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Old 06-16-2013, 01:18 PM   #31
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My last 4 bills have showed 6 cable cards (I had to get some S-cards for older Series 3 units).
There is no need to get S-Cards for an S3. All of mine have M-cards in them. The only reason one might wish to get S-Cards is if the company charges less for them.
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Old 06-16-2013, 01:26 PM   #32
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There is no need to get S-Cards for an S3. All of mine have M-cards in them. The only reason one might wish to get S-Cards is if the company charges less for them.
They still require 2 cards. The S3 units can't use one M-card for two streams, as originally expected.
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Old 06-16-2013, 04:26 PM   #33
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They still require 2 cards. The S3 units can't use one M-card for two streams, as originally expected.
But there's still no reason to HAVE to use S-Cards...
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Old 06-16-2013, 10:30 PM   #34
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There is no need to get S-Cards for an S3. All of mine have M-cards in them. The only reason one might wish to get S-Cards is if the company charges less for them.
Well, technically I kind of am getting my S-cards cheaper (read below)

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But there's still no reason to HAVE to use S-Cards...
Oh, but I actually do have a reason I HAVE to use S-cards.... Read on.... (LOL!!!)


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Normally, I would agree, but at the time, my local Comcast office had absolutely no M-cards in stock to hand out to me. I realize this is a RARE occasion & probably the ONLY reason to have S-cards for a TiVo these days. Trust me, I TRIED to even get M-cards for my two Series 3 (OLED) units, but they didn't have them to hand out. Therefore, I just decided to get 4 S-cards they did have in stock since the rep was only charging me $1.50 for each. I can handle that for now.

I have even been back to my local Comcast office 3 times to try and trade some of the S-cards I have for M-cards and for some unknown reason, all they had each time were STILL S-cards. Someone here suggested I call Comcast to have them mail M-cards to me & I am sure this is an easy solution to get them, but quite frankly I am afraid to talk to someone directly at Comcast in fear of them looking over my bill more closely and then possibly correcting something with it after seeing charges of only a $1.50 for the cable cards (& $2.50 equipment credits). Then putting back about 4 "outlet fee" charges instead. Therefore, resulting in my bill going through the roof.
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No, for now I'll just stick with the S-cards being billed at a $1.50/month for each of them. I can handle this. Again, I realize this is an unusual situation & probably the only reason to have S-cards. Not the norm for most out there, but then again, Comcast has an unusual billing dept. and practices anyway so nothing surprises me.

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Old 06-16-2013, 10:54 PM   #35
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buscuitboy,

As long as they are working, there is absolutely no reason for you to swap out your S3(OLED) s-cards for m-cards. You need 2 for each whatever they are and I seem to recall some people reporting problems using m-cards in single stream mode, but that may not be the case. I've never had anything but m-cards and never more than one installed in any particular TiVo, which really isn't saying much in my case since I only have one TiVo (a THD) with 2 slots. I would be thrilled with the $.50/mo net per TiVo you are paying vs. the $7.45/mo net per TiVo I am paying.
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Old 06-17-2013, 05:01 AM   #36
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I've seen some outrageous Additional Outlet fees posted here over the years. I'm glad for me Cox does not charge anything for additional outlets so it's just $1.99 per CableCard for me. I guess if/when TiVo releases a 6 tuner unit + Mini with dynamic tuner allocation it should provide long term savings for those paying outrageous AOL and/or CableCard fees right now because of multiple units.
Cox Cable Middle Georgia;

$1.99 per card, $5 for first Additional Outlet Fee, $4 for 2nd AOF and beyond.

I changed to an Digital Economy package, which is cheap, and the fees seemed to have vanished. Only $6 a month for three CC's now.
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:58 PM   #37
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$9.95 per outlet, minus $2.70 for bringing your own equipment. $9.95 charge is waived on the first outlet with most packages.

So I paid base package price plus $19.90 minus $8.10 when I had three outlets, all TiVos. Now I have two outlets and I pay base package plus $9.95 minus $5.40.

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Old 06-17-2013, 09:38 PM   #38
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In NoVa now with 1 m-card and it's free. I think one is free but I used to have 4 (with 2 series 2's). At some point I complained that that they were all in the same house/room and since they did not offer an m-card at that point why was I paying for the other 3, so they just made them all free.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:14 PM   #39
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I pay $2.95/mo for one M-card in my Premiere4 w/CableOne here in AZ.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:23 PM   #40
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My circumstances is a bit unusual as I own my two cards. I got my first card back in 2004 which went into my RCA DLP. My cable company had only one card that they had for show and since I was the first person to try one they gave it to me for free. This was a Motorola S Card. I moved this card into a 8G Kuro in 2008 and then bought the second card for $125 in 2008 for my other 8G Kuro. This one was a Motorola M Card.
Last year one family member bought out the family member that owned my division and I ended up with two new Motorola M Cards as the transition from the old headend to the new one did not go well. This Thursday one M Card will go into my first TiVo as Rovi ended the data for TV Guide On Screen that is embedded in my two Kuros. I think I will wait to see if TiVo releases the 6 tuner DVR this fall and will put the other M Card in that TiVo.
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Old 06-18-2013, 09:47 PM   #41
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It's the primary on the account, so I think like negative $2/mo or something.
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Old 06-18-2013, 11:58 PM   #42
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It's obvious from this thread that just spelling out CableCard + Outlet fees doesn't really mean a whole lot. You have to see those fees in the context of the whole cable bill. For example I pay no Additional Outlet fees (using 3 outlets) and CableCards are only $2.00/month, so I'm guessing my base package cost must be quite siginficantly higher than those that do have to pay those fees.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:14 AM   #43
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It's obvious from this thread that just spelling out CableCard + Outlet fees doesn't really mean a whole lot. You have to see those fees in the context of the whole cable bill. For example I pay no Additional Outlet fees (using 3 outlets) and CableCards are only $2.00/month, so I'm guessing my base package cost must be quite siginficantly higher than those that do have to pay those fees.
Good point, in CT using Comcast I pay a listed amount of $1.00/card/month and no outlet fee, but in my case my triple play has a high fixed cost and a good listed discount for this two year package, if I returned one cable card I would save that $1.00 + tax per month, but others in my area pay a little less for the package and a lot more for their cable cards. Comcast pricing matrix is incomprehensible to most people.
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