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Old 09-10-2014, 01:47 AM   #1
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HBO Free Weekends with Roamio

Thinking of switching to TWC (Time Warner Cable) with a Tivo Roamio. We currently have DirecTV. I don't subscribe to HBO, but a couple of times a year HBO will have free preview weekends where you'll get the HBO channels for free. I use these free previews to DVR several movies.

My question is this, if you are accessing TWC with a Roamio Plus, do you get the free preview weekends or do you have to have a cable company box to get them?

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Old 09-10-2014, 02:06 AM   #2
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You will get the free previews of the premium channels on the Roamio Plus with a CableCard whenever they happen. As a matter of fact, TWC is currently running a free preview of EPIX for the next few days and I am getting the EPIX channels coming through just fine on my Roamio Plus.
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Old 09-10-2014, 02:55 AM   #3
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I do not know about TWC, but many times with Cox, the Free Preview is limited to OnDemand content only, with no access to the linear channels. Same would be true with either a cable STB or a TiVo with a CableCARD.

In this case the TiVo would not have access to the Free Preview OnDemand.
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Old 09-10-2014, 08:07 AM   #4
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Here with Cox in Connecticut, I have no problem receiving the premium free weekends. Just temporarily add those channels to your guide and record a way!
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I have Mediacom, and I've never had issues getting free preview weekends on my HD and XL4. Just had one this past weekend for HBO and Cinemax...
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Old 09-10-2014, 09:37 AM   #6
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Just had a free preview of HBO and Skinemax here and got it all on my Roamio.

Well I got Skinemax free preview. I'm already paying for HBO.
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I have Mediacom, and I've never had issues getting free preview weekends on my HD and XL4. Just had one this past weekend for HBO and Cinemax...
Dog gone, I missed that!
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:27 PM   #8
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How do you know these are going on? I tried searching for them once, as I know I'm missing them from time to time, but have no idea how to get ahead of these free periods.
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Old 09-10-2014, 01:30 PM   #9
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I subscribe to email notifications from FreePreview.TV. They send out updates whenever free previews are announced by the various providers.
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I subscribe to email notifications from FreePreview.TV. They send out updates whenever free previews are announced by the various providers.
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Old 09-10-2014, 04:49 PM   #11
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verizon fios is very good about emailing you about upcoming free previews, and i always get them on my tivo premieres.
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How do you know these are going on? I tried searching for them once, as I know I'm missing them from time to time, but have no idea how to get ahead of these free periods.
Mediacom posts notices in their bills and on their own boxes. We have two TiVos and one MC box, so I check their box messages periodically. I also get e-mail notifications from them...
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Old 09-11-2014, 12:53 AM   #13
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There's free Epix for many going on now: http://www.freepreview.tv/epix/free-...this-week.html

It used to be that during free previews on TWC, the CCI byte would get reset to 0x00, allowing transfers of anything recorded during the preview. It was the same on FiOS for a while even after HBO/Cinemax got protected, but I see they have corrected that in the last year or so. Maybe the other providers haven't caught on yet?
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Old 09-17-2014, 03:13 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the replies. It makes the decision a little easier.
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