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Old 04-10-2007, 10:42 AM   #2491
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No, it's rather clear in their pricing. If the additional outlet fee was appropriate for a second CableCard in a single device, there wouldn't be a separate fee for a second CableCard in a single device.

And, as mentioned, their own dual tuner devices are considered single digital outlets.

It's pretty clear what their intent is, but somehow their billing system hasn't gotten the message and isn't recognizing the second CableCard in a single device fee as authority to allow mirroring of the full subscription.
well, I don't mean to disagree, I'm only saying that I don't have much problem with it in my case since it is still cheaper than an STB. If the A/O was $5.95 as it is for a lot of people, I'd feel differently.
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Old 04-10-2007, 10:56 AM   #2492
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My A/O fee is $8.90 + $1.50 for the cablecard = $10.40. I think my Comcast dual-tuner HDDVR was $9.95, so I'm actually paying MORE for the Tivo.
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Old 04-10-2007, 11:50 AM   #2493
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My A/O fee is $8.90 + $1.50 for the cablecard = $10.40. I think my Comcast dual-tuner HDDVR was $9.95, so I'm actually paying MORE for the Tivo.
Well, there you go. That is an example of where I would be a lot more disturbed, no question about it. Especially if you ever decided to add an STB. That's killer.
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Old 04-10-2007, 04:35 PM   #2494
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My A/O fee is $8.90 + $1.50 for the cablecard = $10.40. I think my Comcast dual-tuner HDDVR was $9.95, so I'm actually paying MORE for the Tivo.


If you're referring to to A/O fee for the second cablecard (in the same s3) you shouldn't be paying that. I got comcast to remove the A/O fee and credit me back from the date of my install. It took some wrangling and asking for managers, but their price list (found on the PDF version of my bill) was pretty clear that the second cablecard is not subject to an A/O fee. I highlighted the appropriate portions and emailed it too them - then got the credit.

I mentioned that experience elsewhere as well; http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...45#post4786945
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Old 04-10-2007, 05:25 PM   #2495
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I guess I need to go back and catch up on this A/O stuff.

We have 2 S3's and were told that the first card was free and each additional one was $2.75. Just checked my bill and I do have only 3 charges for "Cablecard A/O $2.75", but if I read the FCC letter above, I should only be getting charged $1.50 for the second device and up to $1.91 x 2 for the second card in each?
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Old 04-10-2007, 07:15 PM   #2496
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I guess I need to go back and catch up on this A/O stuff.

We have 2 S3's and were told that the first card was free and each additional one was $2.75. Just checked my bill and I do have only 3 charges for "Cablecard A/O $2.75", but if I read the FCC letter above, I should only be getting charged $1.50 for the second device and up to $1.91 x 2 for the second card in each?
If you read the insert with our bills (and I'll assume yours is similar to mine, since you are in NH, and I'm in MA), you will find that Comcast started charging $1.50 for the second card in each device and $3.51/mo for each A/O after the first, effective Feb 1.

But, they have not increased the fees yet for some reason.

So, for now, each cableCARD is free, and each A/O after the first is $2.75/mo.

The argument we all have with Comcast, is that they are considering each cableCARD an A/O, instead of each device being an A/O, the way they treat their own equipment.

Anyway, the pricing you are being charged is identical to what I'm being charged. First device (in our case cableCARD) free, every other cableCARD $2.75/mo A/O charge.
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Old 04-10-2007, 08:47 PM   #2497
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Thumbs up A sympathetic ear at Comcast Corporate

I was one of the many people here in Charlottesville, VA who was getting nowhere with our Series 3 CableCard installs. A tech had been out three times, and the Comcast tech support folks were useless.

I placed a call to Jesse Schackmann at Comcast Corporate (215-665-1700 - you have to ask to be transferred to executive assistance as she's too new to be in the company directory) and she took down a wealth of information over the next 20 minutes, expressed profound regret for my problems, and promised that she'd have them resolved ASAP by speaking with the VP who was ultimately responsible for our local system.

The next day, a tech came by first thing in the morning and he had the names of two people at Comcast tech support who actually knew how to deal with CableCards. A few hours later, I was up and running.

I told Jesse that I'd be posting her contact information here and that she'd likely be hearing from some other frustrated Comcast customers. I hope she can help you.

