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Official Time Warner Cable Thread

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

  1. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

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    Can anyone in the Dayton area confirm that they can receive 722 (abc), 745 (fox), 746 (mytv), and/or 125 (fox reality)with a cablecard? I had a fourth tech out today, and he says that these have been changed to SDV. I don't want to believe him since I can get 722, 745, and 746 just fine if I hook the line to my tv without a cablecard. Also, why would it take 4 attempts before they told me this? These are heavily watched channels so it wouldn't make sense to change it, and also someone else would surely have noticed.
     
  2. Brainuser

    Brainuser New Member

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    SE Wisconsin install today. Came late. I had asked for someone experienced in TiVo. The guy had never installed TiVo. I asked for M-Cards. He didn't know what I was talking about. End result. 4 hours of my day wasted and no TiVo yet. They are returning on Saturday.

    By the way. How do you tell the difference between an S card and an M Card?
     
  3. SER71

    SER71 New Member

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    By the way. How do you tell the difference between an S card and an M Card?

    When you insert the card into the slot it will say on your TV screen which type of card has been inserted.
     
  4. TracerBullet

    TracerBullet New Member

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    Argh, this is really frustrating. I've been losing channels for a day here, two days there. I thought they were back again, but this morning they were gone AGAIN. I'm not doing anything- whenever I decide to call, I check first, and the channels are back.

    TWC NYC is getting ready to roll out a bunch of new HD channels at the end of the month- could this just be them changing stuff around? It's really driving me insane.
     
  5. 59er

    59er TiVotee

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    TracerBullet, I haven't been having any problems with TWC in Manhattan.
     
  6. spolebitski

    spolebitski New Member

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    My appointment is for wednesday ... i hope the techs in se wi will have an understanding of installing the cards into the tivo hd ... got my tivo hd today ran guided setup got it all ready ... think i'm off to get an hd ota attenna to see what channels
     
  7. spolebitski

    spolebitski New Member

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    I was told today that TWC SE WI did not support m-cards but the engineers are working on this to solve the problem so they can "offer the best possible service to all their customers"
     
  8. bobrt6676

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    Huber...
    I have 2 S-Cards in a TivoHD in the Dayton market. I receive 722,745 (local HD channels) that TWC brags about local HD for free. I also receive 746 and 125. Also, I receive 751,752,754,755,756,757,760,762,763,764,765,and the new 768.:)
     
  9. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

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    Thank You! I've tried to tell them that I should be getting these channels. I can get all the others you list including the new 768 just not 722, 745, 746, or 125. Those first three are broadcast stations and very unlikely to be SDV. Also coincidentally, I work for Sinclair broadcasting which broadcasts abc22/fox45 and mytv dayton so I can get practically every channel y'know except for the 3 I work at.

    Does anyone think it could be a signal problem or does it have to be a remapping problem? I can receive these with the QAM tuner in the Tivo if I take out the cablecards. Are the cablecards more sensitive to signal strength than the QAM tuner?

    I had 2 s-cards which worked fine for a year or so then they swapped those for 2 more s-cards. Same problem. So now, I have 2 m-cards. So I don't think the problem lies with the cards.
     
  10. gamo62

    gamo62 New Member

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    Just get new cards. and if you have a TivoHD, then get 1 M card.
     
  11. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

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    This is the 3rd set of cards...and it is a series 3 so 2 m-cards.
     
  12. MicahG

    MicahG New Member

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    Second truck rolled up, this time it's an actual Time Warner guy! Who...is a jerk. The first thing he said was, "So you like paying more money?"

    He at least seems like he knows what he's doing. The only bummer is, he rebooted the tivo box, and now it saying it's preparing the service update which could take up to an hour, possibly longer... bah.

    He did call in the host id and cable card number, but it sounds like they might have been switched?

    I'm almost tempted to tell him to leave, because he doesn't even want to be here, and he has a 3-hour wire job he has to do next.
     
  13. eolson

    eolson New Member

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    In Milwaukee. Have the infamous "Updating firmware card 1" endless loop on TiVo 3 since 9am or so in the morning (it's now 11pm.) Time-Warner says reboot... then take cards to store... store orders truck roll.

    On the TiVo side, TiVo has a poor interface around CableCard. It does not let you read the diagnostic messages (black screen with CC text) undisturbed. Once in "Guided Setup" Tivo likes to suddenly take over and go back to infinite "Updating firmware" loop while you are reading a CC message.

    About once per hour, the update would quit and I would get 30 seconds of TV (HD channel or other.) Then the update would take over again. It's not doing that now though, since I took the cards out to take to the store and put them back in.

    Was running ok for 1 year on 2 SA cards dated 2005 and 2006.

    I have had below-minimum signal strength on Internet for 3 weeks - wonder if it's related to the download difficulty.
     
  14. TracerBullet

    TracerBullet New Member

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    My cablecards keep losing authorization (I think). Every time I call to get a hit on the cards or the channels come back on their own (which happens), within 24 hours, I lose most channels again. It's almost as though Time Warner is sending my cablecards authorization to only display the most basic cable package available, and it's incredibly aggravating.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  15. robojerk

    robojerk Active Member

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    So ughhh, will my Tivo get these channels or am I still waiting in vain for a dongle?
     
