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Palm Beach County FL Comcast Roamio issues

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by huntrdog, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Nov 1, 2013 #1 of 100
    huntrdog

    huntrdog New Member

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    I purchased my Roamio Plus in mid-September and had many problems with channels intermittently dropping out, resulting in an error "v58". TiVo technical support informed me that this was often the case for South Florida Comcast customers, as the cablecard firmware needs to be upgraded, system wide, to a version higher than 1.5.2. They had no timetable as to when this might occur. Ready to send my new Tivo back for a refund, the Comcast tech (who had already been scheduled) called, and told me he'd had luck with Premier owners encountering problems, by upgrading the firmware to their newest version (1.5.2-FP2401), which was higher than what was on my cablecard.

    I kept the appointment, and after the upgrade and a hard reboot of the Roamio, things were working fine, with all six tuners.

    As of 10/30/13, however, the vast majority of channels (both SD, HD, and Pay) are not available and display the v58 error. I've had Comcast un-pair and re-pair the card several times, and refresh the signal, without resolution. TiVo tech support also spent about 45 minutes with me, checking signal strength, noise, and many other issues, determining my Roamio is working fine.

    I spoke to the Comcast tech who did the Firmware upgrade for me back in September, and he told me he's heard from one other Roamio owner in the area who also is suddenly having problems. He doesn't believe that whatever has happened at Comcast has affected Premiere owners.
     
  2. Nov 1, 2013 #2 of 100
    tomhorsley

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    I'm in Delray Beach and the only word I get is "Oh, you'll get the new firmware when we roll out our improved infrastructure" (the infrastructure that has gone from "summer" to "october" to "not scheduled" to "early 2014" :). I sure can't believe the existing infrastructure is unable to talk to newer firmware. I wish I could get them to give me new firmware without waiting for the eternally delayed new infrastructure.
     
  3. Nov 1, 2013 #3 of 100
    HDRyder9

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    If they won't give you the current firmware. Demand a new cable card. The 1.5.2 firmware is defective. You are within your rights to demand a fix, whether it's an upgrade or a new cable card.

    There is an extreme shortage of cable cards in my part of Florida. The techs tell me that sometimes they're sent out on a cable card install and there are no cable cards in the "warehouse" to take to a customer.

    Oddly, the new Xfinity/Cisco cable boxes use cable cards. Maybe you can ask for a cable box, grab the card and then return the box with your old cable card. It sure sounds like Comcast is giving you the runaround.
     
  4. Nov 2, 2013 #4 of 100
    grey ghost

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    The same v58 problems are currently plaguing me and my Roamio Plus using Jackson MS Comcast and a similar version Cisco card. Ordered it the first day they were available and got it the first week. For 2 months I had great service with few problems.

    About 3 weeks ago, I started experiencing many channels displaying v58. Comcast sent a refresh signal and it worked for another week. Last Friday, I experienced the same problems and replaced the card(not once, but twice with same version Cisco card). Tonight, everything failed again and I'm frustrated beyond belief!

    I just want to watch all the TV channels I pay for without all this hassle. Surely there has got to be a something that can be done without having to miss tapings and miss channels.
     
  5. Nov 2, 2013 #5 of 100
    DigitalDawn

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    I'm in Jupiter. Went through about 8-10 cable cards on an XL4 over 14 months. Drove me nuts for a long while. I finally decided to replace my 15 year old RF distribution amp. That helped with the unpairing problem. But I was still having tuning issues with both the XL4 and the new Roamio. I would try to tune to a channel and get nothing. Try again, nothing, then a couple of minutes later, it would tune. I would lose some recordings due to "no signal."

    The good news is that the "no signal" issue has been much better since the last TiVo update. I'm still pretty sure that Comcast is to blame for most of the problems. Their cable card firmware is ancient, and most of their cards are in really bad shape.

    So, until Comcast updates the firmware on the cards (supposedly early '14), you will need to set your Roamio's to 4 tuners to ensure that your recordings will occur as planned.
     
