Comcast DTA unboxing

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  1. Feb 3, 2010 #261 of 308
    kheller2

    kheller2 New Member

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    I'm have similar problems in getting the S2 to even ask me what cable box type I have. I have a Sony SVR-3000 S2. The DTA works with the tv just fine. When doing guided setup, it asks if I have a cable box and or digital comcast and then I say "no" to premium channels. It never asks me what brand of cable box or even what input it is hooked to. I just goes and asks if I see a picture, which I don't, it is all a black screen. I've run through the "skip for now I'll troubleshoot later" and the "yes its working" but still where on earth do I pick the cable box type and input? I want to trouble shoot! :)

    I'm new to TiVo, been using ReplayTVs with DTAs and this is getting frustrating, especially over a modem (I have a USB ethernet dongle coming), and then after disconnecting having to wait for the "loading info organizing..." where is the turbo button?.

    Also, when trying to follow the instructions here:
    h t t p://support.tivo.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/357#ogs
    on changing the IR codes, there is no "advanced" settings...

    On my unit: TiVo Central -> Messages & Settings -> Settings -> Channels -> Channel List (only option there) -> A listing of my channels, with Enter for wrong lineup and Done to quit out.

    This is software version: 9.3.2b-01-2-110
    It says Source input is Coax RF IN.
     
  2. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

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    Ugh, just got the letter from Comcast (Atlanta) telling me I'll need the DTA device.

    Not looking forward to this. Lost all my IR blasters years ago... :(
     
  3. CraigK

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    I just hooked up my Series 2 single tuner to a Pace DTA with this cable.

    Works like a charm. :up:

    TiVo to Comcast DTA Cable
     
  4. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    I had a similar problem when trying to use RF input for the DTA.

    When I was hacking it appeared to me that the during guided setup the TiVo checks for live signals on the inputs, but I still had no luck with one S2DT, while the other worked every time - until I converted the RF input to composite A/V using a VCR as tuner. That worked every time on the troublesome one.

    When the S2DT didn't detect the signal on composite-in it also didn't ask what brand of box it is.

    See starting here:

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=7691928#post7691928
     
  5. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

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    I may very well buy that. But I have to wait to see if my DTAs are Pace models first, right?

    Or is it assured that's what I'll get?
     
  6. Southcross

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    I hate my digital cable box... don't even have the stupid thing plugged in, but because they combined Digital with Expanded Basic (into Digital Starter) I'm stuck with the Comcast Breadwarmer (seriously... have you ever felt how freeking hot they get when they aren't even on????)... I wish they offered DTAs in the Denver Market :mad:
     
  7. MikeAndrews

    MikeAndrews Registered abuser

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    :D Not only that. I just got my electric bill that suddenly was 1000KwH higher last month than normal - more than twice normal. I racked my brain for changed and could only come up with that I have 2 old VCRs on 24x7 for the DTAs. :rolleyes:


    (I'm pretty sure the meter reader made a mistake, but I haven't checked yet.)
     
  8. Southcross

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    The DTAs are only rated to consume like 25-50 watts... shouldn't be the DTAs, if they were consuming heinous amounts of power, they should be quite warm (hot?) to the touch
     
  9. CraigK

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    I think Comcast uses other DTA models besides the Pace. I'd wait until you get them. You usually have quite a bit of time to hook them up after you get them before the final cutover.

    Somebody here from the Atlanta area might chime in with some info or you might check the AVS forum for an Atlanta specific Comcast thread.

    If you read back through this thread you'll see that hooking up the IR Blasters to the DTAs is a pain, but this cable takes care of that problem.
     
  10. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

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    Yes, I read this whole thread. And that cable you show probably costs the same-ish and seems to fix the issue.

    My DTAs arrive in a week or so and I'll report back for the Atlanta crowd. I think I'm among the first being moved, though I could be wrong. I haven't heard anyone at work talk about it yet.
     
  11. rv65

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    Broadcom has a new DTA SoC that produces around 2.5w. The current DTA's produce around 4 to 5 watts. The new DTAs based on this chip will be much smaller.
     
  12. rv65

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  13. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

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    DTAs just arrived, with a switchover date less than a month from now.

    They are Motorola, so guess don't work with that cable that's on eBay. :(
     
  14. gastrof

    gastrof Hubcaps r in fashion

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    I got a Comcast DTA that apparently was by Thomson, not Pace.

    The cable's working great.

    Is there an IR sensor jack on the back of your Motorola, or is there a reason you don't want to try it with the Moto box?
     
  15. DVRFarSling

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    Setting up the comcast dta (pace dc50x) has been a long and painful process. I have the Tivo series 2 dvr attached to a slingbox pro. It has worked fine until comcast forced this peice of cr*#p on me. BTW, here in massachusetts the box comes free for two additional dta's to the STB, after that there is a 1.99 per month rental per box. Yes, I feel this whole thing is a scam, but what are you to do.

    So initially I recieved two dta's, both thompsom DCI1011COM. I couldn't get the remote working with the slingbox or figure out the TIVO connection. So after reading a lot of posts on both TIVO and Sling sites, I requested a Pace model...comcast wouldn't supply or even try to get me one. So I traded a thompsom for a pace with a friend. BTW, they are all recorded serial #'s to the account they were sent. So after trying unsuccessfully to activate using the phone assistant, I spoke with a rep. Luclily they ok'd the switch and activated it. Next I tried several times to get the ir to work and have at least the slingbox to be able to control the dta. Important part here was the 4 inch separation. Finally got that working. Next I tried the tivo. I read and reread posts here, but not one mentioned how important it was to wipe all setting from the TIVO before using the guided set up. So once I ran the setup wizard, and saw where to change the settings for using a comcast cable box I was half way there. After selecting comcast box and setting the proper channel lineup, there was some testing and all done. I wish I had got there before ordering the direct line wire, but I'll use that once I get it to clean up the whole setup. Right now it looks like a science experiment.
    Since I didn't see many experiences with a tivo/slingbox/comcast dta, I thought I'd share mine. Hope this helps others out there. Note, wiring is also key. I have the coax going into dta-->coaxed to tivo and then composite to slingbox. And I opted for just one tuner within tivo, always had issues with dual tuner and skipping while recording and watching anyway.
     
  16. uncdrew

    uncdrew Annie 2.0

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    I really want to try the cable. I emailed the guy selling them on eBay and he told me while he designed it for Pace, he received word back that it's worked on a few other devices. No one yet has told him if it works on Motorola or not.

    The motorola DTA has one IR input -- clearly meant for the little sensor they provide.

    Think the cable will work?

    I'm frugal and don't really want to spend $15 unless it works. But at the same time don't look forward to trying to duct tape TiVo's IR blaster to the sensor and have that contraption be in charge of changing channels.
     
  17. rv65

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    The Motorola DTA uses the exact same remote as all the other DTA's.
     
  18. MommyP

    MommyP New Member

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    the cable company tells me that I cannot hook a DTA box if there is a splitter on the line. I did have a splitter to go from the cable and one to tivo so that my shows would record and we could watch kid shows when they are on.
    any insights on this? can anyone tell me how to make this work?
    Thanks ahead of time.
     
  19. bicker

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    You can hook a DTA up on a line with a splitter. However, the splitter and the line both need to be of high quality and in good condition. So you can "try" it, and if it doesn't work, then you can fix it, or pay someone to fix it.
     
  20. scandia101

    scandia101 Just the facts ma'am

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    That's just more bull crap from Comcast.

    I have a DTA that's on a line that is split three times (not one 3 way split, but three separate 2 way splits) and everything is just fine.
     

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