Single Stream vs. Multi Stream for the S3

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by Terial-DeVo, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. Terial-DeVo

    Terial-DeVo New Member

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    I just got off the phone with Comcast because of a CC problem and i will be swapping out my 2 single Stream CC's.

    The guy on the phone said that i should get 1 Multi Stream card for my S3 and that it will work the same as using 2 Single Stream Cards.

    I am a bit weary of this because it just does not make sense to me.
    Can 1 card continue to allow me to have the functionality of 2 Single Stream cards?

    Also, will putting in 2 MS cards mess anything up in the TiVo, or will i be okay?

    Apologies if this was answered elsewhere, i was not able to locate it in my tired state after crawling behind my TV at 3:00 for th epast few days :(

    Thanks for the help
     
  2. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    The original TiVo Series 3 requires 2 "M" or "S" cable cards...it will not work with one "M" card at this time (requires a software upgrade). Installing two "M" cable cards will work no problem.

    The new TiVo HD will work with one "M" card or 2 "S" cards.
     
  3. Terial-DeVo

    Terial-DeVo New Member

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    Thanks man, on the way to pick them up now :)
    hopefully this will fix my issues
     
  4. rainwater

    rainwater Active Member

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    I would definitely try to get to "M" cards though. Then when TiVo updates the software to support M cards in multistream mode, you can just remove the 2nd card and return it.
     
  5. Terial-DeVo

    Terial-DeVo New Member

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    went to pick up my cards, they only had 1 MS card available
    so now i have
    1 MultiStream Card
    2 Single Sream Cards

    Suggestions on where to put what?
    I have the S3 Tivo and a Cable Card TV.

    I was thinking
    1 MS and 1 SS in the TiVO and 1 SS in the TV.

    Thoughts?
     
  6. wdwms

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    Shouldn't matter technically, but for the future, put the M-card in the bottom slot, and the s-card up top.

    That way you won't have to swap the cards around when Tivo enables m-card support. Swapping kills the pairing information and you'll have to get the card re-set up.

    Do it this way and just pop out the s-card after m-card is supported..

    -t
     
  7. Terial-DeVo

    Terial-DeVo New Member

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    okay, i'll stick the MS card in slot 1 (bottom slot) SS in slot 2 (top slot)
    and last SS card in the TV.

    I hope this fixes my 9.1 issues, after 6 or 7 calls to comcast we decided to get new cards cause old ones were just not working.
     
  8. atltom331

    atltom331 New Member

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    So when they enable M card support will we be able to record 4 things at once? :D
     
  9. SCSIRAID

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    Dream on Alice....
     
  10. SullyND

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    1 M Card supports more than two tuners. However, the S3 is only capable of using two tuners at once.
     
  11. richsadams

    richsadams Well-Known Member

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    Yep, as WDWMS suggested, that would be your best bet :up: ...although I'm betting that when M card support is enabled on the S3's the cablecos will figure out some way to have to get involved. :mad:

    I am surprised that Comcast is allowing you to install your own cards though. They'll have no part of that here. :confused:
     
  12. Joybob

    Joybob New Member

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    Has TiVo actually said that this is something they can enable through software? Or that they even plan on enabling?
     
  13. wdwms

    wdwms Member

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    I spoke with a very knowledgeable tech the other day and he said M-card support with SDV dongle is coming for the S3.

    -t
     
  14. dwit

    dwit Active Member

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    Will TivoHD also have this SDV dongle capability? Or do they already have it?
     
  15. bguzik

    bguzik Barry R. Guzik

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    It's called an "SDV Resolver" and will be distributed by the Cable Companies. My sources indicate to me that this is a direct result of TiVo soliciting the FCC....

    It SHOULD work with any one-way CableCARD CE device (with an appropriate port interface of some kind...USB, etc.)...or at least that's the point of it being created...we'll see...

    Barry
     
  16. dwit

    dwit Active Member

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    Thank you.
     
  17. sgcrockett1

    sgcrockett1 New Member

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    I have just acquired the motorola cable card with a picture that looks like a bat next to the name Motorola. Does that mean it is an "M" Card?
     
  18. dwit

    dwit Active Member

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    Sounds more like the Motorola logo.
     
  19. sgcrockett1

    sgcrockett1 New Member

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    How do you tell if you have an m card versus an s card. Nothing on the cards I received indicates.
     
  20. Graymalkin

    Graymalkin Grumpy Poster

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    The M-card I have from Motorola actually says "M-Card" on it.
     

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