  16. Effinay

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    realityboy: I talked to a CSR at TW in Dayton and the lady told me that only the Spanish channels have been swithched to SDV so far in our area.

    Did you have any issues with the cablecard installation when you first set up your TiVO? To start, they only brought one s-card. My cablecard sat there for over 6 hours yesterday doing a "Firmware upgrade." It never completed, and the 2 installers left (after being 4 hours late) before the installation was done. I gave up and pulled out the CC so I could at least watch regular cable.

    I called customer service and they told me to just go to their Dayton Mall location and get a new cablecard. Well, I drove out there only to learn that they do not give customers the cablecards... ever. The guy behind the desk was kind of rude and gave me a look like I was stupid for even asking. They are sending another truck next week.

    I just switched from DirecTV. The only reason was so that I could get HD programming and still use TiVo. I'm starting to think this was a bad decision, and may just give up on TiVo AND TimeWarner.:(
     
  17. realityboy

    realityboy Well-Known Member

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    No the initial installation went well. This actually happened when they merged their system with Cincinnati's. After much wasted time calling and getting techs that had no idea what the problem was, I did finally end up getting a lead tech that knew about this problem. The problem is with the cablecard mapping of these channels in my area, and the engineers are working on it although they have no estimation on when it will be finished. He wants me to check back in with him in a few weeks to see if any progress has been made.

    I thought about switching to Directv and almost did it before I realized that I didn't have a phone line to plug into the receiver. For now, I picked up an outdoor antenna from Radio Shack to pull in the locals that I can not get from TW. If you live close enough, you probably will want to have an antenna for at least a few of the locals. Time Warner in Dayton does not offer either NBC (WDTN) or CW (WBDT) in HD at all.

    However assuming you do not have the same issues I have here, the cablecards seem to work nicely. Mine worked for over a year before any problems at all. While the tech was here on Monday, he called another tech who had done a successful install in a TivoHD, and they had no problems with these channels so good luck.
     
  18. spolebitski

    spolebitski New Member

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    Finally the day arrived for the "truck roll" install ... tech arrives not really knowing to do ... in his defense his job basically was to call twc with the cablecard numbers and host id number. He was unsure about installing these into a TiVo HD ... was told that these are to go into the tv.

    1st card worked with id numbers, 2nd card did not work
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    2nd card worked with id number, 1st card did not work (witched slots)
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    both cards worked
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    1st card authorized, 2nd card does not say that it is authorized

    problem is that 1st cable card will receive, from what I can tell all the HD channels. 2nd cable card will not pick up the "hd package" (above your "free" hd channels they provide, may be different market to market).

    Getting to be quitting time, 5:00 PM - Tech says it is up and running (I have mentioned that cable card does not say it is authorized. The tech said the channels are working it's not a subscription issue and I should contact TWC. So I call the number on the screen ... only to stay on the phone for 20 minutes ... was told that this is not a subscription issue but a cable card issue and a tech would need to be dispatched ... frustrating that the tech was out the door as fast as he could.

    The tech did mention that an issue might be that i do not have a hd package, when I told the tech I did, the tech said well they did not authorize the hd package on the 2nd cable card

    so question ... sounds like this might a way to double charge me for 2 hd packages (one on each cable card) ... anyone who has tivo hd and 2 cable cards are you double charged for the "hd package"?
     
  19. Brainuser

    Brainuser New Member

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    Well, the Time Warner technicians (2 of them) came out to install the cable cards in my SE Wisconsin (Waukesha) TiVo HD. As others have experienced, Cable Card 1 is authorized and gets channels (including the HD channels), Cable Card 2 (both are S Cards) does not authorize and gets no channels. The TW guys went back and forth with HQ and the card seems to be paired at their end. We rebooted 5 times, but the card would not pair. We switched cards and repaired them, and the card in slot 1 worked, but the card in slot 2 would not authorize. TW is flummoxed and spoke to the TiVo tech by phone. The TiVo people say it is a cable issue. the cable guys can't figure out what more they can do. They think that since they switched cards and the card in slot 2 never works, that it somehow must be a hardware problem. TiVo swears that it is not, but cannot offer up an explanation why the switched card would work.
    If It doesn't connect by tomorrow, it gets moved up to a Tier 3 Tech. I was told in this case, TW would call TiVo and work out the problem.
     
  20. aktick

    aktick New Member

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    Sounds like pricing is different from area to area? I'm getting my brother an HDTV and probably an HD Tivo to replace his S2 Tivo, and wondering if it's worth getting cable cards...he's in Oshkosh, WI, and he has the basic non-digital Time Warner cable package now. Is there just a basic package he can get to keep his current base package and just add HD locals or something like that? How much would the most basic HD deal generally cost for cable cards?

    I've never dealt with Time Warner and know it's always been a hassle for him in the past, just trying to see what the options are before I throw this new TV and Tivo on him. Thanks for any help. :)
     

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