Advertisements Wanted to share what could be helpful to others. Yesterday I hooked up my new Premiere XL, and picked up a cablecard from my nearest Comcast service center. Went through the process here, self-install, then call Comcast and provide card SN, Host ID. Did not activate. Rep told me to wait a few hours and if they did not come in by then, I would need to exchange cards. Only channels that would come in were locals, but not ESPN, CNN, other cable channels. Called back this morning, still was not getting channels, but wanted to give it another shot before exchanging the card. The Comcast rep on the phone verified that the previous rep had entered things correctly. But she said she would try something else... needed to open a different program. She called it a "Staged Hit". It worked, and the channels came in within seconds. Everything is working. Coincidently, my Mother has an S3 and she's had the same problems. I could never get her cards activated, after multiple calls. We gave up, and she really didn't care about not getting the digital channels. But she still had the cards. So I called Comcast again this morning, different rep, and asked him to issue a "Staged Hit" to her cards. It worked again. Instantly. So I think the magic cableCARD activation words are "Staged Hit". On a side-note, any of you fellow Comcast/Houston TiVo users having problems with 601, SPEEDHD. Heavy break-up and tiling lately. Unwatchable. Happening across all my TiVo units. Thanks, hope this helps others.