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Official Time Warner Cable Thread

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

  1. Mar 9, 2008 #3001 of 6277

    mercurial Retro-Av

    Oct 17, 2002
    Caraleigh, NC
    What the heck is up with TWC Raleigh/Cary? I just saw a bunch of the local HD's have been moved/duplicated to the 1xxx range. I can't tune them there but I can in the 2xx range where they still show up...

    They shouldn't be able to move the locals to SDV but are they starting to migrate all the HD to the 1xxx range perhaps since they're running out of slots in the traditional 200-299 area they've been using?
  2. Mar 9, 2008 #3002 of 6277

    monkeyboy1010 Long Time User

    Nov 17, 2000
    Checking in if anyone has sage wisdom with installs with TWC in South Pasadena CA? I have had 3 different attempts over the past month with no luck each time. I was originally in the Eagle Rock, CA district and they were a former Adelphia area, so the system is different, they had M Cards and I understand that So. Pas doesn't.

    The problem too is that they seem to NEVER have any cable cards available.

    Any words or help would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Mar 9, 2008 #3003 of 6277

    DrWho453 New Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Raleigh NC
    Yea, I just got home and noticed that too. This is crazy so now I have WRAL CBS on channel 3, WRAL DT and HD on the 25x range and now in the 1xxx range except can't view the 1xxx range. I hope they keep the 25x range until the dongle comes out. Course, if it does go away, I can just go to my table top antenna and pick it up.
  4. mercurial

    mercurial Retro-Av

    Oct 17, 2002
    Caraleigh, NC
    Well, I don't *think* they could legally move the locals to SDV but there is always the chance they'll try it and then we'll have to cry foul. That would royally p*** me off. Hopefully they're just going to lump all the HD channels up there and they're just not "ready" yet so we can't tune those. I also wonder if they compress the locals at all? If so, maybe they're adding a second SDV feed that's uncompressed? <shrug>
  5. SugarBowl

    SugarBowl Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Cary, NC
    It's probably moving stuff around for the extra basketball channels.
  6. JYoung

    JYoung Series 3

    Jan 16, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Get someone from Eagle Rock High School to do the install.
    They could probably do a better job than the local franchise.
  7. GiantsFan24

    GiantsFan24 New Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    They did this in Hawaii a few months ago. It was not an attempt to make locals SDV. It's just a logical move in advance of adding additional HD channels. The HD channels are on the same number as the SD channels; they just have 1,000 added to the SD number. So its easy to find the HD version of channels you know. E.g., the HD version of channel 3 is 1003. The HD version of HBO (611) is 1611. No sinister plot.
  8. bitfactory

    bitfactory New Member

    Mar 1, 2008
    I called TWC here in Cincinnati the other day - I had finally HAD IT with the 8300HDC and its crap software. I told him I'm taking the box back and he said, "That's okay you can exchange the box any..." "No," I said, "That's it - it's a one-way trip - I'll never have a 8300HDC in my house again."

    I scheduled to have someone come out to install the cablecards in my new TivoHD I ordered... while I waited I asked what channels were on SDV - this was his line: "I'm sorry, we're not allowed to talk about that to our customers." "What?", I asked "We're not allowed to speak about that topic to our customers at this time." "Uh, do you know which channels are on switched digital video so I know what to expect out of the cablecards?" "We're not allowed to speak about that topic to our customers at this time."

    He was obviously reading off a prepared paper. I hear they moved ESPN2HD back to the regular pipe in Cincinnati. I think they are having big-time problems supporting the 8300HDC and its Navigator software. Maybe they moved ESPN2HD back due to so many people running away from their box.

    Either way I'm giving TivoHD w/ CC a shot for the next year then it's off to *TV if I'm not satisfied. I'm hoping it's just as good as our 8300HD (which isn't great, but has never eaten a recording, displayed just a green screen until you unplug it, record the video to one show and audio from another, record video in the top half of the screen for one show and some of another show at the bottom).

    (end 8300HDC rant).

    Hopefully my CC install will go without problems.
  9. gamo62

    gamo62 Member

    Oct 12, 2002
    If you have a TivoHD, MAKE SURE they bring an M-card. That way you'll only need one. And as of right now, there are no SDV channels that I know of. I get TNTHD, ESPN and ESPN2HD, HDNET and a few others. And do not let them tell you that they don't have M-cards. Apparently that's all they have in ther warehouse. Good luck!
  10. derspiess

    derspiess New Member

    Jul 10, 2007
    Good luck & welcome to the club of Cincy TivoHD'ers. Having just got mine set up recently, my humble advice is to try to be patient with the install process & read as much of the forum as you can.
  11. Chip718

    Chip718 New Member

    May 12, 2005
    Hi. I am having a issue with my Time Warner Samsung HD box running the Mystro software.

    I always keep my cable box powered on. The other day I realized it was off and that usually means that TW did an update to the box. When it started up I noticed that the video on SD channels had black bars on each side of the picture, as if the view mode was set to "Normal", even though the setting was on "Full"." I assumed it was the TV (Sony Bravia) so I tried changing the view settings to Zoom, Stretch, etc., but the picture still had the black bars on the sides. I than tried changing the setting on my cable box, but again no go.

