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post #2731 of 3557
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Originally Posted by tahoejoe View Post

I guess you didn't bother to read my previous post. I did go to a local office and to get two additional DVRs ( replacing one existing SD box), my package would have gone up over $60 and been over $210. Why do you keep defending Charter and dissing the reps? If the reps are quoting the wrong prices, it's Charter's fault. They are responsible for training the reps and providing the appropriate tools so they can quote the right prices.
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It is weird how charter does that, isn't it? I've got that response from them several times on unrelated issues, and you keep reading it on here by even their defenders, Whose responsibility is it anyways to train these folks? Calling their sales reps morons doesn't add to the discussion. I have never gotten angry at the person I'm talking to about anything-they are clearly trying to do the best they can with the info they have. If they're incorrect its the compny's fault
post #2732 of 3557
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Originally Posted by tahoejoe View Post

I guess you didn't bother to read my previous post. I did go to a local office and to get two additional DVRs ( replacing one existing SD box), my package would have gone up over $60 and been over $210. Why do you keep defending Charter and dissing the reps? If the reps are quoting the wrong prices, it's Charter's fault. They are responsible for training the reps and providing the appropriate tools so they can quote the right prices.

If a rep tells you something that is blatantly wrong then yes I will rip them. I'm only defending Charter in the sense that people claim prices have gone UP when it's not true and can be proven by comparing non promo pricing before and after June 26th.
post #2733 of 3557
@Umatter:

I live in Rochester MN and i was wondering when CW in HD is gonna be available here if it is already i must be missing it so please let me know the channel if its already here
post #2734 of 3557
on our HD STB (NON DVR) there is 2 USB ports a Eathernet port a IR jack (Like a headphone jack) and there is also a FireWire port.

What is the Eathernet for? hooking it to the router dont seem to do anything the USB ports dont work (but are good for charging Xbox 360 Batteries)
what use is the FireWire port?

also the HD STB has HDMI (connected) Compnent (5 wire) and standard analog A/V (Y/R/W) i use the standard A/V to hook up the VCR to the unit for recording so why would a HD box have standard Analog SD A/V connectors? the PQ is completely horriable even on SD channels!

its a motorola slimline box (only has a power button and USB port in the front and blue display) and a External power supply
post #2735 of 3557
in Rochester, MN its $20 a month for a DVR
post #2736 of 3557
STB's are manufactured for multiple providers with differnent needs and configurations. Charter has these extra ports disabled and that is why they don't do anything. The HD STB still receives legacy analog and outputs it to a VCR so you can keep a copy of that horrific noise for prosterity sake.
post #2737 of 3557
i bought a TiVo Series 2 DVR/DVD Player a couple months ago i wanted a DVR and didnt realize i was a TiVo until i brought it home however it refuses to see a DHCP to connect it online is there a way it can be configured for charter?
post #2738 of 3557
i know they are disabled but im asking what the ports are used for with providers that use them
post #2739 of 3557
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Originally Posted by LeoTheLion89 View Post

@Umatter:
I live in Rochester MN and i was wondering when CW in HD is gonna be available here if it is already i must be missing it so please let me know the channel if its already here

Good Afternoon,

I am not showing any plan to add CW in HD but will be happy to submit a channel request for you so it will be considered for future additions smile.gif

Thanks,

Dylan
post #2740 of 3557
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Originally Posted by LeoTheLion89 View Post

i bought a TiVo Series 2 DVR/DVD Player a couple months ago i wanted a DVR and didnt realize i was a TiVo until i brought it home however it refuses to see a DHCP to connect it online is there a way it can be configured for charter?

Good Afternoon,

To use an aftermarket DVR you would need to obtain and install a Cable Card from our local office or have one of our tech's install it (no charge). I would be happy to look into it for you. Please PM your name, address, and phone number and I'll be happy to help!

Thanks,

Dylan
post #2741 of 3557
Why didn't you ask that in the first place?

