Advertisements I just had my 2nd S3 Tivo set up by a Verizon tech today so I thought I'd pick his brain on the whole cablecard issue while he was here. I asked him how many bad cards he had run into when setting up S3 Tivos and Tivo HDs and he said he had never encountered a bad card. He did say that Tivos were sometimes picky as to which cards will function with that particular unit. He also said that if a card wouldn't work in one Tivo it would usually work fine in the next installation. He said he has yet to encounter a card that would not work in any unit. I believe they use Motorola cards in my area (Howard County, MD). I know the first S3 has Moto cards but I didn't see what he installed in the new one. I also asked him if he had encountered any problems with setting up the Tivo HD as compared with the S3. He said that he actually had better luck with the Tivo HD. I could tell he had done Tivo HDs before because the first thing he did was look for the cablecard slots on the front of the box. He said most installations only took about 15 minutes on average except for one. The owner hadn't gone through guided setup yet so it ended up taking about two hours to complete the entire process. FYI - my appointment was scheduled for the slot between 8AM and 12 noon. My doorbell rang at 8AM on the dot. My install took about 20 minutes but it would have taken less time had the Tivo not hung up while configuring the 2nd card. We had to reboot the box but everything came up fine after it booted and both cards were configured properly. Of the two S3 Tivos I've had set up, all four cablecards have worked with no problems. For those of you that have been sitting on the fence with regards to the Tivo HD because of the reported cablecard issues, set your mind at ease and go for it. If the cablecards won't work then don't get upset. Your Tivo HD is just being finnicky about the cards it wants to mate with.