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Old 06-18-2013, 08:13 AM   #1
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Exclamation COX deploying SDV & Tuning Adapters in LAS VEGAS, RIGHT NOW!

COX deploying SDV & Tuning Adapters in LAS VEGAS, RIGHT NOW!

Two days ago, out of nowhere, we received a notification that as of JUNE 17, 2013, Tuning Adapters would be available, as a self-install kit, at our local Cox retail centers, free of charge & additional fees.

It also states that: AS OF JULY 17, 2013, we would lose nearly all our channels, beyond basic service, if the Tuning Adapters were NOT installed before that date.

They make a play to save us the hassle of going through this, by offering ONE (ONLY ONE) of THEIR digital/HD receivers for the same price as a CableCard for 12 months (which I guess might appeal to somebody with ONLY ONE TiVo (or other CableCard device, NOT leased from Cox). After the year of $1.99/month offer, the costs associated with keeping the receiver would go up to whatever rates were in place at that point.

THERE IS NO MENTION OF ON-DEMAND, unless it's while their baiting you with a discounted receiver, leased from them.

In a house where family members are SCOLDED, harshly, for leaving a single CF nightlight on, or not turning off lights when leaving a room, I am very worried about the increased electrical utility bill that will arise from using these Tuning Adapters. We have some of the highest electric rates in the nation. I've read, all over, how these Tuning Adapters are inefficient ELECTRICITY HOGS, run hot, and introduce all sorts of issues in the wake of their deployment.

I realize this is the way things need to be, and it was coming sooner or later. My biggest concern is does the FCC CableCard mandate also cover Tuning Adapters, or are they a separate matter. If separate, who do we complain to, if/when there are problems with them? Cox here absolutely hates TiVo, hates CableCards, & hates supporting the parts that they should be responsible for supporting. Their party line for a year has been "We don't support TiVo". It doesn't matter what the problem is, or if it affects every device in the house, non-TiVo & all, if there are TiVos in the house, that's the line you get...
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:34 AM   #2
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The only reason tuning adapters exist is to support CableCard devices. I think the general practice has been to offer them for free, unlike the cards.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:25 PM   #3
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My condolences to Las Vegas COX customers/victims.
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Old 06-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #4
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About time. We've been dealing with SDV for several years here with Cox Orange County and now more and more H.264 channels are creeping into 800-1000MHz frequency range. It's quite possible electricity costs out here are higher than what you pay in Vegas too, though granted we don't have to run the AC anywhere near as much.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:22 AM   #5
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My condolences to Las Vegas COX customers/victims.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:28 AM   #6
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Bummer!
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:05 AM   #7
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I really do not have any issues with my Cisco Tuning Adapters with Cox in Phoenix. Las Vegas is also Cisco, so assuming they do it correctly you should not have any issues, but do expect some growing pains as they ramp it up.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:29 AM   #8
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no problems

have had tuning adapter for awhile here and haven't had any issues with it since installing it. had much more problems with cable card before they went to sdv.
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Old 06-22-2013, 08:59 PM   #9
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Ithink if verizon ever added tuning adapters i would switch to directv.
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Old 06-23-2013, 05:31 PM   #10
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Are SDV & Tuning Adapters Needed With Series 2?

I live in Las Vegas and use Cox Cable without a cable box for non-premium channel recording on several Series 2 Tivos. Will these adapters be necessary to bring in the channels for Series 2 and other Tivo models that don't use cable cards?
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Old 06-23-2013, 08:46 PM   #11
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I live in Las Vegas and use Cox Cable without a cable box for non-premium channel recording on several Series 2 Tivos. Will these adapters be necessary to bring in the channels for Series 2 and other Tivo models that don't use cable cards?
No - they are just for Tivo's with Cable cards. S2 units will still get their signal from the coax.
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Old 06-23-2013, 09:23 PM   #12
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Tom, thanks for the prompt response.
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Old 06-23-2013, 10:45 PM   #13
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No - they are just for Tivo's with Cable cards. S2 units will still get their signal from the coax.
True, until Cox makes their next transition: DIGITAL-ONLY cable service.

That's when your nightmare will begin.
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