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Official RCN CableCard Thread!

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

  1. DrewTivo

    DrewTivo Member

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    You mean, other than your Tivo?
     
  2. mbklein

    mbklein Foreign Contaminant

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    Right. I've never had a device that sent a message to my provider requesting that they start a particular show or movie on my behalf. All my demands are met locally. :)
     
  3. DeathRider

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    That would be a $1.50/month for me;)
     
  4. DeathRider

    DeathRider New Member

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    Sorry I never got back to you.

    When I was in Waltham, The person @Arlington gave me 2 S cards, said they were the last 2 and next batch would be M-Cards. That was a few years ago.

    When I got the install @Natick, contractor had 2 M-Cards.

    I have a truck roll on Tuesday for an M-Card for my THD. She only told me about the $14.99 install fee. I don't think they can charge me for a truck roll, since I'm only getting the card due to their digital only switch...guess I could complain about the install fee...
     
  5. Lenonn

    Lenonn Member TCF Club

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    The installer showed up at 8:50 this morning, and was done with installing two cable cards into the Series 3 by 9:20 or so. All seems to be well with receiving channels (knock on wood).

    Of course, this was less than 18 hours after learning the dreaded "digital crush" will be on us in approximately two weeks.
     
  6. DrewTivo

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    Where is it coming in only 2 weeks?
     
  7. Lenonn

    Lenonn Member TCF Club

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    Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia, evidently.


    http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r21033383-CATV-MDDCVA-Analog-Crush-Oct-1st-Official


    Albeit, I haven't seen anything official yet. But what surprises me is they wait until two weeks before to announce this. That seems fishy, but then again, I wouldn't put it past any company to try. And all information seems to suggest RCN wants to be done with analog by the beginning of 2009.

    I contacted RCN customer service by web form about this, but they neither confirmed nor denied it. They just cut and paste the talking points from their website.
     
  8. DVDerek

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    Dreaded? I want that thing to come ASAP. I'm not an RCN customer (yet) but Somerville is missing out on a handful of HD stations everyone else gets because we don't have the bandwidth. RCN can get 2-3 HD stations in the space it takes for a single analog station. We need that bandwidth...
     
  9. mbklein

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    I'll let everyone know what kind of CableCard the guy shows up with on Thursday.
     
  10. DrewTivo

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    It depends. If you already use a converter or have HD Tivo on all your sets, then it's great.

    If you like to plug in your old analog TV to a wall jack with no converter, or use your dual tuner s2 tivo with both tuners, well then it sucks.
     
  11. DrewTivo

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    That's what I'm going on too--I haven't seen anything else about it. Of course they want to do it, but it will be a massive problem if no one knows about it and all of a sudden on Oct. 1 the phone lines are lit up with people calling for converters.
     
  12. mbklein

    mbklein Foreign Contaminant

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    Answer: M-Card!
     
  13. DVDerek

    DVDerek <WittySaying />

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    How did it go? Painless?
     
  14. mbklein

    mbklein Foreign Contaminant

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    Internet installed painlessly. TiVo came back with an "unable to acquire channel information" message. Trying again.
     
  15. nycityuser

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    I'm in New York and RCN will be converting our market to all digital shortly. Almost all the channel number assignments are changing. How quickly will TIVO pick up the new line-up? How has it worked in other markets that converted (i.e., Chicago and Boston)?

    I'm concerned that when RCN flips the switch the database TIVO uses for programming and channel line-ups will not be up-to-date. That will mean nothing will record properly in the heart of the new television season.

    Any words of wisdom, experience or advice?
     
  16. mbklein

    mbklein Foreign Contaminant

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    My bad. Damaged the F-connector disconnecting the old TiVo. Bad signal. New cable cleared up all signal/channel issues. :up:
     
  17. tiassa

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    Here in Boston the DB was correct within 2 days. I came home on Wednesday (the changeover was Monday, but i was out of town) did a reboot of the Tivo (to install 9.4) then a re-do of guided setup, and all the channels were there.
     
  18. DrewTivo

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    It seems like a reasonable concern. That said, it also appears that things like network channels will stay the same (at least standard def.), and it's cable that will be all over the place. Since cable often repeats episodes, you probably won't have as big a problem.

    That said, yeah, it's worrisome.
     
  19. Lenonn

    Lenonn Member TCF Club

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    Well, I've been in contact (via e-mail) with RCN Customer Service. They tell me the following:

    • 1. October 22 is the changeover date for Silver Spring.
    • 2. Every television to have RCN service will need the converter box. First box is free, additional boxes are $2.95/month/box. Converters = TiVo-compatible.
    • 2. The line-ups are just changing names. Limited basic = broadcast basic; Extended basic = signature; DigitalVision = Premium; DigitalVisionPlus = Premium.
    • 4. There was a recent rate increase, so no increases are planned in the immediate future.
     
  20. DrewTivo

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    What does that mean? That they have a serial connection for the IR flasher?
     

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