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Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by cwoody222, Nov 26, 2007.
Thanks for the update, and special thanks for keeping it concise and to-the-point!
Switched Digital Video arrives July 1 in Phoenix, AZ
I just got a letter from Cox announcing SDV starting July 1. Here we use Cisco/SA equipment and Cablecards. So far, I will only lose CSPAN2 and CSPAN3 which I watch very occasionally. In all, they list 60+ channels via SDV: 21 Spanish-language, seven Public Safety, 20+ sports (Fox College, NBA League Pass/MLS Direct Kick, MLB Extra Innings/NHL Center Ice) and some odds and ends (Great American Country, DIY, BET Jazz, etc.)
For TiVo owners there is news. The letter mentions the Tuning Adapter will be available "later this year" (boo!!!) and will be provided "by Cox at no charge" (hooray!!!)
Keep that letter. That way when they try to bill you you can throw it back in their face.
TiVo has always said that they expected the Tuning Adapter to be provided at no charge (and given the cable providers' purpose for it, I've expected them to charge very little). Maybe they know something that we don't (certainly they do, having discussed the Tuning Adapter strategy in detail with various cable providers ).
I didn't mention this before but Cox is offering an STB for six months at the price of a cablecard ($2.00/month, here) to TiVo and other one-way cablecard device owners so they can avail themselves of SDV channels (and PPV and VoD -- the latter also rolling out here now). Cox seems pretty accomodating for now, at least.
CableLabs has certified both the Motorola and Cisco Tuning Adapters. You can see an article about it here.
I wonder when they will be able to get these to consumers?
I'm sure that's pretty much up to the providers. Both Moto and Cisco have high manufacturing capacity and could turn out millions of these simple gadgets a month, if there was a demand. Right now, they only need a total of a couple hundred thousand nationwide (only subs with TiVo Series3 and TiVo HD have any use for them, and some of them are non-subscribers or core basic cable subs who won't need them).
The providers have to stock these things, decide whether or not they'll allow self-install (probably not) and train both their sales CSRs and field techs on them. Unless they've done training using the pre-certification prototypes (possible), that'll take a while.
They won't be available directly to consumers, only available through your cable provider.
If cable card is any indication then we are going to see delays, programming screw ups and general incompetence from the cable companies regarding these SDV resolvers.
I wouldn't expect as many problems from these as from cable cards. With CCs there is no way for the cable company to know if they are working or not since the TiVo can't tell the company head end when the cards are paired correctly.
With the tuning adapter, the cable company should instantly know whether or not something is wrong since the adapter can talk to the headend. So barring some kind of manufacturing or configuration glitch installing the adapters should be fairly straightforward.
Here's a link to Cisco's adapter with pics.
I posted that link this morning, just six posts before yours, here. Scan a little of the thread before you post, huh?
Now to call Time Warner and tell them that I want one.
please post as soon as someone recieves one of these magic adapters.
According to this thread, Comcast plans to make Tuning Adapters available on Monday (at least in New Jersey). People will be able to come in a pick them up, or get a free truck roll for installation. Bravo, Comcast .