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Roamio OTA cable card slot?

Discussion in 'TiVo Roamio DVRs' started by RonH, May 11, 2015.

  1. May 11, 2015 #1 of 532
    RonH

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    I guess this is disabled in software for the OTA model? Was surprised to find it during the unboxing and even more surprised that I was offered Cable OR Antenna during setup.
     
  2. May 11, 2015 #2 of 532
    foghorn2

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    Its just in the common software.

    But the guy who Envisions People who Play Harps ( :D ) here said his OTA had the pinouts for the cable card without the actual bracket.
     
  3. May 11, 2015 #3 of 532
    Dan203

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    Yeah it's got a cover for a CableCARD slot and a pin adapter on the bottom where it looks like a bracket for the card should go, but no actual slot. I wonder if there is a way to buy a slip in bracket for the slot so that you could use it with a CableCARD?
     
  4. May 11, 2015 #4 of 532
    HarperVision

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    Hey, I resemble that remark! ;)

    Yes, it has the board connection. I tried ordering a bracket for it to test it out but I ordered the wrong thing and haven't pursued it any further since.

    What led me to this is that I hooked up my Tuning Adapter from TWC and it popped up a message asking if I wanted to also setup my Roamio for cable broadcast as well. Of course the curious side of me said yes, so I did guided setup and it allowed me to have simultaneous cable and OTA (just like the experiment on my base Roamio), but of course it only has one RF coax input and no cablecard bracket.

    The Roamio OTA is just a Roamio basic with its cablecard bracket ripped out and nice silk screened green "Roamio OTA" label on the front.
     
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  5. May 11, 2015 #5 of 532
    Dan203

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    Was the bracket you ordered something that would just plug into that pin connector on the bottom? Did you ever find the right part?

    P.S. I edited your post to fix your malformed color tag
     
  6. May 11, 2015 #6 of 532
    telemark

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    Last I checked the motherboards are also different board Revisions, with the OTA being newer, rev G1.

    I couldn't tell if that's just because theres new stock of Roamio OTA and old stock of Roamio Basic.
     
  7. May 11, 2015 #7 of 532
    HarperVision

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    As I said in the post, I haven't pursued it since. I thought I was ordering the whole bracket for a PCMCIA card, but I only got part of a metal bracket. The pictures on the site I ordered from showed the entire bracket though. Maybe I'll check into it further. I'll report if I do.

    Thanks for fixing that color tag. Guess I didn't need the actual color again in the "/" part! I bet you're the one that put the kibosh on my Al Jazeera post too? You must eat that stuff up huh, haha? ;)
     
  8. May 11, 2015 #8 of 532
    Dan203

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    I found some pictures online of the CableCARD slot on both units and they are the same with the exception of the little bracket that the CableCARD actually plus into. The OTA has the pin connector for the bracket and the holes for the screws that hold it in place, so if we could actually find a source for the bracket we might be able to convert our OTAs to Basics.
     
  9. May 11, 2015 #9 of 532
    HarperVision

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    I'm going to go look at it again. It's been awhile.
     
  10. May 11, 2015 #10 of 532
    HarperVision

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    That was EXACTLY my thoughts Dan! :up:

    I was thinking I could start a little mod business for people with the OTA model. Maybe Weaknees can do it?
     
  11. May 11, 2015 #11 of 532
    Dan203

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    No idea what you're talking about here, but if it was a post deleted for actual content then it was likely Mike Lang. He's the one who mostly enforces the rules. I mainly use my mod powers to delete SPAM, move posts that are in the wrong forum and fix people's formatted vB tags.
     
  12. May 11, 2015 #12 of 532
    HarperVision

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    Yeah that's cool. It probably needed to be "kiboshed", I was in quite a worked up state at the time I posted, although I still stand by what I believe.
     
  13. May 11, 2015 #13 of 532
    Dan203

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    Shot Weaknees an email. If they respond I'll let you know what they say.
     
  14. May 11, 2015 #14 of 532
    RonH

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    Thanks everyone. Silly me, I forgot there's only one coax input :eek:

    Yeah, that green label seems a little tacky.

    Given their intent/pricing with the OTA model, I'd expect them to lock down that slot. Maybe they don't really care though - they certainly hit it out of the park by allowing us to upgrade the Roamio so easily. That was just too good to be true. I wasn't even in the market for a Roamio until I stumble across the discussion here about how simple the upgrade process was.

    I wonder if the newer motherboards got a speed bump of any kind - or is this unit just 'fresh'. The Web Video Hotlist seemed quicker on it - so the nausea of using it is reduced a bit :p. Or maybe it's because it's only at 20.4.6a.
     
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  15. May 12, 2015 #15 of 532
    Dan203

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    Weaknees said they looked into it once, but they never found a supplier for the CableCARD adapter. Doesn't sound like they put a ton of effort into looking though, so there may be someone out there that has them.

    Anyone have a Roamio Basic that can open it up and look to see if there is a part number on that piece that we could use to track it down?
     
  16. May 12, 2015 #16 of 532
    HarperVision

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    OK thanks. Maybe I'll look some more when I get the chance.
     
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    Dan203

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    HarperVision

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  19. May 12, 2015 #19 of 532
    Dan203

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    I'm considering it, but I'm kinda afraid to fry my $300 lifetime OTA.
     
  20. May 12, 2015 #20 of 532
    HarperVision

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    My OTA is just sitting there collecting dust with no service on it. I got it for $10 using My Best Buy rewards points, mainly for the remote, hard drive, etc as parts.

    You buy the bracket and I'll risk the OTA and be the guinea pig?
     

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