Use One MCard in Two HD Units?

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by deecee, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. Gai-jin

    Gai-jin Active Member

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    I'm not sure how you avoided it, but this has not been my experience. With the most recent software version, it even prompts you repeatedly to run guided setup until you do.
     
  2. deecee

    deecee New Member

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    No Drew, I am actually in the Seattle area.
     
  3. dig_duggler

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    I've got the most recent version, and this was Monday that I had the swap. I had thought I would have to, but it never happened...
     
  4. sting

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    In the case of Comcast, I believe that you'll be charged ~$7/mo for the second Tivo HD for one cable card, since that it's considered a second receiver.
     
  5. Gai-jin

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    Odd. On my TivoHD, I am prompted to repeat guided setup even if I just remove and re-insert the same card.
     
  6. ado

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    No offense to the OP but why in the world would you go through so much trouble for a measly fee of $1.50 a month or $18 a year? If I was in your situation I would skip the hassle involved with swapping the cards (even if this is possible, which I don't think it is because I have comcast and they definitely pair the cards with the Host ID, so if you take the card out the tech will have to come to your house again to re-pair the cards which could cost you upwards of $20). IMO just skip the stress and get another card.
     
  7. brettatk

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    I think you people are missing the point here. He has NO intention of swapping the cards out and using both Tivos for a long period of time. All he wants to do is swap it to the new Tivo to be able to test it out and make sure everything works and then put it back in his orginal. This is a one time thing.
     
  8. deecee

    deecee New Member

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    Thanks to Brett and everyone else who replied. I may rent a 2nd MCard for this purpose for one month. Either way I will need to call Comcast to activate a card for the new unit. If I don't rent the 2nd card, then I will need to call Comcast an additional time to pair the original card back with the old unit. There is no charge for authorization via phone so the small one-time charge to rent a 2nd card would be the only expense (other than two short trips to the local Comcast store to pick up and drop off the 2nd card) and it sounds like it may be worth it. Thanks again for helping me figure out the best strategy and happy holidays to all!
     
  9. RonDawg

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    If you're going to go through that much trouble, you might as well keep the second M-card. You'll probably spend more in gas just trying to return it.
     
  10. sting

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    A second cable card on a different Tivo HD is considered a second receiver, for which Comcast typically charges ~$7/mo.
     
  11. dig_duggler

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    After minor testing, if I do that while I on, I get the prompt but can ignore. When I swapped the Tivo was unplugged and no prompt...
     
  12. deecee

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    I just called Comcast and they said the 2nd MCard would cost only $1.75 per month, which sounds very reasonable, considering there is no charge for the MCard I already have.
     
  13. sting

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    I believe that $1.75/mo is for the second card on the same Tivo unit. It would be ~$7/mo if the second card is used on a new Tivo unit since it's considered an additional receiver.
     
  14. deecee

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    I just called Comcast back and told them the 2nd card was for a 2nd TiVo and they said the cost would only be $1.79 per month.
     
  15. sting

    sting New Member

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    That's great.
     
  16. deecee

    deecee New Member

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    Yes indeed. I just hope that information is correct!
     
  17. bizzy

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    They lie.
    They lie all the time. It doesn't cost the CSR anything.

    If their laziness costs you time and money, who cares- someone else will have to deal with it when you call back in a month, pissed off that you're being overcharged.

    What the csr is telling you, out out of ignorance or malice or plain stochastic chance, is the cost you'd be charged to rent an additional cable card.

    What the CSR has not told you is that you will be hit with an additional outlet fee. The humorous part is that you'll have to pay the AO fee, and not the cablecard rental since the first card is free for any outlet.

    You can never, ever trust what Comcast says on the phone. If you don't believe me, call three more times and ask the exact same question. You will get at least three different answers.

    The only information you can trust from Comcast is the paper bill they send you. And god help you if you told them they don't need to send you one.
     
  18. sting

    sting New Member

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    How much do you pay for your first MCard?
     
  19. deecee

    deecee New Member

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    1st card cost nothing with self-install kit. 2nd card (which I now have) costs $1.79 per month. When I picked up the 2nd card today, Comcast confirmed that will be the only additional charge. Now I just have to wait for the 2nd TiVo to arrive.
     
  20. sting

    sting New Member

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    Thanks.
     

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