I don't think it does HD because it doesn't have RGB or HDMI connections on it. It looks to be 8 y.o. equipment that may not be compatible with current cable TV delivery methods... Like Dylan says, a CableCARD.

It is a good idea to research a product before buying it.
post #2742 of 3557
i bought it at a garage sale for $2 i didnt care if it worked or not cuz i knew id get a good Fan and Hard Drive outta it if it didnt
post #2743 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Umatter2Charter View Post

Good Afternoon,
To use an aftermarket DVR you would need to obtain and install a Cable Card from our local office or have one of our tech's install it (no charge). I would be happy to look into it for you. Please PM your name, address, and phone number and I'll be happy to help!
Thanks,
Dylan

its a TiVO Series 2 it dont HAVE a CableCard slot my SD STB a motorola HAS a CableCARD slot in it and it dont even have a CableCARD installed i know cuz the cover over the slot fell off!
post #2744 of 3557
Okay.

Take a look at Ceton, Hauppauge and SiliconDust if you are interested in CableCARD tuners with a PC that free you from paying TiVo for a subscription to a electronic programming guide service.
post #2745 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Okay.
Take a look at Ceton, Hauppauge and SiliconDust if you are interested in CableCARD tuners with a PC that free you from paying TiVo for a subscription to a electronic programming guide service.

It was a $2 TiVo according to the settings it was last Online october 2008 i can still use it as a DVR which is what i got it for i just have to set the timer record back by 6 minutes the clock is 6 minutes slow with no setting to adjust not gonna pay the extra $20 a month to charter for a DVR plus an additional $20 bucks for its use BUYING a DVR is just cheaper and it HAS RGB jacks they are just Output only i dont care its not HD cuz i got it for recording on a SD TV as i stated before i got it becase its a DVR i didnt realize it was a TiVo til after the fact but i dont have to be a TiVo subsciber to use its DVR.


and on the CableCARD note my local office told me that a CableCARD IS NOT as good as a STB it does NOT offer all channels available its HD channels are Limited its channel capacity is drasticly reduced and premium channel will not have all available channels present for hearing about this CableCARD charter surely advises AGAINST it.
post #2746 of 3557
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Originally Posted by LeoTheLion89 View Post

and on the CableCARD note my local office told me that a CableCARD IS NOT as good as a STB it does NOT offer all channels available its HD channels are Limited its channel capacity is drasticly reduced and premium channel will not have all available channels present for hearing about this CableCARD charter surely advises AGAINST it.

Smoke being blown up your backside. The only real thing CableCard does not offer that the STB does is OnDemand. Everything else is identical, same channels.
post #2747 of 3557
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Originally Posted by paulinmn View Post

Smoke being blown up your backside. The only real thing CableCard does not offer that the STB does is OnDemand. Everything else is identical, same channels.

my HDTV has a QAM Tuner asking about THAT charter said that QAM Tuners dont have the capacity to hold the channels the STB does plus i doubt that even a modern HDTV Tuner is capable of getting 900+ channels every modern tuner i know of can only go up to 125 channels outside of projection screen TVs i have never seen a DVR DVD Player LCD TV or ANY other kind of TV even offer a CableCard option seems that Like the PCMCIA Interface itself that CableCARD are becoming obsolete as not a singe modern device withing the past 5 years even has the option
post #2748 of 3557
actually im mistaken charter said the QAM will only let me watch channel that are no paid for extra such a Nick HD and other local HD channels it cannot be used to watch like HBO
post #2749 of 3557
The only reason they are advising against the CableCARD is because they get $2/month for it whereas with an HD STB they get $5/mo/box and another $20/mo for "DVR Service". Still not sure what that is, Dylan? Abby? Care to explain what DVR Service acutally is? The STB does the DVR work, so this "Service" is just a fee to activate it as a DVR? Not clear on that one.

I don't see any HDMI or RGB in this connection diagram for the TiVo you referenced above so I am not sure how it does HD. BTW, the whole purpose of a DVR is to have the Guide service, otherwise it is just a VCR with a HDD instead of video tape so if you want to use it without the guide and with SD content that's all right by me.

