TIVO & Charter/Spectrum

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  1. brewman

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    I'm in Suwanee, GA, and have had TiVo with Charter/Spectrum a long time. The only issue I run into is periodically having to reboot the tuning adapter. It seems like when Charter changes the frequency mapping the tuning adapter doesn't always get the update without reboot. When this happens you'll get a channel not found error message.
     
  2. fcfc2

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    A lot of folks use one of those weekly timers and just set it to go off and on some time when no one will be using tv, like 3-4AM or whatever.
     
  3. duncan7

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    Do they always wake up to the "Tuning Adapter Connected" message, then?
     
  4. samsauce29

    samsauce29 Active Member TCF Club

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    I used to just reboot manually every Sunday morning. Since I replaced some cables and splitters, I just wait for the inevitable failure and reboot then... Seems about a monthly occurrence now.

    Such a frustrating suboptimal solution from Spectrum... I can't wait for the day when I can repurpose the Bolts as OTA only and use a streaming service. (Currently lacking the Pirates live games as far as I can tell...)
     
  5. mdavej

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    If you're lucky enough to have a Moto TA instead of Cisco, you never have to reboot.
     
  6. UCLABB

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    No. I guess the message goes away after a bit. The timer has worked perfectly for me for about a year.
     
  7. ej42137

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    I can confirm this; I have several Tuning Adapters, all on timers. The only time I see that message is if we happen to be watching TV during the power-cycle. I have also watched it happen in real time, the reset screen takes about five or ten minutes to expire.

    Sorry, no. I have Motorola Tuning Adapters and they stop working every few days. In fact one of them crapped out about an hour ago as I write this and required yet another power-cycle to watch my premium stations.
     
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  8. mdavej

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    I haven’t had to reboot my Moto for at least 8 years. Something is wrong with yours.
     
  9. tim_m

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    I have a Motorola TA. I have had to reboot it twice in over a year of of having Tivo now.
     
  10. dlfl

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    Depends on your local cable system. It can send signals that force your TA to reboot.
     
  11. mattyro7878

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    I've had Motorolas for years with no need to reboot. The only time I had issues was after a power loss and they can take hours to reboot sometimes. Every time power is lost i worry if "this is one of those times"
     
  12. ej42137

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    It's not the Tuning Adapters themselves, I'm sure it's an artifact of the cable system. I have had multiple tuning adapters for several years. In the first few years they never failed, but these days they all fail from time to time. If it were a problem with the device itself they would not all be failing, and failures would follow the TA.

    When I have called Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) about TA problems they would invariably assume the TA bad and wouldn't do anything until they were swapped out; they were always wrong, it was never a bad box, just a bad signal or backlevel firmware. I don't have the resources to diagnose their cable system problems.
     
  13. mdavej

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    I hear you. That's just one of many reasons I cut the cord. While my technical issues were few, Charter raising the "broadcast tv fee" for channels I get OTA for free was the last straw. No regrets. Besides saving a ton of money and getting Charter out of my hair, I waste less time watching TV.
     
  14. dlfl

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    Yep, cutting the cord is one way to avoid TA problems, for both types of TA! I use the same tactic to avoid having any problems with the Ferrari super car I don't own. :p
     
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  15. tenthplanet

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    And when your internet goes down at a weird am time (providers love to mess with things at that hour)..and all your shows and recordings are living in the cloud don't be surprised if you find yourself saying..Bring your damn cable cards and Tuning Adaptors..i want physical storage AND I WANT IT NOW :mad::eek::D.
     
  16. dlfl

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    Nothing will ever make me pine for a TA! Nothing! BTW I still use one (reluctantly) and don't store anything in the cloud. TA problems have been by far the dominant PITA of TiVo usage for me since I first went digital in 2009, most of which I blame on TWC (now Spectrum), although poor design of the Cisco TA may deserve some blame (since Motorola TA's seem to be much less troublesome).

    Occasionally losing internet at a "weird am time" doesn't strike me as a major catastrophe, even if I did use the cloud. My home phone has been VOIP (Ooma) for two years now with 100% reliability -- arguably better reliability than my electric power (which also is very reliable). Reliability of internet and electric power do vary with location but my experience has been that both are very reliable.
     
  17. mattyro7878

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    I think although its been around forever, the electrical system was built at a time when workmanship was at a premium, Parts and equipment were more robust (maybe not technologically) and they were supplying the wonder of electricity to people!!! A lot who believed it was a "passing fancy".
     
  18. tenthplanet

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    True. If you have ever had a chance to look at the workings of an electrical sub-station the build quality is amazing. :)
     
  19. CybrFyre

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    Yep.. when my Tivo dies, it's PS Vue for me.

    Sent from my Pixel C using Tapatalk
     
  20. CybrFyre

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    I recently got a good rep on the national cc line.. he looked at signal levels & rolled a truck specifically to fix bad signal & bit error rate.

    Sent from my Pixel C using Tapatalk
     

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