Has anyone successfully installed 2 cablecards into TivoHD?

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  1. frankthetank

    frankthetank New Member

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    I'm trying to find out if anyone has successfully installed 2 cablecards into TivoHD
     
  2. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Mostly what I have seen reported here so far for TivoHD users is trouble getting 2nd cablecard working without pixellation. Sounds like a poll is in order.
     
  3. 20TIL6

    20TIL6 BaDoop BaDoop BaDoop

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    I have two installed. Just did it yesterday. No problems at all. Even seems Comcast has gotten better with activation since the ones I installed in my S3 units a while back. I used to have to wait 24 hours before all my channels came in, but yesterday on the TiVo HD, all the channels came in immediately.
     
  4. knownzero

    knownzero Seeker

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    I have two cable cards installed and working, also have pixellation issues (see my tivo hd problems thread).
     
  5. WeBoat

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    Issues with both cards not getting encrypted channels. Second card has much higher pixelation than first card. Strength meter is 100.

    Comcast coming back this afternoon with 5 or more cards to try.
     
  6. jmagilto

    jmagilto Dum Dum

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    I have 2 comcast cable cards and no issues.
     
  7. Tallguy001

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    I have 2 cards in (Time Warner-Milwaukee). Card one has some minor pixelation here and there while card 2 has severe pixelation on all digital channels (except local HD).
     
  8. Illrigger

    Illrigger New Member

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    Set up my THD last night, local cable company, two CableCARDs, install was a snap. Other than a few dropouts on HD channels, no problems whatsoever. I recorded Hell's Kitchen and The Closer simultaneously, both in HD, and there were maybe two graphical glitches/dropouts in each show, lasting less than a second each. I figured this was just an "early adopter" glitch that will be fixed in future software.
     
  9. KiddSupreme

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    Ditto on the 2nd cablecard pixelation issue. See the story in the Cox CableCard thread.
     
  10. bare-a-kuda

    bare-a-kuda _tivo ARCHITECT

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    Same here. Got mine installed yesterday, but I have a lot of pixelation issues on my premium and HD channels. I can't seem to figure out how to solve the issue? Is it internal to the tuner hardware or is it the CableCard?

    Had my local cable co hit it several times as I swapped the cards between tuners, but no luck!! :mad:

    Any suggestions?
     
  11. tw144

    tw144 New Member

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    Ditto from Bronx Cablevision/scientific atlanta-land on problems with 2nd slot cablecards. Heavy pixelization on almost all channels, including ones that Cablevision does not even encrypt. However, Slot one card is mostly fine, with only small pixelization every now and then.

    In my case, we took a cablecard that worked 100% fine in my plasma tv cablecard slot, put in into the tivo HD slot#2 (rebound it to new host id, made sure card went to authorized state, etc), and when we were done, all we got was very heavy pixelization on many channels.

    We put that card back into the Plasma TV, rebound, hit, etc, and that same card now works 100% fine again. Sure seems like a problem on the Tivo side.
     
  12. seraxell

    seraxell New Member

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    Same problem, Minneapolis/Comcast with Sci Atlanta cards. Any encrypted channel on the 2nd card is pixelated. Non-encrypted SD and HD channels work fine on the same card. Comcast has tried 4 cards, including a card that works correctly in the first slot, and they all exhibit the same problem. At this point, it seems like it's a TiVo issue with the Sci Atlanta cards. bummer.
     
  13. megazone

    megazone Hardcore TiVo Geek

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    It does look like a TiVo issue - I'd wait to see if TiVo pushes a patch or says anything. You have 30 days to return it if they don't fix it within that window.
     
  14. Tallguy001

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    I had a few more cards attempted in slot 2, to no avail. Time Warner here also uses Scientific Atlanta cards. My signal strength is fine and my old 8300HD works fine on all channels.

    The date on each card is from December 2006. As Megazone suggested, I will give it a couple of more weeks to see if a patch comes through, otherwise I will have to return the unit.
     
  15. joneSi

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    What thread is that? Can't seem to find it, even with a search.

    joneSi

    EDIT: Found it by being smart and searching your username. Here it is for those that are out there in TiVo land.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=360771
     
  16. robreams

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    I took two Comcast cablecards that have been working in my Series3 without issue & installed them in my TivoHD. No issues in the TivoHD to date.
     
  17. Tallguy001

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    Seems like the majority of people having the problem are having problems with the 2nd slot and are using Scientific Atlanta cablecards. I'd be interested to see if anyone with Motorola or other an another brand is having this issue.
     
  18. WeBoat

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    Comcast back for a second 4 hour stint yesterday. Changed out SA cards for motorola cards. After 3 hours, the person on the phone did a "HARD" hit to the cards. Not the normal initialization. This caused the encrypted channels to start working.

    Now I've got everything working on both cards EXCEPT for 5 HD channels that are on their own tier. Techs are back today for the third time.
     
  19. knownzero

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    Mine are Motorola Cable Cards and I'm getting pixellation as well.
     
  20. audiowizard

    audiowizard New Member

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    Sometimes, CableCARDS just DONT work.

    My Comcast installer had 8, out of which, only 2 worked......
     

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