Try to be nice - she is genuinely concerned and helpful, and I suspect that she's probably overwhelmed with calls.
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:03 AM   #2498
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This is a repeat from my previous posting about ComCast Cable card pricing. I got the bill last month and the prices for the two Tivo Cable Cards HAD changed to $1.50 each as I was told they would.. See below:
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I am in an area served (now) by Comcast but which was previously served by Adelphia until late last year. At the end of February, Comcast changed my previous Cable Card billing (1 card in TV, 2 in TiVo S3) from $1.75 monthly each to a) first card free and b) $5.99 each for the additional two cards.

I complained to the local Comcast billing number and I was told that this was the new pricing.

Since the price more than doubled, I wrote an email to the ComCast President explaining that I thought the price was predetory and unreasonable and that in fact, these new charges made the two cable cards for my Tivo S3 MORE EXPENSIVE than what ComCast was charging for their own "Tivo Like" box rental.

Today, I got a phone call from Mr. Brown, General Manager North Atlanta ComCast. I was delighted to learn that my bill had been miscomputed. Mr. Brown says that the charges should be computed as follows:
1) The first Cable Card and the first "digital outlet" in a home is "free" and included in the basic digital service price.
2) Each ADDITIONAL DIGITAL OUTLET for additional rooms is $5.99 per month which includes one "free" Cable card for the TV in that room.
3) The cost for any ADDITIONAL CABLE CARDS (after the first which is free (or "included") for any particular "digital outlet" is $1.50 per month each. These are for "accessory" equipment such as Tivo S3 units.

That is: I have ONE digital outlet for my TV. Then ASSOCIATED with my TV happens to be another "accessory device" in this case, a Tivo Series 3 DVR. This device is an ACCESSORY to the TV on this digital outlet and NOT another TV on another "digital outlet". Therefore, this "accessory" device is charged $1.50 per month per cable card instead of the $5.99 charged for an "ADDITIONAL DIGITAL OUTLET" with cable card.

Then if I were to install additional "digital outlets" for other digital TVs with cable cards in other rooms, the charge for the "digital outlet would be $5.99 per month with a "free" Cable Card (if needed) for the TV at this 2nd outlet.

ComCast is making an adjustment to my account for this overbilling. (Thanks ComCast!).

But.. We need no longer wonder why the billing people are confused!
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Old 04-11-2007, 01:27 AM   #2499
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That is: I have ONE digital outlet for my TV. Then ASSOCIATED with my TV happens to be another "accessory device" in this case, a Tivo Series 3 DVR. This device is an ACCESSORY to the TV on this digital outlet and NOT another TV on another "digital outlet". Therefore, this "accessory" device is charged $1.50 per month per cable card instead of the $5.99 charged for an "ADDITIONAL DIGITAL OUTLET" with cable card.
I don't agree. Your TV with CableCard is one outlet. Your S3 is another outlet.

Let's assume that you have a Comcast DVR instead of the S3. Your total bill is $x. Now replace the Comcast DVR with the S3. You bill should be $x - DVR rental cost + $1.50 for the second CableCard.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:21 AM   #2500
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If you're referring to to A/O fee for the second cablecard (in the same s3) you shouldn't be paying that. I got comcast to remove the A/O fee and credit me back from the date of my install. It took some wrangling and asking for managers, but their price list (found on the PDF version of my bill) was pretty clear that the second cablecard is not subject to an A/O fee. I highlighted the appropriate portions and emailed it too them - then got the credit.

I mentioned that experience elsewhere as well; http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...45#post4786945
I know I shouldn't be paying the A/O fee, and I've been fighting with Comcast about this for 3 months. The problem is, the way their computer system is set up, once they remove the A/O charge, my second Cablecard no longer receives my platinum channel line-up.

I've talked with 20+ Comcast representatives (including an executive assistant), spent 10+ hours on the phone, had 4 technicians come out, and they still can't fix things.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:38 AM   #2501
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I know I shouldn't be paying the A/O fee, and I've been fighting with Comcast about this for 3 months. The problem is, the way their computer system is set up, once they remove the A/O charge, my second Cablecard no longer receives my platinum channel line-up.

