Newbie ?QAM and "M" card on TIVO HD

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by robaross, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. robaross

    robaross New Member

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    I've been following these threads and am totally confused. I have Comcast SFL. I receive 5.1 (NBC), 12.1 (CBS), 25.1 (ABC), and 29.1 (FOX) on my QAM TV. These are 431,432,433,and 434 on my SA 8300 HD/DVR. Does this mean without a cable card I won't be able to use TIVO functionality because there will be no associated guide data? If not, can I use just one "M" cable card rather than 2 "S" cards? Thanks for your help. By the way, here's a transcript of the LIVE CHAT help I just received from Comcast:

    Problem: Is the new "M" cable card available in Delray Beach, FL? End Session user Robert_ has entered room

    robert(Wed Oct 3 11:48:19 EST 2007)>Is the new "M" cable card available in Delray Beach, FL?

    analyst Graham has entered room

    Graham(Wed Oct 3 11:48:30 EST 2007)>Hello Robert_, Thank you for contacting Comcast Live Chat Support. My name is Graham. Please give me one moment to review your information.

    Graham(Wed Oct 3 11:48:37 EST 2007)>I do apologize but I am only able to assist with the High Speed Internet Service. For issues with your Cable television service or account, I will have to transfer you to our Cable TV support chat. It will take just a moment, if you would like me to transfer you.

    Robert_(Wed Oct 3 09:47:25 EST 2007)>Please

    Graham(Wed Oct 3 11:49:07 EST 2007)>Thank you for contacting Comcast. Have a Great Day.

    analyst Jovelyn has entered room

    Graham(Wed Oct 3 11:49:28 EST 2007)>Please wait, while the problem is escalated to another analyst

    Jovelyn(Wed Oct 3 11:49:37 EST 2007)>I will be happy to assist you with your questions today.

    Jovelyn(Wed Oct 3 11:50:12 EST 2007)>Thank you for contacting COMCAST. My name is Jovy. How may I help you today?

    Robert_(Wed Oct 3 09:48:54 EST 2007)>Is the new "M" cable card available in Delray Beach, FL?

    Jovelyn(Wed Oct 3 11:50:44 EST 2007)>I will check on that.

    Jovelyn(Wed Oct 3 11:55:55 EST 2007)>Thank you for waiting.

    Jovelyn(Wed Oct 3 11:56:22 EST 2007)>Are you referring to Mitsubishi Cable Card?

    Robert_(Wed Oct 3 09:56:06 EST 2007)>No, the original cable card is an "S". The new multistream card from SA or Moto, is an "M". I need this for my TIVO HD. Otherwise I have to use 2 "S" cards.

    Jovelyn(Wed Oct 3 11:59:11 EST 2007)>I apologize I don't have much information about Cable Cards. What I can do is give you the phone number of the nearest local office so you could check it with them.

    And I thought I was clueless!
     
  2. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    Yes, you need 2 S-cards or 1 M-card for your THD to obtain guide listings for those channels. Without cablecard you would be stuck with no guide listings and hence manual recordings only for those channels.
     
  3. robm15

    robm15 New Member

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    I went to my local comcast store a few weeks ago and asked about M series cable cards, and they said they did have them, but they are out of stock and didn't know when they'd be getting more in. I haven't been back to check yet, but if it comes down to it, I guess I'll have to get S series cards.
     
  4. Doit2it

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    TivoHD supports both M cards and S cards. If your cable co has M cards you will need just one, if not you need 2 S cards. Yes you will get guide data if you are using either type cable card. Note - Tivo S3 only supports S cards.

    You can receive QAM on TivoHD without cable cards but you will have no guide data. The only way to record on those stations is manual recording. No Season pass, no wishlist, etc.

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  5. moyekj

    moyekj Well-Known Member

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    The more accurate thing to say is S3 does not support a single M card for both tuners. It does support M cards in single tuner mode. i.e. You can use 2 M cards in S3 unit.
     

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