ClearQAM is basically the local channels which are either in HD or Digital but can be retransmitted in analog. You need a STB or CableCARD tuner to get extended content and premium channels.
post #2750 of 3557
DVR service is the function of the recording features of the box. So in reality you could have a DVR type settop box but until the DVR functions are enabled through the billing system it will not record. so all cable boxes are $5 but to enable the DVR function on up to four DVR's the charge is 19.99. A good deal because in the old pricing structure each DVR was $20.
post #2751 of 3557
So it is $20/mo for vaporware.

EDIT: Don't get me wrong, I like it when Charter charges for services because when you own your own equipment it is advantagious. I only pay for the services I actually use (view).
post #2752 of 3557
How much do you pay TiVo for the same "Vaporware"?
post #2753 of 3557
I don't have a TiVo. I have an HTPC with a CableCARD tuner. The guide is free (for now) as provided in Windows Media Center.

The SiliconDust HD Homerun Prime 3CC tuner is $120 right now at Fry's. I got mine on Woot for $135.

At $25/mo + $20/mo promo for ditching Uverse and coming back to Charter for a STB with DVR Service it is paid for three months before the promo expires. The rest is all gravey. Basically $25 extra in my bank account every single month from now on.
post #2754 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

The only reason they are advising against the CableCARD is because they get $2/month for it whereas with an HD STB they get $5/mo/box and another $20/mo for "DVR Service". Still not sure what that is, Dylan? Abby? Care to explain what DVR Service acutally is? The STB does the DVR work, so this "Service" is just a fee to activate it as a DVR? Not clear on that one.
I don't see any HDMI or RGB in this connection diagram for the TiVo you referenced above so I am not sure how it does HD. BTW, the whole purpose of a DVR is to have the Guide service, otherwise it is just a VCR with a HDD instead of video tape so if you want to use it without the guide and with SD content that's all right by me.
ClearQAM is basically the local channels which are either in HD or Digital but can be retransmitted in analog. You need a STB or CableCARD tuner to get extended content and premium channels.

to clear it up its not a TiVo brand unit its a Panasonic TiVo Combo unit
post #2755 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

I don't have a TiVo. I have an HTPC with a CableCARD tuner. The guide is free (for now) as provided in Windows Media Center.
The SiliconDust HD Homerun Prime 3CC tuner is $120 right now at Fry's. I got mine on Woot for $135.
At $25/mo + $20/mo promo for ditching Uverse and coming back to Charter for a STB with DVR Service it is paid for three months before the promo expires. The rest is all gravey. Basically $25 extra in my bank account every single month from now on.

please to explain where the hell u can get a CableCARD TV Tuner card never seen one in my life
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post #2758 of 3557
Correct. The only DVR Software that has CableLabs certification for use with CableCARD tuners at this time is Microsoft Media Center. There are some others reported to be in the works, Like XBMC (xBox Media Center, runs in both Linux and Windows) and possibly software being developed by the card manufacturer's themselves.
post #2759 of 3557
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Originally Posted by Sammy2 View Post

Correct. The only DVR Software that has CableLabs certification for use with CableCARD tuners at this time is Microsoft Media Center. There are some others reported to be in the works, Like XBMC (xBox Media Center, runs in both Linux and Windows) and possibly software being developed by the card manufacturer's themselves.

i use *cough* Windows *cough, cough* for a gaming rig only i use Linux as my main OS and Mac OS X on my compaq laptop
post #2760 of 3557
Windows 7 works great.. If you know how to use it. I've been using it for two years now. It is a vast improvement over XP which was a vast improvement over 2000.

Windows Media Center just works for a DVR.. and with plug-ins makes for great video library playback too. My HTPC is really nice and it is all run using Windows 7 Professional as the backend with Media Center combined with Media Browser as the front end.

It works so well that I haven't used my Blu-ray player in over a year now.
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