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Spectrum going 100% digital in my area.

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by vman41, Jun 9, 2018.

  1. Jun 9, 2018 #1 of 17
    vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

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    So far they've mailed 2 letters and left a voicemail on my phone. Either they are applying 'lessons learned' from transitions in other markets, or they're desparate to push out the 'free' (for year) cable boxes to their customers. Maybe they just can't fathom that a household only has 1 TV hooked up to cable since my account has one tuning adapter and cablecard for my Premiere.

    I have a Series 3 TiVo that I use for secondary recording during football season. I usually use it to record over the air and let the Premiere handle the games on the cable channels. I guess I will have to redo the setup on the S3 to be OTA only.
     
  2. Jun 9, 2018 #2 of 17
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Digital doesn't matter. Your S3 can record digital just fine. Only older devices, like S2s and TVs connected directly to cable, will be effected. As long as your S3 has a CableCARD it will work just fine.
     
  3. Jun 9, 2018 #3 of 17
    vman41

    vman41 Omega Consumer

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    My S3 doesn't have a cablecard since it only supports the older single stream cards and it's not worth getting 2. Making it support digital cable would be getting a second tuning adapter as well, no thanks.
     
  4. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

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    You would only need a Tuning Adapter for some channels. Most of the more popular channels only require a CableCARD.
     
  5. atmuscarella

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    Spectrum already did this in my area. It is a smoke and mirrors play, they talk about going all digital and convince people that is why they need the new STB, but what they are actually doing is encrypting all the channels.

    Before this all the locals and several other channels where not encrypted but where already digital and could be tuned just fine with a digital tuner in a TV. Now you need a STB or a cable card in your TiVo.
     
  6. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    My TA has been broken for years. None of the channels I watch need it, so I've never bothered to replace it.
     
  7. tenthplanet

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    Cuts down on theft, and yes cables can be tapped if there is no encryption. There are within their legal rights to do so.
     
  8. UCLABB

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    You must watch a bunch of crap. ;) All the good stuff is needs a TA. Seriously, one of these days I'm going to go through the tedious task of seeing what channels I need a TA for. I'm pretty sure several of them require a TA as I tend to watch channels that few others watch.
     
  9. mdavej

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    Connect a Homerun Prime and you can see exactly which channels are SDV, no tedium required.
     
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  10. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Not here. I went through the channels and I get all but like 3 HD channels and those 3 were odd ball channels I didn’t care about.
     
  11. JoeKustra

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    I don't have a TA, but if I was making decisions I would put the most unpopular channels on SDV.
     
  12. XIBM

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    When Charter went digital in my area a couple of years ago I tried it without the TA and all my Silver package channels work but one and I think that is a cable card mapping problem...
     
  13. Dan203

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    That's really the point of SDV. To put the lesser watched channels on the SDV frequencies. If you have a popular channel that's always being watched then it defeats the whole purpose of SDV.
     
  14. ej42137

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    That's what TWC did here at first; there were very few channels that anyone would ever want to watch. But they've remapped them several times since then, and now, as Spectrum, every Premium channel is SDV and a goodly selection of the stuff one might want to watch is also. I suspect that a lot of people just buy a small number of premiums, so it makes sense to SDV them. Either that or Spectrum is being a d*ck.
     
  15. atmuscarella

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    I suppose it may cut down on theft in apartment complexes but I highly doubt many people are tapping into cables in some else's house. In any event my point is they are lying about why people now need a STB on a TV where they used to get the locals on by just plugging in the cable. My friends were clearly told it was because Spectrum was going all digital - again that is a lie. The choice to encrypt locals was just that a choice it has nothing to do with dropping the last few analog channels they had. The locals had been available in HD/digital and unencrypted for years.
     
  16. tim1724

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    In my Charter Spectrum area they’ve had most (possibly all) SD channels over 100 on SDV along with most of the HD premium channels for several years now. And possibly some other random stuff, but some of it changes occasionally.

    (And yet we still have only 60 Mbps internet available. Which is usually 20-30 Mbps in the evening.
     
  17. vman41

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    My Premiere updated its channel list, but Spectrum says the switch is going to happen 'on or about' the 19th. So now several of the channels in the don't align with the channel numbers.
     

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