I've talked with 20+ Comcast representatives (including an executive assistant), spent 10+ hours on the phone, had 4 technicians come out, and they still can't fix things.
Hope is on the horizon. I think once the cableco has to provide cableCARDs for their own equipment and let everyone BYOB (Bring Your Own Box?) in July, there might be some sort of fix or correction.
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Old 04-11-2007, 12:31 PM   #2502
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Thanks for the reply Robyn.
I hope they get it figured out soon.
This is an update on my Comcast cablecard problem with the Encore stations in Jacksonville. Yesterday was the day Comcast changed its channel lineup for dozens of stations. My Encore stations still didn't work.

After numerous phone calls - I was finally put in contact with "Will" or "Mr. Will" - who is the cablecard expert. He said my cablecards needed what I interpreted as a firmware update. He took the cablecard information from my TV screen - punched a bunch of stuff into a computer on his end - and all the Encore stations came back.

I guess this probably could have been done a couple of months ago had I been connected with someone who knew what he or she was doing - but at least I now have everything working with the new channel lineup. Except for my TVGOS - I guess it hasn't gotten around to dealing with all the channel changes (I did most of them manually - but there are some new stations that TVGOS doesn't seem to know about yet). Robyn
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Old 04-11-2007, 04:29 PM   #2503
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UPDATE: I just got a call back from Comcast corporate, and they said that the VP of finance is having a conference call tomorrow to figure out about the additional outlet charge issue. They're supposed to get back to me afterwards.

Hopefully this is an indication that they will get things straightened out in the near future.
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Old 04-11-2007, 06:35 PM   #2504
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I don't agree. Your TV with CableCard is one outlet. Your S3 is another outlet.

Let's assume that you have a Comcast DVR instead of the S3. Your total bill is $x. Now replace the Comcast DVR with the S3. You bill should be $x - DVR rental cost + $1.50 for the second CableCard.
I think there is one issue of how consistent Comcast is in applying the outlet fee. I agree with you that Comcast's interpretation is that each device is treated as an outlet (and in some erronious cases each CC is treated as an outlet)

The second issue is whether they should be charging you the outlet fee at all because it is a backdoor way of charging you for bringing your own equipment.

If they do want to charge a fee it should be broken out as a digital service "mirror" fee. The current outlet fee is internally broken down into equipment fee and "mirror" fee.

IMO CableCARD users shouldn't pay the same A/O fee as STB users because they are bringing their own equipment.

Again, IMO, the digital outlet fee should only be charged if you have digital service like classic or plus. If you don't have this level of service there should be no mirror fee, because there is no such concept for analog, and that is basically what you are getting with an S3 on an account with no digital package (HD locals being the new age equivalent of analog)
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:06 PM   #2505
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IMO CableCARD users shouldn't pay the same A/O fee as STB users because they are bringing their own equipment.
Exactly. CableCos lost rental business 15 years ago when TVs became "cable ready," thus depriving CableCos of lucrative revenue from rental of additional cable boxes for each TV in the house. They want to make sure that does not happen again.

Thus, they charge for additional cable cards as if they were cable boxes. Why? Because they can.

Another issue: why should each cable card be saddled with a $5 fee for HD service? Again, the $5 is the additional cost for an HD box over a regular analog box. Why should a cable card bear the additional outlet charge plus the HD charge, as if it were an HD set top box? For those of you not receiving such fees, I said a while ago, just wait. I think Miami pioneered both lucrative rip-offs: additional outlet charges for each CC plus additional HD charges for each CC. It appears the practice is spreading.
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Old 04-11-2007, 10:16 PM   #2506
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Cool Cable Card or Comcast HD DVR cable box to my 1140?

Alright I'm trying to learn a few things here but there's a lot to take in. Anyways here's my questions.

I'm thinking of getting rid of my Comcast HD DVR 3416 box and get a cable card here in Jacksonville, Florida. I'll be using the cable card with my Pioneer Elite 1140 plasma. I was thinking of getting the latest Tivo series 3 which I suppose is the best out there and that would take care of my HD recording that I'll loose with the return of the comcast HD DVR box.

I'm a little confused because I've been reading that people are getting 2 cable cards? Why are you doing that? Do you have multiple tv's that have cable card slots?

Also, I believe there is a cable card slot in the Tivo Series 3. Would it bee better to use the Tivo's cable card slot or my tv's slot? Which is going to give me the best picture quality?

