Cablevision CableCard Info, Experiences...

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

  1. bcronin

    bcronin Member

    Dec 28, 2001


    Same here in Hyde Park, gray screen.
  2. erick0305

    erick0305 New Member

    Jul 7, 2008
    I received the channels today on my Tivo HD. The quality sucks but at least thet are not SDV. Cablevision would have had some balls to put these channels on SDV without the tuning adapter being released yet.
  3. Brighton Line

    Brighton Line Member

    Mar 15, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    As of Wednesday Morning, they are on in Brooklyn, Cablevision of NYC.
  4. bcronin

    bcronin Member

    Dec 28, 2001
    New channels came on sometime overnight.
  5. Burdy

    Burdy Member

    Mar 12, 2003


    Hey... they're coming in for me now too. AMC HD, Speed HD, TLC HD, DSC HD, FX HD, Science HD, Animal Planet, even the Weather Channel HD and more... Cablevision, if you think this kind of upgrade is going to keep me from switching to FIOS, you're RIGHT!

    Keeping fingers crossed that they don't get taken away....
  6. lqaddict

    lqaddict New Member

    Apr 4, 2005
    New York
    Really? If I had FiOS available in my area, I would've been all over it - from what I've seen in other people places and reports on line - the picture quality on FiOS is close to phenomenal unlike 3-4 channels squeezed into the same frequency on the CATV networks.
  7. Burdy

    Burdy Member

    Mar 12, 2003
    I got the door to door sales call when FIOS went live in my area (broadband & phone; no TV yet). I was on the fence till I saw the hefty termination panel I'd have to have stuck on my garage wall; I've got enough junk there already :eek:

    I'm mostly OK with the HD on Cablevision; I suspect (but don't really know, since I've never done an A/B compare with FIOS HD) that most of the time the quality is source limited. For example, how much better is a non-HD source in glorious strech-o-vision on TNTHD, going to look on FIOS anyway?
    Maybe I'll get more picky as time goes on (I never said I wasn't fickle).

    As far as the broadband goes, I don't want to pay what Verizon wants to charge for 20Mbps downloads. Having come from 1.5M DSL, OOL at 8X faster rates I usually get is OK for me.

    Truth to tell I don't need to be married to Cablevision or Verizon; just count me glad I don't live in a Comcast-only area (like my brother-- they're trying to sell him a voice package for $35/month plus $3 to rent a voice modem).
  8. debtoine

    debtoine WTTWDC

    May 17, 2001
    Still gray screens on the new channels today. If we get them, it probably won't be until the last possible moment.

  9. Aug 8, 2008 #749 of 995

    Briantierney77 New Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    Just ordered two cable cards, on the phone for 48 minutes for what should have been a three minute thing. Cablevision has to be the worst run company on the planet. Have called them before. Same deal.

    I think all of their people ate too much lead paint when they were kids. Very brain dead.
  10. Aug 8, 2008 #750 of 995

    kvnobrien New Member

    Oct 11, 2006
    After having half a cable card working with Cablevision for about a year, I am now a FIOS customer and had two cards installed correctly on the first day. So far so good after a month of use. Football never looked so good!
  11. danschn

    danschn Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    New York
    I have my Series 3 now for 10 months, with two CableCards installed. It connects to my 4 to 5 year old Panny 50" Plasma, also with a CableCard installed. There is no cable box, and of course, no dongle, so the channels that were switched to SDV two months ago are lost to me.

    Most of the time, all if the HD channels I receive are very strong signals to the TiVo, high 80s, low 90s. Recently, and I go back to the SDV switch for the Zoom channels as an approximation, about once a week certain HD channels will not tune in, and the TiVo will report a signal strength considerable lower. I've seen this with 719 (GOLFHD), and 739 (TBS-HD) among a few others.

    If I come across this, I change the TV's input to its own CableCard, and the same channel works fine each time. All my cable connections are very clean. 6 days out of 7, 13 out of 14, this is not a problem, but should I suspect that one of the TiVo's CableCards is flakey?