    The funny thing HD content, menus and banners take up the full screen. It is just standard SD stuff. After all this happened I turned the same box on in my bedroom and I am having the same issue. I called TW and they had no idea of the issue. The only thing the CRS told me to do was to reboot the box, which I already did a couple of times.
  12. Firekite

    Firekite New Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    The rep on the phone just now told me I could come and pick up the card myself, but that only the Central Park Mall location (which replaced the old 410/Jones-Maltsberger location) carries them, as compared to the I-10/Callaghan location that's closer to me.

    Is this is a lie? It's what I'd prefer, as I don't want to burn vacation time to sit around and hope.
  13. DallasFlier

    DallasFlier HONESTY is nice...

    Jan 23, 2003
    Plano, TX
    Sorry for your problems, but I'm not sure what this has to do with TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs??? :confused:
  14. Rayd8tor

    Rayd8tor New Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    San Antonio,Tx
    I was told that a truck had to roll and install them. I'd prefer to do it myself as well, but i think that TWC wants their 40 bucks... Let me know if they let you.
  15. cab2

    cab2 New Member

    Sep 17, 2004
    Austin, TX
    Looking for what other folks out there think. I love my tivo and have been with them since a few months after the first unit launched. but...

    I'm starting to really consider D*. here's why. SDV and TWC in austin. That long list of channels I can't get, really bugs me. I'm starting to have semi-frequent issues where one of the CC's will not get my hi-def channels. sometimes, rebooting the box will work, sometimes having TWC send a hit will work, sometimes it takes both. D* seems to have a heck of a lot more HD channels than TWC. If I could, I'd watch only HD programing. I did not realize how many of the channels I watch have an HD version until I looked at the D* site.

    I'm torn as which way to go. Cost wise, I would prob. save about 15 to 20 a month, and thats nice, but not huge. My biggest thing is content and HD. DTV has more. When the dongle comes out, what if there are problems? Yea, I know, no one can answer that one. I'm hearing great things about the new HD DVR that D* has. I'd miss my season passes, but other than that, and the UI, I think I could live with the difference.

    Any ideas what the going rate is for a lifetime sub'd Series 3 (thx) model on ebay or the open market?

    Any current / recent DTV users out there want to comment?

    thanks for your help.
  16. pkscout

    pkscout Active Member

    Jan 10, 2003
    Honolulu, HI
    I've decided to wait for the dongle. Of course have an antenna on my roof, so I'm getting all my HD that way and just have analog cable. RTP, NC seems to have backed off SDV and they have just started providing the digital simulcast of the analog channels to CC users, but I decided I'm still gonna wait. But now I'm waiting for SciFi HD and USA HD. Oh, and I'd really like TiVo to get off its collective butt and provide the multistream card support for the series 3.

    So basically, I think I'll wait for the S4 to ship and then upgrade. ;)
  17. gamo62

    gamo62 Member

    Oct 12, 2002

    Well, I went with the HD over D-TV. Mostly because of the software. And right now there are enough HD channels to keep me occupied. When the Tivo 4 comes out, I'll end up being an early adoptor and adding it to my account. Hopefully w/ lifetime service!
  18. bxojr

    bxojr New Member

    Mar 4, 2005
    Pittsboro, NC
    I'm in Pittsboro, and about to make the jump from satellite to TWC plus TiVo so I can get HD. I've already bought my HD TiVo but haven't unboxed it yet.

    I stopped by the TWC kiosk at Southpoint Mall today to see what they would tell me about CableCARD service. Probably a mistake; the kid working there clearly didn't know much, and spouted FUD like how CableCARD would mean I'd have "a lot fewer" HD channels -- in fact, I he said something like half of them. I think maybe he was trying to give me a garbled version of the SDV story, but from what I've read here even that isn't a factor yet in the RDU area.

    Here's my question ... he couldn't tell me clearly what kind of package applied to CableCARD service, or what channels would be included. Can anyone in the area clarify this? I'm not interested in premiums, but other than that, what channels would I get with CableCARD? Which packages apply? And how many channels are SDV as of right now?
  19. bxojr

    bxojr New Member

    Mar 4, 2005
    Pittsboro, NC
    OK, bear with me ... I have another question as I plunge headlong into this.

    I went ahead and called TWC to see what they'd tell me, and ended up scheduling an install for the day after tomorrow. The sales rep understood exactly what I was asking for, so no problems there.

    However, he insisted (even after checking with two different supervisors) that they "no longer offer" M-cards. Instead it would have to be two S-cards, which meant a doubled installation fee.

    I balked at this, and eventually he agreed to credit us for the second installation fee. Fine, I said.

    So I guess I have two questions. First: can this be true, that they no longer have M-cards in the RDU area? Second: if it's not true, should I keep making trouble? Is there any advantage to having one M-card instead of two S-cards?
  20. Firekite

    Firekite New Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    San Antonio, TX
    I haven't received my TiVo yet, but based on research here it seems like the only advantage is that you don't have to deal with two cards, which hopefully means less stuff that can go wrong, break, get confused (e.g. the hardware ID's for each card and which is in which slot, etc), and so on. That's just the feeling I've gotten based on reading through these forums and other articles here and there.

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