How much do you pay monthly for your SDV Tuning Adapter?

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by sbiller, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

    May 10, 2002
    Tampa, FL


    I'm building a list to see what the standard charge is for a Tuning Adapter across the U.S.

    Please respond with your cable operator name, market, and monthly cost. Also add if they charge for a 2nd Tuning Adapter if there is a difference for a second box. I would also like to know the cost of the CableCARD.

    Thanks in advance for helping me populate the matrix. I will share it with the group when its complete!


    Cable operator: Bright House Networks, Tampa
    Tuning Adapter cost: $3.80 / month
    CableCARD cost: $2.95 / month

    Cable Operator, CableCARD Cost, Tuning Adapter Cost
    Bright House Networks, CC - $2.95, TA - $3.80
    Time Warner Cable, CC - $2.00, TA - Free
    Charter, CC - $2.00, TA - Free
    Optimum, CC - $2.00, TA - Free
    Cox, CC - $2.00, TA - Free
    Comcast, CC - $1.75, TA - N/A (limited SDV)
    Verizon, CC - $3.99, TA - N/A
    Cablevision Systems Corp, CC - TBD, TA - TBD
    Suddenlink Communications, CC - TBD, TA - TBD
    Mediacom Comm, CC - TBD, TA - TBD
    Insight Comm, CC - TBD, TA - TBD
    CableOne, CC - TBD, TA - TBD
    WideOpenWest Networks, CC - TBD, TA - TBD
    Atlantic Broadband Group CC - TBD, TA - TBD
    Knology, CC - TBD, TA - TBD
    Armstrong Cable, CC - TBD, TA - TBD
  2. windracer

    windracer joined the 10k club

    Jan 3, 2003
    St. Pete, FL
    Same prices here in St. Pete. ;)

    Although I had the first year of the TA for free, so it just started showing up on my January bill and was prorated, so I won't pay the full amount until next month.
  3. Number528

    Number528 Member TCF Club

    Oct 6, 2011
    Verizon Virginia
    CableCard is $3.99 / Month
    No TA
  4. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Time Warner Cable, Southwest Ohio (North Dayton)
    CableCARD: $2/mo.
    Tuning Adapter: No Charge
    Reliable Tuning Adapter: Priceless (but not available) :D

    Charging for a TA has been very rare. I wonder if it is a reaction to the recent FCC BYOB regulation? Maybe the logic is: "If you get a discount for not using our STB or VCR, you should be charged for any other box we furnish"

    We TWC customers probably don't have to worry about this since there is no recorded instance of TWC giving a BYOB discount.
  5. hifiauto

    hifiauto New Member

    Apr 14, 2008


    Charter installed a TA last month. They have not yet activated it. They said it would not cost anything. I really can't see them charging for something that they implemented to deal with their signal degradation.

    Cable operator: Charter, Cleveland, TN
    Tuning Adapter cost: $0 / month
    CableCARD cost: $2.00 / month
  6. xekester

    xekester New Member

    Nov 10, 2005
    Cable operator: Optimum, Piscataway NJ
    Tuning Adapter cost: $0 / month
    CableCARD cost: $2.00 / month
  7. rhain

    rhain Member TCF Club

    Nov 3, 2004
    Escondido, CA
    I have a Series-3 Tivo

    Cable operator: COX San Diego
    Tuning Adapter cost: $0 / month
    CableCARD cost: $4.00 / month (2 CCs)
    CableCARD Credit $3.99 / month
  8. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    Tuning adapter is free here. CableCARDs are $2/ea

  9. Krellion

    Krellion ...

    May 17, 2002
    Hampton, VA
    Cox in Hampton Roads, VA

    CableCARD: $1.99/mo
    Tuning Adapter: Free
  10. Ennui

    Ennui San Diego

    Sep 2, 2008
    There should be no charge...there is NO benefit to the user. The only benefit is to the cable company (Cox). No charge now here (I have four) and there better not be later.

    Cable card is $2/mo for each.
  11. CoxInPHX

    CoxInPHX COX Communications

    Jan 14, 2011
    Phoenix, AZ
    Cox Arizona - Cisco SDV market
    Tuning Adapters: $0 Free
    CableCARD: $2/mo
    Advanced TV Gateway Fee: $1.80/mo per CC, was just reduced this month. (was $3/mo for 1st, $2/mo ea addt'l) This Fee is also charged on every leased DVR or STB, perhaps it is a hidden cost for the Tuning Adapter.
  12. eaayoung

    eaayoung Member

    Feb 4, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    Cable operator: Brighthouse, Central Florida
    Tuning Adapter cost: $3.80 / month
    CableCARD cost: $2.95 / month
  13. LoREvanescence

    LoREvanescence Always Autocorrected

    Jun 19, 2007
    Salem, MA
    COX in Rhode Island
    Tuning adapter is free
  14. jsmeeker

    jsmeeker Notable Member TCF Club

    Apr 2, 2001
  15. pileosnafu

    pileosnafu New Member

    Jul 22, 2005
    Bright House // Orlando

    CableCARD = $2.95
    Tuning Adapter was $3.80 (with one year free)
    Next month as per the internal price memo that I got when I asked for a their annual price sheet today the cost for the TA is $4.00

    However I added a second TA today and the REP did add free year to both again.

    I have been forced into their packages and getting a Box of their own, which is a battle I am currently fighting with them.
  16. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

    Jan 31, 2002
    WOW!! :eek:SO they charge for the cable card AND the tuning adapter?
  17. HerronScott

    HerronScott Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2002
    Staunton, VA
    Cable operator: Comcast - Staunton, VA

    No SDV so no tuning adapter
    CableCARD: $1.75 / month

    I too thought that tuning adapters were supposed to be provided free of charge where needed. They just went all digital here (virtually) to add more HD and to get us DOCSIS 3.0 and higher bandwidth Internet.

  18. jpcamaro70

    jpcamaro70 Member

    Nov 23, 2011
    Cable Operator: Optimum TV (Cablevision)--Manorville, NY
    CableCard: $2.00/month
    No Tuning adapter
  19. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

    May 10, 2002
    Tampa, FL

    Thanks very much for your responses. I had an email exchange with an official official at the FCC discussing the cost of Tuning Adapters.

    Unfortunately the FCC doesn't have the power to mandate that Tuning Adapters be furnished at zero cost.

    It is interesting that Bright House Networks appears to be one of the few cable operators charging for the Tuning Adapters.

    Its also interesting from the responses that Comcast is still moving in a direction that skips SDV and goes straight to IP delivery mechanisms thus not requiring a Tuning Adapter.

    I will update the first post to highlight the various costs that have been provided by your responses.

  20. sbiller

    sbiller Active Member

    May 10, 2002
    Tampa, FL
    Can you clarify your cost per CableCARD? Each one is $4.00 but than they credit you back $3.99 or is each CC $2.00 for a total of $4.00 per month?

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