    I have rebooted the TiVo since this behavior began, but have not reseated the card(s). Any advice is appreciated.
  12. radtechy

    radtechy Member

    Aug 16, 2008
    i have been reading up on this for the past week after already ordering TiVo and was scared about having an issue with my brand new TiVo HD that didn't even come in the mail yet 3 days prior to my install cablevision of long island NY guy was over to fix my modem and tells my wife that the cablecards are nothing but a headache and they never work right; so after tyalking to tivo and cablevision a few times each to get different feedback i started to feel better that it seems to be more issues with the TIVO SERIES 3 untis that retail for 800 bucks b/c they dont support the new "M" cards and the problem was when using the 2 S-cards so now i feel better. Now its my install day and the cable guy calls me before he comes to ask that i setup tivo so far i said yes and he warned me that the cable cards are nothing but a problem (but i agree these guys are not sharp) but he tells me that the NDS brand which i'm fearing b/c they had the most problems was the one he was bringing me but it was an "M" card and what i learned by seeing it is that this new card doesnt need a standard credit card sized card to go inside this one like the old ones so this card is ALL NEW to him JUST GREAT I GOT A ROOKIE!!!

    but now he gets here and swears he has to put the card in with the tivo unplgged and now once it reboots he is clicking away with my remote no knowing what he is doing cause he went to repeat the guided setup scree 3 times and didnt even call in the card numbers WHAT AN IDIOT but after it was all said and done and pinged it works now im getting my new program guide and everything RIGHT NOW IS FINE.

    i will put updates to see how it is cause im fearing it may work for awhile then crap out. but i asked like told me when they would put 2 S-cards 1 would die and all of his problems that he saw were with SERIES 3 boxes using 2- "S" cards as far as he remembers
  13. johnner1999

    johnner1999 Guest

    Oct 26, 2002
    So anyone in the Litchfield market have any issues with TiVo HD besides Voom?

    Thinking of switching back to CV from Dish = but don't want to miss any channels and dont want that poor excuse of a dvr they call the 8300 :eek:

    also if I buy two of the lower end Tivo HD units - I should request just the M series cablecard correct? Also can you transfer now between the two - even HD content?

  14. dbenrosen

    dbenrosen New Member

    Sep 20, 2003
    New Jersey
    Yes, you can transfer HD content. You should get the M cards.
  15. driverseven

    driverseven Tivo Bolt

    Oct 11, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    I have had my TivoHD with cablecards running fine since October.

    In the first couple of months, I had to reboot the box a few times. Occasionally it would get out of synch. It was noticeable mainly on sports. But that went away a long time ago and did not re-appear.

    The only problem is that lately, a channel will disappear from the lineup. Yesterday, it was ScienceHD. I suppose this means I need to reboot Tivo

    Is it just me?
  16. driverseven

    driverseven Tivo Bolt

    Oct 11, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Turns out my problem is "just me" -- it was a loose cable connection. Channels stopped 'disappearing' once I fixed it.
  17. dbtom

    dbtom Member

    Feb 14, 2002
    New York City
    I just wanted to say that I got 2 cablecards installed in a TivoHD on Friday in the Bronx. The install took about an hour and was otherwise uneventful. Very good experience. I wish I had done this earlier. I'm thinking of buying another.
  18. blacknoi

    blacknoi Active Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    FYI: I had my TivoHDs HDMI port die, did an exchange with tivo and did NOT have to rebind my cablecards to the refurb tivo I got as a replacement.

    I called cablevision and they also told me I wouldn't have to rebind... I guess they dont marry the cablecard to the device in my area? (Morris NJ system)
  19. Sep 1, 2008 #759 of 995

    joedandrea TiVo Enthusiast

    Aug 18, 2008
    I've had my TiVo Series 3 HD installed for about a month now. I'm pleased to report that Cablevision's CableCARD install experience was smooth as glass. So far, no operational problems either (other than anxiously awaiting the SA/Cisco Tuning Adapter)!

    The customer service rep was friendly and helpful. I had to wait about a week for someone to visit. When the technician arrived, he had two SA M-Cards, showed them to me (they were Ms) and set about installing them.

    He wasn't aware that there might be an update in progress during install (and there was) but he didn't flinch. He just let it run its course, about 5-10 minutes for each card. When he called back to the office with all the numbers, they read them back and forth to each other. Twice.

    The first card worked fine. The second card didn't, despite reconfirming all the numbers a third time. He apologized and promised he would come back later in the day with another card. He did ... and it worked! Then he left me all the numbers for both cards and advised which was which.

    By way of comparison I have watched no less than five CableCARD installations across two TiVos at my in-law's house (not Cablevision). One of them involved - I kid you not - THREE techs collaborating on-site, exchanging quizzical glances. In three of those cases, the install failed. Each one was ultimately chalked up to a lack of communication or inability to type numbers correctly back at the office.

    So, yes, I was worried the install would be a total bust, but it looks like Cablevision has this CableCARD/TiVo install down pat - at least definitely in Somerset County NJ. Yay!
  20. Sep 4, 2008 #760 of 995

    bigpoppa75 New Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Piscatway system you should have only one (M) SA card installed in you Tivo HD second card is not needed.

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