Originally Posted by Brolan
I have a Premier XL and my cable company Midco is doing an analog to digital conversion in my area. I've been having trouble getting the new digital channels to show up with a program listing. And TiVo has been no help at all, I got a message back about how they can't support cable sub-channels.
While re-doing guided setup for the hundredth time I read about the M-card. It says you need to have a M-card to get digital cable, but I thought the M-card was for encrypted channels? Is an M-card the issue preventing me from getting my cable channel listings?
The M-Card (Multistream) gives you the channels that your cable feed supplies. When a channel is added or removed, the TiVo may give you a message that your lineup has changed. You can work without a cable card, but you will get many evil messages that you are recording a channel that is not in your lineup. The listings (program titles) come from the data sent by your subscription and are delivered via the internet.
After installing the cable card I had to do one more rescan. Since then it has been automatic. But, remember that all cable is local
. Encryption is more of function of the service you pay for (especially premium channels) but if your cable company has a web site it may help explain what is different between encrypted channels and clear QAM channels.