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Hi, my current series 3 TiVo no longer powers on. If I upgrade to the EDGE for cable can I use the same CableCard I am using in the Series 3? Or do I need to get a new one from Comcast and possible tech dispatch? Thanks - Matt
 

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Hi, my current series 3 TiVo no longer powers on. If I upgrade to the EDGE for cable can I use the same CableCard I am using in the Series 3? Or do I need to get a new one from Comcast and possible tech dispatch? Thanks - Matt
You should be able to use the same functioning (multistream) CableCARD in any current model TiVo DVR, but you will need to pair it to the new device. It might first need to be un-paired and then re-paired, but otherwise there shouldn't be a problem.

See here for more specific details under CableCARD Self-Install Setup Instructions - TiVo.
 

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You should be able to use the same functioning (multistream) CableCARD in any current model TiVo DVR, but you will need to pair it to the new device. It might first need to be un-paired and then re-paired, but otherwise there shouldn't be a problem.

See here for more specific details under CableCARD Self-Install Setup Instructions - TiVo.
That is correct, I did it recently. Did have to call Comcast though, the un-pairing part requires a live person I think. I tried the website, did not fully work. When getting to the voice recognition menu say "cable card pairing". Should take you to someone who knows how to do it (worked for me). And got connected to live person quickly, maybe lucky, maybe because cable card support specifically.

And cable cards are now free, at least in Chicago area. No "additional outlet" fees. We have 3 cards now, did lose the customer owned equipment credit for the "main" but both additional are totally free.
 

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Hi, my current series 3 TiVo no longer powers on. If I upgrade to the EDGE for cable can I use the same CableCard I am using in the Series 3? Or do I need to get a new one from Comcast and possible tech dispatch? Thanks - Matt
One other thing, perhaps your S3 just needs a power supply. So don't pitch it (assuming it has lifetime service), could probably get a used power supply for $20-25 (really easy to replace). If it does not have lifetime service once deactivated it will become parts only as S2/S3/S4 can no longer be activated if no current service. Might be able to get 2nd cable card for free from Comcast and have 2 Tivos (S3 can do cable or OTA also).
 

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One other thing, perhaps your S3 just needs a power supply. So don't pitch it (assuming it has lifetime service), could probably get a used power supply for $20-25 (really easy to replace). If it does not have lifetime service once deactivated it will become parts only as S2/S3/S4 can no longer be activated if no current service. Might be able to get 2nd cable card for free from Comcast and have 2 Tivos (S3 can do cable or OTA also).
Thanks for the replies. I do have lifetime on the series 3. I was thinking of seeing if it could be repaired. I'll definitely look into it. Hopefully things go smooth with Comcast setting up the Edge.
 

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Thanks for the replies. I do have lifetime on the series 3. I was thinking of seeing if it could be repaired. I'll definitely look into it. Hopefully things go smooth with Comcast setting up the Edge.
If you try to fix the S3 best to do yourself. Professional repair would cost WAY more than it is worth (can get used lifetime S3 for $50-75 or so). Good luck :)
 

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If you try to fix the S3 best to do yourself. Professional repair would cost WAY more than it is worth (can get used lifetime S3 for $50-75 or so). Good luck :)
Thanks again for the information. I just noticed on my tivo billing section it show TiVo-Renewed EDGE. Nowhere during the ordering did it mention they were shipping a renewed product. No way I am keeping a renewed one when I was buying a new one.
 

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Thanks again for the information. I just noticed on my tivo billing section it show TiVo-Renewed EDGE. Nowhere during the ordering did it mention they were shipping a renewed product. No way I am keeping a renewed one when I was buying a new one.
Absolutely not. The "continual care" warranty does not apply to renewed units, only new.
 

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I'm going to make a suggestion for you not knowing how important price/warranty is for you. You seem to have been happy with your 2 tuner S3. Just want something that will work. Maybe consider a used "basic" Roamio with lifetime/all in service. 4 tuners, cable or OTA capable (one at a time, I assume cable for you). Can run either of the "current" OS, TE3 or TE4. Solid units, and easy to upgrade or replace drive since 3.5". $200-250 used. No 4K capability like Bolt/Edge but there is pretty much no 4K content cable or OTA, streaming only. If you are happy with S3 I think you'd LOVE basic Roamio. Since used would want to find a reliable 3rd party seller seller, can't get from Tivo direct. Or if you don't care about OTA capability at all the 6 tuner cable only Roamio Plus/Pro. About the same price, $200-250 used, with lifetime service included.
 

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I did get the edge on sale for $199 with lifetime service discounted at $449.99. Still pretty steep but better than having to pay for the comcast dvr. That was having video issues ever since I had to switch to them when my series 3 died. I spoke with customer service and they told me it is not a refurbished/renewed device. I'm all set up and did have to call comcast to activate the existing cablecard. But it was relatively painless. Thanks everyone for the assistance.
 

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I did get the edge on sale for $199 with lifetime service discounted at $449.99. Still pretty steep but better than having to pay for the comcast dvr. That was having video issues ever since I had to switch to them when my series 3 died. I spoke with customer service and they told me it is not a refurbished/renewed device. I'm all set up and did have to call comcast to activate the existing cablecard. But it was relatively painless. Thanks everyone for the assistance.
That is good about it not being a refurb. But make sure it does not show refurb on your online acct. As the "continual care" part of the warranty is only good on Tivos purchased as new. If it shows refurb could have issues if you need a continual care claim in the future (there are fee based exchanges up to 5 years, amount dependent on age of device). No continual care on refurbs period. And what it shows on your online acct would be what whomever you might talk to in the future would see.
 

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I would get the first gen white bolt that does both Cable and OTA, runs TE3 or TE4, doesn't have the voice remote and loads apps faster than a Roamio.
 

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Wow my exact question answered, except I have FIOS. My plasma TV finally died, so new TV means new Tivo so see the picture in 4K. This is an older Premiere model (with lifetime service). I also have a Series 3 with lifetime, not being used, that had the power supply replaced at one point.

If I put this Premiere card I have in the Edge, can I still use the Premiere to watch stuff that is already recorded on there? Or do I need another cable card even to use it that way? I realize I should know this already.

Missed that sale by 4 days, DAMN. For the first time, I only paid for a year's service. The last 5 Tivos I had lifetime, going back to a Series 1. It was just so much $$ on top of the new TV.

Thanks all, sorry if I am hijacking this thread.
 
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