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Tivo 4 tuner and Charter

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by rarceneaux, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. rarceneaux

    rarceneaux New Member

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    I want to get a 4 turner and I have a HD now with a cable card and tuning adapter. Tivo said I can't record any Channels that are analog so does that mean any low channels that don't have a matching HD channel with charter won't work? Am I missing something?
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Depends. In some areas they do what's called simulcasting, which means all the analog stations actually have a digital equivalent and the TiVo will record those just fine. However it can not record any channels that are analog only. In my area we have Charter and we still have about 30 analog only channels. I can't record any of them on my 4 tuner Premiere.

    The easiest way to tell if you have any analog channels is to go into Messages & Setting, CableCards & devices, Tuning Adapter, Test channels. Any channel you can not access on this screen is analog and will not be capable of being recorded on a 4 tuner unit. If all of your channels come through this screen then you're fine.
     
  3. XIBM

    XIBM New Member

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    I am on the Gainesville GA Charter System and record 106 Bloomberg all the time. I can also see live TV on all the low channels but have not tried recording them. I do have a problem with the XL4 it that it stalls about once a week and has to be rebooted but Tivo is hopefully working on the problem, see Loses all Channels thread...
     
  4. rarceneaux

    rarceneaux New Member

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    I did the test above and when I test channels they all come through so is that something the tuning adapter and M card takes care of making all channels digital. I have a tv in a spare bedroom and I can get the basic channels on that tv with the cable going into the tv so at that would tell me the basic cable is analog.
     
  5. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Sounds like they are doing simulcasting in your area. Basically all the low channels have two versions an analog and a digital version. When an anlog only device tunes them they get the analog version, but when a digital device tunes them they get the digital version. You can verify this by trying to record one of the low channels. If it is in fact digital then it will not offer you the quality selection option. (i.e. Best, High, etc...) If it's analog then it will.
     
  6. rarceneaux

    rarceneaux New Member

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    Got my Tivo 4 tuner and all Channels work with charter. tivo moved my $6.95 plan to the Tivo 4 under a special they had so I am happy.
     

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