New Comcast Cable box? (not comcast Tivo)

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  1. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    Does anyone have a new Comcast cable box that was distributed after 7/1? I have some weird Motorola box that I have never seen before that does not have a serial connection on the back. The box in my old apartment had a serial connection. I know that cable companies now have to provide boxes with cable cards in them and I was wondering if they have serial ports on the back and if they do are they functional???
     
  2. jmoak

    jmoak Beware of Conky!

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    does it look like this?

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    the "weird" one, I mean...
    :eek:


    it's a DCT700, or a QIP700 in FIOS land.
     
  3. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    Yes that is the weird one. I'm using an IR blaster. It has missed a channel change already and I have only been using it a few days. I would prefer to go back to serial port but I'm not sure if the new Comcast box even has one. I called them and of course they had no idea what I was talking about. The guy was convinced I couldn't connect a Tivo to a Comcast box.
     
  4. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

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    That's the DCH100, right?

    Just curious. Do they charge you for one cablebox, or do they charge you for a cablebox and then a second charge for a cablecard? What is the total hardware rental charge (however they break it down). How does that compare to a cablecard rental charge?
     
  5. jmoak

    jmoak Beware of Conky!

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    here's a DCH100 (cablecard host box):

    [​IMG]
     
  6. aadam101

    aadam101 Tell me a joke

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    Does it have a serial port?
     
  7. jmoak

    jmoak Beware of Conky!

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    DCH100? The users manual sez it's got one.

    I have no idea if it works, though.
    :confused:
     
  8. smark

    smark Well-Known Member

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    That is the DCT700.
     
  9. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

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    Oh I get you now. I thought you meant the weird box you had was one distributed after 7/1, and the DCT700's cablecard replacement is the DCH100.

    Oops sorry.
     
  10. SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Well-Known Member TCF Club

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    The weird looking box is just the new comcast digital box. They are giving up to 3 of them for free for one year to digital package customers. I just got one of them.
     
  11. Justin Thyme

    Justin Thyme Contra sceleris

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    Pardon me? They are giving away DCT700's now? Which cable company?
     
  12. MScottC

    MScottC Well-Known Member

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    Comcast was giving out non-cablecard SD boxes to add up to 3 add'l outlets per household for free for ONE year. The deals may have been different in different markets. I'm convinced they were just just trying to get as many non-cablecard boxes out there as they could. The deal ended prior to July 1. Need I say more?
     
  13. Soapm

    Soapm Active Member

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    We could only get 2 in the Denver area but it was for all customers since we will soon go digital. The box seems to work ok but it doesn't seem Tivo friendly.
     
  14. cwoody222

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