Basic Cable, Decimal Channels, and Cable Cards

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jotsbox, Jan 8, 2009.

  1. DealDuderino

    DealDuderino TiVo Enthusiast!

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    To answer my own question after reading an hour of posts on the topic, it depends. Chances are that I'd lose everything other than what's included in Basic. But, at least one user reported that all QAM channels remained.

    I'd recommend reading this thread 362736 (sorry, too junior to post links) if you have similar questions.
     
  2. jotsbox

    jotsbox New Member

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    TW installed an m-CableCARD on my TiVo TCD652160 HD Digital.

    When the TW tech installed the card, the cablecard began a firmware update. The tech was surprised at this. After that, all went well. I have basic cable, and can now see NBC-HD on 1813 as opposed to 18.13 (for example). The guide also recognizes 1813 - yea! :)

    I can also see many other HD and SD channels, but not all of them :(. For example, the weather channel used to be on 22, and now it's blank.

    The TW tech said I'll need a tuning adapter. They are rolling these out now - too bad he did not have one. So it seems in the Albany NY area that cablecarded-TiVo's need the TA.

    Another tidbit: The TW tech said he personally recommends/prefers TiVo over SciAtlanta junk TW provides. I told him about how I watch Netflix movies on TiVo for $9/mon. That re-affirmed his preference.
     
  3. jotsbox

    jotsbox New Member

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    TW in the Albany area now has Cisco TA's: http://www.cisco.com/en/US/prod/collateral/video/ps9159/ps9195/ps9828/7013834.pdf

    Gosh it's big! :eek:

    After restarting TiVo and nav to the settings and other devices menu, then TA: It takes about 5 min (with a big swirling yin-yang graphic) to acquire channels. However, it seemed to have no effect. The channels I used to get (i.e. weather channel) were still not there, but the new 1800's were still working (i.e. 1813 for NBC-HD). Called TW and they had me turn off/on, unplug/plug, etc to no avail. Later that day, they left a message saying a script was remotely run on the TA. I'll write back later when I get a chance to see if it's working now.

    I'm a little hesitant to remove the m-CableCARD and see if it's unnecessary, as has been suggested.
     
  4. jotsbox

    jotsbox New Member

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    OK, this "remotely run" script has enabled viewing most of low channel numbers (<22) I was missing. However, I still have no access to the weather channel.
     

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