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Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by bdspilot, Aug 29, 2013.
What is the best way to do the set up. Cable card first or guided setup then cable card pairing?
Guided setup and then cable card pairing
I did my cable card pairing first. Well when I got to the screen where I could test the channels. I just called up the automated FiOS line and in 3 or 4 minutes the pairing was done. In another few minutes I was able to see the HBO and Cinemax channels and continue with the guided setup.(Without pairing on FiOS I was able to see the other Premium channels but only HBO and Cinemax require pairing to view them)
As you can see, it doesn't matter.
In the past TiVo recommended doing guided setup first. This was mostly when installing a CableCard required a tech visit so the TiVo was ready to go and minimized confusion.
In some (soon to be all) Comcast regions all channels are encrypted, so the channel test screen will be useless without a CableCARD. Interestingly enough, I moved the (previously paired) CableCARD from my TiVo HD to my new Roamio and it decrypted the channels prior to being paired to the new unit. I was not able to tune the premium channels until after the CableCARD was paired to the new unit.