Roamio OTA cable card slot?

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

  1. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Personally, I'd be inclined to try the current sale online, and see if I can get the lower price easily enough. But understood that sometimes, life's just too short. ;)
  2. Out with Fios

    Out with Fios New Member

    Dec 3, 2018
    I never received an email with the codes, which is proving to be the difficult part.
  3. Mikeguy

    Mikeguy Well-Known Member

    Jul 28, 2005
    Ah--then no choice but to call (absent someone posting a code here), if you wanted to try . . . .
  4. nsa_conspiracy

    nsa_conspiracy New Member

    May 23, 2019
    I read this forum and got the courage to convert my Roamio OTA with a lifetime subscription to install a cable card reader into the slot. Bottom line: It was successful, and I am now viewing and recording Spectrum cable TV, and it works brilliantly. But it took a few tries with Spectrum to get the cable card to pair correctly. Their staff is not well versed on setting up cable cards, so be prepared for an hour or two on the phone.

    I am trying to give back a little to this community, here is my story if anyone is interested:
    I bought a used Roamio Basic off of Ebay for $40 and swapped the card drive out of the bottom and installed it into my Roamio OTA. It was as people previously stated, it was 4 screws and very easy to do. The Basic also had an upgraded fan and harddrive, so while I was at it I swapped the fan (it was noisy) and the internal harddrive from 1TB to 2Tb, which was also pretty simple if you are willing to spend a few minutes untethering harnesses and taking out the motherboard. You can't get to the bottom screws of the fan without removing the whole board, which is a brilliant design (sarcasm), but I digress : )

    Then I reran the startup process and reset the OTA box to receive cable input vs. antenna. It then takes you through some menus to download the TV guide for your local channels. Do all that first, then hook up the cable tuner and insert the cable card into the Tivo. You will get the default screen to call your cable provider with the card ID and the host ID, so that they can pair the device.

    One thing that tripped me up a bit was the physical setup. I never previously had a Tivo that used cable input, so I only got it to work after I hooked up BOTH the COAX cable and the USB cable to the back of the Tivo, both coming out of the Cable Tuner box. I am not sure if that is obvious to most people but for some reason I thought I only needed just the USB connection between the Tivo and the Tuner. I think the USB connection supports the decryption of the cable signal, but the coaxial cable connection is needed to have the Tivo receive the actual cable signal. Anyway, I am by no means an expert, but this is a recent data point (May 2019) that it is still possible to do this. Tivo setup.jpg
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  5. mikey1273

    mikey1273 Member

    Nov 6, 2017
    York, Pa
    Great to hear! It sounds like Spectrum is using a digital tuning adapter. I thought only Verizon FiOS used those. And yes it would need connected as well as the coax. Comcast doesn't use them at least not in my area.

    One thing I want to know is does the new Bolt OTA have the same set up can you add the cable card to it?
  6. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    Glad it worked out. Not the best way to hook it up due to massive signal loss through tuning adapter. But if it ain’t broke ...
  7. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    Not a simple DTA but a Switched Digital Video (SDV) Tuning Adapter (TA). Spectrum and a few other providers (not FiOS) employ SDV and so require TAs, depending on one’s channel lineup and which channels have been assigned to SDV distribution.
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  8. sacosta

    sacosta New Member

    Dec 29, 2019
    I know this is a fairly old thread, but does anyone know if the PCMT-134-02-L-D-RA-02-SL Adapter can be used to successfully convert a Bolt OTA to use a cablecard?

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  9. nc88keyz

    nc88keyz Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    The bolt and Roamio Basic/OTA CC are interchangeable if that is what you are asking. On a transfer to a roamio ota the back two screws from a bolt do not thread as they are too large. I am not sure the correct size. I am sure its in the forum somewhere.
  10. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    I forgot to mention before, but I bought a used Roamio on eBay for $25 (plus shipping) and pulled the cable card bracket to use in the Roamio OTA. With an OEM bracket, the front two screws are captive, which may explain the size difference. The bracket from eBay has regular screws.
  11. Jan 2, 2020 #591 of 591

    JLV03 Active Member

    Feb 12, 2018
    The Bolt OTA doesn't have any of the supporting hardware to support cable tuning. It also lacks the MoCA connection of the other Bolt models.
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