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What can an unsubbed TiVo Premiere do these days?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Joe Siegler, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    A subscription is required to record anything.

    To use a Premiere as an unsubscribed tuner:

    Cable card is not needed if you are OTA only (duh;)).

    If you have cable, you only need the cable card if some channels you receive need to be decrypted (e.g. premium channels like HBO, etc.).
  2. Arcady

    Arcady Stargate Fan

    Oct 14, 2004
    If your cable system has no analog channels, then you need the CableCARD.
  3. steve614

    steve614 what ru lookin at?

    May 1, 2006
    Dallas, TX
    I admit that I'm not familiar with cable, but I thought the Tivo was capable of tuning a digital QAM channel as long as it wasn't encrypted.
    In that situation, the only reason to get the cable card is to be able to get the guide data that is associated with a particular channel.
    With an unsubscribed Tivo, guide data is irrelevant.
  4. BigJimOutlaw

    BigJimOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Mar 21, 2004
    Almost universally all channels except for local broadcasts are encrypted. So the cablecard would be necessary if they wanted access to more than a handful of channels.

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