  6. Nov 4, 2013 #6 of 100
    Edvin

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    I have a Tivo Premier in West Palm Beach and am having this issue constantly, especially with local HD channels. The rep at the office said it is an issue with the card being unable to communicate back to their servers. Supposedly they implemented an update on the server side that pings the cards and if there is no reply it deauthorizes some channels. I'm not sure that makes sense because often the channels comeback without me having to call in to do a hit on the card.

    Whetever it is, it is very frustrating.
     
  7. Nov 6, 2013 #7 of 100
    huntrdog

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    I gave up. Sent the Roamio back to TiVo. Because it's an ongoing unresolved issue with Cisco/Comcast/Tivo, they agreed to accept a return even though I was past the 30-day guarantee period.

    I'd appreciate it if, when the 1.5.3 firmware is released, that someone post it on this thread.
     
  8. Nov 7, 2013 #8 of 100
    nws alpine

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    I just ordered the Roamio and Mini. First time TiVo user so looks like I will be having some issues for an unknown time. I'm located in Boca so on the sa/cisco network. Down in Fort Lauderdale where I use to live it was Motorola and seems like even Xfinity On Demand is supported there. Going on Sat to grab a cable card and will hold onto one box just incase (currently have 3 HD dvrs). The Roamio will save me $60+ per month.

    Hopefully it's tolerable but if not then it will have to go back :(
     
  9. Nov 7, 2013 #9 of 100
    DeltaOne

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    We switched from Comcast STBs to TiVo about a month and do not regret the decision.

    I don't know if your area will be different than here in Maryland -- but I went though four CableCards to get two working ones. (They use Motorola cards here in Maryland.) You might want to ask for two or three -- then later take back the ones you don't need.
     
  10. Nov 7, 2013 #10 of 100
    nws alpine

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    I know Tivo is going to be awesome but this thread is specifically about the Palm Beach County area. It seems as though we are in a waiting game for a system update before Comcast will update the CC firmware. We are on SA/Cisco network here which is the problem.
     
  11. Nov 9, 2013 #11 of 100
    DigitalDawn

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    Ever since this past Tuesday (Nov. 5), I have had major "unpairing" problems with both my XL4 and especially my Roamio Pro. Had a tech come out and he was here for three hours. Changed a bunch of coaxial ends, removed my distribution amp, etc. As fast as he, and the head-end paired the cards, they would lose pairing a few moments later. Finally, they had the head-end update the cards to 1.5.2 2401 -- the latest FW they had. And it seemed to solve the problems. That is until I woke up this morning with the same "unpairing."

    I tried the Comcast cable-card number, they did a re-pair and it lasted about 5 minutes. I finally managed to get a Comcast supervisor on the phone and he told me that many other Comcast TiVo owners in Palm Beach county have been having the same problems since Tuesday and they are working to figure out how to fix it.

    The odd part about this is that my Roamio and XL4 were working very well for the prior couple of weeks. Something at Comcast PBC must have changed. I did tell him about V. 1.5.3 1101. Don't know what else to do.
     
  12. Nov 9, 2013 #12 of 100
    nws alpine

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    Any contact info you can PM me for that supervisor so I can be added to the "list" of the subscribers waiting for them to fix their end and update to 1.5.3+.

    Just got my second card after they messed up the first one and the CC hotline couldn't even attempt to activate. The second card failed twice now and running 1.5.2 1401.

    I can only get a few of the local channels and V58 on everything else. Should be getting digital preferred HD w/HBO.

    Is there any grounds for FCC complaints as they effectively have shut off service for CC users.
     
  13. Nov 9, 2013 #13 of 100
    aridon

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    Please post when this gets resolved there are people watching this thread before jumping back into a TiVo with Comcast in wpb.
     
  14. Nov 9, 2013 #14 of 100
    danterner

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    TiVo Premiere in Greenacres, reporting in. Started having problems last week, pretty much as described.
     
  15. Nov 9, 2013 #15 of 100
    DigitalDawn

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    If you are having the same issues in Palm Beach county please send an email to the following address, as I heard back from them and they indicated that they would definitely address the problem.

