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Official Time Warner Cable Thread

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

  1. Feb 1, 2007 #1301 of 6277
    radtom

    radtom New Member

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    In San Antonio I was able to pick up 2 cable cards at the service center (no sweet talk or social engineering they just slid them over and added them to the list of equipment I have), install them and then call repair.

    After getting past a rep that insisted I shouldn't have done that (my problem?) I spoke with a supervisor who had me going in 5 minutes. It is NOT a service call necessity and I have no idea why they want to clog up their service schedules with home visits. With my first Series 3, I had to explain to the tech what to do which is why I knew I didn't need them out a second time.
     
  2. Feb 1, 2007 #1302 of 6277
    Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

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    Sherman...
    TiVo added 409 to my list of channels I receive but I don't get a picture on that channel.

    Edit: I get it now.
     
  3. Feb 1, 2007 #1303 of 6277
    randywalters

    randywalters AVS Old Timer

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    I'm just south of you (TWC South Bay El Segundo/Torrance) and even though TWC is advertising that they've added KCAL 9-DT on channel 409, it hasn't appeared in my guide on my S3 or my two SA8300HD DVRs. If i manually enter 409, i get the ??? and the channel does not change. Luckily i pull in 9-1 OTA perfectly :up:
     
  4. Feb 1, 2007 #1304 of 6277
    tivotivotivo

    tivotivotivo New Member

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    thank you very much!
     
  5. Feb 2, 2007 #1305 of 6277
    112358

    112358 New Member

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    I live in Manhattan and am planning on getting HDTV service from Time Warner Cable and upgrading to an S3. Do I have to do it w/ cablecards or can still just use a time warner digital cable set-top box? The cablecards sound great, but I would lose access to on-demand programming. ..
     
  6. Feb 2, 2007 #1306 of 6277
    tivotivotivo

    tivotivotivo New Member

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    I believe you need to use it with cable cards if you wish to get digital cable and the tivo does not support access on demand programming.

    :(
     
  7. Feb 3, 2007 #1307 of 6277
    david10595

    david10595 New Member

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    Yes this is one of the reasons why I'm debating whether I should go with an S3 or TimeWarner's DVR solution. With S3, I lose my on-demand stations (big no-no..). With TWC's DVR, I go back to a deluxe-VCR instead of the features that made TiVo famous.
    :confused: What a dilemma... Has anyone made up their mind here in Manhattan?
    Thanks
     
  8. Feb 3, 2007 #1308 of 6277
    pmiranda

    pmiranda New Member

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    Since I had a lifetime S1 to transfer, I have a non-DVR HD settop and two cablecards for less per month than the TW DVR (edit: I'm in Austin, YMMV). I don't really care about on demand, but I had to do this to get switched channels. Unfortunately the settop I got was a SA3100HD, which doesn't output any video on HD channels, so I can't record the switched HD's. If A&E starts showing anything I care about in HD then I'll try swapping it for a 3250HD, especially since the 3100 doesn't have DVI or HDMI :thumbsdown:
     
  9. Feb 3, 2007 #1309 of 6277
    SCSIRAID

    SCSIRAID Active Member

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    Why not do both.... Use the S3 where it excels and the POS where necessary.
     
  10. Feb 3, 2007 #1310 of 6277
    Mike Farrington

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    As a TiVo owner, I've never seen the draw of OnDemand programming. I record everything I'd ever want to watch. While it would be nice to have PPV, I've found the cable company's selection of movies to be juvenile and they are never in a letterboxed format. For movies I'll stick to Netflix and perhaps a future purchase of an IPTV product.
     
  11. Feb 3, 2007 #1311 of 6277
    david10595

    david10595 New Member

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    Well the whole idea was to get rid of one box also, space is precious in Manhattan :)
     
  12. Feb 3, 2007 #1312 of 6277
    Fofer

    Fofer XenForo Rocks! TCF Club

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    I'm using a Series 3 with Time Warner. Got my Cable Cards installed yesterday, and so far, all seems well. :up: The S3 is what got me to switch away from DirecTV and back to cable. Fingers crossed it continues to work smoothly.

    With regards to PPV events, is it just a matter of not being able to order from my remote and set top box? Would I be able to call Customer Service and order them (like I used to do with DirecTV?)

    Not a big deal to me, as I've never been interested in PPV movies. I'm more curious about a live event, like Boxing or UFC. I've ordered 1 or 2 of them in the last 5-6 years.

    Thanks for any replies.
     
  13. Feb 3, 2007 #1313 of 6277
    Fofer

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    For the record, while I waited the few days for the Cable Cards to feed my S3, I had TWC install their dual tuner HD DVR. Holy bag of crap, Batman! I seriously can't believe how horrific the user interface is on that thing. It's disgusting. As far as comparisons go, the DirecTV HR20 is much nicer. But neither of them are TiVo. :)

    If Time Warner stopped working with the S3 for whatever reason (SDV or some other annoyance) I suppose I'd switch back to DTV, and settle with the HR20. Which isn't fantastic, but it's still pretty good. "Good enough," as it were. And hopefully, will only get better.

    I just can't imagine using the TimeWarner box. It was depressing. And no, that's not just because I am "used" to TiVo. It was downright ugly and unintuitive.

    I suppose, depending on the answer to my PPV question above, I could always just use their set top box for the few times a year I'd like to watch a PPV event.
     
  14. Feb 3, 2007 #1314 of 6277
    Kablemodem

    Kablemodem Get the ketchup.

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    Sherman...
    Nice avatar.


    I took one look at the DVR interface and decided not to even try to figure it out. When I first got TiVo I had a good understanding of how it worked in 5 minutes. The DVR remote has more buttons than the cockpit of a 747.

    I sit here waiting for my third TWC service call in a week. My S3 is working fine now, but the DVR gets no channels at all. Go figure. In all the years I had DirecTV I never once had a problem.
     
  15. Feb 3, 2007 #1315 of 6277
    Fofer

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    My first TWC visit was a bust. They sent a contractor who not only didn't have Cable Cards, he didn't know what they were.

    The second visit went pretty well, all told. Four TWC (not subcontractor) guys came out, and they ran a brand new wire from the pole to my house. Also gave me a new cable modem. And stuck around while I tested channels on both tuners. 2 of the guys were here for a few hours, and they seemed really committed to make sure everything was working right.
     
  16. Feb 3, 2007 #1316 of 6277
    Fofer

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    Is there anywhere that I can find a NUMERICAL listing of the TWC channels and their names? Not the initials, but the full name, in numerical order. I was given a paper guide that has them grouped by theme, or on the back, listed A-Z, but I'd like to go through the list on the TiVo numerically. I can't even find anything on their web site.
     
  17. Feb 3, 2007 #1317 of 6277
    DeathRider

    DeathRider New Member

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    Will this work (it is grouped, but seem to be in order...I'mguess =ing the station call letters)

    http://www.timewarnercable.com/socal/channellineups/choose_lineup.html
     
  18. Feb 3, 2007 #1318 of 6277
    dm-mm

    dm-mm eltiT resU motsuC

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    Hi everyone,

    For reference, my head-end is in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

    I am the first Series 3 install in my local cable area (formerly Adelphia). I'm near Hookbill but not near enough to have benefitted from his experiences.

    CCs: Motorla CableCARDs. One at version 4.21, one at 4.05

    The TW supervisor I spoke with this morning told me the following:

    - Our cable system is running the "Motorola format."

    - For technichal reasons, TW is currently unable to pair cards with specific host IDs in my area. This is expected to change in 3-4 months when all existing Motorola equipment will be changed to Scientific Atlanta.

    - My cards have my programming packages manually assigned to them and that the host ID makes no difference. This appears to be accurate as I am able to pull the card from the Tivo and insert it into my TV's slot and receive the correct packages on it. The host ID of the TV was not entered into their system.

    I've had two technician visits but no digital channels yet. Signal strength is in the high 90's and analog channels are received ok.

    The blue "Acquiring Channel Information" screen never goes away from the Live TV and Test Channels views when the cards are inserted.

    CC Diagnostics screen information (for the same card):

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    TV (Channels working)               TiVo (Not working)
    
    - Network Setup -
      LKC: 75.250 EMM:1                 LKC: 75.250 	EMM:1
      Status: TUNED_STATE               Status: TUNED_STATE
      OOB Msgs:1131 (increasing)        OOB Msgs:2955 (increasing)
    
      Hunt                              Hunt
    
    - Conditional Access -
    
      Unit Address: both match          Unit Address: both match
      Encryption:DES                    Encryption:DES
      Connected:yes, EnabledByCP:yes    Connected:yes, EnabledByCP:no
      Auth:SUBSCRIBED                   Auth:unknown
      CA enable:possible                CA Enable:unknown
      ECM PID:0x0069                    ECM PID:0x0000
      Component PIDs:                   Component PIDs:
      0x0050 0x0051 0x0667              0x0000 0x0000 0x0000
      0x0000 0x0000 0x0000              0x0000 0x0000 0x0000
      Host Validation:Unknown 00        Host Validation: Unknown 00
      Copy Protection Key:Disabled      Copy Protection Key:Disabled
      CCI:0x00                          CCI:0x03
    
    Tivo support thinks that the cards are bad even though they work in the TV. Is it possible for them to work correctly in one device and not in another?

    Any suggestions are appreciated.

    DM
     
  19. Feb 3, 2007 #1319 of 6277
    T-Shee

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    FWIW,
    My first S3 never worked reliably with any cable cards, despite Tivo CSRs pointing to the cards as the culprit.
    They eventually caved and said the S3 needed to be replaced. It got replaced and is now running on the third set of CCs, the so called "problematic" ones, without any problems. (Knock on wood).

    - It could be a bad Tivo, but I remember one of the cable techs saying that if the cards were ever installed and working in another device they could never get them to work in a Tivo, period. I thought it weird that he would tell me that, but I think he was intimating that the first two sets of CCs were probably "recycled", used, previously owned, etc. Previously Mangled by Software Updates.

    Did these card start life in a S3? Were they new or "recycled" from somewhere else?"
     
  20. Feb 3, 2007 #1320 of 6277
    abredt

    abredt West Valley TW L.A.

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    I couldn't deal with the tiny print of that webpage, so I made an Excel document in numerical order for West Valley (San Fernando Valley) TW and typed in all the channels. I may be a bit compulsive, but I also entered notes as to which ones I get. Next task is to add notes for which channels do not get sound on the T-3.

    Send me your email address if you want a copy of that document.

    CB
     

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