Does Tivo have HD movies I can download and watch as part of their service?

If anyone can inform me of anything I might be missing because I'm a newb at this Tivo and even the cable card stuff, please help me out.

What are some connections I'll need to have near the TV to get the Tivo service? Will I need a land line telephone or, cat 5 cable from my broadband service?

Am I going to loose any HD or standard channels that I already have now switching to a cable card?

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Old 04-11-2007, 10:48 PM   #2507
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I successfully got the extra outlet fee removed from my bill after my initial S3 install. However, every time I have called to deal with an issue, which unfortunately has been about every two months, the extra outlet fee gets added back in. I just recently got it removed again last week. Each time they have to be convinced that I am not supposed to be charged. What a PITA.

History of calls/visits since getting my S3:
  1. Initial cable card install
  2. 10 days, a dozen phone calls, and 3 truck rolls to get my cable cards working
  3. remove outlet charge
  4. Truck roll to fix missing channels
  5. remove outlet charge
  6. Truck roll to investigate more missing channels
  7. Missing channels are due to Grandfathered Digital Silver package but now they messed up other channels
  8. remove outlet charge
  9. Fixed issues by converting me to standard Digital Silver without asking me
  10. Have to escalate to get my grandfathered package back
  11. Accept promotional offer to convert to current Digital Silver package just to avoid future issues
  12. remove outlet charge

FYI, the grandfathered Digital Silver package includes STARZ and is a few dollars/mo cheaper.
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Old 04-12-2007, 01:32 AM   #2508
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I'm a little confused because I've been reading that people are getting 2 cable cards? Why are you doing that? Do you have multiple tv's that have cable card slots?
If you want to watch encrypted channels (digital classic and above, HBO, etc.) using your TV, it will need a CableCARD.

TiVo S3 cannot share that CableCARD. It needs it's own. It needs one for each tuner so it can record 2 channels at once. That is why you hear about 2 CableCARDs. It can also take 1 multi-stream CableCARD, but these don't appear to be deployed (or widely deployed) yet.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:32 AM   #2509
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So, I got a call back from the manager, (he called my home phone and left a message, not my cell phone like I requested) and he said I was correct that I was being mis-billed. My understanding is that I will now be charged a "Digital Service A/O" for the first cable card, and $1.50 for the second cable card. Not quite the answer I was hoping to hear, but when it comes right down to it, I guess it's a reasonable charge. I just wish I didn't have to have cable cards at all. I'm not getting any channels such as HBO or the like, just getting Digital Basic, and it's costing me almost $80/month. Ouch!

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OK, I spoke too soon. About 10 minutes after getting off the phone, both of my cable boxes stopped working. Tivo S3 was working fine. Called back and was told that they needed to charge me the $5.99 per cable card. Escalated to a supervisor, and he started saying the same thing, but I came back and said that the Rate Schedule they publish shows "Digital Service - Additional Outlet" with a price of $5.99. I asked what his definition of an "Additional Outlet" was. He said "a cable box". I told him that the definition of outlet is (from the site named dictionary followed by a dot and com - damn anti-spam measures):
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2. Electricity.
a. a point on a wiring system at which current is taken to supply electric devices.
b. Also called outlet box. the metal box or receptacle designed to facilitate connections to a wiring system.
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I told him that there was only one wire going from the wall to my Tivo, but there are two cable cards in the Tivo. Only one outlet in the wall. He verified that he understood the exact configuration I have, and said he would check things out and call me back tomorrow. We'll see...

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Old 04-12-2007, 11:31 AM   #2510
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Another issue: why should each cable card be saddled with a $5 fee for HD service? Again, the $5 is the additional cost for an HD box over a regular analog box. Why should a cable card bear the additional outlet charge plus the HD charge, as if it were an HD set top box? For those of you not receiving such fees, I said a while ago, just wait. I think Miami pioneered both lucrative rip-offs: additional outlet charges for each CC plus additional HD charges for each CC. It appears the practice is spreading.
I've been battling with Comcast over each of my first two bills with them. First, they charged me installation for the additional cable box they are supposed to provide cablecard customers for free (according to their own FAQ page). I confirmed when I ordered service that installation would be free. They agreed to credit the charges, and did.

