Time Warner Austin tuning adapter?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by dpratt, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. stubarrett

    stubarrett Member

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    The real deal breaker for me going to another provider/dvr is the lack of DLNA on any other DVR. I use my S3 as the core of my entire entertainment system to access terabytes of content (video, music, images) on my network. Granted the TA 'solution' is much like a colostomy bag, but until another solution appears that supports DLNA (or equivalent), I'm stuck with TW and cable cards.
     
  2. dlfl

    dlfl Cranky old novice

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    :D:D:D I love it! Perfectly captures my feelings about TA's.
     
  3. mmcgown

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    I agree. Can we start calling the TA the CB?
     
  4. stubarrett

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    TA->CB?

    While it is frustrating, given the design constraints there really was no other solution. While the TA is a PITA at times, give the choice of having a TA or not being able to access the plethora of SDV channels, the choice is obvious.

    The real issue is the lack of choice since no other DVR (that I know of) supports DLNA. One can only hope that uVerse will have that one day. Till then there is no other choice.
     
  5. mmcgown

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    I don't want to get too far off topic, and I know what DLNA stands for, but I'm not sure what that has to do with anything since -- as far as I know -- the TiVoHD was never DLNA certified anyway.
     
  6. stubarrett

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    Thread entropy... One commenter was talking about ditching his Tivo due to TA frustration.

    Maybe not certified (it is a weak standard, is there a certifying authority?), but my S3 talks to my Netgear NAS DLNA service just fine thank you!
     
  7. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    They added a few HD channels in the last few days, but my TA reports most of the channels are unavailable. They added 1601, 1608, 1609, 1616, 1628, 1641, 1642, 1643, 1651, 1663, 1671, 1672, 1673, 1674, 1679. Of these, the TA will give me 1608, 1651, and 1663. I understand the premium channels, but the rest are the same as channels I get in SD already with my package. Why would the HD versions be blocked?
     
  8. SCSIRAID

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    Does a regular TWC box get those channels? You might try a power cycle to TA and see if that clears it up. Sounds like its channel map hasnt been updated.
     
  9. mmcgown

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    Just FYI......I tried a TA power cycle, but some of the numbers in his list don't show up even under the "Test using cablecard" menu option.
     
  10. xnappo

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    They aren't really up and running yet. TiVo updated the channel list ahead of them actually going live.

    xnappo
     
  11. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    I kind of thought that might be what was going on. On reflection, I'm thinking that the transition of more channels to SDV might actually improve things. As it is, there is intermittent pixellation on SDV channels. If more channels are switched, doesn't that free up more bandwidth for the channels I am actually viewing? Wouldn't more bandwidth resolve pixellation issues?

    I suppose I am assuming what the cause of the pixellation is without really knowing. I'd be happiest if the channel switching was reliable. I'm glad there is a tuning adapter to keep my Tivo working. However, having a Tivo that is not dependable is a big issue. With the tuning adapter issues, I can't be sure my recordings will work. There are still missed and blank recordings where the tuning adapter can't or does not tune in the station properly.

    If it's reliable, I don't care how many channels are switched. What I am being told by the cable company is that there are circumstances where the demand for certain channels by different viewers in my neighborhood can sometimes create a situation where the tuning adapter cannot deliver the channel I want due to lack of bandwidth. If more channels are switched, this supposedly will not occur or occur less often.
     
  12. SCSIRAID

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    My first question is what do YOU mean when you say 'pixelation'? Picture breakups or just lack of detail?

    Moving content from linear to SDV probably means they will recover the QAM's and use them for the SDV pool. So the bit rate of the remaining linear channels wont change.

    On the SDV pixelation, if you are talking about picture breakups... that isnt a bandwidth thing... its a TiVo bug. TWC says TiVo is working on it... however, that and 50 cents will get you a cup of cheap coffee.
     
  13. dcstager

    dcstager 1st Gen Tivo Owner

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    Skagit...
    I suppose I am being imprecise with the term pixelation since I'm describing what the symptom looks like. What I get are intermittent interruptions in a clear picture. It sometimes disrupts audio too , but not always. It looks like part of the picture is missing or has no details. I thought the term for this was pixelation because it looks like it wasn't encoded at a high enough bit rate such as high motion areas in football games.

