Comcast Cablecard compatibility

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by irishcon1, Sep 6, 2020.

  1. irishcon1

    irishcon1 New Member

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    I’m on my 3rd TiVo Series 2, having used them since 2004 but have only had an HDTV since February. I’ve been considering buying a TiVo Premiere with lifetime off Ebay but after seeing a number of posts about people having difficulty with Comcast Cablecards I’m wondering whether I’ll wind up with an electronic paperweight.
     
  2. ThAbtO

    ThAbtO TiVoholic by the bay TCF Club

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    Premiere is a Series 4. All Tivos starting with Series 3 needs a cable card to access cable channels.
     
  3. NorthAlabama

    NorthAlabama tabasco rules

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    go to the local comcast office and try picking up the cablecard and having it added first, before pulling the trigger on a purchase (with a return policy) - if later on they can't (or won't) activate it, you can return the tivo and the card, and you won't be out much for your efforts.
     
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  4. irishcon1

    irishcon1 New Member

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    Thanks for the suggestion. I'm not sure whether an Ebay seller would accept a return unless the unit was defective but I'll look into it.
     
  5. jeffsinsfo

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    I can attest that Comcast cable cards work with a functioning Premiere since I used a Premiere XL4 before getting a Roamio. When I got the Roamio I moved the cable card to it from the Premiere without much effort (unlike my initial experience with a Series 3 and two cable cards which Comcast struggled to get properly set up).

    Assuming the Premiere is fully functional and Comcast in your area is still providing cable cards (and I assume they are, at least for the time being), then it should work. Just be aware that the Premiere's user interface is a little slow to respond to user input; that is the only reason I upgraded to a Roamio years ago as I found myself frustrated at having to wait after every remote control button push.
     
  6. irishcon1

    irishcon1 New Member

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    Thanks, I hadn't thought about a Roamio. I'll look into it.
     
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  7. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

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    I'm on Comcast with a 4 tuner Premier and all is well. I've switched to SD menus and the box zips along quite nicely.
     
  8. irishcon1

    irishcon1 New Member

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    Thanks, good to know.
     

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