Can the S3 and HD do QAM without cable cards?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by gastrof, Sep 17, 2007.

  1. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    If the "traditional" Series 3 or the TiVo HD get hooked up to a digital cable feed, can they at least get "in the clear" digital cable channels without cable cards, or can they get NOTHING on digital cable unless they have the cards installed?
     
  2. cableguy763

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    The S3 and the HD get unencrypted QAM channels. Without cable cards.
     
  3. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Lots of threads on this already if you search, but in summary: Yes the S3 & THD can find and tune clear QAM channels but you will have no guide for those channels so are limited to manual recordings only.
     
  4. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    Quick reply!

    Thanks!
     
  5. cableguy763

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    In Austin guide data is availabe so no need for manual recordings, unless you just like to do manual recordings. :)
     
  6. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Didn't want to rehash that whole discussion again for an abnormal case such as your headend.
     
  7. cableguy763

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    good point
     

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