    We_Can_Help@cable.comcast.com

    Describe the symptoms, and give them your service address and phone number.

    If this isn't fixed within a reasonable amount of time, I plan on going up the ladder.
     
  16. Nov 9, 2013 #16 of 100
    DigitalDawn

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    Same problems here in Jupiter. It seems as if some idiot in engineering flipped the wrong switch. Send an email to the address in my previous post. I'll report back on Tuesday or Wednesday with any info.

    Actually, what was kind of amusing was after the tech updated my cards to 2401, he said, "now you'll have 5 tuners." I said, "I'll be happy with 4 that work."

    P.S. Must be losing my mind, as I was actually considering an X1 if they couldn't fix this. But then I came to my senses. :)
     
  17. Nov 9, 2013 #17 of 100
    nws alpine

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    I will send them an email. Not going to waste my time having a tech sent out knowing there is no resolution.

    Even with the basic locals and subscribing to Netflix I love the Roamio and Mini setup. The GF is much happier than the old setup with HD DVRs, Plex media server, and Apple TVs. We save a ton of heat/power in the media closet removing 3 boxes and about $60-70+ per month as we only need 1 M-card. X1 looks good from the press releases but all the issues has turned me away. I never considered Tivo in the past until the Roamio.
     
  18. Nov 11, 2013 #18 of 100
    DigitalDawn

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    Ok folks, I'm pretty sure I have an answer to the PBC issues. Have Comcast update your cable card to 1.5.2. 2401. But here's the catch, after the update you need to reboot your Roamio or Premiere to apply the changes.

    If your technician or cable-card phone support agent asked you to pull your cable card, you will need to re-set your TiVo back to 4 tuners, as pulling the card resets the box back to 6 tuners.

    From TiVo Central > Settings & Messages > Settings > Channels > Channel List

    While viewing the Channel List screen, enter the following number sequences on your Roamio remote control to set the maximum number of usable tuners:

    88634 (the Roamio will use four tuners)

    Afterwards, reboot your TiVo.

    That should do it. I have all channels on 4 tuners working for the past 36 hours or so. I have not yet tried the 88635 code for 5 tuner operation. Let us know if this solves your problem.
     
  19. Nov 11, 2013 #19 of 100
    Tashun

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    In Boca area and have been dealing with this issue for awhile now. 5 tuners are working with the 88635 code and SA .2401 firmware. It took a long time to get to this point and many hours on the phone. I finally got some answers from Comcast after emailing the we_can_help@cable.comcast.com people. By somewhere I mean an answer as to when we can expect the updated firmware for Cisco Cable Cards, which is early 2014. Hopefully they update to the latest version!

    I have gone through the main coax cable being repaired from the node to the pedestal, from the pedestal to the house. Comcast has also come in and replaced several barrels and F connectors throughout (which removed a lot of noise from the ingress signal, funny how 4-5 other Comcast technicians never caught this prior to it being repaired), and updated my amplifier.

    I could continue this rant, but the short story is that 5 tuners works, but I still occasionally have to call in activation because I lose premium channels, as has been the case for the past 3-4 years.
     
  20. Nov 11, 2013 #20 of 100
    jaj2276

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    All of you could have saved a lot of initial frustration if you had read the thread titled "Tuners 5 and 6 Not Authorized" (it's 20+ pages at this point). While I appreciate that this thread is specific to Palm Beach Count, FL, the issues are national.

    Basically the firmware that works for Cisco/SA cards is 1.5.3.1101. Some people have had luck running earlier versions of the firmware and 5 tuners (88635 on Channel List followed by a Tivo Reboot) but even this is spotty.

    For those that want Tivos, I suggest buying a Roamio, setting it to use 4 tuners while still on the bad cablecards, and then pester Comcast for a resolution. I have spoken both to the national and local Comcast contact. They are aware of the issue (heck, that's a win in my book!) and expect to have a roll-out of the 1.5.3.1101 (or some other version that allows 6 tuners) in 1Q of 2014. However, the more people that pester them, the earlier it will be.
     

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