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Official Comcast CableCard Thread!

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

  1. dqdude

    dqdude New Member

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    Picked mine up today from the Comcast office in Tacoma...no charge for the cards. No hassles at all!

    Now all I need is TCS Series 3 and my 750gb Weaknees drive and I am set!
     
  2. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

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    So maybe if they get my bill right, it'll say "Tivo" on the $1.50 line. :D
     
  3. susani8

    susani8 New Member

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    Thanks for the tip - found music and photos were working great when I looked in the right place! I love the dual tuner HD - worth every penny, the pictures are as beautiful as when I had the TV hooked directly to the OTA Antennae - but no more commercials! I don't know how I did so well for so long on a single tuner, the dual capability is great!

    I know there has been a lot of chatter about "waiting until the price goes down" and I gave it a lot of thought. But the fact that I can enjoy it now, for the holidays, that I can transfer my lifetime sub over makes it worth the $$ now.

    Sure I could have waited a few years until it gets down to $450 or so (I doubt it'll get much cheaper until the technology is completely obsolete) - but then add to that $450 the $13 or $17 / month service charge and the fact that you've missed all that time of spectacular entertainment - and I would have been cheating myself. (At least that's how I've justifed the $680 cost, I think I've done pretty well) ;)

    Happy Thanksgiving!
     
  4. Adam1115

    Adam1115 20,000!!! TCF Club

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    Has anyone been successful in getting cable cards without the digital tier? What about with lifeline?

    I know, I'm dreaming...
     
  5. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    Plenty of people.
     
  6. cconk01

    cconk01 New Member

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    I think i may have posted somewhere else about this, but anyway....
    I have S3 with comcast and cant be any more frustrated. I receive 4 Hbo channels and 2 showtime channels, almost no channels in the 100+ range. from channels 1-99 i receive duplicate channels, one works the other doesn't. I fixed this once by restarting tivo, but no luck this time. I am on the last straw.
     
  7. as6o

    as6o New Member

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    I just got my bill and this issue came up. You can read that FAQ different ways. It could be read as: "CableCARDS are free but additional programming charges per outlet (i.e. CableCARD) may apply." That is what my bill shows. I have two line items listed as "Cable Card - $0.00" and two other line items listed as "Digital Starter Add'l - $3.99". So I'm basically paying $3.99 for the ability of each Cable Card to show my package. This pretty much leaves the door open for franchises to charge whatever they want for service over the cards.

    -Aaron
     
  8. Adam1115

    Adam1115 20,000!!! TCF Club

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    Can you elaborate?? I've read (here) that you must have the digital tier to get cablecards. You are saying that is incorrect? That you can get cablecards with analog? What about with lifeline?
     
  9. debbie6754

    debbie6754 Member

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    I started this saga on October 23rd, when I ordered my series 3. It came, I installed it, no problem. Comcast comes for the first time, spends 3 hours and cannot get the ccs to work at all. They came again a few days later and the box drivers are down. They return again with new cable cards and still NG. I return Tivo for a new one. Comcast arrives again this morning. They put the first cc in and almost immedialtely after hitting, I can see all of the channels. :D :D :D The second card refused to behave. We saw a lot of the channels but not all. Fortunately he had another card in the truck. Popped it in and we are in business. :D :D :D

    Since the hi-def channels are different, I guess I have to set up all of my season passes agin. Correct?
     
  10. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    I just talked to my local Comcast office that they want to charge $5 for HD service + $6.99 equipment charge (both monthly charges) for each cable card. :mad:
     
  11. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    I have $15 limited basic and $1.50 for two CableCards. Other people have reported the same thing as well. This works in the San Francisco Bay Area.
     
  12. keenanSR

    keenanSR Member TCF Club

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    I pay $16.67 for Limited Basic and $1.50 total for 2 CCs. SF bay area
     
  13. theLuggage

    theLuggage New Member

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    My new S3 comes on Friday. (Hooray!) :up: :up: :up:

    Comcast comes on Monday for the CC install. (Fear and trepidation.) :p

    I have the Digital Plus package with Comcast. Is it redundant to use an antenna for OTA HDTV? Is it true that all the same channels are carried over the cable wire at no extra charge as what is available OTA?

    And is it true that to get things like Discovery HD, TNT HD, ESPN HD, etc., I would need to pay an extra $5 or so?

    People have talked around this issue here and elsewhere, but I haven't gotten a clear sense of it.

    Thanks!
     
  14. laria

    laria Librocubicularist

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    Yes, the broadcast channels come in the Digital package. I was told the extra channels like Discovery, TNT, ESPN, etc would be $6.20 per month but while I was charged prorated prices for all the cablecards and the digital package for the remainder of the month after our install (we only had analog basic before), there was no prorated charge for the extra HD channels... so I am not sure. :)
     
  15. c3

    c3 TiVoholic

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    In the San Francisco Bay Area, those channels are part of digital classic, which means any digital subscription would have those channels.
     
  16. jfh3

    jfh3 New Member

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    Tell your Comcast office to read the corporate memo about the Tivo Series 3 and CableCARDs.

    The HD service charge should only apply if you have a Comcast-issued converter box and the CableCARDs are $1.50 per month each, with one included free if you have a digital package.
     
  17. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    Any idea of where to find this memo? Cause the local guys have lo clue, and the woman that I chatted through their web site was not much help either.
     
  18. btwyx

    btwyx Substantive Member

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    They put the gist of it on a notice on the front of my bill. Several people have found that referring to something printed on the bill makes a CSR see the right thing.
     
  19. eddyj

    eddyj Señor Member TCF Club

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    I'll have to see if my brother has kept a bill. Was it a one time thing?
     
  20. hiker

    hiker S.o.N.Y.D.a.C.

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    You can go online and look at your statements.
     

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