Cablevision CableCard Info, Experiences...

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by jmatero, Sep 12, 2006.

  1. saramj

    saramj New Member

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    I use Cabelvision in NJ and have no problem at all with the NDS cards. The installer went through 6 cards before we got two to work but other than that everything is good. I really believe it doesnot matter what brand/type card you use there will always be issues with this technology.
     
  2. beady

    beady New Member

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    You can count yourself as lucky. CV and Tivo have acknowledged the issue with the cards and have said they are working with each other and NDS to fix it. Unfortunately they have been saying this for the last couple of months with no fix in sight.:(
     
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    lqaddict

    lqaddict New Member

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    My install last month went smoothly, but I got 2 S-cards instead of a single M-card requested for my Tivo HD.
    [RANT] Here is the true cost of having 2 S-cards instead of 1 M-card in Tivo HD on the CV cable - $2/mo for each card + $5/mo for additional outlet for the second card = $9.00/mo vs $2/mo for a single M-card :mad: . $46 "install" fee stays the same. [/RANT]
    I will be contacting my local government and hopefully with enough complaints something could be done.
     
  4. Meanee

    Meanee New Member

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    Just got off the phone with Cable Card dept. Apparently, Cablevision has M cards available everywhere in their service area except some areas in NJ. And like previously mentioned, truck roll is required, at $46.99. And they have appointments available as close as 2 days away. Good news for NY subscribers, bad for some NJ subscribers I guess. And rent is still $2/mo. I made sure that I spoke with someone from CableCard dept, because 1st rep who picked up the phone, for whatever reason, decided that I want additional converter for my camcorder (wtf??)

    lqaddict, maybe you can call em up and exchange it for M-Card, saving $7 a month, but knowing Cablevision, they will charge you for a truck roll.

    Not sure what's the brand of cards they provide, forgot to ask.

    One thing I am curious about, Tivo HD can support 1 M-Card for multistream viewing/recording, and S3 needs 2 S-cards or 2 M-cards, right?

    Now move your ass, woot, ship me my damn box!
     
  5. Lrscpa

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    Question:

    After the cablecard install, if you need to power down the Tivo (say to move it), will you have to call Cablevision to have the cablecards re-installed??
     
  6. VinceA

    VinceA Active Member

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    Nope, you should be fine
     
  7. garath

    garath New Member

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    going to be scheduling an appt shortly here in CT with Cablevision. $50 for a truck roll is ridiculous but it is what it is. $2 a month isn't too bad. I'm even going to keep my cable DVR for awhile till I'm sure the cablecard is doing the job. It's only $2 on top of the cable bill (after the $50 tech visit).

    On a lighter note, my woot order shipped today so it should be sooner rather than later. :)
     
  8. dbenrosen

    dbenrosen New Member

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    When I set up my appointment when they were first rolling out M-cards, they originally scheduled me for two S-cards. I asked about M-cards, and they said they wouldn't charge me to come and replace the S-cards with an M-card. I was lucky that my tech specifically asked for an M-card and I didn't have to find out if what I was told is true, but you should ask, take a name, and fight not to pay for a second truck roll when the M-cards do come to your area.
     
  9. ycrazyy

    ycrazyy Big Perm

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    I was lucky and got 2 M-Cards for my 2 TiVoHD's (Westchester, NY Cablevision). The phone techs were trying to get the cablecard tech (who actually knew what he was doing and his job was ONLY to install CableCards) to put 2 M-Cards in each TiVo... even though the TiVo's put up a message saying it would disable the 2nd card because the first card was an M-Card. Took him about 2 hours to setup both cards but they seem to be working. Haven't officially moved in yet so I have not had a chance to try everything out, the TiVo's are sitting back in their boxes waiting for me.

    The tech did say they just started getting M-Cards about a month ago up here. Oh and in case anyone was wondering, they are SA cards, not Motorola cards. Just be sure that the tech doesn't try and force 2 cards into your system when it is clearly not necessary.
     
