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Sorry to ask this but when did S3 became able to record two shows at once w/out cable cards. Ever since I got my S3 it has been using cable cards and never tried it with out it. Until today as I move to a home.

I was told that without cable cards S3 would only be able to record one show at a time but I am looking at my S3 Tivo and seeing it record 2 shows at once with no cable cards in it.

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Dr_Diablo said:
Only analog channels can record until the cards are in place
True, as far as cable is concerned, but it does a great job with OTA digital, including HD, using both tuners.
 

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Strange, for sum reason I thought I read reviews when S3 cam out, one major difference between the newer S2 and s3 was that you had to have two cable cards to record two shows. This this shows how poorly I pay to attention and make sure I understand it. How embarrassing!!!
 

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Higuchem said:
Strange, for sum reason I thought I read reviews when S3 cam out, one major difference between the newer S2 and s3 was that you had to have two cable cards to record two shows. This this shows how poorly I pay to attention and make sure I understand it. How embarrassing!!!
Probably what you read and misunderstood, or what your source meant to say, was that on the Series 3 with one cable card you can record only one show. To record two shows you need either no cable cards or two.

Since the TiVo HD can use M cards, which can handle two streams, on the TiVo HD you can record two shows with one cable card, if it's an M card.
 

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Actually, with one CableCARD in an S3 you can still record 2 shows, as long as you don't have any encrypted channels.

I don't think this is well known or advertised and something I stumbled on when I tried recording two network shows in HD when I only had one card in the box. Don't know if it still works this way on 8.3.1

If you have encrypted channels, it's hit or miss as to which tuner gets the call, so that's probably why Tivo says you need two cards or the box works as a single tuner.
 

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guchem, don't feel bad. it took me by surprise when I noticed that my HD Tivo could record 2 shows at once with a *single* analog cable running into the unit! i always assumed that you would need either cablecards or (at the very least) an old-fashioned splitter to do such a thing.
 

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Actually, with one CableCARD in an S3 you can still record 2 shows, as long as you don't have any encrypted channels.

I don't think this is well known or advertised and something I stumbled on when I tried recording two network shows in HD when I only had one card in the box. Don't know if it still works this way on 8.3.1

If you have encrypted channels, it's hit or miss as to which tuner gets the call, so that's probably why Tivo says you need two cards or the box works as a single tuner.
I had CC#2 go bad in one of my S3s a short time ago and I eventually pulled it from it's slot to avoid constant error messages. As you said the associated tuner could tune/record unencrypted channels but a couple of major headaches:
- Controlling which tuner is going to record which channel is very difficult
- I kept getting annoying messages about re-running Guided Setup now that I only have 1 CC. I reckon if I had done that then it would have reverted to a single tuner behavior
 
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