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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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    Comcast pricing varies from one town to the NEXT.

    The Bottom line is you NEED a CableCard plugged
    into your TiVo or NOTHING will work.
     
  2. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    Why didn't you insist on a self-install?
     
  3. Atomic Taco

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    The package does include on demand and the channel guide, but you need Comcast's equipment (not a CableCard) to use it.
    Yep, the exact same situation except with Limited Cable and without the installer telling me that I couldn't do it. The rep at the service center wouldn't give me or even listen to me when I asked for a CC with Limited, so I asked to sign up for Digital, got the card, walked out, installed it, and promptly canceled the Digital.

    Couldn't be further from the truth. I'm using my TiVo HD without a CC right now and it works perfectly. Only thing is that I'm only getting analog non-HD channels.
     
  4. drhankz

    drhankz New Member

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    Maybe you call that working - I don't.

    How is the TiVo Guide Working?
     
  5. Atomic Taco

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    You said nothing. I call 30 channels something.

    The TiVo Guide works the same way as every other TiVo. The CableCard doesn't give you guide info. If it did, there would be little reason to pay the monthly TiVo service fee.
     
  6. drhankz

    drhankz New Member

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    FCC requires free cable distribution of Broadcast HD - for which you need a CC at extra costs - It is a never win battle.
     
  7. Atomic Taco

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    But if "NOTHING will work" then I wouldn't get my analog channels. CableCards are NOT required to use a TiVo, it will work fine, and CableCards are not the only way to get HD channels.
     
  8. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    I would call it not getting what you are paying for and a waste of a digital TiVo, but if it satisfies you, so be it.
     
  9. Atomic Taco

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    Not really, because I could hook an antenna up to the box and get better quality versions of my local stations than is provided by Comcast.

    And if I didn't have an HD TV, getting a S3 box would be worth it over any S2 or S1 because of the clock.

    S'ok though, you just have a different opinion of "nothing" than I do.
     
  10. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    A CableCARD certainly is the only way to get guide data for a digital cable channel. Obviously not required for analog cable or OTA.
     
  11. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    I never said nothing. And you could do OTA even with a CableCARD installed.
     
  12. jff6791

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    While waiting delivery on a new Premiere Elite I picked up a Motorola M card at my local Comcast office. The guy scanned the bar codes on the card pack and gave me a receipt with the S/N shown added to my account. Should I now see this card S/N along with my other boxes when I go to the online activation page? I"m asking b/c it's not there. Does that mean he didn't activate it and calling up to pair it will be a waste of time? Thanks.
     
  13. Atomic Taco

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    All he did was record the serial number of your card so that when they get it back they make sure they get the same one.

    I haven't heard of activating CCs online, so I don't know if that'll work or not; I've always been advised to call the 800 number at the bottom of the receipt
     
  14. Scooter80

    Scooter80 New Member

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    +1

    Call the number. Takes 10-15 minutes if you wait while they ask you to check channels. 5-10 minutes if you have faith it'll work and just tell them thanks after they record the card's info from the gray cablecard screen and they send the "hit".
     
  15. jff6791

    jff6791 New Member

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    So after they activate via phone does the card show up on your device activation list page?
     
  16. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

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    Where are you finding this device activation list page?

    Scott
     
  17. jff6791

    jff6791 New Member

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    <comcast.com/digitalnow>
     
  18. lpwcomp

    lpwcomp Active Member

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    My CableCARDs show up as "Digital set top box"es. I don't believe they show up until the pairing is complete. Not sure why they didn't implement online pairing/activation of CableCARDs as they did with DTAs, but they didn't.
     
  19. jff6791

    jff6791 New Member

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    Yeah - mine showed up today after activation. Took about ten minutes on phone using the 877-405-2298 number I saw previously in this thread. (There was a different 800 number on the TiVo cable card screen that I didn't use). Expected trouble being a w/e but went very smooth. I don't have any premium channels so that prob helped. The guy did need the S/N, Host ID, Cable Card ID, Unit Address and Data numbers so they must not be able to get all that on line.
     
  20. Atomic Taco

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    I just activated a CableCard online about a half hour ago. It was easier than activating my modem--I didn't have to chat with a rep to convince them I didn't need their software.

    The online CC activation was pretty painless. Just clicked a button.

    [​IMG]
     

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