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Just a fair warning - it took weeks for my cable company to get this working for me. They do not make it easy for CableCard users at all. Also, if you want to time-shift or record fancy stations like HBO, be prepared to pay for the SiliconDust DVR service. If you happen to have a version of Windows that has the media center, that might be an option, but Microsoft keeps trying to kill it off.

I'm not saying that this is a bad deal. The power supplies on older units have a tendency to fail, so your eBay bargain might not pay off. Once the unit is up and working, it works great. I use mine with Plex.
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If you happen to have a version of Windows that has the media center, that might be an option, but Microsoft keeps trying to kill it off.
It really is too bad they killed MCE, it worked really well. I used it for quite a few years with both an old school HDHomerun as well as this Prime with a Cable Card.

The MCE extenders were always hit or miss as well. I just ended up buying Xbox360's as they were the most reliable and easiest to get.
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It really is too bad they killed MCE, it worked really well. I used it for quite a few years with both an old school HDHomerun as well as this Prime with a Cable Card.

The MCE extenders were always hit or miss as well. I just ended up buying Xbox360's as they were the most reliable and easiest to get.
Windows Media Center still works fine. The only issue is the poor quality of the guide info - it still works but has periodic outages that have lasted for many days and incorrect flagging of new/repeat shows.

That's solved by switching to epg123 and using schedules direct for $25 per year for guide data. That will also allow it to continue even after MS drops guide support.

Apparently there are people who've even got it to work with Windows 10.
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Just a fair warning - it took weeks for my cable company to get this working for me. They do not make it easy for CableCard users at all. Also, if you want to time-shift or record fancy stations like HBO, be prepared to pay for the SiliconDust DVR service. If you happen to have a version of Windows that has the media center, that might be an option, but Microsoft keeps trying to kill it off.

I'm not saying that this is a bad deal. The power supplies on older units have a tendency to fail, so your eBay bargain might not pay off. Once the unit is up and working, it works great. I use mine with Plex.
Which cable company o you have. I have FIOS and gave up trying to get my HDHomerun Prime to work. What did they do that finally made it work?
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Which cable company o you have. I have FIOS and gave up trying to get my HDHomerun Prime to work. What did they do that finally made it work?
I have Fios, no issues with activating the card. You might want to call them up and walk you through
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I have this with Comcast. Had it for a few years. It's true that no one that works there knows how to set up a cable card. Basically tell them it's a tivo and they can follow their instructions. Pair this with Plex DVR which has commercial skip built in. Between that, avoiding DVR fees and streaming live TV to any device I want (without using data) it's a win for sure.
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Awesome! I was looking for something to replace my ceton when I remove the computer with it from my parents house.
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Which cable company o you have. I have FIOS and gave up trying to get my HDHomerun Prime to work. What did they do that finally made it work?
I have FiOS and was really easy to set up
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I have Fios, no issues with activating the card. You might want to call them up and walk you through
Unfortunately I called them multiple times and tehy still weren't able to get it set up.
They even sent me a new card (as the old one was working with my Ceton infinitv) and the new one also had the same problem
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Which cable company o you have. I have FIOS and gave up trying to get my HDHomerun Prime to work. What did they do that finally made it work?
I have Comcast. There are a few main potential problems:
1. They handed you a busted card.
2. When they activated the card for you, they entered the wrong digits. Have them read the digits for the CableCard ID, Host ID and Data back to you.
3. Their "head end" is not configured correctly. On your HDHomeRun prime web interface, go to the CableCard setup, then Network Setup. If your VCTID is not zero, but your VCT is zero, then your card is not getting updates (like a list of channels) from them. This is something that your local people have to fix. Usually, it's not the repair person who comes out to your house that solves this one - you'll need to reach a manager at your local office. Tell them that you have a TiVO and it's not getting the channel lineup. Tell them your VCTID and VCT [message count]. They'll have to find some engineer to look at the settings at the box that you connect into, and monkey with them until they can correctly send the settings down to your card.
4. The people at your local office aren't willing to help you. Ask for another cablecard. It's like roulette - you might get one that was preprogrammed to your area already.

Good luck!
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Unfortunately I called them multiple times and tehy still weren't able to get it set up.
They even sent me a new card (as the old one was working with my Ceton infinitv) and the new one also had the same problem
Have you tried activating the card yourself?
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So I just switched over from my Ceton to this. I currently have Verizon Fios.

Setup was easy. I initially got most of the channels. Channels that had DRM /One time copy would not show.

Things I had to do to get all the channels is to call to get my Cable Card Revalidated/Paired. It was simple, I provided them with the cable card id, host id and data id. Once it was revalidated. I checked in the web app for the hdhomerun and now says validated. I now get all the channels as I did before.
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I have Comcast. There are a few main potential problems:
1. They handed you a busted card.
2. When they activated the card for you, they entered the wrong digits. Have them read the digits for the CableCard ID, Host ID and Data back to you.
3. Their "head end" is not configured correctly. On your HDHomeRun prime web interface, go to the CableCard setup, then Network Setup. If your VCTID is not zero, but your VCT is zero, then your card is not getting updates (like a list of channels) from them. This is something that your local people have to fix. Usually, it's not the repair person who comes out to your house that solves this one - you'll need to reach a manager at your local office. Tell them that you have a TiVO and it's not getting the channel lineup. Tell them your VCTID and VCT [message count]. They'll have to find some engineer to look at the settings at the box that you connect into, and monkey with them until they can correctly send the settings down to your card.
4. The people at your local office aren't willing to help you. Ask for another cablecard. It's like roulette - you might get one that was preprogrammed to your area already.

Good luck!
This is helpful! I quit trying to pair my cablecard because Charter/spectrum was inept. The repairman was nice but the activations group don't know anything. I think they killed their dedicated cablecard group because the three people I talked to had never worked with Cablecards.

So now, the Cablecard, tuning adaptor, and prime sit and collect dust. 😡
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