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Why would I need a cable card? Any alternative?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by Gifted1, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. Gifted1

    Gifted1 New Member

    Oct 2, 2010
    So I just bought a Tivo Premier after replacing my Tivo S2.

    I don't subscribe to cable. I do get regular channels though Time Warner though. My building has it set up where all I have to do is plug the cable wire from the wall to my tv (or now my Tivo). I get all the regular local channels in SD & HD, plus any of the regular channels that are provided when you get OTA channels.

    So I set my Tivo up and noticed that the HD channels are black. It will not receive signal. But if I switch to the antenna channels, I get the HD channels. The problem is that there is no guide or any information shown for those channels. Just the channel number.

    This makes it difficult because I can not set season passes or schedule recording for any of the antenna HD channels unless I get a cable card. I have no subscription to Time Warner so there is no way i can get one.

    Is there an alternative. It's really annoying. I can set them to record on the SD channels but really... I havn't looked at an SD channel since I got my HDTV a few years ago. I do not want to record in SD.

    Any help would be appreciated. Thank you :) :up:
  2. GBL

    GBL covert opiniative

    Apr 20, 2000
    Twin Cities, MN
    If they truly are antenna channels,perhaps you can redo your guided setup,specify "antenna only" or "antenna plus cable", and you may get guide data. Antenna channels usually are labeled 11.1 or 4-1, etc.
  3. Gifted1

    Gifted1 New Member

    Oct 2, 2010
    OK I just did a little more researching and see that Tivo doesnt have any guide information for clear QAM signals so that is why I can't get any guide info for the OTA HD channels. I don't know why because it is the same exact guide as the SD channel (example... NBC is 4 and the HD NBC channel is 4.1. I get a guide for the the SD channel but not the HD channel). That really sucks. I wish there was a way to designate a specific channel guide to a channel.
  4. buscuitboy

    buscuitboy Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    Atlanta area
    Keep in mind & from my understanding, Time Warner is the next big cable company to go all digital & roll it out to all customers. I have Comcast and they did it last year. This basically means you need a cable card or DTA (digital transport adapter ) of some kind on EVERY TV. No more simply plugging the coaxial cable from the wall right into your TV or TiVo.

    I think you may be able to still get local channels without any additional equipment, but anything else needs some sort of channel encryption decoding. I personally thinks this stinks on some level, but its the direction the industry is going.
  5. tatergator1

    tatergator1 Active Member

    Mar 27, 2008
    Columbus, Ohio
    Your setup is a little unclear based on the terminology you're using, but, it sounds like you have a coax from the wall that provides the Time Warner SD channels(presumably Analog Cable). It also sounds like you may have your own HD antenna in your apartment to pickup the OTA HD versions of the locals. Since this is a Base 2-tuner Premiere, it has two inputs, Cable and Antenna. You should be able to attach the TWC cable and OTA antenna to the appropriate inputs, and then re-run Guided Setup on the Tivo, selecting the option of Cable and OTA during the process.
  6. SugarBowl

    SugarBowl Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Cary, NC
    That's why you need a cablecard. So that you can get the guide data for the HD channels.. and most likely, you will get several additional HD channels that you can't see yet.

    but since you don't subscribe to cable.. getting a cable card for your Time Warner feed could be tricky.

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