    Tivo says, "SDV is problematic in general. Cable companies use the technology to only send channels when a subscriber requests it. They do this when they have limited bandwidth and can not send all the channels all the time. There may be scenarios where subscribers in a given area have requested more SDV channels than the infrastructure is capable of carrying. This will lead to blank channels and recordings."

    So, they didn't cop to me that the Tivo has anything to do with the problem. If they are working on the picture break ups - I'm happy. What exactly do you think is going wrong that causes the breakups only on SDV channels only on the Tivo and not on the Time Warner DVRs? What exactly is going wrong that we are seeing as a picture breakup?
     
  14. SCSIRAID

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    Ok... so we are talking about the same 'breakups' which could also be called macroblocking or pixelation. Missing picture information basically.....

    Its said to be a issue in how TiVo processes the MPEG.

    Check out this thread from this post down... Im longwinded about it over there.

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?p=7735181#post7735181
     
  15. Feb 3, 2010 #575 of 684
    biltrex

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    I'm on Time Warner cable in San Antonio, TiVo HD with the STA1520 Tuning Adapter. It's been mostly working great since I got it in the first rollout here in town. Now I'm experiencing the "8 blink, b'cast only, authorized: no" problem that seems to be popping up for some others. I chatted with TWC online last night, and she said she "refreshed the signal" and had me reboot the TA, but we're back to the 8 blink. For a short period it seemed to do the 5 short blink one long blink thing... but mostly 8.

    Is this something that I should call TWC about tonight and have them do something else? Is there something specific I can tell them that will save me and them time and get it done right? Or is cableguy763 still around, swooping into fix problems like an avenging angel? :)

    I've tried a reboot sequence I found in this thread, and one I found on a tivo.com forum... neither worked. I unplugged them both and let them sit for 30 minutes (or more) and then tried it... nothing. Anybody have suggestions? I do have another HD cable box (not DVR) in our bedroom - will that matter?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

    biltrex
     
  16. Feb 7, 2010 #576 of 684
    Grumock

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    Nowhere...
    In this type of a blink pattern if you have tried the reboot, then call the local office & tell them you need a "balancing hit" sent to your account. Normally you will see the TA light go out completely, & you have to hit the power button to get it to come back on. There are times that after they send it though you have to remove the USB cord & reboot the TA. Leave the USB cord disconnected until the TA stops it's blinking pattern & goes solid again. If it goes back into the 8 blink mode again after they have sent that hit ask to transferred to the Cable Card support desk & they will make contact with someone to get it out of that mode.
     
  17. Feb 7, 2010 #577 of 684
    biltrex

    biltrex New Member

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    Just talked to the tech who knew nothing except to send a signal, which she claimed the system wouldn't let her do. She also didn't know anything about a Cable Card support desk (though, it is Sunday, so they may not be there?)

    She needed to talk to a different department to schedule the truck roll, which she also couldn't do, so now I'm going to wait on THEM to schedule this roll which... why do I have the feeling that isn't going to work, anyway?

    *sigh*

    Literally nothing had happened to start this in motion except my wife rebooted the TiVo. That was it. It's been a week now of trying everybody's reboot sequence to see if I can get it to magically work. Grr.

    Thanks for your reply, though. I just have the feeling that in the end, the tech's going have them send this correct balancing or provisioning hit or something that could have been done over the phone with someone remotely knowledgeable.
     
  18. Feb 7, 2010 #578 of 684
    Grumock

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    this is NOT something a tech needs to come out for unless for some reason your TA has been completely removed from the system.
     
  19. Feb 7, 2010 #579 of 684
    biltrex

    biltrex New Member

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    I got your PM but since I haven't written enough posts yet, I can't reply to you (how lame is that?)... so I'll just update the thread.

    Not long after I wrote that post, I got a call back, and they've actually escalated the issue to an advanced support group... they're not going to blindly roll a truck. He took my TA serial number and RF-MAC and just called back to get the Cable Card Host-ID... For the first time, I have hope that someone might be able to resolve this.
     
  20. Feb 7, 2010 #580 of 684
    biltrex

    biltrex New Member

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    I will keep updating the thread with what happens.
     

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