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Series 3 Verizon FIOS HD compat?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by mchad, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. rage777

    rage777 New Member

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    I have my Tivo S2 hooked up with my FIOS STB and it works fine, not great but good enough. It just takes a long time to change channels before recording a show. So if you are on channel 4 and want to record channel 7, you will see some of the channel 4 in the recording. I have found that you can record HD channels also, it just saves them as SD (yeah, I am not sure why you would want to do it either, but I was just testing).
     
  2. rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    S2 boxes work fine with FIOS. You can even use the serial cable with the QIP-2500 Moto boxes but there is still a glitch when switching to a 4 digit channel via the serial cable. 4 digit channels are duplicates in the La Connexion FIOS lineup so this doesn't affect me personally. The serial cable is fine since 4 digit channels are not important to me.

    IR blasters work fine - even for 4 digit channels.
     
  3. bicker

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    My S2 is connected to a widescreen display, so I suppose I could record the HD version, save it as SD, then stretch it on playback.

    I've never used a serial cable with my S2. What's the actual cable I need to use?
     
  4. rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    It's the one that's not the IR blaster. It looks like a mini-headphone plug on both ends.
     
  5. dbenrosen

    dbenrosen New Member

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    Where did you get that information?

    I just got another TiVo and need a cablecard for it. I called and was informed they would charge me $79 to install the cablecard. I argued that there was no other way for me to get the Cablecard, and they offered to mail me for free, and for 3 months of free rental, one of their DVRs. I spoke to a "supervisor" who said the best they could do was split the cost over 3 payments. Somehow this seems to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the requirement for companies to supply Cablecards for 3rd party devices. I canceled that appointment and used the online chat feature to order one. They scheduled an appointment and didn't say anything about the cost for the installation. I can't imagine they aren't going to try to charge me for it.
     
  6. bicker

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    Oh, you mean it was shipped with the S2? Hmm.... I don't know if I still have it then... I'll have to look.
     
  7. rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    Yes, they shipped with my S2DT boxes along with the IR blasters.
     
  8. bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    Verizon corporate.

    You won't be charged for the installation.
     
  9. JWThiers

    JWThiers Smartypants

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    There are actually a couple of different cables depending on what ports are on each device. If the serial ports on the devices look like mini headphone jacks, I think a standard stereo M-M cable will work.
     
  10. joe1515

    joe1515 New Member

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    Has any else been having problems with the audio dropping in an out when watching Smallville?

    This is the only issue I ever have.

    Joe
     
  11. bicker

    bicker bUU

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    AAMOF, I have. I attributed it to flakiness of our local CW feed to local service providers, but I could believe that it was a network-wide problem, unless someone says that they are sure that they didn't note any audio drop-outs.
     
  12. joe1515

    joe1515 New Member

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    Sorry for my ignorance but I am curios, what does AAMOF stand for?
     
  13. bicker

    bicker bUU

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    As a matter of fact.
     
  14. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    It's usually quicker to Google an acronym, e.g:

    http://www.netlingo.com/word/aamof.php

    There is an "official" TC acronym glossary, linked from the FAQ tab obove.

    But AAMOF isn't in it! Does that mean using it is a "technical foul" ? :D

    Another thing I've noticed is that (according to the "official" glossary) "OP" means "original poster" or "original post" (depending on context). However some folks here use it to mean "other person", which can be confusing.
     
  15. Dec 3, 2009 #1916 of 2214
    MookieDoug

    MookieDoug New Member

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    I haven't been on the forums much since my initial install of cable cards for my Fios service back in March. Last week I bought a new Tivo HD XL for my basement, and called to schedule a time to get an M-card for it. The conversation went like this:

    Me: I just bought a Tivo and I need a cable card for it.
    CSR: Sure...but I imagine you'll want 2 cable cards so you can utilize the dual tuner functionality.
    Me: No, I just need 1 M-card.
    CSR: We don't have the M-cards yet, only S-cards.
    Me: That's funny, because when Verizon came to install a cable card into my other Tivo in March...let me see, that was 8 months ago...they supplied me with an M-card.
    CSR: Well, that's not possible. We don't have M-cards.
    Me: I'd be happy to take a photo of it and email it to you if you want.
    CSR: That won't be necessary. So do you want 2 cards or 1?
    Me: I want 1 M-Card.
    CSR: I can't order you an M-card. I can either put you down for 1 single card or 2 single cards. What do you want?

    Well, it went on from there like a bad Abbott & Costello routine. I got confirmation from him that A) Even if he orders me 2 S-cards, I'll only be charged for the amount of cards the Tech installs, and B) the tech would call me before arriving. So I'm sure that the local tech/install offices only have M-cards (which I'll confirm with them before they arrive), but it also appears that the CSR reps at Verizon STILL have either not been told, or not trained well enough to know that Motorola only supplies M-cards now. It's amazing to me that they don't seem to care enough to fix their facts.

    (Having said all that, watch the tech arrive next week with S-cards only...)
     
  16. Dec 3, 2009 #1917 of 2214
    bkdtv

    bkdtv New Member

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    The Verizon CSR was probably told that during their training course 18-24 months ago. That information is out of date.

    You only need to order one CableCard. You'll get a M-CARD.

    The installer should call you 30-40 minutes prior to their arrival and ask you about the equipment. Tell them you have a TivoHD that requires one M-CARD.
     
  17. Dec 3, 2009 #1918 of 2214
    bicker

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    Very likely. It should be noted, though, that a subscriber can say that they want to order one M-card all they want, but if the CSR has no way to enter such an order, and can only enter an order for a certain number of CableCARDs (generic, or worse, for S-cards), then that's as far as a subscriber can expect to get with the CSRs. So you are taking your chances ordering one CableCARD in that situation -- you could end up with an S-card. I think it might be safer to order two, and then return one.
     
  18. Dec 3, 2009 #1919 of 2214
    Scyber

    Scyber Former ReplayTV User

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    I just got 3 m-cards installed today. 2 replaced 4 s-cards on my 2 existing tivo's and 1 was installed in my new tivo. I just ordered cablecards. Didn't specify s or m. When the installer got here he knew the difference and said he hasn't been issued an s-card for months.
     
  19. Dec 3, 2009 #1920 of 2214
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    sender_name I remember XM 202!

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    so should I cancel my 2 cards and then reorder 1 card to move from 2 S to 1 M so I only pay for 1 card a month? I mean it makes sense, but how to I explain to the CSR that I am being overcharged because I have outdated stuff...Maybe if i call and claim the cards dont work..
     

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