TVs & Home Theaters forum


New TV and Tivo Premiere

by KatieKabooom / May 14, 2011 10:02 AM PDT

I just bought an LCD tv (and love it!). I have basic cable through Comcast. Basic means I receive network stations only (and a few Spanish stations).
Now, each station has an HD channel and SD channel.

Friend #1 has a Tivo Premiere (new) that she is sending to me, with the subscription still on it that will be transferred to me. I called Comcast and they said I just hook up the Tivo and I'm all set and that Tivo charges me. Fine.

Friend #2 is telling me that the Tivo Premiere isn't likely to be compatible because I don't have cable HD, that I need a cable card and a splitter for my phone.

Can anyone help me in my confusion? I thought I could just use Tivo with my new tv and pay Tivo.

Thanks for any assistance. I appreciate it.

Does anyone know if this is true

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: New TV and Tivo Premiere
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: New TV and Tivo Premiere
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Yes, it is somewhat confusing
by Pepe7 / May 14, 2011 2:20 PM PDT

My understanding is, if you need access to any of the (encrypted) digital cable channels, it will require a m-card (multi-stream CableCARD). This setup will also let you order PPV shows via phone, much like w/ a TiVo series 3, just not Comcast VOD since you don't have a Comcast box.

Your friend is only partially correct, since you would benefit from having a splitter perhaps, though you wouldn't need to have a Comcast HD package per se. That would only be if you wanted that specific content. The TiVo premiere can deal with your area's Comcast basic cable if I understand it correctly. Having basic cable access to both HD & SD stations means you are no longer on an analog system. This means you probably won't even need a CableCARD since it should be unencrypted channels your TiVo box can deal with.

I would verify all of this by posting your question either in a dedicated TiVo forum such as this one-

or possibly @ (good Comcast cable user forums there too)

The following article might also be of interest-

Collapse -
by KatieKabooom / May 15, 2011 1:16 AM PDT

Thanks so much, Pepe. I always appreciate your feedback and suggestions Happy
Once the Tivo arrives I'll and I attempt to set it up, I'll let you know what happens.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?