Official Time Warner Cable Thread

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by tunnelengineer, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. pinkmuppet

    pinkmuppet New Member

    Feb 22, 2009


    I have TWC in NYC with a SA 8300. Trying to reduce costs, can I get a Tivo HD without having to pay for a cable card? What will I loose? Will I not be able to see anything? or just HD? I dont really care about HBO, ondemand, etc.


    SCSIRAID Active Member

    Feb 2, 2003
    Vero Beach, FL
    If your system is like most... and they will give you one... a TA without a cablecard would get you the local network HD channels and no other digital content. If you already subscribe to digital cable... a cablecard shouldnt be a big monthly expense.
  3. Undertakernv

    Undertakernv New Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Had the exact same problem and after seeing your post I re-ran guided setup and now have all the guide data working. Whoo, I can finish watching BSG in HD now!
  4. jtm7x2

    jtm7x2 New Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    I'm new to the forums, but has anyone had any good experiences with the new TA? I've had mine a week, and all I get is the 8 blinks of death with no access to SDV channels. I've browsed the thread where everyone recommends cableguy to fix them up, but I don't have enough PMs to send him my info yet. Any other fixes out there?

    SCSIRAID Active Member

    Feb 2, 2003
    Vero Beach, FL


    I believe the 8 blinks means not authorized.... so the box isnt properly set up in the cableco system. Im sure cableguy will keep me straight though.
  6. 59er

    59er TiVotee

    Mar 27, 2008
    New York, NY
    I'm paying TWC NYC $1.75 per month for my M-Card, which is more than worth it. However, they wouldn't give me Triple Play pricing without keeping a cable box; given that I save a huge amount by having a cable box that I don't actually have to use, I am happy to have their lousy (non-DVR) HD box.
    Yeah, we've finally got our 100+ HD channels, with no SDV.

    I for one LOVE TWC!
  7. seggers

    seggers Member

    Oct 6, 2008
    I also had the 8 blinks. They had me unhook the USB cable, and ensure that the supplied one was being used.

    I'm sure they did some "stuff" at their end too.

  8. bobrt6676

    bobrt6676 Member

    Dec 31, 2007
    Some have replaced the supplied coax cable after no channels and had success. I have 2 TA's. One blinks constantly but all SDV stations tune just fine. The other blinked and I received no SDV channels and Tivo did not recognize it. I unplugged the TA waited 30 sec and replugged. After a minute or 2 the light turned solid and Tivo popped up a screen saying a TA was attached. It has worked fine since.
  9. wtherrell

    wtherrell Active Member

    Dec 23, 2004
    Just got off the phone with TWC CSR to set appointment for cablecard install on my HD. I requested Multistream card. Trish (the CSR) said they don't have M-cards. Only S-cards. So I know some of you other Charlotte folks said you got M-cards. I guess I'll find out more tomorrow. $1.75 per card per month. I guess $3.50 a month isn't too bad.
  10. ajergo

    ajergo A.J.

    Feb 19, 2002
    Webster, NY...
    Just a post to document a very positive experience I had with Time Warner Cable in Rochester NY as far as a Cable Card install and obtaining a Tuning Adapter for a new TiVo HD. Just had an extremely bad experience with TiVo Technical support that totally screwed me up, but that will be a different post I will make in a couple of days. This post just concerns Time Warner.

    I ordered a TiVo HD from on Sunday, Feb. 15th with free 10 day shipping. I live in NY and it was being shipped from PA, so it never takes 10 days when I order from Amazon. As soon as I saw the UPS delivery info state that I would have it delivered by Wed. the 18th, I called Time Warner (Rochester) on Monday the 16th. Soonest appointment they could schedule was Sunday the 22nd, so I took that one. At the same time I asked for a Tuning Adapter to be mailed to me. They said something to the effect that it was in a local warehouse but could be retrieved and shipped to me ASAP.

    I did get my TiVo HD delivered by UPS on Wednesday the 18th, but due to very bad advice by TiVo technical support on Thursday the 19th, they told me my unit from had a Hardware problem and I needed a replacement unit. This was completely wrong :(, but in any event this caused me to change my Time Warner Cable Card installation date from Sunday the 22nd to Wednesday the 25th. :mad:

    My Tuning Adapter arrived by UPS on Monday the 23rd, so that was good that I had the Tuning Adapter before the Cable Card install ... both could be connected with the Time Warner install guy here. Although installing a Tuning Adapter rarely is a problem from the posts that I have read here.

    The Installer that came from Time Warner said he was trained on the cable cards, but had little to no experience installing them. In any case, everything went very smoothly. He had the M-Card for me. After he got some info from my TiVo, he had to call the office and that took a little while. BUT, once the office called him back, we were able to install the cable card and within two to four minutes, I was able to see some of the non SDV (Switched Digital Video) channels as long as I punched in the channel number on my TiVo remote. Next step was to attach the Tuning Adapter. The installer told me it may take up to 2 hours for the Tuning Adapter to register all the SDV channels, but it was really just a few minutes. The Tuning Adapter was a Cisco unit and the green power light blinked for a few minutes ... no more than 3 to 5 minutes. After I got a solid green light on the Tuning Adapter, I was able to see all the SDV channels that I tried by punching in the channel number on the TiVo remote. It worked perfectly!