Next month, they billed me for the A/O and "HD Service". I once again called them and let them know that according to their own site, as well as the confirmation I got when I ordered service, the additional box should be 0 cost. They put me on hold, and eventually confirmed that I should not be billed for A/O, but should be getting the "HD Service" charge since I am getting HD channels on my Tivo. I tried explaining that the HD fee was part of the additional box A/O, but they claimed since I was getting HD on my Tivo, I had to pay it.


This was not what I agreed to when I ordered service, and I am upset that apparently I needed to tape record that conversation since their paid representatives are not held to the same binding contractual agreements that I am.

So I'm paying $5/mo more for service than they told me I would need to, and that I agreed to. I guess that's better than most folks, and that I should be happy.



Note that since they 'fixed' the A/O issue, both my cablecards as well as the STB have not had authorization problems. Judging from how other folks on this thread are doing, I fear that the CSR simply applied a one-time credit to my bill, and I'll be going through the same rigamarole next month too.
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:37 PM   #2511
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I finally found someone at Comcast who agreed that S3 customers should NOT be billed for a second outlet if they have a single Tivo with two CableCARDS. She finally straightened things out, removed the additional outlet fee, and got all channels working on both tuners.

I asked her if I could pass on any advice to the other people having this problem, and she said that I could pass on her information to other people having the same problem.

If you are going to contact, her:

1. Be nice. She was very nice and helpful, so return the courtesy.

2. If you have a problem other than the "additional outlet" charge, don't call her about it. She's willing to help us on this issue, so don't burden her with other Comcast problems. If you have others, call the "executive assistant" number listed (on the Comcast cablecard thread).

3. Only call if you are being billed for an additional outlet charge when you only have one box, or 2+ additional outlet charges if you have two boxes, etc. If you have "N" boxes, you should be billed for "N-1" additional outlets.

Her name is Cheryl Williams and her number is 215-638-6582. Again, be nice, and try not to overload her.
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Old 04-13-2007, 04:38 PM   #2512
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Cablecard 2.0

Is there any definitive info on if/when Comcast (or anyone for that matter) will be offering the Cablecard 2.0? I've serached a number of forums and a number of people are posting that 2.0 cards will be available "in a few months". The thing is, these posts have been going on for about a year, so this "a few months" away thing has been going on for a long time. I've also searched the internet but didn't find anything defnitive.

I've recently bought an S3 and am thinking about calling to get 2 Cablecard 1.0s installed but if the 2.0s are around the corner I'll just wait so I can keep the on demand capability.

As an aside, any word on if the 2.0s will fit in a 1.0 slot? If not that's a bummer for the S3.

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Old 04-13-2007, 05:39 PM   #2513
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The only thing you will gain with CableCard 2.0 on a series3 is multi-stream. None of the interactive features will work.
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The only thing you will gain with CableCard 2.0 on a series3 is multi-stream. None of the interactive features will work.
And, you don't even get that... If you put a multi-stream card into a single stream host (the S3), you'll just get a single stream out of it.
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And, you don't even get that... If you put a multi-stream card into a single stream host (the S3), you'll just get a single stream out of it.
I found this excerpt from Wikipedia in another post on this subject (see below). If I read this right multistream cards could be available soon (although if the S3 does not support this they will appear only as single stream, so no benefit) whereas true 2.0 cards with interactive features are not going to be available in the near term. The implication is also that even if they were the S3 could not use the interactive features so there's not any real benefit using a (future) 2.0 card in an S3. Is my understanding of this correct or did I miss something? If so that's a bit depressing. The one thing I am not clear on is whether or not the S3 is one of the "older cablecard devices that do not support multiple streams" mentioned below. From Roderigo's post it appears this is the case? It's hard to think of something I just bought as an "older" device.

