Cablevision CableCard Info, Experiences...

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

  1. UncleMonty

    UncleMonty New Member

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    Okay, now I am a bit confused. This is the TiVo from the $179 Woot deal last week. It's a refurb, and I thought that it wasn't the S3 - but when I called CV to make the appt and asked what type of machine it was, I looked on the front and low and behold, S3! I thought the whole reason to go with M was their MultiStream ability, eliminating the need for 2 cards (most people in this thread tell tale of an error message when trying to insert 2 'M' cards...
     
  2. Meanee

    Meanee New Member

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    I am pretty sure you did not get S3 from woot deal. I've received my box on Friday. I doubt you will get $600 (or whatever it is now) box for 180 bucks.

    Anyway, back to CableVision. Appointment to pop in my card was on Sunday between 2 and 5pm. At 2 I got a call from CV who said that they don't have enough manpower to keep the appointment, rescheduled to today. Had to ask for time off from work. They wouldn't budge on truck roll fee or letting me pick up the damn thing at their office and install myself.

    Well, 8 to 11am today, and it's 8:20. Hopefully he will be in early

    Edit: Spoke with a chick from CV department, who said that all CableVision equipment, including CableCards (at least in my area, Brooklyn, NY) are Scientific Atlanta brand
     
  3. Lrscpa

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    My M cablecard install for my TiVO HD went pretty well, other than the first card not working. I thought that the failure was due to the tech exiting from one of the cablecard setup screens during the firmware update.

    The second card worked fine.

    All well other than what appears to have been a spontaneous reboot of the TiVo several hours later.

    Initially, I thought that the picture quality was slightly, but noticably worse with the TiVo, as compared to the 4250HD box I was using. That appears to have corrected itself.
     
  4. mbhuff

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    As many Cablevision customers know now because of mailer sent out late last week, Cablevision is implementing SDV. They are moving all the VOOM & music channels to Switched Video soon. Given other cable companies history, it is safe to assume new channels will be SDV also. Since I have zero faith in the "tuning resolver", I ordered FIOS today. I strongly recommend everyone evaluates the same option, or at least look at Fios if you are thinking about ordering cablecards for Cablevision
     
  5. dbenrosen

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    If your display on the front has a clock, then it is a Series 3. No clock and you have a TivoHD. Going from memory of the one I have at home, the HD says Series3 on the front panel. This is probably what you are seeing.
     
  6. garath

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    If FIOS was available in my area I would have jumped on that already. I have a choice of satellite (no go for Tivo), AT&T Uverse (no go for Tivo plus only one HD 'stream') or Cablevision. If Tivo or any good dual tuner DVR for HD is desirable then Cablevision is it. Thankfully its only the music channels and Voom right now. I will miss the music channels for the days when I'm doing other things in the living room and want some background music but I can live without it.
     
  7. Burdy

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    I'm glad I got this mailer before committing to a year of Cablevision's Triple Play which they've been pushing here like crazy. I don't doubt they are starting to see FIOS as a threat as it turns up in nearby counties. I've been happy with the S3 and Cablevision+cablecards so far, and had no motivation to jump to Verizon since my setup was stable.

    Short of starving me of content (which Cablevision's push to SDV will be doing) it would take a lot to get me to switch providers. Don't they realize that a properly installed Series 3 has their customer virutally locked-in to their service? Now I *will* be paying attention to the FIOS rollout in my area.
     
  8. DCIFRTHS

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    I just received a mailing informing me that existing channels would be moving to SDV.

    I have been very happy with Cablevision, so I was not going to switch to Verizon - even though my co-op signed an agreement to wire the building. The Verizon engineers have been working out the details, and installation is scheduled to start very soon. Installation is expected to take approximately 8 - 12 weeks.

    With the official confirmation of SDV on Cablevision, I will be ordering FiOS as soon as it is installed.
     
  9. tommy275

    tommy275 New Member

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    could someone further explain this SDV/Switched Video issue? I just ordered an S3 yesterday and considered switching to FIOS but I actually like the music channels and VOOM on Cablevision (plus, FIOS seemed just as expensive if not more).

    Am I losing this content soon???

    Thanks!
     
  10. DCIFRTHS

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    To sum it up quickly, until an external adaptor is released, any channel that is broadcast using SDV will not be viewable on the TiVo S3 or the TiVo HD.

    I am in Westchester, and if I read the note correctly, I don't think the music channels were on the list. I will double check my letter, and post back later tonight with the exact channels that will be moving (in my area).

    EDIT: Here is a link to one of the SDV threads. It is a long one, but the fist post gives a lot of information. http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=5294772#post5294772
     
  11. tommy275

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    thanks DCIFRTHS. that helps a lot.

    i can understand the need to save bandwidth, and the technology certainly makes sense, but i can't help but want to move to FIOS now.
     
  12. ekici

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    Talked to Cablevision today April 15h I will loose 15 channels on Tivo due to SDV:
    Animania, Equator, family room, film fest, gallery, gameplay, hdnews, kung fu, monsters, rave rush, treasure, ultra, worldcinema, worldsports..

    Grant not very intersting channels, but seriously considering FIOS now eventough they only have 24 HD channels. Or ... even DirectTV with 90HD channels is very appealing.
     
  13. lqaddict

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    They are coming up and swapping 2 S-Cards with a single M-Card, so far I had 2 appointments with 0 results. On 03/09/2008 the tech showed up late with a bunch of smart cards for the cable boxes :rolleyes: . Past weekend a tech showed with an M-Card, and it did not work - card failed after the firmware upgrade; granted to say, the tech had a single M-Card on him.
    They are coming up on the 24th, if it is 3:0 I give up.
    As for the install fee, I requested originally an M-Card, and the tech showed up with 2 S-Cards, and installed and they worked, and no additional premium outlet fee came up at the time, I was aware of the additional rental fee for the second card though. BTW, cards are Scientific Atlanta Power Key.
     
  14. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS Active Member

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    I was going to post the channels, but you saved me the trouble ;)
     
  15. DCIFRTHS

    DCIFRTHS Active Member

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    No problem. I agree about switching to FiOS because my guess is that this is only the beginning of SDV on Cablevision... I'm so glad that I will have the option to switch in the very near future.
     
  16. tommy275

    tommy275 New Member

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    well, it looks like the S3 will be delivered tomorrow, so I called Cablevision of Oakland NJ this morning and they actually had a Saturday morning slot open. I just hope the guy knows what he's doing! The guy on the phone was nice enough, but did offer a single M card instead of 2 cards. I explained that the S3 needs two cards, to which he replied "you really did your homework". If he only knew!

    I'll report back with my Saturday experiences.
     
  17. ekici

    ekici New Member

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    S3 need only 1 m-card. The cable guy had no clue, had sent him back and he returned with the correct card. See my previous post about SDV and cable cards.
     
  18. garath

    garath New Member

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    err.. TivoHD only needs 1 m-card. The S3 currently needs 2 cards.
     
  19. blacknoi

    blacknoi Active Member

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    Prove it!
     
  20. ekici

    ekici New Member

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    Make that THD.
     

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