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Tuning adapter not needed after merger?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by bearcat2000, May 16, 2014.

  1. bearcat2000

    bearcat2000 Member

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    Yet wondering if anybody knows if we will be able to lose the tuning adapter once time warner merges with comcast. Any ideas?
     
  2. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    Assuming the merger goes through smoothly, it will likely be a couple of years before they totally phase out all the SDV on TWC systems. TWC still has a lot of markets that are using analog channels and so they rely very heavily on SDV. Honestly though, since they finally fixed the tuning adapter failures with software and firmware updates, I have no problem with the tuning adapter any longer. And from what I've heard, TWC has more HD channels than Comcast does thanks to SDV. I also like the fact that now on TWC there is 1 channel for both HD and SD, and the HD channel is automatically brought in if available. Someone correct me if I am wrong, but I think the tuning adapter is responsible for performing that action.
     
  3. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    Just because there are few or no analog channels on a lineup does not mean a cable company will drop SDV. This Cox market has no analog now (I think), but they still use SDV.

    I *HATE* SDV.... it is an abomination that causes more problems on my TiVo than anything ever has. It is a constant irritation. I have to reboot the tuning adapter all the time and programs are lost because it has never been reliable. There is more than enough bandwidth to get rid of SDV, especially if they would stop adding so many junk channels that few if anyone cares about.... or at least make THOSE the SDV channels and leave the good channels alone.
     
  4. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Which market is that? I hadn't heard of Cox dropping analog anywhere yet. I suspect when they eventually do SDV will still be used given the infrastructure is already there and the forever growing # of channels used for data instead of video. Luckily for me Cox Orange County uses Motorola equipment for Tuning Adapters and cable cards and they seem to be less troublesome overall compared to SA/Cisco.
     
  5. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    I think you are right. I thought I remember reading something years ago, but research now seems to indicate they still have analog, but hide the fact for some reason.
     
  6. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    Me too although I think your hate is even greater than mine! Even with the latest TA and CableCARD software updates, and all signal levels good (FDC, RDC, etc.) , I continue to have to reboot the TA (and restart the TiVo) when some or all SDV channels go missing, and still have occasional tuning failures, on TWC Southwest Ohio. TA problems are the only significant issues with my TiVo.

    If you've seen the movie "Office Space", the scene where they destroy a malicious printer, I fantasize a similar scene where I brutally destroy a TA someday when it's no longer needed. ;)
     
  7. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    TWC could definitely do a much better job of deciding which channels are SDV and which channels are not. Some of their decisions make no sense. QVC HD definitely does NOT need to be coming through all the time.
     

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