to issue M-cards.
     
  12. todd_j_derr

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    Yeah, it was frustrating Friday night, at one point the support guy was acting as a go-between to some other support department but flat out refused to let me talk to them directly. Oh well, apparently whoever he was talking to didn't know how to fix it either, it took someone else to figure it out... but I'm glad it got resolved in ~12 hours and I wasn't out of commission all weekend or however long it was going to take for a truck to show up.
     
  13. El Gabito

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    At this point I'm pretty frustrated and ready to just give up on Comcast. This most horrible install experience I've ever had in my life.

    After four calls to Comcast beginning on Wednesday and ending on Friday they determined that the CableCard I received is not working. So they want to send a technician out with several cards to get it working. It took three different people via phone just to get the standard Comcast DVR to work.

    Long story short - I end up with an appointment for tomorrow from 1p-5p to set up the card. Fine - even though that's almost a week after my first attempt. THEN I get a call on Saturday, from someone who sounds totally apathetic, indicating that the scheduled tech was in the wrong dept, etc etc and someone will be out on the 3rd from 1-5p. TWO DAYS LATER? Seriously? Guess what - I'm not even available that day, so it's very likely that it'll be even later in the week (if at all this week).



    Should I try to swap the cablecard out locally and call again? I'm at the end of my rope and ready to give up.
     
  14. Atomic Taco

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    If you have to wait until the 3rd and if the office is close, I don't see a reason why not.
     
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    El Gabito

    El Gabito Member

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    Well got two other cards and was able to get all channels except HD cable channels. Tech coming out today.

    Such a hassle. Been over a week since first activation attempt.
     
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    drhankz

    drhankz New Member

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    At one time - I had 5 DVRs with Cable Cards.

    It took 9 Cable Cards to end up with 5 that worked.

    Their failure rate is high.
     
  17. Nov 7, 2011 #8217 of 9367
    sm39049

    sm39049 New Member

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    I'm in CableCARD hell.

    I'm new to Tivo, after ditching Dish Network for Comcast. Comcast's DVRs are horrible - Dish's 722 was far, far better. Since I'm using Comcast for voice and data, I figured I might as well get the discount, and do everything with Comcast. I'm starting to regret it.

    My new Premiere XL seems like a nice box, but I can't get the CableCARD to activate.

    The story so far:

    Saturday: pick up Tivo Premiere XL from Best Buy. Pick up M-card from Comcast service center. Take it home, try to get it setup. Tivo setup goes well, but card never seems to activate. Comcast support "sends the three hits to the box" - several times, no change. I get "Con=Yes", but the channel list is never received. Sits at the "Please wait... Acquiring Channel Information" screen forever.

    Sunday: Comcast tech comes out, and I get Tivo support on the speaker phone. We try a bunch of things, including testing the cable, three different M-cards, and sending activation multiple times. No luck. Old crappy Xfiniity HD DVR works fine, of course.

    Tivo support runs out of ideas, as does Comcast. They agree I should replace my Tivo. I swap it out at Best Buy, who gives me a previously opened one without my knowledge. It's already been configured for someone else. I tried to get the CableCARD activated with it. I saw "Con=Yes" change to "Con=No." I figured it was the previously used Tivo, so I gave up and returned it to Best Buy. Had to drive to Fry's to get on that was actually new.

    Called Tivo support, and had them on the line while I walked through setting up this third unit. He conferenced in Comcast support, and we tried to activate the card. No luck. This card appears to be stuck at "Con=No." We spend two hours on the phone with various Comcast support people, and no one could get it to work. They found a problem with my account settings, and the HostID, which the said that they changed, but here it is, over 24 hours later (12 of which I've spent on nothing else but this problem), and my third Tivo and third CableCARD in 24 hours has resulted in "Please wait... Acquiring Channel Information." I'm in hell.

    My wife says I should just take it back, cancel Comcast, and go back to Dish. At least it worked. I don't want to give up so easily. I'm very frustrated, but what else is there to do? I feel like no one at Comcast has the ability to make this work.

    Suggestions?
     
  18. Nov 7, 2011 #8218 of 9367
    Atomic Taco

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    Are you calling the 888-COMCAST number or the 877 Comcast Activation number? Only the latter can activate the card.
     
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    sm39049

    sm39049 New Member

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    I didn't see the cable card activation number until I found this forum (877-405-2298). I tried the number, but it says their office is closed. It is Sunday night, so I'll try it tomorrow morning. Any idea what the hours of operation are?
     
  20. Nov 7, 2011 #8220 of 9367
    Atomic Taco

    Atomic Taco Member

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    No clue, but Googling shows a 24 hour number: (855) 479-4541
     

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