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SDV FAQ

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by bdraw, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. Jan 9, 2009 #2061 of 2401
    FoxFireX

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    Just got a call from TWC San Antonio. They report the adapters will be available for pickup at two locations beginning Monday, January 12. Looks like I've got a new trip to make!
     
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    moyekj

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    It's interesting that so far I have not seen a single mention of public deployment of Motorola Tuning Adapters anywhere in the country from any provider. It's likely most SDV deployments currently are in SA/Cisco headends but there are some Motorola ones as well - including my headend.
     
  3. Jan 9, 2009 #2063 of 2401
    SCSIRAID

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    I noticed that too.... I remember when everybody on SA systems were freaking out when Motorola announced their TA with not a peep from SA for some time after....
     
  4. Jan 9, 2009 #2064 of 2401
    dswallow

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    Yeah. I guess SA/Cisco was too busy actually working to produce their tuning adapters to talk about them much while Motorola was too busy talking about theirs to actually get around to making any. :)
     
  5. Jan 9, 2009 #2065 of 2401
    cableguy763

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    How many cable systems are using motorola for their switched services now? I cant think of any.
     
  6. Jan 9, 2009 #2066 of 2401
    moyekj

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    Cox Orange County, CA is (probably one of the few).
     
  7. Jan 9, 2009 #2067 of 2401
    cableguy763

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    Cool, I honestly didnt know which moto systems had even deployed sdv. Not much reason to really rush for them if only a couple of systems even need it.
     
  8. Jan 9, 2009 #2068 of 2401
    ah30k

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    And I think that Cox, while a Mot-based system, is actually using the BigBand SDV controller rather than the Mot SDV controller. Even less motivation for Mot to get the TAs out.

    Actually, to be fair to Mot, I believe the hold-up now is with the cable providers who need to test and deploy the TAs in their environments.
     
  9. Jan 9, 2009 #2069 of 2401
    moyekj

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    Yes that's correct. Cox OC is using BigBand which supposedly can work in either SA/Cisco or Motorola systems. There was a press announcement from BigBand at one point which I'll try and dig up. That's probably leading to some complications I would guess while testing the TA's with BigBand system.

    Here's a press release:
    http://www.cedmagazine.com/Cox-picks-BigBand-for-SDV.aspx
     
  10. jacksonian

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    I have TWC in Greensboro, NC. Just got the TA installed on Thursday in my S3 with 2 S-cards. Everything works fine, but the TA is only paired to CC#1. That works fine most of the time unless I'm already recording/pausing an SDV channel with CC#1 and want to record/watch another SDV channel, then I'm out of luck. I'm also concerned that the TiVo might use CC#1 to record a non-SDV channel by chance and then I won't be able to tune/record an SDV channel.

    So my questions are:
    1) is that correct that a TA can only pair with one CC at a time?
    2) if #1 is correct, then what are my options?

    Do I need to sell the S3 and get a TiVoHD with an M-card? If the TA is paired with an M-card, can you then tune SDV channels on both streams?
     
  11. SCSIRAID

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    From my reading of the spec, the TA isnt 'paired' with a cablecard at all. It simply provides a channel map and a frequency resolving service for an attached UDCP device. If you have a tuner/cablecard that isnt properly decoding SDV channels then you may have an 'entitlement' problem on that cablecard.
     
  12. jacksonian

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    Hmm, I was just going by what the installation tech was telling me. Let me ask him about this. Are there any other people having this issue with the TA?
     
  13. lrhorer

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    I'm missing two channels: A&E HD and Palladia. Other TA users here in San Antonio are reporting the same thing. Everything else seems to be working fine.
     
  14. lrhorer

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    That's right. I picked up 3 TAs today. None of them were paired with any particular CableCard(s).
     
  15. SCSIRAID

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    The next facet of the question would be whether the TA's have an affinity to any particular TiVo.... I.E are they simply 'authorized' to the account and will work with any TA aware device perhaps not even a TiVo (such as HT computer). The spec seemed to indicate that this was the case.
     
  16. cableguy763

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    Yes, they are simply authorized by the account. A htpc maker could make their product work with a ta, but tivo seems to be the only ones with the initiative to do so.
     
  17. SCSIRAID

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    Thanks! That is what I thought would be the case... Now if TWC Raleigh could just get me a couple TA's I would be in business :D Hopefully this month.
     
  18. lrhorer

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    I wouldn't be surprised if one or two CE manufacturers came out with TA capable models by year's end, now that deployment of the TA has commenced. I doubt consumer appetite will be very high, however.
     
  19. SCSIRAID

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    Here is another question.... Anybody see any issues with using a unique coax to the TA instead of using the pass thru capability of the TA. I have two cable feeds into my cabinet and would just as soon avoid the split inside the TA. I dont believe there is any kind of communications between the TA and TiVo on the coax (given that TiVo doesnt have an upstream xmitter) so it would seem to be just fine.
     
  20. lrhorer

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    It should work. It appears the TA has a little built-in amplifier (or at least it appears the Cisco TA does), so there shouldn't really be an issue with going through the TA, but if it floats your boat to do it the other way, it shouldn't hurt.
     

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