I put the call into Comcast last week for two CableCARDs, and for them to come pickup my old “digital cable” box when they were installing them. — For those unfamiliar, CableCARDs are designed to avoid having to have a separate, proprietary set-top box from the cable TV company just to watch the subscription channels.
Anyway, instead, the truck rolled-up with a single CableCARD, and a new digital box! “…It's Comcastic.” 🙄 — The poor installer had to drive all the way back to the Comcast distribution center to pickup the correct hardware, but luckily it installed just fine in my new Series3 TiVo HD DVR afterward (mostly thanks to Tivo's awesome installation guide)… so that's cool.
… Overall, the experience with CableCARDs is really seamless, and it feels great to be on a Tivo now. — The only thing you really lose out on is not having access to “On Demand,” but whatever. Comcast blabs that you don't get their TV program guide either, but that also has extra ads in it that I don't care about seeing, and I'm pretty sure that Tivo's is better anyway. 👍🏻
This was actually the first time that my installer had dealt with one of these newer DVRs that accept CableCARDs, but Comcast Customer Care over the phone seemed well-aware of them… and even asked me if I had one of the new Tivo units, in particular! 😄
So yeah, so far so good!