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03-20-2010, 11:49 AM
I currently have a CableCard in my TV to receive Comcast digital service, and they installed it for me about a year ago. If I purchase a TiVo DVR, will I just be able to switch the card over myself, or does it have to be paired to the device? Would that require another call to Comcast for a technician to come out?
03-20-2010, 02:09 PM
You will need your cable company to probably visit. The new TiVo premieres take an Mcard. The older TiVos took 2 Scard cablecards. Your TV probably has an Scard, so you would need 2 or if you have a new TiVo an Mcard.
03-21-2010, 08:34 AM
Comcast pairs the CableCARDs they lease to the host device they're installed into, so they will not decrypt anything unless they are re-paired to the new device.
Mike: The OP indicated that the CableCARD was installed only about a year ago. By then, many areas had run out of S-cards, and were installing exclusively M-cards. So it is possible that the CableCARD in the HDTV is an M-card. However, as I mentioned, it is almost surely paired to the HDTV, so still would have to be re-paired to the TiVo.
03-24-2010, 12:36 PM
The OP indicated that the CableCARD was installed only about a year ago. By then, many areas had run out of S-cards, and were installing exclusively M-cards. So it is possible that the CableCARD in the HDTV is an M-card.
I popped the card out of my TV and it appears to be an S-card. I have an appointment with Comcast next week for them to install a new M-card, so hopefully everything goes smoothly. It took them a couple hours last time to finally get my old card paired properly.