    After the Time Warner installer left, I repeated the TiVo guided setup. This went smoothly, but my network connection to the TiVo service only got me one day of Guide Info. It took a second manual connection (that I did shortly after the guided setup) and then about 2 hours of TiVo processing time to get me the full Program Guide info for the next 12 days or so. BUT, all went extremely smoothly. :)

    Been using this TiVo HD to watch HD channels now for two days. With just one exception of the channel for FX HD, I have had an excellent picture and everything has been going extremely well. There was one show I recorded on the FX HD channel that had drop outs and spotty poor picture for the first 5 or 10 minutes of the hour show; then it was fine. Later checked the Cable Strength of that channel via the TiVo screen (under Settings/Channels) and found the signal strength on that channel was about 88 or so, while most others were at or close to 100%.

    BUT, bottom line is anybody using Time Warner in Rochester, NY should not have any problems with a Cable Card install nor a Tuning Adapter usage.
  11. DPick

    DPick New Member

    Feb 27, 2009
    I just got off the phone with TWC in NYC and was told that I can not keep my box and I have to lose my discounted package if I want to move forward with installing a cablecard
  12. 59er

    59er TiVotee

    Mar 27, 2008
    New York, NY
    You just spoke to an idiot is all. Try calling back, and see if someone else is a little smarter. Or perhaps call back and say you'd like to "add a cable card for a second television."

    I am paying $89.95 per month for Triple Play + $10 for the faster internet + $1.75 plus $23 or $24 for 2 premiums. It's a great deal, but I had to ask REALLY nicely for those rates! (I'm getting $40 or so off standard triple play pricing.)
  13. wireless200

    wireless200 New Member

    Apr 15, 2004
    Sounds like they've got you right where they want you: a customer who's happy to pay $125 a month for TV.
  14. 59er

    59er TiVotee

    Mar 27, 2008
    New York, NY
    ...And fast internet and unlimited phone calls (US/Canada).

    And yeah, I love the TV I'm getting.
  15. BigLoopy

    BigLoopy New Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Great thread, lots of good advice.

    We just had the installer here to put in 2 cable cards (which are working) and a Tuning Adapter (which is not working). We have an appointment for another tech to come out on Monday morning, but until then, here's what I am looking for from the hive mind:

    I need a list of the current SDV channels on Time Warner Cable so that I can tell TiVo not to tune to them and record stuff. We are in WNY Suburban.

  16. ajergo

    ajergo A.J.

    Feb 19, 2002
    Webster, NY...
    BigLoopy - you said you are in WNY Suburban. What city is that in. Buffalo or Rochester? I have Rochester TW so I may be able to help you if you are the same, but if you mean Buffalo then the channel lineup is completely different. Also do you have a HD cable box from TW now. Is it made by Scientific Atlanta?


    SCSIRAID Active Member

    Feb 2, 2003
    Vero Beach, FL
    You might want to add your location to your profile... makes it easier. :D
  18. wtherrell

    wtherrell Active Member

    Dec 23, 2004
    Well, the appointment window was for 12:00--2:00 PM today. No show, no call. It's now an hour and a half past the end of the window and have not heard from them.
  19. Xunaka

    Xunaka New Member

    Feb 17, 2009
    For reference this is an up to date list of SDV channels in the Western New york division (Buffalo)

    ESPN Deportes Esp 123
    NYS Legislative Channel 127
    MTV TR3S 158
    Trinity Broadcast Net 168
    Cine Latino 190
    CNN Esp 191
    Discovery Esp 192
    Fox Sports Esp 193
    Mun2 195
    Toon Disney Esp 196
    History Esp 197
    PPV Barker (Previews) 300
    PPV Channels 301 - 346
    NBA 1-9 + NBA Channel 510 - 519
    MLB Game 1 thru Game 14 531 - 544
    HGTV HD 715
    Food Network HD 716
    Fox Business Network 719
    Fox News HD 720
    CNN HD 721
    CNBC HD 722
    TBS HD 723
    TNT HD 724
    ESPN NEWS HD 728
    MSG HD 730
    SNNY HD 731
    Tennis Channel HD 732
    Outdoor Channel HD 733
    National Geographic Channel HD 734
    Travel Channel HD 735
    The Learning Channel HD 736
    Science HD 737
    Discovery HD 738
    Animal Planet HD 739
    Planet Green HD 741
    A&E HD 742
    Biography HD 743
    History Channel HD 744
    Crime and Investigation HD 745
    Cartoon Network HD 747
    Toon Disney HD 748
    ABC Family HD 749
    Disney Channel HD 750
    Lifetime Movie Network HD 751
    MGM HD 753
    Bravo HD 754
    IFCHD 755
    FX HD 757
    USA HD 758
    SCIFI HD 759
    Palladia 760
    Big 10 Network 768
    Speed HD 769
    Yes HD 770
    Game HD MLB/NHL 773
    GAME HD NBA 774
    FUSEHD 778
    WEHD 779
    AMCHD 788
    Hallmark Movie Channel HD 789
    Mojo HD 793
    Pay For View HD 798

    Tuning adapters are available in limited quanity in the Buffalo division, it was on a first come first serve basis to customers whom had signed up for them online through the TWC website.
  20. Mar 3, 2009 #4140 of 6277

    notting Member

    Dec 15, 2005
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Chapel Hill, NC - TWC-NC.

    I'm using a TivoHD with a single M-Card. It works fine for every channel it's supposed to ... except for Telefutura, which shows 'Not Tuned: Wrong Card State'. Given that this channel is available in the clear both in analog and digital form, there's obviously something wrong.

    I'm curious if anyone else has seen something like this, as it seems a rather bizarre way for the cablecard to fail.

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