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TW Success story

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by Mike1973, May 16, 2014.

  1. Mike1973

    Mike1973 New Member

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    Been around TiVo for a long time on and off, still have my 14hour series 1 somewhere! Had Dish for a while with a Hopper, nice DVR but my bill was almost $100 and I had nothing extra and only 3 (essentially 2 with PTAT) tuners. Had tried a Premier a year or so ago but was running into tuning issues that drove the wife and kids crazy so didn't keep it. I had recently read of cable card and T/A firmware updates so I thought I would try again.
    Got a Roamio Pro, used a coupon code from ebay and saved $200 and got $10 monthly service. Picked up my cable card and t/a at a local store, hooked it up and called in and everything worked right off the bat! No tuning issues, everything working great and with the bundle I got from TW I'm saving $50/month.
    One interesting thing was when I had the tech on the phone (called direct to cable card support), he had me look at the EMMs processed in the cable card menu and it said 0, even after several attempts on his end to fix it. He wanted me to go get a new cable card, but I tried it and everything is working, including the premiums I got. Still at 0 even now but it's all still working great.
    So it is possible for things to go smooth :D

    Mike
    Glad to be back with TiVo!!! :up::up:
     
  2. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    Yeah they finally got everything working together right a few months ago with TiVo software updates and firmware updates to the CableCards and Tuning adapters. It's nice not having to deal with tuning failures anymore.
     
  3. Bytez

    Bytez Member

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    Nice, my cablecard experience went smoothly this week. All I had to do was call Verizon and input the codes displayed from the screen to the automated system.
     
  4. ncted

    ncted A leaf on the wind

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    Really? Did this actually happen, because I've heard this before and have been disappointed when I went out, bought a Tivo, and had the same old SDV problems?
     
  5. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    TWC regions vary in their competence and equipment. I still have SDV problems in my region, Southwest Ohio, although my CableCARD and TA have been updated to the latest firmware versions and my signals check good. I've had several techs tell me the electronics in the tap box, located in the corner of our yard, is an older equipment type and is gradually being replaced. It must be very "gradual" since this has been going on for years.
     
  6. Mike1973

    Mike1973 New Member

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    Back in Feb. there was an update to the tuning adapters and cable cards (read about it here in the forum) and I can say that after about 5 days running I haven't seen 1 problem. I'm very happy with how it's working.
     
  7. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Active Member

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    Yes, it did happen. When I first got my Roamio last November, the tuning failures were a nightmare. They would happen all the time. Then TiVo came out with a software update back in December that allowed the Roamio to deal more gracefully with tuning failures. Instead of just sitting on a black screen after a tuning failure, the Roamio automatically attempts to re-tune the channel for you. That helped out a lot, and then in February TWC pushed out a firmware update on the tuning adapters and that finally made all of my tuning problems disappear. I don't think I've had a single tuning failure since then. But as with anything TiVo or TWC related, YMMV.
     
  8. Oct 8, 2014 #8 of 10
    videonut

    videonut New Member

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    So I picked up a 'new' cable card at a comcast store last weekend. (Thankful they don't roll a truck anymore.) Got my new Roamio Monday 10/6. Called the magical 877 number to get the card paired. All worked perfectly! The next day, I was missing about 7 HD channels. Called to re-activate. Nothing would work.
    Still missing. Their 'system' told them to ask me if I had good connections.
    Well of course I did. Besides, the channels worked fine on an older Tivo HD box.
    Also, why would I be getting channel 841 but not 840, or 839, or five others in the same range.

    Years ago, I became a believer and changed out all the old RG59 cable with RG6.
    But in fact it seems I missed a short store-bought piece of RG59 with the old push on connectors That I used to setup and test the Roamio. A slight wiggle of the cable and BOOOOM! All channels up and working. How a 'bad' cable can kill select channels and not others I'll never know.

    It will soon become a compression connector RG6 like all the others.
    You can create you're own morale of the story.
     
  9. Oct 9, 2014 #9 of 10
    FitzAusTex

    FitzAusTex Member

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    And more info on EMMs, my Time Warner wants them at at least 80, but even at zero, I notice no difference at all. AND, they will reset to zero every time the tivo reboots. They expect us to call the cable card dept to increase them. Sorta ridiculous.
     
  10. FitzAusTex

    FitzAusTex Member

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    A short piece of rg59 should not affect anything, however the channels on the higher frequencies can be very finicky. So who knows why we have the problems we individually have. My highest frequency channels are having so many pixelation problems that they've increased the strength of them and now my fox and pbs on 85mhz (about the lowest frequency) don't work. A juggling act.

    Oh, and by the way every once in a while I will lose 5 to 10 hd channels for a few hours, but they just "magically" reappear with no action on my part.
     

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