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Tuning adapter question

Discussion in 'TiVo Help Center' started by ahwman, Jul 24, 2013.

  1. ahwman

    ahwman Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    I have two Motorola tuning adapters and both exhibit the same behavior, so I believe I can rule out a hardware issue. That said, I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing the following:

    Every time my cable company experiences an outage or my power goes out, my tuning adapters go out of sync with a flashing amber light and has caused me to miss recordings especially if I'm traveling. No matter how long I leave them, they will never go back in sync unless I power cycle them and this usually solves the issue. There are times however, where multiple power cycles are necessary to get them back in sync. My cable company (Bright House) seems clueless as to why this is happening and can't seem to produce an answer.

    Yet another frustrating issue with tuning adapters and SDV...
  2. stevewjackson

    stevewjackson Steve W. Jackson

    Nov 2, 2007
    I know that you, like me, are one of those who have experienced the issue with suggestions not recording when a TA is in use. As a workaround, I have chosen to buy a timer and have mine turn off for 4 hours twice each week. I've found that often, but not always, my TA (which is also Motorola) will be blinking when we get up on a morning after it's been turned off. We haven't had a power failure long enough to outlast my UPS since getting the TA, but I'm sure it could happen there too. But when this happens, I also find that it's sometimes necessary to power cycle the TA multiple times to get it to reconnect.

    I have Charter, so we don't have a common provider.
  3. ahwman

    ahwman Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Thanks for the confirmation. It's just too bad that we have to use so many creative bandaids to work around issues. What do we pay all of this money to our cable companies/TiVo for? Frankly, SDV has been nothing but a pain since day one for me...:mad:
  4. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

    Oct 20, 2007
    MN, greater...
    Imagine how much they'd charge if everything worked correctly.
  5. ahwman

    ahwman Member

    Jan 24, 2013
    Good point! :D
  6. unitron

    unitron Active Member

    Apr 28, 2006
    semi-coastal NC
    Anything that needs not to get screwed up by a power blip or outage needs to be on a UPS.
  7. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    +1 Me too.

    Of course the reason is that CableCARD and Tuning Adapters, and TiVo, are just a PITA to cable cos., and (surprise!) even the majestic powers of our federal government are insufficient to make them perform reliably. TiVo isn't able to fix the SDV issues, and the Cable Cos don't have the motivation. Guess who's left holding the bag.

    Perhaps a small consolation is that even subscribers who use cable co-provided DVR's have problems with SDV channels on occasion.

    I have a neighbor who uses a TWC-furnished DVR. He pays about the same price for his package WITH the DVR as I pay for my similar package (with me furnishing the TiVo DVR). He has had problems with SDV channels, but not as many as I do.

    My TiVo has a lifetime sub. I've been considering going just OTA with the TiVo and signing up for the TWC DVR package my neighbor has. It won't cost me any more overall and I get to say goodbye to the Tuning Adapter. Only about one third of my season passes are cable-only. I will use other features that the TiVo provides beyond OTA, including pyTivo with the PlayOn plugin, and Amazon VOD. I don't use TiVo for Netflix because I have better devices for that.

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