Make series 3 - single m card

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  1. mikeyts

    mikeyts Stream Warrior

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    Series3 shipped in September 2006, a month after the CCIF 2.0 standard was issued, but to do that they must have been in manufacturing for a couple of months and hardware design frozen before that. It probably would have been several months before anyone shipped actual M-Cards, particularly since there was no actual demand for them before July of 2007, when the FCC's requirement that the cable companies cease purchase of lease equipment with integrated security came into effect. (The cable providers certainly weren't going to stock them to support the handful of Series3s in the field, when the S-Cards they already had would work just fine). TiVo may have had early prototypes to test with before the final standard was issued, but something may have changed between then and the Series3 hardware design freeze.
     
  2. hugenut

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    I was thinking of switching to FIOS in Northern Virginia. They just quoted me $3.99 for each card. Man, I am thinking of selling my beloved S3 for the HD version so I could save $48 a year as I would only need one mcard.

    This really sucks.
     
  3. lrhorer

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    Oh, really? If having to shell out an additional $50 a year is the worst thing in your life, then you have a far less troublesome life than anyone I know, certainly far less than mine. I have two S3 TiVos, and I certainly am not thrilled at having to shell out an extra $72 a year ($180 a year total for 3 TiVos) for the privilege of being able to record on two tuners at once, but in the grand scheme of things, it's pretty low on the Richter scale.
     
  4. bluelinex

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    If you have an S3 & you want to get all of the two way cable programs then you will have to split the in coming cable line & pay for a cable box. Of course that's not for everyone but it works for me. If you do this you may want to put a signal booster on the incoming line to keep the signal strong to the TIVO. Ask your cable company if they will give you one. Radio Shack has a good one for about 29.00 & it has an adjustment on it to raise or lower the incoming signal. This set up costs more & it may not be for everyone but it works really good for me.
     
  5. Resist

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    Even if the Series 3 supported one M-card, the cable company would charge more for it than the S-card. So where is your savings....that's right there isn't any.

    Oh and a signal booster also boosts the noise in the line.
     
  6. mikeyts

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    Not in my experience. On both TWC and Cox systems here in San Diego, a CableCARD leases for the same price, whether it's an S-Card or an M-Card ($1.75/month per card on TWC and $2/month per card on Cox).
     
  7. Resist

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    Lucky you, it's not like that everywhere.
     
  8. lew

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    AFAIK S card aren't being mfg anymore. The only way you'll get a S card is if your cable system has any in inventory. I guess some systems may hold on to the S cards that are returned when tivo customers swap 2 S cards for 1 M card.

    I doubt many cable systems charge more for M cards, although some customers with S cards may be "grandfathered" and weren't subjected to some price increases.


     
  9. HmeTinkerer

    HmeTinkerer New Member

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    I have an old series 2 Tivo with lifetime service but am moving to an area with FiOS (Verizon). I have a FiOS install scheduled for this Saturday and the HD DVR rental is $20/mo :mad:. Each cable card is $3.99/mo. I want to buy a HD Tivo but want to make sure that I only have to lease a single M-type cable card. Does this exist? If so, which Tivo models should I look for? Apologies - this question has probably been asked many times before.
     
  10. WhiskeyTango

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    Yes a single M-card will work. The M is for Multistream, meaning one card for multiple tuners. The TivoHD, HDXL are the models you should look for.
     

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