Offical CableCARD threads

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Dan203, Sep 21, 2006.

  1. kupermanp

    kupermanp New Member

    Aug 7, 2008


    So if cablecards are going to be sold for computers in the near future. Will we be able to buy our own cable card and avoid the Cable co "rental" fees?

  2. Nov 6, 2009 #222 of 256

    EpcH New Member

    Oct 5, 2009
    Just Received the CableCards.
    Location: CT

    The Tech installed one multistream CableCARD.
    Comcast Charged me $27 for the installation, $1.5 monthly for the CableCard.

    It took me 1.5 hour arguing with the lady on the phone at comcast in order to
    get the CableCard rent fee from $7, the price which she defended very seriously, to $1.5. This 1.5 hour also includes the supervisor, he again argued that I should pay $7 monthly.

    Finally, at last I made them open their own FAQ page ( they refused to open it claiming that they do not have internet access - I pushed them by stating this is internal, your own Comcastic Comcast's Website !!).

    When the supervisor finally opened the FAQ, read it, apologized faster than light speed, squeezed me for an installation schedule for the next morning hoping I will cool down after spending 1.5 hour pointing the obvious, wasting my time.

    Good luck all.
  3. csfriesen

    csfriesen New Member

    Nov 10, 2009
    Omaha, NE
    The Cox Omaha cable guy just left the house. He installed one multistream card, copied a bunch of numbers off the card. Then we went into the cablecard activation menu and copied a bunch of other numbers. After giving those numbers to the cox office support folks we were prompted to rerun the setup. This appeared to be necessary to let Tivo know that I now had a cable card and to get the new guide info. So that's it. It took an hour or so for the whole setup. I would definitely say that the service call was unnecessary. Additionally, the cable guy had only done a few Tivo card installs but was definitely familiar with it. The charge for the visit is $30 and the cable card is $1.99/mo. I'm glad I got only one multistream card because they're the same price as the single, which would have required two, of course. (Note to self: test the dual tuner recording capability immediately.)

    The guided setup did disconnect once during the dialup phase (not yet on my wlan) but restarting the setup completed successfully.

    One word of advice: the cable guy wanted to check the cable when he first arrived. I let him do that, of course, and it appeared all was well until, after everything was done, we tuned to ESPN HD. It had lots of blocking/distortion and sound issues. The old HD DVR didn't have the distortion but it turns out the coax cable to Tivo was bad and replacing it fixed it. The common recommendation for eliminating splitters and using good cables still stands.

    So all in all, it was a very good experience. I was pleasantly surprised after all I've read on this and other forums about bad experiences installing cable cards in Tivos.
  4. CraigK

    CraigK (unspecified)

    Jun 9, 2006
    North of...
    Despite your post to the contrary there are lots of recent posts in Official Comcast CableCARD thread. :)
  5. jimcarver

    jimcarver Member

    Dec 25, 2004


    Sorry, I posted to the wrong thread. Can't read very well, I guess.
  6. timstack8969

    timstack8969 Member

    May 14, 2004
    I ordered my "Premiere XL" last week I do realize I will loose Ondemand featue with my comcast cable system. I know that ondemand won't work with One Way cable cards-correct? But when will 2 way cable cards be available and will they still will with the "Premiere XL"?
  7. slowbiscuit

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    Cable cards are not 2-way, the box is. Since the new Premieres are not tru2way compatible, I would assume that retail tru2way DVRs will never see the light of day. Tivo disagrees with the cableCos and thinks that 2-way should be controlled via network commands (TCP/IP) to the cable headend, not via a built-in two-way modem (and I agree).

    Since they are at loggerheads about tru2way, we can only hope that Tivo's agreement with Seachange for cable VOD delivery via the internet will someday show up on the Premieres. For now, you're SOL if you want OnDemand on the Tivo.
  8. stiffi

    stiffi New Member

    Jun 13, 2006
    Charm City
    Just wanted to say I had a Great Fios Install yesterday for my New (to me) Tivo HD.

    First, I called to schedule on Tuesday and they had a Thursday appointment. Of course the window is ridiculous, 8-5, but the dispatcher promised they would call 30 minutes before the arrival.

    So, the day comes and sure enough I get a call. Installer says he'll be there in 20 minutes. Then he says "Did you want a set top box" I immediatley panicked. I thought, oh no, here we go. I politely said, "no cable card". He replied "Oh, okay, I have it here, it's just usually the CSRs don't really mean that on these orders".