"SCards" or "single stream" cards support watching a single channel at a time. All currently available cards are SCards and were specified in the CableCARD 1.0 set of specifications.
"MCards", also known as "MS-CableCARD" or "multiple stream" cards refer to a CableCARD which supports devices that need to access up to six channels simultaneously. MCards were specified in 2003 but have been frequently delayed. They are slated for availability prior to July 2007 when the integration ban takes effect.
MCards are sometimes referred to as CableCARD 2.0 cards, although they do not themselves provide interactivity nor any of the other CableCARD 2.0 features. MCards are backward compatible with current Cablecard devices. To older cablecard devices that do not support multiple streams, the card appears to be a single stream card. CE companies have long wanted MCards for their CableCARD 1.0 host devices in order to compete with Cable company devices that use multiple tuners. This is important for products such as Sony & Tivo CableCARD DVRs, Televisions with Picture-in-picture and CableCARD equipped Personal computers running Microsoft Vista which need to be able to record one show while the user is watching another. Without MCards, these products must rely on two SCards, and installation and support is more error prone. Simple availability of MCards is insufficient if MCards are not supported on Cable company servers by a specified date. No such date exists, and so CE companies are uncertain when they will be able to sell products that rely on MCards."

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If I read this right multistream cards could be available soon (although if the S3 does not support this they will appear only as single stream, so no benefit) whereas true 2.0 cards with interactive features are not going to be available in the near term. The implication is also that even if they were the S3 could not use the interactive features so there's not any real benefit using a (future) 2.0 card in an S3. Is my understanding of this correct or did I miss something? If so that's a bit depressing. The one thing I am not clear on is whether or not the S3 is one of the "older cablecard devices that do not support multiple streams" mentioned below. From Roderigo's post it appears this is the case? It's hard to think of something I just bought as an "older" device.
Read the S3 FAQ for info on M-Stream CableCARD support.
http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...d.php?t=315791
and TiVoPony's post:
http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb...&&#post4402702

It was originally said that S3 supported M-Card. After further clarification, the implication is that it might potentially support M-Card using multiple streams from the single card in the future, but there is no certification process for M-Cards in unidirectional devices like S3, thus they will only be supported as single stream cards.

It is my understanding that the M-Card *is* the 2.0 CableCARD. What the CableCARD 2.0 standards adds is more requirements on the host device to support certain 2-way interactive functions, but the physical that will be used is the M-Card. The cards themselves (including 1.0 S-Cards) are inherently 2-way devices. It is the host device that has been designed as unidirectional or 2-way.

So I think there is a posibility your S3 could use an M-Card as a single multi-stream card in the future, but there is probably zero possibility your S3 will go from unidirectional to 2-way without a hardware rev.
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Old 04-15-2007, 07:17 PM   #2517
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Read the S3 FAQ for info on M-Stream CableCARD support.

and TiVoPony's post:
Thanks. I read the FAQ but apparently too quickly as I missed this. Oops. Thanks
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Old 04-16-2007, 10:21 AM   #2518
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Got my Comcast bill

I got my Comcast bill, about 2 weeks after installation of 2 cable cards. They charged $9.95 for installation and the monthly fee for the second cable card is $1.50--so they got it right.
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Old 04-17-2007, 10:05 AM   #2519
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First Comcast Bill with CC

I just got my first bill from Comcast after replacing their HD Moto Cable Box with two cablecards for my new TIVO Series 3.

They charged me $16.99 for the service call and $4.25 per month for each of the two cablecards. When I called to complain about the monthly fee, they agreed that since the Classic Digital Package that I had included a cable box at no charge, and I had swapped this out they would not charge me for the one cablecard. Then when I explained that both cablecards were in one device, they agreed to not charge me for the second card either. I was hoping to eliminat one of the charges, but was surprised to get both waived.

Subsequent to that I upgraded to Comcast Trple-Play Premier Bundle (phone-internet-tv) which provides me with virtually every channel that they carry (exept foreign language channels). This package also includes their DVR. They agreed to keep the price the same if I declined the DVR and kept the two cable cards. Total package price now is $159.99 per month with no Video A/O fees. This is less than I was paying for the separate charges for the 3 services before, and I get many additional channels (HBO, SHO, TMC, etc).

They seem to be a little more willing to negotiate now days.
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Old 04-18-2007, 02:34 PM   #2520
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As I posted earlier, I have the Comcast Digital Premier package, which means I should get virtually everything that Comcast has, except the foreign language channels. I just got it last week and everything is fine, except I do not get 226 (INHD). I have called and they have checked and pinged and updated and whatever, but still no luck. I have a tech guy coming tomorrow, but am afraid he'll just screw up what I already have. I am using two cablecards in a TIVO box, and the problem is there for both tuners. Anyone ever heard of something like this?
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