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Spectrum is lowering the boom

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by Unipenguin, Jul 5, 2018.

  1. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

    Jul 6, 2006
    Dayton OH
    Wish only 2 channels I want were SDV. You might want to go ahead and turn in your TA and get and keep the receipt. When you eventually close your account they will charge you a hefty price if you can't prove you turned it in.
  2. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

    Apr 17, 2000
    I'll probably never close the account. I've literally had this same TA since they started using them 10+ years ago. I was the first customer ever to get a CableCARD in my area. I was part of the original S3 beta and it took 3 different guys to figure out how to install it and get it to work. (actually 2 of them) Then a few years later when they switched to SDV they actually contacted me directly and asked if I'd be willing to test out the TA, since they knew I had CableCARDs and a buddy of mine is an installer there.

    The TAs (actually 2 of them) seem to work OK as far as communicating with the TiVo as it can tell when they're attached and actually does use them to get the proper channel map. They're just not linked to my account properly, so the yellow light on the front just continuously blinks and I can't actually tune any SDV channels. I've had a few CSRs comment over the years, when I called for other issues, that it looks like my TAs aren't configured properly. (they can see something on their end) But it requires a home visit to fix so I've never bothered.
  3. tim1724

    tim1724 Active Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2007
    Temple City, CA
    In my Spectrum area (formerly Charter) most SD channels over 100 and some HD premiums are on SDV. Channels under 100 and most HD channels aren't.
  4. ajwees41

    ajwees41 Well-Known Member

    May 7, 2006

    next time that you call if they say a truck roll need ask for a free one

    from cox my provider The light is blinking because it is still in the activation process. Please follow the steps below.
    1. Disconnect the USB cable from the Tuning Adapter.
    2. Unplug the power cord from the wall, wait 30 seconds and plug it back in.
    3. Wait up to 30 minutes for lights to stop blinking.
    4. Once light is steady for one minute or goes out, reconnect the USB cable.
    5. Wait at least 10 more minutes and check to see if channels are now viewable.
  5. SugarBowl

    SugarBowl Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Cary, NC
    I removed my TA about a year ago and haven't noticed any missing channels. Time Warner/Spectrum in raleigh, nc
  6. tarheelblue32

    tarheelblue32 Well-Known Member

    Jan 12, 2014
    Raleigh, NC
    You either have a small channel package or don't try to watch any of the channels that are SDV. You might also be getting some SD channels for channels where the HD requires a tuning adapter.
  7. mattyro7878

    mattyro7878 Active Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Is there a reason Comcast (Xfinity) needs no tuning adaptors? I was a Cox customer for a long time and Comcast is pretty snappy on the tech side. Cox was fine but like signing into Fox Sports to watch soccer was instantaneous as compared to Cox. .5 seconds vs 3 seconds!!
  8. SugarBowl

    SugarBowl Member

    Jan 4, 2007
    Cary, NC
    Maybe. I don't know which channels are supposed to be SDV. Fox Sports (400) is the highest number channel i ever watch.
  9. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    Includes pictures: Switched video - Wikipedia

    To get a lot of channels into a cable pipe, you either get a bigger pipe or share some of it. SDV is sharing. It costs more to have a bigger pipe.
  10. ncbill

    ncbill Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Western NC
    No real problems with my TA either.

    Have to reboot it only 2-3 times a year.

    Would be nice, though, if those cheapskates eliminated the TA by encoding everything as MPEG-4.
    CopRock and tarheelblue32 like this.
  11. krkaufman

    krkaufman TDL shepherd

    Nov 25, 2003
    I'm not aware of any comparisons in video compression/quality between the two services, but Comcast has been recovering some of their bandwidth another way ... by altering the compression associated with their channels, as a means of squeezing more channels into the available spectrum: first from MPEG2 to MPEG4, and then going further. See: Busted! Comcast Down-Converts native 1080i Channels to 720P!!!
  12. JoeKustra

    JoeKustra in the other Alabama TCF Club

    Dec 7, 2012
    Ashland, PA...
    No argument there. My feed went to 860MHz a few years ago. Even so, they are squeezing more and more. We're going to DC 3.1 and adding TiVo VOX support sometime soon. Users with 16Mbps channels don't know how lucky they are.

    I guess my pipe analogy wasn't so good. :oops:
  13. mdavej

    mdavej Well-Known Member

    Aug 13, 2015
    Fall asleep on your keyboard?

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