  10. Meanee

    Meanee New Member

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    Got shipping update, will be getting my TivoHD on Thursday. Called Cablevision, they will come on Sunday between 2 and 5. I specifically requested m-card. Order was taken by their general sales dept, and girl on the phone was pretty knowledgeable. Asked how many cards do I want, asked the type of hardware, did not ******** with me when I said TivoHD, did not try to tell me that I will be losing VOD/PVP, and the "wonderful" Scientific Atlanta 8300HD *barf*. Also I requested that installer has some spare S and M cards with him, she said that they usually have it in a truck, but noted it on Service Order.
     
  11. corners

    corners New Member

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    Quick (dumb) question or two. I have a TiVO HD which is working just fine with my standard CV service (I have an analog family package). I receive all the "over the air" HD channels just fine, except for--of course--the program guide info for those channels.

    I know I need to add a CableCard to get the guide info for the HD channels. But can I add CableCard without subscribing to an iO package? All I want is the guide info for the network HD channels right now, I'm not interested in paying another $10+ for a digital package.

    Second, once I have the CableCard installed (and assuming I'm not forced into an iO package) will the channels from my current package still come in as analog, or do they come in non-HD digital format?

    Thanks!
     
  12. dssxxxx

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    Cablevision install yesterday.

    Cable guy checks signal strength and then goes to outside box (does a few things), checks strength again and then installs amp where cable comes into the house and is split. This takes about 45 minutes.

    Guy takes out approximately 12 M cards. Inserts first card in THD and then goes to second THD and inserts card. Keeps checking back and forth between THD screens and then says he will call CV and pair the cards with the Tivo's at the same time.

    He does this....we check HD channels and I put $20 in his hand for a job well done. He gives me this name and number and says any problems to call him because he has done "lot's of Tivo cablecards" and they are EZ. But, the cablecards for TV's are a pain.

    Just another observation: We have 3 LCD's installed with cablecards and when comparing the picture from Tivo HD and then back to picture from cablecard directly, there is a markedly improved picture directly from cablecard. I checked various HD channels and this was apparent on all of them.
     
  13. Lrscpa

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    To dssxxxx:

    I live in NJ (Bergen County), and have my Cablecard install scheduled for Saturday.

    I hope I get the same installer as you.

    PS: I already have a Cablevision installed amplifier.
     
  14. dssxxxx

    dssxxxx New Member

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    Completely painless........:):up:

    New Sammy 4065 arrived yesterday and disconnected component cables from my 32" Hitachi Director Series and connect HDMI cable from THD.

    Excellent picture and again, painless transfer from one TV to another.

    Also, DVR Expander done within minutes and reboot, etc. took all of about 15 minutes.

    Thanks to everyone for there comments on this board.
     
  15. rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    What are you using for a connection between the THD and the TV? I have an HDMI hookup 'tween my S3 and Panny 42" plasma and the picture is incredible (as in incredibly good ).
     
  16. dssxxxx

    dssxxxx New Member

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    Originally connected with component and now HMDI on one set and conponent of the other.
     
  17. UncleMonty

    UncleMonty New Member

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    Is this still correct? I'm having the CV guy come tomorrow and made a point of telling the person on the phone that I only wanted the M-card and only needed one.
     
  18. rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    TiVo HD will work with 1 "M" card. The S3 needs 2 cards - either "S" or "M" to enable dual-tuner functionality.
     
  19. garath

    garath New Member

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    Well I scheduled my cablecard install. One week from tomorrow. The person that took the order seemed to have a handle on what was going on. M-card confirmed, TivoHD confirmed. He took the model number of the TivoHD and didn't bat an eyelash (he even said the model number would start with TCD - which it does).

    If it works ok, I'll be dropping off my 8300HD the following week. With the reduction of $16 from that service I'm net less a few dollars per month even with the tivo service. Good enough for me.
     
  20. rocko

    rocko Cuckoo for TiVo

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    Equipment rental - $16. HD content - $10. Dumping your 8300HD and enjoying the experience that is TiVo - priceless. :D
     

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