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Official Time Warner Cable Thread

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

  1. clcbmason

    clcbmason New Member

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    SUCCESS!!

    Got it going last night here in NC. If you live in the Triangle the tech has to get Anthony Edwards on the line as he has a protocol sheet from TIVO that he uses. What a joy to go in and eliminate all my unused channels and set a season pass for the various HD shows. Keefer keep me posted and good luck today.
     
  2. mingusdew

    mingusdew New Member

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    Did they get it working with two SD cards or an Multi card? I'm tempted to pick up a Tivo HD (and I live in Raleigh) but I've hesitated because of all the problems with TWC.
     
  3. jmaditto

    jmaditto New Member

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    Its great they got your Cable Card(s) installed and configured properly. :up:

    I do have a question for those with TiVo and CableCard (s) via TWC though, what are you thoughts on missing out on SDV channels? Even if you have no SDV now you will in the not so distant future. I really want to go with TiVo HD but don't want to miss out on ESPN2HD and all the other SDV channels. I'm just surprised to see so many people buying a TiVo and giving up good content due to SDV that I hope I missing something here. Please help me understand so I can go out and buy a TiVoHD right now. Thoughts?
     
  4. cjhrph

    cjhrph New Member

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    There's really not much to understand. The TiVo HD is simply not capable of viewing switched digital channels at this time. Period. A solution has apparently been identified, but is not yet in production.

    At the moment, even with the SDV channels, my TiVo HD is by FAR a better solution than the 8300HD that TWC was offering. They are not even in the same class. Only you can determine the risk vs benefit for your particular situation. Call TWC in your area and find out just what channels are switched, what the upcoming plans are, and make your decision.

    Good Luck.
     
  5. echoout

    echoout Beer Drinker

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    This was my dilemma too. With 8300 everything looked pristine, I got all my sports channels including the ones that show the crappier Texas games and Fuel TV who I do work for. However, I found that for day-to-day viewing I could rarely find what I was looking for and it was hit or miss as to if the show even was recorded properly.

    I sort of got my Series 3 HD Tivo as a warranty replacement for an old Series 2 I stopped using a long time ago, so it "felt" free.

    I switched over to make TV watching fun again. I might miss a couple games and things are a little blocky on-screen but the overall TV watching experience is so much more fruitful.

    As for ESPN2, I'll watch the non-HD version for now.

    As for not getting Fuel TV, that's the one thing that really tears me up. Lame lame lame.

    -steven

     
  6. ysenoj

    ysenoj New Member

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    seems like someone ought to get a copy of that sheet and that way it can be sent along to folks getting installs, and anyone who has an installer that is not anthony can have a better shot at getting better results?
     
  7. dpfels

    dpfels New Member

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    That would be great!
    I would love a copy.
    Dan
     
  8. MickeS

    MickeS New Member

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    Isn't that just the sheet that comes with the TiVo?
     
  9. clcbmason

    clcbmason New Member

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    They used a single M card.

    As for SDV, I have every channel that I had with a box, only now I can record in HD at near perfect resolution.

    As for being hesitant in getting one, just be prepared to be patient and have a few hiccups. And if you live in the triangle get a hold of Anthony Williams...he is the man. Talked the tech through my install.
     
  10. clcbmason

    clcbmason New Member

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    He was using language that was specific to the Tivo menus deep inside of the setup and configure. I had the printout from the box and he was well beyond that. He know where to go and what to check for.
     
  11. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix New Member

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    You're in Chapel Hill, NC and have an M card in you TiVo HD?

    If so, I think you might be the only one, but that's a great sign. I tried and tried to get an M card and they would schedule it, but the Techs never showed up with one.
     
  12. mercurial

    mercurial Retro-Av

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    Not sure what you mean by that. Is it a dig at the occasional S3/HD TiVo pixelation? Or a dig at TWC for compressing HD (which I didn't think they did... yet anyway)? The S3/HD TiVo does not recompress digital or HD broadcasts. It records them exactly as they are broadcast and replays them back as-is.

    Or are you just saying that 720p/1080i aren't as good as 1080p so no HDTV "broadcast" can be perfect resolution? :p
     
  13. clcbmason

    clcbmason New Member

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    I guess that "perfect" was as compared to the resolution output from the original HD cable box. I meant that it looks almost as good regardless of lines of resolution. Sorry for the confusion.

    Yes I do live in Chapel Hill and have an M card.
     
  14. mercurial

    mercurial Retro-Av

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    So you're seeing a difference in the output compared to an HD cable box? What did/do you use to connect the cable box/TiVo? Component or HDMI/DVI?
     
  15. pkscout

    pkscout Active Member

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    SDV has not rolled out for the RDU area yet. I believe the contract has been awarded, but no work has begun.

    While you have all the same channels, it is likely everything from 1 - 76 is analog now instead of digital. The basic/standard tier is slated to go SDV, so TWC won't give CableCard devices access to the digital simulcasts of 1 - 76.
     
  16. clcbmason

    clcbmason New Member

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    Both were running off Monster component cables. There is a slight grainyness that was not there before. Unless I am looking for a difference and just being picky. I could swear that Sportscenter in HD looks a bit grainy. Any thoughts, settings suggestions?
     
  17. dsjohnston

    dsjohnston David J.

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    Getting ready to upgrade to an XBR4 soon and am going to precede it with the purchase of a TivoHD here in Raleigh NC with TWC. Plan on (if this forum is any indication) finding the following:

    Initially I'll be told that they don't have M Cards. If lucky, I might be able to convince them on the second or third failed installation attempt that yes, they do, and that when they finally bring one out, they need to get in touch with Anthony Edwards to get the thing activated.

    At that point, not all the channels will be available to me, but if I go through guided setup three more times, I may be lucky enough to score most of them. Though my SD channels may look like hell, and even if they don't, TWC will likely send me a snotogram telling me they're moving to SDV and I'm scrod.

    :eek:

    I will have paid roughly a hundred bucks for the install, be charged for the returned SAHD box we currently have, and ultimately be paying more for monthly service than I previously was.

    Wow- why do we all do this, again? Oh- that's right. A/V Geeks. Ah well... ;)
     
  18. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix New Member

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    The SDs will be analog (channels 2-76) and will look like okay analog, but SDV won't affect them, because they are already analog. I read TWC Raleigh Durham has said that besides the 2-76 conversion to SDV, that only new channels would be introduced as SDV, so you shouldn't lose anything (just won't be able to gain anything).

    One of the few positives to TWC is that they wont charge you anything for returning your SA8300 (so I don't understand that comment).
     
  19. zaknafein

    zaknafein Shorthanded

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    Well I ran into an interesting issue yesterday.

    Wit the "c" software update, my TiVoHD has been running perfectly for a couple weeks. I'm finally ready to ditch the crappy SA8300HD box that I was using before.

    So I call up TWC to disconnect it.

    Turns out, with my Cable/RoadRunner bundle, I can't. If I do, it breaks the bundle, and I lose the discounts I was getting before. I asked if I could disconnect the DVR service. They said yes, but they would have to replace the box with a standard one.

    So, they are coming out in a week to replace my SA HD HDVR with a normal cable box, which is going to sit in the closet.

    Can they do this? Does requiring a STB for their bundle packages run them afoul of the FCC in any way?
     
  20. dpfels

    dpfels New Member

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    I had exactly the same problem in New York City.
    FCC regulations don't matter at all.
    See my earier post.
    Dan
     

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