Originally Posted by tylerSC
So is Greenville a SDV market and do I need the tuning adapter? And what is the cost for the cable card and the tuning adapter?
Yes it definitely is, since they've added about 60 HD channels in the past few months. There's no way they could carry the 110 or so HD channels (by my last count) without it. Go HERE
and pick your area to download the latest lineup.
CC is $2/month and tuning adapter is free. I just walked into the office on Bridges Rd in Mauldin and picked them up. There are a couple of ways to connect the tuning adapter. I get the best signal if I split the incoming cable out to both the TA and the Tivo (or whatever device you have). Another way is to connect directly to the TA, then out of the TA to your Tivo. That has a bigger signal loss in my experience. Keep in mind that the TA doesn't really tune any channels or send any video. It only sends requests for channels to be put in the stream. It's strictly a data device like a modem. Your device (Tivo) usually connects to it via USB in order to tell it what channel to request.
I had great difficulty getting my card activated over the phone, but PM's to Umatter got me going in no time. The CSRs on the phone usually have no trouble activating CCs for Tivo, but have no idea how to activate one for other devices like Silicon Dust or Ceton.
If you upgrade to HD, you'll be shocked at how much there is on Charter now. They've surpassed DirecTV (not counting sports) and Dish (which is why I dropped both of those and went back to cable). And while both SD and HD picture quality used to be absolutely awful on Charter, it's now outstanding. The HD picture is razor sharp and I see virtually no compression artifacts. Even their SD is quite a bit better than satellite. I was watching WGN the other day, which is SD, and had to do a double take because it looked almost HD, or at least as good as a DVD.
Tyler, I assume you have Tivo lifetime or something like that. But if you don't, you may want to consider using an HTPC as your DVR now. You can buy a 4 tuner Ceton for under $200 (a 3 tuner Silicon Dust is $150 and 2 tuner is $100). The Windows Media Center interface is absolutely gorgeous and works great directly from a PC or from a Media Center Extender like Xbox. The beauty of an HTPC is you can add nearly unlimited storage and expand to as many tuners as you want (technically 12 per PC). It takes some tech savvy to set up, but once you do, it works really well.
So a huge thanks to Charter for finally turning things around in a major way and offering a huge HD lineup, great PQ and great service thanks to the Umatter reps on this and other forums. It's night and day from a few years ago when you guys were bottom of the barrel on nearly all counts. I'm glad to be back. Keep up the good work.Edited by mdavej - 6/22/12 at 8:27am