Move Cablecard from Comcast DVR?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by tjkrz, Sep 11, 2007.

  1. tjkrz

    tjkrz New Member

    May 24, 2003
    To make a long story short...

    I have a new Motorola DCH6200 DVR from Comcast and a Tivo HD without a cablecard. The Motorola box has an M-Card in the back (behind screwed-in enclosure).

    Can I remove the M-card from the Motorola box and move it to the Tivo? I'm assuming that's the reason that's why cable companies are now required to supply cable cards in their boxes? I'm not going to fry anything? Anyone tried this?

  2. aharris999

    aharris999 New Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    I'm curious if this will work. Comcast claimed to me that the cards in their new boxes are unique to the boxes and may not work in other non-Comcast devices.
  3. tjkrz

    tjkrz New Member

    May 24, 2003
    Well Comcast showed up twice to install a cablecard in my Tivo...can't get it working so they gave me this box until they come back again on Friday. I figured...this has a cablecard in it, so why can't I use it?

    Also, they left me the box and the DVR function isn't working. Shocker...the tech support people can't get it working so they have to schedule someone to come out. Completely worthless.
  4. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

    Jan 23, 2006
    The card is paired to the particular box it's in - so while it may work for basic unencrypted channels it probably wouldn't work for premium and CC != 0x0 channels. You would have to re-pair it to your Tivo box for those to work. Depending on your specific headend it may not work at all for any encrypted channels.
  5. jfh3

    jfh3 Active Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Denver area
    Yes, this will work. The card in the DVR is a standard MCard.

    If it is paired to your account, you should get all non-copy protected channels if you put it in the Tivo and don't repair/validate it.

    However, I doubt Comcast would appreciate this. But if they tell you that you can use the card - go for it.
  6. tjkrz

    tjkrz New Member

    May 24, 2003
    Does Comcast appreciate me? I think not.

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