    So, he arrives, and installs the card. No signal. He checks the line and it turns out to be my fault because I have an old crappy splitter in the line. (which I don't even use anymore) He removes it, and offers to give me a few more splitters if I want them. I remember when Comcast used to try to charge people for "illegally" splitting their signal within their own homes. :)

    Then he gets the card up and running in about 15 minutes. I re-run guided setup, and Voila, done!

    My first install with Verizon was just as painless. Just wanted to throw that out there , because we all know how much complaining can be in this thread.
  9. global_dev

    global_dev Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    Northern VA
    2 new s3s already at upgraded to 11d. FIOS tech came in with 4 cards (didn't belive me that I needed 2 per machine), added 2 cards to each box ( i suggested the instructions from ins the Box say one at a time), but the 1 card per box paired fine. they needed to fix some incorrect fatfingered errors for the seconds to activate.

    quick activation success, we checked one channel and "finished" setup they left.

    The bad part was it took quite a bit of time TiVo downloading something after the install, something in guided setup, perhaps, for me to really verify it was setup & working correctly.

    They did tell me I definitely could have ordered the CCs without a truck roll and could have did the install myself over the phone. It contradicts what the ordering CSR said, but all 4 worked.
  10. Mar 2, 2011 #230 of 256

    wpatters1229 web Guy

    Nov 11, 2003
    I hate comcast and att is available in my area. I currently have two comcast cable cards in my tivo unit. Does ATT have the same thing?

  11. Mar 2, 2011 #231 of 256

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    Tivo does not work with U-Verse.
  12. bajabingo

    bajabingo New Member

    Jul 12, 2011
    my cablevision cards work fine with my tivo except for fx which it likes to freeze a lot
  13. Aug 7, 2011 #233 of 256

    ilonadcf80 New Member

    Aug 7, 2011
    thanks for sharing
  14. Aug 8, 2011 #234 of 256

    Dr_Diablo Dr_Diablo

    Nov 23, 2003
    Your fortunate in having Fios in your area, I can't get wired for another two yrs even though my neight three bloocks away has had it for a year now..

    I'm stuck with crappy service from TWC/BH
  15. Aug 8, 2011 #235 of 256

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Which FIOS? (Verizon or Frontier?) From what I've heard Verizon is much better on price and service.
  16. 9dollor

    9dollor New Member

    Sep 13, 2011
    This just in- I got the first guy who gave me the cards to come back, and now he's on the phone with someone who wants things like Card ID #'s and Host #'s etc. I'm guessing we're headed in the right direction, but now on their end my main card says pair failed and my second seems stuck on pair pending and no one has any idea what to do.
  17. Dr_Diablo

    Dr_Diablo Dr_Diablo

    Nov 23, 2003
    Sorri to hear your having issues already.. Sad fact is the contracted empolyee didn't have a cluee what he nr the dispatcher he spoke with when attemptin to pair your cards... It's entirely possible your cards are defective...

    When I had my Series3 inital install they went throught 16 cards before they found two that paired...

    CAll your provider an expkain the problem an ask for an installer that knows what for fork he/she's doing in regards to a TIVO...!!!!
  18. Ready4TiVo

    Ready4TiVo New Member

    Sep 16, 2004
    I recently upgraded my four-year-old Series3 from a 250GB HD to a 1 TB drive (w/software installed) from DVR Upgrade. The swap was easy and took very little time. During the TiVo reboot, when asked about the CableCards, I did not request a pairing from Verizon FiOs, as I understand from the FAQ that Verizon doesn't require this. I get all of my channels, shows are recording, the Season Pass re-set went fine, the complete Guide has downloaded, everything seems as before - except that I get a gray screen and a (seemingly) slight pause when changing channels. Should this be happening? Do I need to call and get the pairing? I too don't need to pay for a technician to come to the house.
  19. Dec 5, 2012 #239 of 256

    videobruce OTA is still alive

    Nov 30, 2012
    Buffalo NY
    Are the Series 4 better (more reliable and less problems) with CC's than the Series 3?
  20. Dec 6, 2012 #240 of 256

    slowbiscuit FUBAR

    Sep 19, 2006
    In the ATL
    I have seen no difference other than the Elite's penchant of not being able to tune a channel (rarely), but by all accounts this is an Elite tuner issue, not a card one. This didn't happen on my HDs. Both S3s and 4s work the same with cards IMO.

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