Cox San Diego starting to deploy SDV

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by CoxInPHX, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

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    Cox San Diego is now in the process of deploying SDV, and has started notifying CableCard customers. No channels have been moved at this time.

    Cox is also reportedly drop-shipping Cisco STA1520 TA's at customers request.
    If you have not been contacted you should contact CoxSD.

    http://www.sandiegohdtv.org/forums/Thread-tuning-adaptor
     
  2. Mike_Wolf

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    Sorry to hear this.
     
  3. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    All of Cox, nation-wide, will be going to SDV, unfortunately. I suspect that most other cable companies will also. In Hampton Roads, they have been on SDV for months and many channels have moved and are not accessible without a tuning adapter.

    Cox will give TiVo customers a TA at no charge and no monthly charge. In Hampton Roads, it is a Motorola unit. I have been using it for not quite a month yet, and so far no problems (knock on wood).
     
  4. Mike_Wolf

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    I'd rather not take the risk of there being a possibility of a problem. Secondly I don't want to be prompted with that stupid message of "press any key to keep watching". I'd rather lose channels then be stuck with that message. I mean they should at least get rid of the prompt and make its use more transparent.

    I don't want to discuss this topic anymore because its just too aggervating.
     
  5. crxssi

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    It will only do that if you are watching "live" TV. Since I almost never do that, I have never seen that message.

    Interestingly, every time I press ANY key on the remote, the red light on the TA flashes. I guess that is how it indicates activity.

    Don't get me wrong- I dislike the concept of SDV- if they want to go that route, then just move to IPTV and be done with it. Can't wait for the first time I miss something because all the dynamic channels are busy or there was a screwup with the signaling.

    I hate the concept of tuning adapters even more. It is insane that you have to connect what is essentially a cable modem, with more cables, an 8 to 10 dB signal loss, and another power adapter to a device that is ALREADY on the cable company's network through the ethernet port.
     
  6. Mike_Wolf

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    *shudder* my god thanks for reminding me of even more things I hate about them. im out of outlets on my battery backup....and I refuse to run another cable line..... I don't know why they cant go the IP backroute like other companies are going. http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=202625&site=lr_cable
    http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=202086&site=lr_cable
    http://www.lightreading.com/blog.asp?blog_sectionid=419&doc_id=197556&site=lr_cable
    http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=188141&site=lr_cable
    http://www.lightreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=195670&site=lr_cable
     
  7. Mike_Wolf

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    This raises questions on what Cox is up to with their TiVo agreement. To date on TiVo's site its listed as "coming soon"
     
  8. crxssi

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    You don't need to run another cable line- the tuning adapter has an "in" and an "out" and includes a little jump cable. However, it will suck away some of the signal strength.

    I don't know either. It is frustrating. (Good links, BTW)
     
  9. crxssi

    crxssi Veteran TiVo User

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    There has not been a single word from either company since the original announcements several months ago. I asked Cox about it last month when I activated the tuning adapter, they had no information (which doesn't surprise me). I would guess the arrangement, if it ever happens, will not eliminate the TA, only add on-demand/ppv.

    Personally, I would never use PPV or paid on-demand, and have little interest in free on-demand (because I doubt they would have anything I would want to watch). Although I still like the idea of more support, of course. And I know it is important to other customers.

    TiVo has been apparently working with more and more cable companies to bring such services (not sure any have actually HAPPENED yet, though). But if there is no standard with this stuff, it sounds like lots of custom programming for each provider. Where are they going to get the time and resources to do that when they already have not fixed the many existing software bugs and performance problems with the Premiere, I can't imagine. But I do know THAT should be a higher priority.
     
  10. Mike_Wolf

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    Thanks about the link comment.
    Also perhaps these deals are the reason why the interface hasn't been finished, and perhaps why the bugs on the retail model haven't been worked out.

    I agree with you that they shouldn't be diverting resources until the retail model is finished. It's putting the cart before the horse. They want to get their name and equipment out to as many new customers as they can, regardless of quality for the current ones.
     

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