S-Cards in a Premiere XL?

Discussion in 'TiVo Premiere DVRs' started by ccoulson, Jun 29, 2011.

  1. ccoulson

    ccoulson Member

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    So, my S3 died last night and I picked up a Premiere XL this afternoon. I seem to be getting conflicting info as to whether or not I can use an s-card temporarily until I can get an m-card.

    Sorry if this has been previously covered, but I couldn't find it on the boards.
     
  2. Stuxnet

    Stuxnet Alien Infidel

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    AFAIK you can use an s-card in a Premiere/Premiere XL, however, you're limited to one tuner (unless you also have an OTA feed).
     
  3. kturcotte

    kturcotte Active Member

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    No, S cards will NOT work at all in a Premiere. You can physically insert it, but the Premiere either won't recognize it at all, or say it's an incompatible card (Something to that effect).
     
  4. AnimusF6

    AnimusF6 New Member

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    Voila! Conflicting answers!
     
  5. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Everything I've heard has said the premiere needs an M-card and won't work with an S-card.

    And better yet here is the official word from TiVo.

    Pre-installation checklist for Premiere and Premiere XL

     
  6. TheWGP

    TheWGP Hmmm...

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    Also have to point out that S-cards aren't even made anymore AFAIK. What's out there is out there. Getting a cableco to switch S-card for M-card shouldn't be too too difficult - but I would make sure to get the receipt in writing from the tech for what happened, just in case you get double-billed because of the switch.

    Just out of curiosity: how did your S3 just "die" to the point you had to purchase a whole new unit? What are you doing with the old unit?
     
  7. Stuxnet

    Stuxnet Alien Infidel

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    aaronwt found the correct answer. TiVo used to have this posted in the technical faq...

    Does TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL require two S-cards or one M-card?

    • For full dual-channel recording, TiVo Premiere and XL require one M-card. Unlike the TiVo HD and HD XL, Premiere only has one CableCARD™ slot and therefore one M-card is required.
    • Note your TiVo Premiere/XL can also operate with a single S-card, but will only be able to record one digital cable channel at a time in this configuration


    Now that reads...

    Does TiVo Premiere and Premiere XL require two S-cards or one M-card?

    • TiVo Premiere and XL require one multi-stream CableCARD (M-card). This single CableCARD provides full dual-channel recording.
    • Note that your TiVo Premiere/XL is NOT compatible with a single-stream CableCARD (S-Card).


    mea culpa
     
  8. mattack

    mattack Well-Known Member

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    I'm not the originator, but I have a 'dead' S3. Plugging it in powers on the fan and the drive gets power (I can feel it has power/is spinning).. But the front lights never come on, and no video is output.

    This was on booting after putting a new drive in. I suspect I somehow borked the motherboard or power supply. Any info about potentially fixing it (it has lifetime) would be appreciated.. I also have a dead drive that CAME from that S3 (but it too seems to spin -- I want to try to get a controller card at some point).. Yes, it seems very coincidental for both of these things to happen within a few weeks of each other (earlier this year).
     

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