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Official Time Warner Cable Thread

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

  1. rdrrepair

    rdrrepair You can call me Bill

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    Looks like UnBox is "Our PPV Provider". At least with the UnBox on TiVo you have 30 days to start viewing and/or 24 hours to complete the viewing. I don't want to get into the short comings of UnBox, I just wanted to see what my real options in this area are.
     
  2. evillines

    evillines New Member

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    I am in Dallas, TX and my neighborhood still has Time Warner on the old A/B system (with a promise to have this fixed end-year???). Can I even use the series 3 with this since part of the cable channels come from cable A and the others from cable B -- I presume that you aren't putting one cable into the antenna input and the other into the cable input? And I've heard that you can't run cable and antenna at the same time. Would love anyone's thoughts on this! Thanks!
     
  3. asills

    asills New Member

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    The antiquated A/B system won't work with the Series 3. It wouldn't work with the Series 1 or 2 either if you didn't use a cable box. Since the Series 3 doesn't control a cable box, you're out of luck.

    If you don't mind ditching either A or B (A should be older analogs and B should be 100+ right?) then I assume it could work, but I wouldn't bother. I would personally (and have before I moved into a neighborhood in Richardson without the A/B switch) stick with their DVR if you're doing HD, or a Series 2 with a plain old cable box otherwise.
     
  4. evillines

    evillines New Member

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    I would be fine using anttenne for primestime and cable B for HBO, Showtime, sci-fi, etc (have to check the channel line up and see if they are above 100). But I have heard that if you slap a card in there it will become a single tunner tivo and kill the antena option?
     
  5. pilott

    pilott New Member

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    I can tune to the networks (but I have the HD versions) and I think two other channels below 100. I can't get to their 100+ counterparts either. I do get SPEED though :) (too bad I don't watch it though).
     
  6. DougJohnson

    DougJohnson Member

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    It works fine. I'm in Dallas with the old A/B system. If you plug in the A side, you get basically everything except the channels between 60 and 100. There are a few things I would like to see there, so I am looking forward to getting a modern cable system, but in the meantime, I'm enjoying what I've got.
    -- Doug
     
  7. evillines

    evillines New Member

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    Sorry If I am being dense, but when you look at the Dallas channel lineup would this get me the HD primetime channels and the premium HBO and SHowtime? I am looking at the channel line up from time warner and since the digital channels go up so high, not sure where the demarcation between a and b is. If you look at the basic line-up it's states a and b -- but assume this is digital which goes up into the I am assume this is still digital cable, so this goes up to almost 1000 channels.
     
  8. Josh Willis

    Josh Willis New Member

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    Well to follow up, here's how my installation went. I was pleased to find the contracted tech standing at my door bright and early at 8:30 AM. I showed him the Tivo and explained that both cards went into the device. He said that this will be the first time he's done one of these installs, but didn't balk at it for a second. He was also very pleased when I showed him the cable card installation instructions. Well he proceeded to go outside and hook me back up on the poll while I waited and when finished he came back in to start the CC installs.
    I had it waiting on the Cable card screen, so he inserted the first card and we waited for the CC# and Host ID screen to pop up, which after 60 seconds or so, it did. Then he called TW dispatch to get it activated. After sitting on hold for 10 minutes he finally got someone on the line who activated the card. It then went directly to the "Updating Firmware" screen, where it stayed for at least 25 minutes. After that it went back to the zip code screen and we got back to the CC screen. We then inserted the next card and got the dreaded 161-2 error screen. He called his supervisor to confirm that that meant the card was bad, and then we waited an additional 30 minutes for said supervisor to bring a spare card. We then inserted the new card which went directly to the "updating firmware" screen. It stayed on this screen for 2 hours, until finally we assumed the card was bad and we plugged in the other spare that his supervisor brought. This one started working immediately, so he called dispatch to add the second CC# to the account. He then had to wait on hold for 40 minutes to talk to a live body to activate the card.
    To sum it up, he arrived at 8:30 and left around 1:00. I felt sorry for the guy, as none of the issues were his fault, but he was in good humor about it the entire time. The Tivo has been working wonderfully ever since and it's FANTASTIC to have a Tivo once again after going 2 years with the abomination of a DVR that TW provides. The only issue I seem to have is some of my HD channels aren't coming in (non-SDV ones) such as INHD, HDNET,HDNETMV, DHD, ESPNHD, and so on. Universal HD has worked off and on, and TNTHD didn't work at first but now it's fine. I guess I need to call TW back and have them rehit my cards or something.
     
  9. evillines

    evillines New Member

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    Josh -- Thanks for this. I suppose I should just bite the bullet and do it. I was getting good OTA, but I am paying for DirecTV and it's hard to justify the giant price I paid for this series 3 if I am not actually using it for cable. One more question, then I will send you flowers for being so nice, are you getting the the premium HBO SHowtime and local HD. Also what about Sci-Fi/FX. If I could get those and only those it would be worth it!
     
  10. Josh Willis

    Josh Willis New Member

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    Well I don't subscribe to HBO/Showtime so I can't tell you there, but yes I get FX and Sci-Fi. The lack of Sci-Fi would be a deal breaker for me. And yes, the local HD channels work fine.
     
  11. evillines

    evillines New Member

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    That's good news -- I am picking up the phone to call Time Warner! Thanks for the Dallas POV!
     
  12. pmiranda

    pmiranda New Member

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    If TTG ever works I'll trade you basic cable shows for races :)
     
  13. cokyq

    cokyq New Member

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    Josh,

    TWC in the mid cities in the D/FW area charges extra for the "HD Tier", $3/mo, and it adds the exact same HD channels you describe. You may consider calling them and checking to see if they are activated!
     
  14. Josh Willis

    Josh Willis New Member

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    Oh it's activated as I had it before the cable cards. I'm also getting SOME of the channels in the HD tier
     
  15. cokyq

    cokyq New Member

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    Sure would like to see TWC in the D/FW area add NG HD. Would also like Sci/Fi HD but have not heard if it is available at all! Does anyone know?
     
  16. cokyq

    cokyq New Member

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    I also had the HD tier working prior to the TiVo installation. The HD Tier used to be free, now they are charging for it. When the tech came to install the CCs on my TiVO, they disabled them w/o telling me. A few hours later, when I went to watch UHD, I noticed they had been turned off and had to call again to have them reactivate them (and agree to the new $/3 month service charge).

    Good luck...
     
  17. Josh Willis

    Josh Willis New Member

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    Well I just called TW and the tech said everything looked good on his end concerning the missing HD channels, so they're having to send another tech out tomorrow. :\
     
  18. astrohip

    astrohip Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    TW-Houston (soon to be Comcast) charges $5/month for the HD tier. And AFAIK, no Time Warner anywhere carry NG in HD. :thumbsdown:
     
  19. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

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    I just had a tech out here (DFW) and he installed two new M cards in my S3. It took quite a while (over 3 hours) but everything is working. I had to prod him when he kept giving the MAC address instead of the S/N of the cards. It also took about 30 minutes to get someone on the phone who knew anything about cablecards.

    Why can't they have a small group that specializes in cablecards? Just send that guy out to do the few installs needed. Since every installer I have ever met acts like they have never even seen one before, the number of installs can't be that high.
     
  20. elenaran

    elenaran New Member

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    Question about the A/B system in Dallas w/ a S3. I'm confused by the previous posters on the subject. Are they trying to hookup analog cable or does the A/B split still apply to a digital cablecard setup?
     

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