Series3 and Multistream card - only one?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by rbenotti, Aug 1, 2011.

  1. Aug 1, 2011 #1 of 13
    rbenotti

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    I'm sorry if this has been asked, but is anyone running a Series 3 TiVo with a single Multistream card and able to record 2 sources?

    Everything I read says this doesn't work (probably explains why I can get a Series 3 cheap).

    Paying to rent two cards, while losing on demand financially defeats the purpose of dumping the motorola DVR.

    I said financially - I miss my TiVo functionally :)

    Talking FiOS here.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Aug 1, 2011 #2 of 13
    TerpBE

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    The Tivo Series 3 requires two cablecards if you want to get channels on both tuners (doesn't matter if they are S or M cards).

    The Tivo HD (which is in the Series 3 family) only requires one M cablecard to get channels on both tuners.
     
  3. Aug 1, 2011 #3 of 13
    stark

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    The Series 3 only uses single stream cards. You can put a multi-stream card in it, but it will be seen as a single stream.

    No way around it, you need two cards. Either type will works, but you need both cards in both slots on a Series 3.
     
  4. Aug 1, 2011 #4 of 13
    rbenotti

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    Thanks for the replies. Looks like the TiVO HD is what I'll look for. Just can't bring myself to spend $20/month for the Premiere.
     
  5. Aug 1, 2011 #5 of 13
    lrhorer

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    It's going to be easier to find an HD, anyway. S3s are fairly uncommon.
     
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    solutionsetc

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    I haven't really been paying attention lately as I have succumbed to the fact there will be nothing new for HD usersÂ… but am I correct in assuming the $20 subscriber fee for the discounted premie boxes was just TiVo sticking their toe in the water to see if folks would pay it; and it is now the going rate on all premiere boxes?

    $20/month!?
     
  7. Aug 1, 2011 #7 of 13
    mattack

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    Where can you get a Series 3 cheap? I'd like one (for parts).. power supply at least.
     
  8. Aug 2, 2011 #8 of 13
    rbenotti

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    That is what Tivo's site says, and the lady I chatted with as well. $499 for lifetime (but I can't do that right now - even though I know I will pay more monthly in the end)
     
  9. Aug 2, 2011 #9 of 13
    rbenotti

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    Sorry - my definition of cheap was around $60 on eBay (used). I know I can upgrade to a Premiere box for $100 so I guess it's relative. Just can't budget the monthly fee of $20/month and can't afford lifetime at the moment.
     
  10. rbenotti

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    $65 for a used TiVo HD and a cable card being sent by FiOS (surprised about the no truck roll - we'll see how that goes).

    Be nice to be able to use a TiVo again.

    First order or business will be capacity upgrade! Off to the upgrade forum!
     
  11. lpwcomp

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    If they allow any kind of self-install, they have to allow self-install of CableCARDs. Oh, and the CableCARD must be an M-card.
     
  12. rbenotti

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    Multistream card was requested through FiOS. Now to see if I have an issue setting it up......
     
  13. solutionsetc

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    So it is a different monthly fee for an HD versus a premie? That's crazy.
     

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