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Using 1 tivo with 2 different cable providers

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by swerver, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. swerver

    swerver Member

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    Has anyone done this? My parents split time between homes in 2 states. The idea is, get a cable card from each provider (comcast and cox) and then just bring the tivo with when moving back and forth.

    Swap the card and fire it up, no issues?
    Need to call to pair?
    Can't do it at all?

    What say you? Thanks for the help tcf.
     
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    You'd need to rerun guided setup for each location and you'd need to repair the card each time. Would be a LOT easier just to get a TiVo for both locations.
     
  3. swerver

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    Thanks. When you do guided setup do you lose your recordings? I was thinking the different providers may set different copy flags, or have some other differences that may make recordings from one location not work at the other location.
     
  4. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    No you don't lose your recordings if you repeat GS. And once a recording is made it's keyed to the TiVo not the CableCARD so you'll be able to play them fine in either location.

    However GS takes 20-30 minutes and getting a CableCARD paired can be a real PITA, so I still don't think this would be very fun to do. Although if they're only going back and forth once a year it may not be bad. If it's every other weekend it'll probably be a nightmare.

    Have they considered getting DirecTV instead? I think DirecTV DVRs can be made portable so they'll work in multiple locations without having to be reset.
     
  5. mdscott

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    Hermosa...
    Repeating Guided Setup does not erase recordings or Season Pass/WishLists.

    If using CableCards I would expect that repairing will be needed.

    michael

    Dan - for me the hassle of managing the billing on two boxes would outweigh the Guided Setup efforts. Besides I enjoy the pinwheel... I am getting sleepy...
    mds
     
  6. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    That's what lifetime is for. :)
     
  7. mdscott

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    Yeah -- Lifetime on 1 DVR ;)
     
  8. WO312

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    Would it be possible to have a hard drive set up for each location so all you would have to do is change the hard drive and CC? Is the CC pairing tied to the HD or the motherboard?
     
  9. mdscott

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    Hermosa...
    The level of effort seems to be increasing here - it is parents splitting time between locations. :)
     
  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    No. There is a discussion about this in the Roamio forum. Swapping the hard drive invalidates the pairing with the CableCARD even if you put the original drive back in.

    Although in your case you're swapping the card and the drive at the same time, so it might work. You'd have to try it and let us know. :)
     
  11. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

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    We know this is true for the Roamio, but has this been attempted with an earlier Tivo?
    From what I understand, it sounds like it would work, but only with the old ecosystem.
    Has this been proven false?

    Edit: BTW, even if it worked, I think it would be more trouble than its worth.
     
  12. WO312

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    Finger...
    Given my experiences with CC pairing, I would much rather swap a HD and CC than try to get a CC paired over the phone.

    Of course if they wanted to take their recordings with them, then this would not be a solution at all.
     
  13. lessd

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    This drive swap would work with two different drives and two different CC BUT your recordings would not move with you and you would have to change drives for each move, that also somewhat PITA but not as much as running the guided setup with each move. Find a low cost TiVo on E-Bay with Lifetime, may be the simple solution.
     
  14. atmuscarella

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    Can they get OTA reception at either site? If they can satellite might be the way to go. You would only need one account, just setup a dish at each location and move your satellite DVR. The down side is you might only get locals from one location (they may have an easy way to switch you location for locals so it might not even be an issue), which is why you may need OTA at one site, some of the older dual tuner satellite DVRs could also do OTA.
     
  15. Scooby Doo

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    I'm not sure that is true. My understanding is that pairing locks the card to the box but it doesn't lock the box to the card. So you can't use the card in a different box, but you can use the box with a different card.

    But I agree guided setup would be a problem.
     
  16. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

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    I agree.

    When the TiVo is packed up and traveling, it can record anything. And isn't that why you have a TiVo? To actually record stuff?
     
  17. swerver

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    Agreed more trouble than it's worth.
     
  18. mr.unnatural

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    I agree about switching to DirecTV. You can change locations with no problems simply by taking the box with you and connecting it to the new dish. I don't know if DirecTV allows for electronic billing, but that would allow you to continue paying the monthly bills without having to deal with constant address changes. The bill shows up electronically in your bill payer account and you pay it online. Nothing ever gets sent to a street address. The only caveat is getting decent internet service every time you move.
     
  19. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Does DirecTV require any sort of location check for local channels? If so that could be the only real problem
     
  20. atmuscarella

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    Like I said in my post above about using satellite, getting locals in both locations might be an issue. What locals you can get are set by the stated location (zip code) of the home the satellite is setup at. With Dish they use spot beams so depending on how far away the second home was you might or might not be able to pickup the locals from your primary location at the second location.

    Both companies do have electronic only billing, sell setups for RVs and have plans to allow your account and equipment to move with you if you move locations, so I am guessing it would be pretty easy to figure out how to make something like this work and they (the satellite companies) might even have ways